With Material Guide Or Restrictor Patents (Class 251/118)
  • Patent number: 11608899
    Abstract: A fitting with a body bound by an exterior surface and an interior surface. The exterior surface includes a quick disconnect profile extending from a first end of the body and an external thread extending from a second end of the body. The interior surface includes a first bore extending from the first end of the body and a second bore extending from the second end of the body. The fitting includes an orifice formed by the first bore, between a pin and the first bore, or between the pin and a third bore of an adjustment member installed within the first bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: Paul A. Merems
  • Patent number: 11519814
    Abstract: In a method of monitoring fluid usage in a fluid system, a proportional control valve is provided, including a valve element operable to control fluid flow from a fluid source to the fluid system. A first pressure upstream of the valve element and a second pressure downstream of the valve element are measured to identify a pressure differential across the valve element. In response to the identified pressure differential, the valve element is adjusted to one of a plurality of flow positions to adjust the pressure differential across the valve element to substantially match a predetermined pressure differential. A flow rate through the proportional control valve is determined based on the first pressure, the second pressure, and the adjusted flow position of the valve element. Based on the determined flow rate over time, an amount of fluid usage in the fluid system is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lance, Brian P. Frackelton
  • Patent number: 11473593
    Abstract: A blower is provided that may include a fan that creates airflow; a lower body forming an inner space in which the fan may be installed, and having at least one suction hole through which air passes; an upper body positioned above the lower body and including a first upper body forming a first inner space that communicates with the inner space of the lower body, and a second upper body forming a second inner space that communicates with the inner space of the lower body and spaced apart from the first upper body; a space formed between the first upper body and the second upper body and opened in a frontward-rearward direction; a first opening formed through a first boundary surface of the first upper body facing the space; a second opening formed through a second boundary surface of the second upper body facing the space; and a door assembly including a first door installed at the first upper body and that opens and closes the first opening, and a second door installed at the second upper body and that opens
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Jaehyun Kim, Yongmin Kim, Kidong Kim, Seokho Choi, Hyungho Park, Hoojin Kim, Chiyoung Choi
  • Patent number: 11448323
    Abstract: A rotary valve includes a valve body defining an inlet, an outlet, and a fluid flow path connecting the inlet and the outlet, and a valve shaft is disposed in the valve body. A control element includes a first side, a second side, and defines a pivot axis. The control element operatively connected to the valve shaft, disposed in the fluid flow path, and is rotatable by the valve shaft about the pivot axis between an open position, in which the control element permits fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, and a closed position, in which the control element limits flow between the inlet and the outlet of the valve body. A portion of the control element includes a lattice structure including a plurality of connected lattice members. The lattice structure defines one or more channels extending across the first side of the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Timothy A. McMahon
  • Patent number: 11402029
    Abstract: A valve device includes: a valve body that forms a first flow path and a second flow path; an inner disc that includes an inner annular part disposed around an opening of the first flow path, an outer annular part disposed on an outer peripheral side of the inner annular part, and a connecting part that includes a plurality of openings that communicates with the second flow path and that connects the inner annular part and the outer annular part; a valve seat disposed on the inner annular part; and a diaphragm that, at a peripheral edge part of the diaphragm, comes into contact with the outer annular part and makes the first flow path and the second flow path continuous and discontinuous by moving between an open position of non-contact and a closed position of contact with the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Sato, Tsutomu Shinohara, Tomohiro Nakata, Takeru Miura
  • Patent number: 11402026
    Abstract: There is a valve assembly including a flow control valve and a flow centralizer. The flow centralizer has a flowthrough bore. The flow centralizer is downstream of the flow control valve and the flowthrough bore narrows in a direction downstream of the flow control valve. The flow centralizer may have a three-piece design including an insert defining the flowthrough bore and an orifice body and a flange ring which hold the insert in place within the orifice body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SlurryFlo Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Leroux, Brendan Romano, Amir Emami
  • Patent number: 11285447
