Patents Examined by David Reifsnyder
  • Patent number: 10464828
    Abstract: A method and system for separating a suspension into solid and fluid components. The suspension is centrifuged about a substantially vertical axis of rotation to concentrate solid components in a first lower flow stream and fluid components in a first upper flow stream. The first upper flow stream may be centrifuged about a substantially vertical axis of rotation to concentrate solid components in a second lower flow stream and fluid components in a second upper flow stream. The first lower flow stream, the second lower flow stream, or both, may be centrifuged about a substantially horizontal axis of rotation to separate water from stackable dry tailings. The method and system may be applied to separation of tailings or other suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: 650438 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Derry Burton Eddy
  • Patent number: 10464827
    Abstract: The water purification system for flow-coupled installation with a tap water inflow for producing a relatively purified water outflow includes a purification unit having a tap water inlet port for receiving tap water inflow and a purified water outlet port for dispensing purified water outflow from said purification unit. A particulate catalyst retained within the purification unit is in flow through relation relative to said the water inflow and purified water outflow and catalyzes contaminants as the tap water inflow travels through the purification unit. A spring agitator particulate agitator associated translates vibration to the particulate catalyst for substantially preventing channeling therein during relatively slow tap water inflow through the purification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DS SERVICES OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce D. Burrows
  • Patent number: 10463993
    Abstract: The invention in at least one embodiment includes a system for treating water having an intake module, a vortex module, a disk-pack module, and a motor module where the intake module is above the vortex module, which is above the disk-pack module and the motor module. In a further embodiment, a housing is provided over at least the intake module and the vortex module and sits above the disk-pack module. In at least one further embodiment, the disk-pack module includes a disk-pack turbine having a plurality of disks having at least one waveform present on at least one of the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: QWTIP LLC
    Inventor: Whitaker Ben Irvin, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10464824
    Abstract: A system and method are provided in at least one embodiment to process water to produce gas that can be separated into at least two gas flows using a water treatment system having a disk-pack rotating in it to cause out gassing from the water. In a further embodiment, the method and system use the gas released from the water to produce substantially fresh water from the processed salt water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: QWTIP LLC
    Inventor: Whitaker Ben Irvin, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10457572
    Abstract: An oil water composite fluid separator apparatus designed for use in industrial applications in which unwanted tramp oils or other fluids, such as hydraulic oils, with specific gravity less than that of the operating fluid are required to be removed from operating fluid such as water, lubri-coolants or other liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Exactration, LLC
    Inventors: Brent D. Terrell, Richard E. Fogel
  • Patent number: 10434523
    Abstract: A separator assembly is provided for, among other things, separating debris particles from a fluid in a fluid system. In an embodiment, the separator assembly may include a housing forming an internal chamber. An inlet port may be in communication with the internal chamber of the housing, and the inlet port can be oriented in a tangential relationship relative to the internal chamber. A first debris separation ring may be disposed in the housing and can extend around an inner surface of the internal chamber. A second debris separation ring can be disposed in the housing and can extend around the inner surface of the internal chamber, wherein the second debris separation ring may be spaced from the first debris separation ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Keith Allen Santeler, Rolland Tracy James, Stephen Showalter
  • Patent number: 10408332
    Abstract: A transmission oil filter includes a housing having a bottom cover defining a top side, a bottom side, and an inlet. A filter is disposed in the housing to filter contaminates and fines from the oil passing therethrough. One or more magnets is disposed on the top side surrounding the inlet so that oil passes by the one or more magnets when exiting the inlet to remove and trap fines from the passing oil. The bottom side has ridges disposed under the magnets to trap fines flowing under the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lev Pekarsky, Kent Flory, Ronald P. Kepner
  • Patent number: 10400265
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a gel extraction device comprising multifunctional and reusable forceps, a removable cutting element, and a sampler component. The disclosure further provides for a freeze/thaw method which can be used to recover biomolecules from agar or agarose gels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Rui Li, Peggy A. Mauk, Carol J. Lovatt
  • Patent number: 10364173
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment system is disclosed that includes a desanding hydrocyclone, a deoiling hydrocyclone, an electrocoagulation apparatus that is adapted to receive a flow of treated wastewater from the desanding and deoiling hydrocyclones, a floc separator that is adapted to receive a flow of a first effluent from the electrocoagulation apparatus, and an ultrafiltration membrane apparatus that is adapted to receive at least a portion of a flow of a second effluent from the floc separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kushal Seth, Eduardo Candia, Paulus Henricus Joannes Verbeek, Govert Lammert Kruijtzer, Clint G. Todd, Sergio Arreola, Jr., Kelly P. Ciprick, Suman Kalyan Hajra, Thomas Krebs
  • Patent number: 10350614
    Abstract: A centrifugal separator is provided with a base and a substantially vertical spindle upstanding from the base. A rotary vessel is mounted on the spindle. A housing is connected to the base and encloses the rotary vessel. A liquid supply duct supplies a liquid to be filtered to the rotary vessel. The rotary vessel has an open top and an upper edge at the open top. The rotary vessel is provided with a filter material and has a weir arranged at the upper edge, wherein the filter material extends upwardly to the weir. The housing has a passageway adjacent to the weir and the passage way communicates with the weir to enable discharge of waste material that is contained in the liquid to be filtered and does not pass through the filter material during supply of liquid to be filtered to the rotary vessel and rotation of the rotary vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Nigel Burford, Anthony W. Fell, Angus Rouse
  • Patent number: 10344309
