Involving Pressure Control Patents (Class 137/14)
  • Patent number: 9765999
    Abstract: The present invention is characterized in that: a flow diverter provided in an air conditioner has a flow diverter main body having an internal space, and a first connection portion to which a pipe is connected; the first connection portion has an inner peripheral surface that defines a hole through which the pipe is inserted; the inner peripheral surface has, in the direction of a central axis, a brazing portion which is provided at a location containing an end on the side where the pipe is inserted, and forms a gap filled with solder for brazing between the inner peripheral surface and an outer peripheral surface of the pipe, and a restricting portion located closer to the flow diverter main body than to the brazing portion; and the inner diameter of the restricting portion is smaller than the inner diameter of the brazing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Michitsuji, Yoshiteru Nouchi, Wataru Egawa
  • Patent number: 9709184
    Abstract: A control valve configured to control a pressure of a passing fluid includes: a valve seat having a seat portion where the fluid passes; a poppet valve inserted into the valve seat to regulate a pressure of the fluid passing through the seat portion; and a fluid rectifying unit provided in the valve seat to rectify the fluid having a pressure regulated by the poppet valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinari Nakamura, Kiyokazu Nagata
  • Patent number: 9670528
    Abstract: A microfluidic device includes an input port for inputting a particle-containing liquidic samples into the device, a retention member, and a pressure actuator. The retention member is in communication with the input port and is configured to spatially separate particles of the particle-containing liquidic sample from a first portion of the liquid of the particle containing fluidic sample. The pressure actuator recombines at least some of the separated particles with a subset of the first portion of the liquid separated from the particles. The device can also include a lysing chamber that receives the particles and liquid from the retention member. The lysing chamber thermally lyses the particles to release contents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HandyLab, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Betty Wu, Karthik Ganesan
  • Patent number: 9624947
    Abstract: An electronic regulator includes an inlet valve coupled to an inlet port, the inlet port configured to receive a supply pressure, and an exhaust valve coupled to an exhaust port, the exhaust port configured to release a pilot pressure when the exhaust valve is open. The electronic regulator also includes a pilot pressure output pneumatically coupled to the inlet valve and exhaust valve and configured to be coupled to an external process control device to provide the pilot pressure to the external process control device. A setpoint input coupled to both the inlet valve and the exhaust valve receives a setpoint signal indicative of a setpoint value, and the electronic regulator operates the inlet valve and the exhaust valve to control the pilot pressure according to the setpoint value. Further, the electronic regulator includes a vent valve coupled to a venting port and pneumatically coupled to the pilot pressure output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TESCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Jacob Burgett, Brian J. Tutt
  • Patent number: 9597683
    Abstract: A microchip is provided. The microchip includes a substrate structure including a fluid channel configured to contain a sample solution, wherein the fluid channel is maintained at a pressure lower than atmospheric pressure prior to injection of the sample solution into the fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Watanabe, Yuji Segawa
  • Patent number: 9593554
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an injection valve with improved pressure regulation and/or improved erosion resistance. One embodiment of the injection valve includes a first stem and a second stem forming a closure mechanism, and a seal member engaging the first stem. The seal between the seal member and the first stem provides a constant sealing surface and enables precise regulation to the opening pressure. The seal member is protected from high pressure differential flow and erosion damage because the seal member is not exposed to the fluid flow when the injection valve switches between an open and a closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Zlatko Salihbegovic
  • Patent number: 9586188
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering fluid-containing feed materials to process equipment are disclosed. A liner-based pressure dispensing vessel is subjected to filling by application of vacuum between the liner and overpack. Multiple feed material flow controllers of different calibrated flow ranges may be selectively operated in parallel for a single feed material. Feed material blending and testing for scale-up may be performed with feed materials supplied by multiple liner-based pressure dispensing containers. A gravimetric system may be used to determine concentration of at least one component of a multi-component solution or mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Lurcott, John E. Q. Hughes, Peter Wrschka, Thomas H. Baum, Donald D. Ware, Peng Zou
  • Patent number: 9528898
    Abstract: A probe is provided for measuring high frequent pressure oscillations of hot gases that combines redundancy of the output signals with high quality of the output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Hanspeter Zinn, Nicolas Noiray, Bruno Schuermans, Danda-Raj Pahari, Dejan Rajkovic
  • Patent number: 9505608
    Abstract: A microvalve includes a displaceable member having an elongated arm portion, a plurality of actuator ribs connected through a central spine to the elongated arm portion, and a hinge portion. Each of the actuator ribs has a first portion and a second portion, the first portions each having an end connected to the central spine, the second portions each having an end connected to the central spine. A channel is formed in the plate. A plurality of elongated openings is formed in the plate and define the actuator ribs, each elongated opening having longitudinally extending side edges. One of the elongated openings separates each rib in the second portion of ribs from an adjacent rib or the plate. The channel and a longitudinally extending side edge of one of the elongated openings separate the second portion of the actuator ribs from the plate and define an electrical isolation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: DunAn Microstaq, Inc.
