With Lubricating, Sealing, Packing Or Bearing Means Having Internal Working Fluid Connection (e.g., Fluid Or Fluid Biased Seal, Etc.) Patents (Class 415/110)
  • Patent number: 9803550
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprises a shaft assembly including a hollow shaft of the gas turbine engine and a plug connected to the inlet end of the shaft. The hollow shaft has a shaft bore having a bore diameter. The hollow shaft has an inlet end for receiving a first portion of an incoming air flow. The plug has a plug bore therethrough, and an inlet end having an inlet diameter. The inlet diameter of the plug is smaller than the bore diameter. The plug includes a deflection surface adapted to deflect a second portion of the incoming air flow away from the shaft bore. A plug for connecting to an end of a hollow shaft of a gas turbine engine and s method of controlling a flow of fluid through a shaft having a bore therethrough of a gas turbine engine are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Vincent Paradis, Rémy Synnott
  • Patent number: 9683455
    Abstract: A component for releasing a flow of material into an environment subject to periodic fluctuations in pressure, which has: a first surface that includes an inlet; a second surface that includes an outlet; a duct formed in the component and extending from the inlet to the outlet so, when the component is in use, a flow of material received at the inlet can flow along the duct to be released at the outlet into an environment subject to periodic fluctuations in pressure. The duct includes a constriction at which it decreases in cross-sectional area as it progresses from the inlet to the outlet. This can help reduce the variation in flow rate of material released at the outlet caused by the periodic fluctuations in pressure, and may help to avoid/reduce ingestion, when the component is in use. Preferably, the component is configured to form part of a gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Thomas Povey, Matthew Christopher John Collins
  • Patent number: 9657641
    Abstract: In a fluid flow machine, especially a gas turbine, axially penetrated by a hot gas stream, the rotor shaft is surrounded by heat shield segments or by base plates of the rotor blades on the rotor side. In the heat shield segments and in the base plates, cooling air chambers are provided, communicating with each other and with a cooling air source, which chambers communicate at least partially with gaps which extend in the longitudinal direction or peripheral direction of the rotor shaft between adjacent rotor blades or between heat shield segments and adjacent base plates of the rotor blades. These gaps are closed off by sealing bands such that a cooling air entry into the hot gas stream is only possible at the ends of the base plates of the rotor blades pointing contrary to the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Alexander Anatolievich Khanin
  • Patent number: 9506469
    Abstract: An air compressor includes a compressor body, an electric motor, a gear mechanism, a gear casing, a partitioning wall, and a screw seal. The screw seal locates in a through hole formed to the partitioning wall, where a rotating shaft of the electric motor passes through, and makes an air flow from the electric motor side to the gear mechanism side in the through hole with rotating of the rotation shaft. The air compressor also includes a bearing that supports that rotating shaft is arranged to the gear mechanism side of the partitioning wall, such that a rotor of the electric motor has overhang structure. The air compressor also includes a communication hole that communicates the electric motor side from the screw seal of the through hole and an outside of the air compressor not through the internal space of the casing of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Morita, Hideharu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9440244
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a centrifuge rotor, in particular a laboratory centrifuge rotor, including a rotor body, wherein the rotor body at least partially includes a porous metal or a porous metal alloy and an armoring located radially outside with respect to the rotation axis of the rotor body is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: EPPENDORF AG
    Inventors: Matthias Schmidt, Steffen Arnold, Fritz Peter Schulze, Rajko Bittner, Stefan Boenisch
  • Patent number: 9441540
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is disclosed an inducer assembly for use with a gas turbine engine. The inducer assembly may include a cavity. The inducer assembly may also include an inducer in fluid communication with the cavity. Moreover, the inducer assembly may include at least one guide vane disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard William Johnson, David Martin Johnson, Bradley James Miller, Mitchell Merrill
  • Patent number: 9435206
