Siphons Patents (Class 137/123)
  • Patent number: 10975555
    Abstract: A cleanout port drain assembly providing a P-trap for a drain system. The cleanout port drain assembly having an upwardly extending, front facing cleanout port section with a detachable end cap. Removal of the end cap exposes an opening into the cleanout port section. A nozzle of a suction device or a snake may be inserted through the opening and into the cleanout port section to cause a clog to be dislodged and pulled from the drain system out through the opening in the cleanout port section to enable the drain system to drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Charles H. Junca
  • Patent number: 10876512
    Abstract: A hydrodynamic electrification system that generates electricity from water moving from a high side to a low side and around a structure that divides the low side from the high side generally includes a water transport system that directs the water from the high side presenting a hydraulic head, over the structure, and to the low side. The system includes a power extraction system having a wheel that receives the water from said water transport system and a mounting system having a high side anchor that connects near an intake to the water transport system at the high side and having a low side anchor that connects to the power extraction system at the low side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Freda, Bradford G. Knight
  • Patent number: 10570913
    Abstract: Systems for pumping water are described. The system can include a covered pool containing a first volume of water, an oared water pump with a plurality of radial oars, an upper reservoir configured in fluid communication with the covered pool, a lower reservoir and a hydroelectric system. The oared pump can pump water from the covered pool into the upper reservoir. The upper reservoir can be configured to communicate water to the lower reservoir through the hydroelectric system with the lower reservoir configured in fluid communication with the covered pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Zhora Hovsep Maloyan, Arman Zhora Maloyan
  • Patent number: 10077870
    Abstract: To prevent nuisance marine growth in a valve, particularly a ball valve, used to regulate a flow of seawater, a compound for lubricating and preventing nuisance marine growth is provided in the valve. The nuisance marine growth preventing compound includes a substantially uniform mixture of marine grease and an antifouling agent. The compound is introduced into the valve such that the compound is provided between and contacts a valve body and a ball that regulates the flow of seawater within the valve, and inhibits nuisance marine growth at a space between the ball and the valve body which is occupied by the compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Gross
  • Publication number: 20140261738
    Abstract: Self-draining ullage fuel tank system and related methods are described. An example fuel tank apparatus includes a fuel tank and a ullage tank positioned at an elevation relative to the fuel tank. The example fuel tank apparatus also includes a fluid path to fluidly couple a cavity of the fuel tank and a cavity of the ullage tank. The fluid path having a first end coupled to the cavity of the fuel tank. The fluid path having a second end extending through an opening of an upper wall of the ullage tank and having an opening positioned adjacent a bottom surface of the cavity of the ullage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sean Whelan, IV, Robert Tate
  • Publication number: 20130263926
    Abstract: Systems and methods of fluid conveyance and/or heating are provided. A system according to the present invention provides improved selected localized or distributed fluid heating, master/slave dual pump control, hose construction, and/or a combination thereof. Another system according to the present invention provides a portable plural fluid heating apparatus, which may be located closer to a fluid application point than a fluid source, thereby minimizing the distance required to be traveled by fluid after heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Lee H. Stellmacher, Brock E. Stellmacher
  • Publication number: 20130228227
    Abstract: A system for actuating a water flow through a filter. The system includes a filtrate withdrawal conduit for being connected to the filter in a water sealing fashion for receiving filtrate therefrom. A filtrate collector is in fluid communication with the filtrate withdrawal conduit for collecting the filtrate. A filtrate siphon is interposed between the filtrate withdrawal conduit and the filtrate collector. A suction mechanism connected to a top portion of the filtrate siphon via an air conduit. The suction mechanism provides suction to the filtrate siphon which is sufficient for drawing the filtrate to the top portion of the filtrate siphon for actuating the water flow through the filter and the flow of filtrate from the filter to the filtrate collector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jeff J. Kempson, Jason R. Downey
  • Publication number: 20130192689
    Abstract: [Object] Although the take-out of liquid from a container by means of syphon tube has a merit of requiring no special structure on the container, activation of siphon is complex, on the contrary. Location of a valve or like in a liquid take-out path for easy activation damages possibility of realization of compact or downsized structure, and increases risk of trouble. [Achieving Means] With a shape of a bent portion of a syphon tube, by adopting a dimension between inner wall portions excellent in capillary effect, there can provide a structure capable of activating siphon only by inclining a container with minimal configuration without locating any movable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Takashi Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20120318374
