Axially Directed Inlet And Tangential Outlet Patents (Class 415/206)
  • Patent number: 10895267
    Abstract: In this pump, the angle between the imaginary tangent plane to the lip and passing through the axis and an imaginary straight line, perpendicular to the axis and passing through the point furthest from the axis of intersection of the upper surface of a finger with the lateral leading surface of this finger, is between 110 and 140┬░.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: KSB SAS
    Inventors: Nicolas Petit, St├ęphanie Gonzalez, Mateusz Kaminski, Christoph Jager
  • Patent number: 10876548
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a centrifugal fan structure. The centrifugal fan structure includes a top case, a body, a fan, and a muffler pipe. The top case includes an air inlet. The body includes a sidewall, a tongue part, and a bottom case. The sidewall and the tongue part are disposed on the bottom case. The sidewall includes an opening. The fan is disposed in the body, and includes a shaft and a plurality of fan blades connected to the shaft. The muffler pipe is disposed on the sidewall, and the opening of the muffler pipe is corresponding to the opening of the sidewall. The length of the muffler pipe is proportional to the wavelength of the blade passing frequency of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kuo-Chi Ting
  • Patent number: 10871165
    Abstract: A double-ended blower includes a blower motor assembly supporting opposed first and second shaft ends. The first and second shaft ends have respective first and second impellers attached thereto and enclosed within first and second volutes, respectively. The first volute is connected to an inlet and the second volute is connected to an outlet. The blower motor assembly is supported in a chassis enclosure and a radially outer inter-stage path is between the first and second volute. The second volute is at least partially substantially concentrically nested with the radially outer inter-stage gas path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: ResMed Motor Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Barton John Kenyon, Nicholas Jerome Reed, Andrew Wilson, Ian Malcolm Smith
  • Patent number: 10851802
    Abstract: A centrifugal blood pump prevents a shaft member from oscillating due to expansion of a pump housing resulting from pressurization of the blood. The centrifugal blood pump is manufactured by assembling a bottom member 21 and a lid member 22, and compressing them in a direction in which the bottom member 21 and the lid member 22 approach each other by a deformation amount along their outer circumferential walls. The lid member and the bottom member are joined while in the compressed state in order to create a preloading force between the shaft member and bearings to resist the expansion due to pressurization of the blood during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinpei Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10844872
    Abstract: There is provided a blower capable of maintaining output performance and adjusting a thrust acting in an axial direction of an impeller while reducing the number of parts. A flow path is formed in an intake port provided in a central part in the axial direction of the first housing and a blowing passage connecting the intake port and the discharge port as top surface portions of a housing-side shroud connecting to the intake port and an impeller-side shroud formed in the impeller which face the blowing passage are adjacent to each other in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHINANO KENSHI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin-ichiro Godo, Akishige Umematsu
  • Patent number: 10837137
    Abstract: A drain pump has a sealed cavity formed by a motor base and a pump casing. A partition plate divides the cavity into a motor cavity, and a pump impeller cavity. A side of the partition plate facing the motor cavity is provided with a bearing base. Another side facing the pump impeller cavity comprises a plane; a bearing mounted in the bearing base penetrates through the two cavities. The bearing in the pump impeller cavity slightly protrudes from the plane of the partition plate, and is tightly attached to a pump impeller in the pump impeller cavity, to form a second contact. The pump impeller and a pump impeller shaft are subjected to integral injection molding. The pump impeller shaft is tightly fixed in the bearing, penetrates through the partition plate, enters the motor cavity, and is connected with the pump shaft in the motor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Zhao, Sheng Xu
  • Patent number: 10746190
    Abstract: A fan module includes a housing, a bearing, a rotating shaft, and a fan wheel. The housing includes a bottom covering plate, a top covering plate, and a side wall connected between the bottom covering plate and the top covering plate and surrounding to form a housing space. The bearing is disposed on the bottom covering plate and includes a supporting pillar. The supporting pillar extends from the bottom covering plate toward the top covering plate. The rotating shaft has a first through hole therein. The rotating shaft is rotatably sleeved onto the supporting pillar by the first through hole. The fan wheel is connected to an outer edge of the rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chia-Chen Chen, Chi-Zen Peng, Chia-Ju Ho, Meng-Lung Chiang
