Non-valved Flow Dividers Patents (Class 137/561A)
  • Patent number: 6158460
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sealing a port of a distribution head in a fuel dispensing system. A plug has a head, flange and threaded shank. The flange extends radially beneath the head and includes a seal engagement surface. A sealing member is positioned upon the seal engagement surface. The port has NPT threads formed therein for engaging with the threads of the plug. When the plug is fully engaged with respect to the port, so as to be bottomed out, a seal is formed between the plug and port while the threads of the plug and port do not achieve an interference fit, to allow for easy removal of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Marley Pump
    Inventors: G. Todd Clark, Frederick A. Stebbins
  • Patent number: 6152166
    Abstract: An equalization chamber has a first plurality of gas inlet openings for a gas stream and a second plurality of gas outlet openings for partial gas streams, each outlet being connected by way of a gas line to a gas consumer, the maximum flow resistance for each partial gas stream being located in the area under the gas outlet openings, seen in the flow direction of the partial gas streams. To guarantee the highest possible degree of uniformity and reproducibility of the gas supply to the consumers, the maximum flow resistance for each partial gas stream is provided in the gas line between the gas outlet opening and the gas consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Heinz Bauscher, Klaus Ruppert
  • Patent number: 6152158
    Abstract: This invention provides a gas wave pressure regulation method and apparatus, gaseous wave pressure regulator (GWPR), associated with a pressure energy recovery system which can be used in the processes of petrochemical and liquid natural gas (LNG) industries to recover the lost energy in a regulating process where a pressure regulation is needed to reduce the pressure level fitting the operating conditions, but the spontaneous temperature is undesirable. The said method and apparatus employ a mechanism creating a unsteady periodic flow by means of gaseous wave resonant interactions to convert the energy between the pressure drop into the form of heat without using any moving parts. The said heat is reused inside the GWPR to eliminate or diminish the temperature drop associated with the pressure regulation. The said pressure energy recovery system comprises a primary GWPR followed by a primary heat exchanger, and a secondary GWPR linked by a secondary heat exchanger operated in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Zhimin Hu
  • Patent number: 6142178
    Abstract: A trap seal primer distribution unit capable of providing charges of water to two, three, or four sewer trap lines depending on the initial setting of the unit. The distribution unit comprises two main components. A lid for splitting the water from the trap seal primer valve removably attaches to a distribution body such that rotation of the lid into three alternate positions enables the distribution unit to alternately serve two, three, or four sewer trap lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: MIFAB, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Whiteside
  • Patent number: 6135141
    Abstract: A system for joining an expansion line to a main line of a sanitary sewage or storm sewage system. The system of the present invention joins an expansion line to a main line while reducing the amount of required excavation and minimizing the obstruction of a high capacity drainage line extending vertically within a manhole system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Ken Bombach
  • Patent number: 6112766
    Abstract: A liquid distribution system for distributing effluent from a source of waste water. This liquid distribution system is contained within a distribution box and includes liquid inlet piping, a ramp system, and a low capacity liquid flow splitting system, including slots and capillary grooves. A high capacity flow splitting system may also be included. In addition, an adjustment system is incorporated into the liquid distribution system for maintaining the level of the liquid distribution system in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Zoeller Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Zoeller, William West, Matthew Byers
  • Patent number: 6082397
    Abstract: A gas distribution connector and a gas distribution manifold assembly are provided for gas burners for a gas stove. The gas distribution manifold assembly includes an elongated gas distribution manifold defining a gas distribution chamber. The gas distribution manifold includes a first aperture formed in a first wall and a second aperture formed in a second wall. At least one gas distribution connector is mounted on the gas manifold. The gas distribution connector includes a connector body defining a gas passageway including a gas inlet and a gas outlet. The connector body includes a downwardly depending connector body portion slidingly received through the first manifold aperture and extending within the manifold chamber, locating the gas outlet within the manifold chamber. The downwardly depending connector body portion includes mounting means for mounting engagement with a fastener received through the second manifold aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Harper-Wyman Company
    Inventors: David A. Casolari, Christos Vassiliou, Joseph L. Asta, James D. Kimble
  • Patent number: 6076545
