Temperature-responsive Patents (Class 285/187)
  • Patent number: 11041343
    Abstract: Connectors may be used for connecting case settings in high temperature wells, such as geothermal or oil wells. The connector is simple in design and is able to take up thermal expansion due to temperature change when high temperature media starts to flow through the casings and when the well needs to be cooled down for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ÍSLENSKAR ORKURANNSÓKNIR—ÍSOR
    Inventor: Ingólfur Þorbjörnsson
  • Patent number: 10850249
    Abstract: A sealing assembly creating a sealed flow path between fluid ducts. The seal assembly comprises a housing and a tubular element within the housing providing a fluid conduit between the fluid ducts. Two sealing elements each have an internal sealing face sealably engaged with the tube and an external face for sealing, in use, with a respective fluid duct. At least one of the sealing elements is slidable with respect to the tubes. A support is slidably retained by the housing, surrounds one end of the tube and supports one of the slidable sealing elements on the side of the sealing element opposite to its external face. A resilient element within the housing biases the support so as to urge the two sealing elements apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BLACKTRACE HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Homewood, Hannah Kenyon
  • Patent number: 10773428
    Abstract: A vacuum port base comprises an upper face, a lower face, a first channel, and a second channel. The upper face is configured to interface with a vacuum port. The lower face is configured to interface with a surface of a tool. The first channel formed in the lower face is configured to receive an edge breather. The second channel formed within the vacuum port base is configured to receive the vacuum port such that the vacuum port is in fluid communication with the first channel and the edge breather to remove gases from a composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy David Aquino, Cody Allan Beagley, John R. Henry, Jordan McHale Edginton, William Henry Ingram, Jr., William S. Hollensteiner, Benjamin Jeffrey Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10684015
    Abstract: A turbine engine including a combustion chamber having an inner annular shroud and an outer annular shroud that are coaxial with each other and that are connected at their downstream ends respectively to an inner annular link wall and to an outer annular link wall, for linking respectively to an inner casing and to an outer casing. At least a first one of the inner and outer annular link walls includes at least one coolant fluid circuit extending between the radially inner and outer ends of said first annular link wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Aircraft Engines
    Inventors: Patrick François-Regis Lutz, Joseph Jean Marie Burguburu
  • Patent number: 10451221
    Abstract: A doser for dispensing a cryogenic fluid includes a doser body configured to receive the cryogenic fluid. The dosing arm has a proximal end and a distal end and a central passage extending between the proximal and distal ends. Furthermore, the dosing arm is configured to receive cryogenic fluid from the doser body. A bayonet connection removably connects the proximal end of the dosing arm to the doser body. A dosing head is mounted to the distal end of the dosing arm and is configured to receive cryogenic fluid from the central passage of the dosing arm and to dispense the cryogenic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Chart Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Daniell Gaddis, James Robert Hight, Jr., Bryson Tyler Jones, Peter Zhi Ng
  • Patent number: 10161635
    Abstract: Crossover tubes for use with cans of a turbine engine. The crossover tubes include an outer member, an inner member that is adapted to move collinearly with the outer member. The crossover tubes also include a pair of flanges and a biasing member positioned between the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Pinnick, Kevin M. Sauer, Russell N. Bennett, Bradley A. Lemke, Caleb Camara, Catherine Hidlebaugh, Kathryn M. Dimon
  • Patent number: 10100674
    Abstract: The present application relates to an axial turbomachine housing designed to channel a primary annular flow in the low-pressure compressor of the said turbomachine. The housing comprises a first shell and a second shell designed to be contiguous and coaxial. The first shell comprises a flange and a centering surface substantially cylindrical. The second shell comprises a flange and radial centering member designed to mate with the centering surface. The flange of the first shell includes cut-outs distributed along its circumference, and the centering member extends axially from the flange of the second shell through the said cut-outs to the centering surface where the two flanges are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS SA
    Inventor: Christophe Remy
  • Patent number: 10069245
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a modular plug connector which has a plug comprising a plurality of plug modules and has a mating plug comprising a plurality of mating plug modules, in which each plug module forms a plug module pair with a mating plug module, wherein the plug and the mating plug can assume an interconnected state and wherein at least one of the plug module pairs has at least one locking device, which can assume a locking state in the interconnected state of the plug and the mating plug, in which locking state the locking device prevents the plug module and the mating plug module of said plug module pair from separating from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Huhmann, John Witt, Andreas Nass
