Central Path Patents (Class 138/44)
  • Patent number: 10792598
    Abstract: A breather that allows airflow between an inside and an outside of a casing of an on-vehicle power unit or a transmission mechanism related to the power unit to be performed through a breather chamber structure includes a connecting portion and a cylindrical wall. An ATF-air mixture from the inside of the casing flows into the breather chamber structure through the connecting portion having a tubular shape. The cylindrical wall is provided in the breather chamber structure and has a cylindrical shape having one end portion that is closed and another end portion that is open. The ATF-air mixture from the connecting portion flows from an opening at the other end portion toward the one end portion through the cylindrical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahisa Inaba, Hiroto Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10743459
    Abstract: A hand-held spreader is provided having a housing with a compartment for particulate material, a chamber below the compartment having a bottom wall with a circular aperture, an impeller mounted for rotation in the chamber along such bottom wall responsive to a hand crank, a discharge opening, and a path along which the particulate material passes into the chamber for discharge via the discharge opening. The impeller has an outer circular periphery proximal to and extending over an outer edge of the aperture to form a gap between the impeller and the bottom wall of the chamber that seals the gap from the particulate material larger than the gap from entering under the impeller and risking obstruction of impeller rotation. Any particulate material that enters the gap passes downward through the aperture to enable self-cleaning of particulate material that would otherwise collect under the impeller in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CHAPIN MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Neil J. Rosenbaum, Howard S. Ryan, Fred A. Marconi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10738689
    Abstract: A connecting rod for a variable compression internal combustion engine, the connecting rod including an eccentrical element adjust arrangement for adjusting an effective connecting rod length, wherein an adjustment travel of the eccentrical element adjustment arrangement is adjustable by a switch valve, and wherein a valve housing of the switch valve is axially secured in a borehole of the connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ECO Holding 1 GmbH
    Inventors: David Huber, Dietmar Schulze, Michael Seipel
  • Patent number: 10724643
    Abstract: A control valve includes a valve body, a valve seat, and a valve closure member displaceable a closed position and an open position. An anti-cavitation element is provided and includes a plurality of hollow tubes including a first tube, a second tube and a third tube. Each tube includes a flow axis from an open first end to an open second end, and an inner surface defining a flow area and having a cross-sectional shape normal to the flow axis. A second end of the tubes is between the valve closure member and first ends of the tubes along their respective flow axes when the valve closure member is closed. The first tube, the second tube, and the third tube are integrally formed as a single, unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Kuhlman, Andrew M. Prusha, Billy R. Flowers, David Scheffert
  • Patent number: 10677497
    Abstract: Materials, components, and methods consistent with the disclosure are directed to the fabrication and use of micro scale channels with a gas, where the micro channel can include a base (110) and a side (120), where the base and the side can be configured to form at least a portion of an inflow opening, and an outflow opening. The micro channel can be configured to accommodate a flow of the gas from the inflow opening to the outflow opening in a first direction substantially perpendicular to a cross section of the micro channel. The side can have a thickness in a range 0.5 ?m and 500 ?m, where the micro channel with a thickness in a range 0.5 ?m and 500 ?m is formed, in part, by providing the side on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Forced Physics, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Davis
  • Patent number: 10641407
    Abstract: The flow controller according to the present invention includes: a control valve; a first flow passage provided on the downstream side of the control valve; a second flow passage; and an expansion chamber provided between the first flow passage and the second flow passage. The second flow passage is provided in a position that is not on the extension of the first flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Toru Hirai, Kazuyuki Morisaki, Kaoru Hirata, Kouji Nishino, Nobukazu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10619656
    Abstract: Fluid turbulence inducement apparatus and systems comprise a housing that is disposed in-line in a pipe through which natural gas flows toward a combustion element. Specifically, the pipe provides a source of natural gas for combustion of the same. The housing comprises an angled inlet and angled outlet, and further comprises an atomizer disposed on an end of the angled outlet comprising a plate having a plurality of holes therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel A. Handley
  • Patent number: 10598415
