Concurrent Or Concentric Flow Means Patents (Class 239/423)
  • Patent number: 10272456
    Abstract: A spraying apparatus includes: an inner lid; a flow guide plate; and an annular member, wherein a liquid is introduced into a gas -liquid mixing section between the inner lid, the flow guide plate, and the annular member from an inner lid plate of the inner lid, the inner lid plate being a flat plate located upstream of the spraying apparatus and proximate the gas-liquid mixing section, and a gas is introduced into the gas-liquid mixing section from an opposite position, the liquid is atomized in the gas-liquid mixing section by the liquid impinging with the gas and transforming into a gas-liquid mixed fluid, and advancing to a spouting portion as the gas-liquid mixed fluid is circulated in the gas-liquid mixing section along the internal surface of the annular member on the flow guide plate and facing the gas-liquid mixing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Isomi, Daisuke Tabata, Yuki Ueda
  • Patent number: 10213860
    Abstract: A scarfing head (100) is proposed for scarfing a surface of a workpiece produced by casting, in particular a slab, with a gas outlet side (400) for gases for scarfing, wherein a flame for scarfing can be formed at the gas outlet side; with a plurality of cutting nozzles (120) which are individually fixed on the gas outlet side; and with a central gas conduit (110) in the scarfing head; wherein the plurality of cutting nozzles (120) are disposed around the central gas conduit (110); wherein the scarfing head (100) is so designed that heating gas (150) and heating oxygen (150) can exit through this plurality of cutting nozzles; and wherein the scarfing head (100) is further so arranged that scarfing oxygen can emerge through the central gas conduit (110). Thus a particularly high heating performance is achieved over a comparatively large area. The maintenance and cleaning of the scarfing head is significantly facilitated through the use of many individually fixed cutting nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Gefam GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Karl Lotz
  • Patent number: 10208959
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a stem for a fuel injector of gas turbine engine includes forging a material into a unitary workpiece, which includes forging a top disk having a cylindrical shape, forging a body extending from a base of the top disk, and forging a lower disk connected to the body, distal to the top disk, the lower disk having a cylindrical shape oriented transverse to the top disk. The method further including machining the lower disk to form a gas gallery having a ring shape, and to define a gallery opening through the gas gallery, and machining a first fluid passage through the top disk, the body, and a portion of the gas gallery to the gallery opening, wherein the first fluid passage is in fluid communication with the gallery opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert James Fanella, Donald Lee Seybert, Thomas John Chipman Rogers, Anthony Fahme
  • Patent number: 10090189
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning apparatus capable of removing particles that exist in minute recesses formed on a substrate surface is disclosed. The substrate cleaning apparatus includes a substrate holder configured to hold a substrate; and a two-fluid nozzle configured to deliver a two-fluid jet onto a surface of the substrate. The two-fluid nozzle includes a first jet nozzle configured to emit a first two-fluid jet and a second jet nozzle configured to emit a second two-fluid jet at a velocity higher than a velocity of the first two-fluid jet, and the second jet nozzle surrounds the first jet nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoatsu Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9931650
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spray device having a fluid outlet structure that forms a spray jet, said fluid outlet structure having a plurality of jet outlet units of which at least two are configured as multi-duct jet outlet units having in each case at least one first outlet duct and at least one second outlet duct fluidically separated from the first. Moreover, the spray device has a fluid guide which is designed to conduct a fluid supplied to the spray device selectively to the first outlet ducts or to the second outlet ducts. According to the invention, a minimum spacing (A12) between the outlet ducts of each particular multi-duct jet outlet unit (2) is smaller than a minimum spacing between the outlet ducts of in each case two multi-duct jet outlet units, and/or in at least one multi-duct jet outlet unit, a second outlet duct or a group of a plurality of second outlet ducts is arranged so as to surround a first outlet duct at least around a part of its circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Klaus Butzke, Marc Kalmbach
  • Patent number: 9822970
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a combustion device which does not cause an increase in the amount of generated NOx or a degradation in efficiency due to a lower flame luminance, even when the combustion space is limited in the lengthwise direction of the flame. A fuel ejector is configured so as to be provided with at least a first fuel ejector and a second fuel ejector lined up in a specific direction as viewed in the lengthwise direction of fuel ejection, and is configured so that a first ejection stream ejected from the first fuel ejector and the second fuel ejector collide on the downstream side of ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Hirano, Hitoshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9803866
