Plural Tanks Or Compartments Connected For Serial Flow Patents (Class 137/571)
  • Patent number: 9625098
    Abstract: A method of transporting natural gas by liquefaction of natural gas at ambient temperature, achieved by mixing the natural gas at high pressure with a hydrocarbon that is a stable liquid at ambient temperature and ambient pressure. The hydrocarbon liquid may be crude oil or a distillate of crude oil. The method includes: liquefaction: mixing the natural gas with the hydrocarbon liquid at an ambient temperature and a high pressure to generate a liquid mixture, which contains the natural gas dissolved in the hydrocarbon liquid; shipping: transporting the liquid mixture using a marine tanker, during which the liquid mixture is maintained at ambient temperature and the high pressure; and regasification: at the destination, releasing a gas from the liquid mixture by lowering the pressure of the liquid mixture. The hydrocarbon liquid may be used multiple times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph J. Voelker, Curtis Hays Whitson
  • Patent number: 9441643
    Abstract: A hydraulic oil storage device and an injection molding device are provided with a connection box that partitions a storage region of a sub-tank into a first region that includes a flow channel opening portion for a coupling tube and a second region other than the first region, in which the connection box is provided with an internal region communication portion that brings the first region and the second region into communication, and causes a pressure loss equal to the pressure loss of the coupling tube, or a pressure loss greater than that pressure loss, and a return tube is connected to the sub-tank so that the flow channel outlet faces the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Ikarashi, Mamoru Kawasaki, Yuichi Hosoi, Toshihiko Kariya, Yoshinao Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9360470
    Abstract: A method for the in vitro diagnosis of an invasive fungal infection by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The method involves, providing a liquid biological sample from a mammal, said biological sample containing, in particular, proteins and/or lipids and/or salts and/or polysaccharides and/or oligosaccharides and/or monosaccharides capable of forming complexes with said proteins and/or lipids and/or salts; treating said sample with biological liquid so as to extract said polysaccharides and/or oligosaccharides and/or monosaccharides; determining, by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, whether or not there is present among said extracted polysaccharides, oligosaccharides and/or monosaccharides, at least one given compound of interest coming from said fungal microorganism and chosen from polysaccharides, oligosaccharides and monosaccharides; and deducing, if said given compound of interest is present in said sample, that said mammal is suffering from an invasive fungal infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire De Lille, Universite De Droit Et Sante De Lille, Universite Sciences Technologies Lille, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique
    Inventors: Daniel Poulain, Boualem Sendid, Yann Guerardel, Nadine Francois
  • Patent number: 9217538
    Abstract: A system for storing natural gas comprises a plurality of straight sections of tube. The plurality of straight sections of tube are dense packed. The plurality of straight sections of tube are configured to fill a designated volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Other Lab, LLC
    Inventors: Saul Griffith, Peter S. Lynn, Samuel Eli Calisch, Tucker Gilman, Kevin Simon
  • Patent number: 9207141
    Abstract: The invention relates to a burst pressure monitoring device intended to be employed in a pressure transmitter (1), said pressure transmitter comprising a body (10), an inlet duct (11) formed on the body and intended to receive a fluid, a sensor member on which the inlet duct emerges, said sensor member being intended to measure a pressure and to deliver an output electrical signal representative of the measured pressure, said burst pressure monitoring device being intended to be positioned inside the inlet duct (11) of the pressure transmitter (1) and comprising two parts (21a, 21b) assembled together, the two assembled parts forming an internal fluid flow channel (22) comprising one or more successive chicanes (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Ernesto Gomez
  • Patent number: 9109612
    Abstract: A sealed hydraulic tank system for a mining shovel (10) includes an upper tank (68) and a lower tank (70). An air bladder (69) system is coupled to the upper tank to exchange air between the tank system and the bladder. The tanks include baffles (100,102,104,106,108) which filter the hydraulic fluid and which direct fluid flow along an elongated path to allow for de-aeration of the oil in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining LLC
    Inventors: Carl D. Gilmore, Robert Weber, Perry DeCuir
  • Patent number: 9027596