    Abstract: A connector is described that is capable of reducing an amount of liquid remaining in a container when the liquid is drawn out therefrom. The connector includes a connecting unit having a threaded portion that is screwed onto a container-side threaded portion; a main body coupled so as to have a common a central axis with the connecting unit, and a siphon tube that is secured to the main body and that extends to a bottom portion of the container. The connecting unit and the main body are connected so as to be capable of relatively rotating about the central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Takashi Imai, Koichi Abe
  • Publication number: 20120273060
    Abstract: A plumbing siphon for a sanitary ware. The plumbing siphon (10) comprising a generally S-like shaped tube having an inlet segment (16) formed with an inlet end (18) coupleable to the sanitary ware, an outlet segment (22) formed with an outlet end (24) coupleable to a sewage main, and an intermediate trap section (28). The inlet segment and outlet segment extend substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Shalom Makaitan, Shon Makaton
  • Publication number: 20120118401
    Abstract: A fuel introduction member is connected to an open end of a siphon tube which constitutes a part of a fuel tank. The fuel introduction member is provided with an opening through which a fuel is introduced from the tank into the siphon tube and from the siphon into the tank, a lid portion which is swung by the hydraulic pressure from the siphon tube so as to open the opening, and a float member which floats on the fuel in accordance with the rise of a fuel liquid surface in the tank to displace the lid portion in order to open the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Murabayashi, Kengo Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20110120570
    Abstract: A cleaner for the inside of a water tank utilizing a siphoning action is provided, in which the interior of a water passage (24) between an upstream-side one-way valve (Vu) and a downstream-side one-way valve (Vd) is pressurized or depressurized by a pressing operation of a suction operation tool (A) provided in a bent connecting part between a main body portion (1) and a grip portion (2) of a suction pipe (P), and water-tank water of the main body portion (1) is sucked into the suction pipe (P). This enables waste material such as leftover food within water-tank water to be sucked up together with dirty water by a very simple operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Soichi Ogawa, Yutaka Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20100193040
    Abstract: A siphoning group (10) for food waste disposers comprising a main duct (11) which can be connected upstream in a first end 11a with a food waste disposer and downstream in a second end 11b with a discharge tube, at least one derivation duct (12, 12?) connected to the main duct (11) between the upstream and downstream connections for the passage of water from at least another installation to said discharge tube, wherein the siphoning group (10) also comprises means for the selective isolation (13) of the at least one derivation duct (12, 12?) with respect to the main duct (11) during the use of the food waste disposer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: DECA ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alfredo Bruno, Massimo De Silvi
  • Publication number: 20100071780
    Abstract: The Present Invention enables energy to be extracted from the atmosphere by creating a vacuum into which atmospheric air is drawn through a vacuum operated motor. The motor operates on the pressure differential between atmospheric pressure at the motor inlet and the vacuum level created by liquid flowing vertically through a tube via gravity. The greater the pressure differential, the greater the airflow through the motor, and the greater the energy extracted by the vacuum motor. The Present Invention is a workable and sustainable vacuum energy recovery system based on siphon principles, and specifically addresses problem areas immediately identifiable to a siphon-based system with air infusion. A scavenger loop operates independently to prevent air and/or gas from accumulating at the siphon apex. Micro-diffusers designed for sweeping effects across the air-liquid interfaces also provide for the optimal ratios of air volumes and bubble sizes compatible with the liquid flow rates within a given siphon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Alden C. Sprague
  • Publication number: 20090158782
    Abstract: A washing apparatus such as an automatic laundry washing machine includes a wash agent dispenser drawer including an additive compartment for storing various additives such as detergent, bleach and fabric softener. One or more water inflow tubes may extend downwardly into the additive compartment and may be configured to deliver water for diluting the additives contained in the compartment. The inflow tubes are of sufficient length to reach a sub-surface portion of additive held in the compartment. Water may simultaneously be delivered to the surface of the additive. Furthermore, inflow tubes have their outlets positioned adjacent to the base(s) of one or more siphon post/cap assemblies located in the additive compartments, such that a churning effect is produced from the injection of water through the tubes and the siphoning action of the siphon post, whereby mixing is enhanced and additive buildup may be avoided and/or removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Chris H. Hill
  • Publication number: 20040000335
    Abstract: A hot water humidifier with an automatic siphon drain fed with cooler source water is flushed via a drain. The humidifier includes the humidifier tank and an inverted U-shaped siphon conduit having one end coupled to the tank and the other end coupled to the drain. A valve controlling the cooler source water feeds the water into the tank to maintain the temperature of an admixture of cooler source water and any preexisting tank water at or below a predetermined temperature during a flush cycle. The tank is flushed and drained via the automatic siphon based upon the level of the admixture in the tank and the level of admixture in the siphon. The source water may be coupled to the humidifier tank via the siphon conduit such that cooler source water may be added during the siphoning action. A method of flushing a hot water humidifier is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Zev Kopel
