Patents by Inventor Strom W. Smith

Strom W. Smith 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: 10793434
    Abstract: Embodiments of a hydrogen sulfide destruction and sulfur recovery system of the present invention generally include a tower, sulfur introduction piping, oxygen introduction piping, and hydrogen sulfide introduction piping, wherein said tower contains a lower cooling component positioned in a vapor space of a tower bottom section, a lower vapor space fluidly connected to an upper vapor space, one or more upper and lower catalyst beds, a first condensation cooling component and a collection tray disposed in a first condensation section, a second condensation cooling component disposed in a second condensation section, a fluid pathway, partially defined by a collection tray weir, between the first condensation section and the second condensation section, a fluid pathway between a bottom section of the second condensation section and the tower bottom section, and a second condensation section bottom section gas outlet. Embodiments of a method of using the system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200239310
    Abstract: Embodiments of a hydrogen sulfide destruction and sulfur recovery system of the present invention generally include a tower, sulfur introduction piping, oxygen introduction piping, and hydrogen sulfide introduction piping, wherein said tower contains a lower cooling component positioned in a vapor space of a tower bottom section, a lower vapor space fluidly connected to an upper vapor space, one or more upper and lower catalyst beds, a first condensation cooling component and a collection tray disposed in a first condensation section, a second condensation cooling component disposed in a second condensation section, a fluid pathway, partially defined by a collection tray weir, between the first condensation section and the second condensation section, a fluid pathway between a bottom section of the second condensation section and the tower bottom section, and a second condensation section bottom section gas outlet. Embodiments of a method of using the system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10618809
    Abstract: A sulfur trap provides separation of elemental molten sulfur from a process stream comprising a mixture of sulfur and associated tail-gases. The sulfur trap comprises a vertically-oriented cylindrical wall having a chamber for receiving the process stream, a float positioned in the chamber, the float attached to a float end of a lever, a nozzle insert attached to the distal end of the lever, and a lever fulcrum positioned intermediate the lever float end and the lever nozzle insert end. The float, lever, nozzle insert and outlet are constructed to allow the float position to control nozzle insert engagement of the outlet, particularly to close the outlet when the float is elevated by molten sulfur and to disengage from the outlet to allow discharge flow of liquid sulfur at a determined level of sulfur within the chamber. Embodiments of a method of separating liquid sulfur from gases are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10352753
    Abstract: Embodiments of a sight port system of the present invention generally include a primary lens assembly disposed within a hot zone of a sight port component, wherein the primary lens assembly comprises a primary lens positioned between two annular flanges; the gas sealed hot zone is defined between a cavity closure plate, which may comprise a secondary lens, and the primary lens assembly; a jacketed heating means is disposed circumferentially around the gas filled zone and the primary lens; the primary lens assembly is positioned adjacent a process stream chamber or pipe segment; and a process fluid flowing through the process stream chamber may be visually observed through the primary lens, and the secondary lens if present. Embodiments comprising two opposing primary lens assemblies are also disclosed. Embodiments of a method of using embodiments of a sight port system of the present invention are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10307695
    Abstract: Embodiments of a degassing system of the present invention generally include a degassing device having a sintered metal matrix component; and a process vessel having a liquid inlet and liquid outlet through which liquid flows providing a liquid level there within; wherein the degassing device, which is fluidly connected to a pressurized gas source, is disposed within the process vessel beneath the surface of the liquid, wherein pressurized gas is introduced to the degassing device and forced through the sintered metal matrix to create gas micro-bubbles which rise through the liquid to strip volatile compounds therefrom, the gaseous composition above the surface of the liquid being evacuated through the gas outlet. In one embodiment, a degassing tower having multiple degassing chambers and degassing devices is employed. In one embodiment, a metal powder is disposed within the sintered metal matrix. Embodiments of methods of using the degassing device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10272983
    Abstract: Embodiments of a boat heat exchanger system of the present invention employable to cool a user device via heat transfer generally include an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe, and an inline pump, wherein the inlet pipe is fluidly connectable to an external aqueous fluid source. In one embodiment, a closed-looped system utilizing a heat exchange component of a contained external aqueous fluid source is provided. In another aspect, embodiments of a boat heat exchanger system of the present invention contain a close-looped system and generally include an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe, an inline pump, and an externally disposed heat exchanger, wherein an aqueous fluid is recirculated through the heat exchanger system. Methods of cooling user devices on a boat using embodiments of a boat heat exchanger system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190092442
