Tank With Internally Extending Flow Guide, Pipe Or Conduit Patents (Class 137/590)
  • Patent number: 11104978
    Abstract: A seal ring for a seal assembly includes a body and a seal flange. The body is generally cylindrical and extends along a longitudinal axis between a load end and a seal end. The seal flange is disposed at the seal end of the cylindrical body. The seal flange circumscribes the body and projects radially from the body to a distal perimeter of the seal flange. The seal flange includes a sealing face which is annular and disposed adjacent the distal perimeter. The seal ring is made from an alloy that includes between 6 percent and 9 percent by weight of iron, between 1.5 percent and 3 percent by weight of silicon, greater than 14 percent by weight of chromium, and at least 65 percent by weight of nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Thomas Yaniak, Jichul Choi, Yeonbok Muk, Gilsung Kim
  • Patent number: 11059658
    Abstract: A novel pressure control system provided for maintaining a constant predetermined excess pressure in a fluid dispensing container comprises a high-pressure plastic vessel having an inner chamber and an upper open end, and a pressure control device with a valve, which pressure control device is mounted on the upper open end of the high-pressure vessel, whereas a passageway is provided from the inner chamber to the outside, which is controlled by the valve, wherein the vessel is substantially cylindrical. The upper part of the vessel has a spherical dome with a cylindrical insert provided for receiving the pressure control device and the lower end of the vessel has an open end, which is closed by a ring-shaped closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Mark Brouwer, William Dierickx, Tom Anthierens
  • Patent number: 10946339
    Abstract: A water treatment apparatus is disclosed. The water treatment apparatus, according to one embodiment of the present invention, may comprise: a filter unit comprising a reverse osmosis filter for supplying purified water filtered from raw water, and residential water which could not be filtered from raw water; a storage unit connected to the filter unit and comprising a storage member in which purified water is stored, then discharged, and a housing within which the storage member is provided, and through which residential water inflows and outflows; and a flow path changing valve connected to the filter unit and the storage unit, and which allows residential water to outflow from the housing as purified water is stored in the storage member, or allows purified water to be discharged from the storage member as residential water inflows into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Tae-Seong Kwon, Soo-Young Lee, Hyoung-Min Moon, Sang-Hyeon Kang, Byung-Kil Park
  • Patent number: 10907120
    Abstract: A tank outlet (1) of a tank (100) comprising a tube fitting body (10), with an inlet region (11), which can be mounted on an outlet region (111) of a tank (100), a vortex breaker (20), which is mounted solely on the tube fitting body (10), wherein the vortex breaker (20) extends into the tank (100) through the inlet region (11) and does not touch the tank (100). Moreover, a method for mounting a corresponding vortex breaker (20) on a tank outlet (1) of a tank (100) is claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH
    Inventors: Dean Dutschmann, Christian Klemme, Bernd Bumester
  • Patent number: 10702360
    Abstract: A filter unit for a conventional suction system of dental equipment is proposed. It consists of a disposable filter and a connecting module fixed to the suction system. The connecting module removably connects the disposable filter to the system, and includes—an inlet pipe passing a water flow and solid contents from the system, —an outlet pipe returning the water flow into the system, —a hole communicating with the inlet pipe, —a pipe projection communicating with the outlet pipe, and—fixing slots. The filter includes—a container collecting the solid contents, —a cover including inlet and outlet holes and provided with fixing projections removably engaged with the fixing slots, and—a lock-fixer rotatably mounted within the cover. It allows for removable connecting the filter to the system, which significantly improves convenience of servicing the system, safety and sanitary protection of dental personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Artyom Ghazaryan
  • Patent number: 10502274
    Abstract: An assembly for venting a bicycle hydraulic braking system. One portion of the assembly is bleeding valve for a bicycle hydraulic braking system, comprising a valve body rotatably insertable in a seat of a brake caliper that has an axial inner cavity in fluid communication with a fluid cavity in the caliper and a closing body configured to removably held it in the axial cavity. A second portion of the assembly is a hydraulic fitting for venting the braking system. The hydraulic fitting has a fastening lip for a flexible tube, a portion to engage a tool, a portion configured to screw into a threaded cavity of the bleeding valve, and an axial passage through the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mario Meggiolan
  • Patent number: 10465903
    Abstract: A burner comprising a base cup, an annular flame splitter, and a flame cover. The base cup comprises an air inlet channel and two nozzles in communication with the air inlet channel and arranged upwards. The annular flame splitter arranged on the base cup comprises two Venturi tubes respectively arranged opposite the two nozzles. The annular flame splitter is separated from the base cup to form a gap, thus allowing primary air to enter the two Venturi tubes from the gap to be mixed with a fuel gas sprayed into the two Venturi tubes by the two nozzles to form a gaseous mixture. Groove openings are formed on the top of the annular flame splitter in communication with the mixing cavity. The flame cover covers the mixing cavity and limits the groove openings to define the outlet for the gaseous mixture, thus forming a flame ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Cheng Wang, Guangwu Wang, Shiping Zhu, Guosheng Shi
