Patents Examined by Terry K Cecil
  • Patent number: 10729995
    Abstract: Methods for drafting or transferring water from a water supply to a fire pump in fire service include a strainer, the strainer having a hood member with an open bottom inlet having an inlet aperture, an outlet having an outlet aperture, a suctioning structure extending away from the open bottom inlet of the hood member, and the suctioning structure having a base offset from the open bottom inlet. Method of using the strainer including immersing a strainer in a water supply, fluidly connecting the outlet to a suction side of a pumping apparatus, activating the pumping apparatus, transferring water through the hood member, directing the strainer toward the bottom of the water supply and maintaining the strainer at the bottom of the water supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Larry F. Reber
  • Patent number: 10729989
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for controlling an interface of a liquid-liquid extraction column using pressure equilibrium. The device includes a vertical pipe provided beside an extraction column parallel thereto. The device enables internal pressures of the extraction column and the vertical pipe to be balanced with each other by moving fluid from the extraction column into the vertical pipe. Therefore, the device can maintain the level of an interface between fluids having different specific gravities with a simple control system. The device includes the liquid-liquid extraction column having a column body; and upper and lower tanks having respective inlet pipes and respective outlet pipes, wherein a pipeline is connected to the outlet pipe of the lower tank, and the internal pressures are balanced by controlling a level of the fluid in the pipeline, thereby maintaining the level of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KEPCO NUCLEAR FUEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngmoon Bae, Seungchul Yang, Byungkuk Lee, Dongyong Kwak, Hyunkwang Cho
  • Patent number: 10722817
    Abstract: An oil/water separator for removing oil-containing constituents from an oil/water mixture includes a main filter designed to separate oil-containing constituents from the oil/water mixture. Untreated oil/water mixture is supplied to the main filter and is removed from the oil/water separator after passing through the main filter, wherein the oil/water separator is designed for supply and removal of these liquids in accordance with the hydrostatic principle. The oil/water separator has a control unit designed to temporarily charge the oil/water separator with control air, by means of which overpressure can be used to push oil/water mixture through the main filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BEKO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Herbert Schlensker, Johannes Sinstedten
  • Patent number: 10718241
    Abstract: An engine housing component is provided, the housing component defining two or more drain channels configured to receive oil separated from a crankcase ventilation system and to drain said oil through the housing component, wherein the engine housing component comprises two or more drain features, each of the drain features corresponding to one of the drain channels, wherein each of the drain features is configured to allow an oil drain pipe to be coupled to the drain feature such that the oil drain pipe is in fluid communication with the corresponding drain channel, wherein a first drain feature differs from the or each of the other drain features, such that a particular oil drain pipe configured to couple to the first drain feature is not couplable to the other drain features. An engine housing assembly and kit of oil drain pipes is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xavier Demeulenaere, Graham Slaughter, Mark Michel
  • Patent number: 10717027
    Abstract: The present invention is a modified apparatus for wastewater recycling including a toilet tank device, a water amount control assembly, and a three-way pipe. The toilet tank device includes a filtering space provided with a filtering apparatus and a water level sensing apparatus and a device area provided with a pressurizing device, at least one filter, and a transfer pipe. The water amount control assembly includes a driving apparatus, a cleaning pipe group, and a wastewater transfer pipe group. When clean water is transferred to clean the filter, the clean water can be transferred through a combination of the cleaning pipe group and the pressurizing device with a water amount controlled by the driving apparatus, and wastewater passing through the filtering apparatus can be transferred through a combination of the wastewater transfer pipe group and the pressurizing device with a water output amount controlled by the driving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Zhen-Fa Guan
  • Patent number: 10717028
    Abstract: A liquid filter assembly includes a porous tubular support member and a filter element removably and replaceably oriented in the interior volume of the support member. A bypass valve arrangement is provided to permit at least some unfiltered liquid to bypass media in the filter element. A dynamic seal can help to seal the bypass valve arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrico Greco, Francesco Marangoni
  • Patent number: 10717048
    Abstract: An environmental water system may include an ultrafiltration membrane, a reserves osmosis (RO) system, a waste water tank, a mixer, a total dissolved solids (TDS) controller valve, a connector, and a water tap. The environmental water system can provide pure water which is filtered through the ultrafiltration membrane and RO system. Also, a user can operate the TDS controller valve depending on the actual use requirement so as to have different TDS values of water from the water tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Hsiang-Shih Wang
  • Patent number: 10717047
