Collector For Waste Liquid Derived From Solid, Gas Or Vapor Patents (Class 137/314)
  • Patent number: 8899261
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a trap apparatus for condensate water and the drain apparatus for condensate water installed on the same. In particular, the present invention relates to a trap apparatus for condensate water, constructed such that acidic condensate water is passed through a neutralizing agent and trapped in the apparatus, and the drain apparatus for condensate water installed on it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kiturami Boiler Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-min Choi, Dong-ho Lee
  • Publication number: 20140130898
    Abstract: The invention relates to a condensate discharge device for compressed gas systems, comprising a housing (21), which has a condensate collecting chamber (22) that can be connected to the compressed gas system by means of a condensate feed (23) and which has a condensate drain (24) that can be closed by means of valve assembly (25), and comprising a tubular body (32) protruding into the condensate collecting chamber (22) for accommodating at least one electronic filling level measuring device (31), by means of which the condensate filling level in the condensate collecting chamber (22) can be detected, wherein the housing (21) can be mounted in a first, vertical mounting position and a second, horizontal mounting position and the longitudinal axis of the tubular body (32) extends at an angle to the condensate feed direction (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: BEKO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Herbert Schlensker, Johannes Sinstedten
  • Publication number: 20140034038
    Abstract: A furnace having a first drain trap, a first drain outlet associated with the first drain trap, and a second drain outlet associated with the first drain trap, wherein the first drain outlet and the second drain outlet are located relative to the first drain trap so that gravity driven drainage of a liquid from the first drain trap is selectable between the first drain outlet and the second drain outlet in response to a rotation of the furnace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Lester D. Sherrow
  • Patent number: 8643497
    Abstract: Disclosed are integral and/or portable, easy-to-install apparatuses for detecting and containing fluid leaked or otherwise discharged from a fluid-filled device and for facilitating testing and maintenance of the apparatus and fluid-filled devices. In one aspect of the disclosed invention, upon sensing a fluid discharge, the apparatus activates audible and/or visual alarms and directs the discharged fluid to a predetermined drainage area to prevent damage to areas surrounding the fluid-filled device. In another aspect of the present invention, no plumbing or electrical wiring is required to install the apparatus, thereby allowing an unskilled individual to easily and inexpensively install the apparatus. In yet another aspect of the present invention, the apparatus may be easily located since it is not dependent on gravity or a drainage pipe for discharge of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kevin M. Murphy, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 8528594
    Abstract: Hydraulic system with a hydraulic machine, in particular an axial piston or radial piston unit, with rotating and moving machine components which are arranged in a housing. The housing is connected to a high-pressure and a low-pressure line of a working circuit, which is supplied with pressure fluid by means of a charge pump. The leakage fluid which occurs in the housing collects in a leakage fluid reservoir which is arranged below the rotating and moving hydraulic machine components in the working position of the hydraulic machine and is connected fluidically to the housing. The leakage fluid is pumped out of the leakage fluid reservoir into the low-pressure line of the working circuit by the charge pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sauer-Danfoss Inc.