    Abstract: A system includes an inducer assembly configured to receive a fluid flow from compressor fluid source and to turn the fluid flow in a substantially circumferential direction into the exit cavity. The inducer assembly includes multiple flow passages. Each flow passage includes an inlet configured to receive the fluid flow and an outlet configured to discharge the fluid flow into the exit cavity, and each flow passage is defined by a first wall portion and a second wall portion extending between the inlet and the outlet. The first wall portion includes a first surface adjacent the outlet that extends into the exit cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard William Johnson, Bradley James Miller, David Martin Johnson
  • Patent number: 9438080
    Abstract: An electric machine includes an end frame having a shaft bore extending therethrough. The end frame includes a first side and a second side. A shaft extends through the shaft bore. A bearing is supported by the end frame and is coupled to the shaft to support the shaft for rotation about a longitudinal axis. A first seal is fixedly attached to the end frame and includes an internal bore that is sized to cooperate with the shaft to form a seal point therebetween. The first seal is disposed on the first side of the end frame. A second seal is fixedly attached to the second side of the end frame. The second seal includes a movable portion in direct contact with the shaft to define a second seal point. The first seal point is on a first side of the bearing and the second seal point is on a second side of the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph S. Minogue
  • Patent number: 9416877
    Abstract: A cooling device for cooling of a seal fixed in a non-rotatable member and with a circumferential contact surface on a rotating member. A closed ring-formed chamber is arranged in the rotating member radially inside of the seal. The chamber contains an amount of cooling medium which at normal rotating operation is both liquid and gaseous, such that the liquid cooling medium which by centrifugal forces is pressed towards the outer wall of the chamber is evaporated from the heat generated by the seal, and where a cooling member is arranged on the rotating member to cool an area radially inside of the chamber, such that the gaseous cooling medium is condensed from the cooling effect of the cooling member. The invention also relates to a centrifugal separator comprising such a cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventors: Peter Hagqvist, Kjell Klintenstedt
  • Patent number: 9394915
    Abstract: A seal land for a gas turbine engine can include a seal body that can extend between a leading edge portion, a trailing edge portion, a radially outer surface and a radially inner surface. A notch can extend at least partially through the seal body between the radially outer surface and the radially inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Amy M. Gordon, Jonathan J. Jakiel, Jonathan P. Burt, Steven D. Porter
  • Patent number: 9359875
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an artificial lift tool for being introduced in a wellbore or a casing and submerged in well fluid. The artificial lift tool extends in a longitudinal direction from a top end adapted to be connected to a wireline to a bottom end. The tool comprises a motor unit and a pump unit. Furthermore, invention relates to a production well wherein the artificial lift tool is submerged in a well fluid; to the use of the artificial lift tool for providing artificial lift in a well; and to a method for providing artificial lift in a well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventor: Jørgen Hallundbæk
  • Patent number: 9197115
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an electric machine module including an electric machine. The electric machine includes a rotor and a stator assembly, and an output shaft having a longitudinal axis that is circumscribed by a portion of the rotor. The output shaft may comprise an output shaft channel and the rotor may include a rotor channel, and the rotor and the output shaft channels may be in fluid communication. The machine further includes a coolant jacket at least partially within a sleeve member that circumscribes at least a portion of the stator assembly, and at least one pump mounted generally concentrically with respect to the output shaft, that is in fluid communication with the coolant jacket. Some embodiments of the electric machine module include coupling to a fluid system that is configured and arranged to transport fluid, such as the coolant, throughout the fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: REMY TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Kubes, Thomas Bockelmann, Csaba Vari
  • Patent number: 9175690
    Abstract: A compressor is disclosed, which has an inflow channel for guiding a compression medium into a compressor housing, a pressure chamber formed within the compressor housing, and a liner segment with nozzles that transport the compression medium from the pressure chamber to a rotor. The nozzles are formed in the liner segment as a plurality of nozzles arranged in a group in fan-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: MTU AERO ENGINES GmbH