    Abstract: A fluids management apparatus is disclosed herein that enables management of multiple volumes of different fluids when drilling and/or producing oil and/or gas with an oil and gas well drilling platform. The apparatus includes a structural, transportable frame that has upper and lower reservoir sections, each with a plurality of tanks for holding fluid. The upper reservoir section is easily lifted and transported, such as by crane. A docking station on the lower reservoir section is receptive of the upper reservoir section. A piping system enables a selected fluid volume contained in a tank of the upper reservoir section to be selectively transmitted to a selected tank of the lower reservoir section. The lower reservoir section has its own piping system that enables a user to withdraw fluid from any selected one of its tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel W. Ness, Robert Bartlett
  • Publication number: 20150107682
    Abstract: An aircraft auxiliary fuel tank system comprising a master tank and a plurality of slave tanks connectable to the master tank. The slave tanks can be easily added or removed to adjust fuel capacity. A rail assembly is provided to assist in the easy installation and removal of the slave and master fuel tanks. Methods are provided for using the auxiliary fuel tanks system and for providing a service for slave tank distribution, reservation and installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Philip KIRK, Om Prakash, Peter Swift
  • Patent number: 8967178
    Abstract: A valve assembly configured to close off the flow of fluid within a fluid injection assembly includes a fluid column having a first open end and a second open end. A fluid flow path is defined between the first and second open ends of the fluid column, and a saturation valve portion is disposed within the fluid flow path. The saturation valve portion is a first configuration when no fluid is flowing through the fluid flow path, and the saturation valve portion transitions to a second configuration when fluid is flowing through the fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: UTILX Corporation
    Inventors: James Steele, William R. Stagi, Alexander Babchanik
  • Patent number: 8912298
    Abstract: An apparatus (2) includes: a first tank (4); a line mixer (6); a second tank (8); a cooling jacket (10); a first tube (12); a second tube (14); and a third tube (16). In the first tank (4), (i) sodium persulfate serving as a polymerization initiator and (ii) water are fed so as to obtained an aqueous solution. The aqueous solution is continuously taken out and transferred via the first tube (12) to the line mixer (6). Between the first tank (4) and the line mixer (6), water is injected into the first tube (12). The water and the sodium persulfate aqueous solution are stirred together in the line mixer (6). This stirring decreases a concentration of the aqueous solution. The resulting aqueous solution is continuously fed to the second tank (8) via the second tube (14). The aqueous solution is then continuously taken out via the third tube (16) and is continuously added to an acrylic acid (salt) aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Matsumoto, Shuji Kanzaki
  • Publication number: 20140352821
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for supplying washing inputs comprised by at least one hydraulic circuit comprising at least one water inlet pipe (2), at least one reservoir (3) of inputs and at least one inputs outlet pipe (4). It is further provided at least one water spreader (5) associated with at least one water inlet pipe (2) and at least one containment structure (6) associated with at least one inputs outlet pipe (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Leandro Souza Lima, Denilson Femandes de Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8900454
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device comprising a base (2) and a door (20), said device having a closed door position in which a circuit (8) of the device comprises a bag comprising two flexible films and connectors of the conveying network, and a press (9) comprising a first shell (16) disposed on a front face (5) of said base (2) and a second shell (17) disposed in said door (20); and a hinge system hinging said door (20) relative to said base (2), and disposed only on one side of said door (20) so as to form lateral clearances between said door (20) and said base (2) over the rest of a perimeter of said door (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Cirou, Rene Reinbigler, Virginie Buisson, Jean-Louis Weissenbach
  • Patent number: 8887760
    Abstract: A system for delivering frac water at high pressure is provided, including a first pump positionable within a tank, the first pump configured to receive water from within the tank and output the water at pressure to a first pressure tank; a second pump positionable above the first pressure tank, the second pump configured to receive water from the first pressure tank and output the water at pressure to a second pressure tank; and a third pump positionable above the second pressure tank, the third pump configured to receive water from the second pressure tank and output pressurized water to a discharge piping, the discharge piping leading said pressurized water over a wall of said tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Flo-Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20140318636