    Abstract: A fuel injector (10) includes a fuel feed tube into which fuel gas (F) is introduced inward from a first end side in an axis direction in which an axis (O) extends, an upstream support plate connected to the fuel feed tube, a downstream support plate defining a plenum (P) inside along with the upstream support plate, and plurality of premixing tubes (16) into which air is introduced. When viewed in the axis direction, the plurality of premixing tubes (16) are disposed at positions excluding a position on the axis, that is, at positions of vertexes of virtual equilateral triangles (T1) when a cross-sectional region of the plenum (P) which is perpendicular to the axis is partitioned to closely dispose a plurality of virtual equilateral triangles (T1) around the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryo Yoshino
  • Patent number: 9803666
    Abstract: A synthetic jet actuator and a method for optimizing a synthetic jet actuator to meet operating requirements and physical constraints may include estimating dimension and a resonance frequency of an air cavity of the synthetic jet actuator, and using the estimated resonance frequency to the estimate dimensions of a piezoelectric actuator of the synthetic jet actuator. Individual simulations of the air cavity and piezoelectric actuator, and a coupled simulation may be performed using the estimated dimensions, and the dimensions may be revised and simulations re-executed to match the resonance frequencies of the air chamber and the piezoelectric actuator. The method maybe yield a synthetic jet actuator having a resonance frequency of the piezoelectric actuator that is approximately equal to a quarter-wavelength resonance frequency of the air cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Edward A. Whalen, Steven F. Griffin, Marthinus Cornelius van Schoor, Conor Clery
  • Patent number: 9737901
    Abstract: A fluid nozzle device includes: at least one fluid nozzle which includes a nozzle body having a first inner surface, a second inner surface that is opposite to and spaced apart from the first inner surface, an inner bottom surface that interconnects the first and second inner surfaces and that cooperates with the first and second inner surfaces to define a receiving space thereamong; a gas-intake tube disposed on top of the nozzle body; a liquid-intake tube formed with a liquid inlet and having at least one liquid outlet that is distal from the gas-intake tube; and a plurality of ejecting channels spaced apart from each other and disposed in the nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ELS SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Ming Teng
  • Patent number: 9580344
    Abstract: Apparatus includes a first and second conduits configured to form an annulus between them. An adjustable structure includes a body having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a circumferential surface abutting a portion of the internal surface of the second conduit. The structure is adjustable axially in relation to and removably attached to the first conduit via a hub. The hub defines a central passage for fuel or oxidant. The body has one or more non-central through passages configured such that flow of an oxidant or fuel therethrough causes the fuel or oxidant to intersect flow of fuel or oxidant exiting from the central passage in a region above the upper surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNS MANVILLE
    Inventor: Mark William Charbonneau
  • Patent number: 9267205
    Abstract: A fastener system and method for supporting and retaining modular insulating quartz liners with gas apertures in close proximity to corresponding apertures in diffusers of gas showerheads. Tubular fasteners have a head, a tubular shank and a foot that extend through a liner plate nozzle into a diffuser plate. A keyway in the gas diffuser, aligned and coaxial with a diffuser nozzle, allows the foot to reach an arcuate concourse through a keyway where it can be locked by bayonet turning. The keyway is machined into the diffuser by EDM and is an inversion of the fastener tip geometry rotated about the axis of the tubular shank. Each fastener and nozzle set form a coaxial path for distributing processing gas to substrates through liner and diffuser plates from a plenum in showerheads of a MOCVD reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Alta Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ishikawa, Abril Cabreros, Brian Burrows
  • Patent number: 9162198
    Abstract: A device for providing a mixture of compressed air and liquid reducing agent includes a first inflow duct for reducing agent, a second inflow duct for compressed air, an outlet duct for the mixture, a mixing point at which compressed air and reducing agent are merged, and a mixing duct which adjoins the mixing point and which connects the mixing point and the outlet duct. The first inflow duct opens into the mixing point in an axial direction. The second inflow duct is connected to the mixing point through at least one injection duct. The at least one injection duct opens into the mixing point in a tangential direction. A method for mixing liquid reducing agent and compressed air to form a mixture and a motor vehicle having the device, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Guillaume Martinelle, Philippe Mertes, Georges Maguin
