Patents by Inventor Jürgen Hermeler

Jürgen Hermeler has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10252277
    Abstract: A solid-bowl screw centrifuge includes one or more discharge weir(s) for discharging clarified liquid out of a drum which has a rotational axis and a rotational direction. The centrifuge has one or more through-opening(s) in a drum cover, each of which is associated with a weir plate having a recess. An open discharge channel is formed on the through-opening at the recess, a deflection from a direction parallel to the rotational direction of the drum substantially into a circumferential direction in the rotational direction being carried out by the discharge channel. The discharge channel is designed such that exiting liquid is conducted over the base of the discharge channel to an overflow edge. The base of the discharge channel to the overflow edge is inclined inwards in the rotational direction relative to the tangential direction by an inclination angle ??0 at the point of the overflow edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Ludger Horstkoetter, Juergen Hermeler, Stefan Terholsen
  • Publication number: 20180280993
    Abstract: A drive device for a solid bowl screw centrifuge includes a motor for rotating a drum of the centrifuge, a transmission which is connected between the motor and the drum, and a cooling device for cooling the transmission during operation when the drum is rotating. The cooling device is an annular body which is fitted on the outside of the transmission and has an air guiding device that conducts air from farther outwards radially inwards onto a surface of the transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen HERMELER, Volker KNOSPE, Martin OVERBERG, Stefan TERHOLSEN, Andreas KNOBEL, Christian DRIFTSCHROEER
  • Patent number: 9333514
    Abstract: A solid-wall screw centrifuge includes a discharge for discharging a clarified liquid from a drum of the centrifuge. The drum includes a passage in a drum cover associated with a weir plate. The passage, drum cover, and weir plate form an overflow weir on a radial inner edge. A deflecting device is arranged on an outside on the drum cover, the deflecting device is arranged such that an exiting fluid flow from the centrifuge is one of deflected in the circumferential direction and subjected to a twist in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Terholsen, Jürgen Hermeler, Ludger Horstkötter, Kathrin Quiter, Jürgen Teigeler
  • Publication number: 20150165449
    Abstract: A solid-bowl screw centrifuge includes one or more discharge weir(s) for discharging clarified liquid out of a drum which has a rotational axis and a rotational direction. The centrifuge has one or more through-opening(s) in a drum cover, each of which is associated with a weir plate having a recess. An open discharge channel is formed on the through-opening at the recess, a deflection from a direction parallel to the rotational direction of the drum substantially into a circumferential direction in the rotational direction being carried out by the discharge channel. The discharge channel is designed such that exiting liquid is conducted over the base of the discharge channel to an overflow edge. The base of the discharge channel to the overflow edge is inclined inwards in the rotational direction relative to the tangential direction by an inclination angle ??0 at the point of the overflow edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Ludger Horstkoetter, Juergen Hermeler, Stefan Terholsen
  • Publication number: 20140051565
    Abstract: A solid-wall screw centrifuge includes a discharge for discharging a clarified liquid from a drum of the centrifuge. The drum includes a passage in a drum cover associated with a weir plate. The passage, drum cover, and weir plate form an overflow weir on a radial inner edge. A deflecting device is arranged on an outside on the drum cover, the deflecting device is arranged such that an exiting fluid flow from the centrifuge is one of deflected in the circumferential direction and subjected to a twist in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Terholsen, Jürgen Hermeler, Ludger Horstkötter, Kathrin Quiter, Jürgen Teigeler
  • Patent number: 7326169
    Abstract: A full-jacket helix-type centrifuge including a drum and at least one weir having a port. A throttle disk is assigned to the port. At least one nozzle rotates with the drum and is assigned to an outlet for discharging clarified liquid from the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventors: Paul Brüning, Jürgen Hermeler, Helmut Figgener
  • Patent number: 7234918
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a system and method for controlling the size of gaps in a turbine engine. In many instances, it is desirable to minimize the size of the gaps between neighboring rotating and stationary components in a turbine engine, such as between a disc cover plate and a proximate pre-swirler. According to embodiments of the invention, each component can be provided with a sealing surface. The sealing surfaces can be angled relative to the axis of rotation. The sealing surfaces are spaced from each other so as to form a gap therebetween. The sealing surfaces may or may not be substantially parallel. As a result of such configuration, the size of the gap can be controlled by axial and radial movement of the components. For example, the gap between the cover plate and the pre-swirler can be adjusted by axially movement of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dieter Brillert, Wayne Giddens, Harald Hoell, Robert W. Sunshine, Juergen Hermeler, Hans-Thomas Bolms
  • Patent number: 7083565
    Abstract: The present invention is a solid-bowl screw centrifuge that includes a centrifugal drum. The drum has a drum casing and a screw with a screw body that is surrounded by a screw blade. The screw blade forms at least one screw spiral with a conveying path for transporting material to be centrifuged. The centrifuge also includes an inlet into the centrifugal drum, at least one solid matter discharge and at least one liquid outlet. The centrifuge includes a drum chamber that is axially closed by a drum cover having essentially a conical shape. Further included is a disk stack having at least one conical disk, and the disk stack is mounted to the drum cover directly upstream of the liquid outlet. At least a portion of the disk stack is arranged in a cylindrical section of the drum chamber that has an essentially constant diameter. A screw disk is arranged on the screw body between the drum cover and a first screw spiral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Hermeler, Paul Brüning, Ludger Horstkötter
  • Publication number: 20060133927
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a system and method for controlling the size of gaps in a turbine engine. In many instances, it is desirable to minimize the size of the gaps between neighboring rotating and stationary components in a turbine engine, such as between a disc cover plate and a proximate pre-swirler. According to embodiments of the invention, each component can be provided with a sealing surface. The sealing surfaces can be angled relative to the axis of rotation. The sealing surfaces are spaced from each other so as to form a gap therebetween. The sealing surfaces may or may not be substantially parallel. As a result of such configuration, the size of the gap can be controlled by axial and radial movement of the components. For example, the gap between the cover plate and the pre-swirler can be adjusted by axially movement of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventors: Dieter Brillert, Wayne Giddens, Harald Hoell, Robert Sunshine, Juergen Hermeler, Hans-Thomas Bolms
  • Patent number: 7060019
    Abstract: The present invention relates to solid bowl screw centrifuge comprising a centrifuging chamber having a rotatable screw with a center axis and a rotatable drum surrounding the centrifuging chamber. Also included is an axially extending inflow tube for guiding material to be centrifuged into a distributor. The distributor is oriented in a substantially perpendicular manner with respect to the center axis of the screw and configured for introducing the material to be centrifuged into the centrifuging chamber. The distributor further includes at least one wall having a surface structure that includes projections configured such that a substantial portion of the material to be centrifuged flowing through the distributor must flow around at least one of the projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Hermeler, Paul Brüning, Ludger Horstkötter