Axially Displaceable Rotary Carrier (e.g., Hub, Etc.) Patents (Class 416/133)
  • Patent number: 11555528
    Abstract: A vibration suppression unit for an aircraft comprising a vibration control frame adapted to be mounted to the aircraft and to rotate about a central axis, a first motor configured to rotate the vibration control frame about the central axis, a second motor configured to rotate a first and second center of mass about a first and second axis or rotation, a third motor configured to adjust a variable distance between the first and second centers of mass and the first and second axis of rotation, respectively, and a controller for receiving input signals and outputting command signals to the first, second and third motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Moog Inc.
    Inventor: John Kopp
  • Patent number: 11525394
    Abstract: A turbine shaft used for a turbocharger including a turbine and a compressor includes a turbine impeller, and a rotor shaft joined on one end side to the turbine impeller. The rotor shaft includes a fitting region configured to fit with a compressor impeller of the compressor by inserting the other end side of the rotor shaft into a through hole formed in the compressor impeller, a fastening region formed between the fitting region and the other end side of the rotor shaft, and configured to allow fastening by a fastening part, and a tapered part having a maximum outer diameter at a position closest to the turbine impeller in the fitting region and formed such that an outer diameter of the rotor shaft decreases from the position closest to the turbine impeller toward a tip side of the compressor impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Yutaka Fujita, Yosuke Danmoto
  • Patent number: 10501174
    Abstract: A rotor hub assembly includes an open rotor hub assembly with an open rotor hub and a mounting plate. The open rotor hub includes an annular base portion with periphery and a plurality of rotary member portions arranged about the annular base portion that each define an aperture for receiving a rotor blade. The mounting plate spans the annular base portion and is coupled to the annular base portion by a resilient member to accommodate radially expansion and contraction of the annular base portion according to loads exerted on the rotor hub by rotor blades seated in the apertures of the rotary member portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen Johnston, James Mccollough
  • Patent number: 9181850
    Abstract: A hybrid accessory drive system having two operational modes, a mechanical mode and an electric mode. The accessory is typically a cooling fan. A continuously variable mechanical belt drive mechanism drives the accessory as one mode of operation. An electric motor along with a planetary roller screw mechanism which converts rotary motion to axial motion is used to change the sheave position and thus the drive ratio. Upon disengagement of the mechanical drive mode, the electric motor can be used to drive the accessory in a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua L. Roby
  • Patent number: 8770934
    Abstract: A teeter mechanism for a multiple-bladed wind turbine includes a rotor shaft operable to rotate about a first axis. A spherical member is rotatable about the first axis along with the rotor shaft. A plurality of turbine blades is mounted to a rotor hub. The rotor hub rotationally drives the rotor shaft, and is operable to teeter about the spherical member such that the rotor hub rotates about the first axis in a first position and rotates about a second axis offset from the first axis in a second, teeter position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Robert H. Perkinson
  • Patent number: 8529205
    Abstract: A blade pitch control mechanism for a propeller assembly (10) includes an actuation shaft (24) having a spherical member (28) located at a propeller axis (22). A yoke (40) is located around the spherical member (28) and is rotatable thereon about a yoke tilt axis (62) substantially perpendicular to the propeller axis (22). The yoke (40) includes a plurality of propeller blade attachments (44), each receptive of a propeller blade (14). The plurality of blade attachments (44) are configured such that rotation of the yoke (40) about the yoke tilt axis (62) results in rotation of each propeller blade (14) about a blade pitch change axis (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Robert H. Perkinson
  • Patent number: 8215845
    Abstract: A tandem set of angular contact ball bearings each having an inner ring, an outer ring and balls therebetween, wherein each bearing contains balls that are spaced from each other by slug ball separators. A rotary wing aircraft rotor head assembly includes a rotor head member, a plurality of spindles attached to the head member at equal interval around the center of the head member, and a stack of ball bearings mounted on each spindle. Each bearing has an inner ring, an outer ring, and a plurality of balls between the inner ring and the outer ring, and slug ball separators between adjacent balls, and there is a mounting collar on the ball bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Roller Bearing Company of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Habibvand
  • Patent number: 7597598
    Abstract: A marine propulsion system comprising a push rod activated pins (170) which engage eccentric shaft (174) for unlocking a propeller base (190) so the base (190) can rotate around a transverse axis. The base (190) has an inclined surface (192) which engages with an inclined surface (159) defining an opening in the propeller's hub therefore locking the propeller blade (34) in position. The inclined surfaces (159, 192) are disengaged by rotation of the eccentric shaft (174) thus the propeller blades (34) can be rotated to adjust the pitch and then the inclined surfaces (159, 192) re-engage to locking the propeller blade (34) in the pitch adjusted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Aimbridge Pty, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans-Gunther Rosenkranz, Dmitri Shmatkov, Mark Frederick Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20090169382
