Liquid Excluding Devices For Gas Inlet Or Outlets Patents (Class 137/388)
  • Patent number: 8931501
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling flow in a fluid flow path can include a chamber containing an expandable material, the expandable material being configured to expand out of the chamber into a portion of the fluid flow path so as to at least partially block the fluid flow path. The apparatus also can include at least one structure providing flow communication between the chamber and the fluid flow path. The at least one structure can be configured to pass the expandable material from the chamber to the portion of the fluid flow path during expansion so as to control a rate at which the expandable material expands into the portion of the fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Nurse, John R. Van Camp
  • Patent number: 8057665
    Abstract: Disclosed are a cold water tank and a water treatment apparatus. The cold water tank includes a tank body, a water inlet pipe provided at the tank body to convey water into the tank body, a water outlet pipe provided at the tank body to convey the water out of the tank body, and including an air vent hole, and a floating member movably provided at the water outlet pipe to block the air vent hole when the water filling the tank body reaches a height of the air vent hole. The water in the upper portion of the tank body is prevented from passing through the air vent hole and draining through the water outlet pipe, thereby preventing the cooler water in the lower portion from mixing with the hotter water in the upper portion. Only the cooler water in the lower portion can be supplied to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Woongjin Coway Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Man Kim, In Du Choi
  • Patent number: 7866334
    Abstract: A sewer pipe gas exhaust filter apparatus includes a sewer vent valve unit connected to a sewer pipe and including a valve member moved into and out of engagement with a valve seat by a float member, a gas filter unit connected to the sewer vent valve unit and including a gas filter medium, and a gas flow valve arrangement to cause gases from the sewer to flow through the filter medium while bypassing air drawn into the sewer pipe past the gas filter unit. The filter medium of the gas filter unit removes chemical components from air and gas exhausted from the sewer pipe, thereby improving the odor of such exhausted gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Mark McIntire
  • Patent number: 7309470
    Abstract: A U-valve apparatus including a bidirectional check valve for controlling the flow of liquid from a vessel while preventing inadvertent discharge from the vessel. The check valve allows passage of a fluid such a gas into the vessel, for purposes of agitating the liquid or for other purposes, and also permits the evacuation of the liquid from the vessel. The U-valve apparatus is advantageously included in a universal fluid exchange device including upper and lower reaction vessel supports which include pressure sealed injection and evacuation ports for each supported reaction vessel. Reaction vessels matingly engage through the injection and evacuation ports with fittings which are connected through flexible tubing to respective supplying and receiving vessels. Each of one or more reaction vessels may suitably be connected by a U-valve apparatus including a check valve to a corresponding receiving vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Pharmacopeia Drug Discovery, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya Feygin
  • Patent number: 6907898
    Abstract: A fluid shutoff apparatus utilizes a float [121] of a float chamber [115] connected to a float-operated valve [113] to provide positive shutoff of fluid to a downstream load upon excessive flow from the fluid outlet [109] of the apparatus. The float-operated valve is shut when fluid discharge from the apparatus is greater than the flow rate from a flow-limiting valve [103] connected to a fluid inlet [107], decreasing the fluid level in the float chamber. The volume of the float chamber prevents inadvertent shutoff of fluid due to normal perturbations in flow to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventors: Travis H. White, Clark J. Anderson, Robert N. Owens
  • Patent number: 6848465
    Abstract: A dual-action vent check valve is disclosed. The valve includes a first check valve which is responsive to elevated fluids inside the valve. A second check valve is responsive to elevated fluids external to the valve. The first check valve prevents overflow from a vented structure, such as a sewer out-fall line, from passing through and out of the valve, thereby preventing spills. The second check valve operates to prevent floodwater from passing into an underground structure, such as a sewer, through the vent. One embodiment of the invention includes a basket for enclosing a deodorizing material inside the valve for deodorizing gases which pass through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Robert H. Wager Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 6846461
    Abstract: A U-valve apparatus including a bidirectional check valve for controlling the flow of liquid from a vessel while preventing inadvertent discharge from the vessel. The check valve allows passage of a fluid such a gas into the vessel, for purposes of agitating the liquid or for other purposes, and also permits the evacuation of the liquid from the vessel. The U-valve apparatus is advantageously included in a universal fluid exchange device including upper and lower reaction vessel supports which include pressure sealed injection and evacuation ports for each supported reaction vessel. Reaction vessels matingly engage through the injection and evacuation ports with fittings which are connected through flexible tubing to respective supplying and receiving vessels. Each of one or more reaction vessels may suitably be connected by a U-valve apparatus including a check valve to a corresponding receiving vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Pharmacopeia Drug Discovery, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya Feygin
  • Publication number: 20030121547
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water-excluding valve assembly for a diving snorkel which can easily be attached to an existing, simple, low cost snorkel giving it features of a more expensive snorkel. This water-excluding valve assembly for a diving snorkel uses a single ball float mechanism to seal off the snorkel airway in the event that the upper end of the snorkel airway tube goes below the water line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Douglas M. Aucoin
  • Publication number: 20010026776
