Plural Mixing Chambers Patents (Class 366/14)
  • Patent number: 11028308
    Abstract: Wellbore fluids and methods of drilling with the wellbore fluids are provided. One wellbore fluid may include an oleaginous continuous phase, a non-oleaginous discontinuous phase, and a polymer having a polycyclic backbone. One method may include pumping the wellbore fluid into a wellbore through an earthen formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yiyan Chen, Dimitri M. Khramov, Glynda A. Addicks
  • Patent number: 10769246
    Abstract: The invention provides a system which implements a method of altering the flavour, stability, consistency, texture and colour of the a custom nutritional supplement composition containing nutritional supplement ingredients selected by a user of the system, said method including addition of specific additives in specific quantities to a custom nutritional supplement composition recipe, which additives and quantities are selected through the retrieval of data stored on a computer system which data has correlated the combinations of nutritional supplement ingredients, the additives, and their relative quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Alwyn Johannes Jacobus Viljoen, Bernard Etienne Nortje
  • Patent number: 10625958
    Abstract: In accordance with presently disclosed embodiments, systems and methods for using containers, instead of pneumatic transfer, to move bulk material from a transportation unit to a blender receptacle (e.g., hopper or mixer of a blender) are provided. A transportation unit may deliver multiple containers of bulk material to the well site, where multiple conveyors may deliver the containers to a location proximate the blender receptacle. Openings at the bottom of the containers are arranged adjacent one another so that the load of two containers may be delivered to the tight space occupied by the blender receptacle. Since the transportation unit is able to unload the containers of bulk material without pneumatic transfer, the containers may enable a cleaner and more efficient bulk material transfer at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Chapman Lucas, Tim H. Hunter, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Bryan John Lewis, Austin Carl Schaffner, Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja
  • Patent number: 10415332
    Abstract: A system and a method for producing fracturing fluid, comprising: receiving source fluid from one or more inlet manifolds of a single transport, driving a first pump mounted on the single transport to route the source fluid from the inlet manifolds into a hydration tank mounted on the single transport, driving a second pump mounted on the single transport to route hydrated fluid produced by the hydration tank to a blending tub mounted on the single transport, and discharging fracturing fluid produced by the blending tub to one or more outlet manifolds of the single transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TYPHON TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Morris, Adrian Benjamin Bodishbaugh, Michael Bateman, Neal Jensen, Corey Holte
  • Patent number: 10227855
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for providing on-site electrical power to a fracturing operation, and an electrically powered fracturing system. Natural gas can be used to drive a turbine generator in the production of electrical power. A scalable, electrically powered fracturing fleet is provided to pump fluids for the fracturing operation, obviating the need for a constant supply of diesel fuel to the site and reducing the site footprint and infrastructure required for the fracturing operation, when compared with conventional systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: EVOLUTION WELL SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Coli, Eldon Schelske
  • Patent number: 10221668
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for providing on-site electrical power to a fracturing operation, and an electrically powered fracturing system. Natural gas can be used to drive a turbine generator in the production of electrical power. A scalable, electrically powered fracturing fleet is provided to pump fluids for the fracturing operation, obviating the need for a constant supply of diesel fuel to the site and reducing the site footprint and infrastructure required for the fracturing operation, when compared with conventional systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: EVOLUTION WELL SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Coli, Eldon Schelske
  • Patent number: 10035866
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for producing a solid olefin polymerization catalyst component from an emulsion wherein the particle size of the solid catalyst or the droplet size of the emulsion is controlled. The actual size of the droplets or the solid catalyst particles is measured, or alternatively, both are measured. Then a difference between the actual size and the set point is calculated and the process is controlled based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Borealis AG
    Inventors: Peter Denifl, Timo Leinonen, Pasi Matikainen, Tom Elovirta
  • Patent number: 9103193
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for providing on-site electrical power to a fracturing operation, and an electrically powered fracturing system. Natural gas can be used to drive a turbine generator in the production of electrical power. A scalable, electrically powered fracturing fleet is provided to pump fluids for the fracturing operation, obviating the need for a constant supply of diesel fuel to the site and reducing the site footprint and infrastructure required for the fracturing operation, when compared with conventional systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Evolution Well Services, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Coli, Eldon Schelske
  • Publication number: 20130265843
