Gas Flow Rate Sensed Patents (Class 95/23)
  • Patent number: 9919258
    Abstract: A pressure swing adsorption process for producing a gas stream enriched in a compound X from a feed gas stream is provided. The process includes at least 2 adsorbers, with each adsorber being subjected to a pressure cycle having a high pressure and a low pressure. The process includes adsorption at the high pressure with production of the gas stream enriched in compound X; then depressurization; then elution at the low pressure; and finally repressurization to the high pressure. The elution gas is made up fractions of gas stream resulting from the depressurization of an adsorber and the gas stream enriched in compound X. The pressure cycle has a phase time corresponding to the duration of a pressure cycle divided by the number of adsorbers and the fraction of the gas stream enriched in compound X is determined as a function of the phase time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Christian Monereau, Yann-Pierrick Lemaire, Elise Renou, Louis Toulemonde
  • Patent number: 9895646
    Abstract: A pressure swing adsorption process for producing a gas stream enriched in a compound X from a feed gas stream is provided. The process includes at least 2 adsorbers, with each adsorber being subjected to a pressure cycle having a high pressure and a low pressure. The process includes adsorption at the high pressure with production of the gas stream enriched in compound X, depressurization to the low pressure with production of at least one portion of an elution gas, c) elution at the low pressure, and repressurization to the high pressure. The pressure cycle has a phase time corresponding to the duration of a pressure cycle divided by the number of adsorbers. The pressure of the pressure cycle is modified to keep the phase time of the PSA equal to or within ±5% of the nominal phase time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, SociétéAnonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Christian Monereau, Yann-Pierrick Lemaire, Louis Toulemonde, Paulo Silva
  • Publication number: 20150135948
    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 controller configured to access the at least one memory and execute the computer-executable instructions. The instructions may be configured to monitor an indication associated with air flow through at least one filter of a turbine intake system. The instructions may be further configured to facilitate in the execution of at least management task of the turbine intake system, based at least in part on the indication of air flow through the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Sherwood Bryant, Steve Hiner
  • Publication number: 20150128799
    Abstract: An airbag assembly may include an airbag and an inflator in fluid communication with the airbag. The inflator may have a gas source chamber containing a gas source and a centrifugal flow chamber into which the gas flows from the gas source chamber through a centrifugal flow barrier. As the gas moves through the centrifugal flow barrier, it may be urged to move along a pathway that encircles at least a part of a longitudinal axis of the inflator. The gas may then move toward the longitudinal axis to flow through an orifice of an inward flow barrier. this inward flow may occur at a velocity that is generally too large for entrained particulates. Thus, such particulates may remain in the centrifugal flow chamber. The gas may flow from the orifice into a plenum chamber that releases the gas to the airbag via a plurality of apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Laubacher, Christopher K. Fischer, Bradley W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150110911
    Abstract: Environmental control units are disclosed. In an aspect, an environmental control unit for use with additive manufacturing and other VOC and particle emitting processes are disclosed. In an aspect, an environmental control unit comprising one or more filters, an air handler, a temperature control device, one or more sensors and a control unit is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: MADE IN SPACE, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Snyder
  • Patent number: 8992667
    Abstract: A system for providing air to an internal combustion engine comprises a crankcase ventilation unit that receives unrefined blowby gas from a crankcase, separates oil from the unrefined blowby gas, and discharges refined blowby gas. A conduit delivers the refined blowby gas to an air cleaner housing. The air cleaner housing comprises a first chamber that receives intake air through a first port, a second chamber that receives intake air from the first chamber and refined blowby gas from the conduit through a second port, and a third chamber that receives a mixture of intake air and refined blowby gas from the second chamber and discharges the mixture through a third port. A primary filter element filters the intake air as it passes from the first chamber to the second chamber. A secondary filter element filters the mixture as it passes from the second chamber to the third chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Yashpal Subedi, Brian W. Schwandt, Scott W. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8974574
    Abstract: There is provided a process for effecting permeation of at least an operative material component of an operative mixture from a higher pressure space, through a membrane, and into a lower pressure space, wherein the higher pressure space is disposed in mass transfer communication with the lower pressure space through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Imtex Membranes Corp.
