Adjustable Guide Or Restrictor Patents (Class 251/121)
  • Patent number: 11713830
    Abstract: A valve trim for use in a fluid flow control device. The valve trim includes a cage body defined by an outer cage wall and an inner cage wall coupled to the outer cage wall, the outer cage wall spaced radially outward of the inner cage wall. The valve trim also includes a plurality of first flow characterizing passages formed in the outer cage wall, and a plurality of second flow characterizing passages formed in the inner cage wall. The cage body is at least partially made of an erosion-resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Kimball R. Barron, Daniel J. Eilers
  • Patent number: 11280413
    Abstract: A choke valve is provided having a body, a seat, and a gate. The body has an internal chamber, an inlet flow passage, and an outlet flow passage. The seat has a seat orifice with an area, the seat positioned at an end of the outlet flow passage contiguous with the internal chamber. The gate has a gate shaft and a gate body affixed to one end of the gate shaft. The gate is linearly translatable within the body between a fully open position and a fully closed position, wherein in the fully closed position the gate body is engaged with the seat orifice. In the fully open position a choke minimum passage area is defined between the gate body and the seat orifice, and the choke minimum passage area is at least 30% of the seat orifice area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ADS SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Anand Parthasarathy, Scott Charles
  • Patent number: 11261975
    Abstract: Pressure-reduction devices for fluid systems are disclosed. An example device includes a housing defining an axial fluid passageway between an inlet and an outlet. A first plate is fixed to the housing and positioned in the axial fluid passageway. A second plate is positioned adjacent the first plate in the axial fluid passageway. The second plate is moveable relative to the first plate between a first position to move the pressure-reducing device to a closed position to restrict or prevent fluid flow through the axial fluid passageway and a second position to move the pressure-reducing device to an open position to allow fluid flow through the axial fluid passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International, LLC
    Inventor: Julian Adin Mann, III
  • Patent number: 10781927
    Abstract: A non-plugging, multi-stage valve trim and a fluid flow control device employing the same. The valve trim includes a unitary cage body extending along a longitudinal axis, and a valve plug movably disposed within the unitary cage body to control fluid flow through the unitary cage body. The unitary cage body includes an outer wall arranged to engage the valve body, an inner wall spaced radially inwardly of the outer wall, a cage inlet formed in the outer wall, a cage outlet formed in the outer wall, and a pressure reducing fluid flow passageway formed within the unitary cage body and extending between the cage inlet and the cage outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: David S. Goode, Cory J. Hagen, Thomas N. Gabriel, Kimball R. Barron
  • Patent number: 10502419
    Abstract: A portable biometric lighter device (100) generally involving a control unit (210), a biometric sensor, such as a fingerprint sensor (140), wherein the biometric sensor is configured to scan a biometric data of a user and is operably coupled to the control unit (210), and an ignition element, wherein the ignition element is activated by the control unit (210) upon a match of the scanned biometric data of the user and a biometric data of an authorized user that is stored in a memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: John Gibson Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: John Gibson
  • Patent number: 10328399
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber enclosing a flow path of a first fluid and having a second inlet arranged downstream of the first inlet for receiving a second fluid. The apparatus further comprises a vertically adjustable throttle body an end portion comprising three parts, the first part being upstream of the second part, the third part being downstream of the second part, wherein, in an operating position, the second inlet is upstream of the third part of the throttle body and downstream of the first inlet and wherein the first part and the third part of the end portion are adapted to achieve a higher flow rate than the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KEMPULP AB
    Inventors: Anders Lindström, Axel Lämås
  • Patent number: 10321715
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an exemplary atomizer for coupling with a power supply to form an electronic cigarette. The atomizer includes a liquid supply and a connecting component. The liquid supply is configured for storing tobacco liquid. The connecting component is configured for connecting the liquid supply and the power supply. The connecting component includes a liquid conducting element and a heating element in contact with the liquid conducting element. The connecting component has a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is configured for connecting the liquid supply, and the second end is configured for connecting the power supply. The liquid supply is detachably engaged with the connecting component by snap fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Xianming Wang
  • Patent number: 10233726
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for use in a wellbore is disclosed, including: an inlet; an outlet; and a variable flow restriction configured to provide a predetermined constant pressure drop between the inlet and the outlet in response to a range of inlet flow rates. In another aspect, a method for providing a fluid flow within a wellbore is disclosed, including: providing the fluid flow to an inlet; restricting the fluid flow to provide a predetermined constant pressure drop between the inlet and an outlet in response to a range of fluid flow rates; and providing the fluid flow to the wellbore from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Zhi Y. He, Madhawa Ratnayake, Kun Yuan, Carlos P. Izaguirre, David Teale, Darrin L. Willauer
  • Patent number: 10221996