    Abstract: A transportable concrete mixing plant is provided and includes a frame, a mixing drum for mixing concrete, a conveying system having at least one rail for moving a pre-measured quantity of premix concrete to the mixing drum, and a supply hopper for directing the pre-measured premix concrete into the mixing drum. The rail forms a support track that is traversed by the supply hopper, which travels from a dispensing position near the mixing drum to a loading position spaced from the mixing drum. Optionally, a concrete pump dispenses flowable concrete received from the mixing drum and pumps it to a remote location, such as a work site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Reinhard Matye
  • Patent number: 8133316
    Abstract: A process for preparing an asphalt mixture from recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), virgin aggregate, filler and first and second binder materials, is disclosed. The process comprises steps of transporting RAP through a first drum; transporting virgin aggregate through a second drum; adding a first binder material to the RAP in the first drum to provide treated RAP; supplying the treated RAP, the virgin aggregate, filler and a second binder material to a mixing zone; and mixing to provide the asphalt mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Karel Poncelet, Gerrit Gijsbertus Van Bochove
  • Publication number: 20110103172
    Abstract: A high performance green concrete mixer and a high performance mixing method of green concrete are provided. The high performance green concrete mixer includes a pan mixer, plural drum mixers and a funnel. Each of the drum mixers is inclined relative to the pan mixer, while the funnel is connected between the pan mixer and the drum mixers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chao-Lung Hwang, Sung-Yi Lin
  • Publication number: 20100046315
    Abstract: A container for bone cement includes a first member defining a chamber, which contains a first ingredient. The chamber also includes a second member movably coupled to the first member. The second member includes a mixing device that is movably disposed within the first chamber, and the second member defines a second chamber containing a second ingredient. The container additional includes an opening device that selectively opens the second chamber and allows the second ingredient to enter from the second chamber into the first chamber. The mixing device is movable within the first chamber to promote mixing of the first ingredient and the second ingredient to prepare the bone cement. A corresponding method of preparing bone cement is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Imad K. Merkhan, H. Gene Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20090156725
    Abstract: The present invention provides a manufactured aggregate material that converts waste materials and/or recyclable materials into construction material. By mixing waste materials with an acid solution and a metal oxide solution, any harmful contaminates in the waste materials are encapsulated and rendered into hard pellets that are suitable for use in conglomerates or composites such as concrete. The manufactured aggregate material may be adjusted for moisture content, density, heat capacity, and other parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: ENVIROPRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Hampton
  • Patent number: 7464757
    Abstract: A method for continuously batch mixing a homogenized cement slurry is provided that includes providing first and second mix tubs which each perform a process which include: receiving a measured quantity of solid and liquid constituents of a cement mixture; mixing the solid and liquid constituents of the cement mixture into a homogenized cement slurry; and delivering the homogenized cement slurry into a well. In this method, the first and second mix tubs alternate these delivering processes in a synchronized manner such that one of the first and the second mix tubs continually delivering its corresponding homogenized cement slurry to a well pumping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Pessin, Laurent Coquilleau, Josh Rayner, Michael Woodmansee
  • Patent number: 7320539
    Abstract: A concrete batch mixing system and method are disclosed that enable the batch master to measure and control both the water and cementitious ingredient feeds in relation to each other so as to be able to blend the two ingredients in a known, selected, adjustable and repeatable manner, and to agglomerate these ingredients in a counter-rotating twin screw mixing apparatus for use in the preparation of batches of mixed concrete in a concrete batching process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Christenson, Robert J. Horton
  • Patent number: 7147360
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting and transporting concrete waste comprises a container, a cart for supporting and moving the container and a lifting component attached to the frame of a cement truck for lifting the cart and container off the ground for transport. The apparatus may be stored on a cement truck so that the apparatus prevents disposal of cement and concrete waste in an unlawful or unsightly manner and allows the cement and concrete waste to be returned to a cement and concrete production facility and recycled. The cart includes a component for tilting the container about its midsection by an elongated lever or handle. The cart also includes a component for limiting the forward tilting of the container and for locking the container in an upright position. A wheel locking mechanism for at least one wheel of the cart is provided. The mechanism is manually engaged or disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Kevan P. Elefsrud
  • Patent number: 6986656
    Abstract: A method and system of forming a fire door core are provided. Hydraulic binder and resin are supplied from raw material bins and mixed to provide a submixture. Exfoliated vermiculite is then mixed with the submixture to provide a mixture that is deposited into a plurality of compression molds. Each of the filled molds are pressed in a press at a predetermined temperature at a predetermined pressure for a predetermined period of time sufficient to harden the mixture into a hardened slab. The hardened slabs are then removed from the molds, impregnated with water or steam in a water impregnation assembly and dried in a drying assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Premdor International, Inc.
