Plural Runners Supported For Relative Motion Or On Separate Shafts Patents (Class 415/60)
  • Patent number: 11060506
    Abstract: A wind turbine system including a plurality of modules, each module including a frame and at least one wind turbine, a set of first electrically conductive members, and a set of second electrically conductive members. One of the first electrically conductive members is attached to a terminal of a generator and another of the first electrically conductive members is attached to another terminal of the generator to form a collection circuit configured to collect electricity generated by the turbine. The set of second electrically conductive members are connected to adjacent modules to form a concatenated string of second electrically conductive members to form a transmission circuit. The collected electricity is fed from the collection circuit to the transmission circuit along the concatenated string. At least one of the first electrically conductive members and at least one of the second electrically conductive members form structural rails of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Spinetic Energy Limited
    Inventors: Giles Rodway, Kurt Joseph Joachim
  • Patent number: 11035293
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine has an engine case housing a low pressure compressor drivingly connected to a low pressure turbine by a low pressure compressor shaft extending along an engine axis. The low pressure turbine is disposed forward of the low pressure compressor. A low pressure turbine shaft is drivingly connected to the low pressure turbine and extends forwardly of the low pressure turbine. A reduction gear box (RGB) is drivingly connected to the low pressure turbine shaft. The RGB is offset from the engine axis to free an access to low pressure compressor shaft connection. The offset positioning of the RGB allows to provide an access port in an axially forwardly facing surface of the engine case to access the low pressure compressor shaft and more particularly a connection thereof to the low pressure turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventor: Jean Dubreuil
  • Patent number: 10677092
    Abstract: A turbomachine structure having a first inner casing including a first and second flowpath oriented in opposing axial directions to one another; a second inner casing surrounding the first inner casing and including a third and fourth flowpath, wherein the third flowpath is fluidly connected to the first flowpath and the fourth flowpath is fluidly connected to the second flowpath; an extraction chamber defined between the first and second inner casings; a cooling passage defined between the first and second inner casings; a first extraction port fluidly connected to the cooling passage and to the first flowpath at a location in the first flowpath having a first pressure; and a second extraction port fluidly connected to the extraction chamber and to the second flowpath at a location in the second flowpath having a second pressure less than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rolf Döbler, Paolo Capozzi, Andrzej Konieczny
  • Patent number: 10487799
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for wind energy conversion comprising a Savonius style rotor attached to a drive shaft; a first airfoil configured to block air pressure along a return side of the rotor; an airfoil cowling configured to direct blocked air on the return side of the rotor to intersect with air on the drive side of the rotor; at least one vacuum compensator configured on a top edge of the first airfoil wherein the at least one vacuum compensator redirects the blocked air on the return side of the rotor onto the driven side of the rotor; an anemometer; a wind direction indicator; and a computer system operatively connected to the roller and track assembly wherein the computer system adjusts the orientation of the rotor according to a wind speed measured by the anemometer and a wind direction measured by the wind direction indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Dan Pendergrass
  • Patent number: 9932902
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a compressor portion, a combustor fluidly connected to the compressor portion via a primary flowpath, and a turbine portion fluidly connected to the combustor via the primary flowpath. The turbine section includes a first turbine portion and a second turbine portion. The second turbine portion is at a low pressure relative to the first turbine portion. A first turbine shaft is supported relative to a second turbine shaft by a first bearing, the first bearing having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, with the inner diameter of the first bearing being connected to one of the first shaft and the second shaft and the outer diameter of the first bearing being connected to the other of the first shaft and the second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Gary D. Roberge
  • Patent number: 9759219
