With Control Responsive To Sensed Condition Patents (Class 95/1)
  • Patent number: 9797812
    Abstract: Methods and systems for predicting a filter lifetime include building a filter effectiveness history based on contaminant sensor information associated with a filter; determining a rate of filter consumption with a processor based on the filter effectiveness history; and determining a remaining filter lifetime based on the determined rate of filter consumption. Methods and systems for increasing filter economy include measuring contaminants in an internal and an external environment; determining a cost of a corrosion rate increase if unfiltered external air intake is increased for cooling; determining a cost of increased air pressure to filter external air; and if the cost of filtering external air exceeds the cost of the corrosion rate increase, increasing an intake of unfiltered external air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente I. Klein, Dennis G. Manzer, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 9694311
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing a product gas are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes at least one separation bed to separate adsorbable components from a gas source, a valving means to selectively direct gas from the gas source to the at least one separation bed, at least one sensing device associated with the at least one separation bed to sense the progress of an adsorption zone within the separation bed, and a controller. The controller includes logic to read the output of the at least one sensing device and control the gas separation process based on the progress of the adsorption zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B. Richey, II, William J. Daniels
  • Patent number: 9375670
    Abstract: An air purification system including a Particle Phase Pollutant (PPP) treatment section (9) having an air inlet (14) and an air outlet (15), a particle removal filter, (11) and a blower (12) to draw air from the air inlet (14) of the PPP treatment section (9) to pass through the particle removal filter (11) and exit through the air outlet (15) of the PPP treatment section (9). The system also includes a Gas Phase Pollutant (GPP) treatment section (10) installed at a downstream position of the particle removal filter (11) of the PPP treatment section (9), the GPP treatment section (10) having an air inlet (19) and an air outlet (20), a gas removal filter (16) with high filter air flow resistance, and a blower (17) located at a downstream position of the gas removal filter (16) to draw air from the air inlet (19) of the GPP treatment section (10) to pass through the gas removal filter (16) and exit through the air outlet (20) of the GPP treatment section (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Akos Advanced Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiu Wai Chan, Sui Chun Law
  • Patent number: 9139434
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for managing an oxygen generating system configured for supplying a sustained flow of oxygen, which may include a control box. The control box may include an oil-less air compressor configured to pump the oxygen to an oxygen storage tank from at least two banks of at least one oxygen generator. The control box may include or be connected to a pressure sensor associated with the oxygen storage tank. The control box may further include one or more controller devices configured to control at least two circuits for providing power to the at least two banks of at least one oxygen generator. The one or more controller devices may be configured to switch on or off each bank of oxygen generators in response to particular threshold pressures associated with the storage tank. The one or more controller devices may also be configured to control the oil-less air compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HVLP02, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Friedman, Eric Ellenwood, Marc Kornbluh
  • Patent number: 9132205
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing device for at least one air treatment agent comprising at least one airborne agent detector operable to detect airborne agents in the air; receiving means for receiving at least one source of air treatment agent; and control means for releasing an amount of at least one air treatment agent from a source thereof received in the receiving means when a current airborne agent level detected by the airborne agent detector deviates from a background airborne agent level detected by the airborne agent detector by more than a predetermined amount, wherein the background airborne agent level is calculated by the device. The present invention also relates to a method of dispensing at least one air treatment agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Elias Belmonte, Wu Jin, Matthew Copeman, Steve Walsh
  • Patent number: 9127852
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air purifier able to maintain the normal state of drive of a disk-shaped humidification filter by controlling the state of rotation of the humidification filter. The air purifier can maintain the normal state of drive of the humidification filter by using a stepping motor and the control unit in order to vary the state of rotation of the humidification filter and thereby remove extraneous material when the humidification filter is rotating abnormally due to extraneous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Woongjin Coway Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jin-Kyu Joung
  • Patent number: 9045870
