Resilient Shock Or Vibration Absorber Patents (Class 267/136)
  • Patent number: 9638775
    Abstract: A connecting device for a magnetic system of an imaging system includes a holding element for connection of the connecting device to a power supply connection of the magnetic system, and a connecting element for connection of the connecting device to a power supply cable for operation of the magnetic system. The connecting device also includes an oscillation damping device having a spring element. The oscillation damping device is operable to dampen oscillations of the magnetic system that act on the connecting device by way of the holding element, with respect to the connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Dietz, Andreas Krug, Joerg Riegler
  • Patent number: 9637162
    Abstract: A rack guide unit includes a closure member, a rack guide, and an urging unit. The closure member is secured to an external opening end of an accommodation portion of a housing. The rack guide is accommodated in the accommodation portion so as to be movable in an advancing/withdrawing direction and supports the rack shaft so that the rack shaft is slidable in an axial direction. The urging unit is arranged between the closure member and the rack guide. The urging unit includes a stack of a plurality of coned disc springs urging the rack guide toward the rack shaft and arranged in an identical orientation, and an auxiliary coned disc spring that serves as a holding member holding the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Taenaka
  • Patent number: 9625284
    Abstract: A shock mount assembly for a sensor protector apparatus is provided. The shock mount assembly comprises a support structure having a geometric configuration, with the support structure including at least one side wall having an outer edge section that defines a periphery of the support structure, and at least one mounting surface substantially perpendicular to the side wall. The mounting surface is configured for coupling at least one electronic device to the support structure. A shock absorber is mounted to at least a portion of the outer edge section, with the shock absorber substantially surrounding the periphery of the support structure. The shock mount assembly is configured for a non-isolated system, and is configured to protect the electronic device during vibration or shock events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Todd Loren Braman, Scott James Goepfert, Terrance Troske
  • Patent number: 9580924
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method, system and apparatus for resisting and restraining potentially destructive movement within a building structure while introducing little or no obstruction with respect to how a building structure is designed and how it is intended to function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TAYLOR DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas P. Taylor, Michael C. Constantinou, John C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 9556922
    Abstract: End members (204) for a gas spring assembly (200) include an end member body (226) that is formed from a polymeric material. The end member body (226) includes an end wall (234) and a bumper mount (258) that is integrally formed with at least the end wall (234) from the polymeric material of the end member body (226). The bumper mount (258) projects axially from the end wall (234) in a first direction. The end member (204) includes a central support post (256) that extends from the end wall (234) in a direction opposite the bumper mount (258). The end member (204) also includes an insert (272) that is at least partially embedded within at least one of the bumper mount (258) and the central support post wall (256). Gas spring assemblies and suspension systems are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen R. Egolf, Stephen C. Street
  • Patent number: 9483605
    Abstract: A novel probabilistic method for analyzing high cycle fatigue (HCF) in a design of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The method may comprise identifying a component of the gas turbine engine for high cycle fatigue analysis, inputting parametric data of the component over a predetermined parameter space into at least one computer processor, using the at least one computer processor to build a plurality of flexible models of the component based on the parametric data of the component over the predetermined parameter space, using the at least one computer processor to build a plurality of emulators of the component based on the plurality of flexible models, and using the at least one computer processor to predict a probability of HCF based at least in part on the parametric data of the component over the predetermined parameter space and the plurality of emulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert J. Morris, Benjamin D. Hall, Lauren Gray, Ming-Ta Yang, Perry Bowes
  • Patent number: 9451117
