Selectively Adjustable Vane Or Working Fluid Control Means Patents (Class 415/148)
  • Publication number: 20130051988
    Abstract: A turbocharger (1) with variable turbine geometry (VTG), having a blade bearing ring (6), which has a multiplicity of guide blades (7), and which has a stop (25) at least for adjusting the minimum throughflow through the nozzle cross sections formed by the guide blades (7), wherein the stop (25) has a fixing peg (32) on which a deformable, arched adjusting section (26) is arranged. Since the stop is formed as a deformable component which can be fixed in the guide grate, it is possible after the assembly of the guide grate to rework said stop in a simple manner in order to precisely set the required stop position, since said stop is not integrally connected to the guide grate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Leif Heidingsfelder, Thomas Ramb
  • Publication number: 20130051977
    Abstract: A pump having an insert between an impeller and diffuser, where the insert includes an annulus that is in communication with fluid flow passages in the impeller and diffuser. The passages and annulus define a fluid flow path through the pump. Vanes are provided in the annulus that can pivot and vary the cross sectional area of the fluid flow path. Regulating the fluid flow path area alters the flow rate where the pump operates at its maximum efficiency. Thus by monitoring flow through the pump, the vanes can be adjusted so the flow rate of maximum efficiency corresponds to the actual flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Baojun Song, David Chilcoat
  • Publication number: 20130047579
    Abstract: An example nacelle assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a nacelle defined about an axis and defining a boundary of a fan bypass flow path. A fan variable area nozzle includes a plurality of inserts movably mounted to said nacelle. Each of the multiple of inserts is located at a circumferential position about the nacelle. The multiple of inserts are each independently moveable into the fan bypass flow path relative the nacelle to selectively vary a fan nozzle exit area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130048091
    Abstract: An exemplary valve device for controlling flow of a turbomachine fluid includes a housing and a flow control assembly within the housing. The housing has a first inlet, a second inlet, and an outlet. Movement of the housing to a first orientation causes the flow control assembly to move to a first position to restrict flow of a turbomachine fluid into the housing through the second inlet. Movement of the housing to a second orientation causes the flow control assembly to move to a second position to restrict flow of the turbomachine fluid into the housing through the first inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Enzo DiBenedetto, Francis Parnin, Robert E. Peters
  • Publication number: 20130051976
    Abstract: A flow control module for a turbomachine includes an inlet extending to an outlet through a flow passage having at least one side wall. A flow control member is arranged within the flow control module. The flow control member is secured to the at least one side wall between the inlet and the outlet. The flow control member is selectively passively activated to extend into the flow passage to block cooling fluid passing through the flow control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Richard Kirtley
  • Publication number: 20130045086
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pump turbine system comprising a turbine with a turbine impeller as well as a turbine spiral housing; and a pump with a pump impeller as well as a pump spiral housing; an electrical machine which is in drive communication with the shaft or can be brought into such communication; a hydraulic short circuit can be produced between turbine and pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Manfred Stummer
  • Publication number: 20130045087
    Abstract: There is described an airfoil combination for aircraft turbofan, designed to save fuel in aircraft operation, which is composed by two wings (5) and two supports (6) articulated or not, for each of the wings (5). These two wings (5) are located inside the turbofan, internally to the outer fairing (3) of the turbofan and externally to the other components of the turbofan. In one of the embodiments, the two wings may have high-lifting devices, such as flaps. The two wings use the “blown” air at great speed by the fan (1) to generate a pre-determined lifting effect pursuant to the flight phases and the operating regimes of the turbofans to compensate totally or partially the weight of the turbofan itself, reducing the lift effort to be generated by the aircraft wings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Marcio Carmo Lopes Pontes
  • Publication number: 20130039735
    Abstract: A variable vane actuation system and method is disclosed herein. The variable vane actuation system includes a first ring member disposed for pivoting movement about a centerline axis. The first ring member is operably connected with at least one vane such that the at least one vane pivots in response to the pivoting movement of the first ring member. The variable vane actuation system also includes a first pin engaged with the first ring member. The variable vane actuation system also includes a ring moving device operably engaged with the first pin to move the first ring member about the centerline axis. The ring moving device includes at least one plate having a first slot and an actuator operable to move the at least one plate. The first pin is received in the first slot and is a cam follower to a cam defined at least in part by a surface of the first slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: ANDY EIFERT
