Patents Examined by Peter A. Hruskoci
  • Patent number: 7988867
    Abstract: A method of treating silicon powder-containing drainage water, comprising the steps of: including an inorganic flocculant composed of a silica sol-water-soluble metal salt having a molar ratio of silicon to metal of 0.05 to 3.0 into drainage water containing silicon powders to ensure that the metal concentration becomes 15 to 300 mg/L; and adding an organic polymer flocculant. In this method, the coagulation treatment of drainage water containing fine silicon powders can be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Tokuyama Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Tokunaga, Yoshiaki Koga, Toshihiko Inoue
  • Patent number: 7988866
    Abstract: In a process for treatment of powdery fumed silica, fumed silica to be discarded is collected by dispersing the fumed silica in water. Disclosed is a method for treatment of a fumed silica-containing wastewater collected in the process. The method comprises the steps of: adding an inorganic coagulant containing a metal to a fumed silica-containing wastewater in an amount of 15 to 300 mg/l. in terms of the metal, wherein the wastewater is either a wastewater containing fumed silica at a concentration of 0.05 to 3.0% by mass or a wastewater whose fumed silica content is adjusted to 0.05 to 3.0% by mass; and adding an organic polymeric coagulant to the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Tokuyama Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Tokunaga, Yoshiaki Koga, Toshihiko Inoue
  • Patent number: 7988863
    Abstract: Materials and methods are provided whereby polymers with least 0.5 mole % of the pendant group or end group containing —Si(OR?)3 are used to control aluminosilicate scaling in an industrial process having an alkaline process stream such as a pulping mill process stream or a high level nuclear waste processing plant. When materials of the present invention are added to the alkaline process stream, they reduce and even completely prevent formation of aluminosilicate scale on equipment surfaces such as evaporator walls and heating surfaces. The present materials are effective at treatment concentrations that make them economically practical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Cytec Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Howard Heitner
  • Patent number: 7985334
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention relates to a method for thickening sludge carried along in waste water, wherein the waste water is subjected to a pretreatment reinforcing the flocculation and is subsequently introduced in the direction of gravity into a bath so as to separate the sludge from the water, in which the sludge particles descend under the action of gravity and are removed in the lower portion of the bath characterized in that the waste water, upon its introduction into the bath, is flowed against a baffle, by which the flow of the waste water in the bath is deflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Epuramat S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Achim Kopmeier
  • Patent number: 7981297
    Abstract: A method for removing helminth egg and other suspended solids from a wastewater stream includes directing the wastewater to a ballasted flocculation system and adding a coagulation agent, flocculation agent and a ballast into the wastewater. Sludge is settled from the wastewater in a settling tank at a rate of at least 10 meters per hour. The method further includes removing helminth egg by filtering the effluent through a fine screen having a mesh diameter of approximately 5 micrometers to approximately 25 micrometers. After passing through the fine screen, the filtered effluent has less than one helminth egg per liter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: OTV SA
    Inventors: Philippe Sauvignet, Claus Poulsen Dahl
  • Patent number: 7981298
    Abstract: A method and system for removing from an aqueous system which is contaminated therewith: (1) mercury present as colloids, ions and/or organically bound compounds, and (2) hydrocarbons solubilized, dispersed, and/or emulsified in the said system. Pursuant to the invention the aqueous system to be treated (such as “produced water”) is passed successively through three filtration stages. The first filtration stage is provided with absorption media which effects reduction/removal of dispersed organically bound mercury species and of the dispersed and partially dissolved hydrocarbon phases, as well as of some colloidal mercury and other dissolved metallic species. The second filtration stage utilizes a salt modified reticulated granular filtration media for reduction/removal of slightly dissolved hydrocarbon phases, mercury in colloidal and ionic form and other dissolved metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Hal Alper
  • Patent number: 7972517
