Abstract: A test card incorporates a colorimetric indicator test to determine the presence of a minute amount of a specific substance in a liquid medium. The test card includes top and bottom sheets adhesively secured to an intermediate frame member which, together with the top and bottom sheets, defines a filter chamber having a flat filter therein which incorporates a test portion. The test portion of the filter has a binding substrate to which antibodies of the specific substance have been bound. This binding substrate is in communication with a test port. In the method of the invention a substance to be tested is administered through the test port and contains an unknown amount of antigen. After the sample is administered an aqueous solution of enzyme labelled antigen is administered and, subsequently, a liquid substrate is added to cause a color change in the filter below the test port inversely proportional to the amount of antigen contained in the sample administered at the test port.
Abstract: An improved method for producing high temperature superconductors comprising sintering ceramic superconductor material in a sealed confinement chamber made of non-reactive impervious material, thereby preventing loss of oxygen from the material during heating and eliminating the need for reoxygenation after sintering.
March 13, 1989
Date of Patent:
May 19, 1992
Southwest Research Institute
Martin J. Sablik, Colin I. Nicholls, Robert E. Anderson
Abstract: An improved prosthesis holder for retaining a prosthesis in the desired position with respect to the femoral canal of a femur during surgery. The holder comprises a holding unit member specially adapted for positioning in cooperative association with the neck of the prosthesis so as to provide improved holding, protective and positioning characteristics to the holder.
Abstract: An improvement in the method and apparatus for transversely folding a continuous tubular sleeve. The sleeve is unwound onto a plurality of movable conformators mounted on a rotatable platen which supports the folded sleeve segments. After the desired amount of concentric folds are formed, the platen and conformators are rotated essentially 90.degree. to bring the folded segment into a horizontal plane for extraction. Also disclosed is a mobile device for performing the extraction of the folded sheath segment.
Abstract: A refractory composition for forming shaped refractories comprising from about 60 to 85% by weight of a dead-burned magnesite and, correspondingly, about 15 to 40% by weight of a magnesia-alumina spinel grain; said refractory having a total lime and silica content of about 2 to 4% by weight and a lime-to-silica ratio (CaO:SiO.sub.2) greater than about 1.
Abstract: A polyvinylidene fluoride product having at least one surface with improved adhesion to an incompatible polymer, said at least one surface covered with a porous polyvinylidene fluoride layer adhered thereto without a bonding intermediate, the process of forming the polyvinylidene fluoride product, and laminates thereof with non-adherent polymers.
Abstract: A composition capable of preserving moisture-containing agriculture products succeptible to mold spoilage from mold spoilage for an extended period of time comprising a mold-inhibiting agent, a quaternary ammonium compound, and a polyglycol and the method of preserving agricultural products utilizing the composition.
Abstract: A fingerprinting system comprising means capable of releasably retaining a liquid and a liquid composition releasably retained in said means, said liquid composition comprising a leuco chromogenic compound and an oleophilic solvent therefor, and a substrate for receiving fingerprints associated therewith, said substrate being coated on at least a portion of one surface thereof with a color-developing substance capable of reacting with said chromogenic compound to produce a colored reaction product. The invention also comprises the method of fingerprinting utilizing such system.
Abstract: A slide gate assembly for use with a metal-working vessel comprising at least one stationary refractory plate and at least one sliding refractory plate slidably engaged with said stationary plate, said refractory plates each having at least one passage therethrough and spaced in relation to each other such that said sliding refractory plate can be moved to bring its passage into and out of alignment with the passage of said at least one stationary plate to effect discharge or retention of molten metal in said metal-working vessel; at least a portion of each of said refractory plates consisting essentially of an unburned high-strength carbon-bonded magnesite refractory containing at least about 5% by weight carbon and at least about 74% by weight magnesite.
Abstract: A composition consisting essentially of a polyvinylidene fluoride polymer or copolymer having distributed substantially uniformly therethrough elastomeric particles, said elastomer being capable of absorbing hydrocarbons and fixing them in the composition and being present in an amount sufficient to increase the elongation and flexibility of the composition in the presence of hydrocarbons and shaped articles made therefrom.
