Patents by Inventor Jack W. Wilson, Jr.

Jack W. Wilson, Jr. 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).

  • Publication number: 20100284794
    Abstract: A low pressure turbine rotor disk for a small twin spool gas turbine engine in which the rotor disk includes a forward side cavity large enough to allow for the bearing assembly that rotatably supports the rotor disk to fit within the cavity in order to shorten the axial distance between the bearings that support the inner rotor shaft on which the turbine rotor disk is secured. Minimizing the bearings spacing allows for a high critical speed for the inner rotor shaft and therefore allows for the small twin spool gas turbine engine to operate at this small scale. The turbine rotor disk also includes a plurality of axial aligned cooling air holes to allow for cooling air from the bearings to flow out from the aft end of the rotor disk. The inner surface of the cavity is an annular surface that forms a seal with knife edges extending outward from the bearing support plate also located within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. McMahon, Jack W. Wilson, JR.
  • Patent number: 7824150
    Abstract: A turbine airfoil, such as a rotor blade or a stator vane, for a gas turbine engine, the airfoil formed as a shell and spar construction with a plurality of dog bone struts each mounted within openings formed within the shell and spar to allow for relative motion between the spar and shell in the airfoil chordwise direction while also forming a seal between adjacent cooling channels. The struts provide the seal as well as prevent bulging of the shell from the spar due to the cooling air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D Kimmel, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7750492
    Abstract: A bearingless floating wind turbine has a tall and narrow main support structure with a center of buoyancy located well above the center of gravity to provide stability to the wind turbine while supported for rotation in a body of water, a vertical axis turbine blade extends from the main support structure and rotates together under a wind, and a non-rotating shaft extends through the main support structure with a vertical axis direct drive generator connected between the main support structure and the non-rotating shaft to produce electricity when the main support structure rotates. an anchor line connected to the non-rotating shaft prevents the floating wind turbine from drifting in a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John E Ryznic, Joseph D Brostmeyer, Jack W Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7748952
    Abstract: A small twin spool gas turbine engine with a bearing support arrangement in which the bearings are dampened by O-rings secured between the bearing races and the support structure, and in which the bearings are arranged in series so that a cooling air can be passed through the bearings to prevent overheating. The aft end of the engine includes high speed and low speed ball bearings supported with preload springs to add additional damping capability. The fore and aft end bearing support assemblies forms a cooling air path for the cooling fluid to flow through a passage within one of the guide vanes, through the bearings and out through a hole in the low pressure turbine rotor disk. the bearing cooling air passage includes a snorkel tube that extends from a guide vane cooling air passage and into the bypass air channel to draw in the cooling air used for the bearings. The snorkel tube includes a slanted opening so that dirt particulates do not enter the bearing cooling air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Schopf, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7748209
    Abstract: A small single use gas turbine engine with a twin spool rotor shaft and a bypass fan, the rotor shafts being supported for rotation by bearings in the front and rear compartments of the engine. A portion of the bypass fan air is diverted to flow through the bearings in order to provide for cooling of the high speed bearings. Because a large amount of cooling air is required to cool the bearings, an air in tube is positioned in each of the guide vanes in the turbine section to provide for a cooling air passage leading into the rear bearings. In the front bearings, cooling air from the bypass fan is bled off from a location just upstream from the entrance to the centrifugal compressor. A fuel mist tube supplies fuel mist to the cooling air before passing through the bearings to provide extra cooling for the bearings and to provide lubrication to improve the service life of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Schopf, Jack W. Wilson, Jr., Wesley Brown
  • Patent number: 7740441
    Abstract: A small twin spool gas turbine engine with a bearing support arrangement in which the bearings are dampened by O-rings secured between the bearing races and the support structure, the bearings are arranged in series so that a cooling air can be passed through the bearings to prevent overheating, and the bearings are dry lubricated. The aft end of the engine includes high speed and low speed ball bearings supported with preload springs to add additional damping capability. The end bearing support assemblies form a cooling air path for the cooling fluid to flow through a passage within one of the guide vanes, through the bearings and a hole in the low pressure turbine rotor disk and out the exhaust of the engine. A snorkel tube extends into the bypass air channel drawing air for the bearings, and has a slanted opening preventing dirt particulates from entering the bearing cooling passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Floride Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David J Huber, Cheryl A Schopf, Jack W Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7736131
