Gas Or Variation Of Gaseous Condition In Receiver Patents (Class 141/4)
  • Patent number: 10288222
    Abstract: A method of refueling a vehicle tank with hydrogen, the refueling is controlled by a refueling station controller, the method including: connecting the tank to the station, initiating the refueling process, during the refueling monitoring the temperature of the gas inside the tank, establishing a pressure stop criterion for the refueling, based on a pressure category of the tank and the monitored temperature of the gas, the establishing of the pressure stop criterion being based on a lookup in a predefined table of a plurality of pressure stop criteria, during the refueling monitoring the pressure of the gas inside the tank, by the controller comparing the pressure of the gas with the pressure stop criterion and terminating the refueling when the pressure of the gas inside the tank has reached the pressure stop criterion, and disconnecting the vehicle and the refueling station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NEL HYDROGEN A/S
    Inventor: Claus Due Sinding
  • Patent number: 10252584
    Abstract: A tire condition monitoring apparatus includes a tire-based sensor configured to sense tire operating conditions and transmit a tire condition signal including the sensed tire operating conditions. The apparatus also includes a vehicle-based controller configured to receive the tire condition signal and monitor the tire operating conditions. At least one of the sensor and the controller are configured to determine that a tire pressure adjustment condition exists in response to determining, based on the sensed operating conditions, that a predetermined change in the number of moles of air in the tire has taken place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventor: David Leonard Juzswik
  • Patent number: 10228299
    Abstract: A component monitoring system is configured to indirectly monitor an operative health status of an operative component. The component monitoring system includes an ambient condition sensor within a chamber, an operative component coupled to the chamber. The ambient condition sensor is configured to sample an ambient condition within the chamber when the operative component is active. The ambient condition sensor is configured to output ambient condition data indicative of the ambient condition detected by the ambient condition sensor. At least one control unit is in communication with the ambient condition sensor. The control unit(s) is configured to indirectly determine the operative health status of the operative component through an analysis of the ambient condition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Lee Nicks, Stephen Gregory Dame
  • Patent number: 10082247
    Abstract: A method of refueling a tank of a vehicle with a hydrogen gas from a hydrogen refueling station, including initiating flow of hydrogen gas in a hose being controlled by a controller controlling a valve, opening the valve and monitoring the temperature and pressure of the hydrogen gas in tank, based on the monitored temperature and the monitored pressure establishing an estimated state of charge during the refueling, terminating the refueling when the estimated state of charge reaches an upper state of charge being above the tank rated density, the upper state of charge being determined on the basis of a pre-estimated correction of state of charge, the pre-estimated correction of state of charge designating a decrease of the estimated state of charge in the vehicle tank after the closing of the valve disconnecting the hose between the vehicle tank and the hydrogen source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NEL HYDROGEN A/S
    Inventor: Claus Due Sinding
  • Patent number: 10077998
    Abstract: According to one or more aspects, systems and techniques for hydrogen fueling with integrity checks are provided herein. Communicated parameters measured by on-board sensors of a vehicle may be cross-referenced against calculated parameters measured by sensors of a fueling station. For example, communicated parameters relating to a compressed hydrogen storage system (CHSS) tank of a vehicle to be fueled may be received at different time intervals. Calculated parameters may be calculated based on a mass of hydrogen fuel dispensed by a hydrogen fueling station from a reference point to one of the time intervals and densities of the CHSS tank of the vehicle at respective time intervals. An error may be calculated between the communicated parameters and the calculated parameters. A fueling mode, such as a conservative fueling mode or a non-conservative fueling mode, may be determined based on the calculated error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven R. Mathison
  • Patent number: 10040680
    Abstract: A multiply-redundant system that protects fueling of rockets, aircraft and other vehicles using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) along with an oxidizer such as Liquefied Oxygen. One or more sensors in combination with one or more optional microswitches combine to detect any leaks, fire or explosion hazards quickly locking out further fueling. For different levels of safety, different combinations of sensors can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel McNicholas
