For Cryogenic Content (e.g., Liquefied Gas) Patents (Class 220/560.04)
  • Patent number: 10543745
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a curve-combined square pressure tank with which curves are combined so as to maintain internal high pressure, improve space efficiency, and reduce the weight thereof, and to a pressure tank, in which planes and curves are combined, formed by connecting flat plate members and curved members, having a plurality of aligned tension members for connecting the flat plate members facing each other, and having stress buffer parts formed at connection parts of the flat plate members and the curved members so as to enable internal pressure to be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: LATTICE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chonghee Jo, Hoon Jin Park, Keun Oh Park
  • Patent number: 10487981
    Abstract: A hight-pressure composite vessel comprising a casing fabricated through blow-moulding a preform of thermoplastic, a connection pipe fitting. In the connection connection pipe fitting (3) with a retaining collar (7), opposite to a sealing groove (9) designed for an o-ring seal, there is a groove (10) for a seeger to mount a non-detachable collar (11a) of the preform (11) by way of the seeger (10a). A method of manufacturing the high-pressure composite vessel under which the casing of the vessel is fabricated of a perform that is blow-moulded so as to obtain the required dimensions thereof, whereas the preform of a thermoplastic material is fabricated using any technology; and the casing of the vessel is connected with the connection pipe fitting, and the external surface of the vessel re reinforced by a special composite layer. The preform (11) first undergoes a process of controlled crystallization and, then, the ring-shaped groove (11b) is made in the collar (11a) of the preform (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TECHPLAST SPOLKA Z O. O.
    Inventors: Adam Saferna, Dawid Saferna
  • Patent number: 10480714
    Abstract: A low temperature liquid tank includes: a storage tank having a bottom portion obtained by joining a plurality of bottom plates; and a support portion supporting the bottom portion. The support portion includes: an outer support portion supporting a margin of the storage tank; and an inner support portion disposed inside the outer support portion and having a heat insulation in which creep occurs when a load is applied. An initial height of an upper surface of the inner support portion is set so that, during a service life of the low temperature liquid tank, maximum bending stress applied to the bottom plates due to a difference between a height of the upper surface of the inner support portion and a height of an upper surface of the outer support portion remains equal to or smaller than an allowable bending stress of the bottom plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Sugiura, Masaki Takahashi, Tomohiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10132446
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a reinforcing member for a membrane for improving the pressure-withstanding property of the membrane having corrugations, and a membrane assembly having the reinforcing member and a method of constructing the membrane assembly. By providing a reinforcing member for a membrane having corrugations and installed in an insulating structural member of an LNG cargo, the present invention can prevent the collapse of the corrugation and attenuate shocks against a same load without increasing the facial rigidity of the corrugation, and improve the insulating property by forming an additional insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ki-Hun Joh, Sang-Eon Chun, Chang-Seon Bang, Dai-Gil Lee, Byung-Chul Kim, Bu-Gi Kim, Jin-Gyu Kim, Soon-Ho Yoon, San-Wook Park, Kwan-Ho Lee, Seong-Su Kim, Byoung-Jung Kim, Po-Chul Kim, Ha-Na Yu, Yong-Suk Suh, Sang-Min Han, Jong-Won Yoon, Jae-Yeon Choi, Hee-Jin Son
  • Patent number: 9895023
    Abstract: Multiple food storage systems are disclosed herein. One food storage system includes a main bowl that defines a first food receiving cavity. A secondary bowl is positioned in the first food receiving cavity and defines a second food receiving cavity. The secondary bowl includes a sidewall containing thermal energy storage material therein. A separate food storage system includes a main lid configured for use with a main bowl that defines a first food receiving cavity. A secondary bowl is positioned at least partially on and/or in the main lid. The secondary bowl includes a sidewall containing thermal energy storage material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Donna Roth, Henry Roth
  • Patent number: 9708120
