By Vibration Patents (Class 366/108)
  • Patent number: 10907366
    Abstract: A concrete vibrator can automatically change the rotational speed of a motor depending on the state of a vibrating tube. Under control by a controller, the concrete vibrator is operated in a normal mode in which the motor is supplied with driving power having a frequency to make the motor rotate at a rotational speed suitable for air bubble removal, or in an idling mode in which the motor is supplied with driving power having a frequency to make the motor rotate at a lower rotational speed than in the normal mode. The controller measures, per unit of time, a value of a current that is input to the controller or motor, compares a latest current value to a reference value calculated based on a past measurement value, and compares an absolute value of the comparison value to a threshold to grasp the state of the vibrating tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: MIKASA SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sadahisa Suzuki, Shinji Ueda, Hirotaka Ushijima, Kazuhiro Yamashita, Masaki Suzuki, Tomokazu Ando
  • Patent number: 10892039
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method according to one embodiment includes identifying a textual document, determining chemical data within the textual document, performing an analysis of the chemical data, and determining whether the chemical data is associated with one or more dangerous characteristics, in response to the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Malous M. Kossarian
  • Patent number: 10588988
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and devices for identifying and/or distinguishing UCA formulations and specifically activating such formulations to produce UCA suitable for in vivo use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon P. Robinson, Carol Walker, David C. Onthank, Joel Lazewatsky, Nhung Tuyet Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10532041
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for making a pharmaceutical composition for pulmonary administration comprising co-jet milling glycopyrrolate and magnesium stearate, wherein the co-jet milled glycopyrrolate and magnesium stearate is then subjected to a conditioning step which includes exposure of the co-jet milled glycopyrrolate and magnesium stearate to humidity. A composition made by this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Vectura Limited
    Inventor: Fergus Manford
  • Patent number: 10166323
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleansing blood are disclosed herein. The methods include acoustically separating undesirable particles bound to capture particles from formed elements of whole blood. After introducing the capture particles to whole blood containing undesirable particles, the whole blood and capture particles are flowed through a microfluidic separation channel. At least one bulk acoustic transducer is attached to the microfluidic separation channel. A standing acoustic wave, imparted on the channel and its contents by the bulk acoustic transducer, drives the formed elements and undesirable particles bound to capture particles to specific aggregation axes. After aggregating the particles, the formed elements exit the separation channel through a first outlet and are returned to the patient. The undesirable particles, bound to the capture particles, exit through a second outlet and can be discarded to saved for later study.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason O. Fiering, Shivshanker Sundaram, Andrew Meuller
  • Patent number: 9346139
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) and a method, comprising a workpiece-receiving portion (2) for receiving a workpiece (28) to be mechanically machined. At least one vibrating device (9) is connected to the workpiece-receiving portion (2), and the vibrating device (9) causes the workpiece-receiving portion (2) to vibrate, the vibration of the workpiece-receiving portion (2) having a frequency that is lower than the frequency of ultrasound. The vibrating device (9) has a vibrating body (8) to which a compensating mass (7) that vibrates in the opposite direction is associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSIT√ĄT WIEN
    Inventors: Friedrich Bleicher, Johannes Bernreiter
  • Patent number: 9290825
    Abstract: An apparatus for pre-stressing a component, the apparatus includes means to direct a beam of radiation in a path through a medium adjacent to the component between a pair of electrodes to produce ionisation in the path through the medium and means to produce an electrical discharge between the pair of electrodes in the path through the medium to produce a pressure pulse in the medium adjacent to the component without the electrical discharge directly contacting the component, the pressure pulse impacting a surface of the component to produce a region of compressive residual stress within the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: John R. Webster
