Agitator Patents (Class 366/342)
  • Patent number: 9484589
    Abstract: A microbial fuel cell comprising: an anode; an anode chamber configured to house the anode and an oxygen-reduced, nutrient-rich solution from a sediment bottom of a natural water body, wherein the anode chamber shields the anode from surrounding oxygen-rich water; a cathode disposed outside the anode chamber in the oxygen-rich water and electrically coupled in series to the anode via an electrical load; and an agitator configured to periodically agitate the sediment bottom to increase the quantity of nutrients in the nutrient-rich solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lewis Hsu, Wayne Po-Wen Liu, David Bartholomew Chadwick, Jeffrey Asher Kagan
  • Patent number: 9194847
    Abstract: A sample manager of a liquid chromatography system uses a sample tray having a base with side walls separated by a cross wall that divides the base into two compartments. The side walls and cross wall bound each compartment on three sides. A fourth side of each compartment is open. Each compartment is sized to closely receive a sample-vial carrier. Each compartment has a magnet affixed to a bottom surface at an edge of the open fourth side. Each of two drawers slides into the open fourth side of one compartment. Each drawer has a support surface with a magnet affixed at an edge of its bottom side, which aligns with the magnet affixed to the bottom surface of the compartment. The magnet of the drawer and the magnet of the compartment bias the drawer into its compartment when the magnets are brought into proximity of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua A. Burnett, James E. Usowicz, Daniel J. Gagne, Keith McGrath, Edwin Denecke
  • Publication number: 20150146500
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracting at least one blood component contained in a primary bag of a system of bags, said system of bags comprising at least one bag of solution containing an additive solution for said blood component and at least one collecting satellite bag configured to collect said blood component to which said additive solution has been added, said bags being connected to one another by tubes, said apparatus comprising an extraction device configured to extract the blood component by compressing the primary bag, and a control device configured to transfer said extracted component or of said extracted component and of the additive solution, to the collecting satellite bag by the intermediary of tubes, further comprising: an agitation device, and a drive system, said system being designed to enable the uniform mixing of the extracted blood component and of the additive solution in said collecting satellite bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Tony Schroeder, Massimo Racanelli
  • Publication number: 20150125930
    Abstract: A generally cylindrical collapsible mixing vessel, comprising: a) a flexible plastic film side wall, a top wall and a bottom wall, wherein both the top wall and the bottom wall are attached to the side wall and the side, top and bottom walls define an inner volume of the vessel; b) an agitator located in the inner volume and; c) at least one vortex breaker made from flexible plastic film, located in the inner volume and attached to the bottom wall and/or the side wall via string elements, wherein said vortex breaker extends along the side wall and inwards in a generally radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Klaus Heinrich Gebauer, Rolf Axel Hjorth, David Ronnholm
  • Publication number: 20150114258
    Abstract: A method for producing an emulsion of ASA in an aqueous solution of a cationic amylaceous substance, without having to use a loop for recirculating the product at the emulsification unit. The produced emulsion is characterized by both a fine and monodisperse particle size, and no overheating is involved that could lead to negative phenomena of hydrolyzing the ASA. The corresponding production device is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: ROQUETTE FRERES
    Inventors: Gilles Duthoit, Nicolas Leroy
  • Patent number: 8985836
    Abstract: A liquid supply device according to the invention includes a container which is filled with a liquid from a liquid storage portion, and the container includes a bottom surface portion, an upper surface portion, and a stirrer which moves in the bottom surface portion and stirs the liquid. The relationship between a height Ht in the vertical direction of a central portion in the container and a height Hb in the vertical direction of the stirrer satisfy the Expression: 0.40×Ht?Hb?0.90×Ht.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shohei Shiono
