Patents Examined by Steven Anderson, II
  • Patent number: 10480779
    Abstract: A nuclear power plant with a steam dump device and condenser for the nuclear power plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: André Seiller, Tan Thanh Vo
  • Patent number: 10274192
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a once-through evaporator comprising an inlet manifold; one or more inlet headers in fluid communication with the inlet manifold; one or more tube stacks, where each tube stack comprises one or more inclined evaporator tubes; the one or more tube stacks being in fluid communication with the one or more inlet headers; where the inclined tubes are inclined at an angle of less than 90 degrees or greater than 90 degrees to a vertical; one or more outlet headers in fluid communication with one or more tube stacks; and an outlet manifold in fluid communication with the one or more outlet headers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Vinh Q. Truong, Christopher J. Lech, Jeffrey F. Magee
  • Patent number: 10259287
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for an open motorized vehicle can include a cab assembly defining an interior volume, the cab assembly includes an enclosed frame configured to be attached to an open vehicle, and an air conditioning unit positioned at least partially within the cab assembly, the air conditioning unit being configured to deliver conditioned air to the interior volume of the cab assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Orvell B. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10240796
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fire pit insert include a mixing tube with a fuel outlet end, a soundwave input end located below and horizontally offset from the fuel outlet end, and a fuel inlet located between the fuel outlet end and the soundwave input end. A fuel distribution chamber connected to the fuel outlet end has a top plate with orifices, a bottom plate spaced apart from the top plate, and a baffle located between the top and bottom plates. The baffle is arranged coaxial to the fuel outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Beckwell Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Stilwell, Rebecca Stilwell, Rodney Dean Brakhage
  • Patent number: 10240868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a submerged combustion furnace for melting ceramic frits by means of a submerged combustion process, said furnace comprising at least one control loop with feedback of the overall weight regulating at least one process variable of the furnace for producing ceramic frit. The invention also relates to a regulating method for a submerged combustion furnace having these features, whereby obtaining a batch production of a ceramic frit having certain characteristics. The regulating method is implemented in the system by means of regulating process variables relating to the production of molten material during production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Colorobbia México, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Antonio Nebot Aparici, Sergio Sereni, Andrea Tamburini, Héctor Viciedo Mompó, Arturo Salazar Casas
  • Patent number: 10214097
    Abstract: A tank ventilation system includes a flushing line, off which a bypass branches and into which the bypass opens out. A sensor is arranged in the flushing line bypass to determine a concentration of hydrocarbons in a fluid in the flushing line. A hydrocarbon tank is coupled via a first connector to a first end of the flushing line and designed for coupling, via a second coupling, to a tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Bierl, Stephan Heinrich, Andreas Wildgen
  • Patent number: 10203132
    Abstract: A water heater system having a running water inlet through which running water flows in and a hot water outlet through which hot water heated in a heat exchanger is discharged is disclosed. The water heater system may include a first connection pipe connecting a gap between the running water inlet and an entry of the heat exchanger, a second connection pipe connecting a gap between an outlet of the heat exchanger and the hot water outlet; a bypass pipe connecting a gap between the first connection pipe and the second connection pipe, a bypass valve installed to the bypass pipe so as to control the direction of water flowing through the bypass pipe, and a controller, in a hot water usage mode, controlling the bypass valve so that the water moves from the first connection pipe to the second connection pipe through the bypass pipe, and in an inner circulation mode, controlling the bypass valve so that the water moves from the second connection pipe to the first connection pipe through the bypass pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Sung Tae Cho, Chul Hee Cho
  • Patent number: 10199350
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating a substrate during die bonding is disclosed. The apparatus comprises: a substrate carrier configured to hold the substrate; a heating device configured to heat the substrate; a first actuator for effecting relative motion between the substrate carrier and the heating device such that the substrate is relatively indexed with respect to the heating device; a second actuator for effecting relative motion between the substrate carrier and the heating device such that the heating device contacts the substrate to heat different portions of the substrate. In particular, the second actuator is operative to separate the heating device from the substrate in order for the first actuator to relatively index the substrate across the heating device. A method of heating a substrate during die bonding is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ming Yeung Luke Wan, Chi Wai Cheung, Chin Tung So
  • Patent number: 10190765
    Abstract: A heat exchanger which is used primarily in oil and gas operations to heat tanks of liquids, such as drilling mud, water, heavy oil or other such fluids from freezing or becoming too viscous to pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ConleyMax Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick G. Bell, William N. Beckie
  • Patent number: 10168047
    Abstract: A control unit includes a scale detection unit for detecting, while the a burner provides combustion, occurrence of clogging with scale in a tube of a heat exchanger, and an output unit for outputting a result of a detection by the scale detection unit, a storage stores information including a numerical value representing how many times a surface temperature of the heat exchanger measured by a temperature measuring unit exceeds at least one of a plurality of threshold values. While the burner provides combustion when the surface temperature measured by the temperature measuring unit exceeds at least one of the plurality of threshold values the scale detection unit adds a predetermined value to the numerical value in the storage and when the numerical value attains a defined value or more the scale detection unit detects occurrence of clogging with scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Isao Satoh, Takao Muko, Yuiko Yano, Yuki Maeshima
  • Patent number: 10151508
    Abstract: A compact, on-demand system to produce high pressure (?5,000 psig) and high temperature (?450° C.) water or other liquids which maintains single-phase flow throughout the system utilizing low-cost, thick-wall tubing and thereby negate the requirement to design the unit as a boiler or adhere to coded pressure vessel design requirements. This design can also replace a conventional boiler for the generation of hot water as well as low and high pressure steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventors: James H. Irvin, William E. Farthing, Larry G. Felix, Todd R. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10124314