  • Publication number: 20150137027
    Abstract: An ionic liquid can disperse graphene at a high concentration. The ionic liquid can be represented by general formula (1): in which R1 and R5 may be the same or different and each independently represents a substituted or unsubstituted C1-7 linear or branched alkyl group; R2 is represented by formula (2): in which R6 and R7 may be the same or different and each independently represents a C1-4 linear or branched alkylene group, and m represents an integer of 1-5; R3 and R4 may be the same or different and each independently represent a hydrogen atom, substituted or unsubstituted C1-4 linear or branched alkyl group; X? represents a counter ion; and n represents 0-30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Takuzo Aida, Chiyoung Park, Saisuwan Ravi, Michio Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8991259
    Abstract: Methods and systems for acoustically treating material using a continuous process in which material may be caused to flow in a continuous or intermittent fashion into/out of an acoustic treatment chamber where the material is exposed to focused acoustic energy. The methods and systems may be arranged to permit continuous processing for extended periods while an acoustic energy source operates at a relatively high power output. Treatment chambers may include features such as an acoustic window, a heat exchanger, inlet/outlet flow arrangements, an inspection window, insert elements that define a treatment volume size or shape, etc. Treatment system configurations relating to arrangements of a treatment chamber relative to an acoustic source and coupling medium, material flow paths, and others are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Covaris, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Laugharn, Jr., Xiaoyin He
  • Publication number: 20150078114
    Abstract: A method and system for ultrasonically and simultaneously induced cavitation processing of fluid media-filled cells is provided. The method and system requires placing of cells in a bath filled with process fluid, wherein the fluid cell material exhibits specific acoustic resistance to be equal or close to that of the process fluid, sufficient acoustic wave amplitude is produced for specific process fluid so that well-developed acoustic cavitation occurs in process fluid and within every cell exposed to processing. The process fluid bath structure has a rectangular form where an acoustic standing wave is produced in the process fluid and is reflected from the bath walls and bottom. These walls and bottom may be designed as elastic membranes to have a self-resonant first harmonic frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Andrej Getalov, Evgeny Dedyukhin, Marat Giniyatullin, Aleksandr Sirotkin
  • Publication number: 20150079655
    Abstract: Methods and systems for treating material with focused acoustic energy and/or ultraviolet radiation are described. Sample material may be provided to a single batch vessel or may flow in a continuous or intermittent fashion into/out of a processing chamber within which the material is exposed to focused acoustic energy and/or ultraviolet radiation. Exposure to focused acoustics in a flow through environment may enhance the effects of the radiation on the sample material. Further, in flow-through or single batch arrangements, sample material may be retained exterior to or within a processing chamber by one or more retaining members (e.g., filter, valve, etc.) until a characteristic of the sample material reaches one or more particular criteria (e.g., physical, chemical, biological). Once the criteria of the sample material is attained (e.g., via further treatment), the material is then permitted to flow past the retaining member(s) and through the inlet or outlet of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Covaris, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Laugharn, JR., Xiaoyin He, Srikanth Kakumanu
  • Publication number: 20150071023
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for treating fluids with ultrasound are provided. In order to achieve a desired effect of the treatment as efficiently as possible, the apparatus has a plurality of inlet openings for the fluids and the fluids to be brought into contact with one another while being exposed to ultrasound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Hielscher, Harald Hielscher, Holger Hielscher
  • Publication number: 20150059746
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for making a pharmaceutical composition for pulmonary administration, the method comprising a step in which an inhalable pharmaceutically active material is acoustically blended in a resonant acoustic blender. The invention also relates to compositions for inhalation prepared by the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Green
