Biased Open Patents (Class 137/517)
  • Patent number: 11566715
    Abstract: A mechanical shutdown valve for preventing an over pressure condition is described. A valve body has an inlet, an outlet, and a channel extending from the inlet to the outlet. A valve seat and a diaphragm are positioned in the valve body. The diaphragm controls a fluid flow through the valve body. A mesh is coupled to the diaphragm such that the mesh and the diaphragm separate an upstream portion of the channel from a downstream portion of the channel. The mesh extends from the diaphragm to an inner surface of the valve body and limits fluid flow between the diaphragm and the valve body. A spring biases the diaphragm towards the open position. A characteristic of the spring determines a differential pressure threshold between the upstream portion of the channel and a downstream portion of the channel at which the diaphragm engages the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Melhan M. Ben Sultan, Mohamd S. Almansour, Seung-Hak Choi, Yasser A. Shalabi
  • Patent number: 11541411
    Abstract: A pressure regulator for use in an elbow connector for use with a sprinkler assembly including a pressure responsive member, movably mounted in the elbow connector and movable from an open position allowing flow of water into the sprinkler assembly and a closed position where the bottom edge of the pressure responsive member blocks the flow of water into the sprinkler assembly. The pressure responsive member is biased in the open position and moves into the closed position when downstream water pressure exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Carl L. C. Kah, III
  • Patent number: 11505388
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve (1) comprises a main body (2), at least one through opening (51), which extends through the main body (2), a diaphragm (6), which is arranged over the at least one through opening (51), and a fluid (8), which is provided on the main body (2), the fluid (8) being arranged between the diaphragm (6) and the main body (2), the main body (2) having a first sealing region (21), a second sealing region (22) radially outside the first region, and a third sealing region (23) radially outside the second region, the regions being respectively formed as continuously closed, the at least one through opening (51) being arranged between the first sealing region (21) and the second sealing region (22), and the diaphragm (6) covering the first sealing region (21), the second sealing region (22) and the third sealing region (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Stadel, Herbert Stotkiewitz, Jenny Haase
  • Patent number: 11445851
    Abstract: A machine for the preparation of beverages, comprising a hydraulic circuit that includes: —a brewing unit; —a water tank; —a pump having its inlet connected in fluid communication to the water tank and its outlet or delivery connected in fluid communication to the brewing unit; —a heating device for heating water forced by the pump towards the brewing unit; —a self-priming device (22), which comprises a hollow housing structure (27, 28), having an inlet (22a) in fluid communication with the outlet or delivery of the pump, and an outlet for spillage of water towards a collecting space, in particular the water tank. The self-priming device (22) comprises a spillage member (30), which is set between the inlet (22a) and the outlet (22b). The spillage member (30) has a body that is made of a material that is permeable to water and to air and that is such as to be traversed by water and air when the pump is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Colonna, Denis Rotta, Gabriele Picone
  • Patent number: 11231119
    Abstract: A check valve assembly for controlling a flow of fluid in a transmission from a first cavity to a second cavity is disclosed. Check valve assembly may include a housing having a fluid passageway therein, a biasing member supported by the housing for axial movement along a first axis, and a valve element positioned within the fluid passageway of the housing. The valve element may be moveable between a seated position and an unseated position. An intersection of a plane normal to the first axis and the valve element defines a seating boundary of the element, which may define a minimum distance from the seating surface of the fluid passageway to the valve element when the valve element is in the unseated position. The check valve may include at least one swage extending radially inwardly from the fluid passageway to limit axial movement of the valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: James Raszkowski, Thinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11204029
    Abstract: A compressor installation having a reduced load at start-up, including a gas compressor having an inlet and an outlet and a start-up valve connected to the outlet of the compressor. The start-up valve includes a valve body having an inlet and an outlet, a valve plunger connected to the inlet of the valve body, a spring connected to the valve body and the valve plunger, and a muffler. The start-up valve is configured to discharge the compressed gas through the muffler to atmosphere to reduce the load on the motor at start-up. After starting the compressor, the spring in the start-up valve is compressed after pressure is increased by the compressor and the discharge through the start-up valve to atmosphere is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventor: Tingrong Ren
  • Patent number: 11131223