    Abstract: In a steam trap comprising a seat valve that is adapted to be switched over between an open position for a first discharge state with large throughput and a closed position for a second discharge state with small throughput, the closure element and the seat of the seat valve define, at the closed position, a two-part passage, said passage having a jet cross-section, which first decreases in size in the discharge direction and, subsequently, re-increases in size, and being delimited by the seating area, the sealing face and at least one, only local control groove in the sealing face and/or the seating area. In the aseptic double seated valve the steam trap serves to carry out a flushing cycle as well as a sterilization cycle in a filling plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Evoguard GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Sauer
  • Patent number: 10202942
    Abstract: To improve responsiveness of fuel supply control, a rotary carburetor 100 has a nozzle 8 including a fuel discharge port 8a and a needle 10 disposed coaxially with the nozzle 8 and disposed with a portion inserted into the nozzle 8. The needle 10 can be displaced relative to the nozzle 8 to change an effective area of the fuel discharge port 8a. The rotary carburetor 100 has an electric motor 14 for displacing the needle 10 along an axis, and a drive mechanism component 12 interposed between the electric motor 14 and the needle 10 and converting a rotational movement of the electric motor into a linear movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yamabiko Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Nonaka, Genichi Sato
  • Patent number: 10064433
    Abstract: An exemplary atomizer includes an atomizing assembly and a liquid supply. The liquid supply includes a connection end. The atomizing assembly is detachably connected to the connection end. The connection end defines at least one liquid outlet, through which the tobacco liquid flows into the atomizing assembly. The atomizing assembly further includes a sealing element and an elastic element. The sealing element is configured for sealing the liquid outlet when in a first position, and the elastic element abuts against the sealing element. When the atomizing assembly is connected with the liquid supply, the atomizing assembly is configured for driving the sealing element to move to a second position where the liquid outlet is opened. When the atomizing assembly is detached from the liquid supply, the atomizing assembly is configured for driving the sealing element to return to the first position where the sealing element seals the liquid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Hongxing Duan
  • Patent number: 9803602
    Abstract: A valve includes a housing that surrounds a fluid outlet, a valve element with a longitudinal axis, a valve seat body that surrounds a fluid inlet and which has a sealing seat such that the valve is closed when the valve element bears against the sealing seat and which is coupled to the housing. The valve element is movable relative to the valve seat body in a direction of the longitudinal axis to enable a fluid flow from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet, the valve seat body surrounds a guide surface to which the valve element is coupled in order to guide the movement of the valve element, and the valve seat body is formed from a harder material than the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Krueger, Matthias Bleeck
  • Patent number: 9581267
    Abstract: Herein described is a hydroelectric control valve (HCV) for a fluid pipeline including an inlet and outlet (or input and output) section attached to the same pipeline wherein fluid flows into and out of the HCV comprising a bell reservoir section and a seat reservoir section which are both capped, where the bell reservoir section and the seat reservoir section are aligned with each other and are also perpendicular to fluid flowing through the pipeline. A channel which can be electrically activated and thus controlled is attached to a bell section, such that a bell reservoir section includes a bell relief channel in fluid communication with an outlet section and also a separate hydraulic poppet channel in communication with a locating needle head. In addition, turbine and deactivation channels are employed such that the deactivation channel connects the input section and the seat reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: David John Kusko, Gabor Vecseri, Daniel Maurice Lerner
  • Patent number: 9303592
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting degradation of a crankcase ventilation tube. Humidity sensed from a humidity sensor in the crankcase ventilation tube may provide an indication of crankcase ventilation tube disconnection during different engine operating conditions. The humidity sensor may further provide diagnosis of humidity sensor function and engine degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9022072
    Abstract: A valve array includes a reservoir containing a pressurized fluid, a non-return valve and a seat valve that is actuatable so as to allow the fluid to flow out of the reservoir. The seat valve is configured as a pilot control valve connected to the reservoir such that, in an open condition of the seat valve, a smaller amount of the fluid flows out of the reservoir via the seat valve and a larger amount of the fluid flows out of the reservoir via the non-return valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventor: Thomas Pippes
  • Publication number: 20150107706
    Abstract: A fluid flow control apparatus includes first and second bodies, an inlet, and an outlet. The first body includes a slot, and the second body includes a vortex chamber. The second body is moveable relative to the first body to align the slot and the vortex chamber. The vortex chamber includes a chamber inlet section, an orifice, and a tapered section that has a frustoconical shape and tapers from the chamber inlet section to the orifice. The chamber inlet section is in fluid communication with the slot when the vortex chamber is aligned with the slot. The inlet is in fluid communication with the slot, and the outlet is in fluid communication with the orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: DELAVAN INC.