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a contact glass provided at an upper surface of a main body of the apparatus to set a manuscript thereon, an image sensor being positioned below the contact glass and having a reading surface on contact glass side for reading an image from the manuscript on the contact glass, a carriage supporting the image sensor accommodated in a sensor container formed to have a recess open to the contact glass side, a rail member slidably supporting the carriage, and a biasing member biasing the image sensor to the contact glass side via a biased portion adjacent to the reading surface of the image sensor. An upper end of the biasing member is positioned below the contact glass and above the lower surface of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiromi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9428021
    Abstract: A jounce bumper is used in a suspension system of a vehicle. The jounce bumper comprises an outer member comprising a base portion and a sidewall extending from said base portion. The sidewall of the outer member is flexible relative to the base portion. The base portion and the sidewall define a cavity such that the outer member has a cup-shaped configuration. A bumper is at least partially seated within the cavity of the outer member. The bumper is compressible into the cavity of the outer member such that the bumper expands against the sidewall of the outer member, which forces the sidewall of the outer member to flex and expand radially outward. An isolation layer is disposed on the base of the outer member outside of the cavity and separates the outer member from either the strut assembly or the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ashish M. Gollapalli, Sadiq Al-Dahhan
  • Patent number: 9314062
    Abstract: The present shock absorbing layer for a helmet includes a base plate and a plurality of spaced apart, independently and elastically collapsible, shock absorbing members. These hollow shock absorbing members define a closed perimeter wall extending upwardly from the base plate to an open top end sized to cause negligible reduction of fluid flow exiting the shock absorbing member. The closed perimeter wall includes a first portion with opposed inner and outer surfaces each having the shape of a frustum, and a second portion with opposed inner and outer surfaces each also having the shape of a frustum. These inner surfaces are interconnected through relatively radially wider ends of their respective frustums to define an inner angle therebetween of less than 180 degrees. These outer surfaces are interconnected through relatively radially wider ends of their respective frustums to define an outer angle therebetween of greater than 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: CORTEX ARMOUR INC.
    Inventors: Michael Marz, Jeffrey Dalzell
  • Patent number: 9300872
    Abstract: A hybrid stabilizer isolates a payload from vibrations across six degrees of freedom using an underdamped passive stabilizer in series with an active stabilizer that is mounted to the foundation, thereby improving isolation. In a first aspect, the passive stabilizer is one or more underdamped springs that reduce high frequency vibrations and in some embodiments the passive stabilizer is tuned to a resonant frequency at most half the control loop frequency of the active stabilizer. The active stabilizer is a six-axis motion platform that reduces or eliminates low frequency vibrations, particularly around the resonant frequency of the passive stabilizer. In a second aspect, the hybrid stabilizer isolates one or more cameras and is mounted to a vehicle, reducing motion blur and improving camera tracking, thereby enhancing the quality of images captured by the cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Tolo, Inc.
    Inventor: Iain Richard Tyrone McClatchie
  • Patent number: 9249856
    Abstract: A vibration isolator can include an upper housing defining an upper fluid chamber; a lower housing defining a lower fluid chamber; a piston resiliently coupled to the upper housing with an upper elastomer member, the piston being resiliently coupled to the lower housing with a lower elastomer member; a tuning passage associated with the piston; and a tuning fluid disposed within the upper fluid chamber, the lower fluid chamber, and the tuning passage, the tuning fluid comprising a polytungstate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Taeoh Lee, Maurice D. Griffin, Michael R. Smith, Michael Seifert
  • Patent number: 9248717
    Abstract: A shock absorber for a vehicle having a damper and a first and second springs mounted coaxially around the damper and a preload adjuster for partially compressing at least one of the springs independently of the compression stroke. In one embodiment the preload adjuster is remotely controllable. In another embodiment the shock absorber includes an additional mechanism for preloading at least one of the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: 9150305
    Abstract: A replacement vibration absorbing device for replacing a wear wrap on a flexbeam includes a sleeve having a plurality of layers of vibration absorbing material, wherein an edge of the sleeve is cut so that the sleeve may be installed around a generally central portion of a flexbeam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua Mancher, Lewis L. Kristie, Marcus D. Cappelli
  • Patent number: 9073592
