Affecting Flow By The Addition Of Material Or Energy Patents (Class 137/13)
  • Patent number: 10688466
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for extracting stranded gas (such as natural gas or hydrogen) or a mixture of oil and natural gas from a subterranean environment such as beneath the ocean floor and converting it into a solid hydrate such as a clathrate featuring a) extracting stranded gas (such as natural gas or hydrogen) or a mixture of oil and natural gas; b) optionally separating the natural gas from the mixture of oil and natural gas in a first tank or vessel; c) transporting the stranded gas to a second tank or vessel; d) introducing sea water into the second tank or vessel; e) mixing the stranded gas and water to form a clathrate hydrate/water slurry; f) removing excess water from the clathrate hydrate slurry to form a solid comprising a clathrate hydrate; and g) processing the solid comprising a clathrate hydrate into a transportable form; and h) optionally collecting the gas into a transportable vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CENTURY FATHOM, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart L. Phoenix, Michael T. Kezirian
  • Patent number: 10604714
    Abstract: The lifetime of artificial lift systems, such as progressing cavity pumps (PCPs), used to transport aqueous slurries which contain fine particles, e.g. coal fines, may be prolonged by incorporation of at least one dispersant in the slurries. The dispersants act to inhibit or prevent the fine particles from agglomerating to plug the artificial lift intake and/or inhibit or prevent the agglomerated coal fines settling above the artificial lift system. The dispersant may also improve the lubricity of the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Marc N. Lehmann, Robert C. Hicks, Alison R. Morris, Cheryl L. Licari
  • Patent number: 10600523
    Abstract: A system that utilizes a very thin arrangement of transparent sub panels containing embedded very small distributed electromagnet wires to control the distribution of very fine magneto-rheological fluid particles suspended in a very thin panel sandwiched between the electromagnet wire panels. The current applied to specific electromagnets may be used to control the amount of electromagnetic energy, such as visible light, that can be transmitted through the panel system. The system may also be used to increase or decrease the rigidity of the multi-panel structure as a function of current applied to the electromagnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Heibel, Luke D. Czerniak
  • Patent number: 10583896
    Abstract: Provided is a fuel composition prepared by adding gas-to-liquid oil and water to light cycle oil to conduct emulsification. The fuel composition is used as a fuel for a diesel engine (12) in a ship (10). The ship (10) includes a fresh water tank (15), an LCO tank (13), and a GTL tank (14) configured to store water, light cycle oil, and gas-to-liquid oil, respectively, and a mixer (16) configured to mix the water, the light cycle oil, and the gas-to-liquid oil fed from the respective tanks to produce the fuel composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Takaishi, Koji Takasaki
  • Patent number: 10584277
    Abstract: A method of treating a portion of a subterranean formation that includes: providing a water-in-oil emulsion, inverting the water-in-oil emulsion to form a friction reducing treatment solution, and introducing the treatment solution into the portion of the subterranean formation. The water-in-oil emulsion has an oil phase, an aqueous phase and surfactants. The oil phase (O) and an aqueous phase (A) are present at an O/A ratio of from about 1:8 to about 10:1. The oil phase is present as a continuous phase and contains an inert hydrophobic liquid. The aqueous phase is present as a dispersed phase of distinct particles in the oil phase and includes water and a water soluble polymer. The water soluble polymer makes up from 10 to 25 weight percent of the water-in-oil emulsion. The water-in-oil emulsion is inverted by adding it to water to form a friction reducing treatment solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SOLVAY USA INC.