  • Patent number: 9909437
    Abstract: A curvic seal for use in a gas turbine engine is provided. The curvic seal includes a split ring including a first slit extending therethrough, and a biasing ring coupled to the split ring and extending along a radially inner side thereof. The biasing ring is configured to bias against the split ring and restrict airflow through the first slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Karl Hubley, Khalil Qader, Sang Yeng Park
  • Patent number: 9822915
    Abstract: A pipe connection comprises a connecting piece, a pipe and a clamping ring. The pipe and the clamping ring are made of a material having memory properties. An end of the pipe and the clamping ring have been reversibly expanded co-jointly and firmly and sealingly shrunk to the connecting piece by back shrinkage. Preferably the clamping ring is made from a cross-linked polyolefin by injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation Ab
    Inventors: Jarmo Smahl, Peter Hauki, Thomas Larsson, Yngve Lundequist, Mats Hållen
  • Patent number: 9790814
    Abstract: A mechanical system for a turbomachine includes a turbomachine part to be attached and a plurality of threaded attachment elements mounted on the turbomachine part in sequence along a line. The attachment elements fix the turbomachine part to the turbomachine. At least some of the attachment elements are arranged to be prevented from rotating by mutual cooperation about their corresponding thread axes, by a rotation prevention system provided on each of these attachment elements called self-locking elements. The self-locked elements cooperate in pairs, each pair including two directly consecutive self-locked elements along the line. At least one of the pairs has a distance between the thread axes of its two self-locked elements less than the distance between one of these two thread axes and the axis of either of the two attachment elements arranged along the line on each side of the at least one of the pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Philippe Paul Marie Henry
  • Patent number: 9366277
    Abstract: A mechanical assembly such as a torque transfer strut for a rotating superconducting machine. The torque transfer strut includes a composite tube having a first end received in a clamping fitting, which may include an end housing or lug, a clamping wedge screwed onto a threaded end housing, and an annular clamping member applying a radial clamping force to the first end of the composite tube at ambient temperature. When cooled, shrinkage of the end housing in the axial direction causes the annular clamping member to maintain or increase radial clamping force, causing the clamping wedge to apply increasing radial force to an inner member deflecting outwardly a plurality of axial fingers. The first end of the composite tube remains clamped between the inner member and an outer member, together defining an annular channel receiving the first end of the composite tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Martin Richard Ingles, Joseph Eugene, David John Swaffield
  • Patent number: 8757668
    Abstract: A connector for connecting at least two receptor modules for a liquid medium, wherein the connector has a first connection end for the connection to a first receptor module and a second connection end for the connection to a second receptor module. The connector has a pressure equalization chamber between the first and second connection ends, in which a compressible insert is disposed. The compressible insert lies in part against the interior wall of the pressure equalization chamber. A least one longitudinal channel for a fluid communication between the first and second connection ends is provided between the interior wall of the pressure equalization chamber and the compressible insert. The compressible insert can be compacted as a result of a volume expansion of the liquid medium due to temperature conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: TI Automotive (Fuldabruck) GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Haeckel, Ulrich Ceblin
  • Publication number: 20130299134
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is provided that includes an expansion joint that accommodates thermal expansion of an inner casing relative to an outer casing. The expansion joint is positioned between the inner casing and the outer casing and is shielded from high temperature fluid flows by a wall of the heat exchanger and by thermal insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas H. DESCHAMPS
  • Patent number: 8510945
    Abstract: A method of assembling a heat exchanger in a gas turbine engine assembly is provided. The method includes providing a structural body including a wall having an elongated slot, providing a heat exchanger operably associated with a bracket, and providing a slip joint for coupling the bracket to the structural body. The slip joint includes a standoff, an elongated member, and a biasing member disposed about the elongated member. The standoff is inserted through the wall so that the biasing member imparts a predetermined biasing force between the bracket and the structural body. The slip joint allows relative sliding movement between the bracket and the structural body when a sliding force due to thermal expansion or contraction is greater than the biasing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Unison Industries, LLC
    Inventors: John Hand, Bernard A. Luschek, Lonnie R. Stewart, Michael J. Gilloon, Walter A. Hundley, Jr., Jerry W. Myers, Dennis A. McQueen, Michael Peoples
  • Patent number: 8439618
