Magnetic Bearing Patents (Class 310/90.5)
  • Patent number: 10927892
    Abstract: A magnetic bearing (20) comprises: a rotor (22) to be supported for rotation about an axis (502); a stator (24) extending from a first end (30) to a second end (32) and comprising: one or more first permanent magnets (110); one or more second permanent magnets (112) of polarity substantially opposite to a polarity of the one or more first permanent magnets; a first axial winding (34); a second axial winding (36); a first end pole (120); and a second end pole (122).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Jagadeesh Tangudu, Parag M. Kshirsagar
  • Patent number: 10920784
    Abstract: A magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor includes a magnetic bearing spindle having a thrust disk, front and rear axial bearings, an impeller and at least one labyrinth seal. The front and the rear axial bearings are disposed individually to opposing sides of the thrust disk. First and second clearances exist axially between the rear and front axial bearings, respectively, and the thrust disk. The impeller connects a front end of the magnetic bearing spindle. The labyrinth seal pairs the magnetic bearing spindle into an oblique arrangement with respect to the axial direction, and each the labyrinth seal is spaced from the magnetic bearing spindle or the impeller by a labyrinth-seal clearance. By controlling the thrust disk axially, a clearance ratio of the first clearance to the second clearance can be varied to adjust the labyrinth-seal clearance. In addition, a magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor controlling method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jun-Jie Lin, Jenn-Chyi Chung, Chung-Che Liu, Kuo-Shu Hung
  • Patent number: 10921108
    Abstract: In a method for monitoring a magnetic bearing device for an electric rotating machine, a first pair of at least essentially diametrically opposed sensors and a second pair of at least essentially diametrically opposed sensors are arranged in offset relation about an angle. A distance is determined between each of the sensors and a body of rotation arranged inside the first and second pairs of sensors. A first average distance is determined from distance values of the first pair of sensors and a second average distance is determined from distance values of the second pair of sensors. A first change in the first average distance is captured and a second change in the second average distance is captured. The first and second changes are compared and a warning signal is outputted when a difference between the first and second changes exceeds a limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Joachim Denk, Bert-Uwe Köhler, Dietmar Stoiber, Frank Viering
  • Patent number: 10917730
    Abstract: An external portion of an auditory prosthesis includes an external magnet that interacts with an implantable magnet to hold the external portion against the skin. Magnetic force generated by the stray field of these magnets can disturb the operation of a vibrating element of the auditory prosthesis. The technologies described herein utilize additional magnets disposed within portions of the auditory prosthesis to redirect the magnetic flux, which allows the vibrating element to be disposed more closely to the magnets, reducing the overall height profile of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Patrik Kennes, Charles Roger Aaron Leigh, Paul Michael Carter, Mark Alan Von Huben, Jonathan Diolaso, Scott Matthew Ibbotson, Irene Tsimos Diolaso
  • Patent number: 10908058
    Abstract: A rheometer has rotary rheometer and a linear DM(T)A analysis unit. A measuring shaft of the rotary rheometer carries a measuring part that faces a measuring part carried on an adjusting rod of the linear analysis unit. The sample under test is placed in a measuring gap between the measuring parts. The DM(T)A analysis unit has a linear motor, in particular magnetically operated, with a stator and a slider, and a magnetically-operated gravitational compensation unit, by way of which it is possible to compensate for the weight force of the adjusting rod, the measuring part on the adjusting rod, the slider, and any optional the components fastened to the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Anton Paar GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Romirer, Heimo Kotzian, Martin Kraker
  • Patent number: 10903766
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating mechanical and/or electrical energy are presented. A system generates mechanical energy by using direct current to cause at least one rotor to rotate within and/or around at least one stator and/or generates electrical energy by using the rotation of at least one rotor within and/or around at least one stator to generate an electromagnetic field. The at least one rotor includes a plurality of magnets oriented in an array perpendicular to the at least one rotor's axis of rotation. The at least one stator comprises a plurality of magnets oriented in a rectangular array around the at least one rotor. The magnets may be permanent magnets and/or electromagnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Coalmont Electrical Development Corporation
    Inventor: Shaun McCutcheon
  • Patent number: 10895282
