Prime Mover Or Fluid Pump Making Patents (Class 29/888)
  • Patent number: 10132267
    Abstract: Engine blocks and methods of forming engine blocks are disclosed. The engine block may include a cast aluminum body and a plurality of cast-in liners. Each cast-in liner may include (a) an outer layer of 2xxx-series aluminum molecularly bonded to the cast aluminum body and (b) an inner layer directly contacting the outer layer and forming at least a portion of an engine bore. The inner layer may be a wear-resistant coating, such as a steel coating. The method may include extruding an elongated 2xxx-series aluminum extrusion having an inner cavity bounded by an inner surface and applying a wear-resistant coating to the inner surface. The extrusion may be sectioned into a plurality of cylinder liners and the cylinder liners may be into an aluminum engine block such that each cast-in liner forms at least a portion of an inner surface of an engine bore in the engine block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Antony George Schepak, Clifford E. Maki, Mathew Leonard Hintzen
  • Patent number: 10036318
    Abstract: A device for circulation of air for a turbomachine, the device including an inlet provided to receive incident airflow, air circulation ducts connected to the inlet, a central part including side walls, peripheral walls arranged at a distance from the central part, so as to form the air circulation ducts, each duct being arranged between one of the side walls of the central part and one of the peripheral walls, each peripheral wall including an upstream end portion delimiting with one of the side walls an inlet orifice of one of the ducts and a downstream end portion delimiting with one of the side walls an outlet orifice of one of the ducts, at least one member mobile in translation relative to the peripheral walls, the at least one mobile member being formed in the central part and arranged so that its displacement varies a section of each of the inlet orifices and a section of at least one of the outlet orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Christian Vessot, Matthieu Leyko
  • Patent number: 10035223
    Abstract: The invention relates to a repair method for a component and includes the steps of removal of a damaged region of the component with the formation of at least one separating surface; arrangement of the component in a processing chamber of a device for the additive restoration of at least the region of the component that has been removed; determining first structural data of the component disposed in the processing chamber; providing second structural data of the component; determining third structural data based on the first and the second structural data; and additive restoration of the component region that has been removed on the at least one separating surface of the component. In addition, the invention relates to a device for the additive repair of a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MTU AERO ENGINES AG
    Inventors: Alexander Ladewig, Steffen Schlothauer, Thomas Hess, Christian Liebl
  • Patent number: 9737908
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes a mixer having an inlet that receives engine exhaust gases and an outlet to direct swirling engine exhaust gas to a downstream exhaust component. The mixer has a plurality of internal surfaces that come into contact with the engine exhaust gases. At least one of the internal surfaces has a coating comprised of a low-coefficient of friction material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies USA, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Brian Hornback, Chris Chapman
  • Patent number: 9605511
    Abstract: A fluid pulse valve and a method of using the fluid pulse valve are disclosed. The fluid pulse valve comprises an outer housing, a rotor contained within the outer housing, a stator tube surrounding the rotor and adjacent to the outer housing, the stator tube comprising a plurality of slots, and a closer coaxially and rotationally coupled to the rotor and at least a portion of the closer in line with the plurality of slots. As the closer rotates, the closer covers and uncovers the plurality of slots to create a pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Extreme Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gilbert Troy Meier, Joseph Aschenbrenner, Joshua J. Smith, James D. Osterloh, Cameron Dick
  • Patent number: 9149919
    Abstract: A fastening system and method to removably attach change part components to a capping or filling machine in order to adapt a general purpose machine for use with a specific size or shape container. The fastening system and method uses magnetic forces to pull component parts into alignment and to interlock portions of interchangeable components. In addition, a blocking component is interposed between two other interchangeable component parts or within mushroom slots, securing the components in place, aided by biasing magnets. This system and method relies on a combination of mechanical and magnetic forces by using mechanical forces to reinforce or supplement biasing magnetic forces, and vice versa, creating a durable connection that will withstand the rigors of the filling and capping process, yet which is simple to assemble and disassemble without tools. The less intricate component parts are less prone to damage during assembly, use, or disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PNEUMATIC SCALE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Celli, Jr., John Toth, Robin Thompson, Patrick Reeves
  • Publication number: 20150139791
    Abstract: A driveshaft vessel assembly for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The driveshaft vessel assembly comprises a driveshaft vessel and an outlet guide vane. The driveshaft vessel includes a forward face, an aft face, and opposing side faces and is configured to house at least a portion of a radial driveshaft. The outlet guide vane includes a leading edge and a trailing edge. The length of the trailing edge is substantially equal to a length of the forward face of the driveshaft vessel such that the trailing edge of the outlet guide vane is faired into the forward face of the driveshaft vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Mark Gregory Wotzak
  • Publication number: 20150129315
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method of fabricating a percussion tool that includes a flow tube. The flow tube includes upper and lower portions, inner and outer walls, and at least one opening formed in the outer wall. The upper portion extends from a top end towards a bottom end. The lower portion extends from the upper portion to the bottom end. The inner wall extends from the top end to the bottom end and defines a central channel therein. The outer wall extends from the top end towards the bottom end, surrounds a portion of the inner wall and defines an outer channel with the inner wall. The opening is fluidly communicable with a first conduit formed within a piston, which surrounds a portion of the flow tube, when in an up position and is fluidly communicable with a second conduit formed within the piston when in a down position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND., L.P.