    Inventors: Parthiban Arunasalam, Chen Yang, E. Nelson Fuller, Joe A. Ojeda, Sr., Gengxun Kara Gurley
  • Patent number: 9448218
    Abstract: A method is provided that identifies the compounds contributing to fishy water odor from an air conditioner, reproduces the fishy water odor, and prepares a corresponding fishy water odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the fishy water odor from an air conditioner are identified and quantified. The fishy water odor is reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced fishy water odor provides significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim, Seok Man Kim
  • Patent number: 9441453
    Abstract: A safety valve control system may include a remotely operable control assembly, a first transducer, a valve assembly, and a compressor assembly in communication with the control assembly. The control assembly is operable to actuate the pump and valve assemblies to supply fluid to actuate the safety valve into open and closed positions, in response to one or more signals received from the first transducer. A method of operation may include maintaining the safety valve in an open or closed position while sensing a physical property with the control system; communicating a signal corresponding to the sensed physical property to the control system; and automatically closing or opening the safety valve in response to a comparison of the sensed physical property to a pre-set condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SAFOCO, INC.
    Inventors: David Lymberopoulos, Benjamin R. Matthews
  • Patent number: 9421540
    Abstract: A microfluidic device is provided. The microfluidic device has: a flow inlet and a flow outlet; a bypass channel defining a first flow path away from the flow inlet and toward the flow outlet; and an auxiliary channel defining a second flow path away from the flow inlet and toward the flow outlet, wherein the auxiliary channel defines a reagent area adapted to receive a reagent, and wherein the auxiliary channel joins the bypass channel at a primary junction downstream from the reagent area and upstream from the flow outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Delamarche, Luc Gervais, Martina Hitzbleck
  • Patent number: 9403312
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for the shaping of plastics material pre-forms (10) into plastics material containers (10a), with at least one shaping station (8) which has a blow molding device (4) which forms a cavity, inside which the plastics material pre-forms (10) are capable of being shaped into the plastics material containers (10a) by being acted upon with a gaseous medium, wherein the blow molding device (4) is constructed in several parts and has at least one first blow mold part (4a) and one second blow mold part (4b), and wherein the shaping station (8) has a blow mold carrier device (6) for holding the blow mold parts (4a, 4b), wherein the blow mold carrier device (6) has a first carrier part (6a) and a second carrier part (6b) which are movable with respect to each other in order to open and close the blow molding device (4), and wherein at least one coolant channel (7) is provided which is used for conveying a flowable coolant for cooling the blow molding device (4) and/or the blow mold carrier device (6), w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Andreas Brunner, Thomas Hoellriegl
  • Patent number: 9382866
    Abstract: A fuel supplier for a motor vehicle, having a fuel tank and an internal combustion engine, includes a fuel pump pumping fuel from the fuel tank to the internal combustion engine, a motor driving the fuel pump, and a control unit carrying out feedback control of duty ratio of voltage applied to the motor such that the actual fuel pressure comes close to a target fuel pressure. The control unit increases a low limit value of the duty ratio in accordance with the change of an accelerator open ratio in an opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Minoru Akita, Naoyuki Tagawa
  • Patent number: 9360491
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for detecting molecules of interest within a collected sample are described herein. In certain embodiments, self-contained sample analysis systems are disclosed, which include a reusable reader component, a disposable cartridge component, and a disposable sample collection component. In some embodiments, the reader component communicates with a remote computing device for the digital transmission of test protocols and test results. In various disclosed embodiments, the systems, components, and methods are configured to identify the presence, absence, and/or quantity of particular nucleic acids, proteins, or other analytes of interest, for example, in order to test for the presence of one or more pathogens or contaminants in a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CUE INC.
