Agitation Of Material In Feeder Or Supply Reservoir Patents (Class 366/154.1)
  • Publication number: 20140364346
    Abstract: A dilution system for a hydraulic fracturing fluid, the dilution system including a dilution manifold; a hydration unit configured to provide a source of liquid; a diluent line connecting the hydration unit to the dilution manifold. A diluent flow control valve on the diluent line. A hydration tank configured to hydrate a mixed additive. A gravity-driven viscous fluid line connecting an exit of the hydration tank to the dilution manifold. A viscous fluid flow meter on the viscous fluid line; and, a viscous fluid control valve on the viscous fluid line. Also included is a method of processing a fracturing fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Weinstein, Bryan Scott Lambert, Abel A. Gloria
  • Patent number: 8899822
    Abstract: The invention provides a working trough and a method for maintaining a uniform temperature of a working fluid. The working trough is applied to an electrical discharge machine that performs wire cutting using the working fluid. The method for maintaining a uniform temperature of the working fluid is applied to the working trough and characterized by forming opening structures in a receiving slot of the working trough such that a spiral swirl having a predetermined height is allowed to be formed in the working fluid, thereby maintaining a uniform temperature of the working fluid in the receiving slot when a wire cutting process is performed in the working fluid by the electrical discharge machine. The disturbance of the spiral swirl also facilitates the discharge of scraps. The present invention further has an advantage of low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tzuo-Liang Luo, En-Sheng Chang, Jui-Kuan Lin, Yang-Xin Lin, Chin-Mou Hsu
  • Patent number: 8894811
    Abstract: A method of forming a dilute water slurry for water felting a basemat for an acoustical ceiling tile comprising delivering a bale of compressed mineral wool with a density of at least 8 lbs. per cubic foot at an unbaling station, releasing a binding holding the bale in compression, mechanically separating the fibers of a mineral wool bale with mechanical instrumentalities arranged to disperse the fibers to a generally uniform density of less than 2 lbs. per cubic foot prior to passage of the fibers through the tank inlet, and causing the separated mineral fibers to pass into the mixing tank for contact with water suspended binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventor: Martin W. Brown
  • Patent number: 8834012
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Publication number: 20140177380
    Abstract: A method to feed a chemical into a liquid flow using a feed device including a nozzle casing having an isolated mixing space including: feeding the chemical to the isolated mixing space in the feed device; feeding a mixing liquid to the isolated mixing space; mixing the chemical and the mixing liquid in the isolated mixing space to form a mixture of chemical and mixing liquid, and feeding the mixture of chemical and mixing liquid to the liquid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: WETEND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Jouni Matula
  • Patent number: 8696191
    Abstract: The invention provides a working trough and a method for maintaining a uniform temperature of a working fluid. The working trough is applied to an electrical discharge machine that performs wire cutting using the working fluid. The method for maintaining a uniform temperature of the working fluid is applied to the working trough and characterized by forming opening structures in a receiving slot of the working trough such that a spiral swirl having a predetermined height is allowed to be formed in the working fluid, thereby maintaining a uniform temperature of the working fluid in the receiving slot when a wire cutting process is performed in the working fluid by the electrical discharge machine. The disturbance of the spiral swirl also facilitates the discharge of scraps. The present invention further has an advantage of low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tzuo-Liang Luo, En-Sheng Chang, Jui-Kuan Lin, Yang-Xin Lin, Chin-Mou Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140056098
    Abstract: An injection system may include a first hollow pipe through which a first fluid flows and a second hollow pipe through which a second fluid flows, the first fluid for mixing into the second fluid. The second hollow pipe may reside through a wall of the first hollow pipe and have an opening near its end that is near a centerline of the first hollow pipe. A longitudinal baffle may reside within the second hollow pipe and together with the second hollow pipe, define a first and second baffle flow path within the second hollow pipe for the second fluid. A transverse baffle may be attached to the longitudinal baffle to protrude into the opening of the second hollow pipe. The transverse baffle divides the opening into a first baffle flow outlet and a second baffle flow outlet, for the first baffle flow path and the second baffle flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Phillips 66 Company
    Inventors: Sandipan Kumar Das, Steven Alan Treese
  • Publication number: 20140020864
    Abstract: A homogenisation device which is in particular suitable to homogenise a temperature distribution in a fluid stream exiting a heat exchanger comprises a body with a fluid flow passage extending there through. The homogenisation device further includes a flow control device which is disposed in the fluid flow passage and which is configured to induce a swirl in an outer layer of a fluid stream flowing through the fluid flow passage, while the flow characteristics of a core layer of the fluid stream remain substantially unaffected by the flow control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Andreas WICK
  • Publication number: 20130274656