    Abstract: A method of forming a fastener that includes an axial centerline, a seating surface angled with respect to the axial centerline at an angle ? and adapted to contact an angled seat of a bore, the smallest diameter of the seating surface being designated a seating diameter, and a threaded connecting portion for engaging a threaded portion of a bore, the threaded connecting portion including a point designated a proximal contact point, the distance from the seating diameter to the proximal contact point in the direction of the axial centerline being the clamped length of the fastener, the method including steps of determining a value for at least a first one of angle ?, seating diameter D and clamped length L, solving the equation ?=arctan (D/(2L)) to calculate at least a second one of angle ?, seating diameter D and clamped length L, and forming a fastener based on the determined and calculated values. Also a fastener and fastener system based on the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Laboda
  • Publication number: 20130093181
    Abstract: Slip joint having a stacked washer seal, a male part and a female part. The female part has a small and a large inner diameter. The male part has substantially constant inner and outer diameters and a ring on the outer diameter. A gap is located between the male and female part. At least two washers and a flat shim are located in the gap. Each washer and flat shim has a first side, a second side, a first end and a second end. The first side of a first washer abuts an end of the male part. A second side of the washer contacts a first side of a flat shim. The second side of the shim contacts the first side of a second washer. The second side of the second washer contacts a first side of a second flat shim or an end of the female part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Oxenknecht, Tom Plunkett, Frank Popielas, Kevin Shaver
  • Patent number: 8397452
    Abstract: A relatively inexpensive bushing easily installed extending through walls, particularly, gypsum board membrane walls for providing firestopping around a limited number of linear penetrating members such as cables or wires. This grommet construction includes first and second half sections for facilitating attachment around cables more easily. A split internal seal preferably of resilient foam material is positioned within a split mechanical shell which facilitates placing of the bushing around penetrating members prior to placement thereof through walls or after positioned thereof penetrating through a panel such as wallboard. A split mechanical shell with a two-piece foam insert retained within a bore extending therethrough can be formed as two separable half cylindrical shells. Barbs are included on the outer portion of the shell to facilitate mounting thereof. The foam firestopping seal portion can be intumescent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Stahl, Sr., James P. Stahl, Jr., Julio Lopes, Paul Gandolfo
  • Publication number: 20120299289
    Abstract: New expansion compensating device and manufacturing method of the same, of those used in solar power absorber tubes featuring a dual bellows design where the height of the waves of the bellows is not regular, but the second wave is greater (where it supports more load) and diminishes towards the ends. With this design improving the performance of the receiver is achieved because it shortens the length of the device and consequently there is more surface area receiving solar radiation as well as it decreases the necessary diameter of glass tube and therefore its cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Noelia Martinez Sanz, Javier Asensio Pérez Ullivarri, Pablo José Bombin Ortega, Javier Peláez Fombellida, José Ángel Rico Sánchez, Miguel Ángel Girona Montarroso
  • Publication number: 20120146324
    Abstract: An expansion joint is shown for an insulated pipeline used to convey high temperature fluids such as steam. The expansion joint uses a flexible bellows and additional insulating and joining components to provide a watertight encasement for a traditional metal expansion joint. The bellows arrangement compensates for any relative movement of the inner fluid conveying pipes with respect to the outer layers of insulating material and outer jacket in order to protect the integrity of the assembly and prevent the intrusion of water or other contaminants which could lead to corrosion or early failure of the piping system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Thermacor Process, LP
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Keyes
  • Patent number: 8074687
    Abstract: A flexible cryogenic transfer hose for connecting two cryogenic facilities, has a length of at least 20 m, and: an inner flexible hose with at least two segments, interconnected via at least two transverse inner connecting members, an outer hose surrounding the inner hose and including a watertight elastomeric or composite material, the outer hose having at least two segments mutually connected via two outer connecting members, the outer hose having a wall thickness of at least 2 cm, a bend radius of at least 2 m, and an internal diameter of at least 20 cm, the inner hose being kept at a distance from the outer hose via spacer elements bridging a distance between the outer wall of the inner hose and an inner wall of the outer hose, which distance is between 0.1 and 0.8 times the internal diameter dio of the inner hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Queau, Jack Pollack, Hein Wille, Liselotte Van Dijk
  • Patent number: 7896600
