Liquid Tank Patents (Class 261/119.1)
  • Publication number: 20130015133
    Abstract: The system and method reduces volatile organic compound concentration in a water distribution system using pressurized diffused aeration. The system and method is used in-line in a water distribution system. The system and method can be used at the ends of the distribution system where volatile organic compounds, including trihalomethanes, are more likely to persist. The system and method of pressurized, diffused aeration reduces volatile organic compounds from groundwater remediation systems as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Ethan Brooke, Michael Robin Collins, John Michael Zwerneman
  • Patent number: 8337604
    Abstract: A system for removing unwanted contaminates from gases using a scrubber, which comprises a housing, a reaction chamber having a liquid level, an inlet connected to a source containing gases to be scrubbed with a contamination concentration greater than zero ppb to saturation. A gas exit port connected to the housing is used for evacuating scrubbed gas and a sintered permeable membrane is disposed across the reaction chamber, which provides a reaction zone in the plurality of pores when gases to be scrubbed are introduced to the membrane on a first side while the membrane is immersed in the lean liquid; and a cleaned gas on a second side wherein the clean gas initially has a drop in contamination concentration of at least 99 percent and gradually decreasing to 70 percent as additional gases to be scrubbed are introduced to the plurality of pores without replacing the lean liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Vapor Point, LLC
    Inventors: Jefferey St. Amant, Kenneth R. Matheson, Keith Nathan
  • Publication number: 20120319313
    Abstract: A device and method for connecting a cup and a lid includes a cup portion that has a lip, the lip extending from an outer circumference of the cup portion at an open end of the cup portion. The device has a lid portion and a collar portion. The collar portion engages with the lip, thereby holding the collar portion to the cup portion. A series of magnets and/or metal pieces couple magnetically attract the lid portion to the collar portion. As pressure within the cup portion increases beyond a predetermined point, the series of magnets and/or metal pieces partially disengage, thereby allowing escape of excess pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mitchell G. Davis
  • Publication number: 20120313267
    Abstract: Aeration device for bioreactors with a first aeration element with gas outlet openings of a first size and with at least one second aeration element with gas outlet openings of a second size, the aeration elements being formed by a common housing with separate aeration channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: SARTORIUS STEDIM BIOTECH GMBH
    Inventors: Guenter Pradel, Stefan Weisshaar, Gerhard Greller, Ute Husemann
  • Patent number: 8322693
    Abstract: A milk froth machine includes a base and a top cover. A heating element is electrically connected to a controller mounted in the base. First and second electric connectors are respectively mounted to the base and top cover and electrically connected to the controller. The first and second electric connectors are coupled together when an agitator on the top cover is aligned with a supporting top face of the base. A motor is mounted in the top cover and electrically connected to the second electric connector. A container can be placed on the supporting top face with the agitator extending into the container and with the first and second electric connectors electrically coupled together. The controller controls the motor to drive the agitator to agitate milk in the container to form milk froth or controls the heating element to heat the milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Uni-Splendor Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8308145
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering humidified air to a surrounding space and having a housing defining a space within which incoming air is treated, a receptacle for a supply of fluid, and an outlet. A plurality of operating components are supported by the housing, including a nebulizer that causes fluid in the receptacle to become entrained in incoming air. The treated air flows through the housing outlet to the surrounding space. The nebulizer operable by at least one electronic component that generates heat as the nebulizer is operated. The apparatus further has a heat sink assembly on the housing in heat exchange relationship with the at least one electronic heat generating component. The heat sink assembly is: a) cooled by air moving through the housing space; and b) not directly exposed to fluid in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Dirk Niedermann, Kelvin Li
  • Publication number: 20120261844
    Abstract: A wine aerating device that can be inexpensively manufactured and produced that aerates wine leaving a wine container, such as a long neck bottle, by separating the flow of wine into multiple streams of wine that retain the individual streams, whereby each stream of wine increases the surface area of wine exposed to the atmosphere, without injecting air into the wine. The device of the present invention also produces an esthetically pleasing pour while at the same time aerating the liquid by the use of multiple bi-directional tubes formed in a stopper that do not inject air into the wine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Skip A. Lei
