Patents Examined by Richard L. Chiesa
  • Patent number: 8747527
    Abstract: A method for converting soot particles of an exhaust gas includes providing at least nitrogen dioxide or oxygen in the exhaust gas, ionizing soot particles with an electric field, depositing electrically charged soot particles on inner channel walls of at least one surface precipitator, and bringing at least nitrogen dioxide or oxygen into contact with the deposited soot particles on the inner channel walls of the at least one surface precipitator. A device for carrying out the method includes at least one surface precipitator having a plurality of channels through which the exhaust gas can flow and extending between an inlet region and an outlet region, and at least one deposit inhibitor for electrically charged soot particles provided in at least part of the inlet region, especially allowing the soot particles to be evenly deposited and the surface precipitator to be continuously regenerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Maus, Peter Hirth, Rolf Brueck
  • Patent number: 8728203
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing waste effluent from a system including a boiler and a wet electrostatic precipitator, the waste effluent having blow down water discharged by the boiler during a blow down operation and bleed water discharged by the wet electrostatic precipitator. The method includes collecting the blow down water and providing it to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a makeup water supplement, evaporating a portion the bleed water and leaving residual bleed water, providing the evaporated bleed water to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a further makeup water supplement, and using the residual bleed water to quench ash produced by combustion of solid fuel by the boiler. The apparatus includes an evaporator that provides direct contact between hot boiler flue gas and the bleed water such that a portion of the flue gas is quenched before being provided to the wet electrostatic precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: EISENMANN Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Shulfer, Eberhard Veit
  • Patent number: 8727323
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods employed in wet cleaning semiconductor devices are provided. In particular, systems that can deliver deionized water with the desired concentration of CO2 and methods of generating deionized water with a desired concentration of CO2 for use in wet cleaning of semiconductor devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Seiwart, Ulrich Brammer, Christiane Gottschalk, Joachim Lohr
  • Patent number: 8728204
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing quench water required by a wet electrostatic precipitator. The apparatus includes a wet electrostatic precipitator and an evaporator in flow communication with the wet electrostatic precipitator to evaporate at least one portion of bleed water discharged from the wet electrostatic precipitator into steam. The method includes directing at least one portion of bleed water discharged from the wet electrostatic precipitator to an evaporator and directing at least one portion of flue gas from a boiler to the evaporator. The energy of the at least one portion of flue gas is used to evaporate the at least one portion of the bleed water into steam. The steam is directed to the wet electrostatic precipitator. The at least one portion of flue gas is directed from the evaporator to the wet electrostatic precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: EISENMANN Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Shulfer, Eberhard Veit
  • Patent number: 8721775
    Abstract: The electronic air filter has a pair of pads between which a grid is sandwiched. The pads are composed of glass fiber or like filtering medium while the grid is composed of two or more pads of carbon interconnected by a network of filaments having a cotton core surrounded by a graphite sheath. The grid is connected to a source of electrical power at a voltage at which a corona field develops around the grid with resulting polarization of the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Chesebrough
  • Patent number: 8721767
    Abstract: An electrostatic screen battery for emission control (ESBEC) system includes a plurality of screens. The screens are arranged in an alternating manner so that screens at a first electric potential are interposed with screens at a second electric potential. An ionizer is disposed upstream of the screens. An exhaust stream passes by the ionizer and then through the screens, where particulates are deposited onto the screens. In preferred embodiments the screens have hydrophobic surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Gediminas Mainelis, Taewon Han, Satyanarayanan Seshadri
  • Patent number: 8709138
    Abstract: A filter medium including a carrier layer and a microfiber layer applied thereon is characterized in that, with respect to the aim of providing a filter medium which has a relatively low pressure drop, and at the same time a good fraction separation rate and excellent dust storage capacity, the carrier layer has first fibers, which are designed as endless bicomponent fibers and spunbonded fibers, and the microfiber layer has second fibers, which are designed as endless melt-blown fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Alexandra Lazarevic, Robert Bader, Rosemarie Kurzer, Heinz Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 8702850
