Distribution Systems Involving Geographic Features Patents (Class 137/236.1)
  • Patent number: 9913429
    Abstract: The locations of flowers on a plant, rather than the locations of agricultural products produced from such flowers, are used to facilitate the performance of harvesting and other agricultural operations in robotic agricultural applications. In some implementations, the identified location of a fruit-producing flower may be used by a robotic device to apply an indicator tag to a flowering plant proximate the flower for later identification when performing various types of directed and automated agricultural operations. In other implementations, the identified location of a fruit-producing flower may be used by a robotic device to anchor a stem of a flowering plant to a predetermined location such that the location of the flower, and of any fruit(s) later produced by such flower, are controlled and/or known when performing subsequent agricultural operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Adrian Stubbs, Kevin James Fleming McCloskey
  • Patent number: 9889395
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for drafting or transferring water from a water supply to a fire pump in fire service include a strainer, the strainer having a hood member with an open bottom inlet having an inlet aperture, an outlet having an outlet aperture, a suctioning structure extending away from the open bottom inlet of the hood member, and the suctioning structure having a base offset from the open bottom inlet. Method of using the strainer including immersing a strainer in a water supply, fluidly connecting the outlet to a suction side of a pumping apparatus, activating the pumping apparatus, transferring water through the hood member, directing the strainer toward the bottom of the water supply and maintaining the strainer at the bottom of the water supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Larry F. Reber
  • Patent number: 9844760
    Abstract: An aerator for aerating water comprises a distribution system for distributing air below the water surface and a compressor with an air inlet and at least one air outlet. The compressor is configured to be placed below the water surface. The infiltration of water at the air inlet is prevented by an intake pipe with one open end above the water surface and the other open end has a watertight connection to the compressor. The distribution system has a watertight connection to the air outlet and, due to its nature or by at least one valve, can hold back water. The housing is in thermal contact with the water to cool the compressor. The compressor is a centrifugal compressor that comprises an impeller that is driven by a shaft that it is mounted on air bearings, magnetic bearings or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Erik Paul Fabry
  • Patent number: 9840886
    Abstract: An apparatus including a robotic manipulator coupled to an oilfield device to facilitate support operations. The robotic manipulator can include a tool for interacting with components of the oilfield device, and the robotic manipulator can provide three translational degrees of freedom of the tool with respect to the oilfield device. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Brent David Gable, Andrea Paulina Rubio, Diana Kathryn Grauer
  • Patent number: 9835764
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for calibration of a towed line array. In a low frequency band, calibration is performed using an acoustic field observed by reference standard hydrophones. The observations form a model of a complex acoustic field throughout a space occupied by a measurement apparatus. The array sensitivities are computed by comparing output voltages of the array with the acoustic field estimated at the locations occupied by hydrophones of the array. Variations in the acoustic field that cannot be accounted for by free field propagation theory are included in the calculation of array channel sensitivities. The method extends the low frequency limit for the calibration to less than the minimum frequency at which free field propagation conditions can be approximated. Boundary reflections and spatial variations in the acoustic field are recognized. The spatial distribution of acoustic energy is used to provide low frequency calibration with improved precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Steven E. Crocker, Daniel C. Casimiro, Robert F. Cutler, Ronald R. Smalley
  • Patent number: 9784386
    Abstract: This large flexible submarine conduit system (10) for a platform floating at sea includes: a flexible conduit (12) including a plurality of sheets (26A, 26B, 26C) linked together by a sliding closure (28) on each of the lateral sides of the sheets, the conduit (12) including elements for maintaining a circular cross-section of the conduit (12) that are both flexible and flattenable; and a device capable of being placed on the platform at the upper end of the conduit (12), allowing winding and unwinding of each of the sheets (26A, 26B, 26C) of the conduit (12), this device including a drum (14A, 14B, 14C) for each of the sheets (26A, 26B, 26C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: DCNS
    Inventor: Raphael Vambre
  • Patent number: 9745059
    Abstract: A system usable to adapt an optical device to calculate a condition value. The system utilizes data from an optical device about a field of vision to calculate a condition value such as temperature for a target within the field of vision. The system makes use of an adapter connected to the optical device for transmitting adapter output data and a converter that accesses the adapter output data to calculate the condition value. The adapter components can weigh less than 3 ounces, and encompass a volume of less than 4 cubic inches, making it suitable for deployment on a drone, or remotely operated vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Gary Eugene Strahan
  • Patent number: 9719973
