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Publication numberUS3143857 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 11, 1964
Filing dateMay 2, 1960
Priority dateMay 2, 1960
Publication numberUS 3143857 A, US 3143857A, US-A-3143857, US3143857 A, US3143857A
InventorsEaton Harry J
Original AssigneeStar Fire Marine Jet Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined forward and reverse steering device for jet propelled aquatic vehicles
US 3143857 A
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H. J. EATON Aug. 11, 1964 COMBINED FORWARD AND REVERSE STEERING DEVICE FOR JET PROPELLED AQUATIC VEHICLES Filed May 2, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR.

HARRY J. EATON ATTORNEY Aug. 11, 1964 H. J. EATON COMBINED FORWARD AND REVERSE STEERING DEVICE FOR JET PROPELLED AQUATIC VEHICLES 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed May 2, 1960 INVEN TOR. HARRY J EATON A TORNEY United States Patent COINED FORWARD AND REVERSE STEERING DEVICE FOR JET PROPELLED AQUATIC VE- HICLES Harry J. Eaton, Boise, Idaho, assignor, by mesne assignments, to Star-Fire Marine Jet Company, Spokane, Wash, a corporation of Washington Filed May 2, 1960; Ser. N 0; 26,158 4 Claims. (Q15 6t)3'5.55)

This invention" relates in general to the propulsion of boats and other amphibious crafts by the forceful discharge of a jet of water from the rear of the craft, the jet being produced'by pump means located in the craft drawing in Water for the jet from an intake on the bottomof the craft.

More especially the present invention relates to means by which the jet of water, constantly and forcibly discharged'from the rear of a motor boat, can be employed for efficiently guiding and'maneuvering the'boat as well as for propelling or thrusting it forwardly.

An object of the invention is to provide improved means for discharging a jet of water in'conical form from the rear of a boat for the purpose of driving the boat forwardly in the water.

Another object is to provide improved means for effectively controlling the direction in which such jet is diS- charged and thereby controlling the direction in which the boat is driven forwardly by the discharged jet.

A related object is to provide directing meansfor the discharged conical driving jet of water which will not restrict or reduce the size of the jet when'the jet is directed'to one side or the other in the steering of the'boat.

A further object of the invention is' to provide improved means whereby the forcibly discharged Water may also be employed for driving the boat in reverse direction.

An additional and important object is to provide improved guiding means whereby the discharged water, when employed for' driving the boat in'reverse direction, can alsohave its direction modified so as to enable the boat to be guided when being driven in reverse, thus considerably adding to the maneuverability of the boat.

The manner in which these objects and other advantages are attained and the construction and operation of the improved maneuvering means constituting the present invention will be readily understood from the following brief description with referenceto'the accompanyingdrawings.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional elevation of the rear portion ofthe motor boat showing, in elevation, the improved driving and maneuvering means;

7 FIG. 2 is a sectional elevation, drawn to a larger scale, of the jet discharging and directing'assembly, the reversing shutter being shown in full lines in-its raised or normal position and in broken lines in its lowered position for causing the boat to be driven in reverse;

FIG. 3 is'a section on line 3-3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a section on line 4-4of FIG. 2;

FIG. 5 is a section on line 55 of FIG. 1 but drawn to the same scale as FIGS. 2, 3 and 4;

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary section on line 66'of FIG. 2;

FIG; 7 is an end view of the jet-directing member taken on line 7-7 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 8 is a fragm'entarysection on line 88 of FIG. 1 but drawn to the same scale as FIGS. 2 to 7; and

FIG. 9 is a section on line 9'-9 of FIG. 8 taken through one of the series of'stationary directional'vanes cooperating with the rotating pumping blades to produce a straight, non-rotating stream of water for the jet-discharging noz zle.

or transom of the boat 10 are indicated by the reference Referring first to FIG. 1, the bottom and the rear wall- 3,143,857. PatentedAug'. 11-, I964 characters 11' and'12 respectively. The motor in the boat (not shown) drives the shaft 1'3to which theshaft 14' for the pump blades or propellers is attached The pump" assembly is mounted in a housing and conduit indicated in general bythe referencecharacter 15, which is preferably formed of sections bolted together and which leads:

from an' intake opening 16 in the bottom of the boat to a circular opening in the r-ear Wallo r transom 12' of the boat. A suitable grating and screen (not shown) are mounted at the intake opening 16 to preveiit'rock s or other objects, which might cause damage to thepump blades, from being drawn into the conduit through the spaced, pumping propellers17, 18 and 19 which are secured to the driven pump shaft 14, and a'pair of sets of stationarydirectionalvanes 2tl'and 21 which are-interposed between the pump propellers. This portion of the pumping assembly does not constitute part of the present invention since such pumping means in themselves are old in" the art. Also it is to be understood that'other pump assemblies could be substituted in place of that shown. The particularpum'p assembly illustrated, however, has been found to be very satisfactory and is therefore regarded as the preferred type of assembly for use with 'the invention.

