Angularly Related Flat Surfaces Patents (Class 366/337)
  • Patent number: 10363526
    Abstract: An entry mixing element is provided for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged so as to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction. The entry mixing element includes a central axis configured to be aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, and an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis and positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into first and second fluid flow portions, each portion containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component. The entry dividing wall is configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow. Related static mixers and methods of mixing are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E. Pappalardo, Robert W. Springhorn
  • Patent number: 10316723
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas mixer. In one example, a system may include a mixer configured to alter exhaust gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10272398
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for mixing gas in a flow passage by mounting a static flow mixer inside the flow passage. The static flow mixer may include a plurality of open and curved channels. The open and curved channels may mix the gas in multiple directions in the flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10266945
    Abstract: A gas mixing device includes: a cylindrical portion including an upper surface which is closed; a gas outflow passage formed in a central portion of a bottom surface of the cylindrical portion, and extends downward; a plurality of gas stream guide walls disposed to be spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction along an edge of an opening formed by the gas outflow passage in the bottom surface, and installed to be rotationally symmetrical to a center of the cylindrical portion, the gas stream guide walls protruding toward the upper surface; and a gas inlet part installed between the gas stream guide walls and an inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion, and into which a gas to be mixed flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Jun Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10232327
    Abstract: A static mixer includes at least one flow inverter baffle. The flow inverter baffle includes a first dividing panel to divide the fluid flow into a first flow portion adjacent a first side of the first dividing panel and a second flow portion adjacent a second side of the first dividing panel. The flow inverter baffle also includes a dividing element to divide the second flow portion into first and second perimeter flow portions. Additionally, first, second and third inversion elements to invert the flow layers of the at least two components by shifting the fluid flow to a different portion of a flow cross-section within the mixer while maintaining the general orientation of the flow layers as the fluid flow moves progresses through the flow inverter baffle. The flow inverter baffle also reduces backpressure by limiting the total amount of movement to cause the inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew E. Pappalardo
  • Patent number: 10092887
    Abstract: A static mixer for mixing a mass fluid flow includes an elongate body including an open proximal end, an open distal end and an inner wall. At least a portion of the inner wall includes a plurality of undercuts formed therein to define a convoluted conduit. The conduit extends along a central axis between the proximal end and the distal end. A portion of the undercuts defines a center-to-perimeter flow portion within the conduit. A portion of the undercuts defines a perimeter-to-center flow portion within the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew E. Pappalardo
  • Patent number: 10065200
    Abstract: A static spray mixer is proposed for the mixing and spraying of at least two flowable components, having a tubular, one-piece mixer housing (2) which extends in the direction of a longitudinal axis (A) up to a distal end (21) which has an outlet opening (22) for the components, having at least one mixing element (3) arranged in the mixer housing (2) for the mixing of the components as well as having an atomization sleeve (4) which has an inner surface which surrounds the mixer housing (2) in its end region, wherein the atomization sleeve (4) has an inlet (41) for a pressurized atomization medium. A plurality of grooves are provided in the outer surface of the mixer housing (2) or in the inner surface of the atomization sleeve (4) which respectively extend in the direction of the longitudinal axis (A) and through which the atomization medium can flow from the inlet (41) of the atomization sleeve (4) to the distal end (21) of the mixer housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventor: Andreas Hiemer
  • Patent number: 9909421
    Abstract: A mixing system includes a pipe having a longitudinal axis, in which exhaust gases can flow in a flow direction, a nozzle designed to inject a fluid inside the pipe from an injection inlet arranged in the pipe wall, according to an injection direction, a first mixing device positioned inside the pipe upstream from the injection inlet, the first mixing device including a peripheral portion including blades capable of creating a peripheral swirl along the pipe wall, and a central portion designed to create substantially no turbulence, and a second mixing device positioned inside the pipe downstream from the injection inlet, the second mixing device including a central portion including blades capable of creating a swirl inside the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Staskowiak, Fabien Lacroix, Solinne Moretti