  • Publication number: 20150036450
    Abstract: A mechanism for generating an orbital motion for mixing, particularly for shaking, a fluidic sample (38) accommodated by a sample holder (14, 40), wherein the mechanism comprises a stationary mounted or lockable first cogwheel (2) having a first through hole (30) and a plurality of first cogs (80) arranged along an outer circumference of the first cogwheel (2), a movably mounted second cogwheel (4) having a second through hole (32) and a plurality of second cogs (82) arranged along an outer circumference of the second cogwheel (4), a drive shaft (3) having a concentric first section (34) and an eccentric second section (36), wherein the first section (34) is guided through the first through hole (30) and the second section (36) is guided through the second through hole (32), and a coupling body (5) having a plurality of third cogs (84) arranged along an inner circumference of the coupling body (5), wherein the coupling body (5) is mounted with the first cogwheel (2) and with the second cogwheel (4) to engage
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Andreas Vester
  • Patent number: 8911140
    Abstract: A method for preparing an insulating varnish. The method includes: providing equivalence of an epoxy resin solution having a concentration exceeding 99 wt. % and acetone solution having a concentration of 40 wt. %, adding silane coupling agent-modified hexagonal boron nitride (BN) having a particle size of between 200 and 250 nm to the acetone solution and stirring; mixing the epoxy resin solution and the acetone solution and stirring, and dispersing the resulting mixture; adding to the mixture, low molecular weight polyamide resins as a curing agent, and stirring to uniformly disperse the curing agent; adding n-butane as a lubricant to the mixture and stirring, cooling the mixture to room temperature, adding di-n-butyl phthalate as a diluent to the mixture and stirring; and allowing the mixture to stand in a vacuum drier to remove bubbles to yield the insulating varnish, which is free of bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tianjin Jing Wei Electric Wire Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Boxue Du, Shulin Dong
  • Patent number: 8905624
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a mixing system at a peak energy efficiency point, maximum response point or reduced sound generation point based on displacement, velocity, acceleration or jerk operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Harold W. Howe, Peter A. Lucon, Jeffrey D. Thornton, Brian Jay Seaholm
  • Publication number: 20140302145
    Abstract: A principal object of the present invention is to provide a pharmaceutical composition that can produce a high antitumor effect by efficiently delivering a drug with antitumor activity to tumor tissues with the aid of carbonate apatite nanoparticles. The present invention provides a pharmaceutical composition including carbonate apatite nanoparticles with an average particle size of at most 50 nm containing a drug with antitumor activity and a pharmacologically acceptable solvent in which the carbonate apatite nanoparticles containing the drug are dispersed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Toshihiro Akaike, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki, Hirofumi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Nakanishi
  • Publication number: 20140261086
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing titanium dioxide pigment is provided. The process comprises preparing an aqueous slurry of titanium dioxide particles. The process further includes deagglomerating the aqueous slurry of titanium dioxide particles using ultrasonication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Tronox LLC
    Inventors: Venkata Rama Rao Goparaju, David F. Marshall, Vahid Kazerooni
  • Publication number: 20140233343
    Abstract: Novel systems and apparatuses for dispensing particulate media are disclosed. One such system may include a storage tank for storing media, a feed tube in communication with the tank, a mixing chamber in communication with the feed tube, a tank sensor to detect pressure within the storage tank, and a mixing chamber sensor to detect pressure within the mixing chamber, wherein the mixing chamber is preferably configured to receive media when the pressure within the storage tank is about equal to the pressure within the mixing chamber. A non-pressurizable vibrator is preferably mounted external to the feeder. The vibrator is configured to vibrate media received in the feed tube from the media tank substantially along the feed tube toward the mixing chamber. The media dispensing system may further comprise an accelerometer in communication the vibrator to provide feedback regarding vibration of the feed tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: COMCO, INC.