    Abstract: A controller performs, in a first mode, a first operation for controlling composite electromagnetic force of electromagnets such that a target member moves within a predetermined moving range, and a second operation for acquiring temperature drift correlation information indicative of a correlation between a reference value and an input-output characteristic of a position sensor, based on the reference value and the input-output characteristic of the position sensor in the first operation. The controller performs, in a second mode, a third operation for controlling the composite electromagnetic force of the electromagnets according to a signal level of a detection signal from the position sensor, and a fourth operation for compensating the input-output characteristic of the position sensor in the third operation, based on the temperature drift correlation information and the reference value in the third operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Hirata, Atsushi Sakawaki
  • Patent number: 10892673
    Abstract: The present invention is an electric propulsion motor that can be used to propel air, land, and sea vehicles consisting of a gyroscope's flywheel that has been split into two counter rotating sections, perimeter and hub, each section containing spokes that are shaped to produce thrust when rotated, a stator with individually controlled field coils located on its inside and outside diameters, permanent magnets integrated into the flywheel sections proximate to the stator's field coils, and a bearing system to support each flywheel section. The invention is self-contained needing no external propulsion or drive means, self-stabilizing due to the gyroscopic forces created by its spinning hub and perimeter flywheels, thrust producing because of the shape of the spokes of the two flywheels, and rotational torque cancelling with counter rotating flywheel sections. A Chimara Effect is created that both stabilizes and propels the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Airborne Motor Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Antoine Marcel, Jeffrey Scott Chimenti
  • Patent number: 10886826
    Abstract: A power-generating apparatus has a frame, a transmission shaft, a power generator, multiple magnetic floating modules, multiple radial stabilizing modules, and an axial stabilizing module. The transmission shaft rotates in the frame. The power generator is connected with the transmission shaft. Each one of the magnetic floating modules has a magnetic ring set and a permanent magnetic ring. The permanent magnetic ring is connected to the transmission shaft, and magnetically interacts with the magnetic ring set to float the transmission shaft. Each one of the stabilizing modules has a stabilizing magnetic set and a stabilizing magnetic ring. The stabilizing magnetic ring is radially magnetically repulsive to the stabilizing magnetic set. The axial stabilizing module has a base, a first magnet, and a second magnet. The second magnet is mounted on the transmission shaft, and is vertically magnetically repulsive to the first magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Shou-Cheng Wong
  • Patent number: 10883397
    Abstract: A centrifugal separator includes a housing and a rotary vessel having an axis and being attached to the housing for rotation relative to the housing about the axis. Either: a) the rotary vessel has one or more magnetisable regions and the housing has one or more electromagnetic windings; or b) the rotary vessel has one or more electromagnetic windings and the housing has one or more magnetisable regions. The electromagnetic windings are selectively energisable to create a magnetic field to cause rotation of the rotary vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventor: Nigel Burford
  • Patent number: 10876524
    Abstract: Provided is a linear compressor comprising a cylinder, a piston, a cylinder shell, a linear motor stator, a magnetic levitation bearing and a mover. One end of the cylinder shell is sleeved on the cylinder, and another end of the cylinder shell is provided with a mounting cavity communicating with the cylinder cavity. A cavity wall of the mounting cavity is respectively provided with a stator mounting groove and a protrusion in a circumferential direction thereof. The linear motor stator is mounted in the stator mounting groove. The magnetic levitation bearing is disposed on the cavity wall of the mounting cavity. The mover includes a mover rod and a magnetic member disposed on the mover rod, and the mover rod is connected with the piston. The use of magnetic levitation bearing can avoid mechanical friction caused by direct contact of the mover with the linear motor stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GREE GREEN REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER CO., LTD. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Yusheng Hu, Huijun Wei, Chuanshun Huang, Zhong Cui, Cheng Liu
  • Patent number: 10876573
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foil bearing that includes a housing, a support structure associated with the housing, and a foil circumscribed at least in part by the support structure and spaced from the housing by the support structure. The foil includes a body section having a body material composition. The foil includes a sensor section having a conductive material composition, the sensor section having a circumferential portion surrounded at least in part by the body section. The foil includes a tab section that protrudes into the support structure and defines a first terminal and a second terminal associated with the sensor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Luke Martin
  • Patent number: 10873241
