Means Separating Or Dissolving A Material Constituent Patents (Class 422/255)
  • Patent number: 10493446
    Abstract: [Solving Means] A flow channel device includes a vessel layer and a flow channel layer. The vessel layer includes an injection vessel section into which a fluid including a sample is injected and a collection vessel section that collects the fluid. The flow channel layer includes a flow channel connected to the injection vessel section and the collection vessel section and is bonded to the vessel layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Katsumoto
  • Patent number: 10384182
    Abstract: A column includes a column head, a column sump and a tube-shaped column shell disposed therebetween, two or more reaction zones lying above each other which each accommodate a catalyst bed, in which catalyst beds chlorosilanes disproportionate into low-boiling silanes, which form an ascending stream of gas, and also into high-boiling silanes which form a downwardly directed stream of liquid, within the column shell and along the column axis, two or more rectificative separation zones, the reaction zones and the separation zones alternate along the column axis, the separation zones are configured such that the stream of gas and the stream of liquid meet in the separation zones, and the reaction zones are configured such that the downwardly directed stream of liquid is led through the catalyst beds, whereas the upwardly directed stream of gas passes the catalyst beds in spatial separation from the stream of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Schmid Silicon Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Schmid, Jochem Hahn, Christian Andreas Fuhrmann
  • Patent number: 10124329
    Abstract: An oil degradation suppressor according to one aspect of the present invention contains a reactant having an ability to adsorb a given component in an oil such as an acidic anion, and a gel-like material to hold the reactant. The reactant is preferably a hydrotalcite-like compound. The gel-like material contains a highly heat resistive gel and an amphiphilic solvent. A gel-like member containing the reactant and the gel-like material is disposed in a casing, and thereby an oil filter is provided. The gel-like material can work for supporting the reactant suitably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ippei Fukutomi, Motoichi Murakami, Hideto Morishita, Yasuhiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9872952
    Abstract: A soft dual-layer rectal speculum includes a main tube member having a distal end for insertion into a patient's rectum and a proximal end for connection to a waste removal hose where at least a portion of the main tube member includes an inner hard layer and an outer soft layer, and an inlet tube member for directing fluids into the main tube member. The inlet tube member may include a swivel mechanism and the portion of the main tube member having an inner hard layer and an outer soft layer may include a measurement gauge that is visible through the outer soft layer but can't be felt through the outer soft layer. A rectal speculum assembly includes the soft dual-layer rectal speculum described above and an obturator which includes an elongated member having a tapered distal end capable of extending through the distal end of the main tube member. The tapered distal end of the obturator may be made of a soft, pliable material or an inner hard layer (or member) and an outer soft layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Deborah Solomon
  • Patent number: 9701922
    Abstract: A process for increasing oil yield from grain that includes passing a grain-based liquid stream of an alcohol production process through a cavitation apparatus to apply cavitational energy to the grain-based liquid stream, wherein the cavitational energy is applied to the grain-based liquid stream prior to a distillation phase of the alcohol production process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ARISDYNE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Oleg Kozyuk, Peter Reimers
  • Patent number: 9604155
    Abstract: The invention provides for plant oil extraction. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: David McGhee
  • Patent number: 9376306
    Abstract: Methods of dispensing an ingredient and measuring an amount of the ingredient dispensed, e.g., at a customer's location usually as the ingredient is used by the customer, in order to improve the dispensing process by adjusting future dispense cycles, accurately dispensing the ingredient, predicting an amount of ingredient to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: ECOLAB INC.