    Abstract: A fan apparatus is disclosed having a first fan and a second fan, both of which are centrifugal fans. Impellers of the first fan and the second fan can be located adjacent one another and adapted to rotate in opposite directions. A first outlet opening (ot1) provided on a housing of the first fan can be located relative to a second outlet opening (ot2) provided on a housing of the second fan such that a flow pattern of the first fan overlaps at least partially with a flow pattern of the second fan when viewed from a direction of a rotation axis of an impeller of the first fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventors: Jari-Petri Tiainen, Niko Björkman, Johannes Pylvänen
  • Patent number: 9745860
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus has a housing, a first shaft rotatably mounted within the housing, a second shaft rotatably mounted within the housing and extending around at least a portion of the first shaft, a third shaft exterior of the first and second shafts and positioned within the housing, a first transmission connected to the second shaft and to the third shaft such that a rotation of the second shaft causes a rotation of the third shaft, a second transmission connected to the first shaft and to the third shaft such that a rotation of the first shaft applies rotational energy to the third shaft, and a power receiver connected to the third shaft so as to convert the rotational energy of the third shaft into energy or motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Jay Haskin
  • Patent number: 9689368
    Abstract: A system for the generation of energy from the flow of water in a body of water is provided, the system comprising a support assembly extending across at least a portion of the body of water; a generator assembly mounted in the support assembly, the generator assembly comprising a first rotor assembly and a second rotor assembly, each rotor assembly comprising a vertical hub rotatable about a vertical axis and a plurality of vertical blades extending radially from the hub, the first and second rotor assemblies being arranged such that the volume swept by the blades of the first rotor assembly overlaps the volume swept by the blades of the second rotor assembly. The system may be used to generate energy, for example electricity. In addition, the system may be used to control the level of water on the upstream side of the installation, for example in the cases of flooding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans P Hopper
  • Patent number: 9651018
    Abstract: A power generating assembly for generating electricity from a flowing medium includes an enclosure. The enclosure includes an elongated duct along which the medium flows. The duct defines a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction. The duct includes a converging inlet nozzle having a span in the lateral direction. At least one pair of turbines is arranged within and on either side of the duct in the lateral direction. The turbines are rotated in opposite directions by the flowing medium. The turbines have a span in the lateral direction. The span of the converging inlet nozzle is at least the span of the at least one pair of turbines. A generator is interconnected with each turbine of the at least one pair of turbines via a drive means such that the generator rotates with rotation of the turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Mihalis Vorias
  • Patent number: 9574563
    Abstract: A fluid working apparatus (100) including a housing structure (130) with an inlet (132) and an outlet (133). A working assembly positioned in the housing (130) has an inlet side and an outlet side with the at least one rotor (114) having a plurality of blades (115) positioned between the inlet and outlet sides. At least one return assembly (140, 142) is configured to return fluid flow from the outlet to the inlet side of the working assembly whereby a working fluid passes through the housing inlet (132), from the inlet side of the working assembly to the outlet side thereof while workingly engaging a first subset of the rotor blades (115), through the at least one return assembly (140, 142), from the inlet side of the working assembly to the outlet side thereof while workingly engaging a second subset of the rotor blades (115), and out of the housing outlet (133). A method of working a fluid is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: William Robert Palmer, Kenneth E. Brace
  • Patent number: 9528706
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine can-annular combustion arrangement (10), including: an axial compressor (82) operable to rotate in a rotation direction (60); a diffuser (100, 110) configured to receive compressed air (16) from the axial compressor; a plenum (22) configured to receive the compressed air from the diffuser; a plurality of combustor cans (12) each having a combustor inlet (38) in fluid communication with the plenum, wherein each combustor can is tangentially oriented so that a respective combustor inlet is circumferentially offset from a respective combustor outlet in a direction opposite the rotation direction; and an airflow guiding arrangement (80) configured to impart circumferential motion to the compressed air in the plenum in the direction opposite the rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Montgomery, Richard C. Charron, Jose L. Rodriguez, Bernhard W. Küsters, Jay A. Morrison, Alexander R. Beeck
  • Patent number: 9316894
