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Discovery Technology International | Date: 2011-08-31

Electric motors and generators, in which a non-contact ultrasonic suspension of the rotor of the electric motor, are provided. The non-contact ultrasonic suspension is achieved by the formation of an elevated-pressure gaseous microfilm between conjugated surfaces of saddle-resonators and trunnions of a bearing system.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2010-02-08

A piezoelectric valve is provided that includes a valve body includes a plug and a drive body coupled to the valve body and operable to cause the rotatable plug to rotate about a rotational axis. The drive body includes a shaft disposed along the axis, the shaft statically coupled to the plug and rotatably coupled to the drive body. The drive body also includes a rotor assembly disposed about the axis and rotatably coupled to the drive body. The drive body further includes a first piezoelectric actuator disposed about the axis and statically coupled to the drive body, the first piezoelectric actuator configured to frictionally engage an inner surface of the rotor assembly. The drive body additionally includes a second piezoelectric actuator disposed about the axis and statically coupled to the shaft, the second piezoelectric actuator configured to frictionally engage the inner surface of the rotor assembly.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2010-02-04

A pump body is provided including at least one inlet valve, at least one outlet valve, a substantially rigid top portion, a substantially rigid bottom portion, and collapsible side portions. The pump body also includes a base on or in the bottom portion and defining a rotational axis extending from the bottom portion. The pump body further includes a rotor shaft disposed along the rotational axis within the enclosure, a first end of the rotor shaft mechanically and rotatably coupled to the base, and a second end of the rotor shaft providing a cam surface for engaging the top portion and operable to cause motion of the top portion response to rotation of the rotor shaft. The pump body also includes at least one piezoelectric actuator engaging a surface of the rotor shaft, the piezoelectric actuator configured to cause the rotation of the rotor shaft.


A piezoelectric device includes a piezoresonator body (3) having opposing first and second surfaces and opposing third and fourth surfaces. The device also includes at least one common electrode (8) disposed on the second surface (15) and electrodes (4a, 4b) disposed on the first surface (14) in pairs along a first longitudinal axis. The device further includes contact elements (5) disposed on the third (16) and the fourth (17) surfaces at contact locations along the first longitudinal axis and aligned between each pair of excitation electrodes. In the device, the piezoelectric body has a first order natural resonance frequency (v_(1)) along a second longitudinal axis and an even order natural resonance frequency (v_(2)) along the first longitudinal axis, where a percent difference between v_(1 )and v_(2 )is greater than 0% and less than or equal to 20%.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2014-02-28

A pressure-assisted precision purge valve system is provided in an evaporative emission control system that provides flow of fuel vapor-air mixture from a fuel tank to an intake manifold. The pressure-assisted precision purge valve system comprises an absorbent canister through which the fuel vapor-air mixture flows, a purge valve configured to regulate flow of the fuel vapor-air mixture to the intake manifold and a fuel vapor pump configured to provide a forced flow to the purge valve dependent on a system differential pressure. The output of the purge valve can be connected to an upstream injection point and/or a downstream injection point of a forced induction device.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2011-04-26

Tubular linear piezoelectric motor (100, 300), and a method for exciting a tubular piezoelectric resonator (101, 301) used in such motor. The motor is comprised of a resonator (101, 301) formed of a cylindrical tube. The tube has length nL comprised of a piezoelectric material, where L is some length, and n is an even numbered integer, greater than zero. The piezoelectric material of the cylindrical tube is polarized in a radial direction, perpendicular at each point to the interior and exterior surface of the cylindrical tube. The resonator is excited with one signal having a single exciter frequency applied across an inner electrode (102, 302) and one or more first outer electrodes (103, 103a, 103b). The single exciter frequency is selected to move a contact site of one or more annular protrusions along an elliptical path when the resonator is excited. The resonator is disposed within an outer tube (106) and configured so that excitation of the resonator using the first outer electrode(s) produces linear displacement as between the outer tube and the resonator in a first direction. Excitation of a second outer electrode (104, 104a, 104b) produces the linear displacement in a second direction opposite to the first direction.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2013-03-21

Provided are embodiments of piezoelectric motors which comprise at least one piezo-electrically active part and one passive part which are mounted with the ability of relative movement with respect to each other and which interact with each other by friction. The piezo-electrically active part includes at least one oscillator of acoustic vibrations with one or more piezoelectric elements in the form of a planar ring with acoustically attached flat pushers made from materials such as steel or ceramic. The flat pushers are pressed to a flat surface of the piezoelectric element, either directly or through an elastic element.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2013-07-03

A piezoelectric motor with improved efficiency and improved specific power is disclosed. The piezoelectric motor has two frictionally engaged components mounted in such a way that they can move relative to each other. One component is a piezoelectric element in the form of a rectangular plate with metal coatings on its main planar surfaces. This component defines electrodes, where either some or all of the electrodes have leads for connection to a source of alternating voltage. The piezoelectric element is pressed by either its peripheral surfaces or by some parts of its peripheral surfaces at least by one of its sides or a section of one of its side against a cylindrical or planar surface of the other frictionally engaged component. The shape of the piezoelectric element, the arrangement and the number of the electrodes are configured to satisfy the condition of resonant excitation in the piezoelement of the first order mode of bending vibration along the length in the plane of the piezoelement during operation of the motor in one direction, and resonant excitation of the first order mode of longitudinal vibrations along the length during operation of the motor in the opposite direction.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2013-02-27

A piezoelectric motor including a rotor and a piezoelectric actuator positioned relative to the rotor in such manner that a working end of the actuator is in linear, frictional, resilient and forced contact with a working surface of the rotor. The actuator includes a piezoelectric a longitudinal prism shaped resonator with a trapezoidal cross-section and the working end of the actuator is a flat pusher insert set at an angle to the plane of the resonator base. An electronic generator is connected to electrodes of the piezoelectric actuator to excite periodic mechanical oscillations in the actuator wherein the electrodes are applied onto the longitudinal lateral trapezoidal surfaces of the resonator and the piezoelectric resonator is polarized across its width and the electronic generator outputs an alternating electrical voltage signal at a frequency matching the frequency of the first-order natural longitudinal mode of mechanical oscillation along the length of the resonator.


Patent
Discovery Technology International | Date: 2014-02-28

A piezoelectric valve has a body with an input passage and an output passage each configured to connect to a fluid flow system, a flow control member movable with respect to the valve seat between a fully open position and a closed position and a piezoelectric motor directly connected to the flow control member. The piezoelectric motor has a piezoelectric resonator in which two orthogonal vibrational modes across a length and a width of the piezoelectric resonator are excited, a working element and one or more contact sites providing frictional contact between the working element and the piezoelectric resonator. One of the working element and the piezoelectric resonator is connected to the flow control member and configured to move relative to the other of the working element and the piezoelectric resonator due to the frictional contact, thereby moving the flow control member.

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