By Injecting Gas Into Mixing Chamber Patents (Class 366/101)
  • Patent number: 10744468
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and a method for dissolving water-soluble gas such as oxygen into water, employing microporous membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan T Cheng, Yeu-Chuan Simon Ho, Balazs Hunek
  • Patent number: 10661232
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reaction device with air-lift type internal circulation which includes: a vertical cylindrical volume (1), more than one draft tube vertical element (2) positioned within the cylindrical volume (1) in such a manner as to form an gap with the walls of said volume, more than one gas distributor (3), each of which is positioned on the bottom of said device; wherein: each vertical internal element (2) has an internal diameter which increases along the vertical axis of said element, and the ratio between the total height of the reaction device and the internal diameter of the reaction device is less than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Eni S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Oldani
  • Patent number: 10350787
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions for carbonation of cement mixes using pressurized carbon dioxide delivered to the mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Paul Forgeron, George Sean Monkman, Joshua Jeremy Brown, Kevin Cail, Jay Crossman, Paul J. Sandberg, Mark MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10335751
    Abstract: A bioreactor includes a flexible container and an impeller assembly having a hollow tube. The impeller assembly is coupled to the flexible container. At least one mixing element is removably disposed on the hollow tube. A drive shaft is adapted to engage the hollow tube of the impeller assembly and facilitate rotational movement of the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Trevor G. Williams
  • Patent number: 10328403
    Abstract: A mug including a stirring unit connected to the liquid space of the mug, for stirring a beverage contained in the liquid space of the mug simultaneously by the same hand in which the mug is held, and in which mug the stirring unit includes a pumping space separate from the liquid space, and a pumping device connected to the pumping space, configured to increase and to decrease the pressure of air inside the pumping space in an alternating manner. In the mug according to the invention, a flow channel extends from the pumping space to the liquid space, enabling the flow of the beverage contained in the liquid space from the liquid space to the pumping space and from the pumping space to the liquid space, whereby a liquid flow can be formed in the flow channel, for stirring the beverage in the liquid space by the pumping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Elmar Laarmann, Aleksander Denisoff, Marko Inno, Kaur Kaldoja, Jalvar Usin, Raido Usin, Ardo Kalev
  • Patent number: 10188993
    Abstract: An ingredient blending apparatus is disclosed which blends a plurality of ingredients into a homogeneous blend. The apparatus includes a container which receives various ingredients in a prescribed amount. A vacuum motor has its intake side in communication with the interior of the container to suck the ingredients from the container and blow the same into a blending chamber. The ingredients blown into the blending chamber are mixed and recycled into the vacuum motor and the blending chamber until the ingredients are properly mixed or blended. When the ingredients are properly mixed or blended, they may be sent to an ingredient collection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Herbert D. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 10065158
    Abstract: A homogenization device having an inlet valve, a flow-through chamber and a discharge valve. A baffle element reciprocatingly moves between an upstream portion and a downstream portion of the flow-through chamber. When the baffle element moves downstream, the inlet valve opens and liquid is admitted into the upstream portion. When the baffle element moves upstream, the inlet valve closes, the liquid in the upstream portion is pressurized and forced to flow downstream through a gap or local constriction between the outer perimeter of the baffle element and the inner surface of the chamber, causing cavitation bubbles to form and collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ARISDYNE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Oleg Kozyuk, Peter Reimers
  • Patent number: 9902087
    Abstract: Disclosed is a powdery material filling device with a redundant (i.e., excess or waste) powdery material recovering mechanism. The powdery material filling device may be used in a rotary compression molding machine. In certain aspects, the redundant powdery material recovering mechanism is capable of actively recovering and reusing a redundant (i.e., excess or waste) powdery material even upon production of multi-layer tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sanwa Kagaku Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ozeki, Kentaro Izumi, Katsuhito Fujisaki, Kouichi Atagi
