Means Associated With Jacket Providing Combustion Gas As Heat-exchange Medium Patents (Class 422/204)
  • Publication number: 20150118123
    Abstract: A highly compact heat integrated fuel processor, which can be used for the production of hydrogen from a fuel source, suitable to feed a fuel cell, is described. The fuel processor assembly comprises a catalytic reforming zone (29) and a catalytic combustion zone (28), separated by a wall (27). Catalyst able to induce the reforming reactions is placed in the reforming zone and catalyst able to induce the combustion reaction is placed in the combustion zone, both in the form of coating on a suitable structured substrate, in the form of a metal monolith. Fe—Cr—Al—Y steel foils, in corrugated form so as to enhance the available area for reaction, can be used as suitable substrates. The reforming and the combustion zones can be either in rectangular shape, forming a stack with alternating combustion/reforming zones or in cylindrical shape forming annular sections with alternating combustion/reforming zones, in close contact to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Xenophon Verykios, Thomas Halkides, Andreas Stavrakas, Aris Basayiannis
  • Publication number: 20150080625
    Abstract: Described herein are processes and related devices and systems for the conversion of higher hydrocarbons, such as in the form of waste plastics, petroleum sludge, slope oil, vegetable oil, and so forth, into lower hydrocarbons, which can be used as fuels or raw materials for a variety of industrial and domestic uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Atul G. Kelkar, Prasad V. Bhat
  • Patent number: 8936769
    Abstract: A system for the production of conversion products from synthesis gas, the system including a mixing apparatus configured for mixing steam with at least one carbonaceous material to produce a reformer feedstock; a reformer configured to produce, from the reformer feedstock, a reformer product comprising synthesis gas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide from the reformer feedstock; a synthesis gas conversion apparatus configured to catalytically convert at least a portion of the synthesis gas in the reformer product into synthesis gas conversion product and to separate from the synthesis gas conversion product a tailgas comprising at least one gas selected from the group consisting of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane; and one or more recycle lines fluidly connecting the synthesis gas conversion apparatus with the mixing apparatus, the reformer, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: RES USA, LLC.
    Inventors: Randy Blevins, Joshua B. Pearson, Harold A. Wright
  • Patent number: 8895796
    Abstract: Described herein are processes and related devices and systems for the conversion of higher hydrocarbons, such as in the form of waste plastics, petroleum sludge, slope oil, vegetable oil, and so forth, into lower hydrocarbons, which can be used as fuels or raw materials for a variety of industrial and domestic uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Atul G. Kelkar, Prasad V. Bhat
  • Publication number: 20140127092
    Abstract: Methods and devices for generating gas from nitrous oxide are provided as well as downstream uses for the product gas. Reactor devices of the invention are compact and incorporate a novel heat-exchange/regenerative cooling system to optimize N2O decomposition and reactor durability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Pioneer Astronautics
    Inventors: Robert M. Zubrin, David Kenneth Strott, Anthony Muscatello, Nicholas F. Jameson, Emily Bostwick-White
  • Patent number: 8715582
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing activated carbon that has a reactor vessel for containing carbon based feedstock and a processor that encloses the reactor vessel. An insulating barrier is disposed between the reactor vessel and the processor for defining generally vertical outer and inner pathways that are communicably interconnected. The reactor vessel has a gas receiving intake port in communication with the inner pathway. First and second inlet conduits are formed through the processor and into the reactor for respectively introducing a first ignition gas into the reactor to ignite the feedstock and a second gas into the first pathway. The second gas circulates through the outer and inner pathways and enters the reactor vessel through the gas receiving intake port. The exhaust gas is circulated through a catalyst chamber/cartridge/bed. At least one exhaust port discharges gas from the vessel exteriorly of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Earl R. Decker, Walter David Hemenway, Douglas MacPherson, Carl B. Melanson
  • Patent number: 8478446