    Abstract: In an electric device (1), an air inlet (3),a gas-liquid contact portion (5), a water collecting portion (6) and an air outlet (7) are arranged in sequential order from upstream of an air duct (2). In a water storage portion (8) the gas-liquid contact portion (5) is dipped and the water collected thereby is stored. An electrolyzing portion (9) generates the electrolyzed water (4) containing an active oxygen species by electrolyzing the water stored in the water storage portion (8). As a result, a compact electric device with an air cleaning function is provided at low cost that is capable of generating water containing an active oxygen species without requiring additional water feed and without generating a by-product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Suzuki, Masahiro Iseki, Keiko Kurokawa, Mineo Ikematsu, Hiroyuki Umezawa, Yoshiaki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8695950
    Abstract: In an auto choke apparatus, a throttle valve and a choke valve are provided in a carburetor. A bimetal is provided near a muffler to bring the choke valve back in an opening direction after warm-up is completed. A bimetal lever has a mounting hole to which one end of a choke rod is secured. A choke lever has a mounting hole having a long hole shape to which the other end of the choke rod is secured. By forming the mounting hole of the choke lever in a long hole shape, the choke lever can be moved with the bimetal lever being stopped so that a throttle lever and the choke lever can be caused to work together without being restricted by the bimetal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Takesue
  • Patent number: 8695952
    Abstract: A carburetor including a one piece choke valve and shaft assembly including a shaft, a detent plate formed on a first end, a lever arm formed on a second end, a pair of opposing collars formed adjacent the detent plate and lever arm, a valve plate centrally positioned on the shaft, and opposing splines formed on the shaft enabling it to be inserted through an assembly slot cut into a shaft bore in the carburetor body. The detent plate includes a partial annular slot encompassing the angular range of travel of the choke valve. First, second and third detent pockets are formed along an outer edge of the slot. A positive positioning pin engages or interacts with the detent plate to positively position the choke valve in first, second or third angular positions corresponding to “close choke”, “half choke” and “open choke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: USA Zama Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Shebuski
  • Patent number: 8695951
    Abstract: A carburettor includes a primary air passage (19), an adjustable throttle valve (8) situated within the primary air passage, a fuel supply nozzle (28) communicating with the primary air passage and connected to a fuel metering valve for varying the amount of fuel discharged through the nozzle. The fuel metering valve includes an elongate sleeve (32) movably accommodating an elongate valve member (33). The sleeve and valve member define a fuel inlet space (35). A fuel inlet (37) communicates with the fuel inlet space. A fuel outlet (39) passes through the wall of the sleeve (32) and communicates with the fuel supply nozzle (28). A portion of the outer surface of the valve member (33) is so profiled that the valve member (33) is movable relative to the sleeve (32) such that the area of communication between the fuel inlet space (35) and the outlet (39) varies progressively between a maximum and a minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Kristjan Björn Omarsson, Stephen Brian Glover, David James Caley, Morten Kronstedt
  • Patent number: 8690998
    Abstract: An electric precipitator includes a charge unit disposed at an upstream part and a dust collection unit disposed at a downstream part, the charge unit includes charge electrodes and a discharge wire disposed between two neighboring charge electrodes and separated from the charge electrodes, the dust collection unit includes high voltage electrodes, front ends of which are opposite to the charge unit, and low voltage electrodes, front ends of which are opposite to the charge unit and which alternate with high voltage electrodes, and the front ends of high voltage electrodes protrude toward the charge unit as compared to the front ends of low voltage electrodes, thereby guiding electrons to the discharge electrodes due to an electric field formed between the front ends of the high voltage electrodes and the discharge electrodes and thus reducing current leakage through the low voltage electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Ji, In Sang Hwang, Byeong Cheol Yoon, Jun Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8690996
    Abstract: An electric precipitator to collect contaminants, such as dust, using electrical attraction. The electric precipitator includes high-voltage electrode plates and low-voltage electrode plates alternately stacked to form an electrification region and a collection region in an air flow direction, wherein each of the high-voltage electrode plates includes a discharge electrode to generate discharge between the discharge electrode and an opposite electrode so that contaminants are electrified in the electrification region and a collection electrode disposed over the electrification region and the collection region to collect the electrified contaminants in the collection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Jl, In Sang Hwang, Hyong Soo Noh, Byeong Cheol Yoon, Kochiyama Yasuhiko, Du Seop Yoon, So Young Yun, Jun Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8690997
    Abstract: A two-sided attraction structure including an electrostatic chuck portion (2) and a power supply portion (5), the electrostatic chuck portion (2) including a dielectric member (3) in a plate-like shape, which is made of an insulating material and has a front side and a back side, and an internal electrode (4) mounted into the dielectric member, the front side and the back side of the dielectric member each serving as an attraction surface when voltage is applied to the internal electrode (4), the power supply portion (5) applying the voltage to the internal electrode, of the electrostatic chuck portion (2), in which the power supply portion (5) includes a solar cell (6) and a voltage boost circuit (7) for boosting power generated by the solar cell (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Creative Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tatsumi, Hiroshi Fujisawa, Megumu Kawae