    Abstract: This invention provides a fire-control sprinkler system riser for a residence, including a unitary manifold for porting to system components. The longitudinal manifold has pipe threads on its ends to connect to an inlet water pipe and an outlet sprinkler system; and it has ports all to one side of the manifold for mounting the riser system components in the following order from inlet to outlet: flow switch means; test and drain valve means; pressure gauge means; and relief valve means. On the other side of the manifold are support connections, as for attachment to a beam of the residence. The manifold may be connected facing either way, i.e., left support or right support, and it has indicia on both manifold facing sides for indicating flow direction and port identifications to a user from either side. Dimensions provide high efficiency in use of space, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Michael S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6073685
    Abstract: Input/output chamber for a fluid, for part of a body (1) of an apparatus in which this fluid circulates, this part of the body including a face (3) for inlet or outlet of the said fluid, the chamber (6A) being intended to be connected with a leaktight joint to this face. At least part of the chamber consists of at least one spherical or ellipsoidal portion (20A) and of sectors of cones (22A) tangential to this spherical or ellipsoidal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignees: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude, Nordon Cryogenie SNC
    Inventors: Claude Gerard, Jean-Yves Lehman
  • Patent number: 6065486
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispersing the relative flows of a separated two phase flow using a nozzle positioned immediately downstream from a bend in a pipe. The inlet of the nozzle is adjacent an external wall of the pipe and the outlet of the nozzle is substantially on a longitudinal axis of the pipe. The dense phase is collected and transported through the nozzle back into the center of the pipe for uniform mixing and dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: McDermott Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Vetterick, George B. Watson
  • Patent number: 6058968
    Abstract: Apparatus for the filling of a tank with a volatile liquid includes a delivery pipe having a pair of tubular distribution members hinged to the lower end thereof. The distribution members may hinge between an insertion position where they lie parallel to the axis of the delivery pipe and a deployed position where the members are co-axial but extending normally to the axis of the delivery pipe. When in their insertion position, the distribution members as well as the delivery pipe may be passed through the conventional fill-pipe of the tank, the distribution members then hinging to their deployed position as the lower end of the delivery pipe approaches the bottom of the tank. The delivery pipe is in communication with the interior of the distribution members when the latter are in their deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Rodney Carter
  • Patent number: 6056007
    Abstract: Manifolds for mounting in the domed end cap of an air reserve tanks for a truck or the like have bodies which have central openings in communication with an opening formed in the tank end cap and which provide a plurality of outlet passages which are in communication with the inlet opening. The outlet passages may be provided with push-to-connect tube or hose retaining fittings, inlet check valves, pressure relief valves or the like by which the manifolds provide for multiple air line connections to a common tank. Embodiments of the manifold are shown as applied to metal and to composite tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Q.sub.3 JMC, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick C. Gochenouer, Richard C. Pickering
  • Patent number: 6003534
    Abstract: This application concerns a distributor for agricultural chemicals, and in particular a manifold used in distributors of anhydrous ammonia. The manifold comprises a housing having an axially aligned inlet port and several radially arranged outlet ports. The outlet ports have equal angular separation around the periphery of the housing. A rotatable distributor is arranged within the housing, and a passage is provided through the rotatable distributor. The passage extends from an entry port communicating with the inlet port of the housing, to a delivery port which communicates with each outlet port in turn as the rotor rotates about the axis. The arrangement is such that, in use, the rotatable distributor has sufficient rotational momentum to enable it to behave like a flywheel, so that its rotational velocity remains substantially constant irrespective of the volumetric proportions of liquid to vapor at the entry port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: The Minister of Agriculture for the State of New South Wales
    Inventors: Neville Gould, Pat Weldon
  • Patent number: 5992453
    Abstract: The invention concerns a flow-dividing and conversion arrangement (1) comprising a dividing system in which a substance is guided to a series of openings (3) from a total flow channel (K1) guiding the substance in a combined flow. At a first division point (T1), the total flow (K1) is branched off into two channels. Each channel end in the preceding stage branches into two channels which divide the flow and deflect the divided flows in opposite directions along the length of the arrangement. In order to improve the dividing function, the total flow channel (K1) merges at the first division point (T1) into two parallel, adjacent sections of partial flow channels (K2a, K2b) which guide the substance in the same direction. In the regions before, at and after the division point (T1) the flow is rectilinear or at least approximately rectilinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Johannes Zimmer