    Abstract: A refrigeration apparatus includes: a refrigerant circuit that condenses a refrigerant discharged from a compressor, decompresses the refrigerant with a capillary tube, and causes the refrigerant to evaporate in an evaporator to exhibit a refrigeration effect, wherein, as the refrigerant in the refrigerant circuit, a mixed refrigerant containing a first refrigerant having a boiling point in an ultralow temperature range of not less than ?89.0° C. and not more than ?78.1° C. and carbon dioxide (R744) is enclosed, and a heater that heats at least a portion of a suction pipe through which the refrigerant that returns from the evaporator to the compressor passes is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Toyooka
  • Patent number: 10576317
    Abstract: An extinguishing fluid nozzle system (1, 100, 200), for stationary fire extinguishing systems, with an extinguishing fluid nozzle having a main body (3, 104, 204) which has an inlet opening (23, 123, 223) and can be fixed in fluid-conducting relationship to an extinguishing fluid line, a nozzle head (5, 106, 206) which has one or more outlet openings (25, 125, 225) connected in fluid-conducting relationship to the inlet opening for the discharge of the extinguishing fluid, and an aperture (7, 107, 207) having an aperture ring (15, 115, 215) for flow limitation, arranged in the fluid path between the inlet opening and the one or more outlet openings. The aperture has a grip portion (17, 117, 217) which is fixedly connected to the aperture ring and which extends outwardly from the aperture ring and which in the fitted condition of the aperture extends outside the extinguishing fluid nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Minimax GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Claessen, Maik Koehler
  • Patent number: 10533439
    Abstract: A component for a gas turbine engine is described. The component may comprise a body portion formed from a metallic material. The component may further comprise an abrasive surface forming at least one surface of the body portion, and the abrasive surface may be configured to abrade an abradable material. The abrasive surface may be formed from electrical discharge machining of the metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Changsheng Guo, Christopher W. Strock
  • Patent number: 10513954
    Abstract: Restrictors are disclosed that include a body defining a Venturi tube having a throat defining a junction of a converging inlet cone to a diverging outlet cone along a longitudinal axis thereof, and with the converging inlet cone and the diverging outlet cone each defining an inner passageway that transitions as a hyperbolic or parabolic function toward the throat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H. Miller, Keith Hampton
  • Patent number: 10502054
    Abstract: A technique facilitates monitoring of a multiphase fluid flow. The fluid flow is directed through a choke valve comprising a choke actuation system which controls a flow rate of the fluid passing through the choke valve. The choke valve also comprises a velocity reduction area which is created by a choke gallery. The choke gallery reduces the velocity of the fluid flow to encourage separation of phases of the multiphase fluid. A sensor is positioned along the gallery at a desired region to monitor a property of at least one separated phase of the multiphase fluid. For example, the sensor may be positioned proximate a bottom of the choke gallery to monitor a property related to a water phase which separates and transitions to the bottom due to its greater density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventors: Andrew C. Baker, Lars Noekleberg, Harald Solheim
  • Patent number: 10493304
    Abstract: An aircraft lavatory oxygen source includes an oxygen storage vessel having a manifold, and an actuator configured to break a pressure seal of the oxygen storage vessel to initiate a flow of oxygen. A flow path in the manifold includes one or more oxygen flow rate control orifices, and may include a variable orifice to control oxygen flow rate and pressure through an outlet of the manifold. The outlet includes a swivel connector fitting that rotates 360 degrees, and one or more oxygen distribution tubes connected with one or more removably attachable connectors, directly to the outlet, between portions of the tube, or to a breathing mask. The actuator can include a spring loaded mechanism, a pyrotechnic mechanism, an electrically powered solenoid or a pneumatic pressure initiated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Lee Schrader, Kenneth Michael Murta, Bryan Nicholas Rogers, Mark Wesley McLelland
  • Patent number: 10443498
    Abstract: A cooling fluid system for a gas turbine engine includes a fluid source. A turbine section includes first and second components. A fluid supply system has a primary pipe that is configured to provide a cooling supply fluid from the fluid source to a fluid fitting having a fluid junction. The fluid junction is in fluid communication with and is configured to supply a first cooling fluid to the first component. The fluid junction is in fluid communication with and is configured to supply a second cooling fluid to the second component. A flow meter is upstream from the fluid junction and is configured to receive the cooling supply fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John H. Mosley, Michelle Diana Stearns, Michael Luther Comeau, James P. Chasse
  • Patent number: 10386003
    Abstract: A choke for a flow line having an inner diameter has a body with an upstream end, a downstream end, and a sidewall that extends between the upstream end and the downstream end. The sidewall has a diameter that is sized to fit within the inner diameter of the flow line. A fluid impact face is provided at the upstream end of the body. The fluid impact face has a recessed central portion. One or more passages provide fluid communication between the downstream end and the sidewall of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Derek J Kerr
