Plural Compartments Formed By Baffles Patents (Class 137/574)
  • Patent number: 10639988
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided for an energy absorbing fluid bladder. In one example, the fluid bladder includes a bladder body and a perforated baffle structure. The perforated baffle structure can be disposed within the bladder body and configured to mitigate a pulse of fluid (e.g., fuel) moving within the bladder body before the pulse reaches the bladder body. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Kozar, Mark S. Wilenski
  • Patent number: 10589622
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes: a tank body including a bottom wall, a lateral wall and an upper wall, the tank body storing fuel in an interior surrounded by the bottom wall, the lateral wall and the upper wall; and a sub-tank storing a part of the fuel, the sub-tank including a wall portion, an opening portion and a post portion, the wall portion standing on the bottom wall and extending toward the upper wall. The opening portion is provided in the wall portion and is a portion in which the fuel flows. The post portion is provided integrally with the wall portion. The post portion is extended along a height direction of the wall portion from the bottom wall and is joined to the bottom wall and the upper wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinsuke Amano, Nobuhiro Funahashi
  • Patent number: 10480779
    Abstract: A nuclear power plant with a steam dump device and condenser for the nuclear power plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: André Seiller, Tan Thanh Vo
  • Patent number: 10443128
    Abstract: A vessel for conveying a precursor-containing fluid stream from a precursor material contained within the vessel using a carrier gas. The vessel defines an interior volume segmented into an upper volume and a lower volume, the upper volume being in fluid communication with the lower volume, the lower volume containing substantially all of the precursor material and being separated from the upper volume by a separator. The vessel includes a diffuser tube that extends from an inlet port, through the separator and has a distal end having a plurality of openings formed therein and extends along the bottom interior wall of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: VERSUM MATERIALS US, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Michael Birtcher, Thomas Andrew Steidl, Sergei Vladimirovich Ivanov
  • Patent number: 9919595
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a motor vehicle, which can be designed as a blow-molded hollow plastics tank, into the interior of which a functional component support is inserted, to which are fastenable functional components, for example a fuel pump, a level indicator or valves, and which is supported on opposite inner sides of the fuel tank wall via at least two strut arrangements spaced apart from each other in a longitudinal direction of the support. The functional component support has at least one compensating portion which is positioned between the two strut arrangements and with which a length compensation between the functional component support and the fuel tank takes place in order to dissipate mechanical component stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Axel Diestelhorst, Ralf Berlin, Markus Rowitz, Ingo Rohs
  • Patent number: 9902260
    Abstract: A fuel tank structure is obtained that can prevent or suppress excessive stress concentrating at fixed portions of a separator and an inner wall of a fuel tank main body. A separator for reducing flow noise of fuel is disposed at an interior of a fuel tank that accommodates fuel. Projecting portions that serve as fixed portions that are fixed at two or more places to an inner wall of the fuel tank, are provided at the separator. Deformation portions that allow deformation of the separator are formed between the projecting portions at the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Furusawa
  • Patent number: 9517692
    Abstract: A liquid storage tank or a work vehicle requiring high ground clearance has an inverted sump within a tank volume defined between a tank floor and peripheral walls. In one configuration, the sump includes four sump walls of various configurations and extending at various heights within the tank volume. A flow passage is defined by the spacing between the various sump walls and a peripheral wall. The tank floor may have an inclined section, which in cooperation with the sump and a spanner wall, defines a supplemental inverted sump in communication with the flow passage. As a fuel tank, the sump is configured to store fuel within a sump volume sufficient to satisfy prescribed runtimes in various off-level conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Matthew P. Tedman, Ashwani Verma
  • Patent number: 9452577
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a plastic fuel tank including: a) inserting a plastic parison including two distinct parts into an open two-cavity mold; b) inserting a core, bearing at least part of a reinforcing element configured to create a link between the two parison parts, inside the parison; c) pressing the parison firmly against the mold cavities, for example by blowing through the core and/or creating suction behind the cavities; d) fixing the part of the reinforcing element to at least one of the parison parts using the core; e) withdrawing the core; f) closing the mold, bringing its two cavities together to grip the two parison parts around their periphery to weld them together; g) injecting a pressurized fluid into the mold and/or creating a vacuum behind the mold cavities to press the parison firmly against the mold cavities; and h) opening the mold and extracting the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Bjorn Criel, Stephane Leonard, Thierry Ferracin, Frederic Jannot
