Patents by Inventor Anthony Ruhe

Anthony Ruhe has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4384697
    Abstract: A support structure for a bundle of tubes includes a plurality of parallel grid strips having indentations, wherein the strips are fixed in pairs and are attached by fasteners to other pairs to define a support grid. The indentations of adjacent pairs of grid strips are in alignment to receive the tubes and maintain them in a spaced arrangement. The support grid is reinforced by key strips which extend along opposite sides of the support grids. The grids are prevented from moving along the tubes by collars secured to selected tubes adjacent to the sides of the support grid. The bundle may be arranged in sections wherein a support grid is provided for each section, in which case keeper bars having flanges are inserted between adjacent sections to support the sections with respect to one another and to prevent the shifting of one section with respect to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler Energy Corp.
    Inventor: Anthony Ruhe
  • Patent number: 4326897
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for heat treating a tubular type heat exchanger. A heat fluid is passed through the tube bundle in order to heat the exchanger from within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Inventors: Anthony Ruhe, John A. Chitty, James H. D. Nickerson
  • Patent number: 4308914
    Abstract: A U-tube type heat exchanger is provided with means for uniformly distributing shell side fluid across the lateral expanse of the tube bundle. The distributor means includes first and second upstanding plates between which are connected several ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Inventors: Anthony Ruhe, James H. D. NIckerson
  • Patent number: 4290388
    Abstract: A vapor generator is provided for producing vapor such as steam to be used for heavy oil recovery and the like. The vapor generator includes an octagonal cross-section furnace, which has evaporator surface arranged to allow for heating of said fluid to final evaporation in a relatively low heat flux portion of the generator to lessen the likelihood of scale formation on heat transfer elements of the vapor generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Ruhe, Peter J. Adams
  • Patent number: 4286654
    Abstract: A heat exchanger having a number of heat exchange tubes and an improved tube support. The support comprises a plurality of strips which are identical and joined together so that the support engages each tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1981
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Ruhe, James H. D. Nickerson
  • Patent number: 3957019
    Abstract: U-tubes in a heat exchanger are arranged so that at intervals about the periphery of the tube bundle lanes are formed in the layout for more evenly distributing the flow of downcomer fluid through the entire bundle. Ducts are also provided for distributing downcomer fluid into upper portions of the bundle, the ducts providing a one-way communication between the downcomer area and the central portion of the bundle providing both circulation of fluids and preventing backflow of steam formed in the heat exchanger into the downcomer area. A torus header has outlet nozzles communicating with the lower portion of the heat exchanger which header introduces makeup water to the exchanger which is directed through the nozzles at the top surface of the tube sheet for reducing sludge buildup thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1976
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Ruhe, James H. D. Nickerson