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a system is presented for collecting information about a crop to analyze the general health the crop relative to corresponding information from a previous information collection process. To ensure an optimal harvest, a field is typically treated with multiple material application steps. Starting with seed application, the system collects visual information and corresponding positioning data. With each subsequent application (e.g., fertilizer, pesticide, etc.), the information collection process is repeated. The new information is compared to corresponding information from a previous application step, such that the effectiveness of the prior application can be revealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Terence D. Pickett, Timothy A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9719234
    Abstract: Certain aspects direct to systems and methods for preventing water pipe freeze. A water supply system includes a water pipe and an Internet of Things (IoT) tap device switchable between an open state and a closed state. An IoT temperature sensor is disposed on the water pipe to detect an environmental temperature of the water pipe and generate a corresponding temperature signal. The IoT tap device is communicatively connected to the at least one IoT temperature sensor. In operation, the IoT tap device requests and receives the temperature signal from the temperature sensor, and determines the environmental temperature based on the temperature signal. When the environmental temperature is at or below a threshold temperature, such as a freezing point of water, the IoT tap device controls its tap to switch to the open state such that water flows or drips out from the tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Samvinesh Christopher, Joseprabu Inbaraj, Chandrasekar Rathineswaran
  • Patent number: 9720421
    Abstract: A subsea production system for producing fluids from a subsea well in a subsea field. The production system includes a production facility and a production umbilical connecting the subsea well with the production facility. The production system also includes a control system for controlling production from the subsea well. The control system includes a first redundant master control station system (redundant MCS) at a first location, the redundant MCS capable of controlling production from the subsea well. The control system also includes a second redundant MCS at a second location, the second redundant MCS capable of controlling production from the subsea well. The redundant MCSs are synchronized to keep the same electronic data at both locations and to prevent conflicts in control signals from the redundant MCSs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Ulrich Kleine, Roger Seeck, Björn Wiegert
  • Patent number: 9657850
    Abstract: A subsea pressure regulator includes: a spring housing; a spring disposed therein; a body having a bore formed therethrough and inlet and outlet ports; drive and balance adapters connected to opposite ends of the body; drive and balance plungers; and a supply seal assembly. Each plunger has: a piston shoulder engaged with the respective adapter, a first portion in fluid communication with an outlet chamber, and a second portion in fluid communication with ambient pressure. The supply seal assembly includes a seal carrier connected to the plungers and a seal bore formed therethrough. The spring biases the seal carrier toward an open position. The drive plunger is operable to move the seal carrier to a closed position in response to sufficient pressure in the outlet chamber overcoming the spring bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Proserv Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Andy Patterson
  • Patent number: 9629313
    Abstract: A system for growing plants, the system may include a substrate having one or more weakened areas or openings: one or more grow portions coupled to the substrate and situated at the one or more weakened areas or openings and having at least one seed or plant; and/or a fluid distribution portion coupled to the substrate and configured to provide fluid to the one or more grow portions. The system may further include a method of operation including one or more acts of: obtaining a weather forecast for a future time period; determining whether rain is expected during the future time period; and preventing, terminating, or restricting an irrigation cycle when it is determined that rain is expected during the fare time period. The restricting may restrict a flow of liquid during the irrigation cycle or shorten the irrigation interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 9611161
    Abstract: A circulating-water utilization system (1) to be constructed in a specific area includes; a circulation channel (2) having a closed loop shape through which circulating water flows; a discharge channel (4) through which wastewater discharged from a water consumer (3) is discharged to the circulation channel (2), the water consumer (3) being composed of water consuming members; a purifying unit (8) configured to purify the circulating water containing the wastewater flowing through the circulation channel (2); a supply channel (6) configured to supply the circulating water purified by the purifying unit (8) to the water consumer (3); water intake parts (10) for intake of the circulating water from the supply channel (6), disposed on the respective water consuming members; and sterilizing units (11) disposed on the respective water intake parts (10), and configured to individually sterilize the circulating water to be supplied to the respective water consuming members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yagita, Junichi Minamiura, Jun Hyodo, Yukinobu Yokota, Hayato Shin, Riki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9565812
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a high growth, high density, closed environment growing system and methods thereof. A method of accelerating plant cell growth in a growing system may include adjusting the lighting in accordance with an identified plant growth stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Crop One Holidings, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9538733
