Including Mixing Or Combining With Air, Gas Or Steam Patents (Class 239/8)
  • Patent number: 10625378
    Abstract: A solder alloy includes Sn, optional Ag, Cu, and Al wherein the solder alloy composition together with the solder alloy superheat temperature and rapid cooling rate from the superheat temperature are controlled to provide a dispersion of fine hard Cu—Al intermetallic particles in an as-solidified solder alloy microstructure wherein the particles are retained even after multiple solder reflow cycles often used in modern electronic assembly procedures to provide a particle strengthening to the solder joint microstructure as well as exert a grain refining effect on the solder joint microstructure, providing a strong, impact- and thermal aging-resistant solder joint that has beneficial microstructural features and is substantially devoid of Ag3Sn blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Iver E. Anderson, Kathlene Nicole Reeve
  • Patent number: 10562054
    Abstract: A dispensing control system, including a frame component having a first side surface and a second side surface, a first sensor portion positioned proximate the first side surface, and a second sensor portion positioned proximate the second side surface, the second sensor portion being separated from the first sensor portion a distance to allow a liquid spray stream exiting a dispenser of a conformal coating machine to pass therebetween, wherein the first sensor portion transmits a beam of light towards the second sensor portion to measure the liquid spray stream exiting the dispenser, the beam of light encompassing both edges of the liquid spray stream while the dispenser is stationary, is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PRECISION VALVE & AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Schoen, John Urquhart, Ryan Lindbom, Anthony Pecorino, Diana Polli
  • Patent number: 10292434
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may include a control body and a cartridge. The cartridge may include a base, a flow director, an outer body, a reservoir substrate, an outer body, and a mouthpiece. Heating elements may be molded into the flow director. The flow director may be welded to the base and the outer body, or the base and the flow director may include deformable ribs that engage the outer body. The flow director and the outer body may cooperatively define a reservoir compartment in which the reservoir substrate and the atomizer are received. The flow director and the base may define an electronics compartment in which an electronic control component is received. A related assembly method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Brinkley, Jack Gray Flinchum, Jr., Timothy Brian Nestor, Grady Lance Dooly, Steven Lee Alderman, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, John DePiano, David Smith, Frank S. Silveira
  • Patent number: 9901122
    Abstract: An exemplary atomizer includes a main body, a liquid supply, a piercing element, and an atomizing assembly. The liquid supply is configured for storing tobacco liquid. The liquid supply is received in the main body. The liquid supply includes an end wall having a fixing part, a sealing part, and a recessed part. The recessed part connects the fixing part and the sealing part. The piercing element is spatially corresponding to the recessed part. The piercing element is configured for pricking the recessed part in response to an external force, so that the tobacco liquid in the liquid supply flows out, and the atomizing assembly absorbs the tobacco liquid flowed out for vaporization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Xingbing Zou, Guiyuan Yu
  • Patent number: 9833021
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette device having a disposable tank are described. The disposable tank may have a sealed liquid chamber, an atomizer element and a tank well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DIGIRETTES, INC.
