Plural Tanks Or Compartments With Parallel Flow Patents (Class 137/255)
  • Patent number: 9725295
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for delivering fuel to a plurality of vehicles. The system comprises a fuel source, a pump operable to draw fuel from the fuel source and a distribution manifold having a plurality of outlets. The system further comprises a plurality of fuel lines extending from the distribution manifold and a plurality of valve assemblies, each located in a tank of one of the plurality of vehicles each of the valve assembly being operable to independently shut off flow of fuel therethrough when the tank is filled to a predetermined level. The method comprises pumping the fuel supply from the fuel source to the distribution manifold, connecting a plurality of fuel lines to the distribution manifold and a valve assembly in each of a plurality of trucks in connection with one of the fuel lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: 1119456 B.C. Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen William McKay, Robert Michael Estok, Neil Joseph Ladd
  • Patent number: 9689248
    Abstract: A dual tank structure includes first and second tanks with a common secondary containment structure which are all integrally supported on a common base frame. The common base frame includes longitudinal skids so as to be suitable for transport using a conventional winch truck. A passageway with an integral valve therein permits selective communication between the tanks. The common containment structure has a containment volume which is greater than a storage volume of a largest one of the first tank and the second tank and which is less than a combined storage volume of both the first tank and the second tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: BDC CAPITAL INC.
    Inventor: Lester James Thiessen
  • Patent number: 9615570
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of freezing cells comprising the steps of incubating said cells in a solution comprising a cryoprotective agent, concentrating the cells resulting from the previous step withdrawing the eluent essentially free of cells, and freezing the resulting concentrated cells. The cells frozen by the invention's method render a high post-thawing viability, reduce cryoprotectant related toxic events and promote cells life in a suspension state after thawing. The invention also comprises the container comprising the frozen cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cellulis, S.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Hernan Izquierdo, Natalia Gallot Escobal, Antonio Cruz Pacheco
  • Patent number: 9587768
    Abstract: A transportable, recyclable natural gas pipeline is provided. The pipeline has a conduit storage rack. The storage rack has a base plate with a lower surface connected to a I-beam formed skid frame. The skid frame has rows of pipe support rack trestles. The trestles include tiers of upwardly angular lateral pipe support arms. The trestle defines a central pipe line corridor which extends the entirety of the rack. A bulkhead stacking frame is connected to the skid frame at each of the opposite ends and has a central void so that at least one line pipe section is secured to the corridor. A crossing ramp has a pair of generally I-shaped longitudinal rail members. The rail members are capable of being in stacked support, at opposite ends thereof, on the top of the bulk head stacking frame allowing for easy storage, transportation and assembly of a continuous pipeline with a crossing ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Deforest Lofgren, III
  • Patent number: 9499390
    Abstract: A system for the on demand delivery of a liquid mixture to an on/off dispenser comprises a mixing chamber having first and second inlets and an outlet connected to the dispenser. A first constant flow valve has a first outlet connected to the first inlet via a first supply line. The first constant flow valve is adapted to deliver a first liquid to the mixing chamber at a first substantially constant pressure. A second constant flow valve has a second outlet connected to the second inlet via a second supply line. The size of the second inlet is at least as large as the size of the second outlet. The second constant flow valve is adapted to deliver a second liquid to the mixing chamber at a second pressure greater than the first pressure, with the second pressure being determined primarily by the flow resistance of the second supply line. At least one of the first and second liquids, or a third liquid delivered to the mixing chamber via a third supply line, may be atomized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBAL AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Newton, Michael E. Cheney, Peter J. Brooke, Scott Ross
  • Patent number: 9427757
    Abstract: A spray system including an airbrush; one or more removable containers that are closed initially, and that each contain a composition for spraying onto human keratinous materials; and a junction device that connects the container to the airbrush, the device including at least a composition-outlet first orifice enabling the composition to leave the container in order to be sprayed via the airbrush, and at least an air-inlet second orifice enabling air intake by the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Stefania Nuzzo, Gabin Vic, Eric Parris
