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Title: Flexure bearing support, with particular application to Stirling machines

The use of flexures in the form of flat spiral springs cut from sheet metal materials provides support for coaxial non-rotating linear reciprocating members in power conversion machinery, such as Stirling cycle engines or heat pumps. They permit operation with little or no rubbing contact or other wear mechanisms. The relatively movable members include one member having a hollow interior structure within which the flexures are located. The flexures permit limited axial movement between the interconnected members, but prevent adverse rotational movement and radial displacement from their desired coaxial positions. 8 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
242579
Assignee:
Stirling Technology Co., Kennewick, WA (United States) PTO; SCA: 425003; PA: EDB-96:094798; SN: 96001600401
Patent Number(s):
US 5,522,214/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-105,156
Contract Number:
FG03-90ER80864
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 4 Jun 1996
Research Org:
Stirling TechnologyCompany
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; STIRLING ENGINES; SUPPORTS; DESIGN; FLEXURAL STRENGTH; WEAR RESISTANCE; OPERATION; FLEXIBILITY