Patents Examined by Robert A. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 12041992
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a diffuser headband system. The system may include a diffuser headband formed from an elastic material coupled to a sanitized air generating source that produces sanitized air. The diffuser headband may form a substantially oval shape and include an elastic tube attached to the elastic material. A first portion of the elastic tube may be perforated to include a group of air outlet holes spaced along a surface of the elastic tube. A second portion of the elastic tube may include an inlet that receives the sanitized air from the sanitized air generating source. The air outlet holes receive the sanitized air from the inlet and expel the sanitized air to provide an air shield that encircles a person's body wearing the diffuser headband. The air shield blocks viral aerosol droplets from entering or leaving an airspace occupied by the person wearing the diffuser headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2024
    Assignee: Florida A&M University
    Inventor: Charles Magee
  • Patent number: 12042771
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a nanobubble generation system using friction in which a frictional force is applied to bubbles included in a gas-liquid mixed fluid so that the atomization of the bubbles is induced and nanobubbles are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2024
    Assignee: FAWOO NANOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Ho Yoo, Tae Geun Yoo, A Ram Yoo
  • Patent number: 12044235
    Abstract: A filtration and purification device includes a main body and one or more filtration passage layer. A plurality of purification chambers is disposed in the filtration passage layer. Each of the purification chambers has a flow-guiding unit, a filtration unit, a gas sensor, and an outlet valve. The flow-guiding unit introduces the gas into the purification chamber, the filtration unit filters the gas, and the gas sensor determines that if the filtered gas reaches a threshold for breathing so as to determine to open the outlet valve to discharge the gas out of the filtration and purification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2024
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Ching-Sung Lin, Chin-Chuan Wu, Chi-Feng Huang, Yung-Lung Han, Chun-Yi Kuo, Chin-Wen Hsieh
  • Patent number: 12036507
    Abstract: A compressible fluid separator pump includes a crankshaft, four cylinders, and four pistons. Each cylinder includes an inlet including an inlet valve for mixed fluid comprising a target component and a discharge component, a reject outlet including a reject valve for a reject fluid, and a select outlet for a select fluid, wherein each of the select outlets includes a separator member that prefers the target component over the discharge component such that the target component is at a higher concentration in the select fluid than in the mixed fluid and in the reject fluid. Each piston is connected to the crankshaft and is positioned in one of the four cylinders, and the crankshaft is configured to position two of the pistons at top dead center when the other two of the pistons are at bottom dead center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Gordon Elmegreen, Binquan Luan
  • Patent number: 12036503
    Abstract: A filter element for filtering a fluid has a frame and a filter bellows provided with a filter medium folded in a zigzag shape to folds. The filter bellows has an inflow face at a raw side of the filter bellows and an outflow face at a clean side of the filter bellows. The filter bellows is arranged in the frame. A seal is arranged circumferentially at least partially continuously at least in sections at an outer circumferential side of the filter medium at the inflow face of the filter bellows or at the outflow face of the filter bellows. Elongate adhesive sections are arranged along at least two adhesive tracks on the filter medium at the inflow face of the filter bellows and/or at the outflow face of the filter bellows. Strain-relief devices for compensating a length change of the at least two adhesive tracks in relation to the filter medium and/or to the seal are provided. A filter system is provided with such a filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kaufmann, Klaus-Dieter Ruhland, Markus Wagner, Philipp Hettkamp
  • Patent number: 12030011
    Abstract: An exhaust air scrubber for removing dust, abraded product, and water-soluble constituents from process exhaust air may include in a single housing a cleaning stage that includes a droplet separator and a packing disposed below the droplet separator. The exhaust air scrubber may also include an inlet apparatus for process exhaust air disposed in a lower portion of the housing, a withdrawal apparatus for scrubbing solution, and a withdrawal conduit for cleaned exhaust air, with the withdrawal conduit beginning inside the housing above the cleaning stage, passing downward inside the housing, and passing out of the housing to an outside in the lower portion of the housing below the cleaning stage. The scrubber may further include a feed conduit for scrubbing solution in an upper portion of the housing above the cleaning stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Uhde GmbH, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Axel Erben, Matthias Pieper
