Miscellaneous Patents (Class 405/303)
  • Patent number: 9303629
    Abstract: A hybrid geothermal power system is discussed. The system includes a geothermal system including power plant (101) and pumping station (102) and a nuclear plant (103). Pumping station (102) is used to inject fluid from reservoir (104) through an injection well (105) into the bedrock (106) (also referred to as the hot dry rock HDR zone) and extracted via a secondary bore (extraction well) usually coupled to the power plant (101). In the present example however the injection well is linked to the extraction well (107). As fluid is injected into the bedrock a drop in temperature occurs due to heat transfer to the fluid. Nuclear plant (103) is utilized to combat this drop, the plant (103) has the fissionable components (1091, 1092, 1093) of the reactor positioned within bores (1081, 1082, 1083) within the HDR zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Garry Hine
  • Patent number: 9284839
    Abstract: A rock drilling and bolting system comprises a drill feed slidable on a drill feed rail for drilling a hole, a bolter feed slidable on a bolter feed rail, the bolter feed having a main bolt driver for driving a rock bolt, a side-mounted bolt driver mounted to the bolter feed rail, the side-mounted bolt driver being disposed rearwardly of the main bolt driver to receive the rock bolt when there is insufficient space to load the rock bolt in the main bolt driver and to drive the rock bolt partially into the hole, and an indexing mechanism for rotating the main bolt driver into alignment with the rock bolt that is partially driven into the hole, wherein the main bolt driver drives the rock bolt fully into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: 1311854 ONTARIO LIMITED
    Inventor: Yves Nelson
  • Patent number: 9181673
    Abstract: Methods are provided for the creation of large diameter piles in all types of soils (cohesive, cohesionless or rocky), particularly for the construction of bulkheads made of juxtaposed or secant piles, while maintaining the deviation from the vertical well below the limit ?2% required by European standard EN 1536. The invention reduces verticality errors, advantageously exploiting the accuracy provided by the directional drilling technology. Tools for implementing such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: TREVI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Maurizio Siepi
  • Patent number: 9175561
    Abstract: A resin injection apparatus 19 for use in connection with a drilling apparatus 10 for installing ground anchors. The resin injection apparatus 19 comprises a resin injector adaptor 20, adapted to be connected in fluid communication with a hollow drill shaft 21 of a drill rig 10. The resin injector adaptor 20 can be used to inject one or more resin fluids into the drill shaft 21 wherein, in use, when a hole has been drilled in a rock stratum, resin can be injected into the hole via the drill shaft prior to inserting a ground anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Shane Brown
  • Patent number: 9151431
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for repairing a manhole. The wall of the manhole is lined with a liner to form a new wall. The liner includes a resin that cures to form the new wall that is similar to the repaired wall. Embedded in the liner is a wireless data transfer mechanism that includes a transmitter, such as a radio-frequency identification (RFID). The RFID transmits identification information about the liner or the repaired wall. The transmitter may be capable of data entry in the field or may be otherwise field-programmable and further capable of transmitting at least one physical characteristic. Examples of physical characteristics may include temperature, pressure, chemical reactions, flow within the manhole, and the like. Additional transmitters may be used along the length of the manhole to determine characteristics at multiple locations, with each additional transmitter including the same or different sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9074338
    Abstract: A manhole liner and a method of using the same are provided. The manhole liner is sized substantially equally to the largest diameter of the manhole, so that the liner does not have to stretch to be pressed against the manhole wall. Additionally, the liner is impregnated with a resinous material capable of curing and hardening. A bladder, preferably stretchable circumferentially and having a diameter less than the smallest diameter of the manhole, is inserted into the liner. The bladder is expanded to press the liner against the wall of the manhole to dispense resinous material from the liner, while the liner is able to fold over itself in areas having a diameter less than the original diameter of the liner. Because the bladder stretches to produce a smooth outside surface, the resinous material will migrate to areas in the folds and will cure with a smooth interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8967059
    Abstract: An emissions recycling system is used on a vehicle towing an agricultural implement to enrich the fertility of the soil. The system includes an exhaust collector for collecting exhaust emissions from the internal combustion engine of the towing vehicle and an exhaust distribution system for injecting at least a portion of the exhaust emissions collected by the exhaust collector into the ground worked by the ground working tools of the agricultural implement. Fertility of the soil is enriched by bioactivity within the soil's micro flora which consumes the greenhouse gas and emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: N/C Quest Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Lewis