    Abstract: A method for drain liquid collection and evacuation in a subsea compression system using a compressor, wherein an external drainage tank is arranged in direct flow communication with the compressor sump via a sump evacuation valve, the tank is set under compressor discharge pressure via a tank pressurizing line arranged to connect the tank to a compressor discharge flow upstream of a throttle valve, a tank evacuation line is arranged to connect the tank to the compressor discharge downstream of the throttle valve, drain liquid evacuation is accomplished through generation, by adjusting the throttle valve, of a flow restriction in the compressor discharge. The tank is set under compressor discharge pressure by opening of the pressure valve and the drain liquid flow is permitted into a reduced compressor discharge pressure downstream the throttle valve by opening an evacuation valve in the evacuation line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Vetco Gray Sandinavia AS
    Inventors: Rune STRAND, Francesco BONGINI
  • Patent number: 8851102
    Abstract: A windshield washer fluid supplying system for a vehicle having a windshield washer device comprising a reservoir mounted in the vehicle for storing washer fluid is disclosed, the supplying system comprising a supplying tube having a first end portion and a second end portion; a first end piece comprising a portion mountable on the reservoir and an aperture therethrough for receiving the first end portion of the supplying tube so as to enable fluid communication between the first end portion of the supplying tube and the reservoir; and a second end piece comprising a portion adapted for mounting on a container of washer fluid placed in the vehicle and an aperture therethrough for receiving the second end portion of the supplying tube so that the second end portion of the supplying tube extends inside the container proximate a bottom portion thereof when the second end piece is mounted on the container, thereby establishing a siphonage circuit between the reservoir and the container with the supplying tube for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Francine Lacoste, Michel Pigeon
  • Publication number: 20140263165
    Abstract: A via pass-through apparatus is disclosed. The via pass-through apparatus includes a pass-through chamber adapted to couple between a first mainframe section and a second mainframe section of a substrate processing system, the pass-through chamber including an entry and an exit each having a slit valve, and a via process chamber located at a different level than the pass-through chamber wherein the via process chamber is adapted to carry out a process on a substrate at the via location. Systems and methods of operating the system are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Steve S. Hongkham, Paul B. Reuter, Eric A. Englhardt, Ganesh Balasubramanian, Xinglong Chen, JuanCarlos Rocha-Alvarez
  • Patent number: 8794259
    Abstract: A fuel system for a vehicle is provided and may include a first housing containing a supply of fuel therein, a second housing containing a supply of fuel therein and coupled to the first housing, and a fuel pump disposed within one of the first housing and the second housing that selectively pumps fuel from each of the first housing and the second housing to the vehicle. A first interface may be associated with one of the first housing and the second housing and may be coupled to a vehicle interface of the vehicle in a coupled state to supply the vehicle with fuel from at least one of the first housing and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Parviz Daneshgari
  • Publication number: 20140169122
    Abstract: A process plant includes a base having a plurality of module receiving areas, each area configured to receive a supply module. At least one of the receiving areas additionally configured to receive a blender. A plurality of interconnection pipings fixedly arranged relative to the base. Each piping interconnecting each of the module receiving areas to each other; and connections on each of the interconnection pipings at each of the module receiving areas. Each connection configured to selectively connect and disconnect either a supply module or blender within a respective module receiving area from its respective interconnection piping. A method of processing a fracturing fluid is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Blake Burnette
  • Patent number: 8739822
    Abstract: An oil tank has return oil from a hydraulic circuit diffused onto a surface of oil stored in a tank body, and thereby the return oil is prevented from going deep in the oil, so that a hydraulic pump is prevented from sucking oil containing air bubbles. The oil tank includes: an intake port provided in the vicinity of a bottom of the tank body and connected to the hydraulic pump of a hydraulic circuit; and an return oil inlet connected to a return pipe of the hydraulic circuit through which the return oil enters the tank body. In the tank body, a container adapted to hold the return oil is provided. The container is configured so that the return oil inlet opens in the vicinity of the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: U-Tec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukio Uenishi
