Patents Examined by Walter D. Griffin
  • Patent number: 10350514
    Abstract: An acoustic standing wave is utilized to separate components from a multi-component fluid, such as oil from an oil-water mixture, in a fluid flow scheme with an acoustophoresis device. For example, the flow scheme and device allows for trapping of the oil as the oil coalesces, agglomerates, and becomes more buoyant than the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Jason Dionne, Ari Mercado, Brian Dutra, Walter M. Presz, Jr., Thomas J. Kennedy, III, Louis Masi
  • Patent number: 10343133
    Abstract: A system and method removes petroleum from water by cavitating the petroleum/water mixture with air bubbles; irradiating the cavitated petroleum/water mixture with an electron beam to create ozone within air bubbles; and filtering the water from the irradiated mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Jacob G. Appelbaum
  • Patent number: 10343940
    Abstract: Feedwater is treated using a combination of techniques, including the integration of a brine solution to promote the formation of reactive and molecular species in the feedwater with electrolytic ionization, the application of electromagnetic fields and the application of plasma fields. The integrated, combined techniques offer an improved treatment of scale forming ions, bacteria and biological contaminants in feedwater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: RI Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Desmond A. Fraser, Hossein Ghaffari Nik, Richard B. McMurray, Akrem Hassen Adem Aberra, Shelley Marie Grandy, Patrick J. Hughes
  • Patent number: 10343087
    Abstract: Techniques for recovering a hydrocarbon fluid from a waste fluid include transmitting a plurality of wave energy pulses through a waste fluid, the waste fluid including a mixture of a hydrocarbon fluid and a non-hydrocarbon fluid; receiving a plurality of reflected wave energy pulses transmitted through the waste fluid; determining a level difference between a surface of a hydrocarbon fluid layer that includes the hydrocarbon fluid and a surface of a non-hydrocarbon fluid layer that includes a non-hydrocarbon fluid based, at least in part, on the plurality of reflected wave energy pulses; and operating a hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly, based on the determined level difference, to circulate a portion of the hydrocarbon fluid in the hydrocarbon fluid layer from the waste fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: R3 Oil, LLC
    Inventor: Milton Morgan
  • Patent number: 10343116
    Abstract: A flue gas mixing apparatus includes gas mixers, wherein the gas mixers have a gas flow channel, one of parallel two faces of a cuboid space being set as a gas flow-in face, the other thereof being set as a gas flow-out face, and in the gas flow channel, each of the gas flow-in face and the gas flow-out face is segmented into at least four regions which have same symmetric areas by straight lines passing through a center of each face, and a gas flow channel partition plate which introduces the combustion flue gas caused to flow in each of the regions of the gas flow-in face into each of the regions of the gas flow-out face at positions at which the regions are shifted one-by-one around a line segment connecting the centers of the gas flow-in face and the gas flow-out face is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Katsumi Yano, Goki Sasaki, Masaharu Morii
  • Patent number: 10338063
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Patent number: 10322949
    Abstract: Separation of particles or droplets from a host fluid may be achieved using a transducer and/or reflector that is a thin, non-planar structure. The thin non-planar structure improves operation of an acoustic standing wave generated by an acoustic transducer. The structure may operate as a pressure release boundary and may be constructed as plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Walter M. Presz, Jr., Kedar Chitale, Brian McCarthy, Benjamin Ross-Johnsrud, Thomas J. Kennedy, III, Dane Mealey, Brian Dutra, David Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 10322408
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a molybdenum disulfide powder includes conducting a precursor solution preparation step and a hydrothermal synthesis step. The precursor solution preparation step includes providing sodium molybdenum oxide dihydrate and thiourea, and conducting a mixing step. In the mixing step, an acid solution is mixed with the sodium molybdenum oxide dihydrate and the thiourea by titrating so as to form a precursor solution. In the hydrothermal synthesis step, the precursor solution is put into a hydrothermal container for reacting at a temperature ranging from 100° C. to 350° C. for 8 hours to 40 hours, thus the molybdenum disulfide powder is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Jyh-Ming Wu, Wei-En Chang
