Repairing, Converting, Servicing Or Salvaging Patents (Class 29/890.031)
  • Patent number: 9533386
    Abstract: A method of removing a metal sleeve from a bore formed in one or more elements is disclosed. The sleeve may be a cold-expanded sleeve secured within the bore by an interference fit. The method includes removing material from the internal surface of the sleeve by a cutter along a line to a depth less than the thickness of the sleeve, and subsequently urging the sleeve from the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Lee Wagstaff, Lee Bradbury, Gareth Towlson
  • Patent number: 9180509
    Abstract: A hole in a metal and composite stack is cold worked. An interference is formed between a cold working tool and the metal layers results in a radial force that is applied only to the metal layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael D. Jones, Nathan Andrew Allen, Julie A. Ton-That, Anthony B. Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20150143725
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for converting existing ice resurfacers to reuse collected ice and snow for further ice resurfacing. The systems, methods and devices allows for efficient, clean and environmental friendly ice resurfacing. The conversion includes the modification and/or replacement of the snow dump tank, main water tank and the installing of heating and power systems. This invention is designed for present machines and for incorporation into future manufacturing of ice resurfacers. While reducing the requirement for large amounts of fresh water, the surface water being pre-heated by two commercial hot water tanks, it also reduces the amount of labour and costs associated with ice resurfacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald Albert, Doug Graham, Darin Dowich, Marc Burnet
  • Publication number: 20150144313
    Abstract: A method and arrangement for repairing a leaking point in a plate pack of a plate heat exchanger (1), in which a space between adjacent plate pairs of the plate pack (4), with which the leaking point is in connection, is closed by arranging a separate strip (9) or sealing tape (10) into the space between the plate pairs on the whole length of the outer perimeter of the plate pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: VAHTERUS OY
    Inventor: Timo Henriksson
  • Publication number: 20150133690
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plant for the production of urea. The plant comprises conventional sections for synthesis and recovery, for evaporation and condensation, for urea finishing, and for dust scrubbing. According to the invention, an additional evaporation and condensation loop is introduced from and to the dust scrubbing section. This loop results in a more favorable energy consumption of the plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Henricus Mennen, Jozef Hubert Meessen
  • Patent number: 9010404
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus for a heat transfer tube is provided in an inspection robot to be fixed to a tube plate surface of a tube plate at which the heat transfer tube is opened and is for inspecting a seal-welded portion at which the heat transfer tube is welded to the tube plate. The inspection apparatus includes: an inserting unit to be inserted into and withdrawn from the heat transfer tube; a detecting unit having detecting unit for detecting the presence or absence of a defect at the seal-welded portion; a rotating mechanism for rotating the detecting unit around a central axis of the inserting unit; and a moving mechanism for moving, with respect to the inspection robot, the inserting unit, the detecting unit, and the rotating mechanism along the central axis for the rotation of the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Kawase, Hidetoshi Yonemura, Toshihiro Kawashima
  • Publication number: 20150082825
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed with regard to a transition used in air conditioning systems having box evaporator coils. One embodiment includes a method for accessing box evaporator coils. The method may include opening an access panel located on a transition having a first opened end and a second opened end located opposite of the first opened end, wherein the first opened end securably aligns with an opened end of a furnace, and the second opened end securably aligns with one opened end of a box housing the box evaporator coils. Further, the method may include extending a member through the access panel for interacting with the box evaporator coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: CLAUDIO SANTINI, NICHOLAS RAISSIS
  • Patent number: 8973265
    Abstract: According to an installation method of a water-chamber working apparatus of the present invention, the water-chamber working apparatus includes a base that holds heat transfer tubes on a tube plate surface and is fixed to the tube plate surface, and a manipulator that is coupled with the base, suspended in a water chamber and arranged therein, and has a separable configuration. In this case, a base installing step of installing the base on the tube plate surface and a manipulator coupling step of carrying the separated manipulator (a front stage and a rear stage) into the water chamber sequentially and individually and coupling the manipulator with the base (a coupling link) are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Fujita, Yoshifumi Isozaki, Atsushi Kamiyoshi