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of processing lignocellulosic feedstock that include grinding lignocellulosic feedstock to provide ground lignocellulosic feedstock; and compressing at least a portion of the ground lignocellulosic feedstock to form at least one discrete unit. In some embodiments, a plurality of discrete units have a bulk density in the range from 4 pounds per cubic foot to 25 pounds per cubic foot. The present disclosure also includes related systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: POET Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven G. Redford, Todd L. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10307767
    Abstract: A rotary drum-type magnetic separator includes a first rotary drum on which a plurality of magnets are disposed and separates unnecessary objects from a used coolant liquid. A second rotary drum on which a plurality of magnets are disposed is provided before the first rotary drum in a direction in which the used coolant liquid flows separately from the first rotary drum. The second rotary drum includes an outer tube and an inner tube. A scraper which scrapes off the unnecessary objects attached to the second rotary drum is connected to a bottom member which forms a flow path below the first rotary drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES FINETECH, LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 10280104
    Abstract: A method for removing mercury from flue gas in a flue gas desulfurization plant, in which the mercury concentration in the FGD gypsum is reduced without increasing the size of the waste water treatment plant, by increasing the volume-related mercury concentration in the wash wastewater and feeding this more concentrated flow of waste water to the waste water treatment plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Andritz AG
    Inventors: Michael Kramer, Harald Reissner
  • Patent number: 10273171
    Abstract: A water treatment device for altering the chemical and physical properties of water for use in existing plumbing and/or piping systems wherein the treatment device may be customized for intended use and for treatment of the water profile in the geographical area of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Wellspring Water Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Lizalde, John Beck
  • Patent number: 10245570
    Abstract: A multi-channel magnetic control system is provided, which is used for mixing fluids containing magnetic particles or separating magnetic species. In the multi-channel magnetic control system, a plurality of magnetic field switches are allocated to surround a plurality of channels, and the magnetization directions of the magnetic field switches are controlled to generate an uneven local magnetic field gradient, so as to achieve the purpose of fluid mixing or separating the magnetic species. This system can be also used as controllable flow resistance devices for magnetic fluids. Based on the demand of magnetic field distribution, overall or local control of the magnetic field switches can be executed to perform parallel processing over the multi-channel system of multi-dimensional allocation, so as to effectively save the processing time. The mixing or separation rate can be obtained via detecting residual magnetic species by magnetoresistive sensors arranged in inlets and outlets of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zung-Hang Wei, Jen-Hwa Hsu, Ching-Ray Chang, Hao-Ting Huang
  • Patent number: 10238995
    Abstract: Hydrodynamic separation of suspended particles using curved channels offers advantages in many applications, since it is a fast continuous flow technology that can handle neutrally and near neutrally buoyant particles without the need of a physical barrier or the addition of chemical aids. Designs are provided for a flow splitter at the end of the separation channel, to maintain smooth, counter-vortex-free laminar flow and improve particle separation efficiency while reducing clogging and fouling propensities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Armin R. Volkel, Kai Melde, Ashutosh Kole, Huangpin B. Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10207279
    Abstract: A perforated replaceable insert for a sand separator vessel in a digester feed system where the perforations have at least a width and a length. The perforations are aligned columns and rows, with the columns being positioned to be parallel to a line formed by the tangent of the conical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Andritz Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson B. Hunt, Alexandre David
  • Patent number: 10183874
    Abstract: The water purification system for flow-coupled installation with a tap water inflow for producing a relatively purified water outflow includes a purification unit having a tap water inlet port for receiving tap water inflow and a purified water outlet port for dispensing purified water outflow from said purification unit. A particulate catalyst retained within the purification unit is in flow through relation relative to said the water inflow and purified water outflow and catalyzes contaminants as the tap water inflow travels through the purification unit. A particulate agitator associated translates vibration to the particulate catalyst for substantially preventing channeling therein during relatively slow tap water inflow through the purification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: DS Services of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce D. Burrows
  • Patent number: 10183265
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method and device for pretreatment of organic material, more specific bio mass, for energy conversion, where said method comprises a first preheating step with a preheating vessel (4), a hydrolysis step with a hydrolysis reactor (5) and a pressure reducing step with a pressure reduction vessel (6), where the transfer of said organic material from the preheating vessel (4) to the hydrolysis rector (5) is effected by gravity and by creating a vacuum in the reactor (5). This method results in a very fast transfer of material from the preheating vessel (4) to the reactor (5). In addition, the filling volume of the reactor (5) is being controlled by a high frequency pressure sensor and supply of steam (3A) to the top of the reactor in order to provide the necessary head space. The invention also describes a device for performing said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Cambi Technology AS
    Inventors: Odd Egil Solheim, Pål Jahre Nilsen
  • Patent number: 10155180
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there are provided systems and methods for contacting two or more fluids, useful, for example for purifying or infusing a fluid (by allowing efficient and/or uniform addition of components to or removal of components from the fluid). The components may be undesirable components to be removed from a fluid, or a desired component or components to be added to the fluid, for example, each of which is referred to herein as “component”. In this regard, the disclosed embodiments provide for the purification or infusion of a fluid by passing a liquid and a fluid through a contacting zone which facilitates intimate mixing of the liquid and the fluid. A differential of partial pressure, activity, fugacity or concentration of the components between the liquid and the fluid facilitates the transfer of the components between the liquid and the fluid in the intimately mixed liquid and fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Phyre Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Koenig, Wesley Jung, Santosh Y. Limaye, Stuart Robertson, Stephen Walker