Patents by Inventor Robert F. McElveen

Robert F. McElveen 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: 20220045586
    Abstract: A synchronous electrical motor, which may operate poly-phase electrical power, is configured to operate at a rated flux configuration and a high flux configuration. To enable the high flux configuration, some coils wound about the stator of the electric motor can be designated bypass coils and can be selectively disconnected from the power source supplying the motor with electrical power. The remaining permanent coils continue to receive full line power and generate a rotating magnetic field with an increased magnetic flux. At startup from standstill conditions, the bypass coils are selectively disconnected so that a flux boost occurs and a corresponding increase in output torque of the electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, JR., Richard J. Budzynski, Jukka T. Jarvinen
  • Patent number: 10931212
    Abstract: Unique systems, methods, techniques and apparatuses of motor starters are disclosed. One exemplary embodiment is a synchronous machine including a plurality of stator phase windings, a rotor, a motor starter, and a controller. The motor starter includes a plurality of wye semiconductor switches and a plurality of delta semiconductor switches. The controller is structured to operate the plurality of wye semiconductor switches and the plurality of delta semiconductor switches so as to couple the plurality of stator phase windings in a delta configuration while an angular speed of the rotor is less than a synchronous speed, and structured to operate the plurality of wye semiconductor switches and the plurality of delta semiconductor switches so as to couple the plurality of stator phase windings in a wye configuration in response to the angular speed of the rotor being equal to the synchronous speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Jr., Jukka Jarvinen
  • Patent number: 10651764
    Abstract: A rotor for an LSIPM comprises a plurality of permanent magnets defining a number of poles (“P”) of the LSIPM, and a plurality of rotor bars spaced about the rotor defining a rotor bar area (“BA”). The rotor bars are formed of a conductive material having an associated conductivity (“?RB”). End members are disposed on axial opposite ends of the rotor core. The end members are in electrical contact with the rotor bars. The end members are formed from a material having an associated conductivity (“?EM”). Each end ring member has a minimum geometric cross sectional area (“ERA”) and outer diameter that generally corresponds to the rotor core outer diameter. The ERA is greater than 0.5 times the rotor bar area per the number of poles (BA/P) times a ratio of the rotor bar material conductivity to the end member material conductivity (?RB/?EM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Richard J. Budzynski
  • Publication number: 20200076333
    Abstract: Unique systems, methods, techniques and apparatuses of motor starters are disclosed. One exemplary embodiment is a synchronous machine including a plurality of stator phase windings, a rotor, a motor starter, and a controller. The motor starter includes a plurality of wye semiconductor switches and a plurality of delta semiconductor switches. The controller is structured to operate the plurality of wye semiconductor switches and the plurality of delta semiconductor switches so as to couple the plurality of stator phase windings in a delta configuration while an angular speed of the rotor is less than a synchronous speed, and structured to operate the plurality of wye semiconductor switches and the plurality of delta semiconductor switches so as to couple the plurality of stator phase windings in a wye configuration in response to the angular speed of the rotor being equal to the synchronous speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, JR., Jukka Jarvinen
  • Publication number: 20190058421
    Abstract: A rotor for an LSIPM comprises a plurality of permanent magnets defining a number of poles (“P”) of the LSIPM, and a plurality of rotor bars spaced about the rotor defining a rotor bar area (“BA”). The rotor bars are formed of a conductive material having an associated conductivity (“?RB”). End members are disposed on axial opposite ends of the rotor core. The end members are in electrical contact with the rotor bars. The end members are formed from a material having an associated conductivity (“?EM”). Each end ring member has a minimum geometric cross sectional area (“ERA”) and outer diameter that generally corresponds to the rotor core outer diameter. The ERA is greater than 0.5 times the rotor bar area per the number of poles (BA/P) times a ratio of the rotor bar material conductivity to the end member material conductivity (?RB/?EM).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Richard J. Budzynski
  • Patent number: 10075105
    Abstract: A rotor for an LSIPM comprises a plurality of permanent magnets defining a number of poles (“P”) of the LSIPM, and a plurality of rotor bars spaced about the rotor defining a rotor bar area (“BA”). The rotor bars are formed of a conductive material having an associated conductivity (“?RB”). End members are disposed on axial opposite ends of the rotor core. The end members are in electrical contact with the rotor bars. The end members are formed from a material having an associated conductivity (“?EM”). Each end ring member has a minimum geometric cross sectional area (“ERA”) and outer diameter that generally corresponds to the rotor core outer diameter. The ERA is greater than 0.5 times the rotor bar area per the number of poles (BA/P) times a ratio of the rotor bar material conductivity to the end member material conductivity (?RB/?EM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Richard J. Budzynski
  • Patent number: 9620999
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a high inertial load with a line-start synchronous motor involves providing a rotor core with rotor bars being formed of a highly conductive material. In accordance with one aspect of the method, a user is directed to operatively couple a load to the motor and drive the load from start to at least near synchronous speed during steady state operation of the motor with the load coupled thereto. The load has an inertia that is greater than an inertia associated with a load driven by a like motor subjected to an equivalent range of starting current but having rotor bars formed from a conductive material having a conductivity lower than that the highly conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Richard J. Budzynski, Michael J. Melfi
  • Publication number: 20150303847
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a high inertial load with a line-start synchronous motor involves providing a rotor core with rotor bars being formed of a highly conductive material. In accordance with one aspect of the method, a user is directed to operatively couple a load to the motor and drive the load from start to at least near synchronous speed during steady state operation of the motor with the load coupled thereto. The load has an inertia that is greater than an inertia associated with a load driven by a like motor subjected to an equivalent range of starting current but having rotor bars formed from a conductive material having a conductivity lower than that the highly conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Richard J. Budzynski, Michael J. Melfi
  • Publication number: 20150303747
    Abstract: A rotor for an LSIPM comprises a plurality of permanent magnets defining a number of poles (“P”) of the LSIPM, and a plurality of rotor bars spaced about the rotor defining a rotor bar area (“BA”). The rotor bars are formed of a conductive material having an associated conductivity (“?RB”). End members are disposed on axial opposite ends of the rotor core. The end members are in electrical contact with the rotor bars. The end members are formed from a material having an associated conductivity (“?EM”). Each end ring member has a minimum geometric cross sectional area (“ERA”) and outer diameter that generally corresponds to the rotor core outer diameter. The ERA is greater than 0.5 times the rotor bar area per the number of poles (BA/P) times a ratio of the rotor bar material conductivity to the end member material conductivity (?RB/?EM).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Richard J. Budzynski
  • Publication number: 20140283373
    Abstract: A method includes forming a lamination that may be used in a rotor of an interior permanent magnet motor or further processed for use in a line-start interior permanent magnet motor. The lamination has been optimized for low cogging, minimal usage of magnet material, and maximum torque per ampere and may be further processed to include rotor bars slots to allow the lamination's use in connection with an LSIPM. In accordance with the method, the lamination is formed with magnet slots that are radially inward of the outer diameter. The magnet slots are formed in a plurality of V-shaped arrangements. Each V-shaped arrangement has a leading edge and a trailing edge. The leading edge and trailing edge are arranged such that when the leading edge aligns with a stator tooth, the respective trailing edge is generally not aligned with a stator tooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael J. Melfi, Richard F. Schiferl, Stephen D. Umans, Robert F. McElveen, William E. Martin