Gas Inlet Patents (Class 261/30)
  • Patent number: 10363539
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a system and method for controlled manufacturing of mono-disperse microbubbles. According to the invention, the mono-disperse nature of the collection of generated microbubbles can be improved by releasing the pressurized gaseous medium used in the system using release valve units. This further allows the system to be embodied as a portable system. In turn, the operator of an ultrasound imaging apparatus may use the system according to the invention to generate microbubbles on a patient-by-patient basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Tide Microfluidics B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Van Hoeve, Richard Petrus Hogervorst
  • Patent number: 10309666
    Abstract: A filter cartridge for filtering water, for use in an air humidifier, having a storage chamber for storing filter material, and having at least one opening for feeding to the storage chamber and/or for releasing from the storage chamber the water to be filtered is proposed. For the purpose of relatively quick filling, the filter cartridge is formed to be arranged in a container, containing water to be filtered, such that the filter cartridge can project at least partially into the water stored in the container, with the at least one opening formed both as a water inlet for feeding water from the container into the storage chamber and as a water outlet for discharging water from the storage chamber into the container. A roller, an air humidifier and a filtering method are also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Venta-Luftwaescher GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Hitzler, Guido Wegner
  • Patent number: 10294123
    Abstract: Embodiments described generally relate to systems comprising a humidifier (e.g., a bubble column humidifier) and a heating device (e.g. a heat exchanger), and associated methods. In certain embodiments, the heating device heats a first liquid stream comprising a condensable fluid in liquid phase (e.g., water) and a dissolved salt (e.g., NaCl) to a relatively low temperature (e.g., about 90° C. or less) prior to the first liquid stream entering the humidifier through a main humidifier liquid inlet. In some cases, the system comprising the humidifier and the heating device requires only low-grade heat to operate, which may be advantageous due to the low cost and high availability of such heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Gradiant Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lam, Conor Thomas Wilson, Maximus G. St. John, Prakash Narayan Govindan
  • Patent number: 10265431
    Abstract: A system for diffusing one or more volatile compounds carried by a volatile compound mass is provided, including a base carrying a selectively activatable airflow generator and having a base outlet port defined therein. A resealable pod can include a tray and a cover, moveable relative to one another, and collectively defining a containment chamber that contains the volatile compound mass. The containment chamber has an inlet and an outlet, being openable and closeable by relative movement of the tray and the cover. The pod is positionable upon the base such that the base outlet port is in fluid communication with the chamber inlet to enable airflow generated by the airflow generator to pass through the base outlet port, the chamber inlet, the containment chamber, and the chamber outlet to thereby diffuse the one or more volatile compounds carried by the volatile compound mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Kevin Hafer, Alex Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10207231
    Abstract: A misting system has a fan unit. A housing is provided having an opening formed there through. The fan unit is positioned within the opening. A plurality of apertures is formed in a bottom section of the housing. A plurality of misting nozzles is provided, wherein an individual misting nozzle is positioned proximate each aperture. A cap is positioned over the opening in a bottom section of the housing. A plurality of channels is formed in the cap, wherein a channel is aligned with each of the plurality of misting nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MISTAMERICA, CORP.