  • Patent number: 8977117
    Abstract: Provided herein is a supplemental heating element that may be inserted into a tank of a residential or commercial hot water heater. A collar of the supplemental heating element engages a threaded inlet or outlet of the hot water heater and provides a flow path into or out of the hot water heater while the supplement element is suspended within a tank of the hot water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: David Kreutzman
  • Publication number: 20150027156
    Abstract: An improved, energy-efficient HVAC system and method of use employing a solution that is run parallel to refrigerant lines in a chiller unit. The solution is directed through the chiller unit through its proximity to chilled refrigerant wherein the chilled solution, rather than refrigerant, enters an air handler or an air pump and used to adjust the air temperature to a desired level. The system and method permits the place of a refrigerant based system external an enclosed building and a non refrigerant based system position internal the enclosed building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Specialty Air Solutions and Design, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Bellamy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8935854
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heat exchanger includes forming elongated holes in two connection walls among a plurality of connection walls to be laminated, and forming paired notches on a claw forming portion of the remaining connection wall facing the elongated holes. A longitudinally intermediate portion of the claw forming portion is pressed toward the other end to break the claw forming portion at the longitudinal center and bend the claw forming portion at the notches to thereby form two claws forming pieces and form bent portions at the distal ends of the claws forming pieces. The claws forming pieces are bent at the notches to form claws. Distal end portions of the claws are bent outward to form fold-back portions, which are engaged with the outer surface of the connection wall at the other end, whereby all the connection walls are provisionally fixed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Keihin Thermal Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Hirayama, Atsuo Ohashi
  • Publication number: 20150001849
    Abstract: An energy recovery apparatus for use in a refrigeration system, comprises an intake port, a nozzle, a turbine and a discharge port. The intake port is adapted to be in fluid communication with a refrigerant cooler of a refrigeration system. The nozzle comprises a fluid passageway. The nozzle is configured to reduce temperature and pressure of refrigerant discharged from the refrigerant cooler and increase velocity of the refrigerant as it passes through the fluid passageway. The turbine is positioned relative to the nozzle and configured to be driven by refrigerant discharged from the fluid passageway. The discharge port is downstream of the turbine and is configured to be in fluid communication with an evaporator of the refrigeration system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Steven W. Post, Bobby D. Garrison
  • Publication number: 20140352671
    Abstract: A method of rebuilding a salvaged EGR coolers is disclosed in which the existing heat exchanger elements are removed from the salvaged stock EGR cooler housing and replaced with a heat exchanger element made from a pair of heat exchanger tube sub-assemblies. Each of the heat exchanger tube sub-assemblies includes an end plate with a selected number of attached tubes and a selected number of bores, which are adapted to receive the ends of the tubes attached to the other tube sub-assembly. The tube sub-assemblies are mated together with the free ends of the tubes received into the bores of the opposite end plate. Exhaust fittings are then welded to the ends of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Eugene Neal, Kennieth Neal
  • Patent number: 8863385
    Abstract: A reactor including a monolith having a plurality of fins in an annular arrangement for receiving fluid flow through the reactor. The monolith is disposed within a generally cylindrical outer tube, and around a corrugated inner tube. The reactor includes a device for urging the monolith radially outward, so as to maintain contact between the monolith and the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: William A. Whittenberger, David A. Becker, Randall J. Bartos
  • Patent number: 8857057
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating servicing of a liquid-cooled electronics rack is provided. The apparatus includes a coolant tank, a coolant pump in fluid communication with the coolant tank, multiple parallel-connected coolant supply lines coupling the coolant pump to a coolant supply port of the apparatus, and a coolant return port and a coolant return line coupled between the coolant return port and the coolant tank. Each coolant supply line includes a coolant control valve for selectively controlling flow of coolant therethrough pumped by the coolant pump from the coolant tank. At least one coolant supply line includes at least one filter, and one coolant supply line is a bypass line with no filter. When operational, the apparatus facilitates filling of coolant into a cooling system of a liquid-cooled electronics rack by allowing for selective filtering of coolant inserted into the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madusudan K. Iyengar, Robert E. Simons, Prabjit Singh