  • Publication number: 20150068112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing lignin. The method includes feeding lignin material to the system, decreasing particle size of the lignin material in a grinding device in order to manufacture lignin powder having particle size distribution wherein at least 85 wt. % of the lignin agglomerates and particles are less than 300 microns, and increasing dry solids content of the lignin material at least 5 percentage units while decreasing the particle size in the grinding device. In addition, the invention relates to a system for processing lignin, a lignin powder, a method for manufacturing a product including lignin, a system for manufacturing a product including lignin and a product including lignin powder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Päivi Varvemaa, Juha Sipponen, Vilho Nissinen, Suvi Pietarinen, Nina Pykäläinen, Mauno Miettinen
  • Publication number: 20150052801
    Abstract: A liquid can be used for emulsifying oil. The liquid includes water, a first additive within the water and a second additive within the water. The first additive includes a metal hydride, where a negative hydrogen ion (H?) is bound to the metal hydride. The second additive includes a hydroxide, a second type of metal hydride with a negative hydrogen ion (H?) bound thereto, a hydride, a mineral, hydrogen gas, or a metal within the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Taneaki Oikawa, Hiroe Watanabe, Masako Kanno
  • Publication number: 20150029817
    Abstract: Devices for preparing a liquid solution are disclosed. The device includes a receptacle defining a cavity for receiving at least one active substance to be dissolved, at least one inlet leading into the cavity for feeding at least one solvent into the cavity, and at least one outlet leading out of the cavity for discharging the liquid solution including the at least one active substance and the at least one solvent from the cavity. The cavity or the receptacle may include a flexible outer shell for enclosing the cavity and an inner, preferably columnar, supporting element for stretching the flexible outer shell between at least two points, the supporting element comprising the at least one inlet at its first end and the at least one outlet at its second end and being enclosed by the flexible outer shell to provide an axially rigid cartridge that can be used in currently customary dialysis machines comprising cartridge connection systems, which can be produced at low cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: WILLY ORSZULLOK
  • Publication number: 20140286124
    Abstract: A reagent manager for a diagnostic analyzer system includes a reagent manager housing, a high-speed reagent bottle spinning device, a processor, and a memory. The reagent manager housing is for housing reagent bottles. The high-speed reagent bottle spinning device is disposed within the reagent manager housing for spinning at least one of the reagent bottles. The processor is in electronic communication with the high-speed reagent bottle spinning device. The memory is in electronic communication with the processor. The memory includes programming code for execution by the processor. The programming code is configured to spin the high-speed reagent bottle spinning device to spin the at least one reagent bottle to remove microparticles from a bottom surface of a septum of the at least one reagent bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph P. Donohue, Surya Pratap Rai
  • Patent number: 8814423
    Abstract: A muddler comprises an elongated member that ends in a head with spikes for crushing fruit pieces or other flavor ingredients. In a reverse mode, the muddler can be used as an ice crusher. Optional side located stirring ribs or formations may be provided to facilitate stirring. A handle comprises an elongated member that ends in a head with a tool interface or working face for performing kitchen or culinary work or work on wood, metal or the like. The head can be removed from the elongated member, and different heads in a set applied with the handle. There can be a finger grip portion at the top to facilitate handling and turning and manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Henry Silvers, Sam Tam
  • Publication number: 20140233344
    Abstract: A shaker including a vessel and an agitator. The vessel includes a container wall. A rounded bottom closes off the container wall, wherein a border of the bottom is formed radially towards a center axis of the vessel such that the bottom transitions from the container wall to be outwardly domed. An agitator is for use in combination with the vessel, the agitator further comprising a tetrahedral body having four planar faces, four vertices, and six edges, each edge traveling between each of the vertices. Each vertex is rounded off and configured to forcibly contact the container wall and an entirety of the bottom upon shaking the vessel. These rounded vertices create a propeller-like spinning and tumbling motion through the liquid-powder mixture when the vessel is vigorously shaken up and down, and scalloped edges of the agitator produce additional turbulence to efficiently blend a liquid/powder mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Aliberti, Joshua Lederer
  • Patent number: 8721842