  • Patent number: 5988521
    Abstract: Spray arm for a coating device and a method of supplying a coating material to a spray arm. The spray arm including at least one nozzle pipe having an open end, a closed end, and at least one nozzle positioned between the open end and the closed end, and at least one delivery pipe having a supply end and a delivery end. The delivery end may be positioned adjacent the closed end of the at least one nozzle pipe, the open end of the at least one nozzle pipe may be couplable to a coating material supply, and the supply end of the at least one delivery pipe may be couplable to the coating material supply. The method includes supplying coating material to the at least one nozzle in a first direction substantially along a longitudinal axis of the at least one nozzle pipe, and supplying coating material to the at least one nozzle in a second direction, the second direction being substantially opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Draim Metallprodukt GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Oliver Nohynek
  • Patent number: 5960827
    Abstract: A water metering device includes a housing defining a chamber having an inlet, connectable to a source of pressurized water, and at least one outlet; and a stem in the chamber having an inner end fixed to the housing wall, and an outer end spaced from the outlet for receiving one end of a feed tube to be sealingly passed through the outlet; the stem being formed with a metering passageway for conducting water entering the housing via the inlet opening into and through the feed tube, when received thereon, to a location externally of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Peretz Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 5950651
    Abstract: A method and device for transporting of a multi-phase fluid flow in a pipe, wherein the flow is subdivided in a plurality of passages into a number of individual flows so as to reduce the difference in the flow speed between individual phases of a multi-phase fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Technology Commercialization Corp.
    Inventors: Michael W. Kenworthy, Boris Ganelin
  • Patent number: 5950575
    Abstract: A manifold for distributing a circulating fluid, such as water, to multiple zones of a hydronic system, such as a hot water heating system. The manifold is of unitary construction and includes a plurality of distribution branches and an air scoop extending from a common header conduit. The air scoop extracts air from the water being circulated through the manifold. The air scoop may be coupled to an air vent to purge air from the water. The manifold may also include an expansion tank coupling that is disposed on the header conduit to couple the tank to the header conduit. The air scoop may include a housing affixed to the header conduit and a baffle that protrudes into the header conduit to direct air into the housing so that it can be vented through the air vent. The baffle may be angled relative to the longitudinal axis of the header conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventors: David Simons, Leslie G. Pelletz
  • Patent number: 5899222
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved ball valve assembly which is adapted to be fitted into a water delivery device such as a spigot or fire hydrant. More specifically, the ball valve assembly is specifically installed and adapted for remote control. Such remote control enables the ball valve to be positioned at a location within the water delivery device to avoid damage. Thus, the remote control enables the ball valve to be resistant to cold weather or physical damage to the delivery device. The various components of the present invention, and the manner in which they interrelate, will be described in greater detail hereinafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Angelo Gencarelli
  • Patent number: 5884658
    Abstract: A liquid distributor for use within a cylindrical tower containing tower packing to provide dispersed liquid to the packing comprising (a) a plurality of cordially disposed feed liquid conduits interconnected one to another to form, at least, one coplanar essentially continuous loop, (b) a feed entry for feeding the liquid to the conduits, and (c) sprayers for dispersing the liquid onto the packing. The distributor is of particular value in the sulfric acid manufacturing field as a drying tower, sulfur dioxide stripping tower, sulfur trioxide absorption tower and an oleum tower. The distributor provides improved irrigation across the tower and, particularly, adjacent the tower wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Gordon M. Cameron
  • Patent number: 5875871
    Abstract: A pump apparatus for a milking machine is provided with a distribution device for the supply of lubricant to the bearings of the pump. The distribution device comprises an inlet for the supply of lubricant from a container, a distributor and at least two outlets for the delivery of lubricant to the different bearings of the pump. The distributor is provided to guide the lubricant, independently of the incoming amount thereof such that the lubricant is equally distributed to each outlets and hence to each bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Agri AB