    Abstract: In a recirculation valve, a first support target portion receives a biasing force of a biasing member on a first stepped surface and moves to one side in an axial direction, such that a first opening is blocked. The first support target portion moves to the other side in the axial direction against a biasing force of the biasing member due to a negative pressure on a downstream side with respect to an upstream side, such that the first opening opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Tomohiko Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 11053822
    Abstract: A recirculation valve includes a first supported portion that closes a first opening when a valve body biased by a biasing member is moved to one side in the axial direction, the first supported portion opens the first opening when the valve body moves to the other side in the axial direction against a biasing force of the biasing member due to a negative pressure on a downstream side with respect to that on an upstream side, the valve body includes a first hole extending from an end portion on the other side in the axial direction to one side in the axial direction, and a valve body barrel portion includes a second hole that extends from a radially outward side thereof and reaches the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Tomohiko Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 11047207
    Abstract: A downhole tool including multiple orifices defining at least a first and a second flow path, and a valve that adjusts to change a ratio of fluid flow between the first and second flow paths, the valve being offset from the multiple orifices by a gap that is adjustable to customize a sensitivity of the change to each adjustment. A method for regulating flow along a first fluid path in a downhole tool includes adjusting a valve relative to multiple orifices that define the first fluid path and a second fluid path, said adjusting changing a ratio of fluid flow between the first and second flow paths, and adjusting a gap between the valve and the multiple orifices to modify a sensitivity of the change to each adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Christopher Janes, Neelesh V. Deolalikar, Daniel Winslow
  • Patent number: 10794144
    Abstract: A check valve is provided having a magnetic plug and a magnetic seat. The magnetic seat and magnetic plug operationally engage so as to have a magnetic resistivity such that there is a first position in which the magnetic plug does not sealingly engage the magnetic seat and a second position where the magnetic plug is sealingly engaged with the magnetic seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Anthony Stair, Nicholas Frederick Budler, Patrick Lyle Cherney
  • Patent number: 10753503
    Abstract: A solenoid valve for a fuel system has an electric coil and an armature disposed in a housing. A preassembled valve unit with valve seat, valve member, valve spring, and armature plate connected captively to each other is provided. In the valve unit, the valve seat is loosely secured between valve member and armature plate. The valve unit is inserted and secured in an open housing end and the valve spring contacts an inner shoulder of the housing. Armature plate and armature form a magnetic circuit. The valve member is supported on the armature plate and switched to open and close an outlet of the valve seat. By suppling current, a magnetic field is generated in the armature and attracts the armature plate into an operative valve position. The valve spring returns the armature plate into a rest position when the coil is currentless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jens Ramler, Felix Mayer, Hiroyuki Oka, Hideki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10648619
    Abstract: A pneumatic valve controller is provided for use with a refillable gas tank that has an inlet and an outlet with a spring-loaded valve disposed in the outlet. The spring-loaded valve is biased to define a flow path between an interior of the gas tank and the outlet. The controller's housing includes a cylinder with a gas filling port in fluid communication with a first axial end of the cylinder. The cylinder's second axial end is open and aligned with the spring-loaded valve. A piston is disposed in the cylinder. A check valve has an input and an output with the input in fluid communication with the gas filling port and the output in fluid communication with the inlet of the gas tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jacob K. Cornman, Brian W. Toole, Kirk W. Vanzandt
  • Patent number: 10502506
    Abstract: A liquid drain valve assembly for a charge air cooler includes a valve housing configured to couple to the charge air cooler, the valve housing having a condensate inlet configured to receive condensate from the charge air cooler, and a condensate outlet. A valve is disposed within the valve housing. The valve includes a diaphragm seated against an inner wall of the valve housing and movable between a first position enabling condensate to flow past the diaphragm and out the condensate outlet to selectively drain condensate from the charge air cooler when the charge air cooler is not in a boosted condition, and a second position preventing condensate flow out the condensate outlet when the charge air cooler is in a boosted condition to thereby isolate the charge air cooler from the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Jing Tang, Emanuele Palma, Mark O'Donovan
  • Patent number: 10429860
