High-pressure-gas Tank Patents (Class 220/581)
  • Patent number: 10913468
    Abstract: A rail vehicle includes a fuel tank having a tank wall delimiting a tank interior space for storing fuel. At least portions of a first support are connected to the tank wall. A longitudinal support includes first and second longitudinal support portions being offset in longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The fuel tank is disposed in longitudinal direction between the first and second longitudinal support portions. The first support is coupled to the first and second longitudinal support portions. At least portions of the first support are disposed in the tank interior space in the longitudinal direction. The first support running in the longitudinal direction is disposed between the first and second longitudinal support portions. The first support is configured for fully transmitting a force acting between the first and second longitudinal support portions in longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Drexler, Joerg Melde, Lars Mueller, Hannes Peer, Guenther Proell
  • Patent number: 10836441
    Abstract: Plural canister bodies supported by rocker members are disposed below a floor panel. The canister bodies are housed in a case. Lower couplers are disposed above the canister bodies. The lower couplers abut a cover member of the case. Upper couplers are disposed between the cover member and the floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Osamu Sawai
  • Patent number: 10767814
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pressure vessel equipped with a permeated gas discharging structure, the pressure vessel including a nozzle boss into and from which a gas flows and is discharged; a liner coupled to a flange portion of the nozzle boss and provided with a space formed therein for receiving fluid; a discharge path forming part configured to form a gas discharging path from the nozzle boss side along an outer surface of the liner in a central axial direction; and a composite material provided at outer sides of the liner and the discharge path forming part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Han Chung, Hyun Joon Lee, Ki Ho Hwang, Gye Hyoung Yoo, Seok Bong Heo, Jong Lyul Kim
  • Patent number: 10738945
    Abstract: It is object of the invention to reduce the technical expenditure for refilling of gas bottles. For solving the problem, a claimed fitting comprises a gas tap for gas withdrawal and an opening for refilling a liquid gas bottle. The opening for refilling a liquid gas bottle can be connected, in particular by opening a valve, in a gas-conducting manner to a hose-shaped or tubular line of the fitting, which can extent into a liquid gas bottle by at least 300 mm, preferably at least 400 mm, if the fitting is connected with such a gas bottle. Hereby, it can achieved that the line extents into the liquefied part of the gas, which especially enables a very fast emptying though pumping. Emptying is necessary when a refilled gas bottle proves to be untight. A speed advantage is thereby achieved. Basically, there is an opening at the bottom side of the fitting adjacent to the hose-shaped or tubular line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CleanTech Swiss AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Tilhof
  • Patent number: 10711947
    Abstract: Device for supplying pressurized fluid, including at least one fluid reservoir provided with an orifice connected to a first valve housing an internal fluid circuit fitted with at least one shut-off member, and a second valve mechanically and detachably connected to the first valve, the second valve having an internal circuit for the transfer of pressurized fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Herve Paoli, Antoine Frenal, Denis Muller
  • Patent number: 10655782
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide an apparatus for producing a pressure vessel blank, comprising at least one connection element, a multi-part blow-moulding tool, and at least one blowing pin. The present embodiments further provide a pressure vessel comprising at least one connection element, a pressure vessel blank, and a supporting shell connected to and supporting the pressure vessel blank. An aspect of the present embodiments provides a process for producing a pressure vessel blank using an apparatus comprising at least one connection element that enables a shortened time for producing a pressure vessel blank with increased stability under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Deindorfer, Dieter Langen
  • Patent number: 10543651
    Abstract: An end-cap arrangement for a polymer pressure vessel comprises an end-cap, a filler element for being provided in the vicinity of the end part of the polymer pressure vessel, and a polymer outer ring. The end-cap comprises a polymer end-cap part and a polymer inner ring part being integrally connected to the polymer end cap part. The end-cap is provided for inserting into an end part of the polymer pressure vessel such that the polymer end-cap part seals the end part of the polymer pressure vessel. The polymer inner ring part and the polymer outer ring are arranged for providing radial compression of the filler element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Composite Cluster Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Florian Doetzer
  • Patent number: 10533706