    Abstract: A reverse osmosis system may include a water supply, a filter, and a mixing member. The water supply is connected to a first water tube and a second water tube. The first water tube is connected to the filter, and the filter is connected to a drain pipe which is connected to a wastewater tank. The wastewater generated from the filter under reverse osmosis process can be discharged into the wastewater tank. The mixing member has a water inlet end, a water outlet end, and a wastewater inlet tube, which are communicated with each other, and the water inlet end of the mixing member is connected to the second water tube. When water flows through the mixing member, the negative pressure is generated to pump wastewater in the wastewater tank through the wastewater inlet tube into the mixing member, thereby achieving the effect of water saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Hsiang-Shih Wang
  • Patent number: 10711443
    Abstract: A waste separator for attachment to a sink drain pipe is provided, the waste separator comprising: a transverse pipe, the transverse pipe including a proximal end, a distal end, a sidewall therebetween, a solid waste outlet at the distal end and a magnetic flange on the sidewall, the transverse pipe defining a transverse bore, the transverse bore housing a motor-driven auger and a cylindrical filter between the motor-driven auger and the transverse pipe sidewall; a sink wastewater inlet in a vicinity of the proximal end, the sink wastewater inlet normal to the transverse bore and in fluid communication with the transverse bore; a normally-closed solenoid valve, the normally-closed solenoid valve in a vicinity of the distal end of the transverse pipe; a lower vessel, the lower vessel including a waste water outlet, the lower vessel defining an interior, the interior in fluid communication with the transverse bore proximate the proximal end; and a microprocessor, the microprocessor in electronic communication w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Anvy Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Nicolov
  • Patent number: 10704235
    Abstract: A rainwater collection tank system employs a plurality of barrel/tanks, each having a plurality of strainers with a water pump for raising stored water to one or more faucet dispensers/spouts. Permanent tanks are at least partially submerged. Smaller portable units may be anchored to a campground area with screws and/or pins. Multiple units can be situated adjacent one another beneath a multi-sectional V-shaped funnel system of rain diverters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Andre Green
  • Patent number: 10695699
    Abstract: A filter state estimation system is configured to estimate a state of a filter provided in a hydraulic circuit. The hydraulic circuit includes: the filter; a bypass channel circumventing the filter and through which an oil flows; and a valve provided in the bypass channel and configured to be opened and closed based on a differential pressure. The filter state estimation system includes: a sensor to detect that the valve is in an open state or in a closed state; a temperature sensor to detect a temperature of the oil; and a state estimating unit to estimate a state of the filter based on detection results detected by the sensor and the temperature sensor. The state estimating unit estimates the state of the filter based on the temperature of the oil which is detected by the temperature sensor when the sensor detects that the valve is in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuki Yokoyama, Masato Kageyama
  • Patent number: 10689276
    Abstract: The efficiency of water disinfection can be significantly increased by supplying the ozone in combination with oxygen to an inlet of a cavitation pump. The ozone and the oxygen are turned into ultra-fine bubbles via cavitation action within the pump, facilitating the dissolution of the oxygen and ozone within the water. The water mixed with the oxygen and the ozone is subsequently supplied to a line atomizer, where the dissolution of the ozone within the mixture is completed. The combined use of the cavitation pump and the line atomizer can lead to a substantially complete dissolution of the supplied ozone within water that needs to be disinfected, allowing to easily achieve the concentration of ozone necessary for water disinfection. Due to this efficiency, the system and method described are highly scalable and suitable for water purification at water purification plants of various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Ohki, Whitney Rich
  • Patent number: 10689279
    Abstract: Increased control and efficiency over the wastewater purification can be achieved through creating conditions that allow to selectively prioritize the digestive function of microorganism in the activated sludge. The gas-dispersion return sludge is created using pure oxygen or oxygen containing trace amounts of ozone as a reactive gas, which is blended with return sludge to create a mixture of gas and liquid, which is passed through an atomizer or a cavitation pump to instantly render the reactive gas in the mixture to an ultra-fine bubble state. At least a portion of the ultra-fine bubbles dissolve within the gas-dispersion return sludge, activating the dormant microorganisms. Due to a complete or an almost complete absence of digestable organic material in the gas-dispersion return sludge, the microorganism prioritize their digestive function, and when exposed to organic pollutants present in wastewater, digest the pollutants into water and carbon dioxide at an increased rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Ohki, Whitney Rich
  • Patent number: 10689278