  • Patent number: 9346610
    Abstract: A variable volume container comprises a sidewall, a base having a ribbed region, and a diaphragm. The ribbed region has a plurality of concentric ribs extending from the diaphragm, and flexure zones between each rib. The flexure zones allow for accordion-like movement of the diaphragm in response to the internal pressure of the container. The ribs are characterized has having a uniformly arced interior curved surface and a distorted arced exterior curved surface. The ribs are four to eight times the width of the flexure zones, and the flexure zones have an exterior surface shorter than its bottom surface. During vacuum sealing, these features allow the diaphragm to retract upward to reduce the volume of the container while maintaining shape and structural stability of the container. This is especially useful for food packaging operations where containers need to be able to withstand conditions such as high pressure, heat, and/or vacuums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: James Nelson
  • Patent number: 9180472
    Abstract: A sprayer can include a sprayer body, a reservoir coupled to the sprayer body, a cleaning fluid reservoir coupled to the sprayer body and a pump assembly arranged within the sprayer body and coupled to the reservoir and the cleaning fluid reservoir. The pump assembly can include a pump barrel that defines a central aperture, a piston arranged within the central aperture, a solenoid coupled to the piston and configured to reciprocate the piston within the central aperture during operation of the sprayer, and a manifold assembly coupled to the pump barrel and including a valve member movable between a first position and a second position. The valve member can fluidly couple the central aperture with the reservoir in the first position and fluidly couple the central aperture with the cleaning fluid reservoir in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Jamie S. Munn, Graeme Crawley, James D. Marshall, Stacey Black, Oleksiy P. Sergyeyenko, Robert J. B. Hobden, Corey D. MacTavish
  • Patent number: 9139182
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reservoir, in particular for hydraulic motor vehicle brake systems, having one or more pressure medium chambers, a filler neck for filling the reservoir with pressure medium and a pressure medium passage, which is connected to the filler neck and has an opening facing the pressure medium chamber. In order to provide a reservoir which reliably prevents the pressure medium from leaking when the vehicle is in extreme positions and which, at the same time, can be produced in a simple and inexpensive manner, the proposal according to the invention is that the pressure medium passage be provided as a lateral channel which extends in the longitudinal direction along the reservoir, starting from the filler neck, and be formed by walls of an upper part and of a lower part of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Tandler, Werner Krebs, Stephan Schlicht, Hans-Jürgen Neumann, Christoph Schiel, Yoji Hiraga
  • Patent number: 9016982
    Abstract: A system for recirculating lock water includes a sealable storage area located near a lock for receiving water from the lock. The storage area is large enough to house the lock water with excess space between a maximum water level and the ceiling. The system also includes at least one compressor connected to the storage area to create a vacuum to withdraw the water from the lock into the storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Dan Peled
  • Patent number: 9016233
    Abstract: A reactor assembly having vertically adjustable flow cells is provided. The vertically adjustable flow cells include passageways for distributing a fluid to a reaction region isolated below a bottom surface of corresponding flow cells. The adjustable flow cells enable another dimension of variability for combinatorial processing. Thus, additional data may be gathered for effects on process parameter variations, material variations, process sequence variations, etc., for semiconductor processing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Weiner, Aaron Francis, John Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8912298
    Abstract: An apparatus (2) includes: a first tank (4); a line mixer (6); a second tank (8); a cooling jacket (10); a first tube (12); a second tube (14); and a third tube (16). In the first tank (4), (i) sodium persulfate serving as a polymerization initiator and (ii) water are fed so as to obtained an aqueous solution. The aqueous solution is continuously taken out and transferred via the first tube (12) to the line mixer (6). Between the first tank (4) and the line mixer (6), water is injected into the first tube (12). The water and the sodium persulfate aqueous solution are stirred together in the line mixer (6). This stirring decreases a concentration of the aqueous solution. The resulting aqueous solution is continuously fed to the second tank (8) via the second tube (14). The aqueous solution is then continuously taken out via the third tube (16) and is continuously added to an acrylic acid (salt) aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Matsumoto, Shuji Kanzaki
  • Publication number: 20140318636