    Abstract: An electromagnetic rotary drive includes a magnetically contactlessly drivable rotor free of coils, and a stator configured as a bearing and drive stator configured to drive the rotor magnetically and contactlessly about an axis of rotation. The rotor is capable of being supported magnetically contactlessly with respect to the stator in an operating state. The stator includes an upper stator part having a plurality of pronounced upper poles configured to carry upper windings and a lower stator part having a plurality of pronounced lower poles configured to carry lower windings. The upper stator part and the lower stator part are arranged spaced apart from one another with respect to an axial direction. A permanent magnet is disposed between the upper stator part and the lower stator part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventors: Reto Schöb, Jörg Hugel, Thomas Holenstein
  • Patent number: 10871188
    Abstract: A control method for a magnetic bearing includes following steps: acquiring a suspension stopping instruction for the magnetic bearing, and respectively applying a control current to one or more control coils of the magnetic bearing to subject a rotor to a vertically or obliquely upwards electromagnetic force, a vertical component of the electromagnetic force is less than the gravity of the rotor. A control device for a magnetic bearing is also disclosed, including a suspension stopping instruction acquiring unit and a control current applying unit. The control method and control device for a magnetic bearing can control a falling velocity of the rotor to be lower than that of the rotor being subjected only to the gravity, and have higher control efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: GREE GREEN REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER CO., LTD OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Daofu Hu, Yusheng Hu, Weilin Guo, Yongling He, Bin Yang, Xue Li
  • Patent number: 10850287
    Abstract: A method and a device for stopping a magnetic suspension centrifuge includes: a frequency-conversion cabinet connected with the magnetic suspension centrifuge judges a stopping state of the magnetic suspension centrifuge; if the stopping state is judged to satisfy a preset condition, the frequency-conversion cabinet switches a operating mode of a motor of the magnetic suspension centrifuge from an electrically-powered state mode to a power generation state mode, so as to convert the inertia mechanical energy of the motor when the motor stops into electric energy; and the frequency-conversion cabinet leads the electric energy into a power grid, so as to consume the electric energy. Accordingly, the problem that the motor of the magnetic suspension centrifuge cannot be rapidly switched from an operating state to a stopping state when an exception occurs to a bearing or a bearing controller in the prior art can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GREE GREEN REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER CO., LTD. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Yan Li, Gaochan Niu, Guanghui Chen
  • Patent number: 10854436
    Abstract: A connection piece for a tubular target which has a cylindrical inner surface and a cylindrical outer surface and at least one magnetic insert. The position of the magnetic insert is adjustable along the axial direction of the connection piece on at least an inner surface or outer surface of the connection piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PLANSEE SE
    Inventors: Andre Dronhofer, Christian Linke
  • Patent number: 10851834
    Abstract: Axial magnetic bearings that include a primary winding(s) and one or more compensation windings that provide compensation such that operation of the first and/or second primary windings and the compensation windings results in a net magneto-motive force of around zero ampere turns. Current can selectively flow through one or both of the primary windings of an opposing pair of axial magnetic bearings, while current flows through the compensation windings in manner that compensates for the magneto-motive force generated by the primary winding(s). In at least situations in which the number of turns for at least one pair of compensation windings is generally equal to the number of turns of each primary winding, the net magneto-motive force generated by current flowing through a primary winding of one axial magnetic bearing and through the compensation windings of both axial magnetic bearings can generally be zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Industrial U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Petri Juhani Maki-Ontto, Lauri Juhani Salmia
  • Patent number: 10848031
    Abstract: A flywheel energy storage system comprises a rotor having a rotational axis about which the rotor spins in operation and comprising a ferrous material and a housing enclosing the rotor and having an interior subject to a vacuum. The system further comprises a vacuum pump configured to provide the vacuum of the interior of the housing, an electromagnet configured to apply a magnetic field and lift the rotor vertically along the rotational axis of the rotor, and at least one bearing provided between the rotor and the housing, and a controller in operative communication with the electromagnet and the vacuum pump. The rotor applies a force against the at least one bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Alei, Preston Brendel, Cheruvari Karthik Hari Dharan, Henry Godman, Mike Kitchen, Eric Martinez, Hung Nguyen, Khang Nguyen, Tien Nguyen, Ton Nguyen, Jeffrey Nguyen, Matt Paiz, E-Fann Suang, Danny Schmitz, Siyuan Xin
  • Patent number: 10836512
