Reverse Flow Patents (Class 210/798)
  • Patent number: 10653979
    Abstract: A filter element has an upstream and downstream side. A filter media assembly of the filter element has an upstream side and a downstream side and has a first filter media layer and a second filter media layer that is adjacent to the first media layer. A substantial portion of the first layer and second layer are uncoupled, and at least one of the first media layer and second media layer comprises binder fiber. The second media layer has a mean flow pore size equal to or smaller than the first media layer. A support layer system is adjacent to the downstream side of the filter media assembly, and a first wire mesh layer is adjacent to the support layer system. At least the first media layer, second media layer, support layer system, and first wire mesh cooperatively define pleats at a pleat packing density of greater than 125%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Barsness, Derek O. Jones
  • Patent number: 10610873
    Abstract: A filtration system with a filter out of which filtered medium exits are provided. The system includes a control panel that receives pressure and flow rate information of the medium and uses the pressure information to send a first signal to prevent a pressure differential of the medium from exceeding a first set point yet maintain filtration of the medium. The control panel uses the flow rate information to send a second signal to prevent the flow rate of the medium from exceeding a second set point yet maintain filtration of the medium. An actuated flow control valve is present that opens at different amounts, and the medium flows through the actuated flow control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jason D Lalli
  • Patent number: 10596495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multistage fiber filtering apparatus capable of selectively filtering depending on turbidity of raw water, in which a first filtration mode where the raw water passes through a fiber ball medium, a second filtration mode where the raw water passes through a fiber yarn medium, or a third filtration mode where the raw water passes through both of the fiber yarn medium and the fiber ball medium may be selectively operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jung June Lee, Sung Won Park
  • Patent number: 10456720
    Abstract: A screen for intake of fluid. The screen includes parallel and spaced rods, filtration material, a fitting, and structural members. The rods may be distributed in a cylindrical configuration. The filtration material, which can be spirally wrapped wire, is disposed around the rods to define an interior volume. The fitting is disposed at an end of the rods and adjacent to the filtration material. Each structural member, which can be elongated bars, is interposed between adjacent rods. The structural members are welded to the adjacent rods, and the adjacent rods and the structural members are welded to the fitting to increase the effective weld area, the tensile strength of the connection, and potentially the overall strength of the screen. The screen may be used for a variety of fluids and installations, and is particularly suited to use in water wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Aqseptence Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Smith, Thomas James Berger
  • Patent number: 10287935
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a condition of a filter filtering fuel associated with an engine. Input information relating to the operation of the engine is provided by a plurality of sensors. At least some of the input information is used to determine a plurality of input variables, the plurality of input variables representing a plurality of engine operating conditions including engine run time, engine torque and engine speed. An algorithm incorporating the input variables is used to determine the condition of the filter. Information concerning the condition of the filter may be output to a user such as an operator or service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Mark Verdegan, Peter K. Herman, Casey D. Robinson, Andry Lesmana, Corey J. Noone
  • Patent number: 10239009
    Abstract: A continuously-operable flow stream processing system and method has two or more fluid processing media arranged in a fluid conduit network to provide alternate flow paths for a flow stream to be processed (e.g. filtered). Valves and other flow control devices, e.g. controller module and sensors, are used to redirect the flow stream from one or more service-needed fluid processing media to service-ready fluid processing media without taking the system offline to remove, repair, replace, clean in situ, or otherwise service the service-needed fluid processing media, so that the system may operate continuously to process the flow stream without stoppage. Redirection into alternative flow paths and media may be automatically implemented based on a predetermined threshold or trigger condition, such as may be detected by sensors directly or indirectly monitoring media condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Mitchell, Brian Anderson
  • Patent number: 10047206
    Abstract: Methods of forming polymer layers on polymer surfaces using surface initiated atom-transfer radical-polymerization (ATRP) are described. The method can include functionalization steps prior to performing surface initiated ATRP, such as hydroxylation steps and/or halogenation steps. The hydroxylation step can be carried out in a solution including potassium persulfate, ammonium persulfate, or lithium hydroxide. The halogenation step can also be carried out in a solution. The methods described herein can be performed on bundles of hollow polymer fibers, including bundles of hollow polymer fibers mounted in a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TRIBLUE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Victor Alexander, Eric Anderson Grulke
  • Patent number: 10005040
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for semi-permeable membrane cleaning in particular, applying series of pulsed water stroke, made simultaneously with osmosis backward flow causing superposed membrane directional shaking and fouling detachment. Pulsed water stroke provided by water stroke generator as several momentum sharp changes in gauge pressure and induce velocity pulse of residual brine flow. The pulsed water strokes ideally induce resonance in the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MEMBRANE RECOVERY LTD.