  • Patent number: 9797093
    Abstract: In a method for preparing nanofibrillar cellulose, fibrous dispersion of ionically charged cellulose is repeatedly passed through a mechanical process of disrupting fibers into fibrils until the viscosity starts to decrease. The number average diameter of the nanofibrillar cellulose after the mechanical process is in the range of 2-10 nm, and the zero-shear viscosity is below 10 Pa·s, preferably below 1 Pa·s, when measured in the concentration of 0.5 wt-%. The nanofibrillated cellulose is low aspect ratio nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC-L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti Laukkanen, Markus Nuopponen
  • Patent number: 9752282
    Abstract: In a method for preparing nanofibrillar cellulose, fibrous dispersion of ionically charged cellulose is repeatedly passed through a mechanical process of disrupting fibers into fibrils until the viscosity starts to decrease. The number average diameter of the nanofibrillar cellulose after the mechanical process is in the range of 2-10 nm, and the zero-shear viscosity is below 10 Pa·s, preferably below 1 Pa·s, when measured in the concentration of 0.5 wt-%. The nanofibrillated cellulose is low aspect ratio nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC-L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti Laukkanen, Markus Nuopponen
  • Patent number: 9643134
    Abstract: A proportionate automated blending system for aqueous mixtures has a plurality of liquid additive control modules which each provide a desired amount of additive to a dedicated mixing injector to blend each additive with water to provide a precise mixture of additive and water. The system has the capability, in between blending cycles, of purging the components of the additive control modules with air and water to displace any residue additive which may remain in the control module. The system is controlled by a controller which controls an actuated control valve to achieve the desired flow rate of liquid additive to acquire the desired proportion of liquid additive to water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Mazzei Injector Company, LLC
    Inventors: Angelo L. Mazzei, Celia Marie Cobar, Kenneth Cobar
  • Patent number: 9574369
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a system for storing commodities is provided. The system may include a tarpaulin. The tarpaulin may further have an internal strapping. In accordance with one embodiment, a method for storing commodities is provided. The method may include providing a tarpaulin. In one embodiment, the method for storing commodities may include configuring the tarpaulin to provide internal strapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: J & M Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Gaudet, Jr., Aaron Gummer
  • Patent number: 9545168
    Abstract: Steam heating used with conventional heating techniques achieves a rapid boiling point. An intelligent electronic control system which uses sensors placed at various points in the system to monitor and/or control cooking, interacts with the Internet to determine cooking steps, powers embedded electronics in vessels by RF energy, and adjusts the heating temperatures of the contents of the vessel as a function of time. A stove will provide configurable tubes with a coupling unit at their end to attach various steam wands easily moved into position that provide this steam to vessels placed on a grill. Delicate cooking of comestibles can be achieved by maintaining a controlled temperature or cycling the temperature to maximize cooking without losing significant nutrients of the comestibles. Small coupling holes introduce steam at the bottom surface of a vessel to efficiently cook comestibles. The coupling holes have a radius which stratifies the Young-Laplace equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: TrackThings LLC
    Inventor: Thaddeus John Gabara
  • Patent number: 9441995
    Abstract: A measurement system and method of use include a fluid conduit for routing a base fluid therethrough, a gas conduit in fluid communication with the fluid conduit for mixing a gas into the base fluid to form a foamed bi-phase fluid, a foam conduit in fluid communication with the fluid conduit and the gas conduit to receive the bi-phase fluid therein, a first sensor disposed to measure a characteristic of the base fluid in the fluid conduit, a second sensor disposed to measure a characteristic of the gas in the gas conduit, a third sensor disposed to measure a characteristic of the bi-phase fluid in the foam conduit, and a processor for receiving data representing the measurement from at least one of the first sensor, the second sensor, and the third sensor, analyzing the data, and calculating a parameter of the bi-phase fluid based upon the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Goddard, Wakova Carter, Brian Eldredge
  • Patent number: 9266688
