Tank Truck Type Patents (Class 137/267)
  • Patent number: 10753539
    Abstract: The invention relates to a station and method for filling a tank with a fuel gas. Said station includes at least one fuel gas source store and a gas transfer system having a first upstream end connected to the source store(s) and a second downstream end that is in fluid communication with the tank. The gas transfer system includes at least one control valve, characterized in that the at least one source store includes a rigid outer wall and a flexible sealing wall that is arranged inside the space defined by the rigid outer wall. The flexible wall defines a storage space for the fuel gas. The first upstream end of the system is connected to the storage space defined by the flexible wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Laurent Allidieres, Julie Flynn, Clemence Devilliers, Thibaut Francois
  • Patent number: 10494898
    Abstract: A flow system for use at a hydraulic fracturing well site, including a tree attached to a wellhead, an inlet head in fluid communication with at least one hydraulic fracturing pump at the well site, and an adjustable fluid conduit providing fluid communication between the inlet head and the tree. The flow system further includes a valve in the fluid conduit and having an open position and a closed position, the valve permitting fluid flow through the fluid conduit when in the open position, and preventing fluid flow through the fluid conduit when in the closed position, at least a portion of the fluid conduit positioned between the valve and the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Saurabh Kajaria, Lloyd Ray Cheatham
  • Patent number: 10393277
    Abstract: A control valve is provided, comprising a valve body having an inlet port extending along an inlet axis, first and second outlet ports extending along outlet axes substantially parallel to a single reference axis and substantially perpendicular to the inlet axis, first and second sealing ports associated, respectively, with the first and second outlet ports and each disposed in a fluid path between the inlet port and its respective outlet port, and first and second sealing members configured for independently and selectively opening and closing the first and second sealing ports, respectively. Each of the sealing ports extends along a sealing axis extending transverse to a plane being parallel to its respective outlet axis and the inlet axis, and forms, between a downstream end thereof and an upstream end of the inlet axis, an obtuse angle greater than 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Giora Naor, Vladimir Ryabtsev
  • Patent number: 10108204
    Abstract: Embodiments include a modular fuel pump apparatus for an aircraft refueling chassis and related devices, systems and methods. In one exemplary embodiment, a pump module includes a hydraulic motor driven by a hydraulic pump connected to a chassis motor. A chassis engine is operated at a substantially constant RPM, which causes the hydraulic pump to output hydraulic fluid to the pump module at a substantially constant hydraulic pressure. The speed of the hydraulic motor can be varied by a proportional flow control valve disposed between the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic motor, thereby varying the speed of the fuel pump and the flow rate of the fuel. A controller is configured to operate the pressure control valve such that the flow of the fuel is maintained at a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Beta Fluid Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Glenn Darrow, Jonathan Edmund DeLine
  • Patent number: 9239125
    Abstract: A manifold assembly for connecting a plurality of pumping units to a wellhead includes at least one main line which is connectable to the wellhead and includes a plurality of discharge connectors, and a plurality of articulating arm assemblies which are each connected to a corresponding discharge connector. Each arm assembly comprises a connector member which includes at least an inlet port, an outlet port and a third port that is located generally opposite the outlet port and is closed by a removable plug member, an articulating conduit assembly which comprises a first end that is connected to the inlet port and a second end that is connectable to a corresponding one of the plurality of pumping units, and a riser swivel which is connected between the outlet port and the discharge connector. In use of the manifold assembly, each arm assembly is connected to a corresponding pumping unit and the main line is connected to the wellhead to thereby connect the pumping units to the wellhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, William H. Garner, Paul A. Crawford, James R. Soltau
  • Patent number: 9150140