    Inventors: Krzysztof Malecki, Waldemar Szymanski
  • Patent number: 5868163
    Abstract: A flow control device (40) which is to be inserted in the valve seat of a tap. The flow control device (40) includes a threaded section (48) to threadably engage an associated tap within which the device (40) is located. The device (40) includes a passage (42) which terminates internally of the body (43). Passages (44) radiate from the passage (45) through the body to a peripheral surface (45). The end face (47) of the device (40) is intended to be engaged by the washer of the tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Christopher William McDonald
  • Patent number: 5863048
    Abstract: An arrangement for the centralized supply of several friction points with an oil/air mixture, wherein several lubricant distributors are arranged in a row one behind the other in a bore of a housing having lubricant ducts and wherein the lubricant distributors are sealed from each other at least at the outside by sealing members against a transfer of the oil/air mixture. The lubricant distributors are combined and connected to form a column-like structural unit. Hollow screws are provided which hold the lubricant distributors together to maintain the column-like structural unit, wherein the hollow screws have throughopenings for the oil/air mixture which are in alignment with throughopenings of the lubricant distributors. In addition, a device is provided for introducing the structural unit into the bore of the housing and for moving the structural unit out of the bore of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Baier & Koppel GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Hans Pingel
  • Patent number: 5848606
    Abstract: A device for distributing a flowable medium over the application width of an applying machine includes a pipe that has at least one medium-carrying conduit and a number of exit openings for the medium that lead outwardly through the pipe wall from the inside of the pipe, where the exit openings are spaced evenly over the length of the pipe. To improve distribution over width and to make cleaning and handling easier, the pipe wall is made of reinforced plastic at least over part of the pipe length, thus forming an inner pipe wall that extends straight in that part of the pipe, has accurate shape and dimensions and a smooth inner surface, and is provided with the exit openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: J. Zimmer Maschinebau Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Johannes Zimmer, Karl M. Wechselberger
  • Patent number: 5810032
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for splitting two-phase liquid-gas flow (e.g., air-water, hydrocarbon gas-condensate, or wet steam) at an impacting pipe-tee junction in a fluid distribution network to maintain constant ratios of liquid mass flow rate to gas (or vapor) mass flow rate entering and exiting the tee junction. Specific mechanical modification of normal impacting tees has been found to significantly increase the range of vapor-phase split ratio for which equal vapor-liquid split ratios (or quality) can be achieved and maintained. In one embodiment, a pre-separator vane is inserted in the entrance arm of the impacting tee. In a second embodiment, nozzles are installed in the exit arms of the impacting tee. In a third embodiment, the impacting tee diameter is increased above that of the surrounding piping leading into and away from the tee junction such that the vapor phase velocity entering the tee junction is less than or equal to 20 ft/sec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ki Choong Hong, Suzanne Griston
  • Patent number: 5794642
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with a process for transporting a thermally unstable viscous mass through pipes and is characterized in that(a) during transportation, the mass is divided into X.sub.1 partial flows T.sub.1, X.sub.1 being calculated according to the relationX.sub.1 =Q.sup.(N-1), (I)wherein Q and N indicate positive integers independent from each other, and(b) the viscous mass in the partial flows is transported at the same rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Zikeli, Michael Longin, Friedrich Ecker
  • Patent number: 5765373
    Abstract: An exhaust header system for an internal combustion engine having improved exhaust gas flow characteristics. Primary pipes extend from openings in a flange bolted to the engines exhaust ports. The primary pipes come together at a collector pipe into which the primary pipes extend slightly. The ends of the primary pipes are substantially parallel, uniformly spaced around the collector pipe axis and have end surfaces lying substantially in a single plane. A generally pyramidal transition piece has a base corresponding to, and secured to, the primary pile end surfaces so as to cover the area between the pipe ends. The pyramid apex extends along the collector pipe centerline toward the exit end. The length and cross section of the transition piece is selected to provide a smooth transition from the greater combined internal cross section of the primary pipe ends to the lesser cross section of the collector pipe exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventors: James J. Bittle, Micheal A. Salyer
  • Patent number: 5752538