    Abstract: A height adjustable seat tube includes an outer tube and an inner tube is inserted into the outer tube. An end cap is fixed to the inner tube and a valve unit in the inner tube extends through the end cap and co-movable linearly with the inner tube. An inlet valve is connected to the inner tube. An oil tube is connected between the inlet valve and the valve unit. A first oil room is defined between the oil tube and the valve unit. An oil storage member is connected between a connection member and the end cap. A first air room is defined between the inlet valve, the oil storage member and the inner tube. A second oil room is defined between the oil tube, the oil storage member and the end cap. An oil path is in communication between the first and second oil rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jung Yu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9067088
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the length of a flexible link according to the pulling force exerted on the link, the continuous link passing through the device between two substantially opposite input/output ends of the device. The device includes elements for producing at least one link loop whose extent can vary according to the pulling force, at least one return element tending to increase the extent of the loop up to a predefined maximum in the absence of pulling force on the link and which corresponds to a reduction of the apparent length of the link on which the device is placed, the pulling force of the link resulting in a reduction of the extent of the loop up to a predefined minimum and which corresponds to an elongation of the apparent length of the link on which the device is placed. Devices with S loop or omega loop are described together with a comfort unit for a strap harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: TRACTEL SAS
    Inventor: Patrick Vieux
  • Patent number: 9057425
    Abstract: A flexure support apparatus for providing multiple axes support to reciprocating members for an energy conversion process includes a base having a sleeved opening disposed therethrough a central portion of the base and a plurality of apertures also disposed therethrough the base that are positioned outside of the sleeved opening, also included in a plurality of flexible finger assemblies that are positioned in an offset manner on opposing sides of the base. Further included is a pair of piston assemblies that are disposed within opposing ends of the sleeved opening being supported by the plurality of flexible finger assemblies, wherein the piston assemblies move in opposing and equal amounts in reciprocating movement within the sleeved opening being supported and controlled by the plurality of flexible finger assemblies, thus the pair of piston assemblies are able to do compressive work on a fluid within the sleeve without bearings or seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Hendershott
  • Patent number: 9052614
    Abstract: A vibration control apparatus includes a first spring mechanism to support a first object as part of a first system. To control vibration of the first object, a first actuator applies a force to the first object via a command value generated by a first computing based on an output of a detection system. The detection system includes a second spring mechanism to support a second object as part of a second system. A third spring mechanism supports a third object as part of a third system. The first displacement detector detects displacement of the third object relative to the second object. The third object is prevented from being displaced relative to the second object. A second natural frequency of the second system is higher than a first natural frequency of the first system, and a third natural frequency of a third system is higher than the first natural frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryo Nawata, Katsumi Asada
  • Publication number: 20150123417
    Abstract: An actuator includes an effective stiffness. The effective stiffness is based at least in part on non-linear deflection characteristics of buckling. A method of varying an effective stiffness of an actuator includes providing an actuator and varying an effective stiffness of the actuator based at least in part on non-linear deflection characteristics of buckling. Another method of varying an effective stiffness of an actuator includes applying a load to a member. The load causes the member to buckle, and the buckling produces non-linear deflection of the member. The method further includes varying an effective stiffness of an actuator based at least in part on the non-linear deflection of the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Volkan Patoglu
  • Publication number: 20150114762
    Abstract: A damping arrangement for damping the opening noise between the frame part and armature part of a machinery brake of an elevator hoisting machine, the machinery brake being opened with an electromagnet, includes a number of channels machined around a magnetizing coil in the frame part of the machinery brake and channels corresponding to them machined in the armature part, into which channels at least one damping element is fixed by means of fixings. The machinery brake of an elevator hoisting machine includes a frame part, an armature part that is movable with respect to the frame part and is installed at the end of the air gap from the frame part, the armature part being moved by means of an electromagnet that is in the frame part towards the frame part for opening the machinery brake and by means of one or more work springs acting between the frame part and the armature part for closing the machinery brake, and a damping arrangement for damping the opening noise between the frame part and armature part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mika Olkkonen, Antti Saarelainen
