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1. (WO2018124893) ENSEMBLE BLOC DE VERROUILLAGE RÉGLABLE POUR ROUE D'ENGRENAGE ET PROCÉDÉS D'UTILISATION ASSOCIÉS
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A block assembly for use in locking a toothed gear in position within a frame, said block assembly comprising:

a body shaped to couple to a portion of the frame adjacent to the gear for translation in a first direction parallel to an axis of the gear;

a locking block coupled to said body, said locking block comprising at least one locking tooth shaped complementary to at least one gear tooth of the gear; and

an adjustment mechanism operable, when said body is coupled to the frame, to move said locking block in a second direction that is substantially orthogonal to the axis of the gear, such that said at least one locking tooth is received between a circumferentially spaced pair of the gear teeth to prevent movement of the gear.

2. The block assembly of Claim 1, wherein said adjustment mechanism comprises:

at least one threaded opening defined in a receiving surface of said locking block and extending therethrough; and

at least one threaded adjustment bolt receivable within said at least one threaded opening, wherein a depth of said at least one adjustment bolt within said at least one opening is threadably adjustable such that a first end of said at least one adjustment bolt extends out of an extension surface of said locking block opposite said receiving surface.

3. The block assembly of Claim 2, wherein said at least one threaded adjustment bolt defines a socket configured to receive a socket key.

4. The block assembly of Claim 2, wherein said at least one threaded adjustment bolt is hollow, said adjustable locking block assembly further comprises at least one locking bolt receivable through said at least one hollow

threaded adjustment bolt and coupleable to the frame such that said locking block is secured relative to the frame.

5. The block assembly of Claim 1, wherein said at least one locking tooth comprises a first end shaped to facilitate axially sliding engagement with the gear teeth.

6. The block assembly of Claim 5, wherein said locking tooth first end is rounded.

7. The block assembly of Claim 5, wherein said locking tooth first end has a reduced thickness relative to a central portion of said at least one locking tooth.

8. The block assembly of Claim 1, wherein said body and said locking block are rigidly coupled together, such that said body and said locking block are constrained to move together.

9. The block assembly of Claim 1, wherein said body comprises an inverted U-shaped portion shaped to receive an edge of the frame in a friction fit, such that said body is slidable along the edge parallel to the first direction.

10. The block assembly of Claim 1, wherein the frame comprises a steam turbine.

11. A method of locking a toothed gear relative to a frame, said method comprising:

coupling a body of an adjustable locking block assembly to a portion of the frame proximate the gear, wherein the locking block assembly includes a locking block and at least one locking tooth shaped complementary to at least one tooth of the gear;

operating an adjustment mechanism to selectively move the locking block in a second direction that is substantially orthogonal to an axis of rotation of the gear, such that the at least one locking tooth is positioned between a pair of circumferentially spaced gear teeth; and

selectively positioning the body along the frame in a first direction that is substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the gear, such that the at least one locking tooth engages the gear to prevent movement of the gear.

12. The method of Claim 11, wherein the adjustment mechanism includes at least one threaded opening defined in a receiving surface of the locking block and extending therethrough, said operating the adjustment mechanism comprises threadably adjusting at least one threaded adjustment bolt within the at least one threaded opening such that a first end of the at least one adjustment bolt extends out of an extension surface of the locking block opposite the receiving surface.

13. The method of Claim 12, wherein the at least one threaded adjustment bolt defines a socket configured to receive a socket key, said threadably adjusting the at least one threaded adjustment bolt comprises rotating the at least one threaded adjustment bolt with the socket key adjacent the receiving surface.

14. The method of Claim 12, wherein the at least one threaded adjustment bolt is hollow, said method further comprises:

inserting at least one locking bolt through the at least one hollow threaded adjustment bolt; and

coupling the at least one locking bolt to the frame such that the locking block is secured relative to the frame.

15. The method of Claim 11, wherein the at least one locking tooth includes a first end shaped to facilitate axially sliding engagement with the gear teeth, said translating the body along the frame comprises translating the body such that the first end of the at least one locking tooth initially engages the gear teeth.

16. The method of Claim 15, wherein said translating the body such that the first end of the at least one locking tooth initially engages the gear teeth comprises translating the body such that the locking tooth first end having a rounded shape initially engages the gear teeth.

17. The method of Claim 15, wherein said translating the body such that the first end of the at least one locking tooth initially engages the gear teeth comprises translating the body such that the locking tooth first end having a reduced thickness relative to a central portion of the at least one locking tooth initially engages the gear teeth.

18. The method of Claim 11, wherein the body and the locking block are rigidly coupled together, said operating the adjustment mechanism further comprises operating the adjustment mechanism such that the body is translated in the first direction along with the locking block.

19. The method of Claim 11, wherein the body includes an inverted U-shaped portion shaped to receive an edge of the frame in a friction fit, said translating the body along the frame comprises sliding the body along the edge parallel to the first direction.

20. The method of Claim 11, wherein said coupling the body to the portion of the frame proximate the gear comprises coupling the body to the portion of the frame proximate a turning gear of a steam turbine.

21. The method of Claim 11, wherein said coupling the body to the portion of the frame proximate the gear comprises coupling the body to an edge of a window defined in a front standard of the steam turbine.