    Inventors: Xianshe Feng, Darren F. Lawless
  • Patent number: 8945262
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator and more specifically, but not exclusively, to a centrifugal separator for the cleaning of a gaseous fluid. A centrifugal separator is provided as comprising a housing defining an inner space, and a rotor assembly for imparting a rotary motion onto a mixture of substances to be separated. The rotor assembly is located in said inner space and is rotatable about an axis relative to the housing. The rotor assembly comprises an inlet for receiving said mixture of substances, an outlet from which said substances are ejected from the rotor assembly during use, and a flow path for providing fluid communication between the inlet and outlet, wherein the outlet is positioned more radially outward from said axis than the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Thomas Eliasson
  • Patent number: 8940078
    Abstract: A filter sensor to monitor an air filter in an air conditioning system is disclosed. The filter sensor includes a housing having an interior passage. The housing is located in relation to an air vent of the air conditioning system. A propeller is mounted in the interior passage. The propeller is rotated by the filtered air flow of the air conditioning system. A motion sensor is provided in proximity to the propeller or its shaft. A controller is coupled to the motion sensor to determine the rotational speed of the propeller and correlate the rotational speed of the propeller with the condition of the filter. An indicator is coupled to the controller to indicate a status of the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad Weiden
  • 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: 20140366721
    Abstract: A process and system for ventilation of welding smoke including an air passage configured to receive smoke from a welding environment, wherein said air passage has an inlet and an outlet and said inlet is positioned adjacent to said welding environment. The system also includes a filter coupled to the air passage, wherein the filter comprises filter media that exhibits a burst strength of up to 20? w.g., an initial resistance in the range of 0.3? w.g. to 1.5? w.g., an air flow in the range of 1,000 cubic feet per minute to 2,500 cubic feet per minute and a removal efficiency of greater than 50% for particles having a diameter of 0.3 ?m to 10.0 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Leon ROY
  • 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: 20140298990
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides adaptive methods for gas chromatography analysis of a gas sample comprising one or more target analytes (such as a micro-gas chromatography) and adaptive gas chromatography devices for carrying out such analytical methods. Broadly, the system can regulate flow into a downstream chromatographic column by detecting one or more upstream conditions. For example, one adaptive chromatography device comprises a first column, a modulator component, and a second column. A first detector or sensor detects the presence of target analytes upstream from the second column, while a second detector detects the presence of target analytes eluted from the second column. The modulator component assembly is responsive to an output generated by the first detector and adaptively regulates fluid flow into the second column. Such adaptive chromatography (micro-GC) systems have higher separation speed, better analyte identification capability, and far greater energy savings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Xudong Fan, Yogesh B. Gianchandani, Jing Liu
  • Publication number: 20140260966
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to the introduction of an additive to a contaminated gas stream. An additive introduction system uses a compressor and carbon dioxide separator to provide a treated carrier gas for introduction of an alkaline additive to a contaminated gas stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Martin A. Dillon, Gregory M. Filippelli
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140216134
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus including a front-end pre-concentrator module including an inlet, an outlet, and at least one valve to control flow through the inlet, the outlet, or both. The apparatus includes a back-end pre-concentrator module including an inlet, an outlet, and at least one valve to control flow through the inlet, the outlet, or both, and also includes a gas analysis module having an inlet and an outlet and including a gas chromatograph having an inlet and an outlet. The outlet of the front-end pre-concentrator and the outlet of the back-end pre-concentrator are coupled to the inlet of the gas analysis module. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: TricornTech Corporation
    Inventors: Tsung-Kuan A. Chou, Li-Peng Wang, Chia-Jung Lu, Shih-Chi Chu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8764869