  • Patent number: 9802157
    Abstract: An aftertreatment module may include a housing with an inlet port and an outlet port. A selective catalytic reduction catalyst may be disposed between the inlet port and the outlet port. A diffuser plate may be disposed downstream of the inlet port and upstream of the selective catalytic reduction catalysts. The diffuser plate may include a first section including a first degree of porosity and a second section including a second degree of porosity. The first degree of porosity may be greater than the second degree of porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lunau Schmid, Eric Paul Spaeth, Raymond U. Isada, Julian Justin
  • Patent number: 9724653
    Abstract: A static mixer includes a series of mixing elements, at least some of which are a double wedge mixing baffle. The double wedge mixing baffle includes first and second dividing panels oriented transverse to each other, first and second deflecting surfaces projecting from opposite sides of the first dividing panel, and third and fourth deflecting surfaces projecting from opposite sides of the second dividing panel. One or each of the deflecting surfaces includes first and second planar surfaces arranged at different angles relative to the fluid flow. The double wedge arrangement reduces retained waste volume within the mixer while further manipulating the flow characteristics of fluid flow entering and exiting the mixing baffle, to thereby optimize mixing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew E. Pappalardo
  • Patent number: 9636646
    Abstract: A layer multiplier (100) is disclosed. It comprises an inlet (102) for a flow of multilayered flowable material, a distribution manifold (104) into which the inlet debouches, a number >2 of separate splitting channels (106) extending from the distribution manifold, a recombination manifold (108) into which the splitting channels debouch, an outlet in one end of the recombination manifold, and the distribution manifold is arranged in an opposing relationship with the recombination manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Neerincx, Sven Peelen
  • Patent number: 9617895
    Abstract: A device includes a pipeline section for an exhaust gas flow. The pipeline section has an inlet end, an outlet end, a rectilinear section and a protuberance having an opening for installing a metering device for a liquid additive (in particular urea/water solution) in the rectilinear section. The protuberance has a height and an extent and the extent is at least twice as large as the height. At least one respective disk-shaped honeycomb body is disposed at each of the inlet end and the outlet end. A central axis of the opening is oriented toward one of the disk-shaped honeycomb bodies. A motor vehicle having the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Klaus Mueller-Haas, Rolf Brueck
  • Patent number: 9556371
    Abstract: A method of forming a colloidal dispersion includes providing a first continuous material flow, providing a second continuous material flow, combining the first and second continuous material flows, and moving a continuous flow of a colloidal dispersion in a direction downstream of the first and second continuous flows. The first continuous material flow includes one or more of a diluent (e.g., deionized water), a base, and an acid, and the second continuous material flow includes an abrasive particle solution. The first and second material flows are combined with a Reynolds number greater than about 4400 and less than about 25000 (e.g., about 7400 to about 25000). The colloidal dispersion includes the diluent, the base, the acid, and abrasive particles from the abrasive particle solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Fujifilm Planar Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed H. Mohseni, Elizabeth K. Gramm, Deepak Mahulikar
  • Patent number: 9381005
    Abstract: A device for mixing at least two separate streams of components which, when mixed, form a combined fluid stream. The device comprises a conduit with at least two separate passageways leading to exit openings at an end face of the conduit. Each passageway communicates with a separate component stream and is arranged to direct the separate component stream in a downstream direction. The exit openings each have a predetermined cross-sectional flow area. A separate channel is located at a downstream end of each passageway exit opening. The channels are arranged to redirect the flow from each passageway to an axial direction. A single mixing chamber communicates with all of the separate channels, the mixing chamber being arranged to receive each of the component streams at an upstream end thereof and to permit a mixing of the component streams. An outlet is arranged downstream of the mixing chamber through which the combined fluid stream is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignees: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A.
