Patents by Inventor Krishna P. Singh

Krishna P. Singh 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: 10313930
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for the creation, maintenance and management of virtual overlay networks across multiple communication networks managed by service providers. The simple creation and management of network overlays is accomplished via a network orchestrator manager, allowing for automation of configuration of connected network devices throughout an entire organization's network, regardless of the physical location of each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Hughes, Santosh Bheemarajaiah, Damon John Ennis, David Holt Merwin, Rolf Muralt, Pawan Kumar Singh, Theodore E. Tedijanto, Lokesh Lingarajan, Edward P. Travalia, Krishna Kumar Sadasivam, Shyh Pei Yen, Abhelaksh Thakur, Catrina A. Torda
  • Patent number: 10297356
    Abstract: A fuel storage system for storing and drying nuclear fuel rods includes a vertically oriented capsule defining an internal cavity. A plurality of fuel rod storage tubes is disposed in the cavity. In one embodiment, each storage tube has a transverse cross section configured and dimensioned to hold no more than one fuel rod. Intact or damaged fuel rods may be stored in the storage tubes. After the fuel rods are loaded into the capsule, a lid is attached to a previously open top end of the capsule. In one embodiment, the lid may be sealed welded to the capsule for forming a gas tight enclosure. The interior of the capsule and multiple fuel rods contained therein may be dried together simultaneously via flow conduits formed in the lid that can be fluidly connected to a suitable drying process such as a forced gas dehydration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Richard M. Springman, Stephen J. Agace, Krishna P. Singh
  • Patent number: 10295266
    Abstract: A tubular heat exchanger having a plurality of shell-side and tube-side fluid passes. The heat exchanger includes an elongated cylindrical shell, a head coupled thereto, and a tube bundle positioned in the shell and supported in part by a tube sheet attached to the head. The shell of the heat exchanger may include a plurality of vertically stacked shell-side compartments each defining a shell-side pass. The head of the heat exchanger may have a plurality of tube-side compartments each defining a tube-side pass. A tube-side fluid enters the head and flows through the tube bundle progressively through a series of tube-side passes to heat the fluid with a shell-side fluid. Each shell-side pass contains multiple tube-side passes. The tube-side fluid may perform a plurality of horizontally arranged tube-side fluid passes in each vertically stacked shell-side fluid pass before cascading vertically to a next shell-side fluid pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Vytautas Vincas Maciunas
  • Publication number: 20190139661
    Abstract: A method of storing high level radioactive waste, and specifically a method of adjusting or controlling the temperature of ventilation air flowing through a storage cavity of a ventilated system. The method includes positioning a metal canister containing high level radioactive waste in a storage cavity of the ventilated system. The ventilated system includes a cask body, a cask lid, a plurality of inlet ducts, and at least one outlet duct so that ventilation air can flow from atmosphere into the storage cavity where it is heated and then back out to the atmosphere. The method includes progressively reducing a cross-sectional area of one or more of the inlet ducts and/or the outlet duct over time so that a rate at which the ventilation air is heated within he storage cavity is maintained above a predetermined threshold to mitigate the risk of stress corrosion cracking in the metal canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
  • Publication number: 20190128613
    Abstract: A heat exchanger in one aspect includes a longitudinal shell and a transverse shell oriented transversely thereto. A J-shaped tube bundle carrying a tube-side fluid extends through the longitudinal and transverse shells from a first tubesheet in the longitudinal shell to a second tubesheet in the transverse shell. The first and second tubesheets are oriented perpendicular to each other. In a related aspect a dual heat exchanger unit includes a first longitudinal shell, a second longitudinal shell, and a common transverse shell extending transversely between and fluidly coupled to the longitudinal shells. The longitudinal shells may be parallel to each other. The shells are fluidly coupled directly together to form a common shell-side space between pairs of inlet and outlet tubesheets. A pair of J-shaped tube bundles is disposed in the dual heat exchanger unit for heating two tube-side fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
  • Publication number: 20190103197
    Abstract: A ventilated apparatus for storing and/or transporting high level radioactive waste. In one aspect, the invention is a ventilated apparatus comprising: an overpack body having an inner surface forming a cavity about a longitudinal axis. A bottom portion of the overpack body is formed by a plurality of segments. Each of the segments extends from a first end wall having a projection to a second end wall having a channel. The segments circumferentially surround a longitudinal axis and are arranged in an intermeshing and spaced-apart configuration such that the projections of the first end walls of the segments project into the channels of the second end walls of adjacent ones of the segments, thereby forming inlet ducts between adjacent ones of the segments. The inlet ducts form air inlet passageways from the external atmosphere to a bottom portion of the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Paul Stefan Anton, Robert Mahorter
  • Publication number: 20190093953
