Patents Represented by Attorney Robert J. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8215379
    Abstract: A debris filter trap to prevent potentially damaging debris carried by the feedwater entering the pressure vessel of a once through steam generator from entering into the section of tubes which are positioned within the confines of an integrally contained economizer of the once through steam generator. The trap will remove foreign material, from the feedwater flow, that is larger than the space between the tubes, and thus prevent debris particles that are large enough to get lodged in the tube spacing from entering the economizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Richard G. Klarner
  • Patent number: 6498827
    Abstract: A support plate for retaining tube array spacing within a heat exchanger tube and shell structure. The support plate having a plurality of individual tube receiving apertures formed therein. Each apertures has at least three inwardly protruding members and bights are formed therebetween when the tube associated therewith is lodged in place to establish secondary fluid flow through the support plate. The inwardly protruding members terminate in flat lands that restrain but do not all contact the outer surface of the respective tube. These flat lands minimize fretting wear and eliminate potential gouging of the outer wall of the tube. The plate wall forming each aperture has an hourglass configuration which, inter alia, reduces pressure drop, turbulence and local deposition of magnetite and other particulates on the support plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard G. Klarner
  • Patent number: 6357114
    Abstract: A method of hydraulically prestraining the tubes of a once-through steam generator by welding the tubes to their respective tubesheets prior to the application of hydraulic expansion to produce tensile stresses which shorten the tubes an equal and predetermined amount to increase the margin to buckling and increase the natural frequency of the tubes reducing flow induced vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Tang, Roderick J. McGregor
  • Patent number: 6357129
    Abstract: A device measures cylindricity of a cylinder having an axial end, a circumference and an inside diameter. The device includes a track for placement at an axial end of the cylinder to be measured. The track extends around the circumference of the cylinder. A pair of trucks are mounded to the track for movement around the cylinder circumference. A sighting beam generator, in particular, a laser, is connected to each truck for aiming sighting beams axially along the inside diameter of the cylinder. A micrometer adjustment is connected between each laser and its truck for adjusting a radial position of each sighting beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: George M. Gray, Daniel S. Cormier
  • Patent number: 6312482
    Abstract: A combined, integral steam generator coal gasifier includes a vertically elongated, all welded, gas tight enclosure with a burner zone having a double pitch sloping furnace floor and a slag tap extending therethrough. Successive zones located above the burner zone are provided with appropriate tube materials for conveying synthesis gas produced by the coal gasification process. A multi-pass convection pass zone having upflow and downflow passes is located at an upper portion of the enclosure and contains a plurality of superheater (primary and secondary) as well as economizer heating surfaces which extract heat from the synthesis gas to produce steam. An ash remover is connected to the outlet of the convection pass zone to remove ash from the synthesis gas exiting from the convection pass zone. The slag tap located at the bottom of the burner zone communicates with a slag tank or a drag chain deasher for receiving and removing slag from the burner zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: David E. James, Paul S. Larsen, Mark C. Godden, Ted V. Mull, Jr., Paul S. Weitzel
  • Patent number: 6290185
    Abstract: A solar thermal rocket that includes a thermal energy storage section, a radiant inter-heater, a primary solar concentrator, and a propulsion nozzle. The primary solar concentrator is selectively movable to direct solar energy to either the thermal energy storage section or to the radiant inter-heater. The thermal energy storage section, along with insulation, is arranged to define a cavity such that a focused beam of solar rays can enter the cavity through an aperture in the insulation. The thermal energy storage section typically absorbs and stores solar energy during the non-propulsion portion of the orbital period. The solar rays are captured and absorbed and thereby heat the thermal energy storage section to very high temperatures. A radiant inter-heater directly receives concentrated solar rays and transfers the heat to the propellant during the propulsion phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: BWX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Vail DeMars, Barry John Miles, Barry Gene Miller, Kurt Ogg Westerman
  • Patent number: 6282964