    Inventors: Jason Ryon, Neal Thomson, Philip Buelow
  • Patent number: 8882078
    Abstract: A flow rate control valve, which is capable of controlling the flow rate of a fluid that flows between a pair of ports by displacing a rod, includes a valve mechanism in an axial direction. The valve mechanism includes a body having the ports and a pair of fluid passages through which fluid supplied from the ports flows. The valve mechanism includes a sub-body disposed in an interior of the body, and in which the rod is screw-engaged in an advancing and retracting manner. The valve mechanism also includes a tubular shaped seat connected to an end of the sub-body, including a seat structure to seat the rod thereon, and a hole that communicates between one of the fluid passages and another of the fluid passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirosuke Yamada, Sanae Nakamura, Akira Kuribayashi
  • Patent number: 8881761
    Abstract: A steam supply passage incorporates a pressure reducing valve and the passage further incorporates a steam ejector downstream of the pressure reducing valve. A suction portion of the steam ejector is connected to a re-evaporation tank for re-evaporating steam condensate via a suction passage. Passage steam of the pressure reducing valve is used as a driving steam for the steam ejector. In operation, re-evaporated steam within the re-evaporation tank is suctioned by the steam ejector to be mixed with the passage steam. The suction passage incorporates a check valve for preventing reverse flow of steam to the re-evaporation tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: TLV Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 8840083
    Abstract: An intake valve for a cylinder of the high-pressure fuel pump of a common rail injection system has a valve body with an inlet opening and a closing member. The closing member closes the inlet opening in a first end position. The member can be moved relative to the inlet opening depending on a pressure difference. The intake valve has a non-linear volumetric flow characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Fredrik Borchsenius, Hans-Jörg Koch, Anatoliy Lyubar
  • Publication number: 20140264106
    Abstract: A flow rate control device, including: a body including first and second ports for supplying and discharging pressurized fluid; a set of first and second solenoid valves connected to an upper part of the body and selecting a state of flow of the pressurized fluid; and an opening/closing valve for increasing a flow rate of the pressurized fluid which flows as the result of selection by the first and second solenoid valves. The pressurized fluid is caused to flow from the first port to the second port at a predetermined flow rate while the opening/closing valve is closed, and then the flow rate of the pressurized fluid flowing from the first port to the second port is increased by opening the opening/closing valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenichi MATSUMURA
  • Publication number: 20140264108
    Abstract: A paint circulating system back pressure regulator comprises a flow passage for paint, at least part of which is disposed between a fixed structure and a moveable surface which is moveable to vary the width of the flow passage so as to regulate a pressure of paint upstream of the regulator. The regulator is also provided with a chamber having an opening for communicating with a supply of a pressurised fluid for controlling operation of the regulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Smith, Nigel Charles Wood
  • Patent number: 8833392
    Abstract: A regulating valve for flow control of a medium in a heating or cooling system includes a valve body including an inlet connection, an outlet connection, and a valve neck in which a valve seat and a flow through opening are provided. In the valve neck, a complete valve trim and a valve hand wheel are provided. The valve body includes a first cone to determine the preset (Kvs-value) of the maximal flow through the complete regulating valve. The first cone has at least one opening for flowing through of the medium, where the design of the opening determines the regulating characteristic of the complete regulating valve, and where the Kvs-value of the valve is changed continuously, with maintained regulating characteristic. The first cone is arranged continuously, axially displaceable relative the valve seat, whereby selected parts of the opening of the first cone are shielded by the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: TA Hydronics AB
    Inventors: Per Norlander, Daniel Corso, Anders Helstad
  • Publication number: 20140252253
    Abstract: A plug member of a gas valve includes a main body. The main body has an axial bore in an axial direction, a first inlet and a second inlet in radial directions, and a guiding slot on a surface. The first inlet and the second inlet are connected to the axial bore. A diameter of the first inlet is greater than a diameter of the second inlet. The guiding slot has a first end communicated with the first inlet and a second end communicated with the second inlet, and a width of the guiding slot gradually reduces from the first end to the second end. Therefore, the gas valve may provide a gas flow with a linear change by controlling the plug member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
  • Patent number: 8820349
