Responsive To Change In Rate Of Pump Fluid Flow Patents (Class 417/43)
  • Patent number: 11299971
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring, detecting, and/or intervening with respect to cavitation and pulsation events during hydraulic fracturing operations may include a supervisory controller. The supervisory controller may be configured to receive pump signals indicative of one or more of pump discharge pressure, pump suction pressure, pump speed, or pump vibration associated with operation of the hydraulic fracturing pump. The supervisory controller also may be configured to receive blender signals indicative of one or more of blender flow rate or blender discharge pressure. Based on one or more of these signals, the supervisory controller may be configured to detect a cavitation event and/or a pulsation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: BJ Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Yeung, Ricardo Rodriguez-Ramon, Joseph Foster
  • Patent number: 11274537
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring, detecting, and/or intervening with respect to cavitation and pulsation events during hydraulic fracturing operations may include a supervisory controller. The supervisory controller may be configured to receive pump signals indicative of one or more of pump discharge pressure, pump suction pressure, pump speed, or pump vibration associated with operation of the hydraulic fracturing pump. The supervisory controller also may be configured to receive blender signals indicative of one or more of blender flow rate or blender discharge pressure. Based on one or more of these signals, the supervisory controller may be configured to detect a cavitation event and/or a pulsation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: BJ Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Yeung, Ricardo Rodriguez-Ramon, Joseph Foster
  • Patent number: 11215173
    Abstract: A diaphragm pump includes: a housing; a diaphragm; an actuator configured to reciprocate the diaphragm based on a previously selected operation mode out of a plurality of operation modes; a setting device configured to set and send an operation mode and operating conditions; and a control device configured to receive the operation mode and the operating conditions from the setting device, and control the actuator to move the diaphragm forward or backward in accordance with the operation mode and the operating conditions received from the setting device. The plurality of operation modes include a normal operation mode in which the actuator is driven to perform a series of a suction process to suck a fluid and a discharge process to discharge the sucked fluid, and a partial operation mode in which the actuator is driven to perform the series of processes partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON PILLAR PACKING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazukiyo Teshima, Naoto Yamada, Motoaki Naruo
  • Patent number: 11149533
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring, detecting, and/or intervening with respect to cavitation and pulsation events during hydraulic fracturing operations may include a supervisory controller. The supervisory controller may be configured to receive pump signals indicative of one or more of pump discharge pressure, pump suction pressure, pump speed, or pump vibration associated with operation of the hydraulic fracturing pump. The supervisory controller also may be configured to receive blender signals indicative of one or more of blender flow rate or blender discharge pressure. Based on one or more of these signals, the supervisory controller may be configured to detect a cavitation event and/or a pulsation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: BJ Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Yeung, Ricardo Rodriguez-Ramon, Joseph Foster
  • Patent number: 11119078
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for high performance liquid chromatography. The apparatus includes a preparation loop comprising two linear stepping pumps, a sample loop comprising a sample injector, a chromatography column, and a detector device. The detector device can include a flash lamp, a flow cell, and a light sensor comprising an entrance slit, a grating; and a charge-coupled device array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ACADEMIA SINICA
    Inventors: Chung-Hsuan Chen, Chen-Yu Hsieh, Jung-Lee Lin
  • Patent number: 10874793
    Abstract: An infusion system for being operatively connected to a fluid delivery line and to an infusion container includes a pump, a plurality of different types of sensors connected to the pump or the fluid delivery line, at least one processor, and a memory. The plurality of different types of sensors are configured to indicate whether air is in the fluid delivery line. The memory includes programming code for execution by the at least one processor. The programming code is configured to, based on measurements taken by the plurality of different types of sensors, determine: whether there is air in the fluid delivery line; whether there is a partial occlusion or a total occlusion in the fluid delivery line; or a percentage of the air present in the fluid delivery line or the probability of the air being in the fluid delivery line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Meriyan Oruklu, Timothy L. Ruchti, Paul T. Kotnik, Anatoly S. Belkin, Brian G. Markey
  • Patent number: 10773266
    Abstract: A system may include an electrostatic spray tool having a turbine generator configured to generate electrical power to electrostatically charge a spray. The spray tool also may include a controller configured to monitor the electrical power from the turbine generator and to instruct a gas supply to vary a gas flow to the turbine generator based on feedback received from one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Carlisle Fluid Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Paul Baltz, Tait Russell Swanson
  • Patent number: 10718341
    Abstract: A method for actively damping oscillations in a compression process, the method being performed by a controller. The method includes acquiring process data from a compression process, performing oscillation frequency estimation of any detected oscillations in the process data, generating a damping signal based on the oscillation frequency estimation, and providing the damping signal to an electrical drive of the compression process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Andrea Cortinovis, Bjornar Bohagen, Mehmet Mercangöz