    Abstract: A feed vessel for pneumatically conveying solid particles includes a cylindrical portion, a first conical portion and a second conical portion. The first conical portion extends downward from the cylindrical portion and is configured to be in fluid communication with the cylindrical portion. The second conical portion extends downward from the first conical portion and is configured to be in fluid communication with the first conical portion. The second conical portion is configured to form a mass flow of solid particles therein and defines at least one outlet thereon for discharging the solid particles. A method for pneumatically conveying solid particles is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Lishun Hu, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9156012
    Abstract: A method for detecting analytes in a liquid is provided in which the liquid is subjected to a mixing treatment on an area of a support which has in particular immobilized reactants, wherein in the mixing treatment the liquid is impinged upon by a stream of gas that sweeps across at least some areas of the support surface in a scanning manner by means of a jet directed towards the support surface. The invention also concerns a method for mixing a liquid sample comprising an analyte and a device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Mann, Thomas Mayer, Friedhelm Vieth
  • Patent number: 9119277
    Abstract: A charge-neutralization system is provided. The charge-neutralization system includes a reservoir, a plasma generator and a flow-restricting transfer line. The reservoir is configured to hold matter to be ionized under pressure. The plasma generator is configured and arranged to create a neutral energy plasma on a vehicle from the matter to be ionized. The flow-restricting transfer line provides a fluid communication between the reservoir and the plasma generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Orbital ATK, Inc.
    Inventor: John S. Canham
  • Publication number: 20150118753
    Abstract: A method and system for achieving a gas-liquid mass transfer includes delivering into a compartment of a container a liquid, the liquid having an exposed top surface disposed within the compartment. A stream of a gas is passed over the top surface of the liquid so that the stream of gas produces turbulence on the top surface that is sufficient to achieve the gas-liquid mass transfer. In one embodiment the liquid is a culture that includes cells or microorganisms and the mass transfer functions to oxygenate the culture sufficient to sustain the cells or microorganisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher D. Brau, Nephi D. Jones, Benjamin R. Madsen, Michael E. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9012210
    Abstract: A mixing vessel (10) for containing a liquid, comprises a chamber having a lower chamber portion and an upper chamber portion wider than the lower portion, gas inlet means (14) for supplying gas to the lower portion and means for redirecting rising gas (24), such that, in use, rising gas in the form of bubbles, initially rises substantially vertically and is redirected in a substantially horizontal direction by the means for redirecting rising gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cellexus Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Andrew Auton
  • Patent number: 8980623
    Abstract: A mixing vessel (10) for containing a liquid, comprises a chamber having a lower chamber portion and an upper chamber portion wider than the lower portion, gas inlet means (14) for supplying gas to the lower portion and means for redirecting rising gas (24), such that, in use, rising gas in the form of bubbles, initially rises substantially vertically and is redirected in a substantially horizontal direction by the means for redirecting rising gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cellexus Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Andrew Auton
  • Publication number: 20150053134
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a source container and to a vapour-deposition reactor. The source container according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a container comprising an inner wall for delimiting a first space for holing a source material, and a second space which is adjacent to the first space and is for the mixing of vapour emitted from the source material and a carrier gas taken into the inside thereof; a carrier gas inflow pathway which connects the outside of the container second space; a mixed gas discharge pathway which connects the outside of the container and the second space; and a flow-limiting member which expands inside the second space, and provides a first flow barrier surface between the inflow port and the discharge port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Myung Gi Lee, Young Eui Lee, Un Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 8960080