    Inventors: Florent Masson, Thomas Deleurme, Johanny Stanus, Christophe Vermeiren
  • Patent number: 9321577
    Abstract: An apparatus for the storage of a plurality of components designed for joint use includes two separate oppositely disposed storage regions for the respective components with a separating film between the storage regions. Each storage region is connected to separate discharge passages which open into a common mixing passage A kinking site is arranged between the storage regions and the first and second discharge passages and parting elements are provided to cut through the film to open each respective storage region to a respective discharge passage upon flexing of the apparatus about the kinking site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Manfred Obrist, Josef Ettlin, Sasan Habibi-Naini
  • Patent number: 9152064
    Abstract: A method of preparing a developer includes mixing a carrier and a powder with each other while falling with gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kousuke Suzuki, Yuuki Mizutani, Shinichiro Yagi
  • Patent number: 9140129
    Abstract: The turbomachine has a ring of radial blades which are connected to an annular end wall. Situated on the end wall upstream of each blade is a deflector wedge with two divergent guide surfaces. The deflector wedge generates pressure-side and suction-side vortices of which the vortices caused by the blade cascade are altered such that the transverse flow and backflow areas on the blade are reduced, and therefore the edge zone losses are decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Hergt, Robert Meyer, Ralf-Dietmar Baier
  • Patent number: 9022641
    Abstract: Provided are a fluid agitation apparatus using a structure which is simple in shape and short in a fluid passage direction without a movable part so as to produce a sufficient effect from the viewpoint of reducing temperature fluctuation, and a thermostatic apparatus using the fluid agitation apparatus. The fluid agitation apparatus is installed in a fluid passage and includes, in an order from an upstream side thereof: a dividing part for dividing a flow of a fluid into a plurality of flows; a circumvolving part for circumvolving the fluid about an axis in a flow direction of the fluid; and an accelerating part for increasing a flow rate of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Nomura, Masashi Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 9010994
    Abstract: A flow mixer and conditioner for use within a conduit conditions flowing media within the conduit to provide a swirl-free, symmetric, and reproducible velocity profile regardless of upstream flow distortions, disturbances, or anomalies. Tabs are cut from a single plate and bent or affixed to provide mixing and conditioning of the flowing media. Single tabs or tab pairs emanating from common vertices can be formed so that they diverge in, or against, the direction of flowing media. The flow conditioner requires as little as three pipe diameters downstream and upstream to mix and condition the flow stream allowing close placement to elbows, valves, tees, and other disturbances typically seen in industrial plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Fluid Components International LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm M. McQueen, Donald G. Lundberg
  • Publication number: 20150071028
    Abstract: A static mixing device for use within an open channel includes a mixing section with at least one set of stationary mixing vane members and at least one conical section. In one example, the at least one conical section is an inlet section positioned upstream of the mixing section, while in another embodiment the at least one conical section includes both an inlet section positioned upstream and an outlet section positioned downstream of the mixing section. A plurality of vane members are also supported within the mixing section to promote fluid mixing. When used in an open channel, the static mixer having at least one conical section has a lower head loss in a shorter distance downstream from the mixing device than other conventional static mixers. In addition, the mixer is self-contained and is easy to mount, lightweight, and less expensive to manufacture and maintain than conventional open channel mixers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: WESTFALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert W. Glanville
  • Patent number: 8956040
    Abstract: Static mixer for the treatment of exhaust gases, including an annular support portion and a plurality of substantially coplanar radial vanes that are arranged radially with their rear portions or bases associated with the support portion and the front portions or radial tips converging towards the center of the mixer, wherein the body of the vanes includes at least three lines of bending, which define respective portions arranged on non parallel planes and defining corresponding impact surfaces for the exhaust gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Officine Metallurgiche G. Cornaglia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pier Mario Cornaglia, Giorgio Villata
