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July 9,“1946.
T_ A_ BowERs. ›
Filed Feb. 25, 1944
2 Sheets-Sheet l'
July 9, 1946.
Filed Feb. 25. 1944
2 Sh??ts-Sheet 2
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Patented July 9, 1946
Thomas A. Bowers, Mattapoisett,' Mass.: Elizabeth
M. Bowers, administratrix of said Thomas A.
Bowers, deceased, assignor of two-thirds to
Munroe H. Hamilton, Lexington, Mass.
Application February 25, 1944, Serial No. 523.790
8 Claims.
(Ci. 309-4)
This invention relates to pistons and piston
rings. and its objects are to improve devices of.
overhanging surface on which carbon may be
Referring more in detaii tothe drawings, nu
meral 2 denotes a cy?inder having an inner pe
ripheral 'surface 4. Mounted within the cylinder
_2, in spaced relation to the peripheral surface 4. .
is a piston B, Secured to a crank member and pre
senting a ?at head a. Extending around the top
of the piston 6, at a level slightly below the sur
10 face of the head 8, is a piston seating surface !0
this character and to provide means for more
eiiiciently sealing a piston in a cylinder, with a
view to controlling cylinder and ring wear and
to avoiding dif?culties arising in ennneotion with
blowby and carbon deposits. Another object of
' the invention is to deal with the wear which re
v sults from a piston ring being free to move'in a
piston groove, as for example hammering of the
ring in the piston groove; "slap".of the piston
against the cylinder wall; tipping of a ring so
that sn edge is intermittently forced with 'iiuc
- and the outside of the piston is cut away 'to form
a beveled surface 12 as shown on Figs. 2 and 3.
The piston 8 is of a relatively light construction
tuating pressures against the cylinder periphery, _
with the thickness of the skirt portion ll being
and other causes. The invention further includes 16 maintained the sameall the way up to the top of
the piston, and no reinforcing being provided ”for
' among its objects a decrease in the number of
piston ring grooves. The head of the piston is
similarly formed of a relatively thin „body of metal
and the height of the piston, considered axially,
is Shortened to an extent cor?-esponding to the
space which is ordinariiy provided for conven
piston rings required to seal a piston, reduction
in the size and weight of pistons, and other.
v changes directed generally to increasing the eiii
ciency of internal combustionmotors.
In the accompanying drawings:
Fig. 1 is a plan view illustrating a piston and
tional piston ring grooves.
'piston ring _oi the inventlon;
Fig. 2 is a vertical cross section taken on, the
line 2-2 of Fig. 1;
Mounted around the piston on the seating sur
face i!! is a ring member -iB having a. seating sur
face ?s which may, for example, consist of a split
ring of the type commonly referred to as a "c
Fig. 3 is a view in side eievation of the ringland
piston of the invention with the ring removed;
type" ring whose ends are normaliy'spaced apart.
as shown in Fig. 3. The ring is mounted on the
cylinder 2 in a compacted position in which the
ring tends to revert to its normal position and
thus exert a wall pressure against the cylinder
wall and provide radial ?exibility. l'l denotes a
gap closing member over-lying the ends of the
Fig. 4 is a detail view of a spring member;
Figv. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary perspective
View further illustrating the ring and piston;
Figs. 6, 57 and 8 illustrate modi?ed spring festen
` ing means for a piston and ring assembiy such as
that indicated in Figs. 1-5 inclusive;
Figs. 9 and 10 are plan and crosssectional views
?respectively of a modification of piston and ring
assembly; and
At' the under side of the ring II is secured a
plurality of spring members ?s which may for
Fi'g. 11 is a, fragmentary cross sectional view
example comprise a strip of corrugated steel or a
coiled spring, or some other well known type of'
illustrating still another modi?cation of piston
and ring assembly.