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a high-pressure tank including a resin liner and a reinforcing layer; an acquisition portion configured to acquire a value of an internal pressure and a value of an internal temperature of the high-pressure tank; a notification portion; and a controlling portion. The controlling portion sets, in a map of the internal temperature and the internal pressure, a boundary line sectioning the map into a first region and a second region, the first region indicating a possibility that a stress caused in the resin liner damages the resin liner, the second region being a region having a higher temperature and a higher pressure than the first region. When the value of the internal temperature and the value of the internal pressure reach the boundary line, the controlling portion causes the notification portion to notify that the high-pressure tank needs to be filled with a fuel gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirokazu Otsubo
  • Patent number: 10516253
    Abstract: An expandable bused spacer is provided for installing modular metering equipment such as in an electrical room of a high rise building. The expandable bused spacer comprises an enclosure configured to fit in a gap between modular equipment and a bussed interior assembly enclosed within the enclosure. The enclosure has a box assembly with a sliding mechanism that enables expansion of the box assembly. The bussed interior assembly has a bussing expansion mechanism that enables expansion of the bussed interior assembly. An expandable bused elbow for connecting modular metering equipment around an inside corner is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Fan Zhang, Brian J. Rusch, Carey D. Harnois, Arthur Kevin Shumate
  • Patent number: 10486530
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for a compressed natural gas fuel system configured to replace a motor vehicle's fuel system comprising a storage assembly comprising an enclosure, wherein the enclosure contains a plurality of tanks configured to contain compressed natural gas; and a chassis disposed within the enclosure and configured to retain the plurality of tanks, wherein the storage assembly is configured to be mounted to the roof of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Matijevich, Tony Matijevich, Terry McCrea
  • Patent number: 10429009
    Abstract: In a high pressure gas container with a container body having a fusible plug valve and a boss portion arranged at a position different from the fusible plug valve, each of the fusible plug valve and the boss portion has a higher heat conductivity than the container body, the fusible plug valve and the boss portion are connected by a heat conductor and the heat conductor is accommodated in the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichirou Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10415753
    Abstract: A high-pressure gas container (100) includes an inner layer (11) configured such that high-pressure gas is filled inside, a boss part (13-1, 13-2) provided at least at one position of the inner layer and configured to cause the gas to flow in and out, and an outer layer (12) configured to cover an outer periphery of the inner layer to reinforce the inner layer and having a higher gas barrier property than the inner layer. A gas discharge port (15-1, 15-2) is provided between the boss part and the outer layer, and a gas ventilation part (14) is formed between the inner layer and the outer layer such that the gas having permeated through the inner layer is discharged into atmosphere through the gas discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigetaka Uehara, Shinichiro Takemoto, Hiroshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 10323795
    Abstract: A high pressure tank includes a resin liner, a cap, a seal member, and a collar. The liner contains fluid. The cap has a supply/discharge hole for supplying/discharging the fluid to/from the liner. The collar has a passage hole connected to the supply/discharge hole. A tubular portion of the liner is inserted into the supply/discharge hole, and held between an outer circumferential surface of the collar and an inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole. The seal member is provided in a seal groove formed in the inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole. A fluid inlet channel is formed at least in one of the cap and the collar, for guiding the fluid from a protruding end of the tubular portion into the seal groove through space between the inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole and the outer circumferential surface of the tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Kanezaki
  • Patent number: 10106307
    Abstract: An explosion retaining housing includes a sheet metal member or outer skin which at least in part forms an interior region of the housing. At least one structural element provides additional strength to the member to retain the explosion in the region. The structural element can be inside of, or, outside of the region. The structural element can have a plurality of components which cooperate together to resist the force of an explosion in the interior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Life Saftey Distribution GmbH
    Inventor: Christopher Day
  • Patent number: 10107453