  • Patent number: 10718345
    Abstract: An air compressor or water pump including a frame in which there are mounted a stator, a rotor interacting with the stator to form a synchronous motor, and including a shaft, at least one turbine carried by the shaft, a fluid-supply channel to the turbine, and an outlet channel for compressed fluid, the shaft of the rotor being mounted rotatably on the frame about an, axis by a first and a second bearing. The first, respectively the second, bearing includes a first, respectively a second, spherical element provided on a first, respectively a second, end of the shaft and disposed centered relative to the axis of the shaft, and a first, respectively a second, housing provided in the frame having a form of a cap disposed centered relative to the axis of the shaft and provided to support the first, respectively the second, spherical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Belenos Clean Power Holding AG
    Inventor: Rexhep Gashi
  • Patent number: 10662966
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a blower assembly having a blower housing, a motor disposed at least partially within the blower housing, and an impeller comprising a plurality of blades disposed about the impeller that is connected to the motor by a shaft. The blower assembly includes a labyrinth seal that provides a tortuous leakage airflow path between the blower housing and the impeller to substantially reduce the amount of air that escapes from the blower housing between the blower housing and the impeller to provide an increased blower efficiency as compared to traditional blower assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Stewart Hancock
  • Patent number: 10655636
    Abstract: A centrifugal air blower includes a lower case. The lower case includes a land part near a tongue part joining a discharge passage of a passage section and a spiral start position of a spiral passage. The land part protrudes toward an upper case. The height position of the land part is substantially the same as the height position of lower ends of blades. The land part includes a first wall which is vertically formed along an inner circumferential wall of the discharge passage, a second wall which is vertically formed on an outer circumferential side of an insertion hole and on a radially inward side of the first wall, and a ceiling covering upper ends of the first and second walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KEIHIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaatsu Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10655634
    Abstract: A compressor wheel assembly for a forced induction device includes an impeller member and a plate member. The impeller member is formed of a polymer material, and includes a hub portion and a plurality of blades extending from an outer surface of the hub portion. The hub portion includes an outer peripheral portion formed therewith. The plate member is connected to the outer peripheral portion of the impeller member to be rotationally fixed thereto. The plate member being formed of a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Taylor, Charlie Terry, Christian Ellis
  • Patent number: 10648681
    Abstract: A bellmouth of a heat source unit includes: a straight tubular portion having a cylindrical shape; an air inlet portion which is radially expanded toward the upstream side, wherein, the air inlet portion has at least one angle-reduced portion that satisfies ?0>?i>0, where, an angle formed by a line L1 and a line L2 is taken as ?0, and an angle formed by a straight line L3 and the line L2 is taken as ?i, the line L1 is a line passing through a portion of an outer peripheral end portion of the air inlet portion, the line L2 is a line passing through a connecting portion between the air inlet portion and the straight tubular portion, and the straight line L3 is a line connecting an intersection P of the line L1 and the line L2 and a portion of the outer peripheral end portion of the air inlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Yamamoto, Seiji Nakashima, Yohei Kato, Tsubasa Tanda
  • Patent number: 10634145
    Abstract: A self-priming pump assembly comprises a series connection of a liquid ring pump functioning as a rotating displacement pump and a normally-priming centrifugal pump. The self-priming pump assembly improves the fluid mechanics conditions for the flow of fluids toward and into a return line through the inclusion of a first connection opening in the meridian plane of the centrifugal pump that possesses a bulge enclosing a sector of the longitudinal axis of the first connection opening, where the bulge is one-sided and oriented toward a rotary axis of the pump assembly, and the bulge continuously expands, directly or indirectly, the first connection opening toward the impeller plane. At its end section facing the impeller plane, a transitional surface of the bulge continuously transitions into the lateral boundary surface, or an inner peripheral wall of the ring channel adjoining the lateral boundary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Anderson, Stephan Dirks, Christoph Wabnitz
