Submerged Screen Patents (Class 261/122.1)
  • Patent number: 10239029
    Abstract: An aeration device includes a housing; a pump module mounted inside the housing and configured to provide a fluid flow; a tube connector mounted inside the housing and fluidly connected to the pump module; an aerator tube configured to be attachable to the tube connector; and a gripping recess mounted inside the housing such that the aerator tube is receivable within the gripping recess. The aerator tube is configured to receive the fluid flow from the pump module and deliver the fluid flow to a liquid in a vessel. The aerator device is configured to rest on a top rim of a vessel during operation of the pump module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Yevgeniy Khayman
  • Patent number: 10213740
    Abstract: This application is in the field of technologies for desulfurization and demercaptanization of gaseous hydrocarbons. The device includes a catalytic reactor loaded with a catalyst solution in an organic solvent, a means of withdrawal sulfur solution from the reactor into the sulfur-separating unit, and a sulfur-separating unit. The said device has at least means of supplying gaseous hydrocarbon medium to be purified and oxygen-containing gas into the reactor, and a means of outletting the purified gas from the reactor. The sulfur-separation unit includes a means of sulfur extraction. The reactor design and the catalyst composition provide conversion of at least 99.99% of hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans into sulfur and disulfides. The catalyst is composed of mixed-ligand complexes of transition metals. The technical result achieved by use of claimed invention is single-stage purification of gaseous hydrocarbons from hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans with remaining concentration of —SH down up to 0.001 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: START-CATALYST LLC
    Inventors: Liudmila Aleksandrovna Tyurina, Alexander Ivanovich Tyurin, Irina Gennadievna Tarkhanova, Alexey Aleksandrovich Tyurin
  • Patent number: 10175001
    Abstract: A ventilation device for transmissions with lubricant comprising water, the device being disposed above the transmission (1) and being connected thereto by way of a line (10) and comprising a pressure equalization opening (13) that leads to the surrounding environment, is to operate without loss of evaporating water to the environment. To this end, the device comprises at least one container (17) designed as a condenser for evaporated water rising through the line (10), the container being provided with a cooling element for dissipating heat (15), the condensate passing from said container (17) back to the transmission (1). In one variant, two containers containing a fluid are described which communicate with one another by way of a U-shaped channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Franz Mayr
  • Patent number: 9937472
    Abstract: A mixer-sparger assembly includes a first body portion; a second body portion; a gasket positioned between the first and second body portions to form a seal between the two body portions; an inlet disposed in the first body portion; a flexible tube connected to the inlet; a fluid chamber disposed in the first body portion or the second body portion and in fluidic communication with the inlet; an outlet disposed in the first body portion or the second body portion and in fluidic communication with the fluid chamber; and a plurality of supports extending downwardly from the second body portion to form a self-standing assembly with a space disposed below the second body portion. The first and second body portions have a density greater than about 1.0 g/cm3, and the inlet, fluid chamber, and outlet in spatial combination are configured to have an axis of rotational symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Techmetals, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael May, Phillip Daniel Brockman
  • Patent number: 9643140
    Abstract: A bubble generation system includes a gaseous pressure source supplying a gas flow and a wave inducer including a first inlet in fluid communication with the gaseous pressure source to receive the gas flow and a first outlet. The wave inducer transitions the gas flow into a pulsating acoustic wave that exits the wave inducer through the outlet. The bubble generation system also includes a diffuser fluidly coupled to the outlet of the wave inducer. The diffuser is configured to produce bubbles from the gaseous pressure source. The bubble generation system further includes a vent passageway fluidly coupled between the wave inducer and the diffuser. The vent passageway is configured to be in fluid communication with an ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MikroFlot Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9633452
    Abstract: The resolve operation in multi-sampled anti-aliasing may be avoided on a per pixel basis if all subsamples are determined to have the same color and the same storage is used for the resolved image as for one of the subsample planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Magnus Wendt
  • Patent number: 9579612
    Abstract: A wine aerator includes a gas conduit having a proximal end in fluid communication with a distal end, wherein the gas conduit passes through a seal and wherein the distal end is configured to be insertable into an inside of an uncorked wine bottle. A gas source is connectable to the proximal end of the gas conduit and is in fluidic communication with the gas conduit, wherein the gas source comprises an air pump having an adjustable flow rate of at least 0.1 liters per minute up to a maximum of 20 liters per minute. A bubble-generating aeration element is disposed at the distal end of the gas conduit and in fluidic communication with the gas conduit. The bubble-generating aeration element comprises a porous material having an average pore size of at least 1 micron up to a maximum of 500 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Wendy L. Stevenson, Jennifer L. Stevenson, Ryan A. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9579611
    Abstract: An aerator assembly for diffusing a gas in a liquid, including a gas supply conduit and at least one aerator, wherein the gas supply conduit and the aerator are releasably joined to each other by an attachment. The attachment includes a flexible body and a compressor, wherein the attachment is arranged to be reversibly set in an inactive mode, in which the gas supply conduit and the at least one aerator are in mutually released mode, as well as in an active mode in which the flexible body is compressed in its axial longitudinal direction by the compressor and clamps the at least one aerator and the gas supply conduit against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: XYLEM IP MANAGEMENT S.à r.l.