    Inventors: Kevin W Frederick, Shih-Ruey T Chen
  • Patent number: 10577536
    Abstract: A method of treating in a subterranean formation including combining an aqueous base fluid, an oil based fluid, a hydrophobic proppant, and a non-hydrophobic proppant to form an immiscible fluid system; and introducing the immiscible fluid system into the subterranean formation. A method of treating includes combining an aqueous base fluid, an oil based fluid, a hydrophobic proppant, and a non-hydrophobic proppant to form an immiscible fluid system; introducing the immiscible fluid system into a fracture in the formation; allowing the immiscible fluid system to separate into at least two separate phases, wherein the oil based fluid and hydrophobic proppant to form proppant aggregates and the aqueous based fluid to act as a spacer fluid surrounding at least a portion of the proppant aggregates; and removing the spacer fluid from the fracture during flowback stage or well production to form proppant-free channels between proppant aggregates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant D. Chopade, Dipti Singh, Travis Hope Larsen, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10550382
    Abstract: Devices for separating materials from a host fluid are disclosed. The devices include a flow chamber, an ultrasonic transducer, and a reflector. The ultrasonic transducer and reflector create an angled acoustic standing wave oriented at an angle relative to the direction of mean flow through the flow chamber. The angled acoustic standing wave results in an acoustic radiation force having an axial force component that deflects the materials, so that the materials and the host fluid can thus be separated. The angled acoustic standing wave can be oriented at an angle of about 20° to about 70° relative to the direction of mean flow through the flow chamber to deflect, collect, differentiate, or fractionate the materials from the fluid flowing through the device at flow rates of about 400 mL/min up to about 700 mL/min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Walter M. Presz, Jr., Kedar Chitale, Thomas J. Kennedy, III, Ben Ross-Johnsrud
  • Patent number: 10544352
    Abstract: Methods including mixing a treatment fluid slurry in a storage tank, the treatment fluid slurry comprising an insulative base fluid, an ambient-reactive subterranean formation additive (ARA), wherein the ARA reacts at an ambient temperature, the reaction resulting in surface modification of the ARA, degradation of the ARA, or a combination of surface modification and degradation of the ARA, and wherein the insulative base fluid maintains the treatment fluid slurry at a temperature different from the ambient temperature to prevent the ARA from reacting; and introducing the treatment fluid slurry into a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Adam Fisher
  • Patent number: 10543456
    Abstract: A process for forming a solid product or products is disclosed. The process is provided with n desublimating exchangers. An exchanger E1 being associated with a first exchanger and an exchanger En being associated with an nth exchanger, n representing the number of exchangers. The n exchangers comprise at least one direct-contact exchanger comprising a contact fluid. A process fluid is passed through the n exchangers in order from E1 through En. The process fluid comprises a product component or components. The solid product or products form from the product component or components in the plurality of exchangers by desublimation. The solid product or products are separated from the process fluid. In this manner, a solid product or products is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: Larry Baxter, Christopher Hoeger, Stephanie Burt, Kyler Stitt, Eric Mansfield, Aaron Sayre, David Frankman, Andrew Baxter, Nathan Davis
  • Patent number: 10495500
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow measuring instrument which ascertains the water level of a watercourse, the flow rate of the watercourse at a specific location, and the wind velocity at the location of the measuring instrument, and these three measurement data are incorporated in the calculation of the average flow rate of the watercourse and/or of the calculation of the flow. By taking the wind velocity above the watercourse into consideration, calculation of the flow can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: VEGA GRIESHABER KG
    Inventors: Roland Welle, Levin Dieterle, Joerg Boersig
  • Patent number: 10480866
    Abstract: A heat pipe comprises a tube and protrusions. The tube has an internal surface, an external surface, and a length running from a first end to a second end. The protrusions are on the internal surface. A first cross-section of the protrusions at a first location of the length of the tube is different from a second cross-section of the protrusions at a second location of the length of the tube. The tube and the protrusions are monolithic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bruce Lee Drolen, Douglas H. Van Affelen, Arun Muley, Michael F. Stoia
  • Patent number: 10458510
    Abstract: A system for securing a powertrain component to a body structure of a vehicle may include first and second mounts each having a base and a first elastomeric barrier secured to and extending from the base defining an air filled chamber, and a connector coupling the air filled chambers, the connector sized to provide an associated air volume that reduces stiffness of the first elastomeric barrier at an excitation frequency corresponding to a target engine speed. The air filled chambers may be hermetically sealed and pressurized above atmospheric pressure. The system may include a fluid-filled switchable mount having a decoupler air pocket selectively coupled to a vacuum source or atmosphere with an expander integrated with the mount or as a separate component coupled between the decoupler air pocket and the vacuum source. The expander may be implemented as a Helmholtz resonator or may include an in-line expansion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Mathai, Hassan Dakhlallah, Nigel King, James F. Beck, Nagari Achar