    Abstract: An adjustable differential pressure control valve has a first housing part with one or more fluid entry openings and one or more fluid exit openings. The valve is provided with a movable throttle member configured for regulating the through flow area of the exit openings in response to a difference in pressure across the throttle member, and a spring arrangement configured for providing a spring force acting on the throttle member in a direction that increases the through flow area of the exit openings. The spring arrangement comprises at least a first and a second spring, and the spring arrangement is adjustable to operate in a low pressure mode with the spring force acting on the throttle member being provided by the first spring only, and to operate in a high pressure mode with the spring force acting on the throttle member being provided by at least both the first and second springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FlowCon International ApS
    Inventors: Carsten Enøe Møller, Bjarne Wittendorff Ibsen
  • Patent number: 10370943
    Abstract: One example of a wellbore control tool and a method of use is described. A leak is detected in a cased wellbore comprising a multiple telescoping casing sections. A fluid flows in an uphole direction through the cased wellbore. A flow of the fluid in the uphole direction results in a first force in the uphole direction. The leak is in a first telescoping casing section. An open downhole end of a wellbore tool having a weight at least equal to a second force greater than the first force on an uphole end of a second telescoping casing section that is downhole from a location of the leak in the first telescoping casing section is seated. The open downhole end of the wellbore tool provides metal to metal contact against the uphole end of the second telescoping casing section and restricts fluid flow into the leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mohamed M. El Nekhily, Nasser M. Al-Hajri, Ibraheem M. Al-Ageel, Ibrahim A. Al-Obaidi, Adib A. Al-Mumen
  • Patent number: 10174590
    Abstract: An actuator for a downhole tool includes first, second, and third sleeves. The first sleeve obstructs a first port in a body of the downhole tool when the first sleeve is in a first position. The third sleeve obstructs a second port in the body when the third sleeve is in a first position, and the second and third sleeves are in one-way engagement with one another. A biasing member is positioned between the first sleeve and the third sleeve. The first sleeve is configured to move from the first position and toward the third sleeve in response a pressure communicated through the first port. When the pressure is reduced after the first sleeve is moved toward the third sleeve, the biasing member forces the first sleeve back toward the first position, which causes the third sleeve to permit fluid communication through the second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Justin Kellner
  • Patent number: 10138820
    Abstract: An excentric pin for an electronic throttle control assembly, which is used to adjust the default position of at least one spring used to control the position of a valve plate, where the valve plate is located in an opening of a housing in the electronic control assembly. The excentric pin is used to adjust the default angle of the valve plate to have an angular tolerance of +/?0.10°. The excentric pin is slideably pressed into an aperture of the housing of the electronic throttle control assembly, and turned using some type of driver. The electronic throttle control assembly may be a one-spring design, or a two-spring design, where the two-spring design requires only one spring pin and the excentric pin. Also, the excenter pin may be used to adjust the position of the sector gear, e.g., function as the lower mechanical stop to provide a minimum opening angle for low leakage, and a minimum opening angle to avoid throttle plate corking into opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Köhler, Stefan Burkhard, John Norman Stockbridge
  • Patent number: 10100622
    Abstract: A flow control device includes a housing; a choke member movably operably positioned at the housing. The member presenting a convex surface positioned to be exposed to a fluid flowing through the flow control device during use. A method for controlling flow through a flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Jose Rafael Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10011978
    Abstract: A system for automatically flushing a dead-end line in a municipal water artery includes a bleeder tube coupled with the dead-end line having a solenoid valve that opens and closes according to a command from a controller. A drain line connected to the solenoid valve extends to a pair of perforated caps installed on a street curb for delivering water from the dead-end line to a municipal drainage system at preprogrammed intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Robert A Mahon
  • Patent number: 9878699
    Abstract: In a throttle disk of a dynamic throttle of a hydraulic assembly of a vehicle brake system, with at least one disk surface which is formed by a rigid material, a layer of elastic material is at least partially formed on the disk surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schuessler, Oliver Gaertner
  • Patent number: 9835010
