Dividing And Recombining Patents (Class 137/110)
  • Patent number: 10895328
    Abstract: A hydraulic steering unit is described comprising a housing (1) and a non-return valve (2) having a ball (3) and a valve seat (4) at an end of a channel (5) in the housing (1), wherein a movement of the ball (3) away from the valve seat (4) is limited by an abutment (7) in the channel (5). Such a steering unit should have a non-return valve which can be produced with low costs. To this end the abutment (7) extends transversely through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Nils E. Sevelsted, Ylnghui Liu
  • Patent number: 10829923
    Abstract: A pump station for intermediate storage of liquid includes a tank configured to house the liquid, an inlet for influent liquid flow, a pump configured to intermittently discharge liquid from the tank, an outlet for effluent liquid flow, and a flush pipe having a lower opening provided in the tank and an upper opening. The lower opening of the flush pipe is located below a pump start liquid level of the tank, and the flush pipe includes a valve configured to open/close fluid communication between the lower opening of the flush pipe and the upper opening of the flush pipe. The valve is located above the pump start liquid level of the tank. The flush pipe is configured to alternate between a primed state and a released state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Xylem Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordemo
  • Patent number: 10815986
    Abstract: A bypass valve, comprising: a main conduit (10), comprising a first section (11) and a second section (12); a mobile control shutter (21); a bypass conduit (30) which places the main conduit (10) in communication with a discharge opening; a control element (31), mobile between a closed position, at which it closes the bypass conduit (30), and an open position, at which it opens the bypass conduit; a throttle element (40), interposed between the first section (11) and the second section (12), structured to produce a load loss which depends on the fluid flow rate in transit along the main conduit (10). The control element (31) is tubular-shaped and defines internally a section of the bypass conduit (30). The control element (31) is slidable along a housing (32) provided with a sealing seat (33). A passageway (34) is predisposed between the control element (31) and the housing (32) which places the first section (11) in communication with the second section (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TECOMEC S.R.L.
    Inventors: Paul Marius Zediu, Corrado Tondelli
  • Patent number: 10712226
    Abstract: Aqueous streams are ubiquitous in everyday life. Aqueous streams are invariably an essential element in most residential, commercial, and industrial environments. In residential and commercial environments, aqueous streams are utilized in indoor and outdoor applications. Indoor applications may include, but are not limited to, lavatories, showers, tubs, toilets, laundry, ice-making, drink dispensing, dish washing, pot fillers, laboratory, cooling and refrigeration, and heating. Outdoor applications may include, but are not limited to, landscaping, water features, spas, pools, washing, or even water attractions in the case of entertainment parks. Provided herein are systems, methods, and devices for identification of an anomalous aqueous stream from an aqueous source feeding multiple independent streams and remedial action directive determination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Mario Larach
  • Patent number: 10589218
    Abstract: A device for drying compressed gas with an inlet for compressed gas to be dried originating from a compressor and an outlet for dried compressed gas, whereby this device comprises a number of vessels that are filled with a regeneratable drying agent and a controllable valve system that connects the aforementioned inlet and outlet to the aforementioned vessels, wherein the device comprises at least three vessels, whereby the aforementioned valve system is such that at least one vessel is always being regenerated, while the other vessels dry the compressed gas, whereby due to the control of the valve system the vessels are each successively regenerated in turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Danny Etienne Andree Vertriest
  • Patent number: 10525441
    Abstract: The invention relates to a processing system comprising at least one pressurization device; at least one separation device; at least one conversion section; at least one valve unit between the at least one pressurization device and the at least one conversion part; at least one valve unit between the at least one conversion part and the at least one separation unit; where the conversion section comprises at least two parallel conversion units; where each conversion unit comprises at least one heating device, at least one reactor device, and at least one cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Steen Brummerstedt Iversen
  • Patent number: 10408284