  • Patent number: 10619906
    Abstract: Provided are a branching air supply device and a refrigerator with same. The branching air supply device comprises: a housing, having a first half portion and a second half portion that are symmetric with respect to a geometric symmetrical plane, the first half portion and the second half portion each being provided with at least one air inlet and multiple air outlets; and a first adjusting piece and a second adjusting piece that are symmetrically arranged with respect to the geometric symmetrical plane, the first adjusting piece and the second adjusting piece being respectively configured to completely shield, partially shield, or completely expose each air outlet of the first adjusting piece and the second adjusting piece in a controlled mode, to adjust an air-outlet area of each air outlet. The branching air supply device is symmetrically disposed with the first half portion and the second half portion in a refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kui Zhang, Bin Fei, Ming Wang, Xueli Cheng, Chunyang Li
  • Patent number: 10578122
    Abstract: A compressor comprises a housing having an axial intake and an annular outlet volute. An impeller is mounted on a shaft for rotation about a shaft axis between the axial intake and the annular outlet volute. The impeller has a plurality of blades, each blade having a front edge facing the axial intake and a tip. The annular outlet volute includes an annular diffuser passage surrounding the impeller. The annular diffuser passage has a diffuser inlet downstream of the plurality of blades and a diffuser outlet communicating with the annular outlet volute, the tips of the blades sweeping across said diffuser inlet during use. A wall of the housing which defines the annular diffuser passage and which extends over the front edges of the blades defines an annular recess extending from the diffuser inlet towards the diffuser outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Cummins Ltd.
    Inventor: John R. Horsley
  • Patent number: 10544789
    Abstract: A fan assembly includes an axis of rotation and a fan that includes an inlet ring and a rear plate that together define an inner fan chamber, wherein the fan is a backward curved plug fan. The fan assembly also includes an axial flux motor coupled to the rear plate such that the motor is positioned entirely outside the fan chamber to facilitate preventing interference between the motor and an airflow within the fan chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Neville Lambert, Richard P. Harris, Byron Kennedy, Matthew J. Turner, Hani Chahine
  • Patent number: 10527294
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling a pump for feeding fluid (F) into a heating system (1000). The heating system has a hot fluid tank (HFT) receiving fluid from an associated fluid reservoir line (5) with an incoming fluid mass flow rate (dmcw/dt). A pump (P) receives fluid from the line, and pumps the received fluid with a mass flow rate (dmc/dt). A heat exchanging unit (HX) transfers heat (Q) to the fluid (F) from a medium (R). The transferred heat (Q) is maximized by controlling the pump (P1) in response to this information indicative of the transferred heat (Q), the fluid mass flow rate delivered by the pump thereby having a minimum as a function of the incoming fluid mass flow rate (dmcw/dt) when maximizing the transferred heat. The invention provides significantly improved heat transfer to the fluid and power savings for the pump. The invention also relates to a heating system, e.g. a heat pump system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Grundfos Holding A/S
    Inventor: Casper Hillerup Lyhne
  • Patent number: 10514042
    Abstract: A pump features an impeller having a rotating disk with a front side and a back side. The impeller is arranged to rotate on a shaft with the front side nearest an inlet and the back side nearest a motor housing, so as to provide a main flow of liquid being pumped and a rear impeller flow of the liquid being pumped in an area between the back side of the impeller and the motor housing. The back side has a spiral-shaped vane configured to constantly sweep, and expel any debris from the area between the back side of the impeller and the motor housing. The spiral-shaped vane is formed as a curve that emanates from a central point defined by an axis of the impeller and gets progressively farther away as the curve revolves at least one complete revolution around the central point or axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Flow Control LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Lopes
  • Patent number: 10514043
    Abstract: A centrifugal fan comprises a casing and a fan impeller. The casing comprises a first cover, a second cover, a side wall structure and a isolating structure. The side wall structure is connected between the first cover and the second cover to form an accommodating space. The side wall structure includes a first air inlet and an air outlet. The isolating structure is disposed between the first cover and the second cover to distinguish the accommodating space into a first subspace and a second subspace. The isolating structure includes a through hole. As a result, airflow is guided from a side to the first air inlet easily. Then, the air inlet volume and air outlet volume of the centrifugal fan are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Hsin-Chen Lin, Ing-Jer Chiou