    Abstract: Embodiments of a spherical momentum control device are provided. In one embodiment, the spherical momentum control device includes a housing assembly bounding a cavity, a rotor support axle disposed within the cavity, and a spherical bearing interface formed between the rotor support axle and the housing assembly. The spherical bearing interface facilitates rotation of the rotor support axle within the cavity about three orthogonal axes transecting substantially at the cavity center point. A rotor is mounted to the rotor support axle (e.g., through precision bearings) for rotation about a spin axis. The spherical bearing interface can assume any form for facilitating rotation of the rotor support axle about the orthogonal axes including, for example, a low friction plane bearing interface. In one embodiment, the spherical bearing interface includes rolling element bearings embedded in the cavity walls or embedded in enlarged end caps forming part of the rotor support axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Michael Wayne Bushroe
  • Patent number: 10833576
    Abstract: A signal processor is configured to perform a process equivalent to performing a series of fixed-to-rotating coordinate conversion, a predetermined process and then rotating-to-fixed coordinate conversion, while maintaining linearity and time-invariance. The signal processor performs a process given by the following matrix G: G = [ F ? ( s + j ? ? ? 0 ) + F ? ( s - j ? ? ? 0 ) 2 F ? ( s + j ? ? ? 0 ) - F ? ( s - j ? ? ? 0 ) 2 ? j - F ? ( s + j ? ? ? 0 ) - F ? ( s - j ? ? ? 0 ) 2 ? j F ? ( s + j ? ? ? 0 ) + F ? ( s - j ? ? ? 0 ) 2 ] where F(s) is a transfer function representing the predetermined process, ?0 is a predetermined angular frequency and j is the imaginary unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DAIHEN Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Ohori, Nobuyuki Hattori
  • Patent number: 10833570
    Abstract: Described are homopolar bearingless slice motors which include an array arrangement of permanent magnets on stator teeth, and a magnet-free rotor having a unique surface geometry. Also described are related components of such motors. The permanent magnet arrays provide homopolar bias flux to the rotor, and salient features on the rotor surface route the bias flux toward paths desirable for force and torque generation. In an illustrative embodiment, two magnet arrays are placed at the tips of stator teeth, so as to provide the bias flux via relatively short flux paths. By modulating current through windings based upon the rotor radial and angular position measurements, the stator can levitate and rotate the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Minkyun Noh, David L. Trumper
  • Patent number: 10830278
    Abstract: Novel configurations of levitating passive magnetic bearing configurations are described. Such configurations can be used for the precise control of the magnitude and sign of the bearing stiffness, thereby facilitating the overall design of the system in ways that are not possible with conventional attractive or repelling bearing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Richard F. Post
  • Patent number: 10797578
    Abstract: A vertically mounted and magnetically driven power generation apparatus includes a transmission mechanism vertically mounted in a support frame with a spindle thereof connected with a power generator. Multiple magnetic drive assemblies are respectively mounted inside multiple shelves of the support frame. By virtue of magnetic repulsion between the magnetic drive assemblies and multiple magnetic driven members mounted on the transmission mechanism, the spindle can be vertically and suspendedly rotated within the support frame. The power generation apparatus further includes multiple magnetically stabilizing modules that provide radial or axial magnetic repulsion to the transmission mechanism so as to reduce left-and-right swing or up-and-down vibration when the spindle is rotated within the support frame. Accordingly, the power generation apparatus can achieve superior stability and optimal power generation efficiency upon high-speed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Shou-Cheng Wong
  • Patent number: 10792742
    Abstract: The main spindle unit has a main spindle, a front bearing, a rear bearing, a front case for covering the front bearing, and a rear case for covering the rear bearing. The front case has a front body part for holding the front bearing and a front flange part extending radially outward from the front body part. The rear case has a rear body part for holding the rear bearing and a rear flange part extending radially outward from the rear body part. A front mounted surface, which can be brought into contact with a first mounting surface of a unit support table, is formed on the front flange part so as to face the front side thereof. A rear mounted surface, which contacts a second mounting surface of the unit support table, is formed on the rear flange part so as to face the front side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINE TOOL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Masuo
  • Patent number: 10788074
    Abstract: A rolling bearing device includes a bearing portion and a power generation portion. The power generation portion has a plurality of projecting portions provided on an outer ring spacer, a pair of core members provided on an inner ring spacer, a magnet, and a coil. The power generation portion generates an induced current in the coil as the projecting portions pass in the vicinity of first side end portions of the core members during rotation. There are two different loop paths along which magnetism generated by the magnet flows: a first loop path formed when the projecting portions are close to the first side end portions of the core members; and a second loop path formed when the projecting portions and the first side end portions of the core members are away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Higashiyama, Yusuke Ueda, Tsukasa Sakazaki
