Submerged Blast Patents (Class 261/121.1)
  • Patent number: 10470431
    Abstract: Device, comprising a platform for placing a vessel containing the liquid, a pipe with an open end configured for supplying steam to the vessel, a driving device configured to actuate a relative movement between the end of the pipe and the platform, means for determining a liquid level of the liquid in the vessel, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to actuate the driving device so that a relative initial position between the end of the pipe and the platform is assumed on the basis of the liquid level. The means for determining the liquid level comprise a weighing device. The control unit is then configured to determine the liquid level from the weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Schuilenburg NC
    Inventor: Jan Adriaens
  • Patent number: 10463056
    Abstract: A system for preparing an individual serving of coffee using a liquid coffee concentrate includes a sealed container containing an amount of liquid coffee concentrate for the preparation of an individual serving of coffee. The system may include a coffee maker operable to prepare a single serving of coffee from the liquid coffee concentrate contained in the sealed container, the coffee maker including a coffee maker recess for receiving the sealed container, a needle for piercing an entrance hole in an upper portion of the sealed container while the sealed container is in the coffee maker recess, a water conduit by which water from a water source flows into the sealed container through the entrance hole, and a heater for heating the water. The system may include an adapter for receiving the sealed container and positioning the sealed container in the coffee maker recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10287520
    Abstract: A system including a quench system that may cool a syngas generated in a gasification chamber. The quench system includes a quench chamber, a dip tube that may direct the syngas from the gasification chamber into a quench liquid in the quench chamber to cool the syngas and to generate a first cooled syngas, and a draft tube disposed circumferentially about the dip tube and configured to receive the first cooled syngas in a first direction along a first passage. The first passage is disposed between a first wall of the dip tube and a second wall of the draft tube. The quench system also includes a droplet tube that may receive the first cooled syngas from the first passage. The droplet tube includes a third wall that may redirect a flow of the first cooled syngas in a second direction different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Qiong Zhou, Yichuan Fang
  • Patent number: 10252227
    Abstract: A system and an associated method for starting up stirring machines in a sediment in a controlled manner are provided, which system has the following: a container for receiving materials to be processed; a stirring device with stirring blades for stirring the materials to be processed in the container; a purging device; and a device for operating stirring machines. The purging device is arranged in such a way and set up so as to feed a medium for purging to a deposited sediment. Furthermore, a controller is provided which initiates controlled re-starting of stirring machines after purging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: EKATO Ruehr- und Mischtecnik GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Jung, Wolfgang Keller
  • Patent number: 10240233
    Abstract: A heating vaporization system provided with: a container that heats and vaporizes a source to produce source gas; a pipe for leading out the source gas; a sensor flow path that is provided in the pipe; a flow rate detecting part that is provided with a thermal type flow rate sensor provided in the sensor flow path, and measures a flow rate of the source gas flowing through the pipe; a flow rate regulating part that regulates the flow rate of the source gas flowing through the pipe located upstream of the flow rate detecting part; and a control part that uses a result of the detection by the flow rate detecting part to control the flow rate regulating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Terasaka
  • Patent number: 10141209
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus for generating a processing gas by bubbling a raw material liquid with a carrier gas. The processing gas generated by the bubbling is taken out from a vapor-phase portion above a liquid-phase portion of the raw material liquid through a taking-out unit. A first temperature adjusting unit performs a temperature adjustment of the liquid-phase portion and a second temperature adjusting unit performs a temperature adjustment of the vapor-phase portion such that the temperature of the vapor-phase portion is higher than the temperature of the liquid-phase portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Masashi Itonaga, Masanobu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10131857
