Gas And Liquid Patents (Class 261/28)
  • Patent number: 10272455
    Abstract: The present invention provides a potable pneumatic atomizing device. It includes a mounting seat, a small type fan, a water tank, an ultrasonic atomizing piece and a fixing clip. The small type fan and the water tank are respectively installed on the upper part and the side part of the mounting seat, and an air passage is formed among the small type fan, the water tank and the mounting seat; the mounting seat is provided with a lifting support frame, the lifting support frame stretches the clothes to extend the gap between the clothes and the human body. The ultrasonic atomizing piece is arranged on the top of the water tank and atomizes water in the water tank to release into the gap between clothes and the human body. The small type fan transfers outside air into the air passage, then passing the air passage, into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Chongshi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10175002
    Abstract: A cooling tower system and/or fluid cooler that provides desired cooling performance, without the use of pressurized or gravity based nozzle spray systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Dalton, Jason Stratman
  • Patent number: 9757708
    Abstract: A lean MEG stream having a first pH level is contacted with a CO2-rich gas stream to yield a lean MEG product having a second different and lower pH level preferably in a range of 6.5 to 7.0. The system and method can be readily incorporated into a slipstream MEG recovery package, with a source of the lean MEG stream being a MEG regeneration section of the package. The CO2-rich gas could be a vented CO2 stream from the MEG reclamation section of the package. Unlike hydrochloric and acetic acid overdosing, CO2 overdosing of the lean MEG stream does not lead to rapid acidification of the lean MEG product to be stored or injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian E. Messenger
  • Patent number: 9573101
    Abstract: The present invention is a micro-bubble generator including a housing, a bubble generator means and a seal means. The bubble generator is securedly received within the housing and has a top, a body positioned downstream from the top and having a diameter smaller than diameter of the inner wall of the housing so that a circumferential gap is formed between an outer lateral surface of the body and the inner wall of the housing, and a recess coaxially extending from the top to a portion of the body, wherein a plurality of water passages extend radially outward from the recess to the outer lateral surface of the body so that each of the water passages is in communication with the circumferential gap. The seal provides selective communication from the plurality of apertures to the top of the bubble generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AQUAmate K&B Limited
    Inventor: Ransom Man Pan Lee
  • Patent number: 9091450
    Abstract: An evaporative air conditioner system includes a heat exchanger having an inlet and an outlet and a plurality of passageways between the inlet and the outlet; a pump and nozzle assembly for introducing pressurized air and water to the inlet of the heat exchanger to create a mist of water droplets suspended in air; a vacuum assembly for creating a partial vacuum near the outlet of the heat exchanger to draw the mist through the passageways and to the outlet of the heat exchanger to remove heat from the heat exchanger through evaporative cooling; and a transfer mechanism for moving a medium past the heat exchanger to remove heat from the air without permitting the medium to mix with the mist drawn through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Coolfactor, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Charles Ritchie
  • Patent number: 9028700
    Abstract: A system and method of operating the same includes an absorption tank having a compressor communicating gas thereto, a suspended solid filtration tank having a primary inlet, a secondary inlet, a primary outlet and a secondary outlet and a pump comprising a pump inlet coupled to the secondary outlet and a pump outlet communicating fluid to the absorption tank. The absorption tank forms a solution from the fluid and gas. A turbine mechanically couples the pump with a common shaft extending to the pump. The turbine has a turbine inlet coupled to the absorption tank and a turbine outlet coupled to the secondary inlet. The turbine depressurizes the solution. The system may also use a centrifugal pump in place of a turbine and absorption tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fluid Equipment Development Company, LLC
    Inventor: Eli Oklejas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9022360
    Abstract: There is disclosed a non-electric portable manually operated misting fan assembly which is formed by a handle for allowing the user to grasp and manipulate the fan assembly, the handle formed by a container adapted to function as a reservoir for a supply of fluid and having an upper end which includes a pump assembly including a pump head extending upwardly therefrom for pumping fluid from the handle container through a fluid nozzle located in the pump head. The fan means are fixedly mounted on the handle and positioned above the pump head, the fan means bounded by an upper end and a lower end, the lower end being accurately formed over the pump head in order to allow the user to position his finger on the pump head to manipulate the pump in order to eject a fluid from the fluid reservoir incident to the fanning procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Steiner