  • Patent number: 8573143
    Abstract: An emissions recycling system is used on a vehicle towing an agricultural implement to enrich the fertility of the soil. The system includes an exhaust collector for collecting exhaust emissions from the internal combustion engine of the towing vehicle and an exhaust distribution system for injecting at least a portion of the exhaust emissions collected by the exhaust collector into the ground worked by the ground working tools of the agricultural implement. Fertility of the soil is enriched by bioactivity within the soil's micro flora which consumes the greenhouse gas and emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Lewis
  • Patent number: 8152418
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an apparatus and methods for providing a nonlabor-intensive process for preventing backfill entering, or environmental factors eroding, a cavity formed in the ground. Preventing cavity degradation involves constructing a chemically-inflatable bag that separates two or more chemical reactants by creases and cylindrical coils formed in the chemically-inflatable bag. The creases typically act as watertight releasable seals that separate the chemical reactants while the cylindrical coils resist unintentional compromise of the releasable seals. However, the cylindrical coils are designed to give way upon the user applying an unfurling action on the chemically-inflatable bag; thus, furnishing a passageway for the chemical reactants to intermix and initiate a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction produces carbon dioxide as a by-product, which expands the chemically-inflatable bag from a collapsed condition to an inflated condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Stemlock, Incorporated
    Inventors: Sanford S. Jenkins, Thomas S. Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20120014747
    Abstract: An ecological board includes a quadrilateral board body, on the side edges thereof is disposed at least one reglet or at least one insertion groove to be engaged with a corresponding insertion groove or a reglet of another identical board body. Further, a plurality of separated strong and pliable pad bodies are embedded in at least a first side surface of the board body and protrude outwards therefrom. The ecological board according to the present invention is durable, stable, easy to construct, maintain, and repair, and environmentally friendly to the natural landscape. Most importantly, it can be applied to various environments, such as coastlines, artificial reefs, and slopes of reservoirs, rivers, or mountains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Kei-Chien Yu
  • Patent number: 8083438
    Abstract: A Mechanically Produced Thermocline Based Ocean Temperature Regulatory System to sequester carbon dioxide, create a cold water barrier to hurricanes and tropical storms, and ensure the function of the thermohaline circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Laura J. Bailey, John T. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20110305510
    Abstract: Seabed scour about a seabed-mounted foundation or renewable energy device or anchor therefore, especially a wind-turbine monopile may be prevented or reduced by installing on or in the seabed area about the foundation or device an arrangement of interconnected sedimentation elements, which by virtue of the elemental structure or interconnective arrangement themselves do not cause or worsen seabed scour by substantially displacing seabed material on which the elements are placed. Elements having a specific gravity, either in situ or inherent, of substantially similar to the seabed material or mobilized seabed material in which they are placed are capable of achieving this. An ideal arrangement of elements (or mat) is one formed of used or discarded vehicle tyres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Henry Durrant
  • Patent number: 8061283
    Abstract: An emissions recycling system is used on a vehicle towing an agricultural implement to enrich the fertility of the soil. The system includes an exhaust collector for collecting exhaust emissions from the internal combustion engine of the towing vehicle and an exhaust distribution system for injecting at least a portion of the exhaust emissions collected by the exhaust collector into the ground worked by the ground working tools of the agricultural implement. Fertility of the soil is enriched by bioactivity within the soil's micro flora which consumes the greenhouse gas and emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Lewis
  • Patent number: 7955026
    Abstract: To line an inner circumferential surface of side walls of a manhole, a rehabilitating sheet made of a sheet material resistant to water and corrosion is provided in the form of a bag having a shape corresponding to the inner circumferential surface to be lined. The rehabilitating sheet is inserted into the manhole to be lined. Block and plate frames are coupled inside the bag of the rehabilitating sheet to support it so as to have the shape corresponding to the inner circumferential surface to be lined. A gap between the rehabilitating sheet and the inner circumferential surface of the side walls of the manhole is filled with a filler, which is then hardened to line the side walls of the manhole. Pairs of plate frames having different diameters are coupled to each other to provide ring plates having different diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Shonan Gosei-Jushi Seisakusho K.K.
