Fluid Control, Treatment, Or Containment Patents (Class 405/52)
  • Patent number: 10189553
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water intake system for a floating vessel in a body of water, which includes within the hull of the vessel an intake compartment for taking in water from the body of water and a distribution compartment for distributing and supplying the water to one or more consumer units within the floating vessel. The intake compartment is arranged below a lowest operational draught of the vessel and has an inlet in a bottom region of the intake compartment. The intake compartment is coupled by a conduit to the distribution compartment for allowing water to flow into the distribution compartment. The water intake system further includes a water lift hose that is connected to the inlet and is extendible below the hull of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Douwe Barend Portier, Joost Wouter Van Sonsbeek
  • Patent number: 9920498
    Abstract: The present invention relates to floating lakes and to the treatment of the water in such lakes. The present invention further relates to large floating lakes that can be installed within a natural or artificial water body to improve water conditions that are unsuitable for recreational uses. The floating lake can be provided with a chemical application system; a filtration system including a mobile suctioning device and filters; a skimmer system, and optionally a coordination system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Crystal Lagoons (Curacao) B.V.
    Inventor: Fernando Benjamin Fischmann
  • Patent number: 9662192
    Abstract: An oral appliance cleaning and storage device includes a housing, a top cap, and a bottom cap. The housing includes a first/wet compartment configured for receiving an oral appliance and a second/dry compartment configured for receiving at least one cleaner, breath mint, or other accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Robert H. Chastain
  • Patent number: 9422068
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for providing drinking water. First, a body of water is selected that has a geothermal floor creating a substantial range of depths where temperatures remain homogeneous, and an oxic to anoxic transition level at about 150 meters depth. Next, a conduit or other device is used to remove water from below the transition level. The removed water is then bottled or otherwise packaged for marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Beda B.G. Ruefer
  • Patent number: 9359746
    Abstract: A tunnel design used to convey combined or sanitary sewage during wet weather events is disclosed. The design comprises an over chamber and an under chamber in releasable coordination with each other. The over chamber comprises an open canal and the under chamber comprises a box culvert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Amend, Jeremy G. Kleyman, Tanya McCoy-Caretti, John D. Ross
  • Patent number: 9302189
    Abstract: A water attraction, involving a flowing body of water, for performing board-riding maneuvers is described. A water attraction according to the present invention includes an activity section adjacent a safety chute; opposing sidewalls adjacent to a safety chute; a water delivery section creating water flow towards a safety chute; a water recovery section; and a rideable surface area. The rideable surface area further includes irregularly shaped surfaces with varying angles and elevations to increase difficulty and creativity in board-riding maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Pacific Surf Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Alleshouse, Yong L Yeh
  • Patent number: 9039325
    Abstract: System for containing liquid introduced onto a reusable load-supporting surface includes a plurality of interconnectable berm members configured to releasably sealingly engage the load-supporting surface to prevent leakage of liquid from the load-supporting surface around its perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: James Kerwin McDowell
  • Patent number: 9023908
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for adsorbing and/or absorbing oil, by bringing oil into contact with a polyurethane sponge with excellent mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Nils Mohmeyer, Ralf Fritz, Bernd Bruchmann, Anna Cristadoro, Marcus Leberfinger, Antje van der Net
  • Publication number: 20150107244
    Abstract: A method of harnessing geothermal energy to produce electricity without polluting the environment by using universal portable closed loop systems is provided. The Scientific Geothermal Technology, The Self Contained In-Ground Geothermal Generator; The Self Contained Heat Exchanger; and The IN-LINE PUMP consist of several designs and variations complementing each other and/or operating separately in many different applications in energy sectors. The system can be used for harnessing heat from established lava (tube) flows; harnessing the waste heat from the flame on top of flare stacks; and other situation where a source of heat is difficult to access or is not suitable for relatively heavy equipment of a power plant or power unit. Also, included is an exemplary use for restoration of the Salton Sea which implements the Scientific Geothermal Technology for exchanging water from a salty terminal lake with oceanic water and for production of electricity and fresh water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Nikola Lakic