    Inventors: David Harrington, Anthony Plana
  • Publication number: 20150129316
    Abstract: A system and method of fabricating a percussion tool that includes a choke valve that is replaceable and/or maintainable without disassembly of the percussion tool. The flow tube includes inner and outer walls and at least one opening formed in the outer wall. The inner wall extends from a top end of the flow tube to a bottom end of the flow tube and defines a central channel therein. The outer wall extends from the top end towards the bottom end, surrounds a portion of the inner wall, and defines an outer channel with the inner wall. The choke is positioned at the top end over the central channel and regulate a fluid flow therethrough. A check valve is positioned in fluid communication with the choke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Varel International Ind., L.P.
    Inventors: David Harrington, Anthony Plana
  • Publication number: 20150122912
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a pivot thrust reverser comprising a first tandem pivot door subassembly comprising an inner panel and outer panel connected. A second tandem pivot door subassembly is included comprising an inner panel and outer panel connected. Also included are a first actuator located on a first side of an attachment location to pivot the first tandem pivot door subassembly, a second actuator located on a second side of the attachment location to pivot the second tandem pivot door subassembly, and a third actuator located substantially radially opposite the attachment location to pivot both the first tandem pivot door subassembly and the second tandem pivot door subassembly. The first tandem pivot door is configured to be pivoted from stowed to deployed by the first actuator and the third actuator, and the second tandem pivot door is configured to be pivoted from stowed to deployed by the second actuator and the third actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel L. Suciu, Jesse M. Chandler
  • Publication number: 20150113805
    Abstract: A method of assembling an enclosure of a gas turbine is provided. The method includes disposing gas turbine equipment in an interior of a frame at a first site, connecting wall panels to the frame to form a pre-assembled module at the first site, shipping the pre-assembled module from the first site to a second site and disposing the pre-assembled module proximate to the gas turbine such that the gas turbine equipment is exposed for connection to the gas turbine and a portion of the wall panels form a portion of an outer enclosure of the gas turbine and the gas turbine equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Joseph Conger, Daniel Neal Alvarez, Matthew John Canham, Ronald Lawrence Yenser
  • Publication number: 20150114006
    Abstract: An engine strut for providing fan hub frame structural support and monitoring an air flow within an aircraft engine includes an airfoil coupled to the aircraft engine and has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is positioned upstream of the second portion with respect to the air flow. A shield is coupled to the engine and positioned between the first portion and the second portion. The shield includes a first side spaced from the first portion and defining a first flow path with the first portion. The shield further includes a second side spaced from the second portion and defining a second flow path with the second portion. At least one sensor is coupled to the aircraft engine and positioned in flow communication with the second flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chiong Siew Tan, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Shourya Prakash Otta
  • Publication number: 20150101481
    Abstract: A method for assembling an actuating ram of air bleed valves, which ram is placed between low pressure and high pressure compressors of a turbomachine, the ram including a piston rod surrounded by a spacer extending from the piston cylinder and configured to be connected to an end of the transmission mechanism linked to the bleed valves, the method including: deploying the piston rod such that it projects from the spacer; connecting the projecting piston rod to the end of the transmission mechanism; retracting the piston rod to bring the cylinder closer to the case wall; and attaching the spacer to the case wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventor: Sylvain Chauvel
  • Publication number: 20150101335
    Abstract: A gas turbine combustion chamber with an inner housing and an outer housing the inner housing having an inner wall element with a first hole arrangement and a second hole arrangement is provided. The inner wall element envelopes a burner volume. The first hole arrangement has first holes arranged in a first areal density, the second hole arrangement has second holes arranged in a second areal density. The outer housing has an outer wall element with a further first hole arrangement and a further second hole arrangement. The outer wall element of the outer housing envelops the inner wall element of the inner housing so that a gap in between is formed. The further first hole arrangement has further first holes arranged in a further first areal density, the further second hole arrangement has further second holes arranged in a further second areal density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Charith Jayatunga
  • Publication number: 20150098816