    Inventor: Anders Berfner
  • Patent number: 9453295
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a main body that includes a washing unit capable of washing laundry and a micro bubble generation unit configured to generate micro bubbles and supply the generated micro bubbles to the washing unit. The micro bubble generation unit includes a circulation unit supplied with water from the washing unit and configured to pressurize the water at a high pressure, an air supplier configured to supply air, a mixer connected to the circulation unit and the air supplier, configured to mix the washing water and the air, and a slit through which the mixed water and air pass through to generate the micro bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyung Gon Bae, Bae Gyun Kim, Ji Ae Jeong
  • Patent number: 9435027
    Abstract: The present invention is a bubbler having a diptube inlet ending in a bubble size reducing outlet and at least one baffle disc positioned between the outlet of the diptube and the outlet of the bubbler to provide a narrow annular space between the baffle disc and the wall of the bubbler to prevent liquid droplets from entering the outlet to the bubbler. The bubble size reducing outlet is an elongated cylindrical porous metal frit situated in a sump of approximately the same dimensions. A metal frit is placed at the inlet of the outlet of the bubbler. The present invention is also a process of delivering a chemical precursor from a bubbler vessel having the above structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Michael Birtcher, Thomas Andrew Steidl, Xinjian Lei
  • Patent number: 9370752
    Abstract: An aeration element for gasification or aeration of liquids includes an essentially flattened, rigid support element having a substantially oval cross-section and corrugated outer surfaces, the corrugated outer surfaces including ridges defining grooves therebetween; a threaded opening for receiving a cooperating fitting for connection to an air supply; and a flexible membrane of elastomeric material disposed around the support element, The membrane has a plurality of slits, and wherein compressed gas is introduced between the support element and the membrane, the gas can escape via these slits into the surrounding liquid. A retaining clamp holds the membrane around at least one end of the support element. A check valve assembly prevents backflow of liquid, particles, sludge or debris into the interior of the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Artemis Rubber Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Claudius Jäger
  • Patent number: 9334184
    Abstract: An apparatus for gas bubble division and distribution to an upflow algae scrubber, an embodiment of which comprises a gas bubble divider edge and a set of gas bubble corridors open on either their bottom or sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Bryan Harold Farrish
  • Patent number: 9279313
    Abstract: There are provided a carbon dioxide storage apparatus and a carbon dioxide storage method which, through direct injection of carbon dioxide into an underground brine aquifer, can store carbon dioxide efficiently in the brine aquifer. A filter formed of, for example, grindstone is provided at a tip portion of an injection well. A pumping apparatus pumps carbon dioxide stored in a carbon dioxide tank. The pumping apparatus feeds carbon dioxide from the carbon dioxide tank into the injection well by means of a pump. In the pumping apparatus, carbon dioxide is held within a predetermined pressure range and a predetermined temperature range. Carbon dioxide is fed through the injection well, and is injected into a brine aquifer. Carbon dioxide injected into the brine aquifer assumes the form of microbubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO GAS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Kameyama, Susumu Nishio, Ziqiu Xue, Toshifumi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9238906
    Abstract: A water-carrying line section having at least one aerating duct (2), the aerating duct (2), on the inlet side, having at least one duct opening (5) open to atmosphere and, on the outlet side, having at least one duct opening (6) that can be flushed by the water flowing past and/or is adjacent thereto, and in which aerating duct (2) a water jet aerator (7) is provided. The line section is characterized in that the water jet aerator (7) has a filtering or separating device (8) which is configured to be permeable to air in the direction from the at least one duct opening (5) on the inlet side toward the at least one duct opening (6) on the outlet side but is impermeable to water in the opposite direction. With the aid of the water jet aerator (7) which is used in the line section (1) and which serves to aerate the water flowing through a sanitary outlet fitting or the like, the undesired emergence of water can be prevented with certainty in any installation situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventor: Holger Schurle
