Patents Examined by Derek N Mueller
  • Patent number: 11268036
    Abstract: Conversion of heavy fossil hydrocarbons (HFH) to a variety of value-added chemicals and/or fuels can be enhanced using microwave (MW) and/or radio-frequency (RE) energy. Variations of reactants, process parameters, and reactor design can significantly influence the relative distribution of chemicals and fuels generated as the product. In one example, a system for flash microwave conversion of HFH includes a source concentrating microwave or RF energy in a reaction zone having a pressure greater than 0.9 atm, a continuous feed having HFH and a process gas passing through the reaction zone, a HFH-to-liquids catalyst contacting the HFH in at least the reaction zone, and dielectric discharges within the reaction zone. The HFH and the catalyst have a residence time in the reaction zone of less than 30 seconds. In some instances, a plasma can form in or near the reaction zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: James J. Strohm, Benjamin Q. Roberts, Tricia D. Smurthwaite, Theresa M. Bergsman, Mark D. Bearden
  • Patent number: 11266924
    Abstract: Selective recovery of C2 to C4 hydrocarbons is achieved through the use of a converging-diverging nozzle, or de Laval nozzle. The vapor stream comprising C2 to C4 hydrocarbons is fed into an inlet of a de Laval nozzle having a throat. The vapor stream may have an initial temperature of between 0° C. and 100° C., and an initial pressure of between 200 psig and 500 psig. In the de Laval nozzle, the vapor stream expands after passing through the throat of the de Laval nozzle, producing a vapor stream having re-duced temperature and pressure. Then, C2 to C4 hydrocarbons condense from the reduced-temperature vapor stream as liquid droplets, which may be recovered. Fractionation of C2 to C4 hydrocarbons by means of a de Laval nozzle is possible; the technique allows select-ive recovery of propane from a mixture of propane and ethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: Eastman Chemical Company, North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Ashfaq Shahanawaz Shaikh, Thomas Allen Puckette, Scott Owens, Syed Maaz, Jack R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 11260398
    Abstract: A substantially vertical separating column of a waste-product treatment apparatus has a cylindrical body with holes in a lateral surface, inferiorly of a waste-product supply opening. A bladed shaft rotates coaxially inside the cylindrical body. A first discharge mouth in an upper part of the cylindrical body expels a first waste-product recycling fraction, the fraction separated and transported upwards by the bladed shaft. A dilution group along the separating column supplies dilution liquid internally of the cylindrical body. A second discharge mouth in the lower part of the cylindrical body evacuates a second recycling fraction. A discharge conduit and a screw extend parallel to a tangent to the cylindrical body, facilitating extraction of the first recycling fraction to the discharge conduit. The bladed shaft comprises a rotor and, in proximity of the upper end, a plate fixed to a lateral rotor surface and arranged radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cesaro Mac Import S.r.l.
    Inventors: Osvaldo Cesaro, Cristiano Cesaro
  • Patent number: 11253792
    Abstract: A method of desalinating an aqueous composition includes forming a hetero-azeotrope mixture by combining the aqueous composition with an entrainer, the aqueous composition including at least one salt, and subjecting the hetero-azeotrope mixture to distillation at a distillation temperature of less than the boiling temperature of the aqueous composition for an operating distillation pressure, resulting in separating the hetero-azeotrope mixture into a distillation bottoms liquid and a multi-phase condensate. The method includes recovering the multi-phase condensate having an entrainer-rich phase and an aqueous phase, the aqueous phase comprising desalinated water, and removing a portion of the aqueous phase from the multi-phase condensate to recover the desalinated water. Systems for conducting the method of desalinating an aqueous stream are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Guillaume Jean-Francois Robert Raynel, Regis Didier Alain Vilagines, Duaa J. Al Saeed
  • Patent number: 11248179
    Abstract: A process for the production of a hydrocarbon fluid includes the step of catalytically hydrogenating a hydrocarbon cut in presence of both a dearomatization catalyst and a dewaxing catalyst in a single slurry reactor. A hydrocarbon fluid is also disclosed as being obtainable by the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Cristina Ferreira, Serge Cukierman, Carole Dupuy, Guillaume Lemarchand, Raphael Siggen
  • Patent number: 11242489
    Abstract: A disposal system for the processing of solid waste devices to recycle materials located within the devices and recover, reuse and recycle such materials. Such system may include a primary chamber and secondary chamber, attached preferably by use of one or more exhaust ducts, and a secondary chamber exhaust duct. The solid waste devices may include any type of waste, such as electronics waste, medical device waste, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Wayne Breeze, Mark Riddiford
