Patents by Inventor Michael O. Bausch

Michael O. Bausch 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: 20200043617
    Abstract: A nuclear fuel assembly comprising a plurality of control rod guide assemblies. At least one of the control rod guide assemblies includes a guide tube having an axial dimension, the guide tube being supported by the plurality of grids and extending axially between the top nozzle and the bottom nozzle, the guide tube having an upper portion having a first radius and a lower portion having a second radius less than the first radius, and an external dashpot tube disposed around a portion of the lower portion in an area beginning at the bottom grid and extending toward the top nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: YURIY ALESHIN, BRIAN MILLARE, MICHAEL O. BAUSCH, CARTER ELIOT LUNDE
  • Patent number: 10446277
    Abstract: A nuclear fuel assembly comprising a plurality of control rod guide assemblies. At least one of the control rod guide assemblies includes a guide tube having an axial dimension, the guide tube being supported by the plurality of grids and extending axially between the top nozzle and the bottom nozzle, the guide tube having an upper portion having a first radius and a lower portion having a second radius less than the first radius, and an external dashpot tube disposed around a portion of the lower portion in an area beginning at the bottom grid and extending toward the top nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Yuriy Aleshin, Brian Millare, Michael O. Bausch, Carter Eliot Lunde
  • Publication number: 20180197640
    Abstract: A nuclear fuel assembly comprising a plurality of control rod guide assemblies. At least one of the control rod guide assemblies includes a guide tube having an axial dimension, the guide tube being supported by the plurality of grids and extending axially between the top nozzle and the bottom nozzle, the guide tube having an upper portion having a first radius and a lower portion having a second radius less than the first radius, and an external dashpot tube disposed around a portion of the lower portion in an area beginning at the bottom grid and extending toward the top nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: YURIY ALESHIN, BRIAN MILLARE, MICHAEL O. BAUSCH, CARTER ELIOT LUNDE
  • Patent number: 8599990
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to nuclear reactors, and more particularly, to nuclear reactors having fuel assemblies that employ support grids. A method of reducing friction and physical contact between a fuel rod and support grid in a nuclear fuel assembly is provided. The method includes applying a lubricant composition to the outer surface of the fuel rod during fuel assembly fabrication and removing the lubricant composition afterward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael O. Bausch, David C. Crone, Randal K. Lincoln
  • Publication number: 20110150163
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to nuclear reactors, and more particularly, to nuclear reactors having fuel assemblies that employ support grids. A method of reducing friction and physical contact between a fuel rod and support grid in a nuclear fuel assembly is provided. The method includes applying a lubricant composition to the outer surface of the fuel rod during fuel assembly fabrication and removing the lubricant composition afterward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael O. Bausch, David C. Crone, Randal K. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 7453972
    Abstract: A secure connection between the bottom nozzle of a nuclear fuel assembly and the control rod guide thimbles having two or four crimped pockets in the side wall of a bottom nozzle leg counterbore which are formed by drilling two or four blind holes through the top surface of the bottom nozzle. After attaching the bottom nozzle to the fuel assembly with a crimp bolt a pneumatic tool is then inserted into a flanged cup feature on the crimp bolt head and the flanged portion of the cup feature of the crimp bolt is deformed into the crimp pockets. The crimp pockets are contained within the leg counterbore and prevent the screw from rotating or falling out of the assembly in the event of preload loss or screw fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC
    Inventors: Patrick A. Hellandbrand, Jr., Stephen C. Kereakoglow, Michael O. Bausch, Richard P. Broders
  • Publication number: 20070286326
    Abstract: A secure connection between the bottom nozzle of a nuclear fuel assembly and the control rod guide thimbles having two or four crimped pockets in the side wall of a bottom nozzle leg counterbore which are formed by drilling two or four blind holes through the top surface of the bottom nozzle. After attaching the bottom nozzle to the fuel assembly with a crimp bolt a pneumatic tool is then inserted into a flanged cup feature on the crimp bolt head and the flanged portion of the cup feature of the crimp bolt is deformed into the crimp pockets. The crimp pockets are contained within the leg counterbore and prevent the screw from rotating or falling out of the assembly in the event of preload loss or screw fracture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick A. Hellandbrand, Stephen C. Kereakoglow, Michael O. Bausch, Richard P. Broders