  • Patent number: 9227035
    Abstract: A humidifier has a base unit with an engagement face that is configured to interface with a flow generator. The humidifier also has a tank configured to be removably received by the base unit and hold a volume of liquid. The tank has a side wall with an air inlet. The humidifier further has an air flow passage configured to receive an air connector of the flow generator at the engagement face of the base unit. The air flow passage is axially offset from a tank inlet. In addition, a cross-section of the airflow passage inlet and a cross-section of the tank air inlet are substantially perpendicular to a horizontal plane. In addition, a flexible face seal is positioned at an end of the air flow passage. An end of the face seal is configured to abut a side wall of the tank that includes the tank inlet when the tank is received in the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Geoffrey Crumblin, Michael Thomas Janiak, Dan Kao, Barton John Kenyon, Perry David Lithgow, Rohan Neil Primrose, Jim Saada, John Michael Snow, Duncan Lovel Trevor-Wilson, Alexander Virr, Arthur Kin-Wai Yee
  • Patent number: 9193577
    Abstract: A receptacle for storing, pressurizing, and dispensing packaged beverages. An airtight chamber with a removable lid, wherein the joint between the lid and the chamber is also airtight. A gas valve allows for the inflow and outflow of gas, and a tap port and tap stem allow the beverage to be dispensed without breaking the seal of the chamber. A pressure relief valve allows for more rapid depressurization. Chamber can also be used at high and low pressures, such as a partial vacuum, to prevent oxidation of a number of open beverages, such as beers, wines, and sodas. Can be used with multiple types of gas, and is coupleable with both American and European tap systems. A pressure gauge port allows a user to verify the appropriate pressure for the type of beverage being preserved. Lid may have multiple taps to allow for the storage of multiple beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Keith W. McIntyre, John J. Parry
  • Patent number: 9157557
    Abstract: A gas distribution assembly includes an outer pipe and an inner pipe, defining a gas supply chamber therebetween. Furthermore, the gas distribution assembly includes a unit for supplying compressed gas to the gas supply chamber, a first end connection connecting first ends of the outer pipe and of the inner pipe, and leaving an orifice of the first end of the inner pipe open outwards, a second end connection connecting second ends of the outer pipe and of the inner pipe, and leaving an orifice of the second end of the inner pipe open outwards. The inner pipe includes a first pipe member including the first end of the inner pipe and a second pipe member including the second end of the inner pipe, which pipe members are in telescopic engagement with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Joseph G. Krall
  • Patent number: 9144237
    Abstract: The sterilizing and deodorizing agents target bacteria, odors, toxic substances, etc. and are made from silver as metal particles and titanium dioxide as ceramic particles by (1) thermal bonding or (2) pressure bonding or (3) thermal/pressure bonding and mixing the resultant with hydroxyapatite as an adsorptive material. The agent can be mixed with ink, bonding agents and paints and applied to a variety of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Tsukasa Sakurada, Charles P. Gerba
  • Patent number: 9067036
    Abstract: A device for humidifying respiratory gases is provided. The device includes: an all-polymer humidification chamber; a heating element positioned independently and proximate to the humidification chamber; a base unit supporting the humidification chamber; a computer that sends adjustment instructions to a water filling valve coupled with the humidification chamber; a plurality of sensors determining light within the humidification chamber and coupled with the base unit; an airflow conduit coupled with the humidification chamber; a heater wire within the airflow conduit; and an insulation material with grooves thereon surrounding the heater wire. The adjustment instructions instruct the water filling valve to self-adjust to meet a predetermined water level objective. The airflow conduit delivers gas to the patient. The heater wire heats the gas being delivered. The grooves on the insulation wire wick water within the humidification chamber away to re-evaporation regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 207, INC.