    Abstract: A hydraulic system including a hydraulically actuated clutch, a hydraulically actuated shifting piston, and a pressure source for actuating the clutch as well as the shifting piston. The movement of the shifting piston also controls a valve function which serves to open a connection from the pressure source to the clutch only when the shifting piston has reached one of its end positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Sweden AB
    Inventors: Kristoffer Nilsson, Bo Lundstrom, Per-Olof Davidsson, Gustaf Lagunoff
  • Patent number: 10400954
    Abstract: A gas delivery system including: a feeder for feeding a gas to a tank; a pressure storage container unit which has a plurality of pressure storage containers, and sends out the gas to the feeder; a gas supply unit; and a controller. The controller implements a storing operation that a specified pressure storage among the plurality of pressure storage containers is supplied with the gas until a pressure of the specified pressure storage container reaches a reference pressure or greater, after finish of a delivery of the gas to one tank carrier, and a sending operation that the gas is sent out from another pressure storage container except the specified pressure storage container to the feeder, and then sent out from the specified pressure storage container to the feeder on a receipt of a shift indication from the feeder, at a delivery of the gas to a subsequent tank carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Okuno, Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi, Takuro Uba
  • Patent number: 10119362
    Abstract: A flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which influences a pressure in the chamber. A method of controlling flow of steam in a well can include providing a flow control device which varies a resistance to flow in the well, the flow control device including a chamber having a variable volume, water disposed in the chamber, and a biasing device. The biasing device influences the chamber volume. Another flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which reduces a boiling point of the water in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, John C. Gano, Zachary R. Murphree
  • Patent number: 10076721
    Abstract: Water saturated molecular sieve in a gas dehydration unit is regenerated. A short loop is used in which regeneration gas is recycled to a heater upstream of a vessel in regeneration mode. The regeneration gas passes over the molecular sieve in the vessel to desorb water thereby regenerating the molecular sieve. The short loop also includes a condenser, a water separator and a compressor. The regeneration gas is not recycled to the AGRU at the front-end of the plant, thus the regeneration gas flow rate can be increased, as it is not limited by the front-end capacity of the plant. Moreover, the pressure of the system during regeneration can be reduced within the limits of system hydraulics. By using the short loop, the total time required for regeneration can also be reduced. The embodiments disclosed can de-bottleneck molecular sieve regeneration constraints in LNG, LPG or cryogenic gas plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Saham Sam Tafreshi, Kamal Gursahani, Yawen Q. Owen, Robert E. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9982846
    Abstract: A method and a control system are provided for reducing the size and/or the frequency of hydrodynamic slugging in a fluid processing system. The fluid processing system includes a pipeline for conveying produced fluids and a vessel for receiving the produced fluids from the pipeline. A control valve is provided in the pipeline upstream of the vessel. A pressure sensor is provided upstream of the control valve. Pressure information from the pressure sensor is sent to a master control loop in a cascade control scheme in which the master control loop controls a slave control loop which in turn controls the control valve. The master control loop determines a set point of the slave control loop coupled to the control valve to achieve a pressure setpoint. The slave control loop, also referred to as a pseudo-flow controller, determines whether the control valve opening needs be modulated to achieve the setpoint of the slave control loop. A method is also provided for retrofitting an existing fluid processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Lisa A. Brenskelle, Martin Antonio Morles Bermudez
  • Patent number: 9877440
    Abstract: An irrigation drip emitter, and methods relating to same, are provided for delivering irrigation water from a supply tube to an emitter outlet at a reduced and relatively constant flow rate. The emitter having at least one movable member for compensating for fluctuations in supply line fluid pressure. In one form the movable member includes a tapered baffle section movable between a first position wherein fluid is allowed to flow over the tapered baffle section and a second position wherein fluid is prevented from flowing over at least a portion of the tapered baffle section and the tapered baffle section effectively lengthening the extent of a pressure reduction passage. In another form, first and second movable members are provided for compensating for such pressure fluctuations. In another form, a plurality of inputs are provided which are movable between first and second positions to compensate for such pressure fluctuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Mark M. Ensworth, Jae Yung Kim, Mark Richard Edris, Joseph Nazari