  • Patent number: 10428724
    Abstract: A cooling device for an internal combustion engine includes a circulation path, a coolant temperature sensor, a coolant pump, and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to execute processing for performing feedback control on power of the coolant pump such that the output of the coolant temperature sensor becomes a target temperature, micelle determination processing for determining whether or not micelles are added to a coolant based on pump work of the coolant pump and the flow rate of the coolant flowing through the circulation path, Toms determination processing for determining whether or not the flow rate of the coolant satisfies a Toms effect expression condition, and correction processing for increasing a relative value of the output of the coolant temperature sensor with respect to the target temperature when the micelles is added and the Toms effect expression condition is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Honda, Saki Nakayama, Masahiko Matsumura, Koichi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10428286
    Abstract: Described herein are associative polymers capable of controlling a physical and/or chemical property of non-polar compositions that can be used when the non-polar composition is in a flow, and related compositions, methods and systems. Associative polymers herein described have a non-polar backbone with a longest span having a molecular weight that remains substantially unchanged under the flow conditions and functional groups presented at ends of the non-polar backbone, with a number of the functional groups presented at the ends of the non-polar backbone formed by associative functional groups capable of undergoing an associative interaction with another associative functional group with an association constant (k) such that the strength of each associative interaction is less than the strength of a covalent bond between atoms and in particular less than the strength of a covalent bond between backbone atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Julia A. Kornfield, Ming-Hsin Wei
  • Patent number: 10400527
    Abstract: In a method to degrade filtercake in a hydrocarbon reservoir using downhole in-situ heat generation, a filtercake breaker, configured to degrade filtercake at a temperature, is mixed with a drilling fluid. The drilling fluid mixed with the filtercake breaker is flowed through a hydrocarbon reservoir in which a wellbore is being drilled. A filtercake forms in a portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir responsive to flowing the drilling fluid. A temperature of the portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir is less than the temperature at which the filtercake breaker is configured to degrade filtercake. Multiple filtercake chemicals are flowed to the portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir. The multiple filtercake chemicals, when mixed, are configured to react in an exothermic reaction to release heat to increase the temperature of the portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir to at least the temperature at which the filtercake breaker is configured to degrade filtercake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Pubudu Gamage, Matthew Hilfiger
  • Patent number: 10378565
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards electro-fluid transducers that may influence the flow of a fluid in and around a channel. In one such embodiment, a system comprises a first electrode at least partially encapsulated by a first dielectric; a second electrode at least partially encapsulated by a second dielectric, wherein a portion of a channel exists between the first dielectric and the second dielectric; a third electrode positioned in the channel; and a fourth electrode positioned in the channel, wherein the electrodes influence a flow of a fluid in the channel upon the electrodes being energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Subrata Roy, Nicholas S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10370607
    Abstract: A polymeric composition suitable for lowering the Pour Point of paraffinic crude oils comprising a synergic mixture including at least two ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers respectively having an average molecular weight Mw lower than 130,000 Dalton (measured via GPC), a content of vinyl acetate monomer ranging from 15 to 50% by weight, with the proviso that the content of vinyl acetate monomer in the respective copolymers differs from one copolymer to another, by over 5%, on a weight basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: versalis S.p.A., ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Mariani, Michela Agnoli, Alessandro Casalini, Massimo Merlini
  • Patent number: 10287384
    Abstract: Polymeric compositions obtainable by free-radical polymerization of at least two different alkyl (meth)acrylates in the presence of at least one ethylene-vinyl ester copolymer, the alkyl (meth)acrylates used being a mixture comprising alkyl (meth)acrylates having linear C12- to C60-alkyl radicals and different alkyl (meth)acrylates having linear C1- to C11-alkyl radicals and/or branched C4- to C60-alkyl radicals and/or cyclic C5- to C20-alkyl radicals. The use of such polymeric compositions as pour point depressants for crude oils, mineral oils or mineral oil products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ivette Garcia Castro, Kai Gumlich, Stefan Frenzel, Maria Heuken, Rouven Konrad, Karin Neubecker
  • Patent number: 10273363
    Abstract: A blended wax for lost wax casting comprises a blend of three or more paraffinic or similarly petrochemically derived wax cuts. Preferably each of the three or more wax cuts have a different melting point, the melting point of each wax cut differing from the melting point of another wax cut by between 3 and 6 deg. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: REMET CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Stanley Paraszczak, Randolph Eugene Morss, Grant Bradley
  • Patent number: 10276353