    Inventors: Neil Korneff, Paul David Dixon, Christopher M Varga
  • Patent number: 9061255
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a micro-sized bubble generator. A micro-sized bubble generator using a highly-dissolved solution based on a rotating unit according to an exemplary embodiment of the present includes: a rotating unit receiving a mixture of water and gas and discharging a solution while making the water and gas collide with each other and rotating the same; a dissolving tank storing the solution discharged from the rotating unit; and a nozzle unit receiving the solution and generating micro-sized bubbles in the water. Accordingly, a massive amount of micro-sized bubbles less than 100 nm in size can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Dong Kuen Song, Won-Seok Hong, Wan-Ho Shin
  • 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: 9005971
    Abstract: A container system includes a bag having of one or more sheets of flexible polymeric material, the bag having an interior surface at least partially bounding a chamber that is adapted to hold a fluid. A sparger is secured to the interior surface of the bag so that a compartment is formed between the interior surface of the bag and the sparger. At least a portion of the sparger includes a sparging sheet formed from a flexible sheet of a gas permeable material. A tubular port or tube is coupled with the bag so that a passage bounded by the tubular port or tube communicates with the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Nephi D. Jones, Jeremy K. Larsen
  • Patent number: 8991797
    Abstract: The invention provides a self supporting isobaric structure for electrolyte aeration in an electrodeposition cell for electrolytic refining or winning of non-ferrous metals, and a method of fabrication thereof. The structure is constructed using thermoplastic material pipes the external surface of which is wrapped in a thermosetting polymer composite material and one or more successive wrapped layers of fiber glass mats, thus forming a structural monoblock. The pipes are arranged in a reticular layout having a generally rectangular frame that follows the contour of the cell, transverse structural elements that connect the longer sides of the frame and tubular elements connecting the shorter sides of the rectangular frame. The tubular element provide a means for gas diffusion and aeration in the cell. Furthermore, the invention provides pipe couplings that allow shorter elements to be connected together in order to achieve the reticular configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ancor Tecmin, S. A.
    Inventors: Victor Vidaurre Heiremans, Edgardo Beltran Navarro
  • Publication number: 20150041412
    Abstract: A Polyionic Molecular Diffuser and Filter Method. The device and method provides superlative filtration in macro, micro and nano ranges for a variety of fluids. The device utilizes filtration elements that are relatively low cost, yet provide the significant advantage of being able to be back-flushed periodically to remove captured solids. The device employs an arrangement of filter elements wherein the filtration axis of the filters is perpendicular to the flow axis of the collecting housing. The device and method further provides a way for adjusting filter to capture different sizes of solids, depending upon the particular user adjustment. This same filter is adaptable to operate as a gas diffuser that will diffuse gas into a liquid in a very controllable manner, while also purifying the diffused air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Gustavo Solis Cortes, Luis Pablo Díaz-Rivera González
  • 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: 8931763
    Abstract: An aeration system for treating liquid contained in a vessel is provided. The aeration system includes a header pipe and a plurality of lateral pipes coupled to the header pipe. The lateral pipes each have one or more tubular diffuser membranes sleeved therearound. Also provided is a coupling for sealingly joining end portions of two adjacent pipes is provided. The coupling includes two saddle sections and a deformable gasket extending between the pipes. The coupling is adapted for enabling one pipe to be removed and replaced from a series of pipes without substantially moving any adjacent pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Environmental Dynamics International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Tharp, Randall C. Chann, Randy K. Hulsebus
  • Publication number: 20150001744
    Abstract: A device for distributing gases in liquids, comprising: an aerating element made out of plastic, with an upper side and a lower side joined with the upper side, a support element, and a gas inlet, wherein the aerating element comprises at least one cavity that can be filled with gas through the gas inlet, wherein at least the area of the upper side of the aerating element comprises holes, perforations or the like as the gas outlet, and wherein the support element is situated in the cavity of the aerating element. In order to enable a uniform and reliable aeration of larger water surfaces in a cost-effective manner, it is proposed that the width of the support element be greater than its height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Burkhard Mollen
  • Patent number: 8919747
