Patents by Inventor Stephen A. Noe

Stephen A. Noe 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: 7509853
    Abstract: Disclosed is an in situ design for a runoff rain gauge 14 comprising an elevated storage pan 18 for storing precipitation above grade, a splitter pan 28 for partitioning the split of flow from storage to runoff and infiltration, a saturation cup 40 for measuring surface saturation of the infiltration resistance medium and a saturation cap 42 and splitter balance line 38 for communicating water levels in the saturation cup 40 to the splitter pan 28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen A. Noe
  • Publication number: 20080060429
    Abstract: Disclosed is an in situ design for a runoff rain gauge 14 comprising an elevated storage pan 18 for storing precipitation above grade, a splitter pan 28 for partitioning the split of flow from storage to runoff and infiltration, a saturation cup 40 for measuring surface saturation of the infiltration resistance medium and a saturation cap 42 and splitter balance line 38 for communicating water levels in the saturation cup 40 to the splitter pan 28.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen Noe, William Thompson, Robert Stanton
  • Patent number: 7322230
    Abstract: Disclosed is a runoff rain gauge 100 which includes a collector tube 104, soil infiltration resistance medium 108, a runoff resistance flow element 113, a standard rain gauge 102, and runoff collection tube 114. Precipitation enters the collector tube 104 and is divided to flow into the infiltration medium 108 and runoff collection tube 114 via flow element 113. Total precipitation is read in standard rain gauge 102, runoff in tube 114, and soil infiltration in medium 108 is calculated by the difference between total precipitation and the runoff. Also disclosed are a runoff rain gauge 100 comprising: a seal leg 150 downstream from the runoff resistance flow element 113; a collector tube 104 mounted directly to the ground so that the bottom of the soil infiltration resistance medium 108 contacts the ground surface; and/or a horizontal capillary tube in the runoff resistance flow element 113 to insure self-sealing via capillary forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen A. Noe
  • Publication number: 20060191333
    Abstract: Disclosed is a runoff rain gauge 100 which includes a collector tube 104, soil infiltration resistance medium 108, a runoff resistance flow element 113, a standard rain gauge 102, and runoff collection tube 114. Precipitation enters the collector tube 104 and is divided to flow into the infiltration medium 108 and runoff collection tube 114 via flow element 113. Total precipitation is read in standard rain gauge 102, runoff in tube 114, and soil infiltration in medium 108 is calculated by the difference between total precipitation and the runoff. Also disclosed are a runoff rain gauge 100 comprising: a seal leg 150 downstream from the runoff resistance flow element 113; a collector tube 104 mounted directly to the ground so that the bottom of the soil infiltration resistance medium 108 contacts the ground surface; and/or a horizontal capillary tube in the runoff resistance flow element 113 to insure self-sealing via capillary forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen Noe
  • Patent number: 7066021
    Abstract: Disclosed is a runoff rain gauge 100 which includes a collector tube 104, soil infiltration resistance medium 108, a runoff resistance flow element 113, a standard rain gauge 102, and runoff collection tube 114. Precipitation enters the collector tube 104 and is divided to flow into the infiltration medium 108 and runoff collection tube 114 via flow element 113. Total precipitation is read in standard rain gauge 102, runoff in tube 114, and soil infiltration in medium 108 is calculated by the difference between total precipitation and the runoff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen A. Noe
  • Patent number: 5250270
    Abstract: A fixed bed, dual-zone radial flow catalytic reactor is disclosed. In particular, the catalyst bed configuration includes a first freeboard outwardly radial flow catalyst zone in series with a second inwardly radial flow zone separated by an interconnecting substantially impermeable catalyst chute to accommodate catalyst settling while preventing hot spots and/or fluidization in the freeboard area. A gas distributor divides the freeboard zone into segments including a bypass segment and one or more catalyst segments. The radial flow of gas through each segment is essentially unaffected by the level of catalyst so that the flow pattern is not adversely affected by catalyst setting in the freeboard zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: The M. W. Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Stephen A. Noe
  • Patent number: 4735780
    Abstract: A vertical, cold wall, three bed ammonia converter having upper and lower shell and tube heat exchangers wherein the lower heat exchanger is disposed axially within the upper, annular catalyst bed and preheated synthesis gas from the heat exchangers is initially converted in the middle catalyst bed which is penetrated by first, second, and third coaxial pipes. Partially converted gas from the middle catalyst bed flows upwardly through the annulus formed by the second and third axial pipes through the hot side of the lower exchanger and is then divided for parallel flow through the upper catalyst bed and, by way of the annulus formed by the first and second axial pipes, the lower catalyst bed. Converted gas from the upper and lower catalyst beds is then combined and introduced to the hot side of the upper feed/effluent exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Assignee: The M. W. Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Stephen A. Noe
  • Patent number: 4696799
    Abstract: A horizontal, cold wall, multi-bed ammonia converter having two, shell and tube interchangers for cooling reaction gas streams leaving respectively the first and second catalyst beds with incoming reactant gases wherein each of the interchangers is vertically oriented and physically located between catalyst beds. The catalyst beds are adiabatic, slab-shape beds defined in part by side portions of the inner wall of the converter and are arranged for downward, transverse flow of reacting gases. Longitudinal conduits and baffling in cooperation with the arrangement of catalyst beds and interchangers provide serial flow of gas through the cold side of each of the interchangers, a first catalyst bed, the hot side of one of the interchangers, a second catalyst bed, the hot side of the other interchanger, a third catalyst bed, and, optionally, a fourth catalyst bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: The M. W. Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Stephen A. Noe