    Abstract: A catalytic reaction-rectification integrated process and a catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column, and the specialized device of such process is provided. The reactants are preheated and mixed with catalysts, and then fed into a jet agitation reaction section located in the middle of the catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column from a feeding inlet. The jet agitation reaction section is a kettle-like reactor located in the middle of the catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column. After pressurized by a centrifugal pump, the reactant materials are admitted into a subsonic or transonic agitator located within the reaction section. The reactant materials are ejected into the jet agitation reaction section at high speed, to efficiently mix the solid and liquid phases in the reaction section and to reinforce heat and mass transfer efficiency during the reaction. The liquid reaction mixture is separated and purified directly in the catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nanjing University
    Inventors: Zhibing Zhang, Zheng Zhou, Youting Wu, Min Shao
  • Publication number: 20130327456
    Abstract: A process for producing an intermediate emulsion comprising an oxidizer solution, fuel and emulsifier, which process comprises the steps of: (a) mixing in a micromixer an oxidizer solution with a fuel blend comprising a fuel and an emulsifier so as to solubilise a portion of the oxidizer solution in the fuel blend to produce a precursor product; (b) mixing the precursor product obtained in step (a) using a micromixer in one or more successive stages in order to form the intermediate emulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: ORICA INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Richard John Goodridge, Vladimir Sujansky, Ivan Junarsa, Kira McGrath
  • Patent number: 8586352
    Abstract: A reactor is used to grow a process material, such as algae. The reactor may include fluid-cooled light sources and a movable sparger assembly to increase the effective production volume of the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Community Synergies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Erb, David Ross Peterson, David Penny
  • Patent number: 8551404
    Abstract: A sample analyzer for analyzing a sample comprising: a sample container receiver capable of receiving either one of a manually supplied sample container and an automatically supplied; a container holder receiver for receiving a container holder holding at least one sample container; a sample container supplier automatically for supplying, to the sample container receiver, a sample container held by the container holder received by the container holder receiver; an aspirator for aspirating a sample within a sample container received by the sample container receiver; and an analyzing part for analyzing the sample aspirated by the aspirator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Nagai, Mitsuo Yamasaki
  • Publication number: 20130171723
    Abstract: A mixing bag for use in bioprocessing in which a fluid is received and agitated using an internal fluid-agitating element driven by an external motive device is disclosed. The bag may include an integral sparger and sensor receiver. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: ATMI PACKAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Alexandre N. Terentiev, Sergey Terentiev
  • Publication number: 20130149476
    Abstract: A substantially non-elastic incompressible composition, which substantially does not quickly self-level under standard operating conditions, includes: a suspending agent which reacts substantially as a solid when subjected to forces below a critical force, and which becomes substantially flowable when subjected to forces above said critical force; ceramic microparticulates dispersed within the suspending agent; flexible-walled microparticulates dispersed within the suspending agent; and celled macroparticulates dispersed within the suspending agent. The composition provides an incident energy absorbing property. The incident energy may include sound energy, and the microparticulates and macroparticulates may convert some of the sound energy into heat, or may diffract the sound energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Joel L. SEREBOFF
  • Publication number: 20130126436
    Abstract: A stirring apparatus and a method of separating magnetic beads from a sample including the magnetic beads are provided. The stirring apparatus includes at least one rotational body having a hollow formed therein; a driving unit which moves upward and downward and rotates the at least one rotational body; a cap which is combined with the rotational body, extends in a vertical direction, and has an internal space connected to the hollow of the rotational body; and a magnetic force application unit which moves upward and downward to be inserted into or taken out of the internal space of the cap via the hollow of the rotational body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-tae OK, Seong-kook KIM
  • Publication number: 20130087071