    Abstract: An air-cooled condenser system for steam condensing applications in a power plant Rankine cycle includes an air cooled condenser having a plurality of interconnected modular cooling cells. Each cell comprises a frame-supported fan, inlet steam header, outlet condensate headers, and tube bundle assemblies having optionally finned tubes extending between the headers. The tube bundle assemblies may fabricated into an A-shaped tube structure. The tube bundles are self-supporting without support from any part of the frame between top and bottom tubesheets of each bundle. The condensate headers may be slideably mounted to the frame for thermal expansion/contraction. Steam circulating in a closed flow loop on the tube side from a steam turbine is cooled in each cell by ambient air blown through the tube bundles, thereby forming liquid condensate returned to the Rankine cycle. The present design further provides a longitudinal and vertical thermal expansion restraint system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
  • Patent number: 10229764
    Abstract: A system for preparing a container holding radioactive waste for dry storage. In one aspect, the invention can be a system for preparing a container having a cavity loaded with radioactive elements for dry storage, the system comprising: a gas circulation system comprising a condenser module, a desiccant module, and a gas circulator module; the gas circulation system configured to form a hermetically sealed closed-loop path when operably connected to the cavity of the container; and means for adding and removing the desiccant module as part of the hermetically sealed closed-loop path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, John D. Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20190062857
    Abstract: A process or method for forming a stainless steel weldment comprises steps including rolling a plate to form a cylindrical shell with an open butt joint or seam, welding the butt seam to close the seam, hard rolling the weld seam region including the adjacent heat affected zones in the base material, and peening the weld seam region. The weld seam region is peened in multiple successive and wider passes to progressively produce wider peening strips or regions along the weld lines. The weld may be a full penetration double-V type groove weld with double weld bevels. The welding process may include first forming the exterior weld bevel following by forming the interior weld bevel. The foregoing fabrication process converts residual tensile stress fields on the exterior of the shell weldment to compressive stress fields less susceptible to the adverse effects of stress corrosion cracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Charles Bullard
  • Publication number: 20190057789
    Abstract: A nuclear steam supply system having a start-up sub-system for heating a primary coolant. In one embodiment, the invention can be a nuclear steam supply system comprising: a reactor vessel having an internal cavity, a reactor core comprising nuclear fuel disposed within the internal cavity; a steam generating vessel fluidly coupled to the reactor vessel; a primary coolant loop formed within the reactor vessel and the steam generating vessel, a primary coolant in the primary coolant loop; and a start-up sub-system fluidly coupled to the primary coolant loop, the start-up sub-system configured to: (1) receive a portion of the primary coolant from the primary coolant loop; (2) heat the portion of the primary coolant to form a heated portion of the primary coolant; and (3) inject the heated portion of the primary coolant into the primary coolant loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Joseph Rajkumar
  • Publication number: 20190019588
    Abstract: A nuclear steam supply system having a shutdown system for removing residual decay heat generated by a nuclear fuel core. The steam supply system may utilize gravity-driven primary coolant circulation through hydraulically interconnected reactor and steam generating vessels forming the steam supply system. The shutdown system may comprise primary and secondary coolant systems. The primary coolant cooling system may include a jet pump comprising an injection nozzle disposed inside the steam generating vessel. A portion of the circulating primary coolant is extracted, pressurized and returned to the steam generating vessel to induce coolant circulation under reactor shutdown conditions. The extracted primary coolant may further be cooled before return to the steam generating vessel in some operating modes. The secondary coolant cooling system includes a pumped and cooled flow circuit operating to circulate and cool the secondary coolant, which in turn extracts heat from and cools the primary coolant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Joseph Rajkumar
  • Publication number: 20190003784
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for severe temperature and fluid flow conditions in one configuration includes a first longitudinal shell, a second longitudinal shell, and a transverse shell extending transversely between the longitudinal shells. The longitudinal shells may be parallel to each other. The shells are fluidly coupled directly together to form a common shell-side space between an inlet and outlet tubesheet. A generally U-shaped assembly of shells is thus formed. The tube bundle has a complementary U-shaped configuration comprising a plurality of tubes which extend through the longitudinal and transverse shells between the tubesheets. An expansion joint fluidly couples each longitudinal shell to one of the tubesheets. The shell-side inlet and outlet nozzle may be fluidly coupled to the expansion joints for introducing and extracting the shell-side fluid from the heat exchanger. In another configuration, the heat exchanger may be L-shaped with tube bundle of the same configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
  • Patent number: 10161683
    Abstract: An indirect dry cooling system suitable for steam condensing applications in a power plant Rankine cycle in one embodiment includes an air cooled condenser having a plurality of interconnected modular cooling cells. Each cell comprises a blower and tube bundle assemblies each including inlet headers, outlet headers, and plurality of tubes extending between the headers. In one embodiment, the tube bundle assemblies may be shop fabricated as a unit to form an A-frame or V-frame cell construction The tubes may be finned. Steam circulating in a closed flow loop on the tube side from a steam turbine is cooled in each cell by ambient air blown through the tube bundles, thereby forming liquid condensate. The condensate is collected and returned to the Rankine cycle for reheating to form steam to drive the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Vytautas Vincas Maciunas, Indresh Rampall
