Submerged Blast Patents (Class 261/93)
  • Patent number: 11578299
    Abstract: Provided is a defoamer for a fermenter. A defoamer for a fermenter according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a body (100) having a first hollow (110) at a central portion thereof and having a disk shape; a support (200) having a second hollow (210) connected with the first hollow (110), and extending from an upper surface (120) and a lower surface (130) of the body (100); and a plurality of first vanes (310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, and 380) mounted on the lower surface (130) of the body (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Ill Hwan Kim, Jae Won Oh, Jae Myung Joo, Hyun Koo Nam, Jeong Seok Oh, Dong Jo Lee, Ki Suhk Han, Sang Cheol Joo
  • Patent number: 11524268
    Abstract: A carbonated beverage maker includes a water reservoir, a carbon dioxide creation chamber, and a carbonation chamber. The water reservoir holds ice water and has a first impeller and a shroud surrounding the first impeller. The carbon dioxide creation chamber contains chemical elements and receives warm water. The chemical elements react with each other to create carbon dioxide when the warm water is introduced to the carbon dioxide creation chamber. The carbonation chamber is connected to the water reservoir and the carbon dioxide creation chamber. The carbonation chamber has a second impeller that includes a stem portion and blades. The stem portion and the blades define conduits therein. The blades create a low pressure region in a lower portion of the carbonation chamber such that carbon dioxide from the carbon dioxide creation chamber flows through the conduits to the low pressure region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Jersey, Stephen Brown, Farideh Goudarzi, Steven Headen, Miles Hember, Alexander Norman, Andrew Potter, Gary Stacey
  • Patent number: 11338225
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe filter agitators, filtration units comprising the filter agitators, methods of using the filter agitators, and the like. In certain embodiments, the filter agitators comprise a plurality of first fins extending outwardly from a central vertical axis and arranged in a plane oriented substantially perpendicular to the central vertical axis, wherein the plurality of first fins is configured to promote laminar flow of a fluid flowing in a first direction and induce turbulent flow of a fluid flowing in a second direction; and optionally a plurality of second fins positioned above the plurality of first fins and extending outwardly from the central vertical axis, wherein the plurality of second fins is configured to induce or further induce turbulent flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Angela Kaye Landsman, Joshua David Gross
  • Patent number: 10894236
    Abstract: A fluid distribution system (208) is provided for a reactor vessel (200) defining a reaction chamber (202). The fluid distribution system (208) may include a radial distribution component (224) positionable within the reaction chamber (202) and adjacent a vessel inlet (212) at an end portion of the reactor vessel (200). The radial distribution component (224) may include one or more annular distribution conduits (230) configured to receive a fluid mixture provided to the reactor vessel (200). The fluid distribution system (208) may also include an axial distribution component (226) positionable within the reaction chamber (202) to extend from the radial distribution component (224) along a longitudinal axis of the reactor vessel (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: William C. Maier, Scott David Wisler
  • Patent number: 10865459
    Abstract: A reactor for gas-liquid mass transfer between a gas and a liquid or slurry includes a tank for receiving the liquid or slurry having a wall; a drive shaft; an upward pumping impeller; and an aerating apparatus disposed above the upward pumping impeller and extending between the drive shaft and the wall of the tank at a first distance (d1) from the drive shaft and at a second distance (d2) from the wall of the tank, the aerating apparatus encircling the drive shaft at least partially. The aerating apparatus has an outward inclined or curved inner surface for directing at least a part of the flow over the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
    Inventor: Marko Latva-Kokko
  • Patent number: 10745305
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices suitable for performing chemical and/or biological reactions. Also disclosed are methods of simultaneously performing at least two chemical and/or biological reactions under different conditions in a single reaction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ariel Scientific Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaakov Anker, Alexander Gimburg
  • Patent number: 10596528