    Abstract: A downhole tool including a body having one or more openings. A main sleeve is disposed in the body. The main sleeve is configured to move between a first position in which the main sleeve blocks fluid flow through the one or more openings and a second position in which the main sleeve allows fluid flow through the one or more openings. An actuator is disposed in the body. The actuator is configured to actuate from a first state to a second state in response to application of a first level of pressure, and to a third state in response to application of a second level of pressure. Actuating the actuator to the third state causes the main sleeve to move from the first position to the second position, and the second level of pressure is less than or equal to the first level or pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TEAM OIL TOOLS, LP
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Anton, Michael J. Harris
  • Patent number: 9810465
    Abstract: A heat pump system for a vehicle delays the change of the direction of a directional valve for a given period of time and then conducts the change of the direction of the directional valve, upon receiving the mode change signal between an air conditioner mode and a heat pump mode, thus preventing the generation of the noise and vibration caused by the differential pressure of a refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Sung Ho Kang, Hak Kyu Kim, Sang Ki Lee, Young Ho Choi, Jae Min Lee, Jung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9587751
    Abstract: An embodiment of a flow control valve includes a housing and a valve member. The valve member is movable in an axial direction within the housing, so that a flow rate of a fluid flowing within the housing changes in response to a position of the valve member within a control range in the axial direction. A spring device biases the valve member in the axial direction, so that the valve member moves in the axial direction against a biasing force of the spring device according to a difference in pressure on an upstream side and a downstream side of the valve member. The spring device includes a spring constant that changes according to the position of the valve member in the axial direction within the control range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Shigeki Yamada, Hiroshi Fujiki
  • Patent number: 9581228
    Abstract: Cam apparatus for use with valves are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a cam having a cam surface to engage a valve stem, a first portion of the cam surface to engage the valve stem in a closed position, a second portion of the cam surface to engage the valve stem in an open position, and a third portion of the cam surface adjacent the first portion and defining a curved profile. The third portion is to engage the valve stem when the cam is rotated to a first intermediate position between the closed position and the open position. The example apparatus also includes a fourth portion of the cam surface between the second portion and the third portion and defining a linear profile. The fourth portion is to engage the valve stem surface as the cam rotates between the first intermediate position and the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Khashayar Afnan Nashery, Ernesto Vasquez
  • Patent number: 9562348
    Abstract: Sanitary throughflow element (1, 2, 30) which includes a throughflow rate regulator unit (5) having a carrier part (6) extending over the open cross section of a fluid line portion, the carrier part (6) having at least two inter-spaced insert openings (7) in which, respectively, a throughflow rate regulator (8) is arranged. Each throughflow rate regulator (8) has an elastic throttle body (9) which is round on the outer circumferential side in cross section and which delimits a control gap (10) between itself and a circumferential wall defining the insert opening (7). The throttle bodies (9) of the throughflow rate regulator (8) are compressed in the throughflow direction due to pressure of the through-flowing fluid such that this compression causes a circumferential widening of the throttle bodies (9) that constricts the control gap (10) determining a throughflow capacity of the throughflow rate regulator (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Sochtig, Fabian Wildfang
  • Patent number: 9550196
    Abstract: A shower system with a wall connection, a conduit connected thereto to connect the wall connection to a changeover device, and an overhead shower head and a hand shower to which water can be supplied via the changeover device. A first flow restrictor with a first flow restriction is disposed in an area of the wall connection and a second and third flow restrictor are disposed in an area of the overhead shower head and hand shower in a series connection. In the area of the changeover device at least one fourth flow restrictor with at least one second flow restriction is provided and the changeover device provides at least one first direct line connection between the wall connection and at least the overhead shower head or hand shower and a second indirect line connection with a series connection of the fourth flow restrictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventor: Michael Schulte
  • Patent number: 9518595
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressure amplification system for increasing the output pressure in the delivery pipe to or from a ram pump, a spring rebound inertia pump or similar cyclic pumps which deliver a pulsating flow. Said hydraulic pressure amplification system comprises a fluid inlet (29), a fluid outlet (30) and one or more rigid bodies (21) which contain an enclosed convolute passageway extending between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The body or bodies are sandwiched between rigid cover plates (22,23) which respectively contain the fluid inlet (29) and the fluid outlet (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Frederick Philip Selwyn