    Abstract: A large volume natural gas storage tank comprises a plurality of rigid tubular walls having opposing ends and intermediate segments with closed cross-sections extending along longitudinal axes. Each wall is interconnected at each end with respective ends of two other walls such that interconnected interiors define an interior fluid storage chamber. Exterior surfaces of planarly successive interconnected walls define sides of the storage tank. The tank further comprises exterior support structures each extending between the exterior surfaces of the walls forming each side of the storage tank and reinforcing the storage tank against dynamic loading from fluid in the interior fluid storage chamber. The tank further comprises closure plates each extending at least partially across exterior surfaces of the exterior support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Altair Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Regu Ramoo, Thomas Lamb
  • Patent number: 9671155
    Abstract: A glycol pan chiller is configured in a unique cylinder form factor that achieves new efficiencies in power savings and cooling. A new cylindrical cooling assembly comprises three concentrically disposed cylinders attached together at their respective top ends to create an upper lip area 219 or shelf area that provides top end insulation and a useful shelf area. The concentrically disposed cylinders define an outward void for insulation, a middle void for refrigerant tubing and retained refrigerant or cooling fluid such as glycol and an inner void 224 for food storage and food cooling. Food cooled within the inner void is not dried out as heat transfer occurs without blowing air within the inner void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Hector Delgadillo
  • Patent number: 9452380
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for producing a strong, light, sorbent-based storage/dispenser system for gases and fuels. The system comprises a porous monolithic material with an adherent strong impervious skin that is capable of storing a gas under pressure in a safe and usable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Marc Hornbostel, Gopala N. Krishnan, Angel Sanjurjo
  • Patent number: 9316357
    Abstract: There is provided a pressure vessel. The pressure vessel may include a nozzle-boss comprising a neck part including a hollow portion and a flange part extended outward from the neck part, a liner coupled with the nozzle-boss to provide a space filled with a fluid therein, and a sealing part inserted into a lower end of the neck part to prevent a spillage of the fluid via a boundary between the nozzle-boss and the liner by preventing a direct contact between the fluid and the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ILJIN Composites Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Bong Heo, Do-yeon Kim, Sang Jin Jeon, Sung Chul Kim, Bong Won Choi
  • Patent number: 9234629
    Abstract: A liquid cargo storage tank and a ship including the same are provided. The liquid cargo storage tank according to the present invention comprises: a body installed in a hull of a ship and having a liquid cargo receiving space by forming a space between the body and the hull; and a reinforcing plate installed in the lower part of the body in a state of being spaced apart from the underside of the body to be a floor of the liquid cargo receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Min Cho, Bong Jae Kim, Dae Sung Lee, Jae Ho Jung, Yong Suk Suh
  • Patent number: 9205373
    Abstract: Devices and methods for addressing permeation of a gas through a liner of a pressure vessel involve a porous layer between the liner and a composite shell of the pressure vessel around the liner. The porous layer provides fluid communication with atmosphere for gases that permeate through the liner. Such porous layers may be provided in a continuous wound set of fibers about the liner. Further, an inner composite structure may be provided between the liner and the porous layer to reduce the rate of permeation to the porous layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Quantum Fuel Systems Trechnologies Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Leavitt
  • Patent number: 9103500
    Abstract: A boss for a pressure vessel has a flange. The flange includes an interior keyway having an inner sidewall and a plurality of bores disposed on the inner sidewall. A pressure vessel includes a main body section and an end section. The end section includes a boss and the boss includes a flange. The flange includes an interior keyway having an inner sidewall and a plurality of bores disposed on the inner sidewall. In another aspect, a pressure vessel includes an outer shell, and inner liner and a boss including a flange with an exterior side and an interior side. The liner is mechanically integrated with the flange via a plurality of anchors, each anchor contacting the flange only on the interior side. A method of forming a pressure vessel includes providing a boss having a flange. The flange has an interior keyway having an inner sidewall and a plurality of bores disposed on the inner sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology AS
    Inventors: Norman L. Newhouse, Dale B. Tiller
  • Publication number: 20150136789