    Abstract: A nanobubble-producing apparatus includes a liquid vat provided with a bubble-containing-liquid inlet in an upper part thereof and a bubble-containing-liquid outlet in a bottom part thereof, a microbubble-containing-liquid supply unit to supply microbubble-containing liquid that contains microbubbles to the bubble-containing-liquid inlet of the liquid vat, an ultrasonic collapse unit to radiate ultrasonic waves to the inside of the liquid vat so that an ultrasonic collapse field in which the collapsing of the microbubbles with the ultrasonic waves is concentrated and nanobubbles are generated is formed at a location where the microbubble-containing liquid supplied into the liquid vat through the bubble-containing-liquid inlet flows downward, and a nanobubble-containing-liquid extraction portion where the nanobubble-containing liquid that contains the nanobubbles generated by the ultrasonic collapse unit is taken out of the liquid vat through the bubble-containing-liquid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOSSLEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junji Nakao
  • Patent number: 10449287
    Abstract: A concentrate container for an extracorporeal blood treatment machine with a fluid inlet at a first end of the concentrate container and a fluid outlet at a second end of the concentrate container as well as at least one connector to hold a coupling fitting of a fluid conduit, wherein at least one connector is concave in shape and is positioned inside the container. A system for use with this concentrate container, in which the coupling fittings are convex in shape. A connection piece provides for disinfection of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventor: Kai-Uwe Ritter
  • Patent number: 10441931
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a reactor for implementation of equilibrium-limited reactions comprising: a reaction space; a reactant feed; an outlet for reaction products; a device for accommodating catalyst material; and a stirrer device comprising: a hollow shaft with a gas inlet opening at one end of the hollow shaft; a first stirrer paddle with gas exit orifices mounted on the hollow shaft; and a second stirrer paddle mounted on the hollow shaft proximate the device for accommodating the catalyst material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Jakob Albert, Manfred Baldauf, Katharina Meltzer, Jenny Reichert, Alexander Tremel, Peter Wasserscheid
  • Patent number: 10322386
    Abstract: The invention discloses an agitation device comprising an impeller, an agitating shaft and a power device. The impeller includes a disc, a hub and concave blades. Each blade consists of a concave surface which extends radially and has an annular sector-like shape, the projections of the upper and lower portions of the blade in the horizontal plane are two annular sectors, and the radian of the annular sector obtained by the projection of the upper portion is larger than that of the lower portion, and the annular sector-like shape and the rotation direction of blades are the same, so that each portion of the blades directly faces an incoming flow, the utilization efficiency of blades is increased and the impeller has low energy consumption and high gas-liquid dispersion efficiency. The device is efficient and energy-saving, has low power consumption, high mixing performance and high gas holdup and mass transfer performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangnan University
    Inventors: Zhiyong Zheng, Dongdong Sun, Xiaobei Zhan, Minjie Gao
  • Patent number: 10265668
    Abstract: A mixing method, a controller and a mixing device for mixing components in a mixing vessel are provided. The mixing method includes providing a mixing impeller in the mixing vessel; accelerating the mixing impeller from an inactive state to a rotating state in which the mixing impeller rotates at a first desired speed in a first rotation direction; rotating the mixing impeller at the first desired speed for a first time tsteady,1 in the first rotation direction; changing the rotation direction of the mixing impeller, so that the mixing impeller rotates in a second rotation direction at a second desired speed; and rotating the mixing impeller at the second desired speed for a second time tsteady,2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Boettcher, Jonathan E. Cutting, Sharon D. West, Martin Oschwald
  • Patent number: 10227249
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mixing apparatus for crushing sludge comprising a motor part in which a rotary shaft is inserted into the motor part and the motor part is rotated, a moving part formed to penetrate the motor part from one side to another side and move a chemical which is flowed through an outside chemical feeder to the another side, and a paddle mounted on the another side of the motor part to rotate based on the rotation of the motor part and spray the chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Seung-Nyung Huh, Jin Nyung Huh
  • Patent number: 10022685