  • Patent number: 8939638
    Abstract: A mixer for mixing an exhaust flow with a fluid injected into an exhaust pipe includes a first mixing element including a base interconnecting first and second sidewalls and a deflection element positioned to be impacted by the injected fluid as well as a mixing fin positioned downstream of the deflection element. A second mixing element includes first and second spaced apart mounting flanges fixed to inner surfaces of the first and second sidewalls. Alternately, the mixer includes first and second mixing elements positioned within circumferentially spaced apart slots axially extending from an open end of a tubular housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Günter Palmer, Tobias Höffel, Judith Schwöbel
  • Patent number: 8936391
    Abstract: The static mixer has a coupling section and a mixer housing in which mixer elements are arranged consecutively in the flow direction so as to be offset relative to one another by an angle, and are designed so as to apply an alternatingly directed rotation to the mixed material during the mixing operation. A mixer element has two transversal walls that are divided into sectors, the first transversal wall comprising sectors that are separated by an inflow separating wall directed to the inlet, and a separating wall directed to the outlet, the transitions between the sectors and the separating wall forming respective breakaway edges, the separating wall being arranged at an angle relative to the inflow separating wall, and the second transversal wall, which is divided into sectors, having an outflow separating wall directed to the outlet. Such a mixer allows a more efficient mixture particularly of very quickly reacting components and is also suitable for small dimensions as used in medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Medmix Systems AG
    Inventors: Rochus Stoeckli, Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Patent number: 8936392
    Abstract: An advanced hydrodynamic cavitation device formed from a cylindrical tube having a flow through chamber. The chamber has a series of stages with each stage formed from at least three plates spaced annularly and extending radially inward at an oblique angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the flow through chamber. Each plate has shear inducing side edges and a plurality of orifices with shear inducing edges. The orifices are arranged perpendicular to the plates and shaped to control the velocity of the fluid. An unrestricted passageway exists along the central axis of the flow through chamber to provide a constant flow for continuous flushing of suspended solids to prevent clogging. Additionally, the passageway will facilitate the insertion of a pressure cleaning tube without requiring that the device be disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ecosphere Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis McGuire, Dennis McGuire, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150016214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mixer device for distributing and evaporating a liquid introduced into a gas flow, in particular into an exhaust-gas flow, wherein the mixer device comprises at least one mixer vane (14a) which influences the flow direction of the gas flow. The mixer vane has a first vane (14a?) portion and a second vane portion (14a?) which are arranged in series in the flow direction of the gas flow, which vane portions are designed so that the first vane portion diverts the gas flow approaching the mixer device such that said gas flow has a first swirl component imparted thereto, and so that the second vane portion subsequently diverts the gas flow such that said gas flow has a second swirl component imparted thereto, wherein the first swirl component and the second swirl component oppose one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Mueller
  • Publication number: 20150013313
    Abstract: A mixing and/or evaporating device (12) for an exhaust system (5) of an internal combustion engine (1) encloses in the circumferential direction a cross section, through which flow is possible. The device (12) has two mutually opposite long side walls (21, 22) and two mutually opposite short side walls (23, 24). The short side walls (23, 24) connect each the two long side walls (21, 22) to one another. A plurality of guide blades (25), which project in the direction of the other long side wall (21, 22) and are set at an angle in relation to the axial direction (20), are arranged at at least one axial end (26, 27) at at least one long side wall (21, 22). Additional guide blades (29) are arranged at at least one long side wall (21, 22) at a distance (s) in the axial direction (20) from an axial end (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Eberspacher Exhaust Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Silvia CALVO
  • Publication number: 20140321233