    Inventors: Gottfried Schütz, Sven-J. Hiller, Yves Burgold
  • Patent number: 9163515
    Abstract: A gas turbine arrangement and a method of operating are provided. The turbine includes an annulus, axially delimited between a rotor unit, and at least one stationary component. Cooling medium outlet openings, lead into the annulus, from the stationary component. The cooling medium flows into cooling medium inlet openings, in the rotor unit in a flow direction, which propagates through the annulus. At least one inner cavity, radially to the annulus, is delimited by the rotor unit and by the stationary component. The inner cavity is pressurized with a purging gas, and is fluidically connected to the annulus. The stationary component and the rotor unit include a constriction by which the inner cavity is separated from the radially outer annulus and via which the inner cavity is fluidically connected to the radially outer annulus. Flow guides, fastened on the stationary component on one side, project into the constriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Ulrich Robert Steiger, Sascha Justl
  • Patent number: 9145786
    Abstract: A method for reducing clearance flow in a channel between a bucket and an enclosure of a turbine. The method includes separating a single flow in the channel into a first flow and a second flow and directing the second flow radially inward toward the bucket so that the second flow rejoins with the first flow to increase total flow onto the bucket. A turbine includes an inner casing, a rotatable shaft positioned axially within the inner casing, a plurality of buckets connected to the shaft, a first tooth projecting radially inward from and connected to the inner casing, wherein the first tooth and at least one bucket form a first fluidic channel therebetween and a second tooth connected to and in parallel with the first tooth form a radial fluidic channel. The axial fluidic channel is in communication with the radial fluidic channel to form a second fluidic channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Yu Wang
  • Publication number: 20150147157
    Abstract: A journal configured to be driven in rotation in a housing of a turbine engine, or for an aircraft, the journal including: a circumferential main body including plural ventilation openings configured to allow plural axial airflows to circulate from upstream to downstream in the turbine engine, two consecutive ventilation openings being connected by a connecting segment, and a circumferential ring for recovering a flow of lubrication oil, which ring is rigidly connected to the main body and is radially inside the ventilation openings, the recovery ring including plural radial discharge openings for allowing plural radial flows of oil to be discharged towards the outside, each discharge opening being radially aligned with a connecting segment of the main body to allow each flow of oil to be discharged between the airflows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Eddy Stephane Joel Fontanel, Giuliana Elisa Rossi, Philippe Pierre Vincent Bouiller, Emmanuel Da Costa, Julien Foll
  • Patent number: 9004856
    Abstract: An inlet connection piece for an axial compressor, particularly for a turbocompressor, includes an inlet housing (1) in which is arranged a bearing housing (2) with a bearing (3), particularly a radial and/or axial bearing, for a rotor. The bearing housing (2) is connected to the inlet housing (1) by an inlet strut (4) which is connected to the inlet housing in a front cross section. The center of the bearing (3) is arranged axially in the flow direction of a fluid to be compressed behind the area center of the front cross section by at least 0.1-times, particularly at least 0.15-times, particularly at least 0.2-times, particularly at least 0.25-times, the chord length of the front cross section. In addition or alternatively, a fluid passage (5, 6) is formed in the inlet strut (4), and at least portions of this fluid passage (5, 6) form an acute angle with a normal plane relative to the longitudinal axis of the inlet connection piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MAN Diesel & Turbo SE
    Inventors: Christoph Lange, Henning Ressing, Fikri Aynacioglu, Dirk Anding, Karl-Heinz Dreyer
  • Patent number: 8991176
    Abstract: A turbocharger for an internal combustion engine includes a shaft, a first turbine wheel, a compressor wheel, and a second turbine wheel. The shaft includes a first end and a second end and is supported for rotation about an axis. The first turbine wheel is mounted on the shaft proximate to the first end and configured to be rotated about the axis by post-combustion gasses emitted by the engine. The compressor wheel is mounted on the shaft between the first and second ends and configured to pressurize an airflow being received from the ambient for delivery to the engine. The second turbine wheel is mounted on the shaft proximate to the second end and configured to be rotated about the axis by a pressurized fluid. An internal combustion engine employing such a turbocharger is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Louis P. Begin, Carnell E. Williams