  • Publication number: 20150083251
    Abstract: A water dispenser includes a baffle which interferes with a downward flow of drinking water in a cold water tank which is fed from a raw water container through a raw water supply line, whereby cold water lower in temperature than drinking water above the baffle is generated below the baffle, and discharged. A recess is formed in the bottom surface of the baffle such that air trapped in the recess acts as a heat insulator between the baffle and the cold water. The baffle extends along the inner wall of the cold water tank with a gap defined therebetween, and includes a flange extending downwardly over the entire circumference thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshinori Orita
  • Patent number: 8960227
    Abstract: A tank for a hydraulic fluid has a housing with opposed end walls and side walls defining an interior chamber. A primary baffle is disposed inside the housing and divides the interior chamber into an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber, with a primary gap between the primary baffle and the housing fluidly communicating between the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber. The primary baffle further defines a contact surface facing the inlet chamber and has first and second weirs which extend into the inlet chamber. A first fluid inlet fluidly communicates with the inlet chamber and is oriented along a first inlet axis that intersects the contact surface, while a fluid outlet communicates with the outlet chamber. The tank produces an interior flow that mixes and deaerates the fluid as it travels from the first fluid inlet to the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Sage Frederick Smith, Brian Franklin Taggart, Xuekui Lan, Weixue Tian
  • Patent number: 8919376
    Abstract: A system and method to mitigate the effect of hydrodynamic ram. The system including a chamber adapted to receive fluid and a core disposed within the chamber. A plurality of columns extend through the core and a plurality of orifices extend through the thickness of the columns. The method includes channeling a portion of a vapor bubble to an ullage space disposed within the chamber with the plurality of columns and changing the fluid state of the vapor bubble with a plurality of orifices extending through the thickness of the plurality of columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Elliot Sparks
  • Patent number: 8919370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank for storing a liquid active ingredient for operating an aggregate of a motor vehicle, particularly a unit for post treatment of exhaust gases of the motor vehicle, comprising a container and at least one functional element (11, 18) extending into the container, wherein the functional element is provided with at least one agent (25, 26) for abrasion protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Krause, Rainer Haeberer
  • Patent number: 8905070
    Abstract: A multivalve with a storage bag and a storage bag configured for temporarily accommodating a liquid gas fuel around a discharge for a liquid gas fuel store formed from a deformable memory material, wherein the storage bag has a temporary, size-reduced position, an outer diameter of the storage bag then being less than 48 mm, and a second, operative position, the storage bag having a sufficient volume. A multivalve with a storage bag includes a storage bag having a bottom with sides rising from the bottom, a one-way valve being placed in or close to the bottom and connected to an inlet in the storage bag, the one-way valve being welded to the plastic of the storage bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Vialle Alternative Fuel Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Bob Alexander Beem
  • Patent number: 8899266
    Abstract: A transmission is provided including a sump at least partially defining a sump volume and operable to contain a fluid. The transmission further includes a hydraulic pump. An inlet tube is disposed at least partially within the fluid and is operable to communicate the fluid from the sump volume to the hydraulic pump. A fluid displacement reservoir defining a reservoir volume and disposed at least partially within the sump volume is also provided. The fluid displacement reservoir is operable to selectively displace or impede the movement of at least a portion of the fluid when the fluid within the transmission is subject to acceleration, such that the amount of the fluid required within the sump volume to maintain the inlet tube disposed within the fluid is reduced. The fluid displacement reservoir is also operable to selectively contain or receive at least a portion of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: David J. Varda
  • Patent number: 8845890
    Abstract: A self-bypassing filter system for a fluid reservoir. The system includes a filter disposed within the reservoir, positioned to intercept the fluid flow proceeding out of the reservoir. A bypass fluid flow path extending from upstream to downstream of the filter, without passing through the filter. In addition, the system includes a membrane, positioned to completely block the bypass fluid flow path upstream of the filter, the membrane being formed of a material dissolvable in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Gerard Offerle, Ron Perri, Sterling Douglas Schmeltz
  • Patent number: 8844565
    Abstract: An anti-vibration system for a fluid reservoir. The system includes a baffle disposed within the fluid reservoir. The baffle includes a mounting mechanism and one or more apertures. The mounting mechanism is adapted to mount the baffle within the reservoir. In addition, and a reservoir cover, enclosing the fluid reservoir, includes receiving fixtures to receive the mounting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Wirth