    Abstract: Liquid treatment apparatus comprises at least two chambers being first and second chambers through which a fluid can flow. The two chambers are separated by at least one choke nozzle which has an entrance in the first chamber and an exit in the second chamber. The choke nozzle comprises a converging section at its entrance, a throat section, a backward-facing step immediately after the throat section, and an exit section at its exit wherein the exit section diverges from the step. Similarly constructed mixing nozzles may be included in the apparatus. The apparatus is especially useful in processes requiring a gas to be entrained in a fluid so that the gas is in the form of very small bubbles that do not tend to coalesce and flash off such as in the dissolution of gold and other precious metals from ore and in the removal of arsenic from an ore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Ashok Adrian Singh
  • Patent number: 11156308
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve comprises a valve body having a dividing wall which separates a first chamber and a second chamber and a through-hole formed in the dividing wall and in which a valving element is inserted, a guide member having a main body portion disposed between an outer peripheral surface of the valving element and an inner peripheral surface of the valving element and forming a gap with the inner peripheral surface of the through-hole, an insertion hole through which the valving element is inserted and which slides against the outer peripheral surface of the valving element, a flange portion provided on an one-end side of the main body portion and being in contact with the dividing wall and a tapered portion provided in the one-end side and disposed inside the first chamber. The flange portion is pushed toward the dividing wall by a pushing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenori Hayakawa, Kazuyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11143311
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve seat and cage assembly (18) comprising a valve cage (20) and a valve seat (22), the valve seat (22) being adapted to be screwed into the valve cage (20), which valve cage (20), in a connection portion (34) thereof, has a valve cage connection inner diameter (DK) in which the connection portion (32) of a valve seat (22) engages with its valve seat connection outer diameter (DV) and thus provides radial centering, a screw connection portion (37) and a shoulder (38), with the shoulder (38) serving as an axial stop between the valve cage and the valve seat, and with the valve seat (22) and the valve cage (20) being pressed against one another with an axial contact pressure component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSON AG
    Inventors: Andreas Sander, Michael Merscher
  • Patent number: 10767570
    Abstract: A regulating device for an internal combustion engine includes a housing in which is formed an exhaust gas recirculation pipe which opens into an intake pipe, and a regulating element eccentrically mounted on a shaft. The regulating element includes a first surface, a second surface, and guide ribs arranged on the second surface so that an exhaust gas flow flows into the intake pipe when the exhaust gas recirculation pipe is opened. In a first end position of the regulating element, where the intake pipe is at throttled upstream of an opening of the exhaust gas recirculation pipe, a normal vector of the first surface points to an upstream side of the intake pipe. In a second end position of the regulating element, where the exhaust gas recirculation pipe is closed, a normal vector of the second surface points to the exhaust gas recirculation pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Dirk Vierkotten, Maximilian Flender, Christian Vigild, Andreas Kuske, Franz Arnd Sommerhoff, Joerg Kemmerling, Helmut Kindl, Vanco Smiljanovski, Hanno Friederichs
  • Patent number: 10590892
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating vacuum via a throttle. In one example, a method may comprise rotating the throttle to a first fully closed position to provide vacuum to a first vacuum consumption device and rotating the throttle to a second fully closed position to provide vacuum to a second vacuum consumption device. The method may further include rotating the throttle to a partially closed position to provide vacuum to both the first and second vacuum consumption devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaogang Zhang, Jianwen James Yi, Brad VanDerWege
  • Patent number: 10564015
    Abstract: A turbulator adapted to be mounted to or inserted in an inlet portion of a flow meter for a ventilator is disclosed. The turbulator is adapted to create a turbulent gas flow in the inlet portion downstream of the turbulator upon passage of a gas flow therethrough. A flow meter for a ventilator is provided. The flow meter may comprise such turbulator. The turbulator may be arranged in the inlet portion of the flow meter. A membrane for a ventilator flow meter is provided, as well as a flow meter comprising the membrane. A flow meter comprising a turbulator and a membrane is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Breas Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrik Stromsten, Jan Hellberg
  • Patent number: 10486314
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a compliant force/torque sensor includes an orthoplanar spring including a central platform and multiple legs that extend out from the platform, a support member configured to support the orthoplanar spring, wherein the legs of the orthoplanar spring are mounted to the support member in a manner in which the central platform of the orthoplanar spring can move relative to the support member, and sensor elements configured to sense movement of the central platform of the orthoplanar spring relative to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Jerry Michael West, Redwan Alqasemi, Rajiv Dubey
