With Indicating, Signalling, Recording, Sampling, Or Inspection Means Patents (Class 422/119)
  • Patent number: 10526669
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for recovering carbonate from steel slag, in which it is possible to extract carbonate from steel slag and reuse the extracted carbonate, and to recycle steel slag and make use of CO2 gas without emission to the atmosphere. Since unreacted metal ions and an acidic solvent are reused in the method and system, it is possible to increase carbonate extraction efficiency and reduce an amount of waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jang Yong You, Ja Hyung Koo, Kwang Hee Shin, You Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 9988316
    Abstract: A material contains open pores in which the channels and pores that are internally coated with at least one layer of phosphorus-containing alumina. Such material is formed by infiltrating a porous material one or more times with a non-colloidal, low-viscosity liquid coating precursor, drying, and curing the coating precursor to form a phosphorus-containing alumina layer within pores of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Thin Films, Inc.
    Inventors: Sankar Sambasivan, Vikram Sharad Kaul, Francis Richard Chapman
  • Patent number: 9968884
    Abstract: A system for removing contaminants from emissions including a reverse venturi shaped fluidized bed device featuring a method for tilting and/or agitation. The system includes numerous component devices such as, but not limited to, an influent source, a fluidized bed device, a post filter device, and an effluent discharge, each of which are able to be isolated, integrated, bypassed, and/or reconfigured for application specific emissions requirements. The filter media is a mass of reactive material disposed within the fluidized bed which is in intimate contact with the emissions as they pass through the fluidized bed. The mass of reactive material contains an amalgam forming metal which chemically binds with the emissions that are passing through the system. Methods for removing contaminants from gaseous and non-gaseous emissions are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Chemical and Metal Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Hal Stuhler, Lori Stuhler, Van T. Walworth, Scott Drummond
  • Patent number: 9962650
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing contaminants from emissions is provided with a reverse venturi shaped fluidized bed device integrated into the system. The system includes numerous component devices such as, but not limited to, an influent source, a fluidized bed device, a post filter device, and an effluent discharge. The system may also include one or more application specific pre-filter and/or post filter devices. The fluidized bed is constructed with a specific length to diameter ratio for optimum restrictive flow through a specialized filter media. The filter media is a mass of reactive material disposed within the fluidized bed which is in intimate contact with the emissions, as the emissions pass through the fluidized bed. The mass of reactive material contains an amalgam forming metal which chemically binds with the emissions that are passing through the system. Methods for removing contaminants from gaseous and non-gaseous emissions are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Chemical and Metal Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Hal Stuhler, Lori Stuhler, Van T. Walworth, Scott Drummond
  • Patent number: 9861718
    Abstract: A method and system for determining steam sterilant quality of a steam sterilizer where the steam sterilant comprises non-condensable gas(es).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Knut Schumacher, Robbert-Jan Hermsen
  • Patent number: 9863925
    Abstract: A filtration system for a soil analysis device and methods of pressure filtration and automated cleaning are disclosed for generating filtrate used in measuring characteristics of a soil sample and preparing the filtration system for repeated measurements. A mixing chamber combines a soil sample and an extractant into a liquid mixture. The filtration system receives and pressure filters the liquid mixture to quickly generate filtrate used to measure characteristics of the sample. The filtrate is passed to a measurement cell for analysis. Once the analysis is complete, the filtration system performs a cleaning process in preparation to receive a subsequent liquid mixture from another soil sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: WINFIELD SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Bevan Gerber-Siff, Justin White, Stephen Prouty, Robert Tirrell, Michael Preiner, Nicholas Koshnick
  • Patent number: 9804004
    Abstract: A sensor assembly is provided for detecting a concentration of a fluid. The sensor assembly includes a sensing unit and a cover assembly. The sensing unit includes a transmitter configured to transmit a signal into a sensing volume and a receiver configured to receive the signal after the signal passes through a portion of the sensing volume. The cover assembly at least partially encloses the sensing volume and is substantially impermeable to a gas portion of the fluid. The cover assembly includes apertures defined therein which are permeable to the gas portion of the fluid. A first plurality of apertures are defined along a top surface of the cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Ryan J. Kruse, Michael F. Flanagan, Jonathan R. Copeland, Francis J. Lahey
  • Patent number: 9775503
