Liquid Constituent Of A Liquid Mixture Patents (Class 73/61.43)
  • Patent number: 10677627
    Abstract: A technique facilitates evaluation of a fluid, such as a fluid produced from a well. The technique utilizes a modular and mobile system for testing flows of fluid which may comprise mixtures of constituents, and for sampling fluids thereof. The multiphase sampling method includes flowing a multiphase fluid comprising an oil phase and a water phase through a first conduit, the oil phase and water phase at least partially separating in the first conduit, mixing together the oil phase and water phase to form a mixed bulk liquid phase by flowing the multiphase fluid through a flow mixer toward a second conduit downstream the flow mixer, sampling a portion of the mixed bulk liquid phase at location at or within the second conduit, wherein the sampled portion of the mixed bulk liquid phase has a water-to-liquid ratio (WLR) representative of the pre-mixed oil phase and water phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cheng-Gang Xie, Jianhua Zhu, Alexander Tuborg Vilstrup, Guillaume Jolivet, Shasha Wang
  • Patent number: 9816923
    Abstract: An apparatus detects a material within a sample using signal generation circuitry that generates an orbital angular momentum (OAM) twisted light beam having at least one orbital angular momentum applied thereto. The signal generation circuitry applies the at least one OAM twisted light beam to the sample. The OAM twisted light beam includes at least one fractional OAM state, at least one intensity signature and at least one phase signature unique to the material within the sample. A detector receives the OAM twisted light beam after the OAM twisted light beam passes through the sample and detects the material responsive to a presence of a unique combination of the at least one fractional OAM state, the at least one intensity signature and the at least one phase signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC
    Inventors: Solyman Ashrafi, Roger Linquist
  • Patent number: 9810628
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a presence of a predetermined material within a sample uses signal generation circuitry for generating a first signal having a first distinct signature including a first eccentricity of a mode intensity, a first shift in a center of the mode intensity and a first rotation of an ellipsoidal intensity output of the mode intensity and applying the first signal to the sample. A detector receives the first signal after the first signal passes through the sample and detects a second distinct signature including a second eccentricity of the mode intensity, a second shift in the center of the mode intensity and a second rotation of the ellipsoidal intensity output of the mode intensity. The detector also determines the presence of the predetermined material within the sample based on the detected second distinct signature within the first signal received from the sample and provides an output of an indication of the presence of the predetermined material responsive to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NxGen Partners IP, LLC
    Inventors: Solyman Ashrafi, Roger Linquist
  • Patent number: 9746394
    Abstract: The invention provides a test bench for characterizing a flow of a two-phase fluid, the test bench comprising a fluid tank, a first pump suitable for taking fluid from the tank and for feeding first and second lines connected in parallel, each line being provided in succession, from upstream to downstream in the flow direction of the fluid, with: injection means for injecting air into the fluid; measurement means suitable for providing information about the proportion of the vapor phase relative to the liquid phase of the fluid; and a second pump or a Venturi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Philippe Vertenoeuil, Petar Tomov
  • Patent number: 9588101
    Abstract: A system for measuring a property of a sample in a liquid which includes a test strip and a meter is provided. Some embodiments relate to a diagnostic test strip for collecting a sample, the strip having a plurality of electrodes for measuring a property of the sample, and the strip having a control circuit at a distal region of the strip, the control circuit configured to communicate with a controller of a meter, the control circuit including an embedded temperature sensor, a memory for lot coding and authentication of the test strip, and an inhibit logic for inhibiting the test from being used more than once; and a diagnostic meter for receiving the test strip, the meter having a controller programmed to communicate with the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trividia Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent E. Modzelewski, Steven V. Leone, Bradley Combs
  • Patent number: 9464968
    Abstract: A mobile sample collection system including housing enclosing a main influent peristaltic pump operatively connected to a main tubing line; a continuous flow centrifuge (CFC) operatively connected to the main tubing line, the CFC comprising a centrifuge bowl; and an elutriate collection tank receiving elutriate from the CFC. The main influent peristaltic pump is configured to continuously pump fluids from a liquid source through the main tubing line and into the CFC. The fluids, containing suspended solids and dissolved solids, are processed through the CFC so that the suspended solids are retained on the centrifuge bowl and the dissolved solids are pumped out of the CFC through the main tubing line and into the elutriate collection tank for sample collection and analysis. The elutriate collection tank includes a tank liner configured to prevent direct contact of pumped fluids with the tank. Excess fluids are returned to the liquid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Tierra Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford E. Firstenberg, Alain P. Hebert, Diane L. Waldschmidt
