By Operations Other Than Force Of Contact With Solid Surface Patents (Class 241/1)
  • Patent number: 10556237
    Abstract: The invention regards to a device for comminuting ore and/or slag, which comprises an ore feed unit for feeding ore to be comminuted to a first comminuting means. The first comminuting means being composed of at least two comminuting elements that can be moved relative to each other, which elements form at least one comminuting space for the ore to be comminuted with each other such that, by a relative movement in the form of a rotation around the rotational axis of at least one of the two comminuting elements. The ore to be comminuted is pulverised in that one or more accelerating elements, in particular protrusions, are provided on at least one of the comminuting elements. The accelerating elements being arranged in particular on the end face of one of the two comminuting elements and accelerating and comminuting the ore to be comminuted by the rotation of one of the two comminuting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Micro Impact Mill Limited
    Inventor: Parviz Gharagozlu
  • Patent number: 10549286
    Abstract: Apparatus for reducing a particle size of a precursor powder material by fluid energy impact according to one embodiment of the invention may include a housing defining an interior milling cavity therein having a peripheral wall. A powder feed inlet operatively associated with the housing introduces the precursor powder material into the interior milling cavity. A feed gas inlet operatively associated with the powder feed inlet introduces a feed gas into the interior milling cavity. A product discharge outlet operatively associated with the housing removes a milled powder product from the interior milling cavity. An oil injection nozzle assembly operatively associated with the product discharge outlet injects oil into a particle-laden product stream from the product discharge outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Climax Molybdenum Company
    Inventors: Gregory Rue Logue, Larry Giannotti, Gary G. de Gala, James A. Cole, David L. Cottrell
  • Patent number: 10472622
    Abstract: Apparatuses for preparing a sample are disclosed herein. The apparatuses include a chamber, a first valve at least partially disposed in the first chamber, a second valve at least partially disposed in the first chamber, and a pump comprising an actuator and nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: LUMINEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jesus Ching, David Hsiang Hu, Steve Jia Chang Yu, Phillip You Fai Lee
  • Patent number: 10465059
    Abstract: Processes for decrosslinking crosslinked plastic and devulcanizing vulcanized rubber include advancing such materials through single screw or twin screw extruders including special ultrasonic treatment zones wherein threadless shaft (single screw) or shafts (twin screw) rotate under an ultrasonic horn having a distal end aligned with the shaft or shafts and being shaped complimentary thereto. Special arcuate (single screw) or double-arcuate ultrasonic treatment flow paths confine the materials to flow under the horn where the material is subjected to ultrasonic waves to decrosslink the material, in the case of crosslinked plastic, or devulcanize the material, in the case of vulcanized rubber, with the extrudate leaving the die as a continuous stream or rope as is typical of virgin plastic or rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
    Inventor: Avraam Isayev
  • Patent number: 10456760
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a mixing system at a peak energy efficiency point, maximum response point or reduced sound generation point based on displacement, velocity, acceleration or jerk operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Resodyn Corporation
    Inventors: Harold W. Howe, Peter A. Lucon, Jeffrey D. Thornton, Brian Jay Seaholm
  • Patent number: 10399085
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for disintegrating a recyclable item in a material-selective manner and using the electrohydraulic effect, an electric discharge being generated, in a container filled with a liquid, using a pulsed current source and within an underwater spark gab between a container base-side electrode and at least one container cover-side electrode that points towards the first electrode, with electric discharge having an average field strength of less than or equal to 5 kV/mm and a pulse or discharge energy of greater than 10 J, and being generated at least substantially in the liquid. In the container, the recyclable item lies partially in the underwater spark gab on the container base-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ImpulsTec GmbH
    Inventors: Tim Müller, Leonid Gelfond, Stefan Eisert
  • Patent number: 10370771
    Abstract: A Cu core ball and a method of manufacturing such a Cu core ball. Purity of the Cu internal ball is at least 99.9% and not greater than 99.995%. A total contained amount of Pb and/or Bi in impurity contained in the Cu ball is equal to or larger than 1 ppm. Its sphericity is at least 0.95. A solder plating film coated on the Cu ball is of Sn solder or a lead free solder alloy whose primary component is Sn. In the solder plating film, a contained amount of U is not more than 5 ppb and that of Th is not more than 5 ppb. A total alpha dose of the Cu ball and the solder plating film is not more than 0./0200 cph/cm2. An arithmetic average roughness of the Cu core ball is equal to or less than 0.3 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Kawasaki, Takahiro Roppongi, Daisuke Soma, Isamu Sato