    Abstract: In a road finishing machine comprising at least one screed, a machine control, and a ventilation system including a fan, the fan can be switched on or off via the machine control automatically independent of the operator and exclusively depending on demand. According to the invention, before or during the laying operation, a defined demand for the operation of the ventilation system is determined, and during or for the laying operation, the ventilation system is operated independent of the operator and automatically, and optionally power-controlled, upon determination of the defined demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: JOSEPH VOGELE AG
    Inventors: Martin Buschmann, Klaus Oettinger
  • Publication number: 20150135947
    Abstract: Certain embodiments herein relate to systems and methods for managing turbine intake filters. In one embodiment, a system can include at least one memory configured to store computer-executable instructions and at least one control device configured to access the at least one memory and execute the computer-executable instructions. The instructions may be configured to receive information associated with a filter and identify the filter based at least in part on the information received. The instructions may be further configured to pulse the filter based at least in part on the information received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Sherwood Bryant, Michelle Fullerton Simpson
  • Patent number: 9023131
    Abstract: The system is provided for continuously separating landfill gas in a raw multi-phase stream coming from a landfill gas collector. The system includes an atmospheric tank and an elongated separator vessel mounted substantially upright above the tank bottom. The elongated separator vessel includes a mid-level inlet that is configured and disposed to be in fluid communication with the landfill gas collector pipe, an upper gas outlet located vertically above the mid-level inlet, and a bottom-opened discharge end that is located vertically below the mid-level inlet. A method of pretreating a raw multi-phase stream captured from a landfill site is also disclosed. The proposed concept provides a relatively simple arrangement that can be made sufficiently rugged to perform a pretreatment of the raw multi-phase stream in a continuous manner and with a very minimal intervention from landfill operators under almost any weather and operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: RTJ Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Tremblay, Alain Roy
  • Publication number: 20150114221
    Abstract: A gas turbine inlet air filter house control system may obtain geospatial data for an area in which a gas turbine is located. The gas turbine inlet air filter house control system may determine filter cleaning parameters for the gas turbine based on the geospatial data and control the initiation and duration of the inlet air filter cleaning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventors: Sanji Ekanayake, Alston Ilford Scipio, Ryan Margate Pastrana, Paul Robert Fernandez
  • Patent number: 8999035
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally provide a containment system having integrated bubble tight-dampers. In another embodiment, the containment system includes an integral auto-scan mechanism disposed in the housing of the containment system so that a filter element, disposed in the housing, may be leak tested without accessing the interior of the housing. In yet another embodiment, a method for testing a filter disposed in a containment system includes challenging an upstream side of a filter element disposed in a housing of the containment system with a test aerosol, and automatically moving a probe disposed within the housing to obtain samples for leak testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Camfil USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Morse, Mark Huza
  • Publication number: 20150033942
    Abstract: A system and method for regenerative air purification technology use in residential or commercial HVAC systems that includes a set of gas sensors and processor, a set of filters including the pre-particles filter; HEAP particles filters and the adsorption gas filters with TiO2 (or TiO2 mixed activated carbon material) coated on the outer surface, a set of auto valves, a set of UV Lamps on the boundaries of device compartment, a set of heater located in the central of a cylinder type of adsorption filter. The air is ventilated through the pre-particle filter, “HEPA” filter or a high efficiency filter with nano-material fibers (HENF) and combined activated carbon adsorption filter via a well designed manifold tube, in which the particles will be captured on the pre-particle filter and “HEPA” or “HENF” filter materials and VOCs are trapped by the adsorption filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 8940077
    Abstract: A method for indirectly monitoring and controlling an electrically resistive adsorption system. Adsorption of a predetermined adsorbate is conducted while indirectly monitoring electrical resistance of a unified adsorbent element. Breakthrough is predicted based upon the indirectly monitored electrical resistance and a previously measured mass loading relationship between the resistance of the unified adsorbent element and the loading of the unified resistance element with the predetermined adsorbate. Adsorption, regeneration and cooling cycles are controlled by a controller without any direct measurement of temperature or resistance of the element and characterizations of mass loading and temperature. Systems of the invention can have no sensors that contact the element, are in an adsorption vessel, and/or are downstream adsorption vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Mark J. Rood, David Johnsen