    Inventor: Edward M. Reilley
  • Publication number: 20140226429
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for exfoliating a laminar material to form an exfoliated material, in which the laminar material is ultrasonicated in a solution of a surfactant for sufficient time to form the exfoliated material. At all times during the ultrasonication the concentration of the surfactant in the solution is maintained sufficient to form a complete monolayer on the surfaces of the laminar material and the exfoliated material in the solution, or sufficient to sterically stabilise the laminar and exfoliated materials against aggregation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: The Australian National University
    Inventor: Shannon Notley
  • Publication number: 20140208649
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a feedstock preparation system that includes a first slurry preparation system that may receive a first portion of a solid fuel to generate a first fuel slurry using the first portion of the solid fuel and a liquid and second slurry preparation system separate from the first slurry preparation system that may receive a second portion of the solid fuel and the first fuel slurry. The second slurry preparation system may produce a second fuel slurry using the second portion of the solid fuel and the first fuel slurry. The first fuel slurry has a first particle size distribution and the second fuel slurry has a second particle size distribution, and the first and second particle size distributions are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Raul Eduardo Ayala, Judith Pauline Oppenheim
  • Publication number: 20140146634
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for generating a chemical gradient within a flow channel include providing at least one bubble support structure within the flow channel. A bubble support structure helps maintain a bubble at a predetermined location in flow channel when a fluid flow passes therethrough. Oscillations are induced in the bubble using acoustic waves, which may be provided by a piezoelectric transducer located proximate the flow channel. Two or more inlets provide fluids of different chemical compositions into the flow channel, and bubble oscillations are used to generate a dynamically controllable mixing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: THE PENN STATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Daniel Ahmed, Stephen Benkovic, Tony Jun Huang
  • Patent number: 8728327
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for the controlled application of ultrasonic energy for conditioning of mixtures of gas and liquids by evolving and/or agglomerating gas bubbles existing with or in a liquid or for coalescing droplets of liquid dispersed in another liquid. The invention in preferred embodiments thereof comprises a coalescing apparatus for increasing the droplet size of a mixture formed as a liquid dispersed in another liquid, and a de-gassing apparatus arranged to evolve and/or agglomerate gaseous bubbles in a gas/liquid mixture. In the apparatuses, ultrasonic transducers are used to impart vibrational energy to the mixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cyclotech Limited
    Inventors: David Hadfield, Alastair Sinker, Ian Charles Smyth
  • Publication number: 20140134623
    Abstract: Provided herein, are droplet mixture compositions and systems and methods for forming mixtures of droplets. The system may comprise two or more droplet generation units. Each unit may include at least one first input well, a second input well, and an output well connected to the first and second input wells by channels that form a droplet generator. The combined droplet populations can be mixed, heated, and collected for multiple uses, such as for use as calibration standards for instrument testing and analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Amy Hiddessen, Erin Steenblock
  • Publication number: 20140099240
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a hand held pipette for aspirating and dispensing liquids including, a stirring device assembly, including a vibration inducing unit, a power source for the vibration inducing unit, and a control for the vibration inducing unit. Another embodiment of the present disclosure provides a microplate stirring device including, an orbital plate module having a proximal and distal side; at least one vibration inducing unit attached to the proximal side of said orbital plate module; and a base plate for receiving the microplate. Another embodiment of the present disclosure provides a liquid handling system used for aspirating and dispensing liquids including, a stirring module assembly. Another embodiment of the present disclosure provides a manual stirring device including, a vibration inducing unit; a power source for the vibration inducing unit; and a control for the vibration inducing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Kunio Misono
  • Publication number: 20140078853
    Abstract: In a method of ultrasonically treating a substance disposed within a container an ultrasonic horn is positioned within the container with at least a portion of the horn submerged in the substance. The horn is ultrasonically excited to thereby ultrasonically energize the substance. An agitating member is rotated within the substance while the ultrasonic horn is excited to agitate the substance as the substance is ultrasonically energized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Alan Cool, Thomas David Ehlert, Patrick Sean McNichols