  • Patent number: 10370903
    Abstract: A drill bit assembly includes a drill bit body, an insulating layer disposed on an end of the drill bit body and that defines a drill bit face and two electrodes formed such that they both extend from the drill bit face. The two electrodes form a spiral on the drill bit face and are equidistant from each other at all locations of the drill bit face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Joerg Lehr, Erik Anders
  • Patent number: 10328434
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and an apparatus for fracturing polycrystalline silicon, and the method includes steps of placing the polycrystalline silicon in a water tank containing water; applying an instant high voltage to the water tank so that high-voltage discharge occurs in the water of the water tank to fracture the polycrystalline silicon. The method and apparatus have advantages of simple process, uniform fragments and no metal contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: XINTE ENERGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bo Yin, Guangjian Hu, Xiqing Chen, Bin Huang, Guilin Liu
  • Patent number: 10272439
    Abstract: A sonic reactor for transferring kinetic energy to a process fluid medium has a resonant element horizontally oriented and mounted to the two resonance units using two or more nodal support rings located at the nodal positions of the resonant element. The nodal support rings are adjustable in position relative to the resonant element and the resonance units to permit positioning of the rings directly at the nodal positions during operation, where, for example, adjustment may be required due to changes in the total mass attached to one or both free ends of the resonant unit. The sonic reactor has a grinding or mixing chamber mounted at one or both of the free ends of the resonant element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PROVECTUS ENGINEERED MATERIELS LTD.
    Inventors: Claudio Arato, Travis Janke
  • Patent number: 10245700
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for the recycling and recovery of carpet are disclosed herein, including devices, systems and methods for disassembling or deconstructing carpet into the various components that make up the carpet, by abrasive removal and separation of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Carpet Processing and Recycling, LLC
    Inventors: Terrence Edward Gillis, James Lawrence Evans
  • Patent number: 10195613
    Abstract: An apparatus for disintegration (or mixing) of a solid in a receptacle containing liquid, has a control unit and an ultrasound transducer generating ultrasonic energy under control of the control unit. An annular coupling element in communication with the ultrasound transducer is adapted to receive the receptacle. Ultrasonic energy is transferred to the receptacle contents through the annular coupling element. In use, the ultrasonic energy transferred to the receptacle contents causes disintegration of the solid into the liquid. A method for disintegration of a solid in a receptacle is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Liquitab Systems Limited
    Inventors: Tony Spirovski, Neil George Walker, Julian Meyer, David John Bull
  • Patent number: 10065193
    Abstract: Methods for processing of grains and the like and products produced by such processing, the invention in preferred embodiments subjects whole grains or portions of grains to rapid pressure and directional changes in a high velocity fluid stream to instantaneously vary forces acting thereon. Flours of reduced particle sizes having low starch value damage result, the present processing also permitting uniform blending of additives such as during comminution of the grains. Processed grains according to the invention are resistant to spoilage and clumping. Whole grain flours and white flours can be produced according to the invention. Bran, germ and endosperm of grains can also be separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Micronizing Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Yates, Charles A. Amold, Jeffrey A. Gwirtz, R. Carl Hoseney, Melva Hahn
  • Patent number: 10046331
    Abstract: A method for fragmenting and/or weakening material by high-voltage pulses is provided. The material and a processing fluid are arranged in a processing zone formed between two electrodes such that the entire processing zone is flooded with processing fluid, and high-voltage pulses are applied to the electrodes such that high-voltage breakdowns occur between the two electrodes and/or such that predischarge channels are formed without breakdowns. An electrode with a metallic conductor is chosen for at least one of the two electrodes, the conductor being provided partially or completely with an insulator or insulating coating at the working end of the electrode that is in contact with the processing fluid, the permittivity of the insulator/insulating coating being at least 75% of the permittivity of the processing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: selFrag AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Müller-Siebert, Fabrice Monti Di Sopra, Harald Giese, Urs Friedli
  • Patent number: 10029262