  • Publication number: 20150115098
    Abstract: An aircraft comprising a mechanical connection device including a body that extends along a longitudinal axis. The body comprises two opposite end portions disposed along the longitudinal axis and adapted to receive external axial loads in compression and in tension, a spring member that is adapted to be compressed axially, and a mechanism which, in the event of external axial loads in compression or in tension on the end portions, is able to transmit to the spring member compression forces oriented in opposite directions according to whether the external axial loads are in compression or in tension. This device forms a flexible connection that accommodates equally well external loads in compression and in tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Nicolas Imbert, Wofgang Brochard
  • Patent number: 9016672
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a handheld working tool comprising a motor part (10), a handle part (20) comprising a handle grip (21), and at least one first type antivibration element (30) arranged between said motor part (10) and said handle part (20), and which element (30) is adapted to isolate the handle part (20) from vibrations in the motor part (10). The working tool (1) is characterized in that it further comprises at least one second type antivibration element (40) arranged adjacent to the first type antivibration element (30). The at least one second type antivibration element (40) is adapted to, when in an active state, prevent vibrations in the motor part (10) from being transferred to the handle grip (21). The second antivibration element (40) is in the active state when the handle grip (21) is loaded during operation of the working tool (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Thomas Englund, Pär Martinsson
  • Patent number: 9004242
    Abstract: Apparatus for absorbing shock, particularly repetitive shocks, comprises a frame and a shock-absorbing component comprising a shape memory alloy (SMA). In one type of apparatus, one or more SMA rings (65) are mounted on brackets (64) on a frame (62, 63) so that shock received by the frame from one direction changes the shape of the rings into ellipses with major chords in a first direction, and shock received by the frame from the opposite direction changes the shape of the rings into ellipses with major chords in a second direction which is at right angles to the first direction. In other types of apparatus, SMA shock-absorbing components (16, 27, 37, 46, 89) are mounted in a frame (11, 12,13,14,15,17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 34, 35, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47) so that the way in which the shock-absorbing component is deformed is independent of the direction of the shock received by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Darel E. Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8991799
    Abstract: A shock absorbing assembly (10) has a front plate (12) and a rear plate (14) separated by spacers (16). The plates and the spacers each have holes (18A, 18B), the upper holes (18A) in the front plate preferably being threaded. Fasteners, such as but not limited to threaded rods (22A, 22B) and locknuts (24A, 24B), hold the spacers in position between the front plate and the rear plate. The threaded rods (22A) are screwed into the threaded holes in the front plate but do not protrude from the front face of the front plate. The threaded rods (22A) are secured by locknuts 24A on one end and the threaded rods (22B) are secured by locknuts 24B on both ends. The rear plate also has a pair of engagement plates (20) which position the assembly on the catwalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: J. Thomas Ellis
  • Patent number: 8978535
    Abstract: Articulating protective systems for resisting mechanical loads and related methods are generally described. The protective structures described herein can incorporate one or more features that enhance the ability of the structure to resist an applied force while remaining sufficiently flexible to allow for movement of the object or person the structure is designed to protect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Christine Ortiz, Mary C. Boyce, Juha Song, Steffen H. Reichert
  • Patent number: 8973886
    Abstract: An active vibration control device is provided that is configured to control the position of a body relative to a reference frame. The control device includes sensors that provide input signals corresponding to movement of the body in at least one direction, a rotary rotary actuator configured to control the position of the body, and four-bar linkage connecting the rotary rotary actuator to the body. The linkage converts the rotary motion output from the rotary actuator into a linear motion of the body. The controller, based on the input signals from the reference frame sensors, provides control signals to the rotary rotary actuator which acts through the linkage to position the body in the at least one direction relative to the position of the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Breen, Mark A. Hayner