  • Patent number: 8734721
    Abstract: An analyzer includes, as a cleaning system, a cleanser tank that contains a cleanser; a cleaning-water tank that contains cleaning water; a connection pipe that connects the cleanser tank with the cleaning-water tank; a pump that is provided to the connection pipe and pumps the cleanser out of the cleanser tank to the cleaning-water tank; a valve that is provided to the connection pipe and adjusts a flow of the cleanser from the cleanser tank into the cleaning-water tank; and a control unit that opens the valve and causes the pump to pump the cleanser out of the cleanser tank to the cleaning-water tank via the connection pipe to clean the inside of the cleaning-water tank and the insides of cleaning-water flow-path constituents that form a flow path through which the cleaning water flows from the cleaning-water tank when the specimen is subjected to an analysis process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinya Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 8664281
    Abstract: A method for handling asphalt emulsion is provided. The method includes providing the asphalt emulsion. The method also includes employing a first set of diaphragm pumps to transfer the asphalt emulsion from a first container to a second container. The second container represents a first storage tank if the first container is a colloidal mill. The second container represents a transportation tank if the first container is the first storage tank. The second container represents a second storage tank at a job site if the first container is the transportation tank. The second container represents a slurry machine if the first container is the second storage tank at the job site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Emulsions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Farnell, Lance Allan
  • Patent number: 8615986
    Abstract: Process for transferring a liquid from a passive tank (1) for storing the liquid to an active tank (2) using a pump intended for pumping the liquid held in the passive tank (1) and transferring it to the active tank (2), according to which the pump is commanded so as to transfer liquid from the passive tank (1) to the active tank (2) when said active tank (2) has a liquid level below a set point level Lsp and when the passive tank (1) contains liquid at a temperature above the freezing point of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Gouriet, Jean-Claude Habumuremyi, Nicolas Duret
  • Patent number: 8579332
    Abstract: A tank arrangement for a vehicle, particularly a truck, includes at least a first fuel tank and a second fuel tank which are connected by a balancing pipe, a suction pipe for feeding fuel to an engine and a return pipe for feeding fuel from the engine to at least one of the fuel tanks. The balancing pipe is provided with a first end to supply fuel to the first tank and a second end to suck fuel from the second tan, wherein a check valve is arranged upstream of the return pipe in the balancing pipe between the at least two tanks allowing a flow direction from the second tank to the first tank and blocking a flow in the reverse direction. Suction of fuel to the engine is from the first tank only. The check valve provides an automatic purging of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagner AB
    Inventors: Sigurd Sonderegger, Anders Ivarsson
  • Patent number: 8580111
    Abstract: A device for separating fuel components comprising a separating membrane for separating high-octane fuel components from un-separated fuel and a heat exchanger between first liquid passing through the heat exchanger and second liquid passing through the heat exchanger, is provided. The first liquid is un-separated fuel passing through the heat exchanger before being supplied to the separating membrane. The second liquid is low-octane fuel remaining when the high-octane fuel components are separated from the un-separated fuel, passing through the heat exchanger after changing to an almost liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Randall D. Partridge, George Walchuk, Kouseki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8579143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reserve tank comprising a tank main body that has a plurality of chambers partitioned by partition walls, an inflow port that allows coolant to flow into the tank main body, and an outflow port that allows the coolant to flow out of the tank main body, the plurality of chambers including a first chamber and a second chamber partitioned by the partition walls, and a third chamber that accumulates the coolant that should flow from the inflow port into the first chamber, the first chamber having a first communicating portion formed to allow the coolant to flow into the second chamber, the third chamber having a second communicating portion formed to allow the accumulated coolant to flow into the first chamber, the flow rate of the coolant passing through the second communicating portion being set smaller than the flow rate of the coolant passing through the first communicating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoto Koshino
