Patents Examined by Matthew O. Savage
  • Patent number: 10293283
    Abstract: A filter for separating contaminants from fluids. The filter includes stages of differing materials arranged one after another wherein the first stage blocks and captures contaminants of a selected size and passes everything smaller than this selected size. The next stage captures contaminants of a selected size which is smaller than those blocked by the first stage. The subsequent stages capture smaller and smaller contaminants. The layers comprise various materials including stranded meshes, fibrous tissues, metallic screens and ceramic discs and tubes. Some of the ceramic discs and tubes include a downstream coating to capture further contaminants such as water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Gary D. Hanks
  • Patent number: 10294126
    Abstract: A method for removing chromium from a water source can include delivering source water having a hexavalent chromium oxyanion into contact with an ion exchange resin to exchange the hexavalent chromium oxyanion for an anion and convert the source water to treated water, discharging the treated water, rinsing the ion exchange resin with a brine solution to remove the hexavalent chromium oxyanion from the ion exchange resin, converting the hexavalent chromium oxyanion to a trivalent chromium cation, binding the trivalent chromium cation to a chelating resin, and removing the trivalent chromium cation bound to the chelating resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Water Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10287184
    Abstract: A water filtration apparatus and a method of using thereof, wherein the water filtration apparatus includes a nanoparticle layer which comprises polypeptide-functionalized nanoparticles that are capable of absorbing heavy metals selected from the group consisting of Pb2+, As5+, Cd2+, Hg2+, Cr6+, Cu2+, and Zn2+, as well as organic materials. Various embodiments of the water filtration apparatus, the method of using the apparatus, and a method of producing the polypeptide-functionalized nanoparticles are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: University of Dammam
    Inventors: Loay Awad, Fawaz Ali Al Muaddi, Mohammed Abdullah Alamri, Majed Mulfi Alotaibi, Abdullah Mazyad Alotaibi, Badr Saleh Alzahrani, Talal Fahad Alotaebi
  • Patent number: 10266427
    Abstract: An apparatus for water purification comprising a flexible, collapsible water container (2a, 2b) to which a purification unit (4) is connected by a tube (3) for purification of water driven through the purification unit (4) by gravity. The container is produced by welding or gluing a laminate with an overlay region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Vastergaard SA
    Inventors: Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, Jean-Luc Madier de Champvermeil, Jean-Marc Pascal
  • Patent number: 10246347
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the treatment of water using biochar. More specifically, the treatment of flowback water from drilling operations such as hydraulic fracturing or the treatment of tailing water from tar sands production. Such treatment results in the reduction of various constituents such as metal ions, organic compounds and various metals to provide recycled water suitable for reuse or discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Maoqi Feng
  • Patent number: 10247455
    Abstract: A receiver drier comprises a housing and a filter unit. The housing includes a moisture absorbing chamber and a longitudinally spaced filter chamber. The filter chamber includes an inlet formed adjacent a first portion of an inner circumferential surface thereof and an outlet formed adjacent a second portion of the inner circumferential surface. The filter unit is received within the filter chamber and includes a main body defining a first filter compartment therein. A first surface of the first filter compartment is defined by a first screen element fluidly coupling an interior of the first filter compartment to an exterior thereof. The flow of the refrigerant enters and exits the first filter compartment while flowing in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the receiver drier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Alex Dziubinschi, Kastriot Shaska, James L. Smitterberg, Brennan Sicks
  • Patent number: 10239042
    Abstract: A functional ceramic material made from a raw material mixture which includes 0.1-0.5 wt % iron powder, 20-25 wt % bentonite, and a remainder of sludge (based on dry weight) which contains bacteria. To make the functional ceramic material, the raw material mixture is calcined at low temperature and anaerobic conditions. Use of the material for purifying a medium is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen New-Ceramics Environmental Material LLC
    Inventor: Liangjie Dong
  • Patent number: 10220337
    Abstract: An apparatus including a basket of a vibratory separator configured to impart motion to a screen, a wedge angle coupled to the basket, and a wedge configured to engage with the wedge angle to secure the screen within the basket, in which a portion of the wedge is magnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Eric Cady
  • Patent number: 10221082
    Abstract: A process for the amelioration of acid mine drainage useful in shale hydrolyic fracturing operations for the production of natural gas involving the exchange of sulfate and chloride ions by an ion exchange resin so as to produce hydrochloric acid and water for use in hydrolyic fracturing operations from acid mine drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: LANXESS Sybron Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Philip W. Fatula, Anthony P. Tirio, Lillianne Falco, Wilwood Matthews
  • Patent number: 10213711
    Abstract: Described herein are filter assemblies for removing high molecular weight organic components from liquefied petroleum gas, as well as methods for removing high molecular weight components from liquefied petroleum gases. The filter assemblies include an upstream carbon-containing filter media pack and a downstream filter media pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Karthik Viswanathan, Philip Edward Johnson, Dustin Zastera, James Doyle, Gregory L. LaVallee, Janelle M. Hampton, Andrew J. Dallas
  • Patent number: 10214880
    Abstract: A greywater recovery and reuse system is shown, including a body for collecting, reconditioning and discharging greywater. The body has an inlet connection to a source of greywater; a filter for filtering the greywater; a tank for receiving the filtered greywater; a disinfector for disinfecting the filtered greywater; a pump for discharging the reconditioned greywater from said tank to a toilet that needs flushing water; a discharge connection to a sanitary sewer system; a fresh water connection and a control system for controlling the operation of the greywater recovery and reuse system. The system includes a controller for operating the system and dealing with certain alarm and status conditions. Methods of operating the system are also comprehended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Carl L. Robb, N. Scott Baldwin, James Brian Mantyla, Michael F. Wilson, Stacey Charleen Gay, Timothy James Hendrie Poupore, Leo Peter Van Kampen, Robert Cooke
  • Patent number: 10207938
