Patents by Inventor Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller 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: 10443436
    Abstract: An annular duct including a modular annular heat exchanger for a gas turbine engine is provided, where the modular annular heat exchanger includes a plurality of radial modules in circumferentially adjacent arrangement. Each radial module includes a cooled fluid inlet plenum segment, a plurality of blades, and a cooled fluid outlet plenum segment. The plurality of blades is configured in circumferentially adjacent arrangement and defines an angular space that is conformal between each circumferentially adjacent blade. The cooled fluid inlet plenum segment, the plurality of blades, and the cooled fluid outlet plenum segment are in serial axial flow arrangement and define an internal cooled fluid flowpath and an external cooling fluid flowpath parallel to the internal cooled fluid flowpath. Each radial module further includes an inner annular ring segment and an outer annular ring segment. The inner annular ring segment and the outer annular ring segment define a plurality of blade retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Matthew Robert Cerny, Nicholas Taylor Moore
  • Patent number: 10442547
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating engine and electrical machine health are provided. The systems and methods therefore include features that provide for improved health estimates of one or more engines and/or electrical machines of one or more engines having an electrical machine embedded therein or coupled thereto. In particular, the systems and methods therefore include features for utilizing sensed or measured operating parameters of the electrical machines and/or operating parameters of the prime mover to estimate the health of the prime mover and/or the electrical machines embedded therein or coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Sridhar Adibhatla, Michael Thomas Gansler
  • Patent number: 10443412
    Abstract: A variable pitch fan for gas turbine engine is provided. The variable pitch fan includes a plurality of fan blades rotatably coupled to a disk and an actuation assembly for changing a pitch of each of the plurality of fan blades. The actuation assembly generally includes an actuation member operably connected to at least one of the plurality of fan blades and a pin. The pin is movable between a first position in which the pin is positioned at least partially in a channel defined in the actuation member, and a second position. The pin blocks movement of the actuation member relative to the pin past a range defined by the channel when in the first position. The actuation assembly further includes a retraction system for selectively engaging the pin in moving the pin from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller
  • Patent number: 10442541
    Abstract: A propulsion system for an aircraft includes at least two propulsion engines. Each propulsion engine rotates about a longitudinal rotational axis, and a propulsive fan associated with each propulsion engine rotates in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal rotational axis. Each plane is at least one of spaced axially along a fuselage of the aircraft and canted such that each plane does not intersect any other plane associated with another propulsion engine and propulsive fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Ian Francis Prentice
  • Patent number: 10436151
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a core and a tie shaft. The tie shaft is rotatable about an axial direction of the gas turbine engine by the core of the gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine additionally includes a modular fan having a plurality of fan blades and a frame. The plurality fan blades are attached to the frame and the frame is slidably received on the tie shaft of the gas turbine engine. The modular fan additionally includes an attachment member removably attaching the frame to the tie shaft of the gas turbine engine to removably install the modular fan in the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Randy M. Vondrell, Darek Tomasz Zatorski, Daniel Alan Niergarth
  • Patent number: 10421034
    Abstract: Air filter cartridges are disclosed. Also described are air cleaners including the filter cartridges. Methods of assembly and use are also provided. Also, systems of use are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Reichter, Wayne Bishop, Benny K. Nelson, Darrel Wegner, Bruce Crenshaw, Thomas Miller, Donald Mork, Kevin Schrage, Vladimir Kladnitsky, Richard Osendorf, Bradley Kuempel, Thomas Lundgren, Jordan Flagstad
  • Publication number: 20190284182
    Abstract: The present invention provides compounds and compositions thereof which are useful as inhibitors of plasma kallikrein and which exhibit desirable characteristics for the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Nikolaos Papaioannou, Sarah Jocelyn Fink, Thomas Allen Miller, Gerald Wayne Shipps, JR., Jeremy Mark Travins, David Edward Ehmann, Alastair Rae, John Mark Ellard
  • Publication number: 20190263430