    Abstract: An EMAT device for non-destructive inspection of the surface of a tube for cracks using acoustic surface waves includes a pulsed magnet having an active surface for facing the surface of a tube to be inspected. A receive emat coil is on the active surface and a transmit emat coil is on the opposite surface of the receive coil. The transmit emat coil has a scan surface for scanning over the tube surface. A transmitter for generating and transmitting an RF signal to the transmit emat coil is provided for generating a transmitted acoustic wave signal along the tube, the transmitted wave creating a reflected acoustic wave if a crack in the tube is encountered, the reflected wave generating a reflection signal in the receive emat coil. A receiver is connected to the receive emat coil for receiving the reflection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignees: The Babcock & Wilcox Co, McDermott Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy W. Hancock, Daniel T. MacLauchlan, Ralph D. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6273940
    Abstract: A system for eliminating mist from a flue gas while providing air toxic control includes a wet scrubber housing having an inlet at one of the housing for the entry of the flue gas and an outlet at an opposite end of the housing for the exit of the flue gas. Sprayers are located in the housing for spraying the flue gas with a cleaning liquid in order to remove contaminants from the flue gas. At least one heat exchanger is located in the housing above the sprayers in order to remove entrained contaminants from the flue gas by cooling the flue gas. The flue gas is channeled from the inlet past the collection trays, sprayers and heat exchanger prior to exiting the housing through the outlet. A mist eliminator is also provided for eliminating mist from the flue gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Gregory T. Bielawski, Pervaje A. Bhat, Dennis W. Johnson, Robert B. Myers
  • Patent number: 6270254
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sensing temperature within a broad temperature range, includes a fiber optic having an etalon at one end for reflecting light supplied at an opposite end by a pair of light sources operating at different wavelengths. The light sources are either applied to the optical fiber at different times for discriminating between the wavelengths and producing a temperature signal based on the two wavelengths, or the light is simultaneously applied to the optical fiber from both sources and thereafter divided into its component wavelengths before reflected and reference light detectors detect light signals at the different wavelengths. Known etalon/optical fiber based temperature sensors having a usual maximum temperature range of 500° C. are thus modified to increase their range to as much as double this range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: McDermott Technology Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Berthold, Larry A. Jeffers
  • Patent number: 6269778
    Abstract: A CFB furnace or reactor unit is provided having enhanced circulation of the reagents finest particles. The improved circulation is achieved by recycling gas having entrained fine particles from a solids collection hopper connected to the solids separator back into the reactor. A system of one or more conduits connects the upper portion of the solids collection hopper with the reactor. The conduit system is equipped with means for recycling gas from the hopper to the reactor. The invention is an inexpensive system which permits recycling of the finest particles that would otherwise be carried over with the gas flow exiting the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Gary L. Anderson, Mikhail Maryamchik, Donald L. Wietzke
  • Patent number: 6270026
    Abstract: An improved main shaft for a coal pulverizer having a selected portion of the main shaft provided with an intervening material such as a thermally sprayed ceramic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Robert R. Piepho, David W. Gerber
  • Patent number: 6267358
    Abstract: A low pressure drop inlet arrangement for an absorber having straight walls has a perforated tray positioned above the gas inlet opening between the walls of the absorber. A ring around the outer edge of the tray lacks perforations, or the perforations are covered. A drip ledge may be positioned on the bottom of the tray around the inner edge of the non-perforated ring. Baffles are positioned over the tray as well. The baffles may extend between the walls of the absorber, or they may only occupy the space over the perforations in the tray and the size of the tray perforations may be varied to control the overall pressure drop. An absorber made in accordance with the invention experiences a low pressure drop at the gas inlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignees: The Babcock & Wilcox Company, McDermott Technologies Inc., Hudson Products Corporation
    Inventors: Wadie F. Gohara, William H. Hall, George B. Watson
  • Patent number: 6227712
    Abstract: An apparatus for modifying a gear casing used in coal pulverizer mills prevents lubricating oil leaks through worn O-rings by redirecting the oil in a different path which does not come into contact with the O-ring seals. An internal hose connection provides oil directly to a bearing top chamber through a passage in the bearing cartridge. A special connector is used to connect the internal hose to the passage. Several connector embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventor: Ronald D Mizak
  • Patent number: 6210076
