Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Daniel C. Abeles
  • Patent number: 6833544
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for analyzing a stream of ions first subjects astream of ions to a first mass analysis step, to select ions having a mass-to-charge ratio in a first desired range; this enables a mass analyzer with highresolution to be used. The selected ions are then passed into a radiofrequency linear ion trap containing a gas. The trapped ions are caused to collide with the gas, either by being injected with a high axial energy or by application of external excitation to cause fragmentation. Fragment ions of a given mass-to-charge ratio can then be isolated and excited to produce fragments of fragments. This process can be repeated to give multiple steps of mass spectrometry, MSn. The fragment ions, and undissociated precursorions are then passed out of the linear ion trap and subjected to a further mass analysis step, for example in a time of flight device, to determine the mass spectrum of the ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: University of British Columbia
    Inventors: Jennifer Campbell, Bruce Collings, Donald J. Douglas
  • Patent number: 6712126
    Abstract: A molten metal supply system (90) includes a plurality of injectors (100) each having an injector housing (102) and a reciprocating piston (104). A molten metal supply source (132) is in fluid communication with the housing (102) of each of the injectors (100). The piston (104) is movable through a return stroke allowing molten metal (134) to be received into the housing (102) from the molten metal supply source (132), and a displacement stroke for displacing the molten metal (134) from the housing (102). A pressurized gas supply source (144) is in fluid communication with the housing (102) of each of the injectors (100) through respective gas control valves (146). The gas supply source (144) is used to pressurize a space formed between the molten metal (134) and the piston (104) during the return stroke of the piston (104) of each of the injectors (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Alcoa, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek M. Sample, Scott E. Reighard, Vincent A. Paola, Ronald G. Chabal
  • Patent number: 6708752
    Abstract: An injector (100) for a molten metal supply system includes an injector housing (102) configured to contain molten metal. A molten metal supply source (132) is in fluid communication with the housing (102). A piston (104) extends into the housing (102). The piston (102) is movable through a return stroke allowing molten metal (134) to be received into the housing (102) from the molten metal supply source (132), and a displacement stroke for displacing the molten metal (134) from the housing (102). A gas supply source (144) is in fluid communication with the housing (102) through a gas control valve (146). The gas supply source (144) is used to pressurize a space (148) formed between the molten metal (134) and the piston (104) during the return stroke of the piston (104) such that when the piston (104) moves through the displacement stroke a compressed gas filled space is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek M. Sample, Scott E. Reighard, Vincent A. Paola, Ronald G Chabal
  • Patent number: 6558608
    Abstract: A method of constructing large, unitary, fiber-reinforced Polymer composite containers using a vacuum assisted resin transfer molding process. The method allows for the construction of container systems with only two separately molded parts—an open box consisting of a base (i.e., floor), 2 sidewalls and 2 endwalls, and a cover (i.e., roof). The method results in a structure which maintains the continuity of the reinforcement fibers across the junction between the floor, side, and end walls corners. This method can be applied to very large composite structures such as railcar bodies, intermodal containers, and shelters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: TPI Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rikard Karl Haraldsson, Andrew Paul Perrella
  • Patent number: 6534765
    Abstract: There is provided a method of, and apparatus for, analyzing a sample of an analyte provided as a sample solution comprising a solvent and an analyte. A dopant is provided, either separately or as the solvent of the sample solution. The sample solution is formed into a spray, for example in a nebulizer, and the solvent evaporated. The sample stream is irradiated in a region at atmospheric pressure, either in the liquid state prior to formation of a spray, or in the liquid state after formation of a droplet spray, or in the vapour state after evaporation of the sprayed droplets, to ionize the dopant. Then, subsequent collisions between the ionized dopant and the analyte, either directly or indirectly, result in ionization of the analyte. Analyte ions are passed from the atmospheric pressure ionization region into a mass analyzer for mass analysis. This technique has been found to give much enhanced ionization for some substances, as compared to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: MDS Inc.