  • Patent number: 10774839
    Abstract: An impeller wheel assembly for a radial rotating machine, comprises a bladed hub portion of an impeller wheel, with a first radially outward facing, fluid deflecting surface having a curvature profile designed to deflect an axial fluid flow into a radial centrifugal flow, and comprising a deflector portion with a second radially outward facing, fluid deflecting surface. The second radially outward facing surface has a curvature profile designed to deflect a radial centripetal fluid flow into an axial fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: THERMODYN SAS
    Inventors: Thomas Alban, Sylvain Guillemin, Manuele Bigi, Guiseppe Iurisci, Stefano Falomi
  • Patent number: 10778063
    Abstract: A magnetic drive has a prime mover, having a first magnet array on a first surface thereof, and a rotor, having a second magnet array on an outer surface thereof. The outer surface of the rotor is located adjacent to the first surface of the prime mover such that movement of the prime mover causes rotation of the rotor about an axis of rotation. A support member has a shaft for defining the axis of rotation of the rotor, and having a third magnet array, and the third magnet array cooperates with a fourth magnet array on the rotor to form a magnetic bearing to resist forces on the rotor acting along the axis of rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: David Rodger, Hong Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 10767692
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation bearing assembly, including: a magnetic levitation bearing, a shell, and a working clearance adjusting device; the magnetic levitation bearing includes a first iron core, a second iron core and a thrust disk; the working clearance adjusting device is arranged between a radial inner periphery of the shell and the thrust disk along the radial direction, and between the shell and the second iron core along the axial direction; an axial end of the working clearance adjusting device is abutted against the second iron core, a void gap is provided between the shell and the second iron core, an adjustment on the magnetic levitation bearing working clearance is made possible by altering the length between two axial ends of the working clearance adjusting device, such that the working clearance is consistent with a design value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GREE GREEN REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER CO., LTD. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Gao Gong, Yusheng Hu, Xiaobo Zhang, Jianning Liu, Fang Zhang, Siyuan Tian, Jinxin Jia, Changguang Guo, Guanghai Li, Qiong Wei
  • Patent number: 10761082
    Abstract: A bracket, a thrombelastography device, and a support system are disclosed. The bracket comprises: a fixed support part (101), a movable support part (102), and a connection part (103). The connection part comprises a first fixing connection member (1031) and a second fixing connection member (1032). The first fixing connection member is fixedly connected to the fixed support part; the second fixing connection member is fixedly connected to the movable support part; the first fixing connection member is connected to the second fixing connection member in point contact fashion, such that the first fixing connection member and the second fixing connection member can rotate relative to each other; the movable support part is fixedly connected to a supported object; when driven by the supported object, the movable support part rotates relative to the fixed support part by means of the point contact between the first fixing connection member and the second fixing connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NEOTEK BIOSCIENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Xiao, Bangzhong Yu, Feng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10756162
    Abstract: A structure and a formation method of a semiconductor device are provided. The method includes forming an adhesive layer over a semiconductor substrate and forming a magnetic element over the adhesive layer. The method also includes forming an isolation element extending across the magnetic element. The isolation element partially covers the top surface of the magnetic element and partially covers sidewall surfaces of the magnetic element. The method further includes partially removing the adhesive layer such that an edge of the adhesive layer is laterally disposed between an edge of the magnetic element and an edge of the isolation element. In addition, the method includes forming a conductive line over the isolation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Chen, Wei-Li Huang, Chien-Chih Kuo, Hon-Lin Huang, Chin-Yu Ku, Chen-Shien Chen
  • Patent number: 10751454
    Abstract: Various “contactless” bearing mechanisms including hydrodynamic and magnetic bearings are provided for a rotary pump as alternatives to mechanical contact bearings. In one embodiment, a pump apparatus includes a pump housing defining a pumping chamber. The housing has a spindle extending into the pumping chamber. A spindle magnet assembly includes first and second magnets disposed within the spindle. The first and second magnets are arranged proximate each other with their respective magnetic vectors opposing each other. The lack of mechanical contact bearings enables longer life pump operation and less damage to working fluids such as blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Wampler, David M. Lancisi