    Abstract: A fluid-driven power plant for harnessing power from a fluid flowing in a preselected direction has a shaft mounted for rotation about a primary axis substantially perpendicular to the preselected direction and at least three blades attached to the shaft, each of the blades having a frame and at least one panel hingedly attached to the frame, with no more than two of the blades attached to the shaft at any particular axial position along the shaft. In specific embodiments, each of the at least three blades is attached to its frame at a location radially outwardly from the shaft for rotation about an axis substantially parallel to the primary axis. Two of the blades may be attached to the shaft at a first axial location along the shaft and two other blades may be attached to the shaft at a second axial location along the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Willis Bond
  • Publication number: 20080101933
    Abstract: An airflow generating apparatus is provided. Fan blades are disposed around a hub, and one side of a fan blade is partially fixed on the peripheral of the hub, and another portion not fixed on the peripheral side of the hub is a free portion swinging with airflow. Therefore, the airflow generating apparatus employing the fan blades can adjust the swaying angle in accordance with the variation of different flow fields, so as to maintain a smooth airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: Win-Haw Chen, Chen-Yueh Chang
  • Patent number: 7341545
    Abstract: Steel cables on fitness equipment, through repeated use, will build up undesired torque, due to irregular and unpredictable turns and spins. Such accumulated and undesired torque has a tendency to cause the cable to derail from the grooves on the gears it is supposed to stay and slide. The grab bar or handle bar, where a user grabs to start workout routine, likewise, has a tendency to turn or spin in an uncontrollable way and could potentially injure a user. Present invention effectively releases the undesired torque and restores the cable to its neutral and relaxed state, so that the fitness equipment will experience less malfunctioning, and user safety is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Guofang Cao
  • Publication number: 20080031736
    Abstract: A structure of a fan capable of reducing vibration is disclosed. The fan has a base and a fan pivotally connected to the base. The base has axial sleeve concentrically surrounding least one axle. The fan is connected to an axis from inside. The axis has a resilient element is positioned around an end of the axis, another end of the axis has a neck concentrically surrounded by at least one buffer. Thus, the resilient element and the buffer can reduce the vibration generated by the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Yi-Hung Liao, Chih-Jen Li
  • Patent number: 7326032
    Abstract: A cooling fan comprising a fan housing and a plurality of blades rotatably disposed within a conduit through the fan housing. Each of the plurality of blades extends radially outward from a hub to a tip. The radial gap between the tips of the blades and the conduit defines a tip clearance. The cooling fan further comprises an tip clearance reduction system operable to control the tip clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Wade D. Vinson, John P. Franz, Troy A. Della Fiora
  • Patent number: 6364612
    Abstract: A ceiling fan structure including a housing, a motor casing, a fixing disc and multiple vanes. A motor is installed in the housing and enclosed in the motor casing. The motor casing is formed with multiple thread holes on a periphery of bottom face of the motor casing. Multiple vanes are pivotally disposed on bottom side of the fixing disc via vane brackets. The fixing disc is formed with multiple through holes corresponding to the thread holes. A bolt is passed through each through hole for locking the motor casing with the fixing disc and spacing the motor casing from the fixing disc by a certain distance, A spring is fitted on each bolt within the distance for absorbing swinging force exerted onto the vanes during rotation of the ceiling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Tien Fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 5366343
    Abstract: A self-adjusting variable-pitch propeller has a drive shaft rotatable about a shaft axis in a predetermined forward rotational sense, a hub carried on the drive shaft and limitedly rotatable relative thereto about the shaft axis both in the forward rotational sense and in an opposite backward rotational sense, and a spring operatively braced between the hub and the shaft for rotationally urging the hub on the shaft in the forward rotational sense. A plurality of blades projecting radially from the hub are each rotatable about a respective blade axis generally perpendicular to the shaft axis. Respective rods extending axially in the hub each have an inner end at a respective one of the blades and an outer end. Respective linkages connecting the inner ends of the rods to the respective blades angular displace the blades about the respective axes on relative displacement of the rods and hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Dr. Alexander Landolt
    Inventor: Peter Muller
  • Patent number: 5152676
    Abstract: An aspirator fan is disclosed, which comprises a rotating shaft press-fitted in an impeller, a support member having an urging means and receiving one end of the rotating shaft for supporting the rotating shaft as a cantilever, and a shaft abutment member disposed in a casing and having a shaft abutment portion against which the opposite end of the rotating shaft is urged by the force of the resilient means. The aspirator fan is free of an alignment adjustment between the rotating shaft and bearings which is required in the casing of conventional aspirator fans. The shaft abutment member is structurally separated from the casing, so that even when the casing is deformed, a deformation of the casing has no effect on the rotation of the rotating shaft. The aspirator fan can, therefore, be operable with an improved reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Zexel Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Ohi
  • Patent number: 4752183
    Abstract: A water pump having a pump impeller and a cup-like disk disposed to be movable along a rotation shaft driven by the engine, a space for passing water being formed between the pump impeller and the cup-like disk, the pump impeller and the cup-like disk being engaged each other by the engagement of vanes and grooves formed at least one side of them respectively, the distance between the pump impeller and the cup-like disk being varied according to the change of water temperature or the change of rotation speed of the engine, thereby to make it possible to adjust the water flow rate of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junichiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 4575310