  • Patent number: 8979433
    Abstract: A liquid containment berm and its method of creation, assembly and use, wherein the berm has one or more interior seal members, a floor member and an outer wall member created by applying an expandable foam polymer along a desired retention or flow control pathway, the foam polymer expanding to form the liquid impermeable outer wall member. The berm is assembled and installed on site about a liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Mark D. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20150047117
    Abstract: A basin for swimming pools, artificial ponds and the like, comprising, within the bed excavated in the ground for its provision, a layer for protecting the internal surface of the bed, a first waterproofing layer, above the protective layer, an internally hollow structure, which is placed on the first waterproofing layer and whose inner face, directed toward the inside of the basin, is contoured or vertical, in order to provide a correspondingly shaped or substantially vertical wall of the central tank of the basin, a protective layer and a waterproofing layer for the outer face of the hollow structure, and a second waterproofing layer for the inner face of the hollow structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: BIODESIGN S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alessandro Milani
  • Patent number: 8939676
    Abstract: A system for removing ammonia from landfill leachate comprising an economizer for producing high pressure hot water in a hot water circuit from heat exchange with a hot gas stream carrying waste heat; a boiler which is heated by the high pressure hot water to produce steam; and an ammonia stripper. The ammonia stripper has a leachate inlet connected to a leachate flow path, and an ammonia containing gas outlet. A leachate discharge outlet is connected to a leachate discharge flow path, and a steam inlet is provided which is connected to the boiler by a conduit. At a lower end of the ammonia stripper there is a forced air inlet. A randomly packed bed located between the upper end and the lower end. In use there is a flow of steam and air in one direction and of leachate in the opposite direction which releases ammonia from the leachate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Process Limited
    Inventors: Robert Eden, Mark Moulden
  • Patent number: 8936412
    Abstract: A seismic-resistant fluid reservoir cover includes a plurality of panels and a network of flexible membranes coupled to adjacent panels. The flexible membranes are made of a potable water approved material, and the panels and the membranes create a fluid tight seal. Each panel in the reservoir cover is able to move along three directional axes independently of the adjacent panels while maintaining the fluid tight seal, at least in part because of the flexibility or the slack in the flexible membrane. A support member, such as a backer rod, may also be positioned in the spaces between the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Versaflex, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Haydu
  • Publication number: 20150010356
    Abstract: Described herein is an autonomous fluid spill containment device for a pipeline which has a carrier conduit for transporting a fluid and a containment conduit located around the carrier conduit to define an interstitial space for receiving fluid spilled from the carrier conduit. The device includes a spilled fluid barrier for stopping spilled fluid flow. The fluid barrier is located in the interstitial space and extending between the carrier conduit and the containment conduit. A cable sensor is associated with the containment conduit for detecting spilled fluid flowing in the containment conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Adler, Harold Russell Baird
  • Patent number: 8926792
    Abstract: A method for on-site dissemination and disposal of all wastewaters or leachate, that is generated by a landfill or other wastewater generating site includes collecting the wastewater or leachate which comprises an aqueous solution, having solids, elements and compounds of concern therein. The wastewater or leachate is directed to an “Integrated Mobile Aerosolization System (IMAS)” having a turbine and being integrated and mobile. The turbine is driven so as to generate a fully integrated and mobile system of highly accelerated air that moves through the IMAS. An integrated pump is utilized to move the leachate or wastewater to a series of nozzles that aerosolizes the leachate or wastewater into the path of the system of air to form an air-wastewater mixture or an air-leachate mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kelly K. Houston
  • Patent number: 8920071
    Abstract: A container adapted to be placed near a walkway or road and adapted to receive a solid ice prevention composition such as salt pellets. The container has an entrance opening and an exit opening. The entrance opening of the container may be connected to a downspout directly or via a connecting member to direct water from the downspout into the container. Water enters the container through the entrance opening and mixes with the ice prevention composition to create a solution having a reduced freezing point. The solution exits the container through the exit opening where it is able to flow in its liquid state even after the ambient air temperature falls below thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hazard Mitigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Luneckas, Steve Kunert, Blayne Medema
