Patents by Inventor Tracy A. Fowler

Tracy A. Fowler 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).

  • Publication number: 20200346162
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for an adsorbent bed assembly for separation of gaseous mixtures. The assembly includes a body defining an interior cavity. The body includes an outer shell, and first and second ends engaged with the outer shell that include inputs/outputs. A central support structure is positioned within the interior cavity and is engaged with the body or forms a portion thereof. Anti-telescoping devices are positioned about the central support structure, at least one of which is affixed to the central support structure. Each anti-telescoping device includes a plurality of spokes extending within the interior cavity from or proximate the central support structure towards the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Ananda Nagavarapu, William Alan Whittenberger, Haridas Attur, Brian Lee Davis
  • Publication number: 20200197856
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus are provided for modulating fluid flow in a cyclical swing adsorption system that includes multiple adsorption bed vessels that are in fluid communication. When opening a valve to transition an adsorption bed vessel into a blowdown stage or a re-pressurization stage of a cyclical swing adsorption process, the valve is partially lifted from a closed position prior to being fully lifted. The valve includes a flow restriction aid positioned to restrict flow through the valve when the valve is in the partially lifted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: John W. Fulton, William N. Yunker, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Patent number: 10675615
    Abstract: The disclosure relate generally to structures, forms, and monoliths, and methods of preparing the same. This disclosure can produce uniform structured passageways or channels of active material, including adsorbent or catalyst, by imprinting or molding features into a paste on a support that can be subsequently assembled into a gas or liquid treating structure, i.e. a monolith. The paste, which can include an active material, binder, and other potential additives, can be applied to the support or pushed through a support (as in a mesh) as a thin film. The paste can be imprinted, stamped, shaped or otherwise handled to give features of desired height, shape, width, and positioning. When stacked or rolled, the features of one layer contact a subsequent layer, which seal to form passageways. The resulting structure can have high cell-density (>1000 cells per square inch) and a large volume fraction of active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Thomas M. Smith, Joshua I. Cutler, Jenna L. Walp
  • Publication number: 20190366261
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may provide access to the adsorbent material within the adsorbent bed unit without having to remove one or more of valves, conduits and manifolds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Robert F. Tammera, Bruce T. Kelley, Sebastian Chialvo, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, William Barnes, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Patent number: 10427088
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may provide access to the adsorbent material within the adsorbent bed unit without having to remove one or more of valves, conduits and manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Robert F. Tammera, Bruce T. Kelley, Sebastian Chialvo, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, William Barnes, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Publication number: 20190255521
    Abstract: The disclosure relate generally to structures, forms, and monoliths, and methods of preparing the same. This disclosure can produce uniform structured passageways or channels of active material, including adsorbent or catalyst, by imprinting or molding features into a paste on a support that can be subsequently assembled into a gas or liquid treating structure, i.e. a monolith. The paste, which can include an active material, binder, and other potential additives, can be applied to the support or pushed through a support (as in a mesh) as a thin film. The paste can be imprinted, stamped, shaped or otherwise handled to give features of desired height, shape, width, and positioning. When stacked or rolled, the features of one layer contact a subsequent layer, which seal to form passageways. The resulting structure can have high cell-density (>1000 cells per square inch) and a large volume fraction of active material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Tracy A. FOWLER, Thomas M. Smith, Joshua I. Cutler, Jenna L. Walp
  • Patent number: 10322365
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may include additional space for the valves on the head of the adsorbent bed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Reseach Company
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Shwetha Ramkumar, Jeffrey W. Frederick, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, Sebastian Chialvo, Robert F. Tammera, John W. Fulton
  • Patent number: 10307749
    Abstract: The disclosure relate generally to structures, forms, and monoliths, and methods of preparing the same. This disclosure can produce uniform structured passageways or channels of active material, including adsorbent or catalyst, by imprinting or molding features into a paste on a support that can be subsequently assembled into a gas or liquid treating structure, i.e. a monolith. The paste, which can include an active material, binder, and other potential additives, can be applied to the support or pushed through a support (as in a mesh) as a thin film. The paste can be imprinted, stamped, shaped or otherwise handled to give features of desired height, shape, width, and positioning. When stacked or rolled, the features of one layer contact a subsequent layer, which seal to form passageways. The resulting structure can have high cell-density (>1000 cells per square inch) and a large volume fraction of active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Thomas M. Smith, Joshua I. Cutler, Jenna L. Walp
  • Patent number: 10220346
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to treat the feed stream to remove certain contaminants from the stream. In the method and system, active valves may be used with passive valves to manage the flow of the streams through the adsorbent bed units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Richard A. Huntington, John W. Fulton