    Abstract: A method of configuration of combustion process control. The method includes providing a combustion system having a plurality of burner elements, a plurality of gas injection points and a controller. The gas injection points are configured to provide a support gas. One or more tasks for operation of the combustion system are determined. A plurality of groupings of the gas injection points are determined for each of the one or more tasks. An individual ranking for each of the plurality of groupings is determined in response to the one or more tasks. A composite ranking of injection points in response to the individual rankings and the controller is configured to operate the plurality of gas injection points in response to the composite ranking. A combustion system and a method for operating a combustion system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey William Kloosterman, Mark Daniel D'Agostini, Kevin Boyle Fogash
  • Patent number: 8475547
    Abstract: In a reactor for gasification of entrained solid and liquid fuels at temperatures between 1,200 and 1,900° C. and at pressures between ambient pressure and 10 MPa using an oxidizing agent containing free oxygen, the cooling screen is connected to the pressure shell in a gastight manner via a sliding seal in order to allow length changes. Continuous gas purging of the annular gap between pressure shell and cooling screen is unnecessary and gasification gas is prevented from flowing behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Kirchhübel, Christian Reuther, Manfred Schingnitz, Heidrun Toth
  • Patent number: 8475548
    Abstract: In a reactor for the gasification of solid and liquid fuels in the entrained flow at temperatures between 1200 and 1900° C. and pressures between ambient pressure and 10 MPa with an oxidizing agent containing free oxygen, the cooling screen is connected in a gas-tight manner to the pressure shell via a bellows compensator to accommodate linear deformation. Continuous sweeping by gas of the annular gap between pressure shell and cooling screen is unnecessary and backflow by producer gas is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Kirchhübel, Manfred Schingnitz, Heidrun Toth
  • Patent number: 8474240
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed that overcome the deficiencies of traditional steam engines and internal combustion engines. In an embodiment, a system is disclosed for generating reaction products having elevated temperature and pressure. The system comprises a first chamber including a reactor to decompose hydrogen peroxide to generate oxygen and water vapor. The system further comprises a second chamber including a reactor to catalytically combust a mixture of the generated oxygen and a fuel to generate reaction products having elevated temperature and pressure. The system further comprises a passageway to receive reaction products exiting the second chamber and to channel the reaction products to come into contact with external surfaces of the first and second chambers to thereby transfer heat to the first and second chambers, and an outlet to allow the reaction products to exit the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: NW Licensing Company LLC
    Inventor: Charles Robin Nail
  • Patent number: 8388902
    Abstract: A method for regenerating activated coke used for treating wastewater or sewage is provided. The method includes loading the activated coke to an environment under 150 to 250° C., heating the activated coke to a temperature of 700 to 850° C. for about 40 to 90 minutes; and providing a steam to the activated coke with a rate of 0.1 to 0.5 m3/(ton of activated coke). When the activated coke is being heated at the temperature, it generates a gas mixture including a steam portion and at least a paraffine gas. The gas mixture flows along a reverse direction relative to a flow of cooling water, so that the steam portion is converted into a part of the cooling water for recycling. The paraffine gas is used as a fuel. An apparatus for regenerating the activated coke used for treating wastewater or sewage is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Dawei Zhang, Mississippi International Water, Inc.
    Inventor: Dawei Zhang
  • Patent number: 8337757
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling the operating temperature of a catalytic reactor using a closed-loop system that provides for varying the reactor input and other operating parameters in order to maintain the operating temperature of the reactor at or near the initial setpoint temperature for operation of the reactor. In one example, maximum and minimum operating temperatures with a catalytic partial oxidation reactor are controlled, as well as maintaining control over the corresponding minimum required ratio of oxygen atoms to carbon atoms, such that the operating temperature within the reactor is maintained below the material limits but above threshold temperatures for coking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Precision Combustion, Inc.