  • Patent number: 10323528
    Abstract: A turbine nozzle disposed in a turbine includes a suction side extending between a leading edge of the nozzle and a trailing edge of the turbine nozzle in an axial direction and transverse to a longitudinal axis of the turbine nozzle, and extending a height of the nozzle in a radial direction along the longitudinal axis, a pressure side disposed opposite the suction side and extending between the leading edge of the turbine nozzle and the trailing edge of the turbine nozzle in the axial direction, and extending the height of the nozzle in the radial direction, and a bulge disposed on the suction side of the nozzle protruding relative to the other portion of the suction side in a direction transverse to a both the radial and axial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Soumyik Kumar Bhaumik, Rohit Chouhan
  • Patent number: 10301900
    Abstract: An assembly tool for assembling a blowout preventer including a hub configured for releasably coupling with a hydraulic package of the blowout preventer, a support ring coupled to the hub, wherein the support ring is configured for releasably coupling with an outer housing of the blowout preventer, and a first seating assembly coupled to the hub, wherein the first seating assembly is configured to apply a force against the hydraulic package to seat the hydraulic package within the outer housing, and react the force applied to the hydraulic package against the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce A. Boulanger
  • Patent number: 10254024
    Abstract: A distributor includes a main body. The main body includes a refrigerant inflow path, a plurality of refrigerant outflow paths, a distribution path communicating with the refrigerant inflow path and the plurality of refrigerant outflow paths, and a plurality of tapered paths each communicating between corresponding one of the plurality of refrigerant outflow paths and the distribution path. The tapered paths each have an inlet opening and an outlet opening, the inlet opening being larger than the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Shigeyoshi Matsui, Akira Ishibashi, Daisuke Ito, Yuki Ugajin, Takumi Nishiyama, Shin Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10245622
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning an adjacent surface includes at least a first and a second arm joined by an interconnection to form an angle (?) in relation to each other, wherein each arm comprises at least one cleaning member, wherein the interconnection is constructed and arranged so that the arms are torsionally stiff in relation to each other such that a rotation of one of said arms results in a similar rotation of every other arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SILVENT AB
    Inventor: Rasmus Erik Tibell
  • Patent number: 10233783
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of condensing and energy recovery within a thermal power plant using the Venturi effect and gas stored under hydrostatic pressure and to an energy storage system using the method in a hydrogen and oxygen combusting turbine, where the hydrogen and oxygen gasses are produced by water electrolysis and hydrostatically pressurized and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: James Corbishley
  • Patent number: 10137271
    Abstract: A nasal cannula for use in a system for providing a flow of respiratory gases to a user is described. The nasal cannula comprises a body made from a pliable material. The body has an inlet and at least one nasal prong fluidly connected to the inlet. In use a conduit providing a flow of gases to the cannula is connected to the inlet, and the nasal prong is inserted into a user's nostril. The cannula is arranged to direct the flow of gases from the nasal prong towards the front wall of the user's nasal passage within the user's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Alastair Edwin McAuley, Jason Peter van Beurden, Craig Karl White, Tristan Andrew Leslie, Christopher Earl Nightingale
  • Patent number: 10139139
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigeration cycle includes a first refrigerant circuit configured to cause a refrigerant ejected from a compressor to flow through a condenser, an ejector, a first evaporator, and a second evaporator and flow back to the compressor; a second refrigerant circuit configured to cause the refrigerant to bypass the first evaporator in the first refrigerant circuit; and a third refrigerant circuit branching at a junction provided at a downstream end of the condenser from at least one of the first refrigerant circuit and the second refrigerant circuit, and configured to cause the refrigerant to flow through an expansion device and a third evaporator and flow to the ejector. By such configuration, a coefficient of performance (COP) of a refrigeration cycle may be improved and an ejector may be used to improve energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hee Moon Jeong, Seong Ho Kil, Seok Uk Kim, Keon Kuk, Yong Chan Kim, Jae Jun Lee, Yong Seok Jeon
  • Patent number: 10119470
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprises a shaft assembly including a hollow shaft of the gas turbine engine and a plug connected to the inlet end of the shaft. The hollow shaft has a shaft bore having a bore diameter. The hollow shaft has an inlet end for receiving a first portion of an incoming air flow. The plug has a plug bore therethrough, and an inlet end having an inlet diameter. The inlet diameter of the plug is smaller than the bore diameter. The plug includes a deflection surface adapted to deflect a second portion of the incoming air flow away from the shaft bore. A plug for connecting to an end of a hollow shaft of a gas turbine engine and s method of controlling a flow of fluid through a shaft having a bore therethrough of a gas turbine engine are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Vincent Paradis, Remy Synnott
