Patents Examined by Scott Bushey
  • Patent number: 10101098
    Abstract: A thermal insulation system can include a body of heated material at an elevated temperature. A layer of porous insulating material can be placed adjacent to and in fluid communication with the body of heated material. The insulating layer can contain distributed liquid water in an amount sufficient to cool the insulating layer through evaporative vapor flow toward the body of heated material. The amount of water can be sufficient to provide water vapor for inhibiting the diffusion and adsorption of hydrocarbons from the heated material. The insulating layer can include a continuous vapor phase. A heat sink material at a lower temperature can be placed adjacent to the insulating layer and opposite from the body of heated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Red Leaf Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bunger
  • Patent number: 10046502
    Abstract: The present invention involves a fabrication of plastic-tube-screen-fill using plastic tubes. The plastic-tube-screen-fill consists of several plastic tubes suspended to between top and bottom ring-shaped hole perforated frames in the shape of a rectangular thin plate as a vertical string screen. The top and bottom ring-shaped hole perforated frames are in same configuration to be used in two ways and fabricated by assembling a cup-shaped hole perforated frame and tube-holder-frame. The tube-holder-frame is a male push-fit band connector with several short solid rods positioned and fixed on band for push-fitting into the cup-shaped holes on the cup-shaped hole perforated frame. The solid rod on tube-holder-frame has a male push-fit connector on its lower part to be push-fitted into one edge of tube. The tubes used in the present invention are spiral corrugated tubes. Fabrication and assembling method of perforated frames, tube-holder-frames, and spiral corrugated tubes are described in this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Chong Mook Park
  • Patent number: 10011042
    Abstract: An object is extruded to have the form of a cage, the cage defined by spokes corresponding to several extrudate streams. The spokes bound a hollow interior and extend between opposed hub regions where the spokes are fused together. In manufacturing the objects, ceramic material is extruded through multiple dies arrayed around an extrusion axis, the dies mounted to permit controlled movement of the dies during the course of extrusion to vary the position of extrudate streams exiting the dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Crawford, John Douglas
  • Patent number: 9909822
    Abstract: A channel guide distributor of a heat exchanger including a flanged body, a nozzle fluidly connected to the flanged body, a diffuser fluidly connected to the nozzle, a pin operably connected to the nozzle, a cone operably connected to the nozzle and a post removably connected to the flanged body and configured to receive the diffuser. The post having a tubular portion, an open end, a closed end, an inner surface, an outer surface, a post longitudinal axis, and twenty-four apertures in the tubular portion. The apertures are aligned linearly along the post longitudinal axis and equidistantly spaced. A diameter of the outer surface of the tubular portion is about 1.156±0.003 inches (2.936±0.01 centimeters).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Rusich, Theodore C. Wright, James N. Streeter
  • Patent number: 9885487
    Abstract: A humidifier is provided that typically includes a water filtration unit and a pump that draws filtered water from the water filtration unit, typically a carbon nanotube filter. The humidifier further includes a nozzle having an outlet orifice, wherein the nozzle is connected to the pump, where the pump forces the filtered water through the nozzle, thereby expelling the filtered water into an atmosphere in the form of a purified vapor or mist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Keith Erwin Boonstra
  • Patent number: 9845962
    Abstract: The combination of: a) an apparatus with a main body and an operating assembly on the main body configured to cause fluid from a supply to be processed so as to become entrained in air in a surrounding atmosphere, wherein the main body has an elongate finger having a length and a free end; and b) a container defining a receptacle for a supply of fluid. The container has an entry opening that is dimensioned to allow the elongate finger on the main body to be directed, free end first, through the entry opening to allow a portion of the length of the elongate finger to be immersed in a supply of fluid in the receptacle. Structure cooperates between the apparatus and container to support the main body and container in an operative relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Crane USA Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Niedermann, Kin Wan Li
  • Patent number: 9808810