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes: a medicinal solution storage portion configured to store a medicinal solution; a sampling tube including a first end portion opened inside the medicinal solution storage portion, and a second end portion opened outside the medicinal solution storage portion; a first chamber, inside which the second end portion of the sampling tube is opened; a second chamber where an opening portion and a communication port communicated with the first chamber are formed; a constricted portion configured to connect the first chamber and the communication port; a first advancing/retreating portion configured to advance and retreat between a first position to block the constricted portion and a second position to open the constricted portion inside the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Inoue, Atsushi Kinoshima
  • Patent number: 9737848
    Abstract: A carbon dioxide capture system includes: a washing unit which uses cleaning water to clean absorption unit exhaust gas or stripping unit exhaust gas; and a gas-liquid separation device which allows condensed water generated by cooling washing unit exhaust gas to be separated from the washing unit exhaust gas. The condensed water is mixed into the cleaning water by a condensed water line. If the amount of the cleaning water becomes more than a predetermined amount, the cleaning water is mixed into an absorbing liquid by a cleaning water line. A controller controls a condensed water valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Mitsuru Udatsu, Masatoshi Hodotsuka, Hideo Kitamura, Kiyohiko Iwasa, Keita Nagano, Noriko Chiba, Yusuke Handa, Satoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9715673
    Abstract: A system and a method for managing replacement of consumables, the system including an installed base of equipment assemblies, an installed base of consumables, the consumables including recyclable gas purifiers having a limited lifetime and being used in combination with a said equipment assembly. The system includes a server for registering the consumables and having a module for calculating a replacement advice with respect to the consumable that has been registered in the server. A web portal provides a provider or an end user access to the server via the internet. Various data relating to the end user, its equipment assemblies and its consumables may be inputted via the web portal and the replacement advice that is associated with the registered consumables may be outputted via the web portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SCIENTIFIC GLASS TECHNOLOGY SINGAPORE PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Adriaan Frans van der Maas, Martinus van der Maas, Marinus Frans van der Maas
  • Patent number: 9687754
    Abstract: A system for extracting oil from oil-bearing plant parts has an extraction vessel supported by an upright stand, a separator vessel mounted below the extraction vessel, and an expansion filter vessel mounted downstream from the separator vessel. A source of hydrocarbon solvent supplies liquid gas to the top of the extraction vessel, while a recycling pump connected to the separator vessel facilitates transport of the solvent through the plant material in the extraction vessel. The solvent is recovered and re-circulated, while extracted oil is removed from the separator. A computer-based temperature control assembly having a cooling device and a jacketed injection coil regulates temperature of the solvent delivered to the extraction assembly. A thermal jacket is mounted on each of the separator vessel and the expansion filter vessel, with the thermal jackets supplying heat and cold to the interior of the separator vessel and the expansion filter vessel and helping evaporate and condense the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Matthew Ellis
  • Patent number: 9686096
    Abstract: A method for separating a second fluid or a particulate from a host fluid is disclosed. The method includes flowing the mixture through an acoustophoretic device comprising an acoustic chamber, an ultrasonic transducer, and a reflector. The transducer includes a piezoelectric material driven by a voltage signal to create a multi-dimensional acoustic standing wave in the acoustic chamber. A voltage signal is sent to drive the ultrasonic transducer in a displacement profile that is a superposition of a combination of different mode shapes that are the same order of magnitude to create the multi-dimensional acoustic standing wave in the acoustic chamber such that the second fluid or particulate is continuously trapped in the standing wave, and then agglomerates, aggregates, clumps, or coalesces together, and subsequently rises or settles out of the host fluid due to buoyancy or gravity forces, and exits the acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FLODESIGN SONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Benjamin Ross-Johnsrud, Evgenia Zabolotskaya, Yurii Ilinskii
  • Patent number: 9651530
    Abstract: An exemplary apparatus for measuring nitric oxide in a fluid includes a sample injection port; a pump and reservoir; a valve; a measurement chamber; an electromagnetic radiation source; controls and user interface; and a cartridge. The cartridge includes a sample chamber a mix chamber; a sample degassing chamber; and a planar reaction chamber. The cartridge preferably is single-use and disposable. Furthermore, additional inventive aspects and features are disclosed related to measuring nitric oxide in a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: LifeHealth, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Everett Blomberg, Mark Louis Peterson, Amanda Marie Franey, Jonathan S. Stamler
  • Patent number: 9630163
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing metal organic frameworks, comprising: a tubular flow reactor comprising a tubular body into which, in use, precursor compounds which form the metal organic framework are fed and flow, said tubular body including at least one annular loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Marta Rubio Martinez, Matthew Roland Hill, Michael Batten, Kok Seng Lim, Anastasios Polyzos, Timothy Raymond Barton, Trevor Deon Hadley, Andreas Alexander Monch
  • Patent number: 9550134