    Abstract: A system includes a quench system that may cool a syngas generated in a gasification chamber. The quench system includes a quench chamber, a dip tube that may direct the syngas from the gasification chamber into a quench liquid to cool the syngas to generate a cooled syngas, a draft tube disposed circumferentially about the dip tube and that may receive the cooled syngas in a first direction. A first passage is disposed between a first wall of the dip tube and a second wall of the draft tube. The system also includes a first baffle that may receive the cooled syngas from the first passage. The first baffle may split a flow of the cooled syngas into a first syngas flow and a second syngas flow, and the first baffle may redirect the first syngas flow in a second direction different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Saunders Stevenson, Pravin Sadashiv Naphade
  • Patent number: 10131856
    Abstract: A system including a quench system that may cool a syngas generated in a gasification chamber. The quench system includes a quench chamber, a dip tube that may direct the syngas from the gasification chamber into a quench liquid to cool the syngas to generate a cooled syngas, and a draft tube disposed circumferentially about the dip tube and that may receive the cooled syngas. A passage is disposed between a first wall of the dip tube and a second wall of the draft tube, and the draft tube includes a tapered configuration in a flow direction along the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pravin Sadashiv Naphade, Muralidharan Lakshmipathy, Atul Kumar Vij
  • Patent number: 10118313
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a mixing at least one material with at least one other material within an in-line mixing device. In one example embodiment methods, apparatuses, and systems are described to treat, reuse or otherwise remediate dredged or raw material from bottom sediment or other sources through the mixture of raw material and another material such as a hardening agent into a homogenous material for contamination remediation, use as construction materials or other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: JAFEC USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeru Takeshima, Tsuyoshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9903355
    Abstract: A method of compressing a gas includes maintaining a first volume of liquid in a first high pressure chamber and maintaining a first volume of gas in a second high pressure chamber, wherein the first volume of gas is at a first pressure and the first high pressure chamber and the second high pressure chamber are fluidly connected through a high pressure pump. A pressurized gas is forced into the first high pressure chamber having the first volume of liquid and simultaneously pumping, using the high pressure pump, at least a portion of the first volume of liquid in the first high pressure chamber to the second high pressure chamber, wherein the first volume of liquid pumped into the second high pressure chamber compresses the first volume of gas in the second high pressure chamber to a second pressure greater than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Fabio Chiara, James Durand, Robert Underhill, Gerald Fly, Matteo Triberti
  • Patent number: 9867493
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating or otherwise dissolving gas in a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage. A gas source can be provided in a cartridge which is used to generate gas that is dissolved into the precursor liquid. A beverage medium, such as a powdered drink mix or liquid syrup, may be provided in the same, or a separate cartridge as the gas source and mixed with the precursor liquid to form a beverage. The use of one or more cartridges for the gas source and/or beverage medium may make for an easy to use and mess-free system for making sparkling beverages, e.g., in the consumer's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Bedford Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Novak, Ross Packard, Peter Peterson, Shawn Gulla, Jennifer Caitlin Huot Carlson, Camilla Schmitt, Mark Joseph Cohen, Ross Peter Jones, Nicolas Alejandro Martinez, Miles William Noel Hember, Fabien Yannick Schmitt, Gary Stacey, Niall Allan Mottram, Neil Lester Campbell, Cormac O'Prey, Wai Ting Chan, Nicholas David Rollings, Charles Frazer Kilby, Christopher Paul Richardson, Thomas Bates Jackson, Scott Grubb, Chris Covey, Barry Dobson, Paul Wilkins, Chris Roach, Peter David Cauwood, Keith Paul Thompson, James Hewitt, Marc Angotti, Ray Carroll, Richard Estabrook, Kevin Hartley, Frank Consoli
  • Patent number: 9861942
    Abstract: A controlled, high throughput custom foam generator is disclosed which has the ability to generate foam with varying cell characteristics. The generated foam can be two or three dimensional with controlled gas volume ratio, void sizes, placement and distribution in a matrix. Additionally the device can create individual bubbles or bubble strings. The device streams two or more fluids creating one or more virtual orifices that generate uni modal bubbles displaying crystalline behavior. Unlike known prior art, the device embodies simple controls to easily alter and scale the nature of generated foam. The generator can be single, or be part of an array of generators. The ability to easily alter the resulting bubble and cell composition allows the creation of engineered foams of any structure and packing with controlled foam features such as weight, strength, opacity and persistence; thus making it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rarelyte Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin J Paul, Elizabeth P Lofton, Cyrus Vatan