    Inventors: Boris Liberman, Igal Liberman
  • Patent number: 9707498
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for treating and removing particulate matter from fluid or treating and removing fluid from a recoverable particulate matter from fluid circulating into, through and out of an industrial operation, and for washing a disposable cartridge filter used therein. The influent fluid is maintained at a flow rate such that the differential pressure across the cartridge filter is no greater than 10 psi to prevent the buildup of non-porous filter cake. A pressure detecting mechanism and method is also provided to detect the amount of deposited particulate matter inside the cartridge filter, so that an operator can determine whether the cartridge filter should be taken out to remove or recycle the deposited particulate matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FILTRATION TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Hampton, Greg Wallace
  • Patent number: 9623361
    Abstract: A filtering body, in particular for a rotary separator, extends about an axis and has a two opposite axial faces, a radially outer surface and a radially inner surface; the filtering body comprises a filtering net constituted by filaments defining a plurality of pores between them; a frame, which is defined by non-porous solid elements, supports the filtering net and made in one piece with a filtering net; the frame has at least one element arranged in an intermediate radial position between the radially outer and inner surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano Zecchi, Federico Dellavalle, Daniele Coutandin
  • Patent number: 9115006
    Abstract: A system is provided for introducing gas bubbles (usually air bubbles) into a liquid stream to coalesce material such as unwanted bits, or particles, of hydrocarbons that lie in the liquid stream along with wanted dissolved bits of metal, for removal of the hydrocarbons. The system is constructed to produce a large number of bubbles of an optimum range such as 60 to 100 ?m which best coalesce the hydrocarbons. A controller receives the outputs of sensors such as pressure and flow rate sensors (P, F) and uses them to make changes in other parameters such as the pressure of air introduced into the liquid stream and the pressure in a third conduit of the liquid-bubble stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Spintek Filtration, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Gilmour, William A. Greene
  • Patent number: 9061234
    Abstract: A gas filter assembly includes a housing and a gas filter positioned in the housing. The gas filter includes a pleated filter pack, a spacer arrangement which includes solidified bonding material between adjacent pleat legs on the upstream surface of the filter pack, and insert spacers between adjacent pleat legs on the downstream surface of the filter pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph E. Lundquist
  • Publication number: 20150053628
    Abstract: A cleaning head for a filter backwashing mechanism, the cleaning head comprising: a nozzle for contact with a filter element wall 1 and for receiving a flow of backwash fluid 8, 9, wherein the nozzle comprises a rotor 3 for generating a torque when exposed to the flow of backwash fluid 8,9, and wherein the cleaning head is arranged such that at least a part of the nozzle will move toward and/or apply a force to the filter element wall 1 as a result of the torque generated by the rotor 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jason Dale, Aage Bjørn Andersen
  • Publication number: 20150048033
    Abstract: There is disclosed a liquid filter system that includes a liquid filter apparatus configured to self-clean without removal of the filter apparatus from the filter system. The filter apparatus uses both a filter media for filtering solids as well as a spin motion imparted to fluid being filtered so that centrifugal force can remove solids from the liquid being filtered. The liquid filter system also includes a gas pulse nozzle in fluid communication with the liquid filter apparatus and is configured to flow gas into the filter media to expel water and debris trapped in the filter media without removing the filter media from the filter system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: David Jack Burns, Timothy L. Holmes, Jeremy Michael Stevens
  • Publication number: 20150034569
    Abstract: Locally backwashing portions of filter media allows a simple and effective design of intake and pretreatment units, as well as their integration. An enclosure is used to limit portions of filter media and backwash them locally by suction, utilizing filtered water from adjacent filter media as the back wash water. Wastewater is produced at small amounts that allows efficient sludge treatment. This design enables water pretreatment at the intake unit, simplifying overall plant design and preventing damage to organisms living outside the intake unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Boris Liberman, Amnon Levy, Henrikh Rojanskiy, Vitaly Levitin, Maya Ilevicky Ozel, Gal Greenberg, Miriam Faigon, Shimon Amar, Josef Spivak
