Gas Or Variation Of Gaseous Condition In Receiver Patents (Class 141/4)
  • Patent number: 11535077
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic lift system for a pusher axle and/or a bridge axle of a truck. The automatic lift system raises the pusher axle and/or the bridge axle in the event of a tire blowout or low tire pressure to prevent the truck from swerving, spinning out or rolling over. The system includes a tire pressure sensor integrated to each of two wheels connected to the pusher axle and each of the two wheels connected to the bridge axle. Each tire pressure sensor is connected to a wired circuit and controller area network (CAN) of the truck for electronic communication with a control box. The control box receives tire pressure information from the sensors and transmits axle lift instructions in response to the tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Jim Faust, Glen Vowell
  • Patent number: 11524639
    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: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel McNicholas
  • Patent number: 11506339
    Abstract: A device and process for refuelling containers comprising a pressurized gas source, a transfer circuit intended to be removably connected to a container, the device comprising a refrigeration system comprising a refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising, arranged in series, a compressor, a condenser section, an expansion valve and an evaporator section, the refrigeration system comprising a cold source in heat exchange with the condenser section and a heat exchanger located in the transfer circuit, the refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising a bypass conduit comprising an upstream end connected to the outlet of the compressor and a downstream end connected to the refrigerant cooling loop circuit upstream the compressor inlet, the device further comprising a bypass regulating valve for controlling the flow of refrigerant flowing into the by-pass conduit, the device comprising a pressure sensor for sensing the refrigerant pressure in the cooling loop circuit between the compressor inlet and the heat excha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Etienne Werlen, Marcus Buck
  • Patent number: 11499676
    Abstract: Method for filling a liquefied gas tank with pressurized liquefied gas from a source of liquefied gas using a filling apparatus comprising a transfer circuit that is provided with first and second pipes, each connecting between the source via respective first ends and the tank via respective second ends, third and fourth pipes each connecting between the first and second pipes, and a set of valves controlling flows of fluid in the pipes. The tank is depressurized and at least part of the circuit is cooled by transferring pressurized vaporization gas from the tank to the first end of the second pipes via the second end of the second pipe, the third pipe, the first pipe, and the fourth pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Stephane Crevatin, Jean-Marc Peyron
  • Patent number: 11493175
    Abstract: A hydrogen refilling station for filling tanks of fuel cell electric vehicles includes a liquid hydrogen tank that feeds liquid hydrogen to an upstream end of a filling circuit that also includes a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger exchanges heat between the liquid hydrogen and heat transfer fluid flows to thereby cool the heat transfer fluid and vaporize the liquid hydrogen to provide a supply of high pressure hydrogen gas for filling hydrogen-fueled vehicle tanks at a downstream end of the circuit. Because the liquid hydrogen is surrounded by the heat transfer fluid inside the heat exchanger, little if any fogging occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Vincent Fairy
  • Patent number: 11407575
    Abstract: The invention provides containers for pressuring an aqueous liquid with a gas to increase the concentration of the gas in the aqueous liquid. The container employs one or more moveable sections to reduce the accessible volume of the container, e.g., allowing gases such as H2 to become supersaturated within an aqueous liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: H2 Water Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Tarnava, Bradley Humble
  • Patent number: 11395900
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a transportable device for providing a cooled, oxygen-containing gas flow for supplying to a body of mammal via the respiratory tract, in particular a human being, in order to lower the body temperature. The device comprises a storage device comprising at least one fluid reservoir and at least one heat exchanger, wherein the storage device is designed to store an oxygen-containing fluid in the fluid reservoir and for providing a discharge flow of the oxygen-containing fluid. The heat exchanger is designed to cool the provided discharge flow by transferring heat to a cooling stream of a stored fluid and provided by the storage device, and a cooled, oxygen-containing gas flow for supplying to the body emerges from the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Fabian Temme
  • Patent number: 11344037
    Abstract: A vertical packaging machine for packaging products is provided that includes a forming element with an upper mouth and a hopper upstream of the forming element. At least the hopper and the forming element form a conduit through which the product falls. A flow generator includes an injection device for injecting a gaseous fluid through a distributor for directing the fluid to the conduit. The distributer has an inlet mouth for receiving the gaseous fluid and an outlet mouth with an area smaller than the area of the inlet mouth. The injection device is controlled by a control device that is configured to cause the injection device to perform an injection for each product to be packaged in one and the same package, the start and end of which depend on the position of the product with respect to the upper mouth and the outlet mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ULMA Packaging Technological Center, S. Coop.
