Involving Pressure Control Patents (Class 137/14)
  • Patent number: 11619232
    Abstract: A control system comprising: a suction line; an exhaust line; an operating liquid line; a liquid ring pump comprising a suction input coupled to the suction line, an exhaust output coupled to the exhaust line, and a liquid input coupled to the operating liquid line; a motor configured to drive the liquid ring pump; a first sensor configured to measure a first parameter of an exhaust fluid of the liquid ring pump; a second sensor configured to measure a second parameter of a gas being received by the liquid ring pump via the suction line; and a controller operatively coupled to the first sensor, the second sensor, and the motor, and configured to control the motor based on sensor measurements of the first sensor and the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Edwards Limited
    Inventors: Joeri Coeckelbergs, Mark Gordon Glaister, Andries Daniel Jozef De Bock
  • Patent number: 11530709
    Abstract: A method for operating a fluid system including the steps: receiving or determining a set value for a stroke of the working valve, determining an actual value for the stroke of the working valve using a sensor signal of a position sensor, determining a deviation value of a working valve in dependence on sensor signals of a supply pressure sensor and a working pressure sensor and a position sensor and a sensor system, and performing a processing of the set value for the stroke of the working valve, the actual value for the stroke of the working valve and the deviation value to a control signal for driving the working valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Festo SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Klassen, Gerhard Gommel, David Rager
  • Patent number: 11519523
    Abstract: A flow control device is described comprising a body including a first flow control member 24a and a second flow control member 24b, each of which is provided with apertures or recesses 30, 36, 38, the apertures or recesses 30 of the first flow control member 24a overlapping the openings or recesses 36, 38 of the second flow control member 24b to define a flow path extending between a first surface 26 of the body and a second surface 28 of the body, wherein the shapes and/or sizes of at least some of the apertures or recesses 30, 36, 38 of at least one of the flow control members 24a, 24b are adapted to promote tangential or transverse fluid flow within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Darryl Slater
  • Patent number: 11433990
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for active laminar flow control. This assembly includes a panel, which panel includes an outer skin, an inner skin and a plurality of plenums between the outer skin and the inner skin. Each of the plurality of plenums is fluidly coupled with a respective array of perforations through the outer skin. The panel is constructed from fiber-reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Pablo T. Sanz Martinez, Johann S. Schrell, Thomas Paolini
  • Patent number: 11404290
    Abstract: In a pulse gas delivery system, a chamber is pre-charged to a prescribed pressure through an upstream valve. Thereafter, a downstream control valve is opened to control flow of the gas during a gas pulse. A dedicated controller may control the downstream control valve in a feedback loop during the pulse based on pressure and temperature detected during the pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Junhua Ding, Michael L'Bassi
  • Patent number: 11378283
    Abstract: A scale adhesion prevention operation of a circulation pump operated in an instant hot water operation is efficiently and appropriately performed. An instant hot water circulation path is formed to bypass a hot water tap outside a hot water supply device and to pass through a heat exchanger inside the hot water supply device by operating a circulation pump when the hot water tap is closed. A controller performs a protection operation which operates the circulation pump when a first condition in which stop of the circulation pump is continued for a first time is satisfied and a second condition related to stop of a hot water supply operation is further satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Takahide Hasegawa, Atsushi Ushio
  • Patent number: 11354457
    Abstract: In a method for structuring an existing grid (11) for distributing electric energy, wherein the grid (11) comprises, as grid components, at least sources, loads, lines, sensor, switching and converter components which are connected to one another in a starting topology, on the basis of property variables of the grid components and predefinable regulation limits, the grid components are combined in a plurality of local, self-regulating functional groups (30.1, 30.2, 30.3). Each local functional group (30.1, 30.2, 30.3) is assigned regulation processes comprising actions which are carried out upon reaching trigger criteria for complying with the regulation limits. Starting from an existing grid for distributing electric energy, the method results in a grid which is newly structured in terms of the regulation and, as far as possible, dispenses with a hierarchical structure with respect to the regulation and instead is constructed from local functional groups (30.1, 30.2, 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: BKW ENERGIE AG