  • Patent number: 8371806
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine system includes a nacelle assembly, a core engine and a mixer disposed between the nacelle assembly and the core engine. The core engine includes a core passage and a core auxiliary duct passage. The core auxiliary duct passage includes an inlet for receiving a portion of a core airflow form the core engine and an outlet for discharging a portion of the core airflow received from the core engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel B. Kupratis
  • Publication number: 20130034427
    Abstract: An adjustable mechanical coolant pump for an internal combustion engine includes a pump rotor wheel comprising an axial inlet. The pump rotor wheel is configured to pump a coolant radially outwardly. Variable pump stator blades are arranged so as to pivot radially outwardly at a circle concentrically with the pump rotor wheel. A control ring is configured to pivot the variable pump stator blades when the control ring is rotated. An actuator is configured to rotate the control ring so as to pivot the variable pump stator blades between an open position and a closed position. A pump housing body is configured to support the variable pump stator blades and the control ring. A separate static blade holding frame is mounted to the pump housing body. The variable pump stator blades and the control ring are captively mounted at the separate static blade holding frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Arnaud Fournier, Gilles Simon, Gabriel Mele, Eric Majchrzak, Gilles Magnier
  • Publication number: 20130034425
    Abstract: A method for maintaining efficiency and duty of a turbine engine compressor to reduce specific consumption, while guaranteeing a high enough pumping margin with partial load. The method adapts airflow to a variable demand for flow or mechanical or electric power in a centrifugal compressor of a turbine engine. The method includes diffusing the airflow through a first annular blade ring having variable pitch blades, radially bordered by a second annular blade ring having a same number of fixed pitch blades with an equivalent extension, guiding the radial extension diffusion by coupling the blades of the two blade rings. According to the method, each blade of the first blade ring is spun off-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: TURBOMECA
    Inventors: Pierre Biscay, Patrick Marconi, Hubert Hippolyte Vignau
  • Publication number: 20130028714
    Abstract: A transmission system for an adjusting device, of a waste gate of an exhaust gas turbocharger, including a four bar coupling mechanism, a driver arm operatively connected to a drive via a transmission, an output arm and a coupler, operatively connecting the driver and output arms, the transmission having a driving gear, assigned to the drive, and a driven gear, assigned to the driver arm and interacting with the driving gear having a rolling curve radius, which changes over the circumference, the driven gear having a rolling curve radius running complementary to the former. The rolling curve radii is selected in an angle of rotation range about the extended position of the coupling to form at least in regions a first transmission ratio and outside the angle of rotation range to is form at least a second transmission ratio larger than the first ratio. Also described is an exhaust gas turbocharger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Baeuerle, Michael Nau
  • Publication number: 20130025275
    Abstract: In a method for adjusting an end position of guide vanes in a turbine of a charging device in an engine system, the guide vanes are adjusted with the aid of an actuator, the end position depending on a position at a structurally determined end stop, and corresponding to a position of the guide vanes of the turbine at a predetermined gas flow rate. The actuator is activated for adjusting the guide vanes to the end position using a predetermined position value, which holds the guide vanes in the end position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Publication number: 20130022445
    Abstract: An air induction system for a power source including a first compressor and a second compressor is disclosed. The air induction system includes an air feed passageway that directs compressed air from the second compressor to an area between a compressor wheel and a center housing in the first compressor to reduce oil consumption in the first compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Perkins Engines Company Limited
    Inventors: Tom W. Carlill, Ian Pink
  • Publication number: 20130022449
    Abstract: A turbomachine that includes a radial-flow impeller and one or more of a variety of features that enhance the performance of machinery in which the turbomachine is used. For example, when the turbomachine is used in a dynamometer, the features enhance the useful shaft horsepower range of the dynamometer. One of the features is a variable-restriction intake that allows for adjusting flow rate to the impeller. Other features include a unique impeller shroud and a shroud guide each movable relative to the impeller. Yet another feature is an exhaust diffuser that facilitates an increase in the range of shaft power and the reduction of deleterious vibration and noise. The turbomachine can also include a unique impeller blade configuration that cooperates with the adjustable intake and the exhaust diffuser to enhance flow through the turbomachine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: CONCEPTS ETI, INC.