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a dual-channel showerhead is provided. In one embodiment the showerhead comprises a body comprising a conductive material having a plurality of first openings formed therethrough comprising a first gas channel and a plurality of second openings formed therethrough comprising a second gas channel that is fluidly separated from the first gas channel, wherein each of the first openings having a geometry that is different than each of the second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Kaushik Alayavalli, Xinhai Han, Praket P. Jha, Masaki Ogata, Zhijun Jiang, Allen Ko, Ndanka O. Mukuti, Thuy Britcher, Amit Kumar Bansal, Ganesh Balasubramanian, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez, Bok Hoen Kim
  • Patent number: 10272975
    Abstract: Disclosed is a marine vessel to transport natural gas hydrates (NGH), the marine vessel includes a hull formed from solid NGH and a skeletal structure to support the hull. Additionally disclosed is a container to transport NGH including a block of solid NGH and a skeletal structure to support the block. Further disclosed is a method of fabricating a marine vessel for transporting and storing natural gas hydrates (NGH), the method includes preparing a mold, placing a skin layer in the mold, assembling a skeletal structure in the mold, preparing a NGH slurry, and pouring into NGH slurry into the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Yehoshua Fishler
  • Patent number: 10253596
    Abstract: An installation for the dosing of a powder polymer having a particle size in the range from 100 to 500 micrometers intended to feed a blender in hydraulic fracturing operations, successively including: a powder polymer supply, from a pressurized tilting truck or from big bags emptied by pneumatic conveying, a mechanism for transporting the powder polymer fed by a compressor, and provided with a polymer transportation check valve, a hopper for receiving the powder polymer having a high level and a low level, the hopper being equipped with a pulse jet cleaning dust filter, as well as with a mechanism for controlling the check valve and the compressor according to the high and low levels, a screw feeder for dosing the powder polymer, positioned at the lower end of the hopper, the screw being equipped with a variable-speed motor capable of being remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: S.P.C.M. SA
    Inventors: Emmanuel Pich, Marshall Bond
  • Patent number: 10239031
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mixing fluids with degradational properties are disclosed herein. The present system has been devised to safely and accurately dilute, heat and deliver a degradable fluid while simultaneously removing extraneous vapor, adding capability to monitor the temperature and capability to monitor the concentration of the diluted fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: VEECO PRECISION SURFACE PROCESSING LLC
    Inventors: John Taddei, John Clark, Mark Yannuzzi, Laura Mauer, Paul Vit
  • Patent number: 10232369
    Abstract: Disclosed are cartridge components, cartridges, systems, and methods for isolating analytes from biological samples. In various aspects, the cartridge components, cartridges, systems, and methods may allow for a rapid procedure that requires a minimal amount of material from complex fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BIOLOGICAL DYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Turner, James Madsen, Kai Yang, Juan Pablo Hinestrosa Salazar, Raj Krishnan, Pedro David Simon Herrera
  • Patent number: 10222329
    Abstract: A settling rate of at least one foulant in oil-based fluids may be determining a settling rate of an oil-based fluid by stirring the fluid during a turbidimetric flocculation titration, which includes solvent dosing and obtaining transmittance measurements of the oil-based fluid. The method may further include stopping the solvent dosing at the onset of flocculation of the foulant(s), stopping the stirring when at least two or more transmittance measurements are substantially similar, and measuring the transmittance of the oil-based fluid to determine a settling rate of the foulant(s). The settling rate may be proportional to an increase in transmittance or decrease in absorbance after the stirring has stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Marco Respini, Giuseppe Della Sala
  • Patent number: 10197188
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a method of controlling a microfluidic valve includes activating a first inertial pump at a first frequency, and a second inertial pump at a second frequency to create a first fluid flow pattern within a microfluidic valve. The method also includes adjusting at least one of the first frequency and the second frequency to change the first fluid flow pattern to a second fluid flow pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, Erik D Torniainen, David P Markel, Pavel Kornilovich
  • Patent number: 10173409
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods according to the present disclosure are configured for use in additive manufacturing. Systems for additive manufacturing can include stand-alone manufacturing units, a series of units on an assembly line, or a high-capacity system with workflow automation features including a conveyor for transporting parts to or from a build area, or a robotic arm for transporting parts or adjusting a system component. An additive manufacturing system (100) can include a flow regulator (130) to change a temperature of a thermoplastic material at or in a tip (150) of a material extrusion nozzle cartridge (171), such as to enable or inhibit flow of the thermoplastic material from the tip. The flow regulator can be configured to provide a specified gas or liquid at a specified temperature, velocity, or volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: John Roviaro, Thomas Hocker
  • Patent number: 10167818