    Abstract: A liner includes a covering portion that covers an inner surface over the entire circumference of the inner surface of a flange portion of a mouthpiece. A covering opposing portion, which is the inner surface of the flange portion and covered with the covering portion, includes a holding groove and a seal groove on the radially outer side of the flange portion. In an axial cross-section of a pressure container, the holding groove extends, from its groove opening toward groove bottom, in a direction inclined toward a radially inner side of the flange portion with respect to a boss portion axial direction, and the seal groove extends, from its groove opening toward groove bottom, in a direction different from the direction of the holding groove. The covering portion includes a holding rib fitted into the holding groove and movable therein, and a seal rib fitted into the seal groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Kusaba, Takashi Mitsuda, Kenji Kimura
  • Patent number: 10054266
    Abstract: A non-metallic pressure vessel is disclosed that includes a bottom dome having an upper wall defining an interface channel, a top dome having a lower wall defining a downwardly projecting securement flange dimensioned and aligned for vertical engagement within the interface channel of the bottom dome, and a flexible diaphragm retained within the interface channel of the bottom dome by the downwardly projecting flange of the upper dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AMTROL Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cogliati, Christopher A. Van Haaren
  • Patent number: 10023046
    Abstract: A non-cylinder type composite pressure vessel of a vehicle is provided. The vessel includes a nozzle boss that includes a neck part having a hollow portion and a flange part that extends outward from the neck part. Additionally, a liner is engaged with the nozzle boss, thereby forming in the inside thereof a fluid filling space. The liner is formed stepped along a rim of an outer side of a reinforced area formed at an end portion of the fluid filling space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Woo Min Kyoung, Hyun Min Kang
  • Patent number: 10006420
    Abstract: A storage tank 10A has a heat insulating material layer 14 formed on the outer side of a partition wall 12 that has a container shape. The inside of the storage tank 10A is divided into two storage spaces V1, V2. The first storage space V1 stores liquefied hydrogen LH2 and the second storage space V2 storing slush hydrogen SH2. A plurality of fins 18 are disposed on the partition plate 16 so as to promote heat transfer between the liquefied hydrogen LH2 and the slush hydrogen SH2 and to reduce the amount of evaporation gas from the liquefied hydrogen LH2. An escape pipe 20 is connected to the storage space V1, and the fuel supply pipes 24a, 24b are connected to the storage spaces V1, V2, respectively. The fuel supply pipes 24a, 24b are connected to a combustor 26 via the main fuel pipe 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Toyotaka Yoshida, Kenji Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 9751686
    Abstract: A containment tube includes a sealed tube comprising silicon carbide, first and second ends, an inner bore extending along at least a portion of its axial length between the first and second ends, and contains a radioactive material within the bore of the sealed tube. The first end has a plug residing in the inner bore to close the first end, and the second end has a distal wall that closes the inner bore at the second. At least one of the first or second ends is bonded to the sealed tube by a sinter bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN CERAMICS & PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Banach, John M. Bevilacqua, Steven W. Lanzone
  • Patent number: 9751690
    Abstract: A liner discharge structure, and associated liner and container system are disclosed. A liner discharge structure according to the present disclosure can include: a neck collar fabricated from a liner material, wherein the neck collar encapsulates a first O-ring in the liner material; a neck fabricated from the liner material and including a first end coupled to the neck collar and in fluid communication with container liner, wherein the neck provides a passageway extending from the first end to a second end; and a discharge collar fabricated from the liner material and coupled to the second end of the neck, wherein the discharge collar encapsulates a second O-ring therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Freedom Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Jon Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9568150
    Abstract: A pressurized-gas storage assembly has a liner defining a gas storage chamber and an end portion with a planar surface, with an access opening on the planar surface that is in fluid communication with the gas storage chamber. A raised circular ring extends from the planar surface and surrounds the access opening. The assembly also includes a polar boss having a longitudinally extending part that has a top surface with a recessed opening, and a planar bottom surface, with a channel extending through the polar boss to serve as a passageway through the polar boss. A circular groove is provided on the bottom flat surface of the polar boss, with the raised ring received inside the circular groove. An outer shell is provided around the entirety of the liner, with the outer shell having an edge-defining aperture that receives the polar boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Quantum Fuel Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark Warner, Mark Leavitt
  • Patent number: 9494282
