Patents Examined by John Bargero
  • Patent number: 10281351
    Abstract: A pressure probe assembly for attachment to a venturi of a gas-fired appliance, where the venturi includes a body having an inlet end, an outlet end, and a wall defining a mixing chamber extending from the inlet end to the outlet end about an axis. A support member is detachably coupled to the mixing chamber. A first pressure probe is coupled to the support member and has a first pressure tap disposed substantially adjacent the axis. A second pressure probe is coupled to the support member and has a second pressure tap disposed substantially adjacent the mixing chamber wall. Also disclosed is a gas-fired appliance, such as a water heater, including the pressure probe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: A. O. SMITH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian T. Branecky, Janice Arline Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 10281214
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus is provided with a reaction tube having a furnace opening formed at a lower end thereof, a lid body configured to hermetically seal the furnace opening of the reaction tube, a heat treatment boat supported on the lid body through a leg, and a rotating shaft extending through the lid body. The rotating shaft is connected to a lower end of the leg and configured to rotate the leg. The lid body is provided with a surrounding ring protruding upward to surround the lower end of the leg. An inert gas is supplied from an inert gas supply unit to a space between the lid body and the rotating shaft and discharged from a space between the lower end of the leg and the surrounding ring into the reaction tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kaneko, Kenichi Chiba
  • Patent number: 10267564
    Abstract: A heat treatment container for a vacuum heat treatment apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment includes a bottom portion and a sidewall, and a support protruding inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Sook Kim, Min Sung Kim, Kyoung Hoon Chai
  • Patent number: 10260774
    Abstract: A low pressure drop water heating system comprising a cold side conductor having a receiving end and a closed end; a hot side conductor having an exit end and a closed end; a pump; a bypass conductor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is adapted to the receiving end and the second end is adapted to the exit end; at least one heat exchanger having a flow valve; a heat exchanger inlet temperature sensor disposed on the inlet of one of the at least one heat exchanger; an outlet temperature sensor disposed at an outlet of the at least one heat exchanger closest to the exit end; a system outlet temperature sensor disposed on the exit end and a system inlet temperature sensor disposed on the receiving end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intellihot, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Deivasigamani, Sivaprasad Akasam
  • Patent number: 10240869
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressing arrangement for treatment of articles by hot pressing and in particular to a pressing arrangement for hot isostatic pressing of containers holding substances. The method comprises: placing containers including the substance in a load compartment in the furnace and loading a pressure medium into the pressure vessel and substantially all pressure medium flowing out from the furnace chamber (18) passes at least one substance capturing module, which may include the walls of the guiding passage, at least one condensation element (35) in the guiding passage, filters (41, 43) arranged in the guiding passage, before making contact with the pressure vessel including the top and bottom closures (8, 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Quintus Technologies AB
    Inventor: Mats Gärdin
  • Patent number: 10217652
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat treatment apparatus for performing a heat treatment on a coating film formed on a substrate. The apparatus includes a placing unit provided within a processing container, and configured to place the substrate thereon; a heating unit configured to heat the substrate placed on the placing unit; a gas supply port provided along a circumferential direction outside the substrate on the placing unit in a plan view, and configured to supply gas into the processing container; an outer circumferential exhaust port provided along the circumferential direction outside the substrate on the placing unit in a plan view, and configured to exhaust an inside of the processing container; and a central exhaust port provided above a central portion of the substrate on the placing unit, and configured to exhaust the inside of the processing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Masato Mizuta, Tatsuya Kawaji, Keigo Nakano
  • Patent number: 10151539
    Abstract: A heating system for heating at least one of a fluid-filled conduit arrangement and a volume of air includes an internal combustion engine provided with engine coolant that flows to and from the engine and is heated thereby. A fluid heat exchanger is provided in fluid communication with a heat transfer fluid stored in a reservoir and the engine coolant of the internal combustion engine. The fluid heat exchanger receives heated engine coolant from the internal combustion engine, and transfers heat from the heated engine coolant to the heat transfer fluid to provide heated transfer fluid. A heat generator is provided in fluid communication with the fluid heat exchanger, and receives the heated transfer fluid from the fluid heat exchanger for further heating. This heated transfer fluid may then be selectively used to heat a conduit or a volume of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Multitek North America, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Kamps, Timothy C. Stolar, Thomas J. Umlauf
