Patents by Inventor Christopher Naunheimer

Christopher Naunheimer 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: 10828616
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen, Steven J. Lesniak
  • Patent number: 10518235
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen
  • Patent number: 10486127
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen, Peter H. Shafe
  • Patent number: 10376856
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen, Peter H. Shafe, Steven J. Lesniak
  • Publication number: 20190105627
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen
  • Publication number: 20190105629
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen, Steven J. Lesniak
  • Publication number: 20190076806
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen, Peter H. Shafe
  • Patent number: 10195574
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf
  • Publication number: 20190030495
    Abstract: A contacting device and method are presented for the collection, contacting, and distribution of fluids between particulate beds of a downflow vessel, which may operate in co-current flow. By one approach, the contacting device includes a liquid collection tray, a mixing channel in fluid communication with the liquid collection tray, and a liquid distribution zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Christopher Naunheimer, Pengfei Chen, Peter H. Shafe, Steven J. Lesniak
  • Patent number: 10166524
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Rodolphe Dudebout, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf
  • Patent number: 10160697
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf, Aziz Sattar, Christopher D. Gatto, Robert S. Murray
  • Patent number: 10029957
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Rodolphe Dudebout, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf, Aziz Sattar, Christopher D. Gatto, Robert S. Murray
  • Publication number: 20180056264
    Abstract: An apparatus is presented for the transferring of catalyst from an upstream vessel to a downstream vessel. The apparatus includes a non-mechanical valve and a transfer line, wherein a lift gas provides for carrying catalyst through the transfer line. The non-mechanical valve has a catalyst inlet and a lift gas inlet to provide for a consistent flow to limit or reduce pipe erosion and catalyst attrition, as well as to provide catalyst and lift gas to the transfer lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Gaicki, Rajeswar Gattupalli, Charles Brabson, Kyle P. Austin, Christopher Naunheimer, Michael J. Vetter
  • Publication number: 20180043326
    Abstract: An apparatus is presented for the transferring of catalyst from an upstream vessel to a downstream vessel. The apparatus includes a non-mechanical valve and a transfer line, wherein a lift gas provides for carrying catalyst through the transfer line. The non-mechanical valve has a catalyst inlet and a lift gas inlet to provide for a consistent flow of catalyst and lift gas to the transfer line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Brabson, Rajeswar Gattupalli, Richard Gaicki, Kyle P. Austin, Christopher Naunheimer, Michael J. Vetter
  • Publication number: 20170291860
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Rodolphe Dudebout, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf, Aziz Sattar, Christopher D. Gatto, Robert S. Murray
  • Publication number: 20170291861
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf, Aziz Sattar, Christopher D. Gatto, Robert S. Murray
  • Publication number: 20170274337
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf
  • Publication number: 20170216809
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Rodolphe Dudebout, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf
  • Patent number: 9707530
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf
  • Patent number: 9656229
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for converting methane in a feed stream to acetylene. A hydrocarbon stream is introduced into a supersonic reactor and pyrolyzed to convert at least a portion of the methane to acetylene. The reactor effluent stream may be treated to convert acetylene to another hydrocarbon process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Christopher Naunheimer, Gavin P. Towler, Laura E. Leonard, Rodolphe Dudebout, Gregory O. Woodcock, Donald L. Mittendorf