    Abstract: A method for drain liquid collection and evacuation in a subsea compression system using a compressor, wherein an external drainage tank is arranged in direct flow communication with the compressor sump via a sump evacuation valve, the tank is set under compressor discharge pressure via a tank pressurizing line arranged to connect the tank to a compressor discharge flow upstream of a throttle valve, a tank evacuation line is arranged to connect the tank to the compressor discharge downstream of the throttle valve, drain liquid evacuation is accomplished through generation, by adjusting the throttle valve, of a flow restriction in the compressor discharge. The tank is set under compressor discharge pressure by opening of the pressure valve and the drain liquid flow is permitted into a reduced compressor discharge pressure downstream the throttle valve by opening an evacuation valve in the evacuation line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Vetco Gray Sandinavia AS
    Inventors: Rune STRAND, Francesco BONGINI
  • Publication number: 20140305515
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid replenishing device comprising a liquid storage tank, a chemical liquid supply pipeline, an ultrapure water supply pipeline, an ultrapure water quantitative supplement pipeline and a circulating pipeline. The chemical liquid supply pipeline supplies chemical liquids to the liquid storage tank. The ultrapure water supply pipeline supplies ultrapure water to the liquid storage tank. The ultrapure water quantitative supplement pipeline quantitatively replenishes ultrapure water to the liquid storage tank. One end of the circulating pipeline is connected with the outlet of the liquid storage tank, the other end of the circulating pipeline is connected with the inlet of the liquid storage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Guochao Chu, Jinqun He, Yingying Wang, Likun Pei
  • Publication number: 20140294606
    Abstract: An Automatic Fuel Additive Controller and Dispenser has been disclosed. In one implementation a pump is used to purge a hydrostatic sensing tube of liquid prior to measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Perry Anderson
  • Patent number: 8795604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel installation for providing a product in pasteurized form, said product comprising at least one liquid component and fibrous and/or solid components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 8763843
    Abstract: A water storage assembly is disclosed including a flexible bladder having a water storage cavity, a water inlet in fluid communication with said cavity, a water outlet in fluid communication with said cavity, and a rigid frame adapted to support said bladder wherein said bladder wherein said bladder is secured to said rigid frame and said bladder is adapted to expand and contract upon flow of said water into and out of said cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Graeme Alexander Marett, Andrew Waudby
  • Patent number: 8707937
    Abstract: Fuel systems and methods for controlling fuel systems in a vehicle with multiple fuel tanks are provided. An exemplary vehicle fuel system includes a first fuel tank including a first pressure sensor, and a second fuel tank. The system may further include a fuel tank isolation valve positioned to selectively decouple the first fuel tank and the second fuel tank. The system may further include an electronic controller configured to identify which of the first fuel tank and second fuel tank includes a fuel system leak by selectively decoupling the first fuel tank and the second fuel tank via the fuel tank isolation valve, responsive to an identification of the fuel system leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shane Elwart, James Michael Kerns
  • Patent number: 8557113
    Abstract: The cart comprises a lateral face by which it is adapted to be juxtaposed against another cart. It further comprises a first pump, a second pump disposed below said first pump and laterally offset relative thereto, and a tank adapted to receive a feed container provided to contain said biological liquid, said tank being disposed above said first pump and offset laterally relative thereto. The installation comprises one said cart, a filter and a second cart, juxtaposed against said first cart and of which the upper face supports said filter such that an outlet point of said first pump is situated substantially facing an inlet/outlet aperture of said filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Luc Beulay, Virginie Buisson, Sebastien Cirou, Cecile Delbos, Marc Hlavacek, Frans Mels, Rene Reinbigler, Jean Louis Weissenbach
  • Patent number: 8544494
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a fuel tank selection module, a fuel depletion determination module, and a fuel pressure balancing module. The fuel tank selection module closes (N?M) of N shutoff valves of N compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks, respectively, when an enable condition is met and the N shutoff valves have been open for a first predetermined period, wherein N is an integer greater than one and M is an integer less than N. The fuel depletion determination module determines whether the M CNG fuel tanks have provided a predetermined amount of fuel based a fuel parameter. The fuel pressure balancing module opens the N shutoff valves for the first predetermined period when the M CNG fuel tanks have provided the predetermined amount of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Grant Meade