  • Patent number: 10746223
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protective structure for a magnetic bearing and a magnetic bearing assembly. The protective structure for a magnetic bearing comprises: a first radial bearing protective component, sleeved on a shaft and in a position corresponding to a magnetic bearing, a first gap being radially formed between the first radial bearing protective component and the shaft; and a second radial bearing protective component, sleeved on the shaft and in a position corresponding to the magnetic bearing, a second gap being radially formed between the second radial bearing protective component and the shaft; the height of a working gap being greater than the height of the second gap, the height of the second gap being greater than the height of the first gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Gree Green Refrigeration Technology Center Co., Ltd. of Zhuhai
    Inventors: Fang Zhang, Yusheng Hu, Xiaobo Zhang, Jianning Liu, Gao Gong, Chao Zhang, Siyuan Tian, Jiuzhan Su, Jinxin Jia, Changguang Guo, Guanghai Li
  • Patent number: 10744608
    Abstract: A device for damping vibrations of a machine, in particular for damping vibrations of a machine tool, wherein the device includes a first linear motor primary part, a pendulum mass, mounted via at least one supporting sheet-metal assembly provide a relative motion of the pendulum mass along the first linear motor primary part, a first linear motor secondary part fastened to the pendulum mass such that the pendulum mass is actuated via the first linear motor primary part to dampen vibrations of the machine, a second linear motor primary part, and a second linear motor secondary part fastened to the pendulum mass such that the pendulum mass is additionally actuated via the second linear motor primary part to dampen vibrations of the machine so as to achieve an especially compact device that makes it possible to dampen vibrations of machines, in particular machine tools, effectively and without maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Siemen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Stephan Haschka, Elmar Schaefers, Torsten Schuer, Dietmar Stoiber
  • Patent number: 10742179
    Abstract: Unique systems, methods, techniques and apparatuses of power amplifiers are disclosed. One exemplary embodiment is a power system for an active magnetic bearing including at least one power amplifier. Each power amplifier includes a first semiconductor device including a first node coupled to a neutral point node and a second node, a second output node coupled to the neutral point node, a second semiconductor device including a first node coupled to the second node of the first semiconductor device and a second node coupled to a first output node, a third semiconductor device including a first node coupled to a first DC bus node and a second node coupled to the first output node, and a fourth semiconductor device including a first node coupled to a second DC bus node and a second node coupled to the second node of the first semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Industrial U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Lauri Juhani Salmia, Petri J. Maki-Ontto, Risto Komulainen
  • Patent number: 10722630
    Abstract: A pressure differential across a blood pump and/or a flow rate of blood pumped by the blood pump is estimated based at least in part on impeller thrust load. A blood pump for a circulation assist system includes a housing forming a blood flow channel, an impeller, one or more support members coupled to the housing, a sensor, and a controller operatively coupled with the sensor. At least one of the one or more support members react a thrust load applied to the impeller by blood impelled through the blood flow channel by the impeller. The sensor generates output indicative of the magnitude of the thrust load. The controller is configured to process the sensor output to estimate at least one of a pressure differential across the blood pump and a flow rate of blood pumped by the blood pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventor: Ethan Falk Petersen
  • Patent number: 10718343
    Abstract: A ceiling fan motor includes a sleeve, a stator unit fixed around the sleeve, a rotor unit rotatably mounted around the sleeve, and an axle detachably mounted to the sleeve. The axle can include an extending section and a suspension section. The extending section extends through and is coupled to the sleeve. The suspension section is exposed outside of the sleeve. The extending section can be contiguous to the suspension section. An outer diameter of the axle at the extending section can be smaller than an outer diameter at the suspension section to form a shoulder. An end of the sleeve can abut the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alex Horng, Tso-Kuo Yin, Kun-Ta Yang
  • Patent number: 10704599