    Abstract: A flexible coupling for a gas turbine engine includes a fan hub frame having a first flange and a core engine having a second flange. The first flange includes a first plurality of fingers extending from a face of the flange and the second flange includes a second plurality of fingers extending from a face of the second flange. The second plurality of fingers of the second flange is complementary to the first plurality of fingers extending from the first flange. The first flange and the second flange are coupled together in form-fitting engagement such that the first plurality of fingers and the second plurality of fingers form an interdigitated configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Randy Scott Longtin
  • Publication number: 20150098807
    Abstract: A system for providing sealing in a turbine is provided. The sealing system includes a retaining channel oriented within a housing structure proximate a moving turbine component. A seal member is coupled within the retaining channel. A first end of the seal member is secured to the housing structure. A second end of the seal member is movable relative to the retaining channel between first and second positions corresponding to a transient operational mode and a steady state operational mode, respectively. The transient operational mode defines a first clearance between the seal member and the moving turbine component. The steady state configuration defines a second clearance that is smaller than the first clearance. A take-up device coupled to the second end of the seal member moves the second end between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Fred Thomas Willett, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150098814
    Abstract: A turbine housing includes a turbine inlet plenum and a turbine housing body. The turbine housing body includes a turbine outlet mounting face, a seal plate mounting face, and a center bore formed between the turbine outlet mounting face and the seal plate mounting face. A first support is formed about the turbine inlet plenum and in contact with the turbine housing body. A relief pocket is formed in the first support proximate the seal plate mounting face. The relief pocket is formed at a first distance from a turbine housing center axis of the center bore and at a first depth relative to the seal plate mounting face. A ratio of the first distance to the first depth is between 2.66 and 2.90.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl A. Colson, Clarence J. Wytas
  • Publication number: 20150098826
    Abstract: A damper bearing assembly for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The damper bearing assembly is designed to define forward and aft axial gaps which allow for normal deflection under standard operating thrust loads, but then close during a fan blade out event to allow the increased load to transfer to the damper housing. Frictional forces between contacting parts limit torsional windup and increase torsional resistance with increasing load. The damper bearing assembly includes a damper housing configured substantially within a U-shaped spring finger housing and a spanner nut with a radial hook portion coupled to the spring finger housing. The damper housing is coupled to the spring finger housing such that it is substantially confined within the U-shaped void. The spanner nut is coupled to the spring finger housing such that the radial hook portion is configured to limit the deflection of the spring finger housing and damper housing during a fan blade out event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Alan Carter, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Stephanie Frances Drummond, Vivek Nema
  • Publication number: 20150089808
    Abstract: Turbomachines having close-coupling flow guides (CCFGs) that are designed and configured to closely-couple flow fields of adjacent bladed elements. In some embodiments, the CCFGs may be located in regions extending between the adjacent bladed elements, described herein as coupling avoidance zones, where conventional turbomachine design would suggest no structure should be added. In yet other embodiments, CCFGs are located upstream and/or downstream of rows of blades coupled to the bladed elements, including overlapping one of more of the rows of blades, to improve flow coupling and machine performance. Methods of designing turbomachines to incorporate CCFGs are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: David Japikse
  • Publication number: 20150086376
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a near-net shape erosion shield, a method of forming a shielded article, and a near-net shape erosion shield are provided. The method of fabricating a near-net shape erosion shield includes providing a base, positioning an energy source relative to the base, and depositing at least one wear resistant material over the base with an energy beam from the energy source. The at least one wear resistant material deposited on the base forms the near-net shape erosion shield configured to be positioned on a turbine component. The method of forming a shielded article includes removing the base from the near-net shape erosion shield, and securing the near-net shape erosion shield to a turbine component. The near-net shape erosion shield includes a near-net shape erosion-resistant portion configured to be positioned on a turbine component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Theodore William Fandrei, II
  • Publication number: 20150086355
    Abstract: A retaining clip for use in limiting radial movement between a first section and a second section of a split fairing is provided. The first section includes a first clip tab and the second section includes a second clip tab extending therefrom, wherein the first and second clip tabs form a slot when the first section and the second section are substantially aligned. The retaining clip includes a first portion sized for insertion into the slot, a third portion coupled to the first and second clip tabs such that the first and second clip tabs are positioned between the first portion and the third portion, and a second portion extending between the first portion and the third portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Ryan Deane, Jason Walter Issertell