  • Publication number: 20130269803
    Abstract: The present invention includes: first and second tanks and each configured to store a fluid containing fine powder; a communication pipe through which the first and second tanks and communicate with each other; and a transfer portion configured to transfer the fluid stored in a desired one of the first and second tanks to the other tank. Each of the tanks and includes a first chamber and a second chamber that are separated by a deformable dividing wall. Each of the first chambers stores an incompressible fluid, and each of the second chambers stores the fluid having higher specific gravity and viscosity than the incompressible fluid. The second chambers of the first and second tanks communicate with each other through the communication pipe. When the incompressible fluid is supplied to the desired first chamber, the transfer portion can discharge the incompressible fluid from the other first chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Kimura, Teruo Kishimoto, Takahiro Toyoura
  • Patent number: 8557113
    Abstract: The cart comprises a lateral face by which it is adapted to be juxtaposed against another cart. It further comprises a first pump, a second pump disposed below said first pump and laterally offset relative thereto, and a tank adapted to receive a feed container provided to contain said biological liquid, said tank being disposed above said first pump and offset laterally relative thereto. The installation comprises one said cart, a filter and a second cart, juxtaposed against said first cart and of which the upper face supports said filter such that an outlet point of said first pump is situated substantially facing an inlet/outlet aperture of said filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Luc Beulay, Virginie Buisson, Sebastien Cirou, Cecile Delbos, Marc Hlavacek, Frans Mels, Rene Reinbigler, Jean Louis Weissenbach
  • Publication number: 20130247552
    Abstract: A transmission includes a high-pressure circuit at least partially filled with transmission fluid at a first pressure, and a low-pressure circuit at least partially filled with transmission fluid at a second pressure, which is lower than the first pressure. A diffuser is in fluid communication with the high-pressure circuit and the low-pressure circuit. The diffuser has an inlet having a first cross-sectional area and receiving transmission fluid from the high-pressure circuit. The diffuser expels transmission fluid to the low-pressure circuit through an outlet having a second cross-sectional area, which is larger than the first cross-sectional area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Tami A. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20130240068
    Abstract: Certain examples present an improved compressed-air energy storage system. The system can include multiple sequential stages, in which accumulators are charged with air, which influences a hydraulic fluid to influence a pump/motor, and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Dean Samara-Rubio, Elizabeth Samara-Rubio, Harold Ackler, Robert Moffat
  • Patent number: 8528593
    Abstract: Method for carrying out a bleed and feed of process solutions in a process tank. The feed solution is pumped out of a first tank into a first receiving space. The first receiving space is subsequently emptied into the process tank of with a pump. The volume of delivered feed solution in the process tank is measured. The bleed solution is pumped from the process tank with a pump into a second receiving space. The volume of delivered bleed solution in the second receiving space is measured. The bleed solution in the second receiving space is subsequently emptied into the second tank. The first receiving space differs from the second receiving space. A correction factor is calculated by comparing the measured and calculated volumes of the bleed and feed solution delivered by the pumps, with which correction factor the nominal delivery volume of the pumps are corrected in the next cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: ancosys GmbH
    Inventor: Juerg Stahl
  • Publication number: 20130220459
    Abstract: A hydraulic oil storage device and an injection molding device are provided with a connection box that partitions a storage region of a sub-tank into a first region that includes a flow channel opening portion for a coupling tube and a second region other than the first region, in which the connection box is provided with an internal region communication portion that brings the first region and the second region into communication, and causes a pressure loss equal to the pressure loss of the coupling tube, or a pressure loss greater than that pressure loss, and a return tube is connected to the sub-tank so that the flow channel outlet faces the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicants: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY CO. , LTD.