  • Patent number: 10107572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plate heat exchanger including a plate package, which includes a number of first and second heat exchanger plates which are joined to each other and arranged side by side in such a way that first and second plate interspaces are formed. At least two injectors are provided, each injector being arranged to supply a first fluid to at least one of the first plate interspaces in the at least one plate package and at least one valve is arranged to control the supply of the first fluid to the at least two injectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ALFA LAVALCORPORATE AB
    Inventors: Klas Bertilsson, Anders Nyander, Rolf Bermhult
  • Patent number: 10076946
    Abstract: A heat pump system for a vehicle which uses an evaporator of an air-conditioning case for common use in an air-conditioning mode and in a heat pump mode for cooling and heating so as to reduce weight and manufacturing costs. The heat pump system can be applied without any change in structure of the air-conditioning case, and can be operated even at low temperature without any influence of outdoor temperature because the heat pump system uses waste heat of an engine so as to enhance fuel efficiency and increase heating performance and efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Sung Ho Kang, Hak Kyu Kim, Sang Ki Lee, Young Ho Choi, Jung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 10072671
    Abstract: A diffuser (3) for a fan (2) of axial, radial or diagonal type of construction, has an inlet opening (10) and having an outlet opening (20) for a gaseous medium which flows through a diffuser interior (I), which is enclosed by an outer housing (30), in an axially oriented main flow direction (S) from the inlet opening (10) to the outlet opening (20). The cross section of the diffuser interior (I) increases from the cross section (11) of the inlet opening to the cross section (21) of the outlet opening (20), wherein the outer housing (30) forms an outer diffuser part (AD) which delimits the diffuser interior (I) to the outside. Along the main flow direction (S), the cross section of the outer diffuser part (AD) changes from a circular cross section (31) at the inlet opening (10) to a non-circular cross section (32) at the outlet opening (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Engert, Erik Reichert, Oliver Haaf, Christian Pfaff, Marc Schneider, Jürgen Schöne, Katrin Bohl, Sven Beck, Dieter Best, Tobias Ehmann, Alexander Frank, Erhard Gruber, Matthias Maschke, Thomas Sauer
  • Patent number: 10066509
    Abstract: The invention primarily relates to a turbomachine part (10) comprising a first upstream casing (2) and a second downstream casing (3), assembled to one another using at least one flange (6) formed by an upstream flange part (4) of the first upstream casing (2) and a downstream flange part (5) of the second downstream casing (3), the first upstream casing (2) and the second downstream casing (3) together at least partially delimiting the contour of an enclosure (30) in which at least one fluid (C) to be evacuated is contained, characterized in that it comprises a drainage device (1) comprising at least one drainage orifice (7a, 7b) formed on the flange (6) connecting the first upstream casing (2) and second downstream casing (3), in particular on the upstream flange part (4) of the flange (6), allowing the discharge of said at least one fluid (C) outside the enclosure (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Pamela Dominique Danièle Reichert, Alain Marc Lucien Bromann, Kamel Benderradji, Alexandre Pierre François Leon
  • Patent number: 10066500
    Abstract: A system comprising a discharge valve that allows some of the fluid generated by a fluid generating source and intended for a drive torque generating member for a rotary element of a mechanical device to be removed so as to limit the corresponding rotational speed, this being done for a length of time that allows a thermal gradient to be reduced sufficiently that a phenomenon of deformation of said rotary element can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, AIRBUS SAS
    Inventors: Alexis Manneville, Norbert Hirtz, Valentin Theard
  • Patent number: 10054472
    Abstract: A fluid flow meter includes a flow meter body with a central flow passage and flow restriction opening defined therein. Fluid pressure is measured at the flow restriction opening and compared to fluid pressure measured at an upstream point. An annular flow region is defined within the flow meter body radially between the flow restriction opening and a pressure detection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Joel David Bell
  • Patent number: 10047986
    Abstract: A body part of a decompression device is provided with a swirling space that allows a refrigerant from a refrigerant inlet to swirl, a throttle space that depressurizes the refrigerant that has flowed out of the swirling space, and a downstream-side space that is disposed on the downstream side of the throttle space in a refrigerant flow and is formed so that the pressure of a refrigerant present in the downstream-side space becomes uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoko Awa, Etsuhisa Yamada, Haruyuki Nishijima, Yoshiaki Takano
  • Patent number: 10036512