  • Patent number: 9028680
    Abstract: A method and system for handling viscous liquid crude hydrocarbons is disclosed. The method involves (a) solvent deasphalting at least a portion of an asphaltene-containing liquid crude hydrocarbon feedstock to form an asphaltene fraction and a deasphalted oil (DAO) fraction essentially free of asphaltenes; (b) adjusting the density of the asphaltene fraction to substantially the same density of a carrier for the asphaltene fraction; (c) forming coated asphaltene particles from the asphaltene fraction of step (b); (d) slurrying the coated asphaltene particles with the carrier; and (e) transporting the slurry to a treatment facility or a transportation carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Gunther Hans Dieckmann, John Segerstrom, Cesar Ovalles, Estrella Rogel, Vasudevan Sampath, Donald L. Kuehne, Hariprasad Janakiram Subramani, Dennis John O'Rear
  • Publication number: 20150060570
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shower apparatus comprising: •a housing (1, 2, 3) for an object (4); and •a plurality of set of coplanar nozzles inside said housing, the nozzles allowing for a simultaneous spray of a pressurised gas and a liquid on said object. Each set of nozzles comprises a first nozzle (7a, 7b, 7c) for spraying for spraying said gas and adjacent thereto at least one further nozzle (6a, 6b, 6c, 8a, 8b, 8c) for spraying said liquid. The axis of the nozzle for spraying said gas is arranged at an acute angle with respect to the axis of the nozzle for spraying said liquid. The nozzles are configured to provide improved cleansing in a single shower while consuming less water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: Venkatesh Shankar, Shailendra Pratap, Nimish Harshadrai Shah
  • Patent number: 8967492
    Abstract: A droplet generation system includes a first nozzle configuration structured to receive a liquid and a gas under pressure in a controllable feed ratio, and to merge the liquid and gas to form an intermediate stream that is a mixture of the gas and of a dispersed phase of the liquid. A second nozzle configuration is connected to receive the intermediate stream from the first nozzle configuration and has a valve mechanism with one or more controllable operating parameters to emit a stream of droplets of the liquid. The mean size of the droplets is dependent on the controllable feed ratio of the liquid and gas and the flow rate of the stream of droplets is dependent on the controllable operating parameter(s) of the valve mechanism. A corresponding method is disclosed, as is the application of the system and method to the production of nanoparticles in a thermochemical reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Jonian Nikolov, Kok Seng Lim, Han Kwon Chang, Hee Dong Jang
  • Patent number: 8966909
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing combustion dynamics includes first and second combustors arranged about an axis, and each combustor includes a plurality of tubes that extend axially through at least a portion of the combustor and a combustion chamber downstream from the plurality of tubes. A fuel injector extends through each tube to provide fluid communication into each tube at a fourth axial distance from the combustion chamber. The fourth axial distance in the first combustor is different than the fourth axial distance in the second combustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sarah Lori Crothers, Gilbert Otto Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8931710
    Abstract: An improved rotary disc atomizer for use in, for example, spray dryers or congealers is disclosed. The rotary disc may be directly mounted to the shaft of a high-speed electrical motor. The high-speed electrical motor comprises a permanent magnet rotor and electro-magnetic bearings. The electro-magnetic bearings may be supported by one or more upper/lower bearing housings and used to enable frictionless support of the shaft/rotor and rotary disc. The atomizer system may further comprise a gas distributor enabled to dynamically adjust the velocity at which the gas leaves the radial vanes and meets with the atomized droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Dedert Corporation
    Inventor: Claude Bazergui
  • Patent number: 8919670
    Abstract: A fuel injection lance for an ore-smelting furnace includes a central conduit, a first conduit and a second conduit. The first and second conduits are concentric with the central conduit. A central conduit is connected to a fuel mixture. The first and second conduits are in flow communication with a gas source. The first and second conduits have gas flowing at independently controllable gas flow rates relative to the other conduit. A swirl portion has a cylindrical body with a hollow interior cylinder, and vertical and helical channels formed within the body portion. Vertical channels traverse the body portion vertically to the outer surface adjacent to the bottom surface. Helical channels traverse the outer surface in a helical pattern. Vertical channels intersect with corresponding helical channels at a predetermined angle selected to provide a desired particle distribution of a fuel injected into the furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: United States Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Pavan Kumar Shivaram
  • Patent number: 8876022
