Patents by Inventor Gregory E. Young

Gregory E. Young 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).

  • Publication number: 20200063693
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring liquid tanks that includes a submersible sensor within the tank below liquid surface. The system may also include a secondary sensor to determine ambient conditions, and a controller to determine when changes in liquid level are due to ambient events, or potential breach of system. A calibration rod may be used to monitor displacement of liquid in the tank and calibrate system to determine changes in height of liquid level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20190389654
    Abstract: An underground storage tank maintenance system includes a system of monitors to determine pressure and humidity in the system. Inert gas may be supplied into the ullage of the tank. The inert gas may first pass through an interstitial space as between the primary storage and secondary containment, and then passed into ullage to capture contaminants on the way out of the vent to atmosphere. The system and method prevent hydrocarbons exiting to atmosphere. Humidify sensors may be set along vent to determine water contamination and trigger drying cycles. Pressure readings help identify system leaks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory E. Young, Zane A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190242777
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon dispensation line pressure sensor adapted to work without requirement of a separate closed valve. The system closes the dispensation line upstream via an isolation valve. The pressure can be sensed from the dispensation line through the valve to provide dispensation line pressure. A channel in fluid communication with the dispensation line may be provided to allow pressure measurement apart from the main dispensation line. Further, a method for measuring the pressure drop profile of a dispensation line and various methods to determine the pressure loss due to leaks in dispensation line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20190143245
    Abstract: A system and method for improving hydrocarbon fuel, such as diesel, particularly after contamination in underground storage tanks with other fuels such as gasoline, etc. High-gravity hydrocarbons present in diesel and/or water are removed via aeration of the (out-of-specification/contaminated) diesel. The removal of unwanted hydrocarbons and other contaminants can be accomplished in a number of fashions, including pumped air, exposure of the line, drawing of air into the line, etc. After removal from the diesel line, high-gravity hydrocarbons can be isolated and recycled or re-used, for instance to power the system. Following the conditioning, the diesel may be returned into specification for dispensation at a commercial or retail fuel center for use in vehicles and diesel combustion engines. The system and process may be portable and/or conducted locally at the site of an underground storage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: TERRA PRIMORIS HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory E. Young, Zane A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180127260
    Abstract: A permanent test port mounting in a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel dispenser to provide a technician access to the fuel line and perform various tests that enables testing to occur at a highline point in the line system to include all or at least more of the line system head pressure than has been possible before. In particular, the test port has a quick connect/disconnect fitting disposed in a collar intermediate a mounting for a filter in a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel dispenser and the filter to provide a technician access to the fuel line and perform various tests. The quick connect/disconnect fitting may also be coupled to a hose for draining fuel under pressure into a safety can to prevent spillage during replacement of the filter. The safety can may be emptied into the fuel tank to conserve the fuel, prevent polluting the environment and as a safety measure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20180106430
    Abstract: A system to maintain an inert ullage in a hydrocarbon tank. The system provides for outgassing/venting of ullage gases when a high pressure event is found within the tank. Further, when a low pressure event occurs, during fuel discharge or based on ambient conditions, a source of inert gas, such as nitrogen) supplies gas on-demand to the hydrocarbon tank via a pressure regulator (preferably along the venting system) to maintain both the pressure and inerting of the ullage. A method for maintaining the inert ullage is also provided, whereby a low pressure event triggers a supply of inert gas into the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory E. Young, Zane A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180093825
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon tank system environment corrosion inhibitor includes use of inert gas, preferably Nitrogen, to blanket ullage and interstice through the tank system. Blanket gas is provided via controller into coupling to access ullage. Blanket gas is provided upon fueling events to stabilize the pressure in the system and prevent entry of atmospheric air and water (vapor). Blanket gas may be continuously run into the ullage and/or other spaces in tank system. A controlled system allows for monitoring of pressures in the tank, and thereby identifies pressure events and even leaks in system due to unusual events, or general loss of pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory E. Young, Zane A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9878895