    Abstract: The apparatus (1) is designed to mix at least two ingredients coming from at least two distinct reservoirs (2, 3). It has at least two distinct orifices (6, 7) suitable for being connected to the reservoirs (2, 3), a motor-driven pump (15), a fluid-connection selector (9) including at least one network of through channels (12) suitable for putting at least one of the orifices into communication with the pump (15), the fluid-connection selector (9) being arranged to be movable between a plurality of positions in order to make it possible, selectively and by means of the pump (15), to transfer at least one ingredient from one orifice to the other orifice or towards the pump (15) and to blend the resulting mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: EVEON
    Inventors: Christophe F. Dehan, Didier Lamy
  • Publication number: 20130142006
    Abstract: A system for producing homogenized oil field gel including a power unit, a control system, a feed tank, a hopper, and a piping assembly that includes inlet and outlet manifolds, centrifugal pumps, and metering devices for filling the feed tank and handling a discharge of oilfield gel. The system further includes a powder hydration component and liquid chemical equipment. The method for producing homogenized oil field gel includes a guar powder procedure including a controlled sequence for starting and stopping a venturi mixer in a hydration unit. The method for producing homogenized oil field gel further includes a liquefied gel concentrate procedure including a metering and chemical injection procedure for mixing a liquefied gel concentrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Stewart & Stevenson, LLC
    Inventor: Stewart & Stevenson, LLC
  • Patent number: 8444312
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. An integrated material blending and storage system is disclosed with a storage unit, a blender located under the storage unit, a liquid additive storage module having a pump to maintain constant pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage module and a pre gel blender. Gravity directs a first input from the storage unit, a second input from the liquid additive storage module and a third input from the pre-gel blender to the blender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ed B. Hagan, Leonard R. Case, Calvin L. Stegemoeller
  • Publication number: 20130021868
    Abstract: A carrier fluid and an added input fluid are mixed together in a static mixer to create an emulsified output fluid mixture. The static mixer comprises a plurality of mixing chambers whose cross-sectional size expand considerably relative to an inlet, a series of bent and curved baffle plates which divert, rotate, divide, reverse and otherwise create turbulence in the combined flow, and inlet chamber in which the added input fluid is dispensed upstream into the carrier fluid, and a number of other structural mixing elements which, through turbulence, abrupt pressure drops and velocity changes, subdivide the added input mixture into very small volumetric quantities evenly dispersed within the carrier fluid to create a homogeneous output fluid mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Michael B. Doolin, Barry M. Beringer
  • Publication number: 20120269027
    Abstract: A microfluidic mixing device for mixing at least two fluids to form a mixed fluid comprising; a first mixing chamber (420) for receiving the fluids from at least two fluid paths (385, 410); a mixing zone (380) upstream from the mixing chamber (420) having a first and second fluid path; said first and second fluid paths overlapping at first and second discreet points so as to provide mutual fluid communication between the first and second paths at said discreet points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Huanming Xia, Zhiping Wang
  • Publication number: 20120252651
    Abstract: A feed pipe mixing system for delivering a homogenous massecuite product to a centrifuge comprising: a vertical feed pipe defining an upper end, and a lower end, the vertical feed pipe comprising: a mixing chamber disposed between the upper and lower ends of the vertical feed pipe and operable to mix a massecuite feed with feed water, surfactants, partially diluted molasses or a combination thereof to produce a massecuite product; a massecuite inlet disposed on the side of the vertical feed pipe above the mixing chamber, wherein the massecuite inlet is configured to deliver a massecuite feed into the vertical feed pipe; a massecuite outlet disposed on the lower end of the vertical feed pipe and configured to discharge the homogenous massecuite product from the feed pipe to a centrifuge; and a feed water pipe configured to deliver feed water, surfactants, partially diluted molasses or a combination thereof to the mixing chamber for mixing with the massecuite feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: THE WESTERN STATES MACHINE COMPANY
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20120115218
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bioreactor (1) comprising a reactor vessel (41) having a mixing chamber (3) separated by a partition (44) from a reaction chamber (2) located generally above the mixing chamber (3), the mixing chamber (3) having an inlet system (4) for influent or a mixture of influent and recycled material, wherein the inlet system (4) has an outlet opening (60-64) in the mixing chamber (3). In an embodiment the partition (44) has an opening (66) forming a connection between the mixing chamber (3) and the reaction chamber (2), wherein the outlet opening (60-64) of the inlet system (4) is directed at the opening in the partition. In an embodiment the mixing chamber (3) has a skeleton for reinforcing the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: PAQUES BIO SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Douwe Frankena, Sjoerd Hubertus Jozef Vellinga
  • Publication number: 20120039147
