Patents by Inventor Manfred Renkel

Manfred Renkel 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: 8167023
    Abstract: An apparatus for centrifugal casting under vacuum includes a rotor having a shaft extending in an essentially vertical direction and being rotatable around an axis defined by the shaft. The rotor has at least one mold, at least one crucible, and a gas-tight housing in which the mold and the crucible are accommodated. The apparatus also includes a vacuum source to create a vacuum in the housing, a heating device that melts a metal, a drive device that drives the shaft in order to rotate the rotor, and an auxiliary acceleration device configured to generate a force to further rotate the rotor to overcome a moment of inertia of the rotor. The auxiliary acceleration device includes a jet propulsion and/or at least one pushing actuator accelerating the resting rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Patent number: 8136573
    Abstract: A turbine blade having a leading edge portion and a flowing-off edge portion is formed using the following steps: providing a centrifugal casting device having a rotor and at least one crucible being accommodated in the rotor; providing a mold having an extended cavity for forming the turbine blade; arranging the mold so that an inlet opening of the mold is arranged with an outlet opening of the crucible, and further arranging the mold so that a mold leading edge is directed in a direction against the rotational direction of the rotor; forcing a metal melt by means of centrifugal forces from the crucible into the mold; exerting a pressure on the melt being forced into the mold until the temperature of the solidifying melt has reached a predetermined cooling-temperature; and relieving the pressure when the temperature of the solidifying melt is below the predetermined cooling-temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Patent number: 8136572
    Abstract: A method of producing a precision centrifugal casting includes: a) providing a centrifugal casting device having a rotor rotatable around an axis, at least one crucible accommodated in the rotor, and at least one mold associated with the crucible and disposed at a first radial distance from the axis, b) creating a metal melt within the crucible, c) rotating the rotor thereby forcing the melt using centrifugal forces from the crucible into the mold, d) exerting a pressure on the melt forced into the mold until the temperature of the solidifying melt has reached a predetermined cooling-temperature in a range of 1300° to 800° C., wherein the pressure corresponds to the centrifugal force acting on the melt just when the mold is completely filled, times a factor of 1.0 to 5.0, and e) relieving the pressure when the temperature of the solidifying melt is lower than the predetermined cooling-temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Patent number: 8075713
    Abstract: A production of precision castings by centrifugal casting, includes the following steps: a) providing in a crucible (8) a melt of the following composition: Ti45-52 at. %Al45-50 at. %Xl1-3 at. %X22-4 at. %X30-1 at. %/ where Xl =Cr, Mn, V, X2=Nb, Ta, W, Mo, X3=Si, B, C; b) forcing the melt by means of centrifugal forces from the crucible (8) into a mold (4); c) solidifying the melt within the mold thereby creating a casting consisting of a titanium alloy having a lamellar microstructure; and d) reheating the casting for a duration of 60 to 150 hours at a temperature higher than the eutectic temperature and lower than the alpha-transus temperature of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Publication number: 20110203761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a mould for casting metallic melts, in particular for casting titanium, titanium alloys or intermetallic titanium aluminides. Said method consists of the following steps: a contact layer is produced by applying a first slicker containing a first metal oxide powder as an essentially solid component to a moulded core, a first sanding layer is produced on the contact layer formed from the first slicker by sanding with a second metal oxide powder and the layer sequence formed from the contact layer and the first sanding layer is radiated with infrared light for a predetermined period of time. According to the invention, for speeding up the drying process, a first dry mass of the first slicker contains a hydraulic binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Manfred Renkel
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Publication number: 20110203760
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a casting mould for casting highly reactive melts, in particular for casting titanium, titanium alloys or intermetallic titanium aluminides. Said method consists of the following steps: a contact layer (1) is produced by applying a first slicker containing a first Y2O3-powder as an essentially solid component, to a mould core, the contact layer (1) formed from the first slicker is sanded with a second Y2O3-powder containing Y2O3 as the essential component. With respect to a particular efficient process, a first dry mass for producing the first slicker contains at least 75 wt. % Y2O3 and as additional solid components, at least 1.0-25 wt. % of a hydraulic binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: G4T GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Publication number: 20100181041
