Patents Examined by Robert A. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 11007472
    Abstract: Adsorption vessels and systems utilizing adsorption vessels are provided herein. In one embodiment, an adsorption vessel for receiving a fluid mixture and for separating a component from therein includes a vessel wall extending from a bottom end to a top end and defining a vessel chamber. A bottom inlet is formed in the bottom end of the adsorption vessel for introducing the fluid mixture to the vessel chamber. A filler material having a total porosity of less than about 25% and a density less than about 900 kg/m3 or an insert or both are positioned in the top void volume to increase overall performance of the adsorbent vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Bradley P. Russell, David W. Greer, Shain-Jer Doong
  • Patent number: 11007473
    Abstract: Methods and systems for removing water vapor from a feed gas prior to further processing the feed gas according to a downstream PSA process are described. The feed gas can include CO2 and/or CO and/or H2 and the PSA process can be used to separate components of the feed gas from one another, for instance, for CO2 capture. Light product off of the PSA process is utilized to regenerate desiccant of a dryer used in the water vapor removal process that is carried out prior to the feed gas entering the PSA process. The water vapor removal process can be heated by providing thermal energy directly to the dryer and/or to a regenerating stream that regenerates the desiccant of the dryer. The thermal energy can be low cost energy—for instance, waste heat off of a system that provides the feed gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventors: James A. Ritter, Armin D. Ebner
  • Patent number: 11000799
    Abstract: An atmospheric water generation system comprises water vapor consolidation systems configured to increase the relative humidity of a controlled air stream prior to condensing water from the controlled air stream. The water vapor consolidation system comprises a fluid-desiccant flow system configured to decrease the temperature of the desiccant to encourage water vapor to be absorbed by the desiccant from an atmospheric air flow. The desiccant flow is then heated to encourage water vapor evaporation from the desiccant flow into a controlled air stream that circulates within the system. The humidity of the controlled air stream is thereby increased above the relative humidity of the atmospheric air to facilitate condensation of the water vapor into usable liquid water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Genesis Systems LLC
    Inventor: David J. Stuckenberg
  • Patent number: 10994251
    Abstract: A device (1) for dissolving a gas (G) in water (W) is provided, and includes a housing (100) configured to be submerged into the water (W) with the housing (100) having at least one water inlet (101), a gas inlet (102) and at least one water outlet (103) for discharging gas enriched water out of the housing (100), a pump (5) in fluid communication with the at least one water inlet (10) for sucking water (W) from a surrounding of the housing (100), the pump configured to generate a main water stream (S?), and means for injecting the gas (G) supplied via the gas inlet (102) into the main water stream (S?). The device (1) includes a probe (6) configured to measure a concentration of the gas dissolved in water, and the probe (6) is arranged in the housing (100) of the device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Glomset, Stefan Dullstein, Thomas Loevold Hellebust, John Bertil Aakernes
  • Patent number: 10986977
    Abstract: A method for removing moisture from moist air in an appliance, such as a treating chamber of a dishwasher, wherein a drying system includes a condensing system and heat exchange systems that enhance condensation with both ambient air and cold water. The method includes storing cold water for use during a cycle of operation; recirculating the moist air in the treating chamber through a condenser; during the recirculating, flowing ambient air over the condenser; and during the recirculating and after the flowing ambient air, flowing the cold water over the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alvaro Vallejo, Sylvan J. Amos
  • Patent number: 10973944
    Abstract: Fragrance dispensers with features that are capable of reducing wastage of fragrance, or of conserving fragrance, are disclosed. Such a fragrance dispenser may have a configuration that collects fragrance that is expelled from the fragrance dispenser, but has not vaporized or atomized sufficiently to dissipate into the environment, as well as fragrance that condenses immediately after it has been expelled from the fragrance dispenser. A spill-resistant bottle that may be used with a fragrance dispenser has a shape that orients an opening of the bottle in a somewhat upward orientation to prevent fragrance from spilling out when the bottle is tipped over. Fragrance dispensers with configurations that generate vortices to deliver fragrance into the surrounding environment are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Rimports, LLC
    Inventors: Alan K. Farrell, Joe Robinson
  • Patent number: 10967092
    Abstract: A diffuser includes a housing with at least one inlet and at least one vent outlet, and a microblower carried by the housing. The microblower has an inlet side to receive air from the at least one inlet, and an outlet port. A bottle adapted to carry essential oil is included and has a neck opening. A tube directs air from the microblower outlet port into the neck opening to generate oil-laden air. A fan draws ambient air in from the at least one inlet and exhausts ambient air and oil-laden air through the at least one vent outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Greenair Inc.