  • Patent number: 10413915
    Abstract: There is provided a teat cup (1) comprising a flexible liner (3) for engaging about a teat of an animal to be milked. The liner has a head portion (7) at one end of the liner and a milk discharge passageway (12) at another end of the liner. The head portion is provided with a mouth (9) through which the teat is engageable with the liner, and an injector (18) for injecting fluid into the head portion of the liner. The injector comprises a gravity biased diverter that controls, based on an orientation of the teat cup, an injection direction (FLT, FLF) in which the fluid is injected into the head portion. There is further provided a method for milking an animal using the teat cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: James Richard John Duke
  • Patent number: 10131338
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a heat-exchange dryer apparatus are disclosed. In one embodiment, a heat-exchange dryer apparatus includes a desiccant cartridge comprising desiccant material, a purge-air reservoir secured to the desiccant cartridge, and a compressed-air conduit disposed inside the purge-air reservoir. In another embodiment, a vehicle air-brake system includes an air compressor, a desiccant cartridge comprising desiccant material, and a heat exchange dryer apparatus disposed between the compressor and the desiccant. The temperature of the compressed air is decreased while the temperature of the purge air is increased and the desiccant adsorbs a greater amount of contaminants form the compressed air for improved drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: David W. Howell, Fred W. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10105562
    Abstract: A portable fire extinguisher is disclosed which includes a cylinder for storing a pressurized fire extinguishing agent and has a neck portion defining an outlet, and a flexible hermetic seal supported across the outlet of the cylinder, wherein the flexible hermetic seal is adapted and configured to transition between: an unexpanded condition corresponding to an unpressurized cylinder; an expanded condition corresponding to a pressurized cylinder; and a bursted condition corresponding to an opened cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Henry Arnette
  • Patent number: 10000371
    Abstract: Provided is a connector including a plug to be fixed to an inner peripheral surface of an opening of a liquid storing container, and a socket to be detachably attached to the plug. The plug includes a plug body in which a first liquid outflow passage, a first liquid inflow passage, and a first gas passage are formed. The socket includes a socket body including, formed therein, a second liquid outflow passage, a second liquid inflow passage), and a second gas passage; a rotary valve having an outflow through-hole and an inflow through-hole; and a switching mechanism for switching between an open state and a closed state when the rotary valve is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hasunuma, Masamichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9675918
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a centrifugal/cyclone separator which separates particles, liquid droplets and or condensing mists (water based and or hydrocarbon based nature) from gases without using a filter element. The design relies on the use of the inlet spiral tube, a first conical fin and the second conical fin, and the step on the cylindrical body and the extension of the vortex finder below second conical fin. With another embodiment, the design differs in that it relies on the insert with threaded or open area forming a flow path like spiral tube, while relying on the same or similar components as with the first embodiment listed above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Chee Hoong Loh, Heng Yuan Paul Lau, Boon Ping Justin Cheng, Yi Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 9528171
    Abstract: A seal ring for a seal assembly includes a body and a seal flange. The body is generally cylindrical and extends along a longitudinal axis between a load end and a seal end. The seal flange is disposed at the seal end of the cylindrical body. The seal flange circumscribes the body and projects radially from the body to a distal perimeter of the seal flange. The seal flange includes a sealing face which is annular and disposed adjacent the distal perimeter. The seal ring is made from an alloy that includes between 8 percent and 13 percent by weight of iron, between 2 percent and 3 percent by weight of silicon, between 13 percent and 14 percent by weight of chromium, and at least 65 percent by weight of nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Barnes, George B. Kokos, James O. Barlow, Jason R. Beckerdite
  • Patent number: 9493334
    Abstract: A container has an outflow arranged in the vicinity of the bottom and a vortex breaker mounted upstream from the outflow for preventing foaming. The vortex breaker has a vertical main wall and two vertical side wings oriented away from one another to define a T-shape. The main wall merges into a fixing arm. A method also is provided for producing the vortex breaker. The method includes a) cutting a flat plate to define a main wall, two side wings, and a fixing arm connected to the main wall; and b) folding out the side wings in opposing directions in each case into a final position arranged transverse to the main wall. The vortex breaker is applicable in chemistry, biotechnology, and filtration technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Graus, Michael Gohs, Holger Linne, Michael Schuetzler