    Abstract: A method of forming boron nitride nanoparticles. A plurality of precursor molecules comprising boron, nitrogen and hydrogen may be decomposed in a first heating zone to form a plurality of gaseous molecules that contain bonded boron and nitrogen, followed by heating to a second, higher temperature thereby causing the gaseous molecules to react and nucleate to form a plurality of boron nitride nanoparticles. Depending on processing temperatures, the boron nitride nanoparticles may include amorphous forms, crystalline forms, or combinations thereof. Precursor molecules may include ammonia borane, borazine, cycloborazanes, polyaminoborane, polyiminoborane, and mixtures thereof. The boron nitride nanoparticles may be incorporated into a variety of dispersions, composites, and coatings; and in one embodiment, may be a component of a propellant, wherein the boron nitride nanoparticles may confer a range of advantages to gun barrels in which such propellants may be fired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Paul H. Matter, Christopher T. Holt, Michael G. Beachy
  • Patent number: 8349269
    Abstract: A system and method for a high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process for the production of acetic anhydride as a reactor device is shown to be capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the process. A system for the production of acetic anhydride including the mixing of catalyst and acetic acid via a high shear device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory G. Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Publication number: 20120327740
    Abstract: Provided are an agitator and an agitating hook provided therein. The agitator includes a rotary shaft rotatably installed in a reactor, rotor blades installed at an outer circumference of the rotary shaft and rotated with the rotary shaft to agitate a material therein, and an agitating hook constituted by a pair of members spaced apart from each other at an inner wall of the reactor and through which the rotor blades pass. Here, a gap between the agitating hook is larger at an outlet port through which the rotor blade leaves than at an inlet port through which the rotor blade enters. Since a pressure is uniformly applied from the inlet port through which the rotor blade enters to the outlet port through which the rotor blade leaves, a torsional moment applied to the agitating hook is minimized. Therefore, it is possible to improve durability of the agitating hook and increase reliability of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: LG CHEM, LTD
    Inventors: Yeon Seok Choo, Hyo Sook Cha, Ye Hoon Im, Byung Woo Choi, Jin Hyun Bae
  • Patent number: 8307491
    Abstract: A whisk wiper 30, a device having a flexible central portion defining a plurality of intersecting slits 32 angularly disposed in an asterisk type pattern, for mounting onto a whisk 46 having angularly disposed loops 44. It is pulled down over the loops 44, each loop 44 guided through a slit 32. To clean off mixture 50 stuck to the whisk 46 the whisk wiper 30 is simply pulled off, the opposed edges of each slit 32 functioning as squeegees, wiping the loops 44 clean, the removed mixture 50 collected on the top side of the whisk wiper 30 so it can be then returned to the mixing bowl 52. Additionally the whisk wiper 30 is a splash guard, support to hang the whisk 46 on the edge of a mixing bowl 52, keeps the whisk's loops 44 up off the surface when the whisk 46 is set down and the outer edge 40 can be used to wipe out the mixing bowl 52.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew Justin Michel
  • Patent number: 8252167
    Abstract: A plating apparatus for use in forming a plated film in trenches, via holes, or resist openings that are defined in a surface of a semiconductor wafer, and forming bumps to be electrically connected to electrodes of a package, on a surface of a semiconductor wafer. The plating apparatus has a plating tank for holding a plating solution, a holder for holding a workpiece and bringing a surface to be plated of the workpiece into contact with the plating solution in the plating tank, and a ring-shaped nozzle pipe disposed in the plating tank and having a plurality of plating solution injection nozzles for injecting the plating solution to the surface to be plated of the workpiece held by the holder to supply the plating solution into the plating tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Fumio Kuriyama, Takashi Takemura, Nobutoshi Saito, Masaaki Kimura, Rei Kiumi
  • Publication number: 20120201095
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for mixing and dispensing bone cement. The system includes a flexible bag containing isolated liquid and powder components that are reactive with each other to form bone cement and a mixing device that has first and second primary pressure surfaces and first and second secondary curved pressure surfaces. The system allows the bag to attach to the first and second secondary pressure surfaces. The system is operated such that the first primary pressure surface exerts force on the bag against the first secondary pressure surface and the second primary pressure surface exerts force on the bag against the second secondary pressure surface. Relative movement of the primary pressure surfaces with respect to the bag causes mixing of the components within the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffry S. Melsheimer