    Abstract: A system and method of sustainable aquaponics that vertically integrates unique aquaponic system designs with alternative aquaculture fish feed sources, fingerling production methods, alternative aquaculture/farmed fish grow out models, and green energy sources that yield organic produce in the form of fruits and vegetables. A raceway system serves as the hub for grow-out throughout the warm and cold months. During the summer months, fish can be spawned and fed for steady growth, while during the winter months, the fish continue to grow at slower quite acceptable growth rates. Plants like legal (licensed) cannabis for medical use can be grown in plant areas near the raceways with very high yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Trent Jones
  • Patent number: 9532508
    Abstract: The locations of flowers on a plant, rather than the locations of agricultural products produced from such flowers, are used to facilitate the performance of harvesting and other agricultural operations in robotic agricultural applications. In some implementations, the identified location of a fruit-producing flower may be used by a robotic device to apply an indicator tag to a flowering plant proximate the flower for later identification when performing various types of directed and automated agricultural operations. In other implementations, the identified location of a fruit-producing flower may be used by a robotic device to anchor a stem of a flowering plant to a predetermined location such that the location of the flower, and of any fruit(s) later produced by such flower, are controlled and/or known when performing subsequent agricultural operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Adrian Stubbs, Kevin James Fleming McCloskey
  • Patent number: 9499249
    Abstract: A fresh water transportation system is disclosed that takes advantage of the buoyancy of fresh water in salt water to transport fresh water through a body of salt water. The fresh water flows from an above-water vessel through a down pipe supported on the sea bed, and through a curved pipe that redirects the fresh water flow upwardly. In an embodiment a gas, for example air or natural gas, is injected into the fresh water in the upwardly directed portion of the flow. An inclined compliant pipe receives the upwardly directed flow, such that the hydrostatic pressure is communicated to the fresh water, whereby the fresh water is urged through the compliant pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Clary Bowhay
  • Patent number: 9482654
    Abstract: An inventory management method is also provided. This method includes removing and replacing the gas product from a first salt cavern as supply and demand dictate, analyzing the impurities in the gas product that is removed, predicting the duration until a maximum acceptable impurity limit is present, removing all the working gas from the first salt cavern when the maximum acceptable impurity limit is reached, then replacing the working gas in the first salt cavern, while concurrently, removing and replacing the gas product from a second salt cavern as supply and demand dictate, analyzing the impurities in the gas product that is removed, predicting the duration until a maximum acceptable impurity limit is present, removing all the working gas from the second salt cavern when the maximum acceptable impurity limit is reached, then replacing the working gas in the second salt cavern, while concurrently repeating steps a)-g).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP
    Inventor: Ronald Strybos
  • Patent number: 9458944
    Abstract: A hydraulic safety and movement control system has an actuating cylinder or a hydraulic motor which serves to set a fitting which is preferably relevant to safety and by means of which a fluid flow, for example of a power plant or of a turbine is regulated. The system has a hydraulic control arrangement by means of which a piston or a piston rod of the actuating cylinder or a motor shaft of the hydraulic motor can be moved continuously in a control mode or normal mode. Furthermore, the system has a hydraulic safety arrangement or safety circuit by means of which the piston and/or the piston rod or the motor shaft and therefore the fitting can be moved into a predetermined safe position in the event of a system failure or in an emergency mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Bracht, Helmut Fischer
  • Patent number: 9419288
    Abstract: An improved emergency power system is disclosed for providing electrical power to a load such as a blowout preventer of a petroleum drilling apparatus. The improved emergency power system comprises a thermal battery having an anode and a cathode with a separator containing an electrolyte disposed therebetween. An internal heat layer is located in proximity to the separator containing the electrolyte. A squib is provided for activating the internal heat layer. The thermal battery remains dormant until the squib is energized to ignite the squib enabling the heat layer to render the electrolyte molten thereby activating battery to provide electrical power to the load. The squib may be energized remotely, mechanically or electrically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventors: Bradford A. Wood, James K. Pugh, Juan A. Cubero
  • Patent number: 9395045
    Abstract: An underwater carbon dioxide storage facility including a carbon dioxide deposit stored underwater as a clathrate includes a flexible barrier disposed at least partially over the carbon dioxide deposit. The carbon dioxide deposit may be stored in or at the bottom of a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Caldeira, Philip A. Eckhoff, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9395001
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly comprises a hollow nozzle body having a central bore and a plurality of ports extending through the body from the central bore; and a switching valve cartridge disposed in the central bore that directs fluid flow to ports upon application of fluid flow above a predetermined threshold to the inlet and direct fluid flow to different ports upon fluid flow having subsequently dropped below the predetermined threshold and then exceeding the predetermined threshold. The cartridge comprises a cylindrical cartridge case having a front portion and a cup shaped rear portion, a cylindrical poppet slidably disposed within the cup shaped rear portion of the cartridge case, and a biasing member within the cartridge case between the front portion of the case and the poppet urging the poppet away from the front portion of the cartridge case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Stoneage, Inc.
