Patents Examined by Charles S. Bushey
  • Patent number: 10596484
    Abstract: A packing has a plurality of sheet materials spaced and arranged in parallel, and liquid flows along the flat surface thereof in a standing use state. Each sheet material has at least one member group including a plurality of support members arranged such that the upper end of the uppermost support member corresponds to the upper end of the sheet material and the lower end of the lowermost support member corresponds to the lower end of the sheet material. Each support member has a pair of support walls parallel to the liquid flow direction and perpendicular to the sheet material surface, and a bridging part connecting the support walls. A sandwiching structure is formed that one sheet material is held by at least one support member attached thereto and at least one support member attached to an adjacent sheet material, and it extends linearly through the plurality of sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Iso, Jian Huang, Mariko Saga, Shinsuke Matsuno, Hiroyuki Uchida, Naoki Fujiwara, Kenji Takano, Kenji Tokuda, Shiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10596483
    Abstract: A vapor-liquid contact tray apparatus includes a tray having a plurality of apertures for passage of fluid through the tray. The apertures are arranged in a first group of three adjacent rows extending substantially parallel to a main liquid flow path of the tray. Apertures of the middle row are offset along the main liquid flow path on the tray from adjacent apertures of the other two rows to form a triangular pattern of adjacent apertures across the three adjacent rows. The apertures have a length and a width, each length is oriented substantially parallel to its row and each width is oriented substantially perpendicular to its row. Centers of adjacent apertures within each row are separated by a first spacing which is equal to or between 2.5 and 4.5 times the average length of the apertures in that row. Adjacent rows are separated by a second spacing which is equal to or between 1.5 and 2.5 times the average width of the apertures of the adjacent rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sulzer Chemtech AG
    Inventors: Mark W. Pilling, Sven Gl├╝er, Peter Wilkinson, Ryan E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10578324
    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 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Jeremy Livingston Miller
  • Patent number: 10576450
    Abstract: A structured packing sheet includes a top interface region, a first turning region, a central region, a second turning region, and a bottom interface region. The central region includes a plurality of corrugations extending thereacross in a linear fashion and arranged generally parallel to each other. The plurality of corrugations are arranged at a first angle with respect to a vertical axis. The top interface region and the bottom interface region include the plurality of corrugations extending thereacross in a linear fashion. The plurality of corrugations are arranged at a second angle with respect to the vertical axis. The second angle is smaller than the first angle. The first turning region and the second turning region include the plurality of corrugations extending thereacross. The plurality of corrugations have a plurality of breaks in the first turning region and the second turning region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GTC Technology US LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Bradley Fleming, Casey F. Bowles, Michael J. Binkley
  • Patent number: 10571126
    Abstract: Manufactured articles, and methods of manufacturing enhanced wear protected components and articles. More particularly, wear protected components and articles, such as combustor components of turbine engines, and even more particularly enhanced wear protected micromixer tubes and assemblies thereof with one or more micromixer plates, the micromixer tubes having wear protection for enhanced performance and reduced wear related failure. Methods including surface treatment to enhance wear, including vacuum braze application of coatings to enhance surface hardness for wear benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Brian Lee Tollison, Yan Cui
  • Patent number: 10571138
    Abstract: A humidifier with regular addition of fixed quantity of essential oil is located in public areas and configured such that humidified air contains fragrance regularly. The humidifier is provided with a main body, water storage bucket mounted to the main body, and essential oil supplier mounted to the main body. The essential oil supplier includes a casing, at least one essential oil bottle within the casing and stored with essential oil, at least one peristaltic pump corresponding to each bottle and connected to the main body to be controlled. Each peristaltic pump is controlled by the main body, such that fixed quantity of essential oil is supplied regularly by the humidifier with the water storage bucket being not dismounted to keep fragrance in atomizing air continuous and eliminate the problem of only presence of fragrance at the beginning of addition of essential oil due to conventional method of addition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Pao-Tien Chiu
  • Patent number: 10561961
    Abstract: A valve-tray assembly and method for lighter fluid heavier fluid contact towers. The active area of the tray is constructed with valves having multiple lighter fluid discharge areas facilitating improved mass transfer efficiency. The valves include first and second support legs oriented in line with the heavier fluid flow with both legs and the valve top constructed with apertures wherein the heavier fluid may flow into engagement with the lighter fluid passing from beneath the tray up, through and out of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GTC Technology US LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Binkley
  • Patent number: 10561993
    Abstract: A super-fine bubble generation apparatus includes a fine-array porous membrane and a device for generating substantially uniform, super-fine gas bubbles in a liquid. The fine-array porous membrane includes a plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size of <100 ?m, with a variation of <20%. The super-fine gas bubbles generated by this apparatus can have a size of 50 nm-50000 nm, with a substantially uniform distribution with variations <20%. Applications of such super-fine bubble generation apparatus can include a skin cleansing device, or a teeth-cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Kechuang Lin, Yi-Jui Huang
  • Patent number: 10560001
