Patents by Inventor Clinton V. Kopp

Clinton V. Kopp 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: 8048306
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20100219130
    Abstract: A filter system and method of filtering a feed liquid utilizing a combined plurality of filter assemblies. Each filter assembly includes a filter housing, a filter cartridge and a spiral passageway for imparting secondary flow currents, particularly Dean-Flow currents, to fluid flowing within the spiral passageways to prevent particulate build-up on filter surfaces so as to extend filter life and duration between replacement. The filter system can be operated within positive or negative pressure filtration processes. A dual-stage filtration process utilizing a cap filter and a cylindrical depth filter is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Clinton V. Kopp, QuangHua Yu, Chang-Wie Jen
  • Patent number: 7727394
    Abstract: A filter system and method of filtering a feed liquid utilizing a combined plurality of filter assemblies. Each filter assembly includes a filter housing, a filter cartridge and a spiral passageway for imparting secondary flow currents, particularly Dean-Flow currents, to fluid flowing within the spiral passageways to prevent particulate build-up on filter surfaces so as to extend filter life and duration between replacement. The filter system can be operated within positive or negative pressure filtration processes. A dual-stage filtration process utilizing a cap filter and a cylindrical depth filter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Dual Vortex Microfiltration, LLC
    Inventors: Clinton V. Kopp, Guanghua Yu, Chang-Wie Jen
  • Patent number: 6986427
    Abstract: A non-woven melt-blown filament medium includes a mass of essentially continuous melt-blown polymer filaments and an essentially continuous traversing melt-blown polymer filament extending through the mass. The mass has a depth dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and a latitudinal dimension. The mass includes a plurality of layers, each of the plurality of layers being generally oriented in the longitudinal and latitudinal dimensions. The traversing filament is generally oriented in the depth dimension and extends through at least one layer of the mass. In one embodiment, the mass is cylindrical in shape and the layers comprise concentric zones. The traversing filament is intentionally deposited and positioned to improve the physical properties of the mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: GE Osmonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Aune, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael J. Madsen, Philip M. Rolchigo, Travis G. Stifter
  • Patent number: 6969465
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: U. S. Filter Wastewater Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Patent number: 6938781
    Abstract: A non-woven depth filter cartridge includes a cylindrical mass of essentially continuous melt-blown polymer filaments and an essentially continuous traversing melt-blown polymer filament extending through the mass. The mass has a depth dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and a circumferential dimension. The mass includes a plurality of layers, each of the plurality of layers being generally oriented in the longitudinal and circumferential dimensions. The traversing filament is generally oriented in the depth dimension and extends through one or more layers of the mass. In one embodiment, the layers of the mass comprise concentric zones. The traversing filament is intentionally deposited and positioned to improve the physical properties of the filter cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Osmonics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas M. Aune, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael J. Madsen, Philip M. Rolchigo, Travis G. Stifter
  • Patent number: 6916395
    Abstract: A method of continuously producing a melt-blown polymer filament mass includes producing a first set of melt-blown polymeric filaments, collecting the first set of filaments on a rotating collection device to form a tubular filament mass having a plurality of layers, and applying a second set of melt-blown polymeric filaments to the filament mass. The first set is produced generally in-line along an axis generally parallel to the collection device. The second set is deposited on the filament mass such that filaments of the second set extend through and engage a plurality of layers of the filaments of the first set. The method further includes urging the filament mass along the collection device to create a tubular filament mass of indefinite length with a first major surface and a second major surface. In one embodiment, the second set are applied in a sweeping motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Osmonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Aune, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael J. Madsen, Philip M. Rolchigo, Travis G. Stifter
  • Publication number: 20040232076
    Abstract: The present invention relates to membrane filtration systems, and, in particular, arrangements where the membranes are supported within a tank or vessel containing the feed liquid to be filtered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20040178154
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: Pall Filtration and Separations Group Inc.