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a multi-double block and bleed configuration in an orifice fitting to provide an additional barrier of protection between the pressurized flow stream and the environment outside the flowmeter. The multi-double block and bleed system includes a first pair of blocking valves located below a second pair of blocking valves. The multi-double block and bleed system further includes a first vent valve positioned between blocking valves of the first pair blocking valves, a second vent valve positioned between blocking valves of the second pair of blocking valves, and a third vent valve positioned between the first and second pairs of blocking valves. The pairs of blocking valves and the vent valves are arranged to provide double block and bleed during all phases of orifice plate installation and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Daniel Measurement and Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Henry Loga, Jon Stokes, Peter Syrnyk, Anthony E. Carter, Darren Schwarz, Ferenc Szucs, Jerry Blankenship
  • Patent number: 10006664
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of apparatus and methods for slow-opening and fast-closing of a gas valve. In an exemplary embodiment, a gas valve generally includes an inlet, and at least one bi-directional metering orifice configured to discharge gas from the inlet in a first direction in the gas valve to provide a slow opening of the gas valve, and to discharge gas in a second direction in the gas valve to provide a fast closing of the gas valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: John M. Bronson
  • Patent number: 9996087
    Abstract: A flow control device that includes an orifice placed in an opening of a duct. A flexible sheet of material is wrapped around a first duct section to include an extended section which is crimped inwardly around the face of the orifice. A sleeve with tightening straps can be wrapped around the aligned first and second duct sections, with the sections having the orifice positioned between. A bead on the duct sections can assist in orifice positioning, attachment, and sealing. The orifice can also be attached to the duct section using tabs and a retention ring. A duct sleeve is also provided for placement in the opening of a duct. The duct sleeve includes a reception slot that receives an orifice plate that is attached in a secure and sealable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Bryce A. Vandyke
  • Patent number: 9958072
    Abstract: A blind assembly for use in a piping circuit that includes a blind element and an injection system. The blind element has a planar portion that is transversely mounted in the piping circuit to block flow through the piping circuit. When the blind element is installed, it has one or more flat surfaces that are in sealing contact with another component of the piping circuit, such as a flange face, to define a sealing interface. A primary seal is provided between the blind element and the other component of the piping circuit and which circumscribes at least a portion of the sealing interface. The injection system is in communication with the sealing interface, and selectively injects a sealant material into the sealing interface to form a redundant seal in the sealing interface and around the primary seal. An injection fitting can mount to the flange for injecting the sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Omar M. Al-Amri
  • Patent number: 9933089
    Abstract: A rotary valve for fluid flowing in a pipe. The valve has a body provided with upstream and downstream segments located on either side of a central recess constituting a seat into which a rotary sealing element, including a through-channel, is inserted. A decompression insert is arranged in the upstream segment and provided with a first cylindrical section having an outer cross-section equal to the cross-section of the upstream segment, a second cylindrical section having a cross-section that is narrower than the first cylindrical section, and a third section, referred to as frusta-conical connection section, for connecting the first and second sections. The decompression insert has a plurality of radial openings provided in at least one of the walls of the second and/or the third sections in order to diffuse the fluid toward the through-channel of the sealing element during a partial opening phase of the rotary valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Roger Bey
  • Patent number: 9879922
    Abstract: A plate heat exchanger includes a plate package having first and second heat exchanger plates. The plates are joined to each other and arranged side by side so that a first plate interspace exists between each pair of adjacent first and second heat exchanger plates, and a second plate interspace is formed between each pair of adjacent second and first heat exchanger plates. The first and the second plate interspaces are separated from each other and provided side by side in an alternating order. Substantially each heat exchanger plate has at least a first porthole forming a first inlet channel to the first plate interspaces. At least two injectors are arranged in a wall portion of the first inlet channel and extend from the exterior of the plate package to the first inlet channel interior, and each injector supplies a fluid to more than one of the first plate interspaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    Inventors: Klas Bertilsson, Anders Nyander, Alvaro Zorzin
  • Patent number: 9856893