    Abstract: A projecting apparatus includes a chassis, an optical engine, a first fan set and a second fan set. The first fan set is disposed in the chassis and located at a first air outlet, and is configured to drive air to flow via a first air inlet into the chassis to form a first air flow. The first air flow flows out of the chassis via the first air outlet. The second fan set is disposed in the chassis and located at a second air outlet, and is configured to drive air to flow via the first air inlet into the chassis to form a second air flow. The second air flow flows out of the chassis via the second air outlet. A flow direction of the first air flow at the first air outlet is perpendicular to that of the second air flow at the second air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Jia-Hong Dai, Wen-Yen Chung, Tsung-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 9143842
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring data between bodies undergoing rotation is provided. The bodies in question may be wind turbine components such as a turbine drive shaft and a stationary part of the turbine, such as nacelle gearbox. A data or control signal can therefore be transmitted between a rotating member, such as a turbine blade, and equipment in the nacelle. The apparatus comprises two members that are placed adjacent and opposing one another, and on the opposing surface of which a number of electrical paths are provided. The closed electrical paths do not enclose the rotational axis. At least one of the loops is energized with a carrier high frequency oscillating signal to create a flux that threads the loop on the opposing member. Modulation of the carrier frequency allows signals to be transmitted between the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Ib Olesen
  • Patent number: 9068632
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power transmission device. A power transmission device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: an input gear connected to a motor so that the input gear may rotate by the motor in a forward and backward direction; a planetary gear train circumscribing the input gear with respect to the input gear and rotating in association with the rotation of the input gear; a ring gear inscribing the planetary gear train and rotating relative to the planetary gear train; a main frame having a plurality of rollers coupled along the circumferential direction and interacting with a rack, and coupled with the ring gear on the outside of the ring gear; an irrotational rear side fixture disposed on an area where the input gear is positioned; and an irrotational front side fixture disposed at the opposite side of the irrotational rear side fixture via the ring gear and the main frame therebetween and coupled with the irrotational rear side fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: SEJIN-IGB CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sun Ho Lim
  • Publication number: 20150132104
    Abstract: A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft includes rotors that provide vertical and horizontal thrust. During forward motion, the vertical lift system is inactive. A lift fan mechanism positions the fan blades of the aircraft in a collapsed configuration when the vertical lift system is inactive and positions the fan blades of the aircraft in a deployed configuration when the vertical lift system is active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ZEE.AERO INC.
    Inventor: Zee.Aero Inc.
  • Patent number: 9028200
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a shaft defining an axis of rotation. An outer turbine rotor directly drives the shaft and includes an outer set of blades. An inner turbine rotor has an inner set of blades interspersed with the outer set of blades. The inner turbine rotor is configured to rotate in an opposite direction about the axis of rotation from the outer turbine rotor. A splitter gear system couples the inner turbine rotor to the shaft and is configured to rotate the inner set of blades at a faster speed than the outer set of blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel L. Suciu, Brian D. Merry, Michael E. McCune, Shankar S. Magge
  • Publication number: 20150069759
    Abstract: A vertical axis wind turbine system having a vertical mast with one or more turbine units supported thereon. The turbine units are of modular construction for assembly around the foot of the mast; are vertically moveable along the height of the mast by a winch system; and are selectively interlocking with the mast to fix the turbine units in parked positions. The turbine system and each turbine unit includes a network of portals and interior rooms for the passage of personnel through the system, including each turbine unit. The electrical generators, and other sub-components, in the turbine units are of modular construction that permits the selective removal and replacement of component segments, including the transport of component segments through the portals and interior rooms of the turbine system while the turbine units remain supported on the mast. The electrical generators are also selectively convertible between AC generators and DC generators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: VERT WIND ENGERGY, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Aranovich, Frank W. Cooper, JR., José Jorge Gayarre Villoria