    Inventors: Clinton Sever, Ayub Khattak
  • Patent number: 9334966
    Abstract: A freeze tolerant ball valve for controlling the direction of expansion of freezing water within the ball valve is disclosed. The valve includes valve body inlet and the valve body outlet, and a spherical-shaped gate that has an axial fluid passage that extends through the spherical-shaped gate. The spherical-shaped gate can be rotated to block fluid communication between the valve body inlet and the valve body outlet. The valve body also has a first sidewall that is of a first sidewall thickness, and a sidewall having a boss that supports a concave cap that has a bottom wall that is of a bottom wall thickness, the bottom wall thickness being substantially thinner than the sidewall thickness. The cooperation of the passage through the spherical- shaped gate, the first sidewall with its first sidewall thickness positioned opposite to the bottom wall of the concave cap results in a valve that directs the effects of freezing on to the concave cap, which would fail first in the event of freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald Lehman
  • Patent number: 9335166
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for monitoring hot waste water discharged from a power plant by using an airborne multispectral scanner system. The apparatus includes a first detector including a first image data collecting unit to obtain first image data and a liquid-phase nitrogen storing tank used to cool an image obtaining sensor, a second detector including a second image data collecting unit to obtain second image data, and a liquid-phase nitrogen storing tank used to cool an image obtaining sensor, a controller to process the first and second image data obtained by the first detector and the second detector, respectively, and an auxiliary liquid-phase nitrogen tank separated from the liquid-phase nitrogen storing tank. The auxiliary liquid-phase nitrogen tank complements liquid-phase nitrogen for cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Jong-Gyu Han, Ki-Sung Sung, Sung-Soon Lee, Yeong-Kwang Yeon
  • Patent number: 9279300
    Abstract: A hydraulic pulse valve for use in downhole tools includes a split ring seal to limit the fluid flow available to shift a poppet in the valve from an open position to a closed position. The split ring seal provides relatively long and repeatable pressure pulses, which improve the effectiveness of the hydraulic pulse valve for borehole applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Tempress Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack J. Kolle, Kenneth J. Theimer
  • Patent number: 9233340
    Abstract: A cylinder arrangement for use with a reverse osmosis membrane array that receives pressurized fresh brine and generates fresh water and pressurized spent brine includes a hollow cylinder with an internal volume subdivided by a piston into two chambers. An arrangement of flow connections directs the pressurized spent brine to one chamber so as to act on the piston, thereby applying pressure to fresh brine within the other chamber for delivery to the reverse osmosis membrane array. The cylinder arrangement includes a pressure vessel enveloping substantially the entirety of the hollow cylinder, so as to define an enveloping volume in fluid flow communication with one of the chambers of the cylinder. Preferred implementations employ a pair of cylinders coaligned, and with their pistons interconnected by a common piston rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: RENERGY TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Oded Elish, Yaacov Mansdorf, Netanel Benichou
  • Patent number: 9186638
    Abstract: Pressure-operable microfluidic structure for the bubble-free combining of two liquid volumes with a fluid chamber that has a feed opening, as well as an inlet and outlet channel emerging into the fluid chamber, wherein the fluid chamber has a cross section that broadens out relative to the inlet channel in the direction of flow from the inlet to the outlet channel and is designed, thanks to the broadened cross section, to broaden a first liquid volume that is essentially pressure-driven and conducted through the inlet channel and through the fluid chamber to a cross section at least approximately corresponding to the full cross section of the fluid chamber, while the fluid chamber has a holding position and is configured so that a second liquid volume, placed in the fluid chamber through the feed opening, can be held in the region of the holding position and the second liquid volume when the first liquid volume is moved through by pressure can be taken up by the latter and delivered as a combined liquid volum
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Jan Claussen, Malte Weniger
  • Patent number: 9169855
    Abstract: A flow diode configured to permit fluid flow in a first direction while preventing fluid flow in a second direction opposite the first direction is disclosed. The flow diode prevents fluid flow without use of mechanical closures or moving parts. The flow diode utilizes a bypass flowline whereby all fluid flow in the second direction moves into the bypass flowline having a plurality of tortuous portions providing high fluidic resistance. The portions decrease in diameter such that debris in the fluid is trapped. As fluid only travels in one direction through the portions, the debris remains trapped in the portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Rodger W Dyson