    Inventor: Colton Andersen
  • Patent number: 9371830
    Abstract: A refueling system for supplying fuel to hydraulic fracturing equipment. The refueling system having a main fuel source and at least one pressurization unit. The pressurization unit having a pump, a motor, a motor fuel source, a supply coupling device and a return coupling device. The refueling system having sensors in the one or more supply fuel lines and in the one or more return fuel lines for receiving flow rate information and pressure information, wherein the flow rate information and pressure information is compared to preset limits and a message is transmitted when the flow rate information and pressure information falls below or exceeds the preset limits to adjust rates of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Roy Malcolm Moffitt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9304269
    Abstract: A subsea cable termination assembly for a subsea cable that includes an optical fiber for data transmission is provided. The subsea cable termination assembly includes a chamber that has a liquid tight seal against an ambient medium surrounding the subsea cable termination assembly, and a media converter arranged in the chamber. The media converter includes an optical interface adapted to be connected to an optical fiber of the subsea cable, and an electrical interface. The subsea cable termination assembly also includes an electric contact arranged outside the chamber and electrically connected to the electrical interface of the media converter arranged inside the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Endre Fosso Jamtveit, Trond Holger Villmark
  • Patent number: 9217517
    Abstract: A method for installing an underwater riser between a seabed (52) and a surface (12), and a tubular pipe suspended from a float (24): The float (24) is weighted to be able to submerge it to drive one pipe end (28) toward the seabed (52) for connecting the tubular pipe at the seabed. Unwinding the flexible pipe (20) to extend it catenary fashion between the float (24) and a surface installation (10) so as to weight the float (24) with the unwound flexible pipe (20) and cause the submersion of the float (24), whereby the other pipe end (28) is driven toward the seabed (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventor: Ange Luppi
  • Patent number: 9062515
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are for supplying liquids for scale treatment and killing to a subsea well, where the subsea well is provided with a tree which has a swab valve and a coupling for a tree cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Subsea Solutions AS
    Inventor: Torfinn Borsheim
  • Patent number: 8978689
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for supplying natural gas to a sales line, the system comprising: an inlet connected to receive natural gas from a well; an outlet connected to discharge the natural gas to a sales line; piping between the inlet and the outlet; a moisture sensor on the piping for detection of a predetermined moisture level in the natural gas; a shutdown valve, on the piping, connected to close upon detection by the moisture sensor of a moisture level at or above the predetermined moisture level; an odorant addition unit on the piping; and a gas analyzer on the piping for tracking the volume and heating value of natural gas discharged through the outlet. A method of supplying natural gas to a sales line is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Greg Albert O'Hare
  • Patent number: 8950419
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying additional hydrogen from a reservoir of stored hydrogen in a salt cavern to a hydrogen pipeline to assist in meeting customer demand for hydrogen is provided. Contaminants introduced while the stored hydrogen stream is in the salt cavern may cause the crude hydrogen stream to not have the required product purity specification. The stored hydrogen is removed from the salt cavern as a crude hydrogen stream and thereafter diluted with higher purity hydrogen formed from the pipeline to form a hydrogen product stream at or below the product purity specification. The hydrogen product can be formed without removal of any of the contaminants in the crude stream, thereby creating a more cost effective and simplified supply process compared to conventional processes employing a salt cavern for hydrogen supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rommel M. Oates, Solomon Dadebo
  • Patent number: 8926218
    Abstract: A structural support system creates and maintains useful void space for the storage or detention of fluids within an underground chamber. The support system includes one or more hollow members that are generally triangular in cross section, with open ends and a plurality of apertures that allow the hollow members to remain in fluid communication when bundled together. Stored or detained fluids flow around and through the support system as the fluid level rises or falls according to the volume of fluids introduced or withdrawn from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Edward W. Savage
  • Patent number: 8905677
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter provides apparatus, systems and methods by which one can safely and effectively store fluids in undersea environments. Fluid is stored in a flexible bladder that is at least partially enclosed in a vessel. The bladder is coupled to a support, which supports the weight of the bladder with the aid of a support driver. A sensor may be used to monitor the position of the support, allowing determination of the volume of the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Savanna Hantz