    Abstract: A storage container for a motor vehicle for storing cryogenic compressed gas, potentially in an over-critical state, having an inlet for introducing the gas to be stored into a storage volume. The inlet has a plurality of inlet openings that are arranged spaced apart from one another and extend into the storage volume. The arrangement serves for localized cooling of the gas and prevents strong thermoelectric voltages on the wall of the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Kampitsch, Klaus Szoucsek, Bastian Landeck
  • Patent number: 9249931
    Abstract: A fluid storage tank includes a plurality of tank sub-units disposed in an array. Each tank sub-unit of the plurality of tank sub-units has an aperture defined in at least one wall overlapping with another aperture defined in at least one adjacent tank sub-unit of the plurality of tank sub-units. Each tank sub-unit of the plurality of tank sub-units is in fluid communication with a single outlet port for selectively extracting a stored fluid from the tank. Each of the plurality of tank sub-units is in fluid communication with a single fluid fill port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Arianna T. Morales, Mei Cai, Anne M. Dailly, Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid
  • Patent number: 9151447
    Abstract: A pressure vessel for storing a fluid is disclosed. The pressure vessel including a vessel liner having a substantially smooth outer surface including a flange portion with an aperture formed therein and an end cap coupled to the vessel liner to substantially enclose the flange portion within the resultant pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Ludger Strack
  • Publication number: 20150128940
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for storing a NO/N2 mixture in a packaging container (6) comprising an inner volume, characterized in that it holds a NO/N2 gaseous mixture containing between 1200 and 4500 ppm by volume of NO, the remainder being nitrogen, at a pressure of at least 100 bar in the inner volume of said container (6), the inner volume being less than or equal to 12 litres (water equivalent).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Pierre De Villemeur, Laurent Lecourt
  • Publication number: 20150114974
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure vessel having a vessel main body and a partition wall. The vessel main body is provided with a top wall, a bottom wall, and a peripheral wall. The top wall is provided with: a top-wall main body; a top-wall protruded part having a shape which protrudes externally from an outer surface of the top-wall main body; top-wall first-chamber-side ribs; and top-wall second-chamber-side ribs. The bottom wall is provided with: a bottom-wall main body; a bottom-wall protruded part having a shape which protrudes externally from an outer surface of the bottom-wall main body; bottom-wall first-chamber-side ribs; and bottom-wall second-chamber-side ribs. The top-wall first-chamber-side ribs and the top-wall second-chamber-side ribs each have a shape which connects with the top-wall protruded part. The bottom-wall first-chamber-side ribs and the bottom-wall second-chamber-side ribs each have a shape which connects with the bottom-wall protruded part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventor: Yasuto Kataoka
  • Publication number: 20150083733
    Abstract: In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, a conformable high pressure gas fuel storage system has a high pressure gaseous storage vessel with a central section disposed between end sections and in fluid communication therewith. The end and central sections have hollow geometric objects. The geometric objects have self-similarity providing the gas storage vessel with a fractal geometry. Each geometric object of each end section branches into a plurality of the geometric objects of the central section. The geometric objects of the central section have a smaller cross-section and thinner outer wall than the geometric objects of the end sections. The geometric objects of at least the central section are formable with bends to a configuration to conform the gas storage vessel to a space in a vehicle in which the gas storage vessel is packaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tarek Abdel-Baset
  • Publication number: 20150076159
    Abstract: A pressure vessel includes an inner liner, a tubing connector, and an anti-leakage unit. The inner liner is disposed in an outer shell and defines an inner space. The tubing connector is disposed outwardly of the inner space and is welded to the outer shell. The anti-leakage unit has inner and outer sealing rings, and a clamping member that extends into the tubing connector and the inner space and that has inner and outer end flanges. The inner and outer end flanges are disposed inside and outside the inner space, respectively. The inner and outer end flanges cooperatively provides a clamping force to press the inner and outer sealing rings against the inner liner and the tubing connector, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: PA.E Machinery Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Yu Lai
  • Publication number: 20150076160