  • Patent number: 9810374
    Abstract: A gas-filling apparatus includes a gas flow passage including an inflow end to which a gas supply source is connectable and an outflow end to which a pressure accumulator is connectable, a compressor, a storage portion, and an operation control portion conducting a first compression filling operation in which a gas supplied from the gas supply source connected to the inflow end is compressed by the compressor to be discharged from the outflow end and a second compression filling operation in which the gas stored in the storage portion is compressed by the compressor to be discharged from the outflow end, the operation control portion conducting the first compression filling operation until a pressure of the gas at the outflow end reaches a predetermined pressure and executing a control for shifting the first compression filling operation to the second compression filling operation when the pressure has reached the predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi, Takuro Uba
  • Patent number: 9770729
    Abstract: An injecting body of the injector is provided with two outlets. One outlet is connected to an auxiliary nozzle in a threaded manner, and the other outlet is connected to an injecting element body in a threaded manner. The water taking signal nozzle circularly takes signal water and air conveniently and reliably, so that a low-pressure vortex region is discontinuously formed at one side of the injecting element body; formation and disappearance of a pressure difference between a left cavity and a right cavity can be implemented in an automatic control manner, and wall attachment of water and rotation of the injector are implemented. The auxiliary nozzle is primarily used for supplementing near water distribution of the double-nozzle injector capable of spraying at a medium and low pressure, so as to improve spraying evenness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Shouqi Yuan, Xingye Zhu, Hong Li, Junping Liu
  • Patent number: 9664295
    Abstract: A concentrated type control valve includes a valve seat, with its lower portion provided with a first water port, a second water port, and a third water port, while its upper portion is provided with a fourth water port in communication with mixed water, wherein on a side of the valve seat is provided with a total water output port connected and in communication with water routes of the third water port and the fourth water port, the first water port is in communication with a cold water pipe, the second water port is connected to a water inlet port of a water processor, and the third water port is connected to a water output port of the water processor; and a movable central bolt, disposed in the fourth water port of the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Ronggui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9611629
    Abstract: A multifunctional restrictive valve for controlling the flow of water therethrough. The valve has a main body with a flow channel through the main body. The main body receives water upstream thereof through an inlet port and passes it out through an outlet port at the downstream end of the body. A flow control assembly is located in the flow channel and includes a temperature sensor/actuator acting on a piston to move, when the temperature sensor heats up the piston, to block water flow control ports. The flow control assembly also includes an override feature wherein the piston is located within a slide and the flow control ports are located in the slide. By moving the slide away from the piston when the piston is blocking the flow control ports, the temperature sensor and piston may be overridden and flow may resume through the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Evolve Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael Brown, John Lockhart, Jeffrey S. Doss
  • Patent number: 9459629
    Abstract: A flow rate controller is provided that includes a setting flow rate shaping part that, in the case of receiving an input setting flow rate having a discontinuous point at which a target value discontinuously changes from a first target value to a second target value, outputs a shaped setting flow rate in which a continuously changing interval is inserted in place of the discontinuous point in the input setting flow rate; and a valve control part that controls a flow rate control valve opening so as to reduce a deviation between the shaped setting flow rate and a measured flow rate, wherein the setting flow rate shaping part is configured to, depending on the magnitude of an absolute deviation between the first target value and the second target value in the input setting flow rate, change a rate of change in target value in the continuously changing interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kotaro Takijiri
  • Patent number: 9416904