    Abstract: A cap assembly (40) for attachment to an external fixture (44) on a tank (52) of a tanker trailer (50), including: a collar (42) configured to secure the cap assembly to the tank external fixture and defining a collar opening (46) concentrically aligned with an opening (54) of the fixture; a lid (60) that is moveable between a closed position where the lid covers the collar opening and is in sealing engagement with the collar, and an open position where the lid is vertically raised from the collar and pivoted laterally away from the collar opening; and an actuator assembly (72) that is configured to move the lid from the closed position to the open position during a single stroke of the actuator assembly, and which is remotely operable from a location off of the tanker trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy P. Girard, Michael Fernandez, Glen Harm
  • Publication number: 20140373940
    Abstract: A fluid drain manifold is disclosed. The fluid drain manifold can include a manifold body and a plurality of hollow interior channels extending through an interior of the manifold body between an upper end and a bottom end of the manifold body. The plurality of hollow interior channels can include a plurality of individual drain line channels and an outlet channel. The outlet channel can be disposed within the interior of the manifold body, and the outlet channel can include an upper end and an open lower, outlet end. The open lower outlet end of the outlet channel can be positioned at the bottom end of the manifold body. Each of the plurality of individual drain line channels can include an open upper, inlet end at the upper end of the manifold body and an open lower, outlet end fluidly connected to the outlet channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sorin G. Toader, JR., Eric P. Jakubiak
  • Patent number: 8801041
    Abstract: A fluid storage container and method is disclosed. The fluid storage container comprises a base frame that supports a tank, a tank for storing fluid, a working surface area walkway built into an end of the tank, a ladder connected near the front of the walkway to the frame, a plurality of handrails on the walkway that can be positioned depending on the required function of the tank, a plurality of strut panels that serve as floorboards on the walkway, a bridge that extends from the left and right sides of the tank to connect to other like tanks, a safety chain that connects between adjacently parked containers, and a dual manifold assembly. A method for configuring the tank's walkways as continuous walkways when parked adjacent to each other is disclosed. A dual manifold system and method for operating the manifolds is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pinnacle Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Barrett, Brian Fowler
  • Patent number: 8752572
    Abstract: A bundle trailer for containers including (i) a supporting frame on which a plurality of bundles are located; (ii) a plurality of bundles, each bundle comprising: a bundle frame, a plurality of containers containing a chemical, and at least one bundle value for controlling delivery of the chemical in the containers; (iii) at least one trailer valve; and (iv) at least one clamp for fixing the bundle is disclosed. The bundle trailer is capable of delivering high purity hygroscopic, corrosive chemicals, such as elemental fluorine and mixtures thereof, with good flexibility, high safety, and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Solvay Flour GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Pittroff, Yuk-Hwan Park, Woo-Jin Cho
  • 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: 8499782
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for delivering at least one service fluid to at least one construction type equipment. The fluid delivery system includes a modular body including a main platform with a variety of different sizes of fluid vessels and at least one pump associated therewith. The fluid delivery system further includes hoses to facilitate the transfer of the fluids to construction equipment and hoses to facilitate the transfer of used fluids from construction equipment. A containment component is integrally formed with the modular body so as to provide the retaining of the fluid reservoirs during transit. An optional additional platform containing additional fluid vessels is capable of being attached to the front portion of the main platform, thereby increasing the total fluid storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Karl J. Bauer, Michael A. Brainard, William J. Bunkofske, Steve C. Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 8381756
    Abstract: [Problem] The present invention provides a gas supply method by which a gas in a gas container can be effectively utilized. [Means for Solving the Problem] On the basis of: the maximum flow rate (a first preset flow rate (Q1)) and the minimum flow rate (a second preset flow rate (Q2)) at the place where the gas is used; a first preset pressure (P1) at which the gas can be supplied at a first preset flow rate (Q1); a second preset pressure (P2) at which the gas can be supplied at a second preset flow rate (Q2); a third preset pressure (P3) which is higher than the first preset pressure (P1); residual pressures (PA, PB) in gas containers (SA, SB); a supplied gas flow rate (Q); and the relationship between the residual pressures (PA, PB) and suppliable gas flow rates (QPA and QPB, respectively), the residual pressures (PA, PB) and the supplied gas flow rate (Q) are monitored and the gas supply is switched between the first gas container (SA) and the second gas container (SB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Sakane, Takashi Yoneda, Yoshinori Ito