  • Patent number: 10479337
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solenoid valve for a brake system. The solenoid valve includes a valve housing installed in a bore of a modulator block and configured to include an internal flow path, a valve sheet provided at the internal flow path of the valve housing and configured to include an orifice, an armature configured to be slidably moved up and down by a magnet core and to include an opening or closing sphere configured to selectively open or close the orifice, a sleeve configured to accommodate the armature therein and to have one end coupled to the valve housing and the other end at which the magnet core is provided, and a damper guide provided at the internal flow path of the valve housing to come into contact with and surround the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: In-Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 10470356
    Abstract: A system for dispensing multiple low rate agricultural products, includes an agricultural product metering system, a number of agricultural product tubes, and an agricultural product metering system. The agricultural product metering system is operably connected to sources of low rate agricultural products. The agricultural product tubes are operatively connected to the agricultural product metering system. The agricultural product metering system is configured to dispense liquid low rate agricultural products at a low rate defined as below 3.7 fluid ounces per 1000 row feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Richard L. Rice, Larry M. Conrad, Keith Woodruff
  • Patent number: 10400764
    Abstract: A valve seat includes a generally cylindrical body that defines a bore extending axially therethrough and has an outer surface. An enlarged diameter portion extends axially from the generally cylindrical body and defines a shoulder surface and an annular surface disposed opposite the shoulder surface; the annular surface is configured to form a seal with a displaceable portion of a valve. An annular notch is formed in the outer surface of the generally cylindrical body, and it extends a distance from a shoulder surface. The annular notch decouples a stiffness of the enlarged diameter portion to thereby increase a radial compressibility of the generally cylindrical body. An annular channel is formed in the outer surface of the generally cylindrical body and is disposed axially below the annular notch. The annular channel is configured to receive a hydraulic fluid to compress radially the generally cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Wagner, Justin R. Cummings, Erica Snider, Alexander Grams, Christopher Buckley
  • Patent number: 10372145
    Abstract: A pressure-type flow rate controller includes a body provided with a fluid passage which communicates a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, a control valve for pressure control fixed to the body to open and close the fluid passage, an orifice arranged in the course of the fluid passage on the downstream side of the control valve, and a pressure sensor fixed to the body to detect the internal pressure of the fluid passage between the control valve and the orifice, wherein the fluid passage comprises a first passage portion communicating the control valve and a pressure detection chamber provided on a pressure detection surface of the pressure sensor, and a second passage portion spaced away from the first passage portion and communicating the pressure detection chamber and the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: Takashi Hirose, Toshihide Yoshida, Atsushi Matsumoto, Kaoru Hirata, Nobukazu Ikeda, Kouji Nishino, Ryousuke Dohi, Katsuyuki Sugita
  • Patent number: 10119416
    Abstract: A main steam valve includes a cylindrical guide centered about an O-axis, a valve body disposed inside the guide so as to be slidable in the O-axis direction, a valve shaft on which the valve body moves in the O-axis direction between open and closed positions, and a casing having a flow path and a valve seat formed on an inner surface thereof. The flow path guides out a fluid guided into the casing from the inflow direction along the O-axis direction. The valve body abuts against the valve seat when the valve body is in the closed position. A valve chamber, formed in the casing, has a baffle plate provided in a region between an outer circumferential surface of the guide and an inner surface of the casing. The baffle plate interrupts swirling vortex flow with spiral vortex core extending in the circumferential direction of the O-axis of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Tomoshige Takata, Katsuhisa Hamada, Kensuke Futahashi
  • Patent number: 10059196
    Abstract: A vent valve for a fuel system includes a float, a flapper assembly and an orifice plate. The flapper assembly has a flapper and a seal mounted on or fixed to the flapper. The flapper assembly can be movably engaged with the float. The orifice plate can have a plate body that includes a nipple portion extending to a terminal end that defines a valve seat. The valve seat comprises an orifice having splines arranged around an outer diameter thereof. The seal is configured to selectively engage the valve seat between a sealed, closed position and an unsealed, open position. The splines facilitate movement of the seal from the closed position to the open position with reduced reopening force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Paul D. Walkowski
  • Patent number: 9988974
