With Flow Starting, Stopping Or Maintaining Means Patents (Class 137/142)
  • Patent number: 11850937
    Abstract: A flange cover has multiple receptacles for receiving guide bars for a conveyor module at different angles. Further, a conveyor module arrangement has a flange cover of this kind, an operating medium container has a conveyor module arrangement of this kind, and a modular operating medium container system has a plurality of operating medium containers of this kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Julius Goeldner, Bernhard Maier, Benjamin Schimpf
  • Patent number: 11771250
    Abstract: The present embodiments describe an insulated drinking vessel with a multifunction lid. In an embodiment, the drinking vessel can be configured to receive a multifunction lid. The multifunction lid may, in one embodiment, include an opening for receiving a drinking straw. In an embodiment, the multifunction lid may additionally include an opening for drinking or sipping directly through the lid. In an embodiment, the lid may include an operable cover for covering at least one of the openings in a first position and for allowing access to the fluid through the opening in a second position. In a further embodiment, the lid may include a plurality of operable covers. A first operable cover may be configured for covering the drinking straw opening in a first position and allowing insertion of a straw in a second position. The lid may also include an operable cover for covering the sipping spout in a first position and allowing drinking directly through the spout in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Base Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Spivey, Kenneth Kreafle
  • Patent number: 11408383
    Abstract: In at least some implementations, an assembly includes a reservoir, a primary fuel pump having an inlet in communication with the reservoir's internal volume, an outlet, a motor and a pumping element driven by the motor and a secondary fuel pump with a body having first and second inlets and an outlet. The first inlet receives fuel from the primary fuel pump and a nozzle is communicated with the first inlet and fuel flows out of the nozzle into the body via the first inlet. The second inlet is in communication with the reservoir inlet, and the outlet is in communication with the internal volume. The flow of fuel through the nozzle draws fuel from the fuel source through the second fuel inlet and that fuel is combined with the flow of fuel from the nozzle and discharged into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Walbro LLC
    Inventors: Elton J. Fisch, Douglas W. Salowitz, Jr., Edward J. Talaski
  • Patent number: 10780794
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an assembly for a vehicle, in particular for a hybrid electric vehicle. The assembly includes at least one fuel tank having the form of a saddle tank. The assembly further includes at least one traction battery that is arranged outside the fuel tank and is thermally connected to the fuel tank, and at least one fuel pump arranged in the fuel tank. The fuel pump can convey a fuel from within the fuel tank to an internal-combustion engine of the hybrid electric vehicle. To provide a cooling system for the traction battery, the traction battery can be thermally connected to an active tank portion of the fuel tank, in which the fuel pump is arranged. The traction battery can be connected to the active tank portion via a bridge portion of the fuel tank, which is connected in a communicating manner to a passive tank portion of the fuel tank. Fuel in the passive tank portion can be conveyed into the active tank portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Daniel Kok, Caroline Born
  • Patent number: 10392792
    Abstract: A method 200 for priming a drainage apparatus 100 comprises directing liquid into the conduit arrangement at 202 via the liquid injection inlet 106b12 to fill up most of the conduit arrangement as controlled by the valves' configuration; directing liquid into the first reservoir 102 at 206 to enable more liquid to enter into the conduit arrangement via the first opening 112 and at 208, to flood the conduit arrangement to form a continuous liquid flow path which extends from the first opening 112 up to at least the second opening 114, the continuous liquid flow path creating a siphon; and with the first opening 112 kept below the liquid's surface level in the first reservoir 102, stopping the flow of liquid into the first reservoir 102 to achieve a state of equilibrium of the siphon at 210 to prime the conduit arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Boon Pen Chua
  • Patent number: 10308112
    Abstract: Provided is a saddle type fuel tank in which liquid fuel does not reach a canister through an exhaust passage immediately after full-tank refueling. The saddle type fuel tank includes a saddle type tank body and a full-tank regulating valve. The full-tank regulating valve includes a valve body, a float valve, a first hanging pipe communicatively connected to the valve body and having a first opening at a hanging end thereof, and a second hanging pipe communicatively connected to the valve body and having a second opening at a hanging end thereof. The first opening of the first hanging pipe is located at a height corresponding to a full-tank liquid level RA1_full in the first chamber. The second opening of the second hanging pipe is located at a height lower than that corresponding to a full-tank liquid level RA2_full in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Suuchi, Takeharu Yoshihashi