  • Patent number: 9453466
    Abstract: Various methods and system are described for a fuel system which includes a fuel composition sensor and a fuel lift pump disposed upstream of the sensor. The system may be operated in each of three different modes of operation. In each of the modes, a fuel lift pump voltage is adjusted responsive to a fuel capacitance output by the sensor, while a variable such as sensor temperature or fuel pump pressure is maintained depending on the mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Joseph F. Basmaji, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9422470
    Abstract: A method of determining the suitability of a surfactant for use in a formation can include sampling water in the formation, providing at least two surfactants, and mixing each of the surfactants with the formation water to form surfactant/water samples. The method can further include determining the solubility of each surfactant with the formation water, comparing the solubility of each surfactant with the other surfactant, and assigning a solubility performance value for each surfactant based on its solubility in the formation water sample compared to the other surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Multi-Chem Group, LLC
    Inventors: Liang Xu, Qiang Fu
  • Patent number: 9097696
    Abstract: A method and a device for determining a composition of a fuel mixture, in particular for determining the ethanol content and/or a water component in the fuel mixture. Fuel flows sequentially through spatially separated sensor elements. The sensor elements generate time-dependent output signals, which are unambiguously dependent on the ethanol content of the fuel mixture. A difference between the time-dependent output signals is ascertained and subjected to a plausibility check. A received plausibility-checked output signal is ascertained, having at least one item of information about the direction of change in the ethanol content of the fuel mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Bettina Kassner, Milena Kassner
  • Patent number: 9024766
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein include individual-use beverage containers including sensors and methods of their use. Beverage containers include: a vessel body configured to hold a beverage; and at least one sensor associated with the vessel body, the at least one sensor including a sensor configured to detect one or more substance in a fluid. Systems include: at least one beverage container including at least one sensor configured to detect one or more substance in fluid; and at least one external device including at least one port configured for communication with the at least one sensor. Methods include: detecting one or more substance within fluid with at least one sensor integral to a beverage container; and interfacing one or more of the at least one sensor with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Edward K.Y. Jung, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9016110
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards methods and apparatus for accurately detecting the presence and concentration of an oxidant in a turbid water sample. This method is very helpful in allowing accurate and efficient (not too much nor too little) amounts of microbe killing oxidants to be introduced to water supplies that require oxidants but which at present cannot be measured properly. The method comprises the steps of: passing the water through at least one filter array, passing the filtered water to an analyzer, and then returning from the analyzer a measurement of the concentration. The filter array comprises at least one filter constructed and arranged to remove turbidity inducing material but not oxidant from the water sample. The analyzer can be a commonly commercially available analyzer that currently cannot accurately measure the oxidant concentration if the water had not been so filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Martin Seifert, Peter Enskat, Bernd Schreiner, Stephen B. Ashton
  • Patent number: 9014991
    Abstract: A system and method for quantitatively characterizing moisture content of an at least partially hydrophobic fluid sample. The method includes providing a dry solution of an aprotic solvent, adding at least a part of the fluid sample to the solvent to produce an extract-sample, performing infrared spectroscopic testing on the extract-sample to generate absorbance data representing at least one absorbance characteristic of the extracted sample, and generating moisture data for the sample based on the extracted sample data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Thermal-Lube, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederik R. van de Voort, David Pinchuk
  • Publication number: 20150090011
    Abstract: A liquid sensor may comprise a first electrode, a second electrode disposed inside the first electrode, and a partition wall comprising a surface defining a storage space with a first opposing surface of the first electrode and a second opposing surface of the second electrode. One of the first electrode, the second electrode and the partition wall may comprise a first communication opening communicating an inside of the storage space and an outside of the storage space and disposed at an upper portion of the storage space. One of the first electrode, the second electrode and the partition wall may comprise a second communication opening communicating the inside of the storage space and the outside of the storage space and disposed lower than the first communication opening. An opening direction of the first communication opening may be different from an opening direction of the second communication opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Kato
