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Publication numberUS1486040 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 4, 1924
Filing dateAug 24, 1921
Priority dateAug 24, 1921
Publication numberUS 1486040 A, US 1486040A, US-A-1486040, US1486040 A, US1486040A
InventorsHeinrich Schieferstein Georg
Original AssigneeHeinrich Schieferstein Georg
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tuned mechanically-oscillating system
US 1486040 A
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March 4 1924. 1,486,040



Application filed August 24, 1921. Serial No. 495,142.


To all whom it'may concern:

Be it known that I, GEoRe HEINRIQH Sorrrnrnnsrnm, a citizen of the German Republic, residing at Charlottenburg, near Berlin, Germany, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Tuned Mechanically-Oscillating System (for which I have filed application in Germany February 15, 1919), of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to a method of propulsion through fluid media by means of high frequency mechanical oscillations set up in a resilient flexible blade or surface by any suitable source of power and acting upon the medium (air or water) in which the blade is immersed. I V

Heretofore, it has notbeen practicable to make use of blades or the like, for power or propulsion purposes, oscillated at a high rate of speed (for example, over 100 oscillations per minute), on account of the low eficie'ncy obtained, due to the inertia of the moving mass of the'blade which has to be brought to rest, its direction of'motion'reversed, accelerated to a'maximum speed in the center of its path of travel, and again retarded to zero speed. The low efficiency obtained has heretofore been considered as inseparable from this form of apparatus and consequently, it has not been made practical use of except at-low speeds. It is the object of the present invention to so arrange, construct and operate such apparatus that it will be very efficient at high speeds, I find that speeds of from 4000 to 10,000 oscillations per minute can be attained, with an efliciency of 80%, whereby very considerable'propuh sive power is delivered.'

The essential features of the invention are, l, the employment of an elastic plane,- in other words, a'resilient flexible blade, in place of a rigid one. 2, the synchronizing or tuning of the speed of oscillation with the natural period of oscillation of the blade;

The invention is illustrated diagrammatically in the accompanying drawing, in which,

Fig. 1 represents a simple rectangular blade and its actuating means;

Figli represents such"a blade, applied to a vessel, and r Fig; 3 a modified form of blade, especial- 1y applicable to thepropulsion of. aircraft.

When a flexible blade is used, the kinetic energy it acquires in oscillating so acts that the blade flexes or warps near the end of its stroke, as indicated by the dotted lines in'Fig. 1, in which a is the flexible blade, b?) its pivotal axis, 6 the'power shaft and d the connecting-rod.

The system is inefiicient when, at each reversal of motion, theenergy stored in'the flexed blade is given up too quickly or too slowly. But when the delivery of the stored energy is perfectly in unison with the re turn movement, a condition of maximum efficiency is attained. This is the case when the speed of thedriving shaft agrees with the natural period of oscillation of the flexible blade, or in other words, when the primary oscillatory system, consisting of the source of power, the crankshaft and the rigid portion of the'blade', is synchronized with the natural oscillation of the secondary oscillating system, consisting of the flexible portion a of the blade.

If the motor is run slowly, the following may be. observed The sheet or plane a oscillates through a certain angle with a number of 'oscillationsper second corresponding with the speed of the motoiw. As themotor speed rises the oscillations of the plane a of course increase and one can'determine by accurate observation that the 'warpingof the surface a increases alittle' in'accordance with the increasing storage of energy. On the speed of the motor being further increased, a condition suddenly arises wherein'the warp of the plane a, in its'en'd' positions, suddenly increases a considerable amount, that is, the amplitude of the oscillation'reaches a maximum which lessens again with still increased motor speed. The critical speed whereat this maximum occurs is that corresponding with the natural oscillation of the elastic system and that at which the efficiency of. the entire arrangement attains a maximum. To obtain this conditionthespeed of the motor may be adjusted for, where a motor of fixed speed is employed,'the natural oscillation of the surface a may be suitably adjusted similarly to that of a tuning fork."

Fig. Zillustrates an application of the aforesaid principle to propulsion: The elastically oscillatingiplane a is for this purpose set up at the stern'end of a surface boat. In this case als'o'theplane a is actuated by a Cal rod in tune with its natural oscillation and owing to the reaction of the air flowing away or propelled, there is brought into action a propulsion in the present instance for driving the vessel. Since as follows from the above the mechanical efiiciency of such an arrangement must be quitea favourable one, and since, further, there is nothing against mounting on one and the same vessel or other vehicle comparatively large oscillating planes, in some cases several complete outfits, it is quite evident that in vehicles for high speed this kind of drive may offer advantages even where very considerable power is involved.

It is quite obvious that the oscillating plane a (Fig. 2) might move about a vertical axis instead of a horizontal one, or about one set at a desired angle, without any change in the action being anticipated.