  • Patent number: 10322948
    Abstract: The disclosure provides relates to compositions and methods for water treatment. It also addresses a method for synthesizing TiO2 (and other metal oxides) with or without dopants. This method enables control over size, phase, morphology and porosity and specific surface area of these materials. The disclosure also provides metal oxide composites that can be used in photocatalysts, photovoltaics, and solar hydrogen applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: David Kisailus, Nichola Kinsinger
  • Patent number: 10316717
    Abstract: A reducing agent injection device includes a honeycomb structure and a urea spraying device spraying a urea water solution in mist form. A pair of electrode members is formed in the honeycomb structure. The honeycomb structure of the reducing agent injection device, the hydraulic diameter HD, defined as HD=4×S/C, when the area of the cross section of one of the cells in the cross section perpendicular to the cell extending direction is S, and the peripheral length of the cross section of one of the cells is C, is 0.8 to 2.0 mm. Also, the open frontal area OFA of the honeycomb structure in the cross section perpendicular to the cell extending direction is 45 to 80%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Ishihara, Yoshimasa Omiya, Katsumi Saiki
  • Patent number: 10316721
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes an inlet module configured to receive engine exhaust gas and a mixer housing defining an internal cavity that receives engine exhaust gas from the inlet module. An injection component is positioned within the internal cavity and has a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet to direct injected fluid into the internal cavity to mix with the engine exhaust gas. The injection component defines an injection axis and includes an inner structure defining an inner gas flow path and an outer structure defining an outer gas flow path that is between the inner and outer structures and radially outward of the inner gas flow path to improve mixing at the fluid outlet. An outlet module is configured to direct a mixture of engine exhaust gas and fluid to a downstream exhaust component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC
    Inventors: Julien Moulieres, Eduardo Alano, Laurent Poinsot
  • Patent number: 10315203
    Abstract: An outlet nozzle for centrifuge drums is disclosed. The outlet nozzle includes a nozzle body which has an inlet channel extending axially therein and an outlet channel extending at an obtuse angle to the inlet channel. The outlet channel has an inlet opening and an outlet opening, where the diameter of the outlet channel increases at least in certain portions. The point on the outlet channel which is narrowest in terms of the cross-section is formed by the inlet opening itself and the cross-section of the outlet channel is not reduced at any point over the axial length of the outlet channel in the outlet direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Juergen Teigeler, Volker Kassera
  • Patent number: 10308928
    Abstract: Acoustophoretic devices and methods for concentrating targeted biological cells in a reduced volume using multi-dimensional acoustic standing waves are disclosed. The methods include flowing a mixture of a host fluid and the biological cells through an acoustophoretic device. The acoustophoretic devices include an inlet, an outlet, and a flow chamber having an ultrasonic transducer-reflector pair. Biological cells, such as T cells, are separated from a host fluid for utilization in allergenic or autologous cell therapies. The disclosed devices and methods are capable of concentrating biological cells to at least 100 times their original cell concentration. The disclosed methods and devices are further capable of decreasing an original feed volume to a final concentrated volume that is less than one percent of the original feed volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Jason Dionne, Goutam Ghoshal
  • Patent number: 10300160
    Abstract: A plasma liquid generating device includes a tube, a plasma generating module, a flow limiting unit, and a position limiting member. The tube has at least an air inlet and a flow channel outlet. The plasma generating module is disposed adjacent to the air inlet and configured to generate plasma. The flow limiting unit is detachably disposed in the tube, and a distance between the flow limiting unit and the flow channel outlet is greater than a distance between the air inlet and the flow channel outlet. The position limiting member is detachably disposed at the flow channel outlet to limit the position of the flow limiting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jen-Chieh Lu, Yin-Lin Lu