    Inventor: Monika Freunek
  • Patent number: 11293874
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes to an analysis device for determining a measurand representing a silicate concentration in a sample liquid, including a housing divided into an electronics region and a fluidic region, wherein the electronics region is separated from the fluidic region by at least one wall. In the fluidic region are a measuring cell, a sample feed line connected to the measuring cell, at least one liquid container having a liquid therein and connected to the measuring cell via a liquid line, and at least one pump configured to transport at least a portion of the liquid from the liquid container into the measuring cell, in which the sample feed line is connected to an over-pressurized container containing the sample liquid, where the container is arranged outside the housing. The electronics region includes an electronic control system configured to control the operation of the analysis device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Ingelmann, Ralf Steuerwald
  • Patent number: 11280523
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigeration apparatus with improved safety. A refrigeration apparatus includes: a compressor; a heat source-side expansion valve to be controlled to have a minimum opening degree and brought into a closed state in which the heat source-side expansion valve maximizes prevention of a flow of a refrigerant toward a usage-side refrigerant circuit; a fusible plug; a controller; and a refrigerant leak detector configured to detect a refrigerant leak at the usage-side refrigerant circuit. The fusible plug is disposed in a refrigerant circuit, and is brought into an open state to allow the refrigerant circuit to communicate with an external space. When the refrigerant leak detector detects a refrigerant leak at the usage-side refrigerant circuit, the controller performs refrigerant leak first control to bring the heat source-side expansion valve into the closed state, and performs refrigerant leak second control to bring the fusible plug into the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Satoru Sakae, Takenori Mezaki
  • Patent number: 11262069
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a gas cooking element, an electromechanical valve fluidly coupled with the gas cooking element to regulate a flow of gas to the cooking element, a flame detector configured to detect an active state of a flame for the gas cooking element, a manually-actuated user control movable over a range of positions, and a controller coupled to the electromechanical valve, the flame detector, and the manually-actuated user control. The controller is configured to initiate a calibration process to determine an active range for the gas cooking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Richard W. Cowan, Vern A. Neal
  • Patent number: 11208993
    Abstract: An energy-saving pump, and control system for the pump comprises: a pump body arranged to receive steam from a steam generator; a steam transferor for opening/closing a pipeline between the pump body and the steam generator; and a suction valve for opening/closing a pipeline between the pump body and a water source, wherein the steam transferor is closed to receive steam and then the suction valve is opened to suction water from the water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Joo-Hyuk Yim
  • Patent number: 11162602
    Abstract: A fluid control valve can suppress heat generation when discharging charges from a piezo actuator for contraction and reduce energy necessary to drive the piezo actuator. The fluid control valve includes a piezo actuator and a drive circuit connected to the piezo actuator is adapted so that the drive circuit includes: a flyback transformer including a primary side coil connected to a DC power supply DV and a secondary side coil connected to the piezo actuator; a charge switch that is connected to the primary side coil and switched from on to off when the piezo actuator charges; a discharge switch that is connected to the secondary side coil and switched from off to on when the piezo actuator discharges; and a regenerative capacitor that is connected to the primary side coil and into which electric energy due to the discharge of the piezo actuator is regenerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Ransdell, Kazuya Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 11124290
    Abstract: An aerodynamic flow control system includes a plurality of actuator units integrated at predetermined locations along a span of an aerodynamic surface of a vehicle to provide aerodynamic active air flow control, wherein each of the plurality of actuator units includes an electrically powered compressor to compress air; a transitional component to receive the compressed air from the compressor and provide two streams of the compressed air; and a fluidic oscillator having two inlet ports that receive the two streams of the compressed air, and an exit port that discharges a single oscillating flow of air at a predetermined velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Fluidics LLC