Moreover it is possible to arrange the aforesaid mechanism in liquid media, e. g., in water. An example from nature is the tail of the fish whereby propulsion is effected the same action.

It is clear from the above that the aforesaid propelling mechanism can be employed in principle for all vehicles which are self-propelled in gaseous or liquid media (air, water). As specially applicable may be now mentioned motor-sleighs or automobiles which must traverse sandy places, e. g., deserts. The propelling mechanism for these does not differ in principle from that shown in Fig. 2.

Where efficiency is referred to in the above, it is the efiiciency between the source of power and the device transferring the energy, the oscillating system. This efiiciency, as shown, is mainly influenced by the resonance phenomenon. It is always advantageous that the elastically oscillating system works with the source of power in resonance (tuned) and it is the more unfavourable the more the speed of the generator differs from resonance speed. F or excellence in a complete apparatus of the aforesaid kind, however, the efliciency of the source of power in itself and the aerodynamic or hydrodynamic efliciency have an influence. I v

Concerning the aerodynamic or hydrodynamic efliciency to be expected, one can best obtain a clear idea by'comparing the abovedescribed device with the ordinary propeller system.

The ordinarypropeller is always driven through the gaseous or liquid medium in the direction of its rotary. axis and consequently, when calculating the propeller resistance, it has been usual to take into account its entire projected surface. In the present system the projected surface for equal loads is obviously far less and on this account an essential improvement in aerodynamic or hydrodynamic efficiency is to be expected.

As a still more striking indication of the obtainable aerodynamic or hydrodynamic eficiency is the consideration whether it will be possible so to set in motion the gaseous or liquid medium for rearward flow that useless and deleterious eddies will be obviated. As has been proved by experiment and research it is desirable for this purpose to make the oscillating surfaces towards their edge as free from inertia and as flexible as possible, as is observable in the fins of fish and in the wings of objects in nature.

'Fig. 3 shows by the shading such an edge. This edge may be made to suit the amount of energy transmitted or the specific surface pressure and may consist of an elastic steel skeleton jacketed. with fabric or it might be formed by separate elastic laminae.

Further it is desirable, as shown in Fig. 3,

to extend the strongly oscillating lateral ends of the oscillatingplanes by an added extension which shares each oscillation with no pronounced natural oscillation, that is, is aperiodic. In Fig. 3 these portions have the form of a triangle rounded ofl at the apex and are bounded towards the plane by the springs d, d or e, 6. By these means strongly driven air strata or dangerous eddies which form at these places with rectangular planes are gradually changed into less strongly moved strata or made innocuous.

r The planes in themselves may be made of elastic, homogenous material (steel, bronze, &c.), they may however comprise metallic ribs connected by sail-cloth or. other suitable covering. Moreover the oscillating surfaces might consist of several, independently oscillating, separate planes.

In all the devices above described the basis intention is that the plane oscillates in a 1}; wave. It is however possible to move the ambient medium if the said plane works with more than a 9; oscillation, for example a a or or more. Similar efiects can be observed in fish. Also for certain purposes oscillating planes may be employed which move approximately aperiodically, that is, planes which within certain limits respond to predetermined oscillations.

Having now particularly described and ascertained the nature of my said invention and in what manner the same is to be performed I declare that what I claim is 1. The method of propulsion in a fluid medium, which consists in setting up high frequency oscillations in a flexible blade by vibrating it at a rate of speed synchronized or in tune with the natural period of oscillation of said blade. 7

2. The method of propulsion in a 'fiuid medium, which comprises setting up high frequency oscillations in a flexible propelling blade by vibrating its body portion at a rate of speed synchronized or in tune with the natural period of oscillation of said blade and producing aperiodic oscillation of the marginal portions of such blade.

" 3. Propelling mechanism, comprising a flexible blade having marginal portions differing in flexibility from the blade, and means to vibrate said blade in unison or in tune with the natural vibration of the body portion of the blade, whereby said marginal portions will move aperiodically with respect to the body portion of said blade.

4. Propelling mechanism for fluid media, comprising a resilient skeleton frame, a nonresilient fabric stretched over said frame and means vibrating said frame in synchronism with its natural period of vibration.

5. Propelling mechanism for fluid media, comprising a resilient wing having lateral respect to the body of the wing, and mechanism vibrating said wing in synchronism with its own period of vibration.

6. Propelling mechanism, comprising a resilient Wing having lateral triangular aperiodic portions, and mechanism vibrating said wing in synchronism with its natural period of vibration.

7. The method of propulsion in fluid media, which comprises setting up high frequency oscillations in a flexible blade by vibrating it at a rate synchronized or in tune with its natural vibration, said blade oscillating in a quarter wave.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification416/1, 416/132.00A, 416/81
International ClassificationB63H1/36, B63H1/00
Cooperative ClassificationB63H1/36
European ClassificationB63H1/36