    Abstract: Inside a driven cylindrical housing 23 that is a cylindrical rotation member 13, a liquid to be mixed 4 is caused to become an inner circulation current f by extruded plate portions 24A-24D. Discharge ports 22A-22D formed in the cylindrical housing 21 discharge a portion of the inner circulation current f outward as outer discharge current d1-d4 by centrifugal force. At the same time, the outer portion of the liquid to be mixed 4 is sucked into suction ports 23, 30 as suction current e1-e3, h1-h4, thus mixing the liquid to be mixed 4 in the mixing tank 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Uniflex Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Hattori
  • Patent number: 9897054
    Abstract: A fuel flow control system includes a centrifugal pump, a gas inlet valve, and a control. The centrifugal pump has a fuel inlet, a gas inlet, and an outlet. The gas inlet valve is disposed upstream of the gas inlet and is responsive to valve position commands to move between a closed position, in which inert gas is prevented from flowing into the gas inlet, and a plurality of open positions, in which inert gas may flow into the gas inlet. The control is coupled to the gas inlet valve and is configured to supply the valve position commands to the gas inlet valve to command the gas inlet valve to selectively move to the closed position, such that the centrifugal pump is configured to operate as a fuel pump, or any open position, such that the centrifugal pump is configured to operate as a fuel-gas mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Lo, Dan Laboda
  • Patent number: 9675942
    Abstract: A universal wall and bridge mounted aeration apparatus has a track extending between two distinct elevations that is coupled to a wall and bridge mount. An aeration unit is pivotally coupled to the track and has an aerator adapted to operatively at least partially submerge within and aerate a liquid. A selective mover or drive is adapted to operatively move the aeration unit along the track and thereby vary an elevation of the aeration unit. The universal wall and bridge mount supports the track and aeration unit. The universal wall and bridge mount has a first configuration for mounting to a structure such as a stationary bridge, and a second configuration for mounting to a wall. The universal wall and bridge mounted aeration apparatus may be adjusted to position the propeller after installation under the surface of the liquid through three axes of motion freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Aeration Industries International, LLC.
    Inventors: Randy W. List, Jing Huang, Joseph F. Widman, Brian J. Cohen, Todd M. Schroeder, Gregory R. Harding, Paul P. Gorbunow, Jason L. Jones, Steven R. Carleton
  • Patent number: 9623386
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus is provided that evenly mixes a powder raw material and a liquid raw material. The powder raw material is supplied to and spread out on a rotating disk to form a thin layer of dispersed particle swarms close to the periphery of the rotating disk. A rotary atomizer that synchronously rotates on the same axis is provided above the rotating disk. The liquid raw material is supplied to an inside surface of the rotary atomizer. Then, the liquid raw material is conducted to an atomizing head where the liquid raw material is atomized, and droplet swarms are horizontally radiated. The dispersed particle swarms and the droplet swarms are merged and condensed within a tapered wedge-shaped space, with the result that these swarms change into a fine and homogeneous mixture. The mixture is then radiated from the periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Tohkai-Giken Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 9458490
    Abstract: With a method and equipment according to this invention the best possible growth start of hygiene indicators and other bacteria and other microbes in water samples is ensured in microbe cultivations for example on Colilert™ media using both static cultivations and bubbled cultures such as in a PMEU (Portable Microbe Enrichment Unit) type cultivation. The objective is the best possible microbiological detection value of a water sample or process sample regardless of whether the said cultivation is implemented without bubbling or other mixing or with it. The equipment and method according to the invention applies to and can be connected with automatic or manual sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Eino Elias Hakalehto
  • Patent number: 9301639
    Abstract: A beverage foams making device includes a base having a shaft rotatably extending therethrough. A stirring member and a driving member are respectively connected to two ends of the shaft. The stirring member has multiple holes and at least one protrusion extends from the stirring member. The driving member is cooperated with a driving device which drives the shaft to rotate. A cup has a connection portion connected to the base and the stirring member is located in the cup. The stirring member generates foams when the beverage in the cup is stirred by the stirring member. Ice cubes are not broken when making the beverage. The device is mainly suitable for making beverages such as green tea and black tea, alternative, milk, coffee and/or juice is also available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventors: Hsien-Ming Wang, Wei-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9174884