    Inventors: David B. Johnson, Bret T. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10145573
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus comprising a base comprising a chamber, a water tank removably mounted on the base for supplying water to the chamber, an impeller and a motor for driving the impeller to generate an air flow, an inlet duct for conveying the air flow to the chamber, humidifying means for humidifying the air flow with water from the chamber; and an outlet duct for conveying the humidified air flow from the chamber, wherein a lower internal surface of the water tank comprises a raised portion and a feeder trough, which is lower than the raised portion when the water tank is mounted on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Greer Duvall, Daniel George Cowen
  • Patent number: 10092884
    Abstract: A water dispersing system (WDS) that allows a selectable quantity of water to be dispersed into an environment. The WDS utilizes a fan and a water supply assembly. The fan has a frame inside of which are two rotating blades, and preferably a stand. The water supply assembly includes a reservoir, a water tube, and a water dispersing head. Water is gravity fed from the reservoir, through the water tube and out of the head. Water from the head is directed into the first fan's rotating blades. Once the water hits the blades, the water is re-directed back out through a front grill on the fan. The second fan blades project air outward. The amount of water that comes from the WDS can be selectably chosen, from a light mist to a heavier spray, and the temperature of the water can be lowered by placing ice into the reservoir with the water. An excess water basin catches any water that drips downward from the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Miguel A. Godinez
  • Patent number: 10036561
    Abstract: An indoor unit of an air conditioner includes a housing, a fan and a heat exchanger. The housing includes an upper base plate provided with an air inlet, a lower base plate detachably mounted to the upper base plate, and a front cover detachably mounted to the upper base plate; the fan is detachably mounted to the lower base plate; and the heat exchanger is detachably mounted to the upper base plate, in which the heat exchanger includes a supporting seat and a heat exchanger core body mounted to the supporting seat. The upper base plate is provided with a first positioning portion; the supporting seat is provided with a second positioning portion; and the first positioning portion cooperates with the second positioning portion to position the heat exchanger core body on the upper base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xing Liu, Xiaofeng Bai, Xinzhou Zhang, Dacheng Li
  • Patent number: 10036565
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus comprising a base comprising a chamber, a water tank removably mounted on the base for supplying water to the chamber, an impeller and a motor for driving the impeller to generate an air flow, an inlet duct for conveying the air flow to the chamber, humidifying means for humidifying the air flow with water from the chamber, and an outlet duct for conveying the humidified air flow from the chamber, wherein a lower surface of the water tank, which in use supports the water tank on the base, comprises a recessed portion for receiving water overflow from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Greer Duvall, Daniel George Cowen
  • Patent number: 10029221
    Abstract: An agitation blade for agitating a liquid includes a cylindrical core having a central axis of rotation and a plurality of blade portions provided on a side of a first surface of a rotation portion, and the plurality of blade portions are provided to surround the central axis of rotation and provided to be rotated with respect to a center of rotation of the central axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidekazu Shima, Masaru Misumi, Takeshi Sawada
  • Patent number: 9968701
    Abstract: This application generally relates to systems, devices, and methods for delivering a fragrance. In some embodiments, portable fragrance delivery systems are provided. In further embodiments, improved fragrance delivery systems are provided that provide increased dispersion of scented agents by utilizing a fan formed from a fragrant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CAFFCO INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: James Lamar Thompson, Jr., Longwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9950090
    Abstract: A system for releasing volatile substances includes a receptacle housing a volatile substance, a ventilation surface arranged in the receptacle provided with ventilation windows, and a fan for inducing the ventilation of the scent of the volatile substance. The fan can move between at least two positions. The effectiveness with which the perfume evaporates during the work cycle of the device can be improved and controlled with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZOBELE ESPAÑA, S.A.
    Inventors: Fernando Mayor Sans, Elisabeth Martinez De Morentin Pujabet, Joaquim Llorente Alonso
  • Patent number: 9919322
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrostatic atomizing device of a disposable capsule, wherein the capsule in accordance with an embodiment may include an ejection pin having a functional water solution impregnated therein, a sealing member for sealing the ejection pin, and a pressing member for pushing the ejection pin with external force to move the ejection pin such that a portion of the ejection pin penetrates the sealing member and is projected to an outside of the capsule, and the electrostatic atomizing device in accordance with an embodiment may include a hole for receiving a capsule, and a voltage applying portion in the hole so as to be brought into contact with an ejection pin being projecting to an outside of the capsule received in the hole for applying a voltage to the ejection pin in contact with thus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woojin Kim, Hyungho Park, Jongsun Jeon, Jaeseung Choi, Jieun Choi, Hayoung Kim, Hyunjung Kim