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling system for a gas container, in particular a gas cylinder (9), comprising a base (1) which is designed to be fixed on a support (10), wherein the base (1) comprises a first arm (3a) and a second arm (3b), at least one of which is mobile in pivoting relative to the other, and an activation unit (4) which co-operates with at least one of said first and second arms (3a, 3b), such as to pivot at least one of said first and second arms (3a, 3b) to bring them towards one another, when said activation unit (4) is activated. The invention also relates to a support/cylinder assembly comprising a coupling system of this type, and a gas cylinder (9) retained by the arms (3a, 3b) of said coupling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Antoine FRENAL, Vincent GRAVIERE, Renaud LIGONESCHE, Chiara TARANTELLO, Adrien TREVISAN
  • Patent number: 8978919
    Abstract: A gas storage cartridge includes a sealed cartridge unit for storing a gas storage material. The gas storage cartridge is defined by a first slab, a peripheral wall, and a second slab. At least one gas-guiding channel is accommodated within a receptacle of the gas storage cartridge. The first slab has a first gas inlet/outlet port and the second slab has a second gas inlet/outlet port aligned with the gas-guiding channel. Consequently, a gas is guided into the receptacle through the gas-guiding channel to be adsorbed by the gas storage material within the receptacle of the gas storage cartridge. Alternatively, the gas released from the gas storage material can be guided to the first gas inlet/outlet port and the second gas inlet/outlet port through the gas-guiding channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jefferson YS Yang, Cheng-Ham Liao, Feng-Hsiang Hsiao, Tzu-Wei Kuo
  • Patent number: 8967417
    Abstract: A sealing system for an outlet of a plastic-lined cylinder has a plastic liner outlet extending into a bore of a boss. An insert is engageable with the bore, forming a primary seal between the insert and portion of the liner outlet. Further, a tapered compression surface of the insert engages a tapered bore portion of the liner outlet adjacent the primary seal for compressing the liner outlet and closing any annular assembly clearance at the primary seal for obviating opportunity for seal extrusion under pressure. An axial position in the boss, and dimensional integrity, of the liner outlet is maintained by engaging an annular distal end of the liner outlet in the bore by a stop. The stop can be integral with the boss. Reverse extrusion of the primary seal due to trapped gas and rapid decompression of the cylinder can be defeated by providing a leak path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Luxfer Canada Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Sharp, Mark Duncan
  • Publication number: 20150053091
    Abstract: This invention relates to a container containing a fluid, such as pressurized gas, and a machine with a receptacle for utilizing such container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Strauss Water Ltd.
    Inventor: Haim Wilder
  • Publication number: 20150053697
    Abstract: A high strength dual-swaged airbag inflator vessel comprising a high strength metal material, such as low carbon steel, has a swaged terminal end defining two distinct swaged portions. A reduction of diameter within one of the swaged portions is restricted to be less than or equal to about 30% and in certain variations, less than or equal to about 16% to minimize cold work strain hardening and to reduce loss of ductility. In certain aspects, a second swaged portion within the swaged terminal end has a length of less than or equal to about 10 mm. Methods for making such a dual-swaged airbag inflator vessel are likewise provided. Such dual swage designs have improved reliability and performance in high pressure inflator applications, as well as reduced manufacturing costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn Lang, Ken Clark
  • Patent number: 8960485
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having reduced weight while satisfying required design conditions has upper wall first and second ribs, upper curved surface portion first and second ribs, a bottom wall first rib with a bottom wall second rib formed on an outer surface of a bottom wall, lower curved surface portion first and second ribs, and a side wall first rib with a side wall second rib on an outer surface of a side wall. The center upper wall first rib has a center upper wall first rib center portion, a center upper wall first rib continuous portion, and a center upper wall first rib thin portion. The center bottom wall first rib has a center bottom wall first rib center portion, a center bottom wall first rib continuous portion, and a center bottom wall first rib thin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuto Kataoka, Hiromitsu Hamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20150034655
    Abstract: A vehicle pressure vessel and manufacturing method which uses a vessel main part, an arched base, an arched cover, and one or more cross-webs connecting opposite walls of the vessel main part. The vessel main part is open at its top and bottom over which the cover and base respectively fit to close the vessel main part in a pressure-tight manner. A groove is embossed in the cross-webs where they connect to the opposite walls of the vessel main part. The cover and base each have an attachment rim that fits into the grooves when the cover and base are connected to the vessel main part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Dirk Stahlberger, Gerhard Mayer, Hubert Leible
  • Publication number: 20150034169