    Abstract: A fluid pressure reduction device is provided. The fluid pressure reduction device includes a body and a diffuser. The body defines an inlet, an outlet, and a fluid passageway extending between the inlet and the outlet. The body is made of a first material having a first hardness. A seating area is defined within the body. The diffuser is removably coupled to the seating area and disposed within the fluid passageway of the body. The diffuser defines at least one flowpath for reducing a pressure of a fluid flowing through the fluid passageway. The diffuser includes a second material having a second hardness greater than the first hardness of the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Justin Paul Goodwin, Shane M. Johnson, Jonathan W. Richardson, Theodore Paul Geelhart, Nathan John Hamblin
  • Patent number: 9850741
    Abstract: An interchangeable orifice wellhead system is disclosed which comprises a flow control valve comprised of a male union, a female union, a valve cap, and an orifice plate. The orifice plate can include a display tab, which visually communicates to the technician the size of orifice plate aperture. Orifice plates having different size apertures can be interchanged within the same flow control valve. In some embodiments, the male union of the flow control valve can be machined or interchanged with another male union to be used with different size orifice plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Landtec North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchal Cassel, Jamie Tooley, Scott Marcell
  • Patent number: 9827524
    Abstract: An air cleaner includes a housing having an air inlet and an air outlet. The air cleaner further includes a filter media coupled to the housing and positioned between the air inlet and the air outlet, the filter media configured to filter an air flow that enters the housing through the air inlet and exits the housing through the air outlet. The air cleaner includes a rectifier coupled to the housing and positioned at a location downstream of the filter media, the rectifier including an outer ring that is orthogonally oriented with respect to the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, INC.
    Inventor: John C. Lukasavitz
  • Patent number: 9829016
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow conditioner for conditioning a fluid flow comprising a pipe having a constriction with a reduced pipe cross-section, at least one ring-shaped element arranged inside the pipe which has an outer diameter which is smaller than the inner diameter of the pipe in the axial region of the pipe in which the at least one ring-shaped element is arranged, and having an areal web whose surface normal is not in parallel with the pipe axis. The invention further relates to a throughflow measurement system for measuring a fluid throughflow through a pipe having a measurement device and a flow conditioner in accordance with the invention arranged upstream of the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SICK ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Gurr, Gerry Schroter, Andreas Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 9821364
    Abstract: A double pipe type heat exchanger includes an inner pipe having a first flow path defined therein and an outer pipe arranged around the inner pipe to define a second flow path between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The inner pipe includes a spiral groove formed on an outer circumferential surface of the inner pipe to extend along a longitudinal direction of the inner pipe. The outer pipe includes a reduced diameter portion protruding inwardly so that the inner surface of the outer pipe is intermittently contacted with the outer circumferential surface of the inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Sang Chul Byon, Yong Ho Kim, Dae Keun Park, Nam Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 9822890
    Abstract: A major challenge for the general use of “lab-on-a-chip” (LOAC) systems and point-of-care (POC) devices has been the generally complex and need for sophisticated peripheral equipment, such that it is more difficult than anticipated to implement low cost, robust and portable LOAC/POC solutions. It would be beneficial for chemical, medical, healthcare, and environmental applications to provide designs for inexpensive LOAC/POC solutions compatible with miniaturization and mass production, and are potentially portable, using compact possibly hand-held instruments, using reusable or disposable detectors. Embodiments of the invention address improved circuit elements for self-powered self-regulating microfluidic circuits including programmable retention valves, programmable trigger valves, enhanced capillary pumps, and flow resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: THE ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING/MCGILL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: David Juncker, Hosseinali Safavieh
  • Patent number: 9810453
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, an apparatus for improving the efficiency of a heat exchange system having a compressor, condenser, expansion valve, evaporator and a flowing refrigerant is provided. The apparatus is a tubular device having a refrigerant entrance and a refrigerant exit and is positioned in the heat exchange system between the expansion valve and the evaporator. The device further comprises a means for removing heat from the refrigerant. According to an embodiment of the invention, the heat removal means is a cylindrical screen coated with diamonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Cass Khoo
  • Patent number: 9752705