  • Patent number: 8967534
    Abstract: An aircraft vehicular assembly is provided that includes a nonelastomeric outer tubular member having an inner axial center bore with a tubular cylindrical frictional interface contiguous smooth inner surface segment, and a nonelastomeric inner member having an outer bonding surface segment. The nonelastomeric inner member is rotationally received in the outer member inner axial center bore with the nonelastomeric inner strut member rotatable within said outer member. An elastomer encompasses the nonelastomeric inner strut member outer bonding surface segment. The elastomer has an inner bonding surface segment and an outer grooved elastomer surface, the inner bonding surface segment is bonded to the nonelastomeric inner member outer bonding surface segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Bachmeyer, Doug Hodgson, Darrin M. Jones, Nicholas V. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8967348
    Abstract: A tuned mass damper comprising a frame, at least one bendable spring element being connected from its ends to the frame, and at least one mass element being connected to the spring element at a distance from the ends of the spring element, at least one movable spring support element for adjusting the tuning frequency of the damper, and means for moving the spring support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wärtsilä Finland Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Mikonaho, Hannu Tienhaara, Peter Andersson, Paul Klinge, Petteri Kokkonen, Hannu Sainio
  • Patent number: 8960390
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle-mounted active vibration reducing device wherein vibrations in a plurality of directions are reduced by a single dynamic damper. Since an actuator is attached so as to be supported by an elastic member attached to a bracket, the actuator can be used as a mass of a dynamic damper. The moving directions of the actuator are the forward and rearward directions, and are different from the moving directions of the dynamic damper using the actuator as a mass, i.e., the upward and downward directions. Accordingly, vibrations can be controlled in the forward and rearward directions which correspond to the moving directions of the actuator as well as the upward and downward directions which correspond to the moving directions of the dynamic damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunori Kobayashi, Toshio Inoue
  • Patent number: 8950513
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling drill string vibrations and applying a force to a drill bit include a body having a first piston at an uphole end in association with a drill string and a second piston at a downhole end in association with a drill bit. A first biasing member urges the first piston outward to provide a first force in an uphole direction to the drill string. A second biasing member urges the second piston outward to provide a second force in a downhole direction to the drill bit. When vibration from the drill string compresses the first biasing member, the first force resists the vibration and maintains the apparatus and drill bit in a consistent orientation. When an uphole force from the drill string or the drill bit compresses the second biasing member, the second force prevents movement of the drill bit in an uphole direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8950739
    Abstract: The first corner portion elastically deforms in application of load such that the angle of the first corner portion changes depending on the pressing force from the first member. In this case, the first corner portion can move toward the outside of the inner periphery portion of the main body portion while the angle changes. The second corner portion has the same function as that of the first corner portion, and it can move toward the outside of the outer periphery portion of the main body portion while the angle changes depending on the pressing force from the second member in the elastic deformation of the second corner portion. As a result, the spring can prevent generation of hysteresis in load characteristics without increasing the number of parts, and enables height adjustment of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Tajima, Jun Tominaga, Hidemasa Ito
  • Patent number: 8931765
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing vibration isolation for a MEMS device are provided. In at least one embodiment, a system comprises a first assembly and a second assembly, wherein the second assembly and the first assembly are joined together, enclosing the MEMS device, wherein the joined first assembly and the second assembly have a recessed groove formed on an interior surface. Further, the system comprises a rigid support encircling the MEMS device, the rigid support fitting within the recessed groove; and at least one mount isolator in contact with a plurality of surfaces of the rigid support, wherein the at least one mount isolator interfaces the plurality of surfaces of the rigid support with the first assembly and the second assembly, when the first assembly and the second assembly are joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Todd L. Braman, Scott James Goepfert