  • Publication number: 20140250944
    Abstract: An energy recovery apparatus for use in a refrigeration system, comprises an intake port, a nozzle, a turbine and a discharge port. The intake port is adapted to be in fluid communication with a condenser of a refrigeration system. The nozzle comprises a fluid passageway. The nozzle is configured to expand refrigerant discharged from the condenser and increase velocity of the refrigerant as it passes through the fluid passageway. The turbine is positioned relative to the nozzle and configured to be driven by refrigerant discharged from the fluid passageway. The discharge port is downstream of the turbine and is configured to be in fluid communication with an evaporator of the refrigeration system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Steven W. Post, Bobby D. Garrison
  • Publication number: 20140223739
    Abstract: A kit and method for converting a refurbishing machine into a reforming apparatus. The apparatus reforms a portion of a plastic container using induction heating. The kit includes a reform heating assembly that achieves a temperature of above about 500┬░ F., heats the container via radiant and convection heating without contacting the container, and has a power and thermocouple connection to a first controller. The kit also includes a reform cooling assembly that has a forming die which contacts and reforms the container portion, a support housing a Peltier thermoelectric cooler, a heat sink facilitating heat transfer away from the forming die, and a power and thermocouple connection to a second controller. The method includes the steps of replacing heating assemblies of the refurbishing machine with the reform heating assembly and the reform cooling assembly, respectively, using the existing equipment utilities of the refurbishing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Garrett R. Pennington
  • Publication number: 20140216099
    Abstract: Method for repairing and/or checking a refrigerating installation accommodated in a tank which is closed in a permanently pressure-tight manner, includes the steps of cutting the tank open at at least one predetermined severing location, repairing and/or checking the installation located in the tank, and closing the tank at the severing location by an integral connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Remo Meister
  • Patent number: 8782888
    Abstract: A method for repairing a plate heat exchanger of the type comprising a plurality of plates which, together with side bars arranged on the plates, define fluid flow paths is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Bernard Saulnier, Jean-Pierre Tranier, Fran├žois Fuentes, Sophie Deschodt
  • Patent number: 8763249
    Abstract: A reactor installation tool and method for installing a reactor unit in a reactor tube. A reactor installation tool including a movable assembly and a fixed assembly linked together such that the movable assembly can be adjusted relative to the fixed assembly. The movable assembly including a reactor sleeve attachment means for releasably securing a reactor sleeve loaded with a reactor unit to the tool. The fixed assembly including an expandable clamping unit for releasably securing the tool to a reactor tube. A reactor unit can be installed in the reactor tube by adjusting the movable assembly to extract the reactor unit from the reactor sleeve as the fixed assembly is rigidly secured to the reactor tube. The fixed assembly can be released from the reactor tube and the reactor installation tool can be removed from the reactor tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Catacel, Corp.
    Inventors: William A. Whittenberger, David A. Becker, Randall J. Bartos
  • Patent number: 8747105
    Abstract: An insert tube is used for the repair or improvement of a pre-heating tube for air arranged in an exhaust gas pathway of a fuel burner. A pre-determined radial gap exists between the outer surface of the insert tube and the inner surface of the pre-heating tube for air such that the insert tube can be slid into the pre-heating tube for air. The insert tube is provided in the vicinity of each end with at least one groove that runs around its circumference. In the groove there is arranged at least one sealing ring of an elastic material. The sealing ring mounted in the groove has an external diameter that exceeds the internal diameter of the preheating tube for air. The sealing ring forms a seal against the inner surface of the pre-heating tube for air and prevents leakage through the sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Valmet Power AB
    Inventor: Lennart Nordh
  • Publication number: 20140145359
    Abstract: A water boiling chamber for a steam humidifier may include an enclosure having a water volume and scale collection surfaces that are exposed to water in the enclosure. The scale collection surfaces may have a scale collection surface area that is at least two times greater than a reference surface area, where the reference surface area is defined as the surface area of a sphere having a volume equal to the water volume of the enclosure. Scale collection surfaces may be part of the enclosure and project into an interior of the enclosure. Alternatively, or in addition, one or more scale collectors may be disposed within the enclosure. Methods for capturing scale in a steam humidifier are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Paul Schwendinger, David Emmons, Steven Wolff