    Inventors: Hartley Moyes, Michael Windsor Symons
  • Patent number: 6971783
    Abstract: Site-won spoil from an excavation which is a predominantly non-granular cohesive material can be converted into a material suitable for immediate use as a backfill material by a process of mechanically mixing the spoil with between 0 and 30% by weight or volume of added granular material and between 1 and 10% by weight or volume of a powder material comprising 1–5% lime or with the addition of 1–5% cement and/or 1–5% pulverized fly ash. The process works well with clay soils and the range of suitable spoil can be extended by adding cement to the powder material. The proportions in the mixture are chosen in dependence on the clay and moisture content of the spoil. A machine which can be set to mix the ingredients and water in the correct proportions on site is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Keanes Limited
    Inventor: Frank Owen
  • Patent number: 6965832
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method are described for investigating polymorphs of a material, isomers of a material which allow different isomeric forms to be resolved, different hydrates/solvates and/or different salts of a material. The apparatus comprises an assembly (2) of reactor devices (6) arranged within a reactor body (8) which incorporates a heating/cooling block (10) and a stirrer block (12). A vessel support block (14) supports respective sample vessels (15) below each reactor device (6) for recieving material from the reactor devices. The apparatus includes a control unit (4) which includes a computer (16) which controls a robot for delivering materials to the reactor devices; a heating/cooling unit (18); a stirrer control unit (20); and a pressure unit (22) which controls the passage of material from the reactor devices (6) to the sample vessels (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryszard Kobylecki, Daniel Cowell, Vassllis Stylianopoulos
  • Publication number: 20040264292
    Abstract: A vessel-mounted concrete mixing system is disclosed that includes a barge having a deck elevated above the water line, at least one rotary mixing drum mounted on the deck to receive, mix and discharge concrete batch ingredients and a conveyor system for conveying mixed concrete batch material discharged from one or more rotary mixing drums, the conveyor system conveying the discharge mixed concrete to a portion of the barge accessible by an off-loading device not mounted on the barge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Harris, Ronald E. Christenson, Ted M. Daly, Gregory P. Dantzman, Tracy L. Timmerman
  • Patent number: 6773639
    Abstract: A method and system of forming a fire door core. Hydraulic binder and resin are supplied from raw material bins and mixed to provide a submixture. Exfoliated vermiculite is then mixed with the submixture to provide a mixture that is deposited into a plurality of compression molds. Each of the filled molds are pressed in a press at a predetermined temperature at a predetermined pressure for a predetermined period of time sufficient to harden the mixture into a hardened slab. The hardened slabs are then removed from the molds, impregnated with water or steam in a water impregnation assembly and dried in a drying assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Premdor International, Inc.