    Inventors: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES PLASTIC TEC, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130199620
    Abstract: A sulfurization facility, where the sulfurizing reaction is conducted in a wet smelting for nickel oxide ore, is improved particularly with the structural modification of its liquid storage vessels so that the consumption of a hydrogen sulfide gas used in a sulfurization step and the consumption of an alkali solution used for processing an exhaust gas can be reduced and the overall cost of operation will thus be minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mitsui, Osamu Nakai, Moritarou Asatori
  • Patent number: 8491791
    Abstract: The present invention contemplates various devices that are configured to separate a sample, which contains more than one unique species, into any desired number of sub-samples by passing the sample across a like number of separation media configured for a first separation protocol. Each of the sub-samples may be further separated by an additional separation protocol, thereby creating a plurality of mini-samples, each of which may be further separated and/or analyzed. The invention also contemplates using a simple method of using conduits to form a fluid path that passes through a plurality of separation media, each of which media is configured to isolate a particular sub-sample. After various sub-samples of the sample are isolated by the various separation media, the conduits may be removed, thereby enabling each of the isolated sub-samples to be further separated and/or analyzed independent of any other sub-sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee O. Lomas, Jian Ding, Egisto Boschetti
  • Patent number: 8459300
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for feeding a liquid additive from a receptacle into a fuel line or into an exhaust line of an internal-combustion engine of a motor vehicle by way of a blockable feed line leading into at least one of the above-mentioned line and by way of a pump which at least temporarily generates a feed pressure in the feed line. The receptacle can be filled with additive from a larger storage tank also accommodated in the motor vehicle by way of a connection line that can be blocked. The feed line branches off the connection line between the receptacle and the storage tank. The pump is installed in the receptacle or between the receptacle and the branching-off of the feed line into the connection line. The connection line can be shut-off in the storage tank or between the storage tank and the branching-off of the feed line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Bruhn, Jonas Wachter, Udo Strathoff, Guenther Schneider
  • Publication number: 20130095225
    Abstract: A system for treating edible fluids under high pressure to reduce microorganisms. The system comprises a high pressure housing having an interior chamber containing two parallel flexible bladders adapted to hold the fluid to be treated under high pressure within the confines of the chamber. A pressurizing fluid fills the interior chamber outside the bladders. When one bladder is filled the other bladder is collapsed. In operation pressure is exerted throughout the interior chamber by means of the pressurizing fluid for a period sufficient to reduce microorganisms in the fluid within the filled bladder. Pressure will be released and the collapsed bladder will then be filled with an edible fluid causing treated fluid to be removed from the first bladder due to expansion caused by the filling of the second bladder such that the first bladder is collapsed. The process can then be repeated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Elend S. LeBaron
  • Patent number: 8408236
    Abstract: A drain treatment system capable of achieving balance of pressure between a facility apparatus and a drain treatment apparatus with a simple structure is provided. A bottom part of a heat, exchanger 2 is connected with a top part of a drain tank 3 by a drain discharge pipe 4. The drain discharge pipe 4 has a balance pipe-connecting tube 5. The balance pipe-connecting tube 5 comprises: a balance pipe-connecting part 6; a communicating tube-connecting part 7; and a communicating passage 8 which connects both the parts therein. The top part of the drain tank 3 is connected with the balance pipe-connecting part 6 by a balance pipe 9. Further, the communicating tube-connecting part 7 is connected with a lower part of the heat exchanger 2 by a communicating tube 10 which passes through the drain discharge pipe 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: TLV Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Yumoto
  • Publication number: 20130019971
