Patents by Inventor Robert J. Tufts

Robert J. Tufts 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: 4795556
    Abstract: A water removal device for placement in the fuel line of an hydrocarbon fueled engine between the fuel tank and the engine. The device includes a hermetically sealed housing which has an inlet end and an outlet end, respectively, for receiving and discharging flowing fuel. Within the interior of the housing a quantity of hygroscopic material is tightly packed. The grain size and shape of the grains of the material is selected so that substantially no particulate matter will enter the fuel stream. In a preferred embodiment conventional filters are utilized downstream of the device. A screen filter or filter made from a fibrous material may be used upstream of the device. Also, a screen may be attached within the housing adjacent the inlet and outlet ends to prevent granules of the hygroscopic material from passing out of the device and into the fuel stream. A viewing port may be incorporated in the housing to allow the operator of the vehicle to visually determine whether the chemical needs replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventors: Paul A. Brotea, Robert J. Tufts
  • Patent number: 4037415
    Abstract: A rotary engine includes an outer body arranged to rotate on a stationary member, the outer body having an eccentric circular cavity cooperating with radial vanes from the stationary body which sequentially reciprocate so that a series of volumes sequentially increase and decrease in size. Ammonia gas under pressure is introduced on one side of the vanes and when the volumes containing the gas pass their maximum value and start to decrease, water is injected which is immediately absorbed in the ammonia gas to create a vacuum. As a consequence, a push-pull action is provided in each volume to rotate the outer member about the stationary member. A tire may be held on the outer member to provide a vehicle wheel which serves simultaneously as a rolling support and a driving engine for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1977
    Inventors: Albert S. Christopher, Robert J. Tufts
  • Patent number: 3975914
    Abstract: A variable volume chamber such as defined by a cylinder and piston has closed circuit connections to a given gas and a given liquid for which the gas has a chemical affinity when in physical contact therewith. By bringing the liquid and gas together in the confines of the closed chamber, the rapid absorption of the gas creates a vacuum or implosion effect which results in the piston being driven by the pressure differential further into the cylinder. The same process can be used to drive a rotary engine, there being required no heat, ignition system, or exhaust to the atmosphere of gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1974
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1976
    Inventors: Robert J. Tufts, Albert S. Christopher