  • Publication number: 20140356067
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flood control device with direct sensing and control. The flood control device consists of a float which is connected with a flood barrier sheet and the flood barrier sheet will be pulled up by the float according to the flood water level. The flood barrier sheet is fixed at the support frame by having flaps. The flaps are filled by compressed air. The flood barrier sheet has a rounded ball shape protruding edge at four sides of the sheet which will be fully secured from slip out due to the pressure exerted from the flood water by compressed air filled flaps. The flood control device is anchored onto the ground by having a shaft (which is inserted into the hole of the bottom piece through a hard rubber ring at shaft end and groove at the bottom piece). A stand is anchored onto the ground and connected to the support frame of the flood control device with metal structure to prevent from collapsing due to force from the flood water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Kien Ming Chew, Joon Yip Chew
  • Publication number: 20140348588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a canal control system for controlling the water level or water flow in a canal system (2), comprising: (a) a centralized master controller (20), (b) a local slave controller (30), (c) a wireless communication system between the centralized master controller and the local slave controller, (d) a (fixed) reference point (8) or (movable) marker (11) relating to the water level in the canal system, and (e) an adjustable actuator (9) in the canal system, such as agate or pump, whereby the local slave controller comprises a mobile device (13) capable of displaying a human-readable instruction which an operator can act upon to set the adjustable actuator. The operator takes a picture of the water level and/or of the setting of the adjustable actuator. The data of the picture is used for updating a mathematical model of predictive control of the canal system and for calculating the setting of the present actuator and for determining which actuator is to be visited next by the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Peter-Jules VAN OVERLOOP
  • Patent number: 8888407
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for sealing a borehole from which oil discharges uncontrolled. Thereby, a hull is filled with cement and the cement mass is lowered around a cone-shaped pipe so that the cone-shaped pipe is simultaneously fixated and also sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Edmond D. Krecke
  • Publication number: 20140314486
    Abstract: A barrier for preventing contamination of oil from a well cellar is provided. The barrier includes a bottom ring and a top ring. The bottom ring may include a vertical arm and a horizontal arm. The vertical arm is attached to a top rim of a well cellar and the horizontal arm is extending inward towards the center of the well cellar. The top rim of the well cellar may abut at the inner corner of the bottom ring. A sheet of plastic may cover the bottom ring and the opening to the well cellar. A top ring may align with and may be secured to the bottom ring, thereby sandwiching the plastic sheet in between the bottom ring and the top ring. A hole may be cut in the plastic sheet at the opening of the well cellar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan Robert Rohrig
  • Publication number: 20140270964
    Abstract: A self-expanding protective covering structure, provided with at least one resilient and collapsible frame element, formed into a continuous planar loop. The entire structure, which stretches a protective covering while in the expanded configuration and collapses into a coiled configuration, can be placed and removed from a pond by one individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Carol Ann Mund
  • Patent number: 8794308
    Abstract: A blowout preventer and flow regulator, comprising blocks, each having a channel and plates to close it. The blocks are placed over a pipe through which oil or other fluid is escaping, so that the pipe is in their channels. Alongside the channel in each block are one or more plates, having diameters somewhat larger than the diameter of the channel. One or more pistons are attached to each of the plates. Explosive charges, or other suitable means, move the pistons to propel the plates across the channel to seal it off and stop the leak. Flanges may limit the pistons' movement. Gears can engage teeth on the pistons to withdraw the plates from the channel, to reopen it and allow the flow of oil or other fluid to resume. Plates may be withdrawn part way from the channel, to reduce and control the flow, without cutting it off completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Milanovich Investments, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Philip John Milanovich
  • Patent number: 8794333