  • Patent number: 8992213
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing a fan drive shaft in a vacuum heat treating furnace is disclosed. The sealing apparatus includes a housing having an annular body and a central opening. An inflatable first seal surrounds the central opening of the annular body. A second seal surrounds the central opening and is adjacent to the inflatable first seal. The sealing apparatus also includes a channel formed in the annular body adjacent to the second seal for conducting a purging fluid into the central opening. A means for injecting the purging fluid into the central opening is operably connected to the channel. A vacuum heat treating furnace and a fan drive system incorporating the sealing apparatus are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ipsen, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Moller, Werner Hendrik Grobler, Jake Hamid
  • FAN
    Publication number: 20150078885
    Abstract: A fan includes a casing having an air inlet and an air outlet, an impeller housing located within the casing, an impeller located within the impeller housing for generating an air flow along a path extending from the air inlet to the air outlet through the impeller housing, a motor housing connected to the impeller housing, and a motor located within the motor housing for driving the impeller. A bellows support is provided for mounting the impeller housing within the casing. The bellows support is disposed on a seat connected to the casing. The bellows support extends about the impeller housing and forms a seal between the impeller housing and the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Steven HODGSON, Michael Sean JOYNT
  • Publication number: 20150071761
    Abstract: A nozzle guide vane support arrangement including a platform portion of a nozzle guide vane at a trailing edge is provided, the platform portion having a platform wall including a first platform wall portion and a second platform wall portion. A working fluid interaction surface and a cooling surface at least partly limit an inner cavity of the platform portion in which a cooling fluid is leadable. The second platform wall is connected to the first platform wall at an axial downsealing arrangement and gas turbinesealing arrangement for a nozzle guide vane and gas turbinestream end of the platform portion. A first surface of the second platform wall limits the inner cavity, and a support structure including a seal arranged in a recess between the support structure and a second surface of the second wall to reduce cooling liquid leakage from the inner cavity to a space downstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Paul Headland
  • Patent number: 8973361
    Abstract: Provided is a seal air supply system including: a seal air compressor 73 provided separately from an exhaust gas turbine turbocharger 27 to generate compressed air; a seal air supply passage 77 through which the compressed air is supplied to a seal air supply part 79 as seal air of the exhaust gas turbine turbocharger 27; and a surplus air inlet passage 81 bifurcating from the seal air supply passage 77 and guiding surplus air of the seal air to an outlet side of an intake gas compressor 27a of the exhaust gas turbine turbocharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuichi Shimizu, Hajime Suzuki, Hideki Nishio
  • Publication number: 20150062749
    Abstract: A rotating device includes a retained assembly including a spherical retained member with a spherical encircled face, and an encircling member that includes an annular end face which encircles the spherical retained member and which extends outwardly in a radial direction, a retainer assembly including a retainer member which includes an encircling face encircling the encircled face and which retains thereinside a part of the spherical retained member, and a facing member that faces the encircling member in an axial direction, the retainer assembly supporting the retained assembly in a freely and relatively rotatable manner, and forming a fluid dynamic bearing mechanism, and a thrust dynamic pressure generating groove formed in at least either one of a surface of the encircling member and a surface of the facing member, which surfaces face with each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS JAPAN ADVANCED TECH. CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke SUGIKI, Motoyuki SUGIURA, Futoshi YOSHIMATSU, Satoshi HATAHARA, Shunsuke TAKAGAKI
  • Publication number: 20150056064
    Abstract: There is provided a turbocharger bearing housing having no necessity to use a core and capable of achieving cost reduction. A bearing housing of a turbocharger contains a shaft connecting a turbine and a compressor and turnably supports the shaft. The bearing housing of the turbocharger is divided into a turbine-side housing disposed at a turbine side and a compressor-side housing disposed at a compressor side. The turbine-side housing and the compressor-side housing is subjected to machining to thereby form a cooling water passage for supplying cooling water and a lubricating oil passage for supplying lubricating oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kenichiro Takama, Satoru Kanbara, Keijiro Maki, Ryuji Naruse