    Inventors: Subir Roychoudhury, Joel M. Desjardins, David Spence, Richard Mastanduno, Dennis E. Walsh, William C. Pfefferle
  • Patent number: 8219247
    Abstract: A method of operating a furnace having process tubes and multiple burners where it is desired to conform the temperatures of the process tubes to selected target temperature criterion. The present method provides a systematic and quantitative approach to determine how to adjust burner flow rates to result in desired tube wall temperatures, for example to minimize the temperature deviation between tube wall temperatures at a predetermined elevation in the furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Esmaili, William Robert Licht, Xianming Jimmy Li, Oliver J. Smith, IV
  • Patent number: 8048176
    Abstract: A reformer for a fuel cell system, and a method of controlling the reformer. The reformer includes a cylindrical reforming catalyst; a burner disposed inside of the reforming catalyst and comprising a plurality of nozzles to direct flames at the reforming catalyst; a nozzle covering element to selectively cover a portion of each of the nozzles; a combustion fuel supply valve to change the amount of a combustion fuel that is supplied to the burner; and a controller that controls the nozzle covering units and the combustion supply valve. The method of controlling the reformer includes: moving the nozzle covering element to cover a decreasing portion of each of the nozzles in response to an increasing amount of the combustion fuel being supplied to the burner; and moving the nozzle covering element to cover a increasing portion of each of the nozzles in response to a decreasing amount of the combustion fuel supplied to the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-woo Lee, Tae-sang Park
  • Patent number: 8038957
    Abstract: A containment vessel having a spiral plate heat exchanger, a central catalyst chamber packed with particulate catalyst, a central heater, a plenum providing conductive flow access for a hydrocarbon-air mixture to and from the containment vessel interior, and essential flow pathways interconnecting the plenum section, heat exchanger, catalyst chamber and central heater. The spiral plate heat exchanger, catalyst chamber, and heater assembly occupy successively smaller annular regions within the containment vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: James M. Cleary
  • Patent number: 8003269
    Abstract: A fuel reforming apparatus includes an oxidation reaction unit in which an oxidation catalyst is formed, a reforming reaction unit in which a reforming catalyst is formed, and an ignition unit for igniting a hydrocarbon-containing fuel and an oxidant and preheating the oxidation catalyst in an early driving stage. The oxidation reaction unit has a first section and a second section respectively formed opposite to each other with the oxidation catalyst interposed therebetween and forms a stream of the fuel and the oxidant flowing to the second section through the oxidation catalyst from the first section, the ignition unit being located in the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Chul Lee, Ju-Yong Kim, Yong-Kul Lee, Man-Seok Han, Jun-Sik Kim, Jin-Goo Ahn
  • Patent number: 7964091
    Abstract: A cracking furnace having a firebox provided with cracking coils is described. The cracking coils have at least one inlet, at least one inlet section, at least one outlet and at least one outlet section, and burners, and the parts of the coils are shielded. A process for cracking hydrocarbon feeds, and making use of a furnace with the thermal shielding are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventors: Simon Barendregt, Matthew Bowers Pitcher, Jan den Uijl
  • Patent number: 7896292
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there are provided simplified systems and methods for catalytically deactivating, removing, or reducing the levels of reactive component(s) from the vapor phase of fuel storage tanks. The simple apparatus described herein can be utilized to replace complex systems on the market. Simply stated, in one embodiment of the invention, the vapor phase from the fuel tank is passed over a catalytic bed operated at appropriate temperatures to allow the reaction between free oxygen and the fuel vapor by oxidation of the fuel vapor, thus deactivating reactive component(s) in the gas phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Phyre Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Santosh Y. Limaye, Donald Koenig, Wesley Jung, Stuart Robertson
  • Patent number: 7758662
    Abstract: A reformer includes a burner that generates thermal energy, and a reforming reaction unit that is supplied with thermal energy from the burner to generate a hydrogen-rich gas from a fuel, wherein the burner includes a burner main body having first and second portions that are constructed by bending the burner main body to form bended portions and coupling the bended portions together, wherein the burner main body is disposed in an inner portion of the reforming reaction unit, and wherein a first catalyst is filled in an inner portion of the burner main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In-Hyuk Son, Zin Park, Dong-Myung Suh
  • Patent number: 7749462