  • Patent number: 9833534
    Abstract: A freshener device includes a clip, a carrier, and a carrier retainer. The carrier is provided with odor emitting substances, odor eliminating substances and/or insect repellent. The carrier retainer secures the carrier to the clip, and the clip may be used to secure the device to an ancillary object so as to expose the carrier for controlling odor within a region of space near the ancillary object. Some embodiments enable removably securing the device to at least one air-directional controller exhaust vent louver of a vehicle air conditioning unit to control odor within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Other embodiments enable interchangeable and replaceable components to provide various utilitarian and aesthetic features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Scent2Market, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. D'Amico
  • Patent number: 9790102
    Abstract: A feed liquid flows into a second-stage humidifier chamber to form a second-stage humidifier bath. A first remnant of the feed liquid from the second-stage humidifier chamber then flows into a first-stage humidifier chamber to form a first-stage humidifier bath having a temperature lower than that of the second-stage bath. A second remnant of the feed liquid is then removed from the first-stage humidifier. Meanwhile, a carrier gas is injected into and bubbled through the first-stage humidifier bath, collecting a vaporizable component in vapor form from the first remnant of the feed liquid to partially humidify the carrier gas. The partially humidified carrier gas is then bubbled through the second-stage humidifier bath, where the carrier gas collects more of the vaporizable component in vapor form from the feed liquid to further humidify the carrier gas before the humidified carrier gas is removed from the second-stage humidifier chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Prakash Narayan Govindan, Mostafa H. Elsharqawy, Steven Lam, Maximus G. St. John, John H. Lienhard
  • Patent number: 9599356
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus includes a base, a water tank removably mounted on the base for supplying water to a chamber of the base, and a motor-driven impeller for generating an air flow over water stored in the chamber. An ultraviolet radiation emitting lamp irradiates water stored in the chamber. The air flow is humidified with water from the chamber, and conveyed by an outlet duct towards an air outlet for emission from the apparatus. A detachable section of the water tank is opaque to ultraviolet radiation and is positioned over the chamber when the water tank is mounted on the base. The detachable section of the water tank includes an air inlet of the outlet duct and a flange for occluding a peripheral portion of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Staniforth, Jude Paul Pullen
  • Patent number: 9518750
    Abstract: Disclosed is a humidification device capable of satisfying both necessary and sufficient humidification abilities and energy conserving. A humidification filter unit is immersed into water and rotates to facilitate the absorption of water. When the time from stopping of the humidification operation to the restarting thereof is long and the amount of water absorption is insufficient, the humidification filter unit rotates continuously for a predetermined time when the humidification operation restarts, and then rotates intermittently. Meanwhile, when the time from stopping of the humidification operation to the restarting thereof is short and the amount water absorption is sufficient, the humidification filter unit rotates intermittently during the humidification operation. The rotating stop time of the humidification filter unit for each intermittent rotation is set depending on the air blowing quantity of a blower fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinori Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9506667
    Abstract: A humidifier is provided that includes a main body having a discharge part, a base on which the main body is seated, the base having a suction part through which air is suctioned, a tray seated on the base to store water, and a disk assembly seated on the tray to humidify the air suctioned through the suction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chunbae Lee, Yongjoon Sohn
  • Patent number: 9440199
    Abstract: A wine aerator includes a seal configured to engage an opening of an uncorked wine bottle. A gas conduit passes through the seal and is configured to be attachable to a gas source supplying air and/or oxygen inside the uncorked wine bottle thereby aerating the wine. A bubble-generating aeration element is disposed at the gas conduit distal end. A bubble-reducing filter element is in fluidic communication with the inside and outside of the uncorked wine bottle through the seal, wherein the bubble-reducing filter element is disposed at, near and/or within the seal. When the seal is engaged with the opening of the uncorked wine bottle the bubble-reducing filter element separates the inside from the outside of the uncorked wine bottle. The bubble-reducing filter element helps to reduce the amount of bubbles that are being generated from the wine aerator during the aeration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Wendy L. Stevenson, Jennifer L. Stevenson, Ryan A. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9435555