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus for producing a mixture of flowable components is provided. Two inlet channels for the components to be mixed open into a first mixing channel having at least one mixing element disposed therein. A second mixing channel having at least one mixing element disposed therein is connected downstream of the first mixing channel. A third inlet channel opens directly or indirectly into the second mixing channel in order to admix a third component. In further embodiments, three or more mixing channels are present. In addition, a discharge comprising such a mixing apparatus and corresponding containers and a method for mixing at least three components are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: MEDMIX SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Mathey Vukic
  • Publication number: 20110305102
    Abstract: A mixing assembly for use in a semi-continuous process for producing liquid personal care compositions, such as shampoos, includes a main feed tube carrying a base of the composition to be produced, a plurality of injection tubes in selective fluid communication with the main feed tube, and an orifice provided in a wall at an end of the main feed tube downstream of the plurality of injection tubes. The wall in which the orifice is provided includes a curved (e.g., semispherical) entry surface on an upstream or inlet side of an orifice, and a curved (e.g., semi-elliptical) exit surface on a downstream or outlet side of the orifice. The orifice may have a rectangular or elliptical shape. By maintaining symmetry of the injection tubes with respect to the orifice, and leveraging delay between introduction of dosed modules and increased viscosity, effective mixing may be achieved with minimal energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Berger, David Scott Dunlop, Yunpeng Yang, Douglas Allan Royce, Dawn Renee Knapek
  • Patent number: 8020710
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reversing the dispersion formed in the mixing section of liquid-liquid extraction and kept condensed in the separation section and the separated solutions form the rear end of the separation section to flow back towards the feed end of the separation section. The invention also refers to the extraction equipment for implementing the reversed flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Bror Nyman, Eero Ekman, Stig-Erik Hultholm, Pertti Pekkala, Juhani Lyyra, Launo Lilja, Raimo Kuusisto
  • Publication number: 20110200767
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a mixing apparatus for a high viscosity material that can obtain a sealant with the air caught therein reduced. The mixing apparatus includes a main agent supply unit 20 that supplies a main agent to a main agent pipe 40, a curing agent supply unit 30 that supplies a curing agent HA to a curing agent pipe 50, a mixing pipe 60 with which the main agent pipe 40 and the curing agent pipe 50 merge and through which the main agent MI and the curing agent HA pass, a static mixer 70 and a dynamic mixer 80 that are provided on the mixing pipe 60 and sequentially mix the main agent MI and the curing agent HA, a discharge pipe 90 through which a sealant S obtained through the static mixer 70 and the dynamic mixer 80 is discharged, and an in-system decompressor 93 that sets at least the static mixer 70 and the dynamic mixer 80 in a decompressed atmosphere before the main agent MI and the curing agent HA are mixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Toyokazu Uchida
  • Patent number: 7993050
    Abstract: A two-stage mixing system, apparatus, and method produces a solution including a first substance and a second substance in a predetermined ratio by first mixing the first substance with a first liquid to produce a first solution and then mixing the first solution with the second substance to produce a second solution. Multiple batches of second solution may be produced from a single batch of first solution. Multiple batches of second solution may be produced in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jason A. Demers, Matthew C. Harris, David W. McGill, Larry B. Gray, Edward L. Staub
  • Publication number: 20110103176
    Abstract: The invention may provide a microfluidic mixer having a droplet generator and a droplet mixer in selective fluid connection with the droplet generator. The droplet generator comprises first and second fluid chambers that are structured to be filled with respective first and second fluids that can each be held in isolation for a selectable period of time. The first and second fluid chambers are further structured to be reconfigured into a single combined chamber to allow the first and second fluids in the first and second fluid chambers to come into fluid contact with each other in the combined chamber for a selectable period of time prior to being brought into the droplet mixer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: R. Michael Van Dam, Kan Liu, Kwang-Fu Clifton Shen, Hsian-Rong Tseng
  • Publication number: 20110063943
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel methods for controlling/manipulating materials flowing in a fluidic device. In particular, the methods of the invention create and utilize differences between dispersion rates and/or average velocity of materials in order to manipulate the materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: CALIPER LIFE SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Andrea W. Chow, H. Garrett Wada
  • Publication number: 20100290309
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for manipulating fluids. The apparatus may include a microfluidic structure including inlet channels (1 and 2) and outlet channels (306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, and 314) oriented among bifurcated (5), trifurcated (6) and merging junctions (7 and 8). The apparatus splits and merges fluids flowing in the channels to produce successive dilutions of the fluids within the outlet channels. Multiple apparatus may be combined in serial, parallel, combined serial and parallel and/or stacked configurations. One or more apparatus may be used alone or to provide various devices or chambers with the diluted fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: INDIANA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CORPORA