  • Publication number: 20120222548
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a base having a sound machine module and a humidifier module, a water reservoir in fluid communication with the humidifier module, a user interface supported by the base, and a controller in communication with the user interface, the humidifier module, and the sound machine module. The controller is configured to operate the humidifier module to provide humidified air using water contained in the water reservoir in response to a humidifier input to the user interface. The controller is also configured to operate the sound machine module to provide sound in response to a sound input to the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: FKA DISTRIBUTING CO. D/B/A HOMEDICS, INC.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Sharon DuPuy
  • Patent number: 8246724
    Abstract: In a method for air treatment in a display cabinet for the storage and/or display of objects, whose walls, floor and roof structure more or less enclose the inside space of the display cabinet and in which a forced inflow of air from an air delivery system connected to the inside space (1) of the cabinet maintains a slight excess pressure compared with the air outside it, the said airflow passes through suitable dust or gas filtration means before entering the cabinet and its air humidity is adjusted and/or controlled by means of a cooling device. After filtration, the airflow passes through a catalyser (8) present in a liquid (7), the air picks up moisture from the liquid and is rendered completely free from germs. In this manner and in a simple way, a completely germ-free atmosphere is produced inside the display cabinet. A display cabinet for implementing the method has a corresponding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Glasbau Hahn GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Leonhardt
  • Patent number: 8235041
    Abstract: A humidifier and humidity sensor is disclosed for use with a breathing assistance apparatus. The humidity sensor preferably includes means to sense absolute humidity, relative humidity and/or temperature at both the patient end and humidifier end. The humidifier may also include provision to both control independently the humidity and temperature of the gases. Further, a chamber manifold is disclosed to facilitate easy connection of the humidifier to various outlets, inlets and sensors. A heated conduit is described which provides a more effective temperature profile along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Seakins, Malcolm David Smith, Mohammad Thudor
  • Publication number: 20120187046
    Abstract: Sulfur contaminants, such as elemental sulfur (S8), hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur components in fluids (e.g., air, natural gas, and other gases, as well as water and other liquids) are removed using a silicone-based chemical filter/bath. In one embodiment, a silicone-based chemical filter includes a membrane having a cross-linked silicone that is a reaction product of an olefin and a polyhydrosiloxane. For example, sulfur contaminants in air may be removed by passing the air through the membrane before the air enters a data center or other facility housing computer systems. In another embodiment, a silicone-based chemical bath includes a housing having an inlet port, an outlet port, and a chamber containing a silicone oil. For example, sulfur contaminants in air may be removed by passing the air through the silicone oil in the chamber before the air enters a data center or other facility housing computer systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dylan J. Boday, Joseph Kuczynski, Robert E. Meyer, III, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Patent number: 8220658
    Abstract: A system for evaporating excess water from a source includes a housing having: an air inlet, the air inlet directing air in a first direction; an air outlet; a plurality of channels arranged generally perpendicular to the first direction, the channels having undulations; and a water reservoir that feeds water into the channels. In some embodiments, baffles are created with walls that depend from the ceiling of the housing and that are interdigitated with dividers that separate the channels. This configuration can remove water generated by the source (such as an external compressor unit) in a quick and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Cora, Matthew P. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20120146251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a humidifier for humidifying medical gases, comprising a humidification module including a control unit, wherein the humidification module is adapted for receiving a humidification chamber. Furthermore, the humidification module is further adapted to sense and/or receive information upon connection of the humidification chamber and/or additional equipment such as hoses, power supply pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: GRÜNDLER GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Heine, Markus Gruendler, Christoph Gruendler, Philipp Hiereth, Martin Busch
  • Publication number: 20120138155
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing a gas into a liquid in a flow tube includes at least one feed line for the liquid to be gassified and the gas to be introduced, at least one outflow line for a gas/liquid mixture, at least one return line for the gas/liquid mixture, and at least one chamber comprising at least one gas supply device arranged in the at least one return line. The apparatus does not include an injector operating on a Venturi principle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Karl August Brensing, Michael Dedenbach, Rainer Kluth