    Inventors: Alberto Otxoa-Aizpurua Calvo, Oier Olalde Arregui
  • Patent number: 11319856
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a battery and a CO2 recovery device using electric power of the battery to recover CO2 contained in inflowing gas. A control device mounted in the vehicle controls the CO2 recovery device. The control device permits operation of the CO2 recovery device in the case where a high efficiency recovery condition, at which it is predicted that the efficiency of recovery of CO2, showing a ratio of the amount of recovery of CO2 in the CO2 recovery device with respect to the electric power consumed by the battery, will become equal to or greater than a preset predetermined efficiency, is satisfied, and prohibits operation of the CO2 recovery device in the case where the high efficiency recovery condition is not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Ito, Sakiko Yoshida, Hiroki Murata, Kazumasa Okamura, Toshihiro Nakamura, Kohei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11313514
    Abstract: A plurality of sensors detect a plurality of fuel temperatures at a filling station, and a controller communicates with the sensors to identify the fuel temperatures, uses the fuel temperatures to determine a plurality of candidate fill times, and compares the candidate fill times to identify a control value for controlling a delivery of fuel. The fuel temperatures include a first fuel temperature corresponding to a first location at the filling station and a second fuel temperature corresponding to a second location at the filling station, and the candidate fill times include a first candidate fill time corresponding to the first fuel temperature and a second candidate fill time corresponding to the second fuel temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven R. Mathison
  • Patent number: 11306875
    Abstract: A transportation refrigeration system includes a transportation refrigeration unit, a gas circuit connected to the transportation refrigeration unit and arranged to connect thereto a split bottle gas supply having a plurality of electric lock-off valves, and a controller. The controller is operably connected to the transportation refrigeration unit and is responsive to instructions recorded on a memory to close the electric lock-off valves of the split bottle gas supply. The instructions also cause to the controller to receive a first measurement of gas pressure in the gas circuit, open a first of the electric lock-off valves of the split bottle gas supply, receive a second measurement of gas pressure in the gas circuit, and determine health of the first electric lock-off valve using the first and second measurements of gas pressure in the gas circuit. Related methods and computer program products are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Loic Renault
  • Patent number: 11298987
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the health of a seal in a tire inflation system are provided. In one example, a method of determining the health of a seal of a tire inflation system on a vehicle includes obtaining one or more pressure measurements of a tire of the vehicle with a pressure transducer in communication with an electronic control unit and sending the one or more pressure measurements to a computer network via a communication network that receives signals from the electronic control unit, the communication network including a telematics device in communication with the computer network, wherein the computer network is configured to determine the health of the seal based on the one or more pressure measurements communicated by the telematics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Venkata Ramakanth Kona, Christopher P. Lewark
  • Patent number: 11287087
    Abstract: A device and process for refuelling containers with pressurized gas comprising a pressurized gas source, a transfer circuit comprising one upstream end, the device comprising a refrigeration system for cooling the gas flowing from the gas source prior to its entering into the container, the refrigeration system comprising a refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising, arranged in series, a compressor, a condenser section, an expansion valve and an evaporator section, the refrigeration system comprising a cold source in heat exchange with the condenser section and a heat exchanger located in the transfer circuit and comprising a heat exchange section between the gas flowing in the transfer circuit and the evaporator section, the refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising a bypass conduit comprising an upstream end connected to the outlet of the compressor and a downstream end connected to the refrigerant cooling loop circuit upstream the compressor inlet and bypassing the condenser section and expansion valve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Etienne Werlen, Marcus Buck
  • Patent number: 11063279
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a first tank and a second tank each accumulating a fuel gas to be supplied to a fuel cell; a heating device disposed in a passage connecting the first tank and the second tank; and a controller configured to bring the heating device into operation so that the fuel gas flowing from one of the first tank and the second tank to the other of the first tank and the second tank through the heating device is heated when a condition for a temperature of the fuel gas in the first tank or a condition for a temperature of the fuel gas in the second tank is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Yamanishi, Yasushi Araki
  • Patent number: 11053086
    Abstract: A method of conveying articles includes moving a first plurality of articles in a first input lane and a moving second plurality of articles in a second input lane in a downstream direction to a lane combiner, and operating the lane combiner to combine the first plurality of articles and the second plurality of articles into a combined plurality of articles in an output lane. The operating the lane combiner includes engaging a first article from the first plurality of articles with a first combiner wheel, engaging a second article from the second plurality of articles with a second combiner wheel that is out of phase with the first combiner wheel, rotating the first combiner wheel and the second combiner wheel to move the first article and then the second article into the output lane, the combined plurality of articles includes the first article and the second article in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly W. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 11053042