    Inventors: Ruben Hector Perez, Alexander Basile, Alan Crawford
  • Patent number: 9568157
    Abstract: An apparatus having a transducer configured to be modulated and transduce a liquid and form a simulated flame. The transducer may be piezoelectric transducer driven by a modulated drive signal that has varying power levels such that a liquid transduces to a mist, and also such that the transducer controls and shapes the mist to create a vapor plume. The plume is illuminated by a colored light source generating the simulated flame. A wick or a nozzle may present the liquid to the transducer. The wick may have different shapes i.e. helical, tiered, and include intertwined or braided fiber optic cables of varying colors, or LED lights/tubes. The transducer may have multiple openings, perforations, notches, and/or impressions to shape the plume and creating the effect of a dancing flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Philip Angelotti
  • Patent number: 9387645
    Abstract: A vehicle interior panel includes a decorative skin and a polymer coating provided to increase material thickness at a desired portion of the decorative skin The polymer coating may be formed by a thermal spraying process in which a polymeric material is heated and deposited along an inner side of the decorative skin The decorative skin may be thermoformed from a uniformly thick sheet of thermoplastic material so that it includes a reduced thickness portion after forming. The polymeric material can be deposited along the reduced thickness portion to form the polymer coating, thereby restoring integrity or providing enhanced integrity to the decorative skin to aid subsequent material processes such as sewing or foam backfilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William Filipp
  • Patent number: 9383097
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a staged fuel injector that includes, inter alia, a main fuel circuit for delivering fuel to a main fuel atomizer and a pilot fuel circuit for delivering fuel to a pilot fuel atomizer which is located radially inward of the main fuel atomizer. The main fuel atomizer includes a radially outer prefilmer and a radially inner fuel swirler. Portions of the main fuel circuit are formed in the prefilmer and portions of the pilot fuel circuit are formed in the prefilmer and the fuel swirler and are positioned proximate to and in thermal contact with fuel exit ports associated with the main fuel circuit and formed in the prefilmer. As a result, the pilot fuel circuit cools the stagnant fuel located in main fuel circuit, including the exit ports, even when performing at engine power levels of up to 60% of the maximum take-off thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventor: Neal A. Thomson
  • Patent number: 9296549
    Abstract: A spray discharge assembly is provided for use with an aerosol spray device comprising a pressurizable container holding a liquid to be discharged from the device by a propellant. The spray discharge assembly incorporates an approach channel having at least one inlet and an outlet, a flow conduit upstream of the approach channel in the direction of liquid discharge for supplying fluid to be discharged to the approach channel, at least one jetting orifice through which fluid from the conduit passes and issues as a jet into the approach channel through the inlet thereof, and a discharge orifice into which fluid from the approach channel passes via the outlet thereof to issue as a spray from the device. The outlet of the approach channel is surrounded by a sharp edge, and the jetting orifice is configured for directing the jet against the sharp edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: THE SALFORD VALVE COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ghasem Ghavami-Nasr, Andrew John Yule, Martin Laurence Burby
  • Patent number: 9254500
    Abstract: A feed aerosol comprising detectable particles is injected into a mix-enhancing swirler. Diluting gas is also injected into the mix-enhancing swirler and mixed with the feed aerosol in a swirling motion to form an aerosol with a particle concentration no greater than 1,000 particles per liter. The aerosol is then injected into a mixing chamber, where the aerosol is mixed and dried; the inner diameter of the mixing chamber is at least twice as great as that of the swirl chamber. The aerosol is then emitted through a flow straightener that removes swirl from the flow of the aerosol and passed through a delivery conduit, where the particles are detected and counted; and the particle count is compared with a target count. The respective flows of feed aerosol and diluting gas can then be increased or decreased based on a comparison of the particle count with the target count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jesse Allen Linnell, Trina Rae Vian, Joseph Renard Morency, Anlong Dai, Mark Eric Bury, Thomas Sebastian, Carlos Andres Aguilar, Joseph John Lacirignola, Jay D. Eversole
  • Patent number: 9211554