  • Patent number: 9919663
    Abstract: A multiply-redundant system that prevents a driver from starting and/or moving a vehicle if a compressed natural gas fill system is not correctly and completely disconnected from the vehicle. One or more sensors in combination with one or more optional microswitches combine to lock-out the vehicle's ignition or otherwise prevent it from starting and/or moving. For different levels of safety, different combinations of sensors can be used with the lowest level having a single proximity sensor sensing the presence or absence of a high-pressure fill hose. The highest level of safety being achieved by having separate proximity sensors on the fuel fill hose fitting, the gas cap cover and a manual safety valve along with a redundant microswitch. An optional override that may be restricted as to the number of times it can be used can allow starting with a faulty sensor in order to allow maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel McNicholas
  • Patent number: 9879828
    Abstract: The present application relates to an arrangement for the advantageous construction of a hydrogen filling station. In this case, a special chemical substance class, which is called a Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC), is dehydrogenated and the hydrogen produced is pressed into the tank of a vehicle by compression. LOHCs have almost twice the quantity of hydrogen per liter compared with a 700 bar tank, but are, however, even stored at ambient temperature and ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HYDROGENIOUS TECHNOLOGIES GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Arlt, Peter Wasserscheid
  • Patent number: 9824907
    Abstract: A gas purge apparatus, a load port apparatus, and a gas purge method are capable of filling a container with a cleaning gas without leaning the container to be purged. The first and second purge nozzles are configured to be escalated so that the first purge nozzle 30-1 contacts with the first purge port 5-1 whose distance to the regulating distance 90 is near before the second purge nozzle 30-2 contacts with the second purge port 5-2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Igarashi, Tomoshi Abe, Nozomu Kato
  • Patent number: 9689532
    Abstract: A reconfigurable and scalable fluid distribution system including a compression unit, a storage unit, and a control unit. The compression unit, storage unit and the control unit are in fluid, electronic and electrical communication with one another and are coupled together in a stacked relationship, each in abutting relation to the next. Additional compression, storage and/or control units may be coupled in abutting relationship to an existing stack of coupled units. A method of assembling a reconfigurable and scalable fluid distribution system. A method of dispensing fluid via a reconfigurable and scalable fluid distribution system. A control unit for use in a reconfigurable and scalable fluid distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Vincenzo Barbato, Billy J. Jackson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9620399
    Abstract: A load port is provided with a table and a plate. The table is arranged on a side of a front wall of an atmospheric transfer unit for transferring a piece of material under processing and is adapted to mount on it a container with the piece of material received in the same. The plate serves to isolate an interior of the atmospheric transfer unit from an exterior of the atmospheric transfer unit. The load port includes an exhaust duct arranged on a rear side of the plate and a fan arranged in a lower extremity of the exhaust duct. By the exhaust duct and the fan, an internal atmosphere of the atmospheric transfer unit can be exhausted into the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenobu Tanimura, Minoru Soraoka, Shinji Yokoyama, Noriyoshi Toyoda
  • Patent number: 9555927
    Abstract: A tubular bottle is formed of a synthetic resin material having a bottom part. A bottom wall part of the bottom part includes a grounding part located at an outer circumferential edge thereof, a standing peripheral wall part which is connected from a radial inner side of the bottle to the grounding part and which extends upward, a movable wall part that protrudes, from an upper end of the standing peripheral wall part, toward the radial inner side, and a depression peripheral wall part that extends upward from an inner end of the movable wall part in a radial direction of the bottle. The movable wall part is arranged so as to be movable upward centering on a portion connected to the standing peripheral wall part. An upward swelling part is formed at an outer end along the radial direction of the bottle of the movable wall part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadayori Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9499047
