Patents by Inventor Jude Miller

Jude Miller 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: 10683763
    Abstract: A turbine blade with an integral flow meter is provided. The turbine blade includes a trailing edge and a leading edge opposite the trailing edge. The turbine blade includes at least one cooling passage defined internally within the turbine blade, and the at least one cooling passage is in fluid communication with a source of cooling fluid via an inlet to receive a cooling fluid. The turbine blade also includes at least one flow meter formed within the turbine blade at the inlet that supplies the cooling fluid to the at least one cooling passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Halfmann, Daniel C. Crites, Michael Kahrs, Ardeshir Riahi, Jude Miller
  • Patent number: 10669617
    Abstract: Methods for processing bonded dual alloy rotors are provided. In one embodiment, the method includes obtaining a bonded dual alloy rotor including rotor blades bonded to a hub disk. The rotor blades and hub disk are composed of different alloys. A minimum processing temperature (TDISK_PROCESS_MIN) for the hub disk and a maximum critical temperature for the rotor blades (TBLADE_MAX) is established such that TBLADE_MAX is less than TDIsK_PROCESS_MIN. A differential heat treatment process is then performed during which the hub disk is heated to processing temperatures equal to or greater than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN, while at least a volumetric majority of each of the rotor blades is maintained at temperatures below TBLADE_MAX. Such a targeted differential heat treatment process enables desired metallurgical properties (e.g., precipitate hardening) to be created within the hub disk, while preserving the high temperature properties of the rotor blades and any blade coating present thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Christopher David Gatto, Jude Miller, Benjamin Dosland Kamrath, Don Mittendorf, Jason Smoke, Mark C. Morris
  • Patent number: 10648354
    Abstract: Turbine wheels, turbine engines, and methods of forming the turbine wheels are provided herein. In an embodiment, a turbine wheel includes a rotor disk and a plurality of turbine blades. Each turbine blade is operatively connected to the rotor disk through a blade mount, which is bonded to the rotor disk. The blade mount and the rotor disk have a fore surface on a higher pressure side thereof and an aft surface on a lower pressure side thereof. The blade mount includes a blade attachment surface that extends between and connects the fore surface and the aft surface. The turbine blade extends from the blade attachment surface. A gap is defined between adjacent blade mounts. The gap separates the blade mounts and extends into the rotor disk. The gap includes a pocket that has a fore opening in the fore surface. A pocket seal is disposed in the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Halfmann, Daniel C Crites, Michael Kahrs, Ardeshir Riahi, Jude Miller
  • Publication number: 20200140983
    Abstract: Methods for processing bonded dual alloy rotors are provided. In one embodiment, the method includes obtaining a bonded dual alloy rotor including rotor blades bonded to a hub disk. The rotor blades and hub disk are composed of different alloys. A minimum processing temperature (TDISK_PROCESS_MIN) for the hub disk and a maximum critical temperature for the rotor blades (TBLADE_MAX) is established such that TBLADE_MAX is less than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN. A differential heat treatment process is then performed during which the hub disk is heated to processing temperatures equal to or greater than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN, while at least a volumetric majority of each of the rotor blades is maintained at temperatures below TBLADE_MAX. Such a targeted differential heat treatment process enables desired metallurgical properties (e.g., precipitate hardening) to be created within the hub disk, while preserving the high temperature properties of the rotor blades and any blade coating present thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Christopher David Gatto, Jude Miller, Benjamin Dosland Kamrath, Don Mittendorf, Jason Smoke, Mark C. Morris
  • Publication number: 20200141258
    Abstract: Turbine wheels, turbine engines, and methods of forming the turbine wheels are provided herein. In an embodiment, a turbine wheel includes a rotor disk and a plurality of turbine blades. Each turbine blade is operatively connected to the rotor disk through a blade mount, which is bonded to the rotor disk. The blade mount and the rotor disk have a fore surface on a higher pressure side thereof and an aft surface on a lower pressure side thereof. The blade mount includes a blade attachment surface that extends between and connects the fore surface and the aft surface. The turbine blade extends from the blade attachment surface. A gap is defined between adjacent blade mounts. The gap separates the blade mounts and extends into the rotor disk. The gap includes a pocket that has a fore opening in the fore surface. A pocket seal is disposed in the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Halfmann, Daniel C. Crites, Michael Kahrs, Ardeshir Riahi, Jude Miller
  • Patent number: 10385433