  • Patent number: 9463476
    Abstract: Dispenser with a liquid storage unit, a dispensing head with a perforated plate component which has at least 25 dispensing openings in a dispensing opening region, with a pre-chamber connected upstream of the dispensing openings of the perforated plate component and from which the dispensing openings are supplied, and a connecting channel which connects the liquid storage unit to the pre-chamber. The perforated plate component is fastened on the dispensing head in an edge region and the dispensing opening region is pressed into a curved form by means of a curvature body which is arranged in the pre-chamber and acts with force upon the perforated plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Juergen Greiner-Perth, Nicole Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9409188
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a trickle valve assembly for supplying particulate material exiting the bottom of a separating cyclone, comprising a separating cyclone outlet conduit having a bottom end with an inclined valve seat and a pivotable valve plate assembly with a valve plate pivoting about a valve hinge and a counter-weight on the opposite side of valve hinge, wherein the outlet conduit is provided with at least one gas inlet above the inclined valve seat which is in fluid communication with a supply of pressurised gas, such as a pressurised air supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventor: Lars Elmekilde Hansen
  • Patent number: 9371198
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for air flow regulation comprise a vertically oriented tube and a sail assembly positioned in the tube and moveable therewithin responsively to air flow through the tube to regulate rate of air flow through the tube and stop air flow through the tube upon air flow rate through the tube exceeding a preselected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 9302566
    Abstract: A method for controlling movement of a window glass (12) in a vehicle using an electric motor (26) associated with a drive mechanism (1,2,3,4) through a cable (50), said method comprising the steps: determining an actual position (X2) of the window glass (12) based on the movement of the motor (26), determining a cable stiffness (S2), determining a position lag (400) of the window glass (12) based on the determined actual position (X2) of the window glass (12), a predetermined position (Z2) of the window glass (12) and the cable stiffness (S2); and continuously correcting the position of the window glass (12) based on the determined position lag (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Pruessel, Scott Averitt, Kumar Saurabh
  • Patent number: 9250631
    Abstract: A continuous flow regulator for vehicle heating systems includes a body configured to be connected in-line with coolant flowing through the heating coil of the heating system. A spring biased ball valve assembly is disposed in the body and is configured to restrict flow through the regulator in response to increasing flow rate of coolant and to open flow through the regulator in response to decreasing flow rate of coolant. Flow rate of coolant is therefore continuously adjusted and regulated to protect the heater core from corrosion due to high coolant flows therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AirSept, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Becker, Myron Stein
  • Patent number: 9022121
    Abstract: A back-up ring for use in a liner top test tool for testing casing integrity in a wellbore is disclosed. The back-up ring is comprised of first and second ring elements that are biased apart by a compression springs. The first ring element has a plurality of radially extending flanges that cover a plurality of channels in the second ring element when the back-up ring is compressed against a seal element on the liner top test tool to seal the wellbore casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Wellbore Specialties, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Joel Penisson
  • Patent number: 9016310
    Abstract: An automatic water shut-off valve for low pressure includes: a body having a nipple formed at a lower portion thereof; a rubber diaphragm inserted into a protruding threaded pipe formed at an outside portion of the body; and a pressure supporter pressurizing the rubber diaphragm, wherein the pressure supporter has a drain hole and the fixing cap has a cap drain hole, so that the fluid is drained through a fluid flow hole of the rubber diaphragm in the case of compressible air fluid or at pressure lower than set pressure and is stopped when the fluid switching face of the rubber diaphragm is grounded to a fluid stop protrusion of the pressure supporter in the case of incompressible fluid or at pressure higher than set pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Hong Kun Shin
  • Publication number: 20150000754
    Abstract: An air release vent valve used to vent air from a liquid filled pipeline, the air release vent valve having a float valve deployed in a float valve housing extending from the pipeline and a surge suppressing shutter valve deployed in a vent passageway extending from said float valve housing such that said surge suppressing shutter valve is downstream from said float valve. The surge suppressing shutter valve includes an elastic shutter element that is pre-shaped to a normally open position and is configured to gradually deform to a closed position as a velocity of air flowing through said vent passageway increase so as to dampen the force of the closure of air release vent valve and prevent a pressure surge within the pipeline. Once a liquid level in the pipeline reaches the float valve, a float is raised so as to fully closes the vent passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Zvi Weingarten