  • Patent number: 8661674
    Abstract: A furnace repair device and method therefore is accomplished by including pipe of suitable length and strength to have at least one swedged end permitting assembly in female to male relationship, which permits a proper securing of the replacement pipe in a desired position in the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P. Metz
  • Publication number: 20140053555
    Abstract: A heat transfer tube repairing apparatus including a wire that is flexible and is insertable into a heat transfer tube, a sleeve that is fixed to a predetermined position in the longitudinal direction of the wire, a pair of pressing members that is provided at the front and rear sides of the sleeve in the longitudinal direction of the wire and is able to press the inner surface of the heat transfer tube, and operation members that are able to move the pressing members between a pressing position where the pressing members press the inner surface of the heat transfer tube and a separating position where the pressing members are separated from the inner surface of the heat transfer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Morita, Kazuo Hirota, Ryoichi Kawakami, Shingo Nishida, Kengo Shimamura, Takaya Kusakabe
  • Publication number: 20140054022
    Abstract: In a heat exchanger of the present invention, a release port for, in a case where a fluid flows into an internal space, releasing the fluid to an exterior is provided in a protection unit main body of each of protection units arranged on both outer sides of a heat exchange unit, and a protection unit fin plate of the protection unit has such strength that a coupling state between an outer surface of an outermost-layer partition plate and a bonding plate of the protection unit main body facing the outer surface is maintained even in a case where an inner pressure set as a design pressure for a part of the heat exchange unit constituting an outermost-layer flow passage adjacent to the protection unit is applied to the internal space of the protection unit main body of the protection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Kenichiro MITSUHASHI
  • Patent number: 8656567
    Abstract: A rapper device for cleaning a heat exchange surface in a pressure vessel by transmitting impact energy. The rapper device includes a striker and an impacting device for impacting the striker which has one end contacting the heat exchange surface in the pressure vessel. The striker includes a piston section having a piston rod projecting out of the pressure vessel via a passage opening in line with the impacting device. A piston head is slideable within a piston chamber in line with the passage opening. The piston chamber is operatively connected to a sealing gas supply. The piston head is a separate part with an aperture. The piston rod runs through the aperture, e.g., in a slideable arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Alfons Heitmann, Uwe Herwig, Thomas Paul Von Kossak-Glowczewski
  • Publication number: 20140047855
    Abstract: A refrigeration, air conditioning or other cooling system is disclosed. The refrigeration system includes a refrigerant storage tank fluidly connected to a refrigerant expansion device which is fluidly connected to a refrigerant evaporator for absorbing ambient heat, a refrigerant vapor compressor fluidly connected to the refrigerant evaporator and a refrigerant condenser fluidly connected to the refrigerant compressor and the refrigerant storage tank. A liquid refrigerant pump and eductor are included in the system along with a refrigerant receiving tank and associated controls that maintain the appropriate Net Positive Suction Head at the inlet to the pump along with proper flow and pressure control in the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Kolarich
  • Publication number: 20140041359
    Abstract: A rapid startup heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) comprises a gas inlet, a high pressure section, an optional intermediate pressure section, an optional low pressure section, and a gas outlet. At least one of the pressure sections includes a vertical steam separator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Melvin J. ALBRECHT
  • Patent number: 8621732
    Abstract: A method and a rapper device for cleaning a heat exchange surface in a pressure vessel. The rapper device includes a striker rod which has one end contacting the heat exchange surface in the pressure vessel and one end projecting out of the pressure vessel via a passage opening. The rapper device also includes an impacting device for impacting the projecting end of the striker rod. A section of the striker rod is slideably supported in a pressure chamber adjacent the passage opening. The pressure chamber is connected to a sealing gas supply maintaining the pressure in the pressure chamber at a higher level than the pressure in the pressure vessel. A bellows defines a pressure chamber around at least a section of the striker rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Alfons Heitmann, Thomas Paul Von Kossak-Glowczewski