    Abstract: In a control valve for adjusting a process medium flow of a technical process installation, a housing is provided with an interior to be traversed by a process medium. A valve seat is disposed inside the housing interior. A valve member is provided obstructing or clearing the valve seat wherein a flow cross section of the control valve can be altered according to a relative position between the valve member and the valve seat for adjusting the process medium flow to initiate a pressure change in the process medium flow between an upstream and a downstream duct section. An electrical consumer is provided. A thermoelectric element is coupled to supply electrical power to the electrical consumer. The thermoelectric element is disposed at a position in the housing interior for generating the electrical power resulting from a temperature difference that accompanies a pressure difference at a location of said position of the thermoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samson Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joerg Kiesbauer
  • Patent number: 8800597
    Abstract: A fine control gas valve includes a tee having opposed first and second tee runs co-axially aligned on a longitudinal axis, and a tee branch. A valve assembly is partially received in and connected to the first tee run having a valve disc connected to a drive screw longitudinally moved by drive screw axial rotation. The valve disc includes a first slot on the valve disc having a first end and a wider second end, and a second disc slot as a mirror image of the first disc slot oppositely positioned about the valve disc. A pipe in the second tee run has a first portion of a pipe end face/seat surface in direct contact with a second tee run shoulder. The valve disc when contacting a second portion of the pipe end face/seat surface defines a valve closed condition. The first and second portions are co-planar to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas D. Colby, Louie Xu Liu
  • Patent number: 8726924
    Abstract: A flow-control valve has a housing having first and second input ports and respective first and second output ports for respective first and second separate fluid streams and formed between the first and second port with first and second valve seats. Respective first and second valve bodies are axially shiftable in the valve seats, and a coupling element connected axially between the valve bodies moves the valve bodies axially jointly. A diaphragm between the first piston and the housing defines an axially inner compartment into which the first input port opens and between the diaphragm and the housing an axially outer compartment. The first valve body is formed with a passage extending through the first valve body and having an axially extending part opening into the outer compartment and a transversely extending part opening into the housing between the first seat and the first output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Oventrop GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Loeffler, Stefan Brambring
  • Publication number: 20140131598
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a constant-flow valve assembly is provided that comprises a first fluid passageway carrying fluid at a first fluid pressure, a piston chamber, and a second fluid passageway connected to the chamber and carrying fluid at the second fluid pressure. A third fluid passageway is configured to carry fluid at a third fluid pressure. An adjustable valve member is provided between the chamber and the third passageway to provide constant fluid flow to the third passageway. An adjustable restrictor assembly is positioned between the first and second fluid passageways. An inlet portion of the restrictor assembly receives fluid at the first fluid pressure and directs the fluid to a restrictor. An outlet portion receives fluid from the restrictor and directs the fluid to the second fluid passageway at the second fluid pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Mark W. Kirchner, John D. Tomlinson
  • Publication number: 20130277583
    Abstract: A driving device for adjusting an activating element of a throttle, of a valve, of a connecting device, of a metering device or the like in particular in the field of oil and gas exploration with at least one rotary gear movably connected to the activating element and a gear arranged between the rotary gear and at least one motor. To improve such a drive device in that the structure is simple and compact and efficiency is increased wherein simultaneously high axial forces are avoided and only a small number of assembly parts are necessary, the gear unit comprises a reduction gear assigned to the rotary gear in particular the so called harmonic drive gear, and a spare gear assigned to the motor which is in particular self locking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Klaus Biester
  • Publication number: 20130256573
    Abstract: A throttle device for varying the pressure of a fluid in a plurality of parallel outlets includes a fluid collector having at least an internal chamber, an inlet and a plurality of outlets for the fluid, and a control element displaceably mounted in the internal chamber of the fluid collector and comprises a plurality of orifices, the cross-section of which can be varied by a relative movement of the control element in relation to the fluid collector. The control element is a sleeve, wherein the orifices are disposed in the sleeve such that they correspond to the outlets of the fluid collector, wherein between the sleeve and the fluid collector seals are provided, such that in a region between of an outside surface of the sleeve and an inside surface surrounding the internal chamber of the fluid collector no fluid communication takes place between the orifices of the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Birger Klitzing, Thomas Telgen, Bernhard Stockfisch, Florian Seffrin, Klaus Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8540210