  • Patent number: 10711802
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pump system comprising a pump and a sensor. The pump comprises a pump casing defining a pump chamber, an inlet for receipt of flowable material into the chamber, an outlet for discharge of flowable material from the chamber, and an impeller disposed within the pump chamber to accelerate flowable material within the pump chamber. The pump also comprises a transition region extending between an inner peripheral surface of the pump chamber and an inner peripheral surface of the outlet, the transition region configured in use to divert flowable material accelerated by the impeller to the outlet. The vibration sensor is mounted to the pump casing and arranged in use to detect vibration of the transition region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Weir Minerals Australia Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Hambe, Craig Donald Strudwicke, Benjamin Michael Baker
  • Patent number: 10487813
    Abstract: A water booster control system designed with a controller having an algorithm that determines optimum starting parameters for one or more pumps is disclosed. The water booster control system supplies water to a location at specified operating parameters. Water enters a suction manifold, travels through pipes, and into the pumps. The pumps accelerate the water to the desired pressure and/or flow rate and discharge the water through pipes and out of a discharge manifold. One or more of the components of the water booster control system are monitored during use, and data regarding the parameters is displayed locally and/or remotely. Alarms are specified relating to one or more of the operating parameters and the alarm conditions may be displayed locally and/or remotely. A user may make modifications to the system locally and/or remotely through a screen and/or through a remote device using a smart phone application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Pentair Flow Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Mueller
  • Patent number: 9886018
    Abstract: A pumping unit and method controlling a variable speed pump to output constant flow rate against varying outlet pressure using a controller with stored data curves of flow rate versus discharge pressure for a plurality of pump speeds for the variable speed pump, including a processor determining appropriate pump speed for the sensed discharge outlet pressure by extrapolating between the stored data curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Loveless Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Kelly, Robert A. Grove, Rodney S. Mrkvicka, Donald J. Aholt
  • Patent number: 9670918
    Abstract: A water booster control system designed with a controller having an algorithm that determines optimum starting parameters for one or more pumps is disclosed. The water booster control system supplies water to a location at specified operating parameters. Water enters a suction manifold, travels through pipes, and into the pumps. The pumps accelerate the water to the desired pressure and/or flow rate and discharge the water through pipes and out of a discharge manifold. One or more of the components of the water booster control system are monitored during use, and data regarding the parameters is displayed locally and/or remotely. Alarms are specified relating to one or more of the operating parameters and the alarm conditions may be displayed locally and/or remotely. A user may make modifications to the system locally and/or remotely through a screen and/or through a remote device using a smart phone application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Pentair Flow Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Mueller
  • Patent number: 9464925
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining a flow rate indicator relating to the output flow rate of one or more activated pumps of a pumping station. The pumping station includes a well configured to receive or supply fluid flow. The method includes the step of determining, using a computational device, an operating condition relating to the activated pumps. The activated pumps are temporarily deactivated and a well flow rate relating to the fluid flow is determined, responsive to the determination of the operating condition. The method further includes the step of determining the pump output flow rate indicator using the determined well flow rate. The step of temporarily deactivating the activated pumps involves deactivating the activated pumps for a predetermined period of time and determining the well flow rate over that period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MULTITRODE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Stuart McMillan Duncan
  • Patent number: 9110040
    Abstract: An exhaust gas measurement device includes a pressure regulator for keeping a pressure of sample gas in a sensor flow line or a bypass flow line to be a set pressure value, a flow rate sensor provided on the bypass flow line for measuring a flow rate of the sample gas flowing through the bypass flow line, and an attention attracting part for displaying that the flow rate of the sample gas is reduced in the case where the flow rate measurement value measured by the flow rate sensor becomes equal to or smaller than an attention attracting flow rate value larger than a pressure controlling limit flow rate value by a predetermined value, the pressure controlling limit flow rate value being a lower limit flow rate value that is pressure-controllable by the pressure regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Okada, Masayuki Hayata, Toru Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9010138