    Abstract: The invention relates to piping for use as a pyrolysis tube in a cracking furnace. The tube is formed such that it has at least one section whose centreline curves in three dimensions, to induce swirl flow in the tube. Preferably, the tube is formed as a helix, more preferably a low-amplitude helix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Technip France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Colin G. Caro, Philip L. Birch, William Tallis
  • Patent number: 7727377
    Abstract: A system 100 is described for the treatment of multiphase residues having unlimited content of water, oil and solids to obtain hydrocarbons and other products, said system comprising multiphase residue feed system 10, inert gas system 20 and reduced pressure system 30, tubular reactor 40 provided with three heating zones Z-1, Z-2 and Z-3 with a temperature gradient and transportation helicoid 42 to displace the residue mass throughout the reaction zones, the hydrocarbon products and water being collected in a system 60 of condensers 61, 62 and 63 linked to a system 70 of bubbling vessels 71, 72 and 73, reactor 40 being operated in the sealed mode and being provided with a multiphase residue inlet 43 and exit 44 of solid product. The solid product is collected in a system 50 comprising upper valve 51 and lower valve 52, and intermediate silo 53 and then directed to post-treatment system 90 for activation aiming at industrial utilization. The process using the system 100 of the invention is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignees: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras, Albrecht Equipamentos Industrials LTDA
    Inventors: Arilza de Castilho Pickler, Luis Fernando Piexoto Gallo, Carlos Alberto Dias da Silva, Waldir Albrecht, Christine Albrecht Althoff
  • Patent number: 7704070
    Abstract: A heat transfer system and use thereof. The heat transfer system provides for the combustion of a fuel and the use of heat energy released by the combustion to heat a process fluid and to preheat the fuel and oxidant prior to their combustion. The heat transfer system includes three tubes with a fuel introduction tube surrounded by an oxidant introduction tube that is surrounded by a process tube. A heat transfer system having the appropriate geometry may provide for the flameless combustion of the fuel. The heat transfer system may also be integrated into other systems such as heat exchangers and catalytic process systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventor: Peter Veenstra
  • Patent number: 7700053
    Abstract: A reforming device includes a reforming portion generating reformed gas from a mixed gas, in which fuel and steam are mixed and including a reforming portion loop-back channel provided at the reforming portion so as to extend along an axis line thereof, a combusting portion provided at an inner circumference of the reforming portion in order to generate combustion gas, a combustion gas channel including a loop-back channel within which the combustion gas flows, an evaporating portion generating steam by heating water and supply steam to the reforming portion; and a carbon monoxide reducing portion provided at an outer circumferential wall of the evaporating portion in order to reduce a level of carbon monoxide in the reformed gas that has been exhaled by the reforming portion, and in order to supply such reformed gas to a fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Kuwaba
  • Patent number: 7694916
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there are provided simplified systems and methods for catalytically deactivating, removing, or reducing the levels of reactive component(s) from the vapor phase of fuel storage tanks. The simple apparatus described herein can be utilized to replace complex OBIGGS systems on the market. Simply stated, in one embodiment of the invention, the vapor phase from the fuel tank is passed over a catalytic bed operated at appropriate temperatures to allow the reaction between free oxygen and the fuel vapor by oxidation of the fuel vapor, thus deactivating reactive component(s) in the gas phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Phyre Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Santosh Limaye, Donald Koenig
  • Publication number: 20100086477
    Abstract: This invention relates to a chamber in which a chemical reaction is carried out in the presence of catalyst and reagents, comprising at least one catalytic tube (10) into which is placed an internal tube (12) for evacuating the gas that is produced, means for introducing reagents (15) and means for introducing the catalyst (16) that are located in the upper portion of the chamber (1), means for heating the catalytic tube (10) that are arranged in the lower portion of the chamber (1), and in which the catalytic tube (10) comprises, in its upper portion above the catalyst (13), means that promote heat exchange between the reagents and the gas that is produced. The invention also relates to the process that uses this chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: IFP
    Inventors: Christophe Boyer, Fabrice Giroudiere
  • Patent number: 7635399
    Abstract: A fuel reformer which is relatively simple in structure and can be manufactured at a low cost is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventor: Qingquan Su
  • Patent number: 7635456