  • Publication number: 20150056063
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metering pump (1) made of plastic, with two rotors (10) coupled to one another via gears (11) and drivable in opposite directions, which are seated in a pump housing (5) equipped with suction ports (6) and outlet ports (7), wherein each rotor (10) has a rotor shaft (12), the rotor shaft ends (15) of which are seated in the walls (8, 4) of the pump housing (5). Each rotor (10) has two rotor blade walls (13) arranged diametrically on the rotor shaft (12), a partially cylindrical rotor blade shoe (14) being formed at each of the peripheral ends of said rotor blade walls, wherein the rotor blade shoes (14) on the one hand contact the cylindrical inside wall regions of the pump housing (5) and on the other contact the rotor blade shafts (13) of the adjacent rotor (10) in a sliding and sealing manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 8939425
    Abstract: A mounting device for mounting a fan includes a base board and two fixing assemblies. The fan includes two opposite boards. The base board forms four rods. Each fixing assembly includes a receiving member and an engaging member. The receiving member includes a first pole capable of extending through a corresponding one of the boards and a first block abutting against an outer surface of the board. The engaging member includes a second pole capable of extending though the other one of the boards to be engaged in the first pole, and a second block abutting against an outer surface of the other board. Each of the first and second blocks defines a fixing hole through which a corresponding one of the rods is capable of extending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8915700
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a first shaft defining an axis of rotation and a second shaft rotatable about the axis of rotation and spaced radially outwardly relative to the first shaft. A speed change mechanism is driven by the second shaft. A fan includes a fan rotor driven by the speed change mechanism such that the fan and the first shaft rotate at a slower speed than the second shaft. At least one inducer stage is positioned aft of the fan and is coupled for rotation with the fan rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard Kupratis, Frederick M. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20140369808
    Abstract: A modular cross-flow-fan device comprises a housing, at least two cross flow fans and a motor. The housing is an extruded aluminum piece having a first wall and a second wall, and is formed with an air inlet and an air outlet. The cross flow fans are disposed in the housing and connected to each other. The motor is disposed on the housing and is connected to at least one of the cross flow fans. By this structure, longer cross flow fans having preferred rigidity and strength can be formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: JIN YIH SHYANG ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8899911
    Abstract: The invention provides a heat-dissipating system and a control method thereof. The heat-dissipating system has a plurality of fans and is configured for adjusting rotation-speeds of the fans. The control method includes following steps: obtaining a plurality of rotation-speed values of the fans; computing out a rotation-speed reference value according to the rotation-speed values; when the rotation-speed reference value is greater than a first threshold value, decreasing the rotation-speeds of the fans through a corresponding fan control signal; when the rotation-speed reference value is less than a second threshold value, increasing the rotation-speeds of the fans through the corresponding fan control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Cheng Chou, Wen-Hsien Su, Tsung-Ching Lin, Chao-Nan Chien
  • Publication number: 20140346687
    Abstract: An electrical device for circulating air is provided. The electrical device includes a pole attached to a fixed support, a coupling attached to the pole and plurality of fans is attached to the coupling. The plurality of fans receives power from a power source through electrical cables. Further, the electrical device includes a battery for providing power to the fans and thus making it a portable device. The electrical device may be placed on any surface in any area. The single coupling for attaching the plurality of fans makes it easier to assemble or disassemble the parts of the electrical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Rudolph Wozniak
  • Patent number: 8894348
    Abstract: Wind turbine systems and methods are provided. The wind turbine system includes a plurality of coaxial, counter-rotating turbine assemblies. First and second shroud assemblies define a generally spherical volume containing the first and second turbine assemblies. The first and second shroud assemblies each include a shroud member that can selectively shield or expose portions of the respective turbine assemblies to the wind by changing the rotational position of the shroud members about the system axis. The turbine assemblies are interconnected to a generator for the production of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Carlton Thacker, II
  • Publication number: 20140341709