  • Publication number: 20150075312
    Abstract: A method and a device for orienting an actuator of an exhaust-gas turbocharger which has an actuator that is equipped with an actuator housing and is connected to a control rod. First, an actuator holder is fastened to the compressor housing of the exhaust-gas turbocharger. Then the actuator is inserted into the actuator holder. Then the actuator is positioned within the actuator holder. Then a compensating material is introduced through an injection opening into a compensating-material receiving space which is provided in the actuator holder. Finally, the compensating material is hardened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf Böning, Simon Baensch, Bruno Ferling, Dirk Frankenstein
  • Publication number: 20150063065
    Abstract: A seismic land vibrator, comprising a baseplate comprising a substantially flat, rigid member; at least one driven member that is connected with the baseplate and extends in a direction that is substantially perpendicular to baseplate; a rotation sensor that is coupled to the baseplate and adapted to provide a signal that is indicative of rotational movement of at least a portion of the baseplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: CLAUDIO BAGAINI, JULIAN EDWARD KRAGH
  • Publication number: 20150052910
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus having an elongated body configured to be inserted into a tubular structure extending between a first combustor and a second combustor of a gas turbine engine. A movable arm may be positioned proximate to a first end of the elongated body, and the movable arm may be configured to engage a surface of the first combustor when the elongated body is placed within the tubular structure. A drive member may be accessible near a second end of the elongated body, and the drive member may be configured to rotate within the elongated body and to drive the movable arm along a longitudinal axis of the elongated body toward the second end to separate the tubular structure from the second combustor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Devin Patrick Perkins, William Lawrence Byrne
  • Publication number: 20150047362
    Abstract: A stage of a space launcher including an engine core, a tank secured above the engine core, and a nozzle including a first deployable nozzle section secured below the engine core, the nozzle further including a second and a third section configured to be situated extending from each other when the nozzle is in a deployed propulsion configuration. The stage further includes a structure for temporarily supporting nozzle sections mounted on the tank, configured to change the nozzle to a configuration for accessing the engine core wherein the nozzle sections are inserted into each other, with the third section bearing against a lower support of the temporary structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Olivier Condaminet, Guy Lecompte, Philippe Matura
  • Publication number: 20150044030
    Abstract: A long-duct mixed-flow nozzle system for a turbofan engine, the nozzle system may include an inner housing configured to enclose a core and form a core flow duct, the inner housing terminating in a core nozzle having a core exit aperture, an outer housing forming a fan flow duct and terminating in a fan exit aperture at a location downstream of the core exit aperture, the fan exit aperture having a plurality of chevrons, and the core exit aperture having a plurality of chutes separated by radially extending lobes configured to mix exhaust gas from the core flow duct with bypass gas flow in the fan flow duct, the radially extending lobes varying in profile from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David William Forsyth
  • Publication number: 20150044046
    Abstract: A method for casting a collar (44, 46) for a heat shield (36) of a strut (32) in a gas turbine exhaust section (20). A casting geometry (60, 70) is defined with extra wall thickness (56, 68) in an area of wall curvature (53, 54), which provides a flow path beyond a final geometry of the collar to facilitate a flow of molten metal in the mold (63, 64). The extra thickness is removed after casting, leaving the collar in its final geometry, which may have uniform wall thickness (T, T2). The extra thickness in the casting geometry may be provided by increased radius (R3) in the wall curvature and/or by casting feed portals (66, 68) that span the wall curvature between a tubular portion (50) and a flange (52) of the collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Shteyman, Matthew R. Porter, Mrinal Munshi, Douglas R. Roth, Timothy J. Stewart, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150033558
    Abstract: A method for retrofitting an already existing gas turbine power plant is provided. The method features at least the following steps: fluidically connecting a gas turbine to a flue gas duct which is suitable for conducting flue gas which is produced by the gas turbine; connecting the flue gas duct to a steam generating unit which is fluidically connected to a water-steam cycle, and via which water-steam cycle a power generating facility can be operated; fluidically connecting a CO2 separation apparatus to the flue gas duct for separating the CO2 from the flue gas in the flue gas duct; and electrically connecting the power generating facility to the CO2 separation apparatus, preferably for the essentially energy-autonomous operation of the CO2 separation apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Christian Brunhuber, Hermann Kremer, Frank Strobelt, Nicolas Vortmeyer, Gerhard Zimmermann