    Abstract: An exhaust gas turbocharger with a wastegate port configured to permit some exhaust gas flow to exit a turbine volute upstream of the turbine wheel and enter a bypass channel thereby bypassing the turbine wheel, a valve with a valve head dimensioned to seat on a valve seat and to move between a seated position and an open position, the bypass channel having a sidewall contoured to surround the valve head as the valve head moves between the seated position and the open position, he bypass channel sidewall shaped so that a throat area (At) area between the bypass channel sidewall and valve head gradually increases as the valve head moves between the seated and the open position, such the bypass flow is controlled by the throat area (At) and not the area between the valve head and the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lotz, Brian Handlon, Jason Chekansky
  • Patent number: 9970299
    Abstract: The present application provides a purge flow delivery system that may be used with a gas turbine engine. The purge flow delivery system may include a mixing chamber with a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a cover plate, a first inlet tube positioned about the first sidewall, the first inlet tube configured to deliver a first fluid to the mixing chamber, a second inlet tube positioned about the second sidewall, the second inlet tube configured to deliver a second fluid to the mixing chamber, and a baffle plate attached to the cover plate and positioned to direct the first fluid at a first angle and the second fluid at a second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Peter Scoffone, Jason Edward Albert, Mitchell Merrill
  • Patent number: 9863542
    Abstract: A diaphragm valve with an assembly or cartridge that facilitates replacement of the diaphragm, the valve seat or both. The assembly may be a valve assembly having a diaphragm, a seat carrier and a valve seat that are combined into a discrete subassembly or cartridge for a diaphragm valve. The assembly as a discrete cartridge can be easily removed and replaced in order to change out the diaphragm or the valve seat or both. In one embodiment, the diaphragm has a perimeter that is welded to one side of the seat carrier. Flow capacity is favored by providing a gap between a seat carrier and a flow port of the valve body where the gap in part defines a flow area that is the same or greater than the flow area of the flow port. Methods for installing and replacing a valve assembly into a valve body are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventor: William H. Glime
  • Patent number: 9816622
    Abstract: A check valve (100) has a valve seat (20), and a valve disc (30) which closes the valve seat (20) in an openable/closable manner by linear reciprocating oscillation in the direction approaching or departing away from the valve seat (20), the check valve (100) being configured, as a lift-type check valve, to allow therein the inflow direction (D1) of a fluid (F) flowing into the valve seat (20) and the passing direction (D2) of the fluid (F) passing through the valve disc (30) to cross each other, the valve disc (30) being provided with, on the inflow side (primary side) thereof, a deflection surface (40) on which the fluid (F) is deflected from the inflow direction (D1) to the passing direction (D2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Kazunori Chiba
  • Patent number: 9646754
    Abstract: A linear solenoid has a coil assembly, a plunger, a stator core, and an elastic member. The coil assembly has a coil provided by a conducting wire. The plunger is disposed inside of the coil assembly and is movable in an axial direction. The stator core has a guiding portion guiding the plunger to move in the axial direction, an attracting portion attracting the plunger by generating a magnetic attractive force when the coil is energized, and a blocking portion blocking a magnetic field between the guiding portion and the attracting portion. The elastic member has an annular shape and is disposed between the blocking portion and the coil assembly. The elastic member is in contact with both an outer wall surface of the blocking portion and an inner wall surface of the coil assembly entirely in a circumferential direction of the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Saiki, Akinori Hirano, Shinichi Kondo
  • Patent number: 9625054
    Abstract: A shut-off flap with a flap-shaped shut-off element, which is supported within a housing in such a way that it can swivel around a rotation axis and which contains a flap disk staggered relative to the rotation axis and lateral hubs to hold two drive shafts which are supported in such a way that they can rotate in the housing. In order to make possible an improvement of the throughflow and a reduction of the actuation torque, flow deflection elements are located on the two hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Heribert Herold
  • Patent number: 9601252
    Abstract: Deformation is depressed where cover and connectors are integrally formed from a resin. A core body includes first and second body portions coupled to each other in the axial direction. The first body portion has a tubular shape extending in the axial direction, and a space surrounded by the inner peripheral surface thereof forms a housing space for a member that slides in the axial direction along the inner peripheral surface. The second body portion's outer peripheral surface and a bobbin body portion inner peripheral surface contact each other, and the first body portion outer peripheral surface and a target end portion inner peripheral surface, which is the bobbin body portion's end portion on the side in a direction from the second body portion toward the first body portion in the axial direction, are spaced from each other in at least a part of the region in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichiro Irie, Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9587565