    Abstract: A system and method for inflating an inflatable device is disclosed. The system includes an inflation cylinder configured to hold a gas mixture under pressure, a heating element configured to selectively heat the gas mixture and a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the gas mixture. A control module is coupled to the heating element and the temperature sensor. The the control module controls heating of the gas mixture based on the measured temperature, a mass of the gas mixture and a volume of the inflation cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jayant V. Deshpande, Wilfred Ray McBurnett, III
  • Patent number: 8944278
    Abstract: A clip-on handle grip increases the surface area of a handle. The clip-on handle grip includes a grip body configured and adapted to engage a handle. A lock member is engaged with the grip body, for locking the engagement of the grip body with a handle. Such a clip-on handle grip can be used to improve ergonomics, the therefore to improve portability, for pressurized gas cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: AMTROL Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: William Chohfi, Carlos Aguiar
  • Patent number: 8939314
    Abstract: A vehicle pressure vessel and manufacturing method which uses a vessel main part, an arched base, an arched cover, and one or more cross-webs connecting opposite walls of the vessel main part. The vessel main part is open at its top and bottom over which the cover and base respectively fit to close the vessel main part in a pressure-tight manner. A groove is embossed in the cross-webs where they connect to the opposite walls of the vessel main part. The cover and base each have an attachment rim that fits into the grooves when the cover and base are connected to the vessel main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Progress-Werk-Oberkirch AG
    Inventors: Dirk Stahlberger, Gerhard Mayer, Hubert Leible
  • Patent number: 8931661
    Abstract: A pressure vessel structure includes a vessel main body, and a grid layer provided on a periphery of the vessel main body and including a plurality of grid lines formed by intersecting strip-form raw materials so as to overlap alternately. Thus, a burst pressure of the pressure vessel is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Nihon University
    Inventors: Natsuki Kuroiwa, Kentaro Kono, Takatada Usami, Goichi Ben, Kazuhiro Sakata
  • Patent number: 8925756
    Abstract: A gasket for a compressed gas cylinder arranged to operate with a gas cylinder having a neck with a top surface around a gas outlet and a side surface extending downwardly from the top surface. The gasket may include an upper portion arranged for positioning on the top surface of the cylinder and for making a seal with the top surface, and a lower portion extending downwardly from the upper portion and around the side surface of the neck of the cylinder, such that the lower portion is arranged to make a seal with the side surface of the gas cylinder. Face and gland seals may be established by the gasket with an opening that receives the gasket and an associated cylinder neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Tarapata, Terrence K. Jones, Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8919597
    Abstract: Provided is a gas tank wherein the pressure of gas filled in the tank hardly increases. A hydrogen tank (1) includes: a container main-body (10) into which hydrogen is filled; a first thermal-foam heat insulation layer (21) provided on the outer surface (11) of the container main-body (10); a belt fitting region (16) virtually provided at a portion of the outer surface (11) of the container main-body (10); a belt (31), wherein the back surface (35) being a part of the surfaces of the belt (31) is in contact with the belt fitting region (16), and wherein the belt (31) is fixed to a vehicle body (141) so that the container main-body (10) is fixed to the vehicle body (141); and a second thermal-foam heat insulation layer (41) provided on a surface of the belt (31) other than the back surface (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Handa
  • Publication number: 20140371149
    Abstract: The present invention refers to the use of hemoglobin or myoglobin charged with a non-oxygen ligand for improved scarring of wounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Sander
  • Patent number: 8899439
    Abstract: A pressure vessel 1 for storing a liquid or gaseous medium, having a core vessel 2, a support jacket 3 arranged at least partially around the core vessel, an opening 4 arranged on one side of the pressure vessel, and a valve body 5, arranged at least partially in the opening 4, for open-loop control and/or closed-loop control of the discharging and/or filling of the pressure vessel 1. The valve body 5 is provided as a single piece in the region of the opening 4 and is arranged between the core vessel 2 and the support jacket 3 in such a way that the valve body 5 can be fixed in its position, at least partially, by the core vessel 2 and the support jacket 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Zieger
  • Patent number: 8881932
    Abstract: A pressurized-gas storage assembly has a liner defining a gas storage chamber and an end portion with a planar surface, with an access opening on the planar surface that is in fluid communication with the gas storage chamber. A raised circular ring extends from the planar surface and surrounds the access opening. The assembly also includes a polar boss having a longitudinally extending part that has a top surface with a recessed opening, and a planar bottom surface, with a channel extending through the polar boss to serve as a passageway through the polar boss. A circular groove is provided on the bottom flat surface of the polar boss, with the raised ring received inside the circular groove. An outer shell is provided around the entirety of the liner, with the outer shell having an edge-defining aperture that receives the polar boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Quantum Fuel Systems Technology Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Warner, Mark Leavitt