The piimp assembly discharges into a jet nozzle 22 which'is mounted on theout'side of the transom 12 of the boat in registration with the rear end of the housing or conduit 15. A casting 23 containing an end set of stationary, radially extending, directional vanes is'secured in the base of the nozzle 22 and is formed with a hub 24 (see also'FIGS. 2 and 3); Thishub has a recess in which ismoiinted a beariiig 25 for the end of the pump shaft 14,'andthe'hub 24is p 'referably extended and given a' torpedo shape as shown in FIG; 2. The purpose of the sets of stationary directional vanes 20 and 21-, and especially of the final stationary radial vanes in the casting 23",is to cause a straight non-rotating'st-ream of water to be delivered to the nozzle 22.

It will be noted from FIG. 2 that the axis'of the discharging end of the nozzle 22'is shown as having an-up ward slope with respect to the pump shaft 1 4 and the bottom'll of the boat. The reason for this is that the bott'or'ii of the boat, ofthe type indicated, will n'ot' remain horizontal'when the boat is driven through the wateihut will slope' up wardly and forwardly as the bow of the beat rides over the' surface of the water. It has been found, with the'boat'driving means of the present invention, that the most efliciency is obtained when the driving jet of water is substantially horizontal or parallel with the water surface.

Referring now to FIGS. 1, 2 and4, a'housing'eon sisting of two companion members 26 and' 27, which are bolted together, extends about the nozzle 22 spaced from the" nozzle. The inner member 26'h'as' an annular" flange 26" nozzle 22, and b'oth flange's are secured to the'trans'om'l2 of the boat by suitable bolts 28. The twocompanion members Zh and 27 have registering adjacent annular flanges 29 and'30 respectively and are secured together by bolts extending through th'es'eflariges. It will be noted that these companion members form an open" housing constitutinga substantial portion of a hollow sphere. Also itwill benotd from FIGS. 1 and Z thatthe adjacent flanges 29 and 30 extend in a plane which is-perpendicular to the axis of the discharging'end of the nozzle 22.

A jet directing member 31 has an inner portion 31' which is also in the shape of a spherical segment and is so mounted in the housing formed by the members 26 and 27 as to have this portion concentric with the housing. This inner portion 31' of the jet-directing member is also formed with a pair of diametrically opposite, external, radially extending, pivot shafts 32 and 33 (FIG. 2), and the adjacent flanges 29 and 30 of the surrounding housing have mating-offset portions which provide channels in which these two pivot shafts are rotatably mounted. Thus the jet-directing member 31 is rotatable to a limited extent on an axis perpendicular to the axis of the discharging end of the nozzle 22, and consequently, when the axis of the nozzle 22 is substantially horizontal with the boat in operation, the jet-directing member can be moved to a limited extent laterally in a substantially horizontal plane.

It will be noted from FIG. 6 that the jet-directing member 31 is somewhat elliptical in cross section where the partially spherical portion 31 joins the outer end portion, and that the major axis in this elliptical cross section part is horizontal. The purpose of this is to avoid any appreciable interference with the jet from the nozzle 22 when the jet-directing member 31 is turned to one side or the other. This elliptical directing member has in effect a built in angle of 15 on each side which not only prevents steering tube interference with jet stream but also increases sensitivity in introducing change of angle of impingement on the jet stream during turning. Furthermore the inner diameter at the rear or outer end of member 31 is still greater than the inner diameter at the discharging end of the nozzle 22. Consequently no restriction of the discharged jet takes place. Thus, even when the jet from the nozzle 22 is directed to one side or the other by the member 31, as required for the steering of the boat, there is no reduction in the size of the jet. This is one of the important features of the present invention since it remedies a defect found in some other jet assemblies for driving and steering boats.