  • Patent number: 6412528
    Abstract: A manually operative siphoning pump apparatus for transferring liquid from one container to another container. The siphoning pump apparatus has a hollow cylindrical pump body through which liquid from one container to another can flow and a bellows attached thereto for establishing a vacuum within said pump body. The hollow pump body has a inlet pipe and an outlet an elongated flexible hose or tube connected to each of the pipes. The siphoning pump apparatus has an axially movable valve within the hollow pump body for initiating, controlling and shutting off the flow of liquid through the pump body during the siphoning process and, hence, from one container to another container. The axially movable valve has a cylindrical head at one end thereof and a connector at the opposite end thereof for fixing it to the bottom of the bellows. The axially movable valve is manually controlled by an elongated lever arm pivotally attached to a housing handle at one end and fixedly attached to the bottom of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventors: Peter Alex, Johnny Laureijs, Ronald R. Chisholm
  • Patent number: 6091336
    Abstract: A moisture detection apparatus for signaling to a caregiver that a diaper or other article of clothing worn by an infant or adult being cared for by the caregiver is wet and needs to be changed. The apparatus includes a liquid transfer component having a plurality of capillaries for transferring liquid from the wet diaper to a remote location and a signaling device which emits either an audio signal or a visual signal, or both when an infant or adult patient is in need of attention due to a wet diaper or other article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Franz Zand
    Inventors: Farnaz Zand, Warren M. Haussler
  • Patent number: 5624573
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for the disinfection of a liquid medium having a transmission of <75%/cm with the help of UV radiation. The apparatus comprises a plurality of UV radiators combined to a modular UV irradiation battery around which flows the liquid medium to be disinfected. Each UV radiator is oriented in parallel relationship to the flow direction of the liquid medium to be disinfected. The UV radiators are arranged in a matrix like array, particularly in a plurality of rows, each second row of said plurality of rows of UV radiators being offset with reference to the two adjacent rows by an amount corresponding essentially to half the center distance between two adjacent UV radiators located in the same row. The UV irradiation battery is enclosed by an essentially tube shaped housing, the inner contour of the housing essentially corresponding to the outer contour of the UV radiator battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Rudolf Wiesmann
  • Patent number: 5152026
    Abstract: A siphon transfer, cooling tower sump water cleaning device, which has a cleaning nozzle attachment (20) connected to an extension tube (32) and a collecting chamber (44). The collecting chamber has a drain hose (52) threadably attached on the end and the entire device is placed under the sump water (38) of a cooling tower (34) for priming. The hose is placed below the water level and the nozzle is scrubbed against the bottom of the cooling tower sump (36). As debris and foreign matter is dislodged and is in solution with the water siphon action takes place drawing the mixture into the tube (32). At the end of the tube the inside diameter increases slightly in the collecting chamber and abruptly, yet smoothly, increases the velocity pressure in an elipsoidal shaped converging nozzle (50) where the increased velocity draws the debris through the remaining hose (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventor: Philip F. Scarpine
  • Patent number: 4797027
    Abstract: The sluice oscillates about a shaft (16) in order to control the level of a downstream reach (4) to occupy a reference level as defined by the position of an opening (36) for connection to the atmosphere and suitable for being closed by a needle (38) carried on a float (40). The plate (6) is driven by a caisson (18) which is immersed in the upstream reach (2) and which contains a quantity of water (28) that is increased by sucking air via a hydraulic Venturi (50) driven by the flow of water between the two reaches. The displacements of the float (40) control the pressure reduction which is actually applied to said caisson in such a manner as to obtain the desired level control. The invention is applicable to controlling irrigation networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Alsthom
    Inventors: Gilles Combes, Germain Delage
  • Patent number: 4619273
    Abstract: A device for diagnosing and monitoring urological diseases includes a determining unit for determining at least one characteristic of patient's urination such as a urine exit speed variation or a urine quantity variation over a period of time. Both characteristics can also be determined simultaneously by the unit. A urine receiving element for a patient and a characteristic recording element for a physician can be formed as separate units located remotely from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Inventor: Baumberg Iosif
  • Patent number: 4595474