    Inventors: David Japikse, Kevin D. Fairman, Tsuguji Nakano, Douglas M. DeBenedictis, Frederick L. Zink, Daniel V. Hinch
  • Publication number: 20130022442
    Abstract: A system for operating a turbine includes a rotating component and a non-rotating component separated from the rotating component by a clearance. A first actuator is connected to the non-rotating component, and the first actuator comprises a shape-memory alloy. A method for operating a turbine includes sensing a parameter reflective of a clearance between a non-rotating component and a rotating component and generating a parameter signal reflective of the clearance. The method further includes generating a control signal to at least one actuator based on the parameter signal and moving at least a portion of the non-rotating component relative to the rotating component to change the clearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Biju Nanukuttan, Rakesh Adoor, Hariharan Sundaram, James Adaickalasamy, Prasad Punna
  • Publication number: 20130017065
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine exhaust nozzle comprises a nozzle body defining a nozzle exit. An array of movable slats is disposed round the nozzle exit. Flow control walls are fixed to the nozzle body and provide flow control surfaces over which the movable slats move. The flow control walls prevent leakage of gas at the edges of the movable slats, so improving performance of the exhaust nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: John R. WEBSTER
  • Publication number: 20130017061
    Abstract: A vane (234) is provided which reduces leakage of gas in a variable geometry turbocharger (210) from the high pressure side of the vane (234) to the low pressure side of the vane (234). The vane (234) can have a channel (330, 430) along a gas bearing surface (325, 425) for reducing the leakage. The channel (330, 430) can be defined at least in part by sideplates (300, 350). The sideplates (300, 350) can be integrally cast with the rest of the vane (234). At least one of the sideplates (300, 350) can have a hole therein for a vane shaft (228) which allows movement of the vane (234) for gas flow control. The sideplates (300, 350) can have edges (301, 351) that conform to the shape of the gas bearing surface (325, 425).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: BorgWarner Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130011243
    Abstract: The life of an actuator such as a turbocharger VTG actuator is extended by reducing heat conduction from the turbine housing along the control linkage to the actuator link and into the actuator, thereby protecting sensitive electronic components. To this end, the control linkage may be equipped with cooling fins, or be made hollow rather than solid, or be made of a thermal energy retarding material in order to retard heat from the turbine housing assembly reaching the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventor: Vahidin Alajbegovic
  • Publication number: 20130004298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turbocharger (1) with variable turbine geometry (VTG), having a turbine housing (2) with a supply duct (9) for exhaust gases, having a turbine rotor (4) which is rotatably mounted in the turbine housing (2); and having a guide grate (18), which surrounds the turbine rotor (4) radially at the outside, which has a blade bearing ring (6), which has a multiplicity of guide blades (7) which have in each case one blade shaft (8) mounted in the blade bearing ring (6), which has an adjusting ring (5) which is operatively connected to the guide blades (7) by means of associated blade levers (20) fastened to the blade shafts (8) at one of their ends, with each blade lever (20) having, at the other end, a lever head (23) which can be placed in engagement with an associated engagement recess (24) of the adjusting ring (5), and which has a bearing arrangement (28) for fixing the adjusting ring (5) to the blade bearing ring (6), wherein the bearing arrangement (28) is formed as a plain bearing ar
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Ramb, Dietmar Metz
  • Publication number: 20130004299
    Abstract: A heating and ventilation fan for a bathroom comprises an ventilation fan frame, a scroll casing provided with fan blades and a motor, an air passage-switching plate, and a heater; characterized in that: an air leakage-preventing structure is provided between an air outlet of the scroll casing and the air passage. The advantage of the present invention is that a desired air amount can be ensured and a noise can be reduced while guaranteeing a gap required for smooth rotation of the air passage-switching plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicants: Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Ecology Systems Guangdong Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yefan Weng, Liang Tian, Hongjian Yuan, Shuang Jin, Makoto Ishikawa, Takuya Arai
  • Patent number: 8336310
    Abstract: A variable turbocharger including a turbine housing, a first scroll fluidly communicating with a turbine, a second scroll formed along an outside of the first scroll, wherein the first scroll and the second scroll are disposed within the turbine housing for exhaust gas to exhaust through the turbine, a partitioning unit for selectively separating the first scroll and the second scroll, and a a flux control valve disposed at the exhaust gas inflow portion and selectively coupled to the partitioning unit for blocking the exhaust gas from flowing into the second scroll. The variable turbocharger may prevent turbo lag at a low speed and be highly efficient at a high speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Kook Kong, Soo Hyung Woo, Young Nam Kim, Young Jin Won, Young-Ju Kim, Jin Wook Son, Jeong-Hwa Cha