    Abstract: A process for pretreatment of biomass and an installation for practicing the process, the process including, as well, the subsequent biological treatment and obtaining of biofuel from the biomass. The process is based on the use of at least one scraped surface exchanger and comprises the following steps: heating the biomass to a temperature equal to or lower than 110° C. in an exchanger; further heating the heated biomass so obtained to a temperature between 150 and 175° C. in a scraped surface exchanger; thermal hydrolyzing the biomass at a temperature between 150 and 175° C.; and cooling the thermal hydrolyzed biomass for the subsequent biological treatment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Aart Berthold Kleijn
  • Patent number: 10113765
    Abstract: A remotely controlled air vent register which allows the direction of airflow to be changed with a rotating assembly driven by a first motor mounted to a duct-side face of the mounting plate and which allows the amount of airflow to be changed with louvers operated by a second motor mounted to a duct-side face of the mounting plate, both of said motors being controlled by a processor with a receiver to receive an activation signal transmitted from a location apart from the vent register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Ryan May, Swearingen Mark Ryan, Ronald Graczyk, Wilhelm C. Benker
  • Patent number: 10101047
    Abstract: A gas purifier to be applied on a wafer substrate accommodating unit with an inlet hole includes an outer tube and an inner tube. The outer tube is disposed on the wafer substrate accommodating unit and has a plurality of first gas filling apertures. One end of the inner tube is a closed end and the other end is an open end. The inner tube has a plurality of second gas filling apertures, and its open end is interconnected with the inlet hole. The inner tube is movably disposed within the outer tube between a first operating position and second operating position. The second gas filling apertures are correspondingly configured to an inner wall of the outer tube when the inner tube is at a first operating position, and interconnected with the first gas filling apertures when the inner tube is at a second operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Ming-Mo Lo, Cheng-Hsin Chen, Tien-Jui Lin
  • Patent number: 10093864
    Abstract: A method and system (100) is provided for continuous recycling of waste plastic feedstock into liquid fuels. The method includes sending the feedstock into a rotary retort vessel at an input end of the rotary retort vessel. The feedstock is received on either sides of a partition structure, wherein the partition structure connects the input end of the rotary retort vessel to an output end of the rotary retort vessel. The feedstock is pyrolized in the rotary retort vessel, wherein the feedstock produces gaseous byproducts and non-gaseous byproducts. The byproducts are moved towards the output end of the rotary retort vessel, wherein the movement is facilitated by declination of the rotary retort vessel and the one or more partition structures. The non-gaseous byproducts are continuously removed from the rotary retort vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Amit Tandon
  • Patent number: 10086945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve (10) for controlling the internal pressure p in a cabin of an aircraft, comprising a first flap (11) and a second flap (12), wherein the flaps (11, 12) control a pressure-changing fluid flow (L) between the surroundings and the cabin through an opening (15) of a limiting element (14) of the cabin. In order to increase the inflow volume of the fluid, according to the invention at least one of the flaps (11, 12) is adjustable in the inflow position in respect of the opening (15) in the direction of the surroundings, such that the flow surface of the flap (11, 12) is increased for the air flow (L). Furthermore according to the invention at least one of the flaps (11, 22) has a closure device (21) which reduces an outflow of the fluid that had previously flowed in during an inflow process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nord-Micro GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Martin Steinert, Axel Springer
  • Patent number: 10066852
    Abstract: A water heater has a primary heat exchanger having a first heat transfer tube, a secondary heat exchanger having a second heat transfer tube connected with the first heat transfer tube and being located higher than the first heat transfer tube, and an outflow path connected to an outflow-side end portion of the first heat transfer tube. The outflow path has an offset flow path portion including a rising portion which rises upward or obliquely upward from a connecting portion of the outflow path and the outflow-side end portion of the first heat transfer tube or from the vicinity of the connecting portion, the offset flow path portion being offset at a position higher than the outflow-side end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nishimura, Makoto Hirotsu
  • Patent number: 10054335
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar light heat receiver having a heat receiving tube which allows a heat medium to flow through the inside thereof and which transmits the heat of irradiated solar light to the heat medium, the solar light heat receiver being provided with a partition member which divides the inside of the heat receiving tube into a first passage on the light receiving surface side to be irradiated with solar light, and a second passage on the non-light receiving surface side opposite to the first passage in the irradiation direction of solar light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Hiromi Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10041671
    Abstract: A multi-flame burner is disclosed with burner heads, which are set up to generate at least one burner flame directed along a respective flame axis when supplied with a fuel, wherein the flame axes of respectively adjacent burner heads are inclined relative to each other. A method for preheating a workpiece, in particular a pipe or large-diameter pipe, using a multi-flame burner is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johann Stocker
  • Patent number: 10036570
    Abstract: A baffle arrangement disposed within the exhaust flue of a fuel-burning water heater promotes heat transfer from exhausted combustion by-products to the water storage chamber. The baffle arrangement has an elongate planar base and plural exhaust-directing fins spaced along opposite sides of the base. Each fin is a planar body extending perpendicularly from the base at an acute upward angle from a longitudinal centerline to a respective side of the base. The fins deflect combustion by-products laterally outwardly within the flue to promote heat transfer. The fins are of selected configurations generally increasing in surface area upwardly along the planar base for selectively controlling pressure drop within the exhaust flue. Hanger tabs project outwardly from the upper end of the base to suspend the baffle arrangement within the flue. The planar base, hanger tabs and exhaust-directing fins are formed integrally from a unitary body of sheet metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Qian Zhang, Jiang Yin, Gary Flatness, David Gibbons