    Abstract: A butterfly valve includes a body with a bore through which exhaust gas may flow and a valve member rotatably mounted within the bore for restricting flow through the bore. A stop extends into the bore to limit movement of the valve member and prevent the valve member from rotating to a closed position. The stop defines a restricted flow position at which the valve member is positioned between an open position and the closed position. An internal combustion engine utilizing the butterfly valve is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Streutker, Aaron C. Luft
  • Patent number: 9327252
    Abstract: Apparatus and system for mixing gas comprising a first valve coupled to a first conduit controlling flow of a first gas, a second valve coupled to a second conduit controlling flow of a second gas, a controller controlling the valves, a base block with a first gas input coupled to the first conduit, a second gas input coupled to the second conduit and an output opening, a mixing chamber formed within the base block, wherein the mixing chamber is coupled to the first gas input and the second gas input to receive input gases, an inner block disposed within the mixing chamber, the inner block including a body with an inner volume and one or more perimeter holes formed through the body coupling the mixing chamber to the inner volume of the inner block; and a gas outlet configured to flow gas through the output opening of the base block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventors: John W. Lane, Berrin Daran, Ramachandra Murthy Gunturi, Mariusch Gregor, Bhaswan Manjunath, Prashanth Vasudeva
  • Patent number: 9285042
    Abstract: A diaphragm valve and a seat holder unit for the diaphragm valve which allows easy replacement of a seat is provided. The diaphragm valve includes a retainer configured to hold a seat holder. The seat holder is demountably arranged on a body to hold a seat. The retainer has a substantially cylindrical shape and includes an inward flange portion receiving the outer peripheral edge portion of the seat holder, and is demountably mounted on the diaphragm holding members in a state of holding the seat holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Taichi Kitano, Tsutomu Shinohara, Michio Yamaji, Ryutaro Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9279515
    Abstract: A valve body (91) for enabling release of pressurized steam from a pressure vessel, the valve body comprising: a steam inlet (92), a steam outlet (93), and an internal wall defining a flow path between said inlet and said outlet, wherein at least a portion (102) of said internal wall in a region opposed to the steam inlet is removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: OSENEY LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Broderick
  • Patent number: 9273787
    Abstract: A control valve for controlling liquid flow in a heating and/or cooling installation under command from an actuator within a range defined by a manually preset maximum. The control valve includes differential pressure regulating facilities and flow area regulating facilities. The control valve is provided with means for manually presetting a maximum flow through area and with means for automatically adjusting the flow area through area within the preset maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Flowcon International ApS
    Inventors: Bjarne Wittendorff Ibsen, Carsten Enøe Møller, Gitte Pedersen, Mille Sveje Bøjgaard
  • Patent number: 9157497
    Abstract: A torsional joint assembly formed from a substantially planar material sheet comprises a plurality of contiguous segments. The contiguous segments include at least two, substantially parallel hinge segments, each being coupleable to a loading structure; and at least a first connecting element connecting the hinge segments one to another, the connecting element extending substantially orthogonally to the hinge segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Spencer P. Magleby, Joseph O. Jacobsen, Larry L. Howell
  • Patent number: 9027594
    Abstract: A fuel system valve assembly may include a housing, a spring, and a body. The housing may have a fuel passage defined in part or more by a fuel passage wall. The fuel passage wall may have a seat and a cylindrical section. The cylindrical section may have a constant diameter and may be located downstream of the seat. In use, the body may reciprocate linearly in the housing between an open position and a closed position. The body may be biased to the closed position by the spring. The body may abut the seat when the body is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: TI Group Automotive Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Edward J. Talaski
  • Patent number: 9016316
    Abstract: According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention there is provided a stopcock including a housing element defining at least first, second and third ports, a handle element which is selectably positionable relative to the housing element, at least one fluid passageway communicating between at least two of the at least first, second and third ports, the at least one fluid passageway being selectably defined by at least one of the housing element and the handle element, the at least one fluid passageway being configured for enabling flushing an internal volume of at least one of the first, second and third ports by a fluid flow which does not flow entirely through the port whose internal volume is being flushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Elcam Medical Agricultural Cooperative Association Ltd.