    Abstract: A foaming nozzle is connected to a gas generating device for generating a high-pressure gas which has a pressure higher than an atmospheric pressure and spouting the high-pressure gas from the tip of the nozzle, and the foaming nozzle foams, while stirring, a liquid located in the direction of the spouting. The foaming nozzle has formed in the tip thereof at least two kinds of spouting holes for spouting the high-pressure gas. At least one kind of spouting hole is formed in a shape different from the shape of the other kind of spouting hole so as to spout the high-pressure gas at a speed different from the speed of the high-pressure gas spouted from the other kind of spouting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: SS&W Japan
    Inventor: Shojiro Saito
  • Publication number: 20140313848
    Abstract: A foam generation assembly is provided. The assembly includes a tube having first and second end portions and an interior region. The assembly further includes first and second coupling members coupled to the tube, and a first movable retaining member disposed within the interior region proximate to the first coupling member. The assembly further includes a spring disposed within the interior region proximate to the second coupling member. The assembly further includes a second movable retaining member disposed within the interior region adjacent and against the spring, and a plurality of pellets disposed within the interior region between the first and second movable retaining members. The spring compresses the plurality of pellets between the first and second movable retaining members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Vaughan Balash
  • Publication number: 20140294695
    Abstract: An injector mixer for a gasification reactor system that utilizes reactants includes an injector body that extends between a first face and a second face. The injector body includes a first passage that extends between the first face and the second face and has a first central axis. At least one second, impinging passage extends between the first face and second face and has an associated second central axis that has an angle with the first axis. The angle satisfies mixing efficiency Equation (I) disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Aerojet Rocketdyne of DE, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandrashekhar Sonwane, Kenneth M. Sprouse
  • Patent number: 8846382
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a fluid circulation apparatus for use as a bioreactor or the like, the apparatus comprising a flexible bag like container within which is disposed a collapsible and at least partially inflatable draft tube which is tethered to a base of the container such that when inflated the draft tube rises off the base and maintains the correct shape as a result of the inflation thereof, and which includes perforations in order to allow the inflation gas to escape and rise upwardly through the draft tube to generate counter current circulation within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Oliver Muecke
  • Publication number: 20140271970
    Abstract: A modular system for processing an exfoliated aggregate material or a polymer composite material comprising the exfoliated aggregate, utilizing supercritical fluid processing is described. The modular system may provide exfoliated aggregate particulates, polymer composite materials or master batch polymer composite materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: nanoScience Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: nanoScience Engineering Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140248677
    Abstract: Gas mix installation (5) for use in connection with tanks (1) for biogas reactors wherein the gas mix installation comprises:•—a main pump (8) having respectively a suction side and an injection side, where said pump (8) is arranged externally of the tank (1)•—a liquid suction pipe (6) connecting the interior of the tank to the main pump's (8) suction side;•—an injector pipe (7) connecting the interior of the tank (1) to the pump's injection side;•—a gas pipe (10) connected between the injector pipe and a source of biogas (9); where said gas pipe (10) is connected to the injector pipe (7) externally of the tank (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Poul Hjulmand, Kurt Tobler, Steen Buhl Larsen
  • Patent number: 8801841
    Abstract: The system and method for preventing air leakage from the process side to the bearing side of a mill. The system includes a labyrinth seal ring comprising a series of knives defining first and second labyrinth paths from an air inlet to the process side and the bearing side of the system, respectively. The differences in the two paths such as provided by the number of knives used in each path creates a differential pressure drop which biases air from the air inlet to the process side. The labyrinth seal thus provides a reliable and superior method for reducing the potential for particulate in the process side of the mill from damaging the bearing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Conveyor Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Balbarin, Daniel E. Charhut, Robert Heywood, Robert LeDain, Saurabh Rastogi
  • Publication number: 20140212937