  • Patent number: 8539972
    Abstract: A low consumption and intelligent safe gas-supply system using gas tanks comprises: at least two gas tanks and gas tank valves installed on them, charge valves with check valve, at least two gas-filled parallel unit pipes, high-pressure sensor, at least two gas-supply parallel unit pipes, gas-supply main conduit, reset pressure sensor, at least two solenoid valves with check valve, and electronic control module ECM. The invention has the characteristics such as the gas tanks supply gas in sequence, intelligent control, security and reliability for use, low consumption, high display precision for gas volume, decompression transfinite alarm and convenience for installing, use and maintenance etc., and it can be used in the vehicle hydrogen supply system in the fuel cell vehicles or the vehicle compressed natural gas-supply system in the natural gas vehicles, and also the high-pressure hydrogen or natural gas-supply system for gas tanks on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Beijing Bolken Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Huanen Xu
  • Patent number: 8539938
    Abstract: Fuel systems and methods for controlling fuel systems in a vehicle with multiple fuel tanks are provided. An exemplary vehicle fuel system includes a first fuel tank including a first pressure sensor, and a second fuel tank. The system may further include a fuel tank isolation valve positioned to selectively decouple the first fuel tank and the second fuel tank. The system may further include an electronic controller configured to identify which of the first fuel tank and second fuel tank includes a fuel system leak by selectively decoupling the first fuel tank and the second fuel tank via the fuel tank isolation valve, responsive to an identification of the fuel system leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shane Elwart, James Michael Kerns
  • Patent number: 8506783
    Abstract: A three-dimensional nanochannel device and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. In the device, a first substrate, a second substrate, and a channel layer sandwiched by the first and the second substrates are included. At least one channel is constituted by the first and the second substrates and the channel layer and includes a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and at least one condensed channel between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The condensed channel at least has a first size and a second size on an X-Y plane and has a third size and a fourth size on an X-Z plane. A difference between the first size and the second size is about at least two orders in scale, and a difference between the third size and the fourth size is about at least two orders in scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Liang-Ju Chien, Chi-Han Chiou
  • Publication number: 20130081708
    Abstract: An anti-vibration system for a fluid reservoir. The system includes a baffle disposed within the fluid reservoir. The baffle includes a mounting mechanism and one or more apertures. The mounting mechanism is adapted to mount the baffle within the reservoir. In addition, and a reservoir cover, enclosing the fluid reservoir, includes receiving fixtures to receive the mounting mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Wirth
  • Publication number: 20130025701
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flow path member includes inserting the first flow path member into each concave portion of the second flow path member and welding the first flow path member and the second flow path member in a circumferential direction of a region where the first flow path and the second flow path communicates each other; and providing two or more injecting portions which are provided with a gap wider than a gap between a wall surface of the concave portion which faces the first flow path member and a circumference surface of the first flow path member inserted into each concave portion which faces the wall surface, communicate with each concave portion, and are opened to the same side as the concave portion to have a concave shape to each concave portion in the second flow path member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeki SUZUKI, Hiroshige OWAKI, Hiroyuki KOBAYASHI, Hiroyuki ISHII
  • Patent number: 8333177
    Abstract: A fuel system (10) of an engine (16) has a first fuel tank (12), a second fuel tank (14), and a pump (36) for pumping fuel from the tanks to the engine. A first valve mechanism (32) is selectively operable to a first position that allows fuel to be pumped concurrently from both the first and second tanks to the engine, a second position that allows fuel to be pumped from the first tank, but not the second, and a third position that allows fuel to be pumped from the second tank, but not the first. A second valve mechanism (34) is selectively operable to a first position that allows fuel to return from the engine concurrently to both the first and second tanks, a second position that allows fuel to return to the first tank, but not the second, and a third position that allows fuel to return to the second tank, but not the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Steven P. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 8197988