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tech Oil Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9427712
    Abstract: A home use carbonation machine includes a pronged clamp to fit a non-upright bottle to a flexible seal, thereby facilitating a closed carbonation environment in the bottle and a normally open safety valve to vent the bottle when the carbonation machine is not actively carbonating. A home use carbonation machine includes a carbonation assembly to carbonate liquid with pressurized gas, a pronged clamp and a centering ring with centering ribs to guide a non-upright bottle into the pronged clamp during insertion and to constrict prongs of the clamp when a user moves the non-upright bottle towards an upright position for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SodaStream Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Allan Ring, Avi Cohen, Doron Krom, Hagai Harduff, Amit Avigdor
  • Patent number: 9370597
    Abstract: An air purifier has a lower base, an upper cover, and a middle sector in between to accommodate a blast component, a light-emitting element, a control unit, and a power supply base. The middle sector has an air intake, a passage, and an air outlet hidden inside the upper cover. The upper space of the upper cover has a fluid communication with the exterior via the air intake and a lower annular gap between the lower base and the middle sector. The upper space of the upper cover is connected to the accommodating space of the lower base via the passage. The accommodating space of the lower base has a fluid communication with the exterior via the air outlet and the upper annular gap between the middle sector and the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Prior Company Limited
    Inventor: Eric Jih
  • Patent number: 9370595
    Abstract: [Structure] An olfactory display 10 includes a housing 12 having an emitting port 22, and presents a fragrance within a range bounded in terms of time and space. Within the housing 12, a fragrance chamber 14 having an air inlet 26 and a fragrance outlet 24 which is communicated with the emitting port 22 is formed, and in the fragrance chamber 14, a solid-like fragrance source 20 is accommodated. Furthermore, in the fragrance chamber 14, there is provided with a airflow source 16 comprising a diaphragm 34 having a piezoelectric device 32. In presenting a fragrance, an air is sent into the fragrance chamber 14 from the air inlet 26 by the airflow source 16, and accordingly, the air within the fragrance chamber 14, which including a gas-like fragrance component volatilized from the fragrance source 20 is emitted from the emitting port 22 passing through the fragrance outlet 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
    Inventors: Dong Wook Kim, Hiroshi Ando
  • Patent number: 9341385
    Abstract: An evaporative humidifier includes a humidifying element having water pockets drawing water up from a tub and then supplying the water to the upper portion of the humidifying element. The water pockets are formed between first and second covers. A first water pocket formation unit is provided on the first cover, a second water pocket formation unit is provided on the second cover, and the first and second water pocket formation units form the water pockets when the first and second covers are coupled. Therefore, the water pockets are formed through molds having a simple structure, as compared to the conventional water pocket, and thus manufacturing costs of the humidifying element assembly are reduced. Further, each water pocket includes plural sub water pockets formed at both sides of an inflow hole formed at the center of each water pocket, and thus carries a large amount of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Chul Ahn
  • Patent number: 9321019
    Abstract: An aerator includes an expansion chamber. The expansion chamber is defined as having a top portion and a bottom portion. The bottom portion is configured to engage an opening of an uncorked wine bottle. The top portion is disposed above the opening of the uncorked wine bottle. The expansion chamber is configured to be in fluid communication with an inside of the uncorked wine bottle. A gas conduit has a proximal end in fluid communication with a distal end. The gas conduit passes through the bottom portion of the expansion chamber and the distal end is disposed below the bottom portion of the expansion chamber. The proximal end is disposed above the bottom portion of the expansion chamber. A gas source is in fluid communication with the proximal end of the gas conduit. The expansion chamber is configured to temporarily contain an expansion of wine bubbles during an aeration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Wendy L. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9285130
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner. The air conditioner includes a main body having a blower fan to circulate air, a rotator rotatably provided in the main body, a tray provided in the main body to store humidifying water therein, and a humidifying gear module provided at a periphery thereof with a lifter connected to the rotator, the humidifying gear module being rotatably arranged in the tray so as to be rotated upon receiving rotational force of the rotator. The lifter of the humidifying gear module functions to scoop up the humidifying water during rotation of the rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunpil Ha, Jeongsang Seo, Jungmin Moon
  • Patent number: 9278365