    Inventors: Takao Kamiyama, Koji Kaneta, Kenji Fujii, Katsuyori Miura
  • Patent number: 7921758
    Abstract: A technique enables improved performance of oilfield service operations. A protective shield is formed with a portable stand and at least one lightweight impact panel. The one or more lightweight impact panels enable easy movement of the safety shield from one location to another at a given well site or between different well sites, thus affording protection with a minimum of labor and set up time. The safety shield can be used to provide protection during individual operations and/or to segregate and protect independent operations from each other during multiple, simultaneous operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Eden, Ronnie Stover
  • Patent number: 7850401
    Abstract: A method of applying polyacrylamide (PAM) for stabilizing soil particles of a land area from movement about the land area. The slope of the surface of the soil is measured, and a tentative application rate is determined based upon the slope of the land area. The stability of the soil of the land area is determined by placing a sample of the soil in a tray and pouring a liquid over the sample and evaluating the erosion potential of the soil by measuring any movement of the soil in the liquid. The liquid may be water or a mixture of water and PAM. The application rate may be increased above the tentative application rate if the soil sample showed a relatively higher vulnerability to erosion. An application rate is calculated for applying a mixture of PAM and water to the land area. The mixture is misted onto the surface of the land area in one or more mixture applications. An application of the mixture is continued until the top surface of the soil of the land area becomes saturated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Tracy E. Hamblet, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7845884
    Abstract: A resin insertion device includes a barrel, a piston within the barrel, and a triggering mechanism. The triggering mechanism includes an air outlet, an air inlet, a venturi tube and at least one trigger piston. A resin insertion device includes a barrel having a collar disposed at a first end and a piston disposed slidably within the barrel. A triggering mechanism is disposed at a second end. A first position of the trigger prevents airflow through an air inlet, a second position allows air through the inlet and an outlet, and a third position prevents airflow through the outlet. A method of inserting resin into a bore hole includes providing an insertion device including a barrel, and a triggering mechanism. The method includes depressing a trigger from a first to a second position, placing at least one resin cartridge within the barrel, and further depressing the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: New Era Petroleum, LLC.
    Inventor: Ben Warren
  • Patent number: 7841803
    Abstract: A device for rock bolting with an adapter device (10) for connection of a drilling machine (3) to a self drilling rock bolt (7), in which the adapter device has an adapter element (14) which is sealingly surrounded by a swivel sleeve (13) for connection to one or more external source for flushing medium (8) and bolt grouting medium (9), and in which the adapter element has a thread for connecting to a corresponding thread on the rock bolt (7), and an integral connection portion for connection to the drilling machine (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Öberg, Per Jonson
  • Patent number: 7824133
    Abstract: A ground cover in the form of a flexible substrate defining a plurality of compactly arranged extractable sections. The installation method involves passing the substrate material from a feed roll to an extraction site on a mobile installation apparatus. A plurality of drive pins are aligned with the substrate and, as the drive pins advance, the sections are extracted and driven into the soil. Various drive pins arrangements are shown and the drive pins may reciprocate along with a rotational or impacting stroke to penetrate the soil while implanting the substrate sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Lazaro
  • Patent number: 7819609
    Abstract: A module is for use in drilling a borehole in a face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked. Related aspects of control of the module and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: J.H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Publication number: 20100182019
    Abstract: This invention is concerned with a method and apparatus to measure soil water content. A sensor electrode assembly comprised of a sensor electrode fixed to a spherical shape is implanted in undisturbed soil at the bottom of a low narrow hole in the soil under evaluation. A second electrode is implanted in adjacent soil. Water is adsorbed on the surface of the sensor electrode in proportion to the water in the soil. Electrical charge layers are present at the sensor electrode/water interface due to dissolved oxygen in the adsorbed water. These charge layers result in an interfacial capacitance whose magnitude varies with the amount of water in the soil. Under the assumption that the capacitance of the second electrode/adjacent soil interface is constant, the change in capacitance across the two wires connected to the two electrodes give a measure of the change in soil water content. Energy flow during this measurement is unidirectional, that is, from the interfacial capacitance to the measuring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: William G. Gensler
  • Publication number: 20100158618
    Abstract: A method of modifying the Earth-rotation vector relative to the body of the planet or in inertial space by redistribution of the Earth's mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: William T. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 7695215
