Selectively Adjustable Vane Or Working Fluid Control Means Patents (Class 415/148)
  • Patent number: 8142140
    Abstract: There is provided a fan unit including a shutter capable of closing the shutter despite a change in installation direction of the fan unit, an electronic apparatus including such fan unit, a method of opening/closing the fan unit, and the shutter. In the fan unit with the shutter, the shutter is opened and closed in different directions according to the installation direction of the fan unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kanji Warizaya
  • Publication number: 20120034071
    Abstract: A diffuser apparatus which includes a diffuser provided as a passage space communicated with the exit side of an impellor radially outwardly of the impellor of a centrifugal compressor, the apparatus including a housing portion which houses a rotational plate therein so as to be rotatable about a rotational axis and forms a hub side wall portion, wherein the side surface of the rotational plate on the diffuser side is provided with a vane having one end in the circumferential direction fixed to the rotational plate, the other end in the circumferential direction movable in the direction of the axis, and flexibility, the housing portion is provided with an inclination path which has one end opened to the portion which forms the hub side wall portion, and bendably guides the vane so that the other end of the vane is moved in the circumferential direction with the rotation of the rotational plate and is moved in the direction of the axis so as to be projected into the diffuser, and an actuator rotates the rotati
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Masakazu Tabata
  • Patent number: 8100639
    Abstract: An improved actuating rod end connector is connected with an actuating rod that extends from a turbocharger assembly actuator mechanism. The rod end connector has a body with an opening at one longitudinal end, and the actuator rod is disposed through the opening. An adjustment member is rotatably disposed within the body and has a threaded inside cavity in communication with the opening. The inside cavity is threadably engaged with a threaded outside surface of the actuator rod. The body includes an actuator rod opening disposed therethrough adjacent the adjustment member to receive a section of the actuator rod therein to facilitate contacting the actuator rod disposed within the body from outside of the rod end connector. An attachment opening is disposed through the body to facilitate attachment of the rod end connector with a linkage member, e.g., a linkage member connected with a movable member of the turbocharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Emeric Genin, Emmanuel Severin, Alexis Lavez, Frederic Gerard, Muller Philippe, Francois Grandjean
  • Publication number: 20120003077
    Abstract: An annular single or multi-rotor double-walled turbine. The turbine includes an outer shroud, an inner shroud, and a plurality of driveshafts. The turbine also includes a plurality of rotors coaxially attached to the plurality of driveshafts at spaced intervals. Each of the plurality of rotors comprises a plurality of turbine blades extending between the inner and outer shrouds. Each of the plurality of turbine blades comprises a face. The inner shroud and the outer shroud form a continuous channel for directing a fluid entering the turbine towards the faces of the turbine blades and for directing fluid discharged from a first of the plurality of rotors to the remaining rotors. The channel greatly improves efficiency of power extraction from all augmented and non-augmented fluid streams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Frédérick Churchill
  • Patent number: 8087875
    Abstract: A multidirectional hydrokinetic power generating turbine has an impeller housing with one or more impellers disposed within the impeller housing, one or more adjustable ducts pivotally connected to the impeller housing, and a plurality of duct leafs disposed about the one or more ducts. The plurality of duct leafs articulate and cause the one or more adjustable ducts to converge and diverge to selectively disposing a fluid about the one or more impellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne F. Krouse
  • Publication number: 20110318168
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger (1) having a wastegate arrangement (5) in which the structural adaptability to different installation situations and the sealing action of the wastegate arrangement (5) are improved. The rotor (4) extends along a charger axis (L). The wastegate arrangement (5) has a control capsule (6), a regulating rod (7) which can be moved by the control capsule (6), a lever (8) which is connected to the regulating rod (7) by means of a guide piece (9), and a spindle shaft (10) which is connected at one end to the lever (8) and at the other end to a spindle (11) which bears a flap plate (12) for opening and closing a bypass opening (13). Here, the spindle shaft (10) is arranged substantially parallel to the charger axis (L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Clement Kiefer
  • Publication number: 20110302903
    Abstract: A lubrication system for a gas turbine engine includes a variable output lubricant pump operable to supply lubricant to an actuator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Leo J. Veilleux, JR.