    Inventors: Hartley Moyes, Michael Windsor Symons
  • Patent number: 6645546
    Abstract: A dietary fiber product having a water absorption capacity of 8 to 15 times its weight and process for producing the same. The process includes the steps of selecting carrot material as the source for the fiber product (21), leaching a puree of the carrot material with an aqueous solution to remove the sugars from the carrot material (26), sizing the particles in the carrot material (34), bleaching the sized carrot material (41), reducing the moisture content of the bleached carrot material (46), flash drying the carrot material (43) and milling the dried carrot material to produce the dietary fiber product (49). A product produced by the process and apparatus for performing the process are disclosed, as are food products made from the carrot-based dietary fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Roney, Cristina E. Lang
  • Patent number: 6641297
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids in a flowable form includes a tank made of material selected to be impervious to and non-corrodible by the hazardous waste and having a non-critical portion, an agitator in the tank having fluid agitation portions oriented for rotational movement about a horizontal axis, a non-sparking motor located within the tank connected to the agitator for imparting rotation to the fluid agitation portions, and a power source for the motor outside the tank having means passing through the non-critical portion of the tank for communicating power from the power source to the motor. Thus, the power source may communicate power to the non-spark generating motor to impart rotation to the agitator to cause the fluid agitation portions to agitate hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids held in the tank to maintain the hazardous waste in flowable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Robert M. Rumph
  • Patent number: 6193402
    Abstract: An improved oil and gas well servicing apparatus for blending and delivering a slurry of fracturing fluid and particulate matter at constant flow rate and pressure to a downhole pump is disclosed. Multiple blending tubs are mounted on a trailer or skid and are manifolded together in a slurry discharge manifold. The slurry discharge manifold combines the slurry discharged by the blending tubs and incorporates pipe sections of equal length to connect the blending tubs to the manifold. It is believed that the slurry discharge manifold and equal length piping provide balanced pressure drop between the individual blending tubs and creates a constant outlet pressure from the slurry discharge manifold. A fluid intake manifold may also be included to distribute fracturing fluid to the blending tubs. Hose connectors on each of the manifolds are provided on both sides of the apparatus for convenient operation from either side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventors: Kristian E. Grimland, Timothy Lloyd Anderson
  • Patent number: 5609835
    Abstract: An apparatus enabling reaction and post-reaction processing in a single assembly including a reaction chamber and a filtration and/or drying chamber adjacent to one another, the chambers being selectively isolated or in communication. A shaft common to both chambers is capable of rotation and axial movement. An agitator arm is fitted to the shaft in the reaction chamber while a smoothing and pressing arm is fitted to the shaft in the filtration and/or drying chamber. The chambers may be formed in a single cylindrical vessel with an intermediate cross wall providing isolation between the chambers. A U-shaped conduit extends between the chambers and by-passes the cross wall to enable communication between the chambers. The conduit may incorporate a valve/pump to facilitate transfer between the chambers. The shaft is journalled through the cross wall and has a bellows apparatus to protect the bearing from the respective chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Powder Systems Limited
    Inventor: Maurice Pitcher
  • Patent number: 5605397
    Abstract: A system and method for mixing particulate cement with mineral aggregate(s) so as to minimize the formation and escape of dust. The system involves dispensing aggregate(s) downwardly from a hopper and simultaneously dispensing the cement particles from a tube within the aggregate hopper above the hopper opening. The cement particles adhere to moisture on the surface of the aggregate(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Port-A-Pour, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil G. Oberg, Jerome J. Doherty
  • Patent number: 5507572
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a continuous product stream of lime slurry to a job site which is located remote from a permanent lime production plant utilizes a primary and auxiliary tank which are mounted on a portable frame structure. Lime and water are mixed in the primary tank to form a lime slurry. The lime slurry is then introduced into the auxiliary tank. A product stream of lime slurry is drawn from the primary tank until it is depleted. Lime slurry is then drawn from the auxiliary tank to supply a continuous stream of lime slurry to the job site while the primary tank is being refilled with lime and water to form a second lime slurry. The second lime slurry is then introduced into the auxiliary tank so that it is filled again and a second product stream of lime slurry is drawn from the primary tank. The process is repeated until a desired amount of lime slurry is supplied to the job site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Chemical Lime Company