  • Publication number: 20150014259
    Abstract: A dual parallel underdrain lateral for use in a filtration system having a filtration media includes a primary conduit extending along the underdrain lateral, which has a plurality of metering orifices for providing gas and liquid thereby; a secondary conduit, where the secondary conduit has a plurality of dispersion apertures in an upper side thereof to deliver the gas and liquid from the secondary conduit to the filtration media; and at least one gas conduit extending along the underdrain lateral, where the at least one gas conduit is connected to a gas source and is configured to provide the gas from the gas source directly to the primary conduit, or the secondary conduit, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ball, Robert L. Wiley, III, John L. Geibel, Randon L. Callen, Brian J. Bates, Ivan X. Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140342397
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for detecting particles, in particular parasites, in drinking water adapted to on-line application. In particular, the invention b) relates to a method for detecting parasites in water, said method comprising: Passing at least a part of the water through a filter; Applying indirect sonication with ultrasound to said filter to release parasites which have been collected in said filter without disrupting said parasites; Collecting parasites for detection; and Detecting the collected parasites. This serves to collect parasites in the filter and/or increase the concentration of parasites before the filter and/or disrupt aggregates without disrupting the parasites per se. The invention further relates to a concentration device for filter filtration concentration of particles from a volume of a fluid. The concentration device comprises an ultrasonic transducer that is configured to clean the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Grundfos Holding A/S
    Inventors: Jens Andersen Gad, Heidi L. Enemark, Mohammad Nafi Solaiman Al-Sabi, Jørgen Kurtzhals
  • Publication number: 20140326682
    Abstract: A method of filtering a feed liquid in a membrane filtration assembly is provided comprising introducing feed liquid to be treated into a filtration chamber of a membrane filtration system including a membrane module having one or more permeable hollow membranes, the module being located in the filtration chamber, and the filtration chamber having an open upper end located above an upper header of the membrane module and a closed lower end, and feed tank surrounding the filtration chamber. The feed tank may be configured to provide the feed liquid through the open upper end of the filtration chamber, and the feed liquid may be applied to the surface of the membranes within the membrane module and withdrawn from the lumens of the membranes as filtrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: David John Cox, Warren Thomas Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140263085
    Abstract: A continuously-operable flow stream processing system and method has two or more fluid processing media arranged in a fluid conduit network to provide alternate flow paths for a flow stream to be processed (e.g. filtered). Valves and other flow control devices, e.g. controller module and sensors, are used to redirect the flow stream from one or more service-needed fluid processing media to service-ready fluid processing media without taking the system offline to remove, repair, replace, clean in situ, or otherwise service the service-needed fluid processing media, so that the system may operate continuously to process the flow stream without stoppage. Redirection into alternative flow paths and media may be automatically implemented based on a predetermined threshold or trigger condition, such as may be detected by sensors directly or indirectly monitoring media condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark A. Mitchell, Brian Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140263106
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for treating and removing particulate matter from fluid or treating and removing fluid from a recoverable particulate matter from fluid circulating into, through and out of an industrial operation, and for washing a disposable cartridge filter used therein. The influent fluid is maintained at a flow rate such that the differential pressure across the cartridge filter is no greater than 10 psi to prevent the buildup of non-porous filter cake. A pressure detecting mechanism and method is also provided to detect the amount of deposited particulate matter inside the cartridge filter, so that an operator can determine whether the cartridge filter should be taken out to remove or recycle the deposited particulate matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FILTRATION TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John HAMPTON, Greg WALLACE
  • Publication number: 20140231256