    Inventors: Damon B. Robb, Andries Pieter Bruins
  • Patent number: 6372019
    Abstract: An apparatus for liquefying a gas has a nozzle having a convergent nozzle portion and a nozzle throat, and a divergent nozzle portion (in the case of supersonic flow), and a working section. Vanes or another mechanism for creating a swirl velocity are connected to the nozzle, to create a strong swirl velocity in gas fed to the nozzle. In the nozzle, the gas adiabatically expands, gas velocity increases and gas temperature drops, to promote the condensation of gas with formation of droplets. The gas then passes through a working section having a wall, whereby further condensation of at least a portion of the gas flow occurs and droplets of condensed gas grow. Centrifugal effects generated by the swirl velocity drive the droplets towards the wall of the working section. Condensed liquid gas droplets are separated from remaining gas in the gaseous state at least adjacent the wall of the working section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Translang Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Ivanovich Alferov, Lev Arkad'evich Baguirov, Vladimir Isaakovich Feygin, Aleksandr Arkad'evish Arbatov, Salavat Zainetdinovich Imaev, Leonard Makarovich Dmitriev, Vladimir Ivanovich Rezunenko
  • Patent number: 6365013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coating process, particularly for coating a gas turbine blade (1) having cooling passageways (4) opening out onto the surface (2). During the coating operation, a fluid (6) is directed out of the cooling passageways (4) to prevent blocking of the cooling passageways (4). The invention also relates to an apparatus for implementing this coating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfram Beele
  • Patent number: 6211880
    Abstract: A display for presenting trends in financial commodities such as stocks. The display is made up of an array of rectangular boxes each representing an individual stock. Each display is dedicated to a different sector of the market. The color of the individual boxes is representative of the degree of fractional deviation of the most recent trading price of that stock from an assigned selected reference value, e.g., the price at the end of the previous trading session. Preferably, the location of each individual stock within the display is determined by the degree of influence that the user is to perceive that stock has upon one characteristic of the market, e.g., the volatility on one axis and perceived source of volatility on another axis, or the stocks can be located in accordance with decreasing market share on one axis and decreasing capitalization on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Albert Joseph Impink, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5848546
    Abstract: A method of gripping a metal tubular member during a forming operation to resist damage to the gripped ends and reduce scrap, includes providing an outer tool having a recess structured to receive an end of the tubular member, inserting a resilient mandrel into the end of the tubular member and inserting the tubular member end into the recess. A compressive force is applied to the resilient member in a direction aligned generally axially of the tubular member to establish transverse expansion of the resilient member in order to clamp the tubular member end between the mandrel and the outer tool recess. The tube may be stretched beyond the yield point and formed while so clamped, after which the compressive force is removed so as to facilitate withdrawal of the formed tube. In one embodiment, the mandrel may consist of a composite which may have a lower durometer hardness inner portion and higher durometer hardness outer portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventors: Blair T. Allison, Daniel Bergstrom, Lawrence W. Cisko, William A Graham, Daniel E. Hunter, Jeffrey M. Shoup
  • Patent number: 4756877
    Abstract: A core support system for a core barrel of a nuclear reactor, which core barrel has a bottom core support plate wherein the core support plate has apertures therethrough about the periphery thereof which communicate with recesses in engagement means for the core support plate, and keys inserted into the core support plate apertures and secured thereto with the lower section of the key extending into the recess of the engagement means. The method of installation enables alignment and securement of the core barrel in the pressure vessel without need for an assembler to enter the area between the core barrel support plate and the bottom of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Luciano Veronesi, Stephen N. Tower
  • Patent number: 4752869
    Abstract: Redundant trip logic microprocessors produce partial trip signals which are voted on by a pair of voters at the power interface to the actuated devices. The logic implemented by each trip logic processor is straight-forward and can be designed for each individual plant. Also included is an automatic tester and testing method which can confirm the accuracy of A/D converters, digital inputs, check the trip points of bistable, verify all the trip and voting logic, and measure the time response of each channel. The test subsystem uses a microcomputer to control the isolation of the analog field sensor signals and digital contact signals from the analog and digital inputs, control the generation and/or injection of various combinations of reference and test signals, and monitor the response of the trip logic processors and voter to the test signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: William L. Miller, James F. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 4723448
    Abstract: A method for remotely inspecting solid structures for discontinuities other than surface imperfections is disclosed. The method comprises vibrating a solid structure to be inspected while utilizing a laser radar doppler receiver to generate a doppler shifted heterodyne signal resulting from detecting the vibrational frequency of a portion of the solid structure to be inspected. The doppler shifted signal is monitored while scanning the surface of the solid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: James T. Veligdan
  • Patent number: 4718450