  • Patent number: 8875730
    Abstract: A control device is provided with a switching valve mechanism and first and second actuators. The switching valve mechanism is provided with a valve element for switching which is located within a casing. The valve element can linearly move between an open position at which first and second pressure change chambers of the casing are communicated with each other and a closed position at which the communication is interrupted. The valve element is held at the open position and the closed position by a first holding mechanism (toggle spring). When a float ascends to a first water level, the first actuator moves the valve element from the closed position to the open position. When the degree of vacuum within a pressure detection chamber becomes a second degree of vacuum or less, the second actuator moves the valve element from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Torishima Pump Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitami Muraki
  • Patent number: 8857730
    Abstract: A sump sprinkler system for use with residential and commercial buildings. The sump sprinkler system comprises a system controller and a sprinkler pump in communication with the system controller. The sump sprinkler system also comprises an intake tube connected to the sprinkler pump, wherein the intake having an end arranged in a sump of a building. The sump sprinkler system also comprises at least one sprinkler connected to the output of the sprinkler pump, wherein the sprinkler is in communication with the system controller. The sump sprinkler system also comprises a water level member in communication with the system controller, wherein the water level member is arranged in the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: M.E.C. Systems
    Inventors: David Hartfelder, Andrea Hartfelder
  • Publication number: 20140193205
    Abstract: Disclosed are pipeline systems, methods and apparatus for handling fluids in offshore oil and gas production. The systems disclosed allow subsea functional lines having diameters which differ by more than 2 standard API 5L pipeline diameters to be placed in fluid communication in such a way that the systems are piggable. Pipeline connection terminations are installed to facilitate connection of such functional lines. Such systems offer solutions to problems related to installing subsea pipeline in rough terrain, over subsea canyons and subsea scarps, installing marine risers, and long tiebacks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Farzan Parsinejad, Antonio Carlos Falcao Critsinelis, Sid A. Mebarkia, Christopher Allen Kassner, Brooks Gerard Johnson
  • Patent number: 8739830
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes a control arrangement which receives field information relating to an area to be irrigated and source information relating to one or more water sources which supply water to the irrigation system. The control arrangement optimizes an irrigation plan based on the field information and source information and then controls one or more irrigators in accordance with the plan. The control arrangement may pulse valves positioned on the irrigator on and off in order to control the amount of water applied to the land by individual outlets on the irrigator. Latching valves may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Francis Bradbury, Michael George Ricketts
  • Patent number: 8720470
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein disclose a system and a method for regulating a flow of fluid stream in fluid storage and dispensing systems. The system comprising a valve arrangement including a compressed air unit bloated by a connecting air inlet tube, a frame and a valve elevating means to mount the valve arrangement on the frame, several sensors to detect one crisis factor, a communication unit, a data logger and processing unit, a remote management system and several actuators to regulate the operation of the valve arrangement. The valve arrangement shuts down the outflow of fluid stream on receiving a valve shutdown signal from one of the sensors and data processing unit in case of a crisis detection. The data processing unit informs the remote management system to take adequate safety measures through the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Abdollah Hosseini, Vahid Saadatmand, Reza Giyahi
  • Patent number: 8714262
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method of limiting the amount of oil in a sea comprises: positioning a device for directing the flow of a fluid adjacent to a wellhead, wherein the device comprises: a first fluid passageway; a second fluid passageway; a third fluid passageway, wherein the first fluid passageway is operatively connected to the second and third fluid passageways; and a fluid director, wherein the fluid director is operatively connected to the first, second, and third fluid passageways, and wherein depending on at least one of the properties of a fluid, the fluid director directs the fluid to increasingly flow into the second or third fluid passageways. This embodiment is useful in limiting the amount of oil when a blowout has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Jason D. Dykstra
  • Patent number: 8631815