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator and more specifically, but not exclusively, to a centrifugal separator for the cleaning of a gaseous fluid. A centrifugal separator is provided as comprising a housing defining an inner space, and a rotor assembly for imparting a rotary motion onto a mixture of substances to be separated. The rotor assembly is located in said inner space and is rotatable about an axis relative to the housing. The rotor assembly comprises an inlet for receiving said mixture of substances, an outlet from which said substances are ejected from the rotor assembly during use, and a flow path for providing fluid communication between the inlet and outlet, wherein the outlet is positioned more radially outward from said axis than the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Thomas Eliasson
  • Patent number: 8758481
    Abstract: Dehumidifier for photovoltaic modules, of a series of photovoltaic concentration modules, formed by a common air inlet and outlet access that communicates all the modules, and which passes through a bed of moisture absorbing material, having an electrical self-adjusted resistance (15) installed therein. The circuit is completed with a solenoid valve (13), a flow switch (19), a non-return valve (12); a pressure switch (16) and a timer relay (20). The process is based on pressure differences existing within the photovoltaic modules throughout the day, and consists of two steps: drying air by passing through the bed of absorbent material before entering into the photovoltaic modules and the regeneration of the drying system, which can be automatically or manually by connecting a compressor or fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Abengoa Solar New Technologies, S.A.
    Inventors: Javier Roa Fresno, Alvaro Payan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8758480
    Abstract: A Pressure Swing Adsorption filtration that separates a first set of particles and a second set of particles to produce a purified gas output can be monitored in real-time. A sentinel component can provide real-time in situ tracking of a parameter associated with the PSA filtration and dynamically adjusts the PSA filtration based upon the real-time tracked parameter. The real-time monitoring of the parameter further enables maintenance of equipment utilized with the PSA filtration as well as equipment down-the-line that utilize the purified gas output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Torosoleil, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Wellesley Heston Turnbull, Sunit Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8734565
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring the condition of a new air filter installed in an HVAC system are disclosed. In one example, an input that indicates a new air filter has been installed may be accepted, and in response, the HVAC system may be automatically operated in an air filter verifying mode, in which the fan of the HVAC system is activated to drive air through the new air filter. While in the air filter verifying mode, a measure related to an amount of flow restriction presented by the new air filter may be received. A status of the new air filter may be determined based, at least in part, on the received measure related to the amount of flow restriction presented by the air filter of the HVAC system. Once the status of the new air filter is determined, an indication may be displayed on a display, which may communicate the determined status of the new air filter to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Hoglund, Reed Bisson, Amy Ragland, Barbara Dean-Hendricks
  • Publication number: 20140123628
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment of the invention, a method for controlling regeneration for an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine, wherein the exhaust system includes a particulate filter is provided, where the method includes determining a mass flow rate of oxygen received from the internal combustion engine, determining a particulate mass within the particulate filter, determining a desired particulate burn rate based on the mass flow rate of oxygen and the particulate mass and determining a current particulate burn rate. The method also includes determining a correction value based on the desired particulate burn rate and the current particulate burn rate, determining a temperature set point for exhaust gas entering the particulate filter based on the correction value, an engine speed and an engine load and communicating a signal, from a controller, to control a parameter for a regeneration system based on the determined temperature set point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: THOMAS LAROSE, JR., CHRISTOPHER WHITT, CHRISTOPHER C. SWOISH, DOUGLAS CHRISTOPHER SARSEN
  • Publication number: 20140083291
    Abstract: A non-fouling, bypass filter is disclosed. The filter is formed of a tapered structure having particulate material filtering properties. The tapered structure has an open base and a closed top, with its exterior surface being exposed to a gas/fluid stream to be filtered. A gas/fluid stream generating device generates a gas/fluid stream that is drawn into the tapered structure's interior and that is filtered due to the particulate material filtering properties of the tapered structure. The external profile of the conically shaped structure is adapted to cause a plurality of gas/fluid streams from the ambient gas/fluid to flow against the exterior surface of the tapered structure to prevent the building up of particulate material on the exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: GAME CHANGERS, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew D. Zonenberg, Jason D. Sanchez, Piotr A. Garbuz