  • Patent number: 8881757
    Abstract: Exemplary illustrations of a fluid valve, e.g., a return valve for returning residual paint, rinsing agent, and compressed air from a paint line when changing color in a painting system, are disclosed. An exemplary fluid valve may be adjusted between an open position, in which the fluid valve is at least partially open, e.g., for rinsing a paint line with a rinsing agent and for pressurizing the paint line with a new color for the color change, and a closed position, in which the fluid valve is closed, e.g., for applying the new color after the color change. An exemplary fluid valve may switch to the closed position, upon actuation by the medium thereof, e.g., medium flowing through or present in the valve. In another example, a fluid valve may close depending on the fluid present at the input side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Melcher, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 8875725
    Abstract: A connector for fluids has a pipe through which the fluid flows. The pipe has a diameter, an inlet end, an outlet end, an expanded area relative to the diameter. The connector also has an excess flow cartridge disposed in the pipe, the excess flow cartridge having a housing for receipt within the diameter, the excess flow cartridge minimizing flow in the pipe if flow exceeds a desired limit, and the excess flow cartridge having a radial opening in a side thereof in register with the expanded area such that flow through the opening flows through the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: BrassCraft Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Andrew R. Lenn, Michael M. Klein
  • Patent number: 8793874
    Abstract: A method for the production of a valve is provided comprising molding a valve body with a first mold, preloading the valve body with a second mold, molding a sealing portion in an open position onto the valve body, and releasing the preloaded valve body. The sealing portion enters a closed position when the preloaded valve body is released. When the valve is in use, the sealing portion opens when under a fluid pressure, and closes when the pressure is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Jes Tougaard Gram
  • Patent number: 8757226
    Abstract: A device for filling containers, includes a storage container in which a fluid that is to be bottled in the containers can be accommodated, a filling device which fills the fluid into the containers, and a transport line for transporting the fluid from the storage container to the filling device. A valve device is arranged in the transport line between the storage container and the filling device, which valve device automatically switches between an open and a closed state depending on a flow rate of the fluid within the transport line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Poeschl, Rupert Meinzinger
  • Patent number: 8739825
    Abstract: A device for the protection against the rupture of pipes carrying a fluid includes two or more flow channels and a closing element which interrupts the flow of fluid if a predetermined permissible volume flow is exceeded. At least one of the flow channels can be closed by a test closure in order to increase the flow speed in the remaining flow channels and for test purposes to bring about a movement of the closing element into the closing position. In this way, devices for the protection against the rupture of pipes integrated into complex systems carrying a fluid can be tested in situ to verify their proper functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Laude
  • Patent number: 8714189
    Abstract: A flow valve that may act as either an excess flow valve or a pressure relief valve has a seat and a valve body for sealing against the seat. The valve body has an integral spring arm for biasing the valve body towards or away from the seat to seal or open a flow of fluid, and a magnet cooperating with the spring arm to position the body relative to the seat to maintain the body in a first position during a normal flow condition and maintain the body in a second position in an abnormal flow condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Brasscraft Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark Moses Koeroghlian, Michael Merlyn Klein
  • Patent number: 8714191
    Abstract: A valve that is to be employed in a line through which fluid passes. The valve includes a movable valve element that is urged under the influence of gravity away from a valve seat but urged to engagement therewith if there is a failure downstream of the valve. The inlet passage is at least partly provided by a passage providing member having surfaces to engage water passing thereby, to cause the water to move angularly about a direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Premier-Fosters (Australia) Pty Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Frederick Foster
  • Patent number: 8701693