    Abstract: A variable displacement compressor adjusts the pressure in a control pressure chamber and controls the displacement in accordance with the adjusted pressure. Refrigerant is supplied via a supply passage, and released via a bleed passage. The compressor includes a first control valve for adjusting the cross-sectional area of the supply passage for refrigerant. The compressor further includes a second control valve that adjusts the cross-sectional area of the bleed passage in accordance with the opening/closing state of the first control valve. The second control valve adjusts the cross-sectional area of the bleed passage such that the cross-sectional area when the first control valve is in the closed state is larger than that when the first control valve is in the opened state. The back pressure chamber is located in a section of the bleed passage that is located between the second control valve and the control pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yoshida, Osamu Hiramatsu
  • Publication number: 20150089999
    Abstract: A pulsation and particle suppressing continuous air flow system for air sampling instruments, particularly particle counters. An air pump occupies a portion of a sealed vacuum housing, with the other portion of the housing forming a surge chamber used to damp surges as the air pump attempts to pump air towards an air outflow port through an outflow pipe. The unoccupied volume of the surge chamber dampens or dilutes the surges at an air inflow port of the housing that is associated with an air sampling instrument, such as a particle counter. The air outflow port is associated with a filter for trapping particles originating inside of the air pump and associated motor while the interior of the housing itself traps particles originating outside of the air pump and motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Gerald A. Szpak, Thomas L. Pottberg
  • Patent number: 8989906
    Abstract: A method is provided for regulating fluid pump pressures by detecting an elevation differential between a fluid flow control device and the distal end of a fluid line in communication with the fluid flow control device. A fluid flow control device, for instance a peritoneal dialysis device, is at a first height, a distal end of a fluid line is at a second height, and a valved outlet, when open, affords communication between the fluid flow control device and the distal end of the fluid line. The elevation differential is correlatable with a pressure measurable during a calibration procedure provided as a part of the methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Larry B. Gray, Robert J. Bryant, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150064023
    Abstract: A motor controller of the present invention comprises units which obtain information indicative of a motor speed (?) and information indicative of motor torque (T), an air flow calculation section which calculates an air flow (Q) of a fan based on the motor speed (?) and the motor torque (T); and a speed command generation section which generates a speed command (?*) of a motor such that the air flow (Q) coincides with the predetermined air flow command (Q*).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuta Sasaki, Yasuyuki Yokouchi, Yasushi Kato, Toru Tazawa
  • Publication number: 20150044062
    Abstract: Technologies for use with a hot water recirculation system containing a hot water source, a flow sensor downstream from the source, a booster pump downstream from the sensor, and a plumbing fixture downstream from the pump are provided. The technologies enable a controller to couple to the sensor and the pump, and operate in a calibration mode and a control mode. Such operations can increase energy efficiency of the pump and increase operational longevity of the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence Halff
  • Patent number: 8951019
    Abstract: A fuel forwarding skid for delivering fuel from a storage area to a plurality of turbines includes at least two pumps for delivering fuel to a skid outlet line. A flow control device is connected to the pumps to control an output of the pumps. A recirculation line is in communication with the skid outlet line and is adapted to return a portion of the fuel in the skid outlet line to the storage area. A flow meter is in communication with the recirculation line to measure a rate of flow in the recirculation line, and the flow control device controls the output of at least one of the pumps in accordance with the rate of flow in the recirculation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Victor Hains, Gary Cletus Mobley, Abhijit Gupta
  • Patent number: 8951339
    Abstract: A system for compressing and drying a gas generally includes a compressor having multiple stages of compression and a dryer. The compressor includes a first heat exchanger and an after-cooler each of which utilizes a fan. A sensor is provided downstream of the after-cooler. The fan and sensor are in communication with the controller. A final stage compressed gas outlet of the compressor provides hot compressed gas to the regenerative portion of the dryer. Utilization of the final stage compressed gas for regeneration while also utilizing the compressor's after-cooler provides gas which is sufficiently hot to regenerate desiccant in the dryer and allows the communication between the sensor, the controller and compressors to remain intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Henderson Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry D. Henderson, Charles A. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20150010408
    Abstract: A control unit includes an excessive output suppression control unit which suppresses an excessive output by reducing a current command value from a host control apparatus. A control signal output unit obtains a motor control signal by adding a reduction amount of the current command value to the current command value. The excessive output suppression control unit includes: an oil pressure estimating unit which estimates oil pressure based on a current and a rotating speed of the electric motor; and a current command value correction amount calculating unit which compares outputs the reduction amount of the current command value if the estimated oil pressure is higher than target oil pressure. One of the target oil pressure and the estimated oil pressure compared by the current command value correction amount calculating unit is corrected based on oil temperature information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Kagawa, Kengo Uda, Yasuyuki Aoki
  • Patent number: 8920131