  • Patent number: 10147509
    Abstract: A ventilated system for storing high level radioactive waste, such as used nuclear fuel, in a below-grade environment, in one embodiment, the invention is a ventilated system comprising an air-intake shell and a plurality of storage shells that are interconnected by a network of pipes configured to achieve double redundancy and/or improved air delivery. In another embodiment, the invention is a ventilated system that utilizes a mass of low level radioactive waste contained in a hermetically sealed enclosure cavity, the low level radioactive waste providing radiation shielding for high level radioactive waste stored in a storage cavity of said ventilated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
  • Patent number: 10132568
    Abstract: An indirect dry cooling system suitable for steam condensing applications in a power plant Rankine cycle includes an air blast chiller having a plurality of interconnected modular cooler cells. Each cell includes a blower and tube bundle including inlet headers, outlet headers, and plurality of tubes extending between the headers. In one embodiment, the tube bundles form an A-frame cell construction being structurally self-supporting from a base. Each of the tubes may be finned. Cooling water circulating in a closed flow loop on the tube side between the air blast chiller and turbine steam condenser is cooled by ambient air blown through the tube bundles. The cooled water flows through a second tube bundle in the condenser which condenses steam. The heated cooling water returns through the air blast chiller to complete the cooling water cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Vytautas Vincas Maciunas, Indresh Rampall
  • Publication number: 20180322970
    Abstract: A method of forming a sealed canister and a method of storing radioactive materials is provided. The method of forming includes placing a top plate on a top opening of a side wall, a bottom of the side wall being sealed to a base plate. The top plate includes a top surface with a top edge having a bevel and with a channel set in from the top edge. Finally, a weld is formed between the beveled top edge and the top opening of the side wall to seal the top plate to the side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. SINGH, John D. GRIFFITHS, Joseph A. MECKLEY, Stephen J. AGACE
  • Patent number: 10115487
    Abstract: A nuclear steam supply system having a shutdown system for removing residual decay heat generated by a nuclear fuel core. The steam supply system may utilize gravity-driven primary coolant circulation through hydraulic-ally interconnected reactor and steam generating vessels forming the steam supply system. The shutdown system may comprise primary and secondary coolant systems. The primary coolant cooling system may include a jet pump comprising an injection nozzle disposed inside the steam generating vessel A portion of the circulating primary coolant is extracted, pressurized and returned to the steam generating vessel to induce coolant circulation under reactor shutdown conditions. The extracted primary coolant may further be cooled before return to the steam generating vessel in some operating modes. The secondary coolant cooling system includes a pumped and cooled flow circuit operating to circulate and cool the secondary coolant, which in tun extracts heat from and cools the primary coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Joseph Rajkumar
  • Publication number: 20180301231
    Abstract: A fuel rack apparatus includes: a base plate having an upper surface and a lower surface; and a plurality of storage tubes coupled to and extending upward from the upper surface of the base plate, the storage tubes arranged in a side-by-side arrangement to form an array of the storage tubes. Each of the storage tubes extend along a longitudinal axis and include: an outer tube having an inner surface defining an inner cavity; and an inner plate-assemblage positioned within the outer tube that divides the inner cavity into a plurality of interior flux trap chambers and a fuel storage cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, P. Stefan Anton
  • Patent number: 10102936
    Abstract: A nuclear steam supply system having a start-up sub-system for heating a primary coolant. In one embodiment, the invention can be a nuclear steam supply system comprising: a reactor vessel having an internal cavity, a reactor core comprising nuclear fuel disposed within the internal cavity; a steam generating vessel fluidly coupled to the reactor vessel; a primary coolant loop formed within the reactor vessel and the steam generating vessel, a primary coolant in the primary coolant loop; and a start-up sub-system fluidly coupled to the primary coolant loop, the start-up sub-system configured to: (1) receive a portion of the primary coolant from the primary coolant loop; (2) heat the portion of the primary coolant to form a heated portion of the primary coolant; and (3) inject the heated portion of the primary coolant into the primary coolant loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Joseph Rajkumar
  • Patent number: 10096389
    Abstract: A nuclear reactor cooling system with passive cooling capabilities operable during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) without available electric power. The system includes a reactor vessel with nuclear fuel core located in a reactor well. An in-containment water storage tank is fluidly coupled to the reactor well and holds an inventory of cooling water. During a LOCA event, the tank floods the reactor well with water. Eventually, the water heated by decay heat from the reactor vaporizes producing steam. The steam flows to an in-containment heat exchanger and condenses. The condensate is returned to the reactor well in a closed flow loop system in which flow may circulate solely via gravity from changes in phase and density of the water. In one embodiment, the heat exchanger may be an array of heat dissipater ducts mounted on the wall of the inner containment vessel surrounded by a heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Joseph Rajkumar