    Inventors: Richard J. Mehus, John E. Thomas, Thomas J. Batcher, Bryan A. Maser, Michael N. Shulman
  • Patent number: 9333442
    Abstract: The present invention describes a liquid-liquid extraction column with perforated plates and downpipes, having a majority of so-called “open” plates and a minority of so-called “closed” plates, the two types of plates differing in the degree of perforation. Application of the said column to the treatment of liquid-liquid systems with time-variable coalescence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Frederic Augier, Damien Leinekugel le Cocq, Romina Digne, Arnaud Baudot
  • Patent number: 9192909
    Abstract: Methods and systems for on-site generation of peracid chemistry, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions, are disclosed. In particular, an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system is designed for on-site generation of peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions from sugar esters. Methods of using the in situ generated peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Richard J. Mehus, Katherine M. Sanville, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Patent number: 9023289
    Abstract: Systems and methods and resulting compositions of matter including silicon solids from a mixture of silicon and water. The mixture is collected at a collection stage from at least one wafer abrasion process performed on a silicon surface having an impurity concentration ?0.1 ppb and extracting one portion of the water from the mixture using at least one dryer stage to form a dry cake. The dry cake includes at least 99.99% silicon by weight excluding water and non-silicon species, where a concentration of water in the dry cake is between 0.05% and 1% by weight, and where a concentration of non-silicon species in the dry cake is between 0.05% and 1% by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Louis Hayden, Jeffrey Allen Hanson, Keith Melcher, Robert Mark Reynolds, Patricia Ann Constandine
  • Patent number: 9018404
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided that apply cavitation to a grain-based liquid medium processing stream of an oil separation process in order to achieve increased yields. Ultrasonic sources can be used in generating the cavitation. Typically, the oil processing system is a downstream process of an alcohol (such as ethanol) production facility utilizing a dry grind, a modified dry grind or a wet mill alcohol production process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sonic Biofuels, LLC
    Inventor: James S. Brophy
  • Patent number: 9012206
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of performing a sizing analysis. In the methods, a sizing ladder used in performing the sizing analysis is corrected. In one method, the sizing ladder is corrected for batch-to-batch variations in a sieving gel. In another method, the sizing ladder is corrected for a sample concentration that is different from the archival sizing ladder concentration. Methods are also provided in which the sizing ladder is corrected using a standard marker in a sample and/or using a real-time standard sizing ladder. The methods may be used individually or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Camporese, Advit Bhatt, Josh Molho, Hui Xu, Ken Summers
  • Patent number: 9012525
    Abstract: In a tire constituted with a thermoplastic material and a material different from the thermoplastic material, the thermoplastic material and the material different from the thermoplastic material are easily and efficiently separated. While a tire 10 formed of a thermoplastic material is being turned, heated air is ejected from a nozzle 46 of a heating apparatus 44, and the surface of a crown portion 16 is melted. An end portion of a cord 26 embedded in a helical arrangement, which is formed of a material different from the thermoplastic material, is extracted from the melted region, and is sequentially wound onto a reel 58.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihide Kouno, Seiji Kon, Keiichi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8961893
    Abstract: A chemical diluter system includes a housing. A container is mounted in the housing and is adapted for storing soluble flowable chemical solids. A mixing chamber is disposed within the housing and adjacent to the container. A disposable dispenser is attached to the container for automatically dispensing a measured amount of the chemical solids from the container into the mixing chamber via gravity flow. The mixing chamber is adapted to receive fluid for dissolution of the chemical solids and for dispensing a diluted chemical solution of the chemical solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCH Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Anthony Fleming, Jose Eduardo G. Evaro
  • Publication number: 20150030524
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods which provide a process stream comprising a gaseous component, capture the gaseous component from the process stream by an ionic liquid solvent of a separator, and recover a captured gaseous component from the ionic liquid solvent in a regenerator. A second gaseous component from the process stream may be captured by the ionic liquid solvent of the separator, and the second gaseous component may be recovered from the ionic liquid solvent in the regenerator. Alternatively, the second gaseous component from the process stream may be uncaptured by the ionic liquid solvent, and the uncaptured second gaseous component may be recovered from a membrane unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Lei JI, Ai-Fu CHANG, Michael S. Driver, Hye-Kyung Timken
  • Publication number: 20150005553
    Abstract: Vortex separation technology quickly and efficiently separates vapor from catalyst from two or more risers, in a singular separation vessel, controlling residence time and improving product conversion. One riser enters concentrically through the reactor vessel, then through the center of the separation vessel, ending in horizontal swirl arms. The second and any additional risers run external to the reactor vessel. The external risers transition to a 90° elbow and tangentially enter the reactor vessel, and then the separation vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Paolo Palmas, Paul S. Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8911676
