Patents by Inventor Paul Meuter

Paul Meuter 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: 10634155
    Abstract: A pump drive unit for conveying a process fluid includes a housing which surrounds a pump having an impeller, a drive for the pump, a shaft for driving the impeller which connects the drive to the pump, and a restrictor extending around the shaft and arranged between the impeller and the drive. The housing has a pump inlet and outlet for the process fluid, with an inlet for introduction of a barrier fluid into the drive and an outlet for draining the barrier fluid from the housing. A plurality of storage chambers for the barrier fluid are disposed at the shaft in the region between the restrictor and the drive. The storage chambers are arranged behind one another with respect to the axial direction, with a respective two adjacent storage chambers being in flow communication with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Paul Meuter
  • Patent number: 10082149
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pump having a pump rotor rotatably supported about an axis of rotation in a pump stator. In this respect, the pump rotor is designed and is arranged above a rotor shaft in a shaft bearing such that a lubricating film of a lubricating fluid formed from the pump fluid can be formed in a lubricating ring gap between the rotor shaft and the shaft bearing. In accordance with the invention, a separation device is provided at the rotor shaft by which a predefinable quantity of the ingredient can be separated from the pump fluid by means of a centrifugal force in the operating state for providing the lubricating fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 9702371
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing arrangement for a high-pressure space having a bounding element and a termination element. The bounding element has an outer sealing surface and the termination element has an inner sealing surface. The outer sealing surface and the inner sealing surface are arranged such that a sealing-off of the high-pressure space is achieved via a contact of the two sealing surfaces. In accordance with the invention the bounding element is designed such that a force in the direction of the inner sealing surface can act on the outer sealing surface due to a pressure in the high-pressure space. Thereby a sealing function is also achieved then when the termination element deforms due to the pressure in the high-pressure space. The sealing arrangement in accordance with the invention can be used particularly advantageously in pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Publication number: 20170122324
    Abstract: A pump drive unit for conveying a process fluid includes a housing which surrounds a pump having an impeller, a drive for the pump, a shaft for driving the impeller which connects the drive to the pump, and a restrictor extending around the shaft and arranged between the impeller and the drive. The housing has a pump inlet and outlet for the process fluid, with an inlet for introduction of a barrier fluid into the drive and an outlet for draining the barrier fluid from the housing. A plurality of storage chambers for the barrier fluid are disposed at the shaft in the region between the restrictor and the drive. The storage chambers are arranged behind one another with respect to the axial direction, with a respective two adjacent storage chambers being in flow communication with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventor: Paul MEUTER
  • Patent number: 9599150
    Abstract: A bearing pad, including a pad body (11) and a tilting element (12), for a support body (2) of a bearing arrangement (3) for taking up an axial thrust, characterized in that the tilting element (12) is provided in an elongated recess (111) of the pad body (11) extending in a radial direction such that a contact body (121) of the tilting element (12) extending in the direction of the recess (111) projecting beyond a surface of the pad body (11) and the pad body (11) has a higher deformability than the tilting element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Simon Gassmann, Paul Meuter, Thomas Felix
  • Patent number: 9556877
    Abstract: A pump for conveying a pump fluid, wherein the pump fluid provided at an inlet pressure at a low pressure side of the pump can be conveyed in the operating state to a high pressure side of the pump rotor by means of a pump rotor rotatably supported about an axis of rotation in a pump stator and wherein a rotor shaft is arranged with the pump rotor at it drive bearing formed as a shaft bearing, characterized in that a lubricating film which is formed from a lubricating fluid formed from the pump fluid can be formed on a drive side of the rotor shaft between the rotor shaft and a drive bearing in a lubricating ring gap, with a lubricant line being provided such that the lubricating fluid can be supplied to the lubricating ring gap between the rotor shaft and the drive bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 9316314
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for placement between two components which have a planar contact surface, in particular two housing parts of a pump. The sealing arrangement has an elongate, flexible sealing element whose end region has a termination element thereon, which can carry out a sealing function. The sealing element and the termination element have an overlap region in the end region of the sealing element and thus form a first continuous sealing edge. The sealing edge is maintained also for a displacement of the end region of the sealing element in the direction of the start region within the overlap region. The termination element moreover has a first curvature. The curvature and the sealing element are configured so that the sealing element contacts the termination element along the curvature in a pressure-free state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 9273699