  • Publication number: 20150013536
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and devices for removing gas from pipelines, including offshore and/or onshore pipelines at pipeline locations where gases have a tendency to accumulate. In an aspect the pipeline contains a hydrocarbon-containing liquid containing undissolved and/or non-condensable gases which tend to form corrosive gases that adversely affect pipeline performance and/or integrity. A pump specially positioned with respect to pump inlet and pump outlet in pipeline sections are used to increase fluid velocity in pipeline sections where gas can accumulate. Optionally, a valve is employed to facilitate fluid recirculation upon detection of a gas bubble that causes a change in a pressure drop in the pipeline from the expected hydrostatic pressure drop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Yuri FAIRUZOV, Victor FAIRUZOV
  • Publication number: 20150007720
    Abstract: A filter assembly and method of operating the filter assembly includes a hinge attached to a first end of a filter while a lifting mechanism is attached to a second end of the filter. The lifting mechanism lifts and releases the second end of the filter causing an impact such that dust and debris caught in the filter is dislodged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventors: Huong Van Vu, Michael Adelbert Sullivan, Avnit Singh, Eric Milton Lafontaine
  • Patent number: 8926731
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling a flow of steam in a steam generator having a heater for heating fluid in a vessel is disclosed. The method includes: delivering the steam from the steam generator to a first side of a filtering membrane; receiving purified steam from a second side of the filtering membrane, the purified steam having a steam flow rate; determining at least one coefficient of a substantially linear mathematical relationship between the steam flow rate of the purified steam and duty cycle; and configuring the steam generator to control: the duty cycle of the heater based on the determined at least one coefficient and a target steam flow rate; and/or the target steam flow rate based on the at least one coefficient and a target duty cycle of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: RASIRC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Richard D. Blethen
  • Publication number: 20150000517
    Abstract: A solution treatment apparatus connected to a supply nozzle that supplies a treatment solution to a substrate, includes: a supply pipeline connecting a treatment solution storage container and the supply nozzle; a filter apparatus provided in the supply pipeline; a pump on a secondary side of the filter apparatus; a circulation pipeline connecting a discharge side of the pump and an intake side of the filter apparatus; a supply control valve provided in the supply pipeline on a secondary side of the pump; a circulation control valve provided in the circulation pipeline; and a control unit, wherein the control unit opens the circulation control valve and drives the pump when supply of the treatment solution from the supply nozzle to the substrate is stopped by closing the supply control valve, to thereby circulate the treatment solution between the supply pipeline having the filter apparatus and the circulation pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kousuke Yoshihara, Katsunori Ichino, Toshinobu Furusho, Takashi Sasa, Katsuhiro Tsuchiya, Yuichi Terashita, Hirofumi Takeguchi
  • Patent number: 8915987
    Abstract: Carbon dioxide is removed from a source gas stream by admission to a vessel containing a quantity of a material preferentially absorbing carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide content of an escaping gas stream is monitored. When the carbon dioxide content of the escaping gas stream indicates that absorbent is saturated with carbon dioxide, an inlet valve is closed, and a vacuum applied, causing the carbon dioxide to be desorbed for collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence V. Dressler
  • Patent number: 8906133
    Abstract: A process for cooling an acid that is withdrawn from an absorption apparatus of a sulfuric acid plant includes pumping the acid to be cooled from an acid pump tank and supplying the acid to a shell space of a heat exchanger. Water is supplied as a heat transport medium to heat transfer elements disposed in the shell space so as to at least partially convert, by heat transfer from the acid, the water to steam. The acid which was cooled in the heat exchanger is supplied back to the absorption apparatus. The water is separated from the steam in a steam drum. The separated water is recirculated to the heat exchanger using a pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Daum, Wolfram Schalk
  • Patent number: 8906134
    Abstract: A method for engine-out soot flow rate prediction of an exhaust gas treatment system is provided. A measured level of oxides of nitrogen in the exhaust gas treatment system is received. An engine fuel injection timing and air-fuel ratio of an engine producing the oxides of nitrogen are also received. An engine timing factor is determined based on the engine fuel injection timing. An engine air-fuel ratio factor is determined based on the engine air-fuel ratio. An engine-out soot flow rate prediction is generated based on the measured level of oxides of nitrogen, the engine timing factor, and the engine air-fuel ratio factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Min Sun, Michelangelo Ardanese, Jean-Yves Lavallee, Amanpal S. Grewal, Paul Jasinkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140352529