    Abstract: A fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is managed to determine if the fuel and oil mixture contains the correct ratio for a motor. The fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is monitored. A fuel to oil ratio is selected for the motor. A combined viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture is calculated with respect to the fuel to oil ratio, and the temperature of the fuel and oil mixture. The combined viscosity is used to determine a predetermined range of the combined viscosity. The viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture within the fuel tank is measured as a measured viscosity. If the measured viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture does not correspond with the predetermined range, then a user may be alerted that the measured viscosity does not correspond with the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10131131
    Abstract: A liquefier assembly for use in an additive manufacturing system, which includes a rigid member having a gap, a liquefier tube operably disposed in the gap, one or more heater assemblies disposed in the gap in contact with the liquefier tube, and configured to heat the liquefier tube in a zone-by-zone manner, preferably one or more thermal resistors disposed in the gap between the rigid member and the heater assemblies, and preferably one or more sensors configured to operably measure pressure within the liquefier tube. The one or more heater assemblies may be operated to provide dynamic heat flow control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Samuel Batchelder, William J. Swanson, Kevin C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10118149
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus comprising a) an unbaffled reactor or microreactor having a channel defined by a pathway, and b) an oscillating flow device, wherein the channel pathway comprises a plurality of directional changes. The reactor channel has a hydrolic diameter from 0.1 mm to 10 mm. A method of making said apparatus and the use of said apparatus to carry out a process on a suspension is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Patheon Austria GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Rafael Wilhelmus Elisabeth Ghislain Reintjens, Mehul Thathagar
  • Patent number: 10119084
    Abstract: Described herein are associative polymers capable of controlling formation of particulate matter from a non-polar ignitable composition upon ignition of the non-polar ignitable composition, alone or in combination with control of a physical and/or chemical property of the non-polar compositions and related compositions, methods and systems. Associative polymers herein described have a non-polar backbone and functional groups presented at ends of the non-polar backbone, with a number of the functional groups presented at the ends of the non-polar backbone formed by associative functional groups capable of undergoing an associative interaction with another associative functional group with an association constant (k) such that the strength of each associative interaction is less than the strength of a covalent bond between atoms and in particular less than the strength of a covalent bond between backbone atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Julia A. Kornfield, Ming-Hsin Wei
  • Patent number: 10100661
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for operating a gas turbine arrangement, wherein the gas turbine arrangement can be actively connected to a grid system and includes a separation of compressor and turbine shaft to operate both components individually as unit. A first unit can include at least one turbine and at least one generator and a second unit can include at least one compressor and least one motor. Various switches are situated along power lines and are actively connected to a frequency converter and/or the grid system, wherein the compressed air duct operating downstream of the compressor includes a flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventor: Hermann Engesser
  • Patent number: 10094484
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to improved assembly for transporting flammable fluids. In an example, the assembly comprises a conduit, a liner, and a core. The liner comprises a material that contracts in response to an elevation in temperature. In an example, the liner comprises a material that expands in response to an elevation in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas R. Crane
  • Patent number: 10087890
    Abstract: A fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is managed to determine if the fuel and oil mixture contains the correct ratio for a motor. The fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is monitored. A fuel to oil ratio is selected for the motor. A combined viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture is calculated with respect to the fuel to oil ratio, and the temperature of the fuel and oil mixture. The combined viscosity is used to determine a predetermined range of the combined viscosity. The viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture within the fuel tank is measured as a measured viscosity. If the measured viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture does not correspond with the predetermined range, then a user may be alerted that the measured viscosity does not correspond with the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10076648
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes a plurality of ampoules formed of a frangible material and containing liquid to be applied, a container having a proximal end, a distal end, and an interior portion defining a chamber adapted to receive the plurality of ampoules, an application member attached to the distal end of the container; and at least one actuator projecting from the container, wherein the at least one actuator is actuatable to independently fracture the plurality of ampoules, thereby independently releasing the liquid into the application member. The at least one actuator may be moveable from a first position to a second position, the applicator having a smaller profile when the actuator is in the second position than when the actuator is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 2200, INC.