    Inventors: David Ziv, Gil Tomer
  • Publication number: 20150108378
    Abstract: A fluid flow control device includes a valve body, a valve seat disposed within the valve body, and a valve cage coupled to the valve seat within the valve body. The fluid flow control device also includes a gland defined by the valve body, the valve seat, and the valve cage. The valve body has a first thermal expansion coefficient and the valve seat and/or the valve cage have a second thermal expansion coefficient different from the first thermal expansion coefficient. The fluid flow control device further includes a sealing assembly disposed within the fluid flow control device to provide a seal between the valve body and the valve cage. The sealing assembly exploits differential thermal expansion between the valve body and the valve cage in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis and in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis to improve the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Michel K. Lovell
  • Patent number: 8998169
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided is a fluid control valve configured to attenuate acoustic resonance generated by a fluid flow. The fluid control valve includes a valve body defining a fluid passageway. A pair of seat rings are coupled to the valve body, with each seat ring defining an opening disposed about the fluid passageway. Each seat ring includes a plurality of vortex generators disposed about the radial periphery thereof for generating streamwise vorticies which suppress acoustic resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Control Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Kaegi
  • Patent number: 8978705
    Abstract: A system for conveying fluid includes a conduit segment and a pump disposed downstream of and fluidicly coupled to the conduit segment. The conduit segment has an interior volume for conveying the fluid in a predetermined direction of flow and a plurality of elongate vanes disposed within the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Adrian Marica
  • Publication number: 20150014557
    Abstract: Structure of control valve body of automatic transmission has valve body enclosures having channels on opposing surfaces thereof; a separate plate sandwiched between the valve body enclosures for defining oil passages on both sides of the separate plate; and an orifice provided at the separate plate. The oil passages on both sides of the separate plate, which are upstream and downstream side oil passages located on upstream and downstream sides of the separate plate, communicate with each other through the orifice. Depth h, in a part facing to the orifice, of the channel corresponding to the downstream side oil passage is set to be shallower than depth of the channel corresponding to the upstream side oil passage, and the depth h of the channel in the part facing to the orifice and a diameter d of the orifice are set so as to satisfy relationship of h?3d.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: JATCO LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Shimada, Hideki Ishii, Masato Urushibata, Akio Nonomura, Kenji Matsumoto, Hideki Nakazawa
  • Publication number: 20140374513
    Abstract: An internally mountable water flow device includes a water restriction element having a first end, a second end and a middle section, through which a centrally located aperture is provided. One or more gaskets are disposed adjacent to the first end of the restriction element, and a tightening member having a plurality of threaded elements functions to engage the restriction element and impart a pressure onto the one or more gaskets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140374631
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for implementing flow cages and flow cage assemblies in association with high pressure fluid flows and fluid valves are provided. Flow cages and flow assemblies are provided to dissipate the energy of a fluid flow, such as by reducing fluid flow pressure and/or fluid flow velocity. In some embodiments the dissipation of the fluid flow energy is adapted to reduce erosion, such as from high-pressure jet flows, to reduce cavitation, such as by controllably increasing the flow area, and/or to reduce valve noise associated with pressure surge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Stewart Sherrit, Mircea Badescu, Xiaoqi Bao, Yoseph Bar-Cohen
  • Publication number: 20140352817
    Abstract: The present invention includes: a valve main body including a filling port through which a fuel gas is filled in a tank and an output port through which the fuel gas in the tank is output; and a jet flow deflection piece through which the fuel gas to be filled through the filling port is ejected at a predetermined angle relative to an axial direction of the tank. The jet flow deflection piece includes: a fuel ejecting portion including an ejection port through which the fuel gas is ejected into the tank; and a temperature measuring portion in which a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the fuel gas to be filled in the tank is provided. Thus, the temperature of the fuel gas when filling the fuel tank with the fuel gas can be precisely measure and monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Yutaka Suzuki, Kaoru Nomichi, Makoto Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 8869832
    Abstract: A variable resistance device, suitable for pressure reduction in fluid control systems, comprising a housing with a pair of perforated tubes motivated to slide against each other in order to vary the amount of flow area exposed in such perforations, and wherein a cam and lever system causes sliding motion of one of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Hans D Baumann
  • Patent number: 8839818