    Abstract: A U-valve apparatus including a bidirectional check valve for controlling the flow of liquid from a vessel while preventing inadvertent discharge from the vessel. The check valve allows passage of a fluid such a gas into the vessel, for purposes of agitating the liquid or for other purposes, and also permits the evacuation of the liquid from the vessel. The U-valve apparatus is advantageously included in a universal fluid exchange device including upper and lower reaction vessel supports which include pressure sealed injection and evacuation ports for each supported reaction vessel. Reaction vessels matingly engage through the injection and evacuation ports with fittings which are connected through flexible tubing to respective supplying and receiving vessels. Each of one or more reaction vessels may suitably be connected by a U-valve apparatus including a check valve to a corresponding receiving vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventor: Ilya Feygin
  • Patent number: 6254835
    Abstract: A U-valve apparatus including a bidirectional check valve for controlling the flow of liquid from a vessel while preventing inadvertent discharge from the vessel. The check valve allows passage of a fluid such a gas into the vessel, for purposes of agitating the liquid or for other purposes, and also permits the evacuation of the liquid from the vessel. The U-valve apparatus is advantageously included in a universal fluid exchange device including upper and lower reaction vessel supports which include pressure sealed injection and evacuation ports for each supported reaction vessel. Reaction vessels matingly engage through the injection and evacuation ports with fittings which are connected through flexible tubing to respective supplying and receiving vessels. Each of one or more reaction vessels may suitably be connected by a U-valve apparatus including a check valve to a corresponding receiving vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Pharmacopeia, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya Feygin
  • Patent number: 6213146
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing and a float. The housing is constructed and arranged to inhibit movement of the float between a resting position to a position where it is situated in its valve seat, unless a selected liquid volume within the valve housing is attained. In one embodiment, a series of projection members or rings creates a tortuous path, such that there is no clear path for the float to reach the valve seat. In another embodiment, vacuum pressure is created between the float and its cup support. Still other embodiments utilize magnets, springs, linkages, and bent wires. Methods for preventing liquid ingestion into an engine through an air intake are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Risch, Gary R. Gillingham, Fred H. Wahlquist, Wayne M. Wagner, Joseph C. Tokar, Bernard A. Matthys, Pete A. Betts
  • Patent number: 6209559
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing and a float. The housing is constructed and arranged to inhibit movement of the float between a resting position to a position where it is situated in its valve seat, unless a selected liquid volume within the valve housing is attained. In one embodiment, a series of projection members or rings creates a tortuous path, such that there is no clear path for the float to reach the valve seat. In another embodiment, vacuum pressure is created between the float and its cup support. Still other embodiments utilize magnets, springs, linkages, and bent wires. Methods for preventing liquid ingestion into an engine through an air intake are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Risch, Gary R. Gillingham, Fred H. Wahlquist, Wayne M. Wagner, Joseph C. Tokar, Bernard A. Matthys, Pete A. Betts
  • Patent number: 6009898
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing and a float. The housing is constructed and arranged to inhibit movement of the float between a resting position to a position where it is situated in its valve seat, unless a selected liquid volume within the valve housing is attained. In one embodiment, a series of projection members or rings creates a tortuous path, such that there is no clear path for the float to reach the valve seat. In another embodiment, vacuum pressure is created between the float and its cup support. Still other embodiments utilize magnets, springs, linkages, and bent wires. Methods for preventing liquid ingestion into an engine through an air intake are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Risch, Gary R. Gillingham, Fred H. Wahlquist, Wayne M. Wagner, Joseph C. Tokar, Bernard A. Matthys, Pete A. Betts
  • Patent number: 5711339
    Abstract: A fuel outflow preventing valve device of the invention is formed of a housing, a plurality of valves, and a plurality of energizing members. The housing has a flow path, a plurality of orifices communicating with the flow path, a plurality of cavities, and a plurality of openings communicating with the cavities. Each cavity communicates with each orifice. Each valve is situated in each cavity and moves to open or close the corresponding orifice. Each energizing member is situated in each cavity to support each valve and has strength such that each energizing member can not move the valve toward the orifice to close the orifice by its own force, but each energizing member can move the valve toward the orifice to close the orifice when fluid enters into the cavity to provide buoyancy to the valve. Therefore, the fuel outflow preventing valve device has a simple structure, and each valve is prevented from being stuck to a valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Kurihara
  • Patent number: 5613513
    Abstract: A system and a method are provided for controlling flow of air and preventing flow of liquid within vent lines connected to, for example, a pipe line or other like piping systems. A housing is provided with a float and a seat within the housing having an opening therethrough wherein the float is capable of sealing the opening of the seat during a flooding condition. The first housing with the float is connected to one end of a vent line. A second housing is connected to another end of the vent line having a float therein for sealing an outlet formed by a seat with an opening therethrough. Optionally, a screen may be provided to prevent articles from entering the housing upon a flooding condition exposing the housing to both liquid and extraneous particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corporation
    Inventor: Ted J. Makowan
  • Patent number: 4059127
    Abstract: A non-return drainage valve adapted for use with a container for drainage of fluids from the container through the valve and for prevention of the passage of liquid into the container, the valve including a buoyant plug member and probe means movable with the plug member for clearing debris from the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Inventor: Leonard J. Olson