    Abstract: A method of fragmenting and/or weakening of material is provided that utilizes high voltage discharges. The material is together with a process liquid introduced into a process area, in which two electrodes face each other at a distance, and is arranged therein in such a manner that the area between the two electrodes is filled with the material and process liquid. Between the two electrodes high voltage discharges are generated for fragmenting or weakening of the material. During the fragmenting or weakening, respectively, of the material, process liquid is discharged from the process area and process liquid is fed into the process area. The process liquid which is fed has a lower electrical conductivity than the process liquid which is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: selFrag AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Muller-Siebert, Heiko Feitkenhauer, Alexander Weh, Fabrice Monti Di Sopra, Peter Hoppe, Josef Singer, Harald Giese, Klaus Leber
  • Patent number: 10017418
    Abstract: It has been unexpectedly discovered that the addition of a natural or other pozzolan to non-spec fly ash significantly improves the properties of the non-spec fly ash to the extent it can be certified under ASTM C618 and AASHTO 295, as either a Class F or Class C fly ash. The natural pozzolan may be a volcanic ejecta, such as pumice or perlite. Other pozzolans may also be used for this beneficiation process. Many pozzolans are experimentally tested and may be used to beneficiate non-spec fly ash into certifiable Class F fly ash. Additionally, this disclosure provides a method of converting a Class C fly ash to a more valuable Class F fly ash. This discovery will extend diminishing Class F fly ash supplies and turn non-spec fly ash waste streams into valuable, certified fly ash pozzolan which will protect and enhance concrete, mortars and grouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: CR Minerals Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Earl Thomas, Richard Douglas Carter, Jeffrey Alexander Whidden
  • Patent number: 9938169
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for treating a fluid are disclosed. The apparatus includes a cylindrical chamber of non-magnetic material for holding a volume of fluid to be treated. The fluid contains a quantity of magnetic particles, preferably nanoparticles, having desired properties for treating the fluid. The apparatus includes a magnetic field generator for creating a non-static magnetic field within the chamber, thereby to induce motion in the magnetic particles within the chamber in use. The chamber has an inlet through which fluid to be treated can be introduced, and an outlet through which treated fluid can be removed from the chamber. Sets of windings are disposed concentrically about the chamber and arranged to create a rotating magnetic field within the chamber. Preferably the rotating magnetic field rotates in the opposite sense to swirling rotation of the fluid in the chamber. This enhances contact between the nano-particles and the fluid to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
    Inventors: Ivan William Hofsajer, Vijaya Srinivasu Vallabhapurapu, Wei Hua Ho
  • Patent number: 9937480
    Abstract: A purification apparatus and a purification method using the purification apparatus. A solution stored in a solution storage tank is diffused/agitated with an ultrasonic wave. An air compressor transfers the solution to a reactor. The solution is mixed in the reactor with a solvent fed through another passage to produce a reactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: LAMINAR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jong Pal Hong, Chil Won Lee, Hee Wan Lee, Gyeong Rye Choi
  • Patent number: 9809480
    Abstract: A process and system for treating wastewater is described. The invention degrades sludge produced by treatment of the wastewater to reduce or eliminate the need for sludge dewatering and disposal. The invention also reduces the amount of nutrient additives required to sustain the aerobic wastewater treatment process. In one embodiment the invention includes the steps of (a) providing an aerobic treatment system receiving a supply of the wastewater; (b) treating a supply of the sludge to rupture microbial cells present therein to produce treated sludge having an increased liquid:solid ratio and an increased degradation potential in comparison to untreated sludge; (c) conveying a supply of the treated sludge to the aerobic treatment system; and (d) substantially degrading the supply of treated sludge in the aerobic treatment system. The treated sludge may optionally be subjected to anaerobic digestion prior to delivery to the aerobic treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Cypress Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Robert John Stephenson, Scott Christopher Laliberte, Preston Yee Ming Hoy, Patrick William George Neill
  • Patent number: 9776864
    Abstract: The invention relates to elemental selenium nanoparticles, especially a product containing selenium nanoparticules, that can be produced from at least one organic compound and at least one selenium source, with a step of drying by atomisation. The invention also relates to a method for producing such a product and to a method for enriching, with elemental selenium nanoparticles, a product which already comprises elemental selenium nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Pancosma S.A.