  • Publication number: 20120134905
    Abstract: A method of use of an ionic liquid for sorption of a gas having an electric multipole moment is provided, wherein the ionic liquid comprises an anion and a non-aromatic cation. In particular, the electric multipole moment may be an electric dipole moment and/or an electric quadrupole moment. The sorption may be an adsorption or an absorption. The ionic liquid may be a pure ionic liquid, i.e. a liquid substantially only containing anions and cations, while not containing other components, e.g. water. Alternatively a solution containing the ionic liquid and a solvent or further compound, e.g. water, may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: VTU HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Roland Kalb
  • Publication number: 20120121490
    Abstract: According to an exemplary aspect of the invention a method of sorption of CO2 out of flue gas is provided, wherein the method comprises contacting the flue gas and an ionic liquid comprising an anion and a non-aromatic cation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: AE&E AUSTRIA GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Roland Kalb, David Wappel, Stefan Pecharda, Günter Gronald
  • Patent number: 8162295
    Abstract: A reaction vessel assembly achieves enhanced aeration or gas exchange in its gas-in-liquid multiphase mixing reaction through the use of its mixing energy and gas-lift venting, and without the traditionally practiced external line gas sparging. It combines the best of both shake flask and stirred tank reactor vessel and possesses some of the key generic features like cost and parallel experiment advantages of the traditional flasks and shaker hybrid but without their shortcomings like limited gas exchange and uncharacteristic mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Duen Gang Mou
  • Patent number: 8128741
    Abstract: A dissolving apparatus has a cylindrical tubular container closed at both ends with its center axis being inclined to the horizon. A center of an interface between a gas and a liquid in the container is positioned at a center in a lengthwise direction of a side wall of the container. Two inner spaces of the container above and below the interface are referred to as a gas section and a liquid section. An injection inlet for injecting a gas-liquid mixed fluid into the container is provided at a level corresponding to, or lower than, the interface. A liquid outlet for discharging the liquid is provided near a bottom of the liquid section of the container. Since the container is inclined, the interface can have an area large enough to promote dissolution of the gas into the liquid. Since the depth of the liquid in the liquid section is sufficiently deep, the liquid can be prevented from being discharged through the liquid outlet with large gas bubbles being present therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunari Maeda, Shigeyuki Yamaguchi, Kazumasa Rokushima, Naoki Shibata, Hitoshi Kitamura, Noriyuki Kitachi, Yoshihiro Itou, Takaya Niu
  • Patent number: 8113492
    Abstract: A system for evaporating excess water from a source includes a housing having: an air inlet, the air inlet directing air in a first direction; an air outlet; a plurality of channels arranged generally perpendicular to the first direction, the channels having undulations; and a water reservoir that feeds water into the channels. In some embodiments, baffles are created with walls that depend from the ceiling of the housing and that are interdigitated with dividers that separate the channels. This configuration can remove water generated by the source (such as an external compressor unit) in a quick and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Cora, Matthew P. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20120024392
    Abstract: This lubricating device 1 is equipped with an oil pan 2 that stores therein lubricating oil, a micro bubble generator 4 that mixes the lubricating oil with air to produce micro bubbles and supplies the lubricating oil in the oil pan 2 with the micro bubbles, and an oil pump 3 that pressurizes the lubricating oil in the oil pan 2 to supply the micro bubble generator 4 therewith. Further, in this lubricating device 1, the micro bubble generator 4 has an air inlet portion 431 disposed inside the oil pan 2 at a predetermined position with respect to an oil surface height (oil level) of the lubricating oil in the oil pan 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Akira Murakami, Shuji Moriyama, Daisuke Tomomatsu, Daisuke Tokozakura, Masafumi Yamamoto, Keisuke Ichige, Masanori Iritani, Hiroyuki Nishizawa, Hideyuki Suzuki, Yasusi Hirano
  • Publication number: 20110278746
    Abstract: A diffuser module and system for diffusing gas into liquid such as in aeration/mixing of wastewater. Each module has a header pipe and diffusers which receive gas from the header pipe. Each header pipe is equipped with a truss for enhanced structural strength and resistance to bending. The truss may take the form of a buoyancy/ballast pipe connected with the header pipe by purlins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Charles E. THARP
  • Patent number: 8051904