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high pressure tank configured to store hydrogen and includes a metal hydride (MH) tank capable of storing hydrogen, mounted therein. First and second solenoid valves are provided at both ends of the high pressure tank. A fuel cell stack is then connected to the buffer tank so that hydrogen from the high pressure tank or the MH tank is supplied to the stack through the buffer tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Kim, Hoon Hee Lee, Hyung Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 8181667
    Abstract: The GTank-C90 Auxiliary Fuel Transfer System consists of an auxiliary fuel transfer cell 1 that connects to and becomes an integral part of the increased fuel capacity of the motorcycle extending its usable riding range. The GTank-C90 Auxiliary Fuel Transfer System enables fuel transfer from the auxiliary fuel transfer cell 1, to the stock fuel tank 17 by activation of the momentary toggle switch 21, activating the Fuel Transfer Pump Timed Electrical circuit, transferring fuel for a predetermined time to allow for complete transfer of fuel. This fuel transfer is designed for use during normal operation of the motorcycle without disruption of use or adversely affecting the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Gary A. Ford
  • Patent number: 8109286
    Abstract: In a fuel tank for containing a hydrogen storing material and a product generated by dehydrogenation reaction of the hydrogen storing material, comprising, a fuel chamber for containing the hydrogen storing material, a waste chamber for containing the product, and a tank envelope for containing the fuel chamber and the waste chamber, the fuel tank further comprises a partition wall fluidly separating the fuel chamber and the waste chamber from each other and being movable to change a ratio in volume between the fuel chamber and the waste chamber, and each of the fuel chamber and the waste chamber has a valve to be hermetically closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masafumi Nojima, Takao Ishikawa, Hiroshi Kanemoto, Takeyuki Itabashi
  • Publication number: 20110315236
    Abstract: A wastewater drainage system for a vehicle, such as a recreational vehicle (RV), is provided. The system includes a pump, such as a macerator pump, in selective fluid communication with the black water tank and the gray water tank, and a drainage hose connected to the exit end of the pump for directing wastewater to a wastewater storage area. The system allows the RV user to clean the black water tank using water from the gray water tank, and allows gray water to be stored in the black water tank so that less time is spent draining the tanks and more time is spent enjoying the RV experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: THETFORD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lannie L. STEGALL
  • Patent number: 8011317
    Abstract: An integrated processing tool is described comprising a full-wafer processing module and a combinatorial processing module. Chemicals for use in the combinatorial processing module are fed from a delivery system including a set of first manifolds. An output of each first manifold is coupled to at least one mixing vessel. An output of each mixing vessel feeds more than one of a set of second manifolds. An output of each set of second manifolds feeds one of multiple site-isolated reactors of the combinatorial processing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt H. Weiner, Tony P. Chiang, Aaron Francis, John Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110209689
    Abstract: A fuel system (10) of an engine (16) has a first fuel tank (12), a second fuel tank (14), and a pump (36) for pumping fuel from the tanks to the engine. A first valve mechanism (32) is selectively operable to a first position that allows fuel to be pumped concurrently from both the first and second tanks to the engine, a second position that allows fuel to be pumped from the first tank, but not the second, and a third position that allows fuel to be pumped from the second tank, but not the first. A second valve mechanism (34) is selectively operable to a first position that allows fuel to return from the engine concurrently to both the first and second tanks, a second position that allows fuel to return to the first tank, but not the second, and a third position that allows fuel to return to the second tank, but not the first.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Steven P. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 7987877
    Abstract: In order to increase the hydrogen utilization rate of the cascade storage system, after dispensing gaseous hydrogen to a hydrogen vehicle, gaseous hydrogen is transferred via a compressor from at least one storage vessel at a lower pressure to at least one storage vessel at a higher, dispensable pressure. The methods of the present invention economically and efficiently increase the utilization rate of gaseous hydrogen stored in a cascade storage system by managing the storage of gaseous hydrogen and increasing the utilization rate of gaseous hydrogen stored in a cascade storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Texaco Inc.