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a fluid by passing fluid through a treatment structure, the fluid containing undesirable living things, the treatment structure containing electrically conductive nanomaterial with silver, flowing an electric current in the fluid in the treatment structure via the electrically conductive nanomaterial with silver or silver material to kill undesirable living things in the treatment structure, and killing undesirable things in the treatment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Guy L. McClung, III
  • Publication number: 20140357734
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein can introduce low amounts of gas in a liquid with fast response time and low variation in concentration. In one embodiment, a gas is directed into an inlet on a gas contacting side of a porous element of a contactor and a liquid is directed into an inlet on a liquid contacting side of the porous element of the contactor. The liquid contacting side and the gas contacting side are separated by the porous element and a housing. The gas is removed from an outlet on the gas contacting side of the porous element at a reduced pressure compared to the pressure of the gas flowing into the inlet of the contactor. A liquid containing a portion of the gas transferred into the liquid is removed from an outlet on the liquid contacting side of the porous element, producing a dilute bubble free solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Yanan Annie Xia, John Karl Niermeyer, Rosario Mollica, Gregg T. Conner
  • Publication number: 20140346114
    Abstract: Flow and product waste water from fracturing can be cleaned and reused utilizing a precipitation methodology incorporating, in part, a super critical reactor 30. Initially, the waste water is treated to remove solids, destroy bacteria, and precipitate out certain salts, such as barium, strontium, calcium, magnesium and iron. The waste water then can be passed through a radioactive material adsorption unit 20 to remove radium, as well as other radioactive materials, and then introduced into the super critical reactor 30. The super critical reactor is designed to bring the waste water to super critical conditions at a central portion of the reactor. This causes any dissolve solids, in particular sodium chloride and the like, to precipitate out of solution in the center 42 of the reactor 30 thereby avoiding scale formation on the walls of the reactor. A catalyst can be utilized to promote the breakdown of carbon bonds and promote the water/gas shift reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Patrick Trembly
  • Patent number: 8877997
    Abstract: A process and apparatus is presented for the removal of solid particles from a gas stream. The process and apparatus includes adding a second stream of liquid that is sprayed over the openings in trays in a quench tower. The second spray stream provides for a veil of liquid to wash out solid particles from the vapor stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Montalbano, John J. Senetar, Daniel A. Kauff, Gurjit S. Sandhu
  • Patent number: 8877133
    Abstract: Apparatuses and processes are provided for stripping gaseous hydrocarbons from particulate material. One process comprises the step of contacting particles containing hydrocarbons with a stripping vapor in countercurrent flow to remove at least a portion of the hydrocarbons with the stripping vapor to form stripped particles. Contacting the particles includes advancing the particles down a sloping element of a structured packing toward a lower section of the sloping element. The particles are passed through a drainage gap formed between a pair of reinforcing rod sections that are disposed adjacent to the lower section of the sloping element. The particles are contacted with the stripping vapor that is rising up adjacent to the drainage gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell John Kowalczyk, Thomas William Lorsbach, Chad R. Huovie
  • Publication number: 20140322093
    Abstract: A device is provided for performing chemical transformation in a fluid, with a flow distributor having at least one fluid medium inlet, at least one fluid medium outlet, and at least one confinement wherein the chemical transformation is performed; and a means for rotating, rocking, wagging, or oscillating the device. At least one confinement may be equipped with a provision for providing heat, cooling, sound, light or other types of radiation, such provision being contacted to an external source through an actuator shaft. The flow distributor may be provided with sectors connected with the centrally located fluid medium inlet and a designated peripheral fluid medium outlet. The means for rotating, rocking, wagging, or oscillating the device may be an element producing magnetic fields or a shaft mechanically connected to an external actuating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: NORDIC CHEMQUEST AB
    Inventors: Jonas PERSSON, Kjell OBERG, Fredrik ALMQVIST, Knut IRGUM
  • Publication number: 20140322095
    Abstract: There is provided a method for recovering hydrocarbon compounds from gaseous by-products generated in a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction. The method includes absorbing light hydrocarbon compounds and a carbon dioxide gas from the gaseous by-products using an absorption solvent including liquid hydrocarbon compounds and a carbon dioxide gas absorbent, separating the absorption solvent which has absorbed the light hydrocarbon compounds and the carbon dioxide gas into the liquid hydrocarbon compounds and the carbon dioxide gas absorbent, heating the separated liquid hydrocarbon compounds to recover the light hydrocarbon compounds from the separated liquid hydrocarbon compounds, heating the separated carbon dioxide gas absorbent to strip the carbon dioxide gas from the separated carbon dioxide gas absorbent, and reusing the gaseous by-products from which the light hydrocarbon compounds and the carbon dioxide gas are absorbed as a feedstock gas for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd., Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd., Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Tasaka
  • Patent number: 8871524
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of performing a sizing analysis. In the methods, a sizing ladder used in performing the sizing analysis is corrected. In one method, the sizing ladder is corrected for batch-to-batch variations in a sieving gel. In another method, the sizing ladder is corrected for a sample concentration that is different from the archival sizing ladder concentration. Methods are also provided in which the sizing ladder is corrected using a standard marker in a sample and/or using a real-time standard sizing ladder. The methods may be used individually or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Camporese, Advit Bhatt, Josh Molho, Hui Xu, Ken Summers
