Patents by Inventor Robert Small

Robert Small 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: 20190339015
    Abstract: A compressor system includes a compressor having a discharge port; and a shell and tube heat exchanger fluidly coupled to the discharge port. The heat exchanger includes a shell and a tube bundle disposed inside the shell. The shell includes a first flat portion extending along a longitudinal axis of the shell from a first end of the shell to a second end of the shell, and a second flat portion parallel to the first flat portion and extending along the longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end. The tube bundle is positioned between the first flat portion and the second flat portion, and extends along the longitudinal axis between the first end of the shell and the second end of the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Small, Dominic Bochicchio
  • Publication number: 20190292475
    Abstract: A system for forming a woody biomass component and a binder component into a solid fuel element having a predetermined density. The system includes a first compression assembly for compressing an uncompressed mixture of the woody biomass component and the binder component to provide a first compressed mixture formed into a preliminary element having a preliminary density. The system also includes a second compression assembly for compressing the preliminary element to form the solid fuel element having the predetermined density, which is greater than the preliminary density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: John Mark SMALL, Douglas Robert Bird, James Douglas BIRD
  • Patent number: 10399997
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of 3-methacryloxypropyldimethylchlorosilane by reaction of allylmethacrylate with dimethylchlorosilane in the presence of a hydrosilylation catalyst, characterized in that the reaction is carried out in the absence of a peroxide is provided. The process includes providing a first stream containing allylmethacrylate. A a second stream containing dimethylchlorosilane is provided. The streams contact in a continuous flow reactor in the presence of the hydrosilylation catalyst, thereby producing 3-methacryloxypropyldimethylchlorosilane. A product stream is continuously removed from the continuous flow reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Geo Specialty Chemicals UK Limited
    Inventors: Robert Cracknell, Melissa Matthews, Andrew Small, Adam Barter
  • Patent number: 9868155
    Abstract: An impeller including a hub body, a shroud surrounding the hub body, and a plurality of impeller blades extending from the hub body to the shroud, wherein the hub body, the shroud, and the plurality of impeller blades are a one-piece structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Gerber, Michael A. Nuchereno, Noel D. Blair, Jr., Robert Small
  • Patent number: 9482235
    Abstract: Provided in some embodiments is a gas compression system that includes a gas compressor having a drive shaft, an impeller drive shaft magnetically coupled to the drive shaft, and a shroud disposed between the drive shaft and the impeller drive shaft. In other embodiments provided is method that includes magnetically coupling a first drive shaft to a second drive shaft, receiving a rotational torque at the first drive shaft, transmitting the rotational torque from the first drive shaft to the second drive shaft via the magnetic coupling, and rotating a gas compressor impeller coupled to the second drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Robert Small, Robert Kolodziej, Edward Czechowski, Nathan Vetter
  • Patent number: 9371838
    Abstract: The volute is cast integrally with the gearbox base to allow closer radial tolerances to be used to improve efficiency. In the preferred embodiment, compressors for multi-stage compression are assembled with intercoolers and the integral volute is cast together with the impeller housing and the lower gearbox housing and the associated intercooler. Efficiency increases of 2% or more are achievable. In multistage applications, efficiency gains in the early stages are compounded in each subsequent stage. Speed changes that change center distance between bull gear and pinion are accommodated by an offset opening in the inlet and diffuser that can line up with the impeller shaft as well as an offset opening in the fluid seal despite a pinion gear change, by reorientation and remounting of those parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Robert Small, Robert M. Kolodziej, Edward S. Czechowski
  • Publication number: 20150267543
    Abstract: An impeller including a hub body, a shroud surrounding the hub body, and a plurality of impeller blades extending from the hub body to the shroud, wherein the hub body, the shroud, and the plurality of impeller blades are a one-piece structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Gerber, Michael A. Nuchereno, Noel D. Blair, JR., Robert Small
  • Patent number: 9095428
    Abstract: An artificial heart with a centrifugal pump is disclosed. In one embodiment, the artificial heart includes an impeller disposed in a housing. The impeller is configured to rotate to circulate blood through the housing. The impeller may include a set of blades on a first side of the impeller and a set of vanes on a second side opposite the first. The blades on the first side and the vanes on the second side allow blood circulation from both the first and the second sides of the impeller. The artificial heart may also or instead include a diffuser with adjustable vanes that enable variation in the output characteristics of the artificial heart pump. Various other artificial hearts, pumps, systems, and methods, including control systems and methods, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Omar M. Kabir, Ronald W. Webb, Mark A. Patterson, Gerrit M. Kroesen, John C. Etcheverry, Daniel B. Baxter, Robert Small
  • Publication number: 20130331934
    Abstract: An artificial heart with a centrifugal pump is disclosed. In one embodiment, the artificial heart includes an impeller disposed in a housing. The impeller is configured to rotate to circulate blood through the housing. The impeller may include a set of blades on a first side of the impeller and a set of vanes on a second side opposite the first. The blades on the first side and the vanes on the second side allow blood circulation from both the first and the second sides of the impeller. The artificial heart may also or instead include a diffuser with adjustable vanes that enable variation in the output characteristics of the artificial heart pump. Various other artificial hearts, pumps, systems, and methods, including control systems and methods, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Omar M. Kabir, Ronald W. Webb, Mark A. Patterson, Gerrit M. Kroesen, John C. Etcheverry, Daniel B. Baxter, Robert Small
  • Patent number: 8393856