    Abstract: A pump attachment interface provides a fixed link between a first line in communication with a fluid reservoir, and a second line in communication with a mobile storage tank via a pump of a pump truck. The interface includes an interface body with a sloping surface that supports a fixed conduit such that a lower end of the conduit is at a height that is lower than an upper end of the conduit. The lower end is for coupling to the first line, and the second end is for coupling to the second line. The attachment interface also has a spill containment catch basin over which the second end of the conduit is located so as to catch any spillage from the second line when it is coupled to the conduit. The body can be a concrete block, or be molded plastic filled with sand or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Randal K. VanConett
  • Patent number: 8596300
    Abstract: For pulsed injection of liquids into the ground, the tool has a rotating cylinder, having through-slots. The tool has an insert, which is pressed against the rotating cylinder. As the cylinder rotates, the slots in the rotor cover/uncover the slots in the insert, creating the required pulses. By suitably shaping the slots, the pulses can have a fast rise-time from closed to open. The insert is shaped to minimize flow interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Wavefront Reservoir Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin Eric Graham, Andre Michael Masse, Brett Charles Davidson
  • Patent number: 8591147
    Abstract: In a water storage system with water conduits, water pumps, drain valves, discharge valves, for storing a first volume of water, a method of maximizing water availability monitors a second volume of water within the system. Data regarding forecasted precipitation predicted to occur at some point in the future, including a predicted duration, intensity and volume are received and an expected time-dependent volume of water to be added to the system during the forecasted precipitation is estimated. If at least one of: a first sum of the predicted volume and the second volume and a second sum of the expected time-dependent volume and the second volume is greater than the first volume then the water pumps, drain valves, and discharge valves are controlled to discharge water until each of the first and second sums is not greater than the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Quigley, Philip Reidy
  • Patent number: 8561633
    Abstract: The steel-reinforced HDPE rain harvesting system collects, stores, and pumps harvested rain water for a variety of non-portable uses. The rain harvesting system includes either a horizontally disposed or vertically disposed steel-reinforced plastic cylindrical wetwell connected to an inlet pipe. The inlet pipe discharges rain water into a rain filter made from a pervious concrete manhole lined with a replaceable 20-micron filter cloth. The rain filter allows rain water into the storage section of the wetwell. A high water alarm is disposed in the rain filter and alerts maintenance personnel to clean the filter when needed. A submersible pump is housed in an HDPE pump sleeve outside the wetwell and conveys effluent from a forcemain at the wetwell's bottom portion to a target area. A level monitoring system disposed inside the wetwell selectively activates the pumping system. Maintenance hatches atop the unit are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel M. Early, Scott F. Easter
  • Patent number: 8555911
    Abstract: A method and apparatus protecting a water distribution system from main breaks caused by sudden pressure spikes in the distribution system. A surge suppressor apparatus may include a surge suppressor tank. The surge suppressor tank may be a hollow, cylindrical container adapted to retain liquid. The surge suppressor apparatus may also include a tee pipe integrally formed to the suppressor tank. The tee pipe is sized so that it connects to an underground supply pipe. End caps may be integrally formed to the suppressor tank. The end caps create an airtight seal in the surge suppressor tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Howard Heil
  • Publication number: 20130240636
    Abstract: A portable vegetation treatment system includes a primary pump, a secondary pump, an intake-port assembly, a distribution assembly, and a control assembly. The primary pump is configured to couple with a diluent source while the secondary pump is configured to couple with a reservoir, containing a chemically-based fluid. The chemically-based fluid may be a concentrate, pre-mixed concentrate or other fluid(s), requiring dilution or combination with another fluid before application. The secondary pump includes components that meter one or more chemically-based fluids, during active operation. These components also substantially restrict migration or inappropriate flow of the chemically-based fluid when the system is inactive or in a passive state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Helena Holding Company
    Inventor: Kelly Mark Duffie
  • Patent number: 8517044
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon transfer system includes a first and second floating structure and a substantially horizontal transfer pipe system submerged below water level interconnecting the floating structures. The transfer pipe system includes a flow line support member which is with at least one end attached to a connection head, a number of hydrocarbon flow lines being connected along the support member via carrier members. The connection head includes a cable or chain connected to one of the floating structures, connectors situated on the connection head or at the position of the support member near the connection head, which connectors are on one side in fluid connection with the flow lines and on the other side in fluid connection with a flexible flow line extending from the connection head to the floating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Pollack, Paul Brown, Lionel Fromage, Mamoun Naciri