The] invention generally includes a piston
formeci. with a single seating surface, a piston
ring member, and spring means for urging the
ring'member axially downward into continuously
seated relation with respect to the piston seating
surface. The spring means is especially arranged
spring. The spring members may conveniently
consist of a group of six of these members spaced
apart and Secured to the ring by welding or some
other suitable fastening. Located through the
piston seating surface m are openings 20 through
which the spring members are allowed to extend
45 with a clearance being provided so that the spring
to exert a force acting in an axial direction away
from the head of the piston, and provides a light
tension which, while maintaining the ring in
seated relation, permits the ring to ?ex; radially
and to exert a de?nite wall pressure on a cylin
der. In addition, the ring is mounted at the top
of the piston so that it is- subject to co?nbustion
gas pressure, and its upper side lies directly in
the combustion chamber with the piston ring _,
being free from contact or close proximity to any/V
may move with the ring ?s in a direction radially
' of the piston. The lower end's of the springs, in
.an extended position, are attached at a point
within the piston, as for example to projections
22. In thisposition the ring is provided with an
axial tension which continually urges the seating'
surface I!! against the piston seat ?o and provides
a gas seal of improved character. The axial ten
sion resulting from the use of the springs ?s is
.of a. limited degree which permits rthe ring to? '
develop a suitable radial flexibility and wall pres
of the cylinder, such as commonly occurs at the
sure so that the ring periphery will constantly'
instant of
adhere to the cylinder periphery 4.
stroke'. Contact of the piston against the inner
periphery of a conventional ring, while the pis
ton is in an angularly disposed position, either
results in slightly tipping one side of the ring
In operation, the' axial or vertical tension re
sulting from the association `of the springs with
the ring !6, maintains the seating surface [9 of
the ring in continuously sealed relation with re
spect to the piston sealing surface ?u. There is
thus achieved a permanent seal which is not
broken at the time the piston changes the direc 10
tion of its stroke, as is the case with conventional
rings. At the same time the ring is free to ?ex
in a radial direction with the ring seating surface
sliding in and out on the piston seating surface
and thus allowing the ring to conform to any 15
change of direction of the piston
itself or in causing an upper edge of the ring to
bear non-uniformly against the cylinder periph
ery, and in either case excessive cylinder wear
occurs. The effect of the axial tension on the
piston tends to keep the piston from assuming
an angular position and tipping the ring. In
this way, wear is also reduced at those points
where the skirt of the piston strikes against the
cylinder wall.
A very substantial degree of protection for the
ring surface Is and the land surface IU is af
forded by preventing wear in the several respects
irregularity which may be present in the periph
ery 4 of the cylinder. The arrangement of the
ring at the top of the piston results in the upper
surface 2! and the inner peripheral surface 24
noted. As a result I obtain an exceedingly ein
lying directly in the combustion chamber. Com 20 cient sea] between the two surfaces, and the seal
?bustion gas pressure is thus allowed to act on the
is characterized by long life and dependability
ring to tightly seal it against the seat ?o in a very
to a point where it becomes practical to rely on
efiicient manner and at the same time vertical
a single ring in place of several as conventionally
tension isdeveloped from a point lower down in
- the piston. The e?lciency of the seal at all times 25
The arrangement of the ring at the top of the
protects the spring members so that they are not
piston has already been referred to in connection
subjected to the combustion gases. The ring and
with allowing combustion gases to act on the ring
piston thus work in combination with one another
and provide for a tight seal. The same arrange~
to prevent axial displacement of the ring relative
ment is also designed to provide a means of con
to the piston, particularly at the time the piston 30 trolling carbon deposits, a substanca which is
changes its stroke, and yet the ring is permitted
formed from combustíon gases and which may
to move radially and to be entirely subject to
destroy the seal between a ring and its seat, or
. combustion gas pressure for sealing purposes.
which may jam the ring in a piston groove. In
The continuously seated relation of the ring
with respect to the piston operates to advantage
'especially at those points at which the piston
changes the direction of its stroke at the top
of the cylinder. In ordinary ring installations,
a ring at the time the piston changes its stroke
conventional ring installatlons, the ring being
free to slap in a piston groove, continually shakes
itself free of carbon deposits and this is a prin
cipal reason for such a slap. In the ring of the
invention, there are only two sides on which car
bon _may be deposited, i. e., the top side 2! and
may, due to its momentum, leave its seat in the 40 the inner periphery 24. since there is no piston
groove present, there is no opportunity for car
piston groove and comes to rest with a de?nite
bon to jam at the top of the ring.