  • Patent number: 9211792
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel tank arrangement is provided for a fuel that includes at least a first fluid and a second fluid. The tank arrangement includes a tank and a partition wall arranged inside the tank in order to create at least a first compartment for storing the first fluid and a second compartment for storing the second fluid. The position of the partition all inside the tank can be changed to set the volume of the first compartment and the second compartment to predetermined values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Renault Trucks
    Inventors: Iyad Balloul, Jean-Christophe Palmer, Michel Vanvolsem
  • Patent number: 9121318
    Abstract: A delivery unit for delivering a liquid additive from a tank into an exhaust gas treatment device includes at least a housing which can be mounted on the tank, and a component carrier which carries at least one pump and is fixed in the housing by a clamping plate. A motor vehicle having a delivery unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Georges Maguin, Cheikh Diouf, Sven Schepers, Jan Hodgson
  • Publication number: 20150129041
    Abstract: A cap for a vessel has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. A first fluid passageway extends from the first side to the second side through the cap; and a second fluid passageway also extends from the first side to the second side through the cap. At least a portion of the second fluid passageway surrounds a portion of the first fluid passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Chris Stowers
  • Publication number: 20150115784
    Abstract: A water-conducting domestic appliance, in particular a domestic dishwasher, includes a first retaining device which is arranged on an outer wall and which is provided to hold a pipe on the outer wall when the domestic appliance is in operation. The outer wall has an aperture through which the hose is guided, with the first retaining device being arranged above the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Helmut Jerg, Michael Georg Rosenbauer
  • Patent number: 9004101
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for causing turbulent flow in a tank assembly that includes, inter alia, a base portion and a vane element that extends in an axial direction from the base portion. The vane element has a curved surface formed at a distal end thereof which is adapted and configured to redirect fluid traversing the device axially in a non-axial direction. Still further, a plurality of shoulder elements extend radially outward from the axis of the vane element and are adapted and configured for limiting that axial insertion of the device into a fitting associated with the tank assembly. In an embodiment of the present invention, the vane element includes lateral edges which are adapted and configured for press-fit engagement with an inside diameter of the fitting associate with the tank assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: AMTROL Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: David Beretta, III, Christopher A. Van Haaren
  • Patent number: 8992190
    Abstract: A reservoir is in a bottomed tubular shape and located in a fuel tank. A lid member closes an opening of the reservoir. A pump unit discharges fuel stored in the reservoir to an exterior of the fuel tank. The pump unit is supported by a holding portion of the lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Kyosan Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Okazono, Shinobu Oikawa, Hironobu Oki
  • Publication number: 20150059891
    Abstract: A drain assembly for a tank or containment vessel of the type having a flexible and removable interior liner. The drain assembly comprises a drain intake in fluid communication with a wall traversing portion. The drain intake is operatively deployable in proximity to the bottom of the tank and the wall traversing portion is operatively deployable through a wall of the tank. The wall traversing portion includes a conduit portion in fluid communication with the drain intake and with a location exterior to the tank. The conduit portion includes an interior stopper plate and a threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Blake Ducharme, Lawrence Hruschak
  • Patent number: 8931503
    Abstract: A fuel inlet valve for a fuel tank includes a flange that is attachable to the fuel tank and a first aperture and a second aperture formed in the flange. The fuel inlet valve also includes a fuel valve associated with the first aperture and a fill pipe nipple associated with the first aperture. The fuel valve and the fill pipe nipple form a fuel path through the first aperture. The fuel inlet valve also has at least one nipple associated with the second aperture and connectable to said at least one nipple is connectable to a purge line, a fuel pump, or a fuel line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Walkowski
  • Patent number: 8932533
    Abstract: Implementations and techniques for cyclonic catalytic ducts are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Publication number: 20150007899
    Abstract: A fuel sump with a draw tube on the inside of the fuel tank to maximize the fuel available to the engine eliminate an exterior fuel line that would normally be exterior to the fuel tank attached to the fuel sump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: C. Brad Ekstam
  • 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: 8915265
