Patents Examined by Brian McCaig
  • Patent number: 10703876
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for thermally de-manufacturing tires and other materials. The apparatus is a retort chamber with various zones in which tires are combusted to provide energy for the thermal depolymerization reaction, depolymerization takes place, and products leave the retort chamber. In one embodiment, the process reacts water with iron present in steel-belted tires to produce hydrogen, which helps to break sulfur-sulfur bonds in vulcanized materials. The water also helps control the temperature of the reaction, which allows for control over the types and relative amounts of the various depolymerization products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PRTI Global Management LLC.
    Inventors: Wayne Machon, Jason Williams
  • Patent number: 10703993
    Abstract: A method for refining fuel oil comprises subjecting fuel oil to an extraction treatment with an extraction agent to extract a light component from the fuel oil, so as to obtain a light oil mixture containing the light component of the fuel oil and the extraction agent. The extraction agent is selected from the group consisting of a matter composed of oil and miscible with the light component of the fuel oil, a non-polar compound in a gaseous state at the room temperature and atmospheric pressure, and a combination thereof. The extraction agent is in a liquid state during the extraction treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: METAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
    Inventors: Teng-Chien Chen, Chun-Hung Hung, Chi-Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 10702790
    Abstract: A sodium carbonate production system for recapturing thermal energy lost during sodium carbonate manufacturing includes a triple effect evaporator apparatus, a thermal energy waste recovery apparatus, and a barometric surface condenser. The thermal energy waste recovery apparatus comprises an ammonia heat exchanger in operational communication with the triple effect evaporator apparatus. An ammonia turbine is in operational communication with the ammonia heat exchanger. An electric generator is in operational communication with the ammonia turbine to produce electricity. An ammonia compressor is in operational communication with the ammonia turbine and the ammonia heat exchanger. The ammonia heat exchanger is in operational communication with the barometric surface condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Warren Abbott
  • Patent number: 10703649
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved catalytic fast pyrolysis process for increased yield of useful and desirable products. In particular, the process comprises an improved catalytic fast pyrolysis process for producing aromatic compounds, such as, for example, benzene, toluene and xylenes, from biomass feedstock containing impurities, such as, for example alkali and alkaline earth metal, sulfur and nitrogen components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Anellotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Shi, Charles Sorensen, Terry Mazanec, Ruozhi Song, Sandeep Goud, Scott Han, Yu-Ting Cheng, Victoria L. Frank, William F. Igoe, Jr., Marc Schneidkraut
  • Patent number: 10696910
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a heavy oil may be processed by a method that may include upgrading at least a portion of the heavy oil to form an upgraded oil, where the upgrading comprises contacting the heavy oil with a hydrodemetalization catalyst, a transition catalyst, a hydrodenitrogenation catalyst, and a hydrocracking catalyst to remove at least a portion of metals, nitrogen, or aromatics content from the heavy oil and form the upgraded oil. The method may further include passing at least a portion of the upgraded oil to a separation device that separates the upgraded oil into one or more transportation fuels; and where the final boiling point of the upgraded oil is less than or equal to 540° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Kareemuddin Shaik, Lianhui Ding, Mazin Tamimi, Ibrahim Abba, Abdennour Bourane
  • Patent number: 10696909
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a heavy oil may be processed by a method that may include upgrading at least a portion of the heavy oil to form an upgraded oil, where the upgrading includes contacting the heavy oil with a hydrodemetalization catalyst, a transition catalyst, a hydrodenitrogenation catalyst, and a hydrocracking catalyst to remove at least a portion of metals, nitrogen, or aromatics content from the heavy oil and form the upgraded oil; and passing the upgraded oil to a steam cracker and steam cracking the upgraded oil to form a steam-cracked effluent; and where the final boiling point of the upgraded oil is less than or equal to 540° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Kareemuddin Shaik, Lianhui Ding, Mazin Tamimi, Ibrahim Abba, Abdennour Bourane
  • Patent number: 10689585
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a heavy oil may be processed by a method that may include upgrading at least a portion of the heavy oil to form an upgraded oil, where the upgrading comprising contacting the heavy oil with a hydrodemetalization catalyst, a transition catalyst, a hydrodenitrogenation catalyst, a first hydrocracking catalyst, and a second hydrocracking catalyst downstream of the first hydrocracking catalyst to remove at least a portion of metals, nitrogen, or aromatics content from the heavy oil and form the upgraded oil. The final boiling point of the upgraded oil may be less than or equal to 540° C. The second hydrocracking catalyst cracks at least a portion of vacuum gas oil in the heavy oil. The first hydrocracking catalyst may comprise a greater average pore size than the second hydrocracking catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Kareemuddin Shaik, Lianhui Ding, Mazin Tamimi, Ibrahim Abba, Abdennour Bourane