  • Patent number: 10150347
    Abstract: In a vehicular air conditioning device, a heater core is disposed on a circulation passage for cooling water for cooling a motor, and an inverter configured to control an output of the motor by changing a carrier frequency, and heats conditioning air. An air conditioning controller sets a required calorific value of the motor and the inverter according to a vehicle compartment temperature requested by a passenger. A carrier frequency changing unit sets a carrier frequency at which a calorific value of the motor and the inverter is made equal to the required calorific value, out of carrier frequencies capable of implementing a target output of the motor to be set depending on a traveling state of a vehicle. An electric power conversion device converts direct-current power of a battery into alternating-current power at the set carrier frequency, and supplies the alternating-current power to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuo Hirano, Takahiko Miura
  • Patent number: 10145626
    Abstract: A heat recovery steam generator (“HRSG”) includes a first casing having an interior enclosing at least one duct for gas to flow therein along a gas flow axis. Each duct is defined by duct defining members that are spaced apart from each other and extend into the interior of the first casing. A plurality of stiffening members are elongated along the gas flow axis. Each of the stiffening members are positioned between two of the duct defining members. The stiffening members and duct defining members have a substantially similar coefficient of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Donald Richard Palmer, Richard F. Moore, Ashok Prabhu
  • Patent number: 10139164
    Abstract: A furnace includes: a furnace body; a housing rotary body including a plurality of side walls, a plurality of housing chambers partitioned by the side walls and disposed circumferentially in multiple stages, each including multiple housing chambers, and a space disposed in the central portion of the housing rotary body to provide a donut shape in plan view; a rotary driving device for rotating the housing rotary body; a heating device for heating the air inside the furnace body; a first and a second partition wall which together partition the inside of the furnace body into the first and the second zone; a first flow passage communicating a blowout port of the fan with outer circumference sides of the housing chambers in the first zone; and a second flow passage communicating outer circumference sides of the housing chambers in the second zone with a suction port of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: SANKEN SANGYO CO., LTD., CENTRAL MOTOR WHEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Mandai, Tsukasa Kishimura, Fumito Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 10132008
    Abstract: A horizontal heat treatment device continuously subjects an untreated continuous flat object to heat treatment while horizontally transferring the untreated object within a heat treatment chamber. Seal chambers are interconnected to the untreated-object loading opening and treated-object unloading opening of the heat treatment chamber. A passage is connected to an opening of each of the seal chambers, the opening located on the side opposite the heat treatment chamber. The untreated-object passage loading opening interconnected to the untreated-object seal chamber loading opening and the treated-object passage unloading opening interconnected to the treated-object seal chamber unloading opening are the untreated-object loading opening and treated-object unloading opening of the heat treatment device. A pair of gas ejection nozzles are provided at upper and lower positions of the passages. The nozzles eject gas in specific directions, and the nozzle openings have a specific shape, a direction, and a length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Keishi Mizuno, Tetsu Yasunami, Atsushi Kawamura, Youji Hatanaka, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Hiromasa Inada
  • Patent number: 10131576
    Abstract: There is provided a method for operating a cement plant capable of simultaneously optimizing both combustion in a calciner and a heat consumption rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Komatsu, Yoshinori Takayama
  • Patent number: 10132492
    Abstract: A system includes the HRSG having an economizer disposed along a fluid flow path, and a drum disposed along the fluid flow path downstream of the economizer. The HRSG also includes a drum level control module configured to modulate an amount of the fluid provided to the drum along the fluid flow path and a supplemental control module configured to control an amount of the fluid in a different manner than the drum level control module. The heat recovery steam generator also includes a drum level event controller configured to monitor a rate of change of a level of the fluid in the drum. If the rate of change is over a threshold value, a signal goes to the supplemental control. If the rate of change is less than or equal to the threshold value, the signal goes to the drum level control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Vijay Anand Raghavendran Nenmeni, Kelvin Rafael Estrada, Wulang Edwien Chriswindarto
  • Patent number: 10125976