  • Patent number: 10465696
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a centrifugal fan and a refrigerator. The centrifugal fan according to an aspect of the present disclosure has a structure in which a plurality of blades disposed along a circumferential direction are disposed in two lines in a radial direction of a hub, such that the noise of the fan is reduced and the flow rate of air is increased, and the efficiency of the fan is improved, and the centrifugal fan includes a middle guide member inducing an inflow in the center of the fan, such that the inflow to the fan is prevented from being concentrated in a lower part of the fan, and a total height of a discharge port is efficiently used. Therefore, the uniformity of a component of a discharging flow at the discharge port is improved and thus the noise of the fan is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Joo Kim, Kwang Su Heo, Eung Ryeol Seo, Hyo Suck Kang
  • Patent number: 10458431
    Abstract: A boost pump includes a housing cover and a pump housing engaged opposite to the housing cover. Volute passages are defined between the housing cover and the pump housing. The volute passages include a circumferentially extending volute defining a plurality of cross sections defined in a housing including the pump housing and the housing cover. The plurality of surfaces are defined as a set of dimensions set out in at least one of TABLES 1 through 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian L. Stoicescu, Benjamin T. Harder
  • Patent number: 10436217
    Abstract: A cooling system for optimizing fan air flow performance without compromising acoustic performance is disclosed. At least three fan feature embodiments are disclosed: (1) sloped fan blades, (2) sloped impeller hubs, and (3) inlet flow guidance features. For the first embodiment, fan blades attached to an impeller disc and having leading edges that progressively curve toward a center of the impeller disc. For the second embodiment, the impeller disc is attached to and centered on an impeller hub that has a sloped hub surface that progressively curves toward the fan blades. For the third embodiment, an inlet flow guidance feature is positioned within a region surrounding a fan's inlet promoting smooth passage of air into the fan. In some embodiments, all three fan features are combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph Aiello, Jesse T. Dybenko, Richard A. Herms
  • Patent number: 10415584
    Abstract: An impeller for a centrifugal fan includes a base plate, a ring-shaped shroud, a tubular inlet port connecting the circular inlet of the shroud and the base plate, and a plurality of blades annularly disposed around the tubular inlet port at regular intervals. Each of the blades includes a pressurized surface, a suction surface, a leading edge, and a trailing edge. When viewed in a direction parallel to the rotation axis of the impeller, a distance between the pressurized surface and the suction surface of each of the blades becomes increasingly larger starting from the leading edge of the pressurized surface and extending toward the trailing edge of each of the blades at a predetermined height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Shoji
  • Patent number: 10363348
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump for pumping blood includes a housing 2 with a housing main body 20, a blood inlet port 25, and a blood outlet port 26. A rotary body 3 is rotatably accommodated inside the housing main body 20, and a support mechanism 4 supports the rotary body 3. The support mechanism 4 is provided with a rod-like shaft member 5, and a first bearing 6 and a second bearing 7 which respectively and rotatably support end portions of the shaft member 5. The first bearing 6 is provided with a protruding portion 62 which protrudes in an eccentric manner with respect to a rotation center O when viewed from an upstream side of a blood flow, so that the protruding portion shields a counter-rotating, longitudinal side of the shaft member from exposure to the main flow of blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shotaro Tanaka, Yosuke Itamochi
  • Patent number: 10343618
    Abstract: A landscaping blower nozzle assembly includes an inlet section for allowing air into the assembly, an elbow section and a motor. A nozzle is insertable into the elbow section such that the motor moves the elbow section in a moveable motion back and forth though at least 180 degree of motion for aiding the operator in the movement and removal of leaves and other debris. A breakaway coupler prevents damage to the blower nozzle when coming into contact with a rigid surface or structure. A tensioner assembly prevents distortion of the nozzle tip when subjected to high velocity air from the blower motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Portamaker, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher D. Shumaker, Jeremy C. Stoddard, Steven J. Leibrandt
  • Patent number: 10267320