  • Patent number: 8985556
    Abstract: At least one electric atomizing fan is mounted on a portable land craft or a raft. An electric pump delivers pond water to the land craft or raft to evaporate the pond water. A land based power supply powers the pump and the atomizing fans. The either (submersible) pump sends the pond water to a dissipater adjacent the electric atomizing fan to produce a micro droplet mist. Preferably no additional evaporation chamber or heater is used. One embodiment uses a berm/platform to mount a plurality of land craft thereon. Either system could be mounted on a single trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Roger P. Boulter
  • Publication number: 20150076246
    Abstract: Apparatus for dissipating a fragrance or malodor eliminator utilizes an infused disc which a user can place in either a rotating or a fixed position. The two states will dissipate a scent/malodor-eliminator at different rates. The disc is mounted on a shaft that secures the disc in an air stream. The shaft defines several positions at which the disc can be placed, as well as structures to retain the disc at a selected location along the shaft. The shaft is part of a support which includes a mechanism for securing the apparatus within the air stream. Air flow causes the disc to rotate and dissipate at one rate or to pass through a stationary disc at a second, lower rate, as a function of the position of the disc on the shaft. A method of imparting a scent or malodor eliminator to air is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Rotuba Extruders Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bell, Jim Blumenfeld, Robert Coopersmith, James Loof
  • Patent number: 8978546
    Abstract: This invention provides a device for preserving and dispensing a beverage, having: (a) a housing including one or more compartments, each compartment for storing a beverage container; and (b) one or more dispensing head removably connected to a cartridge, wherein said dispensing head having an aerator for aerating said beverage, wherein said cartridge removably and securely holds a beverage container, wherein said beverage flows from said container to said dispensing head by the force of a pump connected to said cartridge. In one embodiment, the beverage is wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Electrical & Electronics Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Yuen Chin Chen, Amy Decem Cheng, Dick Tak Fung Leung, Paul Cheuk Wai Lai, Raymond Wai Ming Wong
  • Publication number: 20150068962
    Abstract: Provided is a forced evaporative humidifier using nano-vapor, which includes: a housing having an exhaust port formed in an upper surface thereof and a suction port formed at one side of a front surface thereof; a water tank located below the suction port to store water; an injection unit having an injection nozzle located above the suction port, a pump for pulling up the water in the water tank to the injection nozzle, and a transfer tube for transferring the water pulled by the pump; a blowing fan located above the injection nozzle to carry air toward the exhaust port of the housing; a humidifying unit located below the injection nozzle so that films, each having a body surface formed to allow the water injected from the injection nozzle to flow and a plurality of tube-type spacers protruding on the body surface, are stacked in a lateral direction therein; and an eliminator located between the blowing fan and the injection nozzle to prevent water drops included in a humid air humidified by the humidifying u
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Korea Food Research Institute
    Inventors: Byeong Sam Kim, Ji Young Kim, Jong Hoon Kim, Ki Hyun Kwon, Hwan Soo Cha
  • Publication number: 20150054181
    Abstract: A misting fan including an electric motor and a fan connected to the electric motor. A protective grill surrounds the fan, and includes a front grill portion and a rear grill portion. A plurality of nozzles are positioned of the front grill portion of the protective grill. A fluid manifold is positioned on the front grill portion and includes a fluid inlet and a plurality of fluid outlets, wherein one each of the fluid outlets is in fluid communication with one each of the nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SUNBEAM PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Martin, Rahim Khan
  • Publication number: 20150024088
    Abstract: A system and method is described for providing different levels of carbonated water on demand. The system includes a pressurized chamber to hold at least one of water and carbonated water, a gas canister to dispense carbon dioxide (CO2) into the pressurized chamber, a controller to control the dispensing of the CO2 according to level of carbonation required and a valve to vent excess gas from the pressurized chamber after carbonation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Avi COHEN, Allan RING, Alon WAISMAN, Israel BAUMBERG
  • Patent number: 8925347