  • Patent number: 9795249
    Abstract: An automatic coffee machine including a hydraulic circuit having a fixed terminal piece, for supplying water and/or steam, accessible from a front wall of the machine at a distance above a resting surface of the machine. Also included is a dispenser extending frontally of the front wall, comprising a hollow body having a first longitudinal portion, and a second longitudinal portion rigidly connected to the first longitudinal portion and developing along a second longitudinal axis transverse to a first longitudinal axis of the first longitudinal portion. The first longitudinal portion has a first longitudinal end conformed for a rigid, removable hydraulic and mechanical connection with the fixed terminal piece and a second longitudinal end distal from the front wall, wherefrom the second longitudinal portion extends. The second longitudinal portion slidingly supports along the axis thereof an extension for regulating a dispensing distance from the resting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Andrea Aibionti, Edy Altoe′
  • Patent number: 9790076
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage. A carbon dioxide source can be provided in a cartridge which is used to generate carbon dioxide gas that is dissolved into the precursor liquid. A beverage medium, such as a powdered drink mix or liquid syrup, may be provided in the same, or a separate cartridge as the carbon dioxide source and mixed with the precursor liquid to form a beverage. The use of one or more cartridges for the carbon dioxide source and/or beverage medium may make for an easy to use and mess-free system for making carbonated beverages, e.g., in the consumer's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bedford Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Novak, Ross Packard, Peter Peterson, Shawn Gulla
  • Patent number: 9731980
    Abstract: Provided are a treatment method for a barren solution, and a treatment device for a barren solution, with which hydrogen sulfide can be efficiently removed from the barren solution. In an aeration tank provided with a vertical-type cylindrical reaction vessel, stirring blades arranged in the reaction vessel, and an annular aeration tube having a large number of air outlets, which is arranged to a bottom part of the reaction vessel, aeration is performed by blowing gas for aeration into the reaction vessel from a large number of air outlets of the aeration tube while stirring a liquid by rotation of the stirring blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nakai, Satoshi Matsubara, Osamu Nakai, Yoji Kyoda
  • Patent number: 9688553
    Abstract: A water aeration diffuser has a base with an internal cavity defining an air pocket, and a ceramic plate removably attached to the base. The base is in flow communication with air supply such that air is received in the cavity and then diffused by the ceramic plate to create an aeration column in a body of water. To allow for repair and servicing, the ceramic plate is removably attached to the base by one or more fasteners. The base includes a perimeter lip around its top portion that supports the ceramic plate and maximizes the exposed surface area of the plate. A water and air-tight gasket is provided between the lip and the ceramic plate. An eye-bolt may be provided through the ceramic plate and attached to the base to provide an attachment point for a ballast or other means used to position the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Lake Savers, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Tucci
  • Patent number: 9630872
    Abstract: In the method for manufacturing a glass-fine-particle-deposited body according to the present invention, at least a part of a gas supplying pipe 25 from a temperature controlled booth 24 to a burner 18 for cladding is temperature-controlled so that the temperature at the burner side becomes high and temperature gradient becomes 5° C./m or more. The temperature control is performed so that the temperature gradient becomes preferably 15° C./m or more, more preferably 25° C./m or more. Specifically, the part is controlled to the predetermined temperature gradient by winding a tape heater 26 that is a heating element on the outer circumference of the gas supplying pipe 25 from the temperature controlled booth 24 to the burner 18 for cladding and temperature-controlling the tape heater 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ishihara, Masato Furukawa
  • Patent number: 9593860
    Abstract: A water recycler is designed to recycle waste water from a drip-type humidifying system. A water reservoir is provided with an opening to accept a drain line from the existing humidifier system. Additional fresh water is added into the reservoir to maintain a preset level via a float valve. The system is further provided with an internal pump which is activated by an existing furnace switch. The pump draws water from the reservoir and supplies it to the humidifier for reuse. As water is consumed by the humidifier, it is replenished by the fresh water system to ensure an adequate supply of water at all times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: James F. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9491973