    Abstract: Gas supply pressure spikes are absorbed and leveled-out by a gas supply shock absorber comprising gas storage, which is charged during positive pressure spikes and utilized during negative pressure spikes. The gas supply shock absorber also comprises pressure sensing and regulating valves, which direct positive pressure spikes to the gas storage and draw gas from storage during negative pressure spikes. A backflow preventer limits shock absorption to co-located equipment, but gas supply shock absorbers operate in aggregate to create additional demand during positive pressure spikes and reduced demand during negative pressure spikes. If the gas storage has sufficient gas, a co-located data center utilizes such gas for increased electrical power generation during increased processing activity, which can be requested or generated. Conversely, if the gas storage has insufficient gas, and a negative pressure spike occurs, the data center throttles down or offloads processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christian L. Belady, Sean M. James
  • Patent number: 9409558
    Abstract: A hydraulic brake system has: a force-pressure conversion element, which is in hydraulic connection with at least one wheel brake cylinder of at least one wheel; a volume-adaptation element in hydraulic connection with the at least one wheel brake and the force-pressure conversion element; and as an actuating unit for actuating the force-pressure conversion element, which actuating unit has an input element. The pressure in the at least one wheel brake cylinder is adjusted by operating the volume-adaptation unit and/or the actuating unit. For this purpose an actuating state of the input element is maintained by operating the actuating unit when the volume-adaptation unit is being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pfeiffer, Willi Nagel, Werner Harter, Martin-Peter Bolz, Urs Bauer
  • Patent number: 9404600
    Abstract: There is provided a very reliable three-way solenoid valve that can reliably switch a refrigerant flow passage while ensuring a refrigerant flow rate even under a large-differential pressure environment without increasing the size of an electromagnetic coil and the like. A valve body includes a conduction hole that communicates with a back pressure chamber formed on a side of a second valve element opposite to a second valve seat, a third valve seat that is positioned between the conduction hole and a second outlet, a third valve element that is movably disposed so as to approach and be separated from the third valve seat, a coil spring that biases the third valve element toward the third valve seat, and actuating rods that are interposed between a first valve element and the third valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kainuma, Masashi Hayasaka, Yasushi Kojima
  • Patent number: 9275536
    Abstract: A pump monitoring device is configured to be connected to a case drain of a pump. The device includes a manifold having an inlet for connection to the case drain. A flow rate sensor generates a signal indicative of a flow rate of fluid in a fluid path. The flow rate sensor includes a temperature sensor, a heater, and a sensor barrel. The heater heats the sensor barrel while in fluid communication with the fluid. A pressure sensor generates a signal indicative of a pressure of the fluid. There is at least one fault indicator operatively coupled to at least one of the flow rate sensor, the temperature sensor, and the pressure sensor. The fault indicator provides a human perceptible indication that at least one of a sensed flow rate, a sensed temperature, or a sensed pressure of the fluid flowing in the fluid path exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Hydrotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Rex A. Wetherill, John Rasmussen, Peter R. Jones
  • Patent number: 9243652
    Abstract: A de-aeration hydraulic circuit having application in a hydromechanical transmissions utilizes a hydraulic fluid reservoir to de-aerate hydraulic fluid. The circuit includes a high pressure side and a low pressure side having a bleed down valve therebetween, the opening of the bleed down valve causing fluid to flow from the high pressure side to the low pressure side and through a valve to the hydraulic fluid reservoir where the pressure drop causes gas that is entrained in the fluid to bubble out and vent from the atmospheric reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Tesoriero, Carl Block
  • Patent number: 9233826
    Abstract: A flow-rate selector having a main body at least partially defining a duct for feeding a pourable product; a shutter body mobile, within the main body, between a relative downstream stop position, in which the shutter body at least partially engages a segment of the main body defining an outlet of the pourable product, and a relative upstream stop position in which the body leaves the outlet segment free. The shutter body having a tubular body defining internally a duct through which the pourable product can flow and which has a smaller section than the section of the feeding duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. CON SOCIO UNICO
    Inventors: Filippo Bandini, Massimiliano Martini, Michele Ollari
  • Patent number: 9188989