    Abstract: The power plant disclosed is an engine that derives is usefulness in the pursuit of energy generation by utilizing natural pressure differentials found in various liquids and gases, such as but not limited to water and air. It is generally a two-stroke piston cycle engine, wherein the actions of the pistons perform work, which can be utilized to generate power, pump fluids, or perform work, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Mark R. Anteau
  • Patent number: 8356618
    Abstract: A portable fuel tank includes a recess formed in a top wall that accommodates a fuel/water separator canister. The canister includes an inlet in fluid communication with liquid fuel in the enclosure and an outlet in fluid communication with a motor. The canister retains water separated from the fuel. A fuel intake tube is disposed within the tank and a fuel inlet conduit is disposed externally of the tank. The fuel inlet conduit has a first end in fluid communication with the fuel intake tube and a second end in fluid communication with an inlet of the canister. A manifold includes a first branch providing fluid communication between the fuel inlet conduit and the canister inlet and a second branch providing fluid communication between the canister outlet and a fuel outlet conduit that supplies water-free fuel to a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Todd C. Werner
  • Patent number: 8347913
    Abstract: A combustible fuel supply system includes a fuel tank, a carburetor and a combustible fuel piping system. The combustible fuel piping system includes a fuel-feeding pipe, a fuel-drawing pipe, a vent pipe, and a switch valve. The fuel-feeding pipe interconnects the carburetor and a lower space of the fuel tank that stores combustible fuel. The fuel-drawing pipe interconnects the carburetor and an upper space of the fuel tank that accommodates air when the lower space stores the combustible fuel. The vent pipe is for fluid communication between the upper space and the exterior of the fuel tank. The switch valve is operable to obstruct fluid flow through at least one of the fuel-feeding pipe, the fuel-drawing pipe and the vent pipe, and is operable to switch between a fuel-feeding state and a fuel-drawing state for obstructing and permitting fluid flow through at least one of the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Yimin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8336507
    Abstract: A heat transfer oil boiler system to minimize heat loss and prevent heat transfer oil from deterioration due to temperature fluctuations includes a high-level tank disposed with a vent, a transfer oil buffer, and an oil-gas separator; the heat transfer buffer includes one or more oil storage unit containing a chamber within; the heat transfer buffer is disposed between the high-level tank and the oil-gas separator; an oil inlet pipe and an oil outlet pipe for directing oil to and from the oil storage unit, respectively, is disposed in the upper and the lower chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Lao, Yan-Feng Wang, Guo-Sheng Shi, Duo-Fu Hu, Jin-Chang Wang, Rui-Hong Fu
  • Publication number: 20120285553
    Abstract: A self-weighted water tank device for a solar energy system includes a plurality of water tanks to construct a water tank module for securing the whole system. A passage is configured between the water tanks of the module. The passage is at a certain highness of the tanks such that the water collected in the tanks can be maintained at a certain level. The water in the tank module can provide as a water supply source to provide water to satisfy the water demand of the demand side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: CHI JOE KAO, Kuei-Kuang Chen
  • Publication number: 20120255637
    Abstract: A hydrogen source comprises a first hydrogen reservoir for containing hydrogen in a first form and a second hydrogen reservoir for containing hydrogen in a second form different from the first form. The hydrogen source comprises a means for converting hydrogen from the first form to hydrogen gas and transferring the hydrogen gas from the first hydrogen reservoir to the second hydrogen reservoir. An interface is provided for transferring hydrogen from the second hydrogen reservoir to a hydrogen reservoir in a portable device. The interface comprises a fluidic coupling. The hydrogen source may be used to provide hydrogen fuel to a wide range of portable devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Gerard Francis McLean, Joerg Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8277747
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8273293
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Publication number: 20120199224
    Abstract: An arrangement for transferring fuel from one or more secondary tanks (12) to a main tank (11), including: a main tank (11), one or more secondary tanks (12), a venturi tube (20) situated close to the main tank (11) and each of the secondary tanks (12). A return line (17) leads surplus fuel back from the fuel-consuming unit (14) to the main tank (11). The return line (17) is divided into as many secondary return lines (18) as the total number of tanks including secondary tanks (12) and the main tank (11). Transfer of fuel from the respective secondary tanks (12) and the main tank (11) to the ancillary space (13) takes place by means of venturi tubes (20) arranged along the secondary lines (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Henrik Fagerhof