  • Patent number: 8211329
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lubricant composition comprising soybean oil; and molybdenum disulfide; the molybdenum disulfide being dispersed in the soybean oil. Disclosed herein too is a method comprising agitating molybdenum disulfide with soybean oil in a reactor; the mixing being conducted in the presence of a magnetic field that is greater than the earth's field and an electrical field. Disclosed herein too is a coolant composition comprising water; soap and/or a surfactant; and a lubricant composition; the lubricant composition comprising soybean oil and molybdenum disulfide. Disclosed herein too is a method of manufacturing a coolant composition comprising mixing a lubricant composition, water and soap; the lubricant composition comprising a base oil and a metal sulfide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Greengold Lubricants, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Maddocks Pettersen
  • Patent number: 8201990
    Abstract: An impeller for use in association with an extraction plate adapted for defibering liquid slurry stock and causing defibered material to pass through the extraction plate. The impeller includes a cylindrical central body portion and a plurality of vanes extending outwardly in a generally tangential direction from the central body portion. The vane leading face height from an extraction side to an air foil surface is substantially constant from the vane outer end to where the vane is attached to the central body portion at the radially outward edge of the central body portion, and then thereafter gradually decreasing in height from the radially outward edge of the body central portion to the airfoil surface at the vane inner end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Ovivo Luxembourg S.à r.l.
    Inventors: Anthony C. Sykora, Bruce R. Crossley, Joseph A. Ducharme, James P. Burns
  • Patent number: 8153077
    Abstract: A method for producing nitrobenzene is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising benzene-containing droplets or particles dispersed in a mixture of concentrated nitric acid and concentrated sulfuric acid, wherein said particles have a mean diameter less than one micron, and subjecting the dispersion to reaction conditions comprising a pressure in the range of about 203 kPa (2 atm) to about 6080 kPa (60 atm) and a temperature in the range of about 20° C. to about 230° C., whereby at least a portion of said benzene is nitrated to form nitrobenzene. A system for carrying out the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory G. Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Patent number: 8153076
    Abstract: A method for producing aniline or toluenediamine is disclosed which comprises forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid medium comprising either nitrobenzene or dinitrotoluene, wherein the hydrogen gas bubbles have a mean diameter less than 1 micron; and subjecting the dispersion to hydrogenation reaction promoting conditions comprising pressure less than about 600 kPa and temperature less than about 200° C., whereby at least a portion of the nitrobenzene or dinitrotoluene is hydrogenated to form aniline or toluenediamine, respectively. A system for carrying out the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory G. Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Patent number: 8147768
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for producing polyvinyl chloride which includes mixing a vinyl chloride solution with an initiator solution in at least one high shear mixing device comprising at least one rotor/stator set producing a rotor tip speed of at least 5.1 m/sec (1000 ft/min), to form a polymerization mixture; and allowing the mixture to polymerize by free radical polymerization to form polyvinyl chloride. The polymerization mixture may be subjected to free radical polymerization conditions comprising a temperature in the range of about 20° C. to about 230° C. In some embodiments, the high shear mixing device produces a shear rate of at least 20,000 s?1. A system for carrying out the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Publication number: 20120058023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multifunctional module comprising one or more units selected from the group consisting of reactor units, filter units, membrane units, reactor-separator units, clarificator units, purificator units, extractor units, and mixer units. The units are connected parallel or in series or both to each other, and each unit has at least one member having a surface, which surface is rotating with the member. The member is rotating around an axis making the unit operate under centrifugal force. One or more chambers for fluids are co-rotating with the rotating member. The present invention relates further to units which could be used in a spinning multifunctional module, and use of a spinning multifunctional module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    Inventors: Kasper Höglund, Barry Johnson, Tommy Noren