    Abstract: A flow node includes characterized restrictor in series and adjacent with the valve seat to provide a primary flow restriction with a minimized volume between the two. A conductance of the characterized restrictor is low enough relative to the valve seat to cause a pressure drop that is sufficiently large relative to the pressure drop across the valve seat that a pressure measurement device is located upstream of the valve seat and poppet assembly is used to determine the pressure to the inlet of the restrictor. A vent can be included to reduce bleed time. Multiple flow nodes in parallel increase a dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel T. Mudd, Patti J. Mudd
  • Patent number: 9176507
    Abstract: The concepts relate to reducing energy loss associated with hot water systems. One example is manifest as a selective hot water isolation device that is configured to be connected in fluid flowing relation with a first water line and a second water line and where the selective hot water isolation device is configured to control water cross-over from the second water line into the first water line based upon water flow through the first water line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Spencer Kim Haws
  • Patent number: 9121349
    Abstract: A fuel system comprises a supply unit operable to deliver a metered supply of fuel to a supply manifold, a staging valve operable to control the supply of fuel from the supply manifold to a pilot outlet and a main outlet, and control means operable to control the operation of the staging valve to control whether fuel is delivered through the pilot and/or main outlet thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Griffiths, Jonathan David Pye
  • Patent number: 9032987
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wet gas compression system comprising a compact flow conditioner (21), intended to be placed below sea level in close vicinity to a well head or on a dry installation, said flow conditioner (21) being intended to receive a multi-phase flow through a supply pipe (11) from a sub sea well for further transport of such hydrocarbons to a multi-phase receiving plant, and where preferably avoid sand accumulation or remove as much sand as possible from the multi-phase flow, the gas (G) and the liquid (L) being separated in the flow conditioner (21) whereupon the separated gas (G) and liquid (L) are re-assembled and enters a multi-phase meter (46) prior to boosting by means of a compressor (22). In the combined multi-phase pump and compressor unit (22), as an integrated unit, comprises a combined multi-phase pump and compressor unit (22) functioning on the centrifugal principle, used for trans-porting liquid and gas from a flow conditioner (21) to a remote multi-phase receiving plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tor Bjørge, Lars Brenne, Harald Underbakke, Bjorn-André Egerdahl, Rune Mode Ramberg, William Bakke
  • Patent number: 8997775
    Abstract: A method comprises transporting a first stream of a carrier gas to a delivery device that contains a solid precursor compound. The first stream of carrier gas is at a temperature greater than or equal to 20° C. The method further comprises transporting a second stream of the carrier gas to a point downstream of the delivery device. The first stream and the second stream are combined to form a third stream, such that the dewpoint of the vapor of the solid precursor compound in the third stream is lower than the ambient temperature. The flow direction of the first stream, the flow direction of the second stream and the flow direction of the third stream are unidirectional and are not opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC
    Inventors: Egbert Woelk, Ronald L. DiCarlo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150075641
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, a system for regulating a pressure differential includes a plurality of valving elements and a valve activation system. Each of the plurality of valving elements are configured to selectively allow and restrict at least a portion of a flow of fluid between an inlet and an outlet of a conduit through a respective opening and closing of each respective valving element. The valve activation system is configured to supply a common driving pressure to the plurality of valving elements. The common driving pressure is configured to initiate at least one of the opening or closing of the plurality of valving elements or to initiate the other of the opening or closing of the plurality of valving elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: John M. Trantham, Peter Volovec, Slavko Lah
  • Publication number: 20150040990
    Abstract: A fluid flow control device includes a housing having a fluid inlet (7) and at least one fluid outlet (8). A first fluid flow restrictor (1) serves as an inflow port to a chamber (B) in the housing, and a second fluid flow restrictor (2) serves as an outflow port from the chamber (B). The first fluid flow restrictor and the second fluid flow restrictor are configured to generate different fluid flow characteristics; and the chamber (B) includes an actuating device (5a-1) that is responsive to fluid pressure changes (?P2) in the chamber. The first fluid flow restrictor (1) and the second fluid flow restrictor (2) are configured to impose respective different fluid flow characteristics based on different fluid properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: InflowControl AS