    Abstract: A nozzle for a dissolved air flotation system includes a housing, a nozzle connector, and a nozzle body. The housing has an inlet formed at one side and an outlet formed at another side. The nozzle connector couples to the inlet and has an inflow path formed in a longitudinal direction. The nozzle body is disposed in the housing, and includes: a collision portion formed at a first end portion of the nozzle body such that a fluid introduced along the inflow path of the nozzle connector 10 changes its flow direction and collides with an inner wall of a side portion of the housing, a plurality of faces formed at sides of the nozzle body, a plurality of side paths defined between the faces and the inner wall of the housing, and a spurt hole defined at a second end portion of the nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Sung Won Park, Yong Hae Park, Seon Jae You, Byung Sung Park
  • Patent number: 9790102
    Abstract: A feed liquid flows into a second-stage humidifier chamber to form a second-stage humidifier bath. A first remnant of the feed liquid from the second-stage humidifier chamber then flows into a first-stage humidifier chamber to form a first-stage humidifier bath having a temperature lower than that of the second-stage bath. A second remnant of the feed liquid is then removed from the first-stage humidifier. Meanwhile, a carrier gas is injected into and bubbled through the first-stage humidifier bath, collecting a vaporizable component in vapor form from the first remnant of the feed liquid to partially humidify the carrier gas. The partially humidified carrier gas is then bubbled through the second-stage humidifier bath, where the carrier gas collects more of the vaporizable component in vapor form from the feed liquid to further humidify the carrier gas before the humidified carrier gas is removed from the second-stage humidifier chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Prakash Narayan Govindan, Mostafa H. Elsharqawy, Steven Lam, Maximus G. St. John, John H. Lienhard
  • Patent number: 9724639
    Abstract: A system for contacting gases and liquids includes a vessel containing inert particles, wherein the total volume of the inert particles is from 1 to 20% of the total working volume of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Muftah El-Naas
  • Patent number: 9682348
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispersing and entraining and controlling the residence time, absorption and release of gas bubbles or particles in a fluid without losing gas utilization efficiency from escaping surface gas events. A mechanical, rotating plurality of hollowed blades that induce both an axial and radial controlled circulatory flow and provide a means of gas introduction into the discharge flow that has a conical helical, axial and radial outward flow from the axis of rotation and allows entrained gas bubbles to be trapped as particles and recirculated by means of a circulatory flow back into the intake vortex of said mechanical, rotating plurality of blades. The flow is characterized by a forced intake vortex caused by a low pressure zone with a radial component, and subsequent axial component drawing fluid in a circular fashion toward the eye of the rotating device and impelling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Enevor Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Roy Bachellier
  • Patent number: 9677830
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device that conditions high entrance velocity, superheated feed gas, which include some high boiling components, for example, asphaltenes and poly-nuclear aromatics that tend to coke upon condensation and exposure to the superheated feed gas temperature. Also included in superheated feed gas are solid catalyst fines, from a single or multiple feed nozzles to a quiescent flow regime for uniform distribution of the gases, to a contact device within the Main Fractionator (MF) column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Technip Process Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sabah Kurukchi, Kenneth Edward Krug, Kenneth Jack Fewel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9567246
    Abstract: An air diffusion device is provided. The device includes a base coupled to an air supply pipe for supply of air. The base has an air discharge hole for discharge of air supplied from the air supply pipe. The device further includes a perforated cover in the form of a multi-layered stepped plate the height of which is reduced stepwise from the center to the edge. The perforated cover has a plurality of through-holes for discharge of air, and it is coupled to an upper surface of the base to cover the air discharge hole, thus defining an air guide chamber between the perforated cover and the base. The device further includes a securing mechanism configured to secure the perforated cover to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: ANT21 CO., LTD
    Inventors: Myung Han Ko, Nam Gyun Kim, Seung Jin Lee, Wook Bae, Dae Hwan Yoon, Joo Shin Park, Kyung Han Ko, Sang Woo Kim, Jae Kyung Yang, Kyoung Ryeol Baek, Kyu Cheol Lee, Byong Cheol Kwon, Hyun Kim, Jin Young Kwon, Dong Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 9518735
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus are disclosed that relate to one or more aspects of an abatement system. In various aspects a nozzle assembly of an abatement system includes at least one rotationally adjustable nozzle tubing having at least one nozzle coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Caldwell Tanks, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Shepherd, Mark Ammons
  • Patent number: 9475011