  • Patent number: 8075253
    Abstract: A gas turbine compressor presents a first fixed stage having a plurality of first adjustable vanes and a further fixed stage, which has an inner ring extending about a first axis; an outer ring arranged about the inner ring and coaxial with the inner ring; and a plurality of second adjustable vanes, each of which extends along a second axis in an essentially radial direction with respect to the first axis between the inner ring and the outer ring; and it is adjustable about the corresponding second axis independently from the first adjustable vanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Ansaldo Energia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianluigi Bertino
  • Patent number: 8070449
    Abstract: A vertical-axis wind turbine for use with an electrical generator for producing power by converting the energy of wind currents into mechanical rotational energy which is then used to operate the electrical generator. In an embodiment, a rotor is responsive to wind currents by imparting rotation upon a central vertical shaft. Preferably, the rotor is designed with functional curved surfaces for efficient operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Absolute Turn, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy H. Urban, Robert Lewandowski
  • Publication number: 20110280712
    Abstract: A passage wall section of an annular flow passage of an axial turbomachine is provided. A guide ring has a first toothing arrangement which is in contact with a second toothing arrangement arranged on a sidewall of a circumferential groove which accommodates the guide ring, wherein for axial displacement of the displaceable guide ring, the guide ring is rotatable in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Richard GRAEFE, Carsten KAUFMANN, Rafael LABISCH, Marco LINK, Oliver SCHNEIDER
  • Patent number: 8047766
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromechanical drive for actuating valves, especially in steam turbines including an electromotor, a linear unit, a clutch and an electronic control unit. The linear unit includes a piston rod which is guided in a power-transmission thread of a screw nut, and is arranged, at least in sections, as a spindle and is displaceable along its longitudinal axis for actuating the valve in the screw nut with the power-transmission thread. The clutch is arranged for transmitting a rotational movement of the motor axis of the electromotor onto the piston rod. The electronic control unit is set up to control the speed and/or rotor position of the motor axis of the electromotor depending on a control signal and an output signal of a position pick-up of the position of the piston rod in the screw nut with power-transmission thread, and/or to control the engagement and/or disengagement of the clutch depending on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Voith Turbo GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Armin Goll
  • Patent number: 8043053
    Abstract: A trim tab assembly includes first and second shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators and a trim tab substrate which provide elastic/plastic locking in response to an induced strain actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Andreas Bernhard
  • Publication number: 20110250048
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and products are disclosed for improving the airflow exiting a blower that has one or more adjustable guide vanes that are affixed to the blower at one or more pivot points located in an outlet of the blower that include: determining a rotational speed of an impeller in the blower and adjusting a position of at least one of the adjustable guide vanes in dependence upon the rotational speed of the impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Michael S. June, Jason A. Matteson, Mark E. Steinke
  • Publication number: 20110239693
    Abstract: Provided is a drive shaft structure including: a drive shaft which transmits the drive force; and a seal member which is provided to come into close contact with the outer peripheral surface of the drive shaft. In the drive shaft structure, the drive shaft includes a second surface located closer to the inner side of the radial direction than the outer peripheral surface, and the second surface includes an index mark used to confirm information on the rotation of the drive shaft or information on the displacement thereof in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Katsuya FUJISAKU, Noriyasu SUGITANI
  • Patent number: 8011882
    Abstract: A vane assembly for a gas turbine engine, the assembly including a plurality of vanes 14 with an asymmetric organic metal/ceramic matrix composite lay up, such that when the vanes 14 are placed in tension or compression the profile of the vane 14 will alter by twisting or untwisting. Other materials may be provided for the vanes 14, and/or other methods may be used for placing the vanes 14 in tension or compression to provide positive changes to the profile thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Plc
