Patents by Inventor Thomas Ruether

Thomas Ruether 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: 9580772
    Abstract: A method and ionic liquid for the electrorecovery of metal from a metal salt including at least one metal ion. The method includes the steps of dissolving the metal salt in an ionic liquid, the ionic liquid including an ionic liquid cation and an ionic liquid anion; whereby the metal ion of the metal salt forms a metal complex in solution with at least the ionic liquid cation; and subjecting the metal complex to an electrical potential between a cathode and anode to recover metal at the cathode. The ionic liquid includes an ionic liquid cation and an ionic liquid anion, wherein the ionic liquid cation has an affinity for the metal ion which is at least about equal to that of the ionic liquid anion for the metal ion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Theo Rodopoulos, Michael David Horne, Thomas Ruether
  • Publication number: 20160218352
    Abstract: The invention provides a lithium-sulfur electric current producing cell comprising an anode; electrolyte; and cathode, where the cathode comprises a polymer-sulfur composite comprising: 5 to 80 wt % sulfur; 0 to 90 wt % conductive polymer; 0 to 50 wt % of one or more conductive agents, other than the conductive polymer; and 0.5 to 20 wt % a first dopant comprising a negatively charged organic polymer; wherein the conductive polymer is doped with the first dopant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Mustafa Musameh, Adam Best, Thomas Ruether
  • Patent number: 9121640
    Abstract: The system according to the invention for thermally processing lumpy solid material substantially comprises a preheating device, a furnace and a separation or classification device which is arranged therebetween and which has a coarse material outlet connected to the furnace and a fine material outlet. The furnace and the preheating device are connected to each other by means of a gas/solid material line which is arranged so as to be inclined relative to the vertical, the furnace exhaust gases being introduced at the end of the gas/solid material line at the furnace side and the preheated solid material being supplied at the end at the preheater side. The separation or classification device is connected to a bypass line which branches off from the gas/solid material line so that at least a partial amount of the preheated solid material can be branched off via the bypass line by means of gravitational force and can be supplied to the separation or classification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG
    Inventors: Thomas Rüther, Tobias Klegraf, Alexander Peters
  • Patent number: 8936719
    Abstract: A process for the deep desulfurisation of hydrocarbons (HC), in particular Natural Gas Condensate (NGC), and HC comprising diesel, pre-extracted diesel and naphtha, is described which is capable of reducing the sulfur content of these HC from 500 to 30 ppm. The process comprises contacting the hydrocarbon material with an oxidant selected from organic peroxy acids, organic peroxides, inorganic peroxides and mixtures thereof, in at least a stochiometric amount sufficient to oxidise a sulfur compound to a sulfone compound; contacting the hydrocarbon material with an aqueous extractant to allow at least a portion of the oxidised sulfur compounds to be extracted into the aqueous extractant, and separating the hydrocarbon material from the aqueous extractant to give a hydrocarbon material of reduced sulfur content. Optionally, the process may include a second and subsequent extractions with the aqueous extractant to further reduce sulfur content. A final extraction with an IL may be conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ultraclean Fuel Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: John Gargano Gordon, Thomas Ruether, Friederike Elisabeth Agel, Andreas Bösmann
  • Patent number: 8833686
    Abstract: A roller mill for comminuting brittle grinding stock comprises at least one grinding roller constructed as a loose roller and rotatable about an axis and interacting with a counter-surface such that grinding stock is comminuted between the grinding roller and counter-surface. Horizontally slidable bearing blocks bear the grinding roller and are guided in a frame rotatably about a vertical bearing axis. A pressing device applies an adjustable grinding pressure to the grinding roller via the bearing blocks. At least two resilient compensation elements are associated with each bearing block in order to compensate a skewed position and/or deflection of the grinding roller. The compensation elements are arranged between the frame and the bearing blocks, and, in the plan view of the roller mill, are arranged tangentially to a circle around the vertical bearing axis or constructed in a circular arc around the vertical bearing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Polysius AG
    Inventors: Thomas Rüther, Alexander Peters, Ludwig Könning, Nils Hörster, Reinhard Giesemann
  • Patent number: 8517296