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a droplet discharge apparatus that includes a nozzle for discharging a droplet from a tip thereof, and a discharge unit for injecting a gas toward the tip of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Postech Academy—Industry Foundation
    Inventors: In-Tae Kim, Geunbae Lim, Seong-Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 8870093
    Abstract: A pneumatic dispenser for dispensing viscous material, for example, mastic caulk, from a container is described. The dispenser comprises a fluid supply arrangement for accepting a dispensing nozzle of the container and providing a flow of pressurized fluid to the dispensing nozzle to enable the material to be dispensed as a spray. A moveable member can be used to control the flow of pressurized fluid, for example a member disposed on a cap for closing a container containing compartment of the dispenser and/or a moveable member disposed around the dispensing nozzle. The arrangement of the fluid supply arrangement allows for convenient control of the pressurized fluid flow for spraying the material. Also disclosed is a dispenser with a readily exchangeable pressure application interface for applying a dispensing pressure to the container, enabling the dispenser to be used with both cartridge and foil pack containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: P.C. Cox Limited
    Inventor: Richard Brummitt
  • Patent number: 8828182
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally provide plasma etch process chamber improvements. An improved gas injection nozzle is provided for use at a central location of the lid of the chamber. The gas injection nozzle may be used in an existing plasma etch chamber and is configured to provide a series of conic gas flows across the surface of a substrate positioned within the chamber. In one embodiment, an improved exhaust kit for use in the plasma etch chamber is provided. The exhaust kit includes apparatus that may be used in an existing plasma etch chamber and is configured to provide annular flow of exhaust gases from the processing region of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Detmar, Brian T. West, Ronald Vern Schauer
  • Patent number: 8794545
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes a fuel delivery tube; a plurality of pre-mixing tubes, each pre-mixing tube comprising at least one fuel injection hole; an upstream tube support plate that supports upstream ends of the plurality of pre-mixing tubes; a downstream tube support plate that supports downstream ends of the plurality of pre-mixing tubes; an outer wall connecting the upstream tube support plate and the downstream tube support plate and defining a plenum therewith; and a baffle provided in the plenum. The baffle includes a radial portion. A fuel delivered in the upstream direction by the fuel delivery tube is directed radially outwardly in the plenum between the radial portion of the baffle and the downstream tube support plate, then in the downstream direction around an outer edge portion of the radial portion, and then radially inwardly between the radial portion and the upstream tube support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Johnson, Benjamin Lacy, Christian Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8757516
    Abstract: A self-contained portable liquid cosmetic delivery system for both color makeup and skin care applications is provided. The system includes a spray nozzle assembly having both a liquid path and air path communicates with the housing containing a peristaltic and diaphragm pumping systems. A removable cartridge assembly that allows for very quick changing of cosmetic, while also including a cartridge housing that not only configured to enable the use of a peristaltic pump and diaphragm pump to selectively dispense liquid cosmetic contained in the cartridge housing, it can be manufactured at a reduced cost thus making the same easily cleanable and essentially disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Spiegel, Jonathan Tan
  • Patent number: 8696348
    Abstract: Burner assembly comprising (a) an elongated body having a periphery, a discharge end adjacent a combustion zone, and an axis, wherein the axis extends into the combustion zone; (b) one or more oxidant nozzles disposed at the discharge end of the elongated body and adapted to discharge a gaseous oxidant into the combustion zone; and (c) one or more fuel nozzles disposed at the discharge end of the elongated body and adapted to discharge a fuel into the combustion zone. At least one of the oxidant and fuel nozzles is characterized by a shape factor, ?, that is greater than about 10, wherein ? is a dimensionless parameter defined as ?=P2/2A where P is the perimeter dimension of the discharge opening and A is the area of the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Cao, Mahendra Ladharam Joshi, Aleksandar Georgi Slavejkov
  • Patent number: 8677993
    Abstract: A humidification canister for humidifying a breathing gas, the humidification canister includes a fluid supply configured to supply a fluid and a first gas flow path in fluid communication with the fluid supply. A first gas flow path is configured to humidify the breathing gas with the fluid. A second gas flow path at least partially surrounds the first gas flow path. A method of insulating a breathing gas in a humidification canister using a gas is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Vapotherm, Inc.