    Abstract: A double-walled above-ground storage tank includes a primary tank and a secondary tank, and an interstitial space; an containment chamber formed by a primary chamber wall and a secondary chamber wall, forming a chamber interstitial space therebetween, and an exterior door assembly; and at least one pipe and valve assembly wherein the pipe originates in the tank interior volume and the valve is disposed within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Envirovault Corporation
    Inventor: Russ Hebblethwaite
  • Publication number: 20140366969
    Abstract: A container (10) for receiving biopharmaceutical content (C) in liquid, fluid or gaseous form, includes a peripheral wall (12) that is closed on itself, at least one transfer pipe (22), at least one guiding element (30; 130), and wherein the at least one guiding element (30; 130) includes a gripping member (32; 132) and an attachment member (44; 144). The gripping member (32; 132) and the attachment member (44; 144) are structurally separate and independent of one another and the guiding element (30; 130) has reciprocal assembly elements (60; 160) allowing the structural or functional assembly of the gripping member (32; 132) with the attachment member (44; 144) to ensure the positioning of the gripping member (32; 132) close to the attachment member (44; 144) and the connecting area (46; 146) of the corresponding peripheral wall (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Sébastien Chaussin
  • Publication number: 20140357069
    Abstract: A novel method and system for using aluminum dopant compositions is provided. A composition of the aluminum dopant compositions is selected with sufficient vapor pressure and minimal carbon content, thereby enabling ease of delivery to an ion implant process and substantial reduction of carbon deposition during Al ion implantation. The source material is preferably stored and delivered from a sub-atmospheric storage and delivery device to enhance safety and reliability during the Al ion implantation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ashwini K. Sinha, Lloyd A. Brown
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140283936
    Abstract: A device for expelling/containing a predetermined liquid. The device configured to be built into a liquid tank operable at low or zero gravity and comprising a unitary three-dimensional sponge structure. The sponge structure comprises a set of substantially wire-like elements that extend between a peripheral area of the sponge structure and an area for expelling/containing liquid. The wire-like elements are substantially oriented in the direction of flow of the fluid within the device. The wire-like elements are connected together by crosspieces and are arranged such that the capillary gradient is positive or zero in the direction of flow of the fluid from the peripheral area to the area for expelling/containing liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Dandaleix
  • Publication number: 20140238515
    Abstract: The present application relates to a support arm assembly (39) for mounting in a fuel tank (1). A support arm (43) is provided to support a fuel transfer tube (17) for transferring fuel to a fuel pump (11). A support foot (49) is provided to support the support arm (43) at a predetermined position within the fuel tank (1). The support foot (49) biases the support arm assembly (39) against a roof of the fuel tank (1). The present application also relates a support foot (49) for mounting in a support arm assembly (39). The combination of a fuel tank (1) and the support arm assembly (39) is also envisaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: George Thirlaway, Steve Checkley, Adam Grant
  • Patent number: 8813788
    Abstract: A fluid drainage system configured for draining a basin impounding fluid and sediment, solids or the like of varying density and turbidity. The system includes a first conduit and a second conduit within or adjacent to the first conduit to form a fluid receiving chamber between the first and second conduits, each conduit having apertures therethrough, with the apertures of the first and second conduits being sized and arranged relative to one another and so configured as to preferentially discharge fluid from the top of a basin, thus providing flow conditions which inhibit the entry of sediment into the system so as to maximize the retention of sediment within the basin and reduce turbidity and Total Suspended Sediment in the discharged fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: John Tyner, Daniel C. Yoder, Brent S. Pilon
  • Patent number: 8813780
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a spark-ignition motor with a vapor intake port has a tank body having a tank wall enclosing a tank volume. A filler port in a first upper portion of the tank wall establishes a liquid fill-level limit for the tank volume. A vapor dome formed by a second upper portion of the tank wall subtends a vapor space above the liquid fill-level limit. A vapor vent valve is mounted in the vapor dome and is connectable to the vapor intake port. The vapor dome has a shape and size allowing the tank body to tilt from about a horizontal position to about thirty degrees in any direction from the horizontal position before a liquid filling the tank volume to the liquid fill-level limit contacts the vapor vent valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Scheffler, Richard Lee Bedford, III, Anthony S. Weber
  • Patent number: 8807163
    Abstract: A vacuum sizing tank configured to provide controlled fluid flow. A fluid control system and a vacuum sizing tank utilizing electronic controls to create and maintain controllable fluid flow within the tank. Flow meters may measure the flow in and out of the tank to maintain consistency. Temperature meters may measure the temperatures for each of the flows to maintain consistency. An electronic circuit may compare the values with preset values. Any difference between the values may trigger change by varying the voltage applied to a variable speed water pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Richard C. Bell, R. Brandon Bell