  • Patent number: 8302997
    Abstract: A system for integrating and embedding a fuel storage tank in the roof of an automotive vehicle is provided. The automotive vehicle may include a roof assembly having inner roof panels and outer roof panels. The roof panels may define a cavity that protrudes into the passenger compartment below the roof line of the automotive vehicle. A pressurized fuel tank may be disposed within the cavity of the roof assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Jon Veenstra
  • Patent number: 7856998
    Abstract: A portable fluid containment assembly capable of holding and transporting oils, water, engine antifreeze, and the like and/or used fluids of the same types. The assembly includes multiple fluid tanks that are mounted in a tubular structure integrated into a platform. The tubular structure includes multiple support members and reinforcement bars. The tubular structure includes lift tip members and forklift pockets to facilitate movement of the portable fluid containment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventor: Karl James Bauer
  • Patent number: 7380565
    Abstract: The present invention is for a spill prevention system to prevent fuel spills from a connecting line connecting duel fuel tanks on a truck when the connecting line is severed or detached from one of the reducer fittings to which it is attached. The connecting line provides pressure communication between the fuel tanks so that fuel flows from one tank to the other whenever there is an unequal pressure acting on the fuel, which occurs whenever one tank has more fuel in it than the other. The connecting line connects to the reducer fitting located on each fuel tank. A safety valve is immersed in the fuel in each tank and connected to the reducer fittings. Each safety valve is configured to shut off flow to the connecting line when the connecting line is severed or detached from the one of the reducer fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Donlad Gary Eichler
  • Patent number: 6994104
    Abstract: The methods and apparatus for transporting compressed gas includes a gas storage system having a plurality of pipes connected by a manifold whereby the gas storage system is designed to operate in the range of the optimum compressibility factor for a given composition of gas. The pipe for the gas storage system is preferably large diameter pipe made of a high strength material whereby a low temperature is selected which can be withstood by the material of the pipe. Knowing the compressibility factor of the gas, the temperature, and the diameter of the pipe, the wall thickness of the pipe is calculated for the pressure range of the gas at the selected temperature. The gas storage system may either be modular or be part of the structure of a vehicle for transporting the gas. The gas storage system further includes enclosing the pipes in an enclosure having a nitrogen atmosphere. A displacement fluid may be used to offload the gas from the gas storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Enersea Transport, LLC
    Inventors: William M. Bishop, Charles N. White, David J. Pemberton
  • Patent number: 6986494
    Abstract: A self-aligning bracket for use in mounting a planar surface such as a roof to a fixed structure such as a bank of fuel cylinders mounted to the roof of a vehicle frame. The bracket provides a locating block on a saddle mount which co-operates with a depression formed on the inner surface of the roof to align fasteners depending from the roof with a coupling fastener on the bracket. The coupling fastener is laterally moveable within an oversized hole in the bracket and engages the locating block to permit co-rotation. An anchor is attached to an end of the coupling fastener so that when the roof fastener is actuated in the coupling fastener, the anchor is drawn towards the coupling fastener, tightening the locating block, coupling fastener and anchor to the saddle mount, preventing further lateral movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Dyneter Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel G. Strasser
  • Patent number: 6732791
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system, for e.g. a vehicle, includes a tank for holding fluid product, such as propane, a pump for pumping the fluid product from the tank, the pump being driven by hydraulic fluid, and a heat exchanger for using the fluid product to cool the hydraulic fluid. The heat exchanger also causes the fluid product to increase in temperature. The heated fluid product is returned to the tank, in the form of a vapor, for example. Embodiments of the invention provide a number of advantages, including increased pump flow rates, reduced cavitation, increased pump life, and elimination of a heat-exchanger fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: STAC, Inc.