    Abstract: The invention relates to vanes used in butterfly valves utilized in fluid control systems requiring special relationships between passing fluid and vane rotation and furthermore can provide leak proof shut-off when in the closed valve position and due to the extended contact length between the vane and the valve bore assures low opening friction. The invention furthermore features a shape that greatly reduces the customary high dynamic torque created by fluid suction effects on a vane when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Hans D Baumann
  • Patent number: 8402996
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a choke with an actuator that contains various components within an actuator housing to adjust the choke, and the housing is configured to be fixedly attached with a relatively large shearing connection on an actuator adapter to resist large overpressure surges within the housing and around the components. The actuator further includes a thrust bearing mounted adjacent a shoulder in the housing and supporting a worm gear, so that any overpressure loads are directed to the shoulder of the housing and retained within the housing while the housing is retained by the shearing connection to the remainder of the choke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: T-3 Property Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin G. Piwonka
  • Patent number: 8220775
    Abstract: A flow connector for a valve, including a body in which a flow channel is formed that is made up of a first port, a second port and an opening area to receive a movable plug, whereby the ports can be flow-connected through the opening area. The valve having a flow connector is configured and refined in such a way that the volume of fluid that flows through the flow channel per unit of time can be set without any problem wherein the cross section surface area of the flow channel in the opening area is configured to be constant along a first height of lift and to be variable along a second height of lift. A solenoid valve includes the flow connector according to an embodiment of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eagle Actuator Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joerg Bittner, Torsten Gerlich, Volker Daume
  • Patent number: 8152134
    Abstract: A terminal valve having a cone (9) that communicates with a valve seat (10) of a seat ring (19) and cooperates with a veil (12) to control flow. The valve seat (10) and the veil (12) together form a sealing element, which seals against the cone (9) as well as the valve body (1). The cone (9) has a cylindrical portion (46) with slits (49, 50) that form a flow passage area which allows a flow that corresponds to a modified logarithmic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Tour & Andersson AB
    Inventor: Daniel Stenberg
  • Patent number: 8136547
    Abstract: A poppet valve is disclosed that include a valve body, a poppet guide disposed inside the valve body so as to form a flow passage from a flow inlet to a flow outlet of the valve, a poppet shutter disposed inside the poppet guide, and a converging-diverging flow passage formed by a portion of an outer surface of the poppet shutter and a corresponding portion of an inner surface of valve body. A method for reducing a closing pressure force acting on a poppet shutter of a poppet valve is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignones, P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Francini, Nicola Campo, Michele Bianchini
  • Patent number: 8083936
    Abstract: The production of purified water from a residential reverse osmosis drinking water system is limited by the pressure build up in the holding tank or reservoir. While the pressure in the tank increases the brine or waste water continues to flow at a constant rate. This condition makes an undesirable out of proportion relationship between the purified water and the waste water. The production of product water is controlled by the differential pressure across the purification membrane, as the tank pressure increases the differential pressure decreases and reduced production of product water results. The purpose of the device is to utilize the increasing tank pressure as a force to actuate the valve that proportions the waste water in a direct relationship with the product water. The ratio between the product water and the waste water remains constant during the period that purified water is being delivered to the holding tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Walker
  • Patent number: 8052064
    Abstract: An expansion valve of the present invention has a structure which integrates a refrigerant flow divider. The expansion valve includes a refrigerant flow dividing chamber 6 on the downstream side of a first throttle 10. Flow dividing tubes 12 are connected to the refrigerant flow dividing chamber 6. In the expansion valve, refrigerant which has passed through the first throttle 10 is sprayed into the refrigerant flow dividing chamber 6, so that the flow dividing characteristic of the refrigerant is improved. Also, due to an enlargement of the passage in the refrigerant flow dividing chamber 6, the ejection energy of a flow of the refrigerant ejected from the first throttle 10 is dispersed, whereby a discontinuous refrigerant flow noise is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tooru Yukimoto
  • Patent number: 8011640