    Abstract: A double-ended blower includes a blower motor assembly supporting opposed first and second shaft ends. The first and second shaft ends have respective first and second impellers attached thereto and enclosed within first and second volutes, respectively. The first volute is connected to an inlet and the second volute is connected to an outlet. The blower motor assembly is supported in a chassis enclosure and a radially outer inter-stage path is between the first and second volute. The second volute is at least partially substantially concentrically nested with the radially outer inter-stage gas path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Motor Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Barton John Kenyon, Nicholas Jerome Reed, Andrew Wilson, Ian Malcolm Smith
  • Patent number: 10138803
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a wastegate of a turbocharger including a valve plate, valve actuation mechanism, and a bifurcated wastegate passage. In one example design, the wastegate may include a valve plate having an interior with a multiplane curved surface and a first mating feature centered along the curved surface, the curved surface forming a raised edge and a side opening on opposite sides of the valve plate; and a passage bifurcated by a central wall, an end of the central wall including a second mating feature adapted to have face-sharing contact with the first mating feature. The first mating feature may be either a rib or recessed slot formed on the valve plate, and the second mating feature may be one end of the central wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith D. Miazgowicz, Gregory Patrick McConville
  • Patent number: 10125671
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a wastegate of a turbocharger including a valve plate, valve actuation mechanism, and a wastegate passage. In one example design, the wastegate may include a valve plate having flow formations such as a multiplane curved surface on an interior of the valve plate and a side opening; a passage including a constricted section positioned upstream of the valve plate, the valve plate positioned at an end of the passage. In this way, the flow formations on the wastegate valve may act in conjunction with the constricted section in the passage to guide exhaust flow to an exhaust catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gilbran D. Alvarez, Keith D. Miazgowicz
  • Patent number: 10125737
    Abstract: This Francis-type runner for a turbine includes a crown, a band and blades the number of which is not a prime number. These blades are made as one piece and extend between the crown and the band, and between a leading edge and a trailing edge each trailing edge has its concave face facing upstream over its entire length. In addition, first blades are uniformly distributed about a central axis of the runner in a number equal to a divisor of the total number of blades. Each of these first blades has a point of attachment of its trailing edge to the crown that is lowered by comparison with the point of attachment of the trailing edge to the crown of second blades, which are likewise part of the runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Thomas De Colombel
  • Patent number: 10107297
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a variable geometry ported shroud for a turbocharger. In one example, a compressor system includes a compressor housing defining an air inlet, a shroud, and a bypass passage, a compressor wheel housed in the compressor housing and surrounded by the shroud, only a single port passing through the shroud and fluidically coupled to the bypass passage, and a ring configured to move axially to adjust a restriction of the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alok Kumar, Raghav Shrikant Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10072523
    Abstract: An object is to provide a sheet-metal turbine housing reinforced by a readily-manufacturable structure, the sheet-metal turbine housing also having a small thickness and improved containment performance. A sheet-metal turbine housing includes: a scroll part forming an exhaust gas channel of a scroll shape in a turbocharger for driving a turbine with exhaust gas of an engine, the scroll part comprising sheet metal; and at least one rib portion of a protrusion shape formed on an outer wall surface of the scroll part at a radially outer side of an inlet edge of a turbine blade along a circumferential direction of the scroll part, the at least one rib portion protruding either outward or inward, or both, and including a bend and bend-back structure formed on the sheet metal forming the scroll part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Toyotaka Yoshida, Takao Yokoyama, Isao Tomita, Daigo Watanabe, Yasuaki Jinnai, Hirotaka Higashimori
  • Patent number: 10054127
    Abstract: A ventilation assembly having a main housing that can be pre-installed in a wall or ceiling aperture. A fan assembly can be inserted through the aperture and releasably mounted within the main housing. The fan assembly can be removed from the main housing and replaced without removing the main housing from the wall or ceiling. An accessory component can be releasably mounted to the fan assembly either through the aperture when the fan assembly is mounted or prior to installation of the fan assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Broan-NuTone LLC
