Patents by Inventor Jeffrey E. Swensen

Jeffrey E. Swensen 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: 10125907
    Abstract: A fluid conduit joint includes a tube seal having a first bubble portion and a second bubble portion; a first tube adapter (40a); a second, tube adapter (40b); and a cover (50). The tube seal further includes a first hinge (60) and a second hinge (60). The first hinge (60) connects the first tube adapter (40a) to the cover (50), the first hinge (60) generally corresponding to the first bubble portion; the second hinge (60) connects the second tube adapter (40b) to the cover (50), the second hinge (60) generally corresponding to the second bubble portion; and the first hinge (60) and the second hinge (60) are axially spaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Hugh N. French, Jeffrey E. Swensen
  • Publication number: 20160230912
    Abstract: A fluid conduit joint includes a tube seal having a first bubble portion and a second bubble portion; a first tube adapter (40a); a second, tube adapter (40b); and a cover (50).The tube seal further includes a first hinge (60) and a second hinge (60). The first hinge (60) connects the first tube adapter (40a) to the cover (50), the first hinge (60) generally corresponding to the first bubble portion; the second hinge (60) connects the second tube adapter (40b) to the cover (50), the second hinge (60) generally corresponding to the second bubble portion; and the first hinge (60) and the second hinge (60) are axially spaced from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hugh N. French, Jeffrey E. Swensen
  • Patent number: 8936249
    Abstract: An increased resilience seal utilizing a sealed gas filled inner chamber in a bellows spring that functions as both a mechanical spring and a gas spring to provide a more constant level of separation force between two face plates to provide a seal between two mechanical components such as those found in an aircraft jet engine. The bellows spring is made of a plurality of walls that are joined together in a pressurized chamber that is filled with a gas, such as an inert gas. In alternative embodiments, the bellows spring is made of walls that are shaped and oriented to optimize the operating characteristics of the bellows spring when the pressure is increased in a sealed inner chamber in response to elevated temperature. In one embodiment, the walls forming a portion of the chamber overlap to optimize the geometry of the bellows spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Matthew E. Roach
  • Publication number: 20130228980
    Abstract: An increased resilience seal utilizing a sealed gas filled inner chamber in a bellows spring that functions as both a mechanical spring and a gas spring to provide a more constant level of separation force between two face plates to provide a seal between two mechanical components such as those found in an aircraft jet engine. The bellows spring is made of a plurality of walls that are joined together in a pressurized chamber that is filled with a gas, such as an inert gas. In alternative embodiments, the bellows spring is made of walls that are shaped and oriented to optimize the operating characteristics of the bellows spring when the pressure is increased in a sealed inner chamber in response to elevated temperature. In one embodiment, the walls forming a portion of the chamber overlap to optimize the geometry of the bellows spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Matthew E. Roach
  • Patent number: 6015152
    Abstract: A sealing assembly is disclosed for creating a seal between first and second mating members or components. The sealing assembly basically includes a seal retainer with one or more annular seals coupled thereto. The seal retainer including a substantially flat body portion lying in a plane and with at least one resilient retaining element integrally formed with said body portion as a one-piece, unitary member for engaging the seal(s) to retain the seal(s) thereto. The seal retainer has an indicator formed on its body portion to indicate if the seal retainer has been used. In the preferred embodiment the indicator is a raised protrusion which normally extends outwardly from the plane of body portion of the seal retainer. Once the seal retainer is used, the raised protrusion of the indicator is deformed inwardly into the plane of the body portion of the seal retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Terence J. Nolan, J. Loyd Spence, Edward P. Rhyne
  • Patent number: 5873611
    Abstract: A clamping device is disclosed for coupling peripheral flanges of a pair of tubular members together. The clamping device has a retaining member for coupling the peripheral flanges of the tubular member together, with first and second coupling ends being releasably coupled together by a latch assembly from an open position to a closed position. The latch assembly has a connecting member with a pivoting end and an anchoring end. The pivoting end of the connecting member is pivotally coupled to the first coupling end about a pivot axis between an unengaged position where the anchoring end is spaced from the second coupling end and an engaged position where the anchoring end is removably coupled to the second coupling end. The latch assembly further has a retention member coupled to the pivoting end of the connecting member for retaining the connecting member to the first coupling end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Munley, Jeffrey E. Swensen, H. Steve Graham
  • Patent number: 5772254
    Abstract: A fluid-tight modular joint is disclosed having various replaceable parts for refurbishing the joint after certain parts wear out. Specifically, the modular joint has a pair of sealing assemblies interconnected by a tubular sealing member which permits angular misalignment, axial movement and rotational movement between conduits. Each of the sealing assemblies includes a tubular housing with a replaceable sealing sleeve which is positively retained therein by a split retaining ring. Typically, the housings are welded to conduits, and thus, can only be removed by cutting them from their respective conduits. However, the housings are provided with access openings for inserting a camming tool therein to remove the sealing sleeves without cutting the housings away from their respective conduits. Therefore, in refurbishing the modular joint, the housings are reusable, while the sealing sleeves and tubular sealing members are replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Felber, Robert A. Barrett, Jeffrey E. Swensen
  • Patent number: 5735533