    Inventor: Alison J. McMillan
  • Publication number: 20110211941
    Abstract: A structure that mounts to a rotation shaft a lever that causes this rotation shaft to rotate, including a plurality of engaging members that are provided in the lever so as to be offset from the center axis of the rotation shaft, and that are capable of advancing toward and retracting from the outer periphery of the rotation shaft, and a plurality of abutted faces that are provided on the outer periphery of the rotation shaft so that the distal end faces of the plurality of engaging members respectively make contact, in which, when at least one of the engaging members and the abutted face that corresponds to that engaging member are in contact, relative rotation of the rotation shaft about the axis thereof in one direction with respect to the lever is restricted, and when another engaging member and another abutted face corresponding to the engaging member are in contact, relative rotation of the rotation shaft about the axis thereof in the other direction with respect to the lever is restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Kazuharu Hirokawa, Eiichi Tsutsumi, Masaru Nishikatsu
  • Publication number: 20110204654
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine is coupled to a supercharger operable to supply varying amounts of air to the engine responsive to the load on the engine. The supercharger has a pair of screw rotors driven by the engine to move air to the engine and a control apparatus for varying the mass and pressure of air supplied to the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Craig N. Hansen, Paul C. Cross
  • Publication number: 20110206500
    Abstract: A variable capacity type turbocharger is provided including: a bearing housing which rotatably supports a turbine impeller; a turbine housing which has a scroll passageway formed therein to supply an exhaust gas to the turbine impeller; and an exhaust nozzle which changes a flow rate and a stream angle of the exhaust gas supplied from the scroll passageway to the turbine impeller, wherein the exhaust nozzle includes a pair of exhaust introduction walls forming a passageway of the exhaust gas and a plurality of nozzle vanes disposed between the pair of exhaust introduction walls and supported to be rotatable about the turbine impeller, and wherein each nozzle vane includes a high-pressure wall surface facing the scroll passageway, the bearing housing side of the high-pressure wall surface is provided to be closer to the turbine impeller than the turbine housing side thereof, and when the turbine impeller rotates, the nozzle vane moves toward the turbine housing or is pressed toward the turbine housing side of
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Kenichi Nagao, Isao Morita, Satomi Unno, Hiroki Ono
  • Publication number: 20110203278
    Abstract: A waste heat recovery plant control system includes a programmable controller configured to generate expander speed control signals, expander inlet guide vane pitch control signals, fan speed control signals, pump speed control signals, and valve position control signals in response to an algorithmic optimization software to substantially maximize power output or efficiency of a waste heat recovery plant based on organic Rankine cycles, during mismatching temperature levels of external heat source(s), during changing heat loads coming from the heat sources, and during changing ambient conditions and working fluid properties. The waste heat recovery plant control system substantially maximizes power output or efficiency of the waste heat recovery plant during changing/mismatching heat loads coming from the external heat source(s) such as the changing amount of heat coming along with engine jacket water and its corresponding exhaust in response to changing engine power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Herbert Kopecek, Gabor Ast, Thomas Johannes Frey, Sebastian Freund, Pierre Sebastien Huck
  • Publication number: 20110188987
    Abstract: A regulatable coolant pump and a method for regulation of this regulatable coolant pump for internal combustion engines, which is driven by way of a pulley actives a valve slide using an electromagnetically activated piston pump equipped with a return spring in the form of a pressure spring. The pump implements a “pump feed” using many small “partial lifts.” A “leakage volume stream” that flows opposite to the “pumped volume stream” is superimposed on the “pumped volume stream” via the arrangement of circular apertures both in the inlet valve membrane of the working piston and in the outlet valve membrane so that the valve slide can be moved in defined manner and in a very robust and reliable manner, with low drive power via the defined superimposition of these two volume streams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Geraete-und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt
    Inventors: Eugen Schmidt, Andreas Schmidt, Franz Pawellek
  • Publication number: 20110182715
    Abstract: A device, system, or method to position variable guide vanes disproportionately is provided. An adjusting device for guide vanes of an axial-flow machine, includes a plurality of rotatably mounted rings of variable guide vanes, a plurality of levers which are arranged on the outer sides of a guide vane carrier for rotating the variable guide vanes, a plurality of adjusting rings, each of the adjustment rings is arranged coaxially to the guide vane carrier and to which a first end of one of the levers is connected, and an adjusting drive with which the adjusting rings may be moved in the peripheral direction. At least one of the levers is set up to perform at least partly a disproportionate longitudinal movement of the first end of the at least one lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Graeme Leithead, Michael Smith, Philip Twell
  • Publication number: 20110182714
    Abstract: An exhaust gas turbocharger includes a waste gate valve and an adjusting device for adjusting the waste gate valve. The adjusting device is connected to the waste gate valve and disposed on a housing of the exhaust gas turbocharger. The adjusting device is fastened to the housing of the exhaust gas turbocharger via an adjusting template.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Dirk Naunheim, Anton Angelusch
  • Publication number: 20110182716
    Abstract: A control system for controlling at least two variable-geometry devices of a turbomachine, and a turbomachine including such a control system, the system including an actuator that actuates both devices; one of the devices including at least one stage of variable-pitch stator vanes, and the other device being an air-bleed valve for a turbomachine body. The system is configured to control progression opening of the vane stage and progressive closing of the air-bleed valve as an actuation parameter of the actuator increases. As a result, the control system serves advantageously to control two devices using a single control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Snecma
    Inventors: Michel Andre Bouru, Bruno Robert Gaully
  • Publication number: 20110176912
    Abstract: The invention describes a holding disk for use in turbochargers, in particular for diesel engines, said holding disk consisting of an iron-based alloy having an austenitic base structure with dendritic carbide precipitations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Gerald Schall, Melanie Gabel
  • Patent number: 7980815
    Abstract: A turbomachine variable-pitch stator blade is disclosed. The stator blade includes an aerofoil, extended on one side by a pivot by which it is mounted so as to rotate in a bore of the casing of the turbomachine, and a plate, between the aerofoil and the pivot, perpendicular to the line formed by the aerofoil and the pivot. Since the face of the plate opposite to the aerofoil includes a first zone and a second zone, the first zone being subjected to an intense friction with the wall of the casing because of the transverse forces applied to the aerofoil, the thickness of the plate on the second zone is reduced relative to the thickness of the plate of the first zone. Therefore, it is possible to reduce the weight of the blade without loss of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Yvon Cloarec
  • Publication number: 20110167831
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine having an adaptive core capable of maintaining a substantially constant core pressure ratio while having a variable flow rate is disclosed. In one aspect, the adaptive core comprises a front block compressor and a rear block compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
  • Publication number: 20110168834
    Abstract: A vehicle including a fuselage having a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis, two Ducted Fan lift-producing propellers carried by the fuselage on each side of the transverse axis, a pilot's compartment formed in the fuselage between the lift-producing propellers and substantially aligned with one side of the fuselage, a payload bay formed in the fuselage between the lift-producing propellers and opposite the pilot's compartment, and two pusher fans located at the rear of the vehicle. Many variations are described enabling the vehicle to be used not only as a VTOL vehicle, but also as a multi-function utility vehicle for performing many diverse functions including hovercraft and ATV functions. Also described is an Unmanned version of the vehicle. Also described are unique features applicable in any single or multiple ducted fans and VTOL vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Urban Aeronautics Ltd.