    Abstract: The invention concerns a production of precision castings by centrifugal casting, comprising the following steps: a) providing a centrifugal casting device having a rotor (1) being rotatable around an axis (A), and at least one crucible (8) being accommodated in the rotor (1) and at least one mold (4) being associated with said crucible (8) and being accommodated in a first radial distance (r1) from the axis (A), b) creating a metal melt (15) within the crucible (8), c) rotating the rotor (1) and thereby forcing the melt (15) by means of centrifugal forces from the crucible (8) into the mold (4), d) exerting a pressure on the melt (15) being forced into the mold (4) until the temperature of the solidifying melt (15) has reached a predetermined cooling-temperature in a range of 1300° to 800° C., wherein the pressure corresponds to the centrifugal force acting on the melt (15) at the moment when the mold (4) is completely filled times a factor of 1.0 to 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Publication number: 20100089500
    Abstract: The invention concerns a production of precision castings by centrifugal casting, comprising the following steps: a) providing in a crucible (8) a melt of the following composition: Ti45-52 at. %Al45-50 at. %Xl1-3 at. %X22-4 at. %X30-1 at. %/ where Xl=Cr, Mn, V, X2=Nb, Ta, W, Mo, X3=Si, B, C; b) forcing the melt by means of centrifugal forces from the crucible (8) into a mold (4); c) solidifying the melt within the mold thereby creating a casting consisting of a titanium alloy having a lamellar mi-crostructure; and d) reheating the casting for a duration of 60 to 150 hours at a temperature being higher than the eutectic temperature and lower than the alpha-transus temperature of the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Manfred Renkel
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Publication number: 20100000706
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for production of a turbine blades by centrifugal casting, the turbine blade having a leading edge portion with a first thickness and a flowing-off edge portion with a second thickness being smaller than the first thickness, comprising the following steps: a) providing a centrifugal casting device having a rotor (1) being rotatable around an axis (A), and at least one crucible (8) being accommodated in the rotor (1), the crucible having at least one outlet opening, b) providing a mold (4) having an extended cavity (20) for forming the turbine blade, c) arranging the mold (4) at a radially outward position with respect to the crucible (8), so that an inlet opening (5) of the mold (4) is arranged vis-a-vis with an outlet opening (9) of the crucible (8), and further arranging the mold (4) so that a mold leading edge (21) is directed in a direction against the rotational direction of the rotor (1), d) rotating the rotor (1) and thereby forcing a metal melt (15) by means of centrif
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Publication number: 20090321038
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for centrifugal casting under vacuum, said apparatus comprising: a rotor (1) having a shaft (2) extending in an essentially vertical direction therefrom and being rotatable around an axis (A) defined by the shaft (2), the rotor (1) having at least one fixing means for releaseably fixing at least one mold (9) in a first radial distance from the axis (A), and a means for accommodating at least one crucible (6, 7, 23) being associated with the mold (9) so that an outlet opening (8) of the crucible (7, 23) is arranged opposite an inlet opening of the mold (9), the rotor (1) further comprising a gas-tight housing (1, 10) in which the mold (9) and the crucible (7, 23) are accommodated, a vacuum source to create a vacuum in the housing (1, 10), a heating device for melting a metal, the metal being taken up in the gas-tight housing (1, 10) within in the crucible (7, 23), a drive device (13) for driving the shaft (2) in order to rotate the rotor (1), and an auxiliary acceleration d
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Manfred RENKEL
    Inventor: Manfred Renkel
  • Patent number: 7389809
    Abstract: A tool and method for production of a cast component from molten titanium alloy. The tool includes a casting mold, wherein at least one mold wall area of the casting mold, which comes into contact with the molten titanium alloy, is made of yttrium oxide, magnesium oxide and calcium oxide. The casting mold includes at least first and second layers, the first layer forming a mold wall area which comes into contact with the molten titanium alloy and the second layer forming a backfilling stabilization area for the mold wall area. Both the first layer and the second layer is formed of yttrium oxide, magnesium oxide and calcium oxide. In addition, the second layer, which backfills the first layer, has less yttrium oxide and is more coarsely grained than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: G4T GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Patent number: 7389808
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a cast component, particularly a gas turbine component, by casting. According to the invention, the method comprises at least the following steps: a) preparing a melting crucible; b) preparing a semifinished granular material from an intermetallic titanium/aluminum material; c) filling the melting crucible with the semifinished granular material, whereby the quantity of the semifinished granular material placed inside the melting crucible corresponds to the quantity necessary for casting the component; d) melting the semifinished granular material made of the intermetallic titanium/aluminum material inside the melting crucible; e) preparing a casting mold; f) pouring the melt into the casting mold; g) solidifying the melt inside the casting mold, and; h) removing the cast component from the casting mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: G4T GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Patent number: 7360579