    Abstract: A compressed natural gas fueling system includes a frame arrangement with at least one tank disposed therein and an inlet that can receive a compressed natural gas fueling nozzle to fill the at least one tank. The fueling system can be attached with and supported by frame rails behind a cabin of a vehicle such that the inlet is positioned above the frame rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: DHYBRID SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Trevor Milton, Morgan Mackelprang, Isaac Sloan, Ralph Hilton
  • Patent number: 9436087
    Abstract: Each chemical processing section includes a chemical liquid bottle, a buffer tank, a pump, a filter, a discharge valve and a discharge nozzle. A chemical liquid stored in the chemical liquid bottle is led to the discharge nozzle and is discharged from the discharge nozzle to a substrate. A cleaning processing section includes a solvent bottle, a cleaning liquid bottle, the buffer tank and the pump. A solvent stored in the solvent bottle, a cleaning liquid stored in the cleaning liquid bottle and a gas supplied from a gas supply source are selectively led to the discharge nozzle in each chemical liquid processing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignees: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd., SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Morioka, Masanori Imamura, Satoshi Yamamoto, Hideki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9434329
    Abstract: A multiply-redundant system that prevents a driver from starting and/or moving a vehicle if a compressed natural gas fill system is not correctly and completely disconnected from the vehicle. One or more sensors in combination with one or more optional microswitches combine to lock-out the vehicle's ignition or otherwise prevent it from starting and/or moving. For different levels of safety, different combinations of sensors can be used with the lowest level having a single proximity sensor sensing the presence or absence of a high-pressure fill hose. The highest level of safety being achieved by having separate proximity sensors on the fuel fill hose fitting, the gas cap cover and a manual safety valve along with a redundant microswitch. An optional override that may be restricted as to the number of times it can be used can allow starting with a faulty sensor in order to allow maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel McNicholas
  • Patent number: 9428260
    Abstract: Device intended for a double glazing including at least one outer glazing and one inner glazing separated by an intermediary space filled with a gas, used to isolate an inside environment from an outside environment, a pressure variation being liable to occur between these environments, for example in the case of an aircraft in flight, includes means for conserving the outer glazing and the inner glazing of this double glazing mainly parallel, independently of this pressure variation. The invention also concerns a double glazing including this device, the process for maintaining parallelism and software using the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Pascal Chaumel, Patrick Lieven
  • Patent number: 9383063
    Abstract: The invention provides a hydrogen dispensing system comprising: a feed vessel for storing liquid hydrogen having an inlet and an outlet; a flash drum having an inlet and an outlet; a dispenser for dispensing gaseous hydrogen at a pressure of greater than 300 bar, having an inlet and an outlet wherein the feed vessel outlet is in fluid communication with the flash drum inlet, the flash drum outlet is in fluid communication with the dispenser inlet and there is no compression apparatus between the feed vessel outlet and the dispenser outlet. The invention also provides a method of providing gaseous hydrogen to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Nikunj Gupta, Brad John Smith
  • Patent number: 9371147
    Abstract: An arrangement for packing at least one article in a container comprises an automatic picking list generation means (136) generating a picking list (138) which specifies at least the at least one article to be placed in the container; closing means (142) for closing the container; and inflating means (146) for inflating a dunnage bag provided in the closed container. The invention proposes that the arrangement further comprises automatic bag type selection means (134) for selecting a type of the inflatable dunnage bag to be used, the selection depending at least on a parameter of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
    Inventor: Frederik Straver
  • Patent number: 9324595
    Abstract: To enable appropriate wafer mapping in the case where a wafer is stored at the highest level, which is provided as a reserve, of a pod, a load port apparatus drives a mapping frame that supports a sensor by a first driving unit that drives the mapping frame in a first direction parallel to the direction along which wafers in the pod are arranged in an overlapping manner and a second driving unit that drives the mapping frame in a second direction that crosses the first direction in such a way as to form an acute angle in the side in which the sensor starts the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Mutsuo Sasaki, Hiroshi Igarashi, Tomoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 9302229