    Abstract: A turbine blade for use in a gas turbine engine, where the turbine blade is made from a spar and shell construction in which a thin walled shell is formed from carbon or molybdenum nanotubes arranged in a direction such that the nanotubes are under tension when the blade is rotating in the engine. The carbon nanotubes are allotropes of carbon in which the length to diameter ratio exceeds 1,000,000 in order to produce very high tensile strength, unique electrical properties, and a very efficient conductor of heat. The nanotube shell includes a metal insert having a tear drop shape and the lower end of the shell wraps around the metal insert to form a wedge in which the shell is held in place against radial displacement between the platform and the attachment portion of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack W Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7677048
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine with a turbine section having at least a first stage turbine blade and a last stage turbine blade. The first stage turbine blade includes cooling fluid passages therein in which a compressed cooling fluid, usually from the compressor section of the gas turbine engine, is passed through for cooling of the first stage blade. The last stage turbine blade includes cooling fluid passages therein, but draws the cooling air from an outside ambient pressure source instead of from a compressor. The rotation of the last stage turbine blade and rotor disk provides for a centrifugal force to drive the cooling air into the blade and through the blade for cooling thereof. No additional compression of the last stage cooling fluid is required. A cover plate with a plurality of impellers covers a back side of the last stage rotor disk and provides for an additional means to pump the ambient cooling fluid into the last stage blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Brostmeyer, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7670116
    Abstract: The present invention is a vane for us in a gas turbine engine, in which the vane is made of an exotic, high temperature material that is difficult to machine or cast. The vane includes a shell made from either Molybdenum, Niobium, alloys of Molybdenum or Niobium (Columbium), Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC), or SiC—SiC ceramic matrix composite, and is formed from a wire electric discharge process. The shell is positioned in grooves between the outer and inner shrouds, and includes a central passageway within the spar, and forms a cooling fluid passageway between the spar and the shell. Both the spar and the shell include cooling holes to carry cooling fluid from the central passageway to an outer surface of the vane for cooling. This cooling path eliminates a serpentine pathway, and therefore requires less pressure and less amounts of cooling fluid to cool the vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Wilson, Jr., Wesley D Brown
  • Patent number: 7665293
    Abstract: An inner rotor shaft for use in a small twin spool gas turbine engine, the inner rotor shaft having a hollow middle section formed of a smaller diameter hollow section on a compressor end and a larger diameter hollow section on the turbine end of the shaft. Solid shaft end extend from the hollow section to form a forward solid shaft end to secure the fan rotor disk and an aft solid shaft end to secure the turbine rotor disk. A parabolic shaped transition section joins the forward shaft end to the smaller diameter hollow section, and a conical shaped transition section joins the aft shaft end to the larger diameter hollow section. A conical shaped transition piece joins the two hollow sections together to form an inner rotor shaft that can fit within a minimal space between the compressor rotor disk and the annular combustor assembly of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Wilson, Jr., Robert E. deLaneuville, Paul E. Orndoff, Ryan C. McMahon
  • Patent number: 7658588
    Abstract: A process for optimizing a blade tip clearance for a rub tolerate design in a gas turbine engine that includes evaluating a selection of candidate materials for galling and heat generation, selecting a subset of the candidate materials and analyze engine transient tip clearance for the subset materials, verifying the optimum material cooling and heat shielding for tip clearance and structures, and analyze and select an engine break-in procedure for the optimum tip clearance between turbine and compressor. If one of the subset materials results in a poor performance, than another material from the candidate materials is selected and reanalyzed until the best materials have been found. When the best materials are found, then a finite element method of analysis is performed from the blade and the static parts that form the tip clearance is performed to evaluate the materials for damage. If required, the blade and tip squealer configuration is altered to reduce stress, or blade tip coating is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Schopf, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7633175
    Abstract: A process and an apparatus for generating electric current from a vibrating blade exposed to a fluid flow, in one embodiment, a plurality of blades are secured within a tail cone of a steam turbine and each blade includes a magnet and a coil associated with the magnet to produce electric current in the coil when the magnet moves across the coil. Each blade is designed to have a natural frequency so that the blade will resonate under the influence of the exhaust flow from the turbine in the tail cone. Abutment members are mounted on the blade or the fixed support to limit the range of motion of the vibrating blade so that it does not exceed the fatigue limit. The blades are made from a low damping material such as titanium so that a low frequency is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W Wilson, III, Jack W Wilson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090193657