  • Publication number: 20120308364
    Abstract: A drive device for pivoting adjustable blades of a turbomachine is provided. The drive device includes an annular flow channel section surrounded by a blade carrier, the section extending along the center line of the blade carrier and blades being provided in the section in a ray-like manner, forming a ring, wherein each of the blades can be pivoted about the longitudinal axis thereof and each has a pin which extends at least into the blade carrier and is coupled to at least one adjustment ring which encloses the blade carrier and may be driven by means of at least one motor. In order to provide a particularly low-wear and reliable drive, the drive shaft of the motor or motors is coupled to the adjustment ring or adjustment rings by means of a pinion gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Markus Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20120301270
    Abstract: A supersonic compressor includes a fluid inlet, fluid outlet, and a fluid conduit extending therebetween with a supersonic compressor rotor disposed therein. The supersonic compressor rotor includes a first endwall and a plurality of vanes coupled thereto. Each pair of the vanes defines a fluid flow channel. The fluid flow channel defines a flow channel inlet opening and a flow channel outlet opening and includes a throat portion. The supersonic compressor rotor also includes a second endwall and at least one axially translatable fluid control device positioned adjacent to the rotor. The axially translatable fluid control device is configured to obstruct the throat portion and includes at least one axially translatable protrusion insertable into at least a portion of the throat portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Douglas Carl Hofer, Dhananjayarao Gottapu
  • Patent number: 8313286
    Abstract: A diffuser apparatus in a turbomachine is provided comprising a diffuser structure and stabilizing structure. The diffuser structure includes inner and outer walls defining a flow passageway through which gases flow and diffuse such that kinetic energy is reduced and pressure is increased in the gases as they move through the passageway. The stabilizing structure stabilizes a separated gas recirculation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander R. Beeck
  • Publication number: 20120279217
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for controlling a variable position of vanes at a turbine in a flow channel of a turbine. The arrangement includes a nozzle ring carrying a set of vanes, each of the vanes being connected to a vane pin housed in the nozzle ring. A rotational position of the vanes is accomplished via a vane displacement drive train including a pivotally supported pivot axle, a first actuator arm arranged on the pivot axle, which first arm is connectable to a drive actuator, a second actuator arm arranged on the pivot axle, which second arm is connected to a pin engaged with an unison ring for pivoting the unison ring, and a vane arm being connected to each vane pin and the unison ring for displacement of the vanes via pivotal displacement of the unison ring, and wherein a stop screw is arranged for limiting the pivotal displacement of the vanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Pontus Eriksson
  • Patent number: 8303242
    Abstract: A hydropower generating turbine having an impeller housing disposed to receive water, at least one impeller disposed within the impeller housing, at least one adjustable duct pivotally connected to the impeller housing, and, where the duct has a plurality of duct leafs, wherein the duct leafs articulate and cause the duct to converge and diverge for selectively disposing a fluid about the impeller. The ducts may be inflow or outflow ducts, and the turbine may react to a change in the fluid and alter the shape of the impeller. Further, the turbine may have an automated controller where variable change in the flow is detected by a sensor and transmitted to the automated controller to cause a directional shift in the multidirectional turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Hydro Green Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne F. Krouse, Frederick E. Becker, Andrew R. Provo
  • Publication number: 20120275906
    Abstract: A jet propulsion unit has a water inlet, a pump body, an impeller, and a valve assembly fluidly. The valve assembly has a valve housing having an inlet fluidly connected to the pump body, a first outlet and a second outlet. A valve body is disposed in the valve housing and is movable between first and second positions. In the first position, water from a body of water flows consecutively through the water inlet, the pump body, the inlet of the valve housing, the valve housing and the first outlet of the valve housing. In the second position, water from the body of water flows consecutively through the water inlet, the pump body, the inlet of the valve housing, the valve housing, and the second outlet of the valve housing. A watercraft having the jet propulsion unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Gilbert LEFRANCOIS, Real DUPONT, Simon RICHARD, Roger RIOUX