    Abstract: A syngas reforming reactor has a shell-and-tube configuration wherein the shell-side fluid flow path through the tube bundle has a longitudinal configuration. The reactor can include a shell-side inlet fluid distributor plate below the lower end of the tube bundle, and a flow sleeve in an enlarged-diameter discharge annulus at an upper end adjacent the tube sheet to prevent short-circuiting of the shell-side fluid into the shell-side fluid outlet. The tube bundle can include a plurality of ring baffles and lattice baffles. The longitudinal flow configuration can provide a lower shell-side pressure drop and lower cost compared to a conventional cross-flow reforming exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
    Inventors: Robert Stevens Burlingame, Lloyd Edward Cizmar, Larry Gene Hackemesser, Laura Beth Aguilar
  • Patent number: 7632471
    Abstract: A reaction furnace utilizing high-temp steam and recirculated heat source to separate mercury and crack dioxin and organic substances contained in waste includes a first combustion chamber having a burner for producing high-temp hot gas, which is sent to a second combustion chamber for heating a reaction chamber and a high-temp steam generator therein. High-temp steam produced by the high-temp steam generator is introduced into the reaction chamber for decomposing or distilling waste being treated. Gas mixture produced in the reaction chamber is discharged to a gas mixture treatment system for separation. Fuel gas and fuel oil separated from the gas mixture are introduced into the burner for producing the high-temp hot gas, and waste water separated form the gas mixture is led to the high-temp steam generator for producing the high-temp steam. And, soil in the waste that has been treated is discharged via a discharge outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Horng Jiang
  • Patent number: 7625532
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ablative thermolysis reactor (12) comprising a reaction vessel (20), and inlet (14) into the reaction vessel (20) for receiving feedstock, and an outlet from the reaction vessel (20) for discharging thermolysis product. Within the reaction vessel (20), is provided an ablative surface (20a) defining the periphery of a cylinder, and heating means (22) are arranged to heat the ablative surface (20a) to an elevated temperature. In addition at least one rotatable surface (28) having an axis of rotation coincident with the longitudinal axis of said cylinder. The rotatable surface (28) is provided relative to the ablative surface (20a) such that feedstock is pressed between a part of the rotatable surface (28) and said ablative surface (20a) and moved along the ablative surface (20a) by the rotatable surface (28), whereby to thermolyse said feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Aston University
    Inventors: Anthony Victor Bridgwater, George Vernon Cordner Peacocke, Nicholas Matthew Robinson
  • Patent number: 7622087
    Abstract: A reactor air supply system including a first air inlet configured to receive air supplied from a first air supply. The system includes a burner having a burner nozzle configured to discharge fuel for mixing with the first air and configured to ignite the fuel/air mixture. A second air inlet is provided that is configured to receive heated air supplied from a second air supply, and a duct is provided to receive the ignited fuel/air mixture and the heated air supplied from the second air supply. The duct has an outlet configured to connect to a reactor. The duct is configured to receive the heated second air such that the heated second air mixes with the ignited fuel/air mixture at a location downstream of the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: H2Gen Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin D. Lomax, Jr., Edward T. McCullough, Nicholas James Sazdanoff
  • Patent number: 7582269
    Abstract: A subsurface thermally autogenous reactor and method has downgoing and upgoing flow passages connected at the bottom to form a U-tube and in heat exchange relation to each other. The downgoing and upgoing flow passages each have an upper heat exchange section and a lower reaction section. An air injection system injects air into the downgoing flow passage between the heat exchange and reaction sections. The cross sectional area of the upgoing heat exchange section is greater than the cross sectional area of the downgoing heat exchange section to balance the downgoing and upgoing flow velocities. The downgoing heat exchange section has multiple tubes to increase the heat transfer area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Vertical Tube Reactor, LLC
    Inventor: Jay L. McGrew
  • Patent number: 7550063
    Abstract: The invention relates to both a method and apparatus for thermal cracking hydrocarbons. The apparatus includes a rotating conical drum assembly within a vessel containing a hydrocarbon feedstock. The conical drum assembly is internally heated to cause cracking of hydrocarbons adjacent the conical drum surface and the formation of coke on its external surface as the conical drum rotates. Coke is removed from the drum surface by a coke removal system and cracked hydrocarbon product is collected as a vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Altene (Canada) Inc.