  • Publication number: 20140305407
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to the use of gas clathrates. More particularly, this disclosure relates to systems, methods, and apparatuses related to the use of gas clathrates as a fuel source for automobiles. The gas clathrates may first be dissociated into at least one gas and the at least one gas delivered to the prime mover of a vehicle or the gas clathrates may be directly utilized by the prime mover as a fuel source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 8858895
    Abstract: Methods and systems for on-site, continuous generation of peracid chemistry, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions, are disclosed. In particular, an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system is designed for on-site generation of peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions from sugar esters. Methods of using the in situ generated peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Patent number: 8852523
    Abstract: A mass transfer system including a housing and a three-dimensional ordered open-cellular micro-truss material within the housing for a mass transfer application. Here, the three-dimensional ordered open-cellular micro-truss material includes a plurality of first truss elements defined by a plurality of first self-propagating polymer waveguides and extending along a first direction, a plurality of second truss elements defined by a plurality of second self-propagating polymer waveguides and extending along a second direction, and a plurality of third truss elements defined by a plurality of third self-propagating polymer waveguides and extending along a third direction. The first, second, and third ordered truss elements interpenetrate each other at a plurality of nodes to form a continuous material. In one embodiment, the continuous material is a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher S. Roper
  • Publication number: 20140275693
    Abstract: An auxiliary sour gas treatment system for treating a stream of sour gas during a time wherein a primary gas treatment facility is unavailable, malfunctioning, inadequate or inoperable. The auxiliary sour gas treatment system comprises a lean solvent storage system to store an appreciable volume of a regenerable lean solvent available on demand. A scrubber to treat an influent supply of the sour gas by contacting the sour gas and the lean solvent which chemically or physically binds the contaminants in the sour gas resulting in a cleaned gas suitable for disposal or use as a fuel, and the solvent in an enriched state that contains the removed contaminants. The enriched solvent resulting from treatment may be stored indefinitely in a rich solvent storage system and then regenerated at any convenient time and at any convenient rate or place to remove the contaminants from the rich solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Lawrence Zink
  • Patent number: 8834807
    Abstract: The invention provides devices and methods for isolating one or more sample components of a sample material following separation of the sample material into a plurality of sample components. A device includes a separation channel having a sample loading well. A low-conductivity buffer is disposed in the loading well, the buffer having a conductivity<0.2 mS/cm. In a method, a buffer is loaded into a loading well in fluid communication with a separation channel of a device. A sample material having a conductivity higher than that of the buffer is then loaded into the loading well such that the sample material is disposed beneath the buffer, the buffer disposed over and covering the sample material. The sample material is separated into a plurality of separated components in the separation channel, and a separated component is collected from a collection well disposed in a collection leg of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Molho, Hui Xu
  • Patent number: 8815171
    Abstract: A cast solid product dispenser for controlling the inputs and operating parameters of dissolution of a cast solid product is disclosed. The dispenser (10) includes a housing (12) having a cavity (18) for removably receiving a container (14) holding a cast solid product. The dispenser (10) includes means for controlling the temperature and pressure of liquid used for dissolution of the cast solid product. The dispenser (10) also includes a pedestal (20) for maintaining a constant distance between the surface of the product and a nozzle (48) during dissolution. The dissolution cycle includes a pulse of spray generally followed by a delay to allow liquid used in the dissolution process to adjust to a desired temperature. A pressure regulator (42) adjusts the pressure variation between various liquid sources so both the pressure and temperature of liquid used in the dissolution process is generally constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher C. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8790586
    Abstract: The present application relates to a molecular exchange device (1) for use with an analysis and control apparatus and a method of manufacturing a molecular exchange device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Probe Scientific Limited
    Inventors: Mark Thomas O'Connell, Stewart Jeffrey Block
  • Patent number: 8778433
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to corn dry-milling, and more specifically, to methods for producing a high protein corn meal from a whole stillage byproduct produced in a corn dry-milling process for making ethanol and a system therefore. In one embodiment, a method for producing a high protein corn meal from a whole stillage byproduct includes, in a corn dry-milling process for making ethanol, separating the whole stillage byproduct into an insoluble solids portion and a thin stillage portion. The thin stillage portion is separated into a protein portion and a water soluble solids portion. Next, the protein portion is dewatered then dried to define a high protein corn meal that includes at least 40 wt % protein on a dry basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fluid Quip, Inc.