    Abstract: A micro bubble generating system includes a shell having a well for retaining a first liquid to immerse an object. A micro bubble apparatus is provide to the shell for providing a pressurized mixture of a second liquid and a dissolved gas into the well so as to create a plurality of micro bubbles within the first liquid for engaging the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Jason International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Cunningham, Eric Jackson, Remo C. Jacuzzi
  • Patent number: 9470463
    Abstract: A heat exchange fill apparatus for use with a cooling tower that employs a support frame assembly. The heat exchange fill apparatus has a media fill pack that includes a of fill pack media modules wherein a stake, prevents the modules from shifting with respect to one another. The modules are installed in a cooling tower of the like via a hanging fill support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Powell, Duane Krehbiel, Jeff McMillen, Paul Hink, Eldon Mockry
  • Patent number: 9446357
    Abstract: An aeration apparatus includes an injection nozzle provided at one of the open ends of a main body formed in the shape of a cylinder. When the injection nozzle is immersed in a liquid, the main body stands upright such that the injection nozzle is on a lower side, and gas is injected inside the main body from the injection nozzle to disperse the gas. The injection nozzle is disposed such that a center line of an injection port formed at the tip of the injection nozzle intersects the inner flow channel surface at a position lower than a blade member disposed in the lowest stage, and such that the angle formed between the center line and the vertical direction is not greater than 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SOLACE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Masuda, Hiroyasu Masuda
  • Patent number: 9426941
    Abstract: A mower attachable user cooling device cools a user of a mower while mowing in hot weather. The device includes a housing, the housing having a first face. A coupler is coupled to the housing wherein the housing is configured for being coupled to a mower such that the first face is directed facing a user of the mower. A fan vent extends through the first face. A fan is positioned in the housing directing air flow out of the fan vent towards the user of the mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Ken E. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 9381474
    Abstract: In an apparatus for foaming a liquid with an aerating device by which the liquid can be aerated, an outlet arrangement which is in communication with the aerating device via a conduit and a pump arranged in the conduit for transporting the aerated liquid from the aerating device to the outlet arrangement, at least one flow resistor is provided in the conduit or the outlet arrangement which includes a plurality of adjacent resistor elements of an elastic material which are movable relative to one another and between which there are passages through which the aerated liquid is forced whereby a high quality stable foam is generated and a pump control arrangement is provided for maintaining the aerated liquid under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Volker Barth
  • Patent number: 9353960
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a humidifier. According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a humidifier comprising: a main body including a water reservoir for storing water; an upper body disposed above the water reservoir for covering the water reservoir; and a vibration unit including a vibrator for atomizing the water in the water reservoir, wherein the upper body includes a first hinge part for hinge-coupling with the main body and a second hinge part for hinge-coupling with the vibration unit, the upper body is capable of being lifted from the main body using the first hinge part as a shaft, the vibration unit is capable of rotatably moving in the water using the second hinge part as a shaft, and the vibration unit further includes a vibrator receiving unit for the vibrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MERKER INC.
    Inventor: Hyung Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 9346024
    Abstract: A liquid product is dispensed via a membrane contactor. The contactor employs a plurality of gas-permeable hollow fibers. The contactor has a gas port communicating with the interior of the fibers and input and output ports for liquid communicating with space within the contactor surrounding the fibers. A gas comprising carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide is dissolved in the liquid in the contactor. The gas at a controlled pressure is supplied to the gas port. The liquid is supplied at a higher pressure than the gas to the input port for liquid from a supply of such liquid via a first valve having a first valve inlet port communicating with the supply of liquid and a first valve outlet port communicating with the inlet port for liquid. Liquid with the gas dissolved therein is dispensed from the outlet port for liquid via a dispense tap to ambient. The dispensing liquid step includes a start dispense step in which dispensing commences and a stop dispense step in which dispensing is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: HEADMASTER LTD.
    Inventors: John Kenneth Rurik Page, Mark George Page