    Inventor: Karol Pawel Gawad
  • Publication number: 20090155141
    Abstract: A fuel modification apparatus is equipped with evaporators for evaporating a raw fuel as a fuel to be modified, a super heater for elevating the temperature of the above evaporated raw fuel to a temperature required for the modification, a modification vessel for modifying the above raw fuel having an elevated temperature to form a modified gas, and a pre-heater for preheating a heating fluid for evaporating the above raw fuel in the evaporator. The evaporators are arranged on a concentric circle, surrounding the superheater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Takashi Arai, Hikaru Okada, Mitsuru Ikeo, Takeshi Yamagami, Nobuyoshi Yoshida, Noriyuki Mizojiri, Satoshi Hanai
  • Patent number: 7547332
    Abstract: Process and apparatus for the preparation of synthesis gas by catalytic steam and/or CO2 reforming of a hydrocarbon feedstock comprising the following steps: (a) heating the reaction mixture of hydrocarbon and steam and/or CO2 in a heated steam reforming unit integrated with the flue gas containing waste heat section from the fired tubular reformer in which reforming of the reaction mixture takes place by contact with a solid reforming catalyst (b) feeding the partially steam reformed mixture to the fired tubular reformer and further reforming the mixture to the desired composition and temperature, wherein the heated steam reforming unit comprises a piping system containing reaction sections with solid reforming catalyst comprising catalyst pellets and/or catalysed structured elements, the piping system being part of the process gas piping system integrated with the flue gas-containing waste heat section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Haldor Topsoe A/S
    Inventors: Peter Scier Christensen, Thomas Rostrup Nielsen, Niels Erikstrup, Kim Assberg-Petersen, Jens-Henrik Bak Hansen, Ib Dybkjer
  • Patent number: 7531146
    Abstract: A synthesis furnace has a furnace chamber surrounded by a circumferential furnace wall, in which burners are disposed essentially in one plane, with burner exit direction directed downward, and reaction tubes are disposed essentially vertically and parallel to one another. The reaction tubes are heated externally by the ignited burners. To improve the heat distribution and the entire heat transfer in as simple a manner as possible, in terms of design and control technology, at least the outer burners disposed in the vicinity of the furnace wall have a burner exit direction that runs at an incline away from the center of the furnace in relation to the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: UHDE GmbH
    Inventor: Evgeni Gorval
  • Patent number: 7497990
    Abstract: A process for the destruction of microorganisms on a product using ultrasonic energy is disclosed. The process comprises contacting a product with an ultrasonic horn assembly and generating ultrasonic energy sufficient to result in a microorganism destruction rate of at least a 1-log kill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy James Blenke, Tom Ehlert, James Jay Tanner, David W. Koenig, Bernard Cohen
  • Patent number: 7488458
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for converting a hydrocarbon-containing flow of matter (4) to a hydrogen-enriched fluid flow (10) includes a heating apparatus (5) for production of a heating stream (6), whereby the flow of matter (4) is converted to the hydrogen-enriched fluid flow (10) in a first converter (2) as well as in a second converter (3) arranged behind the first converter in a flow direction. A heating element (8) that is flowed-through by the heating stream (6) is provided for heating at least one of the two converters (2, 3). The invention provides an improved system efficiency, in that a disadvantageous cooling of the second converter (2) is effectively avoided. This is achieved according to the present invention in that at least in one operating phase, the heating stream (6) flows to the second converter (3) completely in a counterflow to the flow of matter (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gesine Arends, Peter Riegger
  • Patent number: 7279019
    Abstract: A process for an endothermic reaction includes the steps of carrying out an exothermic reaction in which a fuel is combusted to generate heat for transfer to a feedstock subject to an endothermic reaction, the waste heat from the exothermic and endothermic reactions being transferred to at least three fluid streams within a single heat recovery zone downstream of the endothermic and exothermic reactions, the apparatus therefor being contained within a single vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Geoffrey G. Weedon
  • Publication number: 20070231224