    Abstract: A closed loop compost tea brewing system with a hydroponic reservoir and a compost tea brewing assembly configured to brew compost tea. The compost tea brewer assembly includes a tea brewing reservoir. The system includes has a closed loop arrangement fluidly connecting the tea brewing reservoir and the hydroponic reservoir. The closed loop arrangement is configured to provide continuous fluid flow from the tea brewing reservoir to the hydroponic reservoir, which is recirculated back from the hydroponic reservoir to the tea brewing reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Fingerle
  • Patent number: 9126850
    Abstract: A self-uprighting aeration device that minimizes turbulence and disruption of any sediment layer in a tank. The device includes a float positioned about a first position on a longitudinal axis of the aeration device, a ballast positioned about a second position on the longitudinal axis, and a diffuser. The float and the ballast are configured to orient the aeration device in a liquid with the longitudinal axis substantially aligned with a gravitational vector to dispose the diffuser above the sediment layer. The aeration device can be configured to rest on a support surface in the tank or float above such a support surface. Methods for aerating liquid in tanks with the aeration device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Aero-Stream LLC
    Inventors: Karl K. Holt, Frank J Scott, James R. Schulz, Daniel H. Dickman
  • Patent number: 9032864
    Abstract: A container assembly (10) for retaining a liquid (16) during aging of the liquid (16) comprises a container (12) and an oxygenator (230). The container (12) includes a container body (14) that defines a chamber (14A) that receives and retains liquid (16). The oxygenator (230) is positioned substantially within the chamber (14A). The oxygenator (230) includes a fluid source (662), one or more diffusers (672), and a valve (670). The one or more diffusers (672) are in fluid communication with the fluid source (662). The valve (670) selectively controls the introduction of a fluid from the fluid source (662) into the liquid (16) through the one or more diffusers (672). The container assembly (10) further comprises an insert retainer assembly (338) and one or more flavor inserts (440) that are received and retained by the insert retainer assembly (338).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Roleder
  • 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.
  • Publication number: 20150123295
    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: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: William B. Kerfoot
  • Publication number: 20150101993
    Abstract: A means for obtaining high mass transfer efficiencies in surfactant laden wastewater treatment or process systems is disclosed. The present system employs ultrafine bubbles delivered into a high shear region such as in the draft tube or other containment volume of a mechanically agitated contacting system within which an impeller is placed, or in the venturi or divergent-convergent of a pumped loop within which gas-liquid contacting is carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: MALCOLM FABIYI
  • Publication number: 20150053625
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for producing a flow in a wastewater treatment tank (1), comprising a substantially horizontal bottom (B) and a horizontal mixer (2, 3, 4), which is provided in the wastewater treatment tank (1) and which has a propeller (4) driven by means of a propeller shaft (3). According to the invention, in order to save energy to produce flows, the axis (A) of the propeller shaft (3) is tilted relative to the bottom (B) by an angle ? of 1 to 10° in such a way that a flow directed toward a surface (O) of the wastewater (W) can be produced by the horizontal mixer (2, 3, 4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Marcus Hoefken
  • Patent number: 8851457
    Abstract: A low-turbulent aspirating type aerator, introduced into a body of liquid, comprising of: a gas conveyance tube having a gas inlet end and a gas outlet end; a gas-liquid mixture chamber incorporating; an impeller affixed to a rotatable shaft, at the least one gas intake opening and at the least one gas-liquid discharge opening at or near bottom end of gas-liquid mixture chamber. Rotation of the impeller creates a low-pressure zone (vacuum) allowing gas conveyed via gas conveyance tube to come into contact with rotating impeller forming a gas-liquid mixture at the impeller interface wherein bubbles are formed. Gas-liquid mixture chamber confines gas bubbles thereby allowing the action of impeller and liquid shearing force to produce and discharge micro-sized gas bubbles of predominantly less than 0.85 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Ladouceur
  • Publication number: 20140197555