    Abstract: This invention relates to a one-piece composite boss for use with pressure vessel used to transport compressed fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Francesco Nettis, Brian Spencer, Zachary Spencer
  • Patent number: 9033178
    Abstract: A container has a pair of opposing heads, and a wall section between the heads has a square cross-section and planar side walls joined together by rounded corners. The side walls tend to deflect outwardly while under pressure, but are supported externally by a support system such as the walls of a cargo hold. Another container comprises an outside tank and a flexible membrane tank inside the outside tank, an annular space being defined in between, where a first fluid is charged into the membrane tank and a second fluid is charged into the annular space in order to discharge the first fluid. In another embodiment, a long tube having a square cross-section is coiled in a support structure and made gas-tight for holding a compressed fluid, and adjacent coils and the support structure limit expansion of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EnerSea Transport LLC
    Inventor: Charles N. White
  • Publication number: 20150108137
    Abstract: A pressure vessel for storage and transportation of CNG comprises a body, which defines an internal volume in which the CNG is stored and transported. An inlet is provided through which the CNG can be loaded into the internal volume of the vessel. At the end of said inlet there is a CNG expansion section through which the CNG expands into the vessel when loaded. The pressure vessel further comprises a CNG loading appendage for injecting the CNG at a point inside the internal volume of the vessel, thereby increasing the space between the expansion point of the CNG and the walls of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Blue Wave Co S.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Nettis, Giulio Carini, Vanni Neri Tomaselli
  • Publication number: 20150102036
    Abstract: A storage container includes a wall structure defining an interior, where the interior is configured to contain a fluid. A portion of the wall structure is formed by a composite material. The composite material includes frozen water and a fibrous additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood,, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150102037
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a polymeric pressure vessel comprising a wall prepared by living polymerization such that the wall comprises a single layer of polymer having two sub-layers, an inner sub-layer that is not a composite and an outer layer that is.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Francesco Nettis, Brian Spencer, Zachary Spencer
  • Patent number: 8985381
    Abstract: A tank for storing fluid, especially hydrocarbons including low temperature liquefied natural gas. The tank comprises tank walls defining an interior tank space, wherein at least one beam is provided in the interior tank space having at least one beam end connected to the tank wall. The at least one recess is provided in the tank wall for receiving the beam end for anchoring to the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Aker Engineering & Technology AS
    Inventors: Arne Sele, Kåre Dybwad, Michal Stanislaw Przybylski
  • Patent number: 8960482
    Abstract: A hydrogen storage tank for a hydrogen fueled aircraft. The tank has a wall made of layers of aerogel sections around a hard shell layer, sealed within a flexible outer layer, and having the air removed to form a vacuum. The periphery of each layer section abuts other sections of that layer, but only overlies the periphery of the sections of other layers at individual points. The wall is characterized by a thermal conductivity that is lower near its gravitational top than its gravitational bottom. The tank has two exit passageways, one being direct, and the other passing through a vapor shield that extends through the wall between two layers of aerogel. A control system controls the relative flow through the two passages to regulate the boil-off rate of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: AeroVironment Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Nelson Brooks, Bart Dean Hibbs, David Robert Thompson
  • Patent number: 8910487
    Abstract: A storage tank assembly for storage of cryogenic liquids including a first outer tank and a second, inner tank, the first and second tanks being spaced apart from one another to form an insulation space therebetween. Each of the first and second tanks has a first end, and an opposite second end spaced apart from the first end, and a wall extending from the first end to the second end. The assembly further includes a pipe work system comprising a plurality of pipes and a first connector extending through the wall of the first tank, the pipe work being connectable to the first connector such that the pipe work is spaced apart from the wall of the first tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: T. Baden Hardstaff Ltd.