    Inventors: James A. Glazier, Stephen C. Jacobson, Dragos Amarie
  • Publication number: 20100284240
    Abstract: Methods of contacting two or more immiscible liquids comprising providing a unitary thermally-tempered microstructured fluidic device [10] comprising a reactant passage [26] therein with characteristic cross-sectional diameter [11] in the 0.2 to 15 millimeter range, having, in order along a length thereof, two or more inlets [A, B or A, B1] for entry of reactants, an initial mixer passage portion [38] characterized by having a form or structure that induces a degree of mixing in fluids passing therethrough, an initial dwell time passage portion [40] characterized by having a volume of at least 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Bérengère C. Chevalier, Clemens Rudolf Horn, Maxime Moreno, Pierre Woehl
  • Publication number: 20100278006
    Abstract: A device for mixing powder or the like with a liquid, the device comprising both a dispersion tube having its bottom portion open and designed to be in the liquid and having a delivery orifice for powder or the like in its top portion, and mixer means located in the dispersion tube and comprising a first rotary stirrer disposed in the vicinity of the bottom end of the dispersion tube and suitable for creating a first downward stream in said dispersion tube. The mixer means further comprise a second rotary stirrer disposed between the delivery orifice for powder or the like and the first rotary stirrer, and suitable for creating a second downward stream in said dispersion tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: SODIMATE
    Inventors: Carlo GIANGRANDE, Francois-Eudes LEFEVRE
  • Patent number: 7627960
    Abstract: A plurality of dryer bumps for a dryer drum, wherein each bump includes a contact portion that is configured to be positioned within the drum proximate another bump contact portion, an outer portion that is configured to be positioned adjacent to the drum, and a body extending between the contact portion and the outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Beyerle, David Duane Warmuth
  • Publication number: 20090145463
    Abstract: Provided are an ozonated water mixture supply apparatus and method, and a substrate treating facility that receives an ozonated water mixture from the apparatus to treat a substrate. The ozonated water mixture supply apparatus includes a mixing line and distribution lines. The mixing line respectively receives a treating liquid and an ozonated water from a treating liquid supply line and an ozonated water supply line and mixes the treating liquid and the ozonated water to generate the ozonated water mixture satisfying a previously set concentration. Each of the distribution lines distributes the ozonated water mixture generated from the mixing line into a process unit. The mixing line includes a mixing valve and a static mixer. Therefore, the ozonated water mixture having the previously set concentration is generated and supplied using an in-line mixing method without requiring a mixing vessel such as a mixing tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Rae-Taek Oh, Choon-Sik Kim, Jeong-Yong Bae
  • Publication number: 20090086571
    Abstract: An apparatus for the production of a reactive flowable mixture includes a mixing block which includes at least one first passage for at least one first component of the mixture, a second passage for another component of the mixture and a collection passage for the mixture. At least one static mixing element is located in the collection passage where the second passage opens into the collection passage to receive the second component therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Joachim Studlek, Stefan Lutiger, Alexander Wanzki, Sasan Habibi-Naini
  • Publication number: 20090034359
    Abstract: Microscale or nanoscale apparatus for stopped-flow, quenched flow or continuous flow reaction apparatus where fluids or gases are mixed in a device composed of parallel or serial assembly of the basic fluid-containing cell having a longitudinal axis, a cross-sectional area generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and at least one connected crossing cell having a longitudinal axis, a cross-sectional area generally perpendicular to said longitudinal axis and a fluid motivating force interacting transversally with the fluids flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Caroline Cardonne, Frederic Bottausci, Carl D. Meinhart, Igor Mezic
  • Publication number: 20080316855
    Abstract: Devices and methods for mixing a clotting agent with other inputs such as blood, blood derived product, bone marrow, and/or bone marrow derived product to form a congealed mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph M. Ferrante, Si Janna, Thomas Mayr, Jeremy Odegard, Wayne Phillips, David Schuelke
  • Publication number: 20080212397
    Abstract: The invention discloses a system for mixing a liquid material and a solid material, said system comprising: i) a base unit (22?), for the liquid material and the solid material; ii) a liquid material supply (21); iii) a solid material supply (200); iv) a liquid/solid mixing output (23); and v) an injection unit (20) connected to the liquid material supply and to the solid material supply, said injection unit injecting said liquid material and said solid material in the base unit; vi) a separation and extraction unit (24) simultaneously separating surplus of gas coming from the mixing of the liquid material and the solid material and extracting from the base unit said surplus of gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Joel Rondeau