    Abstract: A combination blowout preventer and recovery device, comprising a lower part that is placed over a well pipe, and an upper part having a channel and plates to close it. The large end of the valve is placed over a well pipe through which fluid is flowing out. The small end of the valve is connected to the channel. A sleeve connected to the return pipe is placed over the well pipe. Positioning rings are attached to a high pressure pipe, that can fit inside the well pipe. Grinders remove matter from the well pipe. Pistons are attached to each of the plates. The pistons propel the plates across the channel to seal it off and stop the leak. Flanges may limit the pistons' movement. Gears can engage teeth on the pistons to withdraw the plates from the channel, to reopen it and allow the flow of fluid to resume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Milanovich Investments, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Philip John Milanovich
  • Patent number: 8794872
    Abstract: A membrane lined structure for storing large fluid volumes comprising a base surrounding by supporting wall structures, and lined with a double membrane sealed at the edges and formed into a plurality of cellular components which can be inflated and deflated to assist in positioning for purposes of constructing the structure and securing the liner to the upper edges of the structural walls. The cellular membranes can further be monitored to ensure the integrity of the membrane liner prior to filling of the structure or during regular operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Alf Kolbjoern Sevre
  • Patent number: 8770273
    Abstract: A method of preventing or minimizing contamination to the soil about an oil or gas well, using a kit to install, an impervious and reusable liner and apparatus therefor. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Gibson
  • Patent number: 8770889
    Abstract: A method is provided for preventing water from entering a containment sump of an underground storage tank. After accessing an interior of the sump and interrupting the flow paths of piping, a form is positioned in the sump. An annular open space formed between the sump's sidewall and the form is substantially filled with a settable material. An inside wall of the form next has applied to it a polymeric material to seal off an source of water seepage. The piping flow paths are reestablished to create a waterproof containment sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Scott R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8757926
    Abstract: A method and system for storing and supplying hydrogen to a hydrogen pipeline in which a compressed hydrogen feed stream is introduced into a salt cavern for storage and a stored hydrogen stream is retrieved from the salt cavern and reintroduced into the hydrogen pipeline. A minimum quantity of stored hydrogen is maintained in the salt cavern to produce a stagnant layer having a carbon dioxide content along the cavern wall and the top of a residual brine layer located within the salt cavern. The compressed hydrogen feed stream is introduced into the salt cavern and the stored hydrogen stream is withdrawn without disturbing the stagnant layer to prevent carbon dioxide contamination from being drawn into the stored hydrogen stream being reintroduced into the hydrogen pipeline. This allows the stored hydrogen stream to be reintroduced into the hydrogen pipeline without carbon dioxide removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Francis Drnevich
  • Patent number: 8753037
    Abstract: The device is provided with a plurality of intermediate grid plate elements (12) with a top and a bottom surface, which are adapted to be positioned one on top of the other. Each intermediate grid plate element (12) comprises a grate strutting (18, 19) as well as a plurality of support members (20) which are distributed, in particular in a regular manner, over the intermediate grid plate element (12), wherein said support members (20) extend between the bottom face and the top face of an element in a direction substantially transverse to the extension of the intermediate grid plate elements (12) and are supported on the support members (20) of an adjacent intermediate grid plate element (12) arranged below a respective intermediate grid plate element (12), and support the support members (20) of an adjacent intermediate grid plate element (12) arranged above said respective intermediate grid plate element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Hewitech GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Hewing, Frank Dirkskoetter
  • Patent number: 8734052
    Abstract: A method for the construction of an improved tank base. A tank base is constructed for protection against accidental spills and/or leaks associated with a tank battery. The improved tank base comprises at least one part of a suitable substrate, which allows for the adhesion of an elastomer such as polyurea. Polyurea is preferably applied using a spray device which yields an average coverage of about 50-80 mils, and most preferably 60 mils. If more than one substrate is used, one or more substrates can be bound together with a fastening system. Once pressure is applied in the form of weight, the fastening system can be removed, resulting in an improved tank base having at least one seam and impervious to the fluid of the tank battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Falcon Technologies and Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry L. Perkins, Tim Kriegshauser
  • Patent number: 8702345