    Inventors: Darryl William Hylands, Aik Beng Lua
  • Patent number: 8857650
    Abstract: A cryogenic liquid storage tank includes a base plate and side wall extending upwardly. The base plate and side wall include an outer leaf enveloping an inner leaf. The outer leaf part of the base plate includes a lower, outer leaf concrete bottom plate on a substrate. The bottom plate is continuous with an outer leaf reinforced concrete layer of the outer side wall. An inward surface of the bottom plate and concrete layer of the outer leaf are lined with a continuous outer leaf metallic membrane. A bottom insulation layer is arranged above the outer leaf metallic membrane on the bottom plate. The inner leaf includes an inner leaf concrete bottom layer on the bottom insulation portion. The inner leaf metal membrane is lined with an inner leaf inner concrete layer. The outer leaf hoop stress reinforced outer concrete wall supporting an insulated dome structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Iglo Contractors AS
    Inventor: Otto Skovholt
  • Publication number: 20140263359
    Abstract: A carrier for a sample of highly polarized material includes a shell having a radially exterior surface and a radially interior surface, and a sample of highly polarized material interiorly adjacent to the radially interior surface. The shell may be substantially cylindrical, and may be constructed from a magnetic or non-magnetic material. The sample of highly polarized material may comprise a methyl rotor group material. The sample of highly polarized material may comprise pyruvic acid or an acetic acid. The sample of highly polarized material may be co-axial with the cylindrical shell. The sample of highly polarized material may be bonded or frozen to the radially interior surface of the shell. The carrier may further comprise a wad of material that forms a volume and contacts an axially proximate end of at least one of the shell or the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Bruker Biospin Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Hirsch, Avrum Belzer, Neal Kalechofsky, Charles Monroe
  • Publication number: 20140263360
    Abstract: An isolating valve includes a body having a canal for the passage of fluid, which is intended to be shut off by upstream and downstream spherical plugs, that can be actuated independently of one another between positions allowing the passage of fluid through the canal and positions of shutting off the canal, and a sealing checker, opening into the canal and between the two spherical plugs. The upstream plug is equipped with an upstream seat of the “simple piston effect” type and has no downstream seat. The downstream plug is equipped with an upstream seat of the “simple piston effect” type and with a downstream seat of the “double piston effect” type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOTAL S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Malnou
  • Publication number: 20140263357
    Abstract: A liquefied gas system and method can supply gas from a liquefied gas container more efficiently by using an external stabilizing device. The liquefied gas is located under its own vapor pressure in the lower portion of the container. As the vapor is withdrawn from the container at ambient pressure, the liquid evaporates at an equivalent rate to account for the decrease in pressure. The stabilizing device surrounding the liquefied gas container efficiently transfers the ambient external heat to the liquid thus allowing more liquefied gas to be vaporized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: International Business Machines Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140263358
    Abstract: An insert for a cryogenic capable pressure vessel for storage of hydrogen or other cryogenic gases at high pressure. The insert provides the interface between a tank and internal and external components of the tank system. The insert can be used with tanks with any or all combinations of cryogenic, high pressure, and highly diffusive fluids. The insert can be threaded into the neck of a tank with an inner liner. The threads withstand the majority of the stress when the fluid inside the tank that is under pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Francisco Espinosa-Loza, Timothy O. Ross, Vernon A. Switzer, Salvador M. Aceves, Nicholas J. Killingsworth, Elias Ledesma-Orozco
  • Publication number: 20140251479
    Abstract: Provided is a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system comprising a frame, a first container, a second container, a first manifold, a second manifold, and a casing. The frame may have: a first side; a first connecting member; and a second side. The first container may be configured to house or contain CNG and be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the first side of the frame. The second container may be configured to house or contain CNG and be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the second side of the frame. The first manifold may be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the first side of the frame. The second manifold may be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the second side of the frame. The casing may at least partially surround the frame, the first container, the first manifold, and the second manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TRILOGY ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: GARY GIBB, MICHAEL PINTZ, STEPHEN POLATAS
  • Patent number: 8813983