  • Patent number: 10219663
    Abstract: A system for removing a volume of liquid including a pressure-sealed-pump-vessel, at least one liquid-aperture, a liquid-level-control-valve, a liquid-discharge, a sump-pump, a pressure-sealed-suction-vessel, and one or more vessel-connections. The one or more vessel-connections configured to fluidly couple the pressure-sealed-pump-vessel and the pressure-sealed-suction-vessel, in the preferred embodiment. The sump-pump is located within the pressure-sealed-pump-vessel and includes a pump-inlet and a pump-outlet. The pump-inlet fluidly coupled to the liquid-aperture, and the pump-outlet is fluidly coupled to the liquid-discharge. The sump-pump configured to pump the volume of liquid from the pressure-sealed-pump-vessel and from the system via the liquid-discharge to remove the volume of water from a roof surface or other similar horizontal or substantially horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Samuel Dale Fox
  • Patent number: 9856489
    Abstract: A method for producing a recombinant protein in a plant, in particular a tobacco plant, preferably Nicotiana benthamiana, includes the following steps: a) culturing the plant aeroponically or hydroponically, preferably on mobile floats and under LED lighting; b) vacuum agroinfiltration of the plant obtained in a) by agrobacteria that include a DNA fragment coding for the recombinant protein; c) returning the plants to culturing after step b), under the same conditions as for step a); and d) extracting and purifying the recombinant protein from the aerial portions of the plants produced in step c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Veronique Gomord, Anne Catherine Fitchette, Loic Faye
  • Patent number: 9587651
    Abstract: A valveless siphon decanter for processing fluid within a tank having a siphon tube external to the tank, the siphon tube having an output, a boom extending substantially transversely from the siphon tube, the boom providing a path for the communication of fluid from within the tank into the siphon tube, a vacuum head in association with the boom, the vacuum head having at least one orifice disposable within the tank for receiving the fluid, a vacuum source for creating a vacuum within the siphon tube and the boom to draw the fluid in through the at least one orifice of the vacuum head into the boom and into the siphon tube thereafter, a vacuum break for breaking the vacuum within the boom and the siphon tube; and wherein the siphon tube and the boom are disposed outside of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: John Charles Hardison
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140261738
    Abstract: Self-draining ullage fuel tank system and related methods are described. An example fuel tank apparatus includes a fuel tank and a ullage tank positioned at an elevation relative to the fuel tank. The example fuel tank apparatus also includes a fluid path to fluidly couple a cavity of the fuel tank and a cavity of the ullage tank. The fluid path having a first end coupled to the cavity of the fuel tank. The fluid path having a second end extending through an opening of an upper wall of the ullage tank and having an opening positioned adjacent a bottom surface of the cavity of the ullage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sean Whelan, IV, Robert Tate
  • Patent number: 8757189
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system is described which provides stable flow rates over a range of different flow rates and while multiple fluids are being concurrently delivered. The delivery system includes one or more reservoirs each containing a respective fluid to be transferred. The reservoir(s) are positioned within a secondary fluid selected such that the reservoir(s) and their contents, i.e. the fluids to be transferred, float within the secondary fluid. One end of a flow conduit is submerged in each fluid to be transferred. A pressure differential is then induced in the flow conduit whereby fluid flow therein occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Commerce, The National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Inventor: Gregory A. Cooksey
  • Publication number: 20130220440
    Abstract: A self-actuating drainage device for placement on a structure to drain water accumulated on the structure includes a collection funnel having a bottom with a funnel hole extending therethrough, a siphon conduit contiguous with the funnel hole, the siphon conduit having a first end disposed on the structure and an opposite end disposed at a position lower than the first end. The device further includes a valve mechanism which includes a float maintained within the collection funnel. The valve mechanism opens when accumulated water raises the float so that the water collected in the collection funnel is released through the siphon conduit and starts a siphoning action from the first end to the opposite end when the valve mechanism closes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. CORBETT
  • Patent number: 8444494
    Abstract: A flat blade for a transmission input shaft includes a substantially rectangular body portion for insertion in a center bore of the input shaft and at least one radial blade segment extending from the body portion. The radial blade segment is arranged for assembly proximate a distal end of the input shaft and for extending radially beyond the center bore. In an example embodiment, the radial blade segment is substantially rectangular in shape. In an example embodiment, the radial blade segment is a pair of radial blade segments extending in opposing directions. In an example embodiment, the body portion is arranged for press-fitting into the center bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Larry Boigegrain, Patrick Lindemann