    Abstract: A pump control (20) and method are provided for controlling a pump (16) for a pressurized liquid supply system (10). The pump control (20) includes a controller (38) configured to provide at least two selectable modes of pump operation as follows: a flow start mode wherein the controller (38) starts the pump (16) in response to a desired start flow rate of the liquid in the system (10) and stops the pump (16) in response to a desired stopping low flow rate of the liquid in the system; and a pressure start mode wherein the controller (38) starts the pump (16) in response to a desired start pressure of the liquid in the system (10) and stops the pump (16) in response to the desired stopping low flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Randal S. Aspen
  • Patent number: 8920132
    Abstract: A blower system includes a blower motor and an inverter in electrical communication therewith. The blower motor is mechanically coupled to a blower configured to generate an airstream having an airflow rate. The inverter is configured to provide a motor drive signal to the motor. A flow rate calculator is configured to determine a calculated airflow rate from motor operating parameters of the blower motor using a mathematical model of the airflow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Gene Havard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140363308
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pumping system for moving water of a swimming pool, including a water pump and a variable speed motor. In one example, a target volume amount of water and an operational time period is provided, and the operational time period is altered based upon a volume of water moved. In another example, operation of the motor is altered based upon the volume of water moved. In addition or alternatively, a target flow rate of water to be moved by the water pump is determined based upon the target volume amount and a time period. In addition or alternatively, a plurality of operations are performed on the water, and a total volume of water moved by the pump is determined. In addition or alternatively, an optimized flow rate value is determined based upon power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, JR., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Ronald B. Robol, Christopher Yahnker, Elnar Kjartan Runarsson
  • Patent number: 8905720
    Abstract: An arrangement for monitoring a supply within a platform. A sensor is arranged to generate sample values relating to a fluid characteristic variable, wherein the fluid is fed by the supply within the platform. A processor is arranged to receive a plurality of sample values from the sensor. The processor, is arranged to generate an absolute value of a difference between each of the received plurality of sample values and a subsequent associated sample value, wherein the received sample values are generated during a predetermined time period. The processor is arranged to determine an indication number corresponding to the number of the generated absolute values which are greater than a predetermined threshold value. The sample collecting process is only active when a criterion comprising a stable pump in a no load condition and all hydraulic consumers are in a resting position or close to a resting position is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Jüri Almå, Magnus Landberg, Mats Kristoffersson
  • Publication number: 20140345372
    Abstract: A system (e.g., a chromatography system) includes a rotor, a microfluidic device, a rotor driver, a clamping mechanism, and control electronics. The rotor defines a plurality of first fluid-conveying features. The micro fluidic device defines one or more channels and a plurality of second fluid-conveying features, in fluid communication with the one or more channels. The rotor driver is coupled to the rotor and is configured to rotate the rotor, relative to the microfluidic device, between a first position and a second position such that, in each of the positions, at least one of the first fluid-conveying features cooperates with at least one of the one or more channels to provide for fluid communication therebetween. The clamping mechanism is operable to provide a sealing force to establish a fluid-tight seal between the rotor and the microfluidic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Geoff C. Gerhardt, Keith Fadgen, Joseph D. Michienzi, Bernard Bunner
  • Publication number: 20140341751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control device for a radiator fan, in particular for a radiator fan of a motor vehicle, having an external control device which is designed to generate a controlled variable for an electric motor of the radiator fan according to a first predefined setpoint value, and having an internal control device which is designed to control the motor current of the electric motor of the radiator fan according to a predefined first motor current maximum value if the controlled variable which is generated by the external control device assumes such a value that the motor current exceeds the predefined first motor current maximum value. The present invention also relates to a radiator fan arrangement and to a method for controlling a radiator fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Karsten Ude, Stefan Zick
  • Patent number: 8876487
    Abstract: This disclosure relates a water pump control system for an internal combustion engine, and a method for operating an internal combustion engine including a clutch-controlled water pump. The water pump control system and method provide protection of the pump impeller during dry pump operation, such as when a watercraft engine is started while the watercraft is out of water, by turning off the clutch-controlled pump when no water is detected at the inlet of the water pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. England, Mike Abraham
  • Publication number: 20140314582