    Abstract: A valve device for adjusting the flow volumes of a cooling medium and a heating medium for adjusting the temperature of an electronic device includes: flow paths through which a cooling medium and heating medium are able to flow; and a merging section into which these flow path merge. The merging section has a valve shaft internally and a first channel is formed in the valve shaft. The valve shaft makes the first channel face at least two of the flow paths so as to make at least two flow paths communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventors: Tadateru Ide, Tsuyoshi Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20140264107
    Abstract: A fluid pressure reduction device includes a radial and axial fluid flow path in stacked disks. The stacked disks form a fluid flow path including at least two pressure reduction stages, a first pressure reduction stage being oriented so that the fluid flowpath is directed radially outward and a second pressure reduction stage being oriented so that the fluid flowpath is directed radially inward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael W. McCarty
  • Patent number: 8827238
    Abstract: A flow control device typically for protecting a seal (20) in a valve, wherein a body portion (5) has an orifice (8) allowing fluid flow, and the valve has a control portion (10) to allow and restrict fluid flow through the orifice. The flow control device has a fluid flow controller (30) between the body portion and the control portion in the form of at least one annular ring (35), disposed in a recess in one of the body portion and the control portion (10). The fluid flow controller (30) defines a leak path through the device that is opened and closed by a pressure differential acting across the annular member. Typically the application of a pressure differential across the fluid flow controller moves the ring(s) to one end of the recess and reduces the cross sectional area of the leak path available to the fluid, thereby diffusing the fluid flow through the orifice (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Petrowell Limited
    Inventors: Frazer Geddes, Atul B. Sood, Gilbert Alexander Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140216581
    Abstract: A gas valve unit includes a plurality of individually actuatable throttle sections which are arranged in parallel relation for setting a throughflow rate of a gas volumetric flow that is fed to a gas burner of a gas appliance. Each throttle section has a plurality of throttle points which are arranged in series, with the throttle points arranged in series having an opening cross section that increases along the series.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BSH Bosch Und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Christophe Cadeau, Jörn Naumann
  • Patent number: 8794264
    Abstract: An optimized fluid valve port has the following features: 1) the seal is preferably a standard O-ring seated in a rectilinear seal channel of one of a first or second valve body, 2) the unsupported span of the O-ring during valve port crossing is limited to a length of less than approximately three O-ring diameters, the support being provided by a web disposed between port openings; and 3), within the area of the O-ring, the fluid flow area of the fluid valve port is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technologies Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Bartnick, Pablo Valencia, Jr., Corry W Johnson, Bill F Tompkins
  • Patent number: 8763631
    Abstract: A metering valve includes a valve body, a flow tube, an orifice plate, a central flow body, and a mover. The valve body has an inlet and an outlet. The flow tube is carried for axial movement in slidable and sealing engagement with the valve body at an inlet end and an outlet end. The orifice plate has an outlet. The central flow body is provided on an upstream end of the orifice plate and has an annular seal configured to seat into engagement with the outlet end of the flow tube when the flow tube is moved to a downstream position. The central flow body also includes a central, protruding flow diverter upstream and central of the annular seal. The mover is provided in the valve body and is configured to carry the flow tube for displacement of the output end toward and away from the central flow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Engine Controls Corporation
    Inventors: E. Joseph Mares, Nathan Todd Miller, Mark Robert Huebscher
  • Patent number: 8739819
    Abstract: A fluid regulating device includes a valve body having an inlet, an outlet, a valve port, and a control element shiftable within the valve body. A control assembly includes an actuator coupled to the control element and includes a diaphragm disposed adjacent a diaphragm chamber. A sense tube has a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion, the first end positioned to communicate with the diaphragm chamber, the second end disposed adjacent the outlet, and the intermediate portion disposed adjacent an intermediate portion of the outlet. The sense tube includes a shoulder and a flared portion, with the flared portion disposed adjacent the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory L. Foust, Jared B. Chizek, Mark A. Michnevitz, Tung K. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8720201
    Abstract: A method of sensing a reduction in fuel screen area in a fuel system. The method includes detecting an engine shutdown, initiating an electronic engine control (EEC) built in test, shifting a metering valve from a first position to a second position, determining a travel time of the metering valve, and sensing a reduction in fuel screen area based on the travel time of the metering valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Chapski, Thomas A. Bush