    Abstract: A misting system utilizing spent ice comprises a portable housing and an inner frame. The inner frame is secured inside the housing and is configured to receive ice and at least one of food and beverage. The inner frame has an outlet for passing the melted ice. A lid is provided for selectively enclosing the inner frame. The system includes a pump. The pump is inside the portable housing, and is in communication with the inner frame outlet and an outlet of the portable housing. The pump is configured to pump melted ice from the inner frame to the outlet of the portable housing for use as mist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sorola, LLC
    Inventors: Benny D. Sorola, Ernest H. Sorola
  • Patent number: 8919743
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for facilitating dissolution of one or more gases into a liquid. Preferred gases for use with the apparatus are oxygen, air, and ozone. An apparatus of the present invention includes a dissolution tank that includes a pressure vessel, at least one liquid spray nozzle, and a fluid outlet. The apparatus also includes a gas source, an element for passing fluid into the pressure vessel, and a discharge device connected to the fluid outlet, which discharge device is provided with at least one orifice. Preferred applications include wastewater treatment, treatment of drinking water, fermentation, and bioremediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Osborn, Marty M. Matlock, Shandi S. Teltschik
  • Publication number: 20140242241
    Abstract: This invention provides a device for preserving and dispensing a beverage, comprising: (a) a housing comprising one or more compartments, each compartment for storing a beverage container; and (b) one or more dispensing head removably connected to a cartridge, wherein said dispensing head comprises an aerator for aerating said beverage, wherein said cartridge removably and securely holds a beverage container, wherein said beverage flows from said container to said dispensing head by the force of a pump connected to said cartridge. In one embodiment, the beverage is wine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, LTD.
    Inventors: Andrew Yuen Chin Chen, Amy Decem Cheng, Dick Tak Fung Leung, Paul Cheuk Wai Lai, Raymond Wai Ming Wong
  • Patent number: 8794599
    Abstract: There is disclosed a non-electric portable manually operated misting fan assembly which is formed by a handle for allowing the user to grasp and manipulate the fan assembly, the handle formed by a container adapted to function as a reservoir for a supply of fluid and having an upper end which includes a pump assembly including a pump head extending upwardly therefrom for pumping fluid from the handle container through a fluid nozzle located in the pump head. The fan means are fixedly mounted on the handle and positioned above the pump head, the fan means bounded by an upper end and a lower end, the lower end being accurately formed over the pump head in order to allow the user to position his finger on the pump head to manipulate the pump in order to eject a fluid from the fluid reservoir incident to the fanning procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Greg Steiner
  • Patent number: 8794600
    Abstract: A bubble generating device includes a body having a front cover and a rear cover connected to the front cover. The front cover has a nozzle which has a passage defined therein. The rear cover has a space defined therein. A connection tube is connected to the rear cover and has a through hole so as to be connected with a spray gun. A bubble generating unit has a first net member and a second net member, both of which are located in the space. The space is defined into an expansion area, a pressure area and a bubble accumulating area by the first and second net members. The detergent is delivered into the expansion area and generates bubbles in the bubble accumulating area. The bubbles are accumulated into big lump of bubbles and sprayed by the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Wu-Chiao Chou
  • Patent number: 8783663
    Abstract: Humidifying apparatus includes a humidifier for emitting moist air into an external environment, and a fan assembly for generating an air current within the external environment for conveying the emitted moist air away from the humidifier. The fan assembly includes a device for creating an air flow and a nozzle including an interior passage for receiving the air flow and a mouth for emitting the air flow. The humidifier is located behind nozzle, the nozzle extending about and defining an opening through which both air from outside the nozzle and the moist air emitted from the humidifier are drawn by the air flow emitted from the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas Gerald Fitton, John Scott Sutton, Peter David Gammack, James Dyson
  • Patent number: 8777187
    Abstract: A domestic humidifier (10) is disclosed as including a water tank (34) for containing water, a basin (30) in a liquid communicable relationship with the tank (34), an adsorption medium (28) for breaking down water delivered to the adsorption medium (28) into water droplets floatable in air, a pump (22) for delivering water from the basin (30) to the adsorption medium (28), in which the tank (34) includes a water inlet (36) and a cover (38), and the cover (38) is movable to selectively close or open said water inlet (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Raymond Industrial Limited