    Abstract: A method for separating a second fluid or a particulate from a host fluid is disclosed. The method includes flowing the mixture through an acoustophoretic device comprising an acoustic chamber, an ultrasonic transducer, and a reflector. The transducer includes a piezoelectric material driven by a voltage signal to create a multi-dimensional acoustic standing wave in the acoustic chamber. A voltage signal is sent to drive the ultrasonic transducer in a displacement profile that is a superposition of a combination of different mode shapes that are the same order of magnitude to create the multi-dimensional acoustic standing wave in the acoustic chamber such that the second fluid or particulate is continuously trapped in the standing wave, and then agglomerates, aggregates, clumps, or coalesces together, and subsequently rises or settles out of the host fluid due to buoyancy or gravity forces, and exits the acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Benjamin Ross-Johnsrud, Evgenia Zabolotskaya, Yuril Ilinskii
  • Patent number: 9504859
    Abstract: A sensor device is disclosed for providing end of service life indication for an air purification filter. The sensor device has a cylindrical housing for insertion into a sorbent bed of a filter, and can be removed from the bed and reused at the end of the filter service. One or more sensors inside the housing are configured to sense physical/chemical characteristics of air passing through the sorbent bed, and to provide associated data to a sensor conditioning board within the housing. The sensor conditioning board processes the received data and conditions the data as desired. The housing is receivable in a cavity formed in the filter bed. A receiving structure receives the housing therein. Data from the one or more sensors can be used to calculate predicted end of service life of the filter. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ding, Amy E Quiring, Michael Parham
  • Patent number: 9475029
    Abstract: A reactor and process for the production of bio-diesel. The reactor includes one or more coiled reaction lines. The lines are positioned within a tank containing a heat transfer media such as molten salt, maintained at about 750° F. A pump circulates the media within the tank. An emulsion of alcohol; refined feed stock, including glycerides and/or fatty acids; and preferably water is pumped through the reaction lines at temperatures and pressures sufficient to maintain the alcohol in a super-critical state. The curvature of the coils, pump pulsing, and the flow rate of the emulsion keep the emulsion in a turbulent state while in the reactor, ensuring thorough mixing of the alcohol and feed stock. The alcohol reacts with the glycerides and fatty acids to form bio-diesel. The reaction is fast, efficient with regard to energy input and waste generation, and requires minimal alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Louisiana Eco Green, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kemper J. McSpadden, Gerard M. Thomassie
  • Patent number: 9308709
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are disclosed for heat bonding or welding a thermoplastic component to a sealing member such as a film or foil having a thermoplastic portion. The apparatus preferably includes a 3-axis arrangement for accurate and repeatable positioning of the component and foil during bonding and for variation of bonding parameters, such as material, pressure, temperature and/or time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventor: James Madsen
  • Patent number: 9227167
    Abstract: An embodiment can be a process for catalytically cracking a hydrocarbon feed. The process can include providing the hydrocarbon feed including an effective amount of one or more C4-C6 olefins for producing at least one light olefin to a riser. Typically, at least about 99%, by mole, of the hydrocarbon feed is a gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Paolo Palmas, Robert L. Mehlberg, Keith A. Couch, Paul S. Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9046502
    Abstract: A deterioration checking device (2) includes a sight glass (3) through which deterioration of a biofuel stored in a fuel tank is observable as a change in the color of the biofuel, and first and second benchmark sections (4a, 4b) each of which three color samples (11a, 11b, 11c) corresponding to different degrees of deterioration of the biofuel are arranged along the sight glass (3). Deterioration is determined by observing the color samples (11a, 11b, 11c) through the biofuel in the sight glass (3). The arrangement of the color samples (11a, 11b, 11c) of the first benchmark section (4a) and that of the color samples (11a, 11b and 11c) of the second benchmark section (4b) are reversed to each other, so as to cope with the lowering of the liquid level of the biofuel and the rising of the liquid level of a water layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Chikamune
  • Publication number: 20150147255
    Abstract: A system for abating waste methane includes a catalytic combustor device configured to catalytically combust waste-associated methane emissions generated by waste in a waste container, where the catalytic combustion is based on a reaction of the methane emissions and a catalyst of the catalytic combustor device in the presence of heat. The system further includes a combustion sensor configured to generate combustion data based on the catalytic combustion, a transmitter, and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to control operation of the catalytic combustor device, determine an amount of methane abated by the catalytic combustor device, where the amount of methane abated is based on the combustion data, and report, via the transmitter, the amount of methane abated by the catalytic combustor device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood,, JR.