    Abstract: A sludge lance for a tube and shell steam generator that has a central divider plate that extends substantially the length of a central tube lane substantially bisecting a hand hole through which the tube lane can be accessed. The sludge lance has a nozzle with a spring biased, reciprocally movable plunger that extends against the divider plate and is locked in position by a stream of high pressure cleaning fluid that traverses the nozzle and exits through jets to clean sludge from between the tubes. An alignment tool with a swing arm indexes the jets to assure they are properly aligned with the tube rows and spaced from the divider plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Phillip J. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10119725
    Abstract: A system for mounting a heater to structural members having a predetermined spacing includes a first mounting bracket having first and second mounting locations. The first and second mounting locations are spaced apart by a first integer multiple of the predetermined spacing. The system also includes a second mounting bracket having third and fourth mounting locations. The third and fourth mounting locations re spaced apart by the first integer multiple of the predetermined spacing. The system further includes a plurality of attachment points on the heater for attaching the first and second mounting brackets to the heater. The plurality of attachment points is arranged to locate the first, second, third, and fourth mounting locations in a mounting plane, with both the first and the third mounting locations and the second and the fourth mounting locations being spaced apart by a second integer multiple of the predetermined spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Robert E. Persson
  • Patent number: 10107521
    Abstract: To provide a connected hot-water supply system capable of preventing combustion failure of the burner of each hot-water supplier during hot-water supply operation to achieve stable hot-water supply operation. When dispersion in the rotation speed of a fan 15 among respective hot-water suppliers 1 is detected, a connection control unit 2 regulates the combustion amount of each of the hot-water suppliers 1 so as to reduce a difference in the rotation speed of the fan 15 among the respective hot-water suppliers 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: RINNAI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eri Sato, Hideki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10072842
    Abstract: A water heater capable of cooling a fan by inflow of air while suppressing backflow of combustion gas is provided. A fan includes: a fan case having a back surface wall; an impeller having a first blade and a second blade and housed in the fan case; a drive source rotating the impeller; and a rotation shaft coupling the impeller and the drive source through a through hole provided in the back surface wall. A gap through which air outside the fan case is suctioned into the fan case is provided between the rotation shaft and the back surface wall. The second blade faces the back surface wall without another member interposed therebetween throughout a range from an inner circumferential side to an outer circumferential side of the second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuji Kameyama, Yasutaka Kuriyama, Norihide Wada, Keigo Fukunishi, Tatsuya Karaki
  • Patent number: 10041668
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hybrid combustion system (1) wherein rich homogeneous combustion and lean catalytic combustion are carried out consecutively, which results in zero NOx emission and is used for obtaining domestic hot water. The present invention relates to a combustion system wherein two serially connected heat exchangers units, which are located in the outlets of the rich homogeneous combustion unit and the lean catalytic combustion unit, transfers the heat generated during combustion reactions into domestic radiator heating water and/or tap water for hot water generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TUBITAK
    Inventors: Özgür Can Korkmaz, Alper Sarioglan, Fehmi Akgün, Gaye Saglam, Hüseyin Çamkerten, Egemen Akar, Yildiz Sucu
  • Patent number: 10030887
    Abstract: A water heating apparatus includes a fluid inlet conduit configured to split into a plurality of supply legs, and a plurality of heat exchangers configured for parallel operation. Each heat exchanger includes an outer housing, an inlet connected to a respective supply leg of the fluid inlet conduit for receiving an inlet flow of liquid into the outer housing, an outlet for allowing an outlet flow of liquid to leave the outer housing, and a heat exchange element positioned within the outer housing and configured to heat a flow of liquid passing through the outer housing from the inlet to the outlet. The water heating apparatus further includes a burner assembly comprising a combustion chamber housing and a burner positioned internally within the combustion chamber housing. The burner assembly is coupled to the plurality of heat exchangers for supplying heat to the flow of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Aerco International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald A. Fioriti
  • Patent number: 10024574
    Abstract: A high efficiency condensing flue gas-fired water heater is provided with a secondary tubular flue mounted inside the water tank and secured thereto by dielectric connectors to electrically isolate the secondary tubular flue from the tank. The secondary tubular flue has an intermediate helical section and opposed connecting end sections which each form a part of the dielectric connectors. The connectors do not require any welding for its installation to the tank and a compression nut and dielectric insulators provide for a leak proof and electrically isolated connection. The method of securing the secondary tubular flue is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MICLAU-S.R.I. INC
    Inventors: Claude Lesage, Jean-Claude Lesage