Patents Examined by Charles Bushey
  • Patent number: 10670028
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a load bearing direct-drive system for driving a fan in a cooling system such as a wet-cooling tower, air-cooled heat exchanger, HVAC system, hybrid cooling tower, mechanical tower or chiller system. The present invention includes a variable process control system that is based on the integration of key features and characteristics such as tower thermal performance, fan speed and airflow, motor torque, fan pitch, fan speed, fan aerodynamic properties, and pump flow. The variable process control system processes feedback signals from multiple locations in order to control a high torque, low variable speed, load bearing motor to drive the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Prime Datum Development Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick M. Rollins, George Lucas, Joseph Costello
  • Patent number: 10632429
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bottom-up liquid infusion system. The system includes a container portion and an infusion portion. The container portion includes a container upper body and a container lower body connected with the container upper body. The bottom layer portion of the container upper body is provided with a plurality of upper circulating holes and a plurality of upper protruding plugs. The bottom layer portion of the container lower body is provided with a plurality of lower circulating holes and lower protruding plugs. The container upper body and the container lower body can relatively rotate, and can be transformed between a circulation state and a blocking state. The present invention further discloses an infusion portion. The present invention can realize efficient infusion, does not generate waste and can solve the cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Yuk Hang Lau
  • Patent number: 10113326
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a modular heat exchange tower having a first module that includes a first basin disposed therein and a second module having a second basin disposed therein. The aforementioned modular heat exchange tower may also include heat exchange sections, which are disposed in the first module and the second module. The first module and the second module may be assembled prior to being transported to a job site and installed in the modular heat exchange tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Maurer, Paul Hink
  • Patent number: 10101098
    Abstract: A thermal insulation system can include a body of heated material at an elevated temperature. A layer of porous insulating material can be placed adjacent to and in fluid communication with the body of heated material. The insulating layer can contain distributed liquid water in an amount sufficient to cool the insulating layer through evaporative vapor flow toward the body of heated material. The amount of water can be sufficient to provide water vapor for inhibiting the diffusion and adsorption of hydrocarbons from the heated material. The insulating layer can include a continuous vapor phase. A heat sink material at a lower temperature can be placed adjacent to the insulating layer and opposite from the body of heated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Red Leaf Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bunger
  • Patent number: 10071179
    Abstract: An assembly adapted to evaporate a volatile fluid having a device and a refill which are detachable from one another: the device includes a magnetic induction coil configured to operate with an alternating current passed therethrough at a frequency of between substantially 20 KHz to substantially 500 KHz and a volatile fluid transport part receiving area containing at least one piece of heat-conducting, non-magnetic metal foil and/or deposited heat-conducting, non-magnetic metal; and the refill includes a reservoir for the volatile fluid, a volatile fluid transport part to draw the fluid from the reservoir, and at least one magnetic susceptor having a coercivity of substantially 50 ampere/meter (HC) to substantially 1500 ampere/meter (HC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Paul John Duffield
  • Patent number: 10066872
    Abstract: In the air disperser (4) having a number of components including a top, a bottom and an outer circumferential wall forming a space (45) defined within an inner radius and an outer radius and having an air inlet (81), a set of guide vanes (7), and an air outlet (82) at the inner radius adapted to be positioned above a feed outlet from atomizing means, at least some of the components are formed by precision metal forming such as metal spinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Process Engineering A/S
    Inventor: Kent Lückstädt Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10066846