    Abstract: A self-contained, hand-held spray dispensing device includes an internal source of pressurized fluid that exerts a motive force on a pair of liquid ejecting elements to cause each to eject a liquid into a discharge line. The liquids remain separated until each exits its discharge port. A pressurized fluid is directed over the outlet ends of the discharge line beginning before a flow interrupter in the discharge line is opened to permit flow therethrough and ceasing after liquid flow is terminated. The pressurized fluid flow over the outlet of the discharge line aerosolizes liquids emanating from the outlet ends. Each liquid ejecting element takes the form of a piston disposed within a cylinder. The pistons responds to pressurized fluid imposed directly thereon from the source to generate the motive force on the ejecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Actamax Surgical Materials, LLC
    Inventors: Donald H. Brunk, William Gerald Dimaio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9186230
    Abstract: A polisher nozzle includes a body extending between a proximal portion for connection to a handpiece and a distal portion, the body having a first channel for delivering a polishing powder and a second channel for delivering a fluid. The distal portion includes a chamber disposed in the vicinity of the free end of said distal portion, with the first and second channels opening out into said chamber. The chamber includes two lateral openings each extending in a plane forming an angle with the vertical axial plane of the proximal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SOCIETE POUR LA CONCEPTION DES APPLICATIONS DES TECHNIQUES ELECTRONIQUE
    Inventors: Thierry Casabonne, Vianney Jm Ruellan, Ulrich Saxer
  • Patent number: 9101946
    Abstract: A spray assembly for dispensing a mixture is provided. The spray assembly includes a connector configured for operable engagement with a first and second source of component and a source of pressurized fluid, and a tip operably connected to the connector. The tip includes an opening and defines a mixing chamber between the connector and the opening of the tip, and an insert member configured to be received in the mixing chamber. The insert member includes a plurality of radially extending slots on at least one end of the insert. The plurality of radially extending slots is configured to mix the first and second components prior to the mixture exiting the opening in the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Confluent Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Les Hull, Jason Fortier
  • Patent number: 9046039
    Abstract: An injector includes a main nozzle body defining a central axis and having a main fuel circuit. A pilot nozzle body is mounted inboard of the main nozzle body. The pilot nozzle body includes a pilot air circuit on the central axis with fuel circuitry radially outboard of the pilot air circuit for delivering fuel to a fuel outlet in a downstream portion of the pilot nozzle body. The fuel circuitry includes a primary pilot fuel circuit configured and adapted to deliver fuel to the fuel outlet and a secondary pilot fuel circuit configured and adapted to deliver fuel to the same fuel outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: Brandon Phillip Williams, Viraphand Cholvibul, David H. Bretz
  • Patent number: 9038921
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for generating and dispensing a mixture containing a pressurized gas and a fluid material. The apparatus includes a mixing device having a mixing chamber and a mixer inside the mixing chamber. A gas injection device, which is coupled with the mixing device, injects the pressurized gas into the fluid material in the mixing chamber. The mixer operates to combine the pressurized gas with the fluid material to form a mixture, which is subsequently dispensed from a dispenser coupled with the mixing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles P. Ganzer
  • Publication number: 20150129674
    Abstract: A particulate sprayer includes a gas reservoir to hold a gas, a liquid reservoir to hold a product, and a low pressure section including an exit opening connected to the liquid reservoir. The product includes a liquid and solid particles. The low pressure section transports gas released from the gas reservoir over the exit opening. The product is drawn, pushed, or drawn and pushed from the exit opening into the transported gas to create a spray of the product to be sprayed from the particulate sprayer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tracie L.C. WILSON, David Richard STONEHOUSE, Craig Harvey NELSON, Carys Eleri LEE, Paul Nigel MARSH, Benjamin Erland IMPEY
  • Publication number: 20150115057
    Abstract: Aerosols can be created by filament stretching and breaking of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids by applying a strain to and stretching the fluid. The fluid is stretched along a strain pathway and forms a fluid filament. The fluid filament is caused to break into droplets that can be harvested to form a mist or aerosol. Such a system for aerosol creation can include a pair of counter-rotating rollers that are positioned adjacent to each other that stretch the fluid or a pair of pistons that move toward and away from each other to stretch the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: VICTOR BECK, DAVID MATHEW JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20150108240