    Inventors: Daniel L. Karst, Benjamin Thorpe Puffer, Brent Elliott Coffey
  • Fan
    Patent number: 10012236
    Abstract: A centrifugal fan is described. The fan uses a blade that is tapered across the span of the blade. The taper can be larger towards the end opposite of the inlet or larger at the inlet. The blade may be backwardly inclined and/or curved. The fan may also include a turning vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachele Barbara Cocks, Joshua James Westhoff, Zachary Joseph Stauffer, Lisa Marie Warriner, Ludovic Andre Chretien, Michael Allen Marks
  • Patent number: 9995310
    Abstract: A rotary pump includes a rotor having delivery elements which deliver at least a portion of a fluid in an axial direction of the rotor. Two delivery elements or groups of delivery elements are provided on the rotor for delivering the fluid, and deliver the fluid to be delivered in mutually opposing axial directions of the rotor, so that the axial thrust components substantially compensate each other. The fluid flows flowing counter to each other jointly give way in the radial direction of the rotor and can be jointly discharged through the volute casing and utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BERLIN HEART GMBH
    Inventor: Kurt Graichen
  • Patent number: 9989066
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a blower assembly having a blower housing, an impeller adapted for rotation about an axis A-A disposed in blower housing, and an intake plenum cooperating with the interior first surface of the blower housing to define an air entrance passage for receiving an incoming air flow. The intake plenum includes means to split the incoming air flow into a plurality of air streams and direct the air streams to predetermined portions of the impeller susceptible to stall conditions as the impeller rotates about the axis A-A. The means to split the incoming air may include a splitter plate disposed in the air entrance passage or at least one port defined in a portion of the air intake plenum adjacent the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Debashis Ghosh, Richard S. Baranowski, Shamsuddin Noorani
  • Patent number: 9956332
    Abstract: An axial-flow blood pump for pumping blood includes a substantially cylindrical outer enclosure. A tubular housing concentric with and located within the outer enclosure has at one end an inlet and at an opposite end an outlet. A motor stator is concentric with and located between the outer enclosure and the tubular housing. An impeller is concentric with and located within the tubular housing. The impeller is suspended in operation by a combination of passive magnetic forces between magnets within the impeller or magnetized regions of the impeller and the motor stator and hydrodynamic thrust forces generated as blood flows between the tubular housing and a plurality of hydrodynamic thrust bearing surfaces located on the impeller. A volute may be in fluid-tight connection with the outlet of the tubular housing for receiving blood in the axial direction and directing blood in a direction normal to the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. LaRose, Charles R. Shambaugh, Kartikeyan Trichi, Richard A. Marquis, Daniel G. White
  • Patent number: 9938988
    Abstract: An exhaust turbocharger comprises a turbine having a turbine wheel and a compressor having a compressor wheel. The turbine wheel and the compressor wheel are connected by a shaft rotatably mounted in a bearing housing. A means for axially securing the shaft and the turbine wheel connected thereto is provided between the compressor wheel and the turbine wheel. The means limits an axial movement of the shaft and of the turbine wheel connected thereto in the direction of the turbine in the event of the compressor wheel bursting. The means comprises a component which is screwed onto the shaft during mounting and is fixed in the axial direction in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ABB TURBO SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Christoph Morath, Stefan Gantert
  • Patent number: 9903388
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump includes an impeller rotatably disposed in a volute case for forcing a fluid to flow along a volute internal flow channel formed in the volute case, and first to fourth flow-channel recessed portions opening to the volute internal flow channel. The first and fourth flow-channel recessed portions are formed so as to be recessed in a direction substantially orthogonal to a direction of flow of the fluid. In a self-priming operation, the fluid is introduced into the first and fourth recessed portions whereupon the prime fluid is stirred within internal spaces of the first and second flow-channel recessed portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouki Tsuruda, Masahiro Akiyama, Kaku Okabe
  • Patent number: 9897101