    Abstract: A method of forming a fastener that includes an axial centerline, a seating surface angled with respect to the axial centerline at an angle ? and adapted to contact an angled seat of a bore, the smallest diameter of the seating surface being designated a seating diameter, and a threaded connecting portion for engaging a threaded portion of a bore, the threaded connecting portion including a point designated a proximal contact point, the distance from the seating diameter to the proximal contact point in the direction of the axial centerline being the clamped length of the fastener, the method including steps of determining a value for at least a first one of angle ?, seating diameter D and clamped length L, solving the equation ?=arctan(D/(2L)) to calculate at least a second one of angle ?, seating diameter D and clamped length L, and forming a fastener based on the determined and calculated values. Also a fastener and fastener system based on the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Laboda
  • Publication number: 20100314865
    Abstract: A metal pipe 10 is joined to another metal component 12 by shrinking the outer component onto the external circumference of the pipe. The internal diameter b of the outer component is initially smaller than the external diameter a of the pipe, but the outer component is heated so that it expands to a diameter at which it will fit over the pipe. When the outer component is fitted over the pipe and the temperature of the outer component allowed to drop, it will contract onto the surface of the pipe to make a permanent strong joint between the two parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: 2H Offshore Engineering Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Hatton, Simon Luffrum
  • Publication number: 20100289258
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of assembling a thermally responsive fluid coupling of a pressure reducing fuel regulator is provided. The fuel regulator includes an inlet conduit having a longitudinally extending ridge. A generally annular bushing is positioned over the inlet conduit. The bushing includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced figures and a cutout dimensioned to receive the ridge of the inlet conduit. A fluid-carrying member is positioned at least partially within the inlet conduit. A collar is positioned over the inlet conduit. The collar includes a first end adapted to be releasably connected to a cooperative fluid coupling and a second end. The second end of the collar is secured between the plurality of fingers of the bushing and the inlet conduit for preventing axial movement between the collar and the fluid-carrying member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Savio Cavagna
  • Patent number: 7445248
    Abstract: A joint is provided permitting relative radial and axial movement between a first wall thermally expanding at a first amount and a second wall thermally expanding at a second amount. The joint includes a first fixed connection between a first edge of the second wall and the first wall. The joint also includes an endplate including a first edge and a second fixed connection between a second edge of the second wall and the first edge of the endplate. The joint also includes a clip and a third fixed connection between the clip and the first wall. The joint further includes a fourth fixed connection between the clip and the endplate, the clip permitting the relative radial and axial movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Thaler, Richard A. Crandell, Kevin A. Daly
  • Patent number: 7431321
    Abstract: A trailer hitch assembly includes a receiver portion including a cylindrically-shaped cavity, a bushing member received within the cavity of the receiver portion, and a hitch member that includes a shaft pivotally received within the bushing member. At least a selected one of the bushing member and the shaft is constructed of a material that substantially eliminates the need for using a separately applied lubricant during use of the trailer hitch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: SAF-Holland, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Terpsma, David O. Roe, Richard T. Polanic, Rudolph A. Bahnsen
  • Patent number: 7198465
    Abstract: A casing of a hydraulic machine such as a gas turbine is formed as a horizontally split type flangeless casing. The flangeless casing consists of an upper casing and a lower casing joined together at joint faces and fastened by fastening bolts. The fastening bolt has a screw thread which engages the threaded hole on the joint face of the lower casing. A bolt hole having an internal screw thread and through which the fastening bolt passes is provided in the upper casing. A sleeve having an external screw thread is fitted into the bolt hole of the upper casing by engaging the external screw of the sleeve with the internal sleeve of the bolt hole. An enlarged diameter portion is formed on a shaft of the fastening bolt at the portion where the enlarged diameter portion abuts an upper end face of the sleeve when the fastening bolt is screwed into the threaded hole in the lower casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Taku Ichiryu
  • Patent number: 7051523
    Abstract: Exhaust system assemblies employ wire bushings for thermal compensation to minimize noise due to “stick-slip” while the system cools. In a preferred embodiment, the wire bushings are formed of at least one strand of wire coiled about male end portions of pipe sections used in the system, each of which male end portions are inserted into a female end portion and held therein by an interference fit. The strand of wire is spot welded at spaced locations to the male end portions to provide bearing surfaces between the spot welds that move slightly as the exhaust system heats and cools to relieve thermal stress in small, substantially inaudible increments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas M. Kerchner