  • Patent number: 8443828
    Abstract: A device allows a liquid to flow between two open structures with different liquid surface elevations separated by a wall. The device has a conduit with an inlet on one side of the wall and an outlet on the other side of the wall separated by a high point above the expected liquid surface elevation. The conduit also has two valved openings, one connected to a source of suction that can evacuate air from the conduit and the other connected to a vent. In one example, the conduit is formed between a pair of spaced transverse walls attached to an arched cover. The transverse walls each have a slot allowing the device to be placed on top of a dividing wall between two tanks with surfaces of the dividing wall defining part of the conduit. In an example with multiple conduits, one or more interior walls are provided between a pair of end walls and a cover over the interior and end walls may be provided in segments. To initiate flow, a conduit is evacuated of sufficient air to allow a siphon to develop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Zenon Technology Partnership
    Inventors: Arnold Frederic Janson, Robert Joseph Kluszka, David Blair Bingham, Denis Joel Marie Guibert, Darren James Preete
  • Publication number: 20130008524
    Abstract: Provided is a fuel tank system wherein the liquid levels of fuel in two fuel storage portions can be equally maintained, and the fuel amount in each fuel tank can be estimated with a high degree of accuracy. The fuel tank system is provided with a fuel tank in which a main tank portion and a subsidiary tank portion are formed; a siphon tube which extends from the main tank portion to the subsidiary tank portion, to transfer fuel from one tank portion to the other tank portion; and an electronic control unit (ECU) for determining whether or not the fuel is transferred via the siphon tube (in the transfer state). The ECU determines that the fuel is in the transfer state when the change rate of a sender signal is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold value (VF_th).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Murabayashi, Tamon Kimura, Kiyofumi Shida, Hiroaki Watanabe, Kengo Kobayashi, Yutaka Utsumi
  • Publication number: 20120273060
    Abstract: A plumbing siphon for a sanitary ware. The plumbing siphon (10) comprising a generally S-like shaped tube having an inlet segment (16) formed with an inlet end (18) coupleable to the sanitary ware, an outlet segment (22) formed with an outlet end (24) coupleable to a sewage main, and an intermediate trap section (28). The inlet segment and outlet segment extend substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Shalom Makaitan, Shon Makaton
  • Patent number: 8226123
    Abstract: A fuel tank has a primary sump and secondary sump. A first vent valve and a second vent valve are disposed within the fuel tank. The first vent valve is closed when a level of fuel in the primary sump is equal to or higher than a first predetermined filling level, and the second vent valve is closed when a level of fuel in the secondary sump is equal to or higher than a second predetermined filling level in a refueling procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Chino, Naoaki Tanimura, Masashi Kamei, Junichi Hanai
  • Patent number: 8029022
    Abstract: A fuel tank has a primary sump and secondary sump. A first vent valve and a second vent valve are disposed within the fuel tank. The first vent valve is closed when a level of fuel in the primary sump is equal to or higher than a first predetermined filling level, and the second vent valve is closed when a level of fuel in the secondary sump is equal to or higher than a second predetermined filling level in a refueling procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Chino, Naoaki Tanimura, Masashi Kamei, Junichi Hanai
  • Publication number: 20110214753
    Abstract: A tube cleaning device is provided including a first member and a second member. The first member includes a first magnetic or magnetically attractable element and an abrasive cleaning surface. The second member includes a second magnetic or magnetically attractable element magnetically attracted to or by the first magnetic or magnetically attractable element. When the first member is inserted within a tube and the second member is positioned adjacent an outer wall of the tube, the abrasive surface of the first member contacts an inner wall of the tube. By moving the second member along and/or around the outer wall of the tube, the abrasive surface cleans the inner wall of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Julian Sprung
  • Patent number: 7686023
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments of the invention, a pressure washing system delivers a cleaning fluid under pressure to a surface to be cleaned, and includes a fluid pump unit for supplying the fluid to the surface. A fluid collector captures wastewater runoff of the cleaning fluid on the surface to be cleaned. The vacuum pump unit withdraws the captured waste fluid from the fluid collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Gerald L. McMillen
  • Patent number: 7654278