    Abstract: The invention provides a microbubble generation system with increased efficiency and flexibility compared to known systems. Further, the invention provides a method of microbubble generation. In particular, invention relates to increasing the efficiency of a fermentation reaction by reducing bubble size and increasing gas absorption into a liquid fermentation broth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: LanzaTech New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: Xueliang Li
  • Patent number: 8777476
    Abstract: Apparatus for homogenization of multi-phase fluid; the fluid including at least a first phase and a second phase a gaseous phase and a liquid phase; the apparatus including an inner reservoir fluidly communicative with an outer receptacle; the inner reservoir including an inlet for multiphase fluid, an outlet having a smaller cross sectional area than the body for outflow of the first phase and at least one opening into the outer receptacle for outflow of the second phase, the opening being spaced from the first phase outlet; wherein the outer receptacle has an inlet conduit having a neck which at least partially surrounds the inner reservoir outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Framo Engineering AS
    Inventor: Bernt Helge Torkildsen
  • Patent number: 8764277
    Abstract: A device and method for use with the transportation of materials including a tank that is configured to hold the material and an inlet/outlet configured on the tank to allow the flow of the material therethrough. At least one inlet is arranged on the tank to allow the flow of the material into the tank to agitate the material in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: John P. Whitney, Carl V. Wikstrom
  • Patent number: 8746328
    Abstract: A gas injection heating probe, where the probe has a hollow injection channel, a heating media inlet, a heating media outlet, a gas injection fitting and heat exchange area. The gas injection heating probe is connectable to a heated media and a source of gas, so that when connected and inserted into a container having product, the probe provides for gas injection and heating of the product to assist in mixing the product for discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Braid Logistics North America, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher White
  • Publication number: 20140133262
    Abstract: Provided is a method of mixing first and second liquids having mutual solubility inside a mixing flow channel formed by a micro flow channel. This method includes: causing the first and second liquids to be joined to each other inside the mixing flow channel; and forming a slug flow, in which mixing subject cells (60) formed by the joined liquid and insoluble fluid cells (63) formed by an insoluble fluid are alternately arranged, inside a flow channel at the downstream side of an insoluble fluid supply position in a manner such that the insoluble fluid having insolubility with respect to both mixing subject liquids is supplied to the joined liquid flowing through the flow channel in a direction intersecting the flow channel so that the joined liquid is divided with a gap therebetween, thereby mixing the first mixing subject liquid and the second mixing subject liquid contained in each mixing subject cell inside the downstream flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Daisuke Nishikawa, Takeshi Yamashita, Makoto Nishimura, Koji Noishiki
  • Patent number: 8709235
    Abstract: Process for increasing mixing in a fluidized bed. A slide, which may be in the form of a tube or trough, transports particles from an upper zone downward to a lower zone at a different horizontal position, thereby changing the horizontal position of the particle and creating lateral mixing in the fluidized bed. Increased mixing may improve efficiency for an apparatus using a fluidized bed. For example, increased lateral mixing in a regenerator may increase temperature and oxygen mixing and reduce stagnation to improve efficiency. A slide may be relatively unobtrusive, inexpensive, and simple for a retrofit or design modification and may improve combustion efficiency at high rates by enhancing the lateral blending of spent and regenerated catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Brian W. Hedrick, Keith A. Couch, Robert L. Mehlberg, Mohammad-Reza Mostofi-Ashtiani
  • Publication number: 20140104973
    Abstract: The mixing device for mixing a powder with a pressurized gas, comprising a mixing chamber (20) with an inlet area (22), which has at least one inlet opening (24), by way of which powder and/or pressurized gas and/or a mixture thereof may be introduced into the mixing chamber (20), and at least one outlet area (26), which is designed for withdrawing from the mixing chamber (20) a main flow (HR) of a gas or powder or a powder and gas mixture directed along the mixing chamber (20) which essentially extends from the inlet area (22) to the outlet area (26), characterized in that a regulating device (10) is arranged along and/or in continuation of the main flow (HR), regulating the main flow (HR) of the gas or powder or powder and gas mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: FERTON HOLDING S.A.