  • Patent number: 11235987
    Abstract: A system for processing saltwater or brackish water while recovering energy otherwise wasted in electricity generation by a natural gas generator or turbine. Heat in the generator exhaust is used to directly heat and process the water in the saltwater or brackish water into high quality steam, separating the majority of salt and contaminants from the water, and leaving potable water that can be permitted and released to the environment or sold for agricultural or industrial use such as oilfield activities. The system also captures and liquefies CO2 in the generator exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Joe Lynn Vickers
  • Patent number: 11229888
    Abstract: A mixing tee assembly suitable for phosphate acid attack reaction is described. The mixing tee assembly comprises an outer pipe having a mixing end and a tee end, wherein a tee structure is formed near the tee end to connect with additional piping; an inner pipe comprising a nozzle end connected to a nozzle and a open end; wherein the inner pipe is lined with a corrosion-resistant material on its inside surface; wherein when the inner pipe is assembled within the outer pipe, the nozzle extends beyond the mixing end of the outer pipe by at least ? of the inside diameter of the outer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: FloWorks International, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Jeffrey Witemyre
  • Patent number: 11224826
    Abstract: A liquid hydrocarbon desulfurization system having at least one processing unit, and preferably an initial and an end processing unit. Each processing unit having a reactor assembly and a sorption system. An aqueous system directs aqueous into the reactor assembly together with liquid hydrocarbon, wherein the two are mixed using shear mixers. An adsorbent system provides adsorbent to the sorption column to adsorb the oxidized sulfur resulting through the mixing of the liquid hydrocarbon with the aqueous. A system having multiple processing units is disclosed, as well as systems for transferring adsorbent and providing aqueous. A plurality of methods is likewise disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Alternative Petroleum Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Jack Lawrence Waldron, Kylen J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11220439
    Abstract: A wastewater evaporation system includes a plurality of tube sections configured to direct compressed air into the wastewater. A portion of the manifold defines an injection head configured to be at least partially submerged below a surface of the wastewater. The wastewater evaporation system also includes an air compressor configured to direct the compressed air to the manifold. The wastewater evaporation system also includes a buoy system coupled to the manifold. The buoy system includes a buoy configured to maintain a portion of the manifold above the surface of the wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Tae-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11220441
    Abstract: There is provided a method for efficiently recovering amide-based compounds such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone from a waste liquid containing amide-based compounds such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone generated, for example, in a production process of polyarylene sulfide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sanghwan Jo, Joong Jin Han, Hansol Kim
  • Patent number: 11207633
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure present closed-loop heating, temperature-swing adsorption regenerative scrubbing systems and methods. In some embodiments, such embodiments include providing a scrubbing system including a sorbent material, a plurality of dampers for controlling airflow over and/or through the sorbent according to an absorption mode, a closed-loop heating mode and a flushing mode, first controlling of the plurality of dampers so as to establish flowing an indoor airflow over and/or through the adsorbent during the adsorption mode, second controlling of the plurality of dampers so as to establish a closed loop airflow during the closed-loop heating mode, and third controlling of the plurality of dampers so as to establish a purging airflow during the flushing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Udi Meirav, Sharon Perl-Olshvang, Israel Morejon
  • Patent number: 11207611
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and process for fractionating a hydrocarbon liquid feed using a single dividing wall column (DWC), an externally heated reboiler connected to the DWC, and a deisobutanizer (DIB) integrated with a compressor. The majority of all externally supplied heat energy supplied to the system is input to the system via the externally heated reboiler of the DWC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Becker, Curt Hemphill, Christopher Niemeyer, Edward McCoy
  • Patent number: 11179661
    Abstract: The invention provides a moisture extraction assembly for removing moisture from compressed air. The assembly is formed of two or more unitary bodies which assemble in facing relationship to define a cellular network structure of variously connected cells which collectively define one or more air flow paths extending between at least one inlet and at least one outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Devereux, Ronghui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11173482
