Flow Line Connected In Series With Distinct Separator Patents (Class 210/181)
  • Patent number: 10512858
    Abstract: A membrane plate, a filter plate, and a filter press. The membrane plate is outfitted with a filter element on top of the membrane on both side surfaces, and the membrane plate has retaining elements at a distance from the margin on which the filter elements are removably secured. The filter plate also has retaining elements at a distance from the margin on which the filter elements are removably secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: STRASSBURGER FILTER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Sebastian Jürgen
  • Patent number: 10456715
    Abstract: A seal arrangement for joining a first component to a second component is disclosed. The seal arrangement may have a first sealing surface formed as an integral portion of the first component, and a second sealing surface formed as an integral portion of the second component and configured to directly engage the first sealing surface. The seal arrangement may also have an energizer engaged with the first sealing surface and configured to inhibit movement of the first sealing surface away from the second sealing surface during a temperature drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Raymond Baldwin, David Todd Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10428775
    Abstract: A no filter no run (NFNR) fluid filter and fluid filter assembly are provided. The NFNR fluid filter assembly includes a fluid filter, a filter head or filter housing, and a bypass flow path. The by-pass flow path may be sealed off when a compliant filter is installed (a filter without a bypass seal), fluid may flow to the bypass flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Zemin Jiang, Gregory W. Hoverson, W. Beale Delano, Dennis M. DeCapua, Bharadwaj R. Prabhala, Rahul R. Pandey, Mayur Hogade, Bhargava S. Atmuri
  • Patent number: 10245534
    Abstract: A filter assembly comprising a housing, a filter, a heater, hose fittings, a heat bridge, and insulators. The housing defines interior and exterior regions communicating through apertures. The filter separate the housing into a region upstream of the filter comprising an aperture, and a region downstream of the filter comprising an aperture. The heater extends into the interior region. The hose fittings are each coincident with an aperture and are formed of a material having a high thermal conductivity. The heat bridge is formed of a material having a high thermal conductivity and thermally connects the heater to the hose fittings. The insulators each are formed of a material having a low thermal conductivity, and each at least partially cover a hose fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shaw Development, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Koonce, Michael O'Hara
  • Patent number: 10239770
    Abstract: A multi-stage submerged membrane distillation water treatment apparatus including: a plurality of raw water tanks arranged in multiple stages ranging from a first stage to an n-th stage and storing raw water, the raw water flowing sequentially from the first stage to the n-th stage; membrane distillation (MD) modules submerged in the respective raw water tanks and discharging a portion of the raw water as vapor; heat exchangers submerged in the respective raw water tanks and maintaining the raw water at a predetermined temperature by performing heat exchange between the raw water and vapor supplied from the respective previous-stage MD modules; a vapor generator generating and supplying high-temperature vapor to the first-stage heat exchanger; a condenser condensing vapor supplied by the n-th-stage MD module; and a raw water feeder feeding low-temperature raw water to the first-stage raw water tank via the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KOOKMIN UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sang-Ho Lee, Yong-Jun Choi, Jin-Sik Sohn, Yong-Hyun Shin, Ji-Hyeok Choi
  • Patent number: 10195553
    Abstract: An oil filter adapter device may be used to enable an engine or other machine that was manufactured for using cartridge oil filters to use spin-on oil filters. In some examples, the oil filter adapter may have a docking collar for coupling with an engine, a cylindrical base for coupling with an oil filter housing, and an attachment piece for coupling with a spin-on oil filter. The oil filter adapter may also have a spring disposed between the docking collar and the cylindrical base such that the docking collar is compressible relative to the cylindrical base to allow the oil filter adapter is able to couple to a variety of oil filter housings ranging in size and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Baxter
  • Patent number: 10183238
    Abstract: A method includes passing a mobile phase fluid flow comprising liquefied CO2 through a separation column; then introducing a makeup fluid flow into the mobile phase fluid flow to form a mixed fluid flow; and then splitting the mixed fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael R. Jackson, James E. Usowicz, Lucas O. Tiziani, Joseph A. Jarrell, Douglas P. Wittmer
  • Patent number: 9828258