    Abstract: The invention is a method of air humidification and injection delivery that humidifies air to a specific selected relative humidity and injects the humidified air into a container to establish the specific selected relative humidity throughout the container. The method includes the facilitation of ambient supply air into a liquid medium for humidification to a specific selected relative humidity. The resulting humidified air is released from the liquid medium and routed for injection into the container. The injected humidified air infiltrates the container and sustains the selected relative humidity throughout the container. Contents of the container are thus maintained at the selected relative humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Keith S. Reed
  • Patent number: 9474408
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating and frothing a beverage product, in particular milk, comprises a steam generator, a compressed air source, an air supply conduit connected to the compressed air source to supply air from the compressed air source to the steam generator, and a steam/air conduit connected to the steam generator to supply a steam/air mixture from the steam generator into the beverage product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: WMF GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Sander Dollner, Alexander Kiefer, Joel Eicke, Torsten Boensch, Peter Arndt, Hans-Ulrich Hostettler
  • Patent number: 9314738
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for vacuum recovery of hazardous acidic liquids. A novel neutralizing canister (100) passes liquid recovery air through a bed of a combination of solid neutralizing particles (30) and water. The velocity of the air is sufficient to lift the water from the bed and highly agitate and aerate the water. At the same time, the water is allowed to circulate through the neutralizing particles (30) to maintain a high pH. This action increases the effectiveness of the neutralizing particles (30) such that the air leaving the canister (100) is entirely neutralized and harmless to persons and equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: John Michael Hoce
  • Patent number: 9290837
    Abstract: A technique for forming an organic polymer thin film on a surface of a substrate with high film formation efficiency and excellent reproducibility and stability is provided. When a vacuum deposition polymerization for forming an organic polymer thin film is performed on a surface of a substrate repeatedly, in which a plurality of kinds of monomers evaporated in a plurality of evaporation source containers in vacuum state are introduced into a deposition chamber in a vacuum state and polymerized on a surface of the substrate arranged in the deposition chamber, each of the monomers in a liquid form is present in the evaporation source containers in a constant amount every time, at the beginning of the evaporation operation of monomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: Kojima Press Industry Co., Ltd., ULVAC, INC.
    Inventors: Masumi Noguchi, Ken Momono, Hagane Irikura
  • Patent number: 9056689
    Abstract: A method of filling a canister containing activated carbon having a first temperature with a propellant gas, wherein the method includes (a) providing a volume of liquefied propellant gas at a second temperature and a first elevated pressure that prevents it from evaporating; (b) evacuating the canister to create a vacuum within the canister, thereby cooling the activated carbon to a third temperature lower than the second temperature; (c) injecting the volume of liquefied propellant gas into the canister at a second elevated pressure that prevents it from evaporating; and (d) allowing the liquefied propellant gas to evaporate, consuming energy as evaporation heat, the energy being generated due to the propellant gas being adsorbed by the activated carbon, thereby reducing the heating of the activated carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: CARLSBERG BREWERIES A/S
    Inventors: Jan Norager Rasmussen, Steen Vesborg
  • Patent number: 9057125
    Abstract: A canister includes an accommodation portion for accommodating a liquid material; an outlet pipe that is connected to the accommodation portion so as to discharge a gas material obtained by vaporizing the liquid material; a blocking cover that is connected to an upper surface of the accommodation portion; and a plurality of baffle plates that are disposed in the accommodation portion and are spaced apart from each other. The canister further includes a restrictor including a main body member that is disposed between the plurality of baffle plates and the blocking cover and is connected to an internal surface of the accommodation portion, an extension member extending from the main body member, and a through portion that is formed through the main body member and the extension member. A deposition procedure using the canister is efficiently performed and characteristics of a deposition layer are easily improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choel-Min Jang, Myung-Soo Huh, Suk-Won Jung, Sung-Yong Lee, Cheol-Rae Jo, In-Kyo Kim, Sung-Hun Key