  • Patent number: 8679214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator and more specifically, but not exclusively, to a centrifugal separator for the cleaning of a gaseous fluid. A centrifugal separator is provided as comprising a housing defining an inner space, and a rotor assembly for imparting a rotary motion onto a mixture of substances to be separated. The rotor assembly is located in said inner space and is rotatable about an axis relative to the housing. The rotor assembly comprises an inlet for receiving said mixture of substances, an outlet from which said substances are ejected from the rotor assembly during use, and a flow path for providing fluid communication between the inlet and outlet, wherein the outlet is positioned more radially outward from said axis than the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Mats-Orjan Pogén
  • Patent number: 8673038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator and more specifically, but not exclusively, to a centrifugal separator for the cleaning of a gaseous fluid. A centrifugal separator is provided as comprising a housing defining an inner space, and a rotor assembly for imparting a rotary motion onto a mixture of substances to be separated. The rotor assembly is located in said inner space and is rotatable about an axis relative to the housing. The rotor assembly comprises an inlet for receiving said mixture of substances, an outlet from which said substances are ejected from the rotor assembly during use, and a flow path for providing fluid communication between the inlet and outlet, wherein the outlet is positioned more radially outward from said axis than the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Olle Tornblöm
  • Patent number: 8668763
    Abstract: A liquid degassing apparatus is arranged to prevent pervaporated solvent cross-contamination by counteracting liquid vapor pervaporation flow. Liquid vapor pervaporation cross-contamination among a plurality of degassing modules is counteracted with specifically configured volumes and bleed inlet flow to conduits fluidly coupling permeate sides of said plurality of degassing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: IDEX Health & Science LLC
    Inventor: Yuri Gerner
  • Patent number: 8668767
    Abstract: Various equipment and methods associated with providing a concentrated product gas are provided. In one embodiment, the equipment includes an input device first and second sieve tanks, a variable restrictor, and a controller. In one embodiment, the method includes: a) selecting a desired output setting for the concentrated product gas from a plurality of output settings, b) separating one or more adsorbable components from a pressurized source gaseous mixture via first and second sieve tanks in alternating and opposing pressurization and purging cycles to form the concentrated product gas, and c) selectively controlling a variable restrictor based at least in part on the desired output setting to selectively provide flow between the first and second sieve tanks such that the flow for at least one output setting is different from the flow for at least one other output setting in relation to corresponding pressurization cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas B. Sprinkle, William J. Daniels, Thomas A. Drobnak, David G. Felty, Valentine A. Hodos, Martin J. Fabian, Samuel J. Shelnutt, Jonathon R. Olszewski
  • Patent number: 8663362
    Abstract: An HVAC system having an air cleaner, a fan configured to selectively generate an air flow, wherein at least a portion of the air flow is passed through the air cleaner, and a controller configured to control the air cleaner in response to at least one of a setting for controlling the fan and an operation characteristic of the fan is disclosed. A method of controlling an air cleaner by determining an air flow related criterion value, wherein the air flow is associated with an air flow through an air cleaner, comparing the determined air flow related criterion value to a threshold criterion value, and controlling the air cleaner as a function of a result of comparing the determined air flow related criterion value to the threshold criterion value is disclosed. A method of controlling an ozone concentration outputted by an air cleaner is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: John Mark Hagan
  • Patent number: 8657908
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator and more specifically, but not exclusively, to a centrifugal separator for the cleaning of a gaseous fluid. A centrifugal separator is provided as comprising a housing defining an inner space, and a rotor assembly for imparting a rotary motion onto a mixture of substances to be separated. The rotor assembly is located in said inner space and is rotatable about an axis relative to the housing. The rotor assembly comprises an inlet for receiving said mixture of substances, an outlet from which said substances are ejected from the rotor assembly during use, and a flow path for providing fluid communication between the inlet and outlet, wherein the outlet is positioned more radially outward from said axis than the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Thomas Eliasson