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a fragrance having at least one aroma chemical includes the step of providing a frame adapted to be attached to a dispenser for dispensing fluids and a cartridge including a volatile material containing a fragrance comprising at least one aroma chemical, wherein the cartridge is adapted for attachment to the frame. The method of dispensing further includes the steps of nebulizing water to create nebulized water particles, directing the nebulized water particles at the cartridge, and entraining volatile material from the cartridge in at least some of the nebulized water particles upon collision with the cartridge to create volatile material-infused water particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Banco, Maciej K. Tasz, Jerome A. Matter
  • Patent number: 9266073
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for hydrocarbon recovery and/or treatment of frac water includes introducing a volume of water into a formation, recovering the introduced water, with the recovered introduced water further comprising suspended hydrocarbon product. The recovered liquid is treated to remove substantial amounts of the suspended hydrocarbon product, provide the treated recovered liquid with a ORP in a range of 150 mv to 1000 mv, and partially desalinated, and is either re-introduced as treated recovered liquid with the ORP into a formation to assist in recovery of additional hydrocarbon deposits in the formation, or is stored to reduce the ORP and then subsequently discharged into surface waters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: William B. Kerfoot
  • Patent number: 9259497
    Abstract: A fragrance container with a container body provided with a bottom bracket permeable to interior air of the container near a bottom opening. A top cover having a shutter within an interior of the container body near a top opening with a fragrance substance contained in the container body between the bottom bracket and the top cover. An outer peripheral portion of the container body near the bottom opening is covered with an indexing collar for adjusting the degree of opening of an intake port of the container body. A fragrance diffuser includes an air pump, a fragrance container retainer connected to the air pump, and at least one fragrance container received in the retainer. The fragrance containers communicate with each other, wherein each of the fragrance containers contains the same type of fragrance substance with the same smell or a different type of fragrance substance with a different smell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Lui Lok Chak
  • Patent number: 9155813
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a refill having a reservoir for containing a volatile material. A permeable membrane is disposed over the reservoir and allows the volatile material to be released therethrough. The dispensing system also includes a housing adapted to retain the refill and a manual drive mechanism, which is in communication with the refill. Actuation of the manual drive mechanism causes the refill to rotate more than 180° about a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Westphal, Jerome A. Matter, Deliang Shi, Jonathan N. Mandell
  • Patent number: 9144621
    Abstract: An air freshener includes a canister having an open top and a fragrant material including a desired fragrance carried by a carrier and disposed in the canister. A grid is disposed in and fixedly secured to the canister and over the fragrant material. A pull top is releasably secured to the canister and extends over the open top to form a sealed container containing the fragrant material and the grid. The pull top is selectively removable from the canister to expose the grid therein, and allow release of the desired fragrance through the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathanael Finlay
  • Patent number: 9109839
    Abstract: The present invention relates to liquid to air evaporative heat exchange apparatus, mainly for cooling towers, air conditioning units, and humidifies alike. The present invention incorporate an evaporative module embedded with a liquid delivery system through all of its layers. Such a design allows for an even and smooth liquid distribution, while at the same time maximized the duration and surface area for heat exchange to take place. The evaporative module of the present invention can be sealed off at various sections to redirect air flow. Such a design serves dual functions as a drift eliminator or regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Akeel Ali Wannas
  • Patent number: 9103324
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pillar type wind power generator which has features in that the power generator is at least 20 meters high, and a plurality of wind power generation chambers are provided in a structure formed of multiple floors, and a cylindrical wind force pillar part equipped with a chimney exhaust passage at its center is provided, and a wind force inlet part communicating with an outer wall is installed in each wind power generation chamber, and a wind power generation part is provided in the wind power generation chamber so as to exhaust to the chimney exhaust passage after electric power is generated using the wind force supplied via the wind force inlet part, and a maintenance crane and a maintenance elevator are provided in the wind power generation chambers, and a guide discharge exhaust part is provided at the top of the wind force pillar part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Sung-Chul Son, Ho-Yoon Son
  • Publication number: 20150130090