  • Patent number: 9045854
    Abstract: A clothes dryer is provided, the dryer comprising a drum, an intermediate air channel, a lint compartment, a lint collector, an outlet pipe, a moisture trap and pump, a heating element, and a fan, these several components being coupled together and defining a closed loop wherein air flows through the loop in response to operation of the fan. Upon operation of the dryer, the fan begins to force air through the closed loop and the heating element heats the air to within a predetermined temperature range at which point the heating element turns off and the dryer operates to dry the clothes by recycling the heated air through the closed loop over and over again until the clothes within the dryer are dry. Should the air temperature within the loop fall below the predetermined range, the heating element can intermittently activate to heat the air back to within the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Johnnie Clark
  • Publication number: 20150137394
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus that humidifies air to a selected relative humidity and injects the humidified air into a container to establish the selected relative humidity throughout the container. The apparatus facilitates ambient supply air into a vessel for humidification to a selected relative humidity. The resulting humidified air is purged from the vessel and routed for injection into the container. The injected humidified air infiltrates the container and sustains the selected relative humidity throughout the container. Contents of the container are thus maintained at the selected relative humidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Keith S. Reed
  • Publication number: 20150137395
    Abstract: A fragrancing system for a motor vehicle, having a housing, in which a replaceable fragrance storage container is inserted, which has an opening for dispensing a fragrance which is covered by a closure mechanism which frees the opening for dispensing of the fragrance when actuated by an actuator. In a fragrancing system which is of simple construction and nevertheless operates reliably, the housing is provided with a cover, which for introduction of the fragrance storage container is mounted so as to be pivotable about an axis of rotation into a housing interior, wherein when the fragrance storage container is introduced it is locked by the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Walter WOLF, Eric PITZ, Tobias BAUMANN
  • Publication number: 20150129410
    Abstract: Condensing apparatuses and their use in various heat and mass exchange systems are generally described. The condensing apparatuses, such as bubble column condensers, may employ a heat exchanger positioned external to the condensing vessel to remove heat from a bubble column condenser outlet stream to produce a heat exchanger outlet stream. In certain cases, the condensing apparatus may also include a cooling device positioned external to the vessel configured and positioned to remove heat from the heat exchanger outlet stream to produce a cooling device outlet stream. The condensing apparatus may be configured to include various internal features, such as a vapor distribution region and/or a plurality of liquid flow control weirs and/or chambers within the apparatus having an aspect ratio of at least 1.5. A condensing apparatus may be coupled with a humidifier to form part of a desalination system, in certain cases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Gradiant Corporation
    Inventors: Prakash Narayan Govindan, Steven Lam, Maximus G. St. John
  • Publication number: 20150108045
    Abstract: A separation system is presented that partitions a slurry containing a plurality of particles that are influenced by a fluidization flow (which comprises teeter water and gas bubbles) and a fluidized bed. The separation system comprises a separation tank, a slurry feed distributor, a fluidization flow manifold and a gas introduction system. All of these components are arranged to create the fluidized bed in the separation tank by introducing the slurry through the slurry feed distributor and allowing the slurry to interact with the fluidization flow that enters the separation tank from the fluidization flow manifold. The gas introduction system is configured to optimize the gas bubble size distribution in the fluidization flow. The gas introduction system comprises a gas introduction conduit and a bypass conduit. The gas introduction system can be adjusted by modulating the flow of teeter water through the gas introduction conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Eriez Manufacturing Co.,
    Inventors: Michael J. Mankosa, Jaisen N. Kohmuench, Eric S. Yan
  • Patent number: 9010735
    Abstract: A contact reaction tower, including: a central cylinder; and an outer cylinder. Lift pipes and a water inlet pipe(s) are installed in the central cylinder, reflux windows are formed on the wall of the central cylinder, and the water flow circulation between the central cylinder and the outer cylinder is realized through the lift pipes, the water inlet pipe(s), and the reflux windows, such that the water flow internal circulation of the whole contact reaction tower is realized. The contact reaction tower is sealed in its entirety from the outside environment, and a gas guide pipe is installed at the top of the contact reaction tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nanjing University