    Abstract: Methods for processing bonded dual alloy rotors are provided. In one embodiment, the method includes obtaining a bonded dual alloy rotor including rotor blades bonded to a hub disk. The rotor blades and hub disk are composed of different alloys. A minimum processing temperature (TDISK_PROCESS_MIN) for the hub disk and a maximum critical temperature for the rotor blades (TBLADE_MAX) is established such that TBLADE_MAX is less than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN. A differential heat treatment process is then performed during which the hub disk is heated to processing temperatures equal to or greater than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN, while at least a volumetric majority of each of the rotor blades is maintained at temperatures below TBLADE_MAX. Such a targeted differential heat treatment process enables desired metallurgical properties (e.g., precipitate hardening) to be created within the hub disk, while preserving the high temperature properties of the rotor blades and any blade coating present thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Christopher David Gatto, Jude Miller, Benjamin Dosland Kamrath, Don Mittendorf, Jason Smoke, Mark C. Morris
  • Publication number: 20190001448
    Abstract: Turbine wheels, turbine engines, and methods of fabricating the turbine wheels are provided. An exemplary method includes fabricating a turbine wheel that includes a rotor disk and a plurality of turbine blades operatively connected to the rotor disk through a blade mount. The method includes locating a cooling passage within a blade mount preliminary configuration and a cooling inlet on a surface of the blade mount preliminary configuration. A rotor disk bonding surface geometry and a blade mount bonding surface geometry are designed based upon a stress analysis of the turbine wheel and locations of the cooling passage and cooling inlet. A rotor disk production configuration and a blade mount production configuration are generated based upon the preliminary configurations. A blade mount and a rotor disk are formed based upon the production configurations. A blade ring including a plurality of blade mounts is formed and bonded to the rotor disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kahrs, Daniel C. Crites, Jude Miller, Steve Halfmann, Jason Smoke, Ardeshir Riahi, David K. Jan
  • Publication number: 20180156054
    Abstract: Turbine wheels, turbine engines, and methods of forming the turbine wheels are provided herein. In an embodiment, a turbine wheel includes a rotor disk and a plurality of turbine blades. Each turbine blade is operatively connected to the rotor disk through a blade mount, which is bonded to the rotor disk. The blade mount and the rotor disk have a fore surface on a higher pressure side thereof and an aft surface on a lower pressure side thereof. The blade mount includes a blade attachment surface that extends between and connects the fore surface and the aft surface. The turbine blade extends from the blade attachment surface. A gap is defined between adjacent blade mounts. The gap separates the blade mounts and extends into the rotor disk. The gap includes a pocket that has a fore opening in the fore surface. A pocket seal is disposed in the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Halfmann, Daniel C. Crites, Michael Kahrs, Ardeshir Riahi, Jude Miller
  • Publication number: 20180094527
    Abstract: A turbine blade with an integral flow meter is provided. The turbine blade includes a trailing edge and a leading edge opposite the trailing edge. The turbine blade includes at least one cooling passage defined internally within the turbine blade, and the at least one cooling passage is in fluid communication with a source of cooling fluid via an inlet to receive a cooling fluid. The turbine blade also includes at least one flow meter formed within the turbine blade at the inlet that supplies the cooling fluid to the at least one cooling passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Halfmann, Daniel C. Crites, Michael Kahrs, Ardeshir Riahi, Jude Miller
  • Publication number: 20170268089
    Abstract: Methods for processing bonded dual alloy rotors are provided. In one embodiment, the method includes obtaining a bonded dual alloy rotor including rotor blades bonded to a hub disk. The rotor blades and hub disk are composed of different alloys. A minimum processing temperature (TDISK_PROCESS_MIN) for the hub disk and a maximum critical temperature for the rotor blades (TBLADE_MAX) is established such that TBLADE_MAX is less than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN. A differential heat treatment process is then performed during which the hub disk is heated to processing temperatures equal to or greater than TDISK_PROCESS_MIN, while at least a volumetric majority of each of the rotor blades is maintained at temperatures below TBLADE_MAX. Such a targeted differential heat treatment process enables desired metallurgical properties (e.g., precipitate hardening) to be created within the hub disk, while preserving the high temperature properties of the rotor blades and any blade coating present thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Christopher David Gatto, Jude Miller, Benjamin Dosland Kamrath, Don Mittendorf, Jason Smoke, Mark C. Morris