    Abstract: A jet array aeration apparatus includes a pump, an inlet pipe, an air inlet duct and an outlet pipe installed sequentially. The air inlet duct is a multi-way duct containing an aeration structure which includes a jet ring and a ring-shaped air inlet space formed between the outer wall of the jet ring and the inner wall of the air inlet duct and interconnected to the outlet pipe. The jet ring has plural array via holes for dividing a circular water column flowing through the jet ring into gear-shaped water columns and forming an array vacuum negative-pressure area, so that a large amount of air may be sucked through the air inlet duct to form a large quantity of air bubbles, so as to achieve the aeration effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Chunhou Li, Liang Jie, Hongbiao Dong, Zhijun Liu, Jianbin Xiao, Yafei Duan, Xiaoyong Jie, Jiasong Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150130089
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a refill having a reservoir for containing a volatile material. A permeable membrane is disposed over the reservoir and allows the volatile material to be released therethrough. The dispensing system also includes a housing adapted to retain the refill and a manual drive mechanism, which is in communication with the refill. Actuation of the manual drive mechanism causes the refill to rotate more than 180° about a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan R. Westphal, Jerome A. Matter, Deliang Shi, Jonathan N. Mandell
  • Publication number: 20150108669
    Abstract: Refrigerator appliances for use with fragrance dispensers, and methods for operating refrigerator appliances, are provided. A method includes providing a fragrance dispenser in a housing, the housing disposed in a dispenser recess defined in the refrigerator appliance. The method further includes flowing a gas from an outlet conduit into the fragrance dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Robert Charles Beilfuss
  • Publication number: 20150101992
    Abstract: An aeration control valve system may be used with a water treatment system to control aeration and flow of water in accordance with various operating cycles. The aeration control valve system causes air to be pumped or drawn into the water treatment system during an air charge cycle to provide an air charge for aerating the water to facilitate water treatment. The aeration control valve system releases the air during an air release cycle without requiring a backwash cycle. In one embodiment, the aeration control valve system includes a control valve unit configured for connection to a brine tank but instead fluidly coupled to an air intake inlet and an air release outlet for supplying and releasing air, respectively, when the valve cycle actuator is in the brine position and brine tank fill position, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: R.E. Prescott Co., Inc
    Inventor: Russell E. Prescott
  • Patent number: 8998176
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to apparatus, systems, and methods of use for producing beverages. The apparatus includes components and methods for facilitating beverage production applying water or other liquid in combination with a brewing substance and controlled aeration and pressurization of a mixing vessel or column. The aeration of the water and brewing substance can be accomplished with a vacuum system, a positive pressurization system, and a combination of such systems. The apparatus, systems, and methods can be used with a variety of beverage making devices such as a device which might be used to controllably produce volumes of beverage to a reservoir. The methods include controllable aeration and pressurization of the vessel for brewing which may include controlling extraction time, steep time, active controllable agitation of the brewing substance, as well as other brewing characteristics, features, and actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Bishop, Charles H. Clark, William E. Midden, Randy D. Pope, Suresh Radhakrishnan, Rex Allen Rogers
  • Patent number: 8991795
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Briggo, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, Brent Clafferty, Stephen A. Miller, Marwan Hassoun, Pete P. Garcia, Jr., Lynn Warren Hamrick
  • Patent number: 8991647
    Abstract: A station combines a toilet paper dispenser, dispenser for dispensing hand wipes, a dispenser for dispensing surface antibiotic wipes, and a deodorant feature. The station includes a toilet paper dispenser made from a plastic type material and the toilet paper dispenser may be a single or double roll dispenser. The station cover houses a battery-operated fan that pulls air from inside the dispenser. A tray inside the dispenser holds a fragrance cup holding a quantity of deodorant. The base holds one or two rolls of commercial toilet paper, each of which rolls on a hollow plastic axle to hold a bottle containing wipes. A microswitch may be integrated in the cover to disengage the fan when the cover of the unit is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Encore Industrial Supply, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh A. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20150075375
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for separating components of a source gas is provided in which more soluble components of the source gas are dissolved in an aqueous solvent at high pressure. The system can utilize hydrostatic pressure to increase solubility of the components of the source gas. The apparatus includes gas recycle throughout multiple mass transfer stages to improve mass transfer of the targeted components from the liquid to gas phase. Separated components can be recovered for use in a value added application or can be processed for long-term storage, for instance in an underwater reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald C. Blount
  • Patent number: 8979073