    Abstract: The volute is cast integrally with the gearbox base to allow closer radial tolerances to be used to improve efficiency. In the preferred embodiment, compressors for multi-stage compression are assembled with intercoolers and the integral volute is cast together with the impeller housing and the lower gearbox housing and the associated intercooler. Efficiency increases of 2% or more are achievable. In multistage applications, efficiency gains in the early stages are compounded in each subsequent stage. Speed changes that change center distance between bull gear and pinion are accommodated by an offset opening in the inlet and diffuser that can line up with the impeller shaft as well as an offset opening in the fluid seal despite a pinion gear change, by reorientation and remounting of those parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Small, Robert M. Kolodziej, Edward S. Czechowski
  • Publication number: 20120326462
    Abstract: An anthropomorphic vehicle accessory is disclosed and described. The anthropomorphic vehicle accessory can include an interface portion to attach the accessory to a vehicle. Additionally, the anthropomorphic vehicle accessory can include a plurality of elongate strips resembling eyelashes coupled to and extending away from the interface portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Robert A. Small
  • Publication number: 20110076136
    Abstract: Provided in some embodiments is a gas compression system that includes a gas compressor having a drive shaft, an impeller drive shaft magnetically coupled to the drive shaft, and a shroud disposed between the drive shaft and the impeller drive shaft. In other embodiments provided is method that includes magnetically coupling a first drive shaft to a second drive shaft, receiving a rotational torque at the first drive shaft, transmitting the rotational torque from the first drive shaft to the second drive shaft via the magnetic coupling, and rotating a gas compressor impeller coupled to the second drive shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Small, Robert Kolodziej, Edward Czechowski, Nathan Vetter
  • Patent number: 7909588
    Abstract: Portions of the drive system for a piece of rotating equipment are pre-assembled into a subassembly. The subassembly can be held together by a carrier that is fabricated to accept the components in a proper alignment so that the carrier can be installed as a unit. In one embodiment, the carrier becomes a gearbox housing component that is installed, saving the need for individual component alignment. This modular approach allows an assembly having a single part number to apply to a given compressor unit and further allows standardization of air ends of compressors with specific impellers and inlets added to meet requirements of a specific application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Edward S. Czechowski, Robert Small, John R. Battershell, Robert M. Kolodziej
  • Publication number: 20110052111
    Abstract: Portions of the drive system for a piece of rotating equipment are pre-assembled into a subassembly. The subassembly can be held together by a carrier that is fabricated to accept the components in a proper alignment so that the carrier can be installed as a unit. In the preferred embodiment the carrier becomes a gearbox housing component that is installed saving the need for individual component alignment. Using the modular approach. The modular approach allows an assembly having a single part number to apply to a given compressor unit and further allows standardization of air ends of compressors with specific impellers and inlets added to meet requirements of a specific application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edward S. Czechowski, Robert Small, John R. Battershell, Robert M. Kolodziej
  • Publication number: 20110038729
    Abstract: A wind turbine having at least one air foil with a leading edge and a trailing edge and in which the air foil is rotatably mounted about an axis. A thermoelectric film is disposed over at least a portion of the leading edge of the air foil and this thermoelectric film generates heat upon application of a voltage differential across the thermoelectric film. A control unit is electrically connected to and controls the application of the voltage differential across the thermoelectric film to deice the air foil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: EcoTemp International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Shymanski, Greg Presland, Rajesh Kadikar, Lynn Johner, Robert Small
  • Patent number: 7758216
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for enhancing the aesthetic appearance of lamps. A support structure may be provided for attaching to the lamp. The support structure may be attached in a manner such that the support structure may be hidden from view by the lamp shade. The support structure may be versatile to be attached to lamps of various different configurations. One or more decorative ornaments may be attached to the support structure for enhancing the appearance of the lamp. The ornaments may be removed and interchanged with other decorations such that the lamp may be decorated differently for different occasions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Small
  • Publication number: 20100098534
    Abstract: The volute is cast integrally with the gearbox base to allow closer radial tolerances to be used to improve efficiency. In the preferred embodiment, compressors for multi-stage compression are assembled with intercoolers and the integral volute is cast together with the impeller housing and the lower gearbox housing and the associated intercooler. Efficiency increases of 2% or more are achievable. In multistage applications, efficiency gains in the early stages are compounded in each subsequent stage. Speed changes that change center distance between bull gear and pinion are accommodated by an offset opening in the inlet and diffuser that can line up with the impeller shaft as well as an offset opening in the fluid seal despite a pinion gear change, by reorientation and remounting of those parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Small, Robert M. Kolodziej, Edward S. Czechowski
  • Publication number: 20100083840
    Abstract: A device for dispensing an infusible substance, and a method for using the device are disclosed. The device may include a bag for holding the infusible substance. A cord may be attached to the bag for manipulating the bag. The bag and cord may be sealed in a pouch to maintain the infusible substance fresh. The device may be used by opening an upper portion and a lower portion of the pouch such that the cord extends out the top and the bag extends below the pouch. The bag may be placed in a liquid to dispense the infusible substance. The bag may then be drawn into the pouch with the cord and the pouch may be squeezed to compress excess fluid out of the bag. The bag may be discarded inside the pouch to further enhance the cleanliness of the dispensing procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Small
  • Patent number: D672917
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Small
  • Patent number: D675776
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Small