    Abstract: An impeller for a centrifugal rotary machine has a plurality of blades (4) arranged at intervals in a circumferential direction on a face facing a direction of an axis of a disc (3) formed in a discoid shape about the axis, wherein the blades (4) each include a first section (10A) rising from the disc (3) and inclined toward an opposite direction of a rotary direction (R) as the distance from the disc and a second section (11A) continuing from the first section (10A) and inclined toward a forward direction of the rotary direction (R) as the distance from the disc (3) between the leading edges and the trailing edges in the blades (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Saito
  • Patent number: 9835051
    Abstract: A gas passage that is connected to an exhaust passage and a water passage that is connected to a water jacket are formed in a turbine housing. The water passage and the gas passage are arranged adjacent to each other in an exhaust gas-introducing side joint part of the turbine housing, and a mating face in which the water passage opens and a mating face in which the gas passage opens are formed not to connect smoothly to each other. The turbine housing is attached to the cylinder head with an O-ring that prevents leakage of coolant interposed between the mating face and the cylinder head, and a seal member that prevents leakage of exhaust gas interposed between the mating face and the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Sumi
  • Patent number: 9797404
    Abstract: A ventilation assembly having a main housing that can be pre-installed in a wall or ceiling aperture. A fan assembly can be inserted through the aperture and releasably mounted within the main housing. The fan assembly can be removed from the main housing and replaced without removing the main housing from the wall or ceiling. An accessory component can be releasably mounted to the fan assembly either through the aperture when the fan assembly is mounted or prior to installation of the fan assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: BROAN-NUTONE LLC
    Inventors: Daniel L. Karst, Benjamin Thorpe Puffer, Brent Elliott Coffey
  • Patent number: 9777732
    Abstract: A rotary blood pump includes a casing defining a pumping chamber. The pumping chamber has a blood inlet and a tangential blood outlet. One or more motor stators are provided outside of the pumping chamber. A rotatable impeller is within the pumping chamber and is adapted to cause blood entering the pumping chamber to move to the blood outlet. The impeller has one or more magnetic regions. The impeller is radially constrained in rotation by magnetic coupling to one or more motor stators and is axially constrained in rotation by one or more hydrodynamic thrust bearing surfaces on the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey LaRose, Charles R. Shambaugh
  • Patent number: 9714663
    Abstract: A temperature destratification assembly can include an outer housing. An impeller can be positioned within the outer housing between the inlet and outlet of the outer housing. The impeller can have an impeller hub and a plurality of impeller blades extending radially outward from the impeller hub. The assembly can include an impeller motor configured to rotate the impeller blades about an axis of rotation. A stator can be positioned within the outer housing between the impeller and the outlet of the outer housing. The stator can include a plurality of vanes. The stator vanes can include an upstream edge at the upstream end of the stator, a first surface extending from the upstream edge to the downstream edge of the vane, and a second surface opposite the first surface and extending from the upstream edge to the downstream edge of vane. A plurality of the vanes can have a downstream edge at the outlet of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Airius IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond B. Avedon
  • Patent number: 9709066
    Abstract: A ventilating fan including a ventilating fan body provided with a motor, a frame having ventilating air outlets, and fan blades, an adapter and an electric element box. The ventilating air outlets include a top air outlet provided on a top face of the frame of the ventilating fan and a side air outlet provided on a side face of the frame of the ventilating fan which are communicated with each other. The adapter is provided with a raised structure adapted to the ventilating air outlet. With this structure, the height of the ventilating fan is reduced while air volume is ensured, so that the ventilating fan is adapted to be mounted onto various ceilings, and the cost can be saved while mounting of the adapter is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: Panasonic Ecology Systems Guangdong Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hongjian Yuan, Guangmin Zeng, Liang Tian, Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9709071
    Abstract: The screw-type centrifugal wheel pump includes a pump housing and a screw-type centrifugal wheel arranged rotatably within the pump housing and having a hub and a blade, and comprises a rotatable drive shaft connected to the screw-type centrifugal wheel, and includes a cover plate arranged between the screw-type centrifugal wheel and a housing rear wall, wherein the cover plate has a central opening through which the hub or the drive shaft runs, and wherein an interior space is formed between the cover plate and the housing rear wall, wherein a gap is formed between the central opening of the cover plate and the hub or the drive shaft, which gap is connected in fluid-conducting fashion to the interior space, wherein the cover plate has at least one aperture, which is arranged spaced apart from the central opening, in order to generate a fluid flow which flows into the interior space via the aperture and out of the interior space again via the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Frideco AG