impact against'the other side of the groove. The
To take care of the inner periphery of the ring,
spring means prevents axial movement of the
the piston has been cut away to form the bevel
ring and in so doing eliminates a series of im
pacts, often termed "hammeringf' which may ap 45 surface !2. As the ring reciprocates in a cylinn
der, ?t moves radially in and out on its seat and
preciably wear the surface of the piston seat or
any carbon which is_ deposited between the inner
the ring itself, and makes it impossible to main
periphery of the ring and the beveled surface, on
tain a tight seal to exciude gas pressure. Only
the seat ?o, is broken up and forced upward on
a very little wear is necessary to create a tiny
crack or space into which hot combustion gases 50 to_ the top of the piston where it is blown out
w?th exhaust gases. The sharp lower edge of
can enter and burn the seating surfaces which
the ring IS, lying on the seat ?o, under tension,
must be lubricated at all times. Once the lubri
acts like a chisel which continually outs away any
cant is burned, then wear proceeds at a greatly
carbon deposit on the seat. Another factor in
accelerated pace.
Another feature in the operation of the ring, 55 the control of carbon deposit is the eiiicient seal
between the ring and piston at all times which
running in continuously seated relation, is con
trol of piston "slap" against the cylinder or
against the inner periphery of the ring and thus
indirectly against the cylinder. The axiai ten
keeps oil from passing up around the ring and
becoming burned.
The ring further operates in a highly e?icient
sion of the ring creates a friction between the 60 manner due to changes in size and weight which
are obtained by the piston and ring assembly de
scribed. Since the ring is mounted at the top
of the piston and its seal is permanently main
overcome this friction iorce. The result is that
tained, the need for piston ring grooves around
the ring functions as a brake or cushion which
is effective in converting the side thrust of the 65 the head of the piston is avoided, and the usual
thick reinforced piston head construction, de~
piston from a sharp impact into a rapidly increas
signed to provide for such grooves being cut into
ing pressure and the wear of such piston move
the piston, is done away with. The length of the
ment is largely overcome.
piston may also be reduced as the space required
In coniunction with its braking or cushioning
4 function, the continuously seated ring also serves 70 by the rings is no longer necessary, and the size
of the cylinder block may also be decreased or
to reduce wear from piston slap in another way.
Shortened. The result of these changes is to
The axial tension of the ring portions on the
greatly lighten the piston and generally increase
piston land surface tends to prevent the piston
the e?lciency of the motor.
from assuming an angular position, or one in'
Attachment of the ring of Figs. 1-5 inclusive
which its axis is out of alinement with the axis 76
ring seating surface and the piston seating sur
face and in order for the piston to slap, it must
5 `
may be carried out in other ways, as for example
as illustrated in Figs. 6,-7 and 8. „In|Flg. 6 I have
illustrated ring ?s secured by means of a spring
. 25 which may be engaged under 'an edge or shoul
der formed in the piston wall 28. This ?gure
also' illustrates the use of a second ring 30 of
conventional type mounted. below the ring I'
and adapted to function as an oil scraping ring
or in some other way, if so desired. In Figs. 'I
'and 8 I have i?lustrated another form of attach
ment in which springs :2 are hooked into eyes
36 mounted in recesses 34 formed at the outside
of the piston 38. This permit's the ring to be se
cured from a point outside the piston. With this
itself, .in addition to being made shorter, may
v i also be of lighter construction, owing to the fact
' 'that reinforced portions commonly required to
provide for piston ring grooves may be eliminated.
^ While I have shown' a preferred embodiment of
my invention. it should be u?iderstood that var
ious changes and' modi?cations may be resorted`
to, in keeping with the spirit of the invention as
deflned by the appended claims;
I claim:
l. In combination, a piston having a circum
ferentially extending rib presenting a sealing sur
face,› a piston ring mounted on saidpiston in con
tact with said sealing surfaces, and means con
arrangement also Lmay desire to' provides sec 15 nected to the piston ring and anchored in the pis
ond oil ring so.