  • Patent number: 10688479
    Abstract: A hydroprocessing catalyst or catalyst precursor has been developed. The catalyst is a crystalline transition metal tungstate material or metal sulfides derived therefrom. The hydroprocessing using the crystalline ammonia transition metal tungstate material may include hydrodenitrification, hydrodesulfurization, hydrodemetallation, hydrodesilication, hydrodearomatization, hydroisomerization, hydrotreating, hydrofining, and hydrocracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Miller, Susan C. Koster
  • Patent number: 10689264
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to desalination systems are described herein. According to some embodiments, the desalination systems are hybrid systems comprising one or more first desalination units and one or more second desalination units. In some embodiments, the one or more second desalination units, which may form a fluidic circuit that is located downstream from the one or more first desalination units, may be configured to desalinate higher salinity liquid streams than the one or more first desalination units. In certain embodiments, the one or more first desalination units are operated under steady-state conditions and/or configured to operate under steady-state conditions. In certain embodiments, the one or more second desalination units are transiently operated and/or configured to facilitate transient operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Gradiant Corporation
    Inventors: Maximus G. St. John, Steven Lam, Prakash Narayan Govindan
  • Patent number: 10682586
    Abstract: A device is provided having a fermentation chamber having one or more inlets to receive a mixed stream to be fermented and an outlet to release fermented product; a distillation vessel surrounding the fermentation chamber having communication with the fermentation chamber outlet to receive fermented product to be distilled and a turbine located within the outlet of the fermentation chamber, the turbine having a rotor rotatable by force of flow of fermented product from the fermentation chamber to the distillation vessel, to generate electricity. A sidewall common to both the fermentation chamber and distillation vessel allows for heat transfer of heat generated from fermentation to the distillation vessel to heat the product to be distilled. A method of fermenting and distilling a product is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Quinton Downe
  • Patent number: 10682609
    Abstract: A method of regenerating an ammonium bicarbonate solution includes supplying a diluted ammonium bicarbonate solution to an upper portion of a distillation unit, an upper portion of an ammonia condenser, and an upper portion of an absorber; distilling the diluted solution to discharge a first gas mixture, supplying the first gas mixture to a lower portion of the ammonium condenser; bringing the first gas mixture into contact with the diluted solution to be separated into a first mixed solution and a second gas mixture, supplying the first mixed solution to the upper portion of the absorber, and supplying the second gas mixture to a lower portion of the absorber; and bringing the second gas mixture into contact with the diluted solution supplied to the upper portion of the absorber and the first mixed solution supplied to the upper portion of the absorber to recover a concentrated ammonium bicarbonate solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BENIT M CO, LTD
    Inventor: Ki-Joon Kang
  • Patent number: 10682587
    Abstract: A system for removing moisture from a hydrocarbon-based fluid is described. The system comprises a sealable and vacuum rated chamber disposed within a separator vessel. An open cell reticulated foam media is packed inside the chamber. The hydrocarbon-based fluid may fill the vacuum rated chamber. A vacuum may be applied to the chamber causing undesirable moisture in the fluid to boil under differential vacuum. The reticulated foam media increases the efficacy of the boiling process. Described also is a method for dehydrating a hydrocarbon-based fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Darren Grant Manns, Daniel Weeden
  • Patent number: 10682632
    Abstract: A hydroprocessing catalyst or catalyst precursor has been developed. The catalyst is a transition metal tungstate material or metal sulfides derived therefrom. The hydroprocessing using the crystalline ammonia transition metal tungstate material may include hydrodenitrification, hydrodesulfurization, hydrodemetallation, hydrodesilication, hydrodearomatization, hydroisomerization, hydrotreating, hydrofining, and hydrocracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Miller, Susan C. Koster
  • Patent number: 10676677
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving thermal-mechanical stress resistance in a delayed coking drum having a drum shell. The apparatus includes a support skirt section configured to mount to and to assist in supporting the coking drum above a ground surface. A joining edge joins the support skirt section to an exterior portion of the drum shell. A T-shaped slot is formed in the support skirt section and is located proximate the joining edge. The T-shaped slot may be formed by a vertical slot portion and a horizontal slot portion joined together as a single slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AZZ WSI LLC