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air valve, including a valve body, an air valve adjusting pipe, an adjusting bolt, an airtight ring and a screw cap. With the geometric shapes of the air valve adjusting pipe and the adjusting bolt, the airtight ring installed onto the adjusting bolt is in contact with the internal wall of the air valve adjusting pipe to achieve a totally airtight effect and adjusting the level of airtightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Pacific Hospital Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Yung Lee
  • Patent number: 7992591
    Abstract: In one embodiment as described in this section, an apparatus for mixing of microfluidic streams on a chip is presented, which comprises a micro-channel and a plurality of magnetic valves on the chip. A guiding magnet produces a proximal magnetic field gradient to exert a force on a bead in a cavity when placed at in a vicinity of the chip. The bead-cavity combination form a magnetic valve. In one embodiment, the mouth of the cavity is tapered so to prevent the magnetic bead from completely blocking the corresponding micro-channel section to enhance the mixing of microfluidic streams at the narrowed fluid path. In one embodiment, magnetically actuated valves direct the flow in a microfluidic system in one of several flow paths wherein the mixing characteristics of the paths are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Emmanuel Delamarche
  • Patent number: 7942166
    Abstract: A device for delivering gas is disclosed. The device may include a chamber and a guide. The chamber may include a set of input openings for receiving the gas and an output opening for providing the gas. The set of input openings may include a first hole and a second hole. The chamber may receive a first portion of the gas through the first hole and a second portion of the gas through the second hole. The guide may include a guiding unit. The guiding unit may be disposed inside the chamber. The guiding unit may contact the first portion of the gas before the first portion of the gas contacts the second portion of the gas and may contact the second portion of the gas before the second portion of the gas contacts the first portion of the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: JAtech Precision (H.K.) Limited
    Inventor: James Lu
  • Patent number: 7875109
    Abstract: A gas sample cylinder outlet valve having a flow restricting element associated therewith. The preferred embodiment of the flow restricting element comprises an orifice constructed of a low thermal conduction material such as a plastic. Preferably the outlet valve Cv characteristic is large relative to the orifice Cv characteristic resulting in essentially all of the gas pressure drop taking place across said orifice and therefore essentially all of the J-T effect cooling taking place at said orifice. Due to the low thermal conductivity construction of said orifice an insignificant amount of cooling takes place upstream of the valve mechanism. Test have shown that the integral orifice outlet valve having a large Cv characteristic is more efficient then the typical sample cylinder outlet valve and extension tube and/or flow restrictor combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: A+ Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Donald P. Mayeaux
  • Patent number: 7850143
    Abstract: A ball valve assembly for controlling flow of a mixture. The ball valve assembly includes a body with a cavity therein and a ball positioned in the cavity with a passage therethrough, and a low-pressure valve seat and a high-pressure valve seat for locating the ball therebetween. The ball is movable between an open position, in which flow of the mixture through the passage is permitted, and a closed position, in which flow of the mixture through the ball is substantially prevented. The low-pressure valve seat includes one or more scallops formed to permit movement of at least a portion of the solid particles past the low-pressure valve seat when the ball is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ggosco Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Alesandro Rosada, Thomas M. Gosling, Ronald J. McNeil
  • Patent number: 7832653
    Abstract: An expansion valve includes a valve body 1. The valve body 1 includes a first throttle 5 and a second throttle 6 arranged downstream from the first throttle 5. The second throttle 6 includes an outer surface of the second valve portion 16 and an inner surface of the second valve hole 13. A helical groove or a linear groove is formed in the outer surface of the second valve portion 16 or the inner surface of the second valve hole 13. Further, at least either one of the outer surface of the second valve portion 16 and the inner surface of the second valve hole 13 is tapered toward a distal end of a valve member 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tooru Yukimoto
  • Patent number: 7828264
    Abstract: A capacity control valve where a valve section is caused to be in contact with and separated from a valve seat by a valve rod to control the flow rate of pressurized fluid. The capacity control valve includes a first valve rod having a valve section and having a first peripheral surface formed on its outer periphery, a first valve chamber having a valve seat that comes into contact with and is separated from the valve section and having a first path into which pressurized fluid flows, and a valve housing having a through-hole that is movably fitted on the first peripheral surface of the first valve rod. The through-hole of the valve housing has a first tapered surface diverging as it goes away in the axial direction from the first valve chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Eagle Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Iwa