    Abstract: A portable, modular, and dynamically sized and shaped, above-ground, industrial-liquid-containment system is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a plurality of elongated curbs, each of which has a substantially inverted-V-shaped cross-section. In variations, each curb can have a flat top surface, from which two walls extend downwardly at a predetermined angle. At the bottom of each of the curb walls, is a foot surface extending substantially parallel to the ground and to the flat top surface. The plurality of curbs are detachably coupled together to define a perimeter for a liquid-containment area. The height of the curbed boundary can be increased by installing curb-height extender members onto the first-layer of curb members. The defined containment-area floor and the plurality of curbs is continuously covered by liquid-impermeable sheeting in order to prevent leakage into the outer-ground environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Allen Leroy Stein
  • Publication number: 20140105684
    Abstract: The invention provides modular units, associated component parts, and assemblies of the modular units and component parts, including storage and filtration systems, that are useful for making and using underground water management systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: KriStar Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Paul Allard
  • Patent number: 8684024
    Abstract: A spill containment system is attachable to a riser pipe with an axially moveable seal. The spill containment system allows access to a drop tube in the riser pipe via a removable liquid communication assembly. The spill containment system includes a sealed interstitial space, which remains sealed during installation, service and use of the system. The spill containment system is protected by a weather resistant cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Franklin Fueling Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin F. Kuehn
  • Patent number: 8678707
    Abstract: An underwater oil well blowout spill containment system includes a folded curtain positioned in a magazine around a deep water well head and blowout preventer (BOP). The magazine is positioned around the well-head and BOP and leaves room for required construction and maintenance. In the event of a blowout, the curtain is drawn upward from the magazine and cinched to contain leaking oil. A hose is connected to a port on the magazine to draw the oil to a tanker on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: John Powell, Kenneth L. Green
  • Patent number: 8657528
    Abstract: Brine disposal systems are configured to receive brine from a brine source and to passively collect seawater from a nearby ocean during high tide using one or more tidal forces. Tidal movements during high tide, low tide, or both may be used to mix and thereby dilute the brine with the seawater. The mixture of seawater and brine is then passively discharged into the ocean during low tide using the tidal force, thereby minimizing the impacts on the marine ecosystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Sung-Wei Chen, Colin Chan
  • Publication number: 20140050528
    Abstract: A membrane lined structure for storing large fluid volumes comprising a base surrounding by supporting wall structures, and lined with a double membrane sealed at the edges and formed into a plurality of cellular components which can be inflated and deflated to assist in positioning for purposes of constructing the structure and securing the liner to the upper edges of the structural walls. The cellular membranes can further be monitored to ensure the integrity of the membrane liner prior to filling of the structure or during regular operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Alf Kolbjoern Sevre
  • Patent number: 8651766
    Abstract: Circulation and aeration systems for ponds, lakes, sounds, treatment basins, and other bodies of water. In one set of embodiments, water is pumped in a downward direction to circulate ambient oxygen from the atmosphere and produced by plant photosynthesis to deeper strata. In other embodiments, water is circulated within predetermined depth strata. Each system preferably includes a wind turbine, a drive shaft, and an impeller array. Some systems include conduits for conveying and mixing water from and to selected depth strata, or configured as an open impeller-mixing apparatus. Alternative embodiments include systems which incorporate electrical power generation by the wind turbine, solar power generation and use hybrid wind-solar apparatus, and combinations of land-based and in-water based apparatus. A pneumatic pump diffuser and a control flow centered orifice diffuser line are employed in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert W. Kortmann
  • Patent number: 8651189
    Abstract: removable blowout recovery valve. The large end of the valve (or funnel) is placed over a well pipe (or other pipe) through which oil (or other fluid) is flowing out. The small end of the valve is connected to a return pipe. A high pressure pipe with a smaller diameter is inserted into the well pipe. A sleeve connected to the return pipe is placed over the well pipe. A locking collar is attached to the sleeve. Positioning rings are attached to the high pressure pipe, that can fit inside the well pipe. A sharp edge extends from the sleeve, by which irregularities in the well pipe can be cut. Lasers or other cutting devices are attached to extension arms, that can also cut irregularities in the well pipe. The slope of the valve can be changed. The valve can be removed and raised with the aid of floats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Milanovich Investments, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Philip John Milanovich
  • Publication number: 20140037381