  • Patent number: 8925892
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support device for the gun sight of a military vehicle, incorporating a head to which the gun sight is fastened and a foot which is integral with the vehicle, the head being integral with a column with a vertical axis which is introduced into the foot, the column being made integral with the foot by spring means wherein the spring means are constituted in the form of tongues arranged along at least two parallel planes perpendicular to the vertical axis of the support, each plane incorporating at least three tongues evenly spaced angularly around the column and integral with it by a first end and integral with the foot by their second end, these spring means imparting stiffness to the link between the column and the foot that is less along the vertical axis than along the other directions (X, Y) orthogonal to this vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nexter Systems
    Inventor: Olivier Germenot
  • Patent number: 8915340
    Abstract: Actuator arrangement with an actuator (8), a reference mass (22), a spring (24) and a first sensor (26; 42, 43; 32, 36). The actuator (8) applies a force between a first object (2) relative to a second object (16; 54). The reference mass (22) is, in use, supported by a third object (16; 56) by means of the spring (24). The first sensor (26; 42, 43; 32, 36) generates a first distance signal that depends on a first distance (z2; z5,z6; z3,z4) between the reference mass (22) and the first object (2) and is provided to a controller (6) to actuate the actuator (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Johannes Vervoordeldonk, Theo Anges Maria Ruijl, Robertus Mathijs Gerardus Rijs, Johannes Cornelius Antonius Muller
  • Patent number: 8917486
    Abstract: A vibration generating apparatus with high yield, low cost, and can exhibit vibration tactile haptic effects even with variation in the natural frequency of a mechanical vibrator, including a damping system having a damping ratio ?<1 to support a mechanical vibrator to a fastening part, and a magnetizing unit generating a dynamic magnetic field to vibrate the mechanical vibrator by non-contact, the mechanical vibrator generating a beat vibration by making the frequency of a drive voltage applied to the magnetizing unit, from a drive start or middle of drive, to be a non-resonant frequency out of a damped natural frequency of the mechanical vibrator, wherein the apparatus comprises a forced vibration control unit controlling to stop application of the drive voltage, in a beat wave defining an amplitude of the beat vibration, at a second valley part after a first peak part from the side of the drive start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Seimitsu Corporation
    Inventor: Miyazaki Masahiko
  • Patent number: 8910759
    Abstract: A vibration damper including a cylinder with a cylinder-side connection member. The at least one mounted component is fastened to the cylinder by a material bond. The cylinder and the mounted component are made of plastic. The mounted component and/or the cylinder are based on at least one ready-prepared semi-finished product that forms the surface of the vibration damper on at least one body side in the final state. Plastic supplemental volume fractions determine the finished body contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Leichtbau-Zentrum Sachsen GmbH
    Inventors: Hendrik Marquar, Manfred Schuler, Josef Renn, Klaus Stretz, Karin Sundermann, Michael Zutzmann, Werner Hufenbach, Martin Lepper, Jens Werner, Enrico Ladusch, Stefan Effmert
  • Publication number: 20140346719
    Abstract: A vibration insulating member is equipped between one component and an other component. The vibration insulating member includes a through hole forming portion and a contact portion. The through hole forming portion is formed of an elastic material to have a through hole in which a connection member is inserted to connect the one component with the other component. The contact portion is projected radially inward from an inner wall of the through hole forming portion. The contact portion has an inner wall on a radially inside. When the connection member is inserted in the through hole, an outer wall of the connection member forms a gap with the inner wall of the through hole forming portion and is in contact with the inner wall of the contact portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Kaneko, Taiki Yasuzaka
  • Patent number: 8894052
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for oscillation isolation by means of an air bearing. The electropneumatic valves (4) for the compressed-air supply to the air bearing are subjected to a dither signal. This causes additional vibration of the mass 1 to be isolated. A compensation signal transmitter (12) ensures that additional vibration of the mass (1) is suppressed, by controlling actuators (10). Overall, hysteresis effects are avoided in the control of the compressed-air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Integrated Dynamics Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Heiland
