Patents by Inventor Eugene B. Silverman

Eugene B. Silverman 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: 10352696
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transducers are imbedded into sacrificial metal coupons which are located in the vicinity of underground or aboveground structures, such as a pipe or tank, which allow for the measurement of the effectiveness of impressed current cathodic protection systems and can be used to determine the corrosion rate of the structure that is being protected. When excited by a pulser-receiver excitation pulse, the ultrasonic transducers can be used to determine the thickness of the coupon and its rate of change over time. The sacrificial metal coupon ultrasonic transducer assembly can be located in the vicinity of underground piping, under or inside of a tank, underground or underwater, or inserted into structures where absolute material loss values or material loss rate of change is being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BERKELEY SPRINGS INSTRUMENTS LLC
    Inventor: Eugene B. Silverman
  • Patent number: 10345221
    Abstract: A sacrificial metal coupon is provided with one or more ultrasonic transducers which, when excited by a pulser-receiver excitation pulse, determines the thickness of the coupon and its rate of change over time. The sacrificial metal coupon ultrasonic transducer assembly can be inserted into the liquid stream of a pipe, under or inside of a tank, underground or underwater, or inserted into structures where absolute material loss values or material loss rate of change is being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BERKELEY SPRINGS INSTRUMENTS LLC
    Inventor: Eugene B. Silverman
  • Publication number: 20170067736
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transducers are imbedded into sacrificial metal coupons which are located in the vicinity of underground or aboveground structures, such as a pipe or tank, which allow for the measurement of the effectiveness of impressed current cathodic protection systems and can be used to determine the corrosion rate of the structure that is being protected. When excited by a pulser-receiver excitation pulse, the ultrasonic transducers can be used to determine the thickness of the coupon and its rate of change over time. The sacrificial metal coupon ultrasonic transducer assembly can be located in the vicinity of underground piping, under or inside of a tank, underground or underwater, or inserted into structures where absolute material loss values or material loss rate of change is being monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: BERKELEY SPRINGS INSTRUMENTS LLC
    Inventor: Eugene B. SILVERMAN
  • Publication number: 20160370212
    Abstract: A transducer mounting apparatus can be used to remotely monitor the integrity of pipes or pipelines, which ordinarily are difficult to access due to environmental factors. The transducer mounting apparatus can include one or more transducer blocks, each adapted for receiving a transducer. A UT couplant and threaded transducer are positioned in an opening in the transducer block. A gear wheel adjusts the transducer up and down against the UT couplant to optimize the positioning relative to the pipe being monitored. A series of transducer blocks are connected by a tension block and or more wire ropes extending through the tension block and the transducer blocks. The length of the wire rope is adjusted with a set screw extending from the tension block to a transducer block, thereby allowing the transducer block assembly to accommodate different pipe diameters or mechanical structures of varying dimensions that are not necessarily round.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: BERKELEY SPRINGS INSTRUMENTS LLC
    Inventors: Eugene B. SILVERMAN, Nischom K. SILVERMAN
  • Patent number: 8521453
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inspecting a wall of a mechanical structure including obtaining an infinite response from a sample material having a front face, a thickness, and a back wall, by transmitting into a sample material an ultrasonic wave having a frequency and duration and being generated by one or more transducers, wherein the thickness of the sample material is sufficiently great that only a wave corresponding to the front face of the sample is received back; transmitting an ultrasonic wave generated by one or more transducers into the wall of a mechanical structure to be inspected at a time (T), wherein the ultrasonic wave has the same frequency and duration as the ultrasonic wave transmitted into the sample material; receiving a response signal back from the wall to be inspected; and correlating the response signal to the infinite response, thereby creating correlated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Berkeley Springs Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, Nischom K. Silverman, Paul Baity
  • Patent number: 7017432
    Abstract: An umbilical connection for use in a hazardous environment like a floating roof storage tank has one or more hydraulic hoses, one or more electrical cables or a combination thereof. Each hydraulic hose has a static dissipative and abrasion resistant covering. Each electrical cable has an abrasion resistant coating. The hoses and cables are bundled and wrapped in a static dissipative and abrasion resistant open mesh sheath or an overbraid to form the intrinsically safe umbilical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: AST Services LLC
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, David L. Gilbert, Richard Skallos, Joel L. Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 6882412
    Abstract: Methods for remotely inspecting an internal floating roof and the seals associated with such internal floating roof project an illumination pattern from a series of substantially parallel laser beams onto the floating roof and/or the seal. Another laser beam projects at a predetermined angle offset from the series of laser beams. The illumination pattern and offset spot from the other laser are viewed through a camera. The length of a defect in the internal floating roof or seal or a gap between the seal and the tank wall is calculated as the length of a side of a right triangle based upon the predetermined angle and the predetermined distance between the lasers and the floating roof or seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: AST Services, LLC.