    Abstract: A permanent test port mounting in a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel dispenser to provide a technician access to the fuel line and perform various tests that enables testing to occur at a highline point in the line system to include all or at least more of the line system head pressure than has been possible before. In particular, the test port has a quick connect/disconnect fitting disposed in a collar intermediate a mounting for a filter in a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel dispenser and the filter to provide a technician access to the fuel line and perform various tests. The quick connect/disconnect fitting may also be coupled to a hose for draining fuel under pressure into a safety can to prevent spillage during replacement of the filter. The safety can may be emptied into the fuel tank to conserve the fuel, prevent polluting the environment and as a safety measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20160047507
    Abstract: A permanent test port mounting in a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel dispenser to provide a technician access to the fuel line and perform various tests that enables testing to occur at a highline point in the line system to include all or at least more of the line system head pressure than has been possible before. In particular, the test port has a quick connect/disconnect fitting disposed in a collar intermediate a mounting for a filter in a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel dispenser and the filter to provide a technician access to the fuel line and perform various tests. The quick connect/disconnect fitting may also be coupled to a hose for draining fuel under pressure into a safety can to prevent spillage during replacement of the filter. The safety can may be emptied into the fuel tank to conserve the fuel, prevent polluting the environment and as a safety measure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventor: Gregory E. Young
  • Patent number: 8291327
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for protecting a user from being followed by an avatar within an immersive virtual environment. To detect a following avatar, any avatars within a specified range of the user may be identified. Historical data may then be examined to determine if any of the identified avatars has been in the same recent virtual locations as the user. In order to rule out coincidental movements, the likelihood of both avatars being in the same places at the same time may be evaluated. Further, the following avatar may be tested by transporting the user to another location, and then monitoring to determine whether the following avatar also transports to the same location. Upon confirming that the following avatar is actually following the user, avoidance actions may be performed in order to avoid the following avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim C. Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Patent number: 8239776
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for protecting a user from being followed by an avatar within an immersive virtual environment. To detect a following avatar, any avatars within a specified range of the user may be identified. Historical data may then be examined to determine if any of the identified avatars has been in the same recent virtual locations as the user. In order to rule out coincidental movements, the likelihood of both avatars being in the same places at the same time may be evaluated. Further, the following avatar may be tested by transporting the user to another location, and then monitoring to determine whether the following avatar also transports to the same location. Upon confirming that the following avatar is actually following the user, avoidance actions may be performed in order to avoid the following avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim C. Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Patent number: 8079829
    Abstract: An in-line motor and pump assembly is supported at the bottom of a fuel storage tank by a pipe and an internal concentric conduit for housing electrical conductors extending therewithin to the motor. An impeller, coaxial with the rotor of the motor, draws the fuel into an annular passageway surrounding the stator of the motor. Further passageways convey the fuel to an annular passageway defined between the pipe and the conduit for discharge external of the storage tank. A low pressure environment attendant the inflow of the fuel is used to channel fuel for lubrication and cooling purposes to a lower journal bearing and thrust bearing supporting a common shaft for the impeller and the motor. A high pressure environment attendant outflow of fuel is used to channel fuel for lubrication and cooling purposes to a journal bearing supporting the upper end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Vaporless Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Penrod C. Geisinger, Mark C Johnson, Jason L Addink, Scott D Klopfenstein, Gregory E Young
  • Patent number: 8037416
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for filtering and presenting elements of an immersive virtual environment. The elements may be filtered according to importance to the user, based on user-specified importance of each element, the number and type of past interactions with the elements, and the like. Further, the filtering may be performed on the basis of the user's preference for density of element presentation. The user may then be presented with a view of the virtual world in which elements having a higher degree of interest to the user are highlighted visually, and in which elements having a lesser degree of interest to the user are made partially transparent or invisible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Cary L Bates, Jim Chun-Ta Chen, Zachary A Garbow, Gregory E Young
  • Publication number: 20100180214