  • Patent number: 8993226
    Abstract: A method of testing for a trisaccharide in milk includes the step of providing a predetermined amount of milk. The method also includes the step of isolating a trisachharide of the milk with a hydride insertion reaction to identify the molecule as phosphorylated. Also included in the method is the step of obtaining a mass spectrum of the isolated milk trisaccharide sample. The method further includes the step of identifying a molecular structure of the isolated milk trisaccharide sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: BioLogistics. LLC
    Inventor: Michael Madson
  • Publication number: 20150075262
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of biomarkers. In particular, the present invention relates to biomarkers such as PC-O 44:4 that can be used, for example for detecting and/or quantifying visceral adiposity and/or changes in visceral adiposity. This biomarker may also be used to diagnosing the effect of a change in lifestyle on visceral adiposity in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Francois-Pierre Martin, Ivan Montoliu Roura, Philippe Alexandre Guy, Serge Andre Dominique Rezzi
  • Publication number: 20150072320
    Abstract: Using NMR/MS based metabonomics and targeted lipidomics approaches the inventors have explored the metabolic phenotypes of aging and longevity in a cohort compromising centenarians, elderly and young adults. The inventors have identified biomarkers for a reduced risk of developing ageing related chronic inflammatory disorders and propose a method of diagnosing a lifestyle that allows delaying and/or avoiding ageing related chronic inflammatory disorders using PC—O 40:1 as biomarker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastiano Collino, Ivan Montoliu Roura, Francois-Pierre Martin, Philippe Alexandre Guy, Serge Andre Dominique Rezzi
  • Patent number: 8973426
    Abstract: An alcohol detector for detecting high concentrations of alcohol in a fuel tank and for providing evidence that the alcohol was present even after it has been removed. In one aspect, the alcohol detector includes a cathode and an anode of different materials and spaced from one another. The anode experiences galvanic corrosion at a faster rate when exposed to high concentrations of alcohol than it does when exposed to unleaded gasoline. Thus, the amount of corrosion present on the anode provides evidence of the past presence of an improper fuel in the fuel tank. In another aspect, the alcohol detector is a dye printed on a fuel pump. The dye visually changes color intensity in the presence of high concentrations of alcohol to provide evidence of the past presence of alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Carter Fuel Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John E. Troxler, Jennifer A. Musall
  • Publication number: 20150059448
    Abstract: The present invention has an object of improving the measurement accuracy in a biological information measurement device, e.g., for measuring a blood glucose level. The device is configured to be able to change at least one of i) a voltage value to be applied to the second input terminal and the third input terminal (i.e., the blood component measurement counter electrode 7 and the blood component measurement working electrode 6) in the second biological information measurement mode D and ii) a voltage application time during which a voltage is applied to the second input terminal and the third input terminal in the second biological information measurement mode D based on the first biological information in the first biological information measurement mode A. A hematocrit value is measured in the first biological information measurement mode A, and a glucose value is measured based on the hematocrit value in the second biological information measurement mode D.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Teppei Shinno, Shouko Hironaka
  • Publication number: 20150059449
    Abstract: A method for removing a high definition nanostructure in a partly free-standing layer, the layer, a sensor comprising said layer, a use of said sensor, and a method of detecting a species, and optional further characteristics thereof, using said sensor. The sensor and method are suited for detecting single ions, molecules, low concentrations thereof, and identifying sequences of base pairs, e.g., in a DNA-strand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Qiang Xu, Gregory Schneider, Henny Zandbergen, Mengyue Wu, Bo Song, Cornelis Dekker
  • Publication number: 20150006059
    Abstract: A method, comprising generating a water-in-fuel indication responsive to a water-in-fuel content increasing more than a threshold amount within a threshold time of a refueling event is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Castleberry, Brien Lloyd Fulton, Carlos Armesto
  • Patent number: 8915123
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining a viscosity of oil in a mixture are disclosed herein. An example method includes determining water fractions of a mixture flowing into a downhole tool and determining viscosities of the mixture. The mixture includes water and oil. The example method also includes determining a viscosity of the oil based on the water fractions and the viscosities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Harrison, Andreas Hausot, Matthew T. Sullivan, Sophie Godefroy
  • Patent number: 8881581