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus (1) for deaerating a feed fluid, the apparatus comprising a chamber (3) for separating said feed fluid into a first component (11) substantially comprising froth or gas and a second component (12) substantially comprising deaerated liquid or sludge; an opening (6) for fluid flow from said separating chamber (2), and a device (7) for restricting fluid flow through said opening, wherein said opening (6) and said flow restricting device (7) induce a rotational flow of said feed fluid in said separating chamber such that said rotational flow generates a centrifugal vortex to separate said feed fluid into said first component (11) and said second component (12). A method of for deaerating a feed fluid is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ian Arbuthnot, Alex Heath
  • Publication number: 20140352530
    Abstract: A gas cleaning system for removing gaseous pollutants from a hot process gas comprises a vessel for bringing the hot process gas into contact with an absorbent material, and a separating device for separating at least a portion of the absorbent material from the hot process gas to form a separated dust material. The gas cleaning system further comprises a measuring device for measuring, directly or indirectly, a dust parameter such as a density, and/or a friction, and/or a hygroscopicity, and/or an electrical property of the separated dust material, to obtain a measurement, and a control system for controlling at least one operating parameter of the gas cleaning system based on the measurement of the measured dust parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Conni SVENSSON, Peter Hans ODENMO
  • Patent number: 8900350
    Abstract: One aspect of the present teachings includes a separation membrane arranged in a hollow case. A particular component concentration chamber and a particular component dilution chamber are arranged in series in the hollow case. The particular component concentration chamber is capable of increasing concentration of the particular component by allowing permeation of the particular gas through the separation membrane. The particular component dilution chamber is capable of increasing concentration of the particular component by not allowing permeation of the particular gas through the separation membrane. The particular component concentration chamber and the particular component dilution chamber are configured such that only a gas containing the particular component and permeated through the separation membrane or only a gas containing the particular component not permeated through the separation membrane in one of the chambers disposed on an upstream side (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masataka Suzuki, Takashi Suefuji, Akio Muraishi, Katsuhiko Makino, Toshiyuki Iwasaki, Takashi Mani
  • Patent number: 8894741
    Abstract: A plant air purifier and associated method for purifying air, comprising: at least one grow container; a filter bed comprising a surface which is horizontal within 20 degrees of a horizontal plane; at least one plant which grows within the filter bed; a reservoir for containing water for watering the at least one plant; a mechanical watering device which waters the filter bed from the top down; a pump for pumping water from the reservoir to and through the mechanical watering device; and an air propulsion mechanism for propelling air through the filter bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Mittelmark
  • Publication number: 20140338528
    Abstract: Apparatus for transforming the air exchange load of a higher air exchange rate space into the air exchange load of a lower air exchange rate space, said apparatus comprising: a housing for mounting to a surface of the higher air exchange rate space; an air inlet formed in said housing; at least one air outlet formed in said housing; a passageway extending through said housing and connecting said air inlet to said at least one air outlet; a circulation fan disposed in said passageway so as to draw the air of the higher air exchange rate space into said air inlet, through said passageway, and return that air to the higher air exchange rate space through said at least one air outlet; and a filter disposed in said passageway for purging noxious substances from the air passing through said passageway, whereby to transform the air exchange load of a higher air exchange rate space into the air exchange load of a lower air exchange rate space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Stephan Hauville, Antoine Hauville
  • Patent number: 8882883
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed that allow for the monitoring and analysis of production process data for a multi-step asynchronous cyclic production process (e.g. pressure swing adsorption) in a steady state plant (such as a steam methane reforming plant). Data collected from cooperating sensors is processed applying a moving window discrete Fourier transform (DFT). The transformed data can be further analyzed in the broader steady-state plant environment to accurately detect any process anomalies and avoid false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Erdem Arslan, Debashis Neogi, Xianming Jimmy Li, Pratik Misra
  • Patent number: 8876940
    Abstract: The present invention provides an air cleansing system that removes the polluted air and controls the air temperature. This system may by optionally integrated with other systems including security, surveillance, smoke alarms and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: SISACS Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Stuart Martin Innes