    Abstract: A fragrance dispensing apparatus includes a housing. The housing includes a platform configured to receive an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) bead packet. The EVA bead packet remains substantially unheated by the fragrance dispensing apparatus during operation of the fragrance dispensing apparatus. The fragrance dispensing apparatus further includes a lower module. The lower module includes a fan configured to selectively actuate airflow through the EVA bead packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Chase, David Hendrickson
  • Publication number: 20150108241
    Abstract: A bead packet apparatus includes a plurality of beads that have been infused with fragrance. The bead packet further includes a fabric casing enclosing the plurality of beads. The plurality of beads may include ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) beads. The plurality of beads may be configured to release the fragrance over a period of time in the absence of heat above room temperature. The fragrance may be released in response to receiving an air flow between the plurality of beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Chase, David Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 9010656
    Abstract: A water hydrant flushing device is disclosed. The device handles a flow of water from a water hydrant as it is being flushed, and allows the flushing to take place in a safer manner without destroying surrounding landscaping or other objects. The device comprises a chute that is open on both ends, and an opening on one end that is removably connected to a diffuser by means of a securing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Bob Cowin
  • Publication number: 20150097048
    Abstract: A feed aerosol comprising detectable particles is injected into a mix-enhancing swirler. Diluting gas is also injected into the mix-enhancing swirler and mixed with the feed aerosol in a swirling motion to form an aerosol with a particle concentration no greater than 1,000 particles per liter. The aerosol is then injected into a mixing chamber, where the aerosol is mixed and dried; the inner diameter of the mixing chamber is at least twice as great as that of the swirl chamber. The aerosol is then emitted through a flow straightener that removes swirl from the flow of the aerosol and passed through a delivery conduit, where the particles are detected and counted; and the particle count is compared with a target count. The respective flows of feed aerosol and diluting gas can then be increased or decreased based on a comparison of the particle count with the target count.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Jesse Allen Linnell, Trina Rae Vian, Joseph Renard Morency, Anlong Dai, Mark Eric Bury, Thomas Sebastian, Carlos Andres Aguilar, Joseph John Lacirignola, Jay D. Eversole
  • Patent number: 8991721
    Abstract: A method for atomizing a liquid (L) in a spraying nozzle (1), wherein a gaseous phase (G) and a liquid (L) are fed to a mixing chamber (30) inside a nozzle (1), obtaining an emulsion of the gas in the liquid, the emulsion being under pressure inside the chamber and formed by gas bubbles enveloped by the liquid in a film state. The speed of the gaseous phase at the inlet of the mixing chamber is around the speed of sound or greater. The atomized liquid is obtained by an expansion of the emulsion at the outlet of the chamber. A suitable nozzle (1) is also disclosed, comprising a mixing chamber (30) and a distribution device (D) adapted to provide appropriate gas and liquid feed to form an emulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Casale SA
    Inventor: Gianfranco Bedetti
  • Patent number: 8991727
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a mist is provided. The apparatus has at least one working fluid supply conduit having an inlet in fluid communication with a supply of working fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with a first mixing chamber. The apparatus also includes a plurality of transport fluid passages, each of which has an inlet adapted to receive a supply of transport fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the mixing chamber. Downstream of the mixing chamber is a nozzle having an inlet in fluid communication with the mixing chamber, an outlet, and a throat portion intermediate the nozzle inlet and outlet. The throat portion of the nozzle has a cross sectional area which is less than that of either the nozzle inlet or the nozzle outlet. The apparatus enhances the atomization of the working fluid to generate the mist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Jude Alexander Glynn Worthy, James Oliver French
  • Patent number: 8984705
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fragrance dispenser assembly in the inside of an outer shell. The dispenser includes a bracket, a shelf and a fragrance dispensing unit located within an outer shell. The shelf may have a releasable attachment mechanism for the fragrance dispenser unit. The invention also includes the fragrance dispenser unit and a fragrance source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Zenith Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Bosses
  • Patent number: 8986610
    Abstract: A system and method delivers an atomized solution to the interior volume of a building or room utilizing a venturi effect for the atomization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Roei Ben Haim