    Abstract: A pumping system for moving water of a swimming pool includes a water pump and a variable speed motor. The pumping system further includes means for determining a first motor speed of the motor, means for determining first and second performance values of the pumping system, and means for comparing the first and second performance values. The pumping system further includes means for determining an adjustment value based upon the comparison, means for determining a second motor speed based upon the adjustment value, and means for controlling the motor in response to the second motor speed. In one example, the pumping system includes means for determining a value indicative of a flow rate of water moved by the pump. In addition or alternatively, the pumping system includes a filter arrangement. A method of controlling the pumping system for moving the water of the swimming pool is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, JR., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Peter Westermann-Rasmussen, Gert Kjaer, Florin Lungeanu
  • Patent number: 8845302
    Abstract: A method for continuously controlling the flow rate of a meat input stream for making a meat product is disclosed. A flow rate algorithm is provided that depends upon pump speed (RPM) for control of the flow rate. A correction factor provides further control of the system and is dependant upon loss in weight data when meat is not being added. When meat is being added and a new target flow rate is desired, a modified correction factor is calculated based upon a previous error factor and a new initial pump speed based on the new target flow rate. The modified correction factor is used to obtain an adjusted pump speed. The RPM of the pump motor is used as the main control of the flow rate, and the loss in weight data fine tunes this RPM parameter for finer control to better achieve a target flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventor: Daniel B. Wilke
  • Patent number: 8801389
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a pumping system for at least one aquatic application. The pumping system includes a pump, a motor coupled to the pump, and a controller in communication with the motor. The controller determines a first motor speed, obtains a reference flow rate, determines a present flow rate, and determines a present power consumption. The controller calculates a difference value between the reference flow rate and the present flow rate, and uses at least one of integral, proportional, and derivative control to generate a second motor speed based on the difference value. The controller attempts to drive the motor at the second motor speed until reaching a steady state condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignees: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc., Danfoss Low Power Drives A/S
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Peter Westermann-Rasmussen, Gert Kjaer, Florin Lungeanu
  • Publication number: 20140172087
    Abstract: A method is provided of controlling a pump including a electrical motor coupled to a rotor which carries first and second impellers at opposite ends thereof. The method includes: (a) driving the rotor using the motor, so as to circulate fluid from the first impeller through a first fluid circuit, the second impeller, a second fluid circuit, and back to the first impeller; (b) determining a resistance of the first fluid circuit, based on a first motor parameter which is a function of electrical power delivered to the motor; (c) determining a flow rate through the first fluid circuit based on a second motor parameter which is a function of electrical power delivered to the motor; and (d) varying at least one operational parameter of the pump so as to maintain a predetermined relationship between the flow rate and the resistance of the first fluid circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: David Horvath, Alex Massiello, Leonard A. R. Golding, Barry Kuban
  • Patent number: 8740574
    Abstract: A method in connection with a pump drive connected to a container or the like, wherein a frequency converter is arranged to supply power to a pump in such a manner that a pump flow (Qp) is responsive to an estimated mean incoming flow (Qest) to the container. The method includes draining the container, allowing the container to fill during a predefined filling time (tfill) while the pump is inactive, draining the container again at a known pump flow (Qp,nom), defining the drainage time (tdrain), defining an estimated mean incoming flow (Qest) on the basis of the filling time (tfill), drainage time (tdrain) and known pump flow (Qp,nom), and setting the power supplied by the frequency converter to the pump to be such that the pump flow (Qp) corresponds to the produced estimated mean incoming flow (Qest).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventor: Juha Saukko
  • Publication number: 20140093396
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing and controlling flow rate of a compressed gas produced by a compression system having one or more stages of compression formed by a centrifugal compressor or compressors, inlet guide vanes to control flow through the compression stage or stages and an electric motor directly coupled to the stage or stages having a restricted speed zone within which vibrational modes can damage the electric motor. A desired flow rate is obtained by speed adjustment alone and with the inlet guide vanes positioned at 0° when the speed will lie above or below the restricted speed zone. Where a desired flow rate would require extended operation of the electric motor at a speed within the restricted speed zone, the speed is set to the uppermost level of the restricted speed zone and the desired flow rate is obtained through appropriate positioning of the inlet guide vanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Stanko, John H. Royal, Ahmed F. Abdelwahab, Carl L. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 8684699
    Abstract: A pump for a high-pressure cleaning appliance for delivering cleaning liquid is provided. The pump has a pump housing with at least one pump chamber into which at least one piston plunges. The pump chamber is connected via at least one inlet valve to a suction line and via at least one outlet valve to a pressure line. A bypass line leads from the pressure line to the suction line. An overflow valve is arranged in the bypass line. The valve body of the overflow valve is connected to a control element which, in dependence upon the flow rate of the cleaning liquid, displaces the valve body to a closed or an open position. A rear housing component and a front housing component of the pump housing are joined together. The bypass line opens into a suction line section of the suction line, which extends between the housing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Alfred Kaercher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Nathan, Juergen Erdmann