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for capturing a contaminant present in a body of water that includes a collection media for capturing the contaminant and a structure. The collection media has a first end secured to the structure. The collection media has a second buoyant end disposed opposite the first end wherein buoyant end is a free end. The structure does not float at the water surface and holds the first end of the collection media below the buoyant second end in the water column. When the apparatus is deployed in a water column having a depth greater than the height of the apparatus, the apparatus is selectively positioned in the water column at a desired height. A method of employing the collection media is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: OPFLEX TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James E. LaCrosse, Scott C. Smith, Glenn G. Wattley
  • Patent number: 10194741
    Abstract: A diatomaceous earth filter cleaner for cleaning flex tubes attached to a tube sheet of a diatomaceous earth filter. The diatomaceous earth filter cleaner has a hollow tube, a blast jet housing, an inner diameter scrub brush, and a fitting at an end of the hollow tube for coupling a hose connected to a water supply. The hollow tube of the diatomaceous earth filter cleaner has a length with a first end and a second end for receiving a flex tube. The blast jet housing is attached to the first end of the hollow tube and comprises an angled lip and a restricted orifice formed by an inner circumference of the blast jet housing for receiving a flex tube. The inner diameter scrub brush is received within the inner circumference of the blast jet housing and has an orifice for cleaning an outer circumference of the flex tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Alex Rimbey, Jerid Rimbey
  • Patent number: 10192648
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems, apparatus and methods for the removal of cesium and other radionuclides from liquid waste contained in a high level waste tank. The invention includes transporting a stream of the liquid waste from the high level waste tank to one or more ion-exchange column assemblies to remove the cesium therefrom using a sorbent, such as, crystalline silico-titanate. The ion-exchange column assemblies include an ion-exchange column and an integrated shield. The column is concentrically positioned within the shield and an air gap is present between the column and the shield to provide passive cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Beck, Thomas J. Gammon, Gregory B. Harting
  • Patent number: 10173156
    Abstract: A filter cartridge includes a casing. A filter medium is disposed within the casing. A female inlet port and a female outlet port are mounted to the casing at an end portion of the casing. The female inlet port is offset from the female outlet port along the radial direction at the end portion of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10167217
    Abstract: A process for the industrial production of sea water (M3) that is basically suitable for alimentary use, includes the following steps: drawing sea water with corresponding decantation (3); filtration (4); and sterilization (5), until a purified sea water (M1) is obtained; the process being characterized in that it envisages the further steps of: boron abatement (6) until a sea water is obtained with a boron content of less than one milligram per liter (M2); further filtration (7); sterilization (8) of the possible residual microorganisms; continuous and strict analyses, examinations, and checks (9) of the sea water in the respective various steps of purification thereof, to guarantee that a sea water (M3) is obtained that is microbiologically pure, filtered, and hence free from any pathogenic agents; and storage in tanks or bottling (10) of the purified sea water ready for use in various applications, amongst which basically alimentary use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: STERALMAR SRL
    Inventor: Pietro Di Liddo
  • Patent number: 10167206
    Abstract: Deionization equipment and methods of using such deionization equipment are provided. The deionization equipment allows for improved efficiency in removing spent deionization resin from deionization apparatuses, and also recharging functional deionization resin into deionization apparatuses. Embodiments of the deionization equipment include a resin transfer passage that includes an upper opening, a lower opening and an intermediate opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond H. Perdue
  • Patent number: 10166528
    Abstract: An ammonia adsorption product is described which may be used for fresh caught fish and bait. The product may comprise functionalized tectosilicate compound and a buffer. High concentrations of ammonia produced by fish waste can be lethal, even though oxygen availability is rich enough to keep fish breathing. The product is a user-friendly, sustainable, affordable product which is able to extend the life of the fish by safely removing ammonia by an ion-exchange mechanism. This product can convert toxic ammonia into ammonium and uptake ammonium by releasing sodium ions in the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Norma A. Alcantar, Wen Zhao, Sarina Joy Ergas
  • Patent number: 10167204
    Abstract: Embodiments of water filters comprise a filter housing configured to be disposed in a pour tray of a water filter pitcher, wherein a filter media cartridge is disposed inside the filter housing. The filter housing includes a housing floor, housing sidewalls extending upwardly, away from the housing floor, and at least one filter housing outlet disposed in one or more of the housing floor or the housing sidewalls. The filter media cartridge includes filter media, where the filter media cartridge comprises a cartridge floor spaced above the housing floor, cartridge sidewalls extending upwardly, away from the cartridge floor, and at least one filter media cartridge outlet disposed along one or more of the cartridge floor or the cartridge sidewalls. The water filter pitcher further includes a riser extending upwardly, away from the housing floor, and spaced between the housing sidewalls and the cartridge sidewalls, where the riser extends a distance above the cartridge floor. The riser forms a conduit volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Robert Utsch, Vince Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 10160664
    Abstract: A system and method for backwashing a sand filter in a wastewater treatment system. In one aspect, the invention can be a system for backwashing a sand filter comprising: a sand filter configured to remove solids from an untreated wastewater; a container storing chlorine fluidly coupled to the sand filter by a chlorine supply manifold; a flow control mechanism positioned on the chlorine supply manifold between the container and the sand filter, the flow control mechanism alterable between a first position whereby chlorine cannot flow from the container to the sand filter and a second position whereby chlorine flows from the container to the sand filter, the flow control mechanism being biased into the first position; and a processor operably coupled to the flow control mechanism and configured to automatically actuate the flow control mechanism into the second position upon detecting that the sand filter is being backwashed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Gerard Willem Smiddy, Frank Leslie Smiddy