  • Patent number: 8985478
    Abstract: A spray nozzle for two-component flue gas cleaning nozzles. The spray nozzle includes an output or mixing chamber and at least two through bores which lead to the output or mixing chamber and are each connected to a fluid line. At least one through bore is embodied in such a way that it is self-cleaning and/or a cleaning device is provided for at least one through bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Dieter Wurz
  • Patent number: 8979000
    Abstract: In the ultrasonic atomization method, a liquid is ultrasonically oscillated in an atomization chamber 4 and a liquid column P is projected in carrier gas to thus atomize the liquid into mists, the carrier gas carrying the atomized mists outwardly of the atomization chamber 4; the carrier gas is forcibly sucked from a lateral point being away at a distance (d1) of 5 cm or less from a center axis m of the liquid column P and thereby a gas flow is blown across the liquid column P; the mists are separated away from the liquid column P by means of the blown gas flow; and such separated mists are transferred outwardly of the atomization chamber 4 by means of the carrier gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honke Matsuura Brewery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuo Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20150069142
    Abstract: A barrel for use with a liquid spray gun platform to provide a liquid spray gun comprises a main body and an inseparable nozzle. The main body comprises at least one center air delivery passage and at least one liquid-handling passage. The inseparable nozzle defines a liquid-emitting orifice that is in fluid communication with the at least on liquid-handling passage of the main body, and defines a center air orifice that is in fluid communication with the at least on center air delivery passage of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian E. Duncan, Stephen C.P. Joseph
  • Patent number: 8967029
    Abstract: A device for the aerial release of mosquitoes includes an unmanned aerial vehicle operable by remote control. It carries a container holding a central processing unit and a mosquito breeding bin, which is a self-contained volume housing mosquitoes and a mosquito food having a toxin suitable to be transmitted by mosquito bite after the mosquito consumes the mosquito food. A release tube is connected to the mosquito breeding bin and sized to release mosquitoes from the mosquito breeding bin. A valve is connected to the release tube and is operable by remote control so that when opened, the mosquitoes have an open pathway out of the container through the release tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: TMARS Associates, Trustee for Toxic mosquito aerial release system CRT Trust
    Inventor: S. Mill Calvert
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150048175
    Abstract: The liquid ejecting device uses pressurized gas to eject liquid as a spray of fine particles and is provided with internal gas-flow passageway to supply pressurized gas, and a nozzle section with a slit-shaped liquid ejecting opening to discharge liquid. The nozzle section is near the end of the an elongated main unit of the liquid ejecting device, and gas jet openings to discharge pressurized gas are established between inclined nozzle surfaces and sidewalls of the main unit. The liquid ejecting opening is connected with liquid-flow passageway and the gas jet openings are connected with the gas-flow passageway. Viewed in cross-section, the inclined nozzle surfaces are formed such that their extensions intersect above the liquid ejecting opening on a line extending from the liquid ejecting opening, and pressurized gas is discharged as jets along the inclined nozzle surfaces to intersect in a manner that sandwiches the liquid in between and breaks-up the liquid-flow to produce a spray of fine particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tomohisa Shimada, Sadaki Takai
  • Publication number: 20150048176
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a mist and/or foam is provided. The apparatus comprises at least one first fluid supply passage having an inlet in fluid communication with a first fluid supply and a first fluid outlet; at least one second fluid supply passage having an inlet in fluid communication with to second fluid supply and a second fluid outlet; and a nozzle in fluid communication with the first and second fluid outlets, the nozzle having a nozzle inlet, a nozzle outlet, and nozzle throat intermediate the nozzle inlet and the nozzle outlet, the nozzle throat having a cross sectional area which is less than that of both the nozzle inlet and the nozzle outlet; and wherein the second fluid outlet includes it porous member through which the second fluid must flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Colin JONES, James FRENCH
  • Publication number: 20150021407
    Abstract: A vapor storage device is provided. The vapor storage device includes a diffuser plate positioned on an axis of an inlet port and comprising one or more openings extending through the plate from a leading edge to a trailing edge and a dome coupled to the inlet port of the device and the diffuser plate, where the dome includes side walls spaced away from the diffuser plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Dong, Niels Christopher Kragh, Michael G. Heim, Dhaval P. Vaishnav, Mohammad Usman