    Inventors: Ciro Robles, Carl Stahle
  • Patent number: 9651057
    Abstract: A blower assembly includes a housing including an outlet and a cutoff point positioned proximate the outlet. The blower assembly also includes an impeller including a plurality of blades that each includes a tip portion including a radially outer edge and a transition point that divides the radially outer edge into a first portion and a second portion. The impeller is positioned within the housing such that a first radial gap is defined between the cutoff point and the first portion and a second radial gap is defined between the cutoff point and the second portion. The first radial gap includes a constant width that is shorter than a width of the second radial gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie Alan Lyons
  • Patent number: 9644869
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a cooling system for heat-generating structures comprises a cooling loop and a heat exchanger. The cooling loop directs a flow of a fluid coolant to both an active heat-generating structure and an inactive heat-generating structure. The fluid coolant receiving thermal energy from the active heat-generating structure and transfers thermal energy to the inactive heat-generating structure when a temperature of the fluid coolant is greater than an ambient temperature of an environment surrounding the heat-generating structures. The active heat-generating structure is operable to switch to an inactive state and the inactive heat-generating structure is operable to switch to an active state. The heat exchanger is in thermal communication with the first and second heat-generating structures and is operable to receive the fluid coolant at a first temperature and dispense of the fluid coolant out of the heat exchanger at a second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard M. Weber, Brandon H. Allen, Daniel J. Weissmann, William G. Wyatt
  • Patent number: 9624932
    Abstract: An air blowing unit of an air conditioner includes a housing to guide suction and discharge of air, a centrifugal fan positioned inside the housing, and a motor to drive the centrifugal fan. The centrifugal fan includes a base coupled to a motor shaft coupled to the motor, a plurality of blades disposed spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction of the base to guide air introduced in an axial direction of the base to the circumferential direction, a leading edge provided to the blades and arranged close to the motor shaft, a trailing edge provided to the blades and facing in an outer circumferential direction of the base, and at least one first blade of the blades, the leading edge of the first blade being shorter than the leading edge of the other blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Joo Jeon, Dae Gyu Kang, Seon Uk Na, Yong Ho Seo
  • Patent number: 9599120
    Abstract: An impeller for a centrifugal pump comprising a boss supported by a rotation shaft of a motor so as to be rotatable as a unit with the rotation shaft; and a plurality of blades that extend from the boss towards a radial direction outside of the boss, and that discharge liquid towards a leading end side thereof by rotating; wherein each blade comprises one side face that is a face on a first side in a rotation direction of the impeller and includes a projecting face that projects from a base end portion at a boss side of the one side face towards the first side in the rotation direction with respect to a line that connects the base end portion and a center of rotation of the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ASMO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuusuke Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9581167
    Abstract: An isothermal turbo-compressor-condenser-expander arrangement includes heat-transferring blades that are mounted on, or surround, individual conduits. In operation, the open framework rotates in free air to promote heat exchange. The assembly includes a first plurality of spokes extending radially outwardly from a first central hub to an outer perimeter with first radial conduits that transport refrigerant under centrifugal force and compression from the hub to the outer perimeter. The first radial conduits include heat exchanging blades. A second plurality of spokes extend radially outwardly from a second central hub that each includes a second thermally-insulated conduit that transports refrigerant from the outer perimeter to the second central hub. Axial conduits extend axially at the outer perimeter. At least some of the axial conduits include an axial blade in thermal communication with the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Appollo Wind Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benoit Roisin, Andrew S. Geffken, Ian E. Graves