    Inventors: Hongqiang Ren, Ke Xu, Lili Ding, Xinkun Ren, Yanru Wang
  • Patent number: 9012210
    Abstract: A mixing vessel (10) for containing a liquid, comprises a chamber having a lower chamber portion and an upper chamber portion wider than the lower portion, gas inlet means (14) for supplying gas to the lower portion and means for redirecting rising gas (24), such that, in use, rising gas in the form of bubbles, initially rises substantially vertically and is redirected in a substantially horizontal direction by the means for redirecting rising gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cellexus Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Andrew Auton
  • Patent number: 9005338
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dylan J. Boday, Joseph Kuczynski, Robert E. Meyer, III, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Publication number: 20150082991
    Abstract: A system for making a personalized malt-based beverage may comprise at least one packaged base liquid and at least one separately packaged flavor ingredient. The at least one packaged base liquid may comprise at least about 0.1% wt ethyl alcohol, at least about 3% wt malt extract solids, and a carbon dioxide level between about zero grams per liter and about 1.5 grams per liter. The separately packaged flavor ingredient may comprise a dry ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ANHEUSER-BUSCH, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome PELLAUD, Frank Z. HELLWIG, James P. KEANE, Wilfried LOSSIGNOL, Aaron PENN, Patrick O'RIORDAN
  • Patent number: 8985558
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a diffuser for saturation of water with gas, comprising a diffusion element (1) for diffusing the gas run through the diffuser, wherein the diffusion element (1) is made of charcoal. The invention also refers to a set for saturating water with gas, as well as a method for saturation of water with gas, and the use of charcoal as a diffusion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Marek Kaczor
  • Patent number: 8985561
    Abstract: A beverage carbonation system, container, carbonator and method for carbonating a beverage are provided. The beverage carbonation system has a container that is removably engageable with a carbonator. The container has a container outlet valve and a container inlet valve that are fluidly engageable with a carbonator outlet port and carbonator inlet port, respectively. At least one pump transfers liquid and carbon dioxide gas between a container chamber and a carbonation chamber when the container is engaged with the carbonator, thereby carbonating the liquid. When the container is disengaged from the carbonator, the container outlet valve and the container inlet valve are closed to fluidly seal the container containing the carbonated liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bonne O Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Hatherell
  • Patent number: 8985560
    Abstract: According to one specific embodiment, an oxygen humidifier includes a container that defines an interior space. The oxygen humidifier also includes a top portion that is permanently coupled to the container. The top portion includes an opening for accessing the interior space of the container. The humidifier further includes a lid portion that is movably coupled to the top portion. The lid portion is configured to move between a closed configuration and an open configuration. In the closed configuration, the lid portion seals the opening, and in the open configuration, the lid portion allows access to the interior space through the opening. The oxygen humidifier additionally includes an oxygen diffuser positioned within the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: FLO EZ Technologies
    Inventors: Zachary E. Humes, Nathan D. McCulloch, David K. Webb, Ryan A. Mawson
  • Publication number: 20150076717
    Abstract: A treatment plant for waste water treatment, including a circulation tank, which is arranged to accommodate waste water up to a predetermined filling height, and at least one aerator section arranged at the bottom of the circulation tank, which aerator section is arranged to supply gas bubbles to the waste water, the circulation tank having a predetermined direction of flow along which the waste water is arranged to flow. The treatment plant includes a partition wall arranged transversely to the circulation tank downstream the aerator section, which partition wall has an upper end that in the vertical direction is situated at a height that is lower than 25% of the above-mentioned filling height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Lars Uby
  • Patent number: 8980623
