Patents by Inventor Luciano Piras

Luciano Piras 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: 20110144384
    Abstract: A liquid-gas phase reactor system including a slinger located in an upper section (headspace region) of a reaction vessel. The slinger comprises an upper horizontal surface including a plurality of vertically raised vanes extending radially outward along a curved path which effectively distribute liquid about the reactor vessel. A method for conducting an oxidation reaction using a liquid-gas phase reactor system is also disclosed. The disclosed reactor system and method have a broad range of applications but are particularly suited for the production of terephthalic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Luciano Piras, Marzio Monagheddu, Andrea Gnagnetti, Kishore K. Kar
  • Patent number: 6984753
    Abstract: A process for producing aromatic dicarboxylic acids by the oxidation of dimethylbenzenes wherein dimethylbenzenes are mixed with an oxygen containing gas, solvent and catalyst in a reactor and the reaction mixture is agitated with one or more asymmetric radial impellers in combination with at least one axial impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Dow Italia s.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Gnagnetti, Luciano Piras, Kishore K. Kar
  • Patent number: 6759550
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an improved method of oxidizing substituted aromatic compounds (such as p xylene) to their corresponding aromatic acids (such as terephthalic acid). The improvement involves carrying out the oxidation reaction in an aqueous medium, wherein the aqueous medium contains at least 30 percent water, preferably up to 30 percent surfactant and preferably a low molecular weight material containing a hydrophilic end group as a co-surfactant. The reaction is carried out at a pH of less than 3.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventors: John Klier, Christopher J. Tucker, Thomas H. Kalantar, Kenneth A. Burdett, Daniel Patrick Green, Luciano Piras, Sergio Schena, Guo-shuh John Lee
  • Publication number: 20040087814
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing aromatic dicarboxylic acids by the oxidation of dimethylbenzenes wherein the dimethylbenzenes are mixed with an oxygen containing gas, solvent and catalyst in a reactor, the improvement comprising agitating the reaction mixture with one or more asymmetric radial impellers in combination with at least one axial impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: Andreas Gnagnetti, Luciano Piras, Kishore K. Kar
  • Patent number: 6639104
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of purified terephthalic acid which comprises first introducing a liquid slurry containing crystalized terephthalic acid with impurities into a high pressure rotary filter, then filtering the slurry with the high pressure rotary filter and collecting at least some of the solid portion. The filter typically consists of a case, pressurized at process pressure, and a drum covered by a filtering device such as, for example, a cloth or equivalent filtering device, pressurized at a pressure suitably lower than the case. The drum is ideally divided into three zones: first zone, where the mother liquor is removed; second zone, where the solid is washed; third zone, where the excess of washing liquor is removed and the solid is discharged. The solid portion is washed, onto the filter drum, with additional amounts of water. The washed solid portion is then transferred to a letdown zone, which is at a pressure less than the zone in which the solid portion was collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Inca International S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luciano Piras, Michelle Chiarelli, Sergio Schena, Luigi Soro
  • Publication number: 20030004373
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of purified terephthalic acid which comprises first introducing a liquid slurry containing crystalized terephthalic acid with impurities into a high pressure rotary filter, then filtering the slurry with the high pressure rotary filter and collecting at least some of the solid portion. The filter typically consists of a case, pressurized at process pressure, and a drum covered by a filtering device such as, for example, a cloth or equivalent filtering device, pressurized at a pressure suitably lower than the case. The drum is ideally divided into three zones: first zone, where the mother liquor is removed; second zone, where the solid is washed; third zone, where the excess of washing liquor is removed and the solid is discharged. The solid portion is washed, onto the filter drum, with additional amounts of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Luciano Piras, sergio Schena, Michelle Chiarelli, Luigi Soro
  • Publication number: 20030004372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of crude terephthalic acid which comprises first introducing a slurry containing crystallized terephthalic acid with impurities in an aliphatic carboxylic acid mother liquor into a rotary filter comprising a case and a rotating drum, wherein the rotating drum is subjected to a uniform pressure differential over the entire drum, and the inside of the drum is at a pressure approximately equal to atmospheric pressure or greater, then filtering said slurry; and finally collecting at least some of the solid portion. Other aspects of the invention include continuously adding the original slurry to the rotary filter and washing the solid portion with additional aliphatic carboxylic acid, water or a combination of the two. The solid portion can then be transferred to a reslurry tank which is at the same pressure as the pressure at the point where the solid portion was collected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Luciano Piras, Sergio Schena, Michelle Chiarelli, Luigi Soro