    Abstract: A mixer for mixing an exhaust flow in an exhaust pipe includes a housing having a first sidewall spaced apart from a second sidewall. The first and second sidewalls each include a free distal end spaced apart from one another. Portions of the first and second sidewalls are adapted to be fixed to the exhaust pipe. A first mixing element is coupled to the housing and includes a deflection element as well as a plurality of correction fins protruding at an angle from the deflection element. A second mixing element interconnects the first and second sidewalls and extends substantially parallel to the first mixing element. A second mixing element includes a mixing fin to change a direction of the exhaust flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Günther Palmer, Daniel R. Tomczak
  • Patent number: 8858064
    Abstract: A portable hydrodynamic cavitation manifold assembly formed from cylindrical tubes having flow-through chambers for collection and distribution of fluids. Each chamber includes a series of baffle units each unit formed from a first plate defined by a first end spaced apart from a second end by a length. The first plate includes a curved outer edge sized to follow the inner side wall of the chamber and a straight inner edge extending from the first end to the second end along the approximate center line of the chamber and positioned at a 45 degree angle relative to the longitudinal length of the tube. A second plate, forming a mirror image of the first plate, is also positioned at a 45 degree angle relative to the longitudinal length of the tube and at a 90 degree angle to the first plate. Each plate includes a plurality of apertures sized to control the velocity of the fluid flow, each aperture having edge walls to induce constriction for hydrodynamic cavitation mixing of fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ecosphere Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis McGuire, Sanjeev Jakhete
  • Publication number: 20140301157
    Abstract: A static mixing device for use within an open channel includes a mixing section with at least one set of stationary mixing vanes and at least one conical section. In one example, the at least one conical section is an inlet section positioned upstream of the mixing section, while in another embodiment the at least one conical section includes both an inlet section positioned upstream and an outlet section positioned downstream of the mixing section. A plurality of vanes are also supported within the mixing section to promote fluid mixing. When used in an open channel, the static mixer having at least one conical section has a lower head loss in a shorter distance downstream from the mixing device than other conventional static mixers. In addition, the mixer is self-contained and is easy to mount, lightweight, and less expensive to manufacture and maintain than conventional open channel mixers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Westfall Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Robert W. Glanville
  • Patent number: 8807826
    Abstract: A static mixing device has a flow duct (10) with at least one mixing element (12) arranged in the flow duct (10). Each mixing element (12) has a multiplicity of webs (14A, 14B) which are arranged in a crossed fashion and which enclose an angle (?) of greater than 0° with the longitudinal axis (x) of the flow duct (10). The webs (14A, 14B) are of waisted design between adjacent crossing points (16), and in the middle between adjacent crossing points (16) the webs (14A, 14B) have their smallest width (b) and mutually adjacent webs (14A, 14B) have their greatest intermediate spacing (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Fluitec Invest AG
    Inventors: Alain Georg, Günther Schwald, Daniel Altenburger, Tobias Vögeli, Silvano Andreoli
  • Patent number: 8801267
    Abstract: A static mixer for an exhaust gas system of an internal combustion engine with which at least two different fluid streams are mixed almost homogeneously after a short mixing distance, and with which back-flow effects and pressure losses are avoided, to the greatest possible extent. Due to the placement of flow guide devices, the inclined front sections of which are disposed alternately facing in different directions, and by the configuration and placement of the fluid passage spaces, which are delimited by guide elements, intensive and homogeneous mixing of two different fluid streams is achieved, while avoiding turbulent flows and pressure losses. Mixing of the fluid streams is supported by guide vanes that are disposed on the flow guide elements in the front region of the central center element, and on a frame that delimits the inclined sections of the flow guide elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: IAV GmbH Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr
    Inventor: Holger Gentgen
  • Patent number: 8801841
    Abstract: The system and method for preventing air leakage from the process side to the bearing side of a mill. The system includes a labyrinth seal ring comprising a series of knives defining first and second labyrinth paths from an air inlet to the process side and the bearing side of the system, respectively. The differences in the two paths such as provided by the number of knives used in each path creates a differential pressure drop which biases air from the air inlet to the process side. The labyrinth seal thus provides a reliable and superior method for reducing the potential for particulate in the process side of the mill from damaging the bearing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Conveyor Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Balbarin, Daniel E. Charhut, Robert Heywood, Robert LeDain, Saurabh Rastogi