    Abstract: The vehicular temperature control device includes an external housing, a pair of internal compartments and a mechanism in each compartment that allows the device to either cool off or warm up an interior area within a vehicle. One of the internal compartments includes a belt, a rotating fan attached to the belt, and a volume of water for evaporative cooling. This chamber will help cool down surrounding air. The other internal compartment also includes a belt and a rotating fan attached to the belt and, furthermore, a heating coil. This second compartment is designed to assist an individual in heating up the surrounding air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Whiting
  • Publication number: 20110232488
    Abstract: A device for exchanging energy and/or mass between a gas and a liquid, including a gas-liquid exchanging vessel having a gas inlet end, a gas outlet end and an upper end; a gas inlet pipeline; a gas outlet pipeline; a gas blocking plate; a liquid blocking plate; and a gas passage. The upper end of the gas-liquid exchanging vessel is closed. The gas inlet end of the vessel is connected with the gas inlet pipeline. The gas outlet end of the vessel is connected with the gas outlet pipeline. The gas blocking plate is fitted in the gas inlet end of the vessel. The liquid blocking plate is fitted in the gas outlet end of the vessel. The vessel is filled with liquid. The gas passage formed above the liquid is communicated with the gas inlet pipeline and the gas outlet pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Weimin ZHUO
  • Patent number: 8025270
    Abstract: A decorative humidifier which has mainly a base seat, a water receptacle device for transforming water into vapor, a fan installed under the base seat, a water opening on the bottom of the water receptacle, a power source, a shaft connected with the power source for connecting to a decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Publication number: 20110209684
    Abstract: A sonic saturation system is provided that comprises at least one tank for containing a reservoir of liquid solvent; at least one gas-inlet in fluid communication with a gas compressor, for introducing gaseous solute into the reservoir, and at least one sonic agitator (146) for agitating the liquid reservoir thereby increasing the rate of impregnation of the solute into the solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Technion-Research & Development Foundation Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Veinblat, Yoram Zvirin, Leonid Tartakovsky, Marcel Gutman, Vladimir Baibikov
  • Patent number: 8002246
    Abstract: The invention provides an aeration apparatus for injecting air into a target substance to aerate the target substance. The aeration apparatus is capable of keeping the air jet nozzle from contacting the target substance when the apparatus is stopped, so as to prevent clogging of the air jet nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignees: Aura Tec Co., Ltd., Kawashima Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Eguchi, Kazumi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 8002245
    Abstract: A liquid container aeration system for replenishing gases dissolved in a selected liquid present in an interior of said liquid container that checks on an electrical power source capability to continue operation and allows selected liquid substitution in the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Sylvester
  • Patent number: 7992843
    Abstract: A dispensing element of an anesthetic vaporizer is provided that can be manufactured in a simple manner and makes it possible to dispense anesthetic over a broad setting range. The dispensing element (11) includes two, longitudinally extending dispensing channels (14, 15), which are connected to one another in terms of flow by means of a connection channel (16). The gas flows from one of the dispensing channels (14) into the other dispensing channel (15) via the connection channel (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Dräger Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk-Stefan Reichert, Karl-Ludwig Gippert, Thomas Lutter
  • Patent number: 7975989
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverages includes a touch panel assembly, removable fittings in a carbonator, a carbonator probe, and a carbonator pump assembly removable from a front of the beverage dispenser. The touch panel assembly includes a light source for backlighting a user interface and providing the dispenser with a visual presence. Electrode traces in the touch panel assembly detect interruptions in electrode fields and are accepted as user inputs for dispensing a beverage. A controller conducts the lighting, dispensing, and reconfiguring operations for the flavor selection areas on the user interface. The touch panel assembly further includes provisions for increasing a user interface area to increase visibility of a particular flavor, as well as bonus flavors on a beverage dispenser. The removable fittings each include an orifice for entry of water to be carbonated into the carbonator. The carbonator probe is a single wire probe with timed refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd
    Inventors: Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Paul S. Sudolcan, Alfred A. Schroeder, Roberto Rosales
  • Patent number: 7971857
    Abstract: An upper and a lower panel with side panels therebetween define a rectilineal chamber of a housing having an air input and an air output side. A fan includes a plurality of blades and a motor to rotate the blades within the chamber. A filter assembly includes a bracket adjustably secured on each side panel and a filter component positioned in facing contact with the housing whereby all air passing through the housing passes through the filter component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Gerald P. Mazza