    Abstract: A balanced switching amplifier for a magnetic bearing assembly may include a first switching amplifier configured to drive a first load of an electromagnet of the magnetic bearing assembly via a first plurality of lead wires. The balanced switching amplifier may also include a second switching amplifier configured to drive a second load of the electromagnet via a second plurality of lead wires. The first switching amplifier and the second switching amplifier may be configured to operate in tandem such that respective voltages in the first plurality of lead wires and the second plurality of lead wires substantially neutralize one another, thereby reducing electromagnetic emissions from each of the first plurality of lead wires and the second plurality of lead wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Synchrony, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Jett Field, Kirk J. Treubert
  • Patent number: 10690140
    Abstract: A compressor having a compressor housing, a compressor rotor mounted in the compressor housing, which includes a shaft and moving blades forming multiple compressor stages. Between two compressor stages a magnetic bearing and a safety bearing are arranged, which, as split bearings, are each mounted on the shaft designed as one-piece shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MAN Energy Solutions SE
    Inventors: Michael Betschart, Christoph Andris
  • Patent number: 10690184
    Abstract: An axial magnetic bearing includes a bearing body and a protective device. The bearing body includes a stator and a rotor. The protective device includes a first assembly fixedly mounted relative to the stator and a second assembly fixedly mounted relative to the rotor. One of the first assembly and the second assembly includes a first stopping portion, and the other of the first assembly and the second assembly includes a second stopping portion and a third stopping portion. A part of the first stopping portion is axially located between the second stopping portion and the third stopping portion. A protection gap of the protective device is smaller than a working gap of the bearing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GREE GREEN REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER CO., LTD. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Fang Zhang, Yusheng Hu, Xiaobo Zhang, Jianning Liu, Gao Gong, Siyuan Tian, Jinxin Jia, Changguang Guo, Guanghai Li, Jiuzhan Su, Chao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10677289
    Abstract: A bearing system and associated method of operation are provided to support a spinning rotor having a pot and a shaft of an open-end spinning device with two radial bearings and at least one axial support bearing, wherein at least one of the radial bearings is an active magnetic bearing. The axial support bearing is configured such that a magnetic bearing acts in opposition to one or both of an aerostatic air bearing or a mechanical starting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RIETER CZ s.r.o.
    Inventors: Mathias Burchert, Milan Moravec, Markus Kuebler, Jiri Sloupensky, Siegfried Silber, Peter Dirnberger
  • Patent number: 10668194
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid pump that comprises a housing having an inlet opening for receiving the fluid, an outlet opening for discharging the fluid and enclosing an impeller rotating inside the housing to pump the fluid from the inlet opening to the outlet opening and a motor assembly to drive the impeller. The housing is shaped to establish a single turn volute of 360° turn angle providing a first conveying channel located peripherally around the impeller from a fluid entry point at 0° turn angle to a fluid exit point at 360° turn angle of the single turn volute being connected to the outlet opening. The first conveying channel has a first cross section area in radial direction perpendicular to the rotational plane of the impeller, where a size of the first cross section area increases as a monotonic increasing function of the turn angle between entry point and exit point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: REINHEART GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Henseler, Roland Graefe
  • Patent number: 10665484
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a thermal processing apparatus with a heat source and a rotating substrate support opposite the heat source, the rotating substrate support comprising a support member with a light blocking member. The light blocking member may be an encapsulated component, or may be movably disposed inside the support member. The light blocking member may be opaque and/or reflective, and may be a refractory metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph M. Ranish
  • Patent number: 10634154
    Abstract: A centrifugal compressor includes a casing, an impeller, a motor, a diffuser, a magnetic bearing, and a magnetic bearing backup system including at least one dynamic gas bearing and at least one hydrostatic gas bearing. The impeller is attached to a shaft rotatable about a rotation axis. The motor is configured and arranged to rotate the shaft in order to rotate the impeller. The magnetic bearing rotatably supports the shaft. The magnetic bearing backup system is configured and arranged to support the shaft when the magnetic bearing stops operating. The at least one dynamic gas bearing and the at least one hydrostatic gas bearing of the magnetic bearing backup system are disposed radially inwardly relative to the magnetic bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Allen Morgan, Fumiaki Onodera, Tsuyoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 10636612