    Inventor: Ying Man John Wong
  • Publication number: 20140070430
    Abstract: An air humidifier comprises a case. An opening water tank can be independent under the humidifier case. The inside of the case is including a device for transforming water into vapor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Ocean of Merit Academia Sinica Inc
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Patent number: 8636267
    Abstract: A plurality of atomizing fans are mounted on a portable land craft. A pump delivers pond water to the land craft to evaporate the pond water. A land based generator powers the pump and the atomizing fans. The entire system could be mounted on a single trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Roger P. Boulter
  • Publication number: 20130284763
    Abstract: A foam assembly connectable to a liquid container includes a main pump body, a resiliently deformable piston dome, an air chamber, a liquid chamber, a mixing zone and a porous member. The main pump body has an exit nozzle with the porous member therein. The air chamber and the liquid chamber are each defined by the piston dome and the main pump body. The liquid chamber has a liquid inlet valve and a liquid outlet valve. The mixing zone is in flow communication with the air chamber and the liquid chamber. The volume of the air chamber and the liquid chamber are each dependent on the position of piston dome and during an activation stroke the piston moves from the at rest position to the depressed position and responsively the volume of the air chamber and the volume of the liquid chamber are reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: PIBED LIMITED
    Inventors: Stewart BANKS, Christopher James LANG, Dean Philip LIMBERT, David Michael Ross CREAGHAN
  • Publication number: 20130285265
    Abstract: A vehicle misting device and method that is operable is dry and humid environments are provided. The device may also include a payment system and fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Ari Petersen
  • Publication number: 20130228177
    Abstract: A CPAP humidifier system includes an air pump, a humidifier tank, a control valve, and an auxiliary reservoir. The humidifier tank has an air inlet opening and an air outlet opening. The air inlet opening fluidly connects to the air pump, and the air outlet opening fluidly connects to an air mask. The control valve is attached to the air outlet opening and defines both an air outlet passageway and a liquid inlet passageway. The auxiliary reservoir fluidly connects to the liquid inlet passageway for providing liquid to the humidifier tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Gerald Schueller
  • Patent number: 8505882
    Abstract: A diffuser apparatus which has fine pores is capable of achieving a high oxygen transfer efficiency and rarely becoming clogged so that the apparatus can be operated stably over a prolonged period. The diffuser apparatus includes: an aeration plate that is disposed in an aeration tank in order to release pressurized air, fed from a diffusing air feed pipe, as air bubbles from fine pores formed in an aeration plate surface; blow water feeder for feeding blow water into the diffusing air feed pipe; and an inserted pipe for discharging the blow water, fed into the diffusing air feed pipe, from the aeration plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: JEF Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Itaru Sakai, Takeshi Tsuji, Masanori Nagafuji, Kazutoshi Ohashi, Minoru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8500104
    Abstract: A system and method of injecting a gas enriched and/or emulsified first liquid into a second liquid is disclosed. The injection can cause generation of a high density of bubbles having a mean diameter of a selected size. The mean diameter of the bubbles can be selected and varied based on the characteristics of the injection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: James Richard Spears, James W. Ridgway
  • Patent number: 8496232
    Abstract: A misting device for a boat featuring a fan component mounted atop an adjustable fan shaft; a connector disposed on the fan shaft for operatively connecting the misting device to the boat's factory light for obtaining power; a water pump mounted in the fan shaft, the water pump has a water line for inserting into a lake or a water tank; at least one filter component disposed in the water line; and a tubing fluidly connecting the water pump to a nozzle disposed on the fan component, wherein the water pump functions to pump water from the lake or water tank through the tubing to the nozzle where the water is ejected from the nozzle as mist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew T. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130181062
    Abstract: A fan system for use on oil and gas rigs. The system includes a hydraulic motor for generating a rotational force from a hydraulic fluid, a water pump member for pumping water, a control member for controlling the flow of hydraulic fluid and water. The system also includes a fan device having a plurality of individual blades for providing an airflow, with the fan device being operatively connected to the hydraulic pump member and a nozzle connected to the water pump member for spraying a mist, with the nozzle containing a variable opening for varying the pressure and volume of water discharged. A leak path is provided for capturing and channeling leaking fluids so that fluids are contained within the fan device not in the air stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: John C. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8453999