  • Patent number: 8845889
    Abstract: An oil filter reservoir includes a reservoir housing having a filter, which divides the housing into an oil inlet chamber and an oil outlet chamber. A housing inlet and a housing outlet circulate oil in and out of the reservoir housing. The filter includes a permeable wall and a bypass valve, which releases the increased oil pressure and volume in the inlet chamber during cold temperature operation. A baffle in the outlet chamber is spaced apart from the bypass valve and permits limited oil flow through the baffle. The baffle separates the outlet chamber into a reserve chamber and a bypass chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Gerard Offerle, Todd Robert Miller, Mike Lazzarotti, Dahmane Alem, Adam Wirth
  • Patent number: 8839963
    Abstract: A water purifying apparatus and system capable of sedimenting particulates in the fluid over time, and allowing for the quick flushing of sedimented particulates. Top and bottom baffles act as barriers for the sediments, with the bottom barriers having a removable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Angel Torres-Collazo
  • Patent number: 8821725
    Abstract: A slurry handling and disposal system is provided for waste slurry and particulates. The system includes a waste bin provided with support structures for retaining a flexible removable filter element with a filter element supported above a floor of the waste bin. The particulate matter component of a volume of the waste slurry and particulates deposited in the filter element is retained in said filter element while the liquid component of the waste slurry and particulates are collected in a base portion of the waste bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Charles Weston
  • Patent number: 8752581
    Abstract: A hydraulic tank for an industrial truck having a tank lower part with a base and a side wall and produced in one piece, a tank cover which is connected to an upper edge of the side wall, is produced in one piece and defines at least one hydraulic medium receiving chamber together with the base and the side wall, at least one hydraulic medium intake pipe extending from a hydraulic medium suction connector of the tank cover, and at least one hydraulic medium return pipe extending from a hydraulic medium return connector of the tank cover, wherein the hydraulic medium intake pipe and the hydraulic medium return pipe, together with the tank cover, form a tank upper part which is assembled as a modular unit with the tank lower part to form the hydraulic tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes Haslberger
  • 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: 8727173
    Abstract: A baffle system for guiding fuel stored within a fuel tank is disclosed. The baffle system may include first and second baffle walls. Each of the first and second baffle walls may be formed from inner, intermediate, and outer portions. Each inner portion may extend from the respective intermediate portion. Each outer portion may extend from the respective intermediate portion, with an angle at a junction of the outer and intermediate portions being between approximately 120 degrees and 150 degrees. The first and second baffles walls may form a partially-closed volume with the first and second inner and intermediate portions, where the partially-closed volume may be configured to retain fuel guided into the volume by the first and second outer portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Edward Schwark, Robert Joseph Egging, James Lester Greene, Mario Roberto Giovannini
  • Patent number: 8707991
    Abstract: A float device for use in drawing liquids such as fuel from a tank or other reservoir is disclosed. The device comprises a float arranged for rising and falling with the level of liquid in the tank and a liquid pick-up duct, which comprises a flexible tube having its free end coupled to the float. The float is arranged for vertical movement within a filter or other member, which encloses the float and the flexible tube. The filter or other member is elongate and tubular in construction and comprises an open lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fuel Active Limited
    Inventor: Michael John James
  • Patent number: 8701705
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to providing a transfer tube assembly mounted on a saddle type fuel tank. The assembly of the present invention includes: a main fuel pump allowing a fuel pump system to deliver fuel to the engine; a sender delivering residual fuel to the main fuel pump; a wire harness connecting the main module and the sender and configured to inform of a fuel amount in the sender; and a transfer tube for transferring the residual fuel in the sender to the main fuel pump. The wire harness and the transfer tube are integrally coupled and configured so that a function of the wire harness can be performed simultaneously with a function of the transfer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventor: Seung-Ju Park
  • Patent number: 8690000
    Abstract: A cryogenic tank for a space launcher, comprising a partition and delimiting top and bottom volumes communicating via at least one free central opening formed in the partition, so as, on the one hand, to allow for the flow of liquid by gravity from the top volume to the bottom volume via the central opening or openings and, on the other hand, to prevent the rising of the fluid from the bottom volume to the top volume via the central opening or openings under the action of acceleration forces, the tank also comprising at least one vent forming separate from the central opening or openings and providing fluid communication between the top and bottom volumes, the vent being configured to favor the migration of vapor from the bottom volume to the top volume and to prevent the rising of liquid from the bottom volume to the top volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Étude et l'Éxploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Jerome Lacapere, James Butterworth