    Abstract: The present invention is a vane for us in a gas turbine engine, in which the vane is made of an exotic, high temperature material that is difficult to machine or cast. The vane includes a shell made from either Molybdenum, Niobium, alloys of Molybdenum or Niobium (Columbium), Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC), or SiC-SiC ceramic matrix composite, and is formed from a wire electric discharge process. The shell is positioned in grooves between the outer and inner shrouds, and includes a central passageway within the spar, and forms a cooling fluid passageway between the spar and the shell. Both the spar and the shell include cooling holes to carry cooling fluid from the central passageway to an outer surface of the vane for cooling. This cooling path eliminates a serpentine pathway, and therefore requires less pressure and less amounts of cooling fluid to cool the vane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Wilson, JR., Wesley D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20090169395
    Abstract: The present invention is a vane for us in a gas turbine engine, in which the vane is made of an exotic, high temperature material that is difficult to machine or cast. The vane includes a shell made from Tungsten, and is formed from a wire electric discharge process. The shell is positioned in grooves between the outer and inner shrouds, and includes a central passageway within the spar, and forms a cooling fluid passageway between the spar and the shell. Both the spar and the shell include cooling holes to carry cooling fluid from the central passageway to an outer surface of the vane for cooling. This cooling path eliminates a serpentine pathway, and therefore requires less pressure and less amounts of cooling fluid to cool the vane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: FLORIDA TURBINE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jack W. Wilson, JR., Wesley D. Brown
  • Patent number: 7506555
    Abstract: A test facility is provided for testing materials under high temperature, pressure, and mechanical loads. The facility provides a physically sealed system that simulates conditions in hot sections or gas turbine engines. A test article is coated with a test material and exposed to a hot combusting flow in a test section housing. The article may be a pipe or conduit member oriented at any direction to the flow. A second cooler flow of fluid is channeled through the test article to create a sharp temperature gradient in the test article and through the test material. A liquid-cooled sleeve is disposed about the test article to create an annular channel of combusting flow over the test article. The downstream end of the second cooler flow is connected to the upstream end of the main hot flow at the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D Brostmeyer, Jack W Wilson, Jr., Todd A Ebert
  • Publication number: 20090031732
    Abstract: An inner rotor shaft for use in a small twin spool gas turbine engine, the inner rotor shaft having a hollow middle section formed of a smaller diameter hollow section on a compressor end and a larger diameter hollow section on the turbine end of the shaft. Solid shaft end extend from the hollow section to form a forward solid shaft end to secure the fan rotor disk and an aft solid shaft end to secure the turbine rotor disk. A parabolic shaped transition section joins the forward shaft end to the smaller diameter hollow section, and a conical shaped transition section joins the aft shaft end to the larger diameter hollow section. A conical shaped transition piece joins the two hollow sections together to form an inner rotor shaft that can fit within a minimal space between the compressor rotor disk and the annular combustor assembly of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Wilson, JR., Robert E. deLaneuville, Paul E. Orndoff, Ryan C. McMahon
  • Patent number: 7210899
    Abstract: The clearance between the tips of the rotor blades and the segmented shroud of a gas turbine engine is controlled by a passive clearance control that includes a support ring made from a low thermal expansion material supporting a retainer for the blade outer air seal that is slidable relative thereto so that the segments expand circumferentially and move radially to match the rate of change slope of the rotor during expansion and contraction for all engine operations. A leaf spring between the support ring and outer air seal biases the outer air seal in the radial direction and maintains the desired radial position during steady state operation of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5354174
    Abstract: The backbone which is a load carrying support member of the aft end of the compressor of a gas turbine engine is fabricated from an annular disk-like element that is generally straight in cross section. The points of attachment permit circumferential thermal growth with radial restraint and snugness at judicious locations for minimizing scrubbing of the case-tied segmented inner stator case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: James T. Balkcum, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5022816
    Abstract: Tip shroud segments (26) are supported in support ring (24). The ring has at its downstream end conical surface (32) mating and in interference fit with conical surface (16). When flange (20) is torqued, face (22) aligns and forces support ring (24) into the interference fit. Concentricity and rigidity of the shroud support is obtained in a structure easily assembled and disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Maier, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4737076
    Abstract: A cylindrically shaped spacer between a shaft and hub of a turbine rotor of a gas turbine engine as fabricated from a flexible resilient material and interference fitted at discrete points on either side of the transverse axis of the spacer between the shaft and spacer and between the hub and spacer to impart a twist of the spacer about this axis to remain in contact with the hub and shaft throughout its entire rotating envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Bonner, Lee E. Hansen, Jack W. Wilson, Jr.