    Inventors: Farshad Alexander Bavarian, Dennis J. Benedetto, John Michael Brady, Daniel Glenn Casey, Dean Alan Kenefake, Charles Franklin Perdue, Jr., Hongqiao Bruce Sun
  • Publication number: 20110098841
    Abstract: A gas supply device 3 includes a device body 31 forming a substantially conical gas-conducting space 32 for conducting gases therethrough from a diametrally reduced end 32a of the space 32 to a diametrally enlarged end 32b thereof, gas introduction ports 61a to 63a, 61b to 63b, and 64, each provided near the diametrally reduced end 32a of the gas-conducting space 32 in the device body 31 to introduce the gases into the gas-conducting space 32, and a plurality of partitioning members 41 to 46 provided in the gas-conducting space 32 of the device body 31 to partition the gas-conducting space 32 concentrically. The partitioning members 42 to 46 arranged adjacently to each other at a radially outer side of the gas-conducting space 32 are greater than the adjacently arranged partitioning members 41 to 45 at a radially inner side in dimensionally diverging rate per partitioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Einosuke Tsuda
  • Publication number: 20110036410
    Abstract: A charging conduit extends from a source of grey water to a separate inlet of two tanks arranged in parallel. A discharging conduit extends from a separate outlet of each tank to the source of grey water for recycling the grey water. Upper and lower level-detectors are provided for each tank and a flow detector monitors the flow of grey water through the discharging conduit. Valves control the flow of grey water into and out of each tank and respond to the level of grey water in the tanks monitored by the level-detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Lorne Tontegode
  • Patent number: 7857939
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for treating wafers using a supercritical fluid. The wafer treatment apparatus includes a plurality of chambers; a first supply supplying a first fluid in a supercritical state; a second supply supplying a mixture of the first fluid and a second fluid; a plurality of first and second valves; and a controller selecting a first chamber of the plurality of chambers for wafer treatment to control the open/closed state of each of the plurality of first valves so that the first fluid can be supplied only to the first chamber of the plurality of chambers and selecting a second chamber of the plurality of chambers to control the open/closed state of each of the plurality of second valves so that the mixture of the first fluid and a second fluid can be supplied only to the second chamber of the plurality of chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo-san Lee, Chang-ki Hong, Kun-tack Lee, Jeong-nam Han
  • Publication number: 20100269915
    Abstract: A fuel tank system for a vehicle (1) such as a tractor comprises a first compartment (28) and a second compartment (29) located on a first side of the vehicle. A third compartment (8) is located on a second side of the vehicle opposite the first side and a first pipe (10) is connected between an aperture (12) in the first compartment and an aperture (14) in the third compartment, wherein the first pipe (10) includes a one-way valve (16) which allows fuel to flow from the third compartment (8) to the first compartment (28). A second pipe (20) is connected between an aperture (22) in the second compartment (29) and a junction (25) in the first pipe (10). The junction (25) is intermediate the one-way valve (16) and the third compartment (8) allowing fuel to flow to the third compartment (8) from the second compartment (29).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: AGCO SA
    Inventors: Anthony Cartier, Vincent Chauvel, Geoffroy Husson
  • Publication number: 20100263739
    Abstract: The ‘GTank-C90 Auxiliary Fuel Transfer System’ consists of an auxiliary fuel transfer cell that connects to and becomes an integral part of the extended fuel storage of the motorcycle increasing its capacity and riding range. The ‘GTank-C90 Auxiliary Fuel Transfer System’ allows the motorcycle operator to transfer fuel from the auxiliary fuel transfer cell to the stock fuel tank by activating a momentary 12V toggle switch. This fuel transfer is designed to be performed during normal operation of the ‘motorcycle’ without disruption of use or adversely affecting the operation of the motorcycle in any way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Gary A. Ford
  • Publication number: 20100193045