  • Patent number: 7815164
    Abstract: A low noise valve assembly (24) mitigates noise induced by near sonic gas flow encountering stagnant flow in the region of the valve (24). An inlet tube (10) terminates in an annular chamber (12). An outlet tube (17) has a generally annular valve seat (14) disposed within the chamber (12). The valve (24) moves toward and away from a closed condition in direct contact with the valve seat (14). The valve (24) includes an insert body (26) that is spatially segregated from direct contact with the outlet tube (17) while partially filling the flow channel (16) of the outlet tube (17) when the valve (24) is in its closed condition. The insert body (26) has a generally circular base with a diameter that is larger than the throat diameter (T), which is the internal diameter of the flow channel (16) adjacent the valve (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Dong, Kevin Plymale, Mohammad Usman
  • Patent number: 7815163
    Abstract: A noise suppression wedge for a butterfly valve comprises a wedge-shaped structure having a plurality of fingers and a plurality of slots. The noise suppression wedge is positioned in contact with the butterfly plate and reduces noise by disrupting the flow through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Chibuya K. Siame, Steven D. Carter, Christopher L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7811067
    Abstract: An air driven diaphragm pump includes an performance control actuator having a housing with opposed air chambers. The pump includes pump chambers facing the air chambers and pump diaphragms extending between each air chamber and each pump chamber, respectively. The actuator further includes an air valve, an intake to the air valve and an engagement. The intake includes an intake passage and a performance control intake adjuster rotatably mounted. The intake adjuster has a helical channel and a closure element extending adjustably into the intake passage. The engagement engages the helical channel for control of the intake. The helical channel has varied pitch to provide a nonlinear relationship between rotation and axial advancement of the intake adjuster. The nonlinear relationship gives flow rate proportional to the angular rotation of the intake adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Wilden Pump and Engineering LLC
    Inventors: Curtis W. Dietzsch, Greg S. Duncan, Gary K. Lent
  • Patent number: 7789373
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ball poppet valve having a valve body, a cylindrical valve bore disposed in the valve body, a ball poppet for closing the valve bore and a movable control stem intruding into the valve bore. The control stem acts on the ball poppet, and the control stem has a diameter (d) that at least approximately becomes larger and larger in the direction towards the ball poppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Kendrion Binder Magnete GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Schulz, Gerd Strobel
  • Publication number: 20100207043
    Abstract: Providing a noise reducing water valve, intended to be installed inside the bottom piece of an existing flush valve installed in a toilet as a retrofit or built-in inside a new flush valve, in order to reduce and control the unnecessary and excessive water flow present in a noisy toilet. High levels of noise are found on regular toilets when excessive water flow and water pressure are used during the flushing of the units. By limiting the amount of water that enters the toilet bowl through the flush valve, while still allowing sufficient water for a good flush of the unit, we will control the noise generated by the run of the water from the toilet tank to the toilet drain. The noise reducing valve will have a key component which is a flow disc reducer piece that will come in different opening sizes, to be inserted inside the said valve, in order to find the most suitable flush water flow for fine tuning each toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Antonio Martin Galvez-Ramos
  • Publication number: 20100201051
    Abstract: A shaft furnace bleeder valve for controlling a gas outflow from the interior of a pressurized furnace to the ambient atmosphere through an exhaust conduit is proposed. The bleeder valve comprises a valve seat associated with the exhaust conduit, a movable closure member having a central closure surface and a peripheral sealing surface cooperating with the valve seat, the closure surface comprising a convex surface at least in proximity to the sealing surface. The valve further has an actuating mechanism, which is connected to the closure member for moving the closure member between a closed position on the valve seat and an open position distant from the valve seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: PAUL WURTH S.A.
    Inventors: Emile Lonardi, Lionel Hausemer, Lutwin Franziskus
  • Publication number: 20100090139
    Abstract: The present invention has as its object an intercepting valve of a fluid comprising an obturator which can be turned clockwise or anti-clockwise. By turning clockwise, the fluid in transit is given a first characterisation, while by turning anti-clockwise it is given a second characterisation. In addition, the present invention has as its object, a method of fabrication of a valve fitted with obturator as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: ENOLGAS BONOMI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Cipolla