  • Publication number: 20110156289
    Abstract: A device for humidifying breathing air for artificial respiration of mammals, in particular human beings, includes at least one essentially closed container for receiving water, a first opening for letting in the non-humidified air and a second opening for letting out humidified air, and an inlet for supplying the water to the container. The inlet is located in the upper part of the container, which is adjoined by a tube essentially crossing through the container interior, and on the free end of the tube, a valve is disposed, which limits the level of the water supplied via the tube in such a way that the container bottom in the container interior is essentially covered with water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Helge STEG, Leif Hall
  • Patent number: 7963507
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for forming fog by using at least one air stream connected to a tank where the air stream forms homogeneous droplets of a fluid, which droplets flow further in the air stream towards and through at least one outlet for forming a fog. The scope of the invention is to achieve a highly effective method and apparatus for generating fog with a long stand time having a small energy consumption. This can be achieved by a method and an apparatus as described in the beginning if the method further includes a first high pressure air stream that is lead to flow in a partly parallel direction to a liquid surface for forming at least one liquid sheet, which sheet brakes into droplets where a second air stream having a lower pressure transports the droplets through at least one outlet. Hereby, it is achieved that the liquid sheet moves forward continuously as it breaks up at the edges all the way around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Martin Manufacturing (UK) PLC
    Inventor: Nick Scully
  • Cap
    Patent number: 7913985
    Abstract: A container cap for providing a seal with an annular wall of a receptacle is disclosed. The cap includes a top wall, an annular seal wall, and cam structure. The annular seal wall extends axially from the cover portion. The annular seal wall is spaced radially inward of the cam structure. An end portion of the annular seal wall is configured to form a seal with the annular wall of the receptacle when the end portion is forced into engagement with annular wall of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Dave Felty, Christopher Delgado, Sam Shelnutt, Gregory Flolid
  • Publication number: 20110042108
    Abstract: A portable compressed gas foam system having a rocket engine, fueled with hydrogen peroxide and a suitable propellant, which produces exhaust gases. The exhaust gases are injected into a water tank, aerating the water and pressurizing the water tank. Foam concentrate may be added to the tank or separately in a mixing stage and is aerated by the aerated and pressurized water. The aeration produces bubbles in the foam and entrains exhaust gas within the bubbles. The aerated foam can then be sprayed onto a fire through a foam injection nozzle, extinguishing the fire both by wetting the burning materials and by smothering it by reducing the amount of oxygen available to burn. The invention may also be adapted for use in a firehose or in an underslung bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Kurt Hiebert
  • Patent number: 7803216
    Abstract: A compact pressurized high-temperature gas cooler having superior heat exchange performance and excellent economical efficiency is provided. A return-flow structure is formed in which a flue through which high-temperature gas flows is formed in a pressure container, a heat exchanger is disposed in the flue, and a partition dividing the internal cross-sectional area of the flue is provided so that the high-temperature gas supplied from a bottom or a top portion of the pressure container flows back in a return direction. The cross-sectional-area division ratio dividing the internal cross-section of the flue is set so that the flow rate of the high-temperature gas flowing in one direction matches that flowing in the direction opposite thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Koyama, Katsuhiko Yokohama, Osamu Shinada, Hiromi Ishii, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Kosei Manabe
  • Patent number: 7802774
    Abstract: A mechanical draft cooling tower is provided. The cooling tower includes a direct cooling section having a plurality of fill sheets. Water is sprayed downwardly over the fill sheets and is collected in a collection sump. The collection sump includes two end walls, two side walls, a floor and a drain. The end walls are sloped at the floor intersection. The floor is sloped to a center section where the drain is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Baltimore Aircoil Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Facius, André Helsen
  • Patent number: 7766310
    Abstract: A steam humidifier having a water tank with a quick assembly feature. The steam humidifier includes a removable tank, where the removable tank is configured to contain water to be heated to generate steam and a handle that is configured to selectively secure the removable tank to the humidifier. The handle defines at least a first rotational position in which a tank support feature on the tank is engaged with a handle support feature on the handle such that the tank is attached to the humidifier. The handle further defines at least a second rotational position in which the tank support feature is disengaged from the handle support feature such that the tank is unattached from the humidifier. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Wolff, Wayne R. Anderson, Josef Novotny