    Abstract: A sensor system that measures at least one parameter of water includes an electronics subsystem and includes a sensor housing electrically and mechanically coupled to the electronics subsystem. The sensor housing encloses a chamber that receives water via at least one inlet and that releases water via at least one outlet. At least one sensor has at least one electrode exposed to water in the chamber. A flow generator causes water to flow through the chamber. A plurality of objects within the chamber move in response to the water flow and abrasively clean the at least one electrode. Preferably, the sensor system includes a chlorine sensor having at least two electrodes. The electronics subsystem applies a first differential voltage between the two electrodes during a measurement interval and then applies a second differential voltage between the two electrodes during an interval following the measurement interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Michael A. Silveri
  • Publication number: 20140298895
    Abstract: A device for testing the amount of free fluid in a colloid comprises: a first container, wherein the first container has a central axis that spans the length of the first container, wherein the length of the first container is greater than the width and height of the first container, and wherein the central axis of the first container is oriented in a substantially horizontal position during the testing. Methods of using the device include: optically determining the height of free fluid in the container after the period of time has elapsed and using a formula to determine the volume of the free fluid; or removing a plug from a plug tube that is operationally connected to the container; and draining the free fluid from the container into a measurement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael W. SCHWARTZ, Dennis GRAY, Benjamin J. IVERSON
  • Patent number: 8852437
    Abstract: A method of producing sterile water from raw water during a production cycle in a production plant P, including adding a disinfectant to the produced sterile water during the production cycle to permanently monitor the condition of the sterile water and/or the production plant, and determining and evaluating a reduction of concentration of the disinfectant directly in the production stream. In a production plant suited for carrying out the method, a sterile sensor is provided directly in the production stream through which the reduction of concentration of the disinfectant added to the produced sterile water can be permanently measured and evaluated to provide a sterility evidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Jörg Zacharias
  • Publication number: 20140283585
    Abstract: An underwater detection apparatus for detecting a presence of one or more bubbles within an aquatic environment includes a first structure including a lower peripheral edge for defining an area over which the apparatus is operable to collect the one or more bubbles, a second structure for spatially concentrating the one or more bubbles received within the area defined by the lower peripheral edge into a detection region, and a detection arrangement for detecting the one or more bubbles concentrated in operation by the bubble concentrating structure passing into the detection region and generating an output signal indicative of the one or more bubbles passing through the detection region. The apparatus is optionally mounted upon an aquatic remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: NAXYS AS
    Inventor: Frank Tore Sæther
  • Patent number: 8825408
    Abstract: Methods and systems to characterize a fluid in a reservoir to determine if the fluid is in one of equilibrium or non-equilibrium in terms of one of gravity, solvency power, entropy effect or some combination thereof. The method includes acquiring tool data at each depth for each fluid sample of at least two fluid samples wherein each fluid sample is at a different depth and communicating the tool data to a processor. Determining formation properties of each fluid sample to obtain formation property data and determining fluid properties for each fluid sample to obtain fluid property data. Selecting a mathematical model based on one of gravity, solvency power or entropy, in view of a fluid property, using one of tool data, formation property data, fluid property data, known fluid reservoir data or some combination thereof, to predict if the fluid is in an equilibrium distribution or a non-equilibrium distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Denise E Freed, Kentaro Indo, Oliver C Mullins, John Ratulowski, Julian Zuo
  • Publication number: 20140234988
    Abstract: Non-mercaptalbumin-2 is used as a biomarker for diagnosing a medical condition associated with oxidative stress. A method for diagnosing a condition associated with oxidative stress includes determining the redox state of albumin at the cysteine residue at sequence position 34; quantifying the level of non-mercaptalbumin-2 present, non-mercaptalbumin-2 representing the albumin fraction irreversibly oxidized at cysteine 34; and comparing the result to a control level, wherein an elevated level of non-mercaptalbumin-2 as compared to the control level is indicative of the condition associated with oxidative stress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
    Inventors: Carolin Lackner, Karl Oettl, Rudolf Stauber, Ruth Birner-Gruenberger
  • Patent number: 8810417
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein include beverage immersates and methods of their use. Systems include: at least one beverage immersate, wherein the at least one beverage immersate includes at least one sensor configured to detect at least one analyte in a fluid within a personal use beverage container; and at least one signal transmitter configured to transmit a signal responsive to the at least one beverage immersate. Methods include: detecting one or more analyte in fluid within a personal use beverage container with at least one sensor integral to at least one beverage immersate; and communicating data from the at least one beverage immersate to at least one device external to the beverage immersate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Edward K. Y. Jung, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140208835