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, Seymour R. Kotler, Eric C. Crumption
  • Patent number: 6838614
    Abstract: An umbilical connection for use in a hazardous environment like a floating roof storage tank has one or more hydraulic hoses, one or more electrical cables or a combination thereof. Each hydraulic hose has a static dissipative and abrasion resistant covering. Each electrical cable has an abrasion resistant coating. The hoses and cables are bundled and wrapped in a static dissipative and abrasion resistant open mesh sheath or an overbraid to form the umbilical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: AST Services, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, David L. Gilbert, Richard Skallos, Joel L. Lautenschlager
  • Publication number: 20040045379
    Abstract: An umbilical connection for use in a hazardous environment like a floating roof storage tank has one or more hydraulic hoses, one or more electrical cables or a combination thereof. Each hydraulic hose has a static dissipative and abrasion resistant covering. Each electrical cable has an abrasion resistant coating. The hoses and cables are bundled and wrapped in a static dissipative and abrasion resistant open mesh sheath or an overbraid to form the intrinsically safe umbilical connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: InTank, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, David L. Gilbert, Richard Skallos, Joel L. Lautenschlager
  • Publication number: 20040036859
    Abstract: Methods for remotely inspecting an internal floating roof and the seals associated with such internal floating roof project an illumination pattern from a series of substantially parallel laser beams onto the floating roof and/or the seal. Another laser beam projects at a predetermined angle offset from the series of laser beams. The illumination pattern and offset spot from the other laser are viewed through a camera. The length of a defect in the internal floating roof or seal or a gap between the seal and the tank wall is calculated as the length of a side of a right triangle based upon the predetermined angle and the predetermined distance between the lasers and the floating roof or seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: InTank, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, Seymour R. Kotler, Eric C. Crumption
  • Patent number: 5205174
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method of preparing and inspecting a submerged surface of a fluid reservoir. The apparatus includes a chassis sized and shaped to provide an optimally low center of gravity, a propulsion system comprising two independently controllable motor and track means, a scrubbing/vacuuming system disposed at the front of the chassis which includes a scrubbing system designed to mechanically break up sediment on the surface beneath the apparatus and a vacuuming system to remove sediment and sediment-containing fluid from beneath the apparatus, and an inspection system located immediately behind the scrubbing/vacuuming system with respect to the direction of apparatus travel and operative to inspect the freshly cleaned surface with either ultrasonics, optics, or a combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, Seymour R. Kotler, Harry T. Roman
  • Patent number: 4910823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus, comprising a tool having a clam shell design, for sealing the interface volume between the internal wall of a reactor pressure vessel and submerged piping that penetrates the wall, and for cleaning the interface volume using a series of hydraulic and pneumatic operations. The tool is operable from a remote suface location, using a robotic arm for fine positioning, to clamp around the penetrating pipe. Hydraulic nozzles compressed air and mechanical brushes on the tool may be used to dislodge sediment in the interface volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Advanced Resource Development Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, Richard K. Simmons, Steve K. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 4709265
    Abstract: A surveillance system for hazardous environments and the like having a radio remote controlled vehicle that is sized and shaped for optimum maneuverability and stability, including mobility on stairs and inclined surfaces. The vehicle is designed to have a low center of gravity that is shiftable up and down, front to rear and side to side under operator control in order to provide stability. The top deck of the vehicle is uniquely shaped and is adapted to support any of several payloads, including an articulated arm module that is moveable in a pan and tilt direction and a smear sampler mechanism for repeatedly taking surface samples. The vehicle is moved by independently operated, motor driven tracks located on each of the two longitudinal sides of the vehicle and is adapted to move in a forward, reverse and rotational directions. Remote monitoring is provided by stereoptic TV cameras, stereo sound, and variety of environmental sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Advanced Resource Development Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene B. Silverman, Richard K. Simmons, Robert B. Croston