  • Publication number: 20120024525
    Abstract: Methods of processing a fluid recovered from an oil or gas extraction operation for reuse in a hydraulic fracturing fluid are described. The methods include providing an amount of a produced fluid composition containing iron and suspended solids and controlling at least one of the conductivity, iron content, oxidative strength, and pH of the composition, such that Fenton's reagent is formed in situ. Also described are hydraulic fracturing fluids produced using fluid recovered from an oil or gas production process and treated in accordance with the methods described herein as well as systems for preparing a hydraulic fracturing fluid having, as a fluid source, fluid recovered from an oil or gas production process that has been treated in accordance with the methods described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Svarczkopf, Dalton R. Weaver, III, Jon M. Bender, Jesse J. Strickler
  • Publication number: 20120020182
    Abstract: A method of fusing a sterile drape and an agitator together for containing a slush solution in a medical device. A die, at a specified temperature, is forced against a drape and an agitator with a specified force for a specified time to form a fused area that has a shear strength that is not substantially reduced from the tensile strength of the drape itself. Additionally, the drape adjacent the fused area is not substantially weakened by the fusing of the drape to the agitator. In one embodiment, the drape is a polyurethane material and the agitator is a polycarbonate material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: ADROIT DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Gammons, Clifford E. Gammons
  • Patent number: 8071046
    Abstract: A method for removing hydrogen sulfide from a sour gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide by oxidizing hydrogen sulfide in a converter by contacting the sour gas stream with an aqueous catalytic solution, thereby producing a desulfurized gas stream and a liquid stream comprising reduced catalyst and elemental sulfur, introducing an oxidant and the liquid stream comprising reduced catalyst and elemental sulfur into a high shear device and producing a dispersion wherein the mean bubble diameter of the oxidant gas in the dispersion is less than about 5 ?m, introducing the dispersion into a vessel from which a sulfur-containing slurry is removed and a regenerated catalyst stream is removed, wherein the sulfur slurry comprises elemental sulfur and aqueous liquid, and recycling at least a portion of the regenerated catalyst stream to the converter. A system of apparatus for carrying out the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Publication number: 20110280098
    Abstract: A liquid supply device according to the invention includes a container which is filled with a liquid from a liquid storage portion, and the container includes a bottom surface portion, an upper surface portion, and a stirrer which moves in the bottom surface portion and stirs the liquid. The relationship between a height Ht in the vertical direction of a central portion in the container and a height Hb in the vertical direction of the stirrer satisfy the Expression: 0.40×Ht?Hb?0.90×Ht.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Shohei SHIONO
  • Publication number: 20110207048
    Abstract: A method of producing an electrical component includes the steps of: selectively forming a powder containing organic layer containing conductive powders on an exposed surface of a first conductive member exposed through an opening portion formed in an insulation film; and thermally processing the powder containing organic layer to agglutinate the conductive powders so that a second conductive member electrically connected to the first conductive member is formed on the exposed surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Yuki ITOU
  • Patent number: 8002457
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for forming multi-component refrigerant compositions comprising: (a) introducing a first refrigerant component into a vessel at a first flow rate; (b) introducing at least a second refrigerant component into said vessel at a second flow rate, which may be the same as or different than the first flow rate, during at least a portion of said first refrigerant introducing step; and (c) controlling at least one of said first and second flow rates to obtain the desired relative proportions of said first and second refrigerants in the refrigerant composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Cottrell, Stephen Delo, Clifford Riegel, Jarrad Garrison
  • Patent number: 7947248