    Abstract: A baffle which extends over the cross section of a liquid-vapor contacting column and is suspended above a distributor floor. The baffle, having an open space, converges and mixes liquid flow falling from a liquid-vapor contacting zone above, before dispersing it to the distributor below. The open space of the baffle, may also be fitted with a mixing device for further enhancement of liquid mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John Fredric Billingham, Michael James Lockett, Damian Uzoma Ogbonna
  • Patent number: 5746254
    Abstract: A water-escape conduit connector for use in the exterior above-ground vertical section of a water-discharge conduit having an interior vertical conduit segment communicating with a sump pump container or liner 14. The water-discharge conduit comprises an upstream segment, between the sump pump liner and the water-escape connector, and a downstream segment between the water-escape connector and the discharge or outlet end of the conduit. The novel water-escape device of the present invention is interposed in the water discharge conduit, at an exterior, above-ground location, to provide an emergency water outlet in the event that the downstream conduit segment becomes sealed against the free discharge of water therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Lawrence Janesky
  • Patent number: 5735304
    Abstract: Collection boxes and method for distributing run-off water utilize upright sides (A) with an open top for positioning at ground level with an entrance connection (B) for receiving an underground pipe, a bottom (C) communicates with a drainage opening (D) for avoiding standing water. An upright unobstructed passageway having a cross-section greater than the cross-section of the entrance connection for the pipe extends above the connection to avoid turbulence in upwardly rising run-off water, and a cover (E) permits water to overflow over a surrounding area carrying with it trash from the box. The boxes are preferably stacked or nested for conserving space during shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: William M. Chumley
  • Patent number: 5725020
    Abstract: Packed columns generate fluid flows which must be evenly divided, preferably over a broad range of fluid flow volumes. Runoff tongues are used to divide and distribute such flows. According to the present invention, each runoff tongue (2) is bifurcated in its lower portion to define two dripoff points (5). Mounted parallel to each bifurcated portion is a guide element (6), preferably of woven or perforated material. Each guide element is associated with a particular fluid outlet opening (3) in an end wall (1). An upper portion (6a) of the guide element extends through the opening (3) in end wall (1) into a fluid-containing zone whose bottom is defined by a seal (4). Preferably, at low-fluid-height states (H1), the guide element feeds fluid through the opening (3) by capillary action, while at high-fluid-height states (H2), direct overflow occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Julius Montz GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Streuber
  • Patent number: 5709468
    Abstract: Steam quality at both outlets of an impact T-Junction is equalized by a static mixer having corrugated lamella plates immediately adjacent the inlet leg to the junction causing substantial homogenization of the liquid and vapor phases of wet steam entering the junction so that the steam exiting both outlet legs of the junction will have substantially the same quality as the steam entering the junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Texaco Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Anderson Woerheide, James Raymond Stoy, Mark Timothy Rubel
  • Patent number: 5687768
    Abstract: An arrangement of air foils in a duct bend for channeling an air flow through the duct in a manner which enhances the accuracy of pressure measurements taken at one or more points in the channels formed in the duct between the air foils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Ted V. Mull, Jr., Melvin J. Albrecht, Jeffrey A. LaRose, Mitchell W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 5681534
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a high-throughput oligonucleotide synthesizer for synthesizing multiple oligonucleotides comprising a pre-existing low throughput oligonucleotide synthesizer which has been integrated with an increased throughput expansion module in order to increase the throughput capacity of the low throughput synthesizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventor: Richard S. Neves
  • Patent number: 5680989
    Abstract: An adjustable weir for use in a liquid distribution system utilizes a weir plate having a weir opening whose height can be adjusted vertically. The weir plate is mounted to the end of a fluid distribution outlet in a manner which will maintain its proper orientation while allowing its vertical position with respect to the outlet opening to be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Norman F. Gavin
    Inventors: Richard F. Plachy, Norman W. Gavin
  • Patent number: 5660589
    Abstract: A cross member for a universal joint includes a body portion having at least one trunnion extending radially outwardly from the body portion, the trunnion including an outer bearing surface. A bearing cup having an open end and an inner bearing surface is mounted on the trunnion such that the inner bearing surface of the bearing cup is disposed co-axially about the outer bearing surface of the trunnion. A bearing is disposed between the inner bearing surface of the bearing cup and the outer bearing surface of the trunnion to enable rotation of the trunnion relative to the bearing cup. A trunnion bore is positioned within the trunnion and it communicates with the bearing to enable lubricant within the trunnion bore to reach the bearing. A lubrication conduit communicates with the trunnion bore to supply a lubricant to the trunnion bore. A retention valve is positioned within the lubrication conduit for preventing drainback of the lubricant within the lubrication conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Johnny N. Smith