    Abstract: A mixing vessel (10) for containing a liquid, comprises a chamber having a lower chamber portion and an upper chamber portion wider than the lower portion, gas inlet means (14) for supplying gas to the lower portion and means for redirecting rising gas (24), such that, in use, rising gas in the form of bubbles, initially rises substantially vertically and is redirected in a substantially horizontal direction by the means for redirecting rising gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cellexus Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Andrew Auton
  • Patent number: 8960651
    Abstract: A vessel for cooling syngas comprising a syngas collection chamber and a quench chamber, wherein the syngas collection chamber has a syngas outlet which is fluidly connected with the quench chamber via a tubular diptube, wherein the syngas outlet comprises of a tubular part having a diameter which is smaller than the diameter of the tubular diptube and is co-axial with the diptube, and wherein the tubular part terminates at a point within the diptube such that an annular space is formed between the tubular part and the diptube, and wherein in the annular space a discharge conduit for a liquid water is present having a discharge opening located such to direct the liquid water along the inner wall of the diptube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Wouter Koen Harteveld, Manfred Heinrich Schmitz-Goeb
  • Patent number: 8944420
    Abstract: The present invention is a container having a diptube inlet, at least one baffle disc positioned between the outlet of the diptube and the outlet of the container to provide a narrow annular space between the baffle disc and the sidewall of the container to prevent liquid droplets from entering the outlet to the container and the inner surface of the container sidewall and an annular, radially inward projecting deflector ledge on the sidewall, proximate the baffle disc. The present invention is also a process of delivering a chemical precursor from a container having the above structure. Liquid and vapor delivery are both contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Michael Birtcher, Thomas Andrew Steidl
  • Patent number: 8905383
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a carbonated water tank in which carbonated water is stored; a water level sensor sensing a water level of carbonated water stored in the carbonated water tank; a water tank supplying filtered water to the carbonated water tank; a carbon dioxide cylinder supplying carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank; and a controller, if the water level of carbonated water sensed by the water level sensor is less than or equal to a predetermined minimum water level, supplying the filtered water to the carbonated water tank, and if supply of the filtered water is completed, supplying the carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank so as to produce the carbonated water. If the carbonated water is discharged, the controller controls the water level sensor to sense the water lever of the carbonated water stored in the carbonated water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Tae Ko, Seung Wan Kang, Jung Yeob Kim, Ji Hoon Kim, Byung Mo Yu, Sung Ho Cho, Yong Soo Kyong
  • Patent number: 8894048
    Abstract: A gas diffuser including a grid of aeration pipes spaced apart and in parallel alignment within a horizontal plane is provided. The aeration pipes have improved discharge hole placement along their lengths and around their circumferences to provide improved performance and reduced fouling of membrane filtration systems associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Qixiang Cai, Ning Chai, Steven J. Gluck, Billy G. Smith, Chengfeng Wang, Quan Yuan
  • Patent number: 8888074
    Abstract: A membrane for use in an air diffuser. The membrane includes a nub with a perforation. The nub and perforation and arranged and sized to create smaller bubbles of gas in a liquid column above the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: UWM Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Samuel Amano, Ammar Alkhalidi
  • Patent number: 8852393
    Abstract: Apparatus for evaporating waste water having dissolved solids therein comprising a holding tank having an inlet for receiving waste water, a submerged combustion chamber with burner suspended within the holding tank, the submerged combustion chamber having a plurality of vertical slots defined therein near a bottom thereof which span a substantial portion of a height of the submerged combustion chamber, a blower connected to provide air under positive pressure to the burner, and, a vent stack coupled to an upper portion of the holding tank for allowing water vapor to exit the holding tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Inproheat Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Leopold Panz, Steven Eric Panz, Wesley Young, Roger P. Boulter
  • Patent number: 8852394
    Abstract: Apparatus for evaporating waste water having chemicals therein which cause foaming comprises a holding tank having an inlet for receiving waste water, one or more submerged combustion chambers with burners suspended within the holding tank, and, one or more foam skimming weirs located in an upper portion of the holding tank, the one or more foam skimming weirs defining one or more foam collection zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Inproheat Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Leopold Panz, Steven Eric Panz, Wesley Young, Roger P. Boulter