  • Patent number: 8668464
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transporting a fluid for generating a fluid jet, wherein the fluid is delivered from a pump under pressure with a predetermined volume flow to an exit opening. In the event of an interruption of the volume flow, the pump is automatically switched from an operating mode for generating pressure to an operating mode for suctioning fluid; and a device for producing a volume flow for realizing a fluid jet for cutting and/or flushing of material, comprising a pump with an operating mode for generating pressure in the fluid and for generating suction. The device is constructed such that during interruption of the set volume flow, the pumpcan be switched over or switches over automatically from the operating mode for generating pressure to an operating mode for generating suction for the purpose of suctioning fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Human Med AG
    Inventors: Arnd Kensy, Konrad-Wenzel Winkler, Andreas Runow, Frank Niklas, Gernot Schlee
  • Patent number: 8641383
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method of controlling a pump. The method includes sensing a pressure in the pump and entering a low-flow mode when the sensed pressure in the pump is greater than a low pressure threshold. The method also includes reducing power to the pump when the sensed pressure is greater than a shut-off pressure during the low-flow mode and there is flow through the pump until the sensed pressure is less than the shut-off pressure. The method further includes turning the pump off when in the low-flow mode the sensed pressure is greater than the shut-off pressure and there is no flow through the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: SHURflo, LLC
    Inventors: Humberto V. Meza, Nikhil Jitendra Gandhi, Quang Minh Truong
  • Publication number: 20140010667
    Abstract: A device and a method for dosing an uptake or a release of a liquid. The device comprises a pump pumping a fluid, a pump drive driving the pump, and a fluid channel connected to the pump. A tip is connected to the fluid channel comprising an opening for the uptake or the release of the liquid. At least one flow sensor measures a flow rate of the fluid in the fluid channel. A controller monitors and adjusts the flow rate and/or pressure in the fluid channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Trump, Tibor Horvath
  • Publication number: 20130343909
    Abstract: A liquid feed pump includes a pump housing, a diaphragm forming a pump chamber together with the recessed portion surface and partitioning the pump chamber from the hole, a reciprocating member reciprocatably inserted into the hole and reciprocating to press the diaphragm to deform, a driving member displacing the reciprocating member periodically in a direction of reciprocation, a seal portion sandwiching the diaphragm to seal the diaphragm in a position around an outer peripheral side of the recessed portion surface, a diaphragm receiving surface provided between the seal portion and the opening portion, and its contact area contacting the diaphragm decreases in response to an increase in the displacement of the reciprocating member to the recessed portion surface side and increases in response to an increase in the internal pressure of the pump chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: CKD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi NITTA
  • Patent number: 8573952
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a pumping system for at least one aquatic application. The pumping system includes a pump, a motor coupled to the pump, and a controller in communication with the motor. The controller determines an actual power consumption of the motor and compares the actual power consumption to a reference power consumption. The controller also determines that the pump is in an unprimed condition if the actual power consumption is less than the reference power consumption and that the pump is in a primed condition if the actual power consumption is at least equal to the reference power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc., Danfoss Low Power Drives
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Gert Kjaer, Florin Lungeanu
  • Patent number: 8562303
    Abstract: A fuel supply system has an in-tank module. The in-tank module is provided with a pump, a filter, a pressure regulator and a pressure sensor detecting a fuel pressure. The pressure sensor is disposed on or at a vicinity of the fuel pump so that the pressure sensor easily detects a pulsation component due to the pump. A fuel pump controller includes a speed detection module which detects the rotation speed of the fuel pump based on a cycle of the pulsation component of the pressure detected by the pressure sensor. Thus, the rotation speed of the fuel pump can be indirectly detected by means of the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Mori, Katsuhiko Nakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8540493
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a pump control system. One or more embodiments of the invention include a pump controller that can perform a self-calibration procedure, can provide precise motor speed control, can provide a limp mode before shutting down the motor when system parameters are exceeded and/or fault conditions occur, can detect fault conditions, and can store fault conditions for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Sta-Rite Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Koehl
  • Patent number: 8529214
    Abstract: A pump system including a pump and a sensor system for monitoring a fluid production of the pump and providing an output indicative of the fluid production. The sensor system is configured to use at least two discreet methodologies for measuring the fluid production. The pump system further includes a control system operatively coupled to the sensor system and the pump and configured to automatically vary the speed of the pump at least partially based upon the output of the sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Robbins & Myers Energy Systems L.P.