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a cooling tower that has a cooling tower structure having fill material supported by the cooling tower structure and configured to receive heated process fluid and a motor mounted to the cooling tower structure. The motor has a casing and a rotatable shaft and is sealed to prevent fluids, moisture, foreign particles and contaminants from entering the casing. A fan is connected to the rotatable shaft of the motor. Rotation of the rotatable shaft rotates the fan thereby inducing an upward moving mass flow of cool air through the fill material. A basin is attached to the cooling tower structure for collecting cooled fluid. A fluid distribution system distributes the cooled fluid in the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Prime Datum Development Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick M. Rollins, George Lucas
  • Patent number: 10538933
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a modular heat exchange tower comprising a first module comprising a first basin disposed therein and a second module comprising 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: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Maurer, Paul Hink
  • Patent number: 10532178
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved method of determining a water out condition in a humidified gases supply apparatus. The method includes a two step process including a primary determination of a water out condition and a secondary determination of a water out condition. This primary determination is made during observation of the normal operation of the apparatus. During the secondary determination the method takes temporary control over the humidifying part of the apparatus. The secondary determination confirms or contradicts the primary determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Dean Antony Barker, Jack Che-Wei Hsu, Jae Chul Han
  • Patent number: 10519900
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for generating mist, having: a container adapted to accommodate a liquid, the container having an inlet for receiving an incoming fluid stream into the container, and an outlet via which an outgoing fluid stream exits the container; at least one agitator arranged in the container for agitating the accommodated liquid to generate droplets of the liquid; wherein the agitator is arranged to be driven by the incoming fluid stream, such that the generated liquid droplets are caused by the incoming fluid stream to form the outgoing fluid stream, and subsequently, exit the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Ka Keung Chan
  • Patent number: 10512924
    Abstract: A portable misting system includes a housing, an air pump carried by the housing to provide a flow of air, a water reservoir carried by the housing to hold a supply of water, and a water pump carried by the water reservoir to provide a flow of water droplets. An air/water nozzle assembly is carried by the housing and includes a nozzle body and a misting nozzle coupled to an output of the nozzle body. The nozzle body has an air input coupled to the air pump to receive the flow of air, and a water input coupled to the water pump to receive the flow of water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: William J. Ford, Thomas C. Dula, III
  • Patent number: 10507440
    Abstract: A fountain has: a water source; a housing; a vortex chamber defined within the housing, the vortex chamber connected to receive water from the water source; a bubble chamber defined within the housing and connected to receive water from the vortex chamber and cause air bubbles to percolate within the bubble chamber; and a water outlet defined in the bubble chamber. A fountain has: a water source; a housing; a vortex chamber defined within the housing, the vortex chamber connected to receive water from the water source; a second chamber defined within the housing and connected to receive water from the vortex chamber; and a plurality of water outlets defined in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Marc Nardella
  • Patent number: 10500759
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing objects, extrudable ceramic forming 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 several extrudate streams exiting the dies. Extruded objects are defined by spokes corresponding to the extrudate streams with the streams having a varying spacing from a central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Robin Crawford, John Douglas
  • Patent number: 10495391
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a modular heat exchange tower including a first module having 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: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Speckin, Aaron Folken, Dustin Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10470483
    Abstract: According to one or exemplary embodiments, there is provided a Gas Infusion Module that is a compact, inexpensive, adjustable, and easy to clean apparatus for infusing a beverage, such as coffee or tea, with a gas. The Gas Infusion Module controls the mixing of the gas with a liquid beverage in a homogenization element. To achieve an enhanced homogenization of gas and liquid, first the Gas Infusion Module regulates the pressure of gas that will enter the homogenization element and mix with the liquid. Additionally, the liquid and gas mixture passes through an outlet check valve which forces greater homogenization of the aerated fluid before it is dispensed for consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Matic USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Lisiecki
  • Patent number: 10471400
    Abstract: A portable bubble water bottle of the present application includes a first space, a second space, a one-way gas valve and a gas bottle. The second space is located in the first space along the first projection direction. The one-way gas valve connects the first space with the second space. The gas bottle is located in the second space, and has a gas outlet connected to the one-way gas valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Chao-Yu Yueh
  • Patent number: 10465286
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may include an ampoule having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces may be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resulting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment. At least a portion of source material including a solid may be dissolved in a solvent, followed by removal of solvent to yield source material (e.g., a metal complex) disposed within the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi K. Laxman
  • Patent number: 10468695
    Abstract: The gas distribution element for a fuel cell or an electrolyzing device including a first layer and a second layer, the first and second layers are disposed with a gas distribution structure forming a pattern for a fluid flow of a first reactant fluid. The second layer is a homogenizing element, which has first apertures, wherein at least some of the first apertures have a length and a width, with the length being greater than the width and the length extending in a transverse direction to the main direction of fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SOLIDpower SA
    Inventor: Zacharie Wuillemin