  • Patent number: 8789766
    Abstract: This invention relates to a mixing device for an aircraft air conditioning system with a supply conduit for fresh air from the air conditioning system, with a second supply conduit for recirculated air from a pressurized region of the aircraft, and with a discharge conduit for supplying mixed air into the pressurized region of the aircraft, wherein a non-return valve is integrated in the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Baldauf
  • Publication number: 20140190272
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a flow conditioner for displacing and mixing fluid flow to minimize the effects of thermal gradients on the accuracy of a transit time ultrasonic flowmeter and defines an envelope in a cross sectional direction in a pipe having a first ramp adapted to be disposed in the pipe and extending from the outside of the envelope inward toward the center of the pipe in a downstream direction with respect to the fluid flow and forming an angle between 0° and 90° relative to the pipe's inner surface. The conditioner has a second ramp adapted to be disposed in the pipe and in juxtaposition with the first ramp, the second ramp extending from the outside of the envelope inward toward the center of the pipe in an upstream direction with respect to the fluid flow and forming an angle between 0° and 90° relative to the pipe's inner surface. An apparatus for determining fluid flow in a pipe having ultrasonic transducer sites. A method for determining fluid flow in a pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher B. Laird, Gregor Brown
  • Patent number: 8753006
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a static mixer in an injection molding process includes the steps: injecting a polymer melt containing a foaming agent into a passage at an injection point at an injection pressure of less than 500 bar; filling the passage with the polymer melt containing a foaming agent; at least partial foaming of the melt containing a foaming agent in the passage, with the ratio of flow path length to height amounting to at least 10. The installation body is made up at least partly of foamed plastic and has a ratio of longitudinal dimension to diameter larger than 1 and a ratio of longitudinal dimension to wall thickness of at least 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac AG
    Inventor: Sasan Habibi-Naimi
  • Patent number: 8746965
    Abstract: Methods are provided for achieving dynamic mixing of two or more fluid streams using a mixing device. The methods include providing at least two integrated concentric contours that are configured to simultaneously direct fluid flow and transform the kinetic energy level of the first and second fluid streams, and directing fluid flow through the at least two integrated concentric contours such that, in two adjacent contours, the first and second fluid streams are input in opposite directions. As a result, the physical effects acting on each stream of each contour are combined, increasing the kinetic energy of the mix and transforming the mix from a first kinetic energy level to a second kinetic energy level, where the second kinetic energy level is greater than the first kinetic energy level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Turbulent Energy, LLC
    Inventors: David Livshits, Lester Teichner
  • Patent number: 8746958
    Abstract: A beverage container for mixing a beverage is disclosed. The beverage container includes a cup having a stirring flap integral to an internal side wall of the cup. The stifling flap has a sine wave shape and comprises a top fin protruding near the top of the internal wall and a bottom fin protruding near the bottom of the internal wall of the cup. The top fin and the bottom fin are separated by a central portion. The cup is swirled in a circular motion by a person's hand to mix the liquid contained within. The central portion allows liquid to pass freely through the middle of the cup to gain momentum when the cup is swirled. The bottom fin has the shape of a lower case letter ‘h’, to allow solid material gathered in the bottom of the cup to pass underneath the bottom fin and mix with liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Spray
  • Patent number: 8745978
    Abstract: In an exhaust gas pipe, a first fluid flows in a flow direction in the pipe, and a second fluid is injected inside the pipe by a nozzle, from an injection inlet arranged in the pipe wall, according to an injection direction. A mixing device fastened inside the pipe upstream from the injection inlet creates turbulence that helps the mixing of the fluids. The mixing device has a first portion located on the injection inlet side of the pipe and a second portion located opposite the injection inlet side of the pipe, the portions being designed so that the fluid velocity is higher downstream from the mixing device second portion than downstream from the mixing device first portion. An aqueous solution of urea can be injected inside an exhaust pipe of a diesel engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Renault Trucks