    Abstract: Provided is a floating type humidifier, and particularly, a floating type humidifier which can prevent, when a floating type humidifier discharging water particles or vapor while floating on water in a water tank loses a balance thereof and falls, the water stored in the water tank from flushing abruptly and even though a water tank falls due to external force such as an earthquake or carelessness of a user, water stored in the water tank is prevented from being abruptly discharged to minimize a cleaning operation which occurs as much water is discharged, the floating type humidifier can prevent foreign materials from being input in the water stored in the water tank, and the floating type humidifier can be stably used even at places including a hospital, a kindergarten, and a home where a lot of children move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MIRO CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Min Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 10066177
    Abstract: A method for dehydrating liquid fuel is disclosed. The method includes injecting a supply of dry gas into a liquid fuel via an outlet submerged in the liquid fuel. Also, a system for dehydrating liquid fuel is disclosed having a container for storing a liquid fuel, a line for delivering a supply of dry gas, and an outlet disposed near the bottom of the container and connected to the gas line for injecting dry gas into the liquid fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph K-W Lam, Craig P. Lawson, Marc Wetterwald
  • Patent number: 10052609
    Abstract: A tower packing element, a tower packing, a packing tower, and a mixer comprising the tower packing element are provided. The tower packing element are manufactured by a deformed plate and comprises a plurality of strip assemblies arranged along a longitudinal direction of the tower packing element and a connecting plate portion connected between adjacent strip assemblies. Each of the strip assemblies defines a central passage therein, and the central passage is extended in a lateral direction of the tower packing element. The connecting plate portion is extended along the lateral direction of the tower packing element. The adjacent strip assemblies and the connecting plate portion connected therebetween define a side passage parallel to the central passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Runxing Xie, Hongping Tang, Jiazhuo Lv, Changzhi Wang
  • Patent number: 10052593
    Abstract: A liquid aerating device is presented. The device includes a first inner channel through which air flows in a first direction, a second inner channel extending substantially parallel to the first inner channel, wherein liquid flows through the second inner channel in a second direction that is opposite of the first direction, and an aeration chamber. The aeration chamber is connected to the first inner channel and the second inner channel, and positioned such that the air flows into the first inner channel from the aeration chamber and the liquid flows out of the second inner channel into the aeration chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Byung Eun Min
  • Patent number: 10053373
    Abstract: A feed liquid flows into a second-stage humidifier chamber to form a second-stage humidifier bath. A first remnant of the feed liquid from the second-stage humidifier chamber then flows into a first-stage humidifier chamber to form a first-stage humidifier bath having a temperature lower than that of the second-stage bath. A second remnant of the feed liquid is then removed from the first-stage humidifier. Meanwhile, a carrier gas is injected into and bubbled through the first-stage humidifier bath, collecting a vaporizable component in vapor form from the first remnant of the feed liquid to partially humidify the carrier gas. The partially humidified carrier gas is then bubbled through the second-stage humidifier bath, where the carrier gas collects more of the vaporizable component in vapor form from the feed liquid to further humidify the carrier gas before the humidified carrier gas is removed from the second-stage humidifier chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Prakash Narayan Govindan, Mostafa H. Elsharqawy, Steven Lam, Maximus G. St. John, John H. Lienhard
  • Patent number: 10047964
    Abstract: The electrical connections of a chamber or enclosure for a water tub can be protected through the use of spill element sensors. The spill element sensors can help to disable the delivery of power to the heater of a water tub in the event that the electrical connections become wet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Jeremy Livingston Miller
  • Patent number: 10046502
    Abstract: The present invention involves a fabrication of plastic-tube-screen-fill using plastic tubes. The plastic-tube-screen-fill consists of several plastic tubes suspended to between top and bottom ring-shaped hole perforated frames in the shape of a rectangular thin plate as a vertical string screen. The top and bottom ring-shaped hole perforated frames are in same configuration to be used in two ways and fabricated by assembling a cup-shaped hole perforated frame and tube-holder-frame. The tube-holder-frame is a male push-fit band connector with several short solid rods positioned and fixed on band for push-fitting into the cup-shaped holes on the cup-shaped hole perforated frame. The solid rod on tube-holder-frame has a male push-fit connector on its lower part to be push-fitted into one edge of tube. The tubes used in the present invention are spiral corrugated tubes. Fabrication and assembling method of perforated frames, tube-holder-frames, and spiral corrugated tubes are described in this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Chong Mook Park