  • Patent number: 8850817
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a steam turbine power plant comprising at least one steam generator that is fueled by lignite, wherein the lignite is indirectly dried in a fluidized bed dryer that is heated at least partially with steam from the water-steam circuit of the steam generator. Said method is characterized in that the flue gas from the steam generator undergoes gas scrubbing to remove CO2 and that the energy required for the gas scrubbing is at least partially extracted from the drying process in the fluidized bed. The invention additionally relates to a device for creating steam from lignite comprising a drying system for the lignite and a device to scrub CO2 from the flue gas, wherein the drying process and the CO2 gas scrubbing are thermally coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: RWE Power Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Georg Berger, Peter Moser, Toni Rupprecht, Sandra Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140290092
    Abstract: The substrate treating apparatus includes a process chamber in which an organic solvent remaining on a substrate is dissolved by using a fluid, that is provided as a supercritical fluid, to dry the substrate and a recycling unit including a recycler separating the organic solvent from the fluid discharged from the process chamber to recycle the fluid. The recycler includes a column having a space in which an absorbent for absorbing the organic solvent is stored, a supply tube supplying the fluid discharged from the process chamber into the space of the column, a discharge tube discharging the fluid from which the organic solvent is separated in the column, a gas supply tube supplying a purge gas into the column so that the organic solvent is separated from the absorbent, and an exhaust tube exhausting the purge gas containing the organic solvent to the outside of the column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-Sun JUNG, Woo-Young KIM, Chan-young HEO
  • Publication number: 20140251910
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided for producing water from atmospheric air by contacting the air with an aqueous hygroscopic material in a contacting chamber and allowing a portion of the water from the air to be adsorbed into the aqueous hygroscopic stream. The adsorbed water is then subsequently separated from the hygroscopic material to provide a clean water stream and a reconstituted hygroscopic stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Aerigo Water Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bryce P. Watters, Mitesh R. Agrawal, Blake A. Turner
  • Publication number: 20140251127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for influencing the smell coming from shaft openings of underground sewers, in which water droplets are sprayed into the air in shafts (1) of underground sewers which are open in the direction of the ambient air. Said spraying device comprises a pressure vessel (3) containing water and a nozzle (4) having one or more fine openings through which water can escape from the pressure vessel (3), the pressure vessel (3) being subject to a hydrostatic pressure which is by at least 2 bars greater than the ambient pressure, and the diameter of one or more nozzle openings being less than 130 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kurt Himmelfreundpointner
  • Patent number: 8828127
    Abstract: A regeneration controller for an air dryer on a vehicle includes a location identifier that determines a current location, a regeneration profile identifier that selects a regeneration profile based on the current location, and a regeneration initiator that initiates regenerations of the air dryer based on the regeneration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Asmis
  • Publication number: 20140245884
    Abstract: There is provided a process for effecting separation of at least a gaseous permeate-disposed operative material from a gaseous supply material that is being supplied to a gaseous supply material receiving space that is disposed in mass transfer communication with a permeate receiving space through a membrane, the gaseous supply material including an operative material that defines a gaseous supply material-disposed operative material, and the membrane including a gel. The process includes replenishing liquid material that has become depleted from the gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: IMTEX MEMBRANES CORP.
    Inventors: Xianshe Feng, Ian Glenn Towe, Ali Hamza, Juan Carlos Perez
  • Publication number: 20140238233
    Abstract: A flame detection system is disclosed. The system may have a flame chamber and a filter, wherein the filter includes filter media configured to collect matter from an engine exhaust. Additionally, the filter may be disposed downstream of the flame chamber. An ignition device may be disposed in the flame chamber and may be configured to ignite a flame in the flame chamber to regenerate the filter. A sensor may be disposed proximate the ignition device, and may be configured to sense a change in electrical conductivity that is indicative of a presence of the flame in the flame chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Sergey Korenev, William Love, Kevin Dea, Jason Bloms, Timothy Feucht, Richard Holland
  • Publication number: 20140230648
    Abstract: Embodiments provide methods, apparatuses, and articles of manufacture for filtering particulates from an airflow directed at a heat exchanger. A blade may gather the filtered particulates. The gathered particulates may then be exhausted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L. P.
