Mechanical Power Source (e.g., Engine, Windmill, Etc.) Patents (Class 434/389)
  • Publication number: 20130171611
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a training apparatus, wherein embodiments of the training apparatus simulate operation of fan blades in a turbine engine. An advantage that practice of some disclosed embodiments of the training apparatus is to provide a platform to train skills for maintaining and servicing turbine engines without placing the individual and/or customer hardware in jeopardy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Hynous, Brian Ralph Thompson
  • Patent number: 6457977
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus consisting of a set of parts that can be assembled into a variety of internal-combustion engine analogs. The set of parts comprises a set of platform parts that can be assembled into a platform having a platform rotary axis and a platform reference axis normal to the platform rotary axis and a set of driver parts that can be assembled with a set of platform parts into a driver assembly supported by the platform. The driver assembly comprises one or more drivers, each driver containing a first driver point and a second driver point. The first driver point travels back and forth along a driver line segment while the second driver point travels in a driver circle around a driver-assembly rotary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Walter P. Schiefele
  • Patent number: 5702283
    Abstract: The present invention is a real sound-producing toy engine. It includes a main housing having a simulated automobile engine exterior and a plurality of activation sites located at the main housing for activating a plurality of different real sounding motor-related sounds. It also includes a plurality of switches, there being at least one for each of the activation sites which is connected thereto. Each of the switches has an off-position and an on-position, each of the switches being also connected to at least one sound-producing mechanism. There is an engine start-up activation site at the main housing and a switch connected to the engine start-up activation site, with sound-producing device capable of producing an engine start-up sound, including a running engine sound which simulates an idling engine, and at least one power source connected to the foregoing. In some embodiments there is an oil fill port activation site having a pressure switch and simulated oil container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Larami Limited
    Inventors: Daniel M. Watson, Jr., Melvin Mednick, Thomas M. McKeon
  • Patent number: 5277585
    Abstract: A topographical model simulates mountains having stream beds, a river valley, a dam creating a lake therebehind, and a cultivated field. A chamber formed in the top of the mountain is charged with ice, which melts and escapes to the stream bed. A diverter selectively directs this water to the lake or to a dry side of the mountain, thus influencing water level of the lake and the river. The dam includes a simulated hydroelectric generator and a simulated irrigation system delivering water from the lake to the cultivated field. A secondary dam is provided to trap spillage from the main dam. A trench and optional surface screen protect the lake from floating or submerged debris. The model thus demonstrates that portion of a natural water cycle originating with snow melting on mountains, and exploitation of water resources to generate power and to irrigate a cultivated field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Alinaghi Aminighazvini
  • Patent number: 5147206
    Abstract: The invention features an engine operation simulation system for training maintenance and service personnel to diagnose and repair engines. The engine operating simulation system utilizes an actual electronic control unit for controlling an engine. A processor is provided to perform an simulation of engine operating parameters. The processor interfaces with the engine electronic control unit. A mechanism is provided for generating inputs and is connected to the processor and to the engine electronic control unit to provide parameters that represent engine operating characteristics. The parameters are applied to the engine electronic control unit. The input generating mechanism provides a plurality of simulated input signals that monitor the engine operation. There is also provided a mechanism for simulating a malfunction in the engine so that the processor can alter the desired operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Stephen S. Golenski
  • Patent number: 4650425
    Abstract: A system of technology teaching equipment including a support structure providing both horizontally and vertically disposed support areas with means for the removable attachment of components, the support areas including T-slots for the engagement of complementary parts of the components or of mounting brackets therefor, and/or for the engagement of the heads of respective fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Economatics (Education) Limited
    Inventor: Jerome McGarry
  • Patent number: 4483278
    Abstract: An engine cover is disclosed which replaces the conventional cover generally found on small internal combustion engines. The cover is preferably made of clear Lexan.TM. plastic and is designed to withstand the forces and heat generated by normal engine operation. The cover preferably includes as an integral part thereof a main bearing with heat sinking an auxiliary bearing and an oil fill port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Inventor: Stephen J. Kolacz
  • Patent number: H1273
    Abstract: A method for training technicians to diagnose certain induced electronic faults using an internal combustion on a test stand engine capable of having faults inserted into electronic circuits. The faults are inserted into the engine by the instructor using switches concealed from the trainee. While the engine is operating the trainee, using diagnostic equipment, the trainee attempts to locate the electrical fault using a combination of observing symptoms and signal tracing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: John N. Novick