  • Patent number: 9096812
    Abstract: An aqueous hydraulic fluid composition comprising (i) a salt of formic acid, and (ii) one or more lubricants such as a monovalent metal salt, ammonium, or amine salt of a dicarboxylic acid, is described in which the aqueous hydraulic fluid composition demonstrates increased thermal stability when exposed to elevated temperatures for a prolonged period of time while being able to tolerate the presence of 10% v/v synthetic seawater. The aqueous hydraulic fluid composition contains less than about 20% by weight (preferably none or substantially none) of an oil selected from the group consisting of mineral oils, synthetic hydrocarbon oils, and mixtures thereof. The hydraulic fluid preferably contains no glycols in some embodiments. The pH of the hydraulic fluid is preferably from 8 to 10 and is maintained by a buffer which preferably comprises borax in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventors: Ian D. Smith, John C. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9085948
    Abstract: A test system and a method for testing a multiplexed BOP control system (6) wherein the multiplexed BOP control system (6) comprises a first and a second redundant central control unit (10, 20) with respective first and second operator consoles (30, 31), wherein the central control units (10, 20) are arranged for being connected via a first signal transmission system (40) to respective first and second redundant subsea control systems (11, 21) arranged for being connected to BOP valves (50) and BOP sensors (55) in a subsea BOP (1), and the test system comprises a control system signal simulator (42) arranged for being connected between one or more of the control units (10, 20) and one or more of the subsea control systems (11, 21), and further arranged for entirely or partly replacing the first signal transmission system (40) and providing simulated signals (41) between one or more of the control units (10, 20) and one or more of the subsea control systems (11, 21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: MARINE CYBERNETICS AS
    Inventor: Olav Egeland
  • Patent number: 9075414
    Abstract: To provide a pressure control device that can prevent ringing and overshoot without changing gain even with a high gain setting, can quickly change pressure to a steady state even with a large set pressure value, and can equalize the time required from an initial to steady state regardless of the set pressure value, a valve control part is provided that includes an open degree operated amount output part that outputs an open degree operated amount based on a measured pressure value and a set pressure value, and a limiter part that sets an upper limit value of the open degree operated amount according to the set pressure value and that controls a pressure control valve by the open degree operated amount of the upper limit value when the open degree operated amount exceeds the upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kotaro Takijiri
  • Patent number: 9068699
    Abstract: Microfluidic structures and methods for manipulating fluids, fluid components, and reactions are provided. In one aspect, such structures and methods can allow production of droplets of a precise volume, which can be stored/maintained at precise regions of the device. In another aspect, microfluidic structures and methods described herein are designed for containing and positioning components in an arrangement such that the components can be manipulated and then tracked even after manipulation. For example, cells may be constrained in an arrangement in microfluidic structures described herein to facilitate tracking during their growth and/or after they multiply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignees: Brandeis University, President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Seth Fraden, Hakim Boukellal, Yanwei Jia, Seila Selimovic, Amy Rowat, Jeremy Agresti, David A. Weitz
  • Patent number: 9038650
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method for providing a fluid at a target pressure may include providing a fluid at a velocity to a supply line through a dispenser, measuring a pressure of the fluid flowing through the supply line, comparing the measured pressure with the target pressure, and adjusting the velocity based on the results of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Kelekar
  • Publication number: 20150136270
    Abstract: A tire inflation system and a method of control. The tire inflation system may include a damped valve that moves from a closed position to an open position faster than from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: James Keane
  • Patent number: 9033307
    Abstract: A substrate of a lab-on-a-chip system has two adjacent recesses, one serving as a flow channel and the other one being filled with an elastomer compound. In a first state, the elastomer compound and the substrate delimit the flow channel in a section. In a second state, the elastomer compound takes up the space in the recess in the substrate along a cross-section of the flow channel, thereby completely closing the flow channel. The substrate and the elastomer compound may be produced by injection molding techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH
    Inventors: Katja Friedrich, Walter Gumbrecht, Peter Paulicka
  • Publication number: 20150129044