  • Publication number: 20080212401
    Abstract: A modular dye meter (1) is disclosed for producing a coluring compound starting from one or more components delivered by dispensing means, comprising at least one modular batching member (7) equipped with storage means of at least one of such components and with delivering and batching means of the component, the delivering and batching means being equipped with second fluid connecting means and second electric connecting means; and a supporting structure (3) equipped with a plurality of seats (5), each one of such seats (5) being adapted to operatively house one of such modular batching members (7) and being equipped with first fluid connecting means for an operative connection to the second fluid connecting means and with first electric connecting means for an operative connection to the second electric connecting means, such first fluid connecting means being connected to the dispensing means by interposing circuit fluid connecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Sacchet Alessandro
  • Publication number: 20080181052
    Abstract: An emulsion production apparatus comprises a first rotor 9 which is fixed to a rotary hollow shaft 7 to atomize mixture liquid supplied from a mixture liquid pipe 2 at a portion bellow the mixture liquid pipe 2, an intermediate support body 15 which is disposed above the first rotor 9 and compresses the mixture liquid which has passed through the first rotor 9, and a second rotor 18 which is fixed to the hollow shaft 7 so as to further atomize the liquid which has passed through long holes 16 disposed in the support body 15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicants: VALUE SUPPLIER & DEVELOPER CORPORATION, KABUSHKI KAISHA FUJIMI PLANT
    Inventor: Keiji KUROSAWA
  • Patent number: 7404665
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a screw (7) bearingly supported within a housing (6), in particular of an extruder, for processing of pre-comminuted synthetic plastics material, in particular PET, has a filling opening (5) for the screw housing (6). This filling opening (5) is in flow connection with the lower outflow opening (4) of an upright receptacle 81) for the material to be processed. Within the receptacle (1), tools (30, 31) circulate around a preferably vertical axis, and they act on the material positioned within the receptacle (1). This material is introduced into the evacuable receptacle (1) through a sluice (60). A quickly circulating tool (30) for creating a mixing cone (71) is disposed between an upper interior portion (68) and a lower interior portion (69) of the receptacle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Inventors: Helmut Bacher, Helmuth Schulz, Georg Wendelin
  • Publication number: 20080089169
    Abstract: The loss circulation material blender, is a device that conveys raw, incoming LCM and mixes this LCM completely and intimately with wet drilling mud. The instant invention is comprised of a dry LCM hopper assembly, a wet mix hopper assembly and a transport frame. The dry LCM hopper assembly is comprised of a dry LCM hopper, a cutting tray, an air inlet, and a conveying means to transport the dry LCM from the dry hopper to the wet mix hopper assembly. The wet mix hopper assembly is comprised of a wet mix chamber, a wet mix chamber track, wet mix chamber slides, a wet mix chamber lid, a wet mix chamber lid hinge, a mud re-circulation line, a mud manifold, a mud manifold bull plug, plurality of mud jets, a dry LCM inlet, and a splatter plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Billy W. Chrisam, Eddie J. Osmus
  • Patent number: 7354190
    Abstract: A two-stage mixing system, apparatus, and method produces a solution including a first substance and a second substance in a predetermined ratio by first mixing the first substance with a first liquid to produce a first solution and then mixing the first solution with the second substance to produce a second solution. Multiple batches of second solution may be produced from a single batch of first solution. Multiple batches of second solution may be produced in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jason A. Demers, Matthew C. Harris, David W. McGill, Larry B. Gray, Edward J. Staub
  • Patent number: 7178972
    Abstract: A machine for combining powder material with cohesive site-won spoil has an input hopper which provides a preliminary breaking up step. Some lime is added from a lime feeder as the material is transported to a pan mixer. During transport a rotavator acts on the cohesive material so that finely divided material enters the mixing means. Further powder ingredients can be added to the components in the pan mixer by means of a powder ingredient supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Keanes Limited
    Inventor: Frank I Owen
  • Patent number: 7048157
    Abstract: A metering machine comprising a frame receiving a hopper, at least one duct opening out into the hopper in the vicinity of a bottom thereof and receiving firstly a portion of a transfer screw extending at the bottom of the hopper, and at least one metering cylinder which slidably receives a suction and delivery piston and which is connected to the duct via a plug valve, wherein the metering cylinder and the duct have axes forming an angle of approximately at least 90° between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Tremark Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Marchadour
  • Patent number: 6910797
    Abstract: A mixing device includes a mixing chamber, inlet and outlet paths, and circulators adapted to change shape or temperature in response to electric current. The change in shape or temperature causes substances to circulate within the mixing chamber to form a mixture. The circulators include heating elements such as resistors, and/or piezoelectric devices or other devices. Mixing systems and methods also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development, L.P.