    Abstract: A carbonated beverage appliance in accordance with the present invention includes a housing and a carbonating head assembly configured to releasably engage a top end of a bottle containing a liquid to be carbonated. The bottle is engaged with the head assembly in a manner so as to provide a liquid and gas-tight seal. A tube is arranged in the housing for directing a flow of pressurized gas from a gas cylinder to the liquid within the bottle to produce a carbonated beverage. The carbonated beverage appliance includes a quick-connect mechanism for attaching a gas cylinder to the appliance, and a dispensing mechanism for the on-demand dispensing of a carbonated beverage from the bottle while it is attached to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Kit Lun Leung, Joseph W. Zakowski
  • Patent number: 9261238
    Abstract: A method for dispensing gas within a target temperature range wherein the gas exchanges heat with multiple thermal capacitors to cool the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Perry Cohen, David John Farese, Nicholas Francis Mittica
  • Patent number: 9242716
    Abstract: Device intended for a double glazing including at least one outer glazing and one inner glazing separated by an intermediary space filled with a gas, used to isolate an inside environment from an outside environment, a pressure variation being liable to occur between these environments, for example in the case of an aircraft in flight, includes means for conserving the outer glazing and the inner glazing of this double glazing mainly parallel, independently of this pressure variation. The invention also concerns a double glazing including this device, the process for maintaining parallelism and software using the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Pascal Chaumel, Patrick Lieven
  • Patent number: 9114781
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle is provided that allows for filling as much fuel gas as possible. The vehicle includes a high-pressure tank, a communication system, a communicative filling ECU that selectively executes communicative filling that transmits a data signal from the communication system to the dispenser and allows hydrogen to be filled by way of the dispenser into the tank at a flowrate dependent on the pressure and the temperature; and non-communicative filling that does not transmit a data signal from the communication system and allows hydrogen to be filled at a predetermined flowrate. The ECU determines, while executing communicative filling, whether this communicative filling can be continued to be executed, and interrupts communicative filling and continues hydrogen filling by switching the filling method to non-communicative filling in response to having determined that continuation of communicative filling is not possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Wake, Koichi Takaku
  • Patent number: 9074730
    Abstract: Method for dispensing a compressed gas to receiving vessels wherein a threshold pressure of compressed gas needed to supply the dispensing system is calculated, the threshold pressure depending on the anticipated time-averaged dispensing rate for a time period. Compressed gas is passed from a plurality of supply vessels, for example a tube trailer, to a plurality of storage vessels, and dispensed from the plurality of storage vessels to a plurality of receiving vessels. The supply vessel providing the compressed gas is required to have a compressed gas pressure greater than the calculated threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Perry Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150136270
    Abstract: A tire inflation system and a method of control. The tire inflation system may include a damped valve that moves from a closed position to an open position faster than from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: James Keane
  • Publication number: 20150128940
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for storing a NO/N2 mixture in a packaging container (6) comprising an inner volume, characterized in that it holds a NO/N2 gaseous mixture containing between 1200 and 4500 ppm by volume of NO, the remainder being nitrogen, at a pressure of at least 100 bar in the inner volume of said container (6), the inner volume being less than or equal to 12 litres (water equivalent).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Pierre De Villemeur, Laurent Lecourt
  • Publication number: 20150129082
    Abstract: A skid-mounted compressed gas dispensing station comprises a skid-mounted assembly, with the skid adapted to be mounted to the ground; wherein the skid-mounted assembly comprises one or more selected from the group consisting of a dryer assembly, one or more compressors, a compressed gas storage tank, one or more dispenser assemblies, and an electrical control system, either integral to or pre-mounted on the skid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Clean Energy
    Inventors: Colm Murphy, Brad Miller
  • Publication number: 20150122371