    Inventors: Louis P. Mingione, Charlie Beuchat
  • Patent number: 10072617
    Abstract: A fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is managed to determine if the fuel and oil mixture contains the correct ratio for a motor. The fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is monitored. A fuel to oil ratio is selected for the motor. A combined viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture is calculated with respect to the fuel to oil ratio, and the temperature of the fuel and oil mixture. The combined viscosity is used to determine a predetermined range of the combined viscosity. The viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture within the fuel tank is measured as a measured viscosity. If the measured viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture does not correspond with the predetermined range, then a user may be alerted that the measured viscosity does not correspond with the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10072115
    Abstract: Polymeric compositions obtainable by free-radical polymerization of at least two different alkyl (meth)acrylates in the presence of at least one ethylene-vinyl ester copolymer, the alkyl (meth)acrylates used being a mixture comprising alkyl (meth)acrylates having linear C12- to C60-alkyl radicals and different alkyl (meth)acrylates having linear C1- to C11-alkyl radicals and/or branched C4- to C60-alkyl radicals and/or cyclic C6- to C20-alkyl radicals. The use of such polymeric compositions as pour point depressants for crude oils, mineral oils or mineral oil products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ivette Garcia Castro, Kai Gumlich, Maria Heuken, Rouven Konrad, Karin Neubecker, Stefan Frenzel
  • Patent number: 10066191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to washing or cleaning agents having improved foaming characteristics under high soil loading, containing at least one anionic surfactant and at least one alkylamidopropyl betaine of formula (R1)C(?O)NH(CH2)3N+(R2)(R3)CH2COO?, where R1 is an alkyl radical having 7 to 9 carbon atoms and R2 and R3 are identical or different alkyl radicals having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, wherein the weight ratio of the alkylamidopropyl betaine defined herein/total amount of anionic surfactant in the washing or cleaning agent is from 0.003 to 0.12, wherein the weight ratio of the total amount of alkylamidopropyl betaine as defined herein/total amount of alkylamidopropyl betaine in the washing or cleaning agent is 0.25 to 1.0, to washing or cleaning methods in which washing or cleaning agents of this kind are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Peter Schmiedel, Walter Heberlein, Danilo Panzica, Ketan Patil, Dieter Nickel, Ingrid Kraus, Robin Kleinschnitz, Hans-Henning Wenk, Dirk Kuppert, Juergen Lattich, Ashraf Marzouk
  • Patent number: 10052595
    Abstract: One or more embodiments relate to systems and methods for mixing of two or more fluids using a multi-chamber manifold. One or more embodiments relate to optimal mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TETRA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Irl Richie, Scott Allen Richie, Leroy Joseph Detiveaux, Jr., Virgilio Garcia Soule, John Anthony Novotny
  • Patent number: 10001220
    Abstract: An isolation plug for location in a section of pipe has three separate plug modules: a tug module an isolation module and a drag module. In use, the plug can be transported along the pipe and activated by a fluid pressure differential in the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Stats (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Angus George Bowie
  • Patent number: 9945217
    Abstract: A fluid injection system includes a water injection assembly having a choke valve configured to receive water from a water injection line and to provide the water to a main bore of a well head. The system also includes a polymer injection assembly having a dedicated polymer connection configured to receive a polymer from a polymer injection line and to direct the polymer toward the main bore of the well head to facilitate mixing of the water and the polymer within the main bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael David Mullin, Kevin Peter Minnock
  • Patent number: 9932521
    Abstract: A self-suspending proppant comprises a proppant particle substrate carrying a coating of an anionic hydrogel-forming polymer. The detrimental effect of calcium and other divalent ions on the ability of the proppant to swell when contacted with water is reduced by including a calcium binding agent in the proppant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SELF-SUSPENDING PROPPANT, LLC
    Inventors: David S. Soane, Robert P. Mahoney, Marie K. Herring, Kevin P. Kincaid, Rosa Casado Portilla
  • Patent number: 9932255
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods for removing an organic deposit or for inhibiting deposition of deposit-forming comprising contacting a cleaning composition or an anti-coking composition with a surface. The surface can have an organic deposit or be susceptible to forming an organic deposit and the surface can be in contact with a liquid containing organics. The liquid can be produced from a thermal recovery system, and the surface can be an internal surface of a piece of steam-generating or vapor-generating equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Hoots, Edward Maharajh, Anthony G. Sommese, Timothy S. Keizer