    Abstract: In one example, a lift assembly may exert a force on a rotatable anode of an X-ray tube. The lift assembly may include a lift shaft and a lift electromagnet. The lift shaft may be coupled to the anode and may be configured to rotate around an axis of rotation of the anode. The lift electromagnet may be configured to apply a magnetic force to the lift shaft in a radial direction. The lift electromagnet may include a first pole and a second pole oriented towards the lift shaft. Windings may be positioned around the first pole. The lift assembly may include a heat dissipating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Varex Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Vance Scott Robinson, Kasey Otho Greenland, Neil Bostrom
  • Patent number: 10627208
    Abstract: A system and method for testing rotor stack assemblies having a plurality of rotor disks is disclosed. A measurement system for measuring at least one electrical characteristic of the plurality of rotor disks is used with a computer electronically connected to the measurement system for capturing data from the measurement system. Software associated with the computer transforms the data into output used to determine flange joint contact topography in the plurality of rotor disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Friedman, Jonathan Tilley, Brian Patrick Senkiw, Bryan Williams, Andrew Joseph Colletti
  • Patent number: 10630158
    Abstract: An active vibration controller includes: a housing; a first magnetic member on the housing, the first magnetic member including a first tip portion extending from a first base end of the first magnetic member and including a first connecting surface extending from the base end on the first tip portion; a movable member including a second magnetic member including a second tip portion extending from a second base end of the second magnetic member and a second connecting surface extending from the second base end on the second tip portion; an exciting coil; a magnetic viscoelastic elastomer having a magnetic viscoelastic property varying according to a magnetic field magnitude between the first and second tip portions, and connects the first connecting surface to the second connecting surface. The first and second tip portions are thinner than the first and second base ends, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Terashima, Toshio Inoue
  • Patent number: 10619669
    Abstract: A magnetic bearing control device is configured to detect, by a sensor, excitation current supplied from an excitation amplifier to a magnetic bearing configured to magnetically levitate a rotor, thereby generating a voltage equivalent signal for PWM control of the excitation amplifier based on a current setting signal based on a deviation of a rotor levitation position with respect to a target levitation position and an excitation current detection signal of the sensor. The voltage equivalent signal is generated based on the current setting signal and a current deviation signal as a difference between the current setting signal and the excitation current detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Junichiro Kozaki
  • Patent number: 10612592
    Abstract: An integrated journal bearing (IJB) includes a shaft extending in an axial direction, a housing through which the shaft extends in the axial direction, the housing surrounding the shaft in a radial direction, an active magnetic bearing (AMB) arranged within the housing and surrounding the shaft in the radial direction, and at least a first fluid film journal bearing (JB) arranged within the housing and surrounding the shaft in the radial direction. The first JB is axially adjacent to the AMB such that first JB and the AMB do not share a common radial clearance, while both are commonly flooded with oil. A controller in signal communication with the AMB can be variously configured to supply current thereto to operate the AMB by controlling a magnetic force generated thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Aly El-Shafei
  • Patent number: 10613249
    Abstract: A highly sensitive gravimeter using a magnetic parallel dipole line (PDL) trap system is provided. In one aspect, a gravimeter includes: a vacuum enclosure; a PDL trap within the vacuum enclosure, the PDL trap having a pair of dipole line magnets, and a diamagnetic rod levitating in between the dipole line magnets; and a heater and temperature sensor within the vacuum enclosure configured to maintain a constant temperature within the vacuum enclosure that is greater than a temperature outside of the vacuum enclosure and precision frequency measurement system. The frequency of the oscillation of the trapped diamagnetic rod will yield the local gravitational acceleration. Methods for measuring a local gravitational field using the present gravimeter are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Oki Gunawan, Hendrik F. Hamann, Wang Zhou
  • Patent number: 10605604
    Abstract: A device configured to determine a rotation angle with respect to a proceeding direction includes an accelerometer configured to obtain acceleration information related to movements of the device; a storage unit configured to store the acceleration information; and a controller configured to transform coordinates of the acceleration information, filter the acceleration information on the transformed coordinates, and determine the rotation angle of the device with respect to the proceeding direction of the device by using gravitational acceleration information on the transformed coordinates. The gravitational acceleration information is derived by using information about a time point when a vertical acceleration component at the transformed coordinates of the device has a maximum value, from among the acceleration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-sung Lee, Nam-hoon Kim, Jae-myeon Lee