  • Publication number: 20140339747
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system includes a top frame for mounting to a vehicle seat. The top frame has integral rails or channels with roller tracks at one end and vibration dampening systems at the other. An opposing pair of the roller tracks includes a vibratory dampening or regulation system that controls the amount of fore and aft travel of the top frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: CVG MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raju Bethina, Anurag Sharda, Andrew Schultz
  • Patent number: 8888079
    Abstract: A vibration isolator having an upper housing defining an upper fluid chamber, a lower housing defining a lower fluid chamber, a piston resiliently disposed within the upper housing and the lower housing, a tuning passage defined by the piston, for providing fluid communication between the upper fluid chamber and the lower fluid chamber, a tuning fluid disposed within the tuning passage, the upper fluid chamber, and the lower fluid chamber. A reservoir in fluid communication with the upper fluid chamber for providing pressurization control of the vibration isolator. An expanded accumulator region for providing Increased pressure retention during maintenance and operation of the vibration isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Smith, Frank B. Stamps
  • Patent number: 8882450
    Abstract: A device for supporting and securing a piece of equipment on an aircraft engine or nacelle case, including a vibration damper including a first part secured to the case and a second coaxial part rigidly connected to the piece of equipment, the damper associated with a safety member configured to hold the damper in place on the case in the event of damper failure or breakage. The safety member, which is independent of the damper, is mounted astride the damper and secured to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hispano Suiza
    Inventors: Brice Boucher, Jean-Marc Cosquer, Alain Guerber, Jacques Russmann
  • Publication number: 20140325744
    Abstract: A shock absorber, for use with headgear having a faceguard, has a sliding member that does not extend beyond the support structure of the shock absorber in a way that would leave it vulnerable to damage. A headgear having a faceguard provides a protected mounting location for mounting a shock absorber for the faceguard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Klein, Aaron Engel
  • Patent number: 8876092
    Abstract: A mounting assembly comprising an inner mounting sleeve having a cylindrical shank, wherein an end of the mounting sleeve is configured to be mounted to a support structure of a motorized device. The assembly comprises an inner grommet having a cylindrical shank, an axial opening of the inner grommet shank configured to accommodate the mounting sleeve shank there-through. The assembly comprises an outer ring sleeve having a cylindrical shank, the outer ring sleeve disposed around a portion of the inner grommet shank, the outer ring sleeve shank configured to accommodate an eyelet of a mounting arm there-around. The assembly comprises an outer grommet having a cylindrical shank, an axial opening of the outer grommet shank configured to accommodate the inner grommet shank there-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lennox Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Wojcieson
  • Patent number: 8876091
    Abstract: An insulating coating (1) with high damping power and suitable for being fastened to a structure (2). The coating comprises a dissipater mesh made up of a plurality of dissipater elements (3) and of nodes (4) with the bottom end (4?) of each node being fastened to said structure (2). Each dissipater element is secured to first and second nodes (6, 7). The bottom ends (4?) of said nodes (4) project from said dissipater elements (3) so as to be suitable for creating an empty space (5) between the dissipater elements (3) and said structure (2). In addition, at least one dissipater element (3) is provided with at least one branch (10, 20) provided with a heavy element (30, 31, 32). The heavy element (30, 31, 32) has a first mass that is greater than or equal to a second mass of said branch (10, 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventors: Thomas Manfredotti, Julien Caillet
  • Publication number: 20140319744
    Abstract: An energy absorbing and transmitting material comprising a framework of interconnected units comprising at least one unit having a base and a protrusion or cone extending from the base along an axis, and at least one connecting member or rod that connects the unit to at least one adjacent unit, the connecting members extending substantially perpendicular to the axis of the unit from the base, where the framework is comprised of a single elastic material throughout, or configured so that when the framework is perturbed by tilting the unit towards the adjacent unit, the adjacent unit is tilted towards the unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Randy KLIGERMAN, Brian C. JAMIESON, Michael S. DU MARESQ
  • Patent number: 8869822