  • Publication number: 20150052892
    Abstract: A seal for temporarily sealing a turbocharger compressor outlet and an engine employing the seal are disclosed. The seal may include a layer of lubricant, a cover and a layer of heat-shrink material. The seal creates a temporary water-tight seal around a turbocharger compressor outlet, preventing damage to the inside of the turbocharger while the turbocharger is not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Rhett Ringenberger, Jeffrey A. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150050125
    Abstract: The invention refers to a fluid seal arrangement for constricting a leakage flow directed through a leakage gap bordered by a rotational and a stationary component including at least one nozzle opening in the rotating and/or stationary component facing towards the rotating or stationary component of an opposite side of the leakage gap respectively in order for injecting a liquid or gaseous fluid flow through the nozzle opening into the leakage gap. The at least one nozzle opening is fluidly connected to a cooling channel inside said rotating and/or stationary component, so that said fluid flow emanating at the nozzle opening consists of a cooling fluid of the rotating and/or stationary component exclusively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Carlos SIMON-DELGADO, Vasileios STEFANIS, Sergey SHCHUKIN, Joerg KRUECKELS
  • Patent number: 8944748
    Abstract: A fluid pump device, in particular for a medical application, is described having a compressible pump housing and rotor, as well as with a drive shaft which runs in a sleeve and on whose end the fluid pump is arranged. In order to utilize all possibilities of a space-saving arrangement of the respective pump housing of the rotor, which is compressible per se, and as the case a bearing arrangement, the mentioned elements are displaceable to one another in the axial direction compared to an operation position. In particular these elements may be end-configured by way of an axial movement of the drive shaft after the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ECP Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Reiner Liebing
  • Publication number: 20150016952
    Abstract: Gas Pressure Reduction Generator (GPRG) systems and methods for implementing a GPRG system are provided, where the GPRG systems comprise a gas inlet configured to receive a pressurized gas flow, at least one expander in gas flow receiving communication with the gas inlet wherein the expander is operable to convert the pressurized gas flow into mechanical energy and a depressurized gas flow, and a generator configured to convert the mechanical energy into electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Oxner
  • Publication number: 20150007563
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a turbocharged engine are described. In one example, a turbocharger system, comprising: a bearing housing including a turbine and at least one compressor coupled to the turbine via a shaft; and wherein the turbine comprises a stator stage and a rotor stage mounted to the cylinder head by the bearing housing and positioned in an exhaust passage of a cylinder head. In this way, a more compact design is achieved which eliminates the cost and complexity of a turbine housing and improves turbine efficiency by positioning the turbine closer to the exhaust pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Andrew Wade
  • Patent number: 8905708
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a turbine assembly includes a first component, a second component circumferentially adjacent to the first component, wherein the first and second components each have a surface proximate a hot gas path and a first side surface of the first component to abut a second side surface of the second component. The assembly also includes a first slot formed longitudinally in the first side surface, a second slot formed longitudinally in the second side surface, wherein the first and second slots are configured to receive a sealing member, and a first groove formed in a hot side surface of the first slot, the first groove extending axially from a leading edge to a trailing edge of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Wayne Weber, Christopher Lee Golden
  • Publication number: 20140334913