    Abstract: Provided is a novel assessment method for stroke and cerebral infarction (in particular, asymptomatic cerebral infarction) without any burden on a subject to be tested. It is newly found that the content of 3-HPMA, which is a metabolite of acrolein, in a urine specimen decreases in a stroke patient as compared to a healthy subject without history of stroke, irrespective of smoking habits and gender, which is quite different from the result expected from a conventional finding. Thus, an assessment method for stroke and/or cerebral infarction, including using 3-HPMA in a urine specimen as an indicator, is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Amine Pharma Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuei Igarashi, Keiko Kashiwagi, Madoka Yoshida, Mutsumi Mizoi, Ryotaro Saiki
  • Publication number: 20140202237
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a gradient of a composition of materials in a petroleum reservoir, comprising sampling fluids from a well in the petroleum reservoir in a logging operation, measuring an amount of contamination in the sampled fluids, measuring the composition of the sampling fluids using a downhole fluid analysis, measuring an asphaltene content of the sampling fluids at different depths; and fitting the asphaltene content of the sampling fluids at the different depths to a simplified equation of state during the logging operation to determine the gradient of the composition of the materials in the petroleum reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew E. Pomerantz, Youxiang Zuo, Denise E. Freed, Oliver C. Mullins
  • Patent number: 8746047
    Abstract: Provided is a method for analyzing a dispersion made by dispersing a liquid or solid dispersoid into a liquid dispersion medium. The method includes the steps of: preparing a sample liquid from the dispersion by forming an agglomerate of the dispersoid in the dispersion medium; redispersing the dispersoid that forms the agglomerate in the sample liquid into the dispersion medium of the sample liquid; and measuring the amount of the dispersoid that has been redispersed from the agglomerate in the sample liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Pokka Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Joju Niida, Yasuki Matsumura, Kentaro Matsumiya
  • Patent number: 8751167
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for concentration determination of at least one component in an acid catalyst for hydrocarbon conversion containing an unknown concentration of an acid, an acid-soluble-oil (ASO), and water. An instrument configured for measuring a property of the acid catalyst, has responsivities to concentrations of one of the acid, ASO, and water, substantially independent of the concentrations of the others of the acid catalyst, ASO, and water. A temperature detector is configured to generate temperature data for the acid catalyst. A processor is configured to capture data generated by the temperature detector and the instrument, and to use the data in combination with a model to determine a temperature compensated concentration of the one of the acid, the ASO, and the water. Optionally, one or more other instruments configured for measuring other properties of the liquid mixture may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Marcus Trygstad
  • Publication number: 20140151034
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a parameter of interest includes a conduit and a reactive media in the conduit. The reactive media interacts with a selected fluid component to control a flow parameter of the conduit. The apparatus also includes at least one sensor responsive to the flow parameter. The apparatus may be used for estimating a water content of a fluid flowing from a subterranean formation. The apparatus may include a flow path configured to convey fluid from the formation. The at least one sensor may be responsive to a pressure change in the flow path caused by interaction of the reactive media with water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Paul JOSEPH, Tianping HUANG
  • Patent number: 8741151
    Abstract: The scale inhibitors in a variety of aqueous systems, or a part or sample thereof, also including one or more dissolved interfering ions, are separated therefrom and analyzed, such scale inhibitors comprising a polymer containing at least one anionic functional group, e.g., a strong acid functional group or a phosphonate or phosphate ester, and such analysis including treating these aqueous systems with a cationic substrate or a free cation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Rhodia UK Limited
    Inventors: Mike Hails, Chris Jones
  • Publication number: 20140144215
    Abstract: An electronic equipment enclosure (10), especially for an oil-in-water analyzer. The enclosure has a metal body (22) including an expandable folded section (26) that expands in response to increased pressure within the enclosure thereby increasing the volume defined by the enclosure. The enclosure is capable of containing internal explosions and is suitable for use in hazardous environments where the electronic equipment can come into contact with explosive gases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Sensors Limited
    Inventors: Khalid Thabeth, Raymond Acheson, John Tierney
  • Patent number: 8726722