    Abstract: A gas pressure regulator adapted for being mounted to a gas cylinder is provided. The gas pressure regulator includes a body defining a front portion and opposed side portion and a plurality of gas pressure indicators mounted to the front portion of the body. A bonnet is mounted to an exterior portion of the body, and a pressure adjustment knob is mounted to one of the side portions of the body, proximate the bonnet, and horizontally relative to a longitudinal axis of the pressurized gas cylinder. An energy absorbing device is operatively engaged with the pressure adjustment knob and the bonnet, the energy absorbing device being capable of absorbing energy from impact loads imposed on the pressure adjustment knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Victor Equipment Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Boyer
  • Patent number: 8864118
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing a launcher, in particular during the firing of camouflage bodies and decoy flares or other systems in which vibrations can build up, thereby subjecting them to shocks. The device is a stabilizer (4) provided on a known damping system (1), for example a metal cable damper etc., into which a re-adjustable system (10), consisting of a rod (11) provided with a curved portion or groove, a pre-loaded device (12), a type of pressure part (13) and a type of pawl part (14), is placed. Pressure can be exerted on the curved portion of the rod (11) by the pre-loaded device (12) using the pressure part (13) and pawl part (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Frank
  • Publication number: 20140306576
    Abstract: A displacement amplifier receives an actuation displacement signal from a piezoelectric actuator. The displacement signal is amplified by one or more stages of compliant elements, and a corresponding force is applied to a load. Wide frequency response is achieved in response to the resilience characteristics of the compliant elements that are formed from any of several materials, illustratively aluminum, steel, titanium, plastics, composites, etc., and are produced by any of several manufacturing techniques, illustratively extrusion, die casting, forging, etc. The compliant elements can be configured as plural compliant mechanical displacement amplifier stages. In bilateral arrangements displacement signals from distal ends of the motive source are applied to symmetrical, or mirror image, arrangements of compliant elements. The motive source, which may be a piezoelectric actuator, delivers its displacement signal at one end thereof to one or more compliant elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: FlexSys, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Ervin, Dragan Maric, Gregory F. Ervin, Sridhar Kota, Joel A. Hetrick
  • Patent number: 8857581
    Abstract: A rotor hub and method to dampen a force exerted on a rotor hub by a rotor blade during flight. The rotor hub including a central member rotatably coupled to a rotor mast, a blade grip rigidly attached to a blade and movably coupled to the central member, and an adjustable damper operably associated with the blade grip. The method includes damping the force exerted on the rotor hub with the adjustable damper and selectively adjusting the adjustable damper between a first spring rate and a second spring rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Frank B. Stamps, Michael R. Smith, Christopher M. Bothwell, Lawrence M. Corso, James L. Braswell, Jr., David A. Popelka, Ernst C. Schellhase, Charles L. Hollimon, Thomas J. Newman, Bryan Baskin, Thomas C. Campbell, Daniel B. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8851460
    Abstract: The invention is a system and method for automatically adjusting the resonance frequency of an energy absorbing device in response to a disruptive force. By configuring an energy absorbing device for automatic response tuning, utilizing a controller coupled to one or more sensors for processing a determination primarily based on sensing data, the natural period of an overall structure may be adjusted (i.e. increased or decreased) so that the acceleration response of the structure is decreased upon being subjected to a disruptive force, for example, high winds, a blast from an explosion, or a seismic force caused by an earthquake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Martin A. Muska
  • Patent number: 8839919
    Abstract: A shock absorber is attached coaxially with a reciprocating rod driven by a reciprocating unit for absorbing an impact force without bending the reciprocating rod. The shock absorber has a hollow rod provided with a through hole. The hollow rod is mounted within an outer cylindrical body. An accommodating space is formed between the hollow rod and the outer cylindrical body. A spring force toward one end portion side of the hollow rod is applied to the outer cylindrical body by a compression coil spring. An annular piston provided in the hollow rod partitions the accommodating space into two liquid chambers. When the impact force is applied to the hollow rod, the liquid flows from one liquid chamber to another liquid chamber through a gap, whereby a resistance force is applied to the hollow rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Koganei Corporation
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Horikawa, Yuta Ohmura