    Inventor: Surya Raghu
  • Patent number: 11111136
    Abstract: A MEMS device comprises an electro mechanical element in a sealed chamber containing a gas comprising a reactive gas selected to react with any contaminants that may be present or formed on the operating surfaces of the device in a manner to maximize the electrical conductivity of the surfaces during operation of the device. The MEMS device may comprise a MEMS switch having electrical contacts as the operating surfaces. The reactive gas may comprise hydrogen or an azane, optionally mixed with an inert gas, or any combination of the gases. The corresponding process provides a means to substantially reduce or eliminate contaminants present or formed on the operating surfaces of MEMS devices in a manner to maximize the electrical conductivity of the surfaces during operation of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Cotte, Nils D. Hoivik, Christopher V. Jahnes
  • Patent number: 11103906
    Abstract: A cooling system (2) for cooling metal rolling stock. A plurality of cooling bars (8) for applying a coolant onto the rolling stock, one dedicated coolant supply line (36) for each cooling bar (8), and a feed system (9) for guiding the coolant to the coolant supply lines (36). Each cooling bar (8) is connected to the feed system (9) via a dedicated coolant supply line (36). A bypass line (48, 52) for discharging a coolant flow from the feed system (9), is connected on the input side to a connection element (51, 53) of the feed system (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Christian Lehner, Erich Opitz, Lukas Pichler, Florian Poeschl, Alois Seilinger, Klaus Weinzierl
  • Patent number: 11105544
    Abstract: A refrigerant circuit is disclosed. The refrigerant circuit includes a compressor, a condenser, a first expansion device, an economizer, a second expansion device, and an evaporator fluidly connected. A working fluid flows through the refrigerant circuit. A bypass segment is fluidly connected to the refrigerant circuit. A portion of the working fluid is provided from the refrigerant circuit to the bypass segment from a location in the refrigerant circuit disposed between the condenser and the evaporator with respect to flow of the working fluid. The portion of the working fluid flows through the bypass segment in a flow enabled state and is provided to a location in the refrigerant circuit disposed between the economizer and the evaporator with respect to flow of the working fluid. A vortical flow is induced at the location in the refrigerant circuit disposed between the economizer and the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Ronald Maurice Cosby, II, Brian T. Sullivan, Steven J. Pitts, Thomas Gallant
  • Patent number: 11079031
    Abstract: A valve cage of a control valve includes a cylindrical body having a first ring, a second ring opposite the first ring, an outer wall, an inner wall, and an interior portion that extends radially between the inner wall and the outer wall and extends axially between the first ring and the second ring. A passage extends through the outer and inner walls of the cylindrical body, and is disposed between the first ring and the second ring of the cylindrical body. A three-dimensional lattice structure is disposed in the interior portion of the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas N. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 11067161
    Abstract: A transmission for a motor vehicle, includes a housing (1), which has a first housing part (10) and a second housing part (20), wherein, in the assembled state of the transmission, the first housing part (10) and the second housing part (20) are joined together, having a vent duct (30), through which air can escape from the transmission, and having a separate breather element (31), which extends into the first housing part (10) and forms at least one first duct wall of the vent duct (30), and the breather element (31) is located in a plug-in position in the first housing half (10) and has a fixing stop (37), against which the second housing part (20) bears in the assembled state of the transmission and thus securely fixes the breather element (31) in the plug-in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Soehnge, Stephan Scheve, Patric Lau, Frank Pricken
  • Patent number: 11060190
    Abstract: A controller that processes a substrate by executing a process recipe for supplying at least a source gas to a process chamber to form a film on the substrate, and a pressure controller that controls the degree of opening of a pressure control valve on the basis of a pressure value detected by a pressure sensor that detects a pressure in a furnace during execution of the recipe and maintains the process chamber to a predetermined pressure. The pressure controller includes a memory that accumulates data acquired from the pressure sensor and pressure control valve, and measures a valve full close time to full close of the pressure control valve during execution of the process recipe and holds the valve full close time in the memory, and the controller acquires the stored valve full close time and confirms whether the acquired valve full close time falls within a threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuo Nakaya, Hiroki Okamiya