  • Patent number: 8657894
    Abstract: In one example, a method for producing a cutting device matrix includes mixing a plurality of constituent matrix materials using a resonant acoustic mixing process until the constituent matrix materials are substantially homogeneously distributed throughout the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventors: Cody A. Pearce, Michael Rupp, Christian M. Lambert, Nathan Carlson, Joseph Moody
  • Publication number: 20140050043
    Abstract: A universal dental impression material system uses a programmable device having containers for separately housing two or more components that form a dental impression material when mixed. A mixing chamber and a dispensing means respectively receive/mix the components and dispense the dental impression material. One or more viscosity modification zones are configured to apply viscosity manipulation to a component prior to mixing, to the components in the mixing chamber during mixing, and/or to the dental impression material in the dispensing means after mixing. A user interface accepts user input of desired properties, such as viscosity, color, work/set time and/or extrusion rate. A controller operatively coupled to the user interface is configured to control dispensing of the components to the mixing chamber, activation as needed of the viscosity modification zones, and dispensing from the dispensing means in response to the user input to achieve the desired properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: KERR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mehdi Durali, Vahik Krikorian
  • Publication number: 20140016431
    Abstract: A drug container is arranged in a horizontal state where a central axis extends along a horizontal direction, and the drug container is rotated about the central axis. In such a way, a drug solution in the drug container is moved along an inner surface of the drug container, and the drug container is reciprocally vibrated along the central axis in a state where the drug container is rotated, to stir the drug solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Yuki TAKENAKA, Akinobu OKUDA, Tsuyoshi TOJO, Tohru NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20130337081
    Abstract: A mixing device includes a mixing section that mixes a liquid-phase fluid with one kind or two or more kinds among a solid, a gas, and a liquid-phase fluid different from the above-mentioned liquid-phase fluid, in which the mixing section includes a supply hole for a fluid, a discharge hole for the fluid, a flow path that makes the supply hole and the discharge hole communicate with each other, and a plurality of pins that protrudes from the flow path, and a fluid that includes materials to be mixed is supplied from the supply hole to the flow path, mixed by passing through the flow path with the contact with the pins, and discharged from the discharge hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Takaaki Matsumoto, Junichi Kumakura
  • Patent number: 8602633
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for combining multiple materials. The multiple materials may include both a major material and one or more minor materials. The major and minor materials are added at transient or steady state flow rates, depending upon a command from a control signal. The actual flow rates track the commanded flow rates, but deviate by an error. The claimed arrangement provides an instantaneous and time-based error believed to be unobtainable in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jon Kevin McLaughlin, Roger Phillip Williams
  • Publication number: 20130322200
    Abstract: A method and a device for taking a sample from a vessel are described. A section of a sample collector is set into a controlled oscillation, in order to monitor a change in the oscillatory behavior about contact of the sample collector with a liquid to be picked up or another component, and to achieve better thorough mixing of the sample by means of the oscillation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Andreas LUDWIG
  • Publication number: 20130315024
    Abstract: A system for mixing a formation fluid sample obtained in a downhole sampling chamber. The system includes a mixing element disposed in the downhole sampling chamber. A support stand is operable to receive the downhole sampling chamber. A magnetic field generator is operably associated with the downhole sampling chamber such that when the magnetic field generator generates a magnetic field, the mixing element moves through the formation fluid sample responsive to the magnetic field, thereby mixing the formation fluid sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul David Ringgenberg, Paul I. Herman, Vincent Paul Zeller, Donald H. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20130315025
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of cavitation treatment of liquid media as well as media, where the density of water or other liquid phase is over 65-70% of the total weight as well as to treatment of the objects placed in the treated liquid media. The method cavitation treatment consists of the vibration system with the liquid medium and the placed objects consisting of the wall-surfaces, each surface of the system is the membrane fixed outline. For example on a rigid frame, having a natural frequency with due consideration of the apparent mass of the vibration generator equal to the fundamental mode, the radiation of ultrasonic waves to the liquid media is carried out simultaneously by all membranes of the vibration system, providing in the treated media the effect of superposition of waves with forming a standing acoustic wave or multiple waves with different frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Andrej Getalov