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a portable, modular, and dynamically sized and shaped, above-ground, industrial liquid-containment system. Typically, the system has an outer-containment perimeter and an inner-containment perimeter (a reservoir), thus providing two barriers for environmental protection. A reservoir is comprised of a plurality of substantially A-framed segments that are hinged at the top and allows for folding together when the center and bottom braces are removed. A key feature for the A-frame segments is in their lack of steel cladding on the water side of most A-frames segments. Instead, fabric and/or cargo netting is used because it reduces weight and grips the A-frame purlins as the weight of contained liquids exert stabilizing downward force on A-frames. In addition, a steel grid system can run along the reservoir floor to compensate for expansion forces due to both temperature and water-weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: QUICK PITS LLC
    Inventor: Allen Leroy Stein
  • Patent number: 8641893
    Abstract: A floating cell with a floating macrophyte filter that can be installed in a chamber containing a volume of fluid to be filtered. The cell has: a layer with a floating macrophyte filter between a perimeter and a centre of the island; supporting means with peripheral structural means for defining a periphery; internal structural means for defining a framework; a central node; peripheral connecting means; internal connecting means; central flotation means and peripheral flotation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Macrofitas, S.L.
    Inventors: Vicente Juan Torres Junco, Pablo Riesco Prieto, Maria Lourdes Gacho Conde
  • Publication number: 20140030022
    Abstract: A reusable liquid containment system to capture and control spills or run-offs of hazardous liquids. The containment system consists of a reusable berm device which forms a perimeter dimension and conforms to various terrain elevations. The berm device consists of uniform elongated rectangular shaped foam units having an elastic memory, a rigid base, all encased in a fluid resistant protective cover with grommet protected openings to provide for horizontal and vertical connection. The berm devices are positioned in a single or multiple course to achieve appropriate elevation, with tapered berm devices to address varying topographic elevations. The containment system also consists of a draped containment liner or woven, knitted or braided fabric, or thermo-plastic material. The containment system allows wheeled vehicles and related equipment to cross without compromising the integrity of the perimeter berm and liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Michael W. Nicholas, Janet Nicholas
  • Patent number: 8631686
    Abstract: Traditional porous material testing does not provide a measure of how well the porous material will perform in oil spill conditions. We disclose a new system that can analyze and determine the absorptive capability and oil-selectivity of a porous material in a moving mixture of oil and water, under different environmental conditions of pressure and wind. Our system allows the porous material under test and the mixture of oil and water to experience complex motion trajectories, and we measure the absorption capacity as well as the rate of oil absorption under different environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Vineel Chakradhar
  • Patent number: 8622097
    Abstract: A spill containment apparatus includes a container adapted to be coupled to an end of a riser pipe of a storage tank and having a proximal end and a distal end. A tubular socket is formed in the container adjacent its distal end for receiving the riser pipe therein. The socket includes a securing mechanism for securing the container to the riser pipe, wherein the securing mechanism is spaced proximally of the distal end of the container to define the socket. The socket is configured to allow the riser pipe to support and balance the container during coupling of the container to the riser pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher A. Kane, Peter E. Manger, James E. Kesterman
  • Publication number: 20130343819
    Abstract: A method is provided for preventing water from entering a containment sump of an underground storage tank. After accessing an interior of the sump and interrupting the flow paths of piping, a form is positioned in the sump. An annular open space formed between the sump's sidewall and the form is substantially filled with a settable material. An inside wall of the form next has applied to it a polymeric material to seal off an source of water seepage. The piping flow paths are reestablished to create a waterproof containment sump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Scott R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8615379
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for implementing a multi-stage spatial sampling strategy to select optimal sampling locations and determine an optimal sampling density for a quantification of mass discharge uncertainty in a field. The present invention also provides systems and methods for estimating probability of a mass discharge in a control plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Tufts University
    Inventors: Ke Betty Li, Linda M. Abriola
  • Patent number: 8602682