    Abstract: The invention relates to a helico-axial pump (1) for pumping a multi-phase mixture (M), said helico-axial pump (1) including a rotor (2) rotatably journalled in a pump housing (6) about a longitudinal axis (A), wherein the rotor (2) includes a compression stage (K) with a helico-axial impeller (3) and a stator (4) for the compression of the multi-phase mixture (M). In accordance with the invention a hydrodynamic stabilization element (7, 71, 72, 73) having a stabilization surface (700) is provided in the pump housing (6) and designed such that a stabilization gap (8) is formed upstream of the stabilization medium, so that in the operating state a hydrodynamic stabilization layer (S) can be formed from a stabilization medium in the stabilization gap (S). The invention further relates to a rotor (2) for a helico-axial pump (1), a method for the hydrodynamic journaling of a rotor (2) of a helico-axial pump (1) as well as to a hybrid pump with a rotor (2) for a helico-axial pump 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Christopher David Radcliffe, Mônica Alves de Lima Ruguê, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 9255573
    Abstract: Disclosed is a testing apparatus for an outer housing of a pump, wherein the testing apparatus includes a separation element; a first and a second closure element, wherein the first and second closure element respectively close an axial end of the outer housing in a sealing manner; a middle pressure line which is arranged in the first or the second closure element; and a bounding element, wherein the bounding element closes the outlet outside of the outer housing, and wherein a high pressure line is arranged in the bounding element. The separation element is configured and arranged in the outer housing such that the separation element bounds the outlet of the outer housing and the outer housing is divided into a first pressure region and a second pressure region, wherein the first pressure region and the second pressure region are configured as pressure regions independent from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger, Marcelo Inforsati
  • Patent number: 9234529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a helico-axial pump (1) for conveying a multiphase mixture (M), which helico-axial pump (1) includes a rotor (2) rotatably journalled about a longitudinal axis (A) in a pump housing (6) and having a first part rotor (21) and a second part rotor (22), wherein the first part rotor (21) and the second part rotor (22) include a compression stage (K, K1E, K1A, K2E K2A) having a helico-axial impeller (3) and a stator (4) for the compression of the multiphase mixture (M). In accordance with the invention, a hydrodynamic stabilization bush (70) having a stabilization surface (700) is provided and formed between the first part rotor (21) and the second part rotor (22) such that a stabilization gap (8) is formed before the stabilization surface (700) so that a hydrodynamic stabilization layer (S) is formed from a stabilization medium (M) in the stabilization gap (8) in the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 9062686
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for a rotating shaft, which is in particular designed as a drive shaft of a pump, has a stationary seal holder in which a first and a second slide ring seal are supported. The slide ring seals each have a co-rotating rotary seal part and a stationary seal part. A sealing space is formed between the slide ring seals and the seal holder to which sealing fluid can be supplied via a feed line. In order to enable good rotor dynamics of the shaft with the seal arrangement, a bearing is arranged between the first and the second slide ring seals by means of which the shaft can be supported with respect to the seal holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventor: Paul Meuter
  • Publication number: 20150159669
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing arrangement for a high-pressure space having a bounding element and a termination element. The bounding element has an outer sealing surface and the termination element has an inner sealing surface. The outer sealing surface and the inner sealing surface are arranged such that a sealing-off of the high-pressure space is achieved via a contact of the two sealing surfaces. In accordance with the invention the bounding element is designed such that a force in the direction of the inner sealing surface can act on the outer sealing surface due to a pressure in the high-pressure space. Thereby a sealing function is also achieved then when the termination element deforms due to the pressure in the high-pressure space. The sealing arrangement in accordance with the invention can be used particularly advantageously in pumps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Publication number: 20140157873
    Abstract: Disclosed is a testing apparatus for an outer housing of a pump, wherein the testing apparatus includes a separation element; a first and a second closure element, wherein the first and second closure element respectively close an axial end of the outer housing in a sealing manner; a middle pressure line which is arranged in the first or the second closure element; and a bounding element, wherein the bounding element closes the outlet outside of the outer housing, and wherein a high pressure line is arranged in the bounding element. The separation element is configured and arranged in the outer housing such that the separation element bounds the outlet of the outer housing and the outer housing is divided into a first pressure region and a second pressure region, wherein the first pressure region and the second pressure region are configured as pressure regions independent from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul MEUTER, Thomas WELSCHINGER, Marcelo INFORSATI
  • Publication number: 20130322794