At the outer end of the jet-directing member 31 the underside of this member is cut back for a short distance and formed with a turned under wall, as shown at 34 in FIGS. 2 and 4. A directing bafile 35 is located below this opening, the purpose of which will be presently apparent. Each of the rear edges at the sides of the outer end of the member 31 is curved, as shown at 36 in FIG. 2 in order to enable a shutter 37, formed with a curved outer wall, to swing down closely but freely over the outer end of the member 31. The shutter 37 has a pair of side pieces which are pivotally mounted on the member 31, the two pivotal mountings being in transverse horizontal alignment and the line determined by these two mountings constitutes the center line for the curvature of the outer wall of the shutter 37 and also the center of curvature of the curved rear side edges on the member 31. The bottom wall of the baffle 35 also has substantially the same curvature as the outer wall of the shutter 37.

The shutter 37 is normally in the raised position shown in FIG. 1 and shown in full lines in FIG. 2, and thus entirely out of the path of the jet when the boat is being driven forwardly. However, when the boat is required to be driven in reverse direction, the lowering of the shutter to the broken line position shown in FIG. 2, blocks the normal path of the jet and forces the water from the jet to be discharged downwardly and forwardly through the cutaway portion 34 in the bottom of the member 31 and over the baflle 35. The lowered shutter 37 rests against the top of the baflle 35 and the wall of the shutter and the bottom wall of the bafiie then form a continuous curved guideway for reversing the jet.

A steering quadrant 38 (FIGS. 1, 2 and is secured to the top pivot shaft 33 of the jet-directing member 31. A steering cable 39, secured to this quadrant, passes through openings 44 in the transom 12 of the boat and is then led past suitable guide pulleys on opposite sides of the boat respectively to the steering wheel or other steering control (not shown) located in the boat.

A shutter-operating pulley 40 is pivotally mounted on a shaft supported in a pair of brackets 41 (FIGS. 1 and 5) mounted on the steering quadrant 38 and extending upwardly from the quadrant on opposite sides of a slot provided in the steering quadrant for the pulley 40. A link 42 (FIGS. 1 and 2), having one end pivotally connected to the pulley 40 and the other end pivotally connected to the shutter 37, causes the shutter to be lowered or raised by the partial rotation of the pulley (thus clockwise, as viewed in FIG. 2, for lowering the shutter, and counter-clockwise for returning the shutter to normal raised position). A cable 43, secured to the pulley 40 and directed over suitable guide means, is attached to a reversing control in the boat (not shown) and enables the shutter 37 to be lowered whenever the boat is to be driven in reverse and to be raised whenever the boat is driven in the normal forward direction.

Since the reversing shutter 37 is mounted on the member 31 and since the steering quadrant 38 for the entire member 31 carries a control pulley for the shutter, the turning of the member 31 to one side or the other through the steering mechanism of the boat can take place either when the shutter 37 is in the raised position or when it is in the lowered position. Consequently with this device it is possible to guide or steer the boat when the boat is being driven in reverse direction as well as when it is being driven forwardly. This is an important feature of the invention since the ability to guide the boat when driven in reverse direction adds considerably to its maneuverability, particularly in the case of light speed boats, for which the present invention is especially adaptable.

Minor modifications might be made in the different parts of the mechanism herein described without departing from the principle of the invention. However, the particular construction and mounting of the jet-directing member with respect to the jet nozzle, and the arrangement of the reversing shutter on the jet-directing member as illustrated, have proved very satisfactory and accordingly are considered as the preferred arrangement and construction for the carrying out of the invention.

I claim:

1. In a ship propulsion mechanism including a water conduit having an outlet through the rear wall of the ship and an inlet located in the ship forwardly of the rear wall with pumping means in the conduit for producing a rapid flow of water therethrough, the combination of a jet-forming nozzle on the outside of the rear wall of the ship over the conduit outlet, said nozzle terminating in a discharging tip, a jet-directing member, said member having a forward portion extending around and spaced from the outside of said nozzle tip and a rear portion having a channel, the front entrance to said channel spaced rearwardly beyond said nozzle tip for receiving and directing the jet from said nozzle, a shutter pivotally mounted on the rear end of said rear portion of said member to swing up and down over the rear end of said channel, means for operating said shutter, the bottom of said channel having an opening at the rear discharging end of said channel, a nozzle on the bottom side of the rear portion of said member leading downwardly and forwardly from said bottom opening in said channel, whereby, when said shutter is in lowered position, the jet from said nozzle received in said channel will be forced to pass through said opening and thereby produce a force for rearward propulsion of the ship, pivotal mounting means for said jet-directing member supporting said member for limited lateral swing with respect to said nozzle while maintaining the axis of said channel of said jet-directing member in the same plane with the axis of said nozzle tip, and steering means connected with said jet-directing member controlling the directional position of said channel with respect to said nozzle, whereby said steering means will serve to steer the ship during forward travel when said shutter is in raised position, and during rearward travel when said shutter is lowered.