    Abstract: In processes and systems utilizing a compressor to fill a vessel with gas, for example, in the filling of the fuel tank of a vehicle that operates on compressed natural gas (CNG), a number of advantages are realized by establishing independent control over the flow rate of gas discharged from the compressor, such as on the basis of the compressor discharge pressure, utilizing feedback from one or more gas pressure sensors. In representative embodiments, a detected or actual measured compressor discharge pressure can serve as a process variable, in a feedback control loop for regulating the output of the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Edward A. Calvin, Wesley W. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150108137
    Abstract: A pressure vessel for storage and transportation of CNG comprises a body, which defines an internal volume in which the CNG is stored and transported. An inlet is provided through which the CNG can be loaded into the internal volume of the vessel. At the end of said inlet there is a CNG expansion section through which the CNG expands into the vessel when loaded. The pressure vessel further comprises a CNG loading appendage for injecting the CNG at a point inside the internal volume of the vessel, thereby increasing the space between the expansion point of the CNG and the walls of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Blue Wave Co S.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Nettis, Giulio Carini, Vanni Neri Tomaselli
  • Patent number: 9010588
    Abstract: Devices and methods for clamping a beverage extraction device to a beverage container, such as a wine bottle. One or more clamp arms may be arranged to clamp the extraction device to a wine bottle as well as allow the device to be supported upright on a table top. Clamp arms may include tab and ridge features that operate to properly engage and position a wide variety of different bottle neck shapes relative to the device. The one or more clamp arms may move the bottle neck distally, e.g., toward a resilient pad, so that the neck is suitably positioned relative to the device. Proper positioning and engagement of the neck may allow for desired piercing of a cork or other closure of the bottle by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Publication number: 20150101703
    Abstract: One or more apparatuses for adjusting at least one of an oxygen content or a water content in a pod and methods of their use are provided, where one or more semiconductor wafer are selectively stored within a storage chamber of the pod. The apparatus comprises the pod and a pipeline. The pod comprises the storage chamber and a port. The port comprises a receptacle having a first opening and a constraining ring proximate the first opening. The pipeline comprises a pipe, a diffuser attached to a first end of the pipe and a controller attached to a second end of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: You-Hua Chou, Chih-Wei Huang, Kuo-Sheng Chuang
  • Publication number: 20150101701
    Abstract: A tire inflation system and a method of control. An inflation pressure of a tire may be checked when a tire pressure sampling interval has elapsed. The tire pressure sampling interval may be adjusted based on a type of pressure drop when the inflation pressure is less than a target tire pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Dean, Kenneth Flory, Robert W. Trostle, Jonathan Honig, Anatoli Koulinitch
  • Publication number: 20150101702
    Abstract: A tire inflation system and a method of control. A tire pressure sampling interval may be triggered based on a type of tire pressure drop, wheel speed, or temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Dean, Kenneth Flory, Robert W. Trostle, Jonathan Honig, Anatoli Koulinitch
  • Publication number: 20150101959
    Abstract: One or more pods for adjusting at least one of an oxygen content or a water content therein and methods of their use are provided, where one or more semiconductor wafer are selectively stored within a storage chamber of the pod. The pod comprises a storage chamber having a side wall surface defining an opening at one side thereof and a pod door fitted to the storage chamber at the opening so as to provide ingress and egress to the storage chamber. The pod door comprises a door body, a first door locking mechanism on the door body and a seal band configured to engage the sidewall surface. The first door locking mechanism comprises a first pressure applicator, a first key assembly and a first connector-rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: You-Hua Chou, Chih-Wei Huang, Yil-Cheng Lin
  • Publication number: 20150090364
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for operating a refueling station including source tube-trailers and at least one compressor to reduce refueling cost. The refueling station includes a gaseous fuel supply source including a plurality of tanks on a tube trailer coupled to a first control unit, and high pressure buffer storage having predefined capacity coupled to a second control unit and the first tanks by a pressure control valve and the first control unit, and at least one compressor. The refueling station is operated at different modes depending on a state of the refueling station at the beginning of each operational mode. The refueling system is assessed at the end of each operational mode to identify the state of the system and select a next mode of operation. The operational modes include consolidating hydrogen, or any gaseous fuel, within the tubes mounted on the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Amgad Elgowainy, Krishna Reddi