  • Patent number: 11044549
    Abstract: Supercoupling power dividers are provided, in which acoustic impedance at an acoustic input port matches the combined acoustic impedance at two or more acoustic output ports, and the phase of the input signal matches the combined phases of the two or more acoustic output ports. Methods for achieving impedance matching using a uniform-phase acoustic power divider are also provided. The devices and methods achieve acoustic supercoupling without requiring embedded membranes or resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Matthew S. Byrne, Hussein Esfahlani, Andrea Alu
  • Patent number: 11003806
    Abstract: A computing device for determining effective flow areas of a turbine or turbine engine includes optically scanning and digital modeling of turbine components to produce virtual vanes, virtual vane segments, and virtual ring assemblies. The computing device determines both individual effective flow areas between vanes and the total effective flow area of a vane ring assembly. Based on the virtual vanes and determined effective flow areas, the computing device may compare one or more turbine components to a reference turbine to determine whether the turbine is out of specification and aid in repair, modification, or reassembly of the turbine or turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Engine Services Oakland, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley W. Burkett
  • Patent number: 10988889
    Abstract: An additive dispenser of a washing appliance is provided herein. The additive dispenser may include a water inlet and a drawer frame. The water inlet may be positioned upstream from a wash chamber. The drawer frame may define a compartment to receive an additive pod. The compartment may be positioned in downstream fluid communication with the water inlet. The drawer frame may include a sidewall at least partially enclosing the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hans Bensel, Karlarrious Dawain Donar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10989329
    Abstract: Fluid flow control devices comprise a body including a central aperture extending along a longitudinal axis therethrough and a plurality of channels extending from an outer sidewall of the body to an inner sidewall of the body. At least one first channel may intersect at least one other channel. Fluid flow control systems, methods of forming fluid flow control devices, and methods of flowing a fluid through a fluid flow control device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Bradford Haines, Gifford Decker, Mark Haehl
  • Patent number: 10962994
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure control method for a high-pressure regulator to prevent internal leak, and the high-pressure shut-off valve so as to minimize an internal leak, due to high-pressure gas remaining in a high-pressure fuel line when a valve of a gas storage tank is shut off, caused by a pressure difference between a front end portion and a rear end portion of the high-pressure regulator introducing or discharging high-pressure gas. Accordingly, the convenience for connecting work is provided, the high safety is ensured, and the high-pressure regulator is used with the high reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Wan Jae Jeon, Jun Hyeok Lee, Jae Kyung Kim, Yong Deok Park, Gu Ho Kim, Jae Kwang Kim, Yeong Dong Park, Yong Heon Kang
  • Patent number: 10921253
    Abstract: An apparatus to evaluate a stability of a luminescent material includes an electrochemical cell that includes a sample including a solvent and the luminescent material mixed in the solvent, a voltage application device that applies a constant voltage to the sample, a light source that irradiates a source light to the sample, and a photoluminescence measuring device that measures a luminescence spectrum of an emission light generated by the luminescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoonkyoo Lee, Taekyung Kim, Daeyup Shin
  • Patent number: 10921827
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for controlling a flow rate of a gas including a flow restriction element configured to restrict a flow rate of a gas; a pressure regulator coupled to an inlet of the flow restriction element, wherein the pressure regulator is configured to control a pressure of the gas between the pressure regulator and the flow restriction element; a flow meter coupled to an outlet of the flow restriction element, wherein the flow meter is configured to measure the flow rate of the gas at an outlet of the flow restriction element; and a controller operatively coupled to the pressure regulator and the flow meter, wherein the controller is to receive a measurement of the flow rate by the flow meter, determine a pressure setting associated with a target flow rate, and cause the pressure regulator to have the pressure setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Xu, Kenneth Le, Ashley M. Okada