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that eliminates the need for a derrick barge to lift the deck into place on a floating offshore structure. A connector is used to connect the transport barge to the floating offshore structure. The connector is a type that allows only relative pitch motions between the transport barge and floating offshore structure in response to sea states acting on the barge and floating offshore structure. The connector is also a type that allows disconnection while large forces are acting on the connector. One or more skidding girders attached to the legs of the deck support the legs of the deck above the skidding surface of the transport barge. A skidding surface on the girders, and complementary skidding surface on the surface of the transport barge and floating offshore structure, allow the deck to be skidded from the barge to the floating offshore structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: McDermott Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James Allan Haney, Daniel Major Houser
  • Patent number: 6205634
    Abstract: An improved floor for a recovery boiler furnace having a flat floor has a number of tubes in the floor immediately adjacent each of the sidewalls of the furnace oriented at an oblique angle to horizontal. A method of replacing the floor is provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Jerry D. Blue, James D. Fleming
  • Patent number: 6206614
    Abstract: A floating offshore drilling/producing structure. The structure is formed from a plurality of closely spaced vertically oriented buoyant columns on which one or more modules or decks may be placed to support process equipment, a drilling rig, utilities, and accommodations for personnel. The columns are held in the spaced relationship by a plurality of horizontal plates spaced along the length of the columns and vertical plates located near the bottom of the columns and near the top of the columns. Drilling and/or producing is accomplished through risers located approximately in the center of the structure. The structure includes fixed ballast, an oil storage area, and voids and variable ballast for offsetting the lighter weight of the stored oil. The columns have a smaller water plane area than the horizontal plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Deep Oil Technology, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert D. Blevins, John E. Halkyard, Edward E. Horton, III
  • Patent number: 6190628
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimizing the injecting of NOx inhibiting liquid reagent into the flue gas of a utility or industrial type boiler to reduce emissions of NOx including a temperature sensor for measuring the boiler flue gas temperature and a moveable conduit for injecting the NOx inhibiting reagent into the flue gas at a sensed predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Diamond Power International, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Randy Carter
  • Patent number: 6188327
    Abstract: A system for tagging and monitoring subsea installations such as valves used in hydrocarbon production includes a torque tool provided with a read/write head for inductive interaction with a data storage capsule on a valve installation, the capsule storing valve identification and status data. When the torque tool is operatively engaged with the shaft (or an adaptor) of the valve, the read/write head inductively energizes the capsule and inductively receives identification data from the capsule, as well as operating data of previous operation, and this data is sent to a console in an ROV so as to ensure correct identification of the valve and proper subsequent operation by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Mentor Subsea Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony R. Cousins, Timothy M. Lower
  • Patent number: 6176646
    Abstract: A riser guide and support mechanism for a floating vessel, and particularly a spar type structure, where the buoyancy can stem extends nearly the entire length of the floating vessel. A riser centralizing element is provided on the riser near the lower end of the buoyancy guide stem. Riser bend limiting elements are positioned on the riser so as to extend above and below the riser centralizing element. Since the buoyancy cans and buoyancy can stem are not required to rotate relative to the stem guides on the floating vessel, the stem guides can be formed from pipe sections that provide a much larger bearing area than is customary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Deep Oil Technology, Incorporated
    Inventors: Lyle David Finn, Paul Nelson Stanton
  • Patent number: 6174468
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for producing flexible fibers (30) of superconducting material includes a crucible (12) for containing a charge of the superconducting material. The material is melted in the crucible (12) and falls in a stream (18) through a bottom hole (16) in the crucible (12). The stream (18) falls through a protecting collar (22) which maintains the stream (18) at high temperatures. The stream (18) is then supplied through a downwardly directed nozzle (26) where it is subjected to a high velocity of a heated gas (36′) which breaks the melted superconducting material into ligaments which solidify into the flexible fibers (30). The fibers (30) are collected by directing them against a collection filter (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: McDermott Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas D. Zeigler, Barry L. Conrad, Richard A. Gleixner