    Inventor: Raphael YOELI
  • Publication number: 20110142600
    Abstract: An exhaust gas turbocharger, including either a variable turbine with rotatably mounted guide vanes or a compressor geometry with rotatably mounted guide vanes. At least one of the guide vanes has a profile centre line with at least one of a jump and a kink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Gunter Winkler, Florian Rentz, Tobias Dettmann
  • Publication number: 20110135449
    Abstract: A variable geometry turbine comprising: a housing; a turbine wheel supported within said housing for rotation about a turbine axis; an annular inlet passage within said housing upstream of said turbine wheel and defined between respective radial inlet surfaces of first and second wall members; an outlet passage within said housing downstream of said turbine wheel; an array of vanes extending across the inlet passage, said vanes being connected to said first wall member; at least one of said first and second wall members being moveable along the turbine axis to vary the size of the inlet passage and/or at least one of said vanes being rotationally moveable about an axis that is substantially parallel to said turbine axis to vary the size of the inlet passage; wherein at least one particulate filter is provided within said housing at a location such that said particulate filter can be contacted by particulate matter flowing through said turbine during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: John F. Parker, Jeremy Jose Fonseca
  • Publication number: 20110116910
    Abstract: A butterfly valve for a turbocharger system in which the leak path through the valve is controlled by keeping the clearance between either a shaft of the valve and two bushings small or the clearance between the bushings and the counter bores in the valve element small, and making the other clearance larger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Daryl A. Lilly
  • Publication number: 20110077838
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for adjusting a target EGR mass flow in response to a current charge flow and target EGR fraction. The method includes interpreting an air-fuel ratio and a target air-fuel ratio. The method further includes interpreting a charge flow and a target EGR fraction. The method further includes determining an adjusted target EGR mass flow based on the air-fuel ratio, the target air-fuel ratio, the charge flow, and the target EGR fraction. The method further includes controlling an actuator based on the adjusted target EGR mass flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Andrew W. Osburn, Mert Geveci, Richard J. Gustafson, Erik L. Piper
  • Patent number: 7905102
    Abstract: A stability control algorithm is provided for a centrifugal compressor. The stability control algorithm is used to control a variable geometry diffuser and a hot gas bypass valve (when provided) in response to the detection of compressor instabilities. The stability control algorithm can adjust the position of a diffuser ring in the variable geometry diffuser in response to the detection of a surge condition or a stall condition. The diffuser ring in the variable geometry diffuser can be adjusted to determine an optimal position of the diffuser ring. The stability control algorithm can also be used to open a hot gas bypass valve in response to the detection of continued surge conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mark R. Bodell, II, Robert E. Stabley, IV, Wanda J. Miller
  • Publication number: 20110058931
    Abstract: A turbomachine compressor including variable-pitch vanes, each including an airfoil connected via a plate of circular outline to a pivot guided to pivot in an orifice in a casing, the plate including an air feed duct including one end for communication with a passage formed in the casing when the vane is in a first position, so as to inject air into the annulus of the compressor upstream from the vane, and to be closed by the casing when the vane is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Olivier Stephane Domercq, Vincent Paul Gabriel Perrot, Jean-Pierre Poitevin
  • Publication number: 20110052374
    Abstract: A variable inlet area turbine employs a volute with a discharge area for flow of exhaust gas carried in the volute into a turbine inlet area. A flexible dividing wall having an end is movable along a path defined adjacent the turbine inlet area and transitioning in a smooth curve into an outer wall of the volute. The dividing wall is selectively positionable by insertion and withdrawal along the path to vary the discharge area from substantially closed to substantially open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Don Arnold
  • Publication number: 20110027073
    Abstract: A variable geometry turbine comprises: a turbine wheel mounted within a housing assembly for rotation about a turbine axis, the housing assembly defining a radial gas flow inlet passage; an annular wall member defining one wall of the inlet passage and which is displaceable in a direction substantially parallel to the turbine axis to control gas flow through the inlet passage; and a linkage mechanism comprising at least one actuating member operably connected to the annular wall member to control displacement of the wall member. The actuating member extends in a direction substantially parallel to the turbine axis through an aperture defined by a retaining member such that a first bearing surface defined by the actuating member extending transverse to the turbine axis is contacted by a surface of the retaining member so as to connect the actuating member to the annular wall member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen Garrett, John Parker