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a process for treating drill cuttings. The process involves mixing the drill cuttings with an aqueous emulsion comprising one or more oil-liquid membranes surrounding a nano scale compound comprising iron, magnesium, or both. The weight ratio of emulsion to water is from about 1:150 to about 1:3000 and the volume ratio of water to drill cuttings is from about 40:60 to about 70:30. The treated drill cuttings can then be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Terra-Hydrochem, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Kubala, Robert Sloan
  • Patent number: 9821273
    Abstract: The invention concerns a reverse osmosis system (1) with at least one membrane unit (2) comprising an inlet (3), a permeate outlet (4) and a concentrate outlet (5), a high-pressure pump (8) that is connected to the inlet (3), a pressure exchanger (11) comprising at least one high-pressure concentrate connection (HPC), and a booster pump. It is endeavored to achieve the lowest possible energy consumption. For this purpose, the booster pump is made as a displacement pump (16) that is arranged between the concentrate outlet (5) and the high-pressure concentrate connection (HPC) of the pressure exchanger (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Welm Friedrichsen, Lasse Nicolai Langmaack, Palle Olsen, Erik Haugaard
  • Patent number: 9573404
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a support for a planographic printing plate including at least an alkaline etching step of dissolving an aluminum surface layer of an aluminum web with an alkaline solution during a surface roughening treatment on a surface of the aluminum web continuously traveling, the manufacturing method comprising: a circulating step of cyclically using the alkaline solution between a treatment tank for the etching and an alkaline solution reservoir during adjusting composition concentration of the alkaline solution; and a filtering step of filtering the alkaline solution cyclically used so as to remove solid matter in the alkaline solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Kasuya, Hisashi Hotta
  • Patent number: 9322258
    Abstract: A mobile water conversion system including an electro-coagulation stage, a microfiltration stage, a cooling stage, a nanofiltration stage, and a reverse osmosis stage. The electro-coagulation stage receives heated input water, such as geothermal brackish water, and reduces total suspended solids. The microfiltration stage removes suspended solids and dissolved solids. The cooling stage provides cooled brine water. The nanofiltration stage removes hardness from the cooled brine water to provide sodium brine water. A portion of sodium brine water is provided to circulating water in the cooling stage. The reverse osmosis stage reduces sodium content and provides fresh water suitable for a specified purpose, such as fracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Aqua Group
    Inventors: Larry K. Henson, Edward C. Szvetecz
  • Patent number: 9067804
    Abstract: A solar powered water purification canteen includes a container, UV LED lights and a solar power panel. The container is adapted to hold a fluid and has a reservoir, an inlet and an outlet. The UV LED lights are around the reservoir and are adapted to kill any bacteria from fluid in the reservoir. The solar power panel is positioned on the outside of the container adapted to power the UV LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150090648
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an electrochemical softening apparatus that is relatively convenient and inexpensive and a washing machine including the same. The softening apparatus regenerates a zeolite compound that has been used to perform ion exchange using hydrogen ions (H+) generated using an electrochemical method such that the zeolite compound is repeatedly used. Hydrogen ions (H+) generated during a re-softening process are used to remove contaminants due to microorganisms and a scale component. The softening apparatus includes a regeneration unit to generate regeneration water containing hydrogen ions (H+) and a softening unit, including an Ion exchange material regenerated by the regeneration water, to convert raw water containing a hardness component into soft water containing hydrogen ions (H+).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Chang Bae LIM, Hee Jin Park, In Jo Jeong, Katsuhiko Hamanaka
  • Publication number: 20150090673
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for purifying liquid. The apparatus comprises an air-tight container (301) and a heater (305). The air-tight container is configured to store the liquid, wherein at least a portion of the container consists of a filter membrane (303). The heater is configured to heat the liquid such that the liquid is driven out of the container through the filter membrane. The heater can actively increase the pressure in the container by heating the liquid and/or gas in the container. Sometimes, a portion of the liquid stored in the air-tight container may be vaporized, which increases the pressure in the container as well. Under the increased pressure, the liquid can be easily driven out of the container while being purified via the filter membrane. Since the filtration is actively driven by heating, the filtration efficiency of the apparatus can be controlled and improved according to various applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Haihui Wu, Weiran Wang, Gang Wang