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20040168979
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20040145076
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20030178365
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20030080464
    Abstract: A method of continuously producing a melt-blown polymer filament mass includes producing a first set of melt-blown polymeric filaments, collecting the first set of filaments on a rotating collection device to form a tubular filament mass having a plurality of layers, and applying a second set of melt-blown polymeric filaments to the filament mass. The first set is produced generally in-line along an axis generally parallel to the collection device. The second set is deposited on the filament mass such that filaments of the second set extend through and engage a plurality of layers of the filaments of the first set. The method further includes urging the filament mass along the collection device to create a tubular filament mass of indefinite length with a first major surface and a second major surface. In one embodiment, the second set are applied in a sweeping motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Osmonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Aune, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael J. Madsen, Philip M. Rolchigo, Travis G. Stifter
  • Publication number: 20030080051
    Abstract: A non-woven melt-blown filament medium includes a mass of essentially continuous melt-blown polymer filaments and an essentially continuous traversing melt-blown polymer filament extending through the mass. The mass has a depth dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and a latitudinal dimension. The mass includes a plurality of layers, each of the plurality of layers being generally oriented in the longitudinal and latitudinal dimensions. The traversing filament is generally oriented in the depth dimension and extends through at least one layer of the mass. In one embodiment, the mass is cylindrical in shape and the layers comprise concentric zones. The traversing filament is intentionally deposited and positioned to improve the physical properties of the mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Osmonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Aune, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael J. Madsen, Philip M. Rolchigo, Travis G. Stifter
  • Publication number: 20030080050
    Abstract: A non-woven depth filter cartridge includes a cylindrical mass of essentially continuous melt-blown polymer filaments and an essentially continuous traversing melt-blown polymer filament extending through the mass. The mass has a depth dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and a circumferential dimension. The mass includes a plurality of layers, each of the plurality of layers being generally oriented in the longitudinal and circumferential dimensions. The traversing filament is generally oriented in the depth dimension and extends through one or more layers of the mass. In one embodiment, the layers of the mass comprise concentric zones. The traversing filament is intentionally deposited and positioned to improve the physical properties of the filter cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Osmonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Aune, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael J. Madsen, Philip M. Rolchigo, Travis G. Stifter
  • Patent number: 6555005
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: USF Filtration & Separations Group Inc.
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Publication number: 20020195390
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Clinton V. Kopp, Robert J. McMahon, Warren T. Johnson, Thomas W. Beck
  • Patent number: 6437967
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for making a capacitor comprising a first capacitor plate element covered with a spacing material selected for forming a capacitor dielectric. The first capacitor plate element and the spacing material is encased with a second capacitor element. The second capacitor plate element is drawn for reducing the outer diameter thereof. A multiplicity of the capacitor elements are inserted within a second capacitor plate connector. The second capacitor plate connector is drawn for reducing the outer diameter of the metallic tube and for electrically interconnecting the multiplicity of the second capacitor plate elements with the second capacitor plate connector to form a second capacitor plate. The multiplicity of the first capacitor elements are interconnected with a first capacitor plate connector to form a first capacitor plate. The spacing material is replaced with a dielectric material to form the capacitor thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: USF Filtration and Separations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Quick, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael Liberman, Alexander Sobolevsky, Michael C. Murray
  • Patent number: 6292349
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for making a capacitor having a first capacitor plate element covered with a spacing material selected for forming a capacitor dielectric. The first capacitor plate element and the spacing material is encased with a second capacitor element. The second capacitor plate element is drawn for reducing the outer diameter thereof. A multiplicity of the capacitor elements are inserted within a second capacitor plate connector. The second capacitor plate connector is drawn for reducing the outer diameter of the metallic tube and for electrically interconnecting the multiplicity of the second capacitor plate elements with the second capacitor plate connector to form a second capacitor plate. The multiplicity of the first capacitor elements are interconnected with a first capacitor plate connector to form a first capacitor plate. The spacing material is replaced with a dielectric material to form the capacitor thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: USF Filtration and Separations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Quick, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael Liberman, Alexander Sobolevsky, Michael C. Murray
  • Patent number: 6215648
    Abstract: An apparatus and process is disclosed for making a capacitor having the steps of covering a first capacitor plate element with a dielectric material. The process includes encasing the first capacitor plate element and the dielectric material with a second capacitor element. The second capacitor plate element is drawn for reducing the outer diameter thereof and for forming a capacitor element. A multiplicity of the capacitor elements are encased within a second capacitor plate connector. The second capacitor plate connector is drawn for reducing the outer diameter of the metallic tube and for electrically interconnecting the multiplicity of the second capacitor plate elements with the second capacitor plate connector to form a second capacitor plate. The multiplicity of the first capacitor elements are interconnected with a first capacitor plate connector to form a first capacitor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: USF Filtration and Separations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Quick, Clinton V. Kopp, Michael Liberman, Alexander Sobolevsky