  • Publication number: 20150075672
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling inflation of a tire. Tire pressure may be determined by providing pulses of pressurized gas to a tire valve. The pulses of pressurized gas may not open the tire valve when the tire pressure is greater than or equal to the target tire pressure, thereby inhibiting overinflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Trostle, Anatoli Koulinitch, Kenneth Flory
  • Publication number: 20150068641
    Abstract: A device for filling a tank with a pressurized gas, in particular with pressurized hydrogen, comprising a pressurized-gas source and a circuit for transferring gas from the source to the tank, the transfer circuit including a member for expanding and cooling the gas in order to lower the pressure and temperature of the gas from the source to respective values determined with a view to filling the tank, characterized in that the gas-expansion and cooling member includes a refrigerator that expands the gas by means of a Stirling or Ericsson thermodynamic cycle, the refrigerator being selectively supplied with gas from the source, and in that at least a portion of the cooled and expanded gas supplied to the tank is extracted from the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Gerald Aigouy, James Butterworth
  • Publication number: 20150068642
    Abstract: A valve for inflation and deflation of an air bag that is operable to allow air pressure to open the valve to allow air to enter the air bag with subsequent sealing of the valve upon removal of the air pressure source. For deflation, a common coin is insertable into the valve insert which is subsequently turned into a locked-open position, allowing egress of the air within the air bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: International Dunnage, LLC
    Inventors: Lonnie Langston, Cengiz Cesur
  • Publication number: 20150059918
    Abstract: A pump system includes a pneumatic pump, a hose, a nozzle that can attach to a tire of a vehicle, and a processing device. The processing device receives a target tire pressure for the tire, receives a current tire pressure of the tire, and controls the operation of the pneumatic pump according to the target tire pressure and the current tire pressure. A method includes receiving a target tire pressure for a tire of a vehicle, receiving a current tire pressure of the tire, and controlling operation of a pneumatic pump according to the target tire pressure and the current tire pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Yellin Schondorf, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, Greg Swadling, Dilip B. Patel
  • Publication number: 20150059919
    Abstract: A tire pressure control arrangement for a vehicle having at least two tires connected to an air supply. Each tire is connected to an air supply via a respective supply line having a respective valve means (223) and the respective valve means is connected to a second valve means (222). The arrangement further comprises a pressures sensor (38) between the respective valve means (223) and the second valve means (222). The respective valve means (223) is closed while the supply line is connected to a reference pressure supply and the reference pressure in the supply line is monitored for a pre-determined period of time by a control system on the vehicle to detect whether there are any leaks in the arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Alexander Städele, Christian Pischulti, Benjamin Schmölz
  • Publication number: 20150047739
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining the start pressure within a gas tank (4) to be refueled, said method comprising the steps of connecting the gas tank (4) to a dispenser volume (3) of a dispenser unit (3, 5-7, 10, 11), which volume (3) is significantly smaller than the volume of the gas tank (4) to be refueled, applying a pressure to the gas in the dispenser volume (3), which pressure is equal to or higher than the pressure within the gas tank (4), so that gas start to flow from the dispenser volume (3) into the gas tank (4) through a check valve (9), which is a part of the gas tank (4), and determining the start pressure by measuring the pressure at the interface (8) between the dispenser unit (3, 5-7, 10, 11) and the gas tank (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: H2 Logic A/S
    Inventors: Morten Wistoft-Ibsen, Leif Kappel Petersen, Peter Bodker
  • Publication number: 20150041036
    Abstract: An air maintenance tire and pump assembly includes a tire having a tire cavity, first and second sidewalls extending from first and second tire bead regions, respectively, to a tire tread region, an elongate substantially annular air passageway enclosed within a bending region of the sidewalls, the air passageway operatively closing and opening, segment by segment, as the bending region of the sidewalls passes adjacent a rolling tire footprint to pump air along the air passageway, an air inlet port assembly coupled to, and in air flow communication with, the air passageway at an inlet air passageway junction, the air inlet port assembly being operable to channel inlet air from outside of the tire into the air passageway, the air inlet port assembly including an inlet control valve and an outlet tee structure positioned 180° opposite the inlet control valve in the air passageway for moving air into the tire cavity, the inlet control valve including two inlet check valves for ensuring air flow only into, and no