  • Patent number: 6848725
    Abstract: A thermal expansion connection for rigid pipes in low-pressure applications subject to thermal expansion and shrinkage. The connection is formed between the distal end of a first rigid pipe received within the proximal end of a second rigid pipe. At least one seal is disposed between the first and second rigid pipes to prevent fluid communication through the connection. The second rigid pipe defines a collar at the proximal end thereof for receiving the distal end of the first rigid pipe and the seals. The first rigid pipe distal end defines a radial recess for receiving and maintaining the position of each seal. A gap is defined between the first rigid pipe distal end and the second rigid pipe collar to allow for thermal expansion and contraction of the first and second rigid pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: DWWS, LLC
    Inventors: Dan T. Logan, Wallace B. Morehouse, Walter J. Matt, Steven E. Yates
  • Publication number: 20040256855
    Abstract: A first flange and a second flange are superposed and fastened with a bolt and a nut in a fastening operation, to implement a fastening structure used at temperature lower than atmospheric temperature for the fastening operation. Assuming that the first flange has a thickness L1 and a coefficient of linear expansion &agr;1, the second flange has a thickness L2 and a coefficient of linear expansion &agr;2, superposed first flange and second flange have a thickness L, and the bolt has a coefficient of linear expansion &agr;, a relation of L·&agr;≧L1·&agr;1+L2·&agr;2 is satisfied, i.e. heat shrinkage of the bolt is not smaller than the total heat shrinkage of the first and second flanges. Thus, impairment of sealing property due to heat shrinkage is avoided at a flange junction used at low temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicants: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated
    Inventors: Yuuichi Ashibe, Takato Masuda, Yoshihisa Takahashi, Shoichi Honjo, Masato Shimodate, Keisuke Etoh
  • Publication number: 20040094955
    Abstract: A compressed seal expansion joint for fluidically connecting in a sealed relationship adjacent ends of two conduits adapted for carrying fluids of varying temperatures, said expansion joint comprising telescopically arranged outer and inner pipe members adapted to be connected to each of said conduits, said outer pipe member defining an annular packing chamber opening through its inner surface for containing at least two cylindrical guide rings disposed at opposite ends of said chamber, said rings being of a generally rectangular cross section having their long faces longitudinal to the members axis and selected of an elastic and semi-plastic packing composition pressurized by tensioned hoop bands circumscribing said outer pipe member and selected to elastically deform said outer pipe member and communicate a circumferentially compressive force to said guide rings so as to create bearing and frictional loadings and seal between said guide ring surfaces and said pipe member surfaces during axial and rotational
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: David S. Bettinger
  • Patent number: 6695358
    Abstract: A cryogenic fluid piping system is provided with two or more coupled pipe spools, each spool having an inner and outer pipe, the inner for carrying cryogenic fluid. The pipe spools are also configured with a bayonet connection to allow expansion and contraction of the system without failure. A leak control device and pressure relief device are included to protect the system from catastrophic failure in the event of a cryogenic fluid leak from the inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Chart, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Bonn
  • Patent number: 6685235
    Abstract: An attachment system (601) for maintaining a passageway (603) of a tube (605) in axial alignment with a passageway (607) through a housing (609) includes a spring (611) having an exterior edge (613) and an interior area (615) passing the tube (605). The housing (609) has an exterior mating surface (404) around the passageway (607). A mating end (402) of the tube (605) abuts against the mating surface (404). A spring retainer (617) apart from mating surface (404) restrains the movement of the spring (611) away from the mating surface (404). A tubular coupler (619) in proximity to the mating end (402) restricts the movement of the mating end (402) toward the interior area (615) of the spring (605).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Carleton Life Support Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell F. Hart
  • Patent number: 6643985
    Abstract: A tubular lead-in fixture including an attachment element (3) for a temporary attachment of the lead-in fixture, and an axially extending, radially widening region (8) provided within an embeddable length (L) of the lead-in fixture (1) and limited by spaced from each other, radial shoulders, and in which an intumescent mass (7) is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Herbert Münzenberger
  • Patent number: 6581978
    Abstract: A tubular connector adapted to extend between two tubular components comprising a tubular body having an internal diameter, a first free end including an annular radial flange having a tapered surface adapted to engage a complementary seating surface on a first of the two tubular components, the internal diameter remaining constant through the first free end; and a second free end having an annular bulbous shape adapted to seat within a cylindrical end of a second of the two tubular components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ming Cheng Li