    Abstract: A double impulse turbine system to convert the energy of flowing fluid into electricity is provided. The system takes fully advantage of the high efficiency and compactness provided by contra-rotating permanent magnet generators to produce electricity. It is composed of two impulse turbines, rotating in opposite directions and coaxially connected to a central contra-rotating generator. In function, a fluid flow is divided into secondary flows oriented directly and tangentially toward the turbines for a maximum energy transfer. The system comes with turbines having different bucket designs adapted for uses in particular environments. Special housings or turbine chambers are designed to carry the turbines and enable the conversion of the energy of a fluid flowing in pipes into electricity. This double impulse turbine system can be used to convert into electricity the energy of any fluid flowing in-pipe as a flow or as a jet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Innocent Hervé Yamodo
  • Patent number: 8858172
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a rotor assembly in which a first impeller and a second impeller are fixed to a rotation shaft which is supported by a bearing so as to be rotatable, the method including: fixing the second impeller to the rotation shaft; fitting and fixing a sleeve to the rotation shaft after fixing the second impeller; fitting and fixing the bearing to the sleeve after fitting and fixing the sleeve; and fixing the first impeller after fitting and fixing the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kurihara, Kentarou Oda, Noriyasu Sugitani, Minoru Tsukamoto, Nobusada Takahara
  • Publication number: 20140271124
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a paddle wheel mechanism for a pool cleaner. The paddle wheel mechanism includes a housing, a paddle wheel shaft supported by the housing, a first paddle wheel, and a second paddle wheel. The housing directs fluid from a fluid path of the pool cleaner into a first flow path and a second flow path. The first paddle wheel is supported by the paddle wheel shaft and is positioned within the housing along the first flow path. The second paddle wheel is supported by the paddle wheel shaft and is positioned within the housing along the second flow path. The first paddle wheel rotates responsive to fluid directed along the first flow path, and the second paddle wheel rotates responsive to fluid directed along the second flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Pawan Kumar Chauhan, Narendra Pratap Singh
  • Publication number: 20140271123
    Abstract: A multi-pump apparatus includes a first component in a fluid heat transfer system, such as a heat exchanger, the first component including a body portion forming a first interface surface. A pumping component includes a second interface surface. The first and second interface surfaces are planar and combine to define two pump cavities and a planar interface groove supporting a seal ring that extends around the two pump cavities to prevent leakage of fluid from the pump cavities. The pumping component includes a pump impeller in each of the pump cavities and independently-controlled separate motors driving the two pump impellers using an on-board circuit board. One of the first and second components also defines a fluid inlet to and a fluid outlet from each of the pump cavities. Related methods are also defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GHSP, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Rosinski
  • Patent number: 8827631
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turbine engine that includes at least first and second lift turbine stacks with transverse flow. The shafts of adjacent turbines in the first stack are connected by a first coupling device adapted for compensating space misalignments, and the shafts of adjacent turbines in the first stack are connected by a second coupling device adapted for compensating for space misalignments. The turbine engine includes a device for supporting the first and second turbine stacks, which is symmetrical to said plane, and a control device adapted for permanently maintaining the symmetry between the first and second turbine stacks relative to the plane, and for maintaining the rotation speeds of the first and second turbine stacks at equal values in opposite rotation directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Institute Polytechnique de Grenoble, Electricite de France
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Achard, Didier Imbault, Ali Tourabi
  • Publication number: 20140248124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reactive turbine apparatus that is easy to assemble. To this end, the reactive turbine apparatus includes: a rotation shaft formed of a certain length; a housing defining an inner space so as to be rotatably coupled to the rotation shaft, having an inlet formed through one side thereof through which working fluid can enter, and having an outlet formed through the other side thereof so that working fluid can be discharged to the outside; and at least one rotation unit disposed in the housing and coupled to the rotation shaft, disposed in a lengthwise direction of the rotation shaft, and rotating the rotation shaft by means of the working fluid that enters from the inlet of the housing and is discharged, wherein working fluid is prevented from leaking between the peripheral surface of the at least one rotation unit and the inner surface of the housing during the rotation of the rotation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ki-Tae Kim, Young Il Chang, Jung-Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20140241854