    Inventors: Patrick J. Shields, Craig D. Girard, James R. Scholl
  • Patent number: 5507574
    Abstract: Apparatus for mixing liquids such as ink and paint includes a support platform having a plurality of rotating spindle and support tray combinations. Each tray is adapted to receive and support a respective open container or bucket containing ink or paint to be mixed, while each spindle is coupled to and rotationally driven by a respective hydraulic motor. A blade positioned within each container thoroughly mixes the container's contents as the container rotates. Hydraulic motor control allows each container to be rotated at a selected fixed RPM or at a continuously variable RPM for improved control of mixing of the materials within the container. By controlling mixer RPM, increased quantities of the ingredients may be mixed within the tub without spilling the contents, while also permitting faster, more thorough mixing of the ingredients. Each support tray is adapted to receive either a large container such as on the order of 15 gallons or a 3.5 gallon kit adaptor to mix smaller portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Douglas Dickey
  • Patent number: 5484201
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for separating and recovering catalyst and oil from a catalyst/oil mix, using the steps of mixing the catalyst/oil mix with a solvent for the oil and dissolving the oil in the solvent, separating the catalyst from the solvent and dissolved oil and recovering the catalyst as a wet powder, and separating the dissolved oil from the solvent, whereby both the oil and the solvent are recovered in reusable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventor: James A. Goolsbee
  • Patent number: 5433519
    Abstract: A method and device for the application of mortar or concrete by spraying, wherein a quick-acting binding agent mixed with an admixture is transferred to a spraying-nozzle by a pneumatic conveyor where water is added, wherein the binding agent is added mixed with the admixture during the pneumatic transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: PFT Putz und Fordertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Irsch
  • Patent number: 5405502
    Abstract: A simplified method and apparatus for handling black liquor (or other spent liquor from the pulp industry) includes utilization of a mixing tank directly with a black liquor storage tank. The mixing tank has a side wall defined by a part of the side wall of the black liquor storage tank, and the mixing tank may either be disposed within the volume of the storage tank, or immediately exterior of it. Fly ash from a recovery boiler and make-up chemical are introduced into the mixing tank along with black liquor from evaporators, and the mixed liquid from mixing tank overflows into the interior volume of the black liquor storage tank. From the storage tank the black liquor is sent to a recovery boiler where it is burned. Also, some black liquor from the recovery boiler is recirculated to the storage tank, and introduced into the storage tank remote from the mixing tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: A. Ahlstrom Corporation
    Inventors: Kari Palmu, Markku Tanttu
  • Patent number: 5385402
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids in a flowable form includes a tank made of material selected to be impervious to and non-corrodible by the hazardous waste and having a non-critical portion, an agitator in the tank having fluid agitation portions oriented for rotational movement about a horizontal axis, a non-sparking motor located within the tank connected to the agitator for imparting rotation to the fluid agitation portions, and a power source for the motor outside the tank having means passing through the non-critical portion of the tank for communicating power from the power source to the motor. Thus, the power source may communicate power to the non-spark generating motor to impart rotation to the agitator to cause the fluid agitation portions to agitate hazardous waste made up solids and liquids held in the tank to maintain the hazardous waste in flowable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Sumter Transport, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Rumph
  • Patent number: 5340213
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids in a flowable form includes a tank made of material selected to be impervious to and non-corrodible by the hazardous waste and having a non-critical portion, an agitator in the tank having fluid agitation portions oriented for rotational movement about a horizontal axis, a non-sparking motor located within the tank connected to the agitator for imparting rotation to the fluid agitation portions, and a power source for the motor outside the tank having means passing through the non-critical portion of the tank for communicating power from the power source to the motor. Thus, the power source may communicate power to the non-spark generating motor to impart rotation to the agitator to cause the fluid agitation portions to agitate hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids held in the tank to maintain the hazardous waste in flowable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: Sumter Transport, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Rumph
  • Patent number: 5294197