  • Patent number: 8590904
    Abstract: A seal comprising a high temperature silicone adhesive sealant layer; a first non-ceramic layer mounted to the silicone adhesive sealant layer; a first expanded metal layer mounted to the first non-ceramic layer; a first silicone cloth layer mounted to the first expanded metal layer; a metal reinforcement layer mounted to the first silicone cloth layer to provide structural integrity without the use of ceramic materials; a second expanded metal layer mounted to the metal reinforcement layer; a second non-ceramic layer mounted to the second expanded metal layer; a turbine mesh layer mounted to the second non-ceramic layer; a second silicone cloth layer mounted to the turbine mesh layer; a sealing castable applied over the second silicone cloth layer to provide a covering; and, a high temperature bonding adhesive disposed between each layer following the first non-ceramic layer to bind the layers together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rush Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Jenifer G. Gelorme, Thomas J. Rush
  • Patent number: 8578582
    Abstract: A method for dismantling a furnace having a multilayered refractory structure including: a furnace shell; a containing layer that is formed of a containing refractory that contains asbestos, and covers the inner side of the furnace shell; and a multilayered non-containing layer that is formed of a non-containing refractory that contains no asbestos, and covers the inner side of the containing layer, the method includes: a primary dismantling process; and a secondary dismantling process conducted after the primary dismantling process. In the primary dismantling process, the non-containing layer is dismantled from a furnace-core side thereof but the containing layer and at least one layer of the layers forming the non-containing layer, which is in contact with the containing layer, are left as a remnant. In the secondary dismantling process, the remnant is dismantled while asbestos measures are implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumi Kurayoshi, Ryo Kato, Katsumi Mori, Yoshihito Doi
  • Publication number: 20130284412
    Abstract: A plate heat exchanger comprising a set of heat exchanger plates arranged between a frame plate and a pressure plate. A guide bar guides the set of heat exchanger plates and the pressure plate relatively the frame plate, a tightening member is arranged on the guide bar and a plate engager is arranged intermediate the tightening member and the pressure plate for allowing the tightening member to press the pressure plate in a direction towards the frame plate. The plate engager is releasable and the tightening member is configured to protect the guide bar, such that the pressure plate may move in a direction from the frame plate and past the tightening member when the plate engager is released. A related method is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    Inventors: Christopher Forstenius, Johan Gidner
  • Publication number: 20130280148
    Abstract: A tubular reactor for carrying out a catalytically supported, homogeneous chemical reaction in the gas phase at an elevated temperature and a subsequent cooling, wherein the reactor is arranged upright, and therefore the tubes extend vertically and the as flows downward through the tubes. The tubes are filled with a catalyst bed in the upper part thereof extending in the reaction zone of the reactor and are filled with a structured packing in the lower part, the cooling zone of the reactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: LURGI GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Castillo-Welter, Dominic Walter, Christoph Steden, Rudolf Zeyen
  • Publication number: 20130276722
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed in which thermal insulation is used to provide a thermal break and/or thermally insulative barrier generally between a body and flange assembly of a gas water heater control. An exemplary embodiment of a valve assembly for a water heater generally includes a flange, a body, and a thermal insulator. The thermal insulator is configured for placement generally between the body and the flange. The thermal insulator has a lower thermal conductivity than the flange and the body. The thermal insulator is operable for inhibiting heat loss from within the storage tank through the valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: John M. Bronson, Jeffrey N. Arensmeier
  • Publication number: 20130266300
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods directed to using renewable energy sources with hot water heating systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: David Kreutzman
  • Publication number: 20130264039
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly and method of servicing is described and illustrated, and in some embodiments includes a pair of core units in an end-to-end arrangement, and a fluid tank arranged between the core units. Each core unit includes air fins arranged in parallel with one another and spaced apart in a core stacking direction, and parallel arranged fluid conveying tubes located between and bonded to adjacent air fins. The fluid tank includes a first end sealingly attached to a header plate of one core unit and a second end sealingly attached to a header plate of the other core unit. The fluid tank can be crimped to adjacent core units, and can be located entirely within the core stacking direction outermost boundaries of at least one of the core units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: John Kis, Allison Kirklin, Matthew Hernigle