  • Publication number: 20120275907
    Abstract: Pump/turbine for multiple uses for water, wind, and oil power plants, for Pipeline turbines, Energy plant, metering pump, compressors, for oil-free compressed air, vacuum pumps including the high pressure pumps with unlimited volumes, limited only by the size. Forward and backward with the same performance. This is made possible by the unique Vanpwing (Blade) guide grove, and the centerely located rotational body. Advantages of this method: pumping chamber remains consistently high, High precession possible in the conveying chamber sealing, High vacuum and pressure produced at very low speeds, min. Frictional resistance, no or only min. Wear, reach max. Pressure, vacuum, liter-capacity, up to the physical limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Dirk Vinson
  • Publication number: 20120275905
    Abstract: A thrust-vectoring nozzle is disclosed that includes a cylindrical case and a flow director. The flow director includes a cylindrical ring having a dimension to fit within the cylindrical case. The cylindrical ring has an inner wall and an outer wall and a plurality of fixed vanes are coupled to the inner wall of the ring. The flow director is configured to rotate about first and second mutually perpendicular axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: David Ambrose
  • Publication number: 20120251352
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a turbocharger assembly, comprising: a turbocharger; one or more actuators for controlling a flow of fluid in, around, or associated with the operation of the turbocharger; control electronics for use in controlling actuation of the one or more actuators; and boost electronics configured to receive an input voltage, and to provide a boosted output voltage to the control electronics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Carter
  • Publication number: 20120251297
    Abstract: A variable vane arm has a hook portion comprising a radially inner leg connected to a radially outer leg by an arcuate connection, and an actuation lever extending from the hook portion. The hook portion and actuation lever are formed from a singular piece of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel W. Major, Bernard W. Pudvah
  • Publication number: 20120243973
    Abstract: In an adjusting device for a charger device, in particular an exhaust gas turbocharger, with a holding ring on which a plurality of guide vanes is mounted in an operative connection with an actuating ring via a respective connecting element and whose respective angle of attack is adjustable by rotation of the actuating ring, the respective connecting elements are in an operative connection with the actuating element via at least one effective area which extends slant to the axial direction of the adjusting device so as to bias the connecting elements and the guide vanes associated therewith in a predetermined axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Jaroslaw KIERAT
  • Publication number: 20120243974
    Abstract: A mechanical coolant pump for an internal combustion engine includes a pump rotor wheel comprising a blocking ring and rotor blades. The rotor blades are configured to pump a coolant radially outwardly. Variable pump stator blades are pivotably supported by a static blade holding ring at a first axial blade end. The variable pump stator blades are arranged radially outwardly of the pump rotor wheel. The blocking ring is arranged to partially overlap a second axial blade end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Laurent Finidori, Jean-Michel Durand, Arnaud Fournier
  • Publication number: 20120237341
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device suitable for vertical and horizontal transport of loads, in particular heavy loads, in good weather conditions, using the load-bearing capacity obtained by means of blowing a stream of air, produced by a generator, on two longitudinal lifting wings, substantially rectilinear, arranged symmetrically on either side of a supporting structure, to which the wings are connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Simon
  • Publication number: 20120237340
    Abstract: A fan includes at least one fan frame, at least one impeller and at least one active flow-control device. The fan frame includes at least one air inlet and at least one air outlet. The impeller is disposed in the fan frame. The active flow-control device is disposed on the fan frame for adjusting the size of the air inlet or the size of the air outlet according to demands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Shang-Yen TSAI, Hsin-Chen LIN
  • Patent number: 8251111
    Abstract: A balloon inflator includes a nozzle adaptor configured to fit over an outlet of an inflation nozzle. A nozzle receipt is provided by the balloon inflator housing to selectively receive the nozzle adaptor and a switch is provided at the nozzle receipt. The nozzle adaptor is adapted to trigger the switch when received at the nozzle receipt. The switch controls the power supplied to the motor, such that different motor operating parameters are realized when the switch is triggered and when the switch is not triggered. In a particular embodiment, the nozzle adaptor includes vent channels that exhaust a portion of the air to the atmosphere when a balloon is fitted over the alternate outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Premium Balloon Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, Martin A. Meluch, Valent L. Meluch, Wesley A. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8235653