    Inventor: Wilhelm Gollner
  • Patent number: 8526801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a line connector for media lines, consisting of a connector piece with at least one junction portion for junction connection to a media line or to an assembly and with a transitional portion contiguous to the junction portion and having a flow duct. In this case, at least in the region of the transitional portion, electrical heating means are provided in an arrangement at least partially surrounding the flow duct. Furthermore, the invention relates to a ready-made media line consisting of a pipeline with a heating conductor arranged on the circumference and with a heatable line connector fastened at least to one pipeline end of the media line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Olav Borgmeier, Eduard Brück, Erb Ulrich, Reiner Gründel, Martin Lechner, Frank Peters, Sascha Rosenfeldt, Otfried Schwarzkopf, Ahmet Gündüz, Marco Isenburg
  • Patent number: 8013749
    Abstract: Disclosed are portable, easy-to-install apparatuses for detecting and containing fluid leaked or otherwise discharged from a fluid-filled device and for facilitating testing and maintenance of the apparatus and fluid-filled devices. In one aspect of the disclosed invention, upon sensing a fluid discharge, the apparatus activates audible and/or visual alarms and directs the discharged fluid to a predetermined drainage area to prevent damage to areas surrounding the fluid-filled device. In another aspect of the present invention, no plumbing or electrical wiring is required to install the apparatus, thereby allowing an unskilled individual to easily and inexpensively install the apparatus. In yet another aspect of the present invention, the apparatus may be easily located since it is not dependent on gravity or a drainage pipe for discharge of the fluid. Furthermore, the apparatus optionally includes an integral leveling mechanism to accommodate leveling of the apparatus when placed on uneven surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kevin M. Murphy, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 8002147
    Abstract: A drip tray trap divides a cavity of the drip tray into an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber. The trap includes perforations to permit the passage of liquids, and to restrict the movement of foreign objects and ice cubes to a drip tray outlet, thereby removing the possibility the foreign objects and ice cubes clogging a drip tray drain. The trap includes at least one angled engagement surface and at least one angled engagement surface. The angle of the engagement surfaces forces the ice cubes and foreign objects to move to lowest positions of the inlet chamber. The rerouted ice cubes melt and move through the perforations of the trap, thereby entering the outlet chamber and moving to the drip tray outlet. In a second embodiment, the trap includes handling features to facilitate the insertion and removal of the trap from the cavity of the drip tray for sanitizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Leroy Levert Wells, Michael Troy Stuebs
  • Publication number: 20100294379
    Abstract: An emissions device for use with a portable fuel container assembly is provided. The emissions device includes an emissions housing configured to be mounted to the portable fuel container. The emissions housing defines at least one device opening. A membrane is supported by the emissions housing and allows the passage of the vapor and prevents the passage of a liquid. An emissions filter is also located within the emissions housing and is located such that vapor exiting through the device opening must pass the emissions filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Lorenz Erdmann
  • Patent number: 7600526
    Abstract: A drain purge system for a casing is provided. The purge system includes a purge chamber. The purge chamber is defined by a purge chamber bulkhead. The purge chamber is further defined by a purge chamber drain portion including a drain aperture. The purge chamber bulkhead is coupled to an exterior surface of the casing. The exterior surface includes a drain orifice therethrough. The purge chamber bulkhead circumscribes the drain orifice. The purge system further includes a purge fluid source in flow communication with the purge chamber. The purge fluid source is configured to supply the purge chamber with a flow of purge fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raymond Billy Williams, Wingming Oliver Chow, Robert Alan Cerrone, Kenneth John Hultgren
  • Publication number: 20090188535
    Abstract: A wash pad and wash fluid containment system upon which items such as vehicles or equipment are positioned and supported for collecting wastewater occasioned when washing the items, the system having various combinations of the following: a central trench, left and right side wash pad sections positioned on opposite sides of the central trench, the left and right side wash pad sections preferably being of identical configuration and interchangeable, each side wash pad section having a sloped surface for directing wastewater toward the central trench; a partial side wall enclosure assembly disposed about an outer perimeter of three sides of the wash pad; integrated pressure washer system mounted on the rear wall; a retractable cover assembly including a tarp wrapped on a roller mounted on the rear wall; side wall extension system extending above the side walls including a frame and tarp sections hanging on the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Shannon L. Taylor, Richard W. Frederick, Bernie L. Larson, Paul W. Linton
  • Patent number: 7489253