  • Patent number: 10906756
    Abstract: Four groups of a three-tier arrangement of processing units, each of the processing units being provided with two processing modules and a load lock module, are provided in the front and rear sides along a Y-guide extending rearward when viewed from an EFEM and in the left and right sides of the Y-guide. An exchange of a substrate between a delivery mechanism on the EFEM side and a substrate transfer mechanism on the processing unit side is performed by a substrate loading part, which is movable along the Y-guide and can move upward and downward, and on which a plurality of wafers can be placed in a shelf-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Shinji Wakabayashi, Keisuke Kondoh
  • Patent number: 10859172
    Abstract: A switching valve is constructed such that a rotor is rotatably provided inside a body and a cover member is provided with respect to the body so as to face a table part of the rotor. A gap having a prescribed interval is provided between an upper surface of the table part and the cover member, and a valve body biased toward the cover member side is provided to the table part. When rotating, the rotor does not slide on the bottom surface of the cover member, and leakage of a liquid from an inlet port is prevented due to the valve body seated on and closing an outlet port that is not the outlet port which is provided to the cover member so as to cause the liquid to be outputted therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshitada Doi, Takamitsu Suzuki, Mario Heitmann
  • Patent number: 10844691
    Abstract: An adjustable and fixed inflow control device is provided. According to one embodiment, the adjustable inflow control device comprises a set of flow path walls defining a flow path that extends from an inlet to an outlet. The inlet may be open to the outer surface of a tubular and the outlet may be fluidly connected to an inner diameter of the tubular. The flow path may be adapted to control flow of fluid between the outlet and the inlet. The inflow control device further comprises a movable regulator that is movable to alter the flow path. The movable regulator may be movable between a number of positions. The inflow control device may be modular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Van Petegem, John Lee Emerson
  • Patent number: 10837340
    Abstract: A method for operating a feed module of an SCR catalytic converter system which has a feed pump, a feedback pump and a hydraulic interface channel. The feed module is operated in a test state in which a feed operation of the feed pump takes place and a feed operation of the feedback pump does not take place. Owing to a time profile of an MSP current (IMSP) of the feed pump it is decided in the test state whether the feed module is to change into a thawing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Rohit Joshi
  • Patent number: 10830364
    Abstract: A valve body comprises an inner compartment extending along a longitudinal axis from a second end portion towards a first end portion. First, second, and third fluid ports in to the valve body are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The second fluid port is between the third and the first fluid port. A fourth fluid port is parallel to the longitudinal axis. A spool is configured to selectively reciprocate in the inner compartment. The spool comprises a first fluid receptacle configured to block fluid flow to the third fluid port and to fluidly communicate with the second fluid port when the spool adjoins the first end portion. The first fluid receptacle is configured to fluidly communicate with the second fluid port and with the third fluid port when the spool adjoins the second end portion. A second fluid receptacle is configured to receive fluid pressure from the fourth fluid port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Robert John Kanda, Todd K. Coulter, Daniel William Bamber
  • Patent number: 10801916
    Abstract: A water leakage detection apparatus includes a pressure sensor, a detecting unit, and an actuator. The pressure sensor is disposed in a water pipe. The detecting unit detects water leakage based on sensor signals from the pressure sensor. The actuator is controlled by the detecting unit, and opens and closes an electromagnetic valve that is disposed in the water pipe. The detecting unit samples the sensor signals in a state in which the water pipe is closed by the electromagnetic valve, and performs a water leakage determination for detecting water leakage based on the sampled sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Hironobu Ando
  • Patent number: 10799083
    Abstract: An information processing method performed with a processor includes determining whether a second dispensing amount of detergent to be dispensed in a washing apparatus in a scheduled first washing event falls below a threshold based on a remaining amount of the detergent in a detergent container of the washing apparatus and a first dispensing amount set for one washing event for washing a washing target, changing a third dispensing amount determined based on the first dispensing amount to be dispensed into the washing apparatus in a second washing event preceding the first washing event to a fourth dispensing amount equaling or exceeding the threshold when the second dispensing amount is determined to fall below the threshold, outputting information representing the fourth dispensing amount, and causing the washing apparatus to dispense the fourth dispensing amount of the detergent in the second washing event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Masafumi Okubo, Hiroko Sugimoto, Mariko Nakaso, Tomohiko Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10717064