    Abstract: Provided is a super-micro bubble generation device providing super-micro bubbles using a simple method and having a higher degree of freedom of installation so as to be suitable for a place where the device is to meet functional requirements. A super-micro bubble generation device is provided with a compressor for delivering gas under pressure, and also with a bubble generation medium for discharging the gas, which has been delivered under pressure, as super-micro bubbles into liquid. The bubble generation medium consists of a high-density compound which is an electrically conductive substance. The super-micro bubble generation device is also provided with a liquid jetting device for jetting liquid in the direction substantially perpendicular to the direction in which the bubble generation medium discharges the super-micro bubbles, said liquid being the same kind of liquid as the liquid into which the super-micro bubbles are discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Nishiken Devise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Anzai, Susumu Nishi
  • Publication number: 20140374928
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to an apparatus comprising a proximal end adapter, a distal end adapter, a support tube, and a flexible diffuser membrane. The support tube is disposed between the proximal end adapter and the distal end adapter, and comprises an outward facing surface that defines a series of ridges thereon. The diffuser membrane, in turn, defines a plurality of perforations, and surrounds at least a respective portion of each of the proximal end adapter, the distal end adapter, and the support tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas E. Frankel, Seoungil Kang, Todd D. Ritter
  • Patent number: 8876087
    Abstract: A water tank system having a tank with an inner cavity adapted to hold water, with a filling aperture in a top surface of the tank and a spout is in a first side near a bottom surface, with an air pump external to the tank, an air stone in the inner cavity of the tank which is connected to the air pump via a tube, the air stone is adapted to gradually diffuse oxygen into the water in the tank, and an air water trap that is S-shaped and generally hollow and has an open first end and an open second end, the first end penetrates the top surface of the tank, the air water trap allows condensation to collect and air to be exhausted from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: William M. Lake, Holly M. Lake
  • Patent number: 8876089
    Abstract: An aeration system has aerators that remain generally full of air when the supply of pressurized air is turned off or vented. Water does not reach the bubble discharging holes of the aerator, which are kept from plugging. The aerator has a body with a hole through a wall of the body to discharge bubbles. The hole is surrounded by a skirt at the wall of the body. The skirt extends to below the elevation of the hole. The aerator body is connected to a source of pressurized gas through an open bottomed chamber. An opening between the aerator body and the inside of the chamber is located below the elevation of the hole. When the supply of gas is off, water enters the chamber and possibly the skirt. However, the water can only rise until it has reached the skirt and the opening, both of which are below the hole, and the entire aerator body is kept dry. Aerator fouling is reduced, and the aerator begins to produce an even flow of bubbles quickly when the supply of gas returns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zenon Technology Partnership
    Inventor: Stephen Hugh Garrioch
  • Patent number: 8871085
    Abstract: An apparatus for a programmable self sanitizing water dispenser apparatus with a digital controller as well as a programmable method for generating ozone for cleaning the reservoir and the water contained within it. The apparatus includes an anti-spill receiver that houses the controller and that can contain a ozone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: S.I.P. Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Davis
  • Patent number: 8844909
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein can introduce low amounts of gas in a liquid with fast response time and low variation in concentration. In one embodiment, a gas is directed into an inlet on a gas contacting side of a porous element of a contactor and a liquid is directed into an inlet on a liquid contacting side of the porous element of the contactor. The liquid contacting side and the gas contacting side are separated by the porous element and a housing. The gas is removed from an outlet on the gas contacting side of the porous element at a reduced pressure compared to the pressure of the gas flowing into the inlet of the contactor. A liquid containing a portion of the gas transferred into the liquid is removed from an outlet on the liquid contacting side of the porous element, producing a dilute bubble free solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Yanan Annie Xia, J. Karl Niermeyer, Rosario Mollica, Gregg T. Conner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8794604
    Abstract: A method for generating and dissolving nano-bubbles in a liquid comprises the steps of preparing a bamboo filter by partially or entirely removing an enamel layer of a bamboo and using a bamboo fibrous layer therein as a component of a filter; applying a gas to an inside of the bamboo filter with a pressure over atmospheric pressure in a state where the bamboo filter is submerged in water; and making the gas permeate from an inside of the bamboo fibrous layer to an outside thereof, thereby forming nano-bubbles and at the same time dissolving the gas in the liquid. The present invention advantageously allows the generation of nano-sized fine bubbles by a filter member made of naturally occurring material so that the nano-bubbles are dissolved in a liquid, without applying external mechanical force to the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: GK Oxy Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Ryul Ryu
  • Patent number: 8771507