  • Publication number: 20110027074
    Abstract: A securing element includes a head section and a shank. The cross-section of the shank changes in the axial direction in such a way that, by taking into account a qualitative and/or quantitative predetermined bending torque profile in the shank, the cross-section has a substantially uniform bending stress profile in the shank in relation to a securing element with a constant shank cross-section. An exhaust gas turbocharger having variable turbine geometry includes a VTG-guide vane configuration having at least one such securing element and being secured to a housing component of the exhaust gas turbocharger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Ralf Boening, Dirk Frankenstein, Holger Faeth, Marc Hiller
  • Patent number: 7874788
    Abstract: A flow enhancement improvement for an underwater turbine generator (10) is disclosed wherein a longitudinal hole (240) is disposed in the central area (26), typically a hub (20) of the generator (10), and a second, augmentor duct (41), preferably rigid, is disposed about the outer duct (40) or housing of the unit to create a slot (200) area. The slot (200) and hollow hub (20) create areas of smooth, laminar fluid flow. The leading edges of the hub (20) or central ring and the augmentor (41) and outer ducts (40) are elliptical to enhance the fluid dynamics of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Clean Current Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Russell Stothers, Emmanuel Grillos
  • Publication number: 20110014032
    Abstract: A vane grille arrangement of an exhaust gas turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, contains at least one carrier ring formed from at least one sheet metal part and used to mount VTG guide vanes, the VTG guide vanes being rotatably mounted in recesses of the carrier ring. Ideally, an exhaust gas turbocharger has such a variable turbine geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Ralf Boening, Dirk Frankenstein, Holger Faeth, Marc Hiller
  • Publication number: 20110014033
    Abstract: A turbocharger with a variable turbine geometry, includes at least one rolling body element respectively disposed on an associated fixing element for the variable turbine geometry. A device for adjusting the variable turbine geometry can roll off on the respective rolling body element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Ralf Böning, Dirk Frankenstein, Holger Fäth, Marc Hiller
  • Publication number: 20100329838
    Abstract: The current invention provides significant performance improvements or significant energy savings for fans used in these applications: personal, industrial and automotive cooling, ventilation, vacuuming and dust removal, inflating, computer component cooling, propulsors for unmanned and manned air vehicles, propulsors for airboats, air-cushion vehicles, airships and model aircraft. Additionally, the invention provides higher performance such as higher lift and higher lift efficiency to small air vehicles. These advantages are achieved by using plasma actuators to provide active flow control effectors into thin fan blades and wing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: David Greenblatt
  • Publication number: 20100322757
    Abstract: A turbocharger (1) is provided with one or more movement control members (300) that are connected to the housing (2, 3, 3a) and limit axial movement of the adjustment ring (5). The members (300) can be inserted into one or more holes (400) formed in the housing (2, 3, 3a) and can extend from the holes (400) in a direction towards the adjustment ring (5). The holes (400) can be through-holes, blind-holes or combinations thereof. Various connection structures and methods can be used to affix the members (300) to the housing (2, 3, 3a) including self-locking members, casting, heat welding, friction welding, vibration hammering and staking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Richard Dwayne Hall, Georg Franz Scholz, Patrick Sweetland
  • Publication number: 20100316489
    Abstract: A supercharger device, including, at least one of a variable turbine and a compressor geometry; a guide vane device arranged in a housing, wherein the guide vane device includes at least one vane mounting ring; at least one guide vane is at least one of rotatably mounted thereon the vane mounting ring and rotatably mounted therein the vane mounting ring; and an adjusting ring arranged coaxially to the vane mounting ring and mounted on the latter, which is rotated relative to the vane mounting ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Patric Hoecker, Florian Rentz, Ian Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20100308598
    Abstract: A device that converts gravitational energy into electricity using the weight of a vehicle with a hydraulic turbine transmission that dissipates the acceleration into the generator while the vehicle drops at a fixed, constant speed, represented by Newton's 2nd Law of Motion; the resulting electrical power generated being used for utility use on the surrounding municipal power grid and the structure, a multiple story parking garage, it operates in. The turbine and generator are combined into one unit; the blades, which variate in pitch according to speed and torque are affixed to the field rotor of the generator, which acts as a flywheel and rotates around the armature rotor, which is rotated in the opposite direction by the fluid pump shaft, generating the electrical power. Hydraulic pressure comes from a fluid pump that is turned by cables with one end attached to a platform, the other end attached to slightly heavier counterweights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Samuel Jackson Flakus