  • Publication number: 20150090647
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (10) including a hot process stream (14) fluidly connected to an industrial process, a cold process stream (16) fluidly connected to an industrial process, and a membrane distillation system (18). The membrane distillation system (18) includes a vapourising stream (12) comprising a mixture of components, a condensing stream (20), and a membrane (30) located between the vapourising stream (12) and the condensing stream (20). The vapourising stream (12) and condensing stream (20) are in fluid communication through the membrane (30). The membrane (30) facilitates transfer of at least one volatised component of the vapourising stream (12) into the condensing stream (20). The membrane distillation system (18) also includes a first heat transfer area (24) between the hot process stream (14) and the vapourising stream (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Victoria Universtiy
    Inventors: Mikel Colin Duke, Angela Hausmann
  • Publication number: 20150083578
    Abstract: The present application relates to an apparatus for purifying isopropyl alcohol. The present application enables isopropyl alcohol to be obtained in a high purity from a feed comprising water and isopropyl alcohol with a minimum amount of energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sung Kyu Lee, Jong Ku Lee, Joon Ho Shin
  • Publication number: 20150068976
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for treating an effluent to be treated in order to reduce its phosphates content, said method comprising a step of anoxic biological treatment of said effluent to be treated, producing a first effluent, a step of aerobic biological treatment of said first effluent, producing a second effluent, a step of recirculating at least a part of said second effluent to the inlet of said anoxic biological treatment step, a step of liquid/solid separation of at least a part of said second effluent, producing a treated effluent and a first denser effluent, a step for producing volatile fatty acids including a wet heat treatment, at a temperature of 100° C. to 350° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: VEOLIA WATER SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORT
    Inventors: Romain Lemaire, Julien Chauzy, Malik Djafer
  • Publication number: 20150053617
    Abstract: Methods and systems for filtering water according to its isotopic forms. In some embodiments, a stream of water comprising at least two distinct isotopic forms of water may be directed into one or more filtration modules comprising a graphene oxide membrane. The graphene oxide membrane(s) may be used to separate the stream into a permeate and a retentate, wherein the permeate comprises an increased concentration of light water relative to the retentate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: James H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8956534
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chromatographic system and method which includes a passive pre-heater assembly. In the inventive system and method a fluid mixture is supplied from an injector to the pre-heater assembly and then to a chromatographic column having an active heating source. The pre-heater assembly includes a convoluted tube with first and second ends and a fluid passage extending centrally therebetween, first and second end fittings attached respectively to the first and second ends of the convoluted tube, and a thermally conductive film attached to an outer surface of the convoluted tube. The first end fitting is adapted for fluidly connecting the first end of the convoluted tube to the injector and the second end fitting is adapted for fluidly connecting the second end of the convoluted tube to the chromatographic column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Ognibene, Joseph A. Kareh, Uwe D. Neue, Theodore D. Ciolkosz, Richard W. Andrews, Marc Lemelin, Peyton C. Beals
  • Patent number: 8951421
    Abstract: For purifying a liquid, the liquid is caused to evaporate in a cyclone in a recirculation circuit. Vapor is discharged via a discharge channel in which a compressor is included. In a heat exchanger downstream of the compressor, supplied vapor condenses and heat thereby released is transferred to liquid in the recirculation circuit. A liquid inlet of the cyclone is placed and directed for delivering a jet having a directional component tangential with respect to an inner surface of the cyclone. The liquid inlet has a section shaped such that in operation the delivered jet is a flat jet having a cross section which in a direction parallel to a nearest generatrix of the inner surface of the cyclone is greater than in a direction perpendicular thereto. The jet contacts the inner surface of the cyclone before drop formation occurs in the jet. A method for purifying a liquid is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Convex B.V.
    Inventor: Geert Jan Zanstra
  • Publication number: 20150021248
    Abstract: Dialysis systems including a water treatment unit preferably of the osmosis type, a drain line, and a heat exchanger are disclosed. A water supply line is connected to an outlet of the water treatment unit. The water supply line includes branch connections to which dialyzers are selectively fluid-coupled. Used-up dialysis fluid can be discharged from fluid-coupled dialyzers through the drain line. The heat exchanger, which is external to the dialyzers, connected on one side to the water supply line directly upstream of the branch connections and on the other side to the drain line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: OLIVER ALVENSLEBEN
  • Publication number: 20150014257
    Abstract: A screen filter comprises a housing defining a melt passage for molten thermoplastic material. A guide channel in the housing is configured and arranged to direct a continuous screen filter across the melt passage. A gate blocks an exit section of the guide channel during initial formation of a solidified plug of the material being filtered on the screen filter. The gate is then partially withdrawn to an intermediate position at which it acts as a brake to releasably impede movement of the plug and screen filter until a screen change is required. The gate is then fully withdrawn and the screen filter and the plug formed thereon are pulled across the melt passage by an exterior clamp mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: PARKINSON MACHINERY & MANUFACTURING
    Inventors: Kenneth Cavanagh, John Whaley
  • Publication number: 20150014254
    Abstract: A Method for cleaning degraded oil comprising oil-soluble degradation products and a system for implementing the method are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of receiving an inlet flow (1, 1a, 1b) of degraded oil, precipitating oil-soluble degradation products from the degraded oil by cooling the degraded oil, passing the cooled degraded oil as a filtration flow (3, 3a, 3b) through a filter (104, 204, 304) so as to retain the precipitated degradation products in the filter, and discharging an outlet flow (2, 2a, 2b) of cleaned oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Soren Hallberg Jensen, Henrik Hallberg Jensen
  • Publication number: 20140367347
    Abstract: An evaporative system for separating solid salt from a saline solution is provided. The system comprises conveyor belts arranged to move the saline solution and evaporate water from it, using natural solar radiation, reflected solar radiation, mechanically induced evaporation and heat storing materials, which accumulate heat during the day and release the heat during the night to allow continuous production. The system may be adapted to different saline solution sources and terrain conditions as well as to varying meteorological conditions. The conveyor belts may be interspaced by separators that remove from the saline solution each type of salt as it solidifies on the corresponding conveyor belt. Conveyor belts may further be used to deliver the solid salt or wastes back to saline solution source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: S.G.B.D. TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Alexander Brodt
  • Patent number: 8911620
    Abstract: A spin-on adapter for a remote oil filter to provide additional cooling capability to the engine oil system includes a unitary piece main body having edges, a base attached the main body, a step between the main body and the base, a first orifice and a second orifice extending throughout the main body, the step, and the base, and plurality of cooling fins protruding from the edges of the main body. The plurality of fins are integrated to the unitary piece main body and the adapter is adapted to be secured to a vehicle engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Vesa Samuel Silegren
  • Publication number: 20140353228
    Abstract: A system for producing and supplying a coolant to a filtration sub-system, and for reconditioning and recombining a return flow of used coolant. A main reservoir is in two way communication with the filtration sub-system via a clean coolant outlet and a dirty coolant return. An inlet feeds an untreated water supply to a de-ionization canister. A mixing valve in communication with the inlet recombines a remaining untreated portion of the water supply with the de-ionized portion. A mixing pump intermixes the water supply with a chemical concentrate to produce a coolant delivered to a main reservoir. A volume of coolant is drawn through an outlet from the reservoir and communicates the coolant to a particle filter, a chiller, and prior to outputting to the filtration sub-systems. The used return coolant is filtered and reintroduced to the main reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: KEITH URBAN
  • Patent number: 8894852
    Abstract: A system for producing and supplying a coolant to a filtration sub-system, and for reconditioning and recombining a return flow of used coolant. A main reservoir is in two way communication with the filtration sub-system via a clean coolant outlet and a dirty coolant return. An inlet feeds an untreated water supply to a de-ionization canister. A mixing valve in communication with the inlet recombines a remaining untreated portion of the water supply with the de-ionized portion. A mixing pump intermixes the water supply with a chemical concentrate to produce a coolant delivered to a main reservoir. A volume of coolant is drawn through an outlet from the reservoir and communicates the coolant to a particle filter, a chiller, and prior to outputting to the filtration sub-systems. The used return coolant is filtered and reintroduced to the main reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: JK Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Keith Urban
  • Patent number: 8882997
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for separating particles and dissolved matter from a produced water fluid stream. Specifically, the present invention includes a first pressure source which transports untreated produced water or contaminated aqueous fluid into a separator annulus with a filter element disposed therein. The untreated fluid is placed under appropriate pressure sufficient to produce turbulent flow, increased particle kinetics and/or cavitation allowing the desired fluid to penetrate and pass into and through the, filter media. The treated fluid is then transported to a collection tank. The contaminant matter retained by the filter media may be removed by the nearly instantaneous reverse pressurization of the separator annulus by a second pressure source thereby removing the contaminant particles away from contact with the filter media, and which may then be transported to a waste collection tank or a separator for further treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Tervita Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Ford Johnson
  • Patent number: 8801922
    Abstract: A dialysis system includes a filtration system capable of filtering a water stream, a water purification system capable of purifying said water stream in a non-batch process, a mixing system capable of producing a stream of dialysate from mixing one or more dialysate components with the water stream in a non-batch process, and a dialyzer system. The dialyzer may be a microfluidic dialyzer capable of being fluidly coupled to the stream of dialysate and a blood stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignees: State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University, Home Dialysis Plus, ltd.
    Inventors: Julie S. Wrazel, James R. Curtis, Ladislaus Nonn, Richard B. Peterson, Hailei Wang, Robbie Ingram-Goble, Luke W. Fisher, Anna E. Garrison, M. Kevin Drost, Goran Jovanovic, Richard Todd Miller, Bruce W. Johnson, Alana Warner-Tuhy, Eric K. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8801923
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment apparatus that obtains treated water by adding a flocculant and magnetic powder to wastewater accumulated in a tank to thereby generate flocculated magnetic flocs, and recovering the magnetic flocs by means of a magnetic force to thereby remove the magnetic flocs from the wastewater, comprising: a magnetic flocs treatment device which treats the recovered magnetic flocs and which comprises a high pressure pump and a magnetic separation portion; wherein the magnetic separation portion has a structure in which fluid piping is arranged at a magnetic field generating portion, and magnetic powder in the magnetic flocs is recovered by using the high pressure pump to pump the recovered magnetic flocs to the fluid piping of the magnetic separation portion, and causing the magnetic powder in the magnetic flocs to attach to the fluid piping by means of a magnetic force of the magnetic field generating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Isogami, Satoshi Miyabayashi
  • Patent number: 8795532
    Abstract: A process for operating a cooling tower (10), said process comprising: introducing a feed solution into a cooling tower, evaporating solvent from the feed solution to produce a concentrated solution, removing a portion of the concentrated solution as blow-down, passing at least a portion of the blow-down through a first membrane in a nanofiltration unit (14), such that at least some of the solute in the blow-down are retained as a concentrated blow-down solution on the retentate-side of the first membrane, contacting at least a portion of the concentrated blow-down solution (42) with one side of a second membrane (12) and contacting a solution having a lower solute concentration than the combined concentrated blow-down solution and the return from the cooling tower with the opposite side of the second membrane, such that solvent flows across the second membrane to dilute the concentrated blow down solution by direct osmosis, and re-introducing the diluted blow-down solution to the cooling tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Surrey Aquatechnology Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Nicoll
  • Publication number: 20140209540
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are water purification and supply systems for medical devices and methods of using. In an embodiment, the system includes A dialysis system includes a filtration system capable of filtering a water stream, a water purification system capable of purifying said water stream in a non-batch process, a mixing system capable of producing a stream of dialysate from mixing one or more dialysate components with the water stream in a non-batch process, and a dialyzer system. The dialyzer may be a microfluidic dialyzer capable of being fluidly coupled to the stream of dialysate and a blood stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: HOME DIALYSIS PLUS, LTD.
    Inventors: Dalibor Jan Smejtek, James R. Curtis
  • Patent number: 8764957
    Abstract: A method of water treatment comprising: providing an electrolysis device comprising an electrolysis vessel; providing feed streams to the first salt water chamber of the vessel, second salt water chamber of the vessel, acidic chamber of the vessel, and alkalic chamber of the vessel, the acidic chamber producing an acidic solution and the alkalic chamber producing an alkalic solution; directing at least a portion of the contents of the first and second salt water chambers into a precipitation tank; directing at least a portion of the alkalic solution into the precipitation tank, thereby increasing the pH in the precipitation tank to produce precipitate; and removing the precipitate from the precipitation tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Caroline Chihyu Sui, Caibin Xiao, Hai Yang
  • Publication number: 20140174410
    Abstract: Embodiments may provide a fuel filter that may include a plurality of return fuel conduits axially traversing a filter medium. Each conduit may include an inlet in fluidic communication with the fuel recirculation passage. Each conduit may have a return fuel line exit port adjacent to a distal end of the filter medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Myers, Paul Victor Budgen
  • Publication number: 20140166555
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatuses, machines, systems and methods for the recovery and purification of proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, biologically produced polymers and other compounds from aqueous fluids. The aqueous fluids can comprise enzyme concentrates and or a fermentation broth with or without cells or other starting material. The fermentation broth can be produced by fermentations of fungal, yeast, bacterial, mammalian, insect or plant cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Danisco US Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. DIBEL, Robin FONG, Meng H. HENG, Glenn ROZEBOOM
  • Patent number: 8747672
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recovery of phosphorus from wastewater and producing inorganic phosphorus complexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Multiform Harvest Inc.
    Inventor: Keith E. Bowers
  • Patent number: 8709257
    Abstract: A method and system for purifying liquid using waste heat is provided. Initially, a liquid is mixed with an anti-sealant agent in a first filtering unit to form a liquid mixture. Thereafter, the liquid mixture is filtered in the first filtering unit to separate foreign objects from the liquid mixture. Subsequently, the liquid mixture is heated in a pipe arrangement connecting the first filtering unit and one or more second filtering units to generate steam. The steam obtained from the heated liquid mixture is then purified in the one or more second filtering units. Thereafter, the purified steam is condensed in the pipe arrangement to obtain the purified liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
    Inventors: Mazen Abdullah Ba-Abbad, Hany Abdulrahman Al-Ansary
  • Patent number: 8685251
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are water purification and supply systems for medical devices and methods of using. In an embodiment, the system includes a dialysis system including a filtration system capable of filtering a water stream, a water purification system capable of purifying the water stream in a non-batch process, a mixing system capable of producing a stream of dialysate from mixing one or more dialysate components with the water stream in a non-batch process, and a dialyzer system. The dialyzer may be a microfluidic dialyzer capable of being fluidly coupled to the stream of dialysate and a blood stream. The water purification system includes an RO filter 6122, a proportioning valve 6165, a heater 6150, first and second heat exchangers, and a throttle valve 6160.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dalibor Jan Smejtek, James R. Curtis
  • Patent number: 8623218
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for improved operation of a fluid purification apparatus. The fluid purification apparatus includes a pressure sensor to energize and de-energize one or more components of the fluid purification apparatus based on the pressure entering or in the fluid purification apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Next Generation Filtration Systems, LP
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Geiger
  • Publication number: 20130313176
    Abstract: This is a scalable water cleansing system intended for very low technology primitive communities buildable for between $600 and $1,000 of parts. A gravity feed system is contemplated with one or more of an initial filtering stage(s), a settling stage, a UV treatment stage, and an ozonator stage. A stand-alone power system with solar power needing no infrastructure is contemplated to enhance purification. The system can improve the worst of water quality, including for small groups; and under some conditions to end up with clean water of a quality found in developed countries with mature water systems. For water to the site in communities with low precipitation, the water brought in would be emptied into the initial stage of the water cleansing system, and the person who brought the water would draw from the last stage most or all of the amount of water carried in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Brooke Schumm, III
  • Patent number: 8580111
    Abstract: A device for separating fuel components comprising a separating membrane for separating high-octane fuel components from un-separated fuel and a heat exchanger between first liquid passing through the heat exchanger and second liquid passing through the heat exchanger, is provided. The first liquid is un-separated fuel passing through the heat exchanger before being supplied to the separating membrane. The second liquid is low-octane fuel remaining when the high-octane fuel components are separated from the un-separated fuel, passing through the heat exchanger after changing to an almost liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Randall D. Partridge, George Walchuk, Kouseki Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20130270186
    Abstract: Equipment, systems, processes and techniques for conducting reverse osmosis processing of solutions are described. The techniques can be applied to provide diluted solution (i.e. purified solvent), concentrate solution or each. A variety of specific equipment, example systems and processes are depicted and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: CALVIN WOHLERT
  • Patent number: 8535542
    Abstract: A method of separating a mixture of liquid and insoluble solids in a filter press may comprise: pumping the mixture into a chamber between two filter plates in the filter press to form a filter cake, wherein the chamber is lined by filter cloths, and wherein, during the pumping, filtrate is forced through the filter cloths and out of the chamber; heating the filter cake in the chamber, wherein, during the heating, filtrate is forced through the filter cloths and out of the chamber, and wherein the heating is by radio frequency irradiation of the filter cake in the chamber; and releasing dried filter cake from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel J. Simpson, Ferdinand Kogler
  • Publication number: 20130220905
    Abstract: A water production system with a thermal separation device that defines a cold region and a hot region, a fluid-air heat exchanger located remotely from the thermal separation device and exposed to air, and a fluid circulation loop that thermally connects the cold region of the thermal separation device to the fluid-air heat exchanger so as to cool the fluid-air heat exchanger and condense water from ambient air to produce water pure enough so that with further treatment it can be made potable. Also disclosed are filtration and dispensing features that are appropriate for a potable water supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Infinite Water, Inc.
    Inventor: Infinite Water, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130220906
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for extracting water from the atmosphere and supplying the extracted water to a domestic water supply to the dwelling, said apparatus being dimensioned and arranged relative to an access opening that leads from the dwelling into a roof space to be small enough to pass through the opening and be located in the roof space, said apparatus further comprising an air intake (12) located to receive humid air from outside the dwelling, a water extractor having a fan (13) operable to draw air in through the air intake (12) and pass the air over a cooling means for condensing water out of the air and means—for collecting the condensed water and supplying the collected water to the water supply tank (30) of the dwelling to replenish water in the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: David Stenhouse
  • Patent number: 8518252
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new and improved system for on-site and on-demand production of sterile water for injection (SWFI) from potable water or water that meets the EPA drinking water quality upon preconditioning, in conjunction with reconstitution of IV fluids using dry chemicals or concentrate pre-filled bags, suitable for use at a site under non-clean room environment conditions, and capable of adjusting feed water temperatures. The present invention includes a water temperature conditioning module, a water preconditioning module, a hydrothermal processor, a fluid staging compartment, and combinations and variations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Lixiong Li
  • Publication number: 20130213870
    Abstract: A cooling tower blow-down, groundwater and wastewater re-use process and system is provided, which system may further include a cooling tower evaporation recovery system and process. Thus, blow-down from cooling equipment may be reused by appropriate treatment of the blow-down water, or treatment of other sources of water such as groundwater or wastewater, for use as make-up water in a cooling tower or other cooling equipment, and the capture of evaporation from cooling equipment is conducted to increase the efficiency and lower costs in the operation of such equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: TEMPEST ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Tempest Environmental Systems, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130213865
    Abstract: A fresh water generator utilizing air (100) comprises a main body bracket (114), a water making system, a water purifying system and a water distributing device (126). Both sides and the rear side of the main body bracket (114) are provided with panels, on which ventilating grilles (116, 132, 134) are provided for sucking and exhausting air. The water making system is arranged inside the main body bracket (114) and particularly comprises a condenser/evaporator unit (118), an exhaust fan (140) and a water collecting tank (120), wherein the water collecting tank (120) is arranged on the main body bracket (114) and positioned at the lower end of the condenser/evaporator unit (118), and the exhaust fan (140) is arranged between the condenser/evaporator unit (118) and the ventilating grates (116, 132, 134). The water purifying system is arranged inside the main body bracket (114) and particularly comprises a pump (122) and a filtration device (192).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Henry Hsu, Chi Hung Jimmy Wan
  • Publication number: 20130199979
    Abstract: A fluid filter may include a filter housing including a pot and a lid. A ring filter element may be arranged within the filter housing, through which flow may pass radially and which separates an untreated space from a clean space. The ring filter element may have an upper and a lower end disc. A heating device may be configured to allow heating of the fluid to be filtered. The filter housing may define a port into which the heating device is inserted and the port may separate the heating device from the fluid to be heated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Jauss, Stefan Seidel
  • Publication number: 20130193049
    Abstract: A system for producing and supplying a coolant to a filtration sub-system, and for reconditioning and recombining a return flow of used coolant. A main reservoir is in two way communication with the filtration sub-system via a clean coolant outlet and a dirty coolant return. An inlet feeds an untreated water supply to a de-ionization canister. A mixing valve in communication with the inlet recombines a remaining untreated portion of the water supply with the de-ionized portion. A mixing pump intermixes the water supply with a chemical concentrate to produce a coolant delivered to a main reservoir. A volume of coolant is drawn through an outlet from the reservoir and communicates the coolant to a particle filter, a chiller, and prior to outputting to the filtration sub-systems. The used return coolant is filtered and reintroduced to the main reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: JK INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Keith Urban