    Abstract: A method for treating contaminants includes emitting plural streams of a fluid into a soil formation with the streams having different radii of influences in different directions. A directional microporous diffuser directionally emits microbubbles. Solenoid controlled valves control fluid or air distribution to inlets to provide directional control of bubble emanation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: ThinkVillage-Kerfoot, LLC
    Inventor: William B. Kerfoot
  • Patent number: 8740195
    Abstract: Systems and methods for diffusing gas into a liquid are disclosed. In some cases, the methods include tangentially introducing a liquid into a cylindrical chamber having a cylindrical inner wall such that the liquid develops a spiral flow. In some cases, gas bubbles are orthogonally introduced into the liquid as the liquid flows through the chamber. In some cases, a flow of the liquid and the gas bubbles is controlled such that a ratio of a liquid flow rate to a gas bubble flow rate does not exceed values which convert non-bacteria enriched, clear water into froth. In such cases, a mixture of the liquid and the gas bubbles to exit the chamber near an output end. While the liquid can include clear water, in some instances, the liquid also includes bacteria (e.g., surfactant-producing or non-surfactant-producing bacteria) and/or bacterial nutrients that allow for improved bioremediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: Jakob H. Schneider, Joseph Mark Schneider
  • Patent number: 8708320
    Abstract: The present invention is a bubbler having a diptube inlet ending in a bubble size reducing outlet and at least one baffle disc positioned between the outlet of the diptube and the outlet of the bubbler to provide a narrow annular space between the baffle disc and the wall of the bubbler to prevent liquid droplets from entering the outlet to the bubbler. The bubble size reducing outlet is an elongated cylindrical porous metal frit situated in a sump of approximately the same dimensions. A metal frit is placed at the inlet of the outlet of the bubbler. The present invention is also a process of delivering a chemical precursor from a bubbler vessel having the above structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Steidl, Charles Michael Birtcher, Xinjian Lei
  • Patent number: 8678358
    Abstract: The buoyant aerator with support legs is disposed in a body of water and supplied with air from a remote source. The remote source may be land-based or based upon a floating vessel. An air supply line extends from the remote air source to the aerator, the supply line being supported by one or more rigid poles or columns anchored into the floor of the body of water. The entire aerator structure floats to hold the aerator at a constant level and is held in position by restraining cables. A plurality of rigid support legs extends from the periphery of the float to support the aerator in conditions where the water level drops below the height of the aerator as defined by the vertical distance between the float and the support pads of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bader Shafaqa Alenzi
  • Publication number: 20140070433
    Abstract: There is a standpipe arrangement for holding and for supplying gas to aerators in a clarifying basin. The standpipe arrangement comprises a pipe conduit with holding means for aerators, with gas openings to the aerators and with means of fastening the pipe conduit on the base of the clarifying basin. The pipe conduit comprises several support pipes connected to each other, at the connection points of which fastening means are arranged. By way of the fastening means the support pipes are fixed both at a distance above the base of the clarifying basin as well as laterally and against rotation about the pipe axis, but can be moved along the pipe axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Ott
  • Patent number: 8657268
    Abstract: Wastewater is treated by providing a distribution conduit and providing a diffuser assembly. An aperture is created in the distribution conduit having an initial minimum diameter. The diffuser assembly, in turn, comprises a diffuser membrane in fluidic communication with a mating tube. The mating tube has an initial outside diameter at a location along its length greater than the initial minimum inside diameter of the aperture. The mating tube is inserted into the aperture until the location on the mating tube that, before insertion, had the initial outside diameter is encircled by the aperture where the aperture, before insertion, had the initial minimum inside diameter. This forms an airtight interference fit between the distribution conduit and diffuser assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory P. Smiltneek, Martin M. Smiltneek, Robert B. Wheeler, David T. Redmon, Thomas E. Frankel, Arthur W. Phenicie, Mark T. Raether
  • Patent number: 8647501
    Abstract: An apparatus for a programmable self sanitizing water dispenser apparatus with a digital controller as well as a programmable method for generating ozone for cleaning the reservoir and the water contained within it. The apparatus includes an anti-spill receiver that houses the controller and that can contain a ozone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: S.I.P. Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Davis
  • Patent number: 8632058