    Abstract: A high-velocity water misting gun with a very high-speed radial inflow hydraulic turbine mounted on the same shaft with an axial flow air compressor wheel compressing air discharged at high velocities through an exhaust air nozzle. All of the water discharging from the hydraulic turbine wheel is channeled directly into a water misting nozzle providing a fine water mist discharging into a high-velocity air flow provided by the axial-flow compressor. Preferred embodiments utilize a manually operated ball valve to control water pressure supplied to the gun. A second valve is a manually operated turbine water bypass valve that is integral part of the preferred embodiment which allows for change of turbine power and air flow independently of water flow. With turbine water bypass valve open, most of the turbine flow is bypassed around the turbine and directly into the water misting nozzle, increasing the water flow and decreasing the air flow and air velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Davorin Kapich
  • Patent number: 8454000
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mixing gas and liquid including a pipe having an enclosure positioned in-line with the pipe, wherein a sealed space is defined, at least one blower, the blower regulates the barometric pressure in the sealed space at or above fluid line pressure in the pipe, wherein intermeshed rotating sets of discs operate on parallel shafts driven by variable speed drives, and strakes are radially mounted on the discs to carry liquid up into a mixing area and to carry air and liquid down into a mixing area resulting in a shear force that drives air into the oxygen depleted liquid. Strakes provide leading and trailing rotor wipes to maximize pull of liquid flow from the pipe into the mixing area and back into the pipe and acute angled energy capture strakes for capturing the energy from liquid flow exerted against the back side of strake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Galletta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8434743
    Abstract: An air cleaning humidifier having a disc assembly performing a purifying function and a humidifying function of indoor air, and a disc assembly thereof. The air cleaning humidifier includes a main body, a tub provided in the main body, an air blower fan to generate an air current in the tub, and a disc assembly rotated under the condition that a part of the disc assembly is disposed in the tub. The disc assembly includes a disc member provided with assembly parts formed by cutting parts of the disc member, at least one plate member disposed at one side of the disc member, and at least one fixing member formed on at least one plate member to fix the assembly parts, and each of the at least one fixing member includes a protrusion part respectively inserted into the assembly parts, and a water storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Chul Ahn, Jun Euj Chang
  • Publication number: 20130099397
    Abstract: A domestic humidifier (10) is disclosed as including a water tank (34) for containing water, a basin (30) in a liquid communicable relationship with the tank (34), an adsorption medium (28) for breaking down water delivered to the adsorption medium (28) into water droplets floatable in air, a pump (22) for delivering water from the basin (30) to the adsorption medium (28), in which the tank (34) includes a water inlet (36) and a cover (38), and the cover (38) is movable to selectively close or open said water inlet (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: RAYMOND INDUSTRIAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Raymond Industrial Limited
  • Patent number: 8403304
    Abstract: A vehicle misting device and method that is operable is dry and humid environments are provided. The device may also include a payment system and fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Golf Cart Misters, Inc.
    Inventor: Ari Petersen
  • Patent number: 8376323
    Abstract: A tower/frame structure of interconnected columns and beams (which may be used in a cooling tower) and novel columns, beams, connection mechanisms and other components are provided. In one embodiment, a column and a beam are constructed of pultruded composite fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) materials. The beam includes two sidewall extensions or flanges (each having one or more attachment apertures) at one end and which are integral with the beam for connection to the column (having one or more corresponding attachment apertures). The dimension/spacing between the inner walls of the two flanges substantially equals or is slightly larger than the outer dimension of the column. The attachment holes are aligned and a fastener is inserted through the extensions and column for attaching the column and beam. The C-shaped end of the beam substantially conforms to the cross-sectional shape and dimensions of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Composite Cooling Solutions, L.P.