    Abstract: An evaporator comprising an evaporator body (3) surrounded by an evaporator housing (5), wherein the evaporator housing (5) is provided with a feed line (1) for feeding a liquid into the evaporator housing (5) and with an outlet (6) for emitting any vapour produced, wherein the evaporator body (3) comprises a multiplicity of plates (7) which are arranged in a planar manner one above another, wherein a void (8) is formed in each case between adjacent plates (7), wherein each of the voids (8) is fluidically connected to the outlet, wherein a liquid distributor is interconnected between the feed line (1) and the evaporator body (3), wherein the liquid distributor branches off from the feed line (1) in the direction of the evaporator body (3) in at least two distributor lines (VR), and wherein each distributor line (VR) is connected to at least one void (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: David Tiemann, Karl-Peter Schelhaas
  • Patent number: 10711913
    Abstract: A method is for activating an electromagnetic valve including a valve seat and a valve body. The valve body is movable between a first and the second position (A, B) via an electric drive coil. The drive coil is connected to a control device which as a function of a setting variable (S) energizes the drive coil with a signal sequence consisting of control signals in order to move the valve body. The control device as a function of the setting variable (S) sets a predetermined signal amplitude and/or a predetermined signal duration of the control signals. It is provided that at least one control signal of the signal sequence is formed with an amplitude superelevated above the predetermined signal amplitude and/or with a signal duration extended beyond the predetermined signal duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Schneider, Felix Mayer, Tobias Deigendesch, Sebastian Hanussek
  • Patent number: 10711909
    Abstract: A target opening degree estimator estimates a target opening degree estimation value as an opening degree of a valve element of a pressure adjustment vacuum valve when a pressure of a vacuum chamber connected to the pressure adjustment vacuum valve reaches a pressure adjustment target pressure based on a correlation between the opening degree of the valve element and the pressure of the vacuum chamber, a current opening degree, and a current pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Junichiro Kozaki
  • Patent number: 10688455
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing a first fluid into a flow path of a second fluid, the apparatus comprising: a chamber enclosing the flow path, the chamber including a second fluid first inlet for receiving its respective fluid. The apparatus also includes a second inlet arranged downstream of the first inlet and receiving the first fluid, as well as an outlet arranged downstream of the second inlet for discharging a mixture of the first fluid and the second fluid. The second inlet flows into the flow path and is formed by a shared fluid injector mounted transverse to the axial direction that one fluid and the two fluid flows through its chamber. The flow path includes two respective throttle bodies, each of which is pivotally arranged inside the chamber and attached to opposed sides of the chamber for controlling the flow area of the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Åsa Magnusson, Axel Lämås, Johanna Brännström, Anders Lindström
  • Patent number: 10670163
    Abstract: An electrically-controlled large-capacity proportional valve includes, in the inside thereof, a depressurization chamber, which is connected to a guide hole channel, a sensor channel, and a discharge channel. The depressurization chamber is provided therein with a main diaphragm having a reversal prevention valve for driving a primary shaft and a secondary shaft to move. Through detection conducted in the sensor channel, when a pressure is low, the main diaphragm drives downward the primary shaft to push the secondary shaft, so that the secondary shaft causes a valve gate opening to carry out adjustment through two stages of displacement for controlling fluid flow rate after opening of the valve gate opening. At this moment, the primary-side pressure enters an output port of a valve seat the outlet port to increase a secondary-side pressure so as to accurately regulate an output of the secondary-side pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN CHELIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ping-Cheng Yu, Chih-Sheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10663336