  • Patent number: 8657938
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for supplying breathing air to a work space, which adopts a triple air-supply structure including a main air-supply unit for compressing, drying and filtering air supplied from the atmosphere so that breathing air is supplied to the work space, a plant air-supply unit for supplying industrial air used in a process plant to the work space, and an emergency air-supply unit for supplying breathing air to the work space in an emergency, wherein the operation of respective air-supply units is organically controlled, thus increasing the reliability of the air supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: SK Innovation Co., Ltd., SK Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bum Su Kim, Hong Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 8657913
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separator and more specifically, but not exclusively, to a centrifugal separator for the cleaning of a gaseous fluid. A centrifugal separator is provided as comprising a housing defining an inner space, and a rotor assembly for imparting a rotary motion onto a mixture of substances to be separated. The rotor assembly is located in said inner space and is rotatable about an axis relative to the housing. The rotor assembly comprises an inlet for receiving said mixture of substances, an outlet from which said substances are ejected from the rotor assembly during use, and a flow path for providing fluid communication between the inlet and outlet, wherein the outlet is positioned more radially outward from said axis than the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Mats-Orjan Pogén
  • Patent number: 8657919
    Abstract: High molecular weight (HMW) gases are separated from an exhaust gas of a combustion source using a blower and an interior vent within the exhaust stack. The interior vent includes a vent wall having a top portion attached to the interior surface of the exhaust stack along the entire inner perimeter of the exhaust stack and a lower portion that extends downward into the exhaust stack to form an annular space or gap between the vent wall and the interior surface of the exhaust stack, and at least one opening in the interior surface of the exhaust stack between the top and bottom portions of the vent wall. The blower creates a tangential flow of the exhaust gas with sufficient centrifugal force to concentrate substantially all of the HMW gases along the inner surface of the exhaust stack. A transfer pipe removes the HMW gases from the interior vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry Lang, David Scott
  • Patent number: 8652234
    Abstract: High molecular weight (HMW) gases are separated from an exhaust gas of a combustion source using a blower and an interior vent within the exhaust stack. The interior vent includes a vent wall having a top portion attached to the interior surface of the exhaust stack along the entire inner perimeter of the exhaust stack and a lower portion that extends downward into the exhaust stack to form an annular space or gap between the vent wall and the interior surface of the exhaust stack, and at least one opening in the interior surface of the exhaust stack between the top and bottom portions of the vent wall. The blower creates a tangential flow of the exhaust gas with sufficient centrifugal force to concentrate substantially all of the HMW gases along the inner surface of the exhaust stack. A transfer pipe removes the HMW gases from the interior vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry Lang, David Scott
  • Publication number: 20140033916
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dehumidifier comprising a regenerable sorption matrix disposed within a drum or wheel in which microwave radiation directed by a waveguide antenna is used to regenerate the sorption matrix within a desorption segment using a programmable controller to coordinate the advancement of the rotation of the sorbent through desorption segment. A method of dehumidifying a process fluid is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DeHumidification Manufacturing LP
    Inventor: Christopher Lowell Harris
  • Patent number: 8608827
    Abstract: An oxygen generator includes a stationary unit and a portable unit. The portable unit includes a compressor, molecular sieves, controllable valves and an enriched gas storage chamber. The stationary unit includes a compressor having a greater capacity than a capacity of the portable compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernhard Lewis Haberland, Joseph Thomas Dolenski, Jeremy Blair, Donald Kenneth Griffin, Marvin Norman Zeigler, Gerry Dean Richardson
  • Publication number: 20130312602
    Abstract: A diffuser object for a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) absorber is described. The diffuser object is placed in a high flue gas velocity zone inside the absorber in order to better distribute the flue gas and improve absorption efficiency. A method of improving absorption efficiency in a FGD absorber is also described. The method involves identifying high and low velocity zones within the absorber and positioning diffuser objects within the high velocity zones in a non-packed manner. The placement of the diffuser objects and configuration of the objects are calculated to equalize flow rates within the absorber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8591633