  • Patent number: 12025343
    Abstract: A gas detection and purification device is provided for being carried by a user and includes a body, a purification module, a gas-guiding unit, and a gas detection module. The gas detection module detects a gas nearby the user to obtain a gas detection data, and the gas detection module controls the operation of the gas-guiding unit based on the gas detection data, guides the gas into the body, guides the gas to pass through the purification module for being filtered and purified to become a purified gas, and discharges the purified gas to a region nearby the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Ching-Sung Lin, Chin-Chuan Wu, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 12023617
    Abstract: The present invention relates to operation of air-oil separators and oil filters used in systems requiring oil separation and filtration on a single block. In other words, the present invention discloses an oil separation and filtration system having an air-oil separator and an oil filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Ibrahim Kemal Yazici
  • Patent number: 12023623
    Abstract: An absorption solvent regeneration device includes: a regenerator for regenerating an absorption solvent by separating CO2 from the absorption solvent which has absorbed CO2; a main rich solvent line for supplying the absorption solvent which has absorbed CO2 to the regenerator; a first heating part for heating the absorption solvent flowing through the main rich solvent line, the first heating part being disposed on the main rich solvent line; and a branch rich solvent line for supplying a part of the absorption solvent flowing through the main rich solvent line to the regenerator, the branch rich solvent line branching from the main rich solvent line. The absorption solvent regeneration device further includes a regulating part for regulating a ratio between a first flow rate of the absorption solvent flowing through the first branch portion and a second flow rate of the absorption solvent flowing through the second branch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventors: Yoshiki Sorimachi, Takashi Kamijo, Shinya Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 12023423
    Abstract: An airborne pathogen extraction system that provides for continuous airborne pathogen particle extraction from a specifically targeted area in a room or a specifically targeted area proximate to a user. The pathogenic particles are filtered and/or disinfected before the air is returned proximate to the originating location, or are directed an area away from the user(s). The airborne pathogen extraction systems and methods lower the chances of contagion or infection from airborne pathogens, such as viruses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Arnold Chase
  • Patent number: 12017192
    Abstract: A mixing chamber for use in a beverage carbonation system is provided. In one embodiment, the carbonation mixing chamber includes a housing, a fluid inlet pathway, a gas inlet pathway, and an outlet pathway. The housing may have an inner chamber, and the fluid inlet pathway can be configured to extend into the inner chamber of the housing and receive fluid from a fluid source. The gas inlet pathway can be configured to extend into the inner chamber of the housing and can be configured to receive gas from a gas source. The gas inlet pathway can include a plurality of nozzles positioned within the inner chamber and configured to direct gas in a plurality of directions that differ from one another. The outlet pathway can be configured to dispense a mixture of fluid and gas from the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Chen, Ken Lin, Tie He Yang, Jack Richardson
  • Patent number: 12016802
    Abstract: An operating room air treatment system and method for handling airflow in zones in an operating room. The system provides a substantially vertical air flow zone that is located generally peripherally to the operating room table and a substantially central airflow zone that is located generally centrally in the operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Aerobiotix. LLC
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: 12017174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter element for mounting in an air cleaner housing of a vehicle. The filter element comprises a circumferential filtering wall through which air is allowed to enter. The filter element also comprises a first end and an open second end for fluidly connecting the filter element to a turbo. The open second end is located opposite the first end. The circumferential filtering wall extends from the first end towards the open second end. The filter element further comprises a resonator. The entire resonator is encircled by the circumferential filtering wall such that air entering through the circumferential filtering wall passes on the outside of the resonator to and through the open second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Fabio Ribeiro, Carl Löwstedt, Torbjörn Ågren, Mikael Karlsson