    Inventors: Michel Vanvolsem, Julien Ampere
  • Publication number: 20140146636
    Abstract: A microfluidic mixer including one or more mixer channels, each of the mixer channels having at least one glass surface on which are formed protrusions arranged in a herringbone pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: PHOTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Brian W. DILLION
  • Publication number: 20140133268
    Abstract: Static mixer for the treatment of exhaust gases, including an annular support portion and a plurality of substantially coplanar radial vanes that are arranged radially with their rear portions or bases associated with the support portion and the front portions or radial tips converging towards the centre of the mixer, wherein the body of the vanes includes at least three lines of bending, which define respective portions arranged on non parallel planes and defining corresponding impact surfaces for the exhaust gases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: OFFICE METALLURGICHE G. CORNAGLIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Pier Mario Cornaglia, Giorgio Villata
  • Publication number: 20140134085
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for injecting and mixing a treating agent into a fluid stream. The apparatus comprises at least one pipe having a treating agent flowing therethrough. A flow mixer having a planar middle section with two furcated sides is disposed along the length of the pipe. Each furcated side may include at least two branches, each of which may have a flattened outer edge. The pipe has holes that may inject the treating agent towards the planar middle section. Adjacent flow mixers are separated by a distance. As fluid flows into and past the flow mixers, the injected treating agent is mixed with the fluid stream and the mixing is enhanced in turbulent mixing zones in between the flow mixers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: ATCO STRUCTURES & LOGISTICS LTD.
    Inventors: VALENTINA IVANOVA, JEFFREY PHILIP WIRT
  • Patent number: 8715378
    Abstract: The current disclosure relates to a new fluid composite, a device for producing the fluid composite, and a method of production therewith, and more specifically a fluid composite made of a fuel and its oxidant for burning as part of different systems such as fuel burners, where the fluid composite after a stage of intense molecular between a controlled flow of a liquid such as fuel and a faster flow of compressed highly directional gas such as air results in the creation of a three dimensional matrix of small hallow spheres each made of a layer of fuel around a volume of pressurized gas. In an alternate embodiment, external conditions such as inline pressure warps the spherical cells into a network of oblong shape cells where pressurized air is used as part of the combustion process. In yet another embodiment, additional gas such as air is added via a second inlet to increase the proportion of oxidant to carburant as part of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Turbulent Energy, LLC
    Inventors: David Livshits, Lester Teichner
  • Patent number: 8702299
    Abstract: An apparatus for blending two or more fluid streams, wherein a first fluid has a higher density than the other fluids, includes a first fluid director and at least a second fluid director providing fluid communication of a first and second fluid stream, respectively, to a primary mixing chamber. The first fluid director includes one or more baffles to disturb the first fluid stream and to direct it toward a rearward portion of the first inlet to the primary mixing chamber. A secondary blending chamber is in fluid communication with the primary chamber outlet and includes at least one, and preferably two static mixers. When two static mixers are serially retained in the secondary blending chamber, they may be skewed rotationally relative to each other such that the orifice profiles of each static mixer are not in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mukesh Kapila, Perry Lomond
  • Patent number: 8702387
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to propulsion systems, and, more particularly, to a propulsion system including an axial flow water pump assembly and a laminar flow box assembly for generating a streamline laminar slipstream of water velocity that is used in aquatic therapy, aquatic sport fitness rehabilitation, aquatic rehabilitation, swimming, and a variety of other functional therapy and training modalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Vision Aquatics, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Gillette
  • Patent number: 8684593