    Abstract: An exhaust gas treatment system treats a mixed gas containing at least hydrogen and monosilane discharged from a semiconductor fabrication equipment. The exhaust gas treatment system includes a pump unit which emits the mixed gas discharged from the semiconductor fabrication equipment, a compressor which compresses the mixed gas emitted by the pump unit and sends the mixed gas to a rear stage, a gas accommodation unit which collects and accommodates the compressed mixed gas, a flow rate control unit which controls a flow rate of the mixed gas supplied from the gas accommodation unit, and a membrane separation unit which causes the hydrogen to selectively permeate therethrough and separates the monosilane and the hydrogen from the mixed gas. Accordingly, the exhaust gas treatment system may be stably operated in a state where a change in pressure of the mixed gas discharged from the semiconductor fabrication equipment is alleviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Tai Ohuchi, Takashi Okabe, Tsuyoshi Asano
  • Patent number: 8585810
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for regenerating a carbon dioxide absorption solution that regenerates an absorption solution for absorbing carbon dioxide contained in a combustion exhaust gas emitted during a combustion process of a vehicle, thereby reducing energy costs while simplifying its configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yoon Ji Lee
  • Patent number: 8562144
    Abstract: An image projection device includes a replaceable air filter placed near an opening of a housing, a switcher for switching step by step a working area of the air filter, an air-speed meter for detecting a pollution level of the air filter, and a controller for controlling the switcher. When the air-speed meter detects that the pollution level of the air filter reaches a given threshold, the controller prompts the switcher to switch the working area of the air filter, and then detects a pollution level of the air filter after the switchover for determining whether or not the working area before the switchover needs to be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Nakajima, Mamoru Nomoto, Masaya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8562723
    Abstract: Various equipment and methods associated with providing a concentrated product gas are provided. In one embodiment, the equipment includes an input device first and second sieve tanks, a variable restrictor, and a controller. In one embodiment, the method includes: a) selecting a desired output setting for the concentrated product gas from a plurality of output settings, b) separating one or more adsorbable components from a pressurized source gaseous mixture via first and second sieve tanks in alternating and opposing pressurization and purging cycles to form the concentrated product gas, and c) selectively controlling a variable restrictor based at least in part on the desired output setting to selectively provide flow between the first and second sieve tanks such that the flow for at least one output setting is different from the flow for at least one other output setting in relation to corresponding pressurization cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas B. Sprinkle, William J. Daniels, Thomas A. Drobnak, David G. Felty, Valentine A. Hodos, Martin J. Fabian, Samuel J. Shelnutt, Jonathon R. Olszewski
  • Publication number: 20130239800
    Abstract: The systems and methods herein relate the operation of a particle filter which is arranged in an exhaust-gas path of an internal combustion engine, to a device for exhaust-gas aftertreatment which can be operated in accordance with the method that comprises determining a mass flow rate of an exhaust-gas flow flowing in the exhaust-gas path; and supplying ambient air into the exhaust-gas path as a function of the determined mass flow rate. By this method, the spontaneous regeneration of a particle filter within the exhaust system may be abated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Yasser Mohamed sayed Yacoub
  • Publication number: 20130233170
    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: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: RASIRC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Richard D. Blethen
  • Publication number: 20130195694
    Abstract: A turbomachine passage cleaning system includes a first airflow passage having a first inlet configured and disposed to fluidly connect to a compressor portion, a first outlet configured and disposed to fluidly connect to a turbine portion, and a first intermediate portion including a first strainer. A second airflow passage is fluidly coupled to the first airflow passage. The second airflow passage has a second intermediate portion having second strainer. A first valve is arranged in the first intermediate portion upstream from the first strainer, and a second valve is arranged in the second intermediate portion upstream from the second strainer. The first and second valves are selectively operated to control fluid flow into respective ones of the first and second airflow passages to filter air passing from a turbomachine compressor portion to a turbomachine turbine portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Arun Meenakshinatha Iyer, Douglas Scott Byrd, Gary Michael Itzel, Jaime Javier Maldonado