  • Patent number: 9868914
    Abstract: Deep desulfurization of hydrocarbon feeds containing undesired organosulfur compounds to produce a hydrocarbon product having low levels of sulfur, i.e., 15 ppmw or less of sulfur, is achieved by hydrotreating the feed under mild conditions, and separating the hydrotreated effluent into an aromatic-rich fraction which contains a substantial amount of the aromatic refractory and sterically hindered sulfur-containing compounds, and an aromatic-lean fraction. The aromatic-rich fraction is contacted with isomerization catalyst, and the isomerized aromatic-rich fraction is recycled to the mild hydrotreating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Omer Refa Koseoglu
  • Patent number: 9845424
    Abstract: Process for the removal of deposits from an oil or gas well, and/or from surface structures, and/or from the equipment connected therewith, and/or from hydrocarbon-bearing formations, comprising:—injecting at least one oil-in-water nanoemulsion into said oil or gas well, and/or surface structures, and/or equipment connected therewith, and/or hydrocarbon bearing formations; leaving said nanoemulsion in said oil or gas well, and/or surface structures, and/or equipment connected therewith, and/or hydrocarbon bearing formations, for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Lucilla Del Gaudio, Giuseppe Leo, Alessandra Belloni, Paola Albonico
  • Patent number: 9829194
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device which comprises: a heat exchanger (1) for transferring heat of a heat-supplying medium to a working medium which differs from said heat-supplying medium, a first supply device designed to provide a flow of the heat-supplying medium at a first temperature from a heat source to the heat exchanger, and a second supply device which is designed to deliver the heat-supplying medium after it has passed through the heat exchanger, and/or a further medium at a second temperature lower than the first temperature, to the flow of the heat-supplying medium at the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ORCAN ENERGY AG
    Inventors: Richard Aumann, Andreas Schuster, Andreas Sichert
  • Patent number: 9815064
    Abstract: A counter top food waste disposer in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure includes a food conveying section, a motor section and a grind and discharge section disposed between the food conveying section and the motor section. In an aspect, the food waste disposer also includes a discharge area in which a container is removably receivable. When the container is received in the discharge area, during operation of the food waste disposer food waste is dischargeable from a discharge outlet of a discharge section into the container. In an aspect, a hose is removably receivable in the discharge area when the container is not present and food waste is discharged through the hose when it is received in the discharge area. In an aspect, the food waste disposer includes a water reservoir from which water can be introduced into the food waste disposer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Hirsch, Kelly T. Gamble
  • Patent number: 9689320
    Abstract: The temperatures of fuel oils stored in fuel tanks 12a, 12b, 12c are separately detected by temperature sensors 52a, 52b, 52c, respectively. Based on the detection results, a CPU 49 heats a heat resistant fuel oil among the fuel oils using a heat exchanger 54, such that the temperature of an oil mixture generated by mixing the fuel oils satisfies a predetermined temperature condition. After the fuel oils including the heated heat resistant fuel oil are mixed in a blender 13, the CPU 49 detects the viscosity of the generated oil mixture using a viscometer 33. Thereafter, based on the detection result, the CPU 49 controls the mixture ratio or a heating temperature of the heat resistant fuel oil, such that the viscosity of the oil mixture satisfies a predetermined viscosity condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Yagi, Ee Hong Chng, Yuuki Ootomo
  • Patent number: 9688907
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of treating a portion of a subterranean formation comprising the use of an aqueous fracturing fluid containing a fast dissolving and easily dispersible unpunfied polygalactomannan ether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LAMBERTI SPA
    Inventors: Lorenzo Giardini, Luigi Merli, Valentina Langella, Mauro Riccaboni, Barbara Biasotti, Giovanni Floridi, Giuseppe Li Bassi, Pierangelo Pirovano
  • Patent number: 9663703
    Abstract: A powder composition for use in preparing flooding fluid for use in petroleum recovery from a petroleum-bearing formation includes an oxygen scavenger and a polymer material. Methods for preparing flooding fluid and for petroleum recovery from a petroleum-bearing formation employ the powder composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: James George Clements