  • Publication number: 20140326737
    Abstract: A storage container for a motor vehicle for storing cryogenic compressed gas, potentially in an over-critical state, having an inlet for introducing the gas to be stored into a storage volume. The inlet has a plurality of inlet openings that are arranged spaced apart from one another and extend into the storage volume. The arrangement serves for localized cooling of the gas and prevents strong thermoelectric voltages on the wall of the storage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Markus KAMPITSCH, Klaus SZOUCSEK, Bastian LANDECK
  • Publication number: 20140319153
    Abstract: A threaded interface includes a male threaded body and a female threaded body. The male threaded body includes a threaded section with external threads and a seal section with a plurality of o-rings seated circumferentially around the threaded body. The female threaded body includes a threaded section with internal threads and a seal section. The seal section of the female threaded body sealingly engages the o-rings of the seal section of the mail threaded body. A pressure vessel and a pressure vessel assembly for an automatic fire extinguishing system incorporating the threaded interface are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: KIDDE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Wright Porterfield, Daniel Ray MacLachlan
  • Publication number: 20140305951
    Abstract: A high-pressure pressure vessel for storing natural gas comprises a plurality of first vessel regions of first diameters, a plurality of couplers, and a fiber layer. A three dimensional volume is filled using at least in part the plurality of first vessel regions. Each coupler of the plurality of couplers couples each pair of first vessel regions of the plurality of first vessel regions. Each coupler of the plurality of couplers comprises a second vessel region of a second diameter and two third vessel regions that transition diameters between the first diameter and the second diameter. The three dimensional volume is filled using at least in part the plurality of couplers. The first vessel regions and the couplers comprise a material with low permeability to natural gas. The fiber layer surrounds the plurality of first vessel regions and the plurality of couplers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Saul Griffith, Tucker Gilman, Peter S. Lynn, Kevin Simon
  • Publication number: 20140305950
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device that minimizes or eliminates under-filling of a pressure vessel by integrating phase change material (PCM) within one or multiple component of the pressure vessel. In one particular embodiment, the inner surface of the pressure vessel comprises a PCM. During a gas-filling process, PCM reduces the rate and/or the amount of temperature increase. Reduction of the temperature increase in the pressure vessel increases the amount of gas filled during a gas-filling process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: STEELHEAD COMPOSITES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Coors, Kaushik Mallick
  • Publication number: 20140299609
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pressure accumulator which consists of at least one accumulator housing (103) with at least one connection (111; 113) for a pressure medium (149), especially in the form of a fluid that can be accumulated in the accumulator housing (103), a filling material (119) that has hollow chambers or that forms at least one hollow chamber for accommodating at least part of said pressure medium (149) being introduced into at least sections of the accumulator housing (103). The pressure accumulator according to the invention is characterized in that an interior (117) of the accumulator housing (103) is completely filled with the filling material (119) to such an extent that the filling material (119) contacts the entire surface of a wall (120) of the accumulator housing (103).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Herbert Baltes, Peter Kloft
  • Publication number: 20140291048
    Abstract: A tank for storing compressed natural gas (CNG) for fueling an automotive vehicle engine. The tank includes a container body for containing the CNG at a service pressure rating from about 20 MPa (megapascals) to about 30 MPa, the container body being formed from a single piece. The container body includes a head end region, a terminal end region distal to the head end region, and an intermediate region extending therebetween. The terminal end region and the head end region define an axial length of the container body. The container body is formed from an aluminum alloy. A valve member is operatively connected to, and in fluid communication with the container body via an opening defined in a wall of the container body. The container body wall has a thickness ranging from about 3 mm to about 10 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Arianna T. Morales, Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid, Anne M. Dailly, Mei Cai