    Abstract: A system for sealing an oil chamber from an adjoining exterior volume, and a turbo-machine including a sealing system. The system for sealing the oil chamber from the adjoining exterior volume, both of which are delimited by a mobile rotor in rotation about an axis and a part, fixed or mobile, includes: a first seal arranged between the rotor and the part; a second seal that is mounted between the rotor and the part and which is offset longitudinally relative to the first seal, to form with the first seal a sealing chamber delimited by the rotor, the part, and the two seals; and a mechanism for supplying gas to the sealing chamber, such that the gas can be compressed when the rotor begins to rotate, the chamber communicating with the oil chamber and/or the adjoining exterior volume via the first and second seals alone, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Dominik Igel, Delphine Leroux
  • Patent number: 8882445
    Abstract: A hydraulic machine including an impeller which rotates with respect to a fixed structure and about an axis of rotation by a forced flow of water passing through it and at least one device for limiting water leaks is positioned between the impeller and the fixed structure so as to define an operating clearance between the impeller and the fixed structure and including at least one member that can be deformed or moved, while the impeller is rotating and being fed with water, in a redial direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Alstom Renewable Technologies
    Inventors: Yves Bouvet, Jean-Francois Bertea
  • Publication number: 20140291991
    Abstract: A wind speed amplification device that cooperates with a wind turbine to amplify ambient wind speed conditions directed to the blades of the wind turbine. In one embodiment, the amplification device has a conical shape that is configured to generally overly the central hub associated with an axis of rotation of the blades. In another embodiment, the amplification device has a wedge shape that is positioned radially outboard of the operating footprint of the blades and extends upstream of the plane of operation of the turbine blades. In a preferred embodiment, the wedge shaped amplification device includes a forward wedge portion and a rearward wedge portion that extend in opposite directions relative to the plane of operation of the blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Roth Renewable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: William L. Kerr, JR., Dennis Scott Meli, Edward A. Trolio
  • Patent number: 8827663
    Abstract: A rotary pump including an impeller rotatable within a housing. A load is imposed on the impeller as it rotates, in a direction that is substantially parallel to the axis of rotation and wherein the load stabilises the motion of the impeller. The load may be achieved by magnetically biasing the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Thoratec Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Christopher Cook
  • Publication number: 20140248125
    Abstract: A chamber fluid removal system including a pump and an ejector is disclosed. The system is arranged in use to pump fluid from a chamber using the pump and deliver it to the ejector as a motive fluid and the system being further arranged to draw fluid from the chamber or from a second chamber as an entrained fluid by entraining it using the ejector and the motive fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Yi WANG
  • Publication number: 20140241851
    Abstract: An axial oil scoop for a gas turbine engine includes an outer surface with a concave profile, the outer surface includes a multiple of radial holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Demitraszek, Dwayne E. Messerschmidt
  • Patent number: 8807921
    Abstract: A bearing foil assembly includes a top foil, an intermediate foil, and a bump foil. The bump foil is provided with corrugations at circumferentially spaced locations. The bump foil has an end that is bent radially outwardly from a center of the foil assembly. The top foil has a bent portion extending radially outwardly and adjacent to the bent end of the bump foil. A first radius of curvature is defined to a curved portion leading into the bent portion at a first end adjacent to the bent end. A second radius of curvature is defined at an end of the bent portion on an end opposed to the bent end. A ratio of the first radius of curvature to the second radius of curvature is between 0.6 and 10. A bearing assembly, a shaft sub-assembly, an air machine, and a method of assembling a bearing into an air machine are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald M. Struziak
  • Publication number: 20140199159
    Abstract: Provided is a well pump system that includes a pressure pipe, a rotatable shaft surrounded by a plurality of bearings, a pumping mechanism mounted to the pressure pipe and having a plurality of pump impellers mounted to a second end of the shaft, a rotating mechanism mounted to a first end of the shaft and configured for rotating it within the bearings, thereby causing the pump impellers to move the fluid in the pressure pipe, and at least one non-return valve configured for assuming at least two states including a first, opened state, in which the second pipe chamber is in fluid communication with the first pipe chamber, and a second, closed state, in which the non-return valve obstructs the fluid communication between the first and the second pipe chambers, thereby lubricating them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: MEKOROT WATER COMPANY, LTD