    Inventors: John Buysse, Rick Story
  • Patent number: 6502660
    Abstract: A CNG fuel supply system is provided for a bus. The system includes a plurality of rearward tank cylinders mounted on the top of the bus and a plurality of forward tank cylinders mounted on the top of the bus. A CNG manifold line has a length extending transversally across the bus between the forward and rearward tank cylinders. A plurality of inlet lines connect the manifold line to the tank cylinders. The plurality of inlet lines include a plurality of bendable inlet expansion portions, one of which is associated with each tank cylinder for accommodating longitudinal expansion of the tank cylinder. A plurality of outlet lines connect the tank cylinders to the manifold line, with the plurality of outlet lines including a plurality of bendable outlet expansion portions, one of which is associated with each tank cylinder for accommodating longitudinal expansion of the tank cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Fab Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Scott, George T. Scott, Joshua C. Vedder
  • Patent number: 6412588
    Abstract: A CNG fuel supply system is provided for mounting a plurality of Type 4 tanks on the roof of a bus. A manifold line extends to the roof of the bus and is anchored against movement relative to the length of the bus. A shutoff valve is associated with each tank, the shutoff valve being mounted on an end of its respective tank adjacent the manifold line. The shutoff valve has two ports which communicate with the tank when the shutoff valve is open. An inlet tubing piece connects the manifold line to one of the two ports of each tank and an outlet tubing piece connects the manifold line to the other port of each tank. The tubing pieces are manufactured to be substantially identical to other tubing pieces of the tank system for a given bus, and to other tubing pieces for other buses in the fleet, thus reducing the number of different tubing pieces utilized for construction and maintenance of the fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: FAB Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Scott, George T. Scott, Joshua C. Vedder
  • Patent number: 6367573
    Abstract: A CNG fuel tank system is provided for mounting on the roof of a bus. The system includes a support frame mounted on the roof of the bus. The support frame includes at least one longitudinal frame wall extending generally parallel to the length of the bus. Each tank cylinder has associated therewith first and second saddles which are attached to one side of one of the frame walls. Each saddle has a base oriented vertically and engaging in the first frame wall. Each saddle includes an arcuate recess spacing sideways from this frame wall. Each tank cylinder is received in the arcuate recesses of the saddles associated therewith. Each saddle has associated therewith first and second strap assemblies which extend around the tank cylinder to secure the tank cylinder to the saddles and thus to the support frame. Preferably, a set of four parallel tanks are mounted in the fashion described on two parallel longitudinal frame walls. There is one tank hung in a cantilever mode off either side of each frame wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Fab Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Scott
  • Patent number: 6244288
    Abstract: A fuel tanker truck for and a method of transporting liquid fuel, in a tanker truck having a fuel storage compartment and a delivery pipe having a compartment end controllably communicating with the interior of the tanker storage compartment and a distal end having an adaptor. The method includes substantially filling the delivery pipe with liquid fuel, transporting the fuel in the delivery pipe, and during or after the transporting step, trapping and sealing the liquid fuel within the delivery pipe in response to the storage compartment end of the delivery pipe separating from controllable communication with the interior of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Technalink, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin C. Pettesch
  • Patent number: 6148863
    Abstract: A multi-compartment tank structure for an agricultural air cart is formed in a modular configuration with two, three or more containers operable to carry different supplies of materials to the field. Each container is formed with an interlocking mating wall structure having a pair of spaced apart geodesic-like lobes separated by a curved key portion recessed with respect to the lobes. One container having a convex mating wall configuration interfits with another container having a complementary concave mating wall structure. In the three or more compartment configuration, the interior container is provided with both convex and concave opposing mating walls to cooperate with the adjacent containers. The lobes are formed from a number of planar surface segments to create the geodesic-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Flexi-Coil Ltd.