  • Publication number: 20150014430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of controlling a smoke generator. The smoke generator is adapted to be connected to a supply of a pressurized gas and a supply of a smoke liquid and further comprises a valve to regulate the pressure of the gas, a fluid driving means, a mixing unit for mixing the smoke liquid and the gas, and a heat exchanger heating the mixture of the pressurized gas and the smoke liquid to vaporize the smoke liquid and form a smoke upon ejection into surrounding air. The control method according to the invention then comprises the steps of receiving a smoke density parameter indicative of a desired amount of smoke to be generated by the smoke generator, measuring a gas pressure at a position between the valve and the heat exchanger, and using these parameters in controlling the valve. The invention further relates to a smoke generator arranged for performing the control method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas John SCULLY
  • Patent number: 8925831
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary component, namely a stream regulator or stream former for flowing fluid media, consisting of property-defining components in a sandwich-like arrangement in the direction of flow which comprise at least one screen attachment, one diffuser plate assembly as well as a shell body having segments of stream-forming openings extending across its cross-sectional surface. The property-defining components are exchangeable and combinable so as to realize adaptability to different user and user requirements. A locking means is provided e.g. on the inner circumference of the shell body for this purpose as is a corresponding counter-locking means on the outer circumference of the diffuser plate assembly. The diffuser plate assembly exhibits, at least on its exterior, a flow rate class-specifying optical code and the shell body exhibits a stream type-specifying, namely laminar or aerated, optical code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NEOPERL GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Denzler
  • Patent number: 8926792
    Abstract: A method for on-site dissemination and disposal of all wastewaters or leachate, that is generated by a landfill or other wastewater generating site includes collecting the wastewater or leachate which comprises an aqueous solution, having solids, elements and compounds of concern therein. The wastewater or leachate is directed to an “Integrated Mobile Aerosolization System (IMAS)” having a turbine and being integrated and mobile. The turbine is driven so as to generate a fully integrated and mobile system of highly accelerated air that moves through the IMAS. An integrated pump is utilized to move the leachate or wastewater to a series of nozzles that aerosolizes the leachate or wastewater into the path of the system of air to form an air-wastewater mixture or an air-leachate mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kelly K. Houston
  • Publication number: 20140367479
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for the production, delivery and control of microscopic quantities of minute solid carbon dioxide (CO2) particles having uniform density and distribution for use in a CO2 Composite Spray process, which employs compression of liquid carbon dioxide to form a supersaturated liquid, which is then condensed via micro-capillaries into minute and highly energetic solid carbon dioxide particles, which are injected into a propellant gas stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: David Jackson, Liviu Marian, Felipe Soto, John Lee
  • Patent number: 8906203
    Abstract: A system enables the use of solar heat energy together with electromagnetic energy and optionally energy produced during fermentation of organic products to produce fresh water from salt water, wastewater and water vapor contained in the atmosphere. The resulting fresh water can optionally be rendered drinkable by adding mineral salts at the desired concentration. A method and reactors combine electromagnetic and solar heating steps and optionally heat exchanges with a hot gas originating from combustion, to evaporate droplets of a spray produced from salt water or wastewater. The vapor obtained is separated from the salt particles or agglomerated impurities during evaporation using a cyclone system. The vapor can then be transported over a large distance before being condensed by bearings, in order to separate the water from any additives or impurities that may be present. Additives can be used to lower the vapor pressure of the liquid water and to facilitate droplet fractionation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Nicolas Ugolin
  • Publication number: 20140353398