    Abstract: Sub-aquatic sediment is covered with capping material by a capping system comprising a template barge and a spreader barge. While the spreader barge is distributing capping material, the template barge guides the spreader barge as it systematically moves over a pre-defined sediment capping region. The spreader barge comprises a spreader pool in which a broadcast spreader accurately and evenly distributes capping material within the pool, which then sinks to the sediment. The capping material is distributed with minimal disturbance to the sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: J.F. Brennan Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Joseph Buhr, Greg Smith, Dennis Rosendale, Tyler Lee, Kevin Zenke
  • Patent number: 7651300
    Abstract: A panel pushing assembly (10) for a slide rail system having a first and second wall (12, 14) includes an elongated member (16) having a bottom end (18) and a top end (20), and a guide (40) disposed about the elongated member (16). The guide (40) guides slidable movement along the elongated member (16) and includes a collar (42) engaging the walls (12, 14) of the elongated member (16) and a catch (44) extending laterally from the collar (42) to engage the second wall (14), which is the stationary wall. The collar (42) includes a plurality of side-plates (46) and the catch (44) includes a hook portion (70) extending downwardly along the outside of the second wall (14) for preventing lateral movement of said elongated member (16) relative to the second wall (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Pro-Tec Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Richard Carlson
  • Publication number: 20090293788
    Abstract: A trailing hose system is disclosed for the application of materials (liquid or granular pesticides, nutrient inactivation, water quality improvement compounds) in a water body. The trailing hose or hoses release the material (liquid or granular pesticides, nutrient inactivation, water quality improvement compounds) at the desired depth within the water column. The current technology for the subsurface application of these materials is surface injection, granular spreaders, and the use of weighted hoses deployed from a vessel (boat). Surface injection of these materials below the thermocline, or to the bottom of a water body in sufficient concentrations to control the target pest, to deactivate nutrients, and or enhance water quality is required in the industry. The current technology that utilizes the use of weighted hose is cumbersome, and is a slow process that allows for the application of these materials at approximately 1-2 miles per hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas John McNabb
  • Patent number: 7600583
    Abstract: A module is for use in drilling a borehole in face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked. Related aspects of control of the module and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: J.H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Patent number: 7585135
    Abstract: A method for constructing or rehabilitating a marsh or wetland comprises the step of inserting propagatable material into liquid or slurry emerging from a high-pressure spray nozzle to form a mixture. The liquid/ or slurry/propagatable material mixture is then sprayed over a marsh or wetland area desired to be constructed or rehabilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Troy M. Deal, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090142145
    Abstract: A clip-on connector adapted to be connected to a geogrid, comprising a base portion wherefrom at least one finger portion extends toward an opposite edge of the base portion, such finger portion defining, with the edge of the base portion, a clip, said clip having two arms respectively defined by said finger portion and by said base portion, the spacing between said two arms being smaller than the thickness of a portion of a geogrid whereon the connector has to be coupled, but such that said geogrid portion can be inserted between said two arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicants: Tenax International B.V., Amsterdam, Succursale Di Lugano
    Inventor: Christopher Martin
  • Patent number: 7536967
    Abstract: A marine water conversion apparatus capable of pumping ocean surface water several hundred feel below the surface to cause sufficient cooler water to rise to the surface to prevent formation of or to moderate hurricanes. The apparatus is remotely controlled and includes a propulsion system for moving it to a new location or in predetermined patterns through use of a global positioning system and computerized controls. Power for driving the pumps may be provided by a wind turbine driven electric generator at the upper end of an upper tube section pivotally connected to a float tank on a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Gerald L. Barber
  • Publication number: 20090080980
    Abstract: A method for pipeline rehabilitation grout coverage inspection according to embodiments of the present invention includes installing a tubular liner within a pipeline by filling a space between the tubular liner and the pipeline with grout, creating a heat transfer across the tubular liner, and observing an inside of the tubular liner with an infrared camera to detect an infrared signal differential between areas of the tubular liner in contact with the grout and areas of the tubular liner not in contact with the grout. Observing and inspecting the inside of the tubular liner may be accomplished simultaneously with rounding of the liner and smoothing of the grout by harnessing an infrared camera to a swab and advancing the swab with chilled compressed air to cool the liner, according to embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Dan Cohen
  • Publication number: 20090016823
    Abstract: A device (5) for installing a pressure fluid expandable rock bolt (4) of the kind having a tubular expansion portion and a fitting portion, said device at a distal portion having chuck means for gripping the fitting portion and for establishing a sealed connection between a fluid source and the inlet, said device extending essentially in an axial direction. The device includes at a proximal portion a holder portion (11) that is adapted to be fitted to a drill string engagement element (27) of a rock drilling machine. The invention also concerns a method and a rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Fredrik Oberg