    Abstract: Embodiments of mechanisms for processing a wafer are provided. A method for processing a wafer includes creating an exhaust flow in a fluid conduit assembly that is connected to a process module used for processing the wafer. The method also includes detecting the exhaust pressure in the fluid conduit assembly. The method further includes determining whether the exhaust pressure meets a set point. In addition, the method includes regulating the exhaust flow if the exhaust pressure fails to meet the set point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: You-Hua CHOU, Shih-Hung CHEN, Jian-Huah CHIOU
  • Publication number: 20150114479
    Abstract: A regulating device may include a housing that defines an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber, with a flow restriction seat between the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber. A flow restriction valve is movable relative to the flow restriction seat to adjust the flow between the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber of the regulating device. A servo valve having a servo chamber may be used to adjust the position of the flow restriction valve. The servo chamber may be fluidly coupled to the inlet chamber though a fixed flow restriction and to the outlet chamber though an adjustable flow restriction. A stepper motor may be used to adjust the servo valve to adjust the adjustable flow restriction between the servo chamber and the outlet chamber. This causes a change of the servo pressure, which moves the flow restriction valve and adjusts the flow of the regulating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Willem Super
  • Publication number: 20150114478
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, apparatus and system capable of releasing excess pressure above a predetermined point by opening and closing repeatedly through the actuation of a moving element. The said moving element is capable of bursting in case of a rise in pressure above a secondary predetermined point. The invention hence provides a way to regulate the pressure in two different manners depending on the severity of the overpressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Pierre-François Jérôme Tavard
  • Publication number: 20150114480
    Abstract: Method and device for metering a medium from at least one storage tank by a metering device, which has a piston pump, which defines a working chamber with a cylinder and a piston, wherein in a first method step a determined filling quantity of a medium is conveyed via an inlet valve into the working chamber and the determined filling quantity is greater than the quantity to be metered and, in a second method step, the piston reduces the working chamber in size enough that only the quantity to be metered remains, wherein the excess medium flows out of the working chamber, wherein the excess medium flows via the inlet valve back into a ring line, which is connected in a medium-conducting manner to the storage tank and is arranged outside the working chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Stefan HERTEL
  • Publication number: 20150107681
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compressing gases and supplying compressed gaseous fuel to a consuming device, such as a gaseous fueled vehicle or the like. One embodiment includes a gas compressor for compressing the gaseous fuel to an array of tanks having predetermined initial set points which are increasing for tanks in the array. One embodiment provides a selecting valve having first and second families of ports wherein the valve can be operated to select a plurality of ports from the first family to be fluidly connected with a plurality of ports with the second family, and such fluid connections can be changed by operation of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Walter H. Killeen, Bryan Killeen, Carl Guichard
  • Publication number: 20150101674
    Abstract: A pressure regulator having an outlet port, an inlet port, and a vent port, and a regulator piston having an internal passage in constant fluid communication with the outlet port. The regulator piston has a first position where the passage is in fluid communication with the inlet port and not the vent port, a second position where the passage is not in fluid communication with either the inlet port or the vent port, and a third position where the passage is in fluid communication with the vent port and not the inlet port. The pressure regulator also has a spring piston in mechanical communication with the regulator piston that is biased to exert a force on the regulator piston sufficient to move the regulator piston between the first, second, and third positions. The spring piston is enclosed in a spring housing with an internal area maintained at about atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Cheaney Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20150097900
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid ejection device including a head for ejecting a liquid, a liquid containing unit, a liquid filler, and a pressure adjusting unit, in which the liquid containing unit includes a sealed housing and a flexible member provided in the housing, the housing includes a first containing space communicating with the head and a second containing space partitioned from the first containing space through use of the flexible member, the first containing space contains the liquid, and the liquid filler is filled into the second containing space, the pressure adjusting unit communicates with the second containing space, and adjusts the pressure of the liquid filler filled into the second containing space so as to maintain a negative pressure with respect to the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Araki, Yasuyuki Tamura, Akio Saito, Makoto Fukuhara, Hiroyuki Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8997686