  • Patent number: 5645381
    Abstract: A variable-split blowdown coal feed system supplies two streams of air entrained pulverized coal in a uniform, well-metered steady state manner. Splitter dampers control a split of a coal and air mixture into two streams which are fed to respective cyclones operated in the blowdown mode. The cyclone's exhausts are connected in common to a manifold through which a blowdown damper controls the air-to-coal ratio in the air entrained pulverized coal streams that are expressed from each cyclone's discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Henry Guidetti, Douglas Bruce Sheppard
  • Patent number: 5622207
    Abstract: Freeze-up is prevented in a tap pipe connectable to a main liquid supply line, by a liquid circulator directly inside the tap pipe. The liquid circulator is either a Pitot tube that takes advantage of the liquid flow in the main line to establish a circulation in the tap line, or the liquid circulator is a driven pump directly in the tap line. The pump is driven by an electric motor or by a turbine rotor. The turbine rotor may be an axial flow wheel, or a paddle wheel driven by the liquid flow in the main line for driving the pump. The pump itself may be a paddle wheel. The Pitot tube, the turbine rotor, and the paddle wheel are very energy efficient by using the flow or dynamic head in the main line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus GmbH
    Inventor: Helge Frank
  • Patent number: 5611369
    Abstract: A hydration system having one or more units (10, 10', 10") for providing a continuous flow of water to newly placed concrete has a plurality of spaced elongated soaker tubes (12) extending parallel to a longitudinal axis (14) of the unit. Respective manifold tubes (16-19) are attached to each end of soaker tubes (12) and a supply coupler (32) is in turn attached to the manifold tubes at one end of the unit and an additional coupler (34) is attached to the manifold tubes at the opposite end of the unit. An upper impervious layer (28) is disposed over the tubes (12, 16-19) and a lower pervious layer (28) is disposed under the tubes (12, 16-19). Layers (26, 28) are attached to each other along the outer periphery of the unit and on opposite sides of the tubes by rivets (30) or stitching (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Reynold R. Hamann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5592969
    Abstract: A turbulence arrester is disclosed which allows fuel delivery at rates equal to or approaching the rates achieved when using an open ended drop tube. The turbulence arrester has a large number of small apertures around its circumferential surface. Fuel flow streams through these apertures contract a short distance from the orifice, then expand and interfere with fuel flow streams from adjacent apertures to generate eddies and turbulence. The turbulence is substantially confined to a narrow region surrounding the turbulence arrester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Russell L. Reichert
  • Patent number: 5592968
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for applying constant pressure to a plurality of pressure demanding mechanisms is disclosed. The apparatus includes a common rail, a plurality of pressure demanding mechanisms, a pressure supply source, and a plurality of branching paths. The lengths of the pressure supply path Lp, the pressure propagation path in the common rail, Lc, and the pressure branching paths, Li, are chosen so as to satisfy the following formulae, which leads to reductions in pressure fluctuations:(2n+0.5)Lp.ltoreq.Lc.ltoreq.(2n+1.5)Lp(2n+1.5)Lp.ltoreq.Li.ltoreq.(2n+2.5)Lp, where (n=0, 1, 2, . . .).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Nippondenso Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsushi Nakashima, Tsutomu Furuhashi, Hiroyuki Kano, Kazuo Yamamoto, Hiroshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 5551469
    Abstract: Steam quality is maintained substantially equal in the two outlet legs of a horizontal impact T junction, as the mass extraction ratio in each leg varies, by orifice plates fixed in each outlet leg and bypass pipes connected between a point upstream of the junction and down stream of the respective orifice plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Texaco Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Woerheide
  • Patent number: 5531888
    Abstract: An arrangement for the separation of pollutants and, as the case may be, bulky solids, i.e. coarse matter, in separating structures, such as rainwater relief structures for the protection of bodies of water. The rainwater or combined water exceeding a critical combined water outflow is diverted to another part of a sewer system or to a channel leading to a receiving body of water by flowing over a relief weir, and being freed of coarse matter by means of an interceptor prior to its overflow into the channel. The interceptor (20) is fashioned of a plurality of bar elements (21) arranged with preferably equidistant mutual spacing on the overflow side of the relief weir (20), and a separate pollutant channel (22) receives the coarse matter retained by the interceptor (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: VSB VOGELSBERGER Umwelttechnischer Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Geiger, Erwin Ruhl