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes an annular plenum defined with an outer skin and a perforated inner skin for receiving selective air flow to impinge a support case which supports shrouds of the rotor assemblies of the engine therein for active tip clearance control of the rotor assemblies. In one embodiment a bobbin-type transfer tube for supplying cooling air into the plenum, is provided between an outer case of the engine an the plenum such that the thermally induced relative movement of the outer case and the plenum is permitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventor: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
  • Publication number: 20140241855
    Abstract: A run-of-the-river or ocean current turbine may comprise a hatch and a slanted block having protector ribs for directing water flow to a waterwheel. The hatch may be controlled by a plurality of Transgear™ gear assemblies for varying the amount of water flow to the waterwheel from extreme drought to flood conditions so that the waterwheel may turn at rated speeds and within a predetermined range. The Transgear gear assemblies may comprise an accumulator for accumulating a rough and a fine tuned waterwheel speed. The Transgear assemblies may comprise embodiments of power take-off switches for, for example, bi-directional or clockwise and counterclockwise waterwheel shaft rotation. The turbine may be aligned for top-feed, side-feed or bottom feed of water and may comprise a tail wing or first and second turbines facing in opposite directions to capture high and low tidal flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: DIFFERENTIAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyung Soo Han
  • Publication number: 20140219775
    Abstract: Provided is a compression system including: at least one impeller; a gear train configured to the at least one impeller; a main drive shaft configured to drive the gear train; and a housing comprising an impeller container configured to house the at least one impeller and a gear train container configured to house the gear train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bong-Gun SHIN, Jin-Soo LEE, Jong-Jae CHO, Seung-hoon LEE
  • Publication number: 20140199160
    Abstract: An air turbine has two sets of blades concentrically mounted on a rotatable shaft. The two sets of blades are housed separately and an air supply for the turbine enters an air inlet of a first housing to drive a first set of blades and exits from the first housing to a second housing through an air transfer opening to drive the second set of blades in the same direction, the air exiting the second housing through an air outlet. Returning blades of each cycle of each set of blades is subjected to little or no resistance. A flywheel is concentrically mounted on the shaft and is connected to drive generators. The air supply is a controlled air supply and, preferably, the air supply is compressed air. The shaft of the turbine is oriented to the either horizontal or vertical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Merswolke
  • Patent number: 8767400
    Abstract: A cooling system for an electronics chassis includes a plurality of centrifugal blowers arranged to motivate cooling air through the electronics chassis. The centrifugal blowers are arranged in one or more sets, each having blowers oriented with respective inlets in mutual facing relationship. The orientation, positioning, and alignment of the centrifugal blowers facilitates a compact arrangement of the plurality of blowers that achieves increased aerodynamic efficiencies to reduce noise output and energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Bergquist Torrington Company
    Inventors: Roger Dickinson, John O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20140178177
    Abstract: Water flow power generation apparatus, comprises bracket, water wheels, transmission and generator driven by the water wheels, said bracket has at least one, and the bracket includes an upper bracket and a lower bracket, a sharp-angled shape rectifier object A is fixed at the water inlet end of the water wheels between the upper bracket and the lower bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SHANDONG BOXING YUANDAO ENERGY TECHNLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8668433
    Abstract: A wind generating device employs modules each having two turbines. Each of the turbines employs two rotors coaxially aligned by a shaft associated with an in-line generator. Alternatively, the turbine employs only one rotor for low wind areas. The arrangement includes a proximal channel with a leading portion having decreasing radius toward the first rotor which acts as a collector and a following portion connecting fluidly the first and second rotor and a distal channel which is separate from the proximal channel and opens into the following portion thereby adding to the airflow to the second rotor. Downstream from the second rotor is a diffuser with a radius increasing with distance from the rotor. The modules may be stacked vertically stacked which allows for yaw responsive to wind. The modules may be mounted on a tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin L. Friesth, Franklin Joseph Desrochers