    Inventor: Chie Ying Lee
  • Publication number: 20140194666
    Abstract: The invention relates to the treatment of carbonaceous radioactive waste, comprising the delivery of waste to one or more radioactive isotope separation stations isotopes, said isotopes being among at least carbon 14, chlorine 36, and tritium. Advantageously, the delivery to each of the stations occurs in wet form, with water being a common medium for conveying the waste to each of the separation stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
    Inventor: Gérard Laurent
  • Patent number: 8764975
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for the separation of solids from a biowaste slurry before heat treatment, and for heat treatment of the separated solids. The device comprises a chamber with a main inlet port for feeding slurry, and outlet ports. A unit for separating solids is adapted to an outlet port so, that liquid leaving the chamber has passed through the separation unit. A second outlet port is provided directly from the chamber to allow removal, following sterilization, of solids collected in the chamber. The sterilization is secured by temperature monitoring at representative locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Steris Europe, Inc. Suomen Sivuliike
    Inventors: Mauri Salmisuo, Juha Mattila, Teppo Nurminen
  • Publication number: 20140171632
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating fibrous materials includes: an introduction unit through which fibrous materials capable of performing Brownian motion are introduced; a moving path providing section prepared in a state in which at least one field causing movement of the fibrous materials in a predetermined direction is applied thereto, and providing a moving path for the fibrous materials; at least three capture zone-providing segments provided to the moving path providing section so as to at least temporarily capture the fibrous materials; and an collecting unit collecting the fibrous materials having passed through the moving path providing section. The apparatus and method have improved safety and improved purity of separated fibrous materials, enables separation of large amounts of fibrous materials through a simple separation process, and the apparatus and method have other various advantages inferred from the spirit of the invention. Therefore, the apparatus and method may significantly increase yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Yong-Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 8728405
    Abstract: A chemical dispensing assembly having a base member, a flow chamber, a chemical chamber and a dispensing control conduit, wherein water or other liquid flows through the base member, into the flow chamber, through the dispensing control conduit and out the base member, wherein a small amount of saturated solution retained within the chemical chamber is drawn into the water flow, the chemical chamber being connected below the flow chamber and the volume of the chemical chamber being greater than the volume of the flow chamber. Preferably, the flow chamber is connected to the base member with a bayonet-type connection mechanism, and keys and key slots are provided such that only dedicated flow chambers can be connected to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: John B. Brandreth, III
  • Patent number: 8721880
    Abstract: A device configured for being received within a floor drain is provided. The device includes a basket assembly containing a liquid-soluble treatment material therein. A drain cover defines an opening that receives the basket assembly. A basket assembly lid defines at least one aperture for allowing flow of liquid into the basket assembly, the basket assembly includes a flange for cooperatively engaging a recess defined in the drain cover to thereby engage the lid with the drain cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Aromatic Drain Device, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Worth, Mark Mangrum, Paul Bradley Forrest, Justin R. Nifong
  • Patent number: 8702863
    Abstract: A method for the evaporative production of phenol-BPA adduct crystals in a crystallizer is provided. First, a supersaturated BPA solution is introduced into a crystallizer that includes a cylindrical vessel and a concentrically-disposed draft tube that defines an annular space between the vessel and tube. Next, the BPA solution is circulated through the draft tube and annular space while a coolant is uniformly distributed in the circulating flow by radially injecting a volatile hydrocarbon compound at between about 30% and 60% of a radial extent of the annular space of to form a BPA mixture. Phenol-BPA adduct crystals are produced in the vessel by evaporating the volatile hydrocarbon compound out of the BPA mixture. The method provides a consistent and uniform concentration of coolant across the surface of the boiling zone that prevents or at least reduces unwanted crystal nucleation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Badger Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Stephen W. Fetsko