    Inventor: Marcel DONNET
  • Publication number: 20140087457
    Abstract: A container system includes a bag having of one or more sheets of flexible polymeric material, the bag having an interior surface at least partially bounding a chamber that is adapted to hold a fluid. A sparger is secured to the interior surface of the bag so that a compartment is formed between the interior surface of the bag and the sparger. At least a portion of the sparger includes a sparging sheet formed from a flexible sheet of a gas permeable material. A tubular port or tube is coupled with the bag so that a passage bounded by the tubular port or tube communicates with the compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Nephi D. Jones, Jeremy K. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20140072502
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of: providing an apparatus and method for generating fine bubbles in a plurality of processing surfaces in a plurality of processing members disposed in opposition so as to be capable of being brought together and moved apart, at least one being capable of relative rotation with respect to the other; as well as providing a method for reacting fine bubbles using a method for generating fine bubbles. Provided are: a plurality of processing members disposed in opposition so as to be capable of being brought together and moved apart, at least one being capable of relative rotation with respect to the other; processing surfaces provided in mutually opposed positions in the respective processing members; and at least two independent flow path communicating with the space between the processing surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Enomura
  • Publication number: 20140064017
    Abstract: A process for mixing a liquid stored in a vessel, in which gas is sucked in from the gas phase present above the liquid interface with a suction apparatus present in the liquid, and released into it again for the gas-induced mixing of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Blechschmitt, Ulrich Hammon, Friedrich-Georg Martin, Klaus Joachim Mueller-Engel, Peter Zehner
  • Patent number: 8647514
    Abstract: A standing wave in a water current, which is subject to purification, is swirled in the lower mass-exchange chamber in order to create negative pressure along the central axis, the atmosphere air intake and crating of two countercurrents interacting with each other, resulting in a standing wave and oxygenation of the water current. A cylindrical mixing chamber, which is divided into the upper mass-exchange chamber and the lower mass-exchange chamber by dividing walls with a coaxial orifice towards the air-supply pipe and peripheral bypass channel. In the lower mass-exchange chamber, water, which is subject to purification, is swirled and under the negative pressure in the center it intakes air from the air-supply pipe, creating hydrosol and reaction area of ion exchange due to forming of the standing acoustic wave. Part of the processed current is outlet into the volume through a permeable wall in the side surface of the upper mass-exchange chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Leonid Jurievich Vorobiev
  • Publication number: 20140016429
    Abstract: A steaming pitcher comprising a flow receiving surface adapted to receive an incoming flow of steam at a substantially oblique angle provides enhanced control of fluid flow inside the steaming pitcher to enhance mixing and heating of the fluid by the incoming steam. The steaming pitcher may also comprise flow directing and launching surfaces to assist in control of fluid flow patterns. A flow control kit with a flow receiving surface may be installed in an existing flat-bottom steaming pitcher to provide aspects of fluid flow control. The flow receiving, flow directing and launching surfaces of the steaming pitcher may be substantially smooth, faceted, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Espro, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Constantine, Christopher R. McLean
  • Publication number: 20130333795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for dialysis concentrates, in particular acidic dry concentrates. When these dry concentrates are dissolved directly by the dialysis machine to form liquid concentrates, the containers must provide a volume of 4-12 liters. To impart the required stability to these containers, they have integral supporting elements, which manifest their supporting function only when the container is used on the dialysis machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Klaus BALSCHAT, Alfred GAGEL, Dirk HUEMMER, Peter KLOEFFEL, Olaf NICHOLAS, Tilman STAEBLEIN
  • Patent number: 8608138
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a method and system for the infusion of a gas into a liquid. The gas is passed through a container with ceramic filtering material of a specific pore size after which the gas enters the flow stream of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Fortrans, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Cecil Cooke
  • Patent number: 8579495
    Abstract: A process for mixing a liquid stored in a vessel, in which gas is sucked in from the gas phase present above the liquid interface with a suction apparatus present in the liquid, and released into it again for the gas-induced mixing of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Michael Blechschmitt, Ulrich Hammon, Friedrich-Georg Martin, Klaus Joachim Mueller-Engel, Peter Zehner
  • Patent number: 8550698