    Abstract: The roller grinding mill for comminuting brittle grinding stock includes at least one grinding roller which co-operates with a counter-face in such a manner that the grinding stock is comminuted between the grinding roller and the counter-face and a pressing system for applying a force to the grinding stock via the grinding roller. The pressing system includes: at least one hydropneumatic store and at least one dual-articulation actuating cylinder. The dual-articulation actuating cylinder is connected to the hydropneumatic store and has two pistons and a housing which acts as a coupling rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Polysius AG
    Inventors: Daniel Frerich, Nils Hörster, Alexander Peters, Ludwig Könning, Thomas Rüther
  • Publication number: 20120186993
    Abstract: A process for the absorption of one or more gas(es) selected from the group consisting of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide from a fluid, the process including: providing a fluid containing the selected gas(es); and an ionic liquid absorbent, the absorbent including the components: one or more anions; one or more metal species; and optionally one or more organic cations; and optionally one or more ligands; the absorbent components being selected such that the absorbent is in a liquid state at the operating temperature and pressure of the process; with the provisos that: when the anion contains in the same molecular entity: both an amine functional group and a sulfonate functional group; both an amine functional group and a carboxylate functional group; both a phosphine functional group and a sulfonate functional group; or both a phosphine functional group and a carboxylate functional group, the metal species is not an alkali metal or alkaline earth metal; the
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Junhua Huang, Thomas Rüther, Paul Feron, Zhengbo Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120111982
    Abstract: A roller mill for comminuting brittle grinding stock comprises at least one grinding roller constructed as a loose roller and rotatable about an axis and interacting with a counter-surface such that grinding stock is comminuted between the grinding roller and counter-surface. Horizontally slidable bearing blocks bear the grinding roller and are guided in a frame rotatably about a vertical bearing axis. A pressing device applies an adjustable grinding pressure to the grinding roller via the bearing blocks. At least two resilient compensation elements are associated with each bearing block in order to compensate a skewed position and/or deflection of the grinding roller. The compensation elements are arranged between the frame and the bearing blocks, and, in the plan view of the roller mill, are arranged tangentially to a circle around the vertical bearing axis or constructed in a circular arc around the vertical bearing axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Rüther, Alexander Peters, Ludwig Könning, Nils Hörster, Reinhard Giesemann
  • Publication number: 20120000790
    Abstract: A method and ionic liquid for the electrorecovery of metal from a metal salt including at least one metal ion. The method includes the steps of dissolving the metal salt in an ionic liquid, the ionic liquid including an ionic liquid cation and an ionic liquid anion; whereby the metal ion of the metal salt forms a metal complex in solution with at least the ionic liquid cation; and subjecting the metal complex to an electrical potential between a cathode and anode to recover metal at the cathode. The ionic liquid includes an ionic liquid cation and an ionic liquid anion, wherein the ionic liquid cation has an affinity for the metal ion which is at least about equal to that of the ionic liquid anion for the metal ion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Theo Rodopoulos, Michael David Horne, Thomas Ruether
  • Patent number: 8038084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roller mill having a mill housing, a mill path which is supported so as to be rotatable about a mill axis inside the mill housing, and at least one mill roller which can be rotated about a mill roller shaft and which is engaged with the mill path in terms of rolling action. There is further provided a pivot lever which is for rotatably retaining the mill roller and which has a pivot shaft arranged parallel with the mill roller axis and which is supported outside the mill housing. The pivot lever is further in operational contact with a hydropneumatic resilient system in order to adjust the pressing pressure of the mill roller. The pivot lever is supported outside the mill housing with spacing therefrom in such a manner that the forces which are produced by the hydropneumatic resilient system are dissipated into the mill foundation directly or via pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Polysius AG
    Inventors: Dirk Dilly, Franz-Josef Zurhove, Thomas Rüther, Ludwig Könning, Pedro Guerrero Palma, Bernhard Peterwerth, Thomas Spliethoff, Heiko Fornefeld
  • Publication number: 20110203972
