Patents by Inventor William A. Byers

William A. Byers 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: 20210323201
    Abstract: A forming assembly configured to form a wick is disclosed. The forming assembly includes an expandable tube and a forming shell assembly. The expandable tube is hydraulically expandable to an expanded configuration. A wick mesh is configured to be wrapped about the expandable tube. The forming shell assembly includes a first forming shell comprising a first recess defined therein and a second forming shell comprising a second recess defined therein. The first recess and the second recess cooperate to define an outer diameter of the wick. The expandable tube and the wick mesh are positionable between the first recess and the second recess. The expandable tube and the forming shell assembly are configured to deform the wick mesh and form the wick based on the expandable tube hydraulically expanding towards the expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: John LOJEK, III, Matthew M. SWARTZ, William A. BYERS
  • Publication number: 20210325122
    Abstract: A heat pipe is disclosed includes a container, a container lid including a groove defined therein, a wick, and an end plug operably coupled to the wick. The end plug includes a pin extending therefrom. The groove of the container lid is configured to receive the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. SWARTZ, William A. BYERS, John LOJEK, III
  • Publication number: 20200225122
    Abstract: A method of sampling a multi-layered material and a micro-sampling tool are described. The sampling method includes penetrating a top surface of a material in a component of interest with a micro-cutting tool to a predetermined depth sufficient to include each layer of the multi-layered material and a portion of the base, without cutting through the full depth of the base, under-cutting from the depth of penetration through the base to define a micro-sample of the multi-layered material, and removing the micro-sample with each layer of the multi-layered material intact. The micro-sampler includes a cutting tool calibrated to cut to a depth no greater than 2 mm, and in some aspects, no greater than 200 microns into a multi-layered material, the material having a top surface and a metallic or ceramic base and a container for removing and storing a micro-sample cut from the material with each layer of the multi-layered material and a portion of the base intact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: ARASH PARSI, WILLIAM A. BYERS
  • Patent number: 10475542
    Abstract: A Gland Seal End Plug closure for a nuclear fuel rod cladding composed of silicon carbide or other materials that cannot be welded. The sealant is, preferably, made from one or more forms of pure graphite and the ram, seat and other components of the Gland Seal End Plug are formed from high temperature metallic or ceramic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: William A. Byers, Guoqiang Wang, Kevin A. Harding
  • Patent number: 10453576
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pre-core hot functional testing (HFT) preconditioning process, which includes the introduction of chemical additives, e.g., zinc, into coolant water that circulates through the primary system of a new nuclear power plant, at various temperatures. The chemical additives contact the primary system surfaces, which results in the formation of a protective zinc-containing oxide film on the fresh surfaces to control corrosion release and deposition during subsequent normal operation of the nuclear power plant. The method includes a series of three chemistry phases to optimize the passivation process: 1) an alkaline-reducing phase, 2) an acid-reducing phase and 3) an acid-oxidizing phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Rachel L. Devito, Jason P. Mazzoccoli, Edward J. Silva, Deborah J. Buckley, Richard J. Jacko, William A. Byers
  • Publication number: 20170372802
    Abstract: A Gland Seal End Plug closure for a nuclear fuel rod cladding composed of silicon carbide or other materials that cannot be welded. The sealant is, preferably, made from one or more forms of pure graphite and the ram, seat and other components of the Gland Seal End Plug are formed from high temperature metallic or ceramic materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: WILLIAM A. BYERS, Guoqiang Wang, Kevin A. Harding
  • Publication number: 20160035442
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pre-core hot functional testing (HFT) preconditioning process, which includes the introduction of chemical additives, e.g., zinc, into coolant water that circulates through the primary system of a new nuclear power plant, at various temperatures. The chemical additives contact the primary system surfaces, which results in the formation of a protective zinc-containing oxide film on the fresh surfaces to control corrosion release and deposition during subsequent normal operation of the nuclear power plant. The method includes a series of three chemistry phases to optimize the passivation process: 1) an alkaline-reducing phase, 2) an acid-reducing phase and 3) an acid-oxidizing phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Rachel L. DEVITO, Jason P. MAZZOCCOLI, Edward J. SILVA, Deborah J. BUCKLEY, Richard J. JACKO, William A. BYERS
  • Patent number: 9138950
    Abstract: A tire mold apparatus is provided along with methods of retrofitting a tire mold, such that a tire mold of the type traditionally utilized in a dome type curing press can be modified to have external steam tracings allowing the mold to be utilized in a platen press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Bo William Byers, Robert P. Karpinski, Craig Romans, John Dempsey, Edward Steven Seroka, Larry E. Speck, Joseph A. Labbe, Jr., Phillip Coderre
  • Publication number: 20130049254
    Abstract: A tire mold apparatus is provided along with methods of retrofitting a tire mold, such that a tire mold of the type traditionally utilized in a dome type curing press can be modified to have external steam tracings allowing the mold to be utilized in a platen press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Bo William Byers, Robert P. Karpinski, Craig Romans, John Dempsey, Edward Steven Seroka, Larry E. Speck, Joseph A. Labbe, JR., Phillip Coderre
  • Patent number: 7287756
    Abstract: The invention is a film-riding seal for a pump shaft that is resistant to the deposition of iron oxides such as hematite and goethite on the confronting, spaced apart, seal surfaces. The seal generally comprises a ceramic runner mounted on the pump shaft and an adjacent ceramic stationary sealing ring. The runner has a sealing surface and the stationary sealing ring has sealing surface confronting the runner sealing surface. The ceramic sealing surfaces include a catalyst selected from the group consisting of rhenium, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Co LLC
    Inventors: William A. Byers, Gene J. Zottola
  • Patent number: 6944254
