Patents Examined by Vivek K Shirsat
  • Patent number: 11953202
    Abstract: A combustor having a rectangular prism structure with a burner assembly mounted inside for burning waste hydrocarbon gases with combustion air provided through flame arrestors from outside atmospheric air, the combusted hydrocarbon gas exiting through an opening on top of the structure. The combustor includes a controller for operating an igniter on the burner assembly and thermocouples for measuring the temperature of exhaust gas exiting the combustor and for measuring the skin temperature of the structure. The controller can relay the operational data and the location of the combustor to a central control center through a SCADA unit connected to a telecommunications network. The controller can also relay the volume of waste gas burned to the central control center to determine the carbon credits earned by preventing the waste gas being vented to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Clear Rush Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Lucien Aldrich, Dale Christopher Aldrich, Dallas Lane Rosevear
  • Patent number: 11953201
    Abstract: A combustion system includes a distal flame holder, a pilot fuel distributor, a main fuel distributor, an oxidant source, an array of sensors, and a controller. The oxidant source outputs an oxidant. The pilot fuel distributor supports a pilot flame configured to preheat the distal flame holder by outputting a pilot fuel at least when the combustion system is in a preheating state. The main fuel source outputs a main fuel in the standard operating state. The distal flame holder is configured to support a combustion reaction of the main fuel and the oxidant in the standard operating state. The sensors are configured to sense parameters of the pilot flame and the distal flame holder and to output sensor signals to the controller. The controller executes software instructions that include adjusting the flow of the main fuel, the pilot fuel, and the oxidant responsive to the sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ClearSign Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas W. Karkow, Donald Kendrick, James K. Dansie, Christopher A. Wiklof
  • Patent number: 11955926
    Abstract: A bifurcated bearing housing for use within a torque tube interface may include a first component defining a first portion of an aperture configured to house a first portion of a rotating bearing, a second component defining a second portion of the aperture configured to house a second portion of the rotating bearing, and a connection interface between the first and second components, wherein, when the first and second components are in an attached configuration, the connection interface lies below a centerpoint of the aperture defined by the first and second components. The bifurcated bearing housing may include one or more of ridges, gussets, and/or hems to increase the structural integrity and rigidity of the bearing housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Schuknecht, Kevin Krautbauer
  • Patent number: 11953297
    Abstract: A portable flamethrower is provided. It includes a fuel supply, including an externally powered fuel pump in flow communication with a nozzle and a fuel tank. An ignition system is provided to effect igniting of a stream of liquid fuel. An electronic control system is provided to effect selective operation of the ignition system and the fuel system, and preclude their operation if operation criteria are not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: DP & LC HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Clanton, Donald Patnaude, Chris Byars
  • Patent number: 11951222
    Abstract: A system includes a containment vessel configured to receive and retain equipment to be decontaminated. The system also includes a solar reflector configured to reflect solar energy towards the containment vessel in order to heat the containment vessel. The system further includes end supports configured to receive and retain the solar reflector and the containment vessel. The system also includes a base having or coupled to multiple side supports, where each side support is configured to contact and support a corresponding one of the end supports. In addition, the system includes one or more semi-transparent solar shades configured to reduce the solar energy reaching the solar reflector and the containment vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David D. Crouch, Alf L. Carroll, III, John Carcone, Travis B. Feenstra, David R. Sar, Anthony Serino
  • Patent number: 11951896
    Abstract: A mobile pizza cart that allows a user to move to different locations and create personalized pizzas for their customers. The mobile pizza cart incorporates stations surrounding a pizza oven that are adapted to allow a user to create the personalized pizzas in a clean and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Attila Toth
  • Patent number: 11946646
    Abstract: An oven having water injection system comprising an oven including a compartment enclosed on all sides, a water injector, and a first water valve coupled to the water injector, wherein the water valve includes proportional control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Huijsing
  • Patent number: 11940147
    Abstract: A blown air heating system has a housing having an upstream air inlet and a downstream air outlet and a forced-air device configured to draw air into the housing via the air inlet and force the air out of the housing via the air outlet, wherein the air follows an airflow path from the air inlet to the air outlet. A gas burner is configured to heat the air as it passes through the housing. A gas valve is configured to provide a fuel gas to the gas burner, and the gas valve is located between the air inlet and the air outlet and in the airflow path. A baffle is in the airflow path, and the baffle is configured to divert the flow of air away from at least part of the gas valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart C. Black, David M. Hopley, Philip Eadie
  • Patent number: 11940148
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a dual ring gas burner wherein the outer ring includes multipoint injection with bottom breathing and the inner ring works with top breathing. Two flame rings are included along with burner ports on the caps. As a result, better heating distribution is achieved along with greater ease in cleaning and combined simmer functions with high ratings by having the outer ring gas flow not interfering with the inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Zhi Tan, Huan Liu, Andre Garcia, Michael Dennis Padgett
  • Patent number: 11942893
    Abstract: Split-cell and multi-panel photovoltaic backtracking control systems and methods allow for increased total power generation during low sun elevation conditions by shading a percentage of panel modules, thereby allowing for a lower angle of incidence on unshaded modules. The control systems and methods involve determining a sun elevation angle, a traditional backtracking angle, a split-cell or multi-panel backtracking angle, a single-cell or single-panel relative light transmission (RLT) based on the single-cell or single-panel backtracking angle, and a split-cell or multi-panel RLT based on the split-cell or multi-panel backtracking angle. If twice the single-cell or single-panel RLT is greater than the split-cell or multi-panel RLT, the split-cell or multi-panel backtracking angle is used; otherwise, the single-cell or single-panel backtracking angle is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventors: Fei Gu, Yang Liu, Venkata Rahul Abbaraju, Eric Martinez