  • Patent number: 8668880
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus that inhibits microbial viability on a medical instrument. The apparatus has a sterilization chamber for receiving the medical instrument. A circulation system is fluidly connected to the sterilization chamber to circulate a fluid through the sterilization chamber. A well is provided to receive a chemistry container that includes a removable base portion. A device is provided to detach the removable base portion from the chemistry container. The device includes a mounting end that is mountable within the well such that the device extends into a lower portion of the well. An elongated intermediate section extends from the mounting end at a first angle. A free end extends from the elongated intermediate section at a second angle. The free end is dimensioned to matingly engage and apply a force to a mating feature on the chemistry container or on the removable base portion as the chemistry container is inserted into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Phillip P. Franciskovich, Donald G. Rosenhamer
  • Publication number: 20140044606
    Abstract: A flexible line segment for the exhaust system of an internal combustion engine, with an annularly corrugated or helically corrugated metallic bellows, for exhaust gas flow therethrough, and a line segment arranged upstream in reference to the metallic bellows, with a precipitation device provided in the line section, arranged upstream in reference to the metallic bellows or mounted thereat. The precipitation device is provided for urea derivatives or urea entrained in an edge layer of the exhaust gas flow from an oversaturated edge layer of the exhaust gas flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jens Barthold, Frank Berson, Jorg Ludwig, Rene Rosler, Silvia Calvo, Heike Tobben
  • Patent number: 8632740
    Abstract: A collection device and a method for collecting a biological sample, particularly whole blood, includes a separating member to separate the whole blood into its components, and at least reagent positioned to selectively interact with a component of the separated sample. The reagent is able to selectively interact with the plasma/serum, and is prevented from contacting or interacting with the whole blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ajit Dastane, Dimitrios Manoussakis, Christopher Battles, Paul Dicesare, Jeffrey Radziunas
  • Publication number: 20140004011
    Abstract: A catalyst recovery system that includes a concentrated slurry production unit that concentrates a slurry extracted from a reactor main unit and continuously produces a concentrated slurry, a first discharge unit that discharges the concentrated slurry from the concentrated slurry production unit, a solidified slurry production unit that cools the concentrated slurry discharged from the concentrated slurry production unit, thereby solidifying the liquid medium within the concentrated slurry and producing a solidified slurry, and a recovery mechanism that recovers the solidified slurry from the solidified slurry production unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicants: JAPAN OIL, GAS AND METALS NATIONAL CORPORATION, INPEX CORPORATION, NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN ENGINEERING CO., LTD., JAPAN PETROLEUM EXPLORATION CO., LTD., COSMO OIL CO., LTD., JX NIPPON OIL & ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Shibata, Hidekatsu Honda, Akira Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20130345485
    Abstract: A TSRU for recovering solvent from solvent diluted tailings includes a separation apparatus receiving the tailings and producing solvent and solvent recovered tailings. The separation apparatus includes a vessel, a tailings outlet, a solvent outlet, a tailings inlet for supplying a variable flow of the tailings to the vessel and a tailings recycle line connected to the tailings inlet for recycling part of the solvent recovered tailings into the variable flow of the diluted tailings to produce a flow rate controlled feed for introduction into the vessel. A tailings solvent recovery process includes separating the diluted tailings into recovered solvent and solvent recovered tailings, discharging the solvent recovered tailings, and recycling a portion of the solvent recovered tailings back into the variable flow of the diluted tailings. A method of controlling feed flow rate to a tailings solvent recovery vessel is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Fort Hills Energy L.P.