    Abstract: A low consumption and intelligent safe gas-supply system for gas tanks comprises: at least two gas tanks and gas tank valves installed on them, charge valves with check valve, at least two gas-filled parallel unit pipes, high-pressure sensor, at least two gas-supply parallel unit pipes, gas-supply main conduit, reset pressure sensor, at least two solenoid valves with check valve, and electronic control module ECM. The invention has the characteristics such as the gas tanks supply gas in sequence, intelligent control, security and reliability for use, low consumption, high display precision for gas volume, decompression transfinite alarm and convenience for installing, use and maintenance etc., and it can be used in the vehicle hydrogen supply system in the fuel cell vehicles or the vehicle compressed natural gas-supply system in the natural gas vehicles, and also the high-pressure hydrogen or natural gas-supply system for gas tanks on the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Huanen Xu
  • Publication number: 20100139777
    Abstract: A compressed gas transfer system comprising at least one first pressure vessel able to hold a volume of gas; and a first gas line to allow gas to pass out of the at least one first pressure vessel wherein the volume of the first pressure vessel is able to be varied to maintain the gas within the pressure vessel at a constant pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: MOSAIC TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Whiteman
  • Patent number: 7665479
    Abstract: A method for operating an aircraft refueling system, where the aircraft refueling system has a computer system, a plurality of fuel tanks containing a fuel, a plurality of fuel pumps, a plurality of motor operated valves, and at least one refueling connection. The method may involve using the computer system to signal at least one of the motor operated valves to open; initiating a flow of the fuel to the at least one of the refueling connections using at least one of the pumps; sensing a flow condition of the fuel; signaling the flow condition to the computer system; and varying an operating quantity of the pumps in response to the flow condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Theron L. Cutler, Mark A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 7645536
    Abstract: A fuel cell (100) is mounted with a fuel cartridge (1220) in a detachable manner. The fuel cartridge (1220) is provided with a connecting part (1225) and the fuel cell (100) is provided with a fitting part (1205) into which the connecting part (1225) is fitted. The fuel cell (100) identifies the fitted fuel cartridge (1220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Akiyama, Yoshimi Kubo, Tsutomu Yoshitake, Takashi Manako, Hiroshi Kajitani, Hidekazu Kimura, Satoshi Nagao, Yoshinori Watanabe, Yasutaka Kono
  • Publication number: 20090199926
    Abstract: A method for filling a storage tank with gaseous, pressurized hydrogen where a) liquid hydrogen, which is extracted from a storage tank, is compressed to an average pressure and is stored intermediately in a buffer tank; b) the boil-off gas accumulating in the storage tank is compressed and is stored intermediately in the buffer tank; c) a pressure compensation between the storage tank, which is to be filled, and the buffer tank is carried out initially for filling the storage tank and d) hydrogen from the buffer tank is compressed subsequently to the desired storage pressure and is supplied to the storage tank wherein this compression of the hydrogen and the compression of the boil-off gas are realized by means of one compressor or by means of two compressors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Wilfried-Henning REESE, Harald KRAUS
  • Patent number: 7426935
    Abstract: A master/slave tank system for storing a compressed hydrogen gas, where the system employs an electrically driven shut-off valve for each tank in the system. The tank system includes a master tank and a slave tank for storing the gas. A first line is coupled to the master tank for providing the gas stored therein to a fuel cell stack. A master tank shut-off valve is positioned in the first line between the master tank and a pressure regulator. A second line is coupled to the slave tank for providing the gas stored therein to the master tank as the pressure difference between the slave tank and the master tank changes. An electrically driven slave tank shut-off valve is positioned within the second line, where the slave tank shut-off valve automatically closes the second line in response to an increase in the differential pressure across the slave tank valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mirko Schwan, Holger Winkelmann, Wolfgang Oelerich
  • Patent number: 7367352