  • Publication number: 20150027111
    Abstract: A torque converter is provided. The torque converter includes a plurality of arc springs and a turbine shell defining a pocket receiving the plurality of arc springs. The turbine shell may further include a rounded portion supporting turbine blades, an outer radial portion extending radially from the rounded portion and an axial extension extending axially from the outer radial portion. The rounded portion, the outer radial portion and the axial extension may define the pocket. A method for forming a drive assembly for a torque converter is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Markus Steinberger, John Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20150020784
    Abstract: A dual flow check valve includes a valve body having an inner valve cavity, a first valve opening, and a second valve opening. The dual flow check valve further includes a seal disposed within the valve body. The seal is operatively coupled within the valve body such that the seal is configured to move relative to the valve body between an open position, in which the seal allows the gas to flow between the first and second valve openings through the inner valve cavity, and a closed position, in which the seal inhibits the gas and the liquid from flowing through the inner valve cavity from the first valve opening to the second valve opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Alan E. Rice, Steven G. Bryde
  • Publication number: 20150023780
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a liner disposed around a flowpath. The liner has a forward end, a radially outer surface, and a radially inner surface. A hole extends axially into the forward end of the liner between the radially outer surface and the radially inner surface, and an engagement member is partially disposed in the hole and extends axially forward from the forward end of the liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Mark W. Costa, Thomas J. Robertson, JR., David A. Welch
  • Publication number: 20150016974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing an insulation element (12), which can be arranged radially above at least one guide vane (14) in a housing (10) of a thermal gas turbine. The insulation element (12) is produced from a solid body (24) provided with a metallic shell (26), the solid body (24) consisting at least partially of a ceramic material. The invention also relates to an insulation element (12), which can be arranged radially above at least one guide vane (14) in a housing (10) of a thermal gas turbine, and to an aero engine having a housing (10), in which at least one insulation element (12) is arranged radially above at least one guide vane (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Erwin BAYER, Thomas HESS, Sven-Juergen HILLER, Peter GEIGER
  • Publication number: 20150013158
    Abstract: A method is provided for solid-propellant engines to be dismantled safely and in accordance with environmental standards having been scrapped. For each engine to be dismantled, it is mounted on a static test rig, immersed in a tank filled with water and started such that propellant is used up under the water. The soluble part of the combustion products (gases or condensates) thus remains trapped in the water in the tank while the non-soluble solid products drop to the bottom of the tank. The body of the engine emptied of its fuel in this way and rendered pyrotechnically inert is then taken apart or disassembled. Periodically, the water in the tank is withdrawn and the tank stripped of its deposits such that subsequent dismantling operations can be carried out under proper conditions. All of the combustion products recovered are sent to appropriate reprocessing plants. The method allows high dismantling rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: ROXEL FRANCE
    Inventors: Didier Maillet, Christophe Douais, Nicolas Rumeau, Dominique Leveque
  • Publication number: 20150003989
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine composite vane assembly and method for making same are disclosed. The method includes providing at least two gas turbine engine airfoil composite preform components. The airfoil composite preform components are interlocked with a first locking component so that mating faces of the airfoil composite preform components face each other. A filler material is inserted between the mating surfaces of the airfoil composite preform components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Richard C. Uskert, David J. Thomas, Wayne S. Steffier, Robert J. Shinavski, Adam L. Chamberlain
  • Publication number: 20150000304
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a nosecone assembly attached to a gas turbine engine. The nosecone assembly includes a support structure and a nosecone attached to the support structure. The nosecone includes at least a first tool hole extending through the nosecone. The first tool hole is structurally reinforced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony T. Lindsey, Arun Kumar Jayasingh, Herbert L. Walker
  • Publication number: 20150000127