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhancing fluidization of nanoparticle and/or nanoagglomerates and for mixing and blending nanoparticle/nanoagglomerate systems at the nanoscale are provided. A fluidization chamber is provided with a fluidizing medium (e.g., a fluidizing gas) directed in a first fluidizing direction, e.g., upward into and through a bed containing a volume of nanoparticles and/or nanopowders. A second source of air/gas flow is provided with respect to the fluidization chamber, the secondary air/gas flow generally being oppositely (or substantially oppositely) directed relative to the fluidizing medium. Turbulence created by the secondary gas flow, e.g., a jet from a micro jet nozzle, is advantageously effective to aerate the agglomerates and the shear generated by the jet is advantageously effective to break apart nanoagglomerates and/or reduce the tendency for nanoagglomerates to form or reform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH, New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Robert Pfeffer, Jose A. Quevedo, Juergen Flesch
  • Publication number: 20130258798
    Abstract: A gas injection heating probe, where the probe has a hollow injection channel, a heating media inlet, a heating media outlet, a gas injection fitting and heat exchange area. The gas injection heating probe is connectable to a heated media and a source of gas, so that when connected and inserted into a container having product, the probe provides for gas injection and heating of the product to assist in mixing the product for discharge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher White
  • Patent number: 8534904
    Abstract: A gas-solids contactor modification is described which provides for starting or restarting the gas flow to the gas-solids contactor when it is filled with solid particles while preventing the solids from entering and blocking one or more gas inlets which have diameters greater than the solid particle diameters. The apparatus modification comprises a gas plenum and one or more chambers within the gas plenum located between the contactor inlet and the gas inlet. The wall of the chamber has multiple passageways therethrough that are smaller in diameter than the majority of the bed particles. Gas feed to the plenum must pass through the passageways in the chamber walls before entering the contactor. In one embodiment the total open area of the passageways is at least as large as the cross-sectional area of the gas inlet and the inlet to the contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lord Ltd., LP
    Inventor: Stephen Michael Lord
  • Patent number: 8523493
    Abstract: In a vessel utilized for providing powdered materials, such as binder, for the construction of an in-situ piling, the vessel has a binder feeding system having a fluidization chamber, where the fluidization chamber receives air at a higher pressure than the substantial portion of the remainder of the vessel. This higher pressure enhances the fluidization of the powered materials as the materials are dispersed through an actuated valve at the bottom of the vessel. This system results in a decreased volume of air required for transporting the powdered materials through the feeder hose to the tool in the piling borehole, thereby reducing the creation of air pockets in the in-situ piling. This feeder system replaces the cell wheel currently used in binder feeder systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Johan Gunther, David Blomqvist, Henrik Persson
  • Patent number: 8512561
    Abstract: The water aerator using a compressed gas container is a self-contained unit having a float and a container of compressed gas (e.g., air, oxygen, etc.) installed beneath a perforated diffuser plate that, in turn, is positioned below the float. High-pressure gas from the container flows through a pipe or tube to a regulator valve and pressure gauge at the top of the pipe. A larger diameter low-pressure pipe or tube is placed concentrically about the high-pressure pipe. Regulated low-pressure gas flows down through the outer low-pressure pipe to a dispensing nozzle below the diffuser plate, whereupon the gas flows upward and is broken up by the perforations in the diffuser plate to form smaller aeration bubbles. An electrical power source, pressure switch, and light may be provided to indicate when the compressed gas container is depleted. The device may be motorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Bader Shafaqa Al-Anzi
  • Publication number: 20130176812
    Abstract: Presently, there exists a need for a method of mixing (stirring) the ingredients of a liquid preparation within a container without the introduction of any device or manual implement to agitate the contents mechanically. The purpose of the present invention is to provide a method a convenient, economical and effective method of mixing utilizing a chemical reaction to facilitate liquid motion in a container without the use of a stirring implement or external mechanical intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Salvatore Albert Celeste
  • Patent number: 8475762
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an evenly mixed additive enhanced gypsum slurry to a web. Calcined gypsum and water are inserted into a mixer through at least one inlet of the mixer. The contents are agitated to form a slurry. The slurry is passed from an outlet of the mixer into a conduit. An additive is introduced into the slurry along a length of the conduit to achieve a flow stream of a slurry/additive mixture. A cross section of the flow stream is expanded in the conduit while not changing direction of the flow stream and a direction of the flow stream is changed while not expanding the cross section of the flow stream and conduit, all prior to the flow steam exiting from an outlet of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Alfred Li, Chris C. Lee, Chris Nelson, Cesar Chan, Weixin David Song