    Abstract: An aeration system for the treatment and purification of liquid is presented. The aeration system includes a decompression chamber extending a length between an inlet end and an outlet end and a motor connected to the decompression chamber. The system includes drive shaft connected to the motor and extending into a hollow interior of the decompression chamber wherein airflow into the hollow interior is restricted through at least one inlet port. An orifice plate is connected to the drive shaft, wherein the orifice plate includes a plurality of apertures. A rotor disk is connected to the drive shaft, wherein the rotor disk includes a plurality of deflecting blades. When the outlet end of the system is positioned in liquid and the driveshaft and rotor disk are rotated micro bubbles are formed in the liquid thereby treating and purifying the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: John L. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20140159258
    Abstract: A mixer/aerator described herein may characterize in one aspect as includes a parallel spaced apart array of discs mounted on a drive shaft. Each disc includes flow apertures separated by spokes. Each spoke is shaped to induce a fluid flow through a corresponding flow aperture, wherein the flow aperture trails a trailing edge of the spoke relative to the rotational direction of the discs to thereby induce a columnar fluid translation of the fluid through the array of discs while simultaneously driving the fluid laterally radially outwardly relative to the discs. Upper discs urge the corresponding columnar fluid translation downwardly, and lower discs urge the corresponding columnar fluid translation upwardly. At least one annular turbulent-mixing passageway is formed between the upper discs and the lower discs wherein said upward and downward columnar fluid translations of the fluid mix while being forced radially outwardly relative to the discs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
  • Patent number: 8740193
    Abstract: A system for forming mini microbubbles has a housing with an upper end and a lower end, a motor positioned in the housing, a shaft connected to the motor, a plate affixed to the shaft and extending radially outwardly therefrom, and an air line connected to the housing so as to open in a space within the housing adjacent the lower end thereof between the plate and the motor. The plate is positioned inwardly of the lower end of the housing. The plate has a smooth lower surface. The motor is a submersible motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas St. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 8690129
    Abstract: A disposable mixing vessel comprising a flexible container, a centrally disposed shaft having first and second ends with one or more impellers thereon and a magnetic element associated with a first shaft end, a first flange adapted to rotatably engage the first shaft end and a second flange adapted to rotatably engage the second shaft end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Ludwig, Oscar-Werner Reif, Gerhard Greller, Wolfgang Kahlert, Guenther Pradel, Michael Bates, Magail Barbaroux, Stephane Baud, Isabelle Gay, Sebastian Chaussin
  • Patent number: 8678356
    Abstract: There is provided a microbubble generating method including: supplying a gas to a rotator 2 while rotating the rotator 2 in a liquid; injecting the gas into the liquid from bubble injection holes formed in the surface of the rotator 2; and applying a shear force, produced by the relative movement between the liquid and the rotator, to gas bubbles present on and in the vicinity of the surface of the rotator 2 to generate microbubbles. The microbubble generating method can easily generate a large amount of microbubbles without forcibly creating a swirling flow of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Chikako Iwaki, Kazuyoshi Aoki, Hideo Komita
  • Publication number: 20140077401
    Abstract: A centrifugal self-priming mixed and inverted-umbrella shaped aerator is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Yueping Wang, Xinhang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8651766
    Abstract: Circulation and aeration systems for ponds, lakes, sounds, treatment basins, and other bodies of water. In one set of embodiments, water is pumped in a downward direction to circulate ambient oxygen from the atmosphere and produced by plant photosynthesis to deeper strata. In other embodiments, water is circulated within predetermined depth strata. Each system preferably includes a wind turbine, a drive shaft, and an impeller array. Some systems include conduits for conveying and mixing water from and to selected depth strata, or configured as an open impeller-mixing apparatus. Alternative embodiments include systems which incorporate electrical power generation by the wind turbine, solar power generation and use hybrid wind-solar apparatus, and combinations of land-based and in-water based apparatus. A pneumatic pump diffuser and a control flow centered orifice diffuser line are employed in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert W. Kortmann
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140007793