  • Publication number: 20100154796
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a humidifier tub including an air inlet and an air outlet. The air outlet may have an exit port positioned in a plane disposed below the air inlet. A base plate is provided to the bottom of the humidifier tub. The base plate and humidifier tub define a water chamber adapted to receive a volume of water. The humidifier tub may include a guidance structure adapted to direct air entering the humidifier tub via the air inlet to swirl downwardly and around within the humidifier tub reaching the water surface before exiting the exit port. The tub may include a structure to prevent the inadvertent entry of water from the tub to the flow generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: RESMED LTD
    Inventors: Ian Malcolm Smith, William Bonilla, Richard Llewelyn Jones
  • Publication number: 20100090355
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device which can be used to aerate a body of liquid such as wine. The device is provided to be portable and to be used with a body of liquid which is held within a container from which the liquid can be directly consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Neil Weatherill
  • Patent number: 7644908
    Abstract: An aeration pool or tank has a bottom piping assembly with an inlet at the bottom thereof and an outlet remote from the tank a distance vertically below the inlet, and an air inlet piping assembly having an inlet above the water surface and an outlet within the tank adjacent to the inlet of the bottom piping assembly. Water under pressure flows from the tank by gravity through the bottom piping assembly and draws air through the air inlet piping assembly, mixing it with the exiting water and the aerated water flows into a second body of water across a paddlewheel to disburse the aerated water into the second body of water and create circulation to absorb additional oxygen at the surface of the second body of water. A water circulation piping assembly in the tank creates turbulence and circulation within in the water in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Fereidoon Mohammadi
  • Publication number: 20090293920
    Abstract: The present invention provides: a nanofluid generating apparatus that has relatively simple construction, is capable of stably generating nanobubbles, is easy to handle and makes it possible to reduce manufacturing cost; and a cleaning apparatus that uses nanofluid. An apparatus for generating nanofluid containing nanobubbles, wherein the nanobubbles are gas bubbles with diameter less than 1 ?m, comprising: a gas-liquid mixing chamber 7 for mixing gas and liquid; and a pressurization pump 4 and an air intake valve 21 for supplying the pressurized gas and liquid to the gas-liquid mixing chamber, wherein the gas-liquid mixing chamber comprises therein: a turbulence generating means Z having projecting lines 9 and grooves 10, 12, and a conical section 11, for forcibly mixing the supplied gas and liquid by generating turbulence therein; and a nano-outlet 20 for turning the forcibly mixed gas and liquid mixture into nanofluid having nano bubbles and discharging the nanofluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Sadatoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7611130
    Abstract: A liquid container aeration system for replenishing gases dissolved in a selected liquid present in an interior of said liquid container that checks on an electrical power source capability to continue operation and allows selected liquid substitution in the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Sylvester
  • Patent number: 7568681
    Abstract: An apparatus for injecting gas into a metallurgical vessel is disclosed. The apparatus includes a gas flow duct, an elongate central tubular structure extending within the gas flow duct, a plurality of flow directing swirl vanes disposed about the central tubular structure, and cooling water passages within the central tubular structure. The forward end of the central structure has a nose portion that includes a domed outer shell, an inner component disposed within the outer shell and formed with an internal nozzle to receive water from the cooling water passages and to direct that water in a jet against the inner surface of the outer shell to produce an outwardly and backwardly fanning flow of water around the inner surface of the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Technology Resources Pty. Limited
    Inventors: Eric Tierney, George Cingle, III, Michael Mattich, Todd Smith
  • Publication number: 20090184060
    Abstract: A device for dissolving a gas in a liquid. The device comprises a pressure vessel or column for receiving a gas-entrained liquid via an inlet and for injecting the gas-entrained liquid via a riser into a headspace of the vessel. A flow director is disposed in an upper portion of the vessel or column to form a swirling flow path extending into a liquid pool in a lower portion of the vessel or column. An outlet is provided to direct the liquid away from the vessel or column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: CLEAN POWER SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis L. Mast
  • Publication number: 20090152744