    Inventor: Roberto Falcon
  • Publication number: 20040170083
    Abstract: A machine for combining powder material with cohesive site-won spoil has an input hopper (4) which provides a preliminary breaking up step. Some lime is added from a lime feeder (6) as the material is transported to a pan mixer (8). During transport a rotavator (30) acts on the cohesive material so that finely divided material enters the mixing means (8). Further powder ingredients can be added to the components in the pan mixer (8) by means of a powder ingredient supply system (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Frank Owen
  • Publication number: 20040008571
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for hydrating particulate polymer. In the presently preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes a storage assembly, a hydration assembly and a delivery assembly that connects the storage assembly to the hydration assembly. The hydration assembly preferably includes a pre-wetter, a high-energy mixer and a blender. The preferred method for hydrating the particulate polymer includes transferring the polymer from the storage assembly to the hydration assembly. The method further includes pre-wetting the particulate polymer with a hydration fluid to form a gel, mixing the gel with additional hydration fluid in a high-energy mixer and blending the gel in a blender. The method may also include removing any air entrained in the gel in a weir tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: Richard L. Coody, Marc A. Chalmers
  • Patent number: 6273599
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for continuous production of pigment flushes and an apparatus for carrying out the process. In the process of the invention, the pigment press cake is first fluidized. The fluidized press cake and a hydrophobic liquid organic medium are fed into a twin screw extruder. The kneading of the organic medium and press cake between the twin screws flushes the pigment into the organic medium. The water phase and flushed pigment phase are separated by removing at least part of the water phase through a vent in the extruder. An impediment to the flow of material downstream of the water vent causes the flush to accumulate in the vented section for a period of time sufficient to remove the desired amount of the water phase. The flush works over the impediment and passes downstream to where vacuum is applied to remove residual water from the flush. The flush may be further combined with other ink ingredients to form an ink product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Flint Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C. Affeldt, Robert John Cunigan, Joseph B. Price
  • Patent number: 6267496
    Abstract: A beverage supply apparatus for placement atop a beverage dispenser bowl comprises a housing, a mounting flange and a hopper within the housing for storing dry beverage powder mix. The hopper holds a quantity of powder beverage mix and dispenses powder mix from the hopper through an outlet. A whipping chamber disposed between and in communication with the hopper outlet and the bowl has a mechanical impeller contained therein. A water supply line is in selective communication with the whipping chamber via a water control valve. A probe measures the quantity of mixed beverage in the bowl, where a control circuit automatically activates the hopper agitator, opens the water control valve and activates the mechanical impeller in the whipping chamber when sensing a quantity of mixed beverage in the bowl below a predetermined quantity. The mix and water is substantially completely mixed into a homogenous beverage mixture having a predetermined consistency prior to passage of the beverage mixture to the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Bryan Real
  • Patent number: 6186658
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing a fluid feed stock, such as a heavy oil, and particles of a catalyst for gasifying the heavy oil in a reactor, comprises the reactor having in the upper portion a circular port through which the particles are fed, a moving bed-forming section disposed on and in communication with the reactor for forming the particles into an annular or cylindrical high-velocity moving bed by dropping the particles downwardly into the reactor, while dispersing the particles radially, an external fluid feed section located so as to spray the feed stock over the entire upper outer periphery of the annular or cylindrical moving bed passing through the reactor, and an internal fluid-feed section located so as to spray the fluid over the entire upper inner periphery corresponding to the outer periphery of the annular moving bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignees: Nippon Mitsubishi Oil Corporation, Petroleum Energy Center
    Inventors: Shozo Nishida, Yuichiro Fujiyama