    Abstract: A method for mounting and setting an actuator of an exhaust gas turbocharger and a suitable electric actuating device are provided. The actuating device has an axially movable actuating rod which is connected to a coupling element which for its part is connected via a pivot pin to an actuation section of a bypass valve, the actuation section being configured as a lever arm. In order to set the desired closed position of the bypass valve during a predefined actuation of the actuating device, the coupling element is first connected to the actuating rod while still being displaceable. Before the fixing, the position of the actuating device which corresponds to the closed position is set by application of the corresponding voltage to the electric actuating device. Subsequently, a prestressing force is applied to the coupling element coaxially with respect to the actuating rod via a pneumatic actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicants: Volkswagen AG, Mahle International GmbH, IHI Charging Systems International GmbH
    Inventors: Eike Werstat, Martijn de Graaff, Torsten Jäckel, Tim Lowak, Alexander Schäffner, Daniel Dobernig, Reinhold Gracner, Jaroslav Kierat
  • Publication number: 20140373556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support structure (16) for a gas turbine engine (1). The support structure (16) has an axial extension in an axial direction (A) and a circumferential extension in a circumferential direction (C). Moreover, the support structure (16) comprises a plurality of tubular members (18, 20) of a first material type arranged in sequence in the circumferential direction (C). Each tubular member (18, 20) at least partially delimits a flow guiding passage extending at least partially in the axial direction (A). The support structure (16) comprises a leading portion (22) and a trailing portion (24) in the axial direction (A). Furthermore, the support structure (16) comprises a leading edge member (26) of a second material type, the leading edge member (26) being located at the leading portion (22). At least two of the tubular members (18, 20) are fixedly attached to a leading edge member (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Egon Aronsson, Per Widstrom, Elinor Magnusson, Johan Thoreus, Christian Lundh
  • Publication number: 20140366544
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine combustor includes an exit duct having annular first and second exit duct walls radially spaced apart to define therebetween the combustor exit opening. The first and/or second exit duct walls has a double-skin wall section which includes an inner hot wall facing the combustor exit opening and an outer cold wall fastened to the inner hot wall and radially spaced away therefrom to define a radial gap therebetween. The outer cold wall has a coefficient of thermal expansion greater than that of the inner hot wall. This helps reduce thermal growth mismatch between the outer cold wall and the inner hot wall during operation of the combustor, and reduces thermal stress at the joint between the hot and cold walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas MACCAUL, Si-Man Lao, Jason Herborth, Ion Dinu, Robert Sze
  • Publication number: 20140360217
    Abstract: A cooling system for use in a turbine assembly is provided. The cooling system includes a first filter configured to remove particles entrained in a flow of intake air, an array of nozzles downstream from the first filter, and a second filter downstream from the array. The array of nozzles is configured to facilitate reducing a temperature of the intake air, and the second filter is configured to repel cooling liquid discharged from the array of nozzles while allowing cooled intake air to flow therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy John Nicholas
  • Publication number: 20140361447
    Abstract: A turbomachine fuel-air mixer component includes a first component portion formed from a non-additive manufacturing process. The first component portion includes a plurality of tube elements each having an end portion. A second, additively manufactured component portion is additively joined to the first component portion. The second, additively manufactured component portion includes a plurality of additively manufactured tube sections constructed at, and fluidically connected with, respective ones of each end portion of the plurality of tube elements. The first and second component portions collectively defining at least a portion of the turbomachine fuel-air mixer component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Stanley Kevin Widener, Attila Szabo
  • Publication number: 20140360196
    Abstract: A combustor adapted for use in a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The combustor includes a metallic shell forming a cavity and a ceramic liner arranged in the cavity of the metallic shell. The ceramic liner defines a combustion chamber in which fuel is burned during operation of a gas turbine engine. The ceramic liner includes a plurality of ceramic tiles mounted to the metallic shell and arranged to shield the metallic shell from heat generated in the combustion chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Charles B. Graves, William G. Cummings, III, Russell N. Bennett, Jun Shi
  • Publication number: 20140360206
    Abstract: An aircraft propulsion power plant for use in an aircraft includes one or more core engines housed in an airframe of the aircraft, one or more secondary propulsion units, each of the one or more secondary propulsion units being removably attached to the airframe, and one or more power transmission means, each of the one or more power transmission means being configured to transmit mechanical power from the or each core engine to a corresponding one of the or each secondary propulsion unit when the or each secondary propulsion unit is attached to the airframe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Stephen John BRADBROOK