    Abstract: The valve device consists, according to the invention, of (at least) two part valves which are symmetrical in circuit terms with respect to the existing connections and which are designed, in particular, as four-way, two position valves of any desired type of construction, but preferably are provided as slide valves. There is preferably a double slide valve with two cooperating slide valves. The valve device features internal seals and sealing surfaces which minimize wear and damage to the seals as they move across flow ports. The valve device is particularly adapted for use as a fuel control valve for an internal combustion powered motor vehicle having two separate fuel tanks. The valve device permits control over which tank supplies fuel to the engine, and allows controlled mixing of the fuels from each tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Voss Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Hagen, Markus Hasberg, Andreas Suhr
  • Patent number: 7367349
    Abstract: A method for opening tank shut-off valves in a fuel cell system that includes multiple pressurized tanks. A flow control device is positioned in a supply line downstream of the tank shut-off valves. When the system is started up, only one of the tank shut-off valves is opened to allow the pressure in the supply line to increase between the tank shut-off valves and the flow control device before the other tank shut-off valves are opened. Therefore, only one of the tank shut-off valves is subjected to the high pressure difference that induces significant valve wear and tear. The valve opening sequence is controlled so each of the tank shut-off valves is selected as the one to be opened at system start-up by a cycling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Jurgen Thyroff
  • Patent number: 7343924
    Abstract: Since the system for supplying gas comprises a storage container, a compressor which pressurizes fluorine gas in the storage container, and a pressurized storing container which presses fit and stores the fluorine gas, by supplying fluorine gas or the like to the destination from this system for supplying gas, it is not necessary to change gas source such as a gas cylinder or the like. In this way, fluorine gas or the like can be supplied to the destination inexpensively and safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Toyo Tanso Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Tojo, Jiro Hiraiwa, Osamu Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 7337794
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for delivering large volumes of nitrogen gas, air, or other gas at high pressures from banks of high pressure cylinders and releasing that gas at the rate required by the operation. Not only can higher flow rates be achieved, but the absence of motors or engines can be an advantage in hazardous areas and can increase the reliability of the delivery of the gas. In addition, as compared to using liquid nitrogen, which typically must be delivered from a remote air separation plant, these banks of cylinders can then be recharged with gas by portable compressors or nitrogen generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Medra Arabia Trading
    Inventors: Willaim Brigham, Saad Hassan M. Alghurairi
  • Publication number: 20080029159
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for treating wafers using a supercritical fluid. The wafer treatment apparatus includes a plurality of chambers; a first supply supplying a first fluid in a supercritical state; a second supply supplying a mixture of the first fluid and a second fluid; a plurality of first and second valves; and a controller selecting a first chamber of the plurality of chambers for wafer treatment to control the open/closed state of each of the plurality of first valves so that the first fluid can be supplied only to the first chamber of the plurality of chambers and selecting a second chamber of the plurality of chambers to control the open/closed state of each of the plurality of second valves so that the mixture of the first fluid and a second fluid can be supplied only to the second chamber of the plurality of chambers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Hyo-san Lee, Chang-ki Hong, Kun-tack Lee, Jeong-nam Han
  • Patent number: 7316242
    Abstract: A regenerative fuel cell system is provided having at least one hydrogen storage container fluidly coupled to at least one hydrogen generator and at least one power generator. Each power generator further includes a fuel cell fluidly coupled to the hydrogen storage container, an electric energy storage device, and an unregulated dc bus electrically connected to said fuel cell and said electric storage device. The system further provides for a health monitoring system for determining the occurrence of critical events which may necessitate the disabling of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Proton Energy Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Stephen Charles Porter, Mark Andrew Lillis, Dean Edwin Halter, Iris Liane Shiroma, Spyros Nomikos