    Abstract: A sealing assembly is disclosed for creating a seal between first and second mating members or components. The sealing assembly basically includes a seal retainer with one or more annular seals coupled thereto. The seal retainer including a substantially flat body portion lying in a plane and with at least one resilient retaining element integrally formed with the body portion as a one-piece, unitary member for engaging the seal or seals to retain the seal or seals thereto. In the preferred embodiment, the seal retainer is folded to form three layers. In particular, the body portion of the seal retainer has a main supporting layer with four tabs foldably coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence J. Nolan, Jeffrey E. Swensen, J. Loyd Spence
  • Patent number: 5735532
    Abstract: A sealing assembly is disclosed for creating a seal between first and second mating members or components. The sealing assembly basically includes a seal retainer with one or more annular seals coupled thereto. The seal retainer includes a body portion constructed of three layers. The inner layer is designed to retain the seal or seals thereto, while the outer layers or plates are designed to limit the amount of seal compression. The inner layer has at least one resilient retaining element integrally formed therewith as a one-piece, unitary member for engaging and retaining the seal or seals to retain the seal or seals thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence J. Nolan, Jeffrey E. Swensen, J. Loyd Spence
  • Patent number: 5730448
    Abstract: A sealing assembly is disclosed for creating a seal between first and second mating members or components. The sealing assembly basically includes a seal retainer plate with one or more annular seals coupled thereto. The seal retainer plate includes a substantially flat rigid body portion with at least one resilient retaining element integrally formed therewith as a one-piece, unitary member for engaging and retaining the seal or seals thereto. Preferably, the seal retainer plate is constructed of a non-metallic material. The body portion of the retainer plate has a thickness relative to the axial dimension of the seal or seals for limiting axial compression of the seal or seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Terence J. Nolan, J. Loyd Spence, John L. Beales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5730445
    Abstract: A sealing ring for sealing axially facing annular surfaces having an annular bight portion and annular first and second leg portions. The annular bight portion having a first end and a second end, with an arcuate concave surface and an arcuate convex surface. The annular first leg portion having a first curved section extending from the first end of the bight portion and a second curved section extending from the first curved section to a first free end, the first and second curved sections each having an arcuate concave surface and an arcuate convex surface. The convex surface of the second curved section forms a first annular sealing surface. An annular second leg portion having a third curved section extending from the second end of the bight portion and a fourth curved section extending from the end of the third curved section to a second free end. The third and fourth curved sections each having an arcuate concave surface and an arcuate convex surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Mark A. Higgins
  • Patent number: 5716052
    Abstract: A pressure-energized sealing ring having a bight portion, a first leg portion and a second leg portion for providing a fluid-tight seal between a pair of components. The first and second leg portions include a curved section having first and second sealing surfaces. The sealing surfaces are spaced from the free ends of the leg portion. The free ends of the leg portions are positioned between the bight portion and the sealing surfaces so that the ends of the seal are located in the area of low pressure. Accordingly, when sealing ring is a multi-ply seal, the free ends of the seal are positioned in the low pressure area so that the high pressure does not separate the seal. The curved sections of the leg portions and the curve of the bight portion securely couple the plies together without welding. Preferably, the plies are connected together and in intimate contact at their interfaces therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Robert A. Barrett
  • Patent number: 5713582
    Abstract: A sealing assembly is disclosed for creating a seal between first and second mating members or components. The sealing assembly basically includes a seal retainer with one or more annular seals coupled thereto. The seal retainer including a substantially flat body portion lying in a plane and with at least one resilient retaining element integrally formed with said body portion as a one-piece, unitary member for engaging the seal(s) to retain the seal(s) thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Terence J. Nolan, J. Loyd Spence
  • Patent number: 5645303
    Abstract: A pipe coupling device for coupling the peripheral flanges of a pair of pipes together, including a pair of retainers with gripping grooves therein for receiving portions of the peripheral flanges of the pipes. The gripping grooves of the retainers have a unique inner surface with a pair of slanted gripping surfaces and a pair of non-gripping surfaces that are located within the outer envelope of the peripheral flanges. This provides for lightweight, compact retainers. The retainers are pivotally coupled at one of their ends by a hinge assembly and releasably coupled at their opposite ends by a latch mechanism. The hinge assembly has at least two links pivotally coupled at one of their ends to one of the retainers by a first pivot pin being received in a pivot slot formed in the retainer and pivotally coupled at their other end to the other retainer by a second pivot pin being received in a pivot slot formed in the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Warehime, Daniel T. Munley, Thomas S. Oh, Jeffrey E. Swensen
  • Patent number: 5630593
    Abstract: A pressure-energized sealing ring having a bight portion, a first leg portion and a second leg portion for providing a fluid-tight seal between a pair of components. The first and second leg portions include a curved section having first and second sealing surfaces. The sealing surfaces are spaced from the free ends of the leg portion. The free ends of the leg portions are positioned between the bight portion and the sealing surfaces so that the ends of the seal are located in the area of low pressure. Accordingly, when sealing ring is a multi-ply seal, the free ends of the seal are positioned in the low pressure area so that the high pressure does not separate the seal. The curved sections of the leg portions and the curve of the bight portion securely couple the plies together without welding. Preferably, the plies are connected together and in intimate contact at their interfaces therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: EG&G Pressure Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Swensen, Robert A. Barrett