    Abstract: A pyrolysis process is provided. The process includes the steps of: depositing a quantity of waste into a porous container, the porous container adapted to allow a convective stream of substantially anaerobic gas to flow therethrough; inserting the porous container into a pyrolysis thermal processor; sealing the thermal processor; circulating the convective stream of gas through the pyrolysis thermal processor; heating the waste according to a first time-temperature profile to pyrolyze the waste and form a carbonaceous char; and cooling the carbonaceous char by circulating the convective stream of gas through a cooler. An oil product and a gaseous hydrocarbon product are produced during the pyrolysis. The carbonaceous char is further processed to form a carbon black product and a recyclable metal product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Tellus Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Wesley Hamby, James Brian Kelly, Timothy Joseph Kuhn
  • Publication number: 20110064940
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nanocomposite includes exposing a plurality of substantially dry nanoparticles to a substantially dry and solid matrix material to form a combination of the nanoparticles and the matrix material. The method also includes agitating the combination of the nanoparticles and the matrix material to thereby disperse the nanoparticles on the matrix material. The matrix material remains in a solid phase during agitating. Furthermore, the method includes processing the combination to form the nanocomposite having the nanoparticles dispersed in the matrix material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Frank Filisko, Doris Filisko, Kaajal Raj Juggernauth, Anthony Waas
  • Publication number: 20110051549
    Abstract: A central insert causes maximum fluid velocity to shift away from an external tube wall reducing friction losses at the tube wall. Centrifugal forces pull fluid away from a central insert wall minimizing friction at the insert wall. The insert may be used in the context of nozzles, flow tubes, vortex tubes, and other fluid pathways. In a nozzle, grooves may be added to the nozzle wall. By introducing these grooves at the exit or end of a nozzle, nucleation may be improved and cavitation may be triggered prior to a fluid entering an expansion tube. The nucleation ring may also be placed at the beginning of a nozzle such that cavitation starts within the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Kristian Debus, Thomas Gielda, Serguei Charamko, Balaji Maniam
  • Publication number: 20110013476
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for the production of a tableting excipient with the following process steps: At least two of the following components are made available: A filler/binding agent; A lubricant; A flow regulating agent; A disintegrant; The available components are mixed together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: J. RETTENMAIER & SOHNE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Edmont Stoyanov, Reinhard Vollmer, Tobias Götz
  • Publication number: 20100284242
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process-technological system for the laboratory that has a frame which can be equipped with a variety of different processing machines and which can be used for both wet and dry processing. The system frame is equipped with an adapter to which the various machines can be connected, and the requisite media such as air and water needed to operate the machines are supplied through the adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Georg Konetzka, Gerhard Kiederle
  • Patent number: 7803333
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for thermal processing of slurry, slurry is combined with a bio-mass to produce a mixture. The mixture is subjected in a heated mixer pump to a cracking temperature, thereby allowing the mixture to catalytically undergo a cracking reaction to produce a reaction mixture which is directly outgased in the mixer pump to produce an outgased portion and a solid portion. The outgased portion and the solid portion are separately discharged from the mixer pump; with the low boiling fraction of the outgased portion allowed to cool down for further processing, and the solid portion collected in a residual matter container for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Jürgen Buchert
  • Publication number: 20100221568
    Abstract: The invention relates to an anticorrosive agent comprising zinc dust, and a second component, an organic binder and a VOC-free or VOC-compatible solvent. In order to allow the metal workpieces to be coated in a reliable and energy-saving manner at constant quality, the binder comprises silicon dioxide and alkali silicate in a molar ratio of at least 4:1. The invention also relates to a device for mixing and metering solid and liquid components of an anticorrosive agent. Said device comprises means for metering the quantities of the respective components of the anticorrosive agent, a solution tank and a mixing device. An application system for applying the anticorrosive agent to a workpiece comprises a solution tank, feeding means, at least one pressure reducer connected to the solution tank and at least one spraying device connected to the solution tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: EWALD DORKEN AG
