Rotary-commutator-type Inverter Patents (Class 363/32)
  • Patent number: 9041245
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus includes a converter to convert AC power into DC power, an SMPS to convert the DC power into DC powers desired by loads, a capacitor to interconnect the converter and the SMPS, a PTC element connected to the converter, a first switch connected in parallel with the PTC element, and a second switch connected in series with the first switch. The method includes turning on the second switch to start charging of the capacitor, turning on the first switch to charge the capacitor to a target voltage level, and turning off both the first switch and second switch if a voltage across the capacitor rises over the target voltage level, to discharge the voltage across the capacitor so as to lower the voltage across the capacitor to the target voltage level or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ho Yoon, Dae Hyun Lim, Joong Ki Moon, Sung Wook Kang
  • Patent number: 8471407
    Abstract: An emergency power system for operation during loss of power on power mains comprises a spring-driven energy storage unit (ESU) and a generator. The ESU enters a generator mode responsive to a power outage state of a power sensor, during which mode unwinding of the spring drive powers the generator. After power is restored to the mains, a preferred embodiment automatically rewinds the spring using the generator as a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas W. Gow, Edward L. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20090109712
    Abstract: An electrical storage device comprises a capacitor or capacitor bank capable of storing significant quantities of electricity. An inverter in circuit with the capacitor converts direct energy of the capacitor into alternating current. A variable ratio transformer is in circuit with the output of the inverter to produce an alternating current output of controlled voltage. The impedance of the transformer acts to prolong discharge of the capacitor over a significant time period. To further control the rate of discharge of the energy storage capacitor, an additional capacitor may be provided in the transformer circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Randall L. Calloway
  • Patent number: 6153870
    Abstract: Disclosed is an AC/DC type microwave oven. The AC/DC type microwave oven comprises a rotatable inverter which inverts a DC power source to an AC power source by means of a rotational force, a high voltage transformer which receives a common power source or an AC power inverted by the rotatable inverter and outputs a higher voltage and a magnetron which is driven by the high voltage outputted from the high voltage transformer and radiates a microwave, and further comprises a control unit which controls the operation of the rotatable inverter so as to output a stable frequency. The rotatable inverter comprises a motor, a commutator driven by the motor and a plurality of brushes, which are respectively contacted with an outer surface of the commutator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul Kim, Yong-woon Han, Seong-deog Jang, Han-jun Sung
  • Patent number: 6021058
    Abstract: A PWM inverter output circuit enabling circuit integration, having a fast response characteristic, and unaffected by dv/dt transients is provided. A predrive circuit 17 drives a power circuit 11 comprising first and second power elements P1 and P2 by controlling the gate and source potential of the power elements P1 and P2 based on a stored control state. The control state is detected from a logic signal output from an input signal processor 13, which converts a command signal instructing turning on and off the power elements P1 and P2 to predetermined logic signals. Operating power is drawn from a main dc power source V1, a control power source V2, and a power supply capacitor C1 that is charged using an output voltage from the control power source V2. The gates and sources of the power elements P1 and P2 are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yasohara, Yasushi Kato, Shinichi Emura, Kazuyuki Takada, Yuji Tanaka, Kouji Takada, Ryutaro Arakawa
  • Patent number: 5715337
    Abstract: A compact display system including a viewing surface; a beam steering mechanism; a source of light remote from the viewing surface and the beam steering mechanism; and at least one waveguide connecting the source of light with the viewing surface for transmitting illumination from the source of light to the viewing surface. The beam steering mechanism is associated with the waveguide and the viewing surface for scanning illumination transmitted by the waveguide onto the viewing surface. There is a modulator for modulating the source of light; and a subsystem for synchronizing the modulator with the beam steering mechanism, but only the distal end of the waveguide and the beam steering mechanism are located near the viewing surface resulting in a more compact display which can be mounted on a pair of eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: The Mirco Optical Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Bradley Spitzer, Joseph Jacobson
  • Patent number: 5630155
    Abstract: An embodiment of the the present invention is a computer system comprised of a main computer circuit having an interruptible CPU, a control program stored in memory connected to the CPU with interrupt procedures, and a power supply that has a mainspring and winder, a generator, a regulator, a power supply, and an internal battery. The power supply is able to accept electrical power from the generator-regulator combination, house current (line voltage) through a standard outlet plug, and the battery. A user is able to input his own kinetic energy into the system by turning a winding key. The action is similar to winding up a large windup alarm clock. A pair of detectors connected to the mainspring sense when the mainspring is fully wound and when it is almost unwound. The unwound condition will interrupt the CPU and one of the interrupt procedures will bring the system to a controlled shut-down. The fully-wound condition will cause the system to be re-enabled to run normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuo Karaki, Osamu Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 4500819
    Abstract: An electric work vehicle with a battery powered traction motor and pump motor is provided with an auxiliary power supply for a load circuit requiring voltage lower than that of the battery. The pump motor is provided with an auxiliary brush at a location between a pair of motor brushes and the auxiliary load circuit is connected between the auxiliary brush and one of the motor brushes. The auxiliary brush is positioned relative to the motor brush so that it supplies the voltage required by the auxiliary load circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: George J. Trusock, James J. Bauer, Bhupen Gandhi