    Abstract: A fluidtight tank including a bearing structure, a fluidtight barrier, the fluidtight barrier having a polygonal, cylindrical shape and including a vertical wall and a bottom wall, in which the said vertical wall of the fluidtight barrier has a plurality of vertical panels the bearing structure surrounding the vertical wall, and in which the bottom wall includes a plurality of rectangular components arranged in sectors that are the image of one another but rotated, the edges of the rectangular components of one of the sectors being respectively parallel and perpendicular to one of the vertical panels, wherein the number of the vertical panels is twice the number of the sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Gaztransport & Technigaz
    Inventor: Adnan Ezzarhouni
  • Patent number: 8807382
    Abstract: A storage system useful for storing cryogenic liquids is disclosed. The storage system includes a storage vessel, insulation surrounding the storage vessel and a flexible vacuum jacket enclosing them both. The flexible vacuum jacket can be made from a flexible plastic film such as polyimide. Polyimide is preferred due to its ability to remain flexible at cryogenic temperatures. The inner volume of the flexible vacuum jacket is placed under vacuum such that the insulation is maintained under vacuum. The flexible vacuum jacket can collapse against and conform to the insulation when it is evacuated, saving substantially on volume. A fitting for combining multiple passageways is also disclosed, so that multiple passageways can proceed through the vacuum jacket through a single penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sierra Lobo, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Haberbusch, Brad Stoops, Chinh T. Nguyen, Robert J. Stochl, Martin E. Roth
  • Patent number: 8783501
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for constructing a cryogenic storage tank (700) having a welded inner tank (702), an outer shell (704) surrounding the welded inner tank (702), a concrete foundation (728) comprising a raised portion (752), a plurality of cellular glass blocks (734) positioned directly on top of the raised portion (752) of the concrete foundation (728), a leveling course of concrete (736) poured on top of the uppermost layer of the plurality of cellular glass blocks (734), and a mounting apparatus (718) affixed to the concrete foundation (728), where the welded inner tank (702) is positioned on top of the leveling course of concrete (736) and the outer shell (704) is affixed to the mounting apparatus (718) at locations around the periphery of the outer shell (704).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Avijit Mookerjee
  • Publication number: 20140190186
    Abstract: A container is described having a wall with a thickness defined by inner and outer surfaces, said inner surface defining an internal cavity for receiving fluid, the container having an opening through which fluid can enter/exit the container, said opening being connected to a fluid conduit at least a length of which extends through the wall in between the inner and outer surfaces thereof which exits through the inner surface to communicate with the internal cavity. Also described is a pulse tube ref rigerator/cryocooler system including such a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: THE HYMATIC ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Scott Spooner, Chun Fai Cheuk
  • Publication number: 20140191009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a propellant container for combustion-operated bolt-firing tools (1), having a housing and a housing interior for holding propellant. In order to further simplify the operation of a bolt-firing tool, a sensor device is arranged in the housing interior, said sensor device sensing at least one state variable in the housing interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Mayer
  • Publication number: 20140166663
    Abstract: A tank for storing fluid, especially hydrocarbons including low temperature liquefied natural gas. The tank comprises tank walls defining an interior tank space, wherein at least one beam is provided in the interior tank space having at least one beam end connected to the tank wall. The at least one recess is provided in the tank wall for receiving the beam end for anchoring to the tank wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: AKER ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY AS
    Inventors: Arne Sele, Kare Dybwad, Michal Stanislaw Przybylski
  • Patent number: 8752725
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a cruciform construction element for use inside a tank to connect panels, which element is forged or molded in one piece and comprises intersecting webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Aker Engineering & Technology AS
    Inventors: Arne Barrett Sele, Trygve Johannes Lund
  • Publication number: 20140158695
    Abstract: A container or vial for the cryopreservation and/or vitrification and storage of a biological sample, including cellular samples and embryos is described. The container comprises a sealable closure that isolates a biological sample held in the container lumen from the external environment and is suitable for storage of the sample in liquid nitrogen. Methods for introducing and sealing biological samples within the container for cryopreservation and/or vitrification and storage are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jorge L. Jimenez-Rios
  • Patent number: 8701925