    Abstract: Several embodiments of coupling arrangements for resiliently coupling a propeller to a driving shaft. In each embodiment, a first resilient means provides a resilient coupling for absorbing circumferential vibrations and a second resilient means for absorbing axial vibrations. In one embodiment of the invention, one of the resilient means comprises a coil spring. In the other embodiment, all of the resilient means comprise elastomeric sleeves. In a further embodiment of the invention, axial damping in both forward and reverse directions are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: Sanshin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Otani
  • Patent number: 4443155
    Abstract: A new type of overspeed control system for a rotor driven by wind or some other fluid flow. The rotor support is mounted so that it can move back some small distance along the direction of the fluid flow, the rotor axis remaining in substantially the same direction during this movement. This backward movement is in response to the thrust generated by the lift and drag forces on the rotor impellers. At a predetermined thrust force, indicating that the rotor is operating in a fluid velocity high enough to cause overspeeding, the backward movement of the rotor engages a brake to slow the rotor. Essential to the invention is the use of the backward movement of the rotor to brake the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventor: Donald R. Smith
  • Patent number: 4405998
    Abstract: A mixer arranged for crushing food materials immersed in a liquid comprises a motor unit and a mixing foot. A shaft extends within the mixing foot and is coupled at one end to the motor unit. At its other end the shaft carries a mixing screw which is housed in a cover carried by said mixing foot. The mixing screw is movable between a safety position, in which it is located in the cover, and a mixing position, in which it projects outwardly of the cover. The mixing screw is moved into its mixing position against the action of elastic restoring means by a force resulting from the screwing effect in the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1983
    Assignee: Moulinex, Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Marc P. Brison
  • Patent number: 4381901
    Abstract: A marine propeller system comprising three individual elements, two of which are propellers mounted on a common shaft driven by a prime mover and the third being a cylindrical tube surrounding and movable relative to the two propellers, the tube having its interior surface in the form of a pair of equal and opposing truncated cones meeting midway of the ends of the tube. The rearward propeller is conventionally keyed to the driven shaft and fast thereon and the forward propeller is axially movable on the shaft and is arranged to be driven by the rearward propeller whereby, depending upon hydraulic pressures within the cylinder, the forward or driven propeller is shiftable relative to the rearward or driving propeller to maintain a spiral discharge from the cylinder with annular wake influence lines and substantially free of cavitation regardless of vessel load or speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Inventor: Russell G. Labudde
  • Patent number: 4310284
    Abstract: A propeller hub carries pivotally-mounted blades that are linked to a spring-loaded collar on the propeller shaft for automatic coning and feathering under predetermined high velocity movement along the propeller shaft to change the blade pitch angle during low wind velocity conditions. An airfoil support mounts a propeller shaft and turns therewith to reduce tower shadow effects. This is called a "down-wind system" meaning the propeller is behind the tower and causes the assembly to rotate into the wind without a tail vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Inventor: Arthur J. Randolph
  • Patent number: 4271781
    Abstract: An outboard motor propulsion unit which is manufactured and sold without a clutch is provided thereafter with a clutch, as follows. The spring connecting the propeller to the output shaft is removed. Interengageable clutch members are fitted to the thrust bearing and to the hub of the propeller. A spring is fitted to the output shaft so as to urge the propeller along the shaft to effect driving engagement of the clutch members, and a manual control member is provided for effecting disengagement of the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Inventor: David B. Cowie
  • Patent number: 4090812
    Abstract: A fan impeller for axial flow having automatically variable-pitch blades ached to a rotatable hub for attaining maximum lift and inhibiting stall in a varying back pressure regime. The blades are attached for rotation about their axes to the hub, and are connected through a crank and link to a drive shaft. The hub is attached to the drive shaft to permit relative axial movement, but to preclude relative rotational movement. Varying back pressure moves the blades and the hub in variable blade rotation planes, causing changes in blade pitch. Springs and dash-pots, connecting the hub and shaft, act axially to give non-linear restoring forces and damping to the blade pitch changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1978
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: David D. Moran
  • Patent number: 4066911
    Abstract: A sail-type wind-driven prime mover is provided in which the area of the sails facing into the wind is adjustable. The prime mover comprises a drive shaft from which depend radially extending front and rear masts which support flexible sails. The area of the sails facing into the wind can be varied by moving the rear masts along and about the drive shaft while keeping the front masts fixed relative to the drive shaft. In a preferred embodiment in which the prime mover drives an electric generator, means are provided to automatically adjust the sails as a function of the output voltage of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1978
    Inventor: Douglas P. Sarchet