    Abstract: A system for and method of delivering pulses of a desired mass of gas to a tool is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Junhua Ding
  • Patent number: 8991446
    Abstract: A pump assisted refilling system for LPG and other fuels wherein the fuel storage pressure is at, or close to, the vapor pressure of the fuel. A fuel pump is selectively activated to assist fuel delivery from the refilling fitting to the tank interior responsive to a determined fuel pressure condition of the fuel so that rapid refilling is always assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Hurley, Nicholas Carter
  • Publication number: 20150086338
    Abstract: The present application provides a control valve actuator cooling system for providing a flow of cooling air to a control valve actuator. The control valve actuator cooling system may include a pressurized air source with the flow of cooling air, an air timing valve system, and a cooling air discharge port positioned about the control valve actuator such that the air timing valve system provides the flow of cooling air to the control valve actuator on an intermittent basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Aguilar
  • Patent number: 8986630
    Abstract: Provided is a gas-generating material which can generate a gas in a large amount per unit time and has high storage stability. The gas-generating material 11a according to the present invention comprises a gas-generating agent that is an azo compound or an azide compound, a tertiary amine, a photosensitizing agent and a binder resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Akagi, Shigeru Nomura
  • Publication number: 20150075635
    Abstract: A system actively regulates the fluid pressure entering the pump of a fluid-dispensing system to provide a more uniform fluid flow exiting the pump. The pump is supplied with fluid from a pressurized reservoir (e.g., that is pressurized from an external air source, or by mechanical or electrically-driven pressurization). A pressure sensor monitors the fluid pressure in the fluid supply line between the reservoir and pump. A controller receives this fluid pressure reading as an input to regulate the pressurization of the reservoir. Optionally, a second pressure sensor can be used to monitor the fluid pressure at the pump exit to provide an additional input for the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GPD GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Christian R. Vega, John W. Kohler, Alvin R. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150081195
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling fuel injection and a fuel injection system, wherein the fuel injection system comprises a fuel pump and a plurality of injection valves, each connected to a cylinder of an internal combustion engine, wherein the fuel pump and/or the injection valves produce pressure waves that cause fuel pressure fluctuations, and wherein depending on a respective current demanded fuel quantity in the internal combustion engine the fuel injection quantity is reduced or increased by using at least one actuator to produce additional pressure waves in the fuel injection system that modify the fuel pressure fluctuations with at least temporary boosting of said fuel pressure fluctuations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Oliver Berkemeier, Jens Wojahn, David van Bebber, Klemens Grieser, Uwe Reuter
  • Publication number: 20150075633
    Abstract: A valve is provided. The valve includes a housing including an interior and a side wall at least partially delimiting the interior, a valve element within the interior of the housing and configured to be selectively operable between an open position and a closed position. The valve element includes an interior and a side wall at least partially delimiting the interior of the valve element. The valve also includes a series of pressure relief devices within the side walls of the housing and the valve element. The series of pressure relief devices include at least one check valve and are configured to provide flow communication from the interior of the housing to exterior of the housing upon actuation of the at least one check valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher Nnanna Adi, Paul Scott Truzzi
  • Publication number: 20150075634
    Abstract: A pump assembly includes a pump unit having a centrifugal pump and a variable pump supplying pressurized flow. A fuel control assembly receives flow from the pump unit and includes at least one metering valve and at least one throttling valve. A control for the variable pump receives first and second pressure signals indicative of a pressure differential across the throttling valve, or across the metering valve/throttling valve combination, for altering operation of the variable pump in response to the pressure differential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Nyzen, Martin A. Clements
  • Publication number: 20150068491