  • Patent number: 11940158
    Abstract: Example dual-burner assemblies for cookboxes of gas grills are disclosed. An example dual-burner assembly includes a first burner tube and a second burner tube. The first burner tube has a first maximum heat output. The second burner tube has a second maximum heat output. The second burner tube is spaced apart from the first burner tube by a distance of no more than 0.750 inches. The second maximum heat output is less than the first maximum heat output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Shoeb, J. Michael Anthony Alden
  • Patent number: 11933492
    Abstract: A burner has a body suitable for containing at least one injector, a crown disposed on the body, and a cap disposed on the crown. The geometrical structure of the crown and of the cap is such to stabilize the flames with a minimum contact between the flames and the cap, in such a way to minimize the temperature of the cap when the burner is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Armando Elisei
  • Patent number: 11933502
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a self-closing user control for a cooking element that is capable of automatically returning to an off position whenever it is released by a user in a portion of the movable range of positions for the self-closing user control, yet also is capable of maintaining its position in another portion of the movable range of positions for the self-closing user control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Richard W. Cowan
  • Patent number: 11927364
    Abstract: An air handling unit (AHU) for a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) system includes a housing and a combustion heater disposed within the housing. The housing includes a combustion section with a first channel and a second channel. The combustion heater includes heat exchanger tubes and a tube support that supports heat exchanger tubes within the combustion section. The tube support slidably disposed in the first channel and the second channel. The combustion heater configured to be slidably removable from the AHU. An AHU for an HVACR system includes a housing with a fan section and a fan assembly disposed within the housing. The fan assembly including a pair of grooves slidably disposed on a pair of rails of the housing. The fan assembly configured to be both slidably removable from the AHU and liftably removable from the AHU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel, Jason William Parks, Gregory L. Meeuwsen, Nathan Wagers, Chasity Webb, Anthony Chiles, Gregory Edmund Beltran, Aaron Allison Stevens, Stephen Kowalski, Jason Harpst
  • Patent number: 11920786
    Abstract: A regenerative burner including: a combustion chamber; a heat exchange chamber; and a communication passage therebetween, the combustion chamber includes a tip of a fuel nozzle and a flame ejection port, and is configured such that fuel introduced from the fuel nozzle into the combustion chamber can be burned in the combustion chamber using combustion air introduced into the combustion chamber through the communication passage to eject flame from the flame ejection port; the fuel nozzle is configured such that fuel burned in the regenerative burner is introduced into the combustion chamber; and the heat exchange chamber comprises a heat accumulator interposed between the communication passage and an air port, and is configured such that combustion air can pass through the heat accumulator and then be introduced into the combustion chamber such that an exhaust gas passes through the heat accumulator and is discharged from the air port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Taniguchi, Takeshi Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 11913760
    Abstract: A portable flamethrower is provided. It includes a fuel supply, including an externally powered fuel pump in flow communication with a nozzle and a fuel tank. An ignition system is provided to effect igniting of a stream of liquid fuel. An electronic control system is provided to effect selective operation of the ignition system and the fuel system, and preclude their operation if operation criteria are not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: DP & LC HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Clanton, Donald Patnaude, Chris Byars
  • Patent number: 11913640
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a method for chemical looping combustion, for which the end of the intake duct (4) opening out within the chamber of the separator (1) is inclined with respect to a horizontal plane (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE
    Inventors: Airy Tilland, Benjamin Amblard, Sina Tebianian, Ann Cloupet, Florent Guillou, Stephane Bertholin, Mahdi Yazdanpanah
  • Patent number: 11906171
    Abstract: Cooktop appliances are provided. A cooktop appliance can include a gas burner; a manifold having a gas input; a primary line extending between the manifold and the gas burner, wherein a gas flow rate in the primary line is controllable by a user selectable interface; and a secondary line extending between the manifold and the gas burner, wherein a gas flow rate in the secondary line is controllable by a flow control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Patent number: 11906160
    Abstract: A combustion system includes a fuel distributor configured to output a fuel, an oxidant source configured to output an oxidant, and a mixing tube defining a mixing volume aligned to receive the fuel and oxidant. The mixing tube is shaped to convey the fuel and the oxidant through the mixing volume at a bulk velocity higher than a flame propagation speed. The combustion system includes a flame holder aligned to receive the mixed fuel and oxidant and to support a combustion reaction of the fuel and the oxidant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: ClearSign Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Donald Kendrick
  • Patent number: 11904459
    Abstract: A robotic coupling joint system and method are discussed herein, which may be utilized with a daylighting system or photovoltaic system to track sunlight. The system may provide a spherical joint allowing axial motion about two or more axes of the spherical joint. The joint comprises a first plate with four or more sockets, a second plate, a connector, and one or more spheres positioned between the first and second plates. The connector secures the sphere between the first and second plates. The system may also include a stand, an end effector coupled to the stand by the spherical joint, and a mobility system that is capable of actuating the end effector. The mobility system includes two or more linking elements coupled to the end effector, and a motor coupled to the linking elements to actuate the end effector to track sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Texas State University
    Inventors: Ricardo Mateo Ramirez, III, Bahram Asiabanpour