    Inventors: Russell J. Memory, Montgomerie B. Summach, Cameron D. Bodie
  • Patent number: 6112760
    Abstract: A safety relief system for a CNG fuel supply of a vehicle includes first and second Type 4 cylindrical tanks, each having a shutoff valve at a first end and an outlet at a second end of the tanks. First and second relief devices are attached directly to the shutoff valve of the first and second tanks, respectively. Two separate relief outlet lines are connected to the outlets of the tanks. A common relief line is located generally parallel to and lying between the first and second tanks. The two separate relief lines are both connected to the common relief line. Third and fourth relief devices are connected to the common relief line. Each of the relief devices is constructed to relieve pressure on both the first and second tanks in response to either an excessive pressure or and excessive temperature at that relief device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Fab Industries, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Scott, George T. Scott, Joshua C. Vedder
  • Patent number: 6014995
    Abstract: An onsite petrochemical storage and transport system comprising a land based facility, which provides storage at a well site for hydrocarbon reservoir products which include gas, oil and water at a high pressure. The pressurized mixture is transferred, by means of pressure equalization, into a truck with multiple pressure containing vessels and transported to a plant suitable for processing the raw hydrocarbon mixture. The well site facility and transport truck are configured to allow for separation of gas and liquids to selectively transfer the gas or liquids as desired. Remote well sites may be periodically serviced by transport trucks while maintaining continuous production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: A. Patrick Agnew
  • Patent number: 5685350
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for transporting, storing and delivering dangerous chemicals in a high pressure stacked tube array configuration. Tubes are divided into sub-groups with outside tubes containing inert gases and inside tubes containing chemicals. Inside and outside tubes in each sub-group are manifolded to permit off loading of dangerous chemicals into outside tubes in the event of a leak in an inside tube or tubes in the sub-group. The apparatus includes a manifold system for segregation of source chemicals to provide two independent outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Naser Mahmud Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 5676180
    Abstract: A system for delivering natural gas, from a moveable transport or pipeline, is off-loaded at an automotive re-fueling station, or other end-user facility, into one or more storage vessels equipped with internal flexible bladders. The pressure of the gas, stored inside the bladders, will be increased to levels sufficient for re-filling automotive on-board storage tanks, or other end uses, by pumping a hydraulic fluid in the annulus between the bladder and the walls of the steel storage vessels, thereby collapsing the flexible bladder and squeezing gas out to an on-board storage tank. The use of a hydraulic pump, instead of a more-expensive compressor, to pressurize the gas, results in significant cost savings which reduces the overall cost of CNG at the station, making CNG (the "preferred alternative fuel") less expensive than gasoline and/or diesel, which will enable CNG to replace gasoline and/or diesel as the primary fuel for automobiles, trucks, and busses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: James R. Teel
  • Patent number: 5603360
    Abstract: A system for delivering natural gas, from a pipeline, is loaded onto a movable transport by flowing the gas into multiple pressure vessels equipped with internal flexible bladders which will contain the gas until the pressure in the vessels equalize with the pressure in the pipeline. At that time, the transport will be moved to a compressed natural gas (CNG) re-fueling station. At the re-fueling station, the multiple pressure vessels will be connected to an un-loading conduit leading to the storage facilities. The natural gas will be un-loaded by pressure differential until pressures equalize, then pressurized hydraulic fluid will be pumped into the annulus between the bladder and the steel walls of the pressure vessel which will deflate the bladder and squeeze the remaining gas out of the bladder to storage. The transport is then disconnected from the un-loading facilities and returned to the pipeline for re-filling with natural gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: James R. Teel
  • Patent number: 5555873
    Abstract: A fuel tank switching apparatus provides for the automatic switching of fuel delivery systems from a tank or tanks containing fuel which is taxed, to an auxiliary tank which stores untaxed fuel therein. The apparatus is particularly adapted for use in large, over the road diesel powered semi trucks, but may be adapted to other types of motor vehicles as well. The apparatus automatically transfers fuel delivery and return to the auxiliary fuel tank whenever the parking brake is applied, which action will only occur when the truck or vehicle is parked, or possibly in very rare emergency situations. As both the parking brake annunciator (light or audible device) and the pneumatic pressure system are independent of the primary service brake system in large vehicles, the apparatus receives a signal from the parking brake system to switch tanks automatically with no intervention required or allowed by the driver or operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Jay A. Nolen
  • Patent number: 4977921