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of a cast component, in particular a gas turbine component. The inventive method comprises at least the following steps: a) a crucible and at least one semi-finished product is prepared from an intermetallic titanium-aluminium material; b) the or each semi-finished product made of intermetallic titanium-aluminium material is melted in the crucible; c) at least one additional element or an additional compound is added to the melt, whereby the or each element and/or the or each compound is introduced into the melt according to the melting temperature thereof; d) a casting mold is prepared; e) the casting mold is filled with the melt; f) the melt is solidified in the casting mold; g) the casting component is extracted from the casting mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: G4T GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Publication number: 20080069720
    Abstract: The invention relates to a titanium/aluminium alloy with an alloy composed of titanium, aluminium and niobium, with an aluminium content of between 35 and 60 wt. %. The alloy can further contain 1-100 ppm chlorine and/or fluorine and 0.01-1.0 wt. % gold and/or silver. The invention further relates to a lightweight component made from a titanium/aluminium alloy and the use of a titanium/aluminium alloy for the production of a homogeneous, fine-grain, precursor by means of a spin casting method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: G4T GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Publication number: 20070261813
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a cast component, particularly a gas turbine component, by casting. According to the invention, the method comprises at least the following steps: a) preparing a melting crucible; b) preparing a semifinished granular material from an intermetallic titanium/aluminum material; c) filling the melting crucible with the semifinished granular material, whereby the quantity of the semifinished granular material placed inside the melting crucible corresponds to the quantity necessary for casting the component; d) melting the semifinished granular material made of the intermetallic titanium/aluminum material inside the melting crucible; e) preparing a casting mold; f) pouring the melt into the casting mold; g) solidifying the melt inside the casting mold, and; h) removing the cast component from the casting mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2005
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: G4T GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Publication number: 20070151696
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of a cast component, in particular a gas turbine component. The inventive method comprises at least the following steps: a) a crucible and at least one semi-finished product is prepared from an intermetallic titanium-aluminium material; b) the or each semi-finished product made of intermetallic titanium-aluminium material is melted in the crucible; c) at least one additional element or an additional compound is added to the melt, whereby the or each element and/or the or each compound is introduced into the melt according to the melting temperature thereof; d) a casting mould is prepared; e) the casting mould is filled with the melt; f) the melt is solidified in the casting mould; g) the casting component is extracted from the casting mould.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: G4T GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Publication number: 20070034350
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for producing cast components, especially gas turbine components, from reactive nonferrous molten metals, especially titanium alloys, said tool being embodied as a casting mould. According to the invention, at least one region of the casting mould (10) that comes into contact with the reactive nonferrous molten metal consists of yttrium oxide, magnesium oxide and calcium oxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly
  • Publication number: 20050279481
    Abstract: A process for producing a dimensionally accurate component from a nonferrous metal alloy includes the steps of: providing a casting mold corresponding to an external shape of the component and associated with an outlet opening, wherein the casting mold includes at least one heated mold shell; providing a heated rotatably mounted runner device for receiving a melt of the nonferrous metal alloy; determining a three-dimensional setting angle for the casting mold with respect to the outlet opening based on acceleration forces on the melt, wherein the acceleration forces include centrifugal forces applied to the melt and Coriolis forces of the centrifugal forces; disposing the casting mold at the three-dimensional setting angle with respect to the outlet opening; and feeding a melt into the mold through the outlet opening using the runner device so as to completely fill the casting mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Publication date: December 22, 2005
    Applicant: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Renkel, Wilfried Smarsly