  • Publication number: 20100303613
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotational device to be used in a fluid to extract energy from a moving fluid stream or to convert energy into a motion of a fluid comprising main rotating means which is fixedly connected to a central rotary shaft of the rotational device, one or more rotational surfaces coupled rotatable about their rotational surface shafts, spaced away from the rotary shaft, and mounted on the main rotating means such that the main rotating means can execute by at least one rotational surface a rotational motion about the central rotary shaft, the rotational surface shafts extending parallel to the shaft of the main body, pivoting means or controlling means being provided to control or adjust the position of the rotational surface(s) relative to a direction of the moving fluid stream and comprising a respective adjusting sleeve (51, 52, 53) and/or an adjusting frame for each rotational surface, the adjusting sleeve and/or adjusting frame is arranged freely rotatable around the central rotary sha
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Hans-Josef Schiel
  • Patent number: 7841830
    Abstract: A river power generating apparatus is provided in which a plurality of angular baffles are configured to extract and combine the available energy from flowing river water into a force for rotating an electric generator to 1800 rpm to produce large quantities of electric current without using a hydro-electric dam thereby allowing wild salmon to spawn upstream of the river. The angular baffles can harvest and convert the energy of the ocean currents and tides into great amounts of electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Leonardo M. Gasendo
  • Publication number: 20100296913
    Abstract: A wind power generating system that is a technology for converting wind energy to electrical energy is provided. The system blocks flow of air inside the impeller, so that a high speed jet pressure on an I.G.V. (inlet guide vane) is converted to a constant pressure between the blades disposed downstream of the flow which has passed through the inlet guide vane, thus generating a large amount of torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: AERONET CO., INC.
    Inventor: Seung-bae Lee
  • Publication number: 20100290895
    Abstract: An exhaust gas supercharger, having at least one of a variable turbine and a compressor; and a vane mounting ring with at least one guide vane rotatably mounted thereon, wherein the vane mounting ring is connected to a supercharger bearing housing by at least two rivets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Ahrens
  • Publication number: 20100284793
    Abstract: A method of repairing a variable vane for a gas turbine engine includes the steps of positioning a trunnion of a variable vane within an electrical discharge machine environment, and connecting the trunnion as a first electrode through an electrical discharge machine power generator to a second electrode. The second electrode is formed of a hard metal coating. A spark is created between the trunnion and the second electrode such that material from the second electrode is deposited on an outer surface of said trunnion. Further, a variable vane having a trunnion reconditioned by this method is disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Glenn Hong Guan Lee, Mohamed Salleh Najib, Siew Anna Tan, Kelvin Hon Kit Kuan
  • Patent number: 7824148
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling operation of a compressor having an inlet and an outlet, a variable geometry diffuser communicated with the outlet, and inlet guide vanes communicated with the inlet, wherein the method includes the steps of: determining a loading parameter indicative of onset of surge; and independently controlling the inlet guide vanes and the variable geometry diffuser based upon the loading parameter so as to allow increase in efficiency and stable operation of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Lee George Tetu, Joost J. Brasz
  • Publication number: 20100266389
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a turbomachine variable-pitch stator blade comprising an aerofoil (12), extended on one side by a pivot (14) by which it is mounted so as to rotate in a bore of the casing (3) of the turbomachine, and a plate (13), between the aerofoil and the pivot, perpendicular to the line formed by the aerofoil and the pivot. The blade is characterized in that, since the face of the plate opposite to the aerofoil comprises a first zone (20) and a second zone (22), the first zone (20) being subjected to an intense friction with the wall of the casing (3) because of the transverse forces applied to the aerofoil (12), the thickness of the plate on the second zone (22) is reduced relative to the thickness of the plate of the first zone (20). The invention makes it possible to reduce the weight of the blade without loss of performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventor: Yvon CLOAREC