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing arrangement for a rotating shaft which is in particular designed as a drive shaft of a pump. The sealing arrangement has a stationary seal holder in which a first and a second slide ring seal are supported. The slide ring seals each have a co-rotating rotary seal part and a stationary seal part. A sealing space is formed between the slide ring seals and the seal holder to which sealing fluid can be supplied via a feed line. In order to enable good rotor dynamics of the shaft with the seal arrangement, in accordance with the invention a bearing is arranged between the first and the second slide ring seals by means of which the shaft can be supported with respect to the seal holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Paul MEUTER
  • Publication number: 20130315518
    Abstract: A bearing pad, including a pad body (11) and a tilting element (12), for a support body (2) of a bearing arrangement (3) for taking up an axial thrust, characterized in that the tilting element (12) is provided in an elongated recess (111) of the pad body (11) extending in a radial direction such that a contact body (121) of the tilting element (12) extending in the direction of the recess (111) projecting beyond a surface of the pad body (11) and the pad body (11) has a higher deformability than the tilting element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Simon Gassmann, Paul Meuter, Thomas Felix
  • Publication number: 20130315762
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for placement between two components which have a planar contact surface, in particular two housing parts of a pump. The sealing arrangement has an elongate, flexible sealing element whose end region has a termination element thereon, which can carry out a sealing function. The sealing element and the termination element have an overlap region in the end region of the sealing element and thus form a first continuous sealing edge. The sealing edge is maintained also for a displacement of the end region of the sealing element in the direction of the start region within the overlap region. The termination element moreover has a curvature. The curvature and the sealing element are configured so that the sealing element contacts the termination element along the curvature in a pressure-free state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Publication number: 20130315730
    Abstract: A pump for conveying a pump fluid, wherein the pump fluid provided at an inlet pressure at a low pressure side of the pump can be conveyed in the operating state to a high pressure side of the pump rotor by means of a pump rotor rotatably supported about an axis of rotation in a pump stator and wherein a rotor shaft is arranged with the pump rotor at it drive bearing formed as a shaft bearing, characterized in that a lubricating film which is formed from a lubricating fluid formed from the pump fluid can be formed on a drive side of the rotor shaft between the rotor shaft and a drive bearing in a lubricating ring gap, with a lubricant line being provided such that the lubricating fluid can be supplied to the lubricating ring gap between the rotor shaft and the drive bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul MEUTER, Thomas Welschinger
  • Publication number: 20110280741
    Abstract: The invention relates to a helico-axial pump (1) for conveying a multiphase mixture (M), which helico-axial pump (1) includes a rotor (2) rotatably journalled about a longitudinal axis (A) in a pump housing (6) and having a first part rotor (21) and a second part rotor (22), wherein the first part rotor (21) and the second part rotor (22) include a compression stage (K, K1E, K1A, K2E K2A) having a helico-axial impeller (3) and a stator (4) for the compression of the multiphase mixture (M). In accordance with the invention, a hydrodynamic stabilization bush (70) having a stabilization surface (700) is provided and formed between the first part rotor (21) and the second part rotor (22) such that a stabilization gap (8) is formed before the stabilization surface (700) so that a hydrodynamic stabilization layer (S) is formed from a stabilization medium (M) in the stabilization gap (8) in the operating state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Thomas Welschinger
  • Publication number: 20110280706
    Abstract: The invention relates to a helico-axial pump (1) for pumping a multi-phase mixture (M), said helico-axial pump (1) including a rotor (2) rotatably journalled in a pump housing (6) about a longitudinal axis (A), wherein the rotor (2) includes a compression stage (K) with a helico-axial impeller (3) and a stator (4) for the compression of the multi-phase mixture (M). In accordance with the invention a hydrodynamic stabilization element (7, 71, 72, 73) having a stabilization surface (700) is provided in the pump housing (6) and designed such that a stabilization gap (8) is formed upstream of the stabilization medium, so that in the operating state a hydrodynamic stabilization layer (S) can be formed from a stabilization medium in the stabilization gap (S). The invention further relates to a rotor (2) for a helico-axial pump (1), a method for the hydrodynamic journaling of a rotor (2) of a helico-axial pump (1) as well as to a hybrid pump with a rotor (2) for a helico-axial pump 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Paul Meuter, Christopher David Radcliffe, Mônica Alves de Lima Ruguê, Thomas Welschinger
  • Patent number: 7988411
    Abstract: A flow machine for a fluid is presented with a radial sealing gap (9) between stator parts (4) and a rotor (3), wherein at least one wear ring (5) is provided at the sealing gap and is fastened to a stator part (4) via an elastically deformable fastening part. The fastening part (6) is connected on the one side to the stator part (4). On this side a radial gap (8) is formed between an outer jacket surface of the wear ring and the fastening part and, on the other side, with the wear ring. On this side a radial gap (7) is formed between an outer jacket surface of the fastening part and the stator part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Sulzer Pumpen AG
    Inventors: Wolfram Lienau, Paul Meuter