  • Patent number: 10100613
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a subwater heat exchanger that includes a duct, first coils, a first impeller and a second impeller. The duct is configured to receive a first fluid. The first coils are inside of the duct and are configured to receive a second fluid that is heated or cooled by the first fluid. The first impeller is inside of the duct that is configured to initiate flow of the first fluid around the first coils. The second impeller is inside of the duct and is substantially in line with the first impeller along a duct lateral axis of the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Nicholas F. Urbanski, Robert D. Denton, Charles J. Mart, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Patent number: 10040022
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may include additional space for the valves of the adsorbent bed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Shwetha Ramkumar, Jeffrey W. Frederick, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, Sebastian Chialvo, Robert F. Tammera, John W. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20170266604
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may provide access to the adsorbent material within the adsorbent bed unit without having to remove one or more of valves, conduits and manifolds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Robert F. Tammera, Bruce T. Kelley, Sebastian Chialvo, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, William Barnes, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Patent number: 9764252
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing separation of a denser phase liquid from a lighter phase liquid within a multiphase stream. In one example, a cyclonic coalescer has a tubular housing and a plurality of coaxial flow chambers extending in the axial direction of the housing. A swirling element is associated with each of the plurality of coaxial flow chambers. The swirling elements are constructed and arranged to impart a tangential velocity of the stream flowing through the associated flow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Scott M. Whitney, Edward J. Grave, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Publication number: 20170145803
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dehydrating a natural gas stream are provided herein. The system includes a lean solvent feed system, including a line from a topsides facility, wherein the line is configured to divide a lean solvent stream to feed lean solvent to each of a number of co-current contacting systems in parallel. The co-current contacting systems are placed in series along a wet natural gas stream, wherein each of the co-current contacting systems is configured to contact the lean solvent stream with the wet natural gas stream to adsorb at least a portion of the water from the wet natural gas stream to form a dry natural gas stream. A rich solvent return system includes a line to combine rich solvent from each of the plurality of co-current contacting systems and return a rich solvent stream to the topsides facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Norman K. Yeh, J. Tim Cullinane, Tracy A. Fowler, Shwetha Ramkumar, Donald P. Shatto
  • Publication number: 20170113175
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may include additional space for the valves on the head of the adsorbent bed unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Shwetha Ramkumar, Jeffrey W. Frederick, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, Sebastian Chialvo, Robert F. Tammera, John W. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20170113176
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to remove contaminants, such as water, from the stream. As part of the process, the adsorbent bed unit may include additional space for the valves of the adsorbent bed unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Shwetha Ramkumar, Jeffrey W. Frederick, Ananda K. Nagavarapu, Sebastian Chialvo, Robert F. Tammera, John W. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20170113173
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. This swing adsorption process may involve passing streams through adsorbent bed units to treat the feed stream to remove certain contaminants from the stream. In the method and system, active valves may be used with passive valves to manage the flow of the streams through the adsorbent bed units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Richard A. Huntington, John W. Fulton
  • Patent number: 9371724
    Abstract: A system and method for separation of liquids and gases within a multiphase fluid are provided herein. The method includes flowing a multiphase fluid into a number of divisions within a multiphase separation system, wherein the divisions are configured to lower a velocity of the multiphase fluid. The method also includes separating the multiphase fluid among a number of lower pipes and a number of upper pipes, wherein each lower pipe includes an expansion zone configured to lower a pressure within the lower pipe to allow entrained liquids to drain from a corresponding upper pipe via a downcomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Grave, Adam S. Bymaster, Tracy A. Fowler
  • Publication number: 20160129433
    Abstract: The disclosure relate generally to structures, forms, and monoliths, and methods of preparing the same. This disclosure can produce uniform structured passageways or channels of active material, including adsorbent or catalyst, by imprinting or molding features into a paste on a support that can be subsequently assembled into a gas or liquid treating structure, i.e. a monolith. The paste, which can include an active material, binder, and other potential additives, can be applied to the support or pushed through a support (as in a mesh) as a thin film. The paste can be imprinted, stamped, shaped or otherwise handled to give features of desired height, shape, width, and positioning. When stacked or rolled, the features of one layer contact a subsequent layer, which seal to form passageways. The resulting structure can have high cell-density (>1000 cells per square inch) and a large volume fraction of active material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Tracy A. Fowler, Thomas M. Smith, Joshua I. Cutler, Jenna L. Walp
  • Patent number: D843811
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sargent Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Daniel Riley, Lee Griswold, Eric Palmieri, Tracy Fowler