    Abstract: A micro-bubble generating device is provided which is capable of mixing or dispersing micro-bubbles into a liquid with high stability and has a simple structure that permits reduction of a cost of manufacture. A first member and a first packing are superposed on each other on one side of a gas-permeable film, while a second member and a second packing are superposed on each other on the other side of the gas-permeable film. A pressurized gas delivered via a gas inlet of the first member flows through a fluid passage of the first packing, permeates through the gas-permeable film, and is ejected as micro-bubbles into a liquid flowing through a fluid passage in the form of a narrow shallow strip-like groove provided in the second packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nakashima Kogyo Corporation
    Inventors: Yoji Nakashima, Koji Yamada
  • Patent number: 8622370
    Abstract: The aerator air distribution manifold has a central plenum disposed at the lower end of a concentric rigid downpipe or duct, and a radial array of diffuser tubes extending from the plenum. Since the aerators are buoyant, the aeration tubes are deployed at a constant, uniform depth below the surface of the water at all times, regardless of the water level. All of the aerator manifolds receive their air supply from a remotely disposed air source. The air source may be based on shore, or may be based upon a ship or other floating vessel. A flexible air supply line or hose extends from the air supply to each of the buoyant aerators, the hose being supported by one or more rigid columns or poles anchored into the bottom of the body of water in which the aerators are placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Bader Shafaqa Alenzi
  • Patent number: 8603805
    Abstract: A sparger includes a body bounding a compartment. A tubular port or tube is coupled with the body. The tubular port or tub bounds a passage that communicates with the compartment of the body. At least a portion of the body includes of a first sparging sheet. The first sparging sheet includes a flexible sheet of a gas permeable material such that a gas passing into the compartment of the body through the passage can exit the compartment by permeating through the first sparging sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: HyClone Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Nephi D. Jones, Jeremy K. Larsen
  • Patent number: 8567769
    Abstract: Apparatus and process for dissolving gas in a liquid. The process comprises: tangentially introducing a liquid into a chamber having an inner wall with sufficient volume and pressure to develop a vortex in the flowing liquid; orthogonally introducing gas into the flowing liquid 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: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jakob H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 8567305
    Abstract: A portable aeration device includes a housing having an air chamber in communication with an ambient air source, a supply area, a valve restricting airflow between the air chamber and ambient air source, and a valve restricting airflow between the chamber and supply area. The housing defines an exit in communication with the supply area, the aeration device having a cap selectively covering the housing exit. The aeration device includes a diffuser having a plurality of openings, an output tube extending from the diffuser to a location in communication with the supply area to alternately supply air from the supply area to the diffuser and allow liquid to pass from the diffuser to the supply area. A pump is in communication with the air chamber to force air from the air chamber to the supply area. The aeration device includes a fastener for attaching the housing to a water bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: David B. Bregman
  • Patent number: 8544492
    Abstract: The present invention is a modular tower structure comprising a common up-flow column topped with a covered header to which multiple independent down-flow and scavenger columns are attached. It employs a renewable energy process for extracting energy from the atmosphere. The process works by creating a vacuum into which atmospheric air is drawn through a vacuum operated motor driver. The motor in turn can operate other mechanisms as electric power generators. A scavenger column and a header operate independently to collect and remove air before it can accumulate in the tower header and interfere with the siphon process. The tower header is equipped to remove solids or floatables before they can collect at the top of the header and interfere with the process. The header cover is removable for inspection and ease of maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Alden C. Sprague
  • Patent number: 8512561
    Abstract: The water aerator using a compressed gas container is a self-contained unit having a float and a container of compressed gas (e.g., air, oxygen, etc.) installed beneath a perforated diffuser plate that, in turn, is positioned below the float. High-pressure gas from the container flows through a pipe or tube to a regulator valve and pressure gauge at the top of the pipe. A larger diameter low-pressure pipe or tube is placed concentrically about the high-pressure pipe. Regulated low-pressure gas flows down through the outer low-pressure pipe to a dispensing nozzle below the diffuser plate, whereupon the gas flows upward and is broken up by the perforations in the diffuser plate to form smaller aeration bubbles. An electrical power source, pressure switch, and light may be provided to indicate when the compressed gas container is depleted. The device may be motorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Bader Shafaqa Al-Anzi
  • Publication number: 20130207285
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a method and system for the infusion of a gas into a liquid. The gas is passed through a container with ceramic filtering material of a specific pore size after which the gas enters the flow stream of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Cecil Cooke