  • Patent number: 8591093
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mixing element for a flowable substance, comprising a body enclosing a cavity, wherein the cavity has at least one opening and the cavity and the opening are located relative to the body such that a fluid flow of the flowable substance out of the cavity through the opening transfers a torque to the mixing element. The invention further relates to the use of a tube or hose section as such a mixing element and a mixing device comprising such a mixing element, a container, and a sound source coupled thereto for generating an oscillating pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Institut fur Mikrotechnik Mainz
    Inventor: Friedhelm Schoenfeld
  • Publication number: 20130274353
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating droplets with a high level of uniformity in liquid systems that present a low interfacial tension. This method and apparatus utilize the breakup of the dispersed phase in a controlled fashion by periodically varying the pressure that drives the fluids so as to successfully generate emulsions with a good control over the size. The method and apparatus can be used for the formation of simple emulsion or double emulsion where a larger droplet contains one or more smaller droplets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
    Inventors: Ho Cheung Shum, Alban Sauret, Zida Li, Yang Song
  • Publication number: 20130244242
    Abstract: Methods and systems for acoustically treating material using a continuous process in which material may be caused to flow in a continuous or intermittent fashion into/out of an acoustic treatment chamber where the material is exposed to focused acoustic energy. The methods and systems may be arranged to permit continuous processing for extended periods while an acoustic energy source operates at a relatively high power output. Treatment chambers may include features such as an acoustic window, a heat exchanger, inlet/outlet flow arrangements, an inspection window, insert elements that define a treatment volume size or shape, etc. Treatment system configurations relating to arrangements of a treatment chamber relative to an acoustic source and coupling medium, material flow paths, and others are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Covaris, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Laugharn, JR., Xiaoyin He
  • Publication number: 20130214210
    Abstract: Provided is a process for producing a dispersion liquid of carbon nanotube aggregates in which the carbon nanotube aggregates are dispersed in a dispersion medium, comprising the two steps: (A) a step of adsorbing a dispersant to carbon nanotube aggregates by physical dispersion treatment in a dispersion medium to prepare a carbon nanotube paste with a particle size of 100 nm to 20 ?m resulting from partial dissociation of a mass of the carbon nanotube aggregates; and (B) a step of dispersing the carbon nanotube paste by ultrasonic dispersion treatment. A process for producing a dispersion liquid of carbon nanotube aggregates with reduced destruction and breakage of graphite structure of a carbon nanotube aggregate can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Hondo, Hidekazu Nishino, Kenichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8496884
    Abstract: A stirring container in which liquid is contained is used in an analyzer for measuring a property of the liquid. The stirring container includes a recessed portion in which the liquid is held so that a meniscus is formed; and a sound wave generating unit disposed outside of a wall portion forming the recessed portion, and generates surface sound waves for stirring the liquid. The wall portion is configured so that a rising of the meniscus is lower than a rising of the meniscus formed by the liquid held in an assumed container whose cross section in a direction orthogonal to a depth direction of the recessed portion is the same as that of a circumscribed rectangle. The circumscribed rectangle is circumscribed about a portion, made of a same material as a part of the wall portion where the meniscus is formed, where the meniscus is formed in the relevant direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventor: Miyuki Murakami
  • Publication number: 20130155802
    Abstract: Focused ultrasonic acoustic processing is used to prepare formulations particles ranging between approximately 10 nm and approximately 50 microns (e.g., between 1 micron and 20 microns), or between approximately 10 nm approximately 400 nm (e.g., between 10 nm and 100 nm). Formulations (e.g., nanoformulations) may include a suspension (e.g., nanosuspension), an emulsion (e.g., nanoemulsion) or another small particle system. Formulations may be used as delivery systems for therapeutic agents, e.g., a formulation may include a bioactive agent and a carrier compound such as a surfactant that encapsulates the bioactive agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Covaris, Inc.