  • 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: 8602165
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Szolomayer, David L. Motto
  • Patent number: 8590565
    Abstract: An improved fuel tank is disclosed. In the fuel tank, a shock-absorbing member comprising a plurality of foam members is mounted to an in-tank functional component provided inside a resin fuel tank body. When the fuel inside the tank sloshes up and down, the fuel strikes the shock-absorbing member, causing the force of the waves to be dispersed, and reducing the fuel sloshing sound created by the sloshing of the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Watanabe, Shinya Murabayashi, Kiyofumi Shida
  • Patent number: 8590564
    Abstract: Modular storage and controlled outflow systems for controlling a flow of water and methods of assembly of modular storage and controlled outflow systems having indirect flow of water through the system. Modular systems for controlling a flow of water having beams extending across the modules to direct the flow of water in an indirect manner or a serpentine or semi-serpentine manner. Modular storage and controlled outflow systems for treatment and filtration of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Retain-It, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt A. Burkhart, Sr., Ronald E. Burkhart, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130240069
    Abstract: A tank for a hydraulic fluid has a housing with opposed end walls and side walls defining an interior chamber. A primary baffle is disposed inside the housing and divides the interior chamber into an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber, with a primary gap between the primary baffle and the housing fluidly communicating between the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber. The primary baffle further defines a contact surface facing the inlet chamber and has first and second weirs which extend into the inlet chamber. A first fluid inlet fluidly communicates with the inlet chamber and is oriented along a first inlet axis that intersects the contact surface, while a fluid outlet communicates with the outlet chamber. The tank produces an interior flow that mixes and deaerates the fluid as it travels from the first fluid inlet to the fluid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Sage Frederick Smith, Brian Franklin Taggart, Xuekui Lan, Weixue Tian
  • Patent number: 8534489
    Abstract: A demisable fuel supply system for a satellite includes a pressurized aluminum alloy tank with an aluminum alloy propellant management device therein. The propellant management device (PMD) can have any capillary action surface tension fluid transport features known in the art. Selected inner surfaces of the tank and the PMD are covered with a plasma powder sprayed titanium based coating to guarantee propellant wettability and corrosion resistance of the fuel supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne H. Tuttle, David Adams, Marcial Alexander Anaya, Jeffry K. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8534316
    Abstract: A reservoir structure of a fuel suction unit or pump module for a diesel vehicle is provided. The reservoir structure includes a reservoir 10 having a bottom surface 14. A primary opening 12 is provided in the bottom surface for permitting fuel to pass from a fuel tank of the vehicle into the reservoir. A secondary opening 16 is provided in the reservoir 10 that is elevated from the bottom surface 14. A valve member 18 is associated with the secondary opening 16. The valve member 18 is constructed and arranged to close the secondary opening under certain pressure conditions in the reservoir and, under pressure conditions in the reservoir different from the certain pressure conditions, to permit fuel to enter the reservoir through the secondary opening in the event the primary opening is substantially blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Nederegger, Thomas Sippel, Sabine Reichelt
  • Patent number: 8511504
    Abstract: A demisable fuel supply system for a satellite includes a pressurized aluminum alloy tank with an aluminum alloy propellant management device therein. The propellant management device (PMD) can have any capillary action surface tension fluid transport features known in the art. Selected inner surfaces of the tank and the PMD are covered with a titanium based coating to guarantee propellant wettability and corrosion resistance of the fuel supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne H. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20130192703
    Abstract: A venting system for a fuel tank may include a first vent valve having an inlet, an outlet through which fuel vapor may be vented from the fuel tank, and a valve. The first vent valve may be located within a first chamber of the fuel tank. A second vent valve may have an inlet, an outlet through which fuel vapor may be vented from the fuel tank, and a valve. The second vent valve may be located within a second chamber of the fuel tank that is separate from the first chamber during at least certain fuel levels within the fuel tank. The support may carry both the first and second vent valves within the fuel tank and be movably carried within the fuel tank to vary the height of the first and second valves within the fuel tank as the support moves relative to the fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: TI Automotive Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Andrej Hochstein, Bernd M. Nickel, Martin Stickel
  • Patent number: 8491707