  • Publication number: 20120192974
    Abstract: An assembly for holding a fluid includes an auxiliary reservoir inside a main reservoir. The auxiliary reservoir includes an auxiliary reservoir shell with a fill passage at or near its bottom. The auxiliary reservoir shell also has a vent passage at or near its top. The fill passage and the vent passage fluidically connect the auxiliary reservoir to the main reservoir. A fluid inlet is located inside the main reservoir and outside of the auxiliary reservoir. A fluid outlet located inside the auxiliary reservoir between the fill passage and the vent passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert D. Szolomayer, David L. Motto
  • Patent number: 8220663
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system featuring a dispenser for providing fluid from multiple reservoirs to an appliance or other suitable device; and a multiple tubing arrangement coupled between the dispenser and the multiple reservoirs of fluid, the multiple tubing arrangement being responsive to a vacuum provided from the dispenser, for drawing the fluid from the multiple reservoirs so as to deplete the multiple reservoirs at relatively equal amounts based on the Venturi effect. The multiple tubing arrangement comprises a primary inlet tube for arranging in a primary reservoir, an auxiliary inlet tube for arranging in an auxiliary reservoir, and a feed connector tube arranged between the primary inlet tube and auxiliary inlet tube. The primary inlet tube is coupled to the auxiliary inlet tube so as to provide a proportional vacuum and siphoning effect. The multiple tubing arrangement siphons and depletes the fluid from the primary reservoir and the auxiliary reservoir based on the Venturi effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Xylem IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David L. Phillips, Gerard Caldwell, Nikhil Jitendra Gandhi
  • Patent number: 8201577
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for feeding a liquid additive from a receptacle into a fuel pipe or into an exhaust line of an internal-combustion engine of a motor vehicle. The receptacle is fillable with additive from a larger storage tank that is also accommodated in the motor vehicle by way of a connection line that can be blocked by a shut-off element. A pump is installed in the receptacle or in the connection line. A heating device for heating at least a partial volume of the additive is present in the receptacle. A blockable return line branches off into the receptacle from the connection line between the pump and the shut-off element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Bruhn, Jonas Wachter, Udo Strathoff, Guenther Schneider
  • Publication number: 20120139225
    Abstract: A tank arrangement for a vehicle, particularly a truck, includes at least a first fuel tank and a second fuel tank which are connected by a balancing pipe, a suction pipe for feeding fuel to an engine and a return pipe for feeding fuel from the engine to at least one of the fuel tanks. The balancing pipe is provided with a first end to supply fuel to the first tank and a second end to suck fuel from the second tank, wherein a check valve is arranged upstream of the return pipe in the balancing pipe between the at least two tanks allowing a flow direction from the second tank to the first tank and blocking a flow in the reverse direction. Suction of fuel to the engine is from the first tank only. The check valve provides an automatic purging of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Sigurd Sonderegger, Anders Ivarsson
  • Patent number: 8192616
    Abstract: A pressurized wastewater effluent chlorination system including a treatment tank defining a contact chamber and an aeration chamber. The treatment tank receives wastewater effluent. The system includes a pressure vessel within a liquid chlorine storage container positioned in or near the treatment tank. Preferably, the pressure vessel is a floating vessel having a check valve at its bottom, enabling the vessel to fill with a predetermined amount or measured charge of chlorine depending on the position of a float on the vessel. In response to a timer control or float switch, a valve operates to communicate air pressure from a compressor to the vessel to displace the measured charge of liquid chlorine into the wastewater effluent in the contact chamber. Effluent flow and air discharge into the contact chamber enhances mixing of the chlorine and the effluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Mark N. Chaffin