    Abstract: A reaction furnace utilizing high-temp steam and recirculated heat source to separate mercury and crack dioxin and organic substances contained in waste includes a first combustion chamber having a burner for producing high-temp hot gas, which is sent to a second combustion chamber for heating a reaction chamber and a high-temp steam generator therein. High-temp steam produced by the high-temp steam generator is introduced into the reaction chamber for decomposing or distilling waste being treated. Gas mixture produced in the reaction chamber is discharged to a gas mixture treatment system for separation. Fuel gas and fuel oil separated from the gas mixture are introduced into the burner for producing the high-temp hot gas, and waste water separated form the gas mixture is led to the high-temp steam generator for producing the high-temp steam. And, soil in the waste that has been treated is discharged via a discharge outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: Horng Jiang
  • Patent number: 7232553
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plate type steam reformer comprising a plate type burner capable of heating a broad area of a reactor as a heat source, positioned on a bottom of the reformer; a reforming reactor requiring a relatively high temperature, positioned over the burner; a high temperature water gas shift reactor requiring a relatively moderate temperature, positioned over the reforming reactor; a low temperature water gas shift reactor requiring a relatively low temperature, positioned over the high temperature water gas shift reactor; and dividing plates positioned between the above three reactors and between the reforming reactor and the burner such that combustion exhaust gas produced in the burner supplies heat to the above reactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignees: Korea Gas Corporation, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology
    Inventors: Young-Sam Oh, Young-Soon Baek, Taek-Yong Song, Sang-Eon Park, Ki-Won Jun, Ri-Sang Choi
  • Patent number: 7220392
    Abstract: A fuel conversion reactor includes a shell-and-tube heat exchanger for controlling the temperature of a hot gaseous mixture produced by catalytic or non-catalytic reaction of a fuel with a gaseous fluid, and for controlling the temperature of the gaseous fluid and/or the fuel prior to the reaction. The reactor is either a catalytic or non-catalytic burner, or a fuel reformer for converting a fuel to hydrogen. A preferred reactor includes an outer shell having first and second ends and an inner surface, a primary inner shell extending into the outer shell, the primary inner shell defining a heat exchanging chamber and having primary and secondary ends, and a secondary inner shell having a first end located adjacent the secondary end of the primary inner shell. One or more outlet apertures are formed between the two inner shells for passage of the gaseous fluid out of the heat exchanging chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoyang Rong, Brian E. Cheadle
  • Patent number: 7217304
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a heat exchanged membrane reactor for electric power generation. More specifically, the invention comprises a membrane reactor system that employs catalytic or thermal steam reforming and a water gas shift reaction on one side of the membrane, and hydrogen combustion on the other side of the membrane. Heat of combustion is exchanged through the membrane to heat the hydrocarbon fuel and provide heat for the reforming reaction. In one embodiment, the hydrogen is combusted with compressed air to power a turbine to produce electricity. A carbon dioxide product stream is produced in inherently separated form and at pressure to facilitate injection of the CO2 into a well for the purpose of sequestering carbon from the earth's atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Harry W. Deckman, John W. Fulton, Jeffrey M. Grenda, Frank Hershkowitz
  • Patent number: 7135154
    Abstract: A reactor module for use in a compact fuel processor having a module inlet for receiving a feed stream, a module outlet for producing an effluent stream, a reactor having a reactor inlet, a reactor outlet, and catalyst, an inlet spiral passage in fluid communication with the module inlet to the reactor inlet, and an outlet spiral passage in fluid communication with the reactor outlet to the module outlet. Such a design provides for the feed stream to be introduced to the module inlet, where it then passes through the inlet spiral passage, and is heated by hot reactor product passing through the outlet spiral passage. The reactor may be any type of fixed bed exothermic containing supported catalyst particles or the reactor bed may be a monolith with catalytic material coated on to the surface of the structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Texaco Inc.