    Inventors: Vidar Mathiesen, Bjørnar Werswick, Haavard Aakre
  • Patent number: 8752541
    Abstract: A heating system can include certain pressure sensitive features. These features can be configured to change from a first position to a second position based on a pressure of a fuel flowing into the feature. These features can include, fuel selector valves, pressure regulators, burner nozzles, and oxygen depletion sensor nozzles, among other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 8616231
    Abstract: A valve device for a compressed air supply system, includes a control chamber to which compressed air may be supplied, a control piston plate delimiting the control chamber, a control piston that is fixed to the side of the control piston plate facing away from the control chamber. The piston protrudes into a discharge valve chamber of a discharge valve, provided with at least one compressed air connection. A valve head delimits the discharge valve chamber, which can be pressurized with the force of a spring in the direction of a valve seat and which can be lifted from the valve seat by the control piston counter to the force of the spring in order to open the discharge valve. The control piston and a valve housing surrounding the control piston define at least two regeneration valve chambers of a regeneration valve having at least one compressed air connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Eduard Hilberer
  • Patent number: 8496022
    Abstract: The invention supplies a quantity Q of gas while dividing at flow rate ratio Q1/Q2 from a gas supply facility equipped with a flow controller. A total quantity Q=Q1+Q2 of gas is supplied into a chamber at flow rate Q1 and Q2 through shower plates fixed to ends of branch supply lines by providing open/close valves with a plurality of branch supply lines GL1 and GL2, respectively, to supply the specified quantity of gas from the gas supply facility, and by utilizing bypass line BL1 on the downstream side of the open/close valve OV1 and branched from GL1 ,bypass line BL2 on the downstream side of the open/close valve OV2 and branched from GL2 ,pressure type division quantity controller connected to the bypass line BL1 and the bypass line BL2 ,a sensor measuring pressure inside branch supply line GL1 ,and another sensor measuring pressure inside branch supply line GL2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignees: Fujikin Incorporated, Tokyo Electron Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sugiyama, Nobukazu Ikeda, Kouji Nishino, Ryousuke Dohi, Toyomi Uenoyama
  • Patent number: 8464783
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and arrangement of optimizing the level of anti freeze agent in a heat transfer fluid in a heat exchange system The method comprises determining (305) a wanted level of anti freeze agent at least partly based on the temperature of the media to which the heat exchange system will deliver heat, controlling (310) the current level of the anti freezing agent in the heat transfer fluid. Anti freezing agent is added 315:1 to the heat transfer fluid if the current level is a predetermined amount lower than the wanted level, and removed 315:2 from the heat transfer fluid if the current level is a predetermined amount higher than the wanted level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Mikael Nutsos
  • Patent number: 8464741
    Abstract: A method of supplying and controlling the flow of a process gas to a process chamber. The method includes initiating a known flow rate of a process gas to a process chamber, dividing the known flow rate of the process gas into a first flow of the process gas at a first flow rate and a second flow of the process gas at a second flow rate, measuring a first pressure associated with the first flow of the process gas, measuring a second pressure associated with the second flow of the process gas, and controlling the first flow rate and the second flow rate according to a target flow condition by adjusting a first conductance of the first flow of the process gas and a second conductance of the second flow of the process gas and monitoring the first pressure and the second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Stefan Sawusch
  • Patent number: 8210196
    Abstract: A vacuum control system using a vacuum pump to control a vacuum pressure and a flow of a processing gas in a vacuum chamber. The vacuum control system includes: a plurality of vacuum control valves, each of the valves being connected between each of a plurality of gas discharge ports and the vacuum pump; a pressure measurement unit configured to measure the vacuum pressure of the processing gas supplied to the object; and a controller configured to manipulate respective openings of the valves in accordance with the measured vacuum pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: CKD Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Itafuji, Masayuki Kouketsu