    Abstract: An asphalt manufacturing assembly (10) is disclosed that includes a rotatable cylindrical dryer drum (11) having an opening (14) in the front (12) for receiving virgin asphalt aggregate and for permitting the exhaust of fumes and an opening (18) in the back (13) for discharging the heated aggregate and for permitting the introduction of air. A burner (41) adjacent the back (13) introduces a flame and heat into the dryer drum (11). A longitudinal air conduit (22) is formed by a stationary annular shroud (20) around the back portion of the dryer drum (11) that extends longitudinally beyond the dryer drum back end (13). The shroud (20) includes two controllable discharge openings (24,25). The assembly (10) further includes a separate rotatable cylindrical mixer drum (51) having a materials inlet (54) for receiving the aggregate discharged from the dryer drum (11), reclaimed asphalt pavement, liquid asphalt and fines and a discharge opening (58) for discharging asphalt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Asphalt Product Technologies
    Inventors: Fredric W. Prill, Robert E. Farnham
  • Patent number: 5275487
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids in a flowable form includes a tank made of material selected to be impervious to and non-corrodible by the hazardous waste and having a non-critical portion, an agitator in the tank having fluid agitation portions oriented for rotational movement about a horizontal axis, a non-sparking motor located within the tank connected to the agitator for imparting rotation to the fluid agitation portions, and a power source for the motor outside the tank having means passing through the non-critical portion of the tank for communicating power from the power source to the motor. Thus, the power source may communicate power to the non-spark generating motor to impart rotation to the agitator to cause the fluid agitation portions to agitate hazardous waste made up of solids and liquids held in the tank to maintain the hazardous waste in flowable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: The Maitland Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Rumph
  • Patent number: 5236624
    Abstract: Dispersions of hydrophobic substance e.s. resin emulsions, usually having a relatively low average particle size can be continuously and speedily prepared by feed a hydrophobic substance in the liquid state into at least two static mixers, arranged in a series. The resin is introduced at a temperature above 50 degrees C. but below its degradation temperature of hydrophobic substance and water under pressure is introduced into the first mixer. The mixture of resin and water is passed to another mixer maintained at a temperature lower than that prevailing in the first mixer and below the boiling point of water. Optionally aqueous solution of surfactant under pressure instead of water is introduced into the first mixer and optionally aqueous surfactant is introduced into the second mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Exxon Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Lepert, Jacques Mourand, Alain J. M. Rauline, Thierry Lapie, Jean L. Marchal, Graham Yeadon
  • Patent number: 5178455
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for recycling wash residue of ready mixed concrete include the steps of condensing used cement sludge to a predetermined concentration, storing the condensed sludge, sampling the stored sludge and determining the unhydration ratio of cement contained in the sludge, and weighing the stored sludge based on the determined unhydration ratio of cement in order to prepare a new batch of ready mixed concrete or mortar.By determining the unhydration ratio of cement contained in the sludge which has been condensed to a predetermined concentration, it becomes possible to accurately know the ratio of cement contributing as cement and its ratio contributing as the aggregate in a new batch of ready mixed concrete. A new batch of ready mixed concrete can be prepared by weighing the amount of the sludge on the basis of the determined unhydration ratio. The ready mixed concrete thus prepared will have a desired hardening strength and drying shrinkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Neotec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Ohsaki, Fumio Iwase, Yoshihisa Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 5100239
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing concrete by mixing concrete materials including a cement, aggregate, admixture and at least one of water and ice. The aggregate is moved prior the mixing and a low-temperature liquid is sprayed on the aggregate for cooling while the aggregate is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Shimizu Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadamu Ono, Sadao Goto, Koji Minegishi, Kenichi Oshita, Daisuke Ishikura, Yoshiaki Negami, Kazuya Kamezaki, Katsuhiko Kimura, Takashi Kuwahara, Yasuo Kajioka
  • Patent number: 5087128
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically and simultaneously weighing and integrating various nutritional supplements for subsequent blending with livestock feed grain. The apparatus includes a housing formed with a plurality of upper inlet openings and a lower outlet opening. A plurality of augers convey nutritional supplements from a storage area into the inlet openings. A plurality of weigh hoppers are pivotally mounted below the inlet openings on load cells. Weight indicators are electrically connected to the load cells and augers, and are interfaced with a computer, for controlling and coordinating the deposit of supplements from the augers, load cell weighing, and the pivotal dumping movement of the weigh hoppers. A funnel containing a plurality of deflectors is mounted within the housing below the weigh hoppers, and communicates at its lower end with a motor-driven flighted drum rotatably mounted within the housing, which in turn communicates with the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Robert J. Matthews Co.