    Abstract: Disclosed are portable, easy-to-install apparatuses for detecting and containing fluid leaked or otherwise discharged from a fluid-filled device and for facilitating testing and maintenance of the apparatus and fluid-filled devices. In one aspect of the disclosed invention, upon sensing a fluid discharge, the apparatus activates audible and/or visual alarms and directs the discharged fluid to a predetermined drainage area to prevent damage to areas surrounding the fluid-filled device. In another aspect of the present invention, no plumbing or electrical wiring is required to install the apparatus, thereby allowing an unskilled individual to easily and inexpensively install the apparatus. In yet another aspect of the present invention, the apparatus may be easily located since it is not dependent on gravity or a drainage pipe for discharge of the fluid. Furthermore, the apparatus optionally includes an integral leveling mechanism to accommodate leveling of the apparatus when placed on uneven surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Kevin M. Murphy, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Murphy
  • Publication number: 20090020166
    Abstract: A condensate collector arrangement for a dry pipe sprinkler system comprises a float or a sensor which activates an alarm when a predetermined amount of condensate has been collected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: AGF Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: George McHugh, IV
  • Publication number: 20080314375
    Abstract: A condensate pan for a condensing furnace includes a main chamber to receive exhaust gases, a condensate trap separate from the main chamber and internal the condensate pan and a main drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventor: Tabraiz Ali Khan
  • Publication number: 20080017251
    Abstract: A drain purge system for a casing is provided. The purge system includes a purge chamber. The purge chamber is defined by a purge chamber bulkhead. The purge chamber is further defined by a purge chamber drain portion including a drain aperture. The purge chamber bulkhead is coupled to an exterior surface of the casing. The exterior surface includes a drain orifice therethrough. The purge chamber bulkhead circumscribes the drain orifice. The purge system further includes a purge fluid source in flow communication with the purge chamber. The purge fluid source is configured to supply the purge chamber with a flow of purge fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: Raymond Billy Williams, Wingming Oliver Chow, Robert Alan Cerrone, Kenneth John Hultgren
  • Patent number: 6789584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing leakage from a fitting coupling a first and second fluid supply line to an environment surrounding the fitting is generally provided. In one embodiment, a containment apparatus includes a body having a first, second and third aperture formed therethrough. The body defines interior volume that is adapted to substantially enclose the fitting. The interior volume is adapted to be maintained at a pressure less than the surrounding environment to prevent fluid that may leak from the fitting from being released into the surrounding environment. In another aspect of the invention, a method for preventing fluid leakage from a fitting coupling a first and second conduit from entering an environment surrounding the fitting includes enclosing the fitting in a volume defined between a first shell and a second shell, evacuating the volume, and drawing air into the volume from between the shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Charles B. Linam, Kurt J. Buchmann
  • Patent number: 6289946
    Abstract: A fuel filling point arrangement is provided which is particularly suitable for marine vessels. The arrangement has a fuelling aperture connected via a fuelling conduit to a fuel tank of a marine craft, with an overflow pocket provided below the aperture so as to collect fuel overflow. A draining aperture is provided at the bottom of the overflow pocket for draining accumulated fuel to the outside of the craft or to an overflow tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Avon Inflatables Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Davies
  • Patent number: 6209573
    Abstract: A water management system for a motor vehicle in which water is collected from the condenser (1) of the air-conditioning unit, stored in a master water tank (5) and distributed therefrom to the battery (15), screen wash jet (27) and radiator (37). The vehicle owner is thus spared the inconvenience of regularly checking and topping up the water supply for these items. The risk of breakdown is also reduced. In another aspect of the invention, a wet battery (15) incorporates a plurality of float valves (75) for regulating the fluid level in respective cells (61, 63) of the battery. Water is passed through a common channel (23) into which the float valves (75) open when the fluid level is below a preset limit. The battery fluid is thereby automatically kept at the required level for optimum performance and lifetime of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Chin Lye Chau
  • Patent number: 5911155
    Abstract: A monitoring device for use with a coaxial pipe or double wall pipe device which provides access to the interstitial region between an inner pipe and an outer pipe which coaxially defines the interstitial region, each pipe having two terminal ends. The inner pipe has at least one terminal end extending from the outer pipe to leave a portion of the outer wall of the inner pipe exposed to thereby expose the interstitial region. A boot is provided for defining a chamber with a larger end snugly fitting the outer pipe, and a small end snugly fitting onto the exposed outer wall of the inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Environ Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Webb
  • Patent number: 5718269