    Abstract: A mobile machine, in particular a counterweighted fork lift truck, has at least one pressurized tank, in particular to carry fuel that is in a gaseous state under normal conditions. The tank has an at least approximately rectangular external contour in at least one cross-sectional plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: STILL GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Kubusch
  • Publication number: 20140097189
    Abstract: A new procedure for constructing cryogenic storage tanks involves erecting a freestanding metal liner. The liner is sized and configured to withstand the hydraulic forces the concrete wall of the tank being poured without the need for temporary stiffeners on the inside surface of lower portions of the liner. Lateral tension ties can be connected to anchor ties on an outward surface of the liner and used to tie the liner to outer formwork. These ties may be spaced up to about 2 m apart. Studs can also be provided on the outer surface of the liner, and a cylindrical ring of cryogenic steel can be integrated into the liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: CHICAGO BRIDGE & IRON COMPANY
    Inventors: J. Ricky Simmons, Paul Dyson
  • Patent number: 8690000
    Abstract: A cryogenic tank for a space launcher, comprising a partition and delimiting top and bottom volumes communicating via at least one free central opening formed in the partition, so as, on the one hand, to allow for the flow of liquid by gravity from the top volume to the bottom volume via the central opening or openings and, on the other hand, to prevent the rising of the fluid from the bottom volume to the top volume via the central opening or openings under the action of acceleration forces, the tank also comprising at least one vent forming separate from the central opening or openings and providing fluid communication between the top and bottom volumes, the vent being configured to favor the migration of vapor from the bottom volume to the top volume and to prevent the rising of liquid from the bottom volume to the top volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Étude et l'Éxploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Jerome Lacapere, James Butterworth
  • Publication number: 20140007943
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure may include a partition for a fuel tank. The partition may include a sheet of material extending laterally within an interior mid-region of the fuel tank. The sheet may have a length and a width that are at least substantially equal to a length and a width of the mid-region of the fuel tank, and the sheet may be shaped to conform to an interior perimeter of the mid-region of the fuel tank. The partition may also be configured to substantially divide the fuel tank into an upper interior region located above the partition and a lower interior region located below the partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: GP Strategies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael MACKEY, Douglas Sharp
  • Patent number: 8603375
    Abstract: A new procedure for constructing cryogenic storage tanks involves erecting a freestanding metal liner. The liner is sized and configured to withstand the hydraulic forces the concrete wall of the tank being poured without the need for temporary stiffeners on the inside surface of lower portions of the liner. Lateral tension ties can be connected to anchor ties on an outward surface of the liner and used to tie the liner to outer formwork. These ties may be spaced up to about 2 m apart. Studs can also be provided on the outer surface of the liner, and a cylindrical ring of cryogenic steel can be integrated into the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
    Inventors: J. Ricky Simmons, Paul Dyson
  • Publication number: 20130299501
    Abstract: A LNG storage container includes: an inner shell made of a metal withstanding a low temperature of the LNG and configured to store the LNG inside; an outer shell made of a steel withstanding an internal pressure of the inner shell and configured to enclosing the outside of the inner shell such that a space is formed between the inner shell and the outer shell; and a heat insulation layer part installed in the space between the inner shell and the outer shell and configured to reduce a heat transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: DAEWOO SHIPBUILDING & MARINE ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Han Lee, Seong Woo Park, Jae Yeol Lee, Kwang Seok Kim, Yoo II Kim, Joong Kyoo Kang
  • Patent number: 8534489
    Abstract: A demisable fuel supply system for a satellite includes a pressurized aluminum alloy tank with an aluminum alloy propellant management device therein. The propellant management device (PMD) can have any capillary action surface tension fluid transport features known in the art. Selected inner surfaces of the tank and the PMD are covered with a plasma powder sprayed titanium based coating to guarantee propellant wettability and corrosion resistance of the fuel supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne H. Tuttle, David Adams, Marcial Alexander Anaya, Jeffry K. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8517206
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composite pressure vessel with a liner having a polar boss and a blind boss a shell is formed around the liner via one or more filament wrappings continuously disposed around at least a substantial portion of the liner assembly combined the liner and filament wrapping have a support profile. To reduce susceptible to rupture a locally disposed filament fiber is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc.