    Inventor: David T. Chang
  • Patent number: 10967319
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air cleaner capable of being coupled or separated in a vertical direction to improve space utilization. An air cleaner may include a first air cleaning module provided with a first connection unit, and a second air cleaning module detachably coupled to the first air cleaning module and provided with a second connection unit, wherein the second connection unit is configured to be detachably coupled to the first connection unit, and configured to be rotatable with respect to the first connection unit when the second connection unit is coupled to the first connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Euy Sung Chu, Nak Hyun Kim, Ju Young Kim, Jee Ho Park, Moon Sun Shin, Sang Ho Shin, Seung Won Oh, Jeong Kyo Oh, Jun Hwa Lee, Tae Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 10962290
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a high-efficiency air water system for a tropical climate, including a filtration system, in which an evaporator is provided in an internal accommodating space of a main body, and a condenser is installed in a perforated portion formed passing through a side wall of the main body, so that air cooled in the main body is used to dissipate heat generated in the condenser so as to improve dehumidification efficiency. The configuration of the high-efficiency air water system comprises: an air suctioning unit that suctions and supplies external air; a water generating unit that condenses moisture from the air supplied from the air suctioning unit to generate water; and a water purifying unit that filters and purifies the water generated by the water generating unit to a drinkable or usable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AIR WATER KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Il Nam
  • Patent number: 10953350
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to using containers with a multitude of nucleation sites covering a major portion of the inside wall of the container to enable rapid and nearly complete removal of soluble gases from fluid samples, including carbonated beverages and other carbonated fluid samples. A fluid sample is rapidly poured into the described container initiating a catastrophic release of the soluble gas from the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INNOVAPREP, LLC
    Inventors: David Scott Alburty, Michael Lee Hornback, Bryan Charles Long, Andrew Edward Page
  • Patent number: 10948204
    Abstract: A humidifier capable of releasing natural negative ions includes a humidifier body and a halite module. After an atomized gas generated from a second atomized gas outlet of the humidifier body flows into an mixing chamber, the atomized gas is controlled in the mixing chamber, part of the atomized gas flows into an accommodation chamber through perforations to be in contact with a halite, negative ions released by the halite is introduced into the mixing chamber through the perforations, the negative ions merge with the atomized gas in the mixing chamber to form the atomized gas with negative ions, and the atomized gas with the negative ions is discharged via a first atomized gas outlet, thereby solving the problem that the halite is quickly dissolved and deformed by moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Yingchun Luo
  • Patent number: 10940285
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes a heating element which converts electrical power to heat energy, a heatable element having a first surface and a second surface, and a dielectric laminate layer between the heating element and the first surface of the heatable element, wherein the dielectric laminate layer is thermally conductive to transfer heat energy from the heating element to the heatable element, and wherein the second surface of the heatable element is configured heat a liquid in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Zhuo Tang, Ronald James Huby, Hargopal Verma, Andrew Bath, Roger Mervyn Lloyd Foote
  • Patent number: 10933388
    Abstract: A system for dissolving gases in water comprises a mixing chamber that holds gas and a container in fluid communication with the mixing chamber. In operation, the mixing chamber is flooded to purge the ambient air. A gas delivery system introduces gas into the mixing chamber to push the water out. A pump then pumps temperature and salinity-treated water into the mixing chamber, and a distributor sprays or disperses the water into the mixing chamber. An optional impingement plate and/or mixing medium trap gas bubbles and hold gas-saturated water within the mixing chamber. This produces a volume of substantially bubble-free, highly-saturated gas-infused water that is then released into the container to mix with the water contained therein. This system can be incorporated in aquariums, ice chests, buckets, and live wells found on boats, kayaks, trucks, and other transports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: JMF Watercraft Design LLC
    Inventor: Jeff M. Falcone
  • Patent number: 10925323