    Abstract: A safety tank apparatus is provided for installation to receive and store a liquid hydrocarbon or hydrocarbons, or the like, and from which the liquid may be withdrawn. It comprises tank structure including an inner metallic tank; an outer metallic tank protectively receiving the inner tank with accessible interior space laterally of the inner tank; a barrier wall between that interior space and the inner wall; an opening in the outer tank sidewall adjacent that interior space; and a closure closing the opening, the closure movable to expose the interior space to access from the exterior; and tank liquid flow control structure accessible through the side wall opening, for controlling filling of the liquid into the inner tank from the exterior of the safety apparatus, and for controlling liquid removal from the inner tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Hoover Containment, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. McGarvey
  • Patent number: 5704343
    Abstract: A condensate trap assembly. The assembly comprises a housing having first and second condensate inlets where the first condensate inlet is sized to pass more condensate than the second condensate inlet. The housing has an ambient air inlet providing access to an ambient air chamber within the housing, a first condensate chamber open to the first condensate inlet, and a second condensate chamber open to the second condensate inlet. The first condensate chamber, the second condensate chamber, and the ambient air chamber are open to each other and the first condensate chamber includes airflow restrictors to retard the volume of airflow through the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Hongsik Ahn, Alex M. Hofman
  • Patent number: 5655562
    Abstract: A regulator for maintaining a constant partial vacuum in a region, such as in a piece of process equipment or a fume hood. The regulator includes a path, through which fluid passes from the region to the vacuum source, and a movably mounted piston. The piston is disposed in the path so that the piston may constrict the path at a constriction point. Fluid in the path upstream of the constriction point exerts a pressure on the frontal face of the piston that tends widen the path at the constriction point. The piston is mounted so that the weight of the piston exerts a force on the piston in a direction that tends to widen the path at the constriction point. A force is exerted on the piston, preferably by a spring under compression, in a direction that tends to narrow the path at the constriction point. A buffering gas, introduced to the area between the piston's skirt and the piston mounting structure, may be used to keep noxious fumes from backing up into the environment and/or to provide an efficient bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventor: David W. Palmer
  • Patent number: 5571249
    Abstract: A fluid sleeve for channeling fluid spilled during the servicing of a motorized vehicle includes a top portion, a bottom portion, and an enclosed body portion extending between the top portion and the bottom portion. The body portion defines a first opening operable to engage a fluid inlet of the motorized vehicle and a second opening operable to engage a fluid outlet of a fluid container received therethrough to be disposed in the fluid inlet. In use, when fluid is discharged or otherwise spilled from the fluid inlet or the fluid outlet during servicing, the fluid is retained within the body portion and channeled toward the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Daniel B. Boylen
  • Patent number: 5016689
    Abstract: A safety tank apparatus is provided for installation to receive and store a liquid hydrocarbon or hydrocarbons, or the like, and from which the liquid may be withdrawn. It comprises tank structure including an inner metallic tank; an outer metallic tank protectively receiving the inner tank with upper interior space above the inner tank; a cover extending over the inner and outer tanks above that space; an opening in the outer tank sidewall adjacent that upper interior space; and a closure closing the opening, the closure movable to expose the upper interior to access from the exterior; and tank liquid flow control structure located below the top wall, and accessible through the side wall opening, for controlling filling of the liquid into the inner tank from the exterior of the safety apparatus, and for controlling liquid removal from the inner tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: LRS, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. McGarvey, David C. Whitman
  • Patent number: 4706718
    Abstract: A containment manhole is disclosed which includes a hollow body having a closed bottom and an open top. A concentric opening is provided in the bottom to receive an underground tank fill therethrough and a circular, resilient seal is provided to seal the junction between the tank fill and the manhole bottom. Optionally, a drain valve may be provided in the manhole bottom to lead any spillage directly back to the tank fill. The manhole terminates upwardly in the machined ring and includes a gasketed junction with the ring. The ring includes an upper shoulder upon which the cover peripheral lip can rest and a lower shoulder of size to enable the cover peripheral edges to rest. An O-ring seal is provided intermediate the cover and the top ring to provide a first sealed junction and a circular gasket is affixed on the lower ring edge to provide a second seal when the cover is in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Universal Valve Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph V. Milo
  • Patent number: 4627460
    Abstract: A condensate discharge device for combustion apparatus which automatically drains condensate from the combustion chamber or flue while preventing escape of gaseous products of combustion. The device includes a housing having an inlet in its upper end connected to the combustion conduit containing the waste gases of combustion. An outlet tube is disposed in an opening in the lower end of the housing in alignment with the inlet and the upper end of the outlet tube projects a substantial distance above the lower surface of the housing and provides a seat. A hollow plastic ball rests on the seat to prevent escape of gases from the housing. Condensate generated by cooling of the combustion gases flows into the housing and when the condensate accumulates to a level above the seat, the ball will float to permit the discharge of the condensate while preventing discharge of the gaseous products of combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: A. D. Smith Corporation