  • Publication number: 20130206237
    Abstract: Techniques, systems and material are disclosed for transport of energy and/or materials. In one aspect a method includes generating gaseous fuel (e.g., from biomass dissociation) at a first location of a low elevation. The gaseous fuel can be self transported in a pipeline to a second location at a higher elevation than the first location by traveling from the first location to the second location without adding energy of pressure. A liquid fuel can be generated at the second location of higher elevation by reacting the gaseous fuel with at least one of a carbon donor, a nitrogen donor, and an oxygen donor harvested from industrial waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: McAlister Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Edward McAlister
  • Patent number: 8402983
    Abstract: An economical system provides gaseous hydrocarbon to numerous locations (16, 18) that are each in the vicinity of an ocean coast, such as islands in a developing country, so the coastal inhabitants have access to low cost, easily supplied by pipeline and clean-burning natural gas. The system includes a local supply station (24), or hub, that stores natural gas, as by receiving LNG (liquefied natural gas) that has been liquefied by cooling it to ?160° C., from a large tanker (20) having a storage capacity of over 50 million standard cubic feet of natural gas. Shuttle boats (40) that each has a much smaller LNG storage capacity than the tanker, load LNG from the local supply station, carry it to one of a plurality of local coastal stations (12, 14), heat the LNG to produce gaseous hydrocarbons, and transfer the gaseous hydrocarbons to an offshore receiving facility of the local coastal station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Single Bouy Moorings, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Andre Harland, Mohsin Siddiqui, Willem Cornelis Van Wijngaarden
  • Patent number: 8297881
    Abstract: A saltwater intrusion prevention system for use at an interface between a fresh water body and a saltwater body includes a water recovery subsystem for recovering fresh water from a fresh water body. A retention reservoir in fluid communication with the water recovery subsystem receives and redirects the recovered fresh water. A saltwater intrusion barrier subsystem in fluid communication with the retention reservoir is positioned at an interface of the fresh water body and the saltwater body. The saltwater intrusion barrier subsystem includes a plurality of submerged return discharge ports for vertically ejecting the recovered fresh water for providing hydraulic mounding zone, and a fine air bubbler header for creating a mixing zone. The hydraulic mounding zone and the mixing zone increase the density of the fresh water for offsetting saltwater from the saltwater body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Saltwater Separation, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Wayne W. Spani
  • Patent number: 8216455
    Abstract: A plurality of buildings each have a plurality of primary devices adapted to dispense potable water and a plurality of secondary devices adapted to dispense salt water. A primary feed line and branch feed lines convey the potable water to the primary devices. A secondary feed line and secondary branch feed lines convey the salt water to the secondary devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Mackenzie Anne O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8156953
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for regulating a pressure in a hydraulic system for operating at least one actuator in a subsea installation, having a fluid supply line (102) connected to a source of pressurized fluid (101) at a remote location delivering fluid at a constant pressure to the subsea installation, comprising first and second control valves (103, 105) controlled by an electronic control unit (107), and at least one pressure sensor (106) and an accumulator (104) arranged between the first and second control valve (103, 105), where the pressure in the fluid supply line (102?) to the actuator is regulated by regulating the pressure in the accumulator (104) by adding fluid from the source of pressurized fluid (101) through the first control valve (103) if the pressure is too low or releasing pressure through the second control valve (105) to a fluid return line (120) if the pressure is too high and thereby establishing the desired pressure for operating the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS
    Inventor: Johannes Tore Tveita
  • Publication number: 20120085431
    Abstract: An improved downspout diverter to diffuse water flowing out of a downspout in order to avoid erosion. The improved downspout diverter employs a highly effective progression of diffuser elements, and also provides a more aesthetic appearance, improved manufacturability, a stronger molded design, and eliminates the problem of debris clogging the diverter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: William J. Spano, JR., Michael E. Hart
  • Publication number: 20120043268
    Abstract: Brine disposal systems are configured to receive brine from a brine source and to passively collect seawater from a nearby ocean during high tide using one or more tidal forces. Tidal movements during high tide, low tide, or both may be used to mix and thereby dilute the brine with the seawater. The mixture of seawater and brine is then passively discharged into the ocean during low tide using the tidal force, thereby minimizing the impacts on the marine ecosystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Sung-Wei Chen, Colin Chan