    Inventor: Vijay A. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 7067107
    Abstract: A steam reforming furnace has a plurality of substantially vertical reformer tubes. Each reformer tube has a feed inlet at its lower end, an outlet at its upper end, and a catalyst containment zone disposed intermediate its upper and lower ends and contains a charge of a particulate steam reforming catalyst which is insufficient to fill completely the catalyst containment zone. An upper retainer means is mounted at the upper end of the catalyst containment zone and is permeable to gas or vapor but retains particles of the catalyst in the catalyst containment zone. A follower means is movably mounted in the catalyst containment zone beneath the charge catalyst for movement upwardly from a lower end of the containment zone upon upward flow of gas through the catalyst containment zone at a rate beyond a threshold rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Davy Process Technology Limited
    Inventors: Peter Hinton, Roger K. Bence, Michael Hilton, Mark A. Linthwaite
  • Patent number: 7060118
    Abstract: Process for the preparation of hydrogen and carbon monoxide rich gas by steam reforming of hydrocarbon feedstock in presence of a steam reforming catalyst supported as thin film on the wall of a reactor, comprising steps of (a) optionally passing a process gas of hydrocarbon feedstock through a first reactor with a thin film of steam reforming catalyst supported on walls of the reactor in heat conducting relationship with a hot gas stream; (b) passing effluent from the first reactor to a subsequent tubular reactor being provided with a thin film of steam reforming catalyst and/or steam reforming catalyst pellets and being heated by burning of fuel, thereby obtaining a partially steam reformed gas effluent and a hot gas stream of flue gas; (c) passing the effluent from the second reactor to an autothermal reformer; and (d) withdrawing from the autothermal reformer a hot gas stream of product gas rich in hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Haldor Topse A/S
    Inventors: Ib Dybkjaer, Peter Seier Christensen, Viggo Lucassen Hansen, J. R. Rostrup-Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7037472
    Abstract: A single-pipe cylinder-type reformer includes a plurality of circular cylinders standing upright coaxially and forming therebetween a zigzag gas flow path allowing a raw material gas to flow therein, a radiation cylinder coaxially arranged inside the plurality of circular cylinders, a burner arranged at one end of a center of the radiation cylinder for generating a combustion gas, a reforming catalyst layer obtained by packing with a reforming catalyst at least a first gas flow path section of the gas flow path closest to the burner. A metal pre-heat layer formed on an upstream side of the reforming catalyst layer is packed with a metal packing. Helical dividing means are provided in each gas flow path section of the gas flow path to extend in the axial direction of the circular cylinders. The helical dividing means helically divide a gas and make it flow through the first gas flow section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Komiya, Toshiyasu Miura
  • Patent number: 7025940
    Abstract: A process heater is provided utilizing flameless combustion, the process heater having: an oxidation reaction chamber, the oxidation reaction chamber having an inlet for oxidant, an outlet for combustion products, and a flow path between the inlet and the outlet; a fuel conduit capable of transporting a fuel mixture to a plurality of fuel nozzles within the oxidation reaction chamber, each nozzle providing communication from within the fuel conduit to the oxidation chamber, with each nozzle along the flowpath between the inlet and the outlet; a preheater in communication with the oxidation chamber inlet, the preheater capable of increasing the temperature of the oxidant to a temperature resulting in the combined oxidant and fuel from the fuel nozzle closest to the oxidation chamber inlet being greater than the autoignition temperature of the combined oxidant and fuel from the fuel nozzle closest to the oxidation chamber inlet; and a process chamber in a heat exchange relationship to the oxidation reaction cha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Rashmi K Shah, Thomas Mikus, Pettai Krishna Shankar
  • Patent number: 7022293
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing a waste product and producing a synthesis gas is provided. The system includes a sealed, heated rotatable drum for preheating and preparing the waste material suitable for a plasma reactor, and processing the material in the reactor. The synthesis gas created by the reactor is used to preheat the waste material by circulating the hot synthesis gas around the drum. In an alternative embodiment, the hot synthesis gas flows through the drum to preheat the waste material and to clean the synthesis gas. Different methods of cooling and cleaning the synthesis gas are used. The system may comprise two plasma reactors in combination with a rotating desorber drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Jim Smith Hogan
  • Patent number: 7005114
    Abstract: A gas generation system for providing a gas flow to be supplied to a reformer includes an evaporator for evaporating the components contained in a gas flow, wherein the gas flow includes at least one carbon compound, such as hydrocarbon or alcohol, and water vapor. A normalizing stage is connected between the evaporator and the reformer for equalizing the temperature distribution in the gas flow to be supplied to the reformer. The temperature of the gas flow should be equalized to a temperature range below the maximum allowable reformer inlet temperature. In this way, temperature maxima caused by a load change are equalized, thereby significantly increasing the service life of the reformer catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: NuCellSys GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Motzet, Alois Tischler
  • Patent number: RE43650
    Abstract: The invention relates to piping for use as a pyrolysis tube in a cracking furnace. The tube is formed such that it has at least one section whose centreline curves in three dimensions, to induce swirl flow in the tube. Preferably, the tube is formed as a helix, more preferably a low-amplitude helix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Technip France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Colin Gerald Caro, Philip Lloyd Birch, William Tallis