    Inventors: James S. Matthews, Robert K. Matthews, Myron M. Martin
  • Patent number: 5005980
    Abstract: A mixing machine operable to receive quantities of waste material and an inert material in separate hoppers for conveyance to a mixing chamber for uniform mixing thereof in prescribed ratios is disclosed wherein each hopper is provided with rearwardly directed augers to pull material away from the opening from the hopper to the mixing chamber. The mixing chamber includes a rotatable flail rotor operable to engage the supplies of materials being fed thereto and effect a mixing thereof prior to being discharged to a mixing auger for final mixing of the two materials before discharge from the machine. Each component of the machine is hydraulically driven to provide independent operation thereof relative to any other component of the machine. An additive hopper is also provided to discharge a selected amount of an additive into the mixing chamber for selective neutralization of the waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: Harold M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 4997284
    Abstract: Process and apparatus are provided to distribute specified, premixed quantities of dry mortar mix and cement to a construction site. Bulk bags and a hopper apparatus are transported to the construction site and utilized with a forklift and a mixer device. The hopper apparatus is adjustably assembled and is constructed and arranged to be hand operable to efficiently meter homogeneous predetermined quantities of the mixture out of a discharge chute. The premixed contents in the bulk bags are dumped into the hopper apparatus and discharged in metered quantities into the mixer device. A water dispensing structure is provided to discharge a predetermined volume into the mixer device to form mortar or concrete for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: E-Con Mega Mix
    Inventors: Robert C. Tousignant, James W. Tousignant, Richard L. Tousignant
  • Patent number: 4966463
    Abstract: A cellular concrete paste mixer unit is provided consisting of a first mixer and an increased number of second mixers. The mixer unit is able to simultaneously produce cement paste and cellular concrete paste. A method of making cellular concrete paste using the claimed mixer unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1990
    Assignee: Nisset Plan, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikio Hihara, Nobuhisa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4892410
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for forming an encapsulation or encasement about a structural member that is particularly well suited for use in a marine environment is disclosed. A two component polymer system for protective and repair encapsulation is pumpable in two separate streams to the location of the structural member to be encapsulated. The two reactive components are combined in a static mixer immediately prior to being injected within the surrounding translucent jacket. By combining the reactive components immediately prior to use, premature set up is avoided and the resulting grout may be directed to flow upwardly in the jacket for enhancing final properties. By suitable coloring of the components, visual monitoring of the final mixing and distribution in the translucent form or jacket of the encapsulation material may be monitored. A field test for determining bond strength of the encapsulation polymer to the structural member is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Assignee: Sandoz Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard K. Snow, Milton W. Ellisor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4830505
    Abstract: A method of mixing particulate cement and water in a primary mixing vessel to form a slurry batch, includes introducing a measured quantity of water into the vessel, introducing a measured quantity of particulate cement into the vessel, agitating the water and cement in the vessel to form a slurry, and while continuing such agitating, pumping slurry from the lower interior extend of the vessel and delivering the pumped slurry to the upper interior of the vessel, at high velocity, removing slurry from the vessel for flow to an auxiliary mixing vessel for mixing with aggregate, and employing wash water to wash remanent slurry from surfaces in the primary mixing vessel for flow to the auxiliary vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Standard Concrete Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey R. Dunton, Donald H. Rez
  • Patent number: 4795263
    Abstract: A fine aggregate is stored in a high storage silo and its surface water content is so controlled that its variation may be kept within .+-.1% by weight. The fine aggregate, cement and primary water containing an air entraining agent are mixed in an upper mixer (primary mixing) to prepare mortar. The mortar, a coarse aggregate and secondary water containing a water reducing agent are mixed in a lower mixer (secondary mixing) to produce mixed concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignees: Sumitomo Corporation, Sobu Ready Mix Concrete Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kikuo Kaga