  • Patent number: 6520505
    Abstract: A method for sealing a gap (4) between a leadthrough (2) provided in a constructional element (1) and an object (3) extending through the leadthrough (2), the method including placing in the gap (4) a plurality of elongate sealing elements, formed as hot melt elements (5) provided with heat-activated blowing agent, and applying heat to the hot melt element from outside; and a sealing element used by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Kögler, Franz Heimpel, Silvia Huber, Peter Vogel
  • Patent number: 6481757
    Abstract: A core spray sparger for use in a nuclear reactor pressure vessel. The core spray sparger includes a plurality of core spray lines, a coupling apparatus, a bracket assembly, and an end clamp assembly. The core spray line includes a core spray line end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hsueh-Wen Pao, Johnny T. Ma
  • Publication number: 20020167165
    Abstract: A thermal insert connection in which a joint (16) located between a receiving component (12) and an insertable component (10) is sealed by applying a seal (17) which lies on a surface area (20a, 20b) which forms a groove (18) for receiving the seal (17). The seal (17) is first inserted after the thermal insert is assembled and cooled so that the seal is not subjected to thermal stress during the thermal insertion process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Geiger, Arthur Klotz, Thomas Jessberger
  • Patent number: 6477813
    Abstract: A fire protection sleeve (1) for a pipeline (4), which extends through an opening (2) in a wall (3), is surrounded circumferentially at least partly by intumescing material (10) contained in a fire-resistant folded fabric tube (5). The fabric tube (5) forms several circumferential, unilateral inner folds (6) and the folds (6) are sewn in each case with a yarn (8), to an opposite side of the tube, and the yarn melts or burns in the event of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Arndt Andresen
  • Patent number: 6471478
    Abstract: An axial seal assembly is provided at the interface between adjacent wheels and spacers of a gas turbine rotor and disposed about tubes passing through openings in the rotor adjacent the rotor rim and carrying a thermal medium. Each seal assembly includes a support bushing for supporting a land of the thermal medium carrying tube, an axially registering seat bushing disposed in the opposed opening and a frustoconical seal between the seal bushing and seat. The seal bushing includes a radial flange having an annular recess for retaining the outer diameter edge of the seal, while the seat bushing has an axially facing annular surface forming a seat for engagement by the inner diameter edge of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Charles Mashey
  • Patent number: 6422610
    Abstract: A deformable fluid supply line for use on a semiconductor fabrication machine is described which includes a generally S-shaped expandable joint connecting between two straight conduit sections for providing full communication thereinbetween and for providing stress absorbing characteristics such that the expandable joint can be stretched or otherwise deformed by at least 2 cm without breaking connections with the two straight conduit sections. When the generally S-shaped expandable joint is provided with a length of at least 10 cm, a deformation of at least 3.5 cm can be tolerated by the expandable joint without causing failure or otherwise damages in the connections with the two straight conduit sections. The deformable fluid supply line can survive an earthquake of the magnitude of Richter 5 scale. The invention further discloses a method for connecting a deformable fluid supply line to a fabrication machine by using an S-shaped joint connected in between two straight conduit sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chi-Wei Chang
  • Publication number: 20020024217
    Abstract: A fluid coupling (60) for connecting fluid conduits includes a thermally sensitive member (30) and a coupling nut (40) which fit together for conjoint operation. The thermally sensitive member (30) has a resiliently expanded end (36) which engages a cooperating structure (14) on a fluid-carrying member (10) to retain it in place while permitting relative rotation. The thermally sensitive member (30) has a flange portion (34) that, when assembled, is in axial shear between the coupling nut (40) and the fluid-carrying member (10). When exposed to excessive temperature, the flange portion (34) softens, allowing the fluid-carrying member (10) to move and an in-line valve to close, thus shutting off the flow of gas. In another embodiment, the thermally sensitive member (84) is a bushing that is received within the plug body (80) of a quick-disconnect type coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventor: THOMAS A MUMMERT
  • Patent number: 6227575
    Abstract: In order, in a particularly simple way, to allow multiple separation and connection of line sections of a line, through which a hot and highly compressed medium flows, in particular a pipeline, through which steam flows, there is provided a double-walled flanged connection. The double-walled flange connection is formed of an outer flange and an inner flange, between which an interspace, through which a cooling medium is capable of flowing, is formed. The apparatus is particularly suitable for the connection of line sections of a steam turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Monning, Ralph Becker, Paul Wolfert, Helmut Pollak, Holger Kern, Michael Wechsung, Andreas Ulma, Heinz Dallinger