  • Publication number: 20130228941
    Abstract: A system and a method for promoting improved air flow through a cooling tower and reduced inner air pressure losses caused by rain in the rain zone of a cooling tower. Aerodynamic modules are mounted on the lower edge of the cooling tower shell in order to deflect the downward-flowing air about the lower edge of the tower shell and into the rain zone. The aerodynamic modules can be modularly mounted, can be replaced, and do not affect the statics of the tower shell. Aerodynamic modules can also be built on the base area to deflect the incoming air over any obstacles. Troughs or dripping elements can also promote flow by reducing the rain falling in an outer area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicants: KERNKRAFTWERK LEIBSTADT AG, KERNKRAFTWERK GOESGEN-DAENIKEN AG
    Inventors: Pery Bogh, Peter Graf, Klemens Fisch
  • Patent number: 8477497
    Abstract: A cooling device for cooling electronic components includes a base plate, a power source, and a cooling module. The cooling module includes a cooling sheet and a thermal conductive base. The cooling sheet includes a hot surface and a cooling surface. The thermal conductive base is located above the cooling surface of the cooling sheet, and configured to support electronic components on a printed circuit board and transfer heat between the electronic components and the cooling surface. When the cooling sheet is powered on, the cooling surface is in a constant state of low temperature. Due to the heat transfer between the cooling surface and the thermal conductive base, heat from the electronic components can be transferred from the thermal conductive base to the cooling surface continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry ( Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Liu, Chi-An Yu, Xi-Hang Li, Bing Liu, Bo Xu, Jie-Peng Kang
  • Publication number: 20130111755
    Abstract: A seal comprising a high temperature silicone adhesive sealant layer; a first non-ceramic layer mounted to the silicone adhesive sealant layer; a first expanded metal layer mounted to the first non-ceramic layer; a first silicone cloth layer mounted to the first expanded metal layer; a metal reinforcement layer mounted to the first silicone cloth layer to provide structural integrity without the use of ceramic materials; a second expanded metal layer mounted to the metal reinforcement layer; a second non-ceramic layer mounted to the second expanded metal layer; a turbine mesh layer mounted to the second non-ceramic layer; a second silicone cloth layer mounted to the turbine mesh layer; a sealing castable applied over the second silicone cloth layer to provide a covering; and, a high temperature bonding adhesive disposed between each layer following the first non-ceramic layer to bind the layers together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: RUSH BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Rush Brands, LLC
  • Patent number: 8393065
    Abstract: A method for retrofitting a pulverized coal boiler in an air combustion boiler system is disclosed, which has a plurality of burners over a plurality of stages along the vertical direction on a wall surface of a furnace of the pulverized coal boiler and an after-air port for introducing air for two-stage combustion located above the burners to retrofit into a two-stage combustion pulverized coal boiler in an oxyfuel combustion boiler system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuma Tatsumi, Masayuki Taniguchi, Tsuyoshi Shibata, Yoshiharu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8393079
    Abstract: A method of salvaging a scrap partially completed spine fin coil by initially placing the partially completed coil on a reel. Connecting an end of a straight tube that is helically wrapped with a spine fin strip to an end of the partially completed coil while said partially completed coil is on the reel, rotate the reel after completing the connection until the partially completed spine fin coil is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Parmer
  • Patent number: 8387249
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for facilitating servicing of a liquid-cooled electronics rack are provided. The apparatus includes a coolant tank, a coolant pump in fluid communication with the coolant tank, multiple parallel-connected coolant supply lines coupling the coolant pump to a coolant supply port of the apparatus, and a coolant return port and a coolant return line coupled between the coolant return port and the coolant tank. Each coolant supply line includes a coolant control valve for selectively controlling flow of coolant therethrough pumped by the coolant pump from the coolant tank. At least one coolant supply line includes at least one filter, and one coolant supply line is a bypass line with no filter. When operational, the apparatus facilitates filling of coolant into a cooling system of a liquid-cooled electronics rack by allowing for selective filtering of coolant inserted into the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Robert E. Simons, Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 8356580