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining concentrations of components of a multiphase fluid. A first flowmeter receives a fluid flow and generates measurements of the fluid flow. After at least partially separating the fluid flow into mixtures of its components, second and third flowmeters generate measurements of the mixtures. A data processing apparatus operatively coupled to the flowmeters receives the measurements and determines concentrations of the components of the fluid flow. In an embodiment, the measurements are mass flow and density readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Manus Henry
  • Patent number: 8720499
    Abstract: A fuel quality monitoring system and method to automatically and/or continuously monitor quality of fuel dispensed and control the operation of the fuel dispenser. The control system monitors fuel quality to prevent unsafe refuelings when the fuel quality is unacceptable. In one embodiment, a combination of a differential pressure sensor, a water detector, and/or a particle monitor is employed inline the fuel flow path of a fuel dispenser, and in particular an aviation refueling truck, to monitor the quality of the fuel. If fuel quality is at an acceptable level although not ideal, the control system can allow fueling with the generation of reports and alarms. If the fuel quality is unacceptable, fuel flow can be stopped. If the differential pressure across the filter indicates a high degree of debris and/or water retention, the control system can automatically lower the flow rate to reduce the risk of filter breakdown without completely preventing fueling until the filter can be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Fuel Guard Systems Corporation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Kastner, Kevin G. Jensen, Phillip A. Wetmore
  • Publication number: 20140121276
    Abstract: The present invention provides new methods of intervention for anxiety associated disorders, in particular, trauma-derived disorders such as PTSD, and therapeutic or prophylactic agents for anxiety associated disorders that can be used as foods, beverages, and dietary supplements, for example, and which contain as an active ingredient n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in krill oil or fish oil, for example. The present invention further provides methods for alleviating fear memory or methods for preventing its formation by adjusting the proportion of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids to n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids as ingested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicants: NATIONAL CENTER OF NEUROLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, NIPPON SUISAN KAISHA, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Sekiguchi, Daisuke Yamada, Jiro Takeo, Wakako Seki, Keiji Wada
  • Patent number: 8707767
    Abstract: A housing sensor having a semiconductor element for measuring hydrogen concentration in an insulating fluid in equipment having a mounting flange on the equipment providing access to the interior of the equipment provided with a plurality of bolt receiving openings arranged on the mounting flange in a first pattern which includes a first flange having at least one or more openings and an outer periphery. The sensor also includes a tubular housing support member having one end received in one of the openings, a plurality of bolt receiving apertures arranged in a pattern corresponding to the first pattern within the outer periphery of the first flange. The sensor further includes at least one wire receiving opening extending through the housing body, a cover closing an end of the housing body distal from the one end, a first seal disposed between the first flange and the tubular housing support member, a second seal disposed on the first flange for engaging the mounting flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Qualitrol Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua J. Herz, David Billings
  • Publication number: 20140090451
    Abstract: A system includes a vessel system for a fluid, a sampling assembly and a resonant sensor system coupled to the sampling assembly. The resonant sensor system may include a subsystem that detects a set of signals from a resonant sensor system at a plurality of locations in the vessel. The resonant sensor system may also include a subsystem that converts the set of signals to values of a complex impedance spectrum for the plurality of locations and stores the values of the complex impedance spectrum and frequency values. A subsystem determines a fluid phase inversion point from the values of the complex impedance spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Cheryl Margaret Surman, William Chester Platt, William Guy Morris, Steven Go, Jon Albert Dieringer, Radislav A. Potyrailo
  • Publication number: 20140076035
    Abstract: A multi-phase fluid is passed through a Coriolis flowmeter and a watercut meter. The multi-phase fluid includes two phases during a first time period and three phases during a second time period. It is determined that the multi-phase fluid includes two phases during the first time period, and a first value of a parameter of the multi-phase fluid is determined using a value measured by the Coriolis flowmeter during the first time period. A second value of a parameter of the multi-phase fluid is determined using a value measured by the watercut meter during the first time period. The first value is compared to the second value, and it is determined, based on the comparison, that the first value and the second value are inconsistent with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Invensys Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Manus P. Henry
  • Patent number: 8674080
