Patents by Inventor Rodney T. Heath

Rodney T. Heath 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: 10052565
    Abstract: A treater combination unit wherein the functions of a heater treater and one or more of a sales gas heater, instrument gas heater/dryer, two-phase separator, and a free water knockout are incorporated into a single unit are included in a single, self-contained and optionally portable unit. In one embodiment, an instrument gas dryer can also optionally be incorporated into the combination unit. In an alternative embodiment, the instrument gas dryer is added to the unit as a retrofit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Gary Heath, Forrest D. Heath
  • Patent number: 9932989
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for cooling compressed gases at a well site without the need for fans. Wherein produced liquids act as a continuously-flowing heat sink for gases entering stages of compression. Heat sinks can be automatically bypassed such that gases are compressed without first cooling them based upon outputs of temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 9527786
    Abstract: An emissions free dehydrator which can be used in conjunction with a compressor that compresses hydrocarbon vapors and gases. The dehydrator can capture virtually all hydrocarbon liquids and vapors produced by the process of removing water vapor from a flowing gas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 9353315
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a natural gas well vapor processing system and method comprising recovering gaseous hydrocarbons to prevent their release into the atmosphere including providing a method for preventing the gaseous hydrocarbons from returning to a liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 9291409
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for controlling the gas temperature of gas flowing between compression stages so that the temperature of the gas always remains above the dew-point and hydrate temperature of the gas. The invention also allows for controlling inner stage compression temperatures that can be part of a new compressor assembly or retrofitted to compressors already installed and operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 8900343
    Abstract: A liquid hydrocarbon slug-containing vessel for incorporation into a system integrating a low-pressure separator with a vapor recovery process system, and a method for regulating the temperature of a gas to be compressed by a two stage compressor so as to prevent liquification of the gas and to prevent over-heating of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 8864887
    Abstract: A slug-containing vapor recovery system wherein pressure and/or fluid level sensors are provided which monitor for conditions caused by the entry of a slug of hydrocarbon liquid, including that caused by a plunger-lift system. The system can be configured to accommodate virtually any anticipated slug-events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 8840703
    Abstract: A liquid hydrocarbon slug-containing vessel for incorporation into a system integrating a low-pressure separator with a vapor recovery process system, and a method for regulating the temperature of a gas to be compressed by a two stage compressor so as to prevent liquification of the gas and to prevent over-heating of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Publication number: 20130319844
    Abstract: A treater combination unit wherein the functions of a heater treater and one or more of a sales gas heater, instrument gas heater/dryer, two-phase separator, and a free water knockout are incorporated into a single unit are included in a single, self-contained and optionally portable unit. In one embodiment, an instrument gas dryer can also optionally be incorporated into the combination unit. In an alternative embodiment, the instrument gas dryer is added to the unit as a retrofit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Gary Heath, Forrest D. Heath
  • Patent number: 8529215
    Abstract: A liquid hydrocarbon slug-containing vessel for incorporation into a system integrating a low-pressure separator with a vapor recovery process system, and a method for regulating the temperature of a gas to be compressed by a two stage compressor so as to prevent liquification of the gas and to prevent over-heating of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Publication number: 20120261092
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for providing temperature control of compressed gases between stages of a multiple-stage compressor, by selectively manipulating a valve which can cause at least a portion of the compressed gases to flow through an air-cooled heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Gary Heath, Forrest D. Heath
  • Publication number: 20120079851
    Abstract: A slug-containing vapor recovery system wherein pressure and/or fluid level sensors are provided which monitor for conditions caused by the entry of a slug of hydrocarbon liquid, including that caused by a plunger-lift system. The system can be configured to accommodate virtually any anticipated slug-events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 7905722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for controlling a burner's adjustable secondary air controller. Specifically, the system relates to a control logic for the control of an air supply to a burner such as a natural gas burner used in the production and/or processing of liquid and gaseous petroleum products and in natural gas dehydration systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Publication number: 20100040989
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling a combustor on a vapor recovery process system which prevents excessive oxygen from entering a natural transmission line and which prevents the need to vent natural gas to the atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Publication number: 20090223246
    Abstract: A liquid hydrocarbon slug-containing vessel for incorporation into a system integrating a low-pressure separator with a vapor recovery process system, and a method for regulating the temperature of a gas to be compressed by a two stage compressor so as to prevent liquification of the gas and to prevent over-heating of the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 7531030
    Abstract: The present invention provides a natural gas dehydrator and method for recirculation of gaseous or combustible materials so that they are not released into the atmosphere and to provide fuel for the process. Likewise, liquid hydrocarbons are collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath
  • Patent number: 6984257
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for use with a natural gas dehydrator. The apparatus and method of the invention provide for recirculation of gaseous or combustible materials so that they are not released into the atmosphere and to provide fuel for the process. Likewise, liquid hydrocarbons are collected. Various components, including separators, an absorber, wet glycol, dry glycol, an effluent condenser, heat exchangers, and a reboiler are utilized in accordance with the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath
  • Publication number: 20040031389
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for use with a natural gas dehydrator. The apparatus and method of the invention provide for recirculation of gaseous or combustible materials so that they are not released into the atmosphere and to provide fuel for the process. Likewise, liquid hydrocarbons are collected. Various components, including separators, an absorber, wet glycol, dry glycol, an effluent condenser, heat exchangers, and a reboiler are utilized in accordance with the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Rodney T. Heath, Forrest D. Heath
  • Patent number: 6551379
    Abstract: Apparatus for use with a natural gas dehydrator wherein a portion of the wet glycol in an emissions separator is pumped under pressure as circulating wet glycol which may be used as a coolant for effluent removed from a reboiler and/or a power source for an eductor to form a vacuum in a first chamber of a liquid water removal separator apparatus. The cooled effluent, comprising at least liquid water, liquid hydrocarbons and uncondensed vapors, moves into the first chamber wherein the liquid water and/or the liquid hydrocarbons are separated from the uncondensed vapors. At least, the uncondensed vapors are removed from the first chamber and move into the eductor wherein they are compressed and combined into the circulating wet glycol. The separated liquid water is transferred to a second chamber of the liquid water removal separator apparatus and then removed therefrom. In some instances, the liquid hydrocarbons are transferred to a third chamber and removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Rodney T. Heath
  • Patent number: RE39944
    Abstract: A natural gas dehydrator wherein a portion of the wet glycol from the absorber is pumped under pressure as circulating wet glycol which is used as a coolant for effluents removed from a reboiler and a power source for an educator to form a vacuum in a first chamber of a liquid water removal separator apparatus. The cooled effluents, comprising liquid water, liquid hydrocarbons and uncondensed vapors, move in to the first chamber wherein the liquid water is separated therefrom. The liquid hydrocarbons and the uncondensed vapors are removed from the first chamber and move into the eductor wherein they are combined into the circulating wet glycol. The separated liquid water is transferred to a second chamber of the liquid water removal separator apparatus and then removed therefrom. Also, gases from gas emitting level control apparatus in the natural gas dehydrator are collected and fed into the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Rodney T. Heath