    Abstract: Embodiments of a boat heat exchanger system of the present invention employable to cool a user device via heat transfer generally include an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe, and an inline pump, wherein the inlet pipe is fluidly connectable to an external aqueous fluid source. In one embodiment, a closed-looped system utilizing a heat exchange component of a contained external aqueous fluid source is provided. In another aspect, embodiments of a boat heat exchanger system of the present invention contain a close-looped system and generally include an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe, an inline pump, and an externally disposed heat exchanger, wherein an aqueous fluid is recirculated through the heat exchanger system. Methods of cooling user devices on a boat using embodiments of a boat heat exchanger system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190060793
    Abstract: Embodiments of a degassing system of the present invention generally include a degassing device having a sintered metal matrix component; and a process vessel having a liquid inlet and liquid outlet through which liquid flows providing a liquid level there within; wherein the degassing device, which is fluidly connected to a pressurized gas source, is disposed within the process vessel beneath the surface of the liquid, wherein pressurized gas is introduced to the degassing device and forced through the sintered metal matrix to create gas micro-bubbles which rise through the liquid to strip volatile compounds therefrom, the gaseous composition above the surface of the liquid being evacuated through the gas outlet. In one embodiment, a degassing tower having multiple degassing chambers and degassing devices is employed. In one embodiment, a metal powder is disposed within the sintered metal matrix. Embodiments of methods of using the degassing device are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10054236
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally include a pressure relief system and methods of use, in which an apparatus includes an upper chamber fluidly connected to a pressurized fluid source, a lower chamber having an inlet and an outlet, a vertically moveable plate intermediate the chambers and disposed within a plate support, and connected to the plate by a vertical shaft, a vertically actuating lower chamber inlet valve including an inlet seal. Pressure relief is accomplished by controlling fluid pressure in the upper chamber such that varying downward force on the plate and therefore, via the shaft, the inlet seal, allows for selective opening/closing of the inlet valve as a function of upper chamber fluid pressure relative to the pressure exerted from a fluid source for which pressure relief is desired, beneath the inlet seal, whereby over-pressured fluid entering the lower chamber via the inlet is vented out the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180002177
    Abstract: A sulfur trap provides separation of elemental molten sulfur from a process stream comprising a mixture of sulfur and associated tail-gases. The sulfur trap comprises a vertically-oriented cylindrical wall having a chamber for receiving the process stream, a float positioned in the chamber, the float attached to a float end of a lever, a nozzle insert attached to the distal end of the lever, and a lever fulcrum positioned intermediate the lever float end and the lever nozzle insert end. The float, lever, nozzle insert and outlet are constructed to allow the float position to control nozzle insert engagement of the outlet, particularly to close the outlet when the float is elevated by molten sulfur and to disengage from the outlet to allow discharge flow of liquid sulfur at a determined level of sulfur within the chamber. Embodiments of a method of separating liquid sulfur from gases are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20170328488
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally include a pressure relief system and methods of use, in which an apparatus includes an upper chamber fluidly connected to a pressurized fluid source, a lower chamber having an inlet and an outlet, a vertically moveable plate intermediate the chambers and disposed within a plate support, and connected to the plate by a vertical shaft, a vertically actuating lower chamber inlet valve including an inlet seal. Pressure relief is accomplished by controlling fluid pressure in the upper chamber such that varying downward force on the plate and therefore, via the shaft, the inlet seal, allows for selective opening/closing of the inlet valve as a function of upper chamber fluid pressure relative to the pressure exerted from a fluid source for which pressure relief is desired, beneath the inlet seal, whereby over-pressured fluid entering the lower chamber via the inlet is vented out the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9796588
    Abstract: A sulfur trap provides separation of elemental molten sulfur from a process stream comprising a mixture of sulfur and associated tail-gases. The sulfur trap comprises a vertically-oriented cylindrical wall having a chamber for receiving the process stream, a float positioned in the chamber, the float attached to a float end of a lever, a nozzle insert attached to the distal end of the lever, and a lever fulcrum positioned intermediate the lever float end and the lever nozzle insert end. The float, lever, nozzle insert and outlet are constructed to allow the float position to control nozzle insert engagement of the outlet, particularly to close the outlet when the float is elevated by molten sulfur and to disengage from the outlet to allow discharge flow of liquid sulfur at a determined level of sulfur within the chamber. Embodiments of a method of separating liquid sulfur from gases are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9752696
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally include a pressure relief system and methods of use, in which an apparatus includes an upper chamber fluidly connected to a pressurized fluid source, a lower chamber having an inlet and an outlet, a vertically moveable plate intermediate the chambers and disposed within a plate support, and connected to the plate by a vertical shaft, a vertically actuating lower chamber inlet valve including an inlet seal. Pressure relief is accomplished by controlling fluid pressure in the upper chamber such that varying downward force on the plate and therefore, via the shaft, the inlet seal, allows for selective opening/closing of the inlet valve as a function of upper chamber fluid pressure relative to the pressure exerted from a fluid source for which pressure relief is desired, beneath the inlet seal, whereby over-pressured fluid entering the lower chamber via the inlet is vented out the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20160102772