  • Patent number: 6173996
    Abstract: A method is used for interfacing materials of dissimilar thermal expansion in an X-ray tube. Initially, a first joint is identified, which has a first component to be received into a second component. Typically, the first component has a higher coefficient of expansion than the second component, so the purpose of the invention is to reduce the physical expansion of that component in the joint. A plurality of slots is introduced along the approximate axial length of a coupling member at the joint, to achieve the aforementioned purpose. The coupling member is provided between the two components, and has a thermal expansion rate greater than one component and less than the other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark O. Derakhshan, Thomas G. Ebben
  • Patent number: 6065756
    Abstract: An expansion joint seal between a gas turbine exhaust duct and an axially adjacent exhaust ductwork comprising plural layers of axially adjacent layers of flexible seal plates, each layer comprising a plurality of arcuate segments which together form a 360.degree. annulus; and further wherein the plural layers of flexible seal plates are secured at one end to the gas turbine exhaust duct, with opposite ends of the seal plates slidably engaged with at least one surface of the exhaust ductwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: James Giles Eignor, Nicholas Philip Poccia, Leroy Omar Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 6022052
    Abstract: A quartz tank for wet semiconductor wafer processing includes one or more ports extending through the tank for the exchange of fluids with the tank. The openings may be aligned with a T-shaped quartz stem having an enlarged end retained on the interior side of said quartz tank in sealing abutment therewith. The lower end of the quartz stem may have external threads to abut with a suitable union. The union may include a nut having a reduced diameter lower end to engage an enlarged end of the tubing member connected to the bottom of the quartz stem. An o-ring seal may be sandwiched between the tubing and the lower end of the quartz stem. The nut may be formed of a carbon-fiber reinforced fluorocarbon material such as perfluoroalkoxy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: L. Brian Dunn
  • Patent number: 5957768
    Abstract: An exhaust gas diffuser interface includes a stainless steel shell with varying levels of insulation. The varying levels of insulation concentrate thermal expansion and contraction at the turbine outlet end allowing it to be connected to the outlet by way of a seal weld. This construction allows expansion and contraction of the diffuser interface in unison with the attached turbine outlet, as well as the diffuser inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Braden Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gene F. Schockemoehl, L. Matt Farabee, David W. Daniels
  • Patent number: 5947529
    Abstract: Coupling apparatus for replacing a core spray line downcomer pipe coupled to a shroud T-box are described. In one embodiment, the coupling apparatus includes a seal ring, a mating flange, a housing having at least one wedge pocket, at least one coupling bolt, at least one wedge and at least one lateral pin. After extending the downcomer pipe into the housing, the seal ring is inserted into the opposite end of the housing adjacent the downcomer pipe. The seal ring is then seated on the mating flange seat. The two seats allow the downcomer pipe to be rotational misaligned with the coupling apparatus. The coupling bolts extend through the mating flange and the housing to rigidly secure the downcomer pipe to the coupling apparatus. Lateral pins extend through the housing and the downcomer pipe to provide vertical and torsional load transfer from the downcomer pipe to the coupling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Grant C. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5941070
    Abstract: A fluid conduit system, including silencer systems, including intake and exhaust systems for engines, blowers, compressors, pumps, and the like, includes first (16), second (22), and third (28) pipes, and first (34, 36) and second (38, 40) flex joints each flexibly and sealingly interconnecting respective outlets and inlets of respective pipes. The flex joints include double O-ring sealing gaskets provided by first and second annular meshes (46, 48) received in respective annular grooves (50, 52) separated by a land (54), and a cloth (56) wrapped around the annular meshes and having a central web portion (58) spanning the land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Nelson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dick J. Oldham
  • Patent number: 5935434
    Abstract: A strainer apparatus capable of being installed within an Acme type coupling of the kind used in a pipe connecting a transport gas tank to a gas storage tank comprises a perforated disc and a retainer ring. The outer surface of the retainer ring has a smooth portion and an adjacent knurled portion. The disc acts as a strainer and is permanently fixed inside of the Acme coupling by means of the retainer ring knurled portion being press fitted against the inner surface of a coupling counterbore within which both the disc and ring are installed. The Acme coupling after being fitted within the strainer disc is installed in the pipe line leading between a gas transport tank and a gas storage tank to prevent debris from being pumped through the pipe coupling and towards and possibly to the gas storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Cates Propane Plant Construction, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Cates