    Abstract: An insulated container including a body and a handle coupled to the body. The handle includes a cooling module that includes a fan. The handle is movable between a retracted position and an extended position causing the fan to move from a first position to a second position. The handle optionally includes one or more misting nozzles that are oriented to direct a fluid into the profile of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Kelli-Jean Lykins, Steven Lawrence Lykins
  • Patent number: 8960648
    Abstract: An arrangement for removing dust from the atmosphere during cleaning of a generally flat surface, such as floor, includes a reservoir for providing water to a nozzle. Also included is an air compressor and a compressed air tank. Compressed air is provided in a controlled manner at an elevated pressure to the nozzle to reduce the water to minute droplets which absorb/encapsulate the dust particles and deposit them on the floor surface under the influence of gravity. A manual or automatic pressure regulator coupled to the outlet of the compressed air tank allows for selecting the air velocity and the size of the water droplets to match the size of the dust particles to increase the extent of dust removal. This dust removal approach can be used with virtually any type of generally flat surface and the compressed air has a siphoning effect to increase the water droplets produced and the dust particles removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Minuteman International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ethan Martin
  • Publication number: 20150037479
    Abstract: Wine aerating devices and methods of aerating wine are disclosed. A wine aerating device can include an actuator, a piston movable between first and second positions, a pumping chamber coupled to the piston, and a bubble generating material coupled to the pumping chamber. Upon application and release of a force on the actuator, the piston can move between the first and second positions to inject a metered amount of air from the pumping chamber out through the bubble generating material to generate air bubbles into a container of wine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas Lincoln
  • Patent number: 8940085
    Abstract: A humidifier for treating humidified air with germicidal light is provided. The humidifier includes a water reservoir, an atomizer to atomize a supply of water, and an ultraviolet light source to expose the atomized water to germicidal light. The ultraviolet light source extends vertically within a cylindrical channel to irradiate the atomized water dissipating upwardly from the atomizer. The water reservoir can include a carbon filter and a hardness-removing module for removing containments and metal oxides from the water supply. A control panel indicates the remaining useful life of the ultraviolet light source, the carbon filter and the hardness-removing module based on historical humidifier usage and water quality levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Ronald C. Markham, Matthew J. Barton
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150014144
    Abstract: A cooling device for cooling a fluid comprises a vertical cooling tower, into an upper area of which the fluid to be cooled is fed and from a lower area of which the cooled fluid is discharged. The fluid in the cooling tower is cooled by a cooling gas flowing from the bottom to the top. At least one installation in which the fluid is conducted is provided in the gas space of the cooling tower through which cooling gas flows. Each installation comprises at least one fluid channel that is separated at least in part from the gas space of the cooling tower by a fluid-tight membrane wall that is permeable to vapour on both sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Wolfgang Heinzl
  • Patent number: 8925905
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for dispensing volatile substances, in particular fragrances and/or insecticides, comprising at least one storage medium (34, 35) that contains, in particular temporarily stores, the at least one substance to be dispensed, and at least one means (9) for producing at least one air flow, wherein the at least one air flow (47, 54) is directed toward the at least one storage medium (34, 35) in such a way that the air flow increases the rate of dispensation to the environment of the substance to be dispensed relative to the state in which a flow is not directed at the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: CTR, LDA
    Inventor: Pedro Queiroz Vieira
  • Patent number: 8919744
    Abstract: The aquaculture pond aeration system is essentially comprised of a “u” shaped conduit that extends below the pond bottom. A sparger assembly is positioned below the pond bottom in the outlet side of the conduit. The sparger emits air into the outlet side of the conduit thereby aerating the water and causing a hydrostatic pressure imbalance between the inlet side and the outlet side of the conduit. The pressure imbalance causes the pond water to circulate through the conduit and thereby aerate the aquaculture pond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Travis W. Brown, Eugene L. Torrans
  • Patent number: 8894049
    Abstract: A fan heater with a humidifier includes a housing in which both a warm air generation mechanism for generating warm air and a humidification mechanism for generating a mist are provided. The fan heater with the humidifier is characterized by its integrated structure for effectively providing warm air and appropriate moisture at the same time, so as to prevent the air around the fan heater from being too dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Perfect Union Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chan Ching