    Inventors: Thomas Kruse, Gerhard Reusmann, Christian Rabe, Bettina Werner, Holger Lewoldsen
  • Publication number: 20100078588
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lubricant composition comprising soybean oil; and molybdenum disulfide; the molybdenum disulfide being dispersed in the soybean oil. Disclosed herein too is a method comprising agitating molybdenum disulfide with soybean oil in a reactor; the mixing being conducted in the presence of a magnetic field that is greater than the earth's field and an electrical field. Disclosed herein too is a coolant composition comprising water; soap and/or a surfactant; and a lubricant composition; the lubricant composition comprising soybean oil and molybdenum disulfide. Disclosed herein too is a method of manufacturing a coolant composition comprising mixing a lubricant composition, water and soap; the lubricant composition comprising a base oil and a metal sulfide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: GREENGOLD LLC
    Inventor: Eric Maddocks Pettersen
  • Publication number: 20100048942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing isocyanates in particular apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Carsten Knoesche, Torsten Mattke
  • Publication number: 20100043919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for the automated production of raw-materials compositions in at least one vat (100), including: a guiding assembly provided above the ground; a bearing frame (2) capable of displacement on the guiding frame along a first horizontal longitudinal axis; a transport carriage (3) capable of displacement on the bearing frame (2) along a second horizontal axis perpendicular to the first one; a raising means (4) supported by the carriage (3), said raising means including a raising support member (40) capable of displacement along a vertical axis; weighing means (5) supported by the raising member (40) of the means (4), said weighing means including a member (50) on which the load to be weighed is applied; gripping means (6) for gripping the vats (100) one by one et mechanically connected to the member (50) of means (5); and at least one device for sampling and distributing the raw material and in front of which the transported vat is to be positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Solignac
  • Publication number: 20100034050
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for cultivating photosynthetic organisms, such as algae, in a bioreactor may include a bioreactor having a primary tank. Light and carbon dioxide are provided in the tank sufficient to promote algae growth. The algae is agitated inside the tank to increase the amount of algae receiving sufficient light exposure inside the tank. Agitation may be provided by a closed loop circulation system or a mixer having a plurality of rotating blades. The gas source may be positioned and oriented with respect to the light source to keep the light source free of adhered material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Gary Erb, David Ross Peterson
  • Publication number: 20090310435
    Abstract: Systems for mixing a catalyst precursor with a heavy oil feedstock preparatory to hydroprocessing the heavy oil feedstock in a reactor to form an upgraded feedstock. Achieving very good dispersion of the catalyst precursor facilitates and maximizes the advantages of the colloidal or molecular hydroprocessing catalyst. A catalyst precursor and a heavy oil feedstock having a viscosity greater than the viscosity of the catalyst precursor are provided. The catalyst precursor is pre-mixed with a hydrocarbon oil diluent, forming a diluted catalyst precursor. The diluted precursor is then mixed with at least a portion of the heavy oil feedstock so as to form a catalyst precursor-heavy oil feedstock mixture. Finally, the catalyst precursor-heavy oil feedstock mixture is mixed with any remainder of the heavy oil feedstock, resulting in the catalyst precursor being homogeneously dispersed on a colloidal and/or molecular level within the heavy oil feedstock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: HEADWATERS HEAVY OIL, LLC
    Inventor: Roger K. Lott
  • Publication number: 20090161484
    Abstract: A mixing device for mixing nail polish and other liquids. There is: a tubular housing member; a compressible tubular casing member, disposed in an interior of the tubular housing member; a shaft member, coupled to the tubular housing member; a power module, in communication with the shaft member; and a control module, in communication with the power module, configured to control the provision of energy from the power module to the shaft member. The control module includes a timer module. The compressible tubular casing member is removably disposed in an interior of the tubular housing member. The power module comprises a motor. There is also a storage container, coupled to an end of the shaft member opposite the tubular housing member. The timer module is coupled to an exterior of the storage container; and the power module is disposed within the storage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Rosalia G. Tarallo