    Inventors: Gavriel Klain, Avraham Zacharin, Gennadi Heifetz, Igor Kolodin
  • Patent number: 8740549
    Abstract: A lubrication system for turbocharger(s) ensures continuous lubrication of bearings and shaft of the turbocharger with lubricant retention during start and shut down of turbocharger-associated systems thereby enhancing the performance and turbocharger life. A shaft and bearings are lubricated by introducing pressurized lubricating oil through an oil inlet passage in the bearing housing and after lubricating, the lubricant returns to the engine oil sump located below the turbocharger through the oil outlet passage. A valve in the oil inlet pipe line permits lubricant flow to the bearings during engine running, and when the engine stops and oil pressure falls below the valve opening pressure, the valve shuts and traps the lubricant in oil inlet pipe that is above the valve. The oil outlet pipe retains sufficient lubricant in the bearing housing which lubricates the shaft and bearings post engine shutdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
    Inventors: Kishor Raut Shashank, Sharad Shete Manoj
  • Patent number: 8727695
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed herein in which a heat-transfer fluid can be directed through a gap defined between a fillet and a chamfer. The apparatus includes a first member having a body portion and a flange portion projecting from the body portion. The flange portion extends along an endless path encircling an axis to define a receiving aperture. A fillet is defined at a junction of the body portion and an inner surface of the flange portion. The apparatus also includes a second member having a plug portion receivable in the receiving aperture. The plug portion includes a first surface operable to abut the body portion and limit movement of the plug portion into the receiving aperture. The plug portion also includes a second surface slidably engageable with the inner surface of the flange portion to guide movement of the plug portion into the receiving aperture along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Owen Caswell
  • Publication number: 20140119883
    Abstract: A liner wall insert is provided for a compressor rotor stage of a gas turbine engine. Several liner wall inserts are provided radially outboard of the tips of the rotor blades. The liner wall inserts have bleed flow channels formed therein. The bleed flow channels are arranged to remove flow from a trailing edge region of the stage and re-inject the bleed flow at an upstream region. The re-injected bleed flow alters the flow field around the tips of the rotor blades, for example the tip leakage flow. Thus, the bleed flow is used to improve the efficiency of the compressor rotor stage, and thus of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventor: Daniel KEMPF
  • Publication number: 20140119887
    Abstract: A rotational component for a gas turbine engine includes at least one passage with a semi-spherical end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: United Technologies Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140112757
    Abstract: A clearance control device including a segment having a passage to deliver fluid towards a component rotating past the segment. Also a fluid flow device having a first fluid path coupled to the passage and a second fluid path that is decoupled from the passage. A first plasma generator is located in the fluid flow device that directs fluid towards the first fluid path; a second plasma generator is located in the fluid flow device that directs fluid towards the second fluid path; and a control arrangement is configured to alternately energise the first and second plasma generators at an energising frequency to deliver fluid to the passage at a frequency coincident with the passing frequency of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Marko BACIC, Timothy John SCANLON, Ronald William DANIEL
  • Publication number: 20140099187
    Abstract: An exemplary turbine engine assembly includes a first shaft that is rotatably driven by a second shaft of a gas turbine engine, a compressor hub driven by the second shaft, the compressor hub within a compressor section of the gas turbine engine, an epicyclic gear train that is driven by the first shaft, and a common attachment point that secures the first shaft and the compressor hub to the second shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Sheridan, Michael E. McCune
  • Publication number: 20140050560