    Abstract: Provided is an aerosol generating device which is capable of stopping aerosol generation at an appropriate timing. This aerosol generating device includes a power source which supplies power in order to atomize an aerosol source and/or heat a flavor source; a sensor which outputs a measurement value for controlling the power supplied; and a circuitry which controls the power supplied from the power source on the basis of the measurement value. The circuitry controls to increase a power supply amount per unit time in response to a first condition that the measured value is equal to or larger than a first threshold being satisfied, and to decrease the power supply amount per unit time in response to a second condition that the measured value is less than a second threshold greater than the first threshold and a third condition which is different from the first condition and the second condition being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Hajime Fujita
  • Patent number: 10926611
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system of a motor vehicle to air-condition a vehicle interior may include a channel system through which air is flowable and an outside-air channel configured to let outside air into the channel system. The air-conditioning system may also include a system conveying device separating a suction area from a pressure area and a system filter device separating a raw area from a pure area. The system filter device may include a filter housing and a filter material. The air-conditioning system may additionally include a system outlet to let air into the vehicle interior and a sensor device, including a sensor housing, in which at least one analysis channel is arranged, through which air, a characteristic of which is measured, is flowable. The sensor device may also include at least one sensor inlet and at least one sensor outlet to let air in and out of the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Markus Michael, Walter Wolf, Anja Reiter, Florian Klein
  • Patent number: 10925322
    Abstract: Provided is an aerosol generating device which is capable of optimizing the timing at which aerosol generation is stopped. This aerosol generating device 100 includes: a power source 114 which supplies power in order to atomize an aerosol source and/or heat a flavor source; a sensor 106 which outputs a measurement value indicating a first physical quantity for controlling the power supplied; and a controller 130 which acquires the measurement value output by the sensor 106, stores a profile of the measurement value, and controls the supplied power by controlling a second physical quantity different to the first physical quantity, on the basis of the acquired measurement value and at least a part of the stored profile of the measurement value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Hajime Fujita
  • Patent number: 10927032
    Abstract: A system for controlling an ambient microgravity environment of a system for drawing optical fiber including a filter arranged to cleanse an environment from contaminants, a molecular sieve arranged in a series of at least one of meshes and baffles to dehumidify the environment, at least one of a pump and a fan to draw an environmental gas through the filter, through the molecular sieve and back in to an ambient environment and a housing in which the filter, molecular sieve and at least one of pump and fan reside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MADE IN SPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Clawson, Robert White, Nate Pickslay, Michael Snyder, Geoffrey York Powers, Noah Paul-Gin
  • Patent number: 10919004
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aeration system for seawater oxidation in flue gas purification devices, with at least one tubular diffuser (TD), covered by at least two perforated membranes (20), which are positioned one after the other and at a distance to each other in a direction of the central longitudinal axis (A) of the diffuser (TD) as well as at least one support member (SP), which encircles a membrane-free section (FS) of the tubular diffuser at least partially, and at least one sliding means (40), arranged between the support member (SP) and the membrane-free section (FS) of the tubular diffuser (TD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jürgen Klos, Michael Petri, Annette Ziemann-Nöthe, Karl-Heinz Röder
  • Patent number: 10918812
    Abstract: An essential oils diffuser with a micro air pump providing between 500 and 1500 Pa of pressure with a consumption of between 0.2 and 1 Watts may be used to push air into essential oils or an essential oil solution to diffuse and expel the oils into the air, while keeping the oils away from the air pump, preventing the oils from shortening the life of the diffuser. The diffuser may include a power supply and a controller to regulate the operation of the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SPDI HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Pitcher
  • Patent number: 10919059
    Abstract: A diffusing apparatus for diffusing essential oils into the air includes a reservoir configured to hold essential oils in an internal cavity, and a collar assembly covering the internal cavity. The collar assembly includes a collar exhaust aperture, a collar exhaust channel, and an exhaust port. The collar exhaust aperture is positioned on an opposite side of the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SPDI HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Pitcher