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for devices, systems and methods for fractionation and concentration of particles from a fluid sample. This includes a cartridge containing staged filters having porous surface in series of decreasing pore size for capture of particles from a fluid sample; and a permeate pressure source in fluid communication with the cartridge; wherein the particles are eluted from the porous surfaces and dispensed in a reduced fluid volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: INNOVAPREP LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Allen Packingham, Andrew Edward Page, David Scott Alburty, Steven Dale Graham, Alec Douglas Adolphson
  • Patent number: 8778193
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the separation of liquid from a three phase slurry bubble column. The method includes the step of charging the inside of a hollow filter element with a rinsing fluid to clean the inside of the filter for catalyst fines followed by a backflushing step. The invention also provides an installation for the separation of liquid from a three phase slurry bubble column. The installation includes at feast one hollow and enclosed filter element and one or more conduits in fluid communication with the internal volume of the filter, with at least one conduit being configured or connected for inflow of rinsing fluid and at least one conduit being configured or connection for outflow of rinsing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa, Ltd., Statoil Hydro ASA
    Inventors: Ockert Rudolph Minnie, Patrick Otto Taylor, Pål Søraker, Marcus Fathi
  • Publication number: 20140116957
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floating filter module installed in a water treatment apparatus, such as in a public water treatment plant, a village water supply facility, a public sewage treatment plant, a wastewater treatment plant, or a village sewage treatment plant, in order to remove contamination particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: DAEWOONG ECOSYSTEMS AND SOLUTION
    Inventors: Kwang Jae Woo, Yeon Gil Kim, Wan Jung Kim
  • 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: 8540079
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Metawater Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Yoshida, Mikimasa Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20130200006
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and method for self-cleaning filters without having to open the filter housing. Wash nozzles are integrated with the filter housings such that when the filters are clogged, both back-wash and regular washing can be performed with practically no down time. Moreover, without opening the filter housing, the hazardous components of the fluid to be filtered can be contained and dealt with before they escape the filter housing, thereby significantly reduces the environmental impact and harm to the working crew.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: FILTRATION TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Filtration Technology Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130146548
    Abstract: A static screen has a plurality of screening bodies and a plurality of aeration devices downstream of the screening bodies. Each aeration device is associated with a set of one or more of the screening bodies. Each aeration device may be a pulsing aerator. The pulsing aerators do not all release air at the same time. Each screening body works through periods of dead end filtration separated by backwashing events. The backwashing events comprise introducing a slug or pulse of air into the bottom of the screening body. Flow through the static screen continues at all times because the screening bodies are not all backwashed at the same time. The static screen may be used to remove trash from water flowing to an immersed membrane unit. Alternatively, the static screen may be used to provide primary wastewater treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Pierre Lucien COTE, Jeffrey Ronald CUMIN
  • Publication number: 20130087502
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhanced water treatment comprise inorganic filter systems for impurity removal. Embodiments for water impurity removal include introducing contaminated water into an impurity removal system having an inorganic filter. The inorganic filter comprises an inorganic membrane layer supported by an inorganic support. The inorganic membrane layer comprises pores sized from about 1,000 Daltons to about 10 microns for filtering impurities such as kinetic hydrate inhibitor. Other pre-treatment and post-treatment stages may be included. The inorganic membrane layer or inorganic membrane support may comprise a ceramic such as alumina, zirconia, silica, silicon carbide, and mixed oxides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: David J. BLUMER, Ying XU, Bruce B. RANDOLPH, John A. CRUZE
  • Publication number: 20130086981