    Abstract: High gas flow requirements of large size lines are conveniently provided by a series of high pressure tubes connected to header means adapted to control the storage and distribution of gas to the lines at desired flow rates for relatively short periods of time. Gas thus supplied can conveniently be used as a propelling gas stream for the in-situ cleaning of large size lines under high exit velocity conditions requiring the supply of gas at a high flow rate not conveniently supplied by conventional pumpers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Union Carbide Corporation
    Inventors: Larry F. Knight, Daniel K. Ogilvie, Ronny W. Worsham
  • Patent number: 4789170
    Abstract: Angular baffles for vehicle mounted tanks are disclosed which reduce the concentration of vehicle destabilizing inertial forces of contained liquids, generated by movements encountered during transportation. The baffles include symmetrical, hollow internal baffles antipodally positioned with respect to each other, which produce attenuation of such forces by redirecting them through deflection off the angular surface of the baffles into balancing force components, and by otherwise dampening liquid surges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Assignee: Reberland Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry F. Reber
  • Patent number: 4570673
    Abstract: A fluid flow system comprises a plurality of operational elements which are interconnected by rigid conduits. One type of rigid interconnecting conduit includes a statically adjustable assembly including two telescopically associated members having a combined length which is variable to accommodate objects spaced at different distances. The assembly also includes a member for clamping the relatively movable elements to provide a rigid linkage once the interconnection of the objects is made. Another type of rigid interconnecting conduit automatically compensates for distance variations under dynamic operating conditions. This dynamic coupling assembly includes two ball joints and a telescoping assembly which provide for transverse and longitudinal distance adjustments, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: William D. Kendrick, Terry D. Mayfield
  • Patent number: 4525277
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a septic tank provided with at least two successive fermentation and decantation compartments connected to each other by a lateral opening. According to this method, the light and/or heavy sludges contained in each compartment are pumped and discharged in a waste tank whereas the bacteriological liquid medium of both compartments is pumped out and stored in a storage tank. The liquid medium kept in the storage tank is reintroduced into the septic tank after the same has been cleaned, to reactivate said tank thereby making it immediately operative. A tanker especially designed for carrying out this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: Maurice Poulin
  • Patent number: 4354571
    Abstract: A safety and control system for the product outlet valves of a vehicle tank has pneumatically operated valves associated with each product outlet of the tank, control valves are connected to an air reservoir through a charge valve for effecting operation of the outlet valves, the charge valve being of a single shot type for pressurizing a manifold connected to the product outlet valve or valves. The manifold is connected with emergency release valves and a further solenoid operated valve is operatively connected with a gas detector means. With this arrangement either on detection of escaping product vapor by the gas detector or actuation of the emergency release valves pressure in the manifold is vented thereby closing the product outlet valves through release of pressure, the control valves thereafter being inoperative until the charge valve is actuated to re-pressurize the manifold.A system for protecting and also shutting down the vehicle engine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1982
    Assignee: Moorwats Safety Systems Limited
    Inventors: John Lakin, Philip R. Watson
  • Patent number: 4011885
    Abstract: A manifold and valve structure for use with a multi-compartmented transportation tank for liquids, such as for instance a mobile gasoline or oil transportation tank. The manifold and valve structure represents a compact, comparatively lightweight arrangement which includes a plurality of adapter couplings for selective coupling of the structure to a source of the liquid or liquids to be transported in the tank compartments, with a valve coacting with each adapter coupling for controlling the flow of liquid from the multi-compartmented tank vehicle during an unloading operation, and making it possible for selective control of simultaneous discharge of liquid from a plurality of the tank compartments utilizing one discharge hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1977
    Inventor: Joseph H. DeFrees
  • Patent number: 3970107
    Abstract: In a gasoline or like tank truck, a roll over valve is provided which permits opening of the emergency valve of the tank truck without opening the vent valve. The roll over valve is incorporated in the air lines extending between the source of compressed air and the emergency valve. The roll over valve includes a valve closure member movable between a first position in which the emergency valve is activated by the same air pressure source as the vent valve and a second position in which the emergency valve is adapted to be activated by an independent source of air without permitting the independent source to activate the vent valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1976
    Assignee: Emco Ltd.
    Inventor: Allen M. Bower