  • Publication number: 20140275693
    Abstract: An auxiliary sour gas treatment system for treating a stream of sour gas during a time wherein a primary gas treatment facility is unavailable, malfunctioning, inadequate or inoperable. The auxiliary sour gas treatment system comprises a lean solvent storage system to store an appreciable volume of a regenerable lean solvent available on demand. A scrubber to treat an influent supply of the sour gas by contacting the sour gas and the lean solvent which chemically or physically binds the contaminants in the sour gas resulting in a cleaned gas suitable for disposal or use as a fuel, and the solvent in an enriched state that contains the removed contaminants. The enriched solvent resulting from treatment may be stored indefinitely in a rich solvent storage system and then regenerated at any convenient time and at any convenient rate or place to remove the contaminants from the rich solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Lawrence Zink
  • Publication number: 20140264972
    Abstract: An automated frothing assembly. The automated frothing assembly has a wand module that includes an elongate member having an inlet, one or more outlets, and a fluid passageway extending between and in fluid communication with the inlet and the plurality of outlets. At least one of the one or more outlets extends parallel to a vertical plane that includes the centerline of the elongate member and at an acute angle relative to a horizontal plane that is perpendicular to both the vertical plane and the centerline of the elongate member. The assembly further includes an actuator configured to be operatively coupled to the wand module and to drive the movement of at least a portion of the wand module along an axis, and an electronic controller configured to be electrically coupled to the actuator and to control the operation of the actuator to control the movement of the wand module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, Brent Clafferty, Stephen A. Miller, Marwan Hassoun, Pete P. Garcia, JR., Lynn Warren Hamrick
  • Patent number: 8833743
    Abstract: A multi-disc air diffuser according to the present invention comprises a bolt having a vent groove formed in a longitudinal direction thereof; a plurality of discs, each of the discs having a bolt joint section to be passed through the bolt, an air room for holding the air supplied through the vent groove, and a nozzle section having a plurality of nozzles which are arranged in an end part of the air room at a regular size and intervals, wherein the lower surface of each of the discs is more than the upper surface thereof and the outer circumference surface of each of the discs is formed to be inclined; and a backflow prevention section for joining to an end part of the bolt to adhere closely the discs to one another, connecting the vent groove to an air supply pipe, and having a check valve to prevent the air flowing backward from the vent groove to the air supply pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: ANT21 Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Myung-Han Ko, Byong-Cheol Kwon, Sung-Ha Park, Kyung-Han Ko, Sang-Woo Kim, Seung-Jin Lee, Jae-Kyung Yang, Kyoung-Ryeol Baek, Dae-Hwan Yoon, Kil-Hoo Park
  • Publication number: 20140242219
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator including: a carbonated water tank in which carbonated water is stored; a water tank supplying filtered water to the carbonated water tank; a carbon dioxide cylinder supplying carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank; and a controller, if the water level of carbonated water sensed by a water level sensor is less than or equal to a predetermined minimum water level, supplying the filtered water to the carbonated water tank, and if supply of the filtered water is completed, supplying the carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank so as to produce the carbonated water. If it is expected that the storage amount of the carbonated water is reduced or the user won't use the carbonated water for a while, carbonated water is automatically produced so that the user is not required to wait while the carbonate water is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Ho CHO, Kyung Tae Ko, Jung Yeob Kim, Seong Wook Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140242218
    Abstract: A refrigerator may include a carbonated water tank in which carbonated water is stored; a water tank supplying filtered water to the carbonated water tank; a carbon dioxide cylinder supplying carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank; a dispenser discharging the carbonated water or the filtered water; and a controller, if the filtered water is supplied to the carbonated water tank and supply of the filtered water is completed, supplying the carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank so as to produce the carbonated water, wherein the controller stops producing the carbonated water if a discharge instruction of the filtered water is input from a user or if a door of the refrigerator is opened while the carbonated water is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Ho CHO, Kyung Tae KO, Jung Yeob KIM, Seong Wook JEONG