2. In a ship propulsion mechanism including a water conduit having an outlet through the rear wall of the ship and an inlet located in the ship forwardly of the rear wall with pumping means in the conduit for producing a rapid flow of water therethrough, the combination of a jetforming nozzle on the outside of the rear wall of the ship over the conduit outlet, said nozzle terminating in a discharging tip, a jet-directing member, said member having a forward portion extending around and spaced from the outside of said nozzle and a rear portion having a channel, the front entrance to said channel spaced rearwardly beyond said nozzle tip for receiving and directing the jet from said nozzle, a shutter pivotally mounted on the rear end of said rear portion of said member to swing up and down over the discharging end of said channel, means for operating said shutter, the bottom of said channel having an opening at the rear discharging end of said channel, a flow-directing element connected with said opening and forming a downwardly and forwardly facing discharge nozzle with the lower external surface of the rear end of said rear portion of said member causing the discharge of water through said opening to be directed downwardly and forwardly, whereby, when said shutter is in lowered position, the jet from said nozzle received in said channel will be forced to pass through said opening and thereby produce a force for rearward propulsion of the ship, a stationary housing secured on the outside of the rear wall of the ship about said nozzle, said forward portion of said jet-directing member pivotally mounted in said housing and enabling said member to have limited lateral swing with respect to said housing and nozzle, and steering means connected with said jet-directing member controlling the directional position of said channel with respect to said nozzle, whereby said steering means will serve to steer the ship during forward travel when said shutter is in raised position, and during rearward travel when said shutter is lowered.

3. In a ship propulsion mechanism including a water conduit having an outlet through the rear wall of the ship and an inlet located in the ship forwardly of the rear wall with pumping means in the conduit for producing a rapid flow of water therethrough, the combination of a jet-forming nozzle on the outside of the rear wall of the ship over the conduit outlet, said nozzle terminating in a discharging tip, the axis of said nozzle tip inclined upwardly with respect to the center line of said conduit outlet, a jet-directing member, said member having a tubular channel of varying internal diameter spaced beyond said nozzle tip for receiving and directing the jet from said nozzle, the minimum internal diameter of said channel being slightly greater than the inside diameter of said nozzle tip, a shutter pivotally mounted on said member to swing up and down over the discharging end of said channel, means for operating said shutter, the bottom of said channel having an opening near the discharging end of said channel, a flow-directing element connected with said opening and forming a downwardly and forwardly facing discharge nozzle with the lower external surface of said member causing the discharge of water through said opening to be directed downwardly and forwardly, whereby when said shutter is in lowered position, the jet from said nozzle received in said channel will be forced to pass through said opening and thereby produce a force for rearward propulsion of the ship, a stationary housing forming part of a hollow sphere secured on the outside of the rear wall of the ship about said nozzle, said jet-directing member having a forward mounting portion located in said housing and forming part of a hollow sphere concentric with said housing, means securing said forward mounting portion of said jet-directing member in said housing for limited lateral swing with respect to said nozzle, and steering means connected with said forward mounting portion of said jetdirecting member for controlling the directional position of said channel with respect to said nozzle, whereby said steering means will serve to steer the ship during forward travel when said shutter is in raised position and during rearward travel when said shutter is lowered.

4. In a directional control device for a fluid propulsive jet emerging from a converging nozzle, the combination comprising a support sleeve mounted for pivotal movement at the exit of said converging nozzle on a substantially vertical axis, means for positioning said support sleeve whereby to control the direction of thrust from said converging nozzle, deflector means movably mounted on said support sleeve, said deflector means being movable from a forward position to a reverse position, said deflector means being so configured that in the reverse position the said deflector means directs the flow propulsive jet downwardly and in the direction opposite to that from which the said jet emerges from said nozzle, and means for moving said deflector means independently of said support sleeve to reverse the thrust force of said fluid propulsive jet by said deflector means while maintaining control of the direction of thrust by means of said support sleeve.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification60/221, 239/587.4, 239/265.27, 239/265.35, 415/7, 440/41, 60/232, 239/443
International ClassificationB63H11/00, B63H11/10
Cooperative ClassificationB63H11/10
European ClassificationB63H11/10