    Abstract: A fluid storage tank including an entrained air removal mechanism is provided. The entrained air removal mechanism assists in consolidating small air bubbles entrained within the fluid into larger bubbles such that the air bubbles have sufficient buoyancy to escape the fluid flow. The entrained air removal mechanism may be in the form of a plurality of saw toothed slots communicating different chambers within the fluid storage tank. The fluid storage tank can also be configured to direct fluid flow towards the sidewalls of the fluid storage tank as the fluid transitions from one chamber to another to promote heat transfer out of the fluid storage tank and to avoid the fluid within the tank acting as a thermal insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Helgesen Design Services, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce E. Knuth
  • Patent number: 8464693
    Abstract: A fuel pump module including a reservoir and a sender gauge. The reservoir includes an outer wall, an inner wall spaced radially inward from the outer wall, a floor connecting the inner and outer walls, and N sets of supports fixed to the floor and disposed between the inner and outer walls and around the inner wall. The sender gauge is supported and retained by one of the N sets of supports, wherein N is an integer greater than one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Powell, Kishore Tammineedi
  • Patent number: 8424564
    Abstract: A distributor 6 includes a distributor body 40 and outlet pathways 42 each formed above the distributor body 40 and along a flow direction of a fluid in the distributor body 40. The distributor body 40 has a liquid pan 40a formed on the lower side, and an outlet 40b on the upper side, and the outlet 40b is internally divided to spaces by a partition plate 45, each of the spaces 45a being associated with the corresponding outlet pathway 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kirin Beverage Company, Limited
    Inventor: Tatsuo Naganuma
  • Patent number: 8424566
    Abstract: A fluid transfer system includes a fluid supply source. The fluid supply source includes at least one wall extending from a floor. The fluid transfer system also includes at least one fluid transfer apparatus positioned within the fluid supply source. The fluid transfer system further includes a fluid control system. The fluid control system includes a plate coupled within the fluid supply source at least partially between the wall and the at least one fluid transfer apparatus. The fluid control system also includes at least one partition extending from the plate between the wall and the at least one fluid transfer apparatus. The at least one partition cooperates with the plate to at least partially direct fluid flow into the at least one fluid transfer apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Laxmikant Merchant, Jitendra Harish Bijlani, Robert L. Baran, Venkateswara Rao Akana
  • Patent number: 8397750
    Abstract: An oil suction device for an automatic transmission includes: an oil pan that receives oil supplied to various portions of the automatic transmission and returned to the oil pan and reserves the received oil therein; an oil strainer located over the oil pan; a suction port drawing in the oil reserved in the oil pan; and an elastic wall provided selectively between a portion of the oil pan that receives a relatively small amount of the oil returned to the oil pan and the suction port, the elastic wall extending from a bottom surface of the oil pan and reaching a lower surface of the oil strainer to interrupt a flow of oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirofumi Fujita, Kazuyuki Watanabe, Kazuaki Nakamura, Takeshi Ishiwada
  • Patent number: 8387658
    Abstract: A delivery unit (4) has a compensating baffle pot (5) provided with a fuel pump (6) arranged therein and a jet sucking pump (8) for conveying a liquid to the baffle pot (5). The jet sucking pump (8) has a propulsion jet nozzle (13) provided with an opening, a mixing pipe (14), a suction opening with a suction line (11) and a deflecting element (16) located downstream of the mixing pipe (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Markefka
  • Patent number: 8381767
    Abstract: An assembly for recycling a solvent from a contaminated solvent solution includes a reservoir module including a mounted reservoir including an interior volume and a removable lid. The lid including a portion that extends into the interior volume and an access port disposed in the portion. A back edge of a bottom wall of the reservoir is disposed above a front edge of the bottom wall of the reservoir and a front portion of a side wall of the reservoir is disposed non-vertical and substantially normal to the bottom wall of the reservoir adjacent the front edge of the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Publ, David Kisela, Tim Rothwell, Greg Merz
  • Patent number: 8376088
    Abstract: A twin lubrication oil tank filling system with a single oil fill port that prevents overfilling of both a primary oil tank and a secondary oil with a gravity fill system by directing oil primarily into the secondary oil tank by means of a special oil diverter, a float valve for the secondary oil tank that closes when the oil level in the secondary tank reaches a full level to cause additional oil flow to pour into the primary oil tank and a float valve for the primary oil tank that closes when the oil level in the primary tank reaches a full level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney
    Inventors: Michael J. Rollins, Mark N. Shatz, Jeffrey C. Brill
  • Patent number: 8365942