    Inventors: James A. Bland, Jesse Q. Seawell, Dustin L. Troutman, Shane E. Weyant, Charles J. Bardo
  • Publication number: 20130019619
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to portable cooling devices. More specifically, the present invention relates to compact, portable bladeless fans featuring water misting capabilities for improved cooling functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: ATICO INTERNATIONAL USA, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Forbes, Joseph D. Moskal, Kenneth Roach
  • Patent number: 8356804
    Abstract: Humidifying apparatus includes a humidifier for emitting moist air into an external environment, and a fan assembly for generating an air current within the external environment for conveying the emitted moist air away from the humidifier. The fan assembly includes a device for creating an air flow and a nozzle comprising an interior passage for receiving the air flow and a mouth for emitting the air flow. The humidifier is located behind nozzle, the nozzle extending about and defining an opening through which both air from outside the nozzle and the moist air emitted from the humidifier are drawn by the air flow emitted from the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas Gerald Fitton, John Scott Sutton, Peter David Gammack, James Dyson
  • Publication number: 20120319309
    Abstract: A misting system utilizing spent ice comprises a portable housing and an inner frame. The inner frame is secured inside the housing and is configured to receive ice and at least one of food and beverage. The inner frame has an outlet for passing the melted ice. A lid is provided for selectively enclosing the inner frame. The system includes a pump. The pump is inside the portable housing, and is in communication with the inner frame outlet and an outlet of the portable housing. The pump is configured to pump melted ice from the inner frame to the outlet of the portable housing for use as mist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Benny D. Sorola, Ernest H. SOROLA
  • Publication number: 20120319308
    Abstract: An improved portable misting fan device of the type formed by a body carrying fan means for creating and moving a stream of air, the body further provided with a reservoir and having a power source for driving the fan means and electrical means for driving the power source which further includes a powered mist generator having driving means and an actuator for actuating the mist generator, the mist generator being in fluid communication with the reservoir and a mist nozzle adapted to receive a fluid mist from the mist generator and deliver the same into the air stream created by the fan means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Yung Chen, Eric F. Junkel
  • Patent number: 8308143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for stirring a liquid in a reactor and for injecting a gas into the said liquid in order to form a gas-liquid dispersion, comprising a) a drive device (1) positioned above the reactor, provided with a vertical output shaft (2) fitted at its lower end with at least one axial flow rotor (4) immersed in the liquid, b) means for introducing gas (3 and 7) above the axial flow rotor (4), c) a deflector (5) placed above the axial flow rotor (4) preventing the gas-liquid dispersion from rising, and d) a deflector (6) placed below the axial flow rotor (4) converting the axial flow of the said axial flow rotor into a radial flow. This device may be used in shallow basins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Gilbert Chevalier, Alain Villermet, Christian Larquet
  • Patent number: 8304456
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing a high-viscosity material with a gas and transferring the high-viscosity material mixed with the gas. The apparatus includes a piston pump, a high-viscosity material supply device for supplying a high-viscosity material to the cylinder, a gas supply device for supplying a gas to the cylinder, a piston drive device for driving the piston of the piston pump, a piston stopping device fixed in the cylinder for stopping the piston, a valve device for a high-viscosity material for selectively opening and closing a passage for communication between the high-viscosity material supply device and the cylinder of the piston pump, and a valve device for a gas for selectively opening and closing a passage for communication between the gas supply device and the cylinder of the piston pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sunstar Giken Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motoya Kamiyama, Kiichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8282772
    Abstract: A method for processing wastewater includes the steps of introducing air and a liquid into a pump, and subjecting the air and liquid to high heat and pressure; delivering the heated and pressurized air and liquid from the pump to a gas and liquid separator to separate the air from the liquid; expanding the air from the gas and liquid separator through a nozzle to accelerate the air as it expands; injecting at least some portion of the wastewater to be processed into the air from the nozzle in an entrainment section downstream from the nozzle to entrain the wastewater into the air; passing the liquid portion from the gas and liquid separator through a valve to lower the pressure of the liquid to achieve flash evaporation of the liquid to produce water and steam; introducing the water and steam produced from the valve into the air and entrained wastewater in the entrainment section, to enhance entrainment of water into the air; and delivering the air and entrained wastewater from the entrainment section to an i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: W Paul Jepson
  • Patent number: 8276888