    Inventors: David Bravo, Lenz Markus
  • Patent number: 9739584
    Abstract: Tracer ammunition is disclosed and includes a projectile having a body; a chamber in the body having a front end and a rear end, the rear end of the chamber being open; an aperture at a rear end of the body providing an opening to the open end of the chamber; and a tracer material disposed within the chamber, wherein the tracer material is configured to combust when ignited and emit optical energy through the aperture as a result of the combustion process. The tracer material may be configured to include a rear-facing surface having a concave contour to aid in directivity of light output from the tracer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Physics Optics Corporation
    Inventors: Kang-Bin Chua, Ranjit Pradhan, Jerald A. Cole, Gibum Kim, Joseph Rustick
  • Patent number: 9714333
    Abstract: Processes for decrosslinking crosslinked plastic and devulcanizing vulcanized rubber include advancing such materials through single screw or twin screw extruders including special ultrasonic treatment zones wherein threadless shaft (single screw) or shafts (twin screw) rotate under an ultrasonic horn having a distal end aligned with the shaft or shafts and being shaped complimentary thereto. Special arcuate (single screw) or double-arcuate ultrasonic treatment flow paths confine the materials to flow under the horn where the material is subjected to ultrasonic waves to decrosslink the material, in the case of crosslinked plastic, or devulcanize the material, in the case of vulcanized rubber, with the extrudate leaving the die as a continuous stream or rope as is typical of virgin plastic or rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: The University of Akron
    Inventor: Avraam Isayev
  • Patent number: 9708533
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a wavelength conversion member including a polycrystalline ceramics includes mixing a substance serving as a silicon source, a substance serving as an aluminum source, a substance serving as a calcium source, and a substance serving as a europium source; firing the obtained mixture to obtain an oxynitride phosphor powder; then sintering the oxynitride phosphor powder in an inert atmosphere to obtain the polycrystalline ceramics, characterized in that the sintered oxynitride phosphor powder has a composition (excluding oxygen) represented by the Formula: Cax1Eux2Si12-(y+z)Al(y+z)OzN16-z (in the Formula, x1, x2, y, and z are values such that 0<x1?3.40, 0.05?x2?0.20, 3.5?y?7.0, 0?z?1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ube Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuki Iwashita, Takuma Sakai, Takayuki Ueda, Masataka Fujinaga, Shinsuke Jida, Masataka Yamanaga, Yuki Nagao, Takafumi Kawano
  • Patent number: 9700893
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for breaking mineral particles comprising suspending the particles in a liquid flowing in a conduction path, the liquid comprising a dielectric constant higher than the particles and wherein an electric voltage pulse is sent to electrodes to pass an electric field in the mineral particles with sufficient stress to fracture the mineral particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SDG, LLC
    Inventor: William M. Moeny
  • Patent number: 9676917
    Abstract: An advanced manufacturing plant and process to efficiently deconstruct and recycle post-consumer carpet primarily in an aqueous environment. The water-based technology substantially eliminates airborne particulate emissions into the workplace and the environment. It also significantly increases the quality and quantity of the resources recovered from the carpet. In addition to recycling residential carpet, it also reclaims and recycles material from commercial broadloom carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: XT Green, Inc.