    Abstract: A reservoir is disclosed for a throughfeed for liquid, such as a liquid pump, to be set into operation selectively, from and/or to a body of liquid such as a pond, aquarium or bath. The reservoir includes a container for containing liquid and with an outlet for connecting onto the throughfeed to the body of water. It further includes a refill container which, depending on the level of the liquid in the container, is movable reciprocally between a high position and at least one lower position, and which is connected to an inlet of the reservoir connected to the body of liquid. The refill container includes an overflow along which liquid flows from the refill container into the container in the at least one lower position of the refill container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Arnold J. Schultink
  • Publication number: 20090121083
    Abstract: A nacelle assembly for a turbine engine has a cowl for a turbine engine. The cowl has a first surface spaced from a second surface. The second surface defines defining a bypass flow passage. A flow volume is spaced between the first surface and the second surface. A plurality of holes are disposed on the cowl. Each of the plurality of holes are configured to alter local air pressure about one of the first surface and the second surface of the cowl. The plurality of holes are in communication with the flow volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Ashok K. Jain
  • Patent number: 6938612
    Abstract: An auxiliary fuel dispensing system includes an auxiliary fuel pump disposed in a vehicle fuel tank. An auxiliary dispensing tube is connected at one end to the auxiliary fuel pump and at another end to an auxiliary dispensing location on the vehicle. One end of a fuel delivery hose is releasably connected to the end of the tube at the auxiliary dispensing location. Another end of the hose has a dispensing nozzle attached thereto. A means for selectively activating the pump is operable to pump fuel from the fuel tank, through the tube and the hose, and out the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Donald Kevin Porter
  • Patent number: 6918404
    Abstract: Irrigation and drainage systems are disclosed, including a saturated zone and at least one pipe in communication with the saturated zone. The pipe(s) can be configured to comprise a tubarc porous microstructure for conducting water from the saturated zone to an unsaturated zone in order to drain the water from the saturated zone. The water can be delivered from the saturated zone to the unsaturated zone through the tubarc porous microstructure, thereby permitting the water to be harnessed for irrigation or drainage through the hydrodynamic movement of the water from one zone of saturation or unsaturation to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Tubarc Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Elson Dias da Silva
  • Patent number: 6871640
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system including a fuel tank having multiple sections. A fuel pump is disposed in a first section with an inlet for drawing liquid fuel from the first section and an outlet for supplying the fuel to an engine and to a pick-up disposed in the second section. A siphon line is connected to the pick-up at one end and terminates in the first section at another end. A fuel inlet of the pickup communicates with the siphon line through a valve member that is actuated to open and closed positions. In operation, the fuel pump provides a flow of liquid fuel to the pick-up to purge and prime the siphon line which normally maintains a substantially equal liquid fuel level in the first and second sections of the fuel tank. In some conditions, the valve closes to prevent reverse flow of fuel from the first section to the second section of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: TI Group Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Atwood, Daniel A. Gilmour
  • Patent number: 6766817
    Abstract: A method and system for harnessing an unsaturated flow of fluid utilizing a reversible unsaturated siphon conductor of fluid having a tubarc porous microstructure. Fluid is conducted from a zone of higher (+) fluid matric potential to a zone of lower (−) fluid matric potential utilizing a tubarc porous microstructure. The fluid can be reversibly transported from different zones bearing a differential fluid matric potential according to the status of the fluid matric potential in each zone utilizing the tubarc porous microstructure. The tubarc porous microstructure comprises an enhanced geometric porosity. In this manner, the fluid can be harnessed for irrigation, drainage, filtration, fluid recharging and other fluid delivery uses, such as refilling writing and printing instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Tubarc Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Elson Dias da Silva
  • Patent number: 6669840
    Abstract: A filter for a carpet cleaning device and method for using therefor includes a casing and a partition that extends into the casing to define a primary chamber and a secondary chamber within the casing. A main siphon with an inverted U-shape is mounted in the partition. One end of the siphon extends into the primary chamber while the other end of the siphon extends into the secondary chamber. An auxiliary siphon is located within the secondary chamber, and a pump is attached in fluid communication with the auxiliary siphon. During operation, a wastewater/debris stream is transported into the filter. The stream collects in the primary chamber and establishes a primary fluid level therein. As the primary fluid level rises, carpet fibers and other insoluble debris settle in the primary chamber. Once the primary fluid level is even with the siphon, wastewater fluid is transported from the primary chamber to the secondary chamber and establishes a secondary fluid level therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: David O. Burrow