  • Publication number: 20140352146
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a turbine engine shaft from a metal billet of generally cylindrical shape, the method including drilling the billet to form a through axial cylindrical bore therein, engaging a cylindrical insert in the bore, the insert being made of a material having yield stress close to that of the material of the billet so that the materials of the insert and of the billet have substantially the same behavior during forging, hot forging the billet to form a forged blank of length greater than that of the billet, withdrawing the insert, and machining the blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventor: Jonathan Leblanc
  • Publication number: 20140356141
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a bearing. A bearing support includes a first wall that extends between the first and second ends and is operatively supported by the bearing at a first end. An engine case is secured to the second end radially outward of the first end. A flexible support is provided by a second wall integral with and extending transversely from the first wall. The second wall has a first flange and a gear train component is secured to the first flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Todd A. Davis
  • Publication number: 20140352317
    Abstract: A turbine engine includes a fan that provides an air flow to the turbine engine as compressor intake air and as compressor bypass air, a first stage compressor positioned to receive the compressor intake air and output a first stage compressed air, and a boiler positioned to cool the first stage compressed air using a fluid. A second stage compressor is positioned to receive the cooled first stage compressed air. A pump is configured to pump the fluid as a liquid into the boiler, extract energy from the first stage compressed air, and cause the cooling of the first stage compressed air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Loebig, Robert Manning
  • Publication number: 20140356644
    Abstract: A component for a turbomachine having at least one region made of an intermetallic material which is formed from an intermetallic compound or comprises an intermetallic phase as the largest constituent. The intermetallic material is compacted and/or modified in microstructure by microplasticization at least partially at a surface or interface in a region close to the surface or interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: MTU AERO ENGINES AG
    Inventors: André WERNER, Wilfried SMARSLY
  • Publication number: 20140345997
    Abstract: A torque converter is provided. The torque converter includes a front cover for connecting to an engine crankshaft; a clutch plate; a clutch backing plate limiting axial movement of the clutch plate away from the front cover; and a connector rigidly connected to the front cover and including a rivet portion for fixing the clutch backing plate to the front cover. A method of forming a torque converter is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Gerdeman, David Avins, Daniel Sayre, Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 8893491
    Abstract: A drive module for a hydraulic hybrid vehicle includes two variable displacement over-center bent-axis hydraulic pump/motors with respective yokes that reside and pivot within a common fluid-filled case. The cylinder barrel of each pump/motor is connected to high pressure through fluid-conducting yoke legs, and is connected to low pressure through the fluid-filled case, which is connected by a port to a low pressure source. As a drivetrain for a vehicle, one pump/motor acts primarily as a pump driven by an engine and the other pump/motor acts primarily as a motor to propel the vehicle. A removable support structure facilitates installation to a variety of vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Administrator of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency
    Inventor: Charles L. Gray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8893382
    Abstract: A method of assembling a combustion system for a gas turbine engine includes providing a combustion chamber frame, an inner casing structure, and an outer casing structure. The method also includes mounting the combustion chamber frame between the inner casing structure and the outer casing structure such that the combustion chamber frame is coupled to the inner casing structure and the outer casing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Bruce Patterson, Donald Michael Corsmeier, Craig Douglas Young, Donald Lee Gardner, James Edward Thompson, Daniel Dale Brown, Glenn Edward Wiehe, Donald Scott Yeager, Mark Willard Marusko, Michael Joseph Zerbe
  • Publication number: 20140338363
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a fan including a plurality of fan blades rotatable about an axis, a compressor section, a combustor in fluid communication with the compressor section, a turbine section in fluid communication with the combustor, a geared architecture arranged in a housing and driven by the turbine section for rotating the fan about the axis, and a support member that supports the geared architecture within the gas turbine engine. The support member includes an inner portion and an outer portion. One of the inner and outer portions is configured to be coupled to the geared architecture and the other of the inner and outer portions is configured to be coupled to the housing. A plurality of removal features each have at least one engaging surface to facilitate a pulling force on the support member in a direction parallel to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: John R. Otto