  • Patent number: 8690989
    Abstract: A system for enhancing air quality by collecting airborne particles. The system includes at least one ground plane, at least one corona point, an ionization field strength adjustment mechanism and a cleaning mechanism. The at least one ground plane is operably mounted proximate to where the airborne particles are present. The at least one ground plane includes at least one ground plane surface. The least one corona point operably is mounted to the at least one ground plane for causing an accumulation of particles to be deposited on the at least one ground plane surface. The ionization field strength adjustment mechanism enables a distance between the at least one corona point and the at least one ground plane to be adjusted. The cleaning mechanism is capable of removing the accumulation of particles from the at least one ground plane surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Baumgartner Environics, Inc
    Inventors: John Baumgartner, Matthew Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 8690995
    Abstract: A device for recovering nanometer or sub-micron particles carried by a gas by generating a stabilized suspension, including: a vessel including a mechanism injecting a liquid; a gas discharge mechanism in an upper portion thereof, located near a particle filter; a particle suspension outlet; and a liquid ring pump, transferring and dispersing particles carried by a gas into a liquid. The pump introduces a gas laden with nanometer or sub-micron particles into the pump; injects at least one liquid into the pump; and discharges the mixture obtained following the transfer. The vessel also includes a mechanism introducing the mixture into the vessel and at least one piezoelectric pellet, immersed in the vessel, configured to generate a fog of micron-sized droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Hicham Maskrot, Benoit Guizard
  • Patent number: 8679237
    Abstract: On a centrifugal oil separator for an aircraft engine for separating the oil particles contained in the vent air, a metallic foam body (7), into which the loaded vent airflow (3) is introduced, is firmly integrated into a hollow-type engine shaft (1), while high-voltage electrodes (6), which electrostatically charge the oil droplets in the vent air, are arranged outside the engine shaft (1) within the vent airflow (3) forwarded to the engine shaft (1). The simply designed oil separator, which can be space-savingly arranged and cost-effectively produced, ensures efficient separation of even minute oil droplets from the air-oil mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventor: Robert Angst
  • Patent number: 8679225
    Abstract: An electrostatic precipitator and a method of removal of particulates from gaseous flows. A plurality of screens, secured in sets within a central chamber in a housing, include at least one set of electrically chargeable first screens and at least one set of electrically grounded second screens. For each set of chargeable screens, all the screens of the set are provided with an identical electrical charge, either positive or negative, and the set is provided with a plurality of spikes directed at the oncoming gaseous flow. At least one screen cleaning unit selectively acts on the screens of each set. The precipitator can include a plurality of central chambers in a single housing or separate housings, and the chambers can be selectively activated or deactivated. The precipitator provides improved particulate removal from gaseous flows, including hot flows having temperatures up to at least 1200° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Natural Resources
    Inventors: Kourosh Zanganeh, Zahirul Hasan Khan, Carlos Salvador, Jack Jensen
  • Patent number: 8679238
    Abstract: A centrifugal oil separator (3) provided with a metallic foam structure (4) and at least one high-voltage discharge electrode (5) arranged upstream of the metallic foam structure (4) is a component of a hollow engine shaft (2), with the metallic foam structure (4) and the high-voltage discharge electrode(s) (5) being integrated into the engine shaft (2) and energy transmission to the high-voltage discharge electrodes (5) being transformatory. Such a centrifugal oil separator, space-savingly arranged in an engine shaft, enables a high rate of oil separation to be achieved despite the centrifugal forces being low in particular in the area of the engine shaft, thus ensuring low oil consumption and preventing oil-contaminated air from getting into the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventor: Robert Angst
  • Patent number: 8673068
    Abstract: This device for inactivating and finely filtering viruses and microorganisms in a flow of air is intended for cleaning air or gas. The device includes a high voltage power supply (4) and the following components arranged in series in the direction of flow: a unit (1) for pre-treating a flow of air, a two-section inactivation chamber (2) and a precipitator (3). The pre-treating unit (1) consists of oppositely charged conductive filtering elements (7, 7?). The first conductive filtering element (7) in the direction of flow is in the form of a cylindrical electrode (6) and a plate (9) which is made of a current conductive, highly porous material and is positioned at a distance from the free end face of the cylindrical electrode (6). A needle electrode (8), electrically associated with the plate (9), is adjacent to said plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alexei Mikhailovich Volodin