  • Patent number: 6607005
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a motor vehicle defining at least two interconnecting with the intercommunication being by way of a tank region of smaller cross-section than the chambers, defining a saddle tank configuration. A first of the chambers contains a fuel delivery unit and a second of the chambers has a refuelling vent valve which is the only refuelling vent valve of the tank. The two chambers also communicate with each other by way of a compensating line on the basis of the principle of communicating vessels. The tank also has means for venting the compensating line. The compensating line is such that equalisation of the filling levels of the intercommunicating chambers is possible only when there is a drop in level from the second chamber to the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Reiner Viebahn, Dirk Bolle, Torsten Homburg
  • Patent number: 6474356
    Abstract: A device for controlling a liquid flow by a gas pressure. The device includes a pressure chamber, in which an overpressure, an underpressure or atmospheric pressure may prevail. The pressure in the pressure chamber can be used for allowing the liquid flow to pass or for stopping the liquid flow. Furthermore the liquid flow can be limited to a predetermined rate of flow. The device may interalia be used in sewage systems, hydraulic engineering works and irrigation works.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Gertjan Roelof Bouwkamp
  • Patent number: 6312191
    Abstract: Self-contained ecological watering system, protected against obturations, and capable of irrigating at low cost uniformly and regularly a variety of cultivated areas; the system operates automatically a series of fertirrigation cycles requiring minimum actuation power and reduced water flow rate. The system permits implementation of various configuration including a plurality of local subsystems (1) which are controllable locally or from a remote station (6); each subsystem comprises a container (2) capable of accumulating the volume of liquid to be discharged per cycle, a watering assembly (3) capable of regulating the watering volume and discharging it upon receiving a low power signal; a low consumption electronic control unit (4) capable of determining the frequency and the appropriate time to send said signal; and a low restriction distribution network (5) capable of transporting the water to irrigate the locations in need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Bernardo Raul Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 6216720
    Abstract: A siphon adapter is disclosed. The siphon adapter is comprised of a pipe configured so that one end of the pipe fits inside of a container through the opening and is in very close proximity with the lowest portion of container. The other end of the pipe is outside the container and connected to a shut-off device. It is lower than the first end so that after liquid starts to flow out of the container through the pipe and the shut-off device, the pipe forms a siphon and the liquid continues to flow out of the container even after the level of the liquid is below the opening until substantially all of the liquid has flowed out of the container or the shut-off device is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Douglas Evans, Jr., Matthew James Huff
  • Patent number: 6178984
    Abstract: A self-priming siphon has an inverted U-shaped tube filled with a hydrophilic material where one end of the tube is connected to a smaller diameter tube such that when the other end of the tube is immersed in a liquid, capillary action causes the fluid to rise in the tube above the level of the water and thereafter fall through said one tube end causing a suction which primes the siphon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Maurice Amsellem
  • Patent number: 6012481
    Abstract: A constant level of fluid (8 or 106) in vessel (1 or 104) is maintained using a reservoir (5 or 102) and a tank (4 or 101). Float valves (9 or 107) which raise and lower with the level of fluid in the reservoir are used to selectively close off fluid passages (13 or 109) from the tank into the reservoir. Until the desired level of fluid is reached in the reservoir, the reservoir continuously provides fluid to the vessel. Once fluid flow into the reservoir is stopped, flow from the reservoir into the vessel also stops. The vessel can be positioned adjacent to or remote from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: John J. Lenart
  • Patent number: 5832948
    Abstract: The liquid transfer system includes a liquid supply tank and at least two pressurizable liquid holding vessels. The liquid holding vessels are placed beneath the supply tank, and a liquid supply line connects the supply tank to each vessel. The liquid supply line is operated as a siphon from the tank to each vessel, in order to move liquid from the tank to each vessel. Each vessel is alternately filled and pressurized to dispense liquid from the vessel, such that one vessel is being filled while the other is dispensing liquid, and a constant controllable liquid output flow is achieved. A preferred embodiment includes a liquid recycling line to recycle or constantly move the liquid within the system to achieve thorough mixing, and an in-line filter to improve liquid purity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Chemand Corp.