    Abstract: The present invention provides kits and methods for composition ratio control based on dyes that are designed to enable energy transfer between each other. In more detail, with the method of the present invention it is possible to verify the mixing ratio of a first component comprising a first dye with a second component comprising a second dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dieter Heindl, Waltraud Ankenbauer, Hans-Peter Josel, Christian Weilke
  • Publication number: 20140041441
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing data processing and control for use in a medical communication system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Alan Hayter, Kenneth J. Doniger
  • Publication number: 20140039230
    Abstract: We provide an extracted conjunct polymer naphtha (45), comprising a hydrogenated conjunct polymer naphtha, from a used ionic liquid catalyst, having a final boiling point less than 246° C. (475° F.), a Bromine Number of 5 or less, and at least 30 wt % naphthenes. We also provide a blended alkylate gasoline (97) comprising the extracted conjunct polymer naphtha (45), and integrated alkylation processes to make the extracted conjunct polymer naphtha (45) and the blended alkylate gasoline (97). We also provide a method to analyze alkylate products, by determining an amount of methylcyclohexane in the alkylate products (80).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Hye Kyung Cho Timken, Izadyar Dalvand, Douglas Robert Cyr, Michael Tung-hai Cheng, Huping Luo, Shawn Shlomo Winter, Michael Sean Driver, Donald Henry Mohr
  • Publication number: 20140026646
    Abstract: Provided are sensors for determining the concentration of an analyte in a sample fluid. In certain embodiments, the sensors include conductive particles and exhibit improved uniformity of distribution of one or more sensing chemistry components, increased effective working electrode surface area, and/or reduced entry of interfering components into a sample chamber of the sensor. Methods of using and manufacturing the sensors are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Feldman, Zenghe Liu, Tianmei Ouyang, Suyue Qian
  • Publication number: 20130345230
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions for modulating calcium channels. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions for modulating (e.g., disrupting) Cav1.3a calcium channels for research and therapeutic methods (e.g., treating dopaminergic diseases and conditions).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: D. James Surmeier, Michelle Day, Jun Ding, Savio Chan, Jamie Guzman, Jeff Mercer, Tatiana Tkatch, Zhongfeng Wang, Ema Ilijic
  • Patent number: 8584513
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of determining the effectiveness of an asphaltene deposition inhibitor in oilfield applications. Such methods typically comprising the steps of introducing an oil well fluid into a microfluidic/millifluidic system; introducing a mixture of an asphaltene deposition inhibitor and carrier into the microfluidic/millifluidic system; introducing a precipitating agent, typically comprising heptane, into the microfluidic/millifluidic system; and optionally introducing toluene into the microfluidic/millifluidic system; then observing the presence or absence of asphaltene aggregation within the microfluidic/millifluidic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Rhodia Operations
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Hough, Jean-Christophe Castaing, Gary Woodward, Ruela Talingting Pabalan, Floryan De Campo
  • Patent number: 8578761
    Abstract: A concentration sensor device includes a sensor unit, a substrate, and a sedimentation limit unit. The sensor unit detects a concentration of a specific component contained in liquid. The substrate has a face to which the sensor unit is arranged. The sedimentation limit unit is integrally arranged with the sensor unit or arranged at an upstream side of the sensor unit in a flowing direction of the liquid. The sedimentation limit unit is configured to prevent sedimentation of a foreign object on the sensor unit. The sedimentation limit unit includes a piezoelectric element to vibrate when electricity is supplied so as to promote the foreign object to be separated from the sensor unit. The substrate has a recess recessed in a thickness direction of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Fukumura, Tetsuo Yoshioka, Tetsuo Fujii, Takaaki Kawai, Hirofumi Higuchi, Teruo Oda, Yasuyuki Okuda
  • Publication number: 20130291626
    Abstract: In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided. The analyte sensor has a plurality of fuse members associated therewith. The fuse members may be burned in sequence and the burn values (related to current, voltage, or time) may be used to extract/decode information. The decoded information may include calibration constant, expiration or manufacture date, counterfeiting codes, warnings, etc. Systems and methods for burning and detecting such burn values of the plurality of fuse members and decoding the coded information related to the sensor are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Hoi-Cheong Steve Sun, Paul M. Ripley
  • Publication number: 20130265417
    Abstract: A centrifuge is provided. The centrifuge includes a power source, the power source configured to generate electrical power from a renewable power source. At least one battery electrically coupled to the power source. A motor is electrically coupled to the at least one battery. A rotor is coupled to the motor. The rotor has a generally cylindrical body and a pair of opposing openings opposite the motor, and a pair of holders each disposed in one of the pair of opposing openings, each of the holders having an opening on one end sized to receive a capillary tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Rust, Joseph T. Papu, Andrew W. Browne