    Inventor: Covaris, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8449171
    Abstract: A method of mixing (10), including: providing a fluid (10) in a well (6) so as to establish an acoustic field gradient; and applying an acoustic signal to cause mixing within a fluid (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Paul Mun Foo Tho, Richard Manasseh, Yonggang Zhu, Guy Metcalfe
  • Publication number: 20130099175
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fluoropolymer tape having an electrically conductive surface. More specifically, the present invention is directed to a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape and method for producing an electrically conductive tape by blending vapor-grown carbon fiber or carbon nanotubes or combinations of both with PTFE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: COMPAGNIE PLASTIC OMNIUM
    Inventor: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
  • Patent number: 8353619
    Abstract: This invention relates to systems and methods for applying acoustic energy to a sample. According to one aspect of the invention, a system comprises a housing, a chamber for receiving the sample, an acoustic energy source for providing a focused acoustic field to the sample according to a treatment protocol, a processor for determining the treatment protocol, a sensor for detecting information about the sample, and a user interface for communicating with a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Covaris, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Laugharn, Jr., Brevard S. Garrison, Douglas A. Yates
  • Patent number: 8333893
    Abstract: A filtration separation method for waste resin containing highly radioactive uranium powder and device thereof is mainly used for the waste resin after water treatment process in a nuclear facility. The uranium powder contained in the waste resin is highly radioactive. Thus, prior to the treatment of the waste resin, it is necessary to filter and separate the highly radioactive uranium powder to reduce the radioactivity. It is to put the uranium powder containing waste resin into an underwater holding tank and withdraw the waste resin by an underwater pump into a uranium powder filtration box. Then the uranium powder filtration box is lifted by a hoist to move to an underwater ultrasonic cleaner. High-pressure water flushing is applied and followed by underwater ultrasonic cleaning. Then the cleaning water (containing precipitated uranium powder) from the ultrasonic cleaner is drained to uranium powder collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
    Inventors: Kuo-Yuan Chang, Ling-Huan Chiao, Chin-Teng Hsu, Chin-Chun Chu Ko, Bing-Rong Wu
  • Patent number: 8329043
    Abstract: In a method of treating a liquid, a liquid to be treated is introduced into a space, a mechanical cavitation element acts upon the liquid while gas is supplied into the region of the surface of the cavitation element and introduces the gas into the liquid by moving the cavitation element, and sound waves are introduced directly into the liquid by at least one acoustic power transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ultrasonic Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Guenter Poeschl
  • Publication number: 20120289623
    Abstract: An agitating and mixing device 1 of the present invention includes a container 2 for storing the composition, an agitating member 3 for agitating the composition, which is inserted in the container 2, and a driving device 4 for vibrating the container 2. The agitating member 3 has a rod-like portion 32 having one end portion and another end portion, a plate-like portion 31 provided on the one end portion of the rod-like portion 32 and the grip portion 33 provided on the other end portion of the rod-like portion 33. The plate-like portion 31 is perpendicular to the rod-like portion 32. The agitating member 3 is configured to agitate the composition by spacing the plate-like portion 31 apart from the bottom surface of the container 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Takafumi Sumiyoshi, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 8303778
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for generating motion in a thin liquid film on a substrate, in particular in a capillary gap, in which at least one ultrasound wave is sent right through the substrate in the direction of the liquid film, and a device for carrying out the inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Rathgeber, Matthias Wassermeier
  • Publication number: 20120270753
    Abstract: A metering device, a metering element, and a method for operating same, the metering element having a storage container open on one side for receiving the substances to be metered and a plunger which is axially movable and reversibly seals the opening of the storage container and which preferably has at least one centrally located metering opening for metering the substances provided in the storage container, the plunger including a separation device for particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Brinz, Jane Lewis, Markus Tiefenbacher, Thomas Geiger
  • Publication number: 20120263009
    Abstract: The present invention relates to functionally closed systems for mixing and delivering microbubble pharmaceuticals. Described is a device comprising a rigid outer layer and a flexible bladder wherein mixing occurs using external mixing sources. Also included is a system for dispensing the pharmaceuticals to its end use after mixing. Methods for mixing and dispensing microbubble pharmaceuticals are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hae Won Lim, Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg Davis, James Edward Rothman
  • Patent number: 8283120
    Abstract: A noncontact stirring method, a noncontact stirring apparatus, a method and apparatus for reacting nucleic acid hybridization using the apparatus, a method for detecting nucleic acid in a sample, an apparatus for detecting nucleic acid, a method for detecting antibodies in a sample, and an apparatus for detecting antibodies in minute droplets 1 ?mL or less in an electric field are proposed that can be utilized to speed up biodetection processes, hybridization processes in DNA analysis, ELISA antigen fixing processes, blocking processes, antibody-antigen reaction processes and color reaction processes; and pathogen identification, CRP tests, methods of propagating cells or bacilli such as colon bacilli in a liquid culture medium, and chemical analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Governor of Akita prefecture
    Inventors: Yoichi Akagami, Masami Kagaya