In Flow Line Patents (Class 236/99J)
  • Patent number: 5967410
    Abstract: A thermal relief valve to be mounted in a fluid flow line. The valve comprises a valve body and a valve actuator movable in a bore defined by a bore wall in the valve body from a sealing position in which the actuator sealingly engages a valve seat to block flow through the valve to a non-sealing position. The valve actuator is responsive to the temperature of the fluid exceeding a predetermined temperature to move to its non-sealing position. The relief valve has an actuator body configured to have first exterior surfaces sized for a close clearance fit with the bore wall at spaced locations around the actuator body to prevent substantial lateral shifting of the body relative to the bore wall, and second exterior surfaces which extend between the first exterior surfaces and which are spaced farther from the bore wall to define flow passages to permit the flow of fluid past the actuator when the valve actuator moves to its non-sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Control Devices, Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel A. Lammers
  • Patent number: 5275334
    Abstract: In order to open a valve member during the breakage of a temperature control element and to prevent the couterflow of fluid from an outlet side to an inlet side even when pressure at the outlet side becomes higher than that at the inlet side, there is provided a thermally-actuated steam trap comprising: a valve casing having an inlet, a valve chest and an outlet, a valve seat member having a discharge passage between the valve chest and the outlet, a temperature control element disposed in the valve chest and including a cover member, a first diaphragm, a second diaphramg and a valve member and containing expansible medium, and a through hole formed respectively on the second diagragm and the valve member attached thereto, through which a face of the first diaphragm being not in contact with the expansible medium communicates with the discharge passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: TLV Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Yumoto
  • Patent number: 4846219
    Abstract: A pressure relief by-pass control valve in a system flowing fluid of changing temperature. The vale incorporates a signalling mechanism to indicate when differential pressures have put the valve in a by-passing mode, including an indicator button displaceable by a valve member in moving toward an open position. Temperature responsive structure closes and opens a gap in the connection between the valve member and the indicator button. As used with a heat exchanger, the valve signals the fact of a clogged heat exchanger core, while obviating giving of a false signal when high pressure differentials resulting from low temperature operating conditions occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher E. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 4711393
    Abstract: A water temperature control device wherein the relative inflows of hot and cold water into a mixing chamber and then to an outlet are controlled by a mercury filled temperature sensing element, the volume expansion or contraction of the mercury activating a slave cylinder and connecting linkage to open and close in compensatory fashion the valves allowing increased and decreased water flows from the cold and hot water supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Inventor: Jimmy Lee
  • Patent number: 4570848
    Abstract: The device is a water temperature controller that has hot and cold water input and an output water temperature that is automatically kept at the temperature at which its hand settable control is set.It has a temperature sensitive element that drives a bellows and the bellows drive hot and cold water valves. The temperature sensitive element is a long, small diameter tube, filled with liquid, to have good coupling between the liquid in the sensing tube and output water to have good response time. The inside volume of the sensing tube is many times the inside volume of the bellows to have good temperature control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Inventor: Norvel J. McLellan
  • Patent number: 4541448
    Abstract: The freeze protection valve includes a molded plastic valve housing (A) including a peripheral wall (10) which defines an elongated recess (12) therein. The valve housing includes a first seating region (18) surrounding the elongated recess open end, a drain outlet (C) in fluid communication with the elongated recess, and at least one side fluid passage defining configuration (30). The side fluid passage defining configuration defines a first recess (32) having a wall portion (34) which is adapted to be cut through to provide one or more fluid passages (170) into the elongated recess. A first fitting assembly (60) includes a metal nipple (62) having a flange (64) peripherally therearound, a hold down plate (68), and a plurality of screws (70) for pressing the hold down plate and nipple flange in a fluid sealing relationship with the first or second seating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Kolze
  • Patent number: 4336903
    Abstract: The control valve for keeping a constant temperature or viscosity of a pressure medium in a hydraulic consumer circuit includes a main control valve provided with a control slider and a preliminary control valve in which a temperature sensitive control element is arranged in such a manner that upon reaching a predetermined temperature of the medium a bypass channel is established between the inlet and the outlet of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1982
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Zirps
  • Patent number: 4335688
    Abstract: A coupling adapter is disclosed for coupling a remotely-located fluid circulation device and a fluid filter to the fluid reservoir of an engine, transmission unit or other hydraulic system in place of a standard spin-on fluid filter. The adapter consists of a disk-shaped body having first and second spaced-apart end surfaces. First and second cylindrically-shaped cavities extend partially into the disk-shaped body, respectively, from the first and second end surfaces. A plurality of concentric ridges intersticed with concentric grooves is provided in the first end surface surrounding the first cylindrically-shaped cavity. A central wall section within the disk-shaped body separates the first and second cavities. A central bore extends coaxially through the central wall section for receiving and supporting a hollow nipple adapted to align and secure the coupling adapter to the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Inventor: Paul W. Diederich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4303197
    Abstract: The control valve for keeping constant viscosity and temperature of a pressure medium in a hydraulic circuit includes a preliminary control valve which supports a temperature sensitive control element and adjustable throttling means including a throttling plunger controlled by the control element; a control slider arranged in the valve upstream of the preliminary control valve is provided with first throttling means for admitting pressure medium against the preliminary control valve to establish a bypass connection in addition to the main connection controlled by the slider; to avoid excessive temperature increase of the medium in the case of a damage of the control element, a temperature sensitive shearing pin is provided between the control element and the throttling plunger to cause an override of the plunger to a position in which an additional bypass connection is established which prevents throttling and thus temperature increase of the pressure medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Hartmut Sandau
  • Patent number: 4295605
    Abstract: A thermostatic steam trap having a balanced pressure thermostatic element (2,2A,2B) operated by volatile fluid (15) is disclosed in which an internal void (10) of the element is open to steam/condensate within the trap, and in which the volatile fluid fills a housing (6) outside the element when the trap is fully open thereby to support the element against high pressure within the element. In the trap fully-closed condition the element adopts a nearly nesting condition so that if the element is then subjected to higher pressure externally it adopts a fully nesting condition in which it can withstand great external pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1981
    Assignee: Spirax Sarco Limited
    Inventors: Edward R. C. Clayton, Alan F. Bennett