  • Patent number: 9039968
    Abstract: A smart home system having a controller which controls an ozone generator, gas supply outlets connected to gas supply outlets of the ozone generator via a pipe, and solenoid valves which control opening and closing of the gas supply outlets. The controller is connected with each of the solenoid valves and controls opening and closing of each of the solenoid valves. An operation method for the system discloses driving the ozone generator by the controller to generate ozone, controlling opening of the solenoid valves by the central processor when the central processor receives an external signal for opening the solenoid valves, reducing opening level of the solenoid valves when a gas flow sensor detects that the ozone flow rate passing through the gas inlet is greater than the flow rate threshold, and controlling closing of the solenoid valves by the central processor when the central processor receives a signal for closing the solenoid valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Hong Jiang
  • Publication number: 20150139860
    Abstract: Various embodiments include systems adapted to monitor catalyst deterioration. Some embodiments include a catalyst deterioration detection system including a pre-catalytic converter gas sensor, a post-catalytic converter gas sensor, at least one computing device in communication with the pre-catalytic converter and post-catalytic converter gas sensors, the at least one computing device configured to monitor catalyst deterioration by performing actions including estimating a catalyst gas storage level by comparing a difference between a pre-catalytic converter gas level from the pre-catalytic converter gas sensor and a post-catalytic converter gas level from the post-catalytic converter gas sensor, comparing the estimated catalyst gas storage level to a baseline catalyst gas storage level and determining that the catalyst is deteriorated in response to the baseline catalyst gas storage level exceeding the estimated gas storage level by a threshold difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Maruthi Narasinga Rao Devarakonda
  • Publication number: 20150123030
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a treated ore solid comprising a reduced amount of a contaminant, for example arsenic, compared to the ore solid prior to treatment. Also disclosed are temperature and pressure modifications, parameters, and methods for treating an ore solid by pressure oxidation leaching of enargite concentrates. The disclosed methods and processes may be applied to copper sulfide orebodies and concentrates containing arsenic. In some cases, the disclosed methods and systems extract, remove, or reduce contaminants, for example arsenic, from an ore containing solution at moderately increased temperature, pressure, and oxygen concentration, and in the presence of an acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Conner, Corby G. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150113954
    Abstract: A system and a method for operating a catalyst of a vehicle may include a catalyst configured to purify an exhaust gas of a vehicle engine, and a controller configured to perform a detection of internal temperature of the catalyst, wherein the controller detects the internal temperature of the catalyst by applying a change of precious metal loading of the catalyst to an internal temperature model of the catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jong Soo Mok
  • Publication number: 20150118108
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses. In various respects, the invention is directed to an insulated system that reduces heat loss from catalyzed neutralization of a disinfecting solution resulting in an increased temperature of the disinfection solution during the disinfection process and neutralization of the disinfection solution. The increased temperature increases the kill rate (i.e., better reduction) of microorganisms present on the lenses, and increases the neutralization rate of the disinfection solution. Increase of the kill rate allows better reduction of microorganisms resistant to elimination using previous systems and methods, (e.g., Acanthamoeba cysts), and decreases the amount of time as compared to previous systems and methods necessary to reduce microorganisms to acceptable levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Francavilla, David Stroman
  • Publication number: 20150105536
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments are described herein for obtaining products from heterogeneous feedstocks containing toxic algae. In one embodiment, a method includes collecting a heterogeneous feedstock. The heterogeneous feedstock is then processed. The embodiment further includes calculating a toxic value for the processed heterogeneous feedstock. It is then determined whether the toxic value of the processed heterogeneous feedstock satisfies a toxic threshold. In response to determining the toxic value does satisfy the toxic threshold, a product is extracted from the heterogeneous feedstock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: BEAGLE BIOPRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Stephanie Ann Smith
  • Patent number: 9005313
