Abstract: A fluid-controlled switch capable of being mass produced and densely spaced, having two groups of fluid control inputs, at least two fluid outputs, and an internal movable mass is disclosed. The fluid energy necessary for switching is used economically, fluid power consumption being drastically reduced after switching is complete, even though fluid power input may continue thereafter. The movable mass, which may be a group of little masses, divides the switch into two volume complexes. Switching is caused by a pressure difference between the two complexes. The pressure difference between the two complexes is caused by sufficient flow into one but not the other group of fluid inputs. The switch may be used to switch simultaneously one or more primary signals and corresponding status signals, which may be used to determine whether all switches in a row or column or other grouping within an array of switches are reset.
Abstract: A remote control system for an automotive transmission in an earth-moving vehicle which includes a fluidic variable frequency oscillator having a variable feedback loop controlled by a quadrant lever which acts as a gear shift control. When the lever is moved between spaced transmission control positions, the frequency of the signal at the output is swept through the frequencies corresponding to intermediate control positions. The waveform of the output signal is non-symmetrical having a fixed "off" time and an "on" time which varies in length as an inverse function of the frequency. The output signal is fed to a fluidic transmitter, then through a pair of conduits to a fluidic receiver. The "on" output port of the receiver feeds into a manifold developing pressure therein which varies with the degree of dissymmetry of the wave, that is, inversely with frequency.
Abstract: In an airplane having a pressurized passenger section, with a lavatory sink. The waste water from the lavatory sink is directed either to a toilet tank where it is stored, or to a drain mast line where it is discharged overboard during in-flight operation. A particular fluidic diverting system is used so that when the pressure differential between the passenger compartment and ambient atmosphere is above a certain level, air from the passenger compartment passes through a vent line to cause the fluidic system to operate in a manner that substantially all the waste water is directed through the drain mast line.
Abstract: A torsional reed reference fluidic oscillator operating within 0.1% of the desired frequency over a temperature range of -65.degree. to +165.degree.F and an operating pressure of from 1 to 4 psi. The oscillator includes a torsional reed fluidic amplifier and fluidic feedback means for converting output signals from output ports of the amplifier to first and second input signals having a phase relationship for insuring operation of the apparatus as an oscillator. The amplifier is comprised of first, second and third plates, an elongated reed member, first and second torsional members and a tab, all of which are made of material having negligible thermal coefficient of expansion and negligible change in modulus of elasticity over the temperature range. The reed member is positioned within an elongated slot in the first plate, and is fixed thereto by the first and second torsional members, wherein the major axis of the torsional members is perpendicular to the plane and major axis of the reed member.
October 10, 1974
Date of Patent:
March 9, 1976
General Electric Company
Thomas Shaw Honda, Carl Gustave Ringwall