    Inventor: John P. Eising
  • Patent number: 4593714
    Abstract: A manhole assembly is attached on a fill pipe for an underground storage tank for gasoline, diesel fuel or other types of toxic chemicals. The manhole assembly comprises a bucket-like body attached on an upper end of the fill pipe and a removable cover mounted on an upper end of the body to selectively expose the fill pipe. At least one annular dam is formed on an upper surface of the body and is adapted to nest within an annular groove formed on an underside of the cover. The dam functions as a barrier to prevent the ingress of water into the body during rainstorms and the like. A combined sealing and cushioning assembly attaches a bottom wall of the body to the fill pipe and a drain connection is provided for selectively communicating an internal chamber of the body with the fill pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Inventor: Michael J. Madden
  • Patent number: 4516597
    Abstract: A butterfly valve resistant to corrosive gases. The valve body carries a valve seat ring having an elastic layer and an inner lining layer composed of polyvinylidene difluoride. The moisture permeability of the elastic layer is higher than that of the lining layer. On the outer surface of the valve seat ring facing the valve body, annular grooves are formed. Through the wall of the valve body, there are formed vents for moisture. These annular grooves and vents for moisture are communicated with each other. When the moisture contained in corrosive gases permeates through the lining and elastic layers, such moisture will easily be drained through the vents. Thereby, moisture permeated through the valve seat ring will not accumulate between the valve seat ring and the valve body. This prevents deformation of the valve seat ring, and extends valve use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Assignee: Asahi Yukizai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Ueda
  • Patent number: 4481935
    Abstract: Flue gases from fuel-fired appliances such as household gas furnaces contain water vapor which may form condensate on the walls of the external flue pipe leading from the appliance. The present invention provides a special flue pipe connection between the internal flue pipe and the external flue pipe. The connection accepts the lower end of the external flue pipe, directs condensate moving down the walls of the external flue pipe to a condensate drain outlet provided in the connection and passes flue gases from the internal flue pipe upwardly into the external flue pipe while isolating those gases from the condensate being drained. In the preferred construction the connection is a collar having an upwardly facing cylindrical recess into which the lower end of the external flue pipe fits and, within the recess, a short pipe section having a lower end connectable to the internal flue pipe and an upper end through which flue gases pass into the external flue pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Arkla Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Bawel
  • Patent number: 4436107
    Abstract: In a ventilating valve adapted to be connected to a pipe in which, when the pressure in said pipe is below the ambient pressure, said pressure is equalized by causing ambient air to enter said pipe, said valve comprising an annular valve means, the pressure in a valve chamber communicating with the pipe acting on one side of said valve means while ambient pressure acts on the other side thereof through an inlet opening to the valve chamber, said inlet opening being defined by stays which extend between two seats co-operating with the valve means, there is arranged around the inner wall of the housing of said chamber a liquid collecting groove which is connected by means of one or more channels with the interior of a tubular connecting means for the pipe, and each such channel is arranged in a stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Inventor: Bengt A. Persson
  • Patent number: 4113284
    Abstract: A fitting for connection between two locations in a transfer system whereby fluid or gaseous substances pass from one point to another through the fitting. The fitting comprises a hollow cylinder, a hollow stem with an enlarged bullet-shaped head and slidably extending through the cylinder, a passageway providing an escape path of least resistance to leaks occurring between the bullet-shaped head and corresponding fitting in a unit into which it is placed and an annular depression at one end of the hollow cylinder, at which leaks can be detected and, if desired, a leak-test location label can be applied. The hollow stem includes a circumferential groove which is located adjacent to the annular depression, the combination providing a means for retention of leak-test solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1978
    Inventor: William C. Blocker
  • Patent number: 4008734
    Abstract: A vapor pressure relief system comprising a safety valve and vent pipe movable with thermal expansion and contraction of the associated vapor generator, and a fixed exhaust pipe and drip pan, the latter having an opening to admit the vent pipe and accommodate the movement thereof, and including slidable cover plates surrounding the vent pipe and providing a closure over the drip pan opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1977
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Nobuo Shimono, Hideki Marubayashi