Patents by Inventor Peter J. Theisen

Peter J. Theisen 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: 4536814
    Abstract: A D.C. power controller for interrupting a high voltage high current D.C. power line supplying a load (L) from a D.C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Theisen, C. Gregory Chen
  • Patent number: 4527027
    Abstract: A contact structure (40, 44; 62, 63) is arranged to provide oppositely directed parallel current paths within a closed loop magnetic flux amplifier (46) to be directly separable under high overload current conditions, the flux amplifier (46) functioning to arrest the movable contact (62, 63) momentum. Manufacturing economies are realized by subassembling the stationary contact structure (40, 42, 44) and flux amplifier (46) and subsequently trapping one end (42a) of that assembly within the base (4a) and securing the other end with a single screw (68). The movable contact arm (62) comprises a plurality of blanked laminations assembled to provide improved contact (63) mounting and bearing (62d) surfaces. The molded case sidewalls are strengthened in the contact separation area by offsetting the parting line (PL) between cover (6) and base (4) closer to the bottom of base (4) and overlapping the thinner base sidewalls with thicker cover sidewalls at the offset (4e, 6e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Link, John A. Swessel, Jr., Peter J. Theisen
  • Patent number: 4511772
    Abstract: An arc extinguishing structure for a circuit breaker (2) wherein an arc chute is provided with a pair of transverse barrier plates (38) spaced apart to provide a centrally located opening (40) and spaced away from an upstanding wall (4a) of the breaker housing (4) so as to direct ionized gases associated with an electric arc drawn between separating contacts (8,20) through the arc plates (36) and central opening (40) against the upstanding wall (4a) thereby to be redirected along the wall (4a) and exhausted to the atmosphere through unrestricted openings (6a,4b) provided at opposite upper and lower ends of the wall. The barriers (38) project into the areas of the passageways (6a,4b) to prevent direct access to the switch contacts (8,20) through the passageways and to increase the length of the exhaust path for the arc gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Link, John A. Swessel, Jr., Peter J. Theisen
  • Patent number: 4470027
    Abstract: A contact structure (40, 44; 62, 63) is arranged to provide oppositely directed parallel current paths within a closed loop magnetic flux amplifier (46) to be directly separable under high overload current conditions, the flux amplifier (46) functioning to arrest the movable contact (62, 63) momentum. Manufacturing economies are realized by subassembling the stationary contact structure (40, 42, 44) and flux amplifier (46) and subsequently trapping one end (42a) of that assembly within the base (4a) and securing the other end with a single screw (68). The movable contact arm (62) comprises a plurality of blanked laminations assembled to provide improved contact (63) mounting and bearing (62d) surfaces. The molded case sidewalls are strengthened in the contact separation area by offsetting the parting line (PL) between cover (6) and base (4) closer to the bottom of base (4) and overlapping the thinner base sidewalls with thicker cover sidewalls at the offset (4e, 6e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1984
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Link, John A. Swessel, Jr., Peter J. Theisen
  • Patent number: 4462657
    Abstract: A plurality of coil springs (6) are secured to the flat inner surfaces (4a) of a jaw type connector (12) to receive a flat conductor (20, 24) such as a bus bar between the opposed springs, the individual coils of each spring (6) engaging the surfaces of the connector (4) and bus bar (20, 24) to provide a compliant, multiple path electrical connection between the connector and bus bar. The springs are plated with a material having a low interface resistance (Rp) with respect to the resistance of the spring wire (Rw) to minimize the net change in resistance of any individual current path in the event of contact interface breakdown between a spring coil and bus bar or connector, thereby reducing or eliminating harmful damage to the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Albert C. Snowdon, Kenneth A. Forsell, Peter J. Theisen, Emil W. Zarling, David G. Porter
  • Patent number: 4459572
    Abstract: A circuit breaker having a pivotal movable contact arm (6) operated between open and closed positions with a stationary contact (14c) by an overcenter drive spring (8) in response to pivotal movement of a manual operating handle (4). A latch lever (10) is provided to locate the other end of the drive spring (8) and is releasable upon overload currents to carry the point of connection (10d) of the drive spring and latch lever essentially downward in line with the line of action of the drive spring to quickly reduce its force and stored energy, thereby quickly reducing the contact pressure provided thereby and enabling constriction and/or repulsion forces to separate the contacts (6c,14c). A further amount of movement of the latch lever (10) carries the point of connection (10d) of the drive spring and latch lever across the pivot plane of the movable contact arm (6) to separate the contacts. The latch lever (10) is released by a pivotally supported latch arm (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Fajner, Peter J. Theisen, Marian M. Rzepecki
  • Patent number: 4430631
    Abstract: A narrow width, molded case circuit breaker having parallel, oppositely directed current paths in a conductive stationary contact support (8c) and a pivoting movable contact arm (12b) to cause separation of the contacts (10, 16) by repelling electromagnetic forces independently of a manual operating mechanism (6, 22) or a trip mechanism (18, 20, 22, 24, 26). An arc runner (8e) integral with the stationary contact support (8) has a slot communicating with a vent opening (2d) in the case for venting the arc gasses through the arc runner and vent opening. Arc plates (42, 44) are oriented parallel to the arc runner (8e) to reduce resistance to movement of the arc therethrough by means of gas pressure. Insulators (14, 52) are disposed over conductive members comprising the parallel current paths on the opposite side of the contacts from the arc runner to impede any tendency toward arc movement in an undesired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Forsell, William E. Grass, Peter J. Theisen, Michael J. Fajner
  • Patent number: 4420784
    Abstract: A hybrid D.C. power controller of the relay/circuit breaker type that uses a hybrid arrangement of hard contacts (4) and power FET's (18, 20) in cooperative functional combination as the arc quenching means for 270 volt D.C. power systems in low atmospheric pressure environments such as at 80,000 feet altitude in aircraft applications. Also, the relay is provided with arc horns (44c, 48b, 48c, 46c), magnetic field amplifiers (60, 62) looped stationary contacts (44, 46), arc splitters (64, 66), and gas ablating insulating members (60b, 62b, 72, 74, 64b, 66) to enable the relay to interrupt the power circuit if necessary without the help of the power FET's. The power FET's are controlled in both opening and closing the power circuit to afford arcless contact operation in normal load make-break situations. Current and voltage sensing (28, 32) and sampling (CS, VS) circuits determine when to turn the power FET's on after contact arcing has provided the required values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1983
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: C. Gregory Chen, Ping S. Lee, Peter J. Theisen, Slobodan Krstic