    Inventors: Xinting Tian, Gail Brice, Lorence Moot, Frank Lu
  • Patent number: 9604225
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrode arrangement for an electrodynamic fragmentation plant having a passage opening (1) for fragmentation material (3) and having several electrode pairs (4a, 5a; 4a, 5b; 4b, 5c; 4b, 5d; 4c, 5e; 4c, 5f; 4d, 5g; 4d, 5h) by means of which, by charging the electrodes (4a-4d, 5a-5h) thereof with high-voltage pulses, in each case high-voltage discharges can be generated within the passage opening (1), for fragmentation of the fragmentation material (3). The passage opening (1) is formed in such a way and the electrodes (4a-4d, 5a-5h) of the electrode pairs are arranged therein in such a way that for each electrode pair (4a, 5a; 4a, 5b; 4b, 5c; 4b, 5d; 4c, 5e; 4c, 5f; 4d, 5g; 4d, 5h) in the area of a shortest connecting line (L) between the electrodes of the respective electrode pair, a ball (K) can pass through the passage opening (1), the diameter of which is bigger than the length of this respective shortest connecting line (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: selFrag AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Muller-Siebert, Fabrice Monti Di Sopra, Bernhard Hasler, Harald Giese
  • Patent number: 9586210
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for comminuting a polycrystalline silicon rod, which apparatus includes a base, at least one movable comminuting tool and optionally at least one immovable anvil. A silicon rod to be comminuted lies on a longitudinal axis oriented parallel or virtually parallel to the surface of the base and can be adjusted between the comminuting tool and anvil. Also disclosed is a method for comminuting a polycrystalline silicon rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Joachim Mattes, Peter Gruebl, Siegfried Riess
  • Patent number: 9574445
    Abstract: An apparatus for bi-directionally mining a manganese nodule includes a traveling device to travel in a predetermined traveling direction, collecting devices installed at both ends of the traveling device, respectively, to collect the manganese nodule, and a control device to sense the traveling direction of the traveling device and to drive one of the collecting devices installed at both ends of the traveling device, which is placed in the sensed traveling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Korea Instutite of Ocean Science & Technology
    Inventors: Tae-Kyeong Yeu, Sup Hong, Hyung-Woo Kim, Jong-Su Choi
  • Patent number: 9492854
    Abstract: A food waste management system includes a tank having an internal chamber for containing food waste and sufficient water for fully submersing the food waste. The system further includes a water supply system for supplying water to the internal chamber, a gas supply system for supplying a gas to the internal chamber, a discharge system for discharging water and food waste from the internal chamber, a grinder system for grinding the food waste, the grinder system being disposed in the internal chamber to be fully submersed in the water, a circulation system disposed in the internal chamber for circulating water and food waste and a control system for controlling operation of the food waste management system in accordance with a desired control process. The system further includes a nutrient additive to be supplied to the internal chamber in predetermined amounts at predetermined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ENVIROPURE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: James Slanina
  • Patent number: 9429151
    Abstract: A heat sink assembly is disclosed for cooling a power electronics module, such as a variable frequency drive. The heat sink assembly includes a housing and a heat sink structure. The housing defines an interior chamber for enclosing the power electronics module and also defines a cooling air flow channel exterior to the interior chamber. The heat sink structure is disposed in conductive heat transfer relationship with the interior chamber and has a heat transfer surface positioned within the exterior cooling air flow channel in convective heat transfer relationship with the cooling air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael F. Taras, KeonWoo Lee, Mark J. Perkovich, Suresh Duraisamy, XuQiang Liao, Claus E. Jorgensen, Arne F. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9364429
    Abstract: An orally disintegrating tablet is obtained by dry tabletting a mixture of: hydroxyalkyl cellulose microparticles having a 50% particle size in the cumulative particle size distribution of more than or equal to 15 ?m and less than 40 ?m, and having a hydroxyalkyl group content of 40 to 80% by mass; a main drug as a pharmaceutical ingredient; and optionally, additives such as an excipient, a binder, a disintegrant, a lubricating agent, an agent for sustained release, a base material, a coloring agent, a pH adjusting agent, a pH buffer agent, a surfactant, a stabilizer, an acidulant, a flavoring agent, a fluidizing agent, a refreshing agent, a sweetener, a savoring component, and a sweetness intensifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Nippon Soda Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Tsue, Takeshi Shimotori, Takashi Kato
  • Patent number: 9358737