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for lubricating an expansion machine, which method comprises: supplying of an operating medium which contains a lubricant by a vaporizer; separating of at least part of the lubricant from the operating medium which contains a lubricant and is supplied by the vaporizer; and supplying of the operating medium, which is depleted by the separation of the at least one part of the lubricant from the lubricant, to the expansion machine. Furthermore, a device is provided having a vaporizer which is configured for vaporizing an operating medium which contains a lubricant and for supplying it to an expansion machine, and having a lubricant separating device which is configured for separating at least one part of the lubricant from the operating medium which contains the lubricant and is supplied by the vaporizer to the expansion machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Orcan Energy GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Schuster, Richard Aumann, Andreas Sichert
  • Publication number: 20140044520
    Abstract: A molten metal pump assembly (10) and method to fill complex molds with molten metal, such as aluminum. The pump assembly includes an elongated shaft (16) connecting a motor (14) to an impeller (22). The impeller is housed within a chamber (18) of a base member such that rotation of the impeller draws molten metal into the chamber at an inlet (48) and forces molten aluminum through an outlet (50). A first bearing (36) is adapted to support the rotation of the impeller at a first radial edge (32) and a second bearing (38) is adapted to support the rotation of the impeller at a second radial edge. A bypass gap (60) is interposed between the second bearing and the second radial edge. Molten metal leaks through the bypass gap at a predetermined rate to manipulate a flow rate and a head pressure of the molten metal such that precise control of the flow rate is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: PYROTEK, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Tipton
  • Publication number: 20140030062
    Abstract: A method for temporarily sealing a turbocharger compressor outlet and the seal for doing same are disclosed. The seal may include a layer of lubricant, a cover, and a layer of heat-shrink material. The seal creates a temporary water-tight seal around a turbocharger compressor outlet preventing damage to the inside of the turbocharger while the turbocharger is not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Rhett Ringenberger, Jeffrey A. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140030063
    Abstract: A shaft seal insert for the shaft seal of a turbomachine extending along a rotational axis includes:—a rotor part attachable on a shaft of a rotor,—a stator part insertable into a stator receiving area, and—a dry gas seal having a rotating seal element attached to the rotor part and a fixed seal element attached to the stator part to seal an intermediate space between the two seal elements, which lie opposite each other on a sealing surface extending radially and in the circumferential direction. A labyrinth seal is provided on a high-pressure side in a serial arrangement with the dry gas seal to seal the intermediate space, having a fixed and rotating labyrinth seal parts. The fixed labyrinth seal part is part of the stator part or is fixed thereto. The rotating labyrinth seal part is part of the rotor part or is fixed thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gesinus Mateman
  • Publication number: 20140020403
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a sealing device includes seal fins provided on an inner circumferential surface of a stationary body or an outer circumferential surface of a rotating body so as to be adjacent to each other in an axial direction of the rotating body in a gap between the outer circumferential surface of the rotating body and the inner circumferential surface of the stationary body. The device further includes at least one opening member provided on the inner circumferential surface of the stationary body, the opening member being provided at a position between seal fins adjacent to each other in the axial direction, and having holes opened on a side of the inner circumferential surface of the stationary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Tomohiko TSUKUDA, Yuki MIMURA, Akihiro ONODA, Naoki SHIBUKAWA, Iwataro SATO, Kazutaka TSURUTA
  • Publication number: 20140023482
    Abstract: A turbine according to an embodiment includes: a formation object member; a facing member; and a seal part. A formation object member is one of a static part and a rotation part. A facing member is the other of the static part and the rotation part. A seal part at the formation object member is configured to reduce combustion gas leaking between the formation object member and the facing member. The seal part including a ceramics layer. The ceramics layer has a heat conductivity lower than that of the formation object member, and has a concave and convex shape at a surface thereof. The ceramics layer is not in contact with the facing member, or has hardness higher than that of the facing member so that the facing member is preferentially abraded when the facing member and the ceramics layer are in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Kunihiko Wada, Satoru Kuboya, Daizo Saito, Hideyuki Maeda, Nobuhiro Okizono, Iwataro Sato, Kazutaka Tsuruta, Naoyuki Okamura