    Abstract: A reaction vessel assembly achieves enhanced aeration or gas exchange in its gas-in-liquid multiphase mixing reaction through the use of its mixing energy and gas-lift venting, and without the traditionally practiced external line gas sparging. It combines the best of both shake flask and stirred tank reactor vessel and possesses some of the key generic features like cost and parallel experiment advantages of the traditional flasks and shaker hybrid but without their shortcomings like limited gas exchange and uncharacteristic mixing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Duen Gang Mou
  • Patent number: 7533872
    Abstract: An oxygen generator including: a humidifier tank moves up and down according to a horizontal movement of an adjustment knob so that the humidifier tank can be readily detachable, and thus a user can securely and conveniently use the oxygen generator without any water leakage from the humidifier tank during an operation of the oxygen generator. Also, it is possible to reduce noise due to driving of a compressor, noise due to the nitrogen exhaustion, and noise due to driving of a fan portion when the oxygen generator operates, to display purity information about the discharged oxygen, sensed by an oxygen sensor, as a digitalized numerical value on a display portion so that a user may readily recognize a current oxygen purity, and to drive the compressor at a low power consumption based on a discharge flow rate of oxygen and thereby reduce the power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Oxus Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Soo Lee, Yoon Sun Choi, Young Duck Kim
  • Patent number: 7510130
    Abstract: A method provides in a fluid device an orifice aperture having an exact aperture size and easy changeability of that size. While being brought into communication with a connecting pipe through an intersecting inner aperture drilled in a lower plate of a device main body, two inner apertures with their one ends opening to a recessed portion are each provided with a female thread. An orifice member provided with a through-hole having an inside diameter corresponding to an orifice aperture and communicating with a hexagon socket into which a hexagon bar spanner wrench is internally fit, is threaded into each female thread whereby the orifice member is mounted. Finally, a covering member is sealingly threaded into an opening of the other end of each inner aperture. Air supplied from the connecting pipe passes through the through-hole serving as the orifice aperture and is blown into oil stored within the recessed portion from an end opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji BC Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Inoue
  • Publication number: 20090008807
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a process for dissolving gas in a liquid is provided. The process comprises: tangentially introducing a liquid into a cylindrical chamber having a cylindrical inner wall with sufficient volume and pressure to develop a vortex in the flowing liquid; introducing gas into the flowing liquid during at least a portion of its travel along vessel, the gas being introduced orthogonally to the stream through means located at the chamber inner wall for developing gas bubbles within the liquid. The apparatus comprises: a cylindrical chamber having a cylindrical inner wall, the chamber being oriented in any direction enclosed at both ends and with an entry port to introduce liquid to develop a spiral flow of liquid along the chamber inner wall toward the output end, a porous wall to permit the introduction of gas orthogonally into the stream to develop gas bubbles within the stream, and an exit port to discharge the mixture of gas bubbles and liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: Hydro Processing & Mining Ltd.
    Inventor: Jakob H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7461835
    Abstract: An air humidifier has an electric fan unit arranged in a housing for delivering a through-flow of air between feed-air and discharge-air openings in the housing; at least one filter device for the through-flow of air; and a device for releasing liquid to the through-flow of air. A first housing component accommodates the fan unit with filter strips and feed-air and discharge-air openings. A second housing component is a vessel for storing liquid. The two housing components form autonomous structural units which can be fixed to and detached from one another. It is possible for the first housing component to be utilized as a separate unit independently of the second housing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Petz Industries GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gunter Petz, Rolf Petz
  • Patent number: 7441756
    Abstract: An apparatus for directing a vaporized substance into a space. The apparatus has a base with operating components capable of converting a liquid substance into a vapor, and a substance supply container that is separable from the base. The substance supply container in an operative state in relationship to the base delivers a supply of a substance therein in liquid form to the operating components on the base to be vaporized thereby. Vapor generated by the operating components is directed into a space within which the apparatus is located. The base and substance supply container cooperatively simulate the appearance of at least one of an animate or inanimate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Wachsmuth and Krogmann, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Niedermann, Chen Hui