    Abstract: A process to manufacture a 3D mold to fabricate a high-throughput and low cost sub-micron 3D structure product is disclosed. The process integrates use of 2-photon laser lithography and 3D write technology to make a 3D mold of each layer of the 3D structure product, and then use nanoimprinting to form a sheet of polymer film of each layer of the 3D structure from the said 3D mold of that layer. Each layer of the sheet of polymer film is then fabricated into the sub-micron 3D structure product. The 3D mold of each layer of a high-throughput and low cost sub-micron 3D structure product, is further used to make master molds which is then used to form a sheet of polymer film of each layer of the 3D structure to fabricate the sub-micron 3D structure product. Applications using this process are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: HELIOS APPLIED SYSTEMS PTE LTD
    Inventor: Shyi-Herng Kan
  • Patent number: 9334625
    Abstract: Disclosed is a buffer system for mining a deep seafloor mineral resource. The buffer system includes a hopper part that introduces and stores a crushed mineral resource to discharge the crushed mineral resource upward, a first pipe that communicates with an upper portion of the hopper part to introduce the mineral resource, a feeder part provided under the hopper part to discharge the mineral resources upward, a second pipe that communicates with the feeder part and lifts the mineral resource, a hydraulic part provided under the hopper part to convert power received from a surface boat into hydraulic power to operate at least one actuator and a driving motor to introduce the mineral resource into the first pipe, and a structure frame coupled to a lifting pipe to transmit an external load applied to the buffer system, and constituting an external frame of the buffer system to protect internal units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology
    Inventors: Sup Hong, Jong-Su Choi, Hyung-Woo Kim, Tae-Kyeong Yeu, Cheon-Hong Min
  • Patent number: 9327288
    Abstract: A method of grinding a powder, which grinds a powder using an air stream generated inside a grinding chamber in a jet mill in which there is no place to retain powder inside the grinding chamber is provided. The method includes: a mixing step of mixing an auxiliary agent with the powder; a heating step of heating a high pressure gas; a supplying step of supplying the high pressure gas heated in the heating step into the grinding chamber; an injecting step of injecting the powder in which the auxiliary agent is mixed in the mixing step into the grinding chamber in a predetermined amount in which the concentration of the auxiliary agent inside the grinding chamber is lower than an ignition concentration; and a grinding step of grinding the powder using the air stream generated inside the grinding chamber by the high pressure gas supplied in the supplying step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: NISSHIN ENGINEERING INC.
    Inventors: Kazumi Kozawa, Harutoshi Tominaga
  • Patent number: 9304066
    Abstract: A system for at least one of homogenization and lysis of a sample includes one or more walls forming an enclosed chamber having an inlet and a plurality of fluidic connections. A first fluidic network is coupled to at least one of the plurality of fluidic connections and a second fluidic network is coupled to at least one of the plurality of fluidic connections. The system further includes a rotary element within the chamber, and an actuator configured to rotate the rotary element. The first fluidic network is configured to introduce at least a sample into the chamber from at least one first reservoir. The second fluidic network is configured to expel at least the sample from the chamber to at least one second reservoir. The rotary element is rotated by the actuator about an axis extending along a length of the rotary element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Stat-Diagnostica & Innovation S.L.
    Inventors: Jordi Carrera Fabra, Anna Comengés Casas, Ricard Martín Blanco, Rafael Bru Gibert
  • Patent number: 9192940
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel device (10) for separating composite materials, comprising a cylindrical rotor (17), which has a shaft driven by a motor and strip-shaped first impacting tools (30), which are evenly distributed over the circumference and which protrude from the rotor parallel to the shaft, and comprising a cylindrical stator (12) that surrounds the rotor, wherein an annular space (32) is formed between the rotor and the stator. An air supply channel (15) opens into the upper region of the annular space (32) and an air removal channel (38) leads away from the lower region of the annular space. Furthermore, the cylindrical wall of the stator (12) has strip-shaped second impacting tools (31), which are evenly distributed over the circumference and which protrude radially inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ASCORE Technologies AG
    Inventor: Christoph Muther
  • Patent number: 9132430
    Abstract: A system and method for separating polymer components of a multi-component article, such as a shoe, is presented. The described system and method exploits the differences in embrittlement and glass transition temperature of different polymer components of the multi-component article by cryogenically freezing the prepared article and impacting the article such that one polymer component is pulverized without substantially fracturing the remaining portion of the article. The system and method further includes a re-looping capability to maximize separation and recovery of polymer components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon William Lofts, Samuel Graham Stevens, Nathiel Egosi
  • Patent number: 9120101