    Abstract: A processing chamber gas detection system is provided, including a chamber, an exhaust pipe, a connection pipe, and a gas detector. The chamber is configured to perform a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The exhaust pipe is connected to the chamber and the pumping unit, and the connecting pipe communicates with the exhaust pipe. The gas detector is disposed on the connecting pipe and configured to detect the oxygen content in the air from the chamber. When the air in the chamber is pumped out via the pumping unit and the air flows through the exhaust pipe and the connecting pipe, the gas detector detects whether oxygen is contained in the air or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-We Cheng, Pei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10655317
    Abstract: Method for controlling a vacuum sewage system for a building or for a marine vessel, which includes a vacuum unit (11), vacuum piping (7), a source of sewage (91, 92, 93, 94), and a discharge valve (8) between each source of sewage and the vacuum piping, wherein the vacuum unit generates a predetermined vacuum level in the vacuum piping, in which method the operation of the vacuum sewage system is monitored. In order to ensure an efficiently operating vacuum sewage system, the running time of the vacuum unit is monitored and the vacuum level of the vacuum piping is monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: EVAC OY
    Inventors: Vesa Lappalainen, Mika Karjalainen
  • Patent number: 10648618
    Abstract: A fuel gas filling system detects at least one of a pressure of fuel gas supplied from a filling device and a temperature of the fuel gas in a fuel tank of a vehicle and determines whether or not there is a gas state fluctuation in which the pressure or temperature of the fuel gas suddenly changes. The fuel gas filling system executes either one of a first filling control of filling the fuel gas into the vehicle on the basis of at least one of the fuel gas pressure and the fuel gas temperature and a second filling control according to the gas state fluctuation. This system executes the first filling control in normal time and executes the second filling control of filling the fuel gas without using a fuel gas pressure detected by fuel gas state detection unit or the second filling control of filling the fuel gas without using a fuel gas temperature detected by the fuel gas state detection unit when it is determined by gas state fluctuation determination unit that there is the gas state fluctuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uchida, Tomofumi Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 10611562
    Abstract: According an embodiment, a liquid storage system comprises a tank for storing liquid fuel, a vent pipe for providing communication between outside of the tank and a gas space above a level of liquid fuel in the tank, a nonflammable gas supplying apparatus for supplying the gas space with nonflammable gases, a pressure control apparatus installed in the vent pipe to operate responsively to the pressure difference between the gas space and atmospheric pressure so as to limit a pressure in the gas space to a predetermined range. The pressure control apparatus introduces ambient air outside the tank into the gas space through the vent pipe when a pressure in the gas space is lower than a predetermined lower limit, and discharge a gas from the gas space out of the tank through the vent pipe when a pressure in the gas space is higher than a predetermined upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Inada
  • Patent number: 10599166
    Abstract: A valve control device configured such that a pressure measurement value of a chamber, a target pressure value of the chamber, and an opening degree measurement value of the vacuum valve are input to the valve control device and configured to control an opening degree of the vacuum valve based on a deviation between the pressure measurement value and the target pressure value, comprises: a storage storing a correlation between the opening degree of the vacuum valve and a conductance of a system including the vacuum valve; and a correction gain setting section obtaining, based on the correlation, a change rate of the conductance in association with an opening degree change at the input opening degree measurement value, thereby setting an inverse of the change rate as a correction gain. The opening degree of the vacuum valve is controlled based on the deviation and the correction gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Hirata, Junichiro Kozaki, Atsuo Nakatani, Masaya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10590967
    Abstract: There is disclosed a unidirectional liquid transport system. The system, or a liquid diode, has an array of elongate units. Each unit is defined by a surrounding fencing, and includes a region generally resembling a U-shaped micro-scale island with a proximal end on one side having an opening and a distal end on the opposite side thereof. A channel is defined between a lateral side of the island and an adjacent fencing thereof, and the channel is divergent from the proximal end towards the distal location on the opposite side thereof. The island includes a reentrant member configured to, upon contact with droplets of a liquid to be transported, initially arrest flow of the liquid and produce a pinning acting to allow building up of excess surface energy, and subsequently cause coalescence of the liquid thus converting the surface energy to kinetic energy for movement of the liquid; and surfaces of the units are fabricated on silicon wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Zuankai Wang, Jiaqian Li, Xiaofeng Zhou