    Inventors: Felino V. Cortez, Jr., William F. Niland, George McGarrity, Carl Buyer, Kenneth Miller, Peter Boyd
  • Patent number: 8662418
    Abstract: A showerhead system for dispensing soap and water simultaneously having a reservoir with an inner cavity for holding a material, a first and second opening are each in the reservoir providing access to the inner cavity, a reservoir hose extending from the second opening into the inner cavity, a pump fluidly connected to the reservoir hose having a switch activating and deactivating the pump, a connector hose fluidly connected to the pump, and a showerhead having an inner cavity and a connector base for fluidly connecting to a main water line in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Peter M. Ferrante
  • Publication number: 20140048615
    Abstract: A two-substance nozzle with a nozzle housing, the nozzle housing comprising at least one fluid inlet for fluid that is to be atomized, a second fluid inlet for gaseous fluid, a mixing chamber, a nozzle outlet opening and an annular gap opening surrounding the nozzle outlet opening, whereby, within the nozzle housing, means are provided for generating a film of fluid that is to be atomized on a wall in the mixing chamber, and inlet openings are provided for injecting gaseous fluid into the mixing chamber. The inlet openings and the mixing chamber are aligned and configured in a manner so as to inject the gaseous fluid essentially parallel to the wall in the mixing chamber and to move the stream of gaseous fluid within the mixing chamber essentially parallel past the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Dieter WURZ
  • Patent number: 8646703
    Abstract: Flow adjustment orifice systems for fuel nozzles include a metering plate that connects to an air/fuel inlet end of a fuel nozzle and a plurality of metering orifices disposed about the metering plate that align with a plurality of air/fuel inlet orifices on the air/fuel inlet end of the fuel nozzle, wherein at least one of the plurality of metering orifices reduces an open cross-sectional area for at least one of the air/fuel inlet orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bryan Eugene Hodgson, Rachel Christner Howard
  • Patent number: 8590814
    Abstract: A nozzle for use with a sprayer, such as a spray gun for a pressure washer or a garden hose system, includes a body, which has an inlet for receiving a pressurized flow of water. The nozzle further includes first and second outlets, and first and second passages. The first and second outlets are formed in an end of the body. The first passage extends between the inlet and the first outlet, and the second passage extends between the inlet and the second outlet. The first and second passages are substantially straight and parallel to one another. During operation of the nozzle, the pressurized flow of water from the inlet is split, passes through the first and second passages, and exits the body from the first and second outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Gilpatrick, James A. Louden
  • Patent number: 8545215
    Abstract: A fuel injector is provided and includes an outer body, a converging tubular body including a converging section, defining a converging annular passage therein and being disposed within the outer body to define an outer annular passage between an interior surface of the outer body and an exterior surface of the converging tubular body, the annular passages each being receptive of a fluid at respective inlets thereof such that the fluid is directed to flow toward respective outlets thereof and a fuel line to deliver fuel through at least the converging tubular body at the converging section to the converging annular passage in a substantially tangential direction relative to a circumferential curvature of the converging tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Reena Bhagat
  • Patent number: 8544765
    Abstract: A solid stream nozzle providing an extend throw-distance achieved by reducing boundary layer effects within the nozzle bore and/or by accelerating peripheral regions of the ejected stream in order to help maintain cohesion of a free liquid stream without appreciable dispersion. The method includes generating a high-pressure fluid source, supplying the nozzle with high pressure; reducing boundary layer effect within the nozzle bore, and optionally, accelerating and/or inwardly re-directing the peripheral boundary of the ejected stream with a secondary higher pressure, higher speed fluid source. The apparatus includes a high pressure fluid source, a nozzle bore, a bleed ring within the nozzle bore to strip off a boundary layer, and optionally, a secondary higher pressure fluid source at the nozzle tip to accelerate and/or inwardly re-direct the ejected fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Donald E. Cornell, William M. Farrell
  • Patent number: 8534576
    Abstract: A shower head for a hand-held shower attachment, an overhead shower attachment or a side shower attachment contains, in its shower-head housing, a vortex chamber which is of funnel shape with the side wall curved. The funnel begins, at the location of the largest diameter, in a radial plane and then decreases in diameter along a curved contour to an exit, where the walls of the funnel run in the axial direction. At the location of the largest diameter of the vortex chamber, upstream of this tapering region, the water is let in tangentially in the circumferential direction and in the axial direction. The vortex which is generated by virtue of the water being let in tangentially accelerates its speed of rotation in the direction of the spray disc. Arranged at the end of the tapering region is a jet-outlet chamber which is very flat, but is of large diameter in relation to the vortex chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Klaus Grohe, Hubert Moosmann, Ulrich Kinle, Markus Woehrle