    Abstract: A variable coolant pump for a cooling circuit of an internal combustion engine. The variable coolant pump includes a pump head having an inlet, an annular channel and an outlet; a pump housing rotatably supporting a pump shaft having an axial end; a pump blade wheel mounted on the axial end of the pump shaft and disposed in the pump head; and a plurality of adjustable guide blades arranged concentrically about the pump blade wheel between the annular channel and the pump blade wheel. Each adjustable guide blade has two longitudinal sides and outer edge and includes a first pivot, a second pivot and a third pivot. The first and second pivots extend at right angles to a respective one of the two longitudinal sides in a vicinity of the outer edge. The first and second pivots define an axis of rotation and rotatably support the respective guideblade in the pump head about the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Pierburg GmbH
    Inventor: Albert Genster
  • Publication number: 20120195736
    Abstract: The present application provides a plasma actuation system for a turbo-machinery device. The plasma actuation system may include an end wall, a number of end wall actuators positioned about the end wall, and a blade positioned adjacent to the end wall. The end wall actuators are oriented to produce a swirling flow between the end wall and the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Giridhar Jothiprasad, Seyed Gholamali Saddoughi, Grover Bennett, Robert Murray, Aspi Wadia, Katherine Essenhigh
  • Patent number: 8210800
    Abstract: An actuator module for a gas turbine engine includes a multiple of actuators mounted within a common actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel L. Suciu, Brian D. Merry, Christopher M. Dye, James S. Elder
  • Patent number: 8202039
    Abstract: A fluid flow machine includes a main flow path in which at least one row of blades (3, 4) is arranged, and a blade shroud (2) which forms a confinement of the main flow path in the area of a blade row (3, 4) and is arranged in a recessed cavity (10) of a surrounding physical structure (11). The cavity (10) so formed between the shroud (2) and the surrounding physical structure (11) is provided with an annular connection (14) to the main flow path at least on the outflow side of the blade shroud (2), and with the blade shroud (2) being penetrated by at least one secondary flow path (16) which, commencing at a location of high pressure on the shroud (2), issues at a surface wetted by the main flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventor: Volker Guemmer
  • Publication number: 20120148387
    Abstract: An extraction fan has a housing mounted in a wall with an outlet duct extending through the wall to an outlet opening outside the wall. A damper flap is mounted on the fan suspended by a hinge at an upper edge so as to extend in a closed position across the opening and is movable to an open position under forward air flow from the fan, and tightly closes against a resilient deformable seal when the fan is shut off. A spring biasing cam applies inwards force to the damper flap to bias the damper flap into the closed position, and an outwards force also to bias the damper flap into the fully open position. The mounting plate includes a hood having a top wall extending over the top of the damper flap and a down-turned front flange extending parallel to the damper flap to a bottom edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Labrecque
  • Publication number: 20120134783
    Abstract: A compressor includes a first stage of stator vanes having a first position and a second stage of stator vanes downstream from the first stage of stator vanes having a second position. A first actuator is engaged with the first stage of stator vanes, and a second actuator is engaged with the second stage of stator vanes. A method for operating a compressor includes adjusting a first position of a first plurality of stator vanes and adjusting a second position of a second plurality of stator vanes separately from the first position of the first plurality of stator vanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Dwight E. Davidson, Paul G. Delvernois
  • Patent number: 8190297
    Abstract: A control method is provided for a fluid control device, particularly for an internal combustion engine, equipped with a position sensor having a nominal characteristic curve representative of a predetermined relationship between an admissible range of position values and a corresponding range of return electric signal values. The method includes, but is not limited to determining an offset (offsetopen; offsetclose) between a returned signal related to at least one defined position of the device and an expected signal related to the defined position of the device according to the nominal characteristic curve, estimating an updated characteristic curve of the sensor by applying the offset (offsetopen; offsetclose) to the nominal characteristic curve, and applying a predetermined control strategy of the fluid control device according to the updated characteristic curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Gunnarsson, Simone Barbero, Ronnie Magnusson, Nando Vennettilli
  • Publication number: 20120121391