    Abstract: A system and method includes determining, with a sensor assembly disposed onboard a first aerial vehicle, a direction in which a fluid flows within or through the first aerial vehicle, and determining an orientation of the first aerial vehicle relative to a second aerial vehicle based at least in part on the direction in which the fluid flows within or through the first aerial vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Eugene Smith, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Wolfgang Daum, Martin Paget, Daniel Rush, Sameh Fahmy, Brad Thomas Costa, Seneca Snyder, Jerry Duncan, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Michael Scott Miner, Shannon Joseph Clouse, Anwarul Azam, Matthew Lawrence Blair, Nidhi Naithani, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki, Scott Daniel Nelson, Nikhil Uday Naphade, Wing Yeung Chung, Daniel Malachi Ballesty, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Jeffret James Kisak, Dale Martin DiDomenico, Suresh Govindappa, Manibabu Pippalla, Sethu Madhavan, Jared Klineman Cooper, Huan Tan, John Michael Lizzi, Charles Burton Theurer, Balajee Kannan, Romano Patrick, Brad Thomas Costa, James D. Brooks, Micahel Scott Miner, Harry Kirk Matthews, JR., Bradford Wayne Miller, Neeraja Subrahmaniyan, Brian Joseph McManus, Frank Wawrzyniak, Ralph C. Haddock, III, Robert James Foy, James Glen Corry, Steven Andrew Kellner, Joseph Mario Nazareth, Brian William Schroeck, Shawn Arthur McClintic
  • Publication number: 20190265115
    Abstract: Force measurement systems and methods are disclosed for accurate real-time measurement of forces. The system is configured to measure force as a function of time. The system may comprise a handheld device capable of measuring a force externally applied to opposing surface regions thereof for the purpose of monitoring or directing isometric exercises for personal wellness. Additionally, the system may be configured to communicate force measurement data to a remote device or server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Kostadin Dimitrov YANEV, Stephen Vance COOPER, Jonathan Victor Samuel BORO, Ben TEMPLE, Jesse Wayne MILLER, Ludmil Borissov KALAYDJIYSKI, Angel Georgiev VASSILEV
  • Patent number: 10392119
    Abstract: A propulsion system for an aircraft includes an electric propulsion engine configured to be mounted to the aircraft at an aft end of the aircraft. The electric propulsion engine includes a power gearbox mechanically coupled to an electric motor. The electric propulsion engine further includes a fan rotatable about a central axis of the electric propulsion engine by the electric motor through the power gearbox. Moreover, the electric propulsion engine includes an attachment assembly for mounting at least one of the electric motor or the power gearbox. The attachment assembly includes a torsional damper for accommodating a torsional vibration of the electric motor or the power gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Randy M. Vondrell, Brandon Wayne Miller, Patrick Michael Marrinan
  • Patent number: 10392970
    Abstract: A shaft assembly for a rotary machine, the rotary machine includes a low pressure compressor, a high pressure compressor, a high pressure turbine, and a low pressure turbine. The shaft assembly includes an outer shaft configured to couple the high pressure compressor to the high pressure turbine. The outer shaft includes a first forward bearing assembly positioned forward of the high pressure compressor, and a first aft bearing assembly positioned between the high pressure compressor and the high pressure turbine. The shaft assembly also includes an inner shaft rotatable about a common axis with the outer shaft that at least partially extends about the inner shaft. The inner shaft is configured to couple the low pressure compressor to the low pressure turbine. The inner shaft includes a second forward bearing assembly positioned forward of the low pressure compressor, and a second aft bearing assembly positioned proximate the high pressure turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bugra Han Ertas, Brandon Wayne Miller
  • Patent number: 10392120
    Abstract: A propulsion system for an aircraft is provided having a propulsion engine configured to be mounted to the aircraft. The propulsion engine includes an electric machine defining an electric machine tip speed during operation. The propulsion system additionally includes a fan rotatable about a central axis of the electric propulsion engine with the electric machine. The fan defines a fan pressure ratio, RFP, and includes a plurality of fan blades, each fan blade defining a fan blade tip speed. The electric propulsion engine defines a ratio of the fan blade tip speed to electric machine tip speed that is within twenty percent of the equation, 1.68×RFP?0.518, such that the propulsion engine may operate at a desired efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Randy M. Vondrell, Brandon Wayne Miller, Patrick Michael Marrinan
  • Publication number: 20190257247
    Abstract: A method of operating a thermal management system for a gas turbine engine includes determining the gas turbine engine is in a first operating mode; transferring heat from a first heat source exchanger to a heat sink system in response to determining the gas turbine engine is in the first operation mode, the first heat source exchanger thermally coupled to a first system/component of the gas turbine engine; determining the gas turbine engine is in a second operating mode, the second operating mode being different than the first operating mode; and transferring heat from a second heat source exchanger to the heat sink system in response to determining the gas turbine engine is in the second operation mode, the second heat source exchanger thermally coupled to a second system/component of the gas turbine engine, the second system/component being different than the first system/component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Kishanjit Pal, Arnab Sen, Pranav R. Kamat, Brandon Wayne Miller, Daniel Alan Niergarth
  • Publication number: 20190249599
