Abstract: Contaminated glycol is refined by vacuum distillation. Specifically the evaporator is heated to a temperature below the degradation temperature of the glycol. The vacuum is used to bring the flashpoint down sufficiently so that glycol evaporates or flashes at that temperature. The glycol is condensed and filtered through activated granular carbon. The principal use of refining the glycol is to refine the triethylene glycol used in natural gas dehydration plants. For such purposes the equipment is mounted upon a trailer to be taken to the plant for cleaning glycol. In such instance, in addition to refining the glycol, a cleaning agent (which contains a degreaser) is added to the refined glycol. The glycol is refined while the natural gas dehydration plant is in normal operation and therefore it is not necessary to stop the natural gas dehydration plant for refining the glycol used therein. In addition, by the addition of the cleaning agent, the dehydrating plant equipment may be cleansed of hazardous waste.
Abstract: A machine for lifting and moving heavy slabs includes two channels connected only by a cable. The channels are placed against opposite edges of a slab. Each channel has a lower flange which is beveled so that the flange will scoop under the edge of the slab when moved toward the opposing channel. The channels are moved by attaching the cable to one channel and pulling the cable upward from the sheave on the other channel. Further lifting of the cable lifts the channels and the slab for moving.
Abstract: Oil which has been heated by use in a gas compressor is cooled by transferring the heat from the oil to gas upstream from the compressor. Specifically, the hot oil and gas leaving the compressor are separated by feeding the oil-gas mixture along a tangent of a cylindrical chamber. The oil drops through holes in the bottom of the chamber into a upper reservoir. The oil flows from the upper reservoir into a tube which extends through a heat exchange having cold natural gas outside the tube. The oil flows from the tube into a lower reservoir and from there into the compressor.
Abstract: A water system uses a pressure reservoir of an extremely small size. A valve device is placed between a water pump and the pressure reservoir. The valve device has a constant outlet pressure to limit the flow from the pump at high pressures. The pump is turned on and off by a pressure on/off switch. The valve device maintains the pressure to the reservoir at or below the off switch pressure except for a trickle flow. The trickle flow fills the reservoir when there is little or no water usage from the reservoir. The trickle flow is achieved by preventing the surfaces to seal by a projection or notch the valve surfaces of the valve device. Each time the valve opens any debris is washed from the valve surfaces thereby keeping them free of debris.
Abstract: A process for and a machine which builds levees in gumbo with moldboards which have knives welded to a blade which makes strips and then lumps of a sheet of gumbo. The machine is attached to a tractor by a three point hitch. The moldboards are adjusted by plates and discs which are connected by bolts in various holes in the plates and discs. A push board is attached to the rear of the machine for repairing damaged levees.
September 8, 2000
Date of Patent:
February 11, 2003
Miller-Newton Joint Venture
James N. Newton, Arthur E. Miller, John Taylor
Abstract: A snow blower augers snow scrapped from a path to a fan. The fan is co-axial with the auger at one end of an auger housing. A fan shaft extends through an auger tube. The fan shaft is supported on one end by a fan housing bearing attached to the housing and at the other end by a bearing in the auger tube. The auger is supported at one end by a drive housing bearing attached to the housing and at the other end by a bearing on the fan shaft. This arrangement makes it possible to have an open passage for the snow to move from the auger to the fan.
Abstract: A method of and structure for quickly changing beds upon a truck frame by pivoting tracks to the rear of the truck frame. The front of empty tracks are raised. A bed with the front propped up is pulled upon the tilted rails. The front is secured from moving upward. Skirts on the rails prevent side ways movement by the bed which is pinned to the rails at the rear. To remove the bed, the front of the rails are raised to permit the bed to slid down onto props at front.
Abstract: An agricultural implement attached to a farm tractor by a three point hitch is used to cut the top of mature cotton stalks, or shred harvested crops or mow turn rows. Knives are mounted on the bottom of vertical shafts which are rotated by belt driven pulleys. The pulleys are driven from a right angle gear box which is driven from the power take off of the tractor. The knives are staggered along either side of a beam traverse to the direction of travel, so that the knives cannot strike other knives as they mow over-lapping swaths.
Abstract: A gas analyzer for an oil drilling rig normally flows gas captured from a mud pit source through parallel paths from the gas source to a total gas analyzer. One of the paths is a loop path. Periodically the loop path is switched from the source to the total gas analyzer and connected to a path from an air supply to a chromatograph. After a short time during which the gas from the loop path is transferred to the chromatograph then the loop path is switched back to the original parallel path. This arrangement permits a small instrument to perform both the functions of total gas analyzer and chromatograph.
Abstract: A herbicide applicator is in the form of an extended tube with a bell on the bottom to restrict the spray of herbicides. The tube includes a pump at the bottom which is connected to a nozzle within the bell. The pump is operated by a rod extending to the top of the tube. The rod is spring biased in a down position. The pump is operated by lifting the rod at the top and releasing the rod. The spring in the pump forces a measured amount of herbicide upon the release.
Abstract: A water system uses a pressure tank of an extremely small size. Said pressure tank is of extremely small diameter and can be a variety of lengths. This pressure tank has an opening at one end for fluid inlet and an opening on the opposite end for fluid outlet. This pressure tank is placed inside the well casing or inside the fluid reservoir to protect it from freezing and vandals as well as hidden from landscaping efforts. The pressure tank utilizes a flexible diaphragm to separate the air chamber from the fluid chamber. Said diaphragm to be open at both ends and tube shaped to allow installation in a small diameter housing to be used inside small diameter well casing.
Abstract: A winged bomb is launched from a launch aircraft and glides to a target. During the glide the winged bomb follows a calculated guide path stored in a on board computer, with correction generated by the computer using data from an altimeter and global positioning receiver. Near the termination of the glide a television camera is activated and transmits signals to a remote location from which final correction are manually generated and transmitted by radio to the bomb. The bomb is designed with low radar cross section.
Abstract: A water system uses a pressure reservoir of an extremely small size. A valve device is placed between a water pump and the pressure reservoir. The valve device has a constant outlet pressure to limit the flow from the pump at high pressures. The pump is turned on and off by a pressure on/off switch. The valve device maintains the pressure to the reservoir at or below the on switch pressure except for a trickle flow. The trickle flow fills the reservoir when there is little or no water usage from the reservoir. The trickle flow is achieved by a notch in the valve surfaces of the valve device or by a projection preventing the surfaces to seal. Each time the valve opens any debris in the notch is washed from the notch thereby keeping the notch free of debris. Back flow of the trickle is prevented with a roll seal valve by restricting the trickle to a flow path and incorporating a check valve in the flow path.
Abstract: The method and structure of a moisture measuring device that creates an electric field and then determines a moisture content of a specimen based on the effect the moisture of the specimen has on the electric field.
Abstract: Nasopharyngeal congestion, irritation, and inflammation and associated upper respiratory infections such a otitis media, sinusitis are adjunctivly treated and prevented by nasal application of xylitol/xylose in a saline solution.
Abstract: A heart defect in the form of an hole is corrected by placing a patch over the hole. The patch is first attached to an uninflated balloon which is placed distally of the hole. The balloon is inflated with fluid and the patch is positioned upon the hole. After endothelialization the balloon is deflated and removed through a small hole in the patch. The small hole in the patch is closed by a purse string. During endothelialization the balloon is held in place by a disk or second balloon on the proximate side of the defect.