  • Patent number: 8480786
    Abstract: Information used for creating an adsorption isostere of a substance to be measured in a measuring system (container) is obtained by repeating alternately a first control step of changing temperature or pressure of the measuring system by a fixed amount by adjusting a gas amount supplied to/discharged from the measuring system, and a second control step of changing pressure or temperature of the measuring system by adjusting the gas amount supplied to/discharged from the measuring system until a gas adsorption amount of the substance to be measured becomes the same as before execution of the first control step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Shinshu University, Bel Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Taku Iiyama, Kazuyuki Nakai
  • Publication number: 20130160643
    Abstract: A self-cleaning sorbent injection lance includes a lance arm, a lance outlet connected to a sorbent arm, a sorbent inlet connected to the lance arm, an air control valve connected to the lance arm, and a electrical valve control connected to the air control valve. The sorbent inlet provides sorbent material passing through the lance arm. The electrical valve control opens the air control valve when receiving an electrical signal, so that compressed air is supplied to the injection lance for cleaning sorbent material clogged in the lance arm and lance outlet without taking the self-cleaning sorbent injection lance off-line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: AMEREX ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Herman W. PILATS
  • Patent number: 8454725
    Abstract: A method and an equipment for improving global warming and air pollution are proposed, wherein hot exhaust gas generated by a thermal machine is injected into an exhaust boosting unit to be compressed and mixed with a liquid medium for atomization. Pollutants in the hot exhaust gas and heat generated due to combustion are adsorbed by the liquid medium. After the liquid medium passes a dust collecting unit, the pollutants adsorbed by the liquid medium will adhere to the dust collecting unit. Humid and hot clean air is extracted to the atmosphere, and rises to high altitudes and is cooled there. Water will drop to the ground in the form or rain or snow to cool the ground temperature and remove other pollutants in the air. Heat circulation and water circulation can be sped up to improve the situation of global warming and render more water resource to the Earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Rey-Chin Chu
  • Patent number: 8454724
    Abstract: A system and process for the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from a feed natural gas having variable flow rates and inlet CO2 levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Bhargav Sharma, William Echt
  • Publication number: 20130125745
    Abstract: A particulate filter control system and method for controlling the same is disclosed. The particulate filter load monitoring system may transmit radio frequency signals through the resonant cavity and filter medium across a frequency range sufficient to generate more than one resonant mode. The system may contain additional sensors for monitoring additional exhaust characteristics and parameters. Further, a control unit may be configured to determine the amount of material accumulated in the particulate filter, detect failures and malfunctions of the exhaust after-treatment system and its associated components, and initiate an action based on the amount of material accumulated in the particulate filter, the determination of a system failure or malfunction, or input from one or more exhaust sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: FILTER SENSING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Filter Sensing Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8409323
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling the electrical power applied to an electrically driven oxygen separation device having one or more composite membrane elements to separate oxygen from an oxygen containing feed. The composite membrane elements have a resistance increasing during the operation thereof that would act to reduce oxygen output if applied voltage were held constant. In order to increase the time interval for renewing the composite membrane elements, the electrical potential difference is controlled such that the electric current drawn by the elements remains at a substantially constant level by increasing the electrical potential difference as the resistance increases until a predetermined voltage level is reached. Once this level is obtained, the electrical potential difference is maintained at a constant level and the electric current being drawn and the oxygen output is allowed to decay to a predetermined low level after which the element or elements are replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Collins, David F. Suggs, Sadashiv M. Swami, Richard M. Kelly