    Abstract: A method and device for reusing materials and/or products by pulsed power according to which a series of electrical discharges are generated between at least two electrodes in a reactor containing an ambient liquid as well as the materials and/or products to be reused. The energy of the electric discharges, the voltage between the electrodes, the switching time and the frequency of the discharges are selected such that said discharges generate electric arcs that pass through the materials and/or products to be reused, and mechanical shock waves that propagate across the materials and/or products to be treated in the reactor. The result is fragmentation, pulverisation, dispersion and separation of the elements that make up the materials and/or products to be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: CAMILLE COMPAGNIE D'ASSISTANCE MINIERE ET INDUSTRIELLE
    Inventors: Abdelaziz Bentaj, Nadir Ouayahya, Jean Louis Clement, Jean Pierre Tutusaus
  • Patent number: 9120102
    Abstract: A method for reusing material by pulsed power, according to which a series of electrical discharges are generated between at least two electrodes in a reactor receiving an ambient liquid as well as the materials to be reused. The series of said electrical discharges produce, as a result of the energy, the frequency of the electrical discharges, the voltage between the electrodes and the switching time, a mechanical shockwave which propagates over the materials to be processed in the reactor. The ambient liquid is cooled by a continuous or carousel cooling system, to enable the production of nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: CAMILLE COMPAGNIE D'ASSISTANCE MINIERE ET INDUSTRIELLE
    Inventors: Abdelaziz Bentaj, Nadir Quayahya, Jean-Louis Clement, Marc Burey
  • Patent number: 9101959
    Abstract: A method comprises accessing a vibratory device having a rotor and first and second eccentric weights. The first weight is initially attached to the rotor's shaft in a manner such that its center of the mass is offset from the shaft in a first radial direction. The second weight is initially attached to the shaft in a manner such that its center of the mass is also offset in the first radial direction. The method further comprises reorienting the first and second weights relative to the shaft in a manner such that their centers of the mass are offset in a second radial direction. By performing these steps, the location of greatest bearing surface wear rate on the shaft is circumferentially relocated about the shaft. As such, the service life of an eccentric weight vibratory device is thereby extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Martin Engineering Company
    Inventor: Grant S. Burton
  • Patent number: 9067859
    Abstract: A reactor comprising at least one contact surface made from, coated with, or impregnated by a catalyst, wherein the contact surface comprises a sintered metal or a ceramic, and wherein the reactor is configured to subject a reactant stream to shear. A system for carrying out a heterogeneously catalyzed reaction, the system comprising a reactor as described above and a pump configured for delivering reactants to the at least one reactor. A method for carrying out a heterogeneously-catalyzed reaction by introducing reactants into a reactor comprising at least one contact surface made from, coated with, or impregnated by a catalyst under conditions which promote production of a desired product, wherein the contact surface comprises a sintered metal or a ceramic, and forming a dispersion of reactants within the reactor, wherein the dispersion comprises droplets or gas bubbles of reactant with an average diameter of less than about 5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: H R D CORPORATION
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory Borsinger, Aziz Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh
  • Publication number: 20150114265
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of making a particulate material comprising; providing mineral wool base material in a form having size at least 80% not more than 40 mm, subjecting the mineral wool base material to sintering by use of a pulse combustor and thereby forming a particulate material in the form of particles having size at least 80% not more than 20 mm. An apparatus for carrying out the method comprises means for size reduction of coherent mineral wool substrate and a reaction chamber in communication with a pulse combustor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jean Marie Wilhelmus Cuypers, Andreas Leismann, Stuart Lambie
  • Patent number: 8992815
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of producing a chemically pure and stably dispersed organic nanoparticle colloidal suspension using an ultrafast pulsed laser ablation process. The method comprises irradiating a target of an organic compound material in contact with a poor solvent with ultrashort laser pulses at a high repetition rate and collecting the nanoparticles of the organic compound produced. The method may be implemented with a high repetition rate ultrafast pulsed laser source, an optical system for focusing and moving the pulsed laser beam, an organic compound target in contact with a poor solvent, and a solvent circulating system to cool the laser focal volume and collect the produced nanoparticle products. By controlling various laser parameters, and with optional poor solvent flow movement, the method provides stable colloids of dispersed organic nanoparticles in the poor solvent in the absence of any stabilizing agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: IMRA America, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhendong Hu, Yong Che
  • Publication number: 20150083830