    Abstract: An electroplating solution recovery system is disclosed which includes an electroplating tank containing an electroplating solution and one or more rinse tanks containing rinse solutions. A tubular interconnection extends between a first of the rinse tanks and the electroplating tank and is operative for transferring rinse solution from the first rinse tank to the electroplating tank by a siphoning process when the level in the plating tank is significantly lower than the level in the rinse tank. Additional tubular interconnections extend between the other rinse tanks for interconnecting them in series relation so that the solution in the tanks is automatically replenished as it is consumed, the solution level in the last tank in the series, however, being replenished from a continuous water supply. Maximum recovery of plating solution is assured by the system, and the pollution levels in the overflow effluent from the last rinse tank are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Assignee: Greco Bros., Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph C. Greco
  • Patent number: 4540014
    Abstract: A hydraulic memory device has two elongated passages for liquid, an input member connected with upper ends of the elongated passages for liquid supply into the latter, and two output members each connected with a lower end of the respective passage, wherein the output members are formed so that a portion of liquid supplied in a preceding step remains in one curved output member, and during a subsequent step of liquid supply the liquid will flow into an elongated passage provided with the other output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Inventor: Iosif Baumberg
  • Patent number: 4479274
    Abstract: A swimming pool siphon for draining above the ground swimming pools. The siphon is comprised of a generally U-shaped tubular construction having two legs connected by a top bight portion restable upon a top edge of the side wall of the swimming pool. The leg ends are supportable upon the ground and the pool floor and have removable closure caps while a fill cap is provided upon the bight portion. A pool leg may also be provided with a flattened end to drain water closely to the pool floor. After filling the fill cap is closed and siphoning commences upon the removal of the closure caps. The drain leg may be bent or rotated for use with in ground swimming pools and leg extensions may be added as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Inventor: Robert Biby
  • Patent number: 4304252
    Abstract: A fluid flow control valve utilizes a ball which is rotated about an axis greater than 0 degrees and less than 90 degrees to the direction of fluid flow. The ball member utilizes a fluid flow conduit through its center with a flat surface disposed at an angle to the fluid flow conduit. When in the closed position, the flat surface is disposed flush with a valve face on one port of the valve. The ball is also disposed so that its center is less than a radius length from the surface defined by the valve face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Inventor: Raymond E. Stanton
  • Patent number: 4182123
    Abstract: A hydraulic power plant has a reservoir with a dam wall, a water turbine connected to a generator, a penstock extending from the reservoir to the water turbine and passing over the dam wall without passing through the dam wall to supply water from the reservoir to the turbine, and a vacuum pump adapted to fill at least a portion of the penstock with water by a siphon effect and being connected at a substantially uppermost portion of the penstock which is located on the top of the dam wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuneo Ueda
  • Patent number: 4180976
    Abstract: A siphon motor comprising the combination of siphon means and generating means for generating electrical energy from a water source located below the generating means and a water discharge at a lower level than the water source. Water rises by siphonic action upward from the water source to a sealed working region maintained under partial vacuum, and descends to the water discharge. The working region contains the generating means. The system has particular utility as a source of power generation in remote locations having a water table within about 30 feet of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Carl H. Bunn
  • Patent number: 4117676
    Abstract: An incorporable hydromotive assembly for a water storing dam or related engineered structure includes a siphon draft conduit with ascending-descending branches adapted to be archingly positioned over a water storing structure for conveying water through the hydromotive assembly to actuate same. The assembly includes chambers defined around its structural body which can be filled with fluid to sink it, or with gas to float it. The incorporable ascending-descending siphon draft conduit includes structure for interchangeably permitting it to be archingly positioned over a plurality of dams or related water storing structures. The method of positioning the incorporable and transportable assembly at said dams for purposes of power generation is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Inventor: Francisco Jose Gutierrez Atencio
  • Patent number: 3990466
    Abstract: A stop and waste valve construction disposed in a globe or gate valve housing, through which a water or other liquid supply travels. A tubular stem is threadedly connected to the housing adjacent its water chamber. Threadedly connected within the tubular stem is a shaft having a stop valve at one end which can be seated on a valve seat within the water chamber in the valve housing to provide a positive water shut-off by precluding communication between the inlet to and the outlet from the valve housing. A siphon tube is integrally connected to the wall of the tubular stem for draining the water chamber in the valve housing of waste through the tubular stem when the stop valve is seated on the valve seat in the water chamber. This insures that no foreign waste material can enter into the water supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1974
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1976
    Inventor: Ed B. Sanders