Patents by Inventor Sterling J. Weems

Sterling J. Weems 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: 4238289
    Abstract: A generally annular condenser compartment of a nuclear reactor containment structure contains a large quantity of fusible material in a solid state, such as ice, for absorbing the energy released from a loss-of-coolant accident in the reactor coolant system. Inlet and outlet doors, which are normally closed, are provided at the bottom and the top, respectively, of the condenser compartment to permit the necessary inflow and outflow of gases and liquids during a loss-of-coolant accident. The inlet doors and door ports are so constructed that during an accident, energy flow is distributed substantially uniformly into all sections of the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Sterling J. Weems, Harold W. McCurdy
  • Patent number: 4228132
    Abstract: An apparatus for efficiently and safely recombining hydrogen and oxygen gas to form water vapor, the apparatus being particularly adapted for use with a nuclear reactor system in which potentially dangerous hydrogen gas, evolved within the containment vessel during certain postulated accident conditions, can be eliminated. Further, this apparatus also aids in the removal of certain radioactive contaminents from the gases in a containment vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1980
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Sterling J. Weems, Harold W. McCurdy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4139603
    Abstract: An apparatus for efficiently and safely recombining hydrogen and oxygen gas to form water vapor, the apparatus being particularly adapted for use with a nuclear reactor system in which potentially dangerous hydrogen gas, evolved within the containment vessel during certain postulated accident conditions, can be eliminated. Further, this apparatus also aids in the removal of certain radioactive contaminents from the gases in a containment vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Sterling J. Weems, Harold W. McCurdy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4068627
    Abstract: A vertically oriented steam generator has vertically oriented cylindrical tubesheets and C-shaped tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hans D. Giesecke, Sterling J. Weems
  • Patent number: 3980188
    Abstract: A heavy shielded nuclear fuel cask is lowered into and removed from a water filled spent fuel pool by providing a vertical guide tube in the pool, affixing to the bottom of the cask a base plate that approximates the transverse dimension of the guide tube, and lowering and elevating the cask and base plate assembly into and out of the pool by causing it to traverse within the guide tube. The guide tube and base plate coact to function as a dashpot, thereby cushioning and controlling the fall of the cask in the pool should it break loose while being lowered into or raised out of the pool. A specified approach path to the guide tube insures that the cask assembly will not fall into the pool, should it break loose on its approach to the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1976
    Assignee: MPR Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Sterling J. Weems
  • Patent number: 3945509
    Abstract: A heavy shielded nuclear fuel cask is lowered into and removed from a water filled spent fuel pool by providing a vertical guide tube in the pool, affixing to the bottom of the cask a base plate that approximates the transverse dimension of the guide tube, and lowering and elevating the cask and base plate assembly into and out of the pool by causing it to traverse within the guide tube. The guide tube and base plate coact to function as a dashpot, thereby cushioning and controlling the fall of the cask in the pool should it break loose while being lowered into or raised out of the pool. A specified approach path to the guide tube insures that the cask assembly will not fall into the pool, should it break loose on its approach to the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1976
    Assignee: MPR Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Sterling J. Weems