    Abstract: The present invention mimics the natural process of oceanic upwelling wherein deep ocean water rises into the photic zone and provides a nutrient rich environment for phytoplankton, the beginning of the marine food chain. The power of waves is utilized to cause a down-flow of warm surface water though a plurality of conduits. A heat exchange process delivers warmth to the deep water which rises in a conduit due to a buoyancy that results from the warming. Deep ocean water that is rich in nutrients is brought into the photic zone to facilitate the primary production of marine life. The present invention can convert a non-fertile ocean environment into a fertile ocean environment. This fertile ocean environment can be used for aquaculture and to restore and also to enhance marine populations. The present invention vertically mixes ocean water which has a multitude of other advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Carl Leonard Resler
  • Publication number: 20130294836
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a plurality of secondary containment panels and assembling and installing the panels in a secondary containment system of an above-ground liquid storage tank or other retention facility includes forming at least one flexible substrate. A liquid impermeable coating is applied by a robotic applicator to the upper surface of the substrate such that an edge segment of the substrate remains uncoated. The coating is applied to the substrate in an indoor enclosure having a flat surface. The coated substrate is delivered to the site of the tank and extended across the ground adjacent to the tank. At least a pair of the substrates are juxtaposed relative to one another such that a first one of the substrate overlaps the uncoated segment of the second substrate to form a seam. An adhesive substance is then applied to the seam to fasten the first and second substrate together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Whitener
  • Publication number: 20130279988
    Abstract: A containment apparatus can be used to contain fluids leaking through a tubular wall of the pipe from an interior of the pipe to an environment surrounding the pipe. The containment apparatus can include a fluid container that can be positioned on an exterior surface of the pipe. The containment apparatus includes a seal for sealingly engaging the diameter of the pipe. In embodiments, the seal can be inflated with a pressure media to form a tighter seal between the containment apparatus and the pipe. For subsea pipeline applications, the containment apparatus can include a riser extending to the surface of the sea, from which the leaking fluid can be collected. In embodiments, the containment apparatus can include a valve that can selectively permit leaking fluid to flow toward a collection receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Khaled A. Al-Buraik
  • Patent number: 8562251
    Abstract: A fluid containment apparatus with a floor and a side wall is provided. A wall support is included that supports the side wall and can be moved between an initial supporting position and a collapsed position. The side wall is movable from an initial containment position to a collapsed state to allow access for vehicles or other objects to the floor. The wall support and side wall are subsequently movable back to their initial positions. In some arrangements, the wall support is movable back to the initial supporting position from the collapsed position but is not movable beyond the initial supporting position. Additionally or alternatively, in other embodiments the wall support remains in the collapsed position until a returning force is applied to move the wall support back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Basic Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Beak, Kurt Johnson, David Doolin, Russell J. Guffee, Edward W. Van Romer
  • Publication number: 20130270194
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for recovering oil from a submerged oil source, wherein the system includes a submerged conduit having at least two openings, with a first opening capable of being located in proximity of a leak in order to capture leaking oil, and with a second opening capable of communicating captured leaking oil to another location. A natural gas separator, coupled to the submerged conduit separates the boiling vapor phase natural gas from the captured oil thereby outputting oil with water contaminant. An oil/water separator coupled to the natural gas separator then separates out the contaminant water, resulting in a processed recovered oil product for storage and subsequent refinement. The flow to capture the leak is induced by generating a lower pressure at nozzle in the conduit via power jet, air lift, pumping of fluid out of conduit close to sea level, or other methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Dana R. Allen
  • Publication number: 20130272793
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems, methods and devices for containing a substance within a region. In some embodiments, one or hollow structures are positioned around the region and the structures are at least partly filled (e.g., through fill openings) with a weighting material. Some embodiments relate to a curved device comprising steps, such that a first cross-section of the device comprises a round shape and a second cross-section comprises a plurality of substantially linear segments. Some embodiments relate to a tank connection device comprising a sleeve extending through a curved device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Alan Denning