    Inventor: Tony Scandroli
  • Patent number: 10677104
    Abstract: Certain aspects of natural gas liquid fractionation plant waste heat conversion to simultaneous power, cooling and potable water using integrated mono-refrigerant triple cycle and modified MED system can be implemented as a system that includes two heating fluid circuits thermally coupled to multiple heat sources of a NGL fractionation plant. An integrated triple cycle system, which includes an organic Rankine cycle (ORC), a refrigeration cycle and an ejector refrigeration cycle, is thermally coupled to the first heating fluid circuit. A MED system, configured to produce potable water, thermally coupled to the second heating fluid circuit. The system includes a control system configured to actuate control valves to selectively thermally couple the heating fluid circuits to portions of the heat sources of the NGL fractionation plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mahmoud Bahy Mahmoud Noureldin, Akram Hamed Mohamed Kamel
  • Patent number: 10669492
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems and processes for producing olefins and/or dienes. The processes may include: thermally cracking a hydrocarbon containing feed to produce a cracked hydrocarbon effluent containing a mixture of olefins and paraffins; and catalytically cracking the cracked hydrocarbon effluent to produce a catalytically cracked effluent containing additional olefins and/or dienes. The systems may include a reaction zone for thermally cracking a hydrocarbon containing feed to produce a cracked hydrocarbon effluent containing a mixture of olefins and paraffins; and, a catalytic cracking reaction zone for catalytically cracking the cracked hydrocarbon effluent to produce a catalytically cracked hydrocarbon effluent containing additional olefins and/or dienes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LUMMUS TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Kandasamy Meenakshi Sundaram
  • Patent number: 10662824
    Abstract: Certain aspects of a natural gas liquid fractionation plant waste heat conversion to power using Organic Rankine Cycle can be implemented as a system. The system includes a heating fluid circuit thermally coupled to multiple heat sources of a natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation plant. The system includes a power generation system that includes an organic Rankine cycle (ORC), which includes (i) a working fluid that is thermally coupled to the heating fluid circuit to heat the working fluid, and (ii) an expander configured to generate electrical power from the heated working fluid. The system includes a control system configured to actuate a set of control valves to selectively thermally couple the heating fluid circuit to at least a portion of the multiple heat sources of the NGL fractionation plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mahmoud Bahy Mahmoud Noureldin, Akram Hamed Mohamed Kamel
  • Patent number: 10663234
    Abstract: Certain implementations of natural gas liquid fractionation plant waste heat conversion to simultaneous cooling capacity and potable water using Kalina Cycle and modified multi-effect distillation system can be implemented as a system. The system includes first waste heat recovery heat exchanger configured to heat a first buffer fluid stream by exchange with a first heat source in a natural gas liquid fractionation plant. The system includes a water desalination system comprising a first train of one or more desalination heat exchangers configured to heat saline by exchange with the heated first buffer fluid stream to generate fresh water and brine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mahmoud Bahy Mahmoud Noureldin, Akram Hamed Mohamed Kamel
  • Patent number: 10655077
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for using a three-product deasphalter to produce advantageous combinations of deasphalted oil, resin, and rock. The desaphalted oil, resin, and rock can then be further combined, optionally with other vacuum gas oil fractions produced during the distillation that generated the feed to the three-product deasphalter, to produce a product slate of improved quality while also maintaining the quality of the resulting asphalt product and reducing or minimizing the amount of lower value products generated. The additional “resin” product from the three product deasphalter can be generated by sequential deasphalting, by using a resin settler to separate resin from the deasphalted oil, or by any other convenient method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Keith K. Aldous, Kamal Boussad, Kendall S. Fruchey, Sara K. Green
  • Patent number: 10640459
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for inhibiting the formation of by-products from dinitriles, such as the formation of cyclopentylideneimine (CPI) from Adiponitrile (ADN), comprising adding an effective amount of a Brønsted acid to the ADN. Also disclosed is a method of refining a dinitrile compound by distillation the method comprising the steps of: (a) supplying (i) a feedstream comprising the dinitrile compound and (ii) a Brønsted acid to a distillation apparatus; and (b) withdrawing from the distillation apparatus an overhead distillate stream comprising the dinitrile compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INVISTA North America S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: William J. Tenn, III