  • Publication number: 20140064915
    Abstract: A method and system improving energy efficiency of a turbojet engine by optimizing rotating speed of a fan and operability of an engine, by freeing the fan from exclusive control of a low-pressure (LP) shaft by providing combined control with a high-pressure (HP) shaft when cruising power has been reached. The turbojet engine include at least one LP turbine and one HP turbine coupled to coaxial LP shafts and HP shafts, respectively, which can drive LP and HP compressors, respectively. The LP compressors include a fan that forms a first primary air-intake compression stage. The LP and HP shafts are mounted on one of two driving mechanisms, an inner ring gear, and a planet carrier for a planetary gear train for driving the fan, the HP shaft being mounted on a disengagement mechanism and the fan being coupled to the planetary gear train via an outer driven ring gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Richard Masson, Patrick Dunleavy, Jean-Pierre Serey
  • Publication number: 20140037427
    Abstract: A fan cooling system has individual fan modules which are connected together in an end-to-end configuration, where one of the fan modules is connected to a mechanism which rotates the linear array of fan modules. The fan modules are substantially identical, which allows prefabrication of the fan modules prior to on-site installation of the system. Each fan module may contain water injection piping and nozzles, which allows the fan cooling system to dispense fog. The linear array of fan modules may be rotated along a longitudinal axis, such that the axial flow direction of the fans may be changed with respect to a vertical plane. A suggested use of the fan cooling system is for the cooling of livestock in large livestock structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Terrell
  • Publication number: 20140030060
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprises a fan section including a fan hub supporting a plurality of fan blades for rotation relative to a fan case, a shaft rotatable relative to the fan case about an engine center axis, and a geared architecture driven by the shaft to provide driving output to rotate the fan hub. A compressor is positioned forward of the geared architecture and radially inward of the fan blades, with the compressor being driven by the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: John W. Magowan
  • Patent number: 8632046
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a fan includes a bracket, two fixing members, two screws, and a shield plate. The bracket includes a fixing plate defining a vent and two first through holes adjacent to opposite ends of a top of the vent. The screws extend through the fixing members and the first through holes of the bracket, in that order, for engaging in an upper portion of the fan arranged behind the fixing plate, with the vent aligning with the fan. A top of the shield plate is rotatably connected between the fixing members. The shield plate hangs vertically by gravity to cover the vent upon a condition that the gravity of the shield plate is not overcome by airflow passing through the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Publication number: 20130315706
    Abstract: A power steering pump and water pump assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a power steering pump with a rotating shaft and a water pump. The water pump has a housing and a rotatable shaft for driving an impeller, which is mounted on an inner end of the shaft. An outer end of the water pump shaft engages the shaft of the power steering pump, and the power steering pump shaft drives the water pump shaft. The water pump may include a seal and a bearing having an inner race and outer race for supporting an outer end of the water pump shaft and cantilevering the shaft to support and journal the impeller. The shaft of the power steering pump may engage the shaft of the water pump through engagement of male and female torque transmitting profiles that axially slide together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: GKN SINTER METALS, LLC
    Inventors: Gustavo O. Colombo, Osvaldo P. Costa
  • Publication number: 20130315705
    Abstract: Provided is a motor device capable of suppressing undesired vibrations occurring at the time of starting a motor, by canceling a torque in a motor device system so as to reduce a reaction torque acting on a motor base. The motor device is equipped with a dual axis motor having first and second rotating shafts and projecting at either end, a rotational direction converter having an input shaft to which the torque of the dual axis motor is inputted and an output shaft that outputs the torque by rotating in a direction opposite to that of the input shaft, and a flywheel provided at an end portion of the first rotating shaft, for balancing out the reaction torque acting on the input shaft and the output shaft of the rotational direction converter when the dual axis motor rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Mita