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally include a pressure relief system and methods of use, in which an apparatus includes an upper chamber fluidly connected to a pressurized fluid source, a lower chamber having an inlet and an outlet, a vertically moveable plate intermediate the chambers and disposed within a plate support, and connected to the plate by a vertical shaft, a vertically actuating lower chamber inlet valve including an inlet seal. Pressure relief is accomplished by controlling fluid pressure in the upper chamber such that varying downward force on the plate and therefore, via the shaft, the inlet seal, allows for selective opening/closing of the inlet valve as a function of upper chamber fluid pressure relative to the pressure exerted from a fluid source for which pressure relief is desired, beneath the inlet seal, whereby over-pressured fluid entering the lower chamber via the inlet is vented out the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20160045852
    Abstract: A sulfur trap provides separation of elemental molten sulfur from a process stream comprising a mixture of sulfur and associated tail-gases. The sulfur trap comprises a vertically-oriented cylindrical wall having a chamber for receiving the process stream, a float positioned in the chamber, the float attached to a float end of a lever, a nozzle insert attached to the distal end of the lever, and a lever fulcrum positioned intermediate the lever float end and the lever nozzle insert end. The float, lever, nozzle insert and outlet are constructed to allow the float position to control nozzle insert engagement of the outlet, particularly to close the outlet when the float is elevated by molten sulfur and to disengage from the outlet to allow discharge flow of liquid sulfur at a determined level of sulfur within the chamber. Embodiments of a method of separating liquid sulfur from gases are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9216372
    Abstract: A sulfur trap provides separation of elemental molten sulfur from a process stream comprising a mixture of sulfur and associated tail-gases. The sulfur trap comprises a vertically-oriented cylindrical wall having a chamber for receiving the process stream, a float positioned in the chamber, the float attached to a float end of a lever, a nozzle insert attached to the distal end of the lever, and a lever fulcrum positioned intermediate the lever float end and the lever nozzle insert end. The float, lever, nozzle insert and outlet are constructed to allow the float position to control nozzle insert engagement of the outlet, particularly to close the outlet when the float is elevated by molten sulfur and to disengage from the outlet to allow discharge flow of liquid sulfur at a determined level of sulfur within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150362120
    Abstract: Embodiments of an insulation system for process vessels or piping and methods of use generally include a heat-reflective metal foil wrapped around a pipe or vessel and an external heating means, if so equipped; a shell disposed circumferentially around the foil wrapped pipe or vessel and spaced therefrom, wherein the shell has a heat-reflective interior surface; one or more layers of an insulation material provided circumferentially around the shell; and, optionally, a protective coating on, and/or a second shell disposed around, the outermost layer of insulation material. Alternative embodiments of an insulation system for process vessels or piping and methods of use generally include a heat-reflective metal foil wrapped around a pipe or vessel and an external heating means, if so equipped; one or more layers of an insulation material provided circumferentially around the foil-wrapped structure; and, optionally, a protective shell provided circumferentially around the outermost layer of insulation material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150033871
    Abstract: A monitoring system for use in a liquid-gas mixture transport line includes a chamber containing a phase separator, a liquid flow measurement device downstream of the phase separator, a collector trap intermediate the phase separator and the flow measurement device, and an overflow opening downstream of the flow measurement device. A sight port is provided in the chamber. A chamber inlet is elevated in relation to the collector trap, the flow measurement device and a chamber outlet. In an embodiment of the invention, the chamber is double-walled with the sight port having a lens in each wall and a filler media, such as inert gas, between the lenses. In one embodiment, the filler media is heated to control formation of condensation or solid sulfur on the lens interior of the chamber. In other embodiments, a sight port of the present invention is provided in a liquid flow transport line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140373954
    Abstract: An insulation system for process vessels or piping. In one embodiment, a first sheath having a heat-reflective coating on an inner surface thereof is spaced from a structure. A second outer sheath is provided exterior to the first sheath. An insulation layer is provided intermediate the sheaths. In another embodiment, an outer sheath has insulation disposed on an inner surface thereof, the insulation being intermediate the inner surface and the structure and is spaced therefrom. A liner having a heat-reflective coating on an inner surface thereof is provided on the inner surface of the insulation. In another embodiment, a reflective metal foil is wrapped around a structure which may be equipped with an external heating means. A shell having an inner heat-reflective surface is disposed circumferentially to the structure, with an air gap there between. Disposed exterior to the shell is insulation, and optionally, a protective coating and/or second shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8795625
    Abstract: A process for removing sulfur compounds, particularly hydrogen sulfide, from a waste gas wherein sulfur dioxide is introduced into the process gas at multiple process locations. Quantities of sulfur dioxide are introduced into the process gas stream at one or more locations preceding catalytic reaction. The process of the present invention may be practiced for Claus processes involving initial thermal reactions, and may be practiced without necessity of preliminary thermal reaction. In an embodiment of the invention, one of the injection locations of sulfur dioxide is the thermal reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith