Diverse, E.g., Combined Agitators, Scrapers, Aeration Blowback Patents (Class 210/408)
  • Patent number: 10549223
    Abstract: The filtering system comprises an inner flow or an outer flow, a shaft, a backwash outlet, a backwash valve, a volume separator rotating disk containing a backwash hole located between the insert and back wash outlet, and a filter cleaning mechanism enabling the cleaning of the dirt particles generated on the filter insert without opening the filter cover. The filtering system contains at least two flow cross-section reducing plates, realizing the speedy passage of the liquid in the insert through the plurality of gaps providing a plurality of reduced flow cross-sections created between the flow cross-section reducing plates and the surface of the insert. A pressure drop is generated during the speedy passage of a liquid through the plurality of gaps. The surface of the insert is cleaned with the passage of the liquid from outside of the insert to the inside of the insert or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: M. Serdar Gurel
  • Patent number: 10470443
    Abstract: A pump-and-filter assembly for use in a pond, pool, or fountain. The pump unit creates a flow of water into an intake port and out through a discharge port and a filter unit mounted in front of the pump unit for filtering water flowing through the pump. The filter unit has a turbulence-producing device that produces turbulence in the water on the outside of the filter element. The turbulence in the water that is being drawn into the filter impedes or prevents the build-up of material deposits on the outside surface of the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Frank Lindner
  • Patent number: 9682347
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a polymer dissolution system comprising a mix tank, a strainer, and a pump. The mix tank is configured to receive polymers, water, and an inlet stream, to form a polymer solution including swollen polymers, and to discharge the polymer solution. The strainer is configured to receive the polymer solution, and to withdraw at least a portion of the swollen polymers therethrough substantially without shear degradation, thereby forming a resultant solution, wherein the swollen polymers are dissolved at least in part. The pump is configured to receive the resultant solution, and to return the resultant solution to the inlet stream. In some embodiments, the strainer and the pump cooperate together to maintain a viscosity of the resultant solution substantially within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Mayur Patel, Jeffrey R. Cramm, Stephen B. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150108059
    Abstract: This descriptive report refers to an invention patent for the improvement in a metallic filtration body, belonging to the area of filtration equipment components for liquids, particularly the equipment named turbo filter (100), formed by: a filter body provided with intermediate filtration chamber (101), with extreme product inlet (102), lower filtrate outlet (103) and an opposite outlet for solids (104); by the metallic filtration body (1); by a rotor (105), provided with a set of fine step paddles (106), laid out at the turbo filter body inlet; and a set of coarse step paddles (107), laid inside and along the filtration body (1); by washing and counterwashing devices in the filtration body; by a motor device (108) for driving the rotor and others; said metallic filtration body (1) comprising basically two or more sections of the coaxial tubular metallic filtration body (1)?; by a connection device (20) among the sections of the tubular metallic (1)? filtration body; and by a regulation device (60) for the p
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Attilio Turchetti
  • Patent number: 8980086
    Abstract: A multi-stage method of reducing solids and contaminants from liquid waste and other suitable streams without the use of chemical flocculants or polymers is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Midwestern IP, LLC
    Inventors: Jay Vanier, Rick Simmons, Bryan Thibodeaux
  • Patent number: 8967390
    Abstract: A filter device for filtering a suspension includes at least one filter for continuous creation of a filter cake including particles from the suspension, at least one dispensing device configured to apply at least one first wash liquid to the filter cakes, at least one steaming unit configured to steam the filter cake using steam; at least one removal device configured to remove a surface layer of the filter cake facing away from the at least one filter, wherein the filter device is configured to convey the filter cake to the at least one removal device, the at least one dispensing device and the at least one steaming device, and at least one transport device configured to transport the removed surface layer of the filter cake away from the filter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Elisabeth Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8945386
    Abstract: A membrane filtration apparatus includes a frame, in which a plurality of membrane members, an aeration device, a cleaning device, and a jet device are provided. The cleaning device includes a rail mounted on the frame; an up frame engaging the rail to be moved in the rail, a plurality of cleaning wires respectively having an end connected to the up frame and respectively passing through a space between each two of the neighboring membrane members; and a low frame connected to opposite ends of the cleaning wires. A motor is provided to move the up frame so that the cleaning wires are reciprocating in the space to scratch the sludge off the membrane members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Yung-Chuan Lee Wang
  • Patent number: 8945382
    Abstract: A scraper device discharges a filter cake on a filter plate of a pressure filter, which includes fixed bracket and movable carriage parts, and hoist rack and scraper parts. The fixed bracket part has transverse and vertical bracket beams. The movable carriage part has a movable carriage base, bottom and upper transverse beams, and an upright column. The hoist rack part, mounted in the movable carriage, includes upper and bottom transverse beams of the hoist rack, which are connected by an upright column of the hoist rack. A hoist slide plate connects with a connection plate of the hoist rack, and the hoist slide plate is movably connected to a chain. Scrapers are placed at both sides of the filter plate, and position limiters are placed in the movable carriage part and the hoist rack part. The position limiters are connected to clamping and unclamping proximity switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jingjin Environmental Protection Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Baochang Liu, Qianqiu Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140366493
    Abstract: A filter apparatus including: a casing including, in a sealed space provided therein, a fluid inflow chamber, a filtration chamber and a drain chamber; a filter element provided inside the filtration chamber to let a fluid pass therethrough from inside to outside to perform filtration; a backwash slide member movably provided inside the filter element and removing trapped matter adhering to an inner circumferential surface of the filter element by an inward flow generated by a difference in pressure inside and outside the filter element at the time of backwashing; a backwash pipe that lets the inward flow flow toward the drain chamber; an actuation cylinder that lets the fluid from the backwash pipe flow toward the drain chamber; and a fluid flowing unit allowing a fluid to flow, enabling a piston member to move inside the actuation cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yuichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8858789
    Abstract: A system for cleaning up an oil spill and recovering the spilled oil includes frames supporting superhydrophobic oil-absorbing nanowires. A first container supports the frames with the nanowires. A mixture of oil and water is pumped into the first container where the oil from the mixture is absorbed by the nanowires as water is separated from the mixture and deposited in the first container where it is then pumped therefrom. A second container supports the frames with the oil so-absorbed by the nanowires. The frames with the oil so-absorbed by the nanowires are heated whereby the oil so-absorbed separates from the nanowires and is deposited in the second container. The oil so-deposited in the second container is then pumped therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represeted by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jason M. Pappafotis, Daniel J. Flisek, David M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8721884
    Abstract: Disclosed are hemodialysis and similar dialysis systems including fluid flow circuits. Hemodialysis systems may include a blood flow path, and a dialysate flow path including balancing, mixing, and/or a directing circuits. Preparation of dialysate may be decoupled from patient dialysis. Circuits may be defined within one or more cassettes. The fluid circuit and/or the various fluid flow paths may be isolated from electrical components. A gas supply may be provided that, when activated, is able to urge dialysate through the dialyzer and blood back to the patient. Such a system may be useful during a power failure. The hemodialysis system may also include fluid handling devices, such as pumps, valves, mixers, etc., actuated using a control fluid. The control fluid may be delivered to the fluid handling devices using a detachable external pump. The fluid handling devices may have a spheroid shape with a diaphragm dividing it into two compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Michael J. Wilt, Jason A. Demers, Kevin L. Grant, Brian D. Tracey, James D. Dale
  • Patent number: 8647516
    Abstract: A filter assembly and method of filtering a fluid containing particulates is provided having a filter element mounted on a horizontal mandrel, whereby the filter element and mandrel are rotatable within a housing during a self-cleaning step, wherein the filter element is immersed and agitated in a cleaning liquid followed by high speed rotation while a rinsing liquid is delivered to the core of the filter element. An ultrasonic transducer in the housing may be activated while the filter element is immersed in the cleaning liquid to assist in removing accumulated particulates from the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Johnny Leon Love
  • Patent number: 8617389
    Abstract: A device for filtering a liquid processing medium used in cutting has an intake and first filter cells with inlet, filter element, and outlet. The filter elements can be back-flushed. A disposal container as well as a suction conveying device are provided. For filtering, the intake is connected by first valves with first filter cell inlets and first filter cell outlets are connected to a discharge. For back-flushing, inlets of the first filter cells are connected through the first or a further valve to the disposal container. A second filter cell with filter element for contaminated processing medium of the disposal container is disposed above or inside the disposal container. The second filter cell, for filtering, is connected by the suction conveying device to the discharge. A cleaning device for the second filter cell is provided so that waste products removed during cleaning pass directly into the disposal container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Matthias Leipoldt
  • Patent number: 8608955
    Abstract: An automatic strainer assembly for straining a slurry comprises an inlet for receiving the slurry, a horizontally disposed strainer body in fluid communication with the inlet, and a rotatable strainer member received within the body having an inner surface and an outer surface. One or more scrapers are positioned for removing material from the outer surface of the strainer assembly. A collection vessel is positioned substantially below the body for receiving material scraped from the outer surface of the strainer member. A transport member can be provided for returning the scraped material to the slurry supply for reprocessing thereof. An outlet expels the strained slurry. A manual or automatic washdown system is provided for removing the slurry from the strainer member. A radial bearing assembly and radial seal are associated with the drive shaft of the strainer member to prevent galling. A method for processing a slurry is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: TM Industrial Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Steiner, Yousif A. Khalid Al-Abdullah, Ricky L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8585897
    Abstract: A cylindrical back washing purification apparatus comprises a main body (1), a cylindrical through hole (2) transversely provided in the main body (1), a plunger (4) slidably connected in the axial direction arranged in the through hole (2), a feed channel (6) and a discharge channel (8) connected with the through hole (2) on the main body (1). The outer peripheral portion of the foreside of the plunger (4) is concaved inward to form an annular cavity (10) with the inner wall of the through hole (2), the annular cavity (10) is connected with the feed channel (6), a ā€œLā€-type hole (12) which is connected with the discharge channel (8) is provided on the plunger (4) from fore to back in the axial direction, filtering holes (14) for connecting the annular cavity (10) with the ā€œLā€-type hole (12) are opened on the concaved peripheral face of the plunger (4) in the radial direction, a detachable filter screen (15) is coupled with the concaved peripheral face of the plunger (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Xun Wang, Zhenbao Wang, Zan Wang, Cao Wang
  • Patent number: 8574431
    Abstract: A wastewater filter assembly comprising a filter having an influent side and an effluent side, a backwash system adapted to control flow of backwash fluid from the effluent side to the influent side, and an agitation system adapted to control the flow of an agitating fluid (e.g., air) from the influent side to the effluent side. In one embodiment, the agitation system includes an agitating tank that stores the agitating fluid, and a series of valves to control the flow of backwash fluid and agitating fluid. In another embodiment, the assembly further includes a control system that controls the backwash system and the agitation system. Preferably, the control system is programmed to pulse the agitation system during operation of the backwash system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Municipal Filtration Company, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt M. Lindsley
  • Patent number: 8574436
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filtering a slurry utilizing a displacement filtering principle. The filter apparatus desirably includes an inner filter and an outer filter. Both the inner and outer filters are preferably substantially annular in shape and positioned concentrically with respect to each other. A particulate collection volume is at least partially defined between the inner and outer filter. The method includes directing a flow of slurry into the particulate collection volume under sufficient pressure to force fluid within the particulate collection volume through one of the inner and outer filters and any particulate matter blocking a filtering surface of the inner and outer filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Sean R. Duby
  • Patent number: 8556086
    Abstract: A solid-liquid separator using a roller system includes a casing, rollers disposed within the casing and each provided with a screen that is formed in the outer periphery thereof with plural pores for separating via the plural pores a solid substance from a solid-liquid substance disposed outside the rollers and filtering a liquid substance toward inside the rollers, inside drums each disposed along the inner circumference of each of the rollers, and a passageway which is formed by means of the screen and the inner drum and which is provided with an outlet. The liquid substance separated by means of the screen is allowed to flow along the passageway, collected at the outlet and discharged from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Takai Tofu & Soymilk Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Toichiro Takai, Satoshi Ueda, Toru Awazu, Motonari Amano, Kenji Kasama, Masahiro Yoshida, Masaaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8524075
    Abstract: A fluid pressure vessel has a filter cartridge with spaced headers positioning cylindrical pleated filter media. The headers form an inlet chamber communicating with the inlet upstream side of the filter media and an isolated outlet chamber communicating with the downstream side of the filter media. A hollow piston with a toothed periphery having a circumferential slot is positioned closely adjacent the upstream side of the filter media. The piston hollow communicates with a drain chamber isolated from the inlet and outlet chambers. Upon opening of the drain chamber to atmospheric pressure, the pressure in the piston hollow and slot causes a lower pressure in a localized area of the media and back flushing of trapped material on the upstream side of the media to the drain chamber. An actuator is connected to selectively progressively move the piston and slot along the entire surface of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Quintel
  • Patent number: 8518273
    Abstract: The method and arrangement is for cleaning at least one of filter sheets and filter cakes in a pressurized white liquor filter with spray nozzles and driving fluid. The white liquor filter is used in a causticizing process in which green liquor is causticized before the white liquor filter by the addition of lime and in which it forms during the process a lime mud slurry. The white liquor filter 101 is used to separate white liquor from the lime mud. The driving fluid for the spray nozzle is constituted principally by the filtrate that is obtained from the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Metso Paper Sweden AB
    Inventors: Patrik Lownertz, Magnus Ingelman
  • Patent number: 8505740
    Abstract: A solid-liquid separator using a roller system includes a casing, rollers disposed within the casing and each provided with a screen that is formed in an outer periphery thereof with plural pores, a supply device disposed outside the rollers for supplying into the casing under appropriate pressure a solid-liquid mixture to be separated into a solid component via the plural pores and a liquid component filtered inside, a casing wall disposed adjacent to the rollers after the solid-liquid mixture supplied with the supply device is passed through the rollers rotated, a discharge window formed in the casing wall for discharging the solid component, and a pressure application lid formed on the casing wall for stably applying prescribed pressure in a direction of closing the discharge window with a pressure application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Takai Tofu & Soymilk Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Toichiro Takai, Satoshi Ueda, Toru Awazu, Motonari Amano, Kenji Kasama, Masahiro Yoshida, Masaaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8440082
    Abstract: Method for the liquid solid separation of material mixtures and suspensions in which the material mixture under pressure is fed into a closed chamber having at least one filter surface and a hydrostatic pressure is generated within said chamber for separating the liquid phase. After separating the liquid phase the chamber is opened and the filter surface together with the filter cake is removed from said chamber. The material mixture firstly is treated by the means of hydrostatic pressure of about up to 0.2 bar, wherein 80 to 90% of the fed volume is removed as filtrate. Thereafter the concentrated remaining volume is drawn off and is further treated in the closed chamber with a pressure of up to 5 bar. By reducing the volume of the chamber finally with a pressure of up to 50 bar the remaining filtrate is separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Albert Bahr
  • Patent number: 8361313
    Abstract: Plant for treating the leftover liquids of mechanical processing, comprising a filtering partition (9) for filtration of the fluid and means for cleaning the partition by washing of the layer of mud deposited hereon, comprises vibratory means suitable for causing a generally fast and continuous vibratory state at least in the active portion of the partition. The plant comprises at least one chamber (6) that is divided into two parts by the filtering partition (9), one part being intended for the exit of the filtered fluid, means suitable for causing a generally fast and continuous vibratory state at least in the active portion of the partition are associated with said chamber. Method for treating the leftover fluids of mechanical processing, comprising filtration of the fluid through a filtering partition and periodic cleaning of the partition through washing of the layer of mud deposited here; it foresees that at least the surface of the partition on which the mud deposits is subjected to vibratory motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: P.M.P.O. S.R.L.
    Inventors: Fabio Pancaldi, Vanni Gallocchio
  • Publication number: 20130001151
    Abstract: Pressure filter for filtering pulp which pressure filter comprises a pulp container (1, 3) comprising a feed opening (12) of the pulp at its upper part, a cylindrical filtering surface (6) adjusted to the cylinder part of the container in which case the pulp, which has penetrated the mentioned surface, can be removed from the container through one removal aggregate or through several removal aggregates (13), (14) located at various altitudes, further the pulp container comprises a vertical rotor (8, 16, 17) which can be rotated in the pulp room of the container which rotor is equipped with wings (7) which clean the filtering surface (6) and comprises a feed pipe (11) of the dilution water for directing the dilution water into the pulp room of the container in order to avoid the thickening of the pulp and that the dilution water can be directed between the rotor and the filtering surface (6) to such height that beginning from the lower edge of the filtering surface (6) at least an essential part of the filteri
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jouko Hautala
  • Patent number: 8303826
    Abstract: An automatic strainer assembly for straining a slurry comprises an inlet for receiving the slurry, a horizontally disposed strainer body in fluid communication with the inlet, and a rotatable strainer member received within the body having an inner surface and an outer surface. The strainer member defines a plurality of passageways for strained fluid to pass therethrough. A scraper is positioned substantially adjacent to and contacting the outer surface of the strainer member for removing material from the outer surface of the strainer member. A collection vessel is positioned substantially below the body for receiving material scraped from the outer surface of the strainer member. A helical member is mounted on an internal shaft or auger is located within the strainer member for contacting the slurry to increase mixing and promote flow of the slurry through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: TM Industrial Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Steiner, Ricky L. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20120267295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a horizontal rod-supported, pore-controllable fiber media filter comprising: a fiber support comprising fixing supports to stand at both sides thereof and a plurality of horizontal rods which are coupled rotatably to the fixing supports in a zigzag pattern at intervals in a lengthwise direction of the fixing supports; a fiber media which hangs on the horizontal rods of the fiber support in a zigzag pattern, in which the lower end of the fiber media forms a fixed end attached to the lower end of the fiber support, and the upper end of the fiber media forms a free end at the upper end of the fiber support; and an actuator which is coupled to the free end of the fiber media to pull or relax the fiber media supported by the fixed end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Kyu Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 8221618
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for removing sediment from water is disclosed. According to one embodiment of the present invention, the apparatus includes a tubular filter assembly comprising a support member; and a filtratable element surrounding the support member, the filtratable element comprising a backing mesh; and a fibrous batting. A system for removing sediment from water is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the system includes a filter chamber to receive a liquid having suspended particles therein; at least one filtration cartridge housed within the filter chamber, wherein the filtration cartridge comprises at least one elongated filtratable element, each filtratable element comprising a support member, and a filtratable media adapted to surround the inner core. A method for removing sediment from water is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Monteco Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Murray, Darren Francis Kevin Lawless
  • Patent number: 8201695
    Abstract: A lift type pore-controllable fiber filter includes a filter tank, a strainer coaxially formed as a porous tub in the filter tank, extending to an outside of the filter tank at a bottom thereof to communicate with a treated water drain pipe, and having a piston guide recessed in an axial direction at an upper portion thereof, a lifting driver including a cylinder and a piston, an upper filter material fixing plate having fixing means, fixed to the piston above the strainer, and working in collaboration with reciprocation of the piston, a lower filter material fixing plate having fixing means and fixed below the strainer, and at least one fiber filter material fixed to the fixing means of the upper and lower filter material fixing plates at upper and lower ends thereof respectively, and forming filtering pore layers on an outer circumference of the strainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: SSENG Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Bae Kang, Gyu Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 8197680
    Abstract: Sludge dewatering apparatus includes an inflatable membrane to press solids against a screen and thereby separate liquid therefrom, and nozzles to wash the screen of the separated solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Eitan Sharir
  • Patent number: 8187472
    Abstract: A drip disposal system includes a fluid source including a pump for cyclically pumping fluid from the fluid source, a set of drip field lines connected to the fluid source for dispersing at least some fluid provided by the source across an area of ground, and a return line for returning fluid not dispersed by the set of drip field lines to the fluid source. A blow-out valve is connected to the return line for controlling fluid flow through the return line during each cycle, the blow-out valve opening when a pressure of the fluid flowing through the return line exceeds a selected minimum pressure and closing when the pressure of the fluid flowing through the return line goes below the selected minimum pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Rudy James Svetlik, III
  • Patent number: 8177073
    Abstract: A quickly cleanable water processor includes a shell, a water pipe, at least one filtering unit and a cleaning unit. The shell includes a space defined therein, a water inlet, a water outlet and an air inlet. The water inlet and outlet and the air inlet and outlet are in communication with the space. The water pipe is disposed in the shell and made with slots in communication with the water inlet. The filtering unit is detachably provided around the water pipe. The filtering unit includes alternately arranged membrane bags and water-guiding discs. The cleaning unit includes an air pump and an air pipe extended into the shell from the air pump through the air inlet. The air pipe includes apertures through which air reaches the membrane bags from the air pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: New Century Membrane Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Chang Kuo
  • Patent number: 8153003
    Abstract: The invention concerns a belt filter apparatus including a first belt filter section on which a mixture of fine material and a liquid can be placed hydraulically to create partially dry fine material and a second belt filter section on which the partially dry fine material can be placed in order to undergo a second drying cycle. The belt filter apparatus also includes an arrangement for mechanically placing the partially dry fine material from the first belt filter section onto the second belt filter section as well as a liquid collection arrangement for providing fluid communication between the first and second belt filter sections and a vacuum for drying the fine material. The belt filter apparatus includes an agitator formation for increasing the permeability of the fine material to enhance the ability of the liquid to be released from the fine material and be collected by the liquid collection arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Cabanga Innovations (pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Kenneth Carl van Rooyen
  • Patent number: 8132581
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method and system for washing a sedimentation device in a water treatment system using ultrasonic waves. The system includes an ultrasonic transmitting device for transmitting the ultrasonic of a predetermined power and transmitting frequency to the sedimentation device, a carrying device positioned inside or outside of the water treatment system for moving the ultrasonic transmitting device over the sedimentation device. The carrying device may include an operation track, a moving car body erected over the operation track, a driving device, and a car body position detection and control device. The effects of the invention are greatly better than that of manual washing with high pressure water. The consumption of water, treatment reagents and manpower can be decreased, thereby decreasing effectively the cost of water production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Shun Guo
  • Publication number: 20120055887
    Abstract: A filter assembly and method of filtering a fluid containing particulates is provided having a filter element mounted on a horizontal mandrel, whereby the filter element and mandrel are rotatable within a housing during a self-cleaning step, wherein the filter element is immersed and agitated in a cleaning liquid followed by high speed rotation while a rinsing liquid is delivered to the core of the filter element. An ultrasonic transducer in the housing may be activated while the filter element is immersed in the cleaning liquid to assist in removing accumulated particulates from the filter element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Johnny Leon LOVE
  • Patent number: 8097163
    Abstract: A method and system for purifying production water obtained from oil and gas operations so that the purified water need not be disposed of by forced injection back into the geological formation but can be put to a beneficial use such as agriculture, irrigation, industrial or municipal or potable applications. The production water is treated in a ceramic microfilter after it has been pretreated (preferably by aeration and with a walnut shell filter) to remove volatile hydrocarbons and heavier oils, such as paraffins and asphaltenes, that could foul the ceramic filter. The permeate from the ceramic microfiltration can then be treated with activated charcoal or otherwise treated to meet the specific requirements for the intended beneficial use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Produced Water Development, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Stewart, Lawrence Y. C. Leong
  • Publication number: 20110311695
    Abstract: Filter for use in the processing of pasty foods, especially in cheese spread production, having a closed housing (12) with a feed inlet (16) for the product to be filtered, a drain (20) for the filtered product, an output for the filtered-out residue, and a filter insert (14) that is located between the feed inlet (16) and drain (20) with a cylindrical filter wall through which the product flows in the radial direction from the inside to the outside, whereby a pivotable core element (30) is provided that is located coaxially in the filter insert (14), whereby between the core element (14) and the filter wall a defined annulus (36) is formed, the core element (30) being dimensioned in such a way that the annulus (36) that forms enables a constant flow of the product, and on the outer periphery of the core element (30) there being at least one scraper (38) that scrapes on the inner surface of the filter wall as the core element (30) turns for removing the residue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventors: Artur Prinz, Florian Knapp
  • Patent number: 8069989
    Abstract: A self-cleaning water filter system for removing particulate matter from water by producing scouring effect which pulls debris or particles off from a filter element when a fluid flow is produced across the filter element. The self-cleaning water filter system has a filter housing having an upper portion, a lower portion, and an internal cavity. A water inlet tube, an exit tube and a water supply line are adapted to be connected to the filter housing. The filter element is positioned within the filter housing and can have a cylindrical or rectangular configuration. A pressure vessel is in fluid communication with the internal cavity of the filter housing. A pressurizable flexible chamber adapted to expand and contract due to the pressure in the filter housing is positioned inside the pressure vessel. At least one perforated flow tube is positioned in the filter housing adjacent to the filter element and in fluid communication with the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Gordon
  • Publication number: 20110163026
    Abstract: An automatically cleaned filter comprises a motor; a base above the motor; the base being formed with at least one filter seat, a water inlet, a water draining hole and an annular groove; at least one filter core installed on a respective one of the filter seat; the filtering material being formed on an outer side of the filter core; a cleaning unit installed on a center portion of the base; a bottom of the cleaning unit being connected to the spindle; a gear being installed at an upper side of the base and being engaged to the spindle; an upper cover combined to the base by using at least one supporting posts; a lower side of each filter core being installed with a gear; and the gear at the lower side of the filter core being engaged to the gear of the cleaning unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: TSUNG-HUI LEE
  • Patent number: 7972510
    Abstract: A filtration apparatus for performing solid-liquid separation by immersing a plurality of hollow fiber membranes in a to-be-treated liquid containing a suspended component includes the hollow fiber membranes folded double, a treated liquid collection means communicated with an open end of each of the hollow fiber membranes, a holding member for holding a bent portion of each of the hollow fiber membranes with a gap formed between the bent portion and the holding member, and a gas-jetting means for jetting a cleaning gas from the bent side of each of the hollow fiber membranes to a side of the open end. A gap for flowing the gas jetted by the gas-jetting means is formed between the hollow fiber membranes and the holding member or/and in at least one part of gaps between the hollow fiber membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc.
    Inventors: Tooru Morita, Shinsuke Kawabe
  • Patent number: 7964105
    Abstract: A method for increasing the removal of a higher fraction of liquid from the press cake in any belt press is described. Specifically, the invention incorporates a series of rollers that create multiple pinch points to compress the solid fraction while removing liquid. After each pinch point, the solid material is allowed to separate from the belt, fall by gravity, and repack so that more liquid can be released at each successive pinch point than is possible if the material is fed to multiple rollers and pinch points in series without decompressing as is done is prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: William Harris Moss
  • Publication number: 20110049015
    Abstract: A system and method for removing and managing water in liquid hydrocarbons is disclosed. The system and method utilize a water absorbent filter, such as one that utilizes super absorbent polymers, cellulose, cotton or other suitable material to remove water from the system that is either present as free water or as dissolved moisture within the liquid hydrocarbon. The super absorbent polymer filter can be regenerated through the introduction of a dried liquid hydrocarbon, through the use of an air drying system, or a combination of both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Babcock, James Doyle, Gregory L. Lavallee, Michael John Madsen, Philip Edward Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100213298
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transfer unit having a transfer rotor and a food waste treatment apparatus using the transfer unit. The transfer unit includes the transfer rotor, a housing and a sieve. The transfer rotor includes a rotor body, and at least one blade provided on the circumferential outer surface of the rotor body. The housing has a hollow container shape and contains the transfer rotor therein such that the transfer rotor is rotatable without interference from the housing. The housing is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the horizontal plane. The sieve is provided in the housing to guide discharge of sewage from food waste. The sieve is disposed in the lower portion of the housing to drain the sewage generated from the food waste to the outside of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: WOONGJIN COWAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung Jin Park, Chang Young Lee, Dong Hee Jang
  • Publication number: 20100133204
    Abstract: A reusable filter for testing drilling fluids including a non-porous filter medium configured to be disposed in a drilling fluid testing device. The non-porous filter medium having a plurality of perforations extending therethrough. Additionally, a method of cleaning a reusable filter medium for a drilling fluid test device including exposing the reusable filter medium to a washing fluid, and agitating the washing fluid with a mechanical agitator to break up solids disposed on the reusable filter medium. Also, a drilling fluid test device including a cell body having a fluid inlet configured to provide a test fluid, a filtrate outlet configured to discharge a filtrate, and a fluid outlet configured to discharge the fluid. The drilling fluid test device also having a non-porous filter medium disposed in the cell body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: M-I LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Ahmadi Tehrani, Jacqueline Joan Cameron
  • Patent number: 7704382
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gravity fiber filter, comprising: a filter tank placed in a portion of a large amount of running water; at least one unit filter disposed in the filter tank; a filtered water collecting tank disposed in a lower portion of the filter tank; a discharging pipe extended from the filtered water collecting tank to the height lower than a influent inlet of the filter tank, so that the height of the extended discharging pipe is defined as a height of starting filtration; a sensor; a air inflow pipe through which a backwash air flows in from outside to a lower portion of the filter tank; a control means controlling the operation of filtering and backwashing; and backwash water discharging pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Sungshin Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Bae Kang, Gyu Tae Kim, Tae Gyu Park
  • Publication number: 20100065505
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and an apparatus for removal of ammonium from a polluted media, which avoid the disadvantages related to the chemical-physical properties of MAP, with the aim to improve the technical and economical operational parameters and to produce a reusable and environmental friendly produced nitrogen fertiliser. The invention concerns a method and a apparatus where all chemical processes and mechanical steps are carried out in one single container with the different steps split in time phases, whereby the chemical products are prevented from transportation between compartments and contact with pumps and pipes. Only liquids without precipitates are in contact with these elements. The apparatus includes a process container, an elevator unit and a flexible membrane which together enables all chemical processes, separation, mixing and gas extraction to be carried out in the same compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Poul Erik Bundgaard Jensen
  • Publication number: 20100012585
    Abstract: A membrane filtration system (5) including: a feed containing vessel (7); a membrane module (6) including one or more hollow permeable membranes (8) for filtering feed liquid, located in the feed containing vessel (7); means for applying a pressure differential across walls of the membranes (8) to induce filtration therethrough; a feed liquid reservoir (9) in fluid communication with the membrane module (6) to supply feed liquid thereto; a source of feed liquid (12); a source of gas (10) and means (11) for selectively producing a flow of gas from the gas source (10) and feed liquid from the feed liquid source (12) through the membrane module (6) and into the feed liquid reservoir (9). The flow of gas producing gas bubbles within the feed liquid to clean the membranes (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Fufang Zha, Dean Osman Cameron, Alex Nygard, Warren Thomas Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090101569
    Abstract: A sludge filtration apparatus has a sludge tank configured to store sludge and at least one filter assembly. The filter assembly includes a filtration membrane for filtering the sludge and a pipe insertable in the filtration membrane to supply air to a secondary side of the filtration membrane for dislodging the sludge from the filtration membrane. The pipe has a plurality of holes for discharging gas, namely air, to an area in which the filtration membrane inclines downwardly with the secondary side thereof. The sludge filtration apparatus can prevent thickened sludge from remaining in an upper portion of the filter assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Koji YOSHIDA, Mikimasa YAMAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 7481920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fine-screened grid having a screening grate. A slider is guided on the grid grate to remove debris therefrom. The slider is connected to a slider arm which, together with a guide lever, forms a knee lever. The configuration enables the slider to pass over large or heavy objects because it can be moved away from the screening grate as a result of the geometry and kinematics of the knee lever. The system can operate continuously without monitoring, because larger particles which cannot be carried by the slider and which collect at the beginning of the screening grate can be removed when convenient. Rinsing nozzles, which are disposed on the upper end of the screening grate, are provided in order to improve the transfer of retained particles from the slider to a capturing groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Olaf Grimmel
  • Patent number: 7473375
    Abstract: The residual material in a filter-dryer (1) is removed from the screen (15) by careful scraping with a lasso like belt (20). The scraped material will be removed through a side opening (16). To gain this remaining material adds to the yield of the process by reducing loss of product, and does not endanger personnel unnecessarily and therefore save process costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Rosenmund VTA AG
    Inventor: Robert Gerard Stoerzer
  • Patent number: 7445716
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for increasing the duration of uninterrupted filtering flow by using crossflow filtration and ultrasonic energy with in difficult to filter process liquids (e.g. of the kind having (1) a carrier liquid, (2) coalescing solids particles which tend to adhere and bridge filter element gaps sized substantially larger than such particles, and (3) larger impurity elements to be filtered out of such process liquid and sized larger than such filter element gaps).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Eaton LP
    Inventors: Mark A. Quintel, Christopher S. Rau, Michael E. Isch