  • Patent number: 12013381
    Abstract: A gas phase component analysis device and a gas phase component analysis method that can prevent degradation of the device due to an unnecessary component and can obtain excellent detection sensitivity are provided. A gas phase component analysis device (1) includes a heating unit (2) configured to heat a specimen to generate a gas phase component composite, a first column (31) into which the gas phase component composite is introduced, a second column (32) that is a separation column connected with the first column (31) through a connection unit (33), an isothermal oven (3) housing the first column (31), the second column (32), and the connection unit (33), a detection unit (4) configured to detect a gas phase component having passed through the second column (32), and a suction unit (5) connected with the connection unit (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventors: Chuichi Watanabe, Atsushi Watanabe, Koji Tei
  • Patent number: 12005394
    Abstract: An arrangement and process of mitigating contaminants has a flow element intermediate a first space with contaminated matter (including contaminated gas) and a second space. Contaminated matter is drawn from the first space into the flow element and then urged into segregated contaminated gas and residual contaminated matter collected in the second space. Segregated contaminated gas is merged with gas from the second space to form mixed gas and treated to form primary treated gas which is directed to generate at least some of the drawing of contaminated matter from the first space into the flow element. Mixed gas can be treated by passing it through passages in the flow element coated with decontaminating agent and/or through a decontamination unit. The flow element allows for air flow to effectively act as a one-way barrier obstructing migration of contaminated matter from the second space back to the first space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Ti-DOX Patent Inc.
    Inventors: Reinhard Schuetz, Dean Richard Neitz
  • Patent number: 12000619
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are replaceable filter frame gaskets and air filters having the same. The gasket is secured elastically to a filter frame of the air filter, making the gasket easily reusable and removable from the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Camfil AB
    Inventors: Joseph John Gorman, Adam Sienkiewicz, Jonathan P. Albar
  • Patent number: 11992584
    Abstract: A device for diffusion of volatile substances that includes a container for containing volatile substances, including the container, an aperture defining a sealing area, and a multilayer structure placed on the aperture. The multilayer structure includes a microporous membrane through which the volatile substances are diffused and a barrier layer that is removed before a first use. The multilayer structure also includes a sealing portion in contact with the sealing area. A device with a microporous membrane where the porosity of the membrane at the portion of the sealing area has been substantially reduced or eliminated to stop liquid transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ZOBELE HOLDING, S.P.A.
    Inventors: Livio Sordo, Cedric Morhain, Stefano Deflorian
  • Patent number: 11992820
    Abstract: A reaction device for reacting a liquid-phase reactant and a gas-phase reactant converted into fine bubbles includes: a porous body that includes a plurality of flow paths and in which the flow paths are separated by porous walls, the porous walls include continuous pores, and the porous body includes a reaction catalyst at least on the surface thereof; a solution supply section for supplying a solution containing a gas-phase reactant and a liquid-phase reactant to the continuous pores in the porous body; and a solution discharge section for discharging solution containing a reaction product obtained when the solution flows through the continuous pores of the porous body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Tomohito Mizukami, Yusuke Saito, Nobuyuki Mase
  • Patent number: 11986762
    Abstract: In the description and drawings a fiberglass product is disclosed. The fiberglass product may have one or more fiber curl layers. The fiber curl layers may have a plurality of generally sinusoidal fiber bundles therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Alejandro Vinardi, Matthew Shaffer, William Barrows
  • Patent number: 11986759
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle comprising a wheel with an associated air-cooled motor, and a ventilation path for passing outside air from outside the vehicle into the motor. An electrostatic device is disposed proximate to the ventilation path. When the electrostatic device is energized, particles or debris in the outside air are attracted toward or repelled from the electrostatic device, such that the particles or debris are removed from the outside air before the outside air enters the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Shailesh N. Joshi, Ryohei Tsuruta, Umesh Gandhi