  • Patent number: 7441471
    Abstract: A ground anchor load testing system includes a ground anchoring unit having a bare upper drill shaft portion along and around which a reaction anchor with its hollow shaft is temporary installed. During test loading of the installed ground anchoring unit, a test loading head is coupled with both concentric flanging ends of the ground anchoring unit and the temporarily installed reaction anchor. The test loading head exerts via a first coupling the push test load on the first flanging end of the ground anchoring unit while withholding itself via a second coupling on the second flanging end of the reaction anchor. A measurement device may be positioned on the ground adjacent the test load head. Eventual axial displacement of the ground anchoring unit under test load may be externally recognized by the measurement device via an axial displacement indicator in axial connection with the first coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: John D. Davis
  • Patent number: 7438141
    Abstract: A module and related methods of use in drilling a borehole in a face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: J.H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Patent number: 7431535
    Abstract: A clamp is disclosed for use in deep sea oil exploration operations. The clamp includes a pre-formed metallic belt (12) to which a first rigid metallic curve (13) is welded. The rigid metallic curve reinforces and protects the anchorage housing of an electro-hydraulic hose which is secured by the clamp. The belt (12) further includes a second rigid metallic curve (14) to reinforce and protect an electric cable which is secured by the clamp. The belt includes rigid symmetrical forks (15) and (16) that are welded in the rotation area of screws that serve to tighten the clamp. The clamp includes a body made of vulcanized rubber having three tips (26), (27) and (28), which are formed at equidistant angles of 120°. The clamp body includes a larger bore hole in the center (17), a medium bore hole in half oblong form (9) in the tip (27), a small bore hole in half oblong form (8) in the tip (26), and a bore slot (18) in the tip (28) suitable for the opening and closing of the clamp (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: IPBGR Indústria Mecânica LTDA
    Inventor: Gilmar Souza Cupolillo
  • Patent number: 7428937
    Abstract: A module and related methods of use in drilling a borehole in a face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: J.H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Patent number: 7428935
    Abstract: A module and related methods of use in drilling a borehole in a face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: J.H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Patent number: 7428936
    Abstract: A module and related methods of use in drilling a borehole in a face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: J.H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Patent number: 7407344
    Abstract: A module and related methods of use in drilling a borehole in a face of a mine passage using a drilling element and installing a bolt in the borehole once formed. The module may include a bolt holder for holding a plurality of bolts and a drilling element holder for holding a plurality of different drilling elements. A manipulator moves along an arcuate path between the bolt and drilling element holders to deliver the respective components to a drill head positioned along the arcuate path. The drill head may also slide relative to the mast in two different directions, and includes a drill guide for determining the location of the face to be worked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: J. H. Fletcher & Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hinshaw, Henry E. Wilson, Craig M. Collins, William A. Kyslinger, William B. Schwab
  • Patent number: 7387473
    Abstract: A system for reducing an evaporation and energy transfer rate between a body of fluid and an environment is provided. The system comprises a plurality of buoyant bodies, where each of the plurality of buoyant bodies has a shape that is defined by a plurality of faces and edges, and where each edge is formed by two intersecting faces. The bodies are disposed or partially submerged in the fluid so that at least a portion of a first face of a first body contacts at least a portion of a first face of a second body to form a substantially gapless barrier between the surface of the fluid and the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Norman Louis Smith
  • Patent number: 7381010
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for removal of buried objects. According to one embodiment of the invention, a crane with a vibrator casing driver is used to lift and suspend a large diameter steel casing over the buried object. Then the casing is driven into the ground by the vibratory driver until the casing surrounds the buried object. Then the open bottom of the casing is sealed shut by injecting grout into the ground within the casing near its bottom. When the seal has cured and hardened, the top of the casing is lifted to retrieve the casing, with the buried object inside, from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Worth Wind, Inc. (Assignee of the interest of Grams, Crass, and Riess)
    Inventors: Robert G. Alexander, Dennis Crass, William Grams, Steven J. Phillips, Mark Riess
  • Publication number: 20080101874
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for removal of buried objects. According to one embodiment of the invention, a crane with a vibrator casing driver is used to lift and suspend a large diameter steel casing over the buried object. Then the casing is driven into the ground by the vibratory driver until the casing surrounds the buried object. Then the open bottom of the casing is sealed shut by injecting grout into the ground within the casing near its bottom. When the seal has cured and hardened, the top of the casing is lifted to retrieve the casing, with the buried object inside, from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: Robert G. Alexander, Dennis Crass, William Grams, Steven J. Phillips, Mark Riess
