Patents by Inventor Joseph A. Zahora

Joseph A. Zahora 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: 20200067387
    Abstract: A repaired rotor of a multi-phase electric motor includes a plurality of annular laminations stacked to form a cylindrical core about a central axis, each of the laminations having notches aligned to form axially extending slots about a periphery of the core; a plurality of electrical conductors extending through the slots; a pair of conductive end rings, each attached to a different end of the cylindrical core and electrically connected to the plurality of electrical conductors; and an outer end ring abutting and electrically connected to one of the pair of conductive end rings and electrically connected to adjacent ends of the plurality of electrical conductors, the outer end ring providing an uninterrupted electrically conductive path connecting the plurality of electrical conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, William R. Compton
  • Publication number: 20200067365
    Abstract: A stator for a multiphase electric motor includes a plurality of laminates stacked to form a cylindrical stator core having a plurality of longitudinal slots; a plurality of electrical conductors grouped into a plurality of discrete electrical circuits, each of the plurality of the electrical conductors forming a plurality of coils in the slots spaced about the stator core, and each of the coils having a pair of leads; a plurality of bus cables, each of the plurality of bus cables having a mechanical connection to the pluralities of coils at ends of the slots; and wherein one of the leads from each of the coils is electrically connected to one of the plurality of bus cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, William R. Compton
  • Patent number: 9450530
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a multi-phase induction motor may include transmitting a low-speed operation signal by a master computer to a control signal board for low-speed operation of the motor; the control signal board receiving the low-speed operation signal, and in response to the low-speed operation signal, the control signal board sensing that the master computer is not simultaneously transmitting a high-speed operation signal, and in response to receiving the low-speed operation signal and not simultaneously receiving the high-speed operation signal, closing contactors in a power section to transmit power to the motor for low-speed operation, whereby the motor is connected to a source of multi-phase power and operates at low-speed; and the control signal board transmitting a first feedback signal to the master computer that the motor is connected to the source of multi-phase power and is running at low speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Xung T. Bui, Brad S. Bryant
  • Publication number: 20150159661
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a fan may include a housing having an inlet opening and an exhaust opening, a support shaft fixed to and positioned within the housing, a motor having a stator fixed on the support shaft, and a rotor rotatably mounted on the support shaft, and an impeller attached to the rotor, whereby energization of the motor causes the rotor to rotate the impeller relative to the support shaft to move ambient air into the housing through the inlet opening and out the exhaust opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Zahora
  • Publication number: 20140132198
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a multi-phase induction motor may include transmitting a low-speed operation signal by a master computer to a control signal board for low-speed operation of the motor; the control signal board receiving the low-speed operation signal, and in response to the low-speed operation signal, the control signal board sensing that the master computer is not simultaneously transmitting a high-speed operation signal, and in response to receiving the low-speed operation signal and not simultaneously receiving the high-speed operation signal, closing contactors in a power section to transmit power to the motor for low-speed operation, whereby the motor is connected to a source of multi-phase power and operates at low-speed; and the control signal board transmitting a first feedback signal to the master computer that the motor is connected to the source of multi-phase power and is running at low speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Xung T. Bui, Brad S. Bryant
  • Patent number: 8638059
    Abstract: A method for controlling operation of a multi-phase induction motor may include transmitting a high-speed operation signal by a master computer for high-speed operation of the motor; receiving the signal by a control signal board, and in response to the signal, the control signal board may sense that the master computer is not simultaneously transmitting a low-speed operation signal, and in response to receiving the high-speed operation signal and not simultaneously receiving the low-speed operation signal, closing delta-to-wye contactors and closing contactors in a power section to transmit power to the motor for high-speed operation, whereby the motor is connected to a source of multi-phase power and operates at high-speed; and the control signal board transmitting a first feedback signal to the master computer that the motor is connected to the source of multi-phase power and is running at high speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Xung T. Bui, Brad S. Bryant
  • Patent number: 8587165