    Inventor: Daniel Schell
  • Patent number: 5779884
    Abstract: An automatic water changing and water leveling system and apparatus is provided for use with an aquarium containing a body of water. The system comprising a water reservoir structure including a housing defining a chamber therewithin for containing fresh water. The water reservoir structure being disposed at a height above the aquarium and in approximate adjacency with an upper surface level of the aquarium water. A discharge assembly mounted to a bottom portion of the water reservoir structure is provided for discharging fresh water from the water reservoir structure into the aquarium when the upper surface level of the aquarium water falls below a predetermined level causing air to be communicated through the discharge assembly and into the chamber of the water reservoir structure allowing fresh water to be discharged. A siphoning system withdraws water from the aquarium by siphoning action thereby controlling the discharging of water from the discharge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph D. Raymo
  • Patent number: 5718847
    Abstract: Drain apparatus drains an evaporative cooler housing by siphon action. The siphoning action is started when a pump which pumps water for cooler pads is turned off, and the water in a conduit flows downwardly and a valve is switched, directing the downwardly flowing water into a chamber disposed over the overflow standpipe in the housing. The water level in the chamber is the water level in the housing, and the down flowing water fills the chamber, causing the water to flow down the pipe and lowering the atmospheric pressure in the chamber to begin siphoning action. At the same time, a check valve at the bottom of the chamber opens to allow water from the housing to flow into the chamber to drain the housing. Several embodiments are disclosed, including embodiments in which siphoning action may be commenced by raising and lowering a drain hose connected to the standpipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Inventor: Robert L. Koble, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5624573
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for the disinfection of a liquid medium having a transmission of <75%/cm with the help of UV radiation. The apparatus comprises a plurality of UV radiators combined to a modular UV irradiation battery around which flows the liquid medium to be disinfected. Each UV radiator is oriented in parallel relationship to the flow direction of the liquid medium to be disinfected. The UV radiators are arranged in a matrix like array, particularly in a plurality of rows, each second row of said plurality of rows of UV radiators being offset with reference to the two adjacent rows by an amount corresponding essentially to half the center distance between two adjacent UV radiators located in the same row. The UV irradiation battery is enclosed by an essentially tube shaped housing, the inner contour of the housing essentially corresponding to the outer contour of the UV radiator battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Rudolf Wiesmann
  • Patent number: 5566706
    Abstract: A siphoning device used to attain the desired level of water in a swimming pool or other like pools of water that are either overfilled from rain water or from overfilling. A small simple plastic tubular device that is designed to connect to a regular garden hose and hang over the pool edge. A vertical soft plastic threaded tubular pick-up pipe exhibiting threads on one end connects into a vertically aimed threaded fitting of the device and extends into the water to be cut-off by user with a knife at the point that represents the users desired level of water for the pool. Upon filling of the garden hose with water and creating a natural gravity siphon action by locating the termination portion of the hose at a point in the yard that is horizontally a few inches or more lower than the desired pool level, water will be pulled or drained through the siphon device until pool water level reaches the level of the soft plastic pipe cut-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: Richard J. Harpenau
  • Patent number: 5552022
    Abstract: An improved desalination system includes a transfer conduit between a pool of salt water and a pool of desalinated water. The transfer conduit is initially filled with water and is elevated so that a portion of the conduit is above the siphon height of water at atmospheric pressure with the open ends of the conduit submerged below the respective pools. Using solar heat to create a temperature differential in the transfer conduit, desalinated water vapor is transferred across a partial vacuum volume formed in the transfer conduit. Salt water is replenished in the transfer conduit from an elevated storage tank, resulting in a constant reduced salt concentration and transfer vacuum at the evaporation surface, reducing the need to repeatedly lower, recharge and raise the system. Various mechanisms are provided for improving heat transfer and condensation and for eliminating movement of the transfer conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Henry A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5358000
    Abstract: A siphon pump system for pumping water from a water source to a supply destination. The system includes a holding canister through which the water flows, and a first timing bucket associated with the holding canister for controlling the admission of air into the system to thereby permit flow of water contained within the holding canister. A lower flow control chamber is provided adjacent the outlet from a long, second siphon conduit extending from the holding canister to control the refilling of the holding canister in an automatic manner and without the need for connections with a source of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Michael T. O'Hair
  • Patent number: 5301375
    Abstract: A toilet flushing apparatus characterized by an inherently leakproof syphon having a bridge substantially spaced above a supply tank water level, a manually discharged primer tank that floods a suction leg of the syphon to initiate flow over the bridge and through a discharge leg, and a floating flush valve and control for discharge of primer tank water to fill the suction leg closed by an inlet check valve at the foot of the suction leg, followed by continued syphoning, the primer and supply tank being automatically refilled by a float control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Inventor: John S. Osmond