  • Patent number: 7344336
    Abstract: A method of providing clear ocean water near a shoreline comprising providing a pump with inlet and outlet piping, locating the inlet to said inlet piping at a distal location from said shoreline where the ocean water is clear, locating one or more outlets on said outlet piping proximate said shoreline, and pumping clear water from said distal location to said proximate location, and displacing the water proximate the shoreline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Benton Frederick Baugh
  • Patent number: 7284931
    Abstract: An apparatus controls the evacuation of volcanic magma to prevent explosions. Magma evacuation is through a single evacuation tube that heats the magma flow within the tube to prevent stickiness of the magma in the tube. The heating may use small combustion chambers to heat steam, which in turn heats and stabilizes the magma flow. Stability is aided by central cooling, where needed, using water jets from nozzles located at the wall of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Brian Stapleton Stratford
  • Patent number: 7234897
    Abstract: An area earthquake defense system is disclosed which uses military planning principles; automated command and control systems; the technology of wave manipulation demonstrated in optical engineering, sonar, and anti-tank weapons and their countermeasures; and proven electromagnetic technology. Deeply buried, specially configured, passive devices attenuate, temporally segment, and redirect earthquake shock waves. Such a system, fully integrated into the local geological structure, can reduce the shock reaching the protected area, and, within that area, channel it away from those structures most difficult to protect with single point measures. This is especially true when the plurality of passive devices is complemented by an automated decision and command loop and dynamically reconfigurable active devices embedded at a variety of depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Vincent Paul Conroy
  • Patent number: 7165917
    Abstract: A new system for underwater waste disposal is disclosed, consisting of a high-speed, hardened penetrator, optional rocket motor (or other compact propulsion device) and alternative mechanisms for eliminating water drag by surrounding the projectile with a gas layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Christian Stig Rode
  • Patent number: 7104733
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a protection system for hindering the progress of avalanches that fall with high velocity and contain an enormous amount of energy. The method consists mainly in catching the avalanche in a special Avalanche Protection System (1)—the APS—where the protection system is placed in an oblong storage box (16) on a mountain slope, in a canyon, at the foot of a mountain or at other places, where the risk of falling avalanches exists. The APS can be put up in overlapping rows to form a continuous protective wall against a potential avalanche.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Eggert Olafsson
  • Patent number: 7056069
    Abstract: A farm implement for guiding a barrier material into a layered material comprises a turntable for holding the barrier material, a guide apparatus for guiding the barrier material into the layered material, and a crossbar to which is attached the turntable and a hitch portion for attaching the crossbar to a vehicle. The guide apparatus comprises a vertical support post that attaches the guide apparatus to the crossbar, a guide slot hingedly attached to the vertical support post, a platform and at least one roller attached to the guide slot, and at least one cap hingedly attached to and positioned above the guide slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Warnkez, LLC
    Inventor: David R. Warnke
  • Patent number: 7037041
    Abstract: The concrete pipe recycling machine is transportable to job sites for breaking apart concrete pipe and recycling the concrete and the steel reinforcement therein. The concrete pipe recycling machine has a mandrel type anvil which presses the top of the pipe upward toward a hammer which impacts the outside of the pipe such that the energy imparted by the hammer is reflected by the anvil and breaks down the concrete. The concrete aggregate processed by the hammer fall through open mesh with a conveyor thereunder to transport the concrete pieces for recycling. The anvil rotates in gear fashion to rotate the pipe and the hammer traverses axially to reach all portions of the surface of the pipe. The anvil support opens to admit a new pipe to be recycled and to release the steel cage inside of the pipe when the concrete is removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Road Processing Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Deems M. Pfaff
  • Patent number: 6945925
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for the biosequestration and organic assimilation of a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect. In these methods, a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect is introduced into a peat bog where it is thereafter sequestered and organically assimilated. A capture method may be employed in conjunction with the present invention to enable transport of the gas from an industrial site to a processing facility located at or near a peat bog. Once transported to a relevant processing facility, the captured gas may be regenerated and thereafter introduced into the peat bog for its biosequestration and organic assimilation. In the context of the present invention, the gas may be a greenhouse gas (GHG), sulfur oxide (SOx) gas, and/or volatile organic compound (VOC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventors: Joel Pooler, Christopher L. Pooler
  • Patent number: 6942428
    Abstract: A conductive polymer backfill composition and method of use for setting or resetting utility poles is described. The backfill material is effective in simultaneously reinforcing and electrically grounding the utility pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Foward Ventures L.P.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hannay, Norman Kirby, Richard A. Owen