  • Patent number: 8578586
    Abstract: A floating power generation assembly comprises at least three floating units (900) floating on a body of water, and at least three anchors (916) secured to a solid surface beneath the body of water, each of the floating units (900) being provided with a power generator, the floating units (900) being arranged substantially at the vertices of at least one equilateral triangle. Ship-borne apparatus for deploying the floating units of such a power generation assembly and a novel multiple wind turbine assembly are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Yamamoto, Warren E. Colburn
  • Publication number: 20130287544
    Abstract: A fan assembly includes a guide rail, a number of fan brackets slidably mounted to the guide rail, an air blocking member slidably mounted to the guide rail to fill a space between two fan brackets, and a number of fans correspondingly fixed to the fan brackets. To relocate the fans, the fan brackets and the air blocking members are slid out of the guide rail and are remounted to the guide rail in a different order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: XIAO-FENG MA
  • Patent number: 8546969
    Abstract: The ribbon drive generation apparatus is comprised of a ribbon-like curved shape, composed either of metal or other suitable material, attached to a containment tube, peripheral rings, shaft, or porous central tube, with the complete apparatus being contained in a tube having a constant diameter for the length of the tube. The ribbon can be peripherally mounted to the containment tube and optionally to a central porous tube. In this form the containment tube rotates and can form part of a rotor for a generator apparatus. The optional central porous tube can also be used as a bearing surface or, if attached to the inside edge of the ribbon, a power take-off shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hydrocoil Power Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Rosefsky
  • Patent number: 8545171
    Abstract: A rotor of a thermal fluid flow machine, especially a gas turbine, is provided. The rotor includes a plurality of rotor components that are held together by a common tie-bolt that extends through the center of the rotor components. The tie-bolt is fixed in at least one of the rotor components using at least one star spring that surrounds the tie-bolt in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Francois Benkler, Ulrich Ehehalt, Harald Hoell, Uwe Kahlstorf, Karsten Kolk, Walter Loch, Peter-Andreas Schneider
  • Patent number: 8487466
    Abstract: A turbo-machine includes at least two rotors which are mounted so as to be rotatable in opposite directions relative to one another about a rotational axis and on which are arranged blades or vanes, having a rotatably mounted machine shaft and having a drive mechanism which connects the machine shaft to the at least two rotors and which converts a rotational movement of the machine shaft into rotational movements of the rotors in opposite directions relative to one another or vice versa. In at least one embodiment, the turbo-machine is designed to utilize the hydrodynamic advantages of counter-rotating rotors yet at the same time have comparatively low mechanical complexity and component density and therefore increased reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dierk Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20130174533
    Abstract: A turbomachine comprises a turbine shaft, first and second rotors, first and second propulsion stages, and a magnetic stator. The first rotor is rotationally coupled to the turbine shaft, and coaxially arranged along an axis. The first propulsion stage is rotationally coupled to the first rotor, opposite the turbine shaft. The second rotor is coaxially arranged about the first rotor, and the second propulsion stage is rotationally coupled to second rotor, opposite the turbine shaft and adjacent the first propulsion stage. The magnetic stator is coaxially arranged between the first rotor and the second rotor, forming a magnetic coupling between the and second rotors to drive the second propulsion stage in contra-rotation with respect to the first propulsion stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lubomir A. Ribarov, Jacek F. Gieras
  • Publication number: 20130156545
    Abstract: A double-flow centrifugal pump is disclosed, in which, using an impeller, a fluid can be suctioned from two axial sides from a negative pressure area and can be delivered in the radial direction into a positive pressure area. The negative pressure area is sealed off with respect to the positive pressure area by at least one stationary pump component, for example the pump housing and/or an insert part. According to the invention, sealing gaps are formed as axial gaps arranged axially between the impeller and the pump component and extending in the circumferential direction and in the radial direction, wherein the gap width(s) of said axial gaps is less than the radial spacing (a) of the impeller from all the components arranged with a radial spacing from the impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: ALLWEILER GMBH
    Inventor: Manfred Britsch