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Publication numberUS239046 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 22, 1881
Filing dateApr 8, 1880
Publication numberUS 239046 A, US 239046A, US-A-239046, US239046 A, US239046A
InventorsJohn P. Holland
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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J. P. HOLLAND.- ScrewPr peHer. No. 239,046. Patented March 22,1881.






SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent'No. 239,046, dated March 22, 1881.

Application filed April 8, 1880. (ModeL) To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, JOHN P. HOLLAND, a subject of Great Britain, residing in Newark, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Screw-Propellers, of which the following is a specification.

My invention is intended to increase the efficiency of the propeller; and it consists of a peculiar shape of the blades and means of decreasing the friction of the water in passing the same.

The following is a description of what I consider the best means of carrying out the invention.

The accompanying drawings form a part of this specification.

Figures 1, 3, and 5 represent a screw of the ordinary construction altered to contain my invention. Fig. 1 is an elevation, partly in section.

Fig. 5 is an end view, partly in section. 2, 4, and 5 represent my propeller in what I esteem the preferable form for new work. Fig. 2 is an elevation, partly in section. Fig. 4 is a plan, partly in section; Fig. 6, an end view, I

cured together by keys or other ordinary means. Along the axis of the shaft 0 is a hole, 0, plugged at the outer end, and provided with radial vents or branches 0, communicating with an annular cavity, 0 in the interior of the hub D. Radial holes d are made through the hub D. It follows that air under pressure, being supplied through the holes 0, fills the annular chamber 0 and flows out through the orifices d, to be made available in lubricating the surface of the screw-blades, and greatly reducin g the severe friction of the water thereon. The air delivered through the orifices d is re- Fig. 3 is a plan view, partly in section. The section is on the line 8 s in Fig. l. Figs.

ceived in a groove, b formed on the rearmost face-the working-face--of each blade of the propeller.

In Figs. 1 and 3, G is an additional plate of metal, riveted or otherwise firmly secured on the surface, of greater pitch, and having a corresponding action on the water. The after edge of the added plate G forms the groove 1), or an equivalent space for the air to traverse outward by the considerable offset presented by the abrupt termination or shoulder. The front edge or leading edge of the metal may be sharpened.

In the form of the invention shown in Figs. 1, 3, and 5 an additional plate of rolled metal, I), is riveted or otherwise fixed on the hub D, inclosing a sufficient way or passage close to the root of each blade. The passage under the plate b is presented to the space under the rearward-projectin glip of the fixed casing b, so that itreceives a continuous current of air from the M b, and that it flows from thence in continuous streams rearward in the revolving channels or passages under the casing 11, and that it is thence discharged into the grooves b whence it fiows out and is distributed to reduce the friction of the water on the propelling-surface of the blade. A force-pump worked by the engine or other suitable means may force the air down through the pipe B, or the air may be induced to move solely by the centrifugal force of the propeller; or both these means may contribute to the desired end.

In altering an old propeller l confine the alteration entirely to the after propelling-face, except that my added plate G, by projecting a little at an increased angle, gives some of the same effect in reducing the resistance of the water on the forward or idle side.

In the form shown in Figs. 2, 4, and 6 the air is admitted or forced in through the passages c c 01, being admitted to the axial passage C at any convenient point (not represented) in the interior of the vessel.

The groove b divides the rear face of each screw-blade into two distinct surfaces, which I have marked by different letters, F G. The portions are of differentpitchr The mean pitch of the two taken together may be that of a corresponding ordinary screw; but the pitch of the part G is greater and the pitch of the part F is less. Or the working-face may show, in a cross-section of the blade, on line 8 s in Fig. 2, a convex curve, tangents to which from the leading and trailing edges shall correspond with the pitch or slant of the faces F G, above described. The-back or idle face of the screwblade is modified, as indicated by the section, Fig.4, whereE is one portion,forming a small angle with the working-faces I G at theleading edge of the propeller; and H, another portion, forming a much larger angle at the trailing edge. This form of section gives the required strength and stiffness to the blades with little resistance. ()r the back may show, in cross-section of the blade, on the line 8 s, a convex curve having similar relation to the component faces of the back, as described for working-face.

Modifications may be made in other points.

Both means of supplying air to the groove b may be employed in combination-that is to say, I can admit air through the center of the shaft 0 and the connected passages, and also through the pipe B atthe connected passages or I can provide a passage (not shown) leading from the annular chamber 1) diagonallyinward to the annular chamber a", whence it may be discharged outward through the passages d.

The parts G, b, and b may be ordinarily rolled iron or brass; but cast metal may be substituted with advantage in some situations.

Some parts of the invention may be used without the others.

I prefer the construction shown in Figs. 2, 4, and 6.

It will be understood that the form of section of each blade changes gradually toward the periphery, and that each blade is a flat or nearly plane surface of little thickness near its periphery. Each groove is of liberal size at the inner end, sufficient to contain all the air flowing out through d,- but it is of less area at the points farther out, and is reduced nearly to nothing at the periphery of the blade. The air escaping through d into each groove b flows over the whole face of the screw, which is in the rear of this groove b I claim as my invention 1. In a screw-propeller, the surface passage or groove 1) on the propelling-face of each blade, in combination with provisions for supplying air to the inner end thereof, so that the air will be distributed from 11 over the working-surface, as and for the purposes herein specified.

2. In a screw-propeller, the air-passage I) upon the blade,formed by grooving said blade or superaddin g a plate, G, fixed at or nearthe leading edge of the blade, with an offset at its rear edge, in combination with the means, B c c d, for supplying air to said passage, as set forth.

3. In a screw-propeller blade, the front surface, G, and after surface, F, of the workingface, formed in two distinct parts, having each a different pitch from the other, and having an air-channel, b along aline at or near thejunction of these two surfaces, as herein specified.

4. In a screw-propeller, the annular chamber 0 radial passages 01, and grooves 12 formed in the propelling-face of each blade, in combination with each other, and with provisions for supplying a current of air to fiow through such series and be discharged, so as to cover the working-surface with air and reduce the friction thereon, as herein specified.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand, at New York city, New York,this 6th day of April, 1880, in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.




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