    Abstract: An aeronautical gas turbine engine includes a turbomachine including a compressor section, a combustion section, a turbine section, and an exhaust section in serial flow order. The aeronautical gas turbine engine additionally includes a closed cycle heat engine including a compressor configured to compress a working fluid; a primary heat exchanger in thermal communication with the turbomachine and the working fluid, the primary heat exchanger configured to transfer heat from the turbomachine to the working fluid; an expander coupled to the compressor for expanding the working fluid; and an output shaft driven by the expander.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Arnab Sen, Brandon Wayne Miller, Bhaskar Nanda Mondal, Kishanjit Pal, Daniel Alan Niergarth
  • Patent number: 10378479
    Abstract: A turbofan engine is provided having a fan and a core in flow communication with the fan. The turbofan engine also includes a nacelle assembly enclosing the fan and at least a portion of the core to define a bypass passage with the core. The nacelle assembly includes a fan cowl extending around the fan and a thrust reverser system. The thrust reverser system is movable between a fully stowed position, a partially deployed position, and a fully deployed position. The thrust reverser system is configured to be held in the partially deployed position to allow an additional amount of airflow to exit from the bypass passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Timothy Franer, Brandon Wayne Miller
  • Patent number: 10374949
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that allow clients to connect resource instances to virtual networks in provider network environments via private IP. Via private IP linking methods and apparatus, a client of a provider network can establish private IP communications between the client's resource instances on the provider network and the client's resource instances provisioned in the client's virtual network via links from the private IP address space of the virtual network to the private IP address space of the provider network. The provider network client resource instances remain part of the client's provider network implementation and may thus also communicate with other resource instances on the provider network and/or with entities on external networks via public IP while communicating with the virtual network resource instances via private IP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Christopher Miller, Andrew Bruce Dickinson, Eric Wayne Schultze, Ian Roger Searle, Shane Ashley Hall, Deepak Mohan, David Brian Lennon
  • Patent number: 10371096
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a core turbine engine and a fan mechanically coupled to the core turbine engine. The fan includes a plurality of fan blades, each fan blade defining a base and an inner end along a radial direction of the gas turbine engine. The fan also includes a hub covering the base of each of the plurality of fan blades. Further, the fan includes one or more bearings for supporting rotation of the plurality of fan blades. The one or more bearings define a fan bearing radius along a radial direction of the gas turbine engine. Similarly, the hub defines a hub radius along the radial direction of the gas turbine engine. The ratio of the hub radius to the fan bearing radius is less than about three, providing for desired packaging of the various components within the fan of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Darek Tomasz Zatorski
  • Publication number: 20190217150
    Abstract: The problems of efficiency and safety when exercising is solved in at least one aspect while maintaining low-complexity and portability by use of the presented translating exercise lifting bar. Further provided here is an exercise lifting bar having hand grips with integral loading surfaces, the loading surfaces having plates applied. Also provided is an exercise lifting bar with a spring to and resist the translation, a translation limiter to limit the motion between the members, and an attachment feature configured to connect a cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Edge Prototype LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Donald Scott Yeager, Martin Carlos Todd
  • Publication number: 20190218971
    Abstract: A heat engine comprising a compressor providing a flow of compressed air from a core flowpath of the heat engine; a cooled cooling air (CCA) heat exchanger system to which the flow of compressed air is provided from the compressor; a coolant supply system providing a flow of coolant to the CCA heat exchanger in thermal communication with the flow of compressed air at the CCA heat exchanger, in which the coolant supply system and CCA heat exchanger together define a CCA circuit through which the compressed air flows in thermal communication with the coolant; and a hot section disposed downstream of the compressor section along the core flowpath through which combustion gases flow, in which the hot section defines a secondary flowpath through which the flow of compressed air from the CCA heat exchanger is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, Jeffrey Douglas Rambo, Matthew Robert Cerny
  • Publication number: 20190217963
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a compressor section and a turbine section together defining a core air flowpath. Additionally, a rotary component is rotatable with at least a portion of the compressor section and at least a portion of the turbine section. An electric machine is mounted coaxially with the rotary component and positioned at least partially inward of the core air flowpath along a radial direction of the gas turbine engine. A cavity wall defines at least in part a buffer cavity surrounding at least a portion of the electric machine to thermally insulate the electric machine, e.g., from the relatively high temperatures within the core air flowpath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Kupiszewski, Brandon Wayne Miller, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Randy M. Vondrell