    Abstract: Supplemental heat required to raise the temperature of a regenerated catalyst to the minimum required to promote the catalyzed reaction in an FCC unit is provided by introducing adsorbent material containing HPNA compounds and HPNA precursors with the coked catalyst into the FCC catalyst regeneration unit for combustion. The HPNA compounds and HPNA precursors can be adsorbed on either a carbonaceous adsorbent, such as activated carbon, that is completely combustible and generates no ash, or on fresh or coked FCC catalyst that is recovered from an HPNA adsorption column that has treated the bottoms from a hydrocracking unit to remove the HPNA compounds and their precursors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Omer Refa Koseoglu
  • Patent number: 11168269
    Abstract: An integrated refinery process for producing diesel fuel blending stock from olefinic heavy naphtha streams that contain gasoline and compounds with carbon numbers in the range of from 9-14 are oxidized and converted into their corresponding oxides in the presence of a homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst, or both, and optionally an acid phase transfer agent for the liquid reactants, the product oxides having boiling points about 34° C. higher than the corresponding olefins, and as a result, in the diesel blending component boiling point range. The oxygenates produced have lubricating properties that enhance the typically poor lubricity characteristics of ultra-low sulfur diesels and reduce the need for additives to improve the lubricity of the blended diesel fuels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Omer Refa Koseoglu
  • Patent number: 11168271
    Abstract: An integrated hydrotreating and steam pyrolysis process for the direct processing of a crude oil to produce olefinic and aromatic petrochemicals by separating the crude oil into light components and heavy components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Arno Johannes Maria Oprins, Andrew Mark Ward, Raul Velasco Pelaez, Egidius Jacoba Maria Schaerlaeckens, Joris Van Willigenburg
  • Patent number: 11154845
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure, a catalyst composition includes a catalyst support and at least one hydrogenative metal component disposed on the catalyst support. The catalyst support includes at least one USY zeolite having a framework substituted with titanium and zirconium and at least one beta zeolite also having a framework substituted with titanium and zirconium. A method of using such a catalyst in a hydrocracking process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, JGC Catalysts and Chemicals Ltd., Japan Cooperation Center Petroleum
    Inventors: Omer Refa Koseoglu, Robert Peter Hodgkins, Mitsunori Watabe, Koji Uchida
  • Patent number: 11149212
    Abstract: A multi-phase process involves physical and chemical methods to recover the oil bases of used oils. The resulting oil base meets the standards and technical specifications necessary for reuse in the formulation of lube oils, greases and alike. The process includes classifying the used oil according to its physicochemical characteristics in order to optimize the subsequent phases. Next, the used oil is subject to physical pre-treatment to remove the solids of about 20 microns, dehydrate them and extinguish the remains of light hydrocarbons. Afterwards, the used oil undergoes extraction with organic chemical solvents on specific proportions within certain pressure and temperature ranges. The output is an extract composed of the oil base, the solvents and a semi-solid precipitate containing the used oil pollutants. Next, the extract is separated from the precipitate by physical methods. Subsequently, the extract passes through another physical procedure that separates the solvents from the oil base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Phoenix RRS
    Inventors: Froilan José Aguirre Montilla, Adolfo Javier Lander Padrino
  • Patent number: 11141676
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system for energy recycling using mechanical vapor recompression in combined chemical process, the system including a heat exchange reactor for generating an intermediate material by means of an exothermic reaction and discharging the generated intermediate material, and heat-exchanging heat generated in the exothermic reaction with water supplied from outside so as to generate water vapor; an absorption tank for receiving the intermediate material, and mixing the intermediate material with water, so as to generate an intermediate material aqueous solution; a stripper for receiving the intermediate material aqueous solution, and separating the intermediate material into an intermediate material gas and an intermediate material water-rich aqueous solution; an endothermic reactor for receiving the intermediate material water-rich aqueous solution, and reacting the intermediate material with water, so as to generate a final product aqueous solution; an evaporation concentrator f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Joo Sun Lee