    Abstract: A wave absorbing member including a cage-shaped container housing a sponge that imparts resistance to the passing of fuel is arranged inside a tank body. Therefore, an impact by collision of the fuel can be absorbed, noise caused by undulation of the fuel can be reduced, and violent undulation of a fuel level can be effectively suppressed by the wave absorbing member. The wave absorbing member is supported by a pipe that is arranged inside the tank body and passes through a through hole formed in the container. A movement restricting member is provided on the pipe to limit movement of the wave absorbing member along the pipe. Therefore, the wave absorbing member is reliably positioned along the pipe and within the tank body with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeaki Nakajima, Daisuke Nohara
  • Patent number: 8360100
    Abstract: Modular storage and controlled outflow systems for controlling a flow of water and methods of assembly of modular storage and controlled outflow systems having indirect flow of water through the system. Modular systems for controlling a flow of water having beams extending across the modules to direct the flow of water in an indirect manner or a serpentine or semi-serpentine manner. Modular storage and controlled outflow systems for treatment and filtration of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Retain-It, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt A. Burkhart, Sr., Ronald E. Burkhart, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130015123
    Abstract: A water purifying apparatus and system capable of sedimenting particulates in the fluid over time, and allowing for the quick flushing of sedimented particulates. Top and bottom baffles act as barriers for the sediments, with the bottom barriers having a removable barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Angel Torres-Collazo
  • Patent number: 8297310
    Abstract: An air pump has an air tank (20) for temporarily storing air from a pump unit (12) before discharging the air. The air tank has a tank body having a top wall (40) on which the pump unit is placed, and a peripheral wall (42) extending downward from the top wall. The tank body has a downward facing opening. The air tank further has a metallic bottom wall member (46) engaged with the bottom surface of the peripheral wall so as to close the opening of the tank body. Bolts are passed through the metallic bottom wall member and into a metallic part of the pump unit and tightened to connect and secure the pump unit and the air tank to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigemitsu Ishibashi, Atsuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8286659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a hydraulically actuated device/system are described herein. For example, systems and methods for the compression and/or expansion of gas can include at least one pressure vessel defining an interior region for retaining at least one of a volume of liquid or a volume of gas and an actuator coupled to and in fluid communication with the pressure vessel. The actuator can have a first mode of operation in which a volume of liquid disposed within the pressure vessel is moved to compress and move gas out of the pressure vessel. The actuator can have a second mode of operation in which a volume of liquid disposed within the pressure vessel is moved by an expanding gas entering the pressure vessel. The system can further include a heat transfer device configured to transfer heat to or from the at least one of a volume of liquid or a volume of gas retained by the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: General Compression, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Ingersoll, Justin A. Aborn
  • Patent number: 8226123
    Abstract: A fuel tank has a primary sump and secondary sump. A first vent valve and a second vent valve are disposed within the fuel tank. The first vent valve is closed when a level of fuel in the primary sump is equal to or higher than a first predetermined filling level, and the second vent valve is closed when a level of fuel in the secondary sump is equal to or higher than a second predetermined filling level in a refueling procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Chino, Naoaki Tanimura, Masashi Kamei, Junichi Hanai
  • Patent number: 8202354
    Abstract: An air pollution control apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a stack that discharges flue gas discharged from a boiler outside; a blower that is provided downstream of the stack and draws in the flue gas; and a CO2 recovering apparatus that recovers CO2 in the flue gas drawn in by the blower. The stack includes a controlling unit that suppresses release of the flue gas outside from the stack and suppresses inflow of atmosphere to the stack, and the controlling unit is a channel forming unit that forms a serpentine channel through which the flue gas and the atmosphere in the stack flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Iijima
  • Patent number: 8197012
    Abstract: A device for supplying a downstream hydraulic brake fluid to a hydraulic brake circuit of a motor vehicle equipped with a clutch includes an enclosure intended to contain the hydraulic fluid, the enclosure being provided with at least one outlet nozzle and with an inlet orifice. The enclosure forms a downstream portion of a reservoir, the reservoir comprising an upstream portion forming an upstream enclosure intended to collect an upstream hydraulic fluid from the clutch of the vehicle. The upstream enclosure 4 includes at least one inlet nozzle serving to transfer the upstream hydraulic fluid toward the upstream enclosure 4. The inlet orifice is an intermediate orifice whereby the upstream enclosure opens into the downstream enclosure, the intermediate orifice being equipped with a means for filtering the upstream hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Michel L'Aot, Sylvain Lenczner, Christophe Duchossoy, Olivier Beaures-D'Augeres