    Abstract: A check valve includes a valve body having a valve seat, a diffuser, a disc coupled to the diffuser, and a compression spring. The diffuser is positioned inside the valve body and has a forward face. The disc is coupled to and movable relative to the diffuser and has an upstream face and a downstream face. The compression spring biases the disc into a normally open position during forward flow. A check valve apparatus further comprises at least one test bore through the valve member in communication with the disc. A method for testing the operation of a passive check valve is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corp
    Inventors: Abraham Shelcoviz, Haykaz Mkrtchyan
  • Patent number: 8646485
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for reducing flow resistance in a flow restrictor during high flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mindray Medical Sweden AB
    Inventor: Göran Cewers
  • Patent number: 8640733
    Abstract: A valve for limiting excess flow includes a one-piece body having a seat, a diaphragm, and a plurality of flexible legs attaching the seat to the diaphragm and spacing the seat from the diaphragm, wherein the legs flex to seat the diaphragm within the seat if excess flow exceeds a limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brasscraft Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Andrew R. Lenn
  • Patent number: 8627847
    Abstract: An insertable backflow preventer is presented. The backflow preventer is provided with a cylindrical housing. The housing has a flow transition zone, a proximal orifice/ball seat, a ball with a specific weight that equals or is close to the specific weight of the surrounding fluid, and a distal retaining screen. The housing can have a flange provided on the outside of the housing at one end to facilitate securing the valve in a pipe. The valve is self-cleaning, can be placed in any orientation in a pipe and has low hydraulic head-loss. The valve's unique cost-effective design provides for easy and relative quick installation, eliminates the need to reconfigure existing plumbing, and can be performance tested remotely. Properly installed, it can dramatically improve the security of, for example, potable water sources in a building or other context, and inasmuch as when installed it is not visible, it is tamper proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: SIVAN Valves, LLC
    Inventor: Albert Montague
  • Patent number: 8607746
    Abstract: An expansion tank is disclosed in which a non-return valve is fitted in an outlet port of the expansion tank to limit backflow of coolant into the expansion tank in the event that the pressure in the expansion tank falls below the pressure in a return conduit thereby preventing the expansion tank from filling with coolant. The non-return valve and the expansion tank are formed as a single component and the non-return valve is located in an outlet port of the expansion tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Land Rover
    Inventor: William Richard Hutchins
  • Patent number: 8517051
    Abstract: A flow control valve includes a body portion including a first end, a second end and an axially extending passageway. A metering valve is included that is axially moveable under the influence of fluid pressure from a rest position to a flow restricting position. In the flow restricting position, the metering valve can restrict the flow of fluid through the axially extending passageway. The metering valve includes an upstream portion and a downstream portion. The upstream portion has a flattened top spherical shape. A biasing device is provided that normally biases the metering valve in the rest position, and for provides resistance to movement of the metering valve to the flow restricting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Nexus Valve Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Fazekas, Robert Knerr, William Prati
  • Patent number: 8485220
    Abstract: An automatic flow regulator valve designed to regulate water pressure from a liquid source outlet in the event of pressure surges and/or fluctuations. In an “open” position, the predetermined water flow pressures are not sufficient to overcome a spring force of a spring. Therefore, a sealing plate is maintained separated from a step by the spring force, thus allowing water to flow around the outmost perimeter edge of sealing plate. In operation under water flow pressure surges and/or fluctuations, the automatic flow regulator valve is “closed”. In the “closed” position, the water flow pressure surges and/or fluctuation pressures are sufficient to overcome the spring force of spring. Therefore, the sealing plate is biased against the step and the water does not flow around the outmost perimeter edge of sealing plate since sealing plate is biased against the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Ismael Hernan Riaño Gutierrez
  • Publication number: 20130171537
    Abstract: A forward check valve and a fuel cell system in which fluid control is performed with increased reliability when a highly active fluid is used are structured such that when an edge portion of a cap is joined to an edge portion of a valve housing, a peripheral edge portion of a diaphragm is pushed and sandwiched by a peripheral edge portion of the cap and a placement portion. Further, the diaphragm is formed of rubber. As a result, the peripheral edge portion of the diaphragm is compressed by the peripheral edge portion of the cap and the placement portion, so that the degree of contact at a contact portion between the placement portion and the peripheral edge portion of the diaphragm becomes very high. Consequently, in the forward check valve, joints of the members including a joint of the edge portion of the cap and the edge portion of the valve housing do not contact methanol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.