  • Patent number: 10035110
    Abstract: A fine bubble generating device is provided, including: a main body, having an inlet, an outlet and a venturi tube mechanism located between the inlet and the outlet, the venturi tube mechanism having a neck portion communicating with outside; a bubble fining mechanism, having at least one passage which is smaller than the inlet in cross-sectional area, the at least one passage communicating with and between the venturi tube mechanism and the outlet. The bubble fining mechanism includes a first vortex member having at least one first slant hole and a second vortex member having at least one second slant hole. The at least one first slant hole and the at least one second slant hole are inclined toward opposite directions, and the first vortex member and the second vortex member is disposed between the venturi tube mechanism and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Chao-Chung Wu
  • Patent number: 10034572
    Abstract: A device for the convenient frothing or mixing or agitating of milk or other liquids is disclosed. The unit may take many forms, but common to nearly all is that the user simply pours or dispenses the liquid from the devices vessel or holding area, and as the fluid flows to the devices exit spout, the fluid is frothed, thus providing a “Pour to Froth” experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Steven Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 10026976
    Abstract: A humidifier for a fuel cell system is provided to improve humidification efficiency of a hollow fiber improving a gas flow inside a membrane module into which tube side air and moist air are introduced. The humidifier includes a membrane module in which hollow fibers are fixed inside a case in a bundle form and a first manifold and a second manifold each assembled at both ends of the case. An inside of the membrane module includes a tube side air supply tube which forms a gas flow in the same direction as the hollow fiber and one side of the tube side air supply tube includes at least one moist air pumping part configured to suction moist air flowing in an exterior of the tube side air supply tube by a flow velocity and a flow pressure of tube side air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yong Gyu Noh, Hyun Yoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10022681
    Abstract: A system and method of injecting a gas enriched and/or emulsified first liquid into a second liquid is disclosed. The injection can cause generation of a high density of bubbles having a mean diameter of a selected size. The mean diameter of the bubbles can be selected and varied based on the characteristics of the injection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: James Richard Spears MD PLLC, Eco Too, LLC
    Inventors: James Richard Spears, James W. Ridgway
  • Patent number: 10011042
    Abstract: An object is extruded to have the form of a cage, the cage defined by spokes corresponding to several extrudate streams. The spokes bound a hollow interior and extend between opposed hub regions where the spokes are fused together. In manufacturing the objects, ceramic material is extruded through multiple dies arrayed around an extrusion axis, the dies mounted to permit controlled movement of the dies during the course of extrusion to vary the position of extrudate streams exiting the dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Crawford, John Douglas
  • Patent number: 10012402
    Abstract: Disclosed is a top-fill humidifier easy to wash and without water leakage. The humidifier comprises a single-piece body having a hollow chamber with a wall and bottom; and an isolator removably assembled in the chamber to divide the chamber into a storage sub-chamber between the isolator and the wall of the chamber and a vaporizing sub-chamber between the isolator and the bottom of the chamber. In such a humidifier, the isolator divides the chamber in the body into a storage chamber and a vaporizing chamber, which may solve the problem of water leakage and facilitate the washing of the humidifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Jingbo Cai, Xiong Yang
  • Patent number: 10005004
    Abstract: An oil scrub column having a petroleum spirit section and an oil section where each section has mass transfer trays having a plurality of runoff elements that extend parallel to and at a distance from one another, to form angular profiles. The runoff elements have first and second runoff surfaces that converge to form an edge. Scrubbing media introduced onto the edges of the runoff elements flows off via the runoff surfaces at both sides of the edge. The oil section has a greater number of mass transfer trays than the petroleum spirit section. The petroleum spirit section is shorter than the oil section. The mass transfer trays of the petroleum spirit section may be sieve trays, bubble trays or valve trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Gerhard Alzner, Christian Matten