    Abstract: A remote adjustment and measurement system for a steam turbine nozzle assembly is disclosed. In one embodiment, a steam turbine casing segment is disclosed including: a horizontal joint surface; a pocket having a first opening at the horizontal joint surface and a second opening substantially opposing the first opening; and a path accessible from a radially outward surface of the steam turbine casing segment, the path fluidly connected to the second opening of the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Steven Sebastian Burdgick, Daniel Ross Predmore
  • Publication number: 20120111002
    Abstract: A compressor (2) comprises: a housing assembly (3) that includes a bearing housing (9) and a compressor housing (10), wherein a diffuser (6) is formed by a first diffuser wall portion (12) and a second diffuser wall portion (13) on outer periphery of an impeller (4), and a movable vane (15) that includes a base portion (17) which is arranged in a storage chamber (21) provided in the first diffuser wall portion (12) and has a facing surface (17a), and vane portions (18) which project from the facing surface (17a), wherein the movable vane (15) is movable between a projected position where the facing surface (17a) contacts with a positioning surface (20a) provided in the storage chamber (21) and the vane portions (18) project in the diffuser (6) and a retracted position where the vane portions (18) are housed in the storage chamber (21), wherein the bearing housing (9) is provided with a mounting surface (9a) located in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the axis (Ax), the compressor housing (10) inc
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Masakazu Tabata
  • Publication number: 20120107101
    Abstract: A drive ring bearing has a body with a generally cylindrical outer peripheral surface, and a generally u-shaped cross-section, with over a circumferential portion of the body. A web defines the outer peripheral surface. Radially inwardly extending legs define the u-shape in combination with the web. A plurality of circumferentially spaced feet extend from the outer peripheral surface of the body to an inner peripheral surface of the body. In addition, a diffuser assembly incorporating the drive ring bearing, a compressor assembly including the diffuser assembly, and a method of mounting the drive ring bearing are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Telakowski, John M. Beck
  • Publication number: 20120107088
    Abstract: A device for controlling positioning of variable-geometry equipment of a turbomachine, including a computer, an actuator of variable geometry driven by the computer, and a drive train, the actuator including moving parts including a sensor for measuring its elongation, the drive train being connected at one of its ends to a point of attachment of the moving parts and at another end to a point of attachment of the equipment, the point of attachment moving under action of the actuator along a travel limited by an end stop and the drive train being elastically deformable under the action of the actuator when the point of attachment is against the end stop. An elongation instruction supplied by the computer to the moving parts is defined as a difference with respect to the value of the elongation of the moving parts that corresponds to contact between the point of attachment and the end stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Bruno Robert Gaully, Jean-Albert Paul Marc Robert
  • Patent number: 8167544
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotational device that is to be used in a fluid in order to generate power from the moving stream of a fluid or to convert energy into a motion of a fluid. Said rotational device comprises main rotating means which is fixedly connected to a central rotary shaft of the rotational device, one or several rotational surfaces which are mounted on the main rotating means so as to be rotatable about rotational surface rotary shafts spaced away from the rotary shaft such that the main rotating means are able to perform a rotational motion about the central rotary shaft by means of at least one rotational surface, the rotational surface rotary shafts extending parallel to the rotary shaft of the main body. A device is provided which adjusts an angle of the rotational surface relative to the direction of flow of the fluid in such way that the buoyancy principle is maintained on the rotational surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Aquapower GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Josef Schiel
  • Patent number: 8147186
    Abstract: A centrifugal compressor having a wide operating range, being economically efficient and high reliability in terms of a stable operation is provided. A centrifugal compressor including a partition wall for dividing a flow channel in the diffuser section and the volute section into a plurality of channels in the direction of circulation of the fluid so as to define a hub-side flow channel and a shroud-side flow channel; and a flow rate adjusting valve for lowering the flow rate of the fluid flowing in the shroud-side flow channel to increase the flow rate in the hub-side flow channel when the flow rate of the fluid compressed by an impeller is low and not lowering the flow rate of the fluid flowing the shroud-side flow channel to allow the fluid to flow both in the shroud-side flow channel and the hub-side flow channel when the flow rate of the fluid compressed by the impeller is high is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Ibaraki, Isao Tomita, Yasuaki Jinnai, Takashi Shiraishi, Koichi Sugimoto