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system is provided to reduce the pressure pulsations and noise vibration and harshness of direct injection systems. The fuel delivery system includes an elastic fuel line positioned between a first fuel pump and a second fuel pump and a check valve positioned in the elastic fuel line near the inlet of the high pressure pump, the check valve including an external housing having a peripheral surface with a greater diameter than an unstretched inner diameter of the elastic fuel line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Jensen, Dequan Yu, Dennis Morgan, Christopher Arnold Woodring
  • Publication number: 20150059860
    Abstract: A method to stabilize pressure in an electro-hydraulically controlled brake charge system is provided. The brake charge system includes a load-sensing pump, an accumulator, a sensor, a high pressure cut-off valve, a controller, and a charge supply valve. The method includes determination of a pre-determined cut-out pressure and a pre-determined time threshold. The accumulator is pressurized with the fluid from the load-sensing pump. As accumulator pressure becomes equal to the pre-determined cut-out pressure, the controller initiates a counter-timer. When the counter-timer reaches the pre-determined time threshold, an electronic solenoid is activated, flow of the fluid is thus controlled through the charge supply valve based on a signal from the electronic solenoid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Brian D. Horton, Steven E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150060294
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a compressed fuel storage system. The compressed fuel storage system may include an electrochemical compressor and one or more fuel dispensing units. The electrochemical compressor may be configured to compress a fuel source. Additionally, the compressed fuel storage system may include at least one low pressure compressed fuel reservoir fluidly connected to the electrochemical compressor and the fuel dispensing units and at least one high pressure compressed fuel reservoir fluidly connected to the electrochemical compressor and the fuel dispensing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: NUVERA FUEL CELLS, INC.
    Inventors: ADAM PRESCOTT, BRYAN GORDON
  • Patent number: 8967175
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and device for modulating the downstream pressure output of a pressure reducing hydraulic control valve in response to the flow demand fluctuation the method comprising. Included is an adjustable pressure pilot valve mechanism having a drive element extending from the control valve. The drive element is displaceable in response to a flow capacity through the hydraulic control valve. Also included is an adjustable pressure pilot valve deployed along a control tube connecting an upstream pressure port to a downstream pressure port, the adjustable pressure pilot valve associated with the drive element such that adjustable settings of the adjustable pressure pilot valve are responsive to displacement of the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Bermad CS Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Azoulay, Zvi Barkan, Zvi Weingarten
  • Publication number: 20150053273
    Abstract: Method of pumping fluid through a tubing (200) by operating a pulse generator (100) at one end of the tubing (200), the pulse generator (100) reciprocates a displacement member (30) at a frequency of less than 3 Hz to generate pressure waves in the fluid which make a pulse converter (300) at the other end of the tubing (200) permit a flow of the fluid into the tubing (200). Further, there are disclosed a pulse generator (100) for use in the pumping method, and a pump system comprising the pulse generator (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Magomet Sagov, Peter Grubyj
  • Publication number: 20150053272
    Abstract: The pressure of a water supply of a cooling section of a metal processing line is stabilized by supplying the cooling section with water from a water reservoir by a pipeline which is filled with water and providing a pressure container partly filled with air and partly with water. A direct connection is provided for a direct exchange of water between the pressure container and the pipeline. Water is pressed out of the pressure container directly into the pipeline through the provided connection in the event that the water pressure in the pipeline drops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Klaus Weinzierl
  • Publication number: 20150053274
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method and system for detecting activation of a pressure relief device connected to a storage tank containing a pressurized gas. The method includes calculating a pressure relief device release rate based on a set of inputs, wherein the set of inputs includes at least one of a storage tank volume, a pressure relief set point, an orifice size of the pressure relief device, a gas density, and a reseat point for the pressure relief device. The method further includes monitoring the pressure within the storage tank and calculating a differential pressure reading over time, comparing the differential pressure reading over time to the pressure relief device release rate, and detecting a pressure relief device activation based on the comparison result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: NUVERA FUEL CELLS, INC.
    Inventor: Bryan Gordon