  • Patent number: 8156742
    Abstract: A fuel-injection device in a turbomachine is disclosed. The device includes a high-pressure pump supplying a flow control valve, whose outlet is connected via a pressurization and cut-off valve to a fuel-injector feed pipe. The valve is connected to the inlet and to the outlet of the pump in order to define two fuel pressurization thresholds, one of which is used to start-up and restart the turbomachine and the other is used for operating the turbomachine from an idle speed and for commanding an equipment with variable geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Frédéric Brettes, Jean Charles Cappellari, Laurent Gilbert Yves Hodinot, Sandrine Huet
  • Publication number: 20110272037
    Abstract: A fluid flow valve is disclosed which includes a fluid flow assembly, a piston diaphragm assembly, and a reset plunger pin assembly. These three assemblies are configured to engage one another such that, when used in conjunction with a pressurized water source, they will split the pressurized water source into two portions, the one portion defining a main fluid flow pathway through the valve and, a much smaller proportion, defining a metered fluid flow pathway through the valve. The piston diaphragm assembly has a diaphragm or other equivalent structure for defining a metered fluid flow chamber, which metered fluid flow chamber is fluidly engaged to a pressurized water source through a metering channel in a piston. A reset plunger meter pin assembly engages the metered fluid flow or piston chamber of the piston diaphragm assembly and can initiate a timed flow of water or other fluid into the metered fluid flow chamber, which timed flow controls the flow of fluid or water flowing through the fill valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Dulin
  • Patent number: 7918315
    Abstract: A limited slip differential transmission of the closed type in which a pressurized lubricant is fed to the rotating gears and a series of limited slip clutch plates. The clutch plates are engaged by pressurized control fluid. A valve assembly having a spool valve is responsive to engagement pressure to permit discharge of a portion of pressurized fluid from the clutch plates to a sump chamber and the transmission to purge debris that may have accumulated in the clutch plates. The spool valve is arranged so that fluid is passed only during an intermediate movement of the valve to minimize any pressure loss from the lubricating fluid for the transmission and limited slip clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Thomas Hung Vu
  • Patent number: 7637977
    Abstract: An integrated unit for air treatment in pneumatic systems comprises a box-shaped body provided with an inlet for the air to be treated and at least one outlet for the treated air and holds devices for treatment and regulation of the air flow between the inlet and outlet. The devices consist of at least one filter device, one pressure regulator and one progressive-starting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Metal Work S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lucidera
  • Patent number: 7559336
    Abstract: A pressure limiting valve having a spool with raised spool lands. The spool is slidably received in a spool bore having inflow and outflow grooves that form control edges. The valve has two control edges, and a hydraulic resistance is connected in series with one of the control edges. Increasing static pressure losses at the control edges during flow, so-called flow forces, can be offset by an increasing back pressure on the valve spool, which is produced by the hydraulic resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Eric Müller, Manfred Homm, Reinhard Stehr
  • Publication number: 20090084448
    Abstract: A flow metering device includes at least two stackable modular bodies including at least one set of adjacent modular bodies, each modular body having an orifice for modulating fluid flow therethrough. The modular bodies arranged such that the orifices between adjacent modular bodies are offset from each other. Adjacent stacked modular bodies define a chamber for trapping particulates entrained in fluid flow without obstructing fluid flow through the orifices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick A. Lowery
  • Publication number: 20080257412
    Abstract: A device for delivering a fluid to a target site is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a pump, a flow modulator, a flow meter, and a controller. The pump may generate a fluid stream characterized by a flow rate. The flow modulator may smooth out irregularities in the flow rate, thereby generating a second fluid stream having a second flow rate that is substantially more uniform than the first flow rate. The flow meter may measure the flow rate of the second fluid stream. The controller may then compare the flow rate of the second fluid stream to a target flow rate, and adjust the pump speed to substantially align the second flow rate with the target flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: John Howard Gordon
  • Patent number: 7416903