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for the micronisation of a powdered material (P) containing particles, comprising: a container (11), containing a reserve of the powdered product (P) to be micronised; a high-energy gaseous spiral fluid-jet micronising mill (12) with which powdered product (P) is micronised; and a feed system (13) to feed powdered product (P) from container (11) to the spiral jet mill (12), wherein feed system (13) comprises a special microdispenser device (20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29) that micrometrically dispenses and directly feeds the powdered material (P), in a dense state, to the spiral jet mill (12), and wherein said microdispenser device (20) comprises one or more dispensing sections (21) which are cyclically filled with material originating from container (11) and then emptied to feed the material to the spiral jet mill (12), opening and closing at high frequency a plurality of control valves (26, 27, 28 and 29) associated with the dispensing sections (21) of the microdispenser device (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Milko Leone, Simone Frattini, Matteo Gamberoni
  • Publication number: 20150069153
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of fragmenting and/or weakening of material by means of high voltage discharges. The material is together with a process liquid introduced into a process area, in which two electrodes face each other at a distance, and is arranged therein in such a manner that the area between the two electrodes is filled with material and process liquid. Between the two electrodes high voltage discharges are generated for fragmenting or weakening, respectively, of the material. According to the invention, during the fragmenting or weakening, respectively, of the material, process liquid is discharged from the process area and process liquid is fed into the process area. The process liquid which is fed has a lower electrical conductivity than the process liquid which is discharged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: selFrag AG
    Inventors: Helena Ahlqvist Jeanneret, Reinhard Muller-Siebert, Heiko Feitkenhauer, Alexander Weh, Fabrice Monti Di Sopra, Peter Hoppe, Josef Singer, Harald Giese, Klaus Leber
  • Publication number: 20150001322
    Abstract: A method for dispersing a filler having high agglomerating properties in a resin and a micro-dispersing mixer used in the method are provided. Further, a method for producing a sealing material that can avoid a defect caused by agglomerates of a filler (for example, carbon black) in an electronic material such as a semiconductor package, a masterbatch resin produced by the method, and a micro-dispersing mixer used in the method are provided. When a filler is dispersed in a molten resin composition to produce a filler-dispersed molten resin composition, a resin composition containing filler aggregates and a molten resin composition is preliminarily mixed by a mixing means, and, thereafter, the preliminarily mixed mixture is allowed to pass through the micro-dispersing mixer with a fine flow path to disperse the filler in a filler resin composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sato
  • Patent number: 8920639
    Abstract: The invention provides a combustion process using comminuted fuel solids from a steam-driven shear field, with controlled water content and optionally coated with a combustion catalyst. The method allows fuel solids to burn for energy production at low temperatures. The lower temperatures avoid emissions of nitrogen oxides, and the process also yields a clean, friable ash that has economic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hydrocoal Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Walker Taylor
  • Patent number: 8893992
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a fuel preparation system. The feedstock preparation system includes an acoustic chamber configured to receive a fuel and at least one acoustic wave generator configured to generate acoustic waves to at least partially break up the fuel in the acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Martin Mitchell, Fredric S. Russ, Chris J. Villa, Steven Craig Russell
  • Publication number: 20140326809
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for disintegrating a recyclable item in a material-selective manner and using the electrohydraulic effect, an electric discharge being generated, in a container filled with a liquid, using a pulsed current source and within an underwater spark gab between a container base-side electrode and at least one container cover-side electrode that points towards the first electrode, with electric discharge having an average field strength of less than or equal to 5 kV/mm and a pulse or discharge energy of greater than 10 J, and being generated at least substantially in the liquid. In the container, the recyclable item lies partially in the underwater spark gab on the container base-side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: ADENSIS GMBH
    Inventors: Tim Müller, Leonid Gelfond, Stefan Eisert
  • Patent number: 8876027
    Abstract: Described and claimed herein is a method of producing enhanced combustion ash for use in pozzolanic applications or cement clinker manufacture. The method employs a primary process in which wet or dry feedstock is pulverized with sonication using one or more grinding media having a maximum component size of about 2 mm. Alternatively, the media may have a true grinding medium volume to chamber volume ratio of at least 0.29. Also disclosed an claimed is an enhanced combustion ash produced by the method, whereby the enhanced combustion ash has one or more qualities that make it particularly suitable in pozzolanic applications or cement clinker manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sonoash LLC
    Inventors: Klaus Oehr, Rod McElroy, Michael Kiktavy