    Abstract: A device for treating a liquid has a chamber and a rotatable cavitation element arranged within the chamber. According to a first aspect, the chamber has a cross-section with different roundnesses in the region of the cavitation element. According to a second aspect, the substantially disk-shaped cavitation element has (preferably oblong) passage openings which have rounded inner walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Joerg Grau, Carmelo Oliveri
  • Publication number: 20130327721
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for mechanically treating a liquid composition contained in a pool, including: —a frame which supports a motor (2) out of the liquid composition, —a drive shaft (6) which is rotatably driven by the motor, —a centrifugal surface aerator (4) which is rotatably driven by the drive shaft in a first rotation direction, —a bottom mixer (8), which is rotatably driven by the drive shaft, in which the motor (2) can be driven in a second rotation direction, counter to the first rotation direction. The apparatus includes a device for activation/deactivation of the aerator, which device is capable of deactivating the aerator (4) in the second rotation direction of the drive shaft (6), so that the aerator is not to rotatably driven by the drive shaft (6), the aerator being inoperative on the liquid composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Grasa
  • Patent number: 8487836
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional image rendering device for displaying multi-dimensional images by layering 2D physical pixel configurations featuring a plurality of tubes in a tank, the inner cavities of the tubes are each filled with a liquid medium such that an air pocket is disposed at the first end of each tube; displacement components slidably disposed in the inner cavity of each tube that can slide between a down position and an up position; a tube aperture disposed in each tube; and a moving means operatively connected to each displacement component functioning to systematically move the respective displacement component a fixed distance creating uniform air bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas A. Bodine
  • Patent number: 8465642
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separating impurities from a liquid stream includes a feed tank for containing an untreated liquid, a mixer for generating and mixing bubbles throughout the wastewater, and a settling tank for allowing the wastewater to settle for removal of impurities through dissolved gas floatation. The mixer includes a housing and a rotor rotatably mounted within the housing. The rotor is electrically isolated and the peripheral wall of the housing is electrically isolated and the rotor preferably has bores formed in its peripheral surface to produce cavitation to aid in mixing of fluid within the mixer. A power supply is coupled to establish a relatively positive electrical charge on the rotor and a relatively negative electrical charge on the wall of the housing. The charge causes electrolysis to occur within the fluid, which forms small low surface tension gas bubbles on the rotor and housing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Hydro Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Bijan Kazem
  • Publication number: 20130127073
    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: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour I'Etude et I'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour I'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
  • Patent number: 8434744
    Abstract: A stirring device for activated sludges contained in a basin includes a stirring body having a hyperboloidal wall with a lower circumferential surface, and a funnel-shaped recess underside the hyperboloidal wall; a shaft attached to the stirring body; an air supply line adapted to extend along a bottom of the basin and having a vertical section to supply air into the recess of the stirring body; a disk arranged underside the stirring body and spaced away from the lower circumferential surface to form an annular gap therewith; and shear ribs formed under the lower circumferential surface to extend along the lower circumferential surface and surround the annular gap. The vertical section of the air supply line extends coaxially through the disk in relation to the shaft so that when the stirring body is rotating, the shear ribs distribute air bubbles through the annular gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Invent Umwelt-und Verfahrenstechnik AG
    Inventor: Marcus Hoefken
  • Patent number: 8425109
    Abstract: A device and method prevents freeze over of a fishing hole cut through a layer of ice overlying a body of water. The device has a housing; a motor; at least one water inlet in the housing; at least one water outlet in the housing; and at least one water-moving element driven by the motor and moving water out of the at least one water outlet. The device may spin within the hole and stir water to prevent too rapid ice buildup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel V. Foss
  • Patent number: 8387957