    Abstract: A device for preparing bio-oil, a system for preparing bio-oil and a method for preparing bio-oil using the same are provided. Biomass is supplied to an inclined portion of a reactor, and high-temperature hot sand is supplied to an upper side of the biomass supplied to the inclined portion. Then, a heater heats the inclined portion. Thus, the fast pyrolysis performance of the biomass can be enhanced, thereby increasing the yield of bio-oil. Also, combustion gas produced from the heater is supplied to the interior of the reactor, so that the interior of the reactor can be simply formed under a nonoxidizing atmosphere. Accordingly, the device for preparing bio-oil can be manufactured into a very simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials
    Inventors: Hang-Seok Choi, Yeon-Seok Choi, Seock-Joon Kim, Hun-Che Park, So-Young Han
  • Patent number: 9005523
    Abstract: A method of decontaminating a room or space, comprising the steps of providing a cold-mist decontamination device capable of generating an atomized mist comprised of a decontaminant and water, inputting into an internal processor the parameters of the room or space and the concentration of the decontaminant in the decontamination solution, measuring the temperature and humidity in the room or space, and determining the maximum amount of the decontamination solution that can be introduced into the room or space in atomized form without condensing the decontaminant on surfaces within the room or space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Aaron L. Hill, Thaddeus J. Mielnik
  • Publication number: 20150098881
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for reducing the nitrogen oxide off-gas concentration in a nitric acid plant operated under pressure and equipped with a residual gas purification first reactor configured to remove nitrogen oxides from the off-gas during steady-state operation of the plant, and a second reactor configured to remove nitrogen oxides from the off-gas during a start-up and/or shut down of the plant. The method includes, during start-up and/or shut-down of the nitric acid plant, passing pressurized nitrogen-oxide-containing off-gas from the nitric acid plant and a gaseous reducing agent for the nitrogen oxides into the second reactor charged with a catalyst, to reduce the NOx content in the off-gas by at least catalytic reduction. Using the process and system, a colourless start-up and shut-down of nitric acid plants is possible and the nitrogen oxide content in the off-gas during start-up and/or shutdown can be substantially lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG
    Inventor: Christian Perbandt
  • Publication number: 20150090020
    Abstract: A deterioration diagnosing system for an exhaust emission control catalyst of an engine is provided. The catalyst includes an HC adsorbing part and an oxidation catalyst part. The system includes an actual exhaust-emission-control-catalyst temperature parameter detecting module for detecting a parameter correlating with an actual exhaust-emission-control-catalyst temperature. The catalyst also includes a deterioration determining module for receiving a detection value from the actual exhaust-emission-control-catalyst temperature parameter detecting module when predetermined diagnosis executing conditions are met, and determining that the exhaust emission control catalyst is deteriorated when the detection value is smaller than a predetermined diagnostic temperature parameter threshold. The catalyst also includes an HC discharge amount calculating module for calculating an amount of discharging HC from the HC adsorbing part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takita, Mitsuharu Kaura, Susumu Takano, Yosuke Honda, Hidekazu Kashiro
  • Publication number: 20150093292
    Abstract: The abnormality of an NH3 sensor is judged highly accurately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuriko Hagimoto
  • Publication number: 20150089931
    Abstract: An exhaust gas treatment device (1) includes a combustion waste gas inlet pipe (2), an outlet pipe, an essentially gas-tight inner housing (7) fluidically connected with the inlet pipe and fluidically connected with the outlet pipe. The inner housing receives a particle filter (4). A connection element (9) is arranged in a connection area (8) of the inner housing. The connection area fluidically faces the outlet pipe (3), for mechanically connecting the particle filter with the inner housing. An oxidation catalytic converter (5) is arranged upstream of the particle filter in the inner housing for catalyzing an oxidation reaction of the combustion waste gas. A counterpressure monitoring point (10, 11, 12) is provided fluidically between the oxidation catalytic converter and the connection element for measuring a counterpressure exerted by the particle filter during the operation of the treatment device. An internal combustion engine (24) is provided with the treatment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Marcus WERNI, Simon EHRLER, Kirill KARELIN
  • Patent number: 8992837
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring sterilization status are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150086427
    Abstract: Reductant delivery system having at least one canister containing reductant coupled, via delivery line, to after-treatment system having ammonia injector, is disclosed. Reductant includes ammonia adsorbing/desorbing material. Delivery line is connected at one end to ammonia injector and at another end detachably coupled by coupler to the canister. Controller may be used for metering flow of ammonia through delivery line to injector. Line-break detector detects disconnection within the delivery line to prevent loss of ammonia. Line-break indicator coupled to line-break detector is used, wherein the indicator activates upon the detector detecting a disconnection in the delivery line. Related methods for detecting and indicating a line break are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Kelso, Jason B. Arriaga, Adam C. Lack, Navtej Singh