  • Patent number: 8511583
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and a method for forming a droplet aerosol for vaporization and subsequent thin film deposition on a substrate. The apparatus includes a mechanism to control the rate of liquid flow through the apparatus, the mechanism including a piezoelectric actuator to adjust the rate of liquid flow and an atomizing mechanism drawing gas from a compressed gas source such that when the gas source conjoins with the liquid, the liquid is atomized to form droplets suspended in the gas thereby forming a droplet aerosol suitable for subsequent thin film deposition on a substrate. The method includes drawing a gas from a compressed gas source and drawing a liquid from a liquid source. The liquid and gas are conjoined in either a coaxial flow relationship or a radial flow relationship or an angular relationship between radial and coaxial flow wherein the gas engages the liquid to form droplets suitable for vaporization and subsequent thin film deposition on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: MSP Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Y. H. Liu, Thuc M. Dinh, Yamin Ma
  • Patent number: 8500440
    Abstract: A burner for a melter is provided which includes a nozzle, a fuel stream moving through the nozzle, and an oxidant stream including an initial elliptical cross section and being external to the nozzle and surrounding the fuel stream for providing a combustion stream having a cross section transitioning from an elliptical cross section to a circular cross section to provide a flat flame from the circular cross section for combustion in the melter. A method for producing a flat flame is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Linde, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew P. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8496191
    Abstract: A seal arrangement for a needle valve in a fuel injector (100) includes a nozzle housing (122) forming an outer cavity (216) and defining a needle valve seat (218). A plurality of nozzle openings (204) are formed in the nozzle housing (122) and arranged symmetrically around its centerline at a first radial distance (R1). An outer needle valve (104) is reciprocally mounted in the outer cavity (216) and has a seat portion (224) arranged to abut the needle valve seat (218) when the outer needle valve (104) is seated or closed. A first ledge (502) formed on the seat portion (224) of the outer needle valve (104) sealably contacts the needle valve seat (218) along a first line contact seal (220) and a second ledge (508) formed on the seat portion (224) of the outer needle valve (104) sealably contacts the needle valve seat (218) along a second line contact seal (222).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Marion B. Grant, Vladimir Theodorof, Dana R. Coldren
  • Patent number: 8469295
    Abstract: An explosive and narcotics detection system detects the presence of trace particles of those materials that are adhering to surfaces. In order to detect such particles, it is necessary to first dislodge or release them from the surface, next to transport them to the detection instrument, and last to accumulate them on or in a particle collection device associated with the instrument. Narcotics and explosive particles are often bound tenaciously to the surface, and simple techniques, such as blowing air, will either remove only the largest particles or none at all. A nozzle to release particles of narcotics and explosives employs a coaxial configuration that permits particle release at an increased distance from the nozzle compared to existing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Implant Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen N. Bunker, Keith A. Richards
  • Patent number: 8459572
    Abstract: Technology is presented for the high efficiency concentration of fine and ultrafine airborne particles into a small fraction of the sampled airflow by condensational enlargement, aerodynamic focusing and flow separation. A nozzle concentrator structure including an acceleration nozzle with a flow extraction structure may be coupled to a containment vessel. The containment vessel may include a water condensation growth tube to facilitate the concentration of ultrafine particles. The containment vessel may further include a separate carrier flow introduced at the center of the sampled flow, upstream of the acceleration nozzle of the nozzle concentrator to facilitate the separation of particle and vapor constituents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Aerosol Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Susanne Hering, Gregory Lewis, Steven R. Spielman
  • Patent number: 8348174