    Inventor: Mark D. Senatori
  • Patent number: 8808651
    Abstract: To provide a low price industrial salt by reducing facility and operation costs without electro-deposition and crystallization and through reduction in quantity of chemicals used. An industrial salt S obtained by the steps of: extracting a part of combustion gas from a kiln exhaust gas passage running from an inlet end 12b of a cement kiln 12 to a bottom cyclone 13; recovering dust D from the extracted gas G2 and washing recovered dust; and drying a filtrate L1 after the washing in a gas stream. The industrial salt can be obtained by removing a calcium component from the filtrate and drying the filtrate from which the calcium component is removed in a gas stream. Further, from the filtrate can be removed sulfate radical, and drying the filtrate from which the calcium component is removed in a gas stream to obtain the industrial salt. For the drying can be used an exhaust gas discharged from a clinker cooler 12a and a spray drier 43 may be used for the drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Taiheiyo Cement Corporation
    Inventors: Noritoshi Tamura, Shinichiro Saito, Yoshinobu Tatsumi
  • Publication number: 20140224118
    Abstract: A method of pretreating a natural gas stream for a floating liquefied natural gas plant is described. A natural gas feed stream is introduced into an amine absorption unit and a temperature swing adsorption unit located on a ship. The temperature swing adsorption unit has a dehydration cycle and a CO2 removal cycle. The amount of motion of the ship, or the level of CO2 in the natural gas feed stream with reduced contaminants, or both, is monitored. If the amount of motion of the ship or the level of CO2 in the natural gas feed stream with reduced contaminants exceeds a predetermined value, temperature swing adsorption unit is switched from the dehydration cycle to the CO2 removal cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Lubo Zhou, Shain Doong, Mark Schott
  • Patent number: 8801831
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling inert gas generation. An apparatus comprises an air separation module and an air flow control system. The air separation module is configured to separate an inert gas from air input into the air separation module. The air flow control system is configured to control the flow of the air into the air separation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Donald Ray Snow, Jr., David Michael Smith
  • Publication number: 20140216249
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a cyclic adsorption process for separating components of a gas stream with at least one adsorber vessel containing at least one adsorber bed undergoing the steps of at least pressurization and depressurization such that the steps are driven by at least one compressor, the compressor undergoing the steps of acceleration and deceleration in association with the steps of pressurization and depressurization. The compressor is operated at or above predetermined speeds which do not generate undesirable frequency pulsations while meeting the requirements of the cyclic adsorption process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: PEDRO BERGES, Paul William Belanger, Martin Oehlbeck, Andrew C. Rosinski
  • Publication number: 20140216250
    Abstract: A degassing module for removal of air and other gases during operation of a medical therapy device that delivers any one of hemodialysis, hemodiafiltration and hemofiltration. The degassing module has a flow-through first chamber that has a hydrophobic vent membrane that has an exterior and interior side forming a portion of the flow-through chamber. The hydrophobic vent membrane is positioned at a higher elevation on the flow-through chamber than a fluid outlet. Fluid flows through the flow-through chamber in a downward direction relative to the hydrophobic vent membrane. A flow-through chamber has a cross sectional area configured to provide for a downward flow velocity of the fluid to be less than the upward rise velocity of a smallest bubble to be removed from the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Meyer, David B. Lura, Bryant J. Pudil, Martin T. Gerber
  • Patent number: 8795409
    Abstract: A method of controlling an air separation plant and a control system to optimize production of an argon product produced by the plant. A computer program is continually executed that has models of each column of the plant, a condenser reboiler and an argon reflux condenser. The models contain stage models of each stage of separation within each of the columns that when assembled are able to calculate current values of controlled variables in response to input variables applied to the models. The controlled variables serve as an input to a controller that controls manipulated variables comprising flow rates of an air feed stream to the air separation plant, a product oxygen stream removed from the lower pressure column and the crude argon feed stream such that the controlled variables are within a targeted range selected to optimize the production of the argon product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Singhal, Stephane Blouin
  • Publication number: 20140208942
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatuses, and systems for generating an alert message based on a determined crossing of a weight threshold of a filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alston Ilford Scipio, Robert Warren Taylor, Sanji Ekanayake, John D. Clark
  • Publication number: 20140208943
