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Patexia Research
Patent No. US 11384658
Issue Date Jul 12, 2022
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Patent 11384658 - Deformable bumper for a rotating structure of a turbine engine > Claims

  • 1. An assembly for a turbine engine, comprising: a stationary structure;a rotating structure rotatable about an axis relative to the stationary structure; anda bearing supporting the rotating structure;the stationary structure including a flexible bearing support and a crushable bumper, the flexible bearing support supporting the bearing, and the crushable bumper arranged radially outward of and axially overlapping the flexible bearing support;the stationary structure configured such that the flexible bearing support is disengaged from the crushable bumper during a first mode of operation; andthe flexible bearing support contacts the crushable bumper during a second mode of operation.
    • 2. The assembly of claim 1, wherein an annular gap is formed radially between the flexible bearing support and the crushable bumper during the first mode of operation.
    • 3. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the flexible bearing support is further configured to crush the crushable bumper during the second mode of operation.
    • 4. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the flexible bearing support is further configured to permanently deform the crushable bumper during the second mode of operation.
    • 5. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the crushable bumper circumscribes the flexible bearing support.
    • 6. The assembly of claim 1, wherein a first portion of the crushable bumper is configured to crush when subject to a first load; anda second portion of the crushable bumper is configured to crush when subject to a second load that is different than the first load.
      • 7. The assembly of claim 6, wherein the first load is greater than the second load; andthe first portion of the crushable bumper is arranged radially between the second portion of the crushable bumper and the flexible bearing support.
      • 8. The assembly of claim 6, wherein the first load is greater than the second load; andthe second portion of the crushable bumper is arranged radially between the first portion of the crushable bumper and the flexible bearing support.
      • 9. The assembly of claim 6, wherein the first portion of the crushable bumper includes a first cavity with a first dimension in a direction; andthe second portion of the crushable bumper includes a second cavity with a second dimension in the direction, and the second dimension is different than the first dimension.
      • 10. The assembly of claim 6, wherein the first portion of the crushable bumper has a first porosity; andthe second portion of the crushable bumper has a second porosity that is different than the first porosity.
      • 11. The assembly of claim 6, wherein the first portion of the crushable bumper includes an empty cavity; andthe second portion of the crushable bumper includes a cavity at least partially filled with filler material.
    • 12. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the crushable bumper comprises honeycomb.
    • 13. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the crushable bumper comprises foam.
    • 14. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the crushable bumper comprises a lattice structure.
    • 15. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the stationary structure further includes a fixed support, and the crushable bumper is mounted to the fixed support.
      • 16. The assembly of claim 15, wherein a radial outer side of the fixed support is configured to form a peripheral boundary of a flowpath within the turbine engine.
    • 17. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the flexible bearing support is a cantilevered from another portion of the stationary structure; andthe bearing is supported by a distal, unsupported end portion of the flexible bearing support.
    • 18. The assembly of claim 1, wherein the flexible bearing support includes a mount section, a bearing support section and a spring section axially between and connected to the mount section and the bearing support section;the bearing is mounted to the bearing support section; andthe spring section includes a plurality of slots arranged circumferentially about a rotational axis of the rotating structure, and each of the plurality of slots extends radially through the spring section.
  • 19. An assembly for a turbine engine, comprising: a rotating structure;a bearing supporting the rotating structure; anda stationary structure including a bearing support and a bumper;the bearing support cantilevered from another portion of the stationary structure, the bearing support including a plurality of beams and a bearing support section, the plurality of beams distributed circumferentially about an axis and projecting axially along the axis to the bearing support section, wherein the bearing is mounted to the bearing support section at an unsupported end of the bearing support; andthe bumper configured to deform when the bearing support section subjects the bumper to a radial load over a threshold.
  • 20. An assembly for a turbine engine, comprising: a rotating structure;a bearing supporting the rotating structure;a bearing support supporting the bearing; anda deformable bumper configured to damp radial movement of the bearing support, the deformable bumper comprising a porous structure with an inner portion and an outer portion, the inner portion radially between the outer portion and the bearing support, the inner portion having an inner portion density, and the outer portion having an outer portion density that is different than the inner portion density.
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