    Inventor: Qiang Liu
  • Publication number: 20130213972
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fixing an item of equipment to the inner surface of a wall of a cryogenic fluid line or a tank and in particular a tank intended to contain liquid oxygen, the method being characterized in that a layer of porous material is interposed between the wall and the item of equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: James Butterworth
  • Patent number: 8511504
    Abstract: A demisable fuel supply system for a satellite includes a pressurized aluminum alloy tank with an aluminum alloy propellant management device therein. The propellant management device (PMD) can have any capillary action surface tension fluid transport features known in the art. Selected inner surfaces of the tank and the PMD are covered with a titanium based coating to guarantee propellant wettability and corrosion resistance of the fuel supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne H. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20130174949
    Abstract: Inexpensive stainless steel and inexpensive and high strength stainless steel which has excellent hydrogen environment embrittlement resistance even if used in a hydrogen resistant environment in over 40 MPa high pressure hydrogen gas or a hydrogen resistant environment in liquid hydrogen, characterized by containing, by mass %, C: 0.1% or less, Si: 0.4 to 1.5%, Mn: 8 to 11%, Cr: 15 to 17%, Ni: 5 to 8%, Cu: 1 to 4%, and N: 0.01 to less than 0.15% and having a balance of Fe and unavoidable impurities, having a volume rate of ?-ferrite of 10% or less, and having a long axis of ?-ferrite before annealing of 0.04 to 0.1 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN STAINLESS STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Hatano, Shigeo Fukumoto, Hideki Fujii, Shinichi Ohmiya
  • Publication number: 20130105235
    Abstract: A tank system for a motor vehicle, tank system including at least one first compressed gas vessel defining a first vessel space configured to receive natural gas, and at least one second compressed gas vessel defining a second vessel space configured to receive at least one of natural gas and liquefied gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: MAGNA STEYR FAHRZEUGTECHNIK AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & CO. KG
  • Patent number: 8387334
    Abstract: An LNG system generally comprises a primary container, and a secondary container positioned around the primary container. The secondary container generally comprises a first end wall, a second end wall, and at least two side walls. At least one of the walls is fabricated from a plurality of prefabricated wall panels. Each of the wall panels is fabricated from a combination of concrete and steel. The wall panels are preferably prefabricated offsite, and then transported to the construction site where they are adjoined together in end-to-end fashion to form walls. A method for constructing a full containment LNG system is also provided. In one embodiment, walls and a roof for a secondary container are assembled, but leaving an end open. At least one primary tank is brought into the secondary container. A second end wall is then erected to form the enclosure for the secondary container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Kailash C. Gulati, Thomas A. Ballard, Alexander V. Krimotat
  • Patent number: 8387818
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for transporting and/or storing products, and particularly a cryostat type container, having an external packaging structure having a plurality of walls defining an internal volume within which an insulating bulb is suspended, the insulating bulb having a body formed by an outer wall and an inner wall, the inner wall defining an internal volume and the body having an opening leading into the internal volume of the insulating bulb and a cover formed from one of the plurality of walls of the external packaging structure, the cover having a tubular element capable of contacting the insulating bulb to suspend the insulating bulb within the internal volume that receives the insulating bulb, the cover also allowing passage of materials through the opening when the insulating bulb is suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: ST Reproductive Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Cognard
  • Patent number: 8389087
    Abstract: A barrier layer arrangement for tank systems includes at least one layer made of a material that has anisotropic properties. The anisotropic properties can be specifically adjusted by way of the design of the layer and/or the material parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: KAEFER Schiffsausbau GmbH
    Inventors: Nikolai Sendker, Sebastian Holtz
  • Publication number: 20130048513
    Abstract: A storage tank containment system including a cubic-shaped tank having an outer shell having cylindrical walls for the efficient storage and transportation of large quantities of fluid, for example, liquid and compressed natural gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: ALTAIR ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Altair Engineering, Inc.