    Abstract: A fuel vapor removal method for an aircraft includes removing an ullage mixture from ullage of a fuel tank of an aircraft, exposing the ullage mixture to adsorption media on the aircraft to reduce its fuel-air ratio, and returning the reduced fuel-air ratio ullage mixture to the fuel tank. A fuel vapor removal system onboard an aircraft includes a fuel tank, having ullage containing an ullage mixture, a pumping device, configured to pump the ullage mixture in a closed loop from the fuel tank ullage and back, an adsorption system, interposed in the closed loop, and a controller, including a microprocessor and system memory. The adsorption system includes an adsorber having adsorption media capable of adsorbing fuel vapor from the ullage mixture, and the controller is programmed to activate the pumping device, to pump the ullage mixture from the ullage, through the adsorption system, and return a reduced fuel-air ratio ullage mixture back to the ullage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Alankar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8778062
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing air. The apparatus comprises an air separation module, a first input, a first output, a second output, and a flow control system. The air separation module is configured to generate an inert gas. The first input for the air separation module is configured to receive first air. The first output for the air separation module is configured to output the inert gas from the air separation module. The second output for the air separation module is configured to output separated air from the air separation module. The flow control system is configured to control a flow of air in the air separation module that increases a rate at which the air separation module reaches a desired operating temperature for generating the inert gas using a number of ports in the flow control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Donald Ray Snow, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140174288
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed that allow for the monitoring and analysis of production process data for a multi-step asynchronous cyclic production process (e.g. pressure swing adsorption) in a steady state plant (such as a steam methane reforming plant). Data collected from cooperating sensors is processed applying a moving window discrete Fourier transform (DFT). The transformed data can be further analyzed in the broader steady-state plant environment to accurately detect any process anomalies and avoid false alarms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Erdem Arslan, Debashis Neogi, Xianming Jimmy Li, Pratik Misra
  • Patent number: 8747533
    Abstract: A smart filter assembly is provided, the smart filter assembly having a fouling detection instrument and a communications module. The fouling detection instrument measures the weight of the filter assembly to indicate the degree of fouling. The communications module conveys the signal from the fouling detection instrument to a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventors: Sanji Ekanayake, Alston I. Scipio
  • Patent number: 8689603
    Abstract: A control system and associated methods for an air treatment system. In one aspect, the present invention provides a control system and method for controlling blower speed as a function of separately determined smoke and dust concentrations. In one embodiment, the control system and method provides a variable delayed between changes in motor speed to address undesirable rapid changes between speeds. In another aspect, the present invention provides a system and method for calibrating a sensor to provide more uniform operation over time. In yet another aspect, the present invention provide a system and method for calibrating motor speed to provide more consistent and uniform motor speed over time. The present invention also provides a system and method for tracking filter life by as a function of time, motor speed and/or a sensed variable, such as particulate concentration in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Niezgoda, Thomas J. Leppien, Gregory K. Evans
  • Patent number: 8685140
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a particle filter and a method for operating a particle filter. The particle filter includes at least one filter portion forming an open filter system and also a heatable particle collecting element which is arranged adjacently to this filter portion and comprises a material having temperature-dependent electrical resistance. The method for operating the particle filter includes heating the particle collecting element and measuring the electrical resistance of the particle collecting element to determine whether to regenerate the particle filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yasser Yacoub
  • Publication number: 20140083290
    Abstract: Provided is a de-aeration device that de-aerates hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic system (10). The hydraulic fluid is controllably supplied to the de-aeration device (28) in response to one or more sensed parameters. Consequently, the de-aeration device can de-aerate fluid at strategic times during operation of the hydraulic system to prevent a decrease in system performance and prevent cavitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eric William Larson
  • Publication number: 20140060323
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method for efficient removal of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) contained in an exhaust gas generated from fuel combustion and efficient treatment of water containing microorganisms (e.g. ballast water).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: KEPPEL OFFSHORE & MARINE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE PTE LTD
    Inventors: Ming Liu, Nirmal Raman Gurunthalingam, Prapisala Thepsithar, Wen Sin Chong, Kok Seng Foo