  • Patent number: 5282979
    Abstract: A desalination system includes a transfer conduit between a pool of salt water and a pool of desalinated water. The conduit is initially filled with water and is then elevated so that a portion of the conduit is above the syphon height of water at atmospheric pressure with the open ends of the conduit submerged below the respective pools. Using solar heat to create a temperature differential in the conduit, desalinated water vapor is transferred across a partial vacuum volume formed in the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Henry A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5234016
    Abstract: A flexible siphon tube includes a valve mounted within the tube adjacent a lower distal end thereof, wherein the tube is arranged for initial filling with a fluid to be siphoned and permitting subsequent opening of the valve to provide a suction to a rear distal end of the tube to initiate a siphoning from a fluid reservoir to be emptied. A modification of the invention includes a reservoir member mounted to the siphon tube to effect the initial siphon tube filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: Boyd E. Winn
  • Patent number: 5179969
    Abstract: A roof draining system including a series of portable siphon heads which can be placed anywhere on a flat roof where there is a ponding area that no longer can be drained by any pre-existing water drainage system, a series of upstanding pipes, and a second series of roof top pipes each connected at one end to one of the siphon heads and each connected at an opposite end to one of the upstanding pipes. A control valve structure is connected to the upstanding pipes. The control valve structure has a series of solenoid operated valves each connected to one of the upstanding pipes at one end. Manual discharge valves are each connected at an opposite end of one of the pipe tees. An electrical timer is operatively connected to each of the solenoid operated valves. Siphon pumps are each positioned in line with and operatively connected between one of the solenoid operated valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: David T. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5113536
    Abstract: A toilet flushing apparatus characterized by an inherently leakproof syphon, primer and flush tube aligned with a flush pipe into the toilet, with a jet opening from the discharge of the syphon to initiate flushing when a charge of water is manually dumped from a bucket and through the flush tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: John S. Osmond
  • Patent number: 5063959
    Abstract: A siphon head for siphoning smooth or rough textured roof surfaces which is preferably comprised of a soft pliable elastomeric material such as rubber. The head includes a relatively flat foot flange adapted to rest flatwise on a roof to be drained. The flange is of an annular shape. A dome shaped head portion is centrally located and integrally formed with the relatively flat foot flange. The relatively flat foot flange extends outwardly in a relatively flat plane beyond the head portion and surrounds the head portion in all directions. The head portion is closed on its top side and has an interior cavity. An opening is located on an underside of the head portion in communication with the cavity for receiving fluids to be siphoned. A discharge nozzle is positioned in fluid receiving communication with the interior cavity and extends radially away from the head portion atop the foot flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: David T. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5035535
    Abstract: A device for regulating the flow in a drainage siphon tube, includes a rigid tube connected to the outlet end of the siphon tube. The rigid tube is placed on a brace such that it can oscillate around a horizontal axis by means of a counter-weight. Pivoting upward of the tube is limited by a high block stop and pivoting downward is limited by a low block stop in such a way that when the siphon tube is delivering above its critical point, the tube is tilted downward, resting on the lower block stop and when the critical outflow is reached, the tube empties itself and comes to rest against the higher block stop by means of the counterweight. An increase in the pressure at the inflow end of the siphon tube results in a rise of the water in the rigid tube until the imbalance makes it pivot to the downward tilted position where it rests on the low block stop and delivery higher than the critical point ejects the gas bubbles accumulated at the high point of the siphon tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Gress S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Gress
  • Patent number: 5009261
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat accumulation tank system intended for use as a heat source of, for example, an air conditioner and which is installed, for example, in a building or under a green zone, a stadium or a parking area. The heat accumulation tank system is composed of a plurarity of water tanks which are connected through a communication passage such as a communication pipe. The pressure in the communication passage is controlled by means of a pressurizing device or a vacuum device, so that the state of communication is controlled such as to establish or interrupt the communication between the water tanks or to control the rate of flow of water between these water tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: Takashi Kuhara
  • Patent number: 4951699
    Abstract: A device and system to transport fuel from one interior portion of a fuel tank to another by automatic siphon action, the siphon being initiated by an aspirator which evacuates air and fuel vapor from the siphon by the flow effect of the return fuel through a venturi or reduced diameter portion of the return fuel line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Lipman