  • Publication number: 20140209194
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support arm assembly (39) for mounting in a fuel tank (1). The support arm assembly (39) comprises an arm (43) having a connector (51) for mounting the support arm assembly (39). A fuel fill limiter is mounted on the arm (43). The support arm assembly (43) can be installed in a fuel tank (1) through an access aperture (A) and mounted within the fuel tank (1). The present invention also relates to a fuel tank (1) in combination with the support arm assembly (43).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: George Thirlaway, Steve Checkley, Adam Grant
  • Patent number: 8783280
    Abstract: A modular hydraulic hammer reduction system for railroad tank cars includes tubular hydraulic hammer reduction devices which include means to connect the tubular devices to flanges other than by welding or being cast together. For example, the tubular devices can be press fit into the flanges, or the tubular devices can be connected to the flanges with snap rings (preferably spiral-lock snap rings), or even more preferably the tubular devices can be press fit into the flanges and the tubular devices can be connected to the flanges with snap rings (preferably spiral-lock snap rings). The advantage of this modular construction is that one can manufacture multiple tubular devices and multiple flanges of each type, and connect the flanges to the tubular devices on an as-needed basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: S. Elwood Yandle, II, S. Elwood Yandle, III
  • Publication number: 20140196790
    Abstract: A liquid reservoir with a sump includes at least two outlet ports in fluid communication with a fluid conduit. An anti-vortex device includes a first plate extending across the at least two outlet ports and a second plate coupled to the first plate and extending substantially perpendicular to the first plate. The anti-vortex device is configured to disrupt formation of a vortex formed by liquid passing from the reservoir through said outlet ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8739823
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for causing turbulent flow in a tank assembly that has an internal fluid cell and a fitting for allowing fluid to enter and exit the fluid cell from the exterior of the tank assembly. The device includes a main body portion and first and second retaining arms. The first and second retaining arms extend from the main body portion of the device and are adapted and configured for supporting the device substantially within the fitting of the tank assembly. A plurality of curved vane elements extend from the main body portion which cause turbulent flow in the fluid cell of the tank assembly by redirecting fluid entering the tank assembly axially through the fitting in a non-axial direction into the fluid cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: AMTROL Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Van Haaren, Kenneth Cerpovicz
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140096832
    Abstract: A dual tank structure includes first and second tanks with a common secondary containment structure which are all integrally supported on a common base frame. The common base frame includes longitudinal skids so as to be suitable for transport using a conventional winch truck. A passageway with an integral valve therein permits selective communication between the tanks. The common containment structure has a containment volume which is greater than a storage volume of a largest one of the first tank and the second tank and which is less than a combined storage volume of both the first tank and the second tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Lester James Thiessen
  • 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: 8607820
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for continuously mixing fed-out natural gas with oxygen to produce a burnable gas used for heating the pressurized natural gas before or after the relaxation thereof, comprising a mixing section having connections for a natural gas supply line, an oxygen infeed line, and a burnable gas discharge line. The mixing section is designed as a closed mixing container, which has a mixing chamber, at the center of which forming a mixing zone a distributing pipe for oxygen is disposed that is joined to the connection for oxygen infeed. The mixing chamber is filled completely, and the distributing pipe is filled at least partially, with a packing of ceramic granular material. The mixing chamber of the mixing container is equipped with temperature sensors for temperature measurement. The mixing container is designed as a standing container, which at the bottom has the connection of the natural gas supply and at the top the connection for the burnable gas discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: EWE Gasspeicher GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Lenk
  • Patent number: 8602247
    Abstract: A collection device with a collection container and a plurality of conducting elements guided on the collection container is disposed in a fluid container for a motor vehicle. The conducting elements are preferably of one-piece construction together with a collection plate surrounding the collection container. Fluid that sloshes around in the fluid container is fed through the conducting elements and the collection plate to the collection container. This allows the minimum amount of fluid in the fluid container required for the proper operation of the motor vehicle to be kept particularly low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft für Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventor: Karl Smirra