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for facilitating dissolution of one or more gases into a liquid. Preferred gases for use with the apparatus are oxygen, air, and ozone. An apparatus of the present invention comprises a dissolution tank that includes a pressure vessel, at least one liquid spray nozzle, and a fluid outlet. The apparatus also comprises a gas source, means for passing fluid into the pressure vessel, and a discharge device connected to the fluid outlet, which discharge device is provided with at least one orifice. Preferred applications include wastewater treatment, treatment of drinking water, fermentation, and bioremediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Osborn, Marty D. Matlock, Shandi S. Teltschik
  • Patent number: 8262066
    Abstract: A vapor contact-type heating device which achieves a high-quality heat treatment is provided by increasing the mixing efficiency of vapor and supplying vapor at a relatively low pressure. By providing a pressurizing duct 45 of the liquid within a vapor mixing pump 4 as a fluid transfer device and providing a vapor supply port 46 on a casing 43 in such a manner that the vapor supply port 46 opens to this pressurizing duct 45, a vapor supply region 47 is formed in the pressurizing duct 45.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hisaka Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Hikita, Hideo Tsukazaki
  • Patent number: 8256748
    Abstract: A working pontoon raft has frame that supports a plurality of high speed evaporator fans. An alternative design uses a skid to support the same high speed evaporator fans. An on board pump draws wastewater from under the raft or via a hose from the pond to the skid and feeds it to the fans. Large amounts of wastewater from industrial reservoirs, such as oil drilling reservoirs, are evaporated into the air in an environmentally friendly manner Power is supplied to the raft via hydraulic lines. A land base generator supplies the hydraulic power. The entire system fits on a custom trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Aston Evaporative Services, LLC
    Inventor: Roger P. Boulter
  • Publication number: 20120211905
    Abstract: A dissolved air flotation system and method for purifying fresh water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Mark J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8186656
    Abstract: To provide a sauna device having a small number of components without any special heat source, operable at a low running cost, and capable of turning a sauna room into a high humidity space with low noise. The sauna device has a heating/humidifying unit for heating/humidifying air, a ventilating unit for exhausting the air in the sauna room, and a control unit for controlling the heating/humidifying unit and the ventilating unit. The heating/humidifying unit has a heating section for heating the air through a circulation blowing section for circulating the air in the sauna room and a humidifying section for humidifying the heated air having passed through the heating section. The humidified air is blown out into the sauna room through the humidifying section. A bent portion where the air-blowing duct through which the humidified air having passed through the humidifying section passes is bent is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Masayosi Toujyou, Shigeru Morikawa, Naoya Araki, Yasuaki Shima, Daisuke Ogawa, Masahiro Fujita, Seiji Mizuno, Daisuke Tsubosa, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yoshio Ikari, Hideyuki Fujisawa
  • Publication number: 20120112371
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a housing with a substantially open top portion. Water can be added to the humidifier by pouring the water into a water reservoir through an open top. The water is pumped from the water reservoir to an upper portion of the humidifier where it is dispersed into the environment by a flow of air. The humidifier may include both an ultrasonic nebulizer and a heater to provide a warm mix of cool mist and hot vapor. Alternatively, a warm mist can be provided by dispersed water from an ultrasonic nebulizer in combination with warm air. The humidifier may also solely provide a cool mist from an ultrasonic element, or the water can be dispersed using a wicking filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher S. Kanel, Richard Katzman, Bill Fiebel
  • Patent number: 8162293
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for cooling one or more exercising or resting individuals by applying a water mist and dry air. The apparatus can be free standing, fixed to the walls or ceiling, or attached to an object on which an individual is resting or exercising. The mist and dry air can be applied together or separately, simultaneously or alternately, with varying timing and intensity. In some embodiments, the mist and dry air are manually controlled or operate according to the passage of time. In other embodiments the need for cooling is determined by one or more physiological parameters measured by sensors directed toward or attached to an individual, or embedded in an object on which an individual is resting or exercising. Still other embodiments estimate the heating of the individual by measuring the amount of work performed or the rate of energy expenditure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Goldmann, Russ Weinzimmer, Douglas P. Burum
  • Patent number: 8101921
    Abstract: A method for inducing a controllable jet in a transparent liquid is disclosed. The method comprises providing a gas-liquid interface, providing a laser source and generating a beam comprising a sequence of laser pulses, and focusing the beam to a target location within the liquid at a predetermined distance from the gas-liquid interface and creating a plurality of cavitation bubbles, yielding a jet directed away from the gas-liquid interface. Other methods and apparatus are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMS Ltd
    Inventors: Sergey Oshemkov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Lev Dvorkin