    Inventors: Ryan Duerr, Shawn Van Der Merwe, Tom Hann
  • Publication number: 20130340960
    Abstract: A method and assembly for separating contaminants from liquids, such as condensates, or vapors at an evaporation plant. The contaminants are separated from liquids by stripping when bringing a contaminant-enriched liquid into direct contact with a vapor by spraying or distributing the liquid into the vapor flowing in a vapor duct or onto wall surfaces in the vapor duct thus reducing the contaminant-content of the sprayed liquid and producing a cleaner liquid. The contaminants are enriched in the vapor. From vapors contaminants are separated by absorption when bringing a contaminant-enriched vapor into direct contact with a cleaner liquid by spraying or distributing the liquid into the vapor flowing in a vapor duct or onto wall surfaces in the vapor duct thus increasing the contaminant-content of the liquid, but producing a cleaned vapor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: ANDRITZ OY
    Inventors: Carl-Gustav Berg, Heikki Jaakkola
  • Patent number: 8603411
    Abstract: A seal is formed of a material including a crosslinked fluoropolymer. The seal substantially prevents leaks in a high pressure pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Racicot, Jon M. Lenhert, Karthik Vaideeswaran, Christopher M. Comeaux
  • Patent number: 8603415
    Abstract: A microchip including a separation portion for separating a first component and a second component from a sample containing the first component and the second component, respectively, a first collection portion for collecting the first component, a second collection portion for collecting the second component, a first flow path for guiding the first component from the separation portion to the first collection portion, and a second flow path for guiding the second component from the separation portion to the second collection portion is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Yamaichi
  • Patent number: 8591825
    Abstract: An extraction apparatus capable of continuously and efficiently extracting a biological substance is provided. Multiple rotation discs are utilized in the extraction apparatus to significantly improve the efficiency of extracting the biological substance by using an extraction solvent. Specifically, when the extraction solvent is applied to extract lipids from microalgae, retention time of the microalgae in the extraction solvent can be significantly increased, and solubility of the microalgal lipids in the extraction solvent can be improved. Hence, the efficiency of extracting the lipids from the microalgae by using the extraction solvent can be enhanced. On the other hand, owing to the improvement of the efficiency of extracting the lipids from the microalgae, the amount of the extraction solvent can be reduced, and production costs can be reduced as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chen-Hsi Cheng, Chung-Cheng Han, Tz-Bang Du, Yun-Huin Lin, Hom-Ti Lee
  • Publication number: 20130303749
    Abstract: A method and system for producing nanocellulose are provided. Cellulose is refined by a first refiner, the refined cellulose is separated by a first separator in such a manner that at least part of it belongs to an accepted fraction, water is removed from the accepted fraction by a precipitator and the accepted fraction is refined by a second refiner to produce nanocellulose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Annikki Vehniaeinen, Sirkka Gustafsson, Timo Koskinen
  • Publication number: 20130274519
    Abstract: A thermal separation process between a gas ascending in a separating column and a liquid descending in the separating column, which comprise (meth)acrylic monomers, wherein the separating column comprises a sequence of crossflow mass transfer trays, the crossflow mass transfer trays of which have passage orifices for the ascending gas in crossflow direction both in front of and beyond a downcomer for the descending liquid, and such crossflow mass transfer trays and one such crossflow mass transfer tray in a sequence of crossflow mass transfer trays present in a separating column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Klaus Joachim MUELLER-ENGEL, Thomas Walter, Frank Huetten, Markus Ottenbacher, Ulrich Hammon
  • Publication number: 20130236358
    Abstract: Methods and systems for virus inactivation in the production or processing of biological or other sensitive substances are provided. The disclosed methods and systems for virus inactivation involve the key steps of dissolving carbon dioxide into biological or other sensitive substances; and treating the substance with the dissolved carbon dioxide at conditions which are less than critical pressure and temperature for a prescribed treatment time to inactivate at least 80% of the target virus or viruses contained within the biological or other sensitive substances. The disclosed carbon dioxide treatments for virus inactivation may optionally include concurrently or sequentially subjecting the substances with an acid treatment to lower the pH of the substance and inactivate viruses contained within the biological or other sensitive substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Peter W. Latham, Nigel Grinter, Robert Sever