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 8950441
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a reciprocating compressor having a high pressure storage vessel let down for a CNG station for refueling motor vehicles, wherein the CNG station design utilizes inlet gas from a local gas utility. By supplementing the inlet gas with a pressure let down in order to de-pressurize the gas from a high-pressure storage vessel, the CNG station has the ability to increase and adjust its flow capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Publication number: 20150020917
    Abstract: A device for filling a small portable pressure vessel from a larger pressure vessel with a compressed fluid such as carbon dioxide. The device comprises an inlet adapted to receive fluid from a pressurized source, and an outlet adapted to connect to a pressure vessel. Between the inlet and the outlet there is a fill valve and a vent valve and at least one cam shaft configured to rotate and operate the valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Ian Douglas Makinson, Peter David Lucas
  • Publication number: 20150013831
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a natural gas filling station comprising a dispenser; a structure covering the dispenser and having a canopy top; at least one tank disposed on the canopy top, the tank having at least one gas therein comprising CNG or LNG; and at least one line between the tank and the dispenser for communicating the gas between the tank and the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Mark L. BOYER
  • Publication number: 20150013830
    Abstract: Method for filling a tank with gas via an injector, in which the average temperature of the gas in the tank is estimated in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Fouad AMMOURI, Loïc DAMONGEOT
  • Publication number: 20150013829
    Abstract: A multi-stage home refueling appliance and method supplying compressed natural gas from a utility natural gas supply. The multi-stage home refueling appliance includes a first compressing stage having a first stage inlet fluidly coupled to the supply of natural gas and a first stage outlet, a second compressing stage having a second stage inlet fluidly coupled to the first stage outlet and a second stage outlet and a vehicle refueling dispenser fluidly coupled to the second stage outlet and configured to be selectively fluidly coupled to a storage tank of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Nihat O. Cur
  • Publication number: 20150000785
    Abstract: A first control device executes, if it is determined that a second control device has become unable to output an operation instruction, continued operation processing for operating an inactive gas supply portion based on the operation instruction that was last output by the second control device. The first control device further executes, if it is determined during execution of continued operation processing that a stop condition is satisfied, operation stop processing for stopping the inactive gas supply portion by suspending the continued operation processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Shin, Tadashi Nishikawa, Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 8919390
    Abstract: A reagent preparation and dispensing device includes a body having a reaction chamber for a reagent and a solution reservoir for a solution. The solution reservoir is isolated from the reaction chamber. A plunger is movably coupled with the body. Movement of the plunger from a starting position to a seated position pushes the solution into the reaction chamber. A dispensing path extends from the reaction chamber out of the body. The dispensing path is configured to dispense a reagent mixture formed from the solution and the reagent. A vent path extends from the reaction chamber, the vent path vents reaction chamber gas displaced by the addition of the solution to the reaction chamber throughout movement of the plunger from the starting position to the seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Biolyph, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Timothy Pearcy, James G. Skakoon
  • Publication number: 20140373274
    Abstract: A cushion for inserting in the legwell between individual seats in rows of seats, for example in a vehicle, is disclosed. The top of the cushion can act as a surface for a user to lie down. The cushion can be inflatable and can be deflated for easy transport. The cushion can have multiple reservoirs so the internal pressure can be separately adjusted for the base and for the mattress of the cushion, similar to a box spring and a mattress in a common bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Chia-Ao William LU