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for mixing samples in-line in a microfluidic system, comprising methods of and means for introducing a first fluid sample into a flow-tube at a first end at a first velocity via a first conduit; methods of and means for introducing a second fluid sample into the flow-tube at the first end at a second velocity, the second velocity different from the first velocity, via a second conduit, wherein the first fluid sample and the second fluid sample converge in the flow tube to form an interface; whereby the first fluid sample and the second fluid sample mix at the interface within the flow-tube, wherein fluid flow at the first end of the flow-tube is laminar and fluid flow at a second end of the flow-tube is laminar, and wherein the flow-tube has a constant diameter between the first end and the second end of the flow-tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: Larry A. Sklar, Andrea A. Mammoli, Richard A. Truesdell, Peter V. Vorobieff
  • Patent number: 7416026
    Abstract: A flowbore fluid temperature control system comprising a valve mechanism that adjusts the flow of a fluid through a flowbore. The flowbore fluid temperature control system also comprises an actuator that adjusts the valve mechanism. The flowbore fluid temperature control system also comprises an operating system that operates the actuator and controls the flowbore fluid pressure. The flowbore fluid temperature control system selectively controls the temperature of the flowbore fluid by adjusting the flow of the fluid through the flowbore. The control system controls the actuator and also controls the flowbore fluid pressure to affect the temperature of the flowbore fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carey John Naquin, John R. Hardin, Jr., James W. Estep, David Rios-Aleman, Haoshi Song, Christopher A. Maranuk
  • Patent number: 7347050
    Abstract: A fuel metering unit 10 for an aircraft. The unit 10 having an inlet leg 12 within which fuel flows, which leg 12 splits into controlling legs 18, 20 which rejoin downstream to form an outlet leg 30. Shut off valves 28, 30 are provided respectively in the controlling leg 18 and outlet leg 30. Fuel flow through the legs 18, 20 is compared, and if an unexpected relative comparison is made, fuel flow through one or both of the legs 18, 20 can be stopped using respectively either of the valves 28, 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventor: David M Gainford
  • Patent number: 7318912
    Abstract: Microfluidic devices capable of combining discrete fluid volumes generally include channels for supplying different fluids toward a sample chamber and means for establishing fluid communication between the fluids within the chamber. Discrete fluid plugs are defined from larger fluid volumes before being combined. Certain embodiments utilize adjacent chambers or subchambers divided by a rupture region such as a frangible seal. Further embodiments utilize one or more deformable membranes and/or porous regions to direct fluid flow. Certain devices may be pneumatically or magnetically actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Nanostream, Inc.
    Inventors: Marci Pezzuto, Eugene Dantsker
  • Patent number: 7210393
    Abstract: A progressive-starting unit for pneumatic circuits comprises a line inlet and a line outlet interconnected with each other by a regulating valve that is piloted by a pneumatic piloting inlet. The piloting inlet is controlled by the outlet of a progressive-starting device having an inlet connected upstream of said regulating valve. In this manner a progressive-starting unit is obtained which is insensitive to the conditions downstream of its line outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Metal Work S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lucidera
  • Patent number: 6997524
    Abstract: A method for preventing a valve orifice from switching to the small size when a high build gradient is required includes briefly bleeding off a small amount of fluid at the upstream side of the valve. This momentarily reduces the pressure difference when beginning the pressure build. After the valve is opened with the large orifice, the fluid flow through the valve prevents a high pressure difference. The resulting build with the large orifice has the maximum pressure gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael Edward Brewer, Todd Allen Brown
  • Patent number: 6935357
    Abstract: A water supply failure protection valve is connected to hot and cold water supplies. The failure protection valve is responsive to the loss of cold water supply pressure to shut off all water flow. The failure protection valve is responsive to the loss of hot water supply pressure to permit cold water flow through both a cold water flow path and a hot water flow path so as to ensure a substantial flow of water to a downstream fixture. The supply failure protection valve may be integrated with a thermal mixing valve to provide water at a preselected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Conbraco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gareth Peter Taylor, Jason Daniel Scharf