    Abstract: A valve head of the pressure relief valve is urged into the closed (seated) position by a spring, assisted by a force derived from pressurized fluid which is situated in a chamber behind the valve head and which is admitted thereto from the upstream side of the valve seat through a chamber in the valve head. The chamber in the valve head is open toward the inlet port of the valve and is partly defined and surrounded by a skirt-like extension oriented transversely to the axis of the valve inlet port. The diameter of the chamber whose opening has a plane generally perpendicular to the direction of valve head motion, is at least as large as the diameter of the valve intake port. In the seated (closed) state the skirt-like extension reaches transversely into the inlet port at least as far as the axis of the inlet port and in the maximum open position the skirt-like extension is at the most just clear of the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: L. Ike Ezekoye
  • Patent number: 4717529
    Abstract: A thimble guide assembly for use in a nuclear reactor includes a lower element which can be screwed into a bore in a core plate and an upper element which can be screwed to the lower element. One of the screw-connections is right-handed while the other is left-handed. The length of the upper element is selected so that the exposed portion of a thimble tube, which extends through the thimble guide assembly and into a fuel assembly above it, is relatively modest, thereby minimizing the turbulence to which the thimble tube is exposed. The lower element of the thimble guide assembly is provided with a sleeve portion which extends through the bore in the core plate, and the tip of the upper element terminates in a planar, annular lip. Both elements are provided with surfaces for engagement by wrenches or other tools. The lower element has annular grooves for engagement by a lower spring clip which is welded to the core plate and an upper spring clip which is welded to the upper element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel Merkovsky, Richard E. Schwirian
  • Patent number: 4717873
    Abstract: A magnetic displacement transducer system for measuring the movement of a member includes an elongated permanent magnet which is mechanically coupled to the member so that the magnet moves parallel to its axis. A magnet-position sensor assembly, which includes at least one magnetometer having an elongated ferromagnetic core with a coil wrapped around it, is positioned adjacent the magnet so that the axis of the core and coil intersects the axis of the magnet at right angles. A pair of wires carry a sinusoidal excitation current to the assembly, convey the second harmonic from the assembly, and deliver a DC biasing current to the assembly in order to null the component of the permanent magnet's field that is perpendicular to the axis of the magnet. The value of the DC biasing current is measured to obtain the displacement of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Walter J. Carr, Jr., Robert C. Miller, John B. Lipchak, Thomas P. Weldon
  • Patent number: 4717531
    Abstract: A fuel transfer system for a fuel container (26) within a nuclear reactor facility includes a transport car (10) for transporting the fuel container (26) through a transfer tube between a reactor containment handling pool and a spent fuel storage pool. The system includes upending mechanisms for automatically pivoting the fuel container (26) from its horizontal transport mode to its vertical, fuel loading-unloading mode when the fuel container (26) enters one of the pools in response to the translational drive of the transport car (10). The upending mechanisms include slotted brackets (46, 146) mounted upon the fuel container (26), and pivotable pick-up bars (44, 144) for engaging the brackets (46, 146) of the fuel container (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Roy T. Hardin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4717532
    Abstract: An improved pressure control system for a pressurized water nuclear reactor plant contains a novel, two stage sparger in the pressurizer relief tank. The two stage sparger has a primary conduit and secondary conduit, both of which have orifices through the walls thereof, and an interconnecting valve that is responsive to a pressure differential between the two conduits. The secondary conduit is preferably of a diameter less, but with a larger area of flow therefrom, than the primary conduit and is bifurcated, with two leg sections extending back towards the primary conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: John A. Schwab
  • Patent number: 4717527
    Abstract: A fuel assembly for a pressurized water nuclear reactor incorporating fluid moderator spectral shift control means. During the first part of the fuel cycle when there is excess reactivity, neutron moderation may be decreased by replacing a portion of the water within the core with a less effective moderator such as heavy water. During the life of the fuel, the heavy water is gradually replaced with regular water. The fuel assembly incorporates the necessary means and apparatus to effectuate such control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Robert K. Gjertsen, Elmer A. Bassler, Edgar A. Huckestein, Robert B. Salton, Stephen N. Tower
  • Patent number: 4716004
    Abstract: A thimble guide extender for use in a nuclear power plant provides a shielded passage beteewn the guide and the bottom nozzle of a fuel assembly to protect the thimble from turbulence. The extender includes a hollow element having an upper portion which contacts the bottom nozzle, a lower portion which extends around the sides of the thimble guide, and a thimble passage through which the thimble movably extends. In one embodiment the thimble passage is aligned with a channel in the thimble guide by being permanently attached to the bottom nozzle of the fuel assembly. For this purpose the hollow element is provided with locking fingers which extend into flow openings in the bottom nozzle. In another embodiment the thimble passage of the hollow element is aligned with the channel of the thimble guide by being operatively mounted on the thimble guide, with spring fingers having enlarged regions or with locking balls fitting into an annular groove in the thimble guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel Merkovsky, Michael R. Gasparro
  • Patent number: 4716014
    Abstract: A steam generator level measurement system of the type having a reference leg which is kept full of water by a condensation pot, has a separator pot in the connecting line between the condensation pot and the steam phase in the steam generator to remove excess liquid from the steam externally of the steam generator. The separator pot has an expansion chamber which slows down the velocity of the steam/liquid mixture to aid in separation, and a baffle, which directs steam introduced at the top of the chamber on one side of the baffle to flow downward and then upward for discharge on the other side of the baffle to avoid direct liquid penetration into the line connected to the condensate pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Bertrand J. Cantineau