  • Patent number: 10578065
    Abstract: A two-stage intake and two-stage discharge structure of an electrically controlled proportional valve includes a depressurization chamber, which is connected with a guide hole passage, a sensing passage, and a discharge passage. The depressurization chamber is provided therein with a primary diaphragm that drives causes a straight rod having a primary entry opening and a secondary entry opening to move. Through detection conducted in the sensing passage, when the pressure is excessively low, the primary diaphragm moves the straight rod downward to carry out a first stage adjustment, in which the discharge electromagnetic valve is operable to adjust the secondary side pressure for control of depressurization. When the primary diaphragm moves the straight rod further downward to carry out a second stage of pressure output, the secondary entry opening is open to enable a large amount of pressure output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN CHELIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ping-Cheng Yu, Chih-Sheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10563675
    Abstract: A servovalve includes a fluid transfer valve assembly comprising a supply port and a control port a moveable valve spool arranged to regulate flow of fluid from the supply port to the control port in response to a control signal; and a jet pipe assembly configured to direct fluid to the ends of the spool to axially move the valve spool relative to the fluid transfer assembly in response to the control signal to regulate the fluid flow. The jet pipe assembly includes a jet pipe and a connector header fluidly connecting the jet pipe to a nozzle via which fluid is directed to the spool ends. One or more openings is provided in the spool such that fluid from the supply port flows into the interior of the spool and into the jet pipe and to the nozzle via the connector header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Marcin Cis
  • Patent number: 10495260
    Abstract: A safety valve system includes a main valve that includes an introduction port into which pressure from a tank is introduced, and a release port to release the pressure; a high-pressure side pilot valve and a low-pressure side pilot valve that are set to mutually different operating pressure values and that release pressure by making the introduction port and the release port communicate with each other when the pressure exceeds the operating pressure value; and a switching unit that switches so that only the low-pressure side pilot valves, which excludes the high-pressure side pilot valve with the highest operating pressure value, do not operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Toshinori Ishida
  • Patent number: 10487961
    Abstract: A control valve has a trim assembly to condition the flow of fluid through the control valve and, in some applications, to provide guidance for a valve plug. The trim assembly has a lattice structure formed of a plurality of triply periodic surfaces that form a plurality of passages that extend between an inner surface of the circumferential wall and an outer surface of the circumferential wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel J. Eilers, Kyle Thomas McNulty
  • Patent number: 10428972
    Abstract: A gas valve assembly configured to operate without a pilot assembly is disclosed. In an illustrative embodiment, a servo valve actuates a diaphragm valve to selectively allow for fluid coupling of a gas inlet and gas outlet. The diaphragm valve may be a normally closed valve that opens in response to a pneumatic force resulting from the opening of the servo valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Hazzard, David Heil, Ravindra Khosla
  • Patent number: 10420924
    Abstract: A connector device for a fluid system for medical purposes is disclosed that includes a main housing having a fluid flow chamber forming two channel portions leading in different directions towards two open attachments, wherein the attachments are provided for connection to a fluid line or a fluid reservoir, and with an attachment port which opens into the fluid flow chamber and which has a closure arrangement and which includes a Luer connecting portion. The fluid flow chamber has a dimensionally stable flow-guiding wall which is arranged between the two channel portions in the fluid flow chamber and protrudes freely with a front edge towards the attachment port in such a way that the closure arrangement, upon opening of the closure arrangement, interacts with the front edge of the flow-guiding wall in order to effect flow of fluid out of the attachment port into only one channel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Bolz, Jens Jörn, Andreas Katerkamp