    Abstract: A method for treating a portion of liquid waste manure comprising adding a first reagent to the portion in a first vessel to cause the formation of waste manure flocs of a first size; adding a second reagent to liquid portion to cause growth of the waste manure flocs of the first size into separable waste manure flocs; adding optionally a third reagent to the portion of liquid containing waste manure flocs to cause further growth of the separable waste manure flocs; separating the liquid volume containing separable waste manure flocs into a waste manure sludge and a first filtrate; and dewatering the waste manure sludge in a filtration system comprising a first filter including a first housing, a first displaceable filter medium, and a first displacement actuator disposed between the first housing and the first displaceable filter medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Innovative environmental Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis C. Miller
  • Patent number: 7972501
    Abstract: A fluid clarification system and method is described in which fluid is passed through one or more settling compartments, each having a solids outlet at the base of the compartment. The base of each compartment includes inclined surfaces for guiding settled solids to the outlet. Also described is a polymer reaction trough including baffles to promote gentle mixing of inflow fluid with flocculant. The system is designed to reduce costs of transportation, flocculent, and solids handling. The system is preferably arranged to facilitate transport on a skid or trailer, while maximizing fluid handling capabilities and minimizing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Blair Godlien
  • Patent number: 7972518
    Abstract: A method for cleaning solids-laden aqueous fluids uses an apparatus comprising a settling tank having a sloping floor, which drops off into a collection area; primary and secondary mixing tanks, the lower regions of which are in fluid communication via fluid transfer means; and agitators in each of the mixing tanks. Solids-laden fluid is introduced into the primary mixing tank along with selected coagulant and/or flocculent chemicals, whereupon the agitator in the primary mixing tank is actuated to induce downward fluid flow toward the fluid transfer means and into the secondary mixing tank. The agitator in the secondary mixing tank is actuated to induce upward fluid flow in the secondary mixing tank, from which the fluid mixture overflows into the setting tank. Solids settle or precipitate into the settling tank, and then move downward along the settling tank's sloped floor and into the collection area, from which the solids can be removed for further treatment or disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventors: Ambrose Ralph, Randy Wold, Roger Allard
  • Patent number: 7967988
    Abstract: A method and a apparatus for treating a liquid volume containing latex waste, the method comprising providing a treatment apparatus comprising at least a first vessel, and a filtration system in liquid communication with the first vessel; delivering a portion of the liquid containing waste latex to the first vessel; adding a first reagent to the portion of liquid containing waste latex to cause the formation of waste latex flocs of a first size; adding a second reagent to the portion of liquid containing waste latex to cause growth of the waste latex flocs of the first size into separable waste latex flocs; separating the separable waste latex flocs within the filtration system into a waste latex sludge and a first filtrate; and dewatering the waste latex sludge to produce a waste latex solid and a second filtrate. The filtrates may be reusable in a latex manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Innovative Environmental Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis C. Miller
  • Patent number: 7967989
    Abstract: A sulfurous acid treated wastewater disposal method employing soil aquifer treatment (SAT) for artificial recharge of groundwater through infiltration basins allowing fully or partially-treated sewage effluent to infiltrate into the soil and move down to the groundwater through a “vadose” zone, which acts as a natural filter to remove essentially all suspended solids, biodegradable materials, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Earth Renaissance Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Gong, John Harmon, Marcus G. Theodore
  • Patent number: 7967990
    Abstract: A hybrid chemical/mechanical dewatering sewage treatment plant and method employing rapid sludge chemical dewatering technology in conjunction with slower conventional mechanical dewatering solids agglomeration and disposal methods to meet operating constraints and environmental permitting restrictions and siting limitations for disposal of sewage and wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Earth Renaissance Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus G. Theodore
  • Patent number: 7964101
    Abstract: Processes for treating drilling fluid by passing the fluid through a separator including a clarifying zone and a thickening zone, the clarifying zone having inclined plates and the thickening zone having at least one wall with an angle of less than about 60°. The separator may optionally include an agglomeration zone and a removal zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Q'Max Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Slough, Troy Lupul
  • Patent number: 7959800