  • Patent number: 8573253
    Abstract: There is disclosed a valve assembly for a gas container capable of appropriately discharging a gas from the gas container, even if a valve of a discharge passage has a failure or the like. The valve assembly for the gas container disposed at the gas container has, as passages which allow the inside of the gas container to communicate with the outside, a filling passage which fills the gas container with the gas and a discharge passage which discharges the gas. Furthermore, the valve assembly has a filling-side valve disposed at the filling passage and configured to close this passage, a discharge-side valve disposed at the discharge passage and configured to close this passage, a communication path which connects a downstream side of the discharge-side valve to a downstream side of the filling-side valve, and a shut-off valve disposed at the communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ogami, Nobuo Kobayashi, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8561629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of draining a tank (2) having a plate, the plate (12) including a canister (19) having an outer casing (20) provided with a base (19?) that is pressed against the plate (12), the base (19?) presenting at least one through orifice (21) suitable for being closed by a movable member (22) of the canister (19), the plate (12) carrying a pump (30) that co-operates with the canister (19) by actuating the movable member (22) to open the through orifice (21), during which method the pump (30) is removed from the canister (19) and then a fluid connector (50) is inserted to take the place of the pump (30), the fluid connector (50) co-operating with the canister (19) by actuating the movable member (22) to release the through orifice (21) in order to drain the tank (2) via the fluid connector (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventor: Stéphane Mougin
  • Patent number: 8549852
    Abstract: A hydraulic oil tank has a housing, a connecting member and a filtering device. The housing includes a main body, a storage compartment and a first through hole. The storage compartment is formed within the main body for containing a the hydraulic oil, and the first through hole is formed through the main body. The connecting member is disposed on the main body and covering the first through hole, the connecting member including a contact face having a planar shape. The filtering device is disposed within the storage compartment. The filtering device is connected to a part of the contact face exposed within the first through hole. The filtering device includes an overlapped portion overlapping with an inner edge of the first through hole in a plan view of the first through hole seen from inside of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Saeki, Tatsushi Itou
  • Patent number: 8544282
    Abstract: A closed loop geothermal system has a fluid circulation loop that includes in series: a heat pump, a ground loop heat exchanger, a tank flow center and a circulation pump. The tank flow center includes a tank, a first valve, a second valve and a tank bypass line all mounted in a common housing. The tank may include a refill inlet that opens through a top surface of the housing. A cap may be attached to close the refill inlet. The tank flow center has the regular geothermal operation configuration, a system flush configuration, and a refill configuration. The tank flow center may be elevated above the circulation pump a distance to produce a water column that is greater than a minimum cavitation avoidance head pressure for the circulation pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Wyer, Demitri Gula
  • Publication number: 20130248028
    Abstract: A vortex breaker fits over an outlet of a vessel. The breaker has a basket disposed on a base with an opening communicating with the vessel's outlet. The basket has a cylindrical sidewall screen with profiled wires arranged around bars that extend from the base. The basket also has a top screen attached to the sidewall screen. The top screen has wires arranged across a plurality of bars. Fluid flow passing through the screens is directed by the profiled wires and the bars. Below the top screen, a baffle plate diverts the fluid flow passing through the top screen to the periphery of the top plate. Inside the basket, a flow modifier has a vanes attached to the base and disposed radially around the base's opening. At least some of the vanes have cross-tees extending from the vane's sides to break the radially directed flow inside the basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Johnson Screens, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Ekholm
  • Publication number: 20130240070
    Abstract: A pipe includes a tubular pipe formed of a metal sheet that is spirally wound such that opposite edges of the metal sheet are joined by a crimped lock seam that extends helically along a length of the tubular pipe. A sealing arrangement includes a helically extending worked surface band extending along the crimped lock seam and to both sides of the crimped lock seam, the worked surface band having a surface roughness that is greater than a surface roughness of unworked surface portions outside of the worked surface band. A helically extending external coating band is applied over the crimped lock seam and bonded to the worked surface band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Mark J. Swarny, Daniel W. Aberle, Gregory W. Byrne, JR.
  • 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