    Abstract: A reactor coolant system of a pressurized water nuclear reactor with fuel assemblies in the core is simultaneously shutdown and decontaminated in less than 90 hours after the shutdown is initiated. A LOMI or Can-Derem decontamination reagent is added to reactor coolant to reduce iron and nickel in oxidized coatings before removing dissolved hydrogen and reducing the gamma emitting activity of the reactor coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC
    Inventors: Joseph W. Kormuth, William A. Byers, Richard D. Reid, George P. Sabol
  • Publication number: 20050194748
    Abstract: The invention is a film-riding seal for a pump shaft that is resistant to the deposition of iron oxides such as hematite and goethite on the confronting, spaced apart, seal surfaces. The seal generally comprises a ceramic runner mounted on the pump shaft and an adjacent ceramic stationary sealing ring. The runner has a sealing surface and the stationary sealing ring has sealing surface confronting the runner sealing surface. The ceramic sealing surfaces include a catalyst selected from the group consisting of rhenium, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventors: William Byers, Gene Zottola
  • Publication number: 20050105670
    Abstract: A reactor coolant system of a pressurized water nuclear reactor with fuel assemblies in the core is simultaneously shutdown and decontaminated in less than 90 hours after the shutdown is initiated. A LOMI or Can-Derem decontamination reagent is added to reactor coolant to reduce iron and nickel in oxidized coatings before removing dissolved hydrogen and reducing the gamma emitting activity of the reactor coolant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Publication date: May 19, 2005
    Inventors: Joseph Kormuth, William Byers, Richard Reid, George Sabol
  • Patent number: 6813329
    Abstract: A crud-resistant nuclear fuel element cladding in which the axial locations that experience nucleate boiling during reactor full power operation are highly polished so that the maximum size of any surface defect on the highly polished surface is approximately 0.1 microns. The remainder of the cladding surface remains unpolished so that crud is more evenly redistributed over the entire fuel cladding surface to limit the thickness of the crud that is formed to less than 35 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Copmany LLC
    Inventors: William A. Byers, Dmitry V. Paramonov, Milorad B. Dzodzo, Zeses E. Karoutas, Michael Y. Young
  • Patent number: 6252923
    Abstract: Detectors are used to monitor the status of spent nuclear fuel storage containers non-invasively while they remain in storage casks. The detectors measure neutron flux and &ggr;-ray flux and may also measure temperature variations of the spent nuclear fuel. The measurements can be accomplished actively or passively, with minimal exposure of individuals to radiation fields or other hazardous conditions. Preferred neutron and &ggr;-ray detectors have a semiconductor active region that is resistant to neutron damage. Incipient structural failures may also be detected using measurements based on electrical continuity, with data being transmitted to an external pickup coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: John M. Iacovino, Thomas V. Congedo, William A. Byers, Abdul R. Dulloo, Frank H. Ruddy, David F. McLaughlin, Arnold H. Fero, Brandon Damon Thomas, John G. Siedel
  • Patent number: 5785913
    Abstract: A method of magnetically fabricating a particle filled polymer having improved mechanical, electrical, or thermal surface characteristics. Finely divided ferrite particles are first mixed into a hardenable, liquid polymeric material. Next, the particles are magnetically oriented within the material along a selected pattern characterized by a gradient of increasing particle density toward a surface of the material. The polymeric material is then cured into a hardened state in order to affix the pattern of particles therein. The particles may be coated with a hardening material, such as diamond, and attracted to the surface of the material in order to impart desired wear and erosion resistance to the resulting composite. Alternatively, the particles may be coated with a electrically or thermally conducting material, such as silver, and magnetically pulled into intimate contact with one another to impart a high level of electrical or thermal conductivity to the resulting composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Clark, Jr., William A. Byers
  • Patent number: 5564105
    Abstract: A borated aqueous solution from a nuclear reactor coolant system dilute chemical-decontamination process or from an equipment washing process which has been contaminated with radioactive metals or heavy metals including cobalt, nickel, chromium, iron, manganese, lead or mercury and with a chelating agent, detergent or soap is treated with an oxidizing agent to oxidize the chelating agent, detergent or soap and to precipitate the contaminant metals. The contaminant metals are then separated from the solution by centrifugal filtration, micromembrane belt filtration or magnetic separation. Advantageously, a very small volume of precipitate may then be buried and the decontaminated solution may be recycled or further treated and released for other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Alvino, David C. Grant, Edward J. Lahoda, William A. Byers, Robert D. Burack
  • Patent number: 5532598
    Abstract: An electromagnetic tagging system is provided for remotely detecting and locating polymeric and other non-conductive structures situated behind barriers, such as underground plastic pipes or containers. The system comprises a fluctuating magnetic field source, a pattern of tags embedded in discrete regions of the wall of the polymeric structure, each tag including an amorphous magnetic metal target for generating a Barkhausen response when exposed to the fluctuating magnetic field source, and a portable detection circuit movable along the ground or other control surface for remotely detecting the Barkhausen response. The amorphous magnetic material in each tag is preferably in the form of a plurality of elongated particles having aspect ratios of at least 3 to 1 and arranged end-to-end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Clark, Jr., Warren R. Junker, William A. Byers, John J. Herald, Rajender K. Sadhir
  • Patent number: 5408883
    Abstract: A robotic sampling device (32) for cutting part of a tube wall (12) for sampling, containing a cutting head (36), a retrieval assembly (38) and a drive mechanism (40), is used to cut a window or hole (60) in the tube wall (12) and retrieve the tube wall sample (56), where the sample can be mounted onto a separate tube for testing the physical properties of the cut wall portion, and where a video probe (62) and the like can be passed through the window (60) to monitor conditions near the support plates (14) and tube sheets (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Clark, Jr., Warren R. Junker, James A. Begley, Richard J. Jacko, William A. Byers
  • Patent number: D631123
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Patrick William Byers