  • Publication number: 20150086426
    Abstract: An aftertreatment system for treating exhaust gas discharged from a combustion engine may include a particulate filter, a reductant-injection system, an ammonia sensor and a control module. The particulate filter may be configured to filter exhaust gas discharged from the combustion engine. The reductant-injection system may be configured to inject a reductant into a stream of the exhaust gas upstream of the particulate filter. The ammonia sensor may be configured to sense a concentration of ammonia in the stream of exhaust gas downstream of the particulate filter. The control module may be in communication with the ammonia sensor and may determine a soot load of the particulate filter based on data received from the ammonia sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: John W. DeGeorge, Timothy P. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20150086428
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis system of an internal combustion engine which is provided with an exhaust purification catalyst 20 which can store oxygen is provided with a downstream side air-fuel ratio sensor 41 downstream of the catalyst and a catalyst abnormality diagnosis system which uses an output air-fuel ratio of the downstream side air-fuel ratio sensor when performing active air-fuel ratio control as the basis for diagnosing an exhaust purification catalyst for abnormality. The catalyst abnormality diagnosis system uses the amount of oxygen which is stored in or released from the exhaust purification catalyst in an air-fuel ratio reversal time period in active air-fuel ratio control as the basis to calculate the maximum storable oxygen amount of the exhaust purification catalyst and uses this as the basis to diagnose the exhaust purification catalyst for abnormality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Koichi Kitaura, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Masahiro Kubo
  • Publication number: 20150080630
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems and methods for the recycling of lithium ion batteries or the like. The system methods include comminution and destruction of used batteries, controlling the explosive reaction of the battery components during processing, and processing the materials into a suitable form for sampling and recycling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Dennis J. Dunagan, Teague C. Ostrander
  • Patent number: 8980173
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring and controlling a real-time oxidation-reduction potential in a hot water system to inhibit corrosion in the hot water system. The method includes defining one or more operational protective zones in the hot water system. One or more of the operational protective zones includes an oxidation-reduction potential probe that is operable to measure a real-time oxidation-reduction potential in the hot water system at operating temperature and pressure. The probe transmits the measured real-time potential to the controller, which assesses and interprets the transmitted potential to determine whether it conforms to an oxidation-reduction potential setting. If the measured potential does not conform the oxidation-reduction potential setting, the controller is operable to feed or remove one or more active chemical species into or from the hot water system and further operable to change at least one system parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey V. Fox, George T. Totura, Peter Hicks, David A. Grattan, Martin Godfrey
  • Publication number: 20150072855
    Abstract: Described herein is a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst treatment system that includes a vanadium-based SCR catalyst contaminated with a water-soluble contaminant. The SCR catalyst treatment system also includes a water delivery system that is configured to apply water to the vanadium-based SCR catalyst to remove the water-soluble contaminant from the vanadium-based SCR catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Aleksey Yezerets, Neal W. Currier, Xu Chen, Junhui Li, Krishna Kamasamudram, Hongbin Ma, Tamas Szailer, Cary Henry, Roger Fox
  • Publication number: 20150071823
    Abstract: A monitoring system for a single can oxidation catalyst (OC)/particulate filter (PF) member includes a controller including a first temperature sensor input configured to receive a first exhaust temperature upstream of an OC portion of the single can OC/PF member, a second temperature sensor input configured to receive a second exhaust temperature downstream of the first temperature. The controller is configured and disposed to calculate an exothermic capacity of the OC portion and determine washcoat deterioration of a PF portion of the single can OC/PF member based on the exothermic capacity of the OC portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Vincent J. Tylutki, David N. Belton, Janean E. Kowalkowski, Igor Anilovich
  • Patent number: 8968664
    Abstract: A purification unit for separating hydrocarbons from a gas. The purification unit comprises a converter housing suitable for conducting gases therethrough, with a catalyst material disposed therein, with the catalyst material being heated from the outside of the converter housing by means of a heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Beko Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Josef Parusel, Monique Abeels-Koch
  • Patent number: 8968650