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for discontinuous filtration of a liquid, having a filter station for filtration, a feed line for supplying the liquid to the filter station, and a filter medium movable relative to the station, the filter medium comprising at least two different membranes, which together in the filter station effect multistage filtration. The invention additionally relates to a method for discontinuous filtration of a liquid or for filtering isolated quantities of liquid, comprising: providing a filter station for filtration, the filter station comprising a chamber in which filtration is carried out; moving or transporting a filter medium from a stock into the filter station, the filter medium comprising at least two membranes which are arranged next to one another in the chamber; and supplying the liquid to the chamber, such that the liquid is subjected to multistage filtration through the membranes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Steigmiller, Karsten Sommer, Christoph Knappe
  • Patent number: 8394256
    Abstract: The present invention is a process for removing waxy haze from and improving the filterability of base stocks including heavy mineral oil base stocks, gas-to-liquids (GTL) and hydrodewaxed or hydroisomerized waxy feed basestocks by filtering the waxy haze causing particles out of the base stock employing a filter characterized by a high surface area of pores accessible to the haze wax particles which have particles dimensions of no more than about 5 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: James W. Gleeson, Eric B. Sirota, Charles L. Baker, Dennis A. Gaal, David Mentzer, John E. Gallagher, Jr., Min Chang, Norman G. Cathcart, Stephen A. Geibel, Mark F. Hurwitz, Tore H. Lindstrom, Michael B. Whitlock
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8309711
    Abstract: The method of forming a filter cake from a slurry comprising the steps of feeding the slurry into a filter housing, wherein the filter housing includes a plurality of vertical filter elements; pressing the slurry into the filter housing against the filter elements resulting in i) a filtrate passing through the filter elements and exiting out an exhaust port of the filter housing; ii) forming a solid cake on the filter elements; feeding a wash liquid into the filter housing while draining out the slurry by opening the slurry drain valve; closing the slurry drain valve and then continually feeding wash liquid through the cake and into the filter tube of the filter housing; stopping the feed of wash liquid; introducing a gas into the filter housing and draining out the wash liquid by opening a bottom drain valve; stopping the gas flow and opening a drain to exit most of the gas and remaining wash liquid; opening the bottom cake discharge valve; and back pulsing by a gas to break and to release the filter cake fr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Corn Products Development Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Wiley
  • Patent number: 8277665
    Abstract: An apparatus for filtering water and/or wastewater including at least one underdrain lateral having a primary gas chamber and a secondary gas chamber where the secondary gas chamber serves to equalize pressure differences that may occur during the initial distribution due to velocity head changes and friction effects. Preferably, the underdrain lateral includes a plurality of chambers directing a washing fluid into the filter bed where at least one of the plurality of chambers directs a liquid and a gas simultaneously into the filter bed and at least one other chamber of the plurality of chamber directs only one of a liquid and a gas into the filter bed at the same time as that the combination of liquid and gas is directed into the filter bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: RG Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Lee Roberts, Mark Kevin Addison
  • Publication number: 20120241389
    Abstract: A method of using a filter and a mop bucket comprises removably installing a filter in a mop bucket; filtering a liquid through the filter to capture dirt in the filter; removing the filter from the bucket; connecting a hose to an outlet on the filter; backflushing clean water through the filter; and removably installing the filter in the mop bucket. The filter comprises a first layer of felt and a second layer of felt with a layer of sand is disposed between the first layer of felt and the second layer of felt. A mop bucket comprises a first compartment and a second compartment where the filter is located in a fluid movement path between the first and second compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Alfred Reneau Van Landingham, JR., Jesse Andrew Matola
  • Patent number: 8227396
    Abstract: A method for cleaning process apparatus used for production of liquids, especially for cleaning filters, for example membrane filters. The apparatus is contacted with a solution of peroxydisulphate. It is especially preferred that the cleaning process is carried out at a temperature between 15 and 95° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: X-Flow B.V.