  • Patent number: 4792234
    Abstract: The invention comprises a mobile concrete batch plant transportable by highway as a single unit. A cement storage hopper, a cement weigh hopper, and an aggregate weigh hopper are mounted on a standard trailer bed. The cement hopper is loaded to the desired weight from the storage bin, and the aggregate hopper is loaded as desired by a front end loader. A charging conveyor carries discharged cement and aggregate from the hoppers to a point above two oppositely facing mixing drums. The charge is dumped from the conveyor into a load hopper, and from there into a load diverter which directs it into a selected one of the two drums. Water and admixture are added and the mixing drum rotates, mixing the contents and producing concrete. The finished concrete is removed from the drum by reversing the rotation thereof, and is carried from the plant by a discharge conveyor. A second batch may be begun while the first is being mixed or discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Assignee: Port-A-Pour, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome J. Doherty
  • Patent number: 4705404
    Abstract: A method as well as an apparatus for processing asphalt mixtures is provided in which broken-up used asphalt is employed and new material is added, utilizing a plurality of burner-heated drum devices, with the used asphalt component and the new material for the asphalt mixture to be processed or produced being processed, i.e. heated in particular, in respectively differently configured drum devices. The used asphalt component is heated separately in a drum mixer operated with parallel flow and the new material component is heated in a drying drum operated with counterflow. After leaving their respective drum devices, the components are conducted into at least one further connected mixer and are further treated there with fresh bitumen and possibly with filler material being added in the mixer. Furthermore, the exhaust gases of the drum mixer are introduced directly into the drying drum and are further heated there, thus combusting the CH.sub.x and CO component contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Deutsche Asphalt GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Bruggemann
  • Patent number: 4415267
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing an additive with molten paving material and for application of the resultant paving composition. The apparatus includes a mixing mechanism in heat transfer relationship with a heated materials tank for recirculatingly moving molten asphalt from the materials tank through the mixing mechanism and back to the materials tank with the additive being added and mixed with the recirculating molten paving material for production of the resulting paving composition which is subsequently supplied from the heated materials tank to an applicator device of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Inventor: Francis K. Hill
  • Patent number: 4387996
    Abstract: A batch method of producing asphalt-aggregate composition having a temperature of at least about 200.degree. F. and at least about 20% used asphaltic concrete comprises heating solid particles of the used material in a first drum to a temperature of at least about 150.degree. F., separately heating virgin aggregate in a second drum to a temperature of less than about 400.degree. F., and mixing the two materials, preferably with the addition of hot liquid or paving grade asphalt. In a second embodiment, unheated used asphaltic concrete is mixed with heated used asphaltic concrete and heated virgin aggregate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Inventor: Robert L. Mendenhall
  • Patent number: 4345841
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mixing liquid or a drilling mud with solids and a second liquid is disclosed. The apparatus provides an annular housing having a plurality of mixing chambers. An inlet passageway is tangentially connected to the innermost mixing chamber for feeding slurry material to be mixed with solids axially fed into the same mixing chamber. A discharge port is further provided and connected to the outermost mixing chamber for tangentially discharging the homogeneous mixture of slurry and solid materials from the outer mixing chamber at high velocities to an elevation above the inlet. The mixing operation is enhanced by the liquid/solid mixture spilling over a first partition wall and retaining its rotational velocity and direction of rotation while passing under a second partition wall and finally out the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Assignee: Geosource Inc.
    Inventor: Roger W. Day