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for the production of acidic solutions of activated silica for water treatment. Activated silica is formed during the process of acidifying a sodium silicate solution to below pH 2 with sulfuric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Antonio T. Robles
  • Patent number: 7955553
    Abstract: A method of providing corrosion inhibition to copper, nickel, aluminum, zinc, tin, lead, beryllium, carbon steel, various alloys of such metals, and galvanized coatings in evaporative cooling water applications approaching zero liquid discharge that are specifically attacked by cooling water with residuals of corrosive chemistry or ions such as ammonia/ammonium ion, chloride, high TDS, OH?, or high pH. The method includes applying azoles inhibitors (such as TTA, BTA, etc.) at residuals of 0.25 mg/L to 200 mg/L or greater (as azoles) to the cooling water application and operating with a combination of high TDS (greater than 2500 mg/L) and high pH (greater than 9.0), while maintaining low total hardness (less than 200 mg/L as CaCO3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Dan A. Duke, John L. Kubis
  • Patent number: 7947183
    Abstract: A method and a device for purifying water from contaminant trace species, especially arsenic, by co-precipitating trace species during oxidation and precipitation of iron compounds with subsequent separation. The co-precipitation is improved by contacting the water with an iron-containing material prior to oxidation to increase the iron content of the water. Arsenic and other trace species harmful to health may be removed from water effectively and in a simple manner, thus being able to comply with the more restrictive limits of arsenic in drinking water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: MicroDrop Aqua ApS
    Inventor: Finn Lebech
  • Patent number: 7943048
    Abstract: A method for recovering tallow from meat processing wastewater includes adding a coagulant composition to the wastewater to agglomerate suspended fat, oil and grease particles in the wastewater, separating solid waste materials from the wastewater and isolating tallow from the solid waste materials. The coagulant composition includes tannin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Abdul Rafi Khwaja, Stephen R. Vasconcellos
  • Patent number: 7943049
    Abstract: Arsenic is a poisonous metalloid which, because of its hydroscopic nature, is primarily transported through water. Most plant species, including the nopal cactus, produce a sticky substance called mucilage. Mucilage swells in water but is insoluble and can precipitate ions, bacteria and particles from aqueous solutions. The invention includes a method of separating particulates and heavy metals such as arsenic (As) from drinking water using natural flocculants obtained from cactus mucilage. The extraction techniques and the methodology for using the cactus mucilage obtain higher As removal than conventional methods, like aluminum sulfate precipitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Norma A. Alcantar, Babu Joseph, Kevin Young
  • Patent number: 7943040
    Abstract: A system and process for removing contaminants from wastewater where the wastewater is treated into a cleaned water that can be reused or discharged into the environment. The wastewater is transported through purification sections, depending on the system including several of the following: pre-treatment via screening and weirs to remove debris and certain heavy solids; a second pretreatment via a sump; strainer; conductivity solution injection system and electrolytic coagulation system; polymer injection system; inline mixers for mixing the polymer in the wastewater stream; retention tubes for providing residence time for the polymer to react in the wastewater stream; a multi-stage separation system comprised of a plurality of water separation compartments for consecutively separating contaminants from the wastewater stream by removing contaminants that float and heavy contaminants that settle to the bottom; and an ozone treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Karcher North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon L. Taylor, Richard W. Frederick, Bernie L. Larson, Paul W. Linton
  • Patent number: 7938970
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of producing and using aluminum slurry containing aluminum particles having an extremely small size. In particular, a particle size that is small enough to freely flow through water filtration filters. Once the aluminum particles react with phosphorus, phosphates, and other contaminants, the resulting particles are large enough to be trapped by filters such that the contaminants can be easily removed. The aluminum slurry is created by the use of a unique process which rapidly transforms electrically charged aluminum plates into slurry. The resulting slurry is then added to the body of water where it disperses throughout the water and flocculates with the contaminants. The resulting clumps produced by the reaction are large enough to be trapped by filters in the water treatment facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: John J. Murray, Jr.