    Abstract: Embodiments of a spray gun incorporating techniques for delivering a spray fluid between, next to, or inside of horn holes of an air atomization cap are provided. In accordance with certain embodiments, the spray gun includes a fluid delivery tip assembly. The spray gun also includes an air atomization cap disposed coaxially around the fluid delivery tip assembly, wherein the air atomization cap comprises one or more shaping air horns configured to deliver shaping air, and each shaping air horn comprises a first spray fluid passage configured to deliver a first spray fluid between, next to, or inside of one or more shaping air streams from the shaping air horn. The spray gun also includes a second spray fluid passage configured to deliver a second spray fluid to a fluid tip exit of the fluid delivery tip assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond Edward Reitz
  • Publication number: 20140332601
    Abstract: A method of aerosolizing a liquid by generating an aerosol from a liquid fluid and a gas with a nozzle having a cone-shaped gas exit channel, the method including the method steps of: ejecting a nozzle gas jet through an orifice at the cone apex; generating a zone of low pressure by the ejected nozzle gas jet, the zone of low pressure augmenting a flow of liquid fluid in a direction from a nozzle cone base towards the orifice at the cone apex; and aerosolizing the liquid fluid at the aerosolizing perimeter where the liquid fluid that flows towards the orifice is sheared by the nozzle gas jet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Donovan B. Yeates
  • Patent number: 8882000
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is an air brush including a housing, a head assembly, and a trigger assembly. The housing has a main body with an air valve, reservoir and a handle. The head assembly mounts to the main body with a nozzle, nozzle cap, and a needle cap. The trigger assembly fits within the housing and includes a needle engaging the head assembly, a needle chucking guide, a needle chucking nut, a lever assembly, a spring guide and a spring device. The lever assembly actuates the needle to release compressed air and contents of the reservoir. The spring device controls release of the contents relative to the air flow through the air valve and nozzle. The spring device includes a first spring, a second spring, and a ring member. The ring member is positioned between the springs, and the springs have different strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Pershant Mehta
  • Publication number: 20140329187
    Abstract: The invention relates to devices and methods for the assisted internal spraying of a combustible liquid, wherein the combustible liquid is fed into a combustion area through a passage which ends in an outlet opening and into which spray gas is fed via a plurality of channels, the passage including a narrow portion and a wider but relatively short pre-spray chamber downstream from the narrow portion, the channels including small-diameter end sections tangentially leading into the narrow portion of the passage near the input opening of the chamber such that the spray gas impacts the combustible liquid and imparts a helical movement to the combustible liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Xavier Paubel, Remi Pierre Tsiava, Dorothee Chaillou, Vincent Alaterre
  • Publication number: 20140312136
    Abstract: A portable volatile material dispenser includes a housing having a top wall and at least one side wall and an opening formed within the top wall of the housing. A volatile material actuator is disposed within the housing and a manifold is in fluid communication with and extends between the volatile material actuator and the opening to move volatile material in the form of a mist from the volatile material actuator, through the manifold, and out the opening. A container holding a fluid is disposed within the housing and in fluid communication with the volatile material actuator. An air flow generator disposed within the housing and positioned to create a flow of air out of the dispenser through the opening for moving the mist from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Kubicek, Scott D. Walter, Alexander S. Park, Sajid Patel, Steven V. Bisbikis
  • Patent number: 8857662
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing device includes the step of entering a first active state, in which the detection of sensory input by a sensor initiates a first pattern activation sequence to energize a drive unit of the dispensing device for a first length of time and a second subsequent length of time to actuate a container. Upon completion of the first pattern activation sequence, the device enters a second active state. The detection of sensory input in the second active state initiates a second pattern activation sequence to energize the drive unit for a third length of time and a fourth subsequent length of time to actuate a container if the sensory input is detected before a time period P lapses. The dispensing device initiates the first pattern activation sequence if the sensory input is detected after the lapsing of the time period P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Hoppe, Thomas P. Gasper, Bhaveshkumar Shah
  • Patent number: 8859435