    Abstract: Systems and methods for energy-saving and water-saving devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a head assembly is coupled to receive a liquid flow from a liquid supply and a gas flow from a gas supply, wherein the head assembly defines a mixing region configured to receive the liquid flow and the gas flow, and a dispensing portion configured to receive a combined flow from the mixing region. In some implementations, a spray nozzle may sprayably introduce the liquid flow into the mixing region. In other implementations, a plurality of curtain flows may be drawn through apertures into the dispensing portion by the combined flow. In still other implementations, a portion of the combined flow dispensed by the head assembly may be recaptured into the gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Larry K. Baker
  • Patent number: 8336313
    Abstract: A unitary distributor is disclosed, comprising at least one main flow passage located within a distributor ring body, the main flow passage having an arcuate portion oriented in a circumferential direction around a distributor axis. Exemplary embodiments of a unitary distributor having an annular ring located at the axially forward end of the distributor ring body are disclosed. A fuel distributor is disclosed, comprising a fuel conduit and a distributor wherein the fuel distributor has a unitary construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Marie Ann McMasters, Michael A. Benjamin, Alfred Mancini
  • Patent number: 8327643
    Abstract: A main swirler of a triple annular configuration that is partitioned by a pre-filmer and a separator is installed in an inlet port of a main air flow channel. The vicinity of the inner wall of the main air flow channel provided with a main fuel injection port is bulged radially outward from the innermost surface (innermost surface of a small swirler) of a main swirler. Further, a distance from the main fuel injection port and the pre-filmer is set such that an effective opening area between the pre-filmer and “the inner wall of the main air flow channel provided with the main fuel injection port” is equal to an effective opening area of the small swirler. The swirling directions of the swirlers of the main swirler are “clockwise”-“counter-clockwise”-“clockwise” respectively along the radial outward direction when the swirling direction of the innermost swirler is taken as “clockwise”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Kazuo Shimodaira, Kazuaki Matsuura, Yoji Kurosawa, Seiji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8302880
    Abstract: A method of creating substantially monodisperse droplets comprising supplying a first fluid (1) and a second immiscible fluid (2) within a set of channels, the second fluid surrounding the first fluid and filling the channels to form a composite jet. The composite jet passes through an entrance channel (4) into a wider cavity (3), where the first fluid breaks into droplets (5), the resulting composite of droplets of the first fluid within the second fluid passing through an exit channel (6). The cross sectional area of the exit channel perpendicular to the flow is smaller than the cross sectional area of the cavity and the passage of a droplet of the first fluid out of the cavity via the exit perturbs the composite flow field within the cavity such that the incoming jet of the first fluid is perturbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Andrew Clarke
  • Patent number: 8297530
    Abstract: A spray nozzle assembly that utilizes ultrasonic atomization techniques to atomize a liquid into a cloud of small or fine droplets is disclosed. The nozzle assembly also can use various air or gas atomizing technologies to propel the generally directionless droplet cloud toward a surface or substrate to be coated. The propelled droplet cloud may at this state have a conical or cone-shaped spray pattern. Additional air or gas atomizing technologies can be utilized to shape the propelled droplet cloud into a flattened fan-shaped spray pattern that can be usable in various industrial applications. The shape of the spray pattern and the distribution of droplets within the pattern can be adjusted by manipulation of the gas pressure used in gas atomization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Filicicchia, David C. Huffman, Michel R. Thenin
  • Patent number: 8297529
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that uses a flow-control methodology to control sprays at very high precision and frequency. The device is based on an enhanced Coanda effect. The control flow is selectively applied to the region in which we desire the jet to vector and control the profile (width) of the jet. The control flow is introduced through multiple control flow ports surrounding the primary nozzle and adjacent to the Coanda surface. By selectively opening and closing different control flow ports the motion and profile of the jet can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Utah State University
    Inventors: Barton L. Smith, Ryan Smith
  • Patent number: 8292615
    Abstract: A method for burning gas in a burner, including leading the gas through an inner fuel tube and introduction of combustion air through an annular space surrounding the inner fuel tube. This space forms of an outer tube terminated by a conically converging section, wherein the end of the inner fuel tube forms a burner head. The major part of the primary gas is introduced into the upstream end of the burner head, to go into the combustion air that flows past the burner head, whereas a smaller part of a secondary gas is introduced into the free end of the burner head and into the constricted part of the annular channel that surrounds the burner head. The gas flow is accelerated past the burner head due to the reducing cross section and is burned downstream in relation to the burning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    Inventors: Øystein Spangelo, Otto Kristian Sonju, Torbjorn Slungaard, Mario Ditaranto