‹ >
ton below said sealing surface for urging the ring
a Figs. 9 and 10 illustrate a modification of pis
ton and ring assembly inwhich the ring member .
II is held againstits seat under vertical tension
resiliently against said surface.
2..In combination,›a piston having a sealing
surface, a piston ring mounted on said surface
spring means attached to said ring and to said
I by means for developing the tension from a point zo
` above the ring instead of below it. as was the case
piston for -urging the ring continuously against
in Figs. 1-8 inclusive. 12 denotes a thin metal ? said sealing surface, and said spring means ex
cap secured to the head of a piston 48 by a bolt \ tendingacross the _said sealing surface in a direc
and nut .Il. The cap is formed with a "plurality
` of resillent fingers “which are urged against the -__
ring il with a limited degree of pressure which
holds the ring against its seat and permits it to
' iiex radially. `
tion axially of the ring.
3. In combination, a piston having a circumfer'-'
entia?ly extending› rib presenting a sealing sur- '
face. a piston ring mounted on said piston in con
tact with'said sealing surface and a plurality of
Flg. 11_ illustrates_ still another modi?cation of
springs attached to said piston ring and to said
' piston ring and piston assembly in which the ring 307 piston and acting to draw said ring against said
in held against its seat under vertical tension;
This tension force is developed _byclamping two
rlngs against opposite sides of a piston land or
` sealing surface of the piston.
4. In combination,' a piston having a sealing
surface, a pistonring mounted on said surface
50 denotes a piston formed with a land or - and spring means attached to said piston ring,
rib I! at either side of which are rings ll and 00 35 passing through said sealing surface and anchored
held in a resiliently clamped relation by means of
to the piston, for urging the ring resiliently
a spring ss extending through an opening_ u in
against the sealing surface.
the land and anchor-ed by a pin il. Variousother ?
a sealing
-' changes may be resorted to.
surface, a piston ring mounted on said surface.
' Considering the advantages of the ring and'
a plurality of spring members attached to
_particularly the advantages which acc?'ue from.` . and
said piston ring. passing through said sealing sur_
holding the ring down in a. continuously seated .
and anchored to the piston& said spring mem.
relat'ion on theland surface, it is pointed out that - 'face
bers' resiliently urging said ring against said seal
no sharp slap or impact' occurs between the ring
surface while permitting it to move thereover i
and piston land` surface III at any time during the 45 ing
radially of the piston.
stroke of the piston and as a result the piston' land ` r
member _
surface is appreciably protected from wear and a _
and a plurality of spring members attached there
level seating surface is preserved' throughout the . . to.
said spring members adapted to be anchored
life ofthe ring, against which the-seating surface
‹ I! o! the ring may be squarely held and a more
e?icient seal obtained. Reduction of wear from
'the ring being tipped is also accomplished by the .
braking or cushioning action of-the axial tension,
and "blowby" is greatly minimized. :By provid
in a piston and to urge said sealing member 2
"against a corresponding sealing surface of the pis
'7. In combination, a piston having a sealing
surface, a piston ring- mounted on said surface
aresilient cap attached to the piston extend
ing a seal which 'is always maintained and pro 55 and
ing into contact with the upper side oi' the piston
tected. rrom wear in 'the several _ways noted, one
ring and pressing it against the sealing surface of I
. ring may be utilized to do the work of several, and _ the piston.
at the same time the cost of forming a piston with
8. In combination, a piston having a land ex
a plurality of piston ring grooves may be elimi
'tending therefrom, the upper aide of said land
nated. , The piston itself maybe decreased in
presenting a sealing surface, a piston ring mount
length since the space in which the ring grooves
ed on said sealing surface and a plurality of
are commonly formed is no longer required; By
anchor members extending through said land and
thua shortening the length of the piston, it is
possible to decrease the height'of the cylinder 'attached both to said piston ring and to an
block and thus to decrease the total -weight of a os anchor member 'on the opposite side of said land. _
motor, with an increase in emciency. The piston
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