    Abstract: A method of removing materials, and preferably photoresist, from a substrate comprises dispensing a liquid sulfuric acid composition comprising sulfuric acid and/or its desiccating species and precursors and having a water/sulfuric acid molar ratio of no greater than 5:1 onto an material coated substrate in an amount effective to substantially uniformly coat the material coated substrate. The substrate is preferably heated to a temperature of at least about 90° C., either before, during or after dispensing of the liquid sulfuric acid composition. After the substrate is at a temperature of at least about 90° C., the liquid sulfuric acid composition is exposed to water vapor in an amount effective to increase the temperature of the liquid sulfuric acid composition above the temperature of the liquid sulfuric acid composition prior to exposure to the water vapor. The substrate is then preferably rinsed to remove the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: TEL FSI, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Karl Christenson, Ronald J. Hanestad, Patricia Ann Ruether, Thomas J. Wagener
  • Patent number: 8840038
    Abstract: A method of texturing a wall or ceiling with non-acoustical joint compound by providing a collapsible bag having an opening at its top and is adapted to contain non-acoustical joint compound for forming a textured coating on the wall or ceiling and providing a spray nozzle having a low pressure input port, a joint compound suction port attached to the opening at the top of the collapsible bag, and an output port for spraying the non-acoustical joint compound. A low pressure stream of air from an air gun attached to the low pressure input port urges a small quantity of the non-acoustical joint compound to be sprayed out of the spray nozzle when the bottom of the collapsible disposable bag is raised above its top to either allow or force the joint compound to flow into the suction port and into the interior of the spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Robert Lehr
  • Publication number: 20140263701
    Abstract: Example fluidic devices and methods are described. An example device includes a throughput chamber, an inlet to guide liquid in the throughput chamber and an outlet to guide liquid out of the throughput chamber. The example device also includes a rib that protrudes from a wall of the throughput chamber. The rib has a narrowed section in the throughput chamber between the inlet and the outlet to form a meniscus in the narrowed section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
    Inventors: Curt Gonzales, Ralph L. Stathem, David Olsen, Marc A. Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20140263699
    Abstract: A dual input valve includes a valve stem having a compressed air valve that includes a captured o-ring held in a circumferential groove. A catalyst valve is also on the valve stem. The housing has a catalyst input port in fluid communication with a catalyst valve seat, a compressed air input port in fluid communication with a compressed air valve seat, a mixing area in fluid communication with the catalyst valve seat and the compressed air valve seat, and an output port in fluid connection with the mixing area. A spring urges the valve stem towards a closed position in which the compressed air valve closes against the compressed air valve seat blocking flow of a catalyst from the catalyst input port into the mixing chamber and the catalyst valve closes against the catalyst valve seat blocking flow of a catalyst from the catalyst input port into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GSSC, INC.
    Inventors: Tom Hedger, Blake K. Travis, II, James Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20140263700
    Abstract: A dual input valve includes a valve stem having an air valve that includes a captured o-ring held in a circumferential groove. A catalyst valve ball abuts the valve stem. A housing has a catalyst input port in fluid communication with a catalyst valve seat, an air input port in fluid communication with a air valve seat, a mixing area in fluid communication with the catalyst valve seat and the air valve seat, and an output port in fluid connection with the mixing area. A spring urges the catalyst valve ball, and hence, the valve stem towards a closed position in which the air valve seats against the air valve seat blocking flow of a air from the air input port into the mixing chamber and the catalyst valve ball seats against the catalyst valve seat blocking flow of catalyst from the catalyst input port into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GSSC, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Hedger, Blake K. Travis, II, James Wiegand
  • Patent number: RE45376
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cooling system is disclosed. The cooling system comprises: a cooling channel for receiving a cooling media, a substrate disposed near the cooling channel, and a fluidic jet disposed within the substrate and in fluid communication with the cooling channel. The cooling channel is for thermal communication with a component to be cooled. The cooling channel has a height of less than or equal to about 3 mm and a width of less than or equal to 2 mm. The fluidic jet comprises a cavity defined by a well and a membrane. In one embodiment, a method of cooling an electrical component comprises: passing a cooling media through a cooling channel, drawing the cooling media into one or more of the fluidic jets, expelling the cooling media from the one or more fluidic jets into the cooling channel, and removing thermal energy from the electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mehmet Arik, Todd Garrett Wetzel, Stephen Adam Solovitz