  • Patent number: 8286833
    Abstract: Systems for dispensing heated liquids, such as hot melt adhesives. The dispensing system may include a hot air manifold and a liquid manifold with a surface confronting surfaces of the air manifold to define an air plenum. A dispensing module is coupled in fluid communication with the liquid manifold and in fluid communication with an air outlet of the hot air manifold. The dispensing module is capable of dispensing the heated liquid and is capable of receiving and dispensing the process air to impinge upon the heated liquid. A heating element is operative for heating the process air flowing through said air plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Laurence B. Saidman, Daryl Reece
  • Patent number: 8282019
    Abstract: A cold spray nozzle assembly includes a venturi having converging and diverging portions interconnected at a throat. An air supply conduit is in communication with the venturi for supplying a carrier gas to the converging portion. A powder feed tube is in communication with the venturi for supplying a powder material. An adjustment member is arranged within the venturi and is axially moveable relative thereto between multiple positions. The multiple positions respectively provide multiple different areas or throat clearances including a desired area between the adjustment member and the venturi or throat clearance. As a result, the adjustment member can be axially positioned to achieve desired gas pressures, deposition rates, and accommodate machining tolerances and component wear based upon the selected area. A retention member maintains the adjustment member in the desired position during operation of the cold spray nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Doben Limited
    Inventors: Mohammad Karimi Esfahani, Daniel P. Vanderzwet
  • Patent number: 8177145
    Abstract: A feed injector system comprises a movable central member, a first member substantially concentric with the central member to define a first channel for conveying a first fluid oxidizer stream, a second member substantially concentric with the first member to define a second channel for conveying a fuel feed, and a third member substantially concentric with the second member to define a third channel for conveying a second fluid oxidizer steam. The first member and the second member are configured to enhance instability in the fuel feed emanating from the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shailesh Singh Bhaisora, Dustin Wayne Davis, Ravindra Gopaldas Devi
  • Patent number: 8157189
    Abstract: A fuel injection nozzle comprises a body member having an upstream wall opposing a downstream wall, a baffle member having an upstream surface and a downstream surface, a first chamber, a second chamber, a fuel inlet communicative with the first chamber operative to emit a first gas into the first chamber, and a plurality of mixing tubes, each of the mixing tubes having a tube inner surface, a tube outer surface, a first inlet communicative with an aperture in the upstream wall operative to receive a second gas, a second inlet communicative with the tube outer surface and the tube inner surface operative to translate the first gas into the mixing tube, a mixing portion operative to mix the first gas and the second gas, and an outlet communicative with an aperture in the downstream wall operative to emit the mixed first and second gasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Johnson, Christian Xavier Stevenson, William David York, Willy Steve Ziminsky
  • Patent number: 8141796
    Abstract: An improved nozzle and iodine injector system for use in a COIL are disclosed. The improved nozzle is a two-dimensional, minimum length nozzle with a curved sonic line. The iodine injection system utilizes a series of slender struts for iodine injection into the oxygen stream through a series of small orifices that are located along the base of each strut. The struts are located within the nozzle such that the need for a diluent gas for the iodine is reduced. The use of the nozzle and iodine injection system, particularly when combined with the SOG disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/453,148, have the potential for yielding a highly efficient, high power, optically superior COIL device that is compact, scalable, can operate in space, and has good pressure recovery potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: KSY Corporation
    Inventor: George Emanuel
  • Patent number: 8104107
    Abstract: A nozzle structure of a bidet with swirling water current is provided, in which a user controls water spraying angle of water current sprayed from an outlet of a cleaning nozzle, and the water current with swirling force is sprayed in a circular pattern without causing an eccentricity, thereby increasing cleaning power and reducing water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Woongjin Coway Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Worl Jin