    Abstract: A seal comprising a high temperature RTV silicone adhesive sealant layer; a first non-ceramic layer mounted to the RTV silicone adhesive sealant layer; a first expanded metal layer mounted to the first non-ceramic layer; a first silicone cloth layer mounted to the first expanded metal layer; a metal reinforcement layer mounted to the first silicone cloth layer to provide structural integrity without the use of ceramic materials; a second expanded metal layer mounted to the metal reinforcement layer; a second non-ceramic layer mounted to the second expanded metal layer; a turbine mesh layer mounted to the second non-ceramic layer; a second silicone cloth layer mounted to the turbine mesh layer; a sealing castable applied over the second silicone cloth layer to provide a covering; and, a high temperature bonding adhesive disposed between each layer following the first non-ceramic layer to bind the layers together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Rush Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Jenifer R. Gelorme, Thomas J. Rush
  • Publication number: 20130014390
    Abstract: Devices and methods for retrofitting a natural gas liquids plant are contemplated to extend recovery of C3+ hydrocarbons from various feed gases to recovery of C2+ and C3+ hydrocarbons. In especially preferred aspects, dedicated C2+ exchangers are integrated to exclusively cool the feed gas to produce a cooled absorber feed and to produce two separate absorber reflux streams. During C2+ recovery, absorber reflux is provided by a portion of the residue gas and a portion of the feed gas, while during C3+ recovery absorber and distillation column reflux are provided by the distillation column overhead product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: FLUOR TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: John MAK
  • Publication number: 20120314373
    Abstract: A subsea electronics module or pressure bottle with greatly enhanced capabilities for conducting heat away from internal electronics boards by means of an adjustable heat conduction wedge system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Park
  • Publication number: 20120276488
    Abstract: A gas-fired water heater includes a pilot assembly that provides a pilot flame deflector. The pilot flame deflector causes the pilot flame to surround a hot junctions end of a thermopile. The flame deflector does not cover a cold junctions end of the thermopile, such that the cold junctions are ventilated. A temperature differential between the hot and cold junctions is increase by ventilating the cold junctions and surrounding the hot junctions with the pilot flame. The temperature differential is further increased by radiant and convective heat applied to the hot junctions as a result of the flame deflector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Tibor M. Virag, Larry Chanasyk
  • Publication number: 20120246935
    Abstract: A method and device for reducing sulfidation corrosion and depositional fouling in heat transfer components within a refining or petrochemical facility is disclosed. The heat transfer components are formed from a corrosion and fouling resistant steel composition containing a Cr-enriched layer having a surface roughness of less than 40 micro inches (1.1 ?m) and a protective layer formed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark A. GREANEY, Thomas BRUNO, Ashley E. COOPER, Ian A. CODY, ChangMin CHUN
  • Patent number: 8251298
    Abstract: With an installation construction method for boiler facilities, the boiler facilities comprise a boiler building configured of a steel structure, and a boiler main unit suspended within the boiler building from the upper portion of the boiler building. A portion of the boiler building is constructed, a portion of the boiler main unit is suspended from the upper portion of the partially-constructed boiler building, and while the remaining steel structure portions are being added to the partially-constructed boiler building so as to construct the boiler building, the remaining portions of the boiler main unit are added to complete the boiler main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Babcock-Hitachi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuki Tatehira, Yukitaka Machida, Tadayoshi Mariyama
  • Patent number: 8240049
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method of removing tubes and/or tube stubs from structures comprising multiple tubes wherein induction heating is utilized to heat the tube stub prior to removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Michael J. Seymour
  • Publication number: 20120152517
    Abstract: A system for providing supplemental or auxiliary heat to a crude oil separator is provided. The system includes a primary circuit carrying a fluid heated by a solar panel and a secondary circuit carrying a fluid heated by heat exchangers engaged with the primary circuit. The secondary circuit includes heat exchangers engaging the separator to provide auxiliary heat. The system may also include a source of off-grid electrical energy, such as a wind turbine and/or photoelectric cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Wallace Bruce, Richard Chacon, Mark Ray