    Abstract: A process for the deep desulfurisation of hydrocarbons (HC), in particular Natural Gas Condensate (NGC), and HC comprising diesel, pre-extracted diesel and naphtha, is described which is capable of reducing the sulfur content of these HC from 500 to 30 ppm. The process comprises contacting the hydrocarbon material with an oxidant selected from organic peroxy acids, organic peroxides, inorganic peroxides and mixtures thereof, in at least a stochiometric amount sufficient to oxidise a sulfur compound to a sulfone compound; contacting the hydrocarbon material with an aqueous extractant to allow at least a portion of the oxidised sulfur compounds to be extracted into the aqueous extractant, and separating the hydrocarbon material from the aqueous extractant to give a hydrocarbon material of reduced sulfur content. Optionally, the process may include a second and subsequent extractions with the aqueous extractant to further reduce sulfur content. A final extraction with an IL may be conducted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Gordon John Gargano, Thomas Ruether, Friederike Elisabeth Agel, Andreas Bösmann
  • Publication number: 20100252667
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roller mill having a mill housing, a mill path which is supported so as to be rotatable about a mill axis inside the mill housing, and at least one mill roller which can be rotated about a mill roller shaft and which is engaged with the mill path in terms of rolling action. There is further provided a pivot lever which is for rotatably retaining the mill roller and which has a pivot shaft arranged parallel with the mill roller axis and which is supported outside the mill housing. The pivot lever is further in operational contact with a hydropneumatic resilient system in order to adjust the pressing pressure of the mill roller. The pivot lever is supported outside the mill housing with spacing therefrom in such a manner that the forces which are produced by the hydropneumatic resilient system are dissipated into the mill foundation directly or via pillars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: POLYSIUS AG
    Inventors: Dirk Dilly, Franz-Josef Zurhove, Thomas Rüther, Ludwig Könning, Pedro Guerrero Palma, Bernhard Peterwerth, Thomas Spliethoff, Heiko Fornefeld
  • Patent number: 7172054
    Abstract: A device for lubricating and cooling gear mechanisms has a supply line for supplying lubricating and coolant oil from an oil sump into a first channel in a spray pipe. The first spray channel connects to at least one first nozzle for the targeted spraying of the lubricating and coolant oil into areas of the gear that require extensive lubrication and that are allocated to the first channel. The supply line is connected to a second channel and one or more second nozzles connected to the latter for spraying the oil in areas that require extensive lubrication and are allocated to the second channel. The channels are prioritized with regard to more or less critical regions of the gear mechanism. A control valve that is responsive to a back-pressure in the spray pipe actuates the channels to supply the gear mechanism in accordance with the prioritization of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Rüther, Martin Wilken
  • Patent number: 7073737
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary tube mill and to a method of comminuting lumpy mill feed material, in which at least a first and a second grinding chamber as well as a co-rotating partition disposed between the grinding chambers are used. The material ground in the first grinding chamber is divided in the partition into first and second part-quantities of mill feed material, whereby at least a part of the second part-quantity of mill feed material proceeds into the second grinding chamber and at least the first part-quantity of the mill feed material is discharged separately from the tube mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Polysius AG
    Inventors: Ludger Schulte, Frank Ungethüm, Robert Schnatz, Thomas Rüther, Ludwig Könning, Jens Reimers, Hubert Eickholt, Dirk Dilly, Heinz Alker, Reinhard Giesemann
  • Patent number: 6877445
    Abstract: A chamber having a discharge base discharges an oversize fraction of a material and a fine fraction of the material separately from the chamber. The discharge base for the chamber for the heat treatment of the material is capable of separating the fine fraction of the material from the oversize fraction of the material. The discharge base has a plurality of conveyor elements which are movable to and fro for the discharge of the oversize fraction of the material. The discharge base is also provided with separator openings for separating out the fine fraction of the material. The conveyor elements are of bar-shape construction and are disposed in parallel to one another on the discharge base to be moveable in the direction of their longitudinal extent, and the separator openings are formed by longitudinal gaps between the conveyor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Polysius AG
    Inventors: Ludwig Könning, Thomas Rüther, Ralf Osburg, Ludger Brentrup, Holger Schmidthals, Martin Torner