    Abstract: A cooled fan motor may include a tankhead, an elongate housing attached to the tankhead and, having at least one longitudinally extending groove, a shaft rotatably attached to the housing, a hub attached to the shaft, the hub having at least one opening therethrough and shaped to form a gap with the tankhead, a rotor attached to the hub, and a stator mounted on the housing such that the groove in the housing forms an air passage between the housing and the stator connecting the gap and the opening; whereby air external to the motor is able to enter through the gap, flow along the air passage and exit the motor through the opening in the hub, thereby cooling an interior of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Harley J. Weldy
  • Patent number: 8575796
    Abstract: A heavy-duty stator core and coil assembly that can accommodate severe input voltage spiking and harmonics may include a coat of varnish applied to the stator core and coil assembly by steps of dipping the stator core and coil assembly end-first along a longitudinal axis into a first tank of liquid epoxy resin having a relatively low viscosity, baking the coating, inverting the stator core and coil assembly and applying a second coat of varnish in the same manner, then dipping the core and coil assembly into a second tank having a liquid epoxy resin of a relatively high viscosity, then baking the second coat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Johnny D. Yu, Bradley S. Bryant
  • Publication number: 20120248908
    Abstract: A cooled fan motor may include an elongate housing adapted to be attached to a tankhead, the housing having at least one longitudinally extending groove, a shaft rotatably attached to the housing, a hub attached to the shaft, the hub having at least one opening therethrough and shaped to form a gap with a tankhead attached to the housing, a rotor attached to the hub, and a stator mounted on the housing such that the groove in the housing forms an air passage between the housing and the stator connecting the gap and the opening. Air external to the motor is able to enter through the gap between the hub and tankhead, flow along the air passage formed by the groove in the housing and exit the motor through the opening in the hub, thereby cooling an interior of the motor. In one aspect, the hub includes radially extending blades such that when the stator is energized, rotation of the hub and blades causes air to enter through the gap, flow along the air passage and exit the motor through the opening in the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Harley J. Weldy
  • Patent number: 8264116
    Abstract: Apparatus including a monolithic, motor/generator phase insulation article having a manufactured state and a ready-to-use state. The insulation article has longitudinally-spaced-apart first and second tabs and flexible, transversely-spaced-apart first and second legs each having a first end monolithically joined to the first tab and a second end monolithically joined to the second tab. The first and second tabs are disposed longitudinally closer together in the manufactured state than in the ready-to-use state. In the manufactured state the first and second legs each have a more serpentine shape, and in the ready-to-use state the first and second legs each have a less serpentine shape. A method for manufacturing the insulation article is also described which cuts a monolithic, substantially-rectangular sheet of motor/generator phase insulation to create the insulation article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Ralph M. Gutman, Bryan E. Ladd
  • Publication number: 20120038309
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling operation of a multi-phase induction motor may include the steps of transmitting a signal by a master computer to actuate a first switch for high-speed or low speed operation of the motor, receiving the signal by a control signal board, and in response to the signal, the control signal board may determine that the motor is enabled for high-speed operation and disabled for low-speed operation, or enabled for low-speed operation and disabled for high-speed operation, as the case may be. In response to the motor state, the control signal board may close or open delta-to-wye contactors, then transmit a signal to a power section to close power contactors to connect the motor to a source of multi-phase power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Xung T. Bui, Brad S. Bryant
  • Patent number: 7963356
    Abstract: Apparatus including a locomotive-radiator-cooling-fan tankhead assembly having a substantially-circular base plate and a substantially-circular outer ring. The base plate has a central longitudinal axis and a circumference. The outer ring is substantially coaxially aligned with the central longitudinal axis and is attached to the base plate proximate the circumference. The base plate has a substantially-planar first surface having a central recess substantially coaxially aligned with the central longitudinal axis and having circumferentially-separated, first and second peripheral recesses each radially spaced apart from the central recess and extending radially inward from proximate the circumference. The outer ring longitudinally extends beyond the first surface. The tankhead assembly is devoid of any gussets attached to the base plate and is devoid of any gussets attached to the outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Johnny D. Yu
  • Patent number: 7893589
    Abstract: An AC-induction-motor rotor lamination has a longitudinal axis and circumferentially spaced apart and closed rotor slots. Each rotor slot includes first through fifth corners, a straight slot base, straight first and second slot sides, and first and second curved sides. The slot base extends from the first corner to the second corner, the first slot side extends substantially radially inward from the second corner to the third corner, and the second slot side extends substantially radially inward from the first corner to the fourth corner. The first and second curved sides extend from a corresponding one of the third and fourth corners to the fifth corner. A rotor lamination having slot sides extending substantially radially outwardly from the second and first corners, and rotor laminations having open rotor slots (with slot sides extending substantially radially inward or outward) are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny D. Yu, Joseph A. Zahora
  • Publication number: 20100127592
    Abstract: A dynamoelectric-machine stator includes a stator lamination stack, a plurality of electrically-conductive magnetic wedges, a plurality of electrically-insulative nonmagnetic wedges, and coil windings. The stator lamination stack has circumferentially-spaced-apart stator teeth. Adjacent stator teeth each have a tooth side bounding an intervening stator slot. Adjacent stator teeth each have a radially-outermost tooth tip which circumferentially projects from the corresponding tooth side into the intervening stator slot to partially close the intervening stator slot. The coil windings are randomly wound in the stator slots. The magnetic wedges are each positioned in a corresponding stator slot and physically and solid-magnetically contact the corresponding tooth tips to fully close the corresponding stator slot proximate the corresponding tooth tips. The nonmagnetic wedges are each positioned in a corresponding stator slot between the corresponding coil windings and the corresponding magnetic wedge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny D. Yu, Joseph A. Zahora, Bradley S. Bryant
  • Publication number: 20100052464
    Abstract: An AC-induction-motor rotor lamination has a longitudinal axis and circumferentially spaced apart and closed rotor slots. Each rotor slot includes first through fifth corners, a straight slot base, straight first and second slot sides, and first and second curved sides. The slot base extends from the first corner to the second corner, the first slot side extends substantially radially inward from the second corner to the third corner, and the second slot side extends substantially radially inward from the first corner to the fourth corner. The first and second curved sides extend from a corresponding one of the third and fourth corners to the fifth corner. A rotor lamination having slot sides extending substantially radially outwardly from the second and first corners, and rotor laminations having open rotor slots (with slot sides extending substantially radially inward or outward) are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Johnny D. Yu, Joseph A. Zahora
  • Publication number: 20100019611
    Abstract: Apparatus including a monolithic, motor/generator phase insulation article having a manufactured state and a ready-to-use state. The insulation article has longitudinally-spaced-apart first and second tabs and flexible, transversely-spaced-apart first and second legs each having a first end monolithically joined to the first tab and a second end monolithically joined to the second tab. The first and second tabs are disposed longitudinally closer together in the manufactured state than in the ready-to-use state. In the manufactured state the first and second legs each have a more serpentine shape, and in the ready-to-use state the first and second legs each have a less serpentine shape. A method for manufacturing the insulation article is also described which cuts a monolithic, substantially-rectangular sheet of motor/generator phase insulation to create the insulation article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Ralph M. Gutman, Bryan E. Ladd
  • Publication number: 20090304535
    Abstract: Apparatus including a locomotive-radiator-cooling-fan tankhead assembly having a substantially-circular base plate and a substantially-circular outer ring. The base plate has a central longitudinal axis and a circumference. The outer ring is substantially coaxially aligned with the central longitudinal axis and is attached to the base plate proximate the circumference. The base plate has a substantially-planar first surface having a central recess substantially coaxially aligned with the central longitudinal axis and having circumferentially-separated, first and second peripheral recesses each radially spaced apart from the central recess and extending radially inward from proximate the circumference. The outer ring longitudinally extends beyond the first surface. The tankhead assembly is devoid of any gussets attached to the base plate and is devoid of any gussets attached to the outer ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: DAYTON-PHOENIX GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Johnny D. Yu
  • Patent number: 6095871
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly apparatus for electric power leads that includes a receptacle, a backshell, and a disk-shaped member clamped therebetween. The receptacle has a housing and a grommet having orifices formed therethrough to receive power leads and associated pins. The disk-shaped member is formed of a relatively hard dielectric material such as nylon and contains orifices therethrough, corresponding to orifices in the grommet, which receive the electric power leads and associated pins. The lead pins have annular ribs formed thereon such that the ribs are captured between a collar on the disk-shaped member and a protrusion on the grommet, thereby preventing relative rearward movement of the lead pins and associated leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Zahora, Johnny D. Yu