    Abstract: A downflow mixer with a gas injection device and/or a baffle plate is provided to improve performance of mixing and/or aeration in basins, lagoons or tanks, particularly as part of water or wastewater treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd W. Johnson, Kendra A. Copley
  • Publication number: 20130020400
    Abstract: A rotor for use in a slurry separation flotation cell having a tank within which the rotor is contained. The rotor has a shaft that has a conduit adapted to communicate a fluid, preferably a gas such as air, therethrough. The rotor also has impeller blades extending radially from the shaft and a baffle adjacent the bottom of the impeller blades. The baffle extends from an end of the shaft to at or near an outer edge of the impeller blades, directing the gas to the outer edges of the impeller blades for dispersion into the slurry. The rotor is located adjacent a floor of the tank and, in use, draws slurry downwards into the impeller portion and forces it outwards with the gas being mixed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Farnworth Bridson
  • Patent number: 8328167
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the aeration of liquid media by tube aeration, special tube modules contained therein and the use of a device for the aeration of liquid media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Bayer Technology Services GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Kauling, Hans-Jürgen Henzler, Sebastian Schmidt, Helmut Brod, Klaus Kaiser, Stephan Kirchner, Dirk Havekost
  • Patent number: 8308146
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the treatment of gaseous effluents involving contact with a liquid may include a gas/liquid contact chamber which can receive a liquid in the lower part thereof and which is topped with a gas cover, wherein the chamber allows a gas to be treated. The chamber may also release residual gases following treatment involving contact with the liquid. The apparatus may also include a turbine that includes one or more stages which ensure improved contact between the gas and the liquid, the upper part of the turbine being equipped with an opening for drawing the gas situated in the gas cover above the liquid; and, preferably, a sensor for measuring the pH of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Hervé Dulphy, Pascal Moine, Thierry Laederich
  • 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: 8297599
    Abstract: A submersible aerator has an impeller which includes blades having partition walls which separate liquid passages and air passages and which is accommodated within a guide casing for rotation between a lower surface of an intermediate plate having an air suction opening and an upper surface of a suction cover having a liquid suction opening. The liquid passages and the air passages meet through communication portions at radially outer ends of rear-side blade partition walls. Intermediate blades are provided at radially outer ends of the liquid passages. A conical space is defined between the blade lower end surfaces and the suction cover upper surface such that the space, which is wide at a portion adjacent to the liquid suction opening, becomes narrower toward a radially outward region including guide vane tongues. A plurality of support legs and a plurality of straining projections are integrally formed on the lower surface of a peripheral portion of a bottom wall of the guide casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Tsurumi Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tanaka, Satoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8286951
    Abstract: An air injection system for aerating well water with a stream of air and having, a water circulation conduit extending down into the well, an aeration chamber extending upwardly within the well from the circulation conduit, at least one air and water discharge opening adjacent an upper end of the aeration chamber, a support disposed to support the aeration chamber at a predetermined depth in the well, and, an air compressor and a hose connected to supply air to a lower region of the aeration chamber, thus causing upward flow of air and water in the aeration chamber thereby inducing upward flow of water through said water circulation conduit from the bottom of the well to the aeration chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dart, John O. Richmond
  • Patent number: 8277115
    Abstract: A guiding device for submersible motor agitators having a guiding tube and a sliding carriage for carrying a submersible motor agitator. The guiding tube is held in a pivotable lower mount and in an upper mount composed of a bracket and an adjusting lug, and the angular position of the guiding tube can be adjusted via the adjusting lug. The sliding carriage, the adjustment lug and any optional connecting lug are dimensioned in such a way that the sliding carriage carrying the submersible motor agitator can be removed from the guiding tube without disassembling the guiding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: KSB Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Pensler, Juergen Geinitz
  • 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