    Inventors: Arie Cornelis Besemer, Elmar Van Mastrigt, André Mepschen
  • Patent number: 8206598
    Abstract: An adapter for the purging of lines is described that comprises a plate and an attachment mechanism. The plate includes a first side and an opposed second side that are connected by at least one edge. The plate has a first interface defined on the second side that is adapted to connect to a portion of a cap of a filter assembly in a close fitting relation. The first interface is also adapted to define an interior space between the portion of the cap and the plate. The interior space is in fluid communication with a first line that is connected to the filter assembly. The attachment mechanism secures the plate and the portion of the cap in the close fitting relation. The plate includes a second interface that is adapted to connect to an external source of pressure. The second interface is in fluid communication with the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory Wulffen
  • Publication number: 20120091065
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating water and wastewater include the step of flowing a suspended solids stream generally upward through a sludge blanket region of a cloth disk filter vessel, thus forming a partially treated effluent composition and a solids-enriched sludge blanket. The partially treated effluent composition is allowed to flow generally upward to a cloth filter zone in the vessel after contacting the sludge blanket. The methods include flowing the suspended solids stream through one or more distribution headers positioned in the sludge blanket. An option is to provide a sludge concentration zone in the sludge blanket region, allowing sludge to flow into the sludge concentration zone to form concentrated sludge. Other methods and apparatus include backwash assemblies that backwash substantially the entire filter cassette surfaces, with or without use of a sludge blanket zone. Either the backwash assemblies or filter cassettes move in the latter methods and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Yongming Xia, Jeffrey S. Devine, Charles G. Dannemann
  • Publication number: 20120074074
    Abstract: A self-cleaning screen system and method removes contaminants from a fluid passed through a screen of the self-cleaning screen system. The self-cleaning screen system includes a cleaning mechanism used to remove contaminants which may have adhered to the screen. The self-cleaning screen system is self-powered by extracting energy from the fluid flow to cause rotation or other movement of either the screen and/or the cleaning mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Meng H. Lean, Armin R. Völkel, Ashutosh Kole, Kai Melde, Huangpin Ben Hsieh
  • 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: 8128829
    Abstract: Cross flow filter device comprising a longitudinal first filter element (1) having a first width (w1) and a longitudinal central axis (8), a longitudinal second filter element (2) having a second width (w2) and being longitudinally installed substantially concentrically inside said first filter element (1), a housing (3) surrounding said first filter element (1), said cross flow filter device having respectively a raw material inlet (4), a concentrate outlet (5), and a first filtrate outlet (6) connected to said first filter element (1). The ratio between the second width (w2) and the first width (w1) is 65%, preferably at least 70% and more preferably about 75%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignees: Bekaert Advanced Filtration
    Inventors: Martin Eurlings, Philippe Albert, Stefan Vandendijk
  • Publication number: 20120031858
    Abstract: Systems and methods for filtering and collecting algae from fluid including a piston and pressurized air system to scrape and clean algae from the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Qiang Hu, Milton Sommerfeld, Xuezhi Zhang, Aniket Kale
  • Patent number: 8075700
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a backwash system for cleaning an underwater intake filter assembly. The backwash system includes an underwater tank coupled on one end to a source of compressed fluid and on the other end to the intake screen assembly. The backwash system includes a U-shaped release conduit that is adapted to release a predetermined quantity of fluid to the intake screen in order to clean the filter assembly of waterborne debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ekholm, Dean Brabec, Tom Steinke, Steve Uban
  • Publication number: 20110278230
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process to clean water filtration media in a filtration bed. The process includes applying a granular cleaner to the water filtration media and applying an activator to the water filtration media. This causes a chemical reaction between the granular cleaner, activator and water filtration media resulting in the cleaning of the water filtration media. The residual granular cleaner and activator, along with suspended and dissolved contamination from the water filtration media, are removed by rinsing with water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Blue Earth Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Ulrich Reimann-Philipp, Friedrich Wolfgang Zwanziger, Jeffrey Schulhoff
  • Patent number: 8052879