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to a forming device used in the formation of a package with a self-mating reclosure, where a single self-mating closure wraps around the periphery of the forming device, and one end of the zipper segment extends into the lap seal of the forming device. Alternatively, one or two ends of the zipper segment could extend into a fin seal. The self-mating reclosure is mounted transversely on the sheet of web or film and includes at least one crushed end proximate to one edge of the sheet of web or film. The self-mating closure may be pre-crushed, prior to attachment to the sheet of web or film, or may be crushed after the sheet of web or film is wrapped around a forming device or similar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Eric Plourde
  • Patent number: 11001210
    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: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel McNicholas
  • Patent number: 10991606
    Abstract: A purge stocker has a plurality of shelf zones each including a plurality of purge shelves each configured to purge inside of a storage container placed thereon with purge gas. The purge stocker includes: a flow-rate adjusting unit configured to adjust the flow rate of purge gas supplied to the purge shelves for each shelf zone; a conveying device configured to convey the storage container; and a control unit configured to control conveyance of the storage container by the conveying device. When the number of scattered empty shelves is equal to or larger than a predetermined shelf count that is the number of the purge shelves included in each shelf zone, the control unit performs shelf-changing control of causing the conveying device to transfer the storage container such that an empty shelf zone in which all of the purge shelves included therein are empty is newly formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Koichi Sano, Mitsuya Tokumoto
  • Patent number: 10935186
    Abstract: A device equipped with a tank includes: a tank storing gas; a receptacle to be coupled to a gas supply nozzle; a filling passage communicating the tank with the receptacle; and a determination unit configured to determine whether there is a leak in the filling passage based on an amount of decrease in pressure in the filling passage per unit time, after supplying of the gas cooled to below freezing to the tank through the receptacle and the filling passage is finished, when a temperature of the receptacle is a predetermined temperature or greater and a pressure in the filling passage in a state where all valves opening and closing the filling passage are closed is greater than a first pressure, wherein the receptacle incorporates a check valve inhibiting backflow of the gas from the filling passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Araki, Keisuke Fujita
  • Patent number: 10883662
    Abstract: A gas supply device includes a first compressor that compresses hydrogen gas, an accumulator disposed downstream of the first compressor and supplying the hydrogen gas to a dispenser that fills the hydrogen gas in a vehicle, and a gas flow passage that connects the first compressor, the accumulator, and the dispenser, and a control device. The gas flow passage includes a lead-in line for leading the hydrogen gas into the accumulator, a lead-out line for leading out the hydrogen gas from the accumulator, a lead-in side valve, and a lead-out side valve. The control device is capable of simultaneously bringing the lead-in side valve and the lead-out side valve into an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KOBE STEEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi, Takuro Uba
  • Patent number: 10722841
    Abstract: A hydrogen supply system includes: a controller; and an electrochemical hydrogen pump including: an electrolyte membrane; a pair of electrodes provided on two surfaces of the electrolyte membrane; and a current adjuster adjusting a current flowing between the electrodes, the electrochemical hydrogen pump performs a hydrogen supply operation supplying pressure-boosted hydrogen to a hydrogen demander by allowing a current to flow between the electrodes by the current adjuster; and when a cumulative hydrogen supply amount which is supplied to the hydrogen demander from start to completion of the hydrogen supply operation to the hydrogen demander from the electrochemical hydrogen pump is smaller than a cumulative hydrogen supply amount in another hydrogen supply operation, the controller controls the current adjuster so that the current flowing between the electrodes is decreased to be smaller than that in the another hydrogen supply operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Ukai, Osamu Sakai, Atsuo Okaichi
  • Patent number: 10563820
    Abstract: A gas supply device includes a first compressor that compresses hydrogen gas, an accumulator disposed downstream of the first compressor and supplying the hydrogen gas to a dispenser that fills the hydrogen gas in a vehicle, and a gas flow passage that connects the first compressor, the accumulator, and the dispenser, and a control device. The gas flow passage includes a lead-in line for leading the hydrogen gas into the accumulator, a lead-out line for leading out the hydrogen gas from the accumulator, a lead-in side valve, and a lead-out side valve. The control device is capable of simultaneously bringing the lead-in side valve and the lead-out side valve into an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi, Takuro Uba
  • Patent number: 10544031