    Abstract: A fluid conduit (2) comprises a wall (4) defining a fluid flow path (6) and a confinement feature (24) within the wall (4) and being configured to confine energy within a cavity (26), wherein at least a portion of the fluid flow path (6) extends through the cavity (26). The confinement feature (24) may be configured to confine electromagnetic energy. The fluid conduit (2) may comprise an oscillator defined by the cavity (26) and a positive feedback arrangement (34). The fluid conduit (2) may be configured for sensing a property of a fluid present in or flowing through the fluid conduit (2) or for use in sensing a property of a fluid present in or flowing through the fluid conduit (2). More specifically, the present invention deals with a microwave cavity sensor wherein the cavity member (24) is embedded in the wall (4) of the fluid conduit (2), the wall (4) including a composite region (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: Magma Global Limited, Salunda Limited
    Inventors: Martin Peter William Jones, Charles Alexander Tavner, Alan David Parker, John Francis Gregg
  • Patent number: 9746856
    Abstract: A multi-hole orifice plate for flow control includes an orifice plate for controlling the flow rate of a fluid, wherein the opening area of one orifice necessary for the passage of a predetermined flow rate of fluid is divided to provide a plurality of orifices having a total opening area equal to said opening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kaoru Hirata, Atsushi Hidaka, Masaaki Nagase, Ryousuke Dohi, Nobukazu Ikeda, Kouji Nishino, Katsuyuki Sugita, Takashi Hirose
  • Patent number: 9562624
    Abstract: There is provided a double closure orifice fitting having an orifice fitting body and a valve carrier sized to be installed within a valve cavity. The body of the valve carrier has an actuator surface on the bottom, retainer clip recesses formed in the first and second end, one or more spring members extending from the top, and a valve strip having retainer clips that is removably attached above the top of the valve carrier body and against the spring members by engaging the retainer clip recesses and the retainer clips such that the retainer clips are held in tension by the one or more spring members. The valve carrier is movable between an open position spaced laterally from the passageway and a sealed position such that the valve strip sealingly engages the valve cavity to seal the passageway by an actuator that engages the actuator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Derold G Clark
  • Patent number: 9539401
    Abstract: A tracheal coupling for interfacing between a patient and a gases source, the connector comprising a patient port (33) for connecting to the trachea interface/insert, an outlet port (36), and inlet port (31) between patient port and outlet port for receiving a flow of gases from the gases flow source, the connector restricting expiratory flow in use to produce PEEP of at least 1 cm H2O when flow to the inlet port is 50 liters per minute. A system or method for supplying gases to a patient using the connector is also disclosed. Flow restriction is implemented using an orifice that can be adjustable, jetting or turbulence induced by a directed flow nozzle (30). PEEP can also be varied by flow control of gas source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventor: Stanislav Tatkov
  • Patent number: 9534295
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pressure control assembly includes a cylindrical hollow body having an opening to receive a ballast gas, a first and second flange, and a first and second cone. The first flange is coupled to a first end of the body, and a second flange is coupled to an opposing end of the body. The first cone is coupled to the first flange, and the second cone is coupled to the second flange. A method for controlling pressure in a chamber includes measuring a pressure of the chamber and a pressure of an exhaust system coupled to the chamber. The method includes dynamically adjusting the pressure in the exhaust system in order to adjust the pressure in the chamber, by creating a first pressure drop that is greater than a second pressure drop in the exhaust system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: David K. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9528515
    Abstract: Gear pump with meshing gears enclosed by a pump housing, with bearing journals arranged on longitudinal axes and each projecting laterally away from the gears, wherein at least one of the bearing journals has, at least over part of its axial extension, a bearing journal diameter that lies in the range of 90% to 100% of a root diameter of the toothing of the associated gear. A toothing width (b) is at least twice the dimension of a distance (a) between the longitudinal axes, the toothing width (b) being an extension of the gears parallel to the longitudinal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: MAAG PUMP SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Michael Heinen, René Triebe
  • Patent number: 9506546
    Abstract: Nozzle arrangement for fluid applications, in particular for a hydraulic circuit of a motor vehicle drive train. A nozzle body has a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end. The nozzle body has a first longitudinal section having a cylindrical outer circumference, which has a first outside diameter. The nozzle body has a blind hole starting from the first longitudinal end. In the region of the second longitudinal end, the nozzle body has a second longitudinal section having a second outside diameter, which is smaller than the first outside diameter. A third longitudinal section is formed between the first longitudinal section and the second longitudinal section. A substantially radially aligned nozzle bore connects the outer circumference of the third longitudinal section to the blind hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG
    Inventors: Alexander Kiehlneker, Elisabet Wagner, Christian Anzt