  • Patent number: 10302615
    Abstract: A method for determining an optimal radio frequency to break an emulsion comprises: analyzing an oil and water interface of an emulsion; defining the oil and water interface at a molecular level; simulating oscillation of molecules at the oil and water interface under different radio frequencies; and determining an optimal radio frequency to break the emulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jeff Michael Sheremata, Peter Nelson Slater
  • Patent number: 10300410
    Abstract: Provided is an advanced liquid centrifuge using differentially rotating cylinders moveable rings at the ends thereof, as well as methods for the separation of fluids, preferably liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Hantao Ji, Adam Cohen, Phil Efthimion, Eric Edlund, Erik Gilson
  • Patent number: 10292525
    Abstract: A fluid-agitating tank assembly is disclosed. The tank assembly includes a tank filled with a fluid, and an agitator disposed in the tank so as to be at least partially immersed in the fluid and supported by the tank in a rotatable manner about an axis. The agitator includes a double helix disposed in an upper volume of the tank and adapted to act on the fluid to transform unidirectional rotation of the agitator about the axis into a bidirectional movement of the fluid in the tank towards bottom and top portions of the tank, and at least one rotary blade projecting transversally from the axis, disposed in a lower volume of the tank, and rotating about the axis to move the fluid towards at least one lateral outlet of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Stefano D'Errico, Vincenzo Galotto
  • Patent number: 10293097
    Abstract: A continuous flow centrifuge bowl includes a rotatable outer body, and a top and bottom core that are rotatable with the outer body. The bottom core has a wall extending proximally from a bottom wall. The proximally extending wall is radially outward from at least a portion of the top core and, together with the top core, defines a primary separation region in which initial separation of the whole blood occurs. The bowl may also have a secondary separation region located between the top core and the outer body, and a rotary seal that couples an inlet port and two outlet ports to the outer body. The inlet port may be connected to an inlet tube that extends distally into a whole blood introduction region. Additionally, one of the outlet ports may be connected to an extraction tube that extends into a region below the bottom core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Haemonetics Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Murphy, Dominique Uhlmann, Edward Powers, Michael Ragusa, Etienne Pagès
  • Patent number: 10294129
    Abstract: A water treatment system comprises at least one electrolytic cell comprising at least one electrode and a power source for powering the electrode. The electrode may be a metal electrode comprising a coating of polymer comprising structural units of formula I (I) wherein R1 is independently at each occurrence a C1-C6 alkyl radical or —SO3M wherein M is independently at each occurrence a hydrogen or an alkali metal a hydrogen or an alkali metal, R2 is independently at each occurrence a C1-C6 alkyl radical, a is independently at each occurrence an integer ranging from 0 to 4, and b is independently at each occurrence an integer ranging from 0 to 3. An associated method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Zijun Xia, Caroline Chihyu Sui, Qunjian Huang, Yida Xu, Jeffrey I. Melzer, Wei Lu, Xing Zhang, Yanju Wang, Xiaoan Xie
  • Patent number: 10293305
    Abstract: A device of purifying a fluoride in a semiconductor process waste gas includes a reaction chamber formed in a waste gas treating tank, and a heat pipe disposed in the waste gas treating tank and inserted into the reaction chamber. A water injection pipe is disposed at the outside end of the heat pipe formed at an outside of the waste gas treating tank, a heating rod is disposed in and passes through the heat pipe, a passage is formed between the heating rod and the heat pipe, water is guided and enters into the passage by the water injection pipe, the water in the passage contacts with the heating rod to produce a mist gaseous water at a high temperature, the mist gaseous water is guided and enters into the reaction chamber via the plurality of spit-outs to dissolve the fluoride to be reacted into a hydrogen fluoride, and a dissolving temperature of the mist gaseous water contacting with the fluoride is 370˜1300° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ORIENT SERVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wu-Yu Fong