    Abstract: The static mixer (1) includes at least one vane pair (2; 2a, 2b) for the generation of a flow swirl (300) in the direction (30) of a passage flow (3). Edges of the vanes at the front at the leading side are perpendicular to the passage flow and parallel to a height of the passage (10). Onflow surfaces following downstream are bent out in a concave manner and in opposite senses. Each vane (2a, 2b) is formed as an aerodynamically designed body which includes an end wall (20), a convex side wall (21) and a concave side wall (22). The end wall has a convex shape or a shape of a leading edge. The vane cross-sections perpendicular to the side walls in particular have similar shapes to cross-sections of aeroplane wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Sulzer Chemtech AG
    Inventors: Felix Moser, Sabine Sulzer Worlitschek, Joachim Schoeck
  • Publication number: 20140078859
    Abstract: A flow conditioner for use within a conduit conditions flowing media within the conduit to provide a swirl-free, symmetric, and reproducible velocity profile regardless of upstream flow distortions, disturbances, or anomalies. Tabs are cut from a single plate and bent or affixed to provide conditioning of the flowing media. Single tabs or tab pairs emanating from common vertices can be formed so that they diverge in, or against, the direction of flowing media. The flow conditioner requires as little as three pipe diameters to condition the flow stream allowing close placement to elbows, valves, tees, and other disturbances typically seen in pipes, ducts, or other conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Fluid Components International LLC
    Inventors: Donald G. LUNDBERG, Malcolm M. MCQUEEN
  • Patent number: 8628233
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow channel having a mixing insert and a plurality of tubes guided parallel to the longitudinal axis of the flow channel over the length of the mixing insert, each mixing insert including at least twenty-eight pairwise crossed multi-wall sheets, the ratio of the width of the multi-wall sheets to the inside diameter of the flow channel being no more than 0.25, the ratio of the length of the mixing insert to the inside diameter of the flow channel being no less than 0.4, and the angle of the multi-wall sheets to the longitudinal axis of the flow channel being 30° to 60° and the ratio of the intermediate spacing of neighboring planes to the inside diameter of the flow channel being no more than 0.3, and to the inside diameter of the tubes being less than 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Holding AG
    Inventor: Martin Schöchlin
  • Publication number: 20130286769
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for use in mixing of fluids or mixing ingredients into fluids by means of a static mixer assembly (i.e. without requiring moving mechanical parts, where fluid flow is used to achieve mixing). The static mixer assembly is a cylindrical tube with three pairs of fins extending inward from the inner wall of the tube. The central fins form a prow pointing upstream, with two pairs of flanking fins arranged to prevent unhindered fluid flow parallel to the central axis of the tube a peripheral region, whilst allowing unobstructed flow in a central region and extending to a peripheral region near the inner wall opposite the prow. The fins force fluid outwards along the inner walls from the prow towards the unobstructed peripheral region opposite the prow and additionally fluid spills over the inner edges of the fins into the central region. The resulting flow pattern provides excellent mixing with a low ratio of pressure drop to volumetric flow rate across the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Statiflo International Limited
    Inventor: John Michael Baron
  • Publication number: 20130265848
    Abstract: A duct in which a fluid can be conducted is bound by duct walls, wherein the duct walls have an inlet opening and an outlet opening through which the fluid can enter the duct and exit the duct. The fluid has a flow velocity which is smaller along the duct walls than at the duct middle, so that a zone of higher flow velocity and a zone of lower flow velocity can be formed in the duct. A flow guide surface is arranged in the duct by means of which a portion of the fluid can be taken from the zone of higher flow velocity and can be mixed into the zone of lower flow velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: ESG MBH
    Inventors: Dieter Wurz, Stefan Hartig
  • Publication number: 20130258801
    Abstract: Provided is a mixing apparatus which can efficiently mix two fluids, for example to create emulsions, which using a relatively low energy input. This objective is met by a mixing device comprising two confronting surfaces (1, 2) having cavities (3, 4) in the surfaces, (1, 2) and wherein the two confronting surfaces are located such that a least three narrow slits (cf. 7, 8, 81) are formed to provide subsequent contraction and expansion of the flow. Especially when the apparatus is run in a static mode, only a low energy input is required, while still providing favourable mixing conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Sabina Beijne