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for identifying misfueling of a vehicle fuel tank with a fuel that is not of a correct type for the vehicle being refueled. In one example, and method may include routing fuel vapors from a vehicle fuel tank to a fuel vapor storage canister during a refueling operation, and responsive to an indication of misfueling, where the indication of misfueling includes a monitored pressure in the fuel tank below a misfueling pressure threshold, and where the misfueling pressure threshold is adjusted as a function of expected pressure in the tank during refueling, actively terminating the refueling event. In this way, addition of an incorrect fuel type to a vehicle fuel tank may be indicated prior to completion of refueling, which may thus alert a vehicle operator of the misfueling, and which may prevent further complications arising from operating the vehicle with an incorrect fuel type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10520396
    Abstract: A tire uniformity testing apparatus (1) measures uniformity of a tire (T) by measuring a load generated on the tire (T) pressed against a rotating rotary drum (2). A load model used to control a pressing position of the rotary drum (2) and express a relation between the pressing position of the tire (T) against the rotary drum (2) and a tire load generated in the tire (T) is configured to successively measure the tire load, while changing the pressing position of the tire (T) against the rotary drum (2), and to estimate the tire load using the measured value of the measured tire load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Eguchi, Yoshiharu Nishida, Yoshiaki Matsubara, Yasuhiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10502611
    Abstract: To provide a calibration device for apparatus filling a gas such as hydrogen gas and capable of precisely measuring quantity of the gas such as hydrogen gas that are filled at high pressure. A calibration device 100 according to the present invention includes a measurement housing 10 accommodating a filling vessel 2 to which a high pressure fuel gas is fed from outside; a scale 3 for measuring a weight of a fuel gas fed to the filling vessel 2; and a main body housing 10 accommodating the measurement housing 1 and the scale 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TATSUNO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Otaki, Norikazu Osawa
  • Patent number: 10481049
    Abstract: A cryogenic liquid sampler is provided. The sampler includes an inner volume and a useful internal length, a cryogenic liquid inlet conduit in fluid connection with an inlet valve, a weir tube in fluid connection with the inlet valve, wherein the weir tube comprises at least one weir hole, wherein the weir tube extends a predetermined distance into the inner volume, a cryogenic liquid outlet conduit in fluid connection with inner volume and in fluid connection with an outlet valve, and a purge tube in fluid connection with the outlet valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Air Liquide Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Philippe Pellerin
  • Patent number: 10473556
    Abstract: In a tire uniformity testing apparatus which measures uniformity of a tire by measuring a load applied to the tire pressed against a rotary drum, a load estimation model is generated which is used to control a pressing position of the rotary drum, and generates a load estimation model indicating a relation between the pressing position of the tire with respect to the rotary drum and the load applied to the tire. The load estimation model is generated by: holding the tire in which uniformity has already been measured for each characteristic value; acquiring a nominal model depending on the characteristic value of the tire; and generating based on the acquired nominal model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Eguchi, Yoshiharu Nishida, Yoshiaki Matsubara, Yasuhiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10473561
    Abstract: One embodiment of the method includes: closing both the inlet valve and the outlet valve, connecting a cryogenic liquid source to the cryogenic liquid inlet conduit, and introducing cryogenic liquid into the cryogenic liquid inlet conduit; opening both the inlet valve and outlet valve, thereby introducing cryogenic liquid into the sampler vessel inner volume, the cryogenic liquid has a free surface; closing both the inlet valve and the outlet valve after cryogenic liquid flows from the purge tube; disconnecting the cryogenic liquid source from the cryogenic liquid inlet conduit; opening the inlet valve, thereby allowing cryogenic liquid to flow from the cryogenic liquid inlet conduit; and closing the inlet valve after the free surface in the sampler vessel inner volume drops below the top of the first cryogenic liquid level, and the cryogenic liquid flow stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Air Liquide Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Philippe Pellerin
  • Patent number: 10473266
    Abstract: A high-pressure tank in which a liner can be formed using the conventionally used material, a decrease in the volumetric efficiency within the liner can be suppressed, and influence of a temperature rise due to adiabatic compression on the liner can be significantly alleviated. The tank includes a liner that suppresses permeation of gas; a valve device that allows the inside of the liner and the outside of the tank to communicate with each other and blocks communication therebetween; and an inner container with a through-hole disposed within the liner such that a gap is formed between the inner container and an inner periphery of the liner. The first communication channel of the valve device connects with a pipe extending in the gap and having holes therein. Gas supplied to the valve device is supplied into the gap from the holes in the pipe, and fills the inner container in a high-pressure state from the gap through the through-hole in the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Kondo
  • 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: 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: 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: 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