Abstract: An encapsulated food product consisting essentially of a solid comestible completely coated with a substantially uniform outer shell of an edible polymer of a type and of a thickness sufficient to prevent the diffusion of flavor and/or color elements from said comestible into a liquid medium or from said liquid medium into said coated comestible, canned or bottled food products containing the same, and the method of making such products.
Abstract: A rebonded, fused brick resulting from burning a mix consisting essentially of a fused magnesite chrome grain, a fused chrome-magnesite grain or mixtures thereof, and a chrome ore having a Cr.sub.2 O.sub.3 /(Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 +Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3) ratio of at least about 1.15, a maximum silica content of about 3.85, and an Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 content of less than about 25% by weight.
Abstract: A hand-held aspirating device comprising a main housing having a handle and a barrel, said barrel having a front end and a rear portion, said handle having a lower end and an upper end communicating with said rear portion of said barrel; actuating means extending from said main housing beneath said barrel, means operatively associated with said actuating means to normally maintain said actuating means in an extended position, said actuating means being actuable in a direction generally parallel to said barrel to move said actuating means rearwardly toward said handle; suction means including a suction chamber disposed within said housing and responsive to the actuation of said actuating means for creating a suction within said suction chamber; a container means for receiving aspirate, said container means being removably connected to said handle; a first conduit within said housing, said first conduit having two ends, one of said ends normally being in fluid-flow communication with said container means and th
Abstract: An electrochemical drug release article containing an electrically conducting self-doped carbazole polymer of the formula: ##STR1## wherein A is a bifunctional molecule capable of bonding to a positively charged molecule at one end and is capable of bonding to a flexible spacer group Z at another end, Z is a flexible spacer group capable of bonding to an anionic group A at one end and is capable of bonding either to a nitrogen or aromatic electron withdrawing or electron donating group at another end, E is a bifunctional molecule capable of bonding to nitrogen at one end and is capable of bonding to a flexible spacer group Z at another end, X is a positively charged counterion, and n is at least 2.
August 8, 1989
Date of Patent:
February 19, 1991
Stephen T. Wellinghoff, Charles K. Baker
Abstract: A tundish consisting essentially of a rigid metallic outer casing having walls and a bottom at least one permanent layer of heat insulating material adjacent said casing, and a unitary, integrally formed expendable inner lining made of a hydrocarbon-free refractory composition and having at least one liquid metal flow control device integrally formed therewith, the lining being chemically compatible with the molten metal to be placed in the tundish. The invention also comprises the unitary integrally formed expendable lining and the method to form the same.
Abstract: A low thermal conductivity, high strength refractory castable composition with high abrasion resistance consisting essentially of about 55 to 80% by weight amorphous silica, about 5 to 25% by weight of a calcined alumino-silicate aggregate having a density of about 30 to 70 pcf and a particle size of about -10 to +65 mesh, about 5 to 40% by weight of calcined fireclay fines, about 1 to 10% by weight of a flow aid for particle packing, and about 5 to 25% by weight of a calcium aluminate cement.
Abstract: A lance adapted for metallurgical treatment comprising an elongated tube-shaped member having a refractory coating thereon and a sleeve of carbon bonded refractory fitted about the tube-shaped member at the slagline to protect the slagline region thereof.
Abstract: A composition for lining or coating surfaces, comprising at least one fluoro terpolymer and at least one acrylic resin, said fluoro terpolymer consisting essentially of, on a molar basis, of: (a) 70 to 85% of units derived from vinylidene fluoride, (b) 10 to 25% of units derived from tetrafluoroethylene, and (c) 3 to 9% of units derived from chlorotrifluoroethylene, and composites coated with such composition.
Abstract: An oil well swabbing device having a pressure activated valve for use in closing a fluid passage therein when the swabbing device is submerged under liquid in a well casing corresponding to a predetermined valve closing pressure; the pressure-activated valve comprising a pressure collapsible bladder such as a bellows or diaphragm, a valve and seat interposed in the fluid passage, and an actuator rod connecting the valve to the pressure collapsible bladder such that the valve is closed when the bladder is collapsed to a degree corresponding to the predetermined valve closing pressure. Improved speed brakes, catchers, and position indicators for oil well swabbing devices are also disclosed.