    Abstract: A decontamination system for decontaminating at least one contaminant in a process stream. Decontaminant liquid is dispersed into the process stream sing atomization. Differential injection pressure and/or injection flow rate are monitored to help ensure that the atomization process is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Lance Witt
  • Publication number: 20150053544
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for generating nitric oxide, which comprises the steps of: providing a precursor solution comprising a nitric oxide precursor in a first reservoir (12), guiding the precursor solution through a reaction chamber (16), thereby subjecting the precursor solution to radiation to generate nitric oxide, guiding the generated nitric oxide out of the reaction chamber (16) by a stream of carrier gas, and guiding the reacted solution into a second reservoir (14). The method according to the invention provides a method of generating nitric oxide, or a flow of nitric oxide comprising gas, in which the concentration of the nitric oxide may be kept especially constant. Also claimed is an apparatus for generating nitric oxide comprising reservoirs for the precursor solution and the reacted solution and a reaction chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Claudia Hannelore Igney, Rainer Hilbig, Achim Gerhard Rolf Koerber
  • Publication number: 20150056117
    Abstract: Methods related generally to the removal of atmospheric pollutants from the gas phase, are provided, as well as related apparatus, processes and uses thereof. A single-stage air scrubbing apparatus is provided that includes at least one reaction vessel, at least one introduction duct, and a turbulence component, wherein a residence time is sufficient to allow the conversion of at least one atmospheric pollution compound to at least one other compound, molecule or atom. In some embodiments, the at least one atmospheric pollution compound comprises nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide or a combination thereof. Additionally, methods of removing atmospheric pollution compounds from a waste gas stream are disclosed that include introducing a waste gas stream and at least one additional gas stream, mist stream, liquid stream or combination thereof into a single-stage air scrubbing apparatus at a flow rate sufficient to allow for conversion of the at least one atmospheric pollution compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Roger Glenn Miller, Larry Kent Barnthouse
  • Patent number: 8962534
    Abstract: A system and method of treating a fluid to be used for hydraulic fracturing adds an effective amount of chlorine dioxide to the fluid to act as a biocide that kills harmful bacteria. A system for adding chlorine dioxide to the fluid can continuously add chlorine dioxide to an incoming flow of the fluid to produce a continuous flow of treated fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bosque Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20150044100
    Abstract: A degradant concentration measurement device 14 according to the invention has an electric conductivity measurement instrument 71A measuring the electric conductivity of a lean solution 16 that is an acidic gas-absorbing solution and detection means 72 obtaining the concentration of a degradant contained in a lean solution 16 from the measured electric conductivity of the lean solution 16 based on the relationship between the previously-obtained electric conductivity of the lean solution 16 and the concentration of the degradant contained in the lean solution 16.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Yukumoto, Kouji Horizoe, Yudai Kato, Haruaki Hirayama, Kazuo Ishida
  • Publication number: 20150041309
    Abstract: Method and device for the production of acetylene using plasma technology, wherein a gas containing at least one type of hydrocarbon is fed into a non-thermal plasma of a plasma source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ralf SPITZL
  • Publication number: 20150040543
    Abstract: System and methods can identify a source of nitrogen oxide reduction inefficiency in an exhaust system including first and second selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts connected in series along an exhaust line. The methods and systems can determine which of the first and second SCR catalysts is a source of nitrogen oxide reduction inefficiency based on the temperatures of the exhausts gases flowing through the first and second SCR catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Justin Adam Shetney, Min Sun
  • Patent number: 8951477
    Abstract: An ozone-based disinfecting device is provided comprising a mixer having a generally hollow body with a water inlet for water under pressure, a spray nozzle for generating a generally conical spray of water introduced by way of the water inlet, a contact chamber communicating with a gas inlet for ozone rich gases, and an outlet aperture from the contact chamber that is coaxial with the spray nozzle and spaced apart therefrom. An electronic flow sensing device senses the extent of the flow of water through the spray nozzle according to vibration caused by water flowing through the mixer. The electronic flow sensing device is preferably located in a pocket formed in the mixer and preferably comprises a piezoelectric sensor embedded at least around its periphery in a settable material. A preferred construction of the mixer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Arcaqua (Pty) Ltd.
    Inventors: Crispin Miles Russell, Mark Gregory Marshall, Clint Les Foster, Derek Hedley Rowles