    Inventor: Michael E. Smith
  • Patent number: 8483898
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a clutch set, a tank with fluid, an auxiliary battery, an electric fuel pump, and a controller. The electric fluid pump delivers some of the fluid from the tank to a designated oncoming clutch of the clutch set. The controller calculates a predicted flow value for the oncoming clutch during the shift event, and selectively controls the speed of the pump using the predicted flow value during the shift event. The controller controls the pump using an actual flow value when the vehicle is not executing a shift event, i.e., when holding torque. The speed of the electric fluid pump is increased to a first calculated speed determined using the predicted flow value when the shift event is initiated and before filling of the oncoming clutch commences, and is reduced to a second calculated speed determined using the actual flow value when the shift event is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ali K. Naqvi, Jy-Jen F. Sah
  • Patent number: 8480374
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and auto-control system on improving pumping system performance. The system contains a pump, a pool, pipelines, a parameter setting module, a water level measuring module and a system control module. The parameter setting module is configured to preset a characteristic parameter and a control parameter of the pump and the pipelines. The water level measuring module is configured to measure, determine and compute a high level pool water level, a flow demand trend and a system instantaneous flow at regular intervals. The system control module is configured to receive the data sent by the water level measuring module that is measured and computed, and controls the operation of the system based on the data. Compared to existing pumping control system, the system in the present invention can save energy for 10%-30%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Zhijin Yang
  • Patent number: 8480373
    Abstract: A pumping system for moving water of a swimming pool includes a water pump, a variable speed motor, and a filter arrangement in fluid communication with the pump. The pumping system can also include means for determining a load value indicative of an unclogged filter that permits movement of water through the filter arrangement, means for determining a load value indicative of a clogged filter that inhibits movement of water through the filter arrangement, and means for determining a performance value of the pumping system. The pumping system also includes means for determining a relative loading value of the filter arrangement, means for displaying the relative loading value, and means for controlling the motor in response to the relative loading value. In one example, the load values and performance value can include flow pressure values. A method of moving water of a swimming pool is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc., Danfoss Low Power Drives
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Ronald B. Robol, Gert Kjaer, Einar Kjartan Runarsson
  • Publication number: 20130129527
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a blocked air discharge line of an air compressor are described, which include monitoring motor current (IMTR) drawn by a compressor motor, and calculating a three-point moving average for a steady state current drawn by the compressor motor upon the motor reaching steady state (nominal) operating speed. After expiration of a predetermined time period T1 that commences upon the compressor motor reaching steady state speed, a determination is made regarding whether a difference between a current drawn by the compressor motor and the three-point moving average has exceeded a predetermined current value I2 and is consistent with a current profile indicative of a blocked air line. If a blocked air line is detected, a compressor shut-off command is generated and transmitted to the compressor motor to shut the compressor motor off prior to opening of a safety valve on the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Marv Hamdan
  • Publication number: 20130108475
    Abstract: An actuator-driven pump having a resilient chamber and a plurality of smart material actuators arranged such that activation of each smart material actuator will cause the smart material actuator to compress the resilient chamber is disclosed. A controller is connected to the smart material actuators for controlling the activation and deactivation of said smart material actuators in a pattern to urge a material through the resilient chamber. Methods of pumping material through activating actuators in an actuator driven pump in a predetermined pattern are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Viking AT, LLC
    Inventor: Viking AT, LLC
  • Patent number: 8404117
    Abstract: A system for controlling water within an aquatic facility includes a water chemistry controller, a variable rate water pump adapted to move water in the facility, and a variable rate motor driver operationally coupled to the water pump for variably energizing the water pump. The variable rate motor driver is coupled to the water chemistry controller to allow the water chemistry controller to manage the operation of the water pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: BECS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett D. Steinbrueck, Darren Greenwalt, III