    Abstract: A filter system and associated methods of filtering utilize a combination of ultrasonically enhanced backwashing and a modified filter media configurations for increasing the specific loading on a portion of the filter media, thereby tending to increase the total particulate holding capacity of the improved filter. Depending on factors such as the filter configuration, the particulate size distribution and the differential pressure that can be maintained across the filter, it is expected that the particulate holding capacity can be more than doubled relative to a conventional filter having similarly configured filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Dominion Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Gross, David Arguelles
  • Publication number: 20110233151
    Abstract: Cross flow filter device comprising a longitudinal first filter element (1) having a first width (w1) and a longitudinal central axis (8), a longitudinal second filter element (2) having a second width (w2) and being longitudinally installed substantially concentrically inside said first filter element (1), a housing (3) surrounding said first filter element (1), said cross flow filter device having respectively a raw material inlet (4), a concentrate outlet (5), and a first filtrate outlet (6) connected to said first filter element (1). The ratio between the second width (w2) and the first width (w1) is 65%, preferably at least 70% and more preferably about 75%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Martin Eurlings, Philippe Albert, Stefan Vandendijk
  • Patent number: 8017010
    Abstract: A device for filtering a liquid synthetic material. The device has a housing, a feed channel, a discharge channel, and backflow channels. The feed duct is subdivided into split-feed channels (2A, 2B). The cross-section of the orifice of the split-feed channels, where they open into the filter chambers, is smaller than the normal cross-section of the feed channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kreyenborg Verwaltungen und Beteiligungen GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Stefan Woestmann
  • Patent number: 8012355
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for separating particles and dissolved matter from an untreated fluid stream. Specifically, the present invention includes a first pressure source which transports untreated fluid 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: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: PSS Acquisitionco LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Ford Johnson
  • Patent number: 8002996
    Abstract: A self-cleaning discharge system used with a wastewater treatment system. The wastewater treatment system includes a tank for collecting wastewater while the wastewater typically includes solid particles. The discharge system comprises a housing, a filter positioned in the housing, an effluent discharge apparatus positioned inside the filter, and a venturi effect flushing system positioned proximate to the bottom of the housing. The housing includes a perimeter and at least one intake aperture positioned in the perimeter to accept the wastewater. The filter is shaped to substantially restrict flow of particles into the filter and to the discharge apparatus. The discharge apparatus is in fluid communication with the wastewater in the tank and includes a discharge path to position to transport filtered wastewater outside of the tank. The venturi effect system is in fluid communication with the housing and the tank to return the particles restricted by the filter to the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Robert J. Pickney
  • Publication number: 20110168641
    Abstract: A method and a computer program product performs a backwash process, which facilitates a reduction in a reject rate associated with a water treatment tank. A determination is made as to whether or not the water treatment tank is in need of a backwash process, and if so, the following functions are performed. An upper burst solenoid is operated to start an airlift flow in a first airlift path at a first position and at a first point in time, at a bottom portion of the water treatment tank. A lower burst solenoid is operated to start an airlift flow in a second airlift path at a second position and at a second point in time, at a bottom portion of the water treatment tank, the second position being below the first position and the second point in time being after the first point in time. The airlift flow in the first and second airlift paths enables suitable water flow within the water treatment tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Brett H. BOYD, Russell L. Cook, Adrian Streng
  • Publication number: 20110073550
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a filter apparatus together with a method for the filtration of liquids, such as, in particular, water, with a housing with an inlet and a filtrate outlet for filtered liquid, with a filter means which is arranged in the flow path of the liquid between the inlet and the filtrate outlet for filtering out particles from the liquid, and with a dirt discharge via which filtered-out particles can be discharged from the housing, the filtrate outlet being assigned an outlet valve and the dirt discharge being assigned a discharge valve. According to the disclosure, the outlet valve and the discharge valve are coupled in such a way that the discharge valve opens the dirt discharge only when the outlet valve has at least partially shut off the filtrate outlet, in order thereby to generate a cleaning pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Karsten Cartarius