  • Patent number: 5529092
    Abstract: An air turning vane and rail assembly for use in heating, ventilating and air conditioning ducts is provided. The rail is formed with tabs that are partially punched from the sheet metal rail and bent to a position perpendicular to the rail. The tabs are further bent to generally approximate the arcuate shape of the vanes to be received by the rail. The tabs extend the full width of the vanes that are positioned on them. Either single walled or double walled turning vanes are positioned on the tabs and the tabs and the vanes are crimped together to retain the vanes on the tabs. Because the tabs extend the full width of the vanes, the vanes are automatically positioned so that they are parallel to each other and so that their vertical center lines are aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce C. Arnoldt
  • Patent number: 5514344
    Abstract: Microorganism growth within water chambers of air conditioning systems is controlled by the periodic introduction of minute quantities of biocidal materials. A large volume reservoir holds a concentrated solution of biocidal material. A pump, fed from the reservoir, pumps the solution through a tube to the water chamber. The pump is actuated for very short duration periods so that only a very small volume of the solution is dispensed. The time interval between periods is very long so that the biocide concentration in the water chamber is renewed as required. The duration of the pumping periods and the time interval between periods are adjustable by controls in a timer. A normally closed check valve in the line keeps the line full between periods. An antisiphon mechanism is provided in the line when it branches. An alarm mechanism is optionally provided to warn when the reservoir solution is depleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Inventor: Raymond D'Agaro
  • Patent number: 5499652
    Abstract: Distributors for viscous fluids, consisting of a central inlet line and at least two valves that are connected radially to the inlet line, each valve having one valve spindle that moves in the axial direction in the cylindrical valve casing and an outlet opening that opens into an outlet line, whereby a flow displacer having a cylindrical bottom part and a conical top part is inserted centrally into the inlet line at the level of the valves, forming a ring gap, and where the cross section of flow is constricted in the outlet opening and then immediately thereafter is enlarged in the outlet line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Zimmer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Schnaus, Michael Streng, Franz Schoenmeier, Stephan Biller
  • Patent number: 5495936
    Abstract: A device for forming and retaining waterdrops is provided which comprises a water passage surface formed with a plurality of waterdrop retaining recesses. In use, water is supplied to the water passage surface and then drained off. As a result, waterdrops can be formed at the respective waterdrop retaining recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: Clover Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 5490538
    Abstract: The device comprises a branch collar suitable for fitting onto a down pipe and having an orifice coinciding with an orifice in the side of the down pipe, the orifices allowing for the insertion of an elastic scoop which, once in the pipe, will adapt to all or part of the inside of wall of the pipe. The scoop is extended by a valve body secured to the branch collar grooves and projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Inventors: Robert Marcel, Michel Babaz
  • Patent number: 5482079
    Abstract: An air distributor for use between a super charger and the inlet manifold of an internal combustion engine to uniformly distribute compressed air from the super charger to the combustion chambers of the internal combustion engine and to cool the air. The distributor includes a substantially rectangular body having an enlarged opening therethrough and top and bottom surfaces. Top and bottom plates extend along and are secured to the top and bottom surfaces respectively of the body. The top plate has an air inlet opening therethrough adjacent one end thereof. The bottom plate has first and second spaced air outlet openings therethrough. A plurality of ribs are in the opening in the body and between the top and bottom plates to form air passages which distribute the flow of air from the air inlet opening substantially uniformly along the air outlet passages. The body has fins on its outer surface which serve to cool the body and the air therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Inventor: Richard Bozzelli
  • Patent number: 5476114
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing by welding a shaped workpiece, which is formed of a plastic material and which consists of a tubular part having a radial bore and a union weldable to the tubular part in a region of the radial bore, includes bringing an end face surface of the union into abutting engagement with an outer circumference of the tubular part in the region of the radial bore, and heating a circular region around the radial bore of the tubular part and the end face surface of the union by heat radiation, with subsequent pressing of the two parts against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: Georg Fischer Rohrleitungssysteme AG
    Inventors: Ernst Tanner, Jorg Wermelinger