    Abstract: Control over the wastewater purification can be achieved through controlling delivery of gas-dispersion return sludge solely to an aerobic reaction vessel. The gas-dispersion return sludge is created using pure oxygen or oxygen containing trace amounts of ozone as a reactive gas, which is blended with return sludge to create a mixture of gas and liquid, which is pressurized with an atomizer pump, and then at a pressure of not more than approximately 5.5 MPa, the mixture is passed through an atomizer which uses cavitation or ultrasound at a frequency of less than 12,000 KHz to instantly render the reactive gas in the mixture to an ultra-fine bubble state. A portion of the gas is placed into a dissolved state, reaching a state of supersaturation with a high DO value of 20-40 mg/l, and causing the remaining ultra-fine bubbles to create an ultra-fine bubble condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Ohki, Kousuke Chiba, Whitney Rich
  • Patent number: 10682589
    Abstract: A condensate neutralizer system for treating condensate of a condensate generating device, the condensate neutralizer system including a container having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet is configured to receive condensate from the condensate generating device, the container is configured to contain a condensate neutralizing material useful for treating the condensate and the outlet is configured to drain condensate treated with the condensate neutralizing material; a controller; and a pH meter functionally connected to said controller, the pH meter is configured to take pH measurements of the treated condensate, the measurements are configured to be compared to a fault pattern, wherein the fault pattern is defined by a condition where the pH measurements are lower than a pre-determined pH level and if a fault is determined to exist, a warning is raised or a delivery of replenishment of the condensate neutralizing material is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Intellihot, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Deivasigamani, Sivaprasad Akasam
  • Patent number: 10668201
    Abstract: A dialysis system includes a filtration system capable of filtering a water stream, a water purification system capable of purifying said water stream in a non-batch process, a mixing system capable of producing a stream of dialysate from mixing one or more dialysate components with the water stream in a non-batch process, and a dialyzer system. The dialyzer may be a microfluidic dialyzer capable of being fluidly coupled to the stream of dialysate and a blood stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Oregon State University, Outset Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Julie S. Wrazel, James R. Curtis, Ladislaus Nonn, Richard B. Peterson, Hailei Wang, Robbie Ingram-Goble, Luke W. Fisher, Anna E. Garrison, M. Kevin Drost, Goran Jovanovic, Richard Todd Miller, Bruce W. Johnson, Alana Anderson, Eric K. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10662912
    Abstract: A fuel pressure regulator and fuel filter assembly includes: a housing, having a connecting end having a fuel channel; a filter element, located in an accommodating cavity of the housing; a cover plate, located at a second end of the housing; a rear cover, having one end being an opening end and another end being a spring seat, and a sidewall, the opening end being connected to the housing; a spring, a first end thereof being pressed against the spring seat; a seal arranged in the rear cover, a second end of the spring being pressed against the seal; and a fixing ring that fixes the rear cover to the connecting end of the housing, the fixing ring being welded by laser to the connecting end. When fuel pressure is no greater than a spring preload, the seal closes the fuel channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Yonglin Huang, Dong Su, Dieter Hagist
  • Patent number: 10641220
    Abstract: A fluid drain off system for a fuel filter, the system comprising a float, movable together with a trigger device for a switch, such as a magnet, in response to the level of fluid contaminant, a switch arranged to be selectively triggered by the trigger device upon the fluid contaminant reaching a predetermined level, and a fluid passage configured to be selectively opened in response to the triggering of the switch to allow fluid contaminants to be drained from the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: J. C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventors: Anathan Rajagopalan, Atul Malode, Prashant Chavan, Mohammad Saifullah Khan, Chris Ward, Sanjeev Arora
  • Patent number: 10640393
    Abstract: A water treatment apparatus that includes: at least one module which operatively and selectively treats one or both of an original household hot water received from the household hot water line and water flowing through the module and treats cold water received from an original household cold water line that flows through; a process control unit whereby a user selects a desired treatment option for the water flowing through the apparatus to be dispensed to the user; one or more plumbing connections which operatively divert the original household hot and cold water flow to the user selected water treatment module so as to dispense to the user the selected treated water; and one or more valves which operatively cooperate with the process control unit to direct the water flow within the apparatus so as to provide the user with the selected treated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dominique Cobb, Erdogan Ergican, Wyndham F. Gary, Jr., Mark Graff, Eric Hill, Beth Jackson, Antony Kirk, Steven J. Kuehl, Joseph R. Peters, Michael Seeley, Rex D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10639569
    Abstract: A filter device usable with diesel fuels, includes a filter element (19) exchangeably accommodated in a filter housing. A fluid pump device (46) having two pump chambers (45, 49) is part of the filter device. The pump chambers, by a pump piston (51) guided in the chambers in a longitudinally movable manner, are separated from each other fluid-tight at least in one of the two directions of movement of the pump piston. Each pump chamber (45, 49) is assigned a valve (39, 63) opening or closing oppositely to the other valve (39, 63) when the pump device (46) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HYDAC FLUIDCARECENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Micha Kreibig