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for protecting a user from being followed by an avatar within an immersive virtual environment. To detect a following avatar, any avatars within a specified range of the user may be identified. Historical data may then be examined to determine if any of the identified avatars has been in the same recent virtual locations as the user. In order to rule out coincidental movements, the likelihood of both avatars being in the same places at the same time may be evaluated. Further, the following avatar may be tested by transporting the user to another location, and then monitoring to determine whether the following avatar also transports to the same location. Upon confirming that the following avatar is actually following the user, avoidance actions may be performed in order to avoid the following avatar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim C. Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20100180215
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for protecting a user from being followed by an avatar within an immersive virtual environment. To detect a following avatar, any avatars within a specified range of the user may be identified. Historical data may then be examined to determine if any of the identified avatars has been in the same recent virtual locations as the user. In order to rule out coincidental movements, the likelihood of both avatars being in the same places at the same time may be evaluated. Further, the following avatar may be tested by transporting the user to another location, and then monitoring to determine whether the following avatar also transports to the same location. Upon confirming that the following avatar is actually following the user, avoidance actions may be performed in order to avoid the following avatar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim C. Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20100037152
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for filtering and presenting elements of an immersive virtual environment. The elements may be filtered according to importance to the user, based on user-specified importance of each element, the number and type of past interactions with the elements, and the like. Further, the filtering may be performed on the basis of the user's preference for density of element presentation. The user may then be presented with a view of the virtual world in which elements having a higher degree of interest to the user are highlighted visually, and in which elements having a lesser degree of interest to the user are made partially transparent or invisible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim Chun-Ta Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20090225074
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method of reconstructing a virtual world environment by retrieving data from multiple users present in the environment at a given point in time. Each user may maintain scene data describing the virtual environment at different points in time. The scene data describes one or more elements present in the scene, from the perspective of an avatar associated a given user. To reconstruct a scene, the scene data from multiple caches may be shared over a peer-to-peer type network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim C. Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20090225075
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method of reconstructing a virtual world environment by retrieving data from multiple users present in the environment at a given point in time. Each user may maintain scene data describing the virtual environment at different points in time. The scene data describes one or more elements present in the scene, from the perspective of an avatar associated a given user. To reconstruct a scene, the scene data from multiple caches may be shared over a peer-to-peer type network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Jim C. Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20090202366
    Abstract: An in-line motor and pump assembly is supported at the bottom of a fuel storage tank by a pipe and an internal concentric conduit for housing electrical conductors extending therewithin to the motor. An impeller, coaxial with the rotor of the motor, draws the fuel into an annular passageway surrounding the stator of the motor. Further passageways convey the fuel to an annular passageway defined between the pipe and the conduit for discharge external of the storage tank. A low pressure environment attendant the inflow of the fuel is used to channel fuel for lubrication and cooling purposes to a lower journal bearing and thrust bearing supporting a common shaft for the impeller and the motor. A high pressure environment attendant outflow of fuel is used to channel fuel for lubrication and cooling purposes to a journal bearing supporting the upper end of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: VAPORLESS MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Penrod Geisinger, Mark C. Johnson, Jason L. Addink, Scott D. Klopfenstein, Gregory E. Young
  • Publication number: 20090141047
    Abstract: A method for displaying an instant message within a text box visible to a first avatar in a virtual world is disclosed. The instant message is sent from a second avatar to a third avatar. The method includes determining a distance within the virtual world between the first avatar and at least one of the second avatar and the third avatar, assigning a distance reduction factor to a word of the instant message based upon context of the word, and multiplying the distance by the distance reduction factor to thereby define a logical distance of the word. The logical distance is compared to a threshold value and a display option is selected for the word based upon the comparison. The instant message is displayed within the text box with the word having the selected display option.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cary Lee Bates, Jim Chun-Ta Chen, Zachary A. Garbow, Gregory E. Young