Degasifying Means For Liquid Patents (Class 96/155)
  • Patent number: 9868076
    Abstract: In a process, a portion of a liquid mixture flow is vaporized to produce a vapor and a depleted flow of liquid. The vapor is introduced to a brine which is adapted to exothermically absorb one or more components therefrom, and heat is withdrawn, to produce at least a flow of heat and a flow of brine which is enriched in the one or more components. The heat previously withdrawn is transferred, to drive the vaporization. This transfer can be associated with the change of a working fluid from a gaseous into a liquid gate. In this case, the heat withdrawal involves the change of the working fluid from the liquid to the gaseous state. In the liquid state, the working thud flows only by one or more of gravity, convection and wicking. In the gaseous state, the working fluid flows only by one or more of diffusion and convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Drystill Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Ian R. McGregor, Christopher H. Belchers
  • Patent number: 9345987
    Abstract: In a process, a portion of a liquid mixture flow is vaporized to produce a vapor and a depleted flow of liquid. The vapor is introduced to a brine which is adapted to exothermically absorb one or more components therefrom, and heat is withdrawn, to produce at least a flow of heat and a flow of brine which is enriched in the one or more components. The heat previously withdrawn is transferred, to drive the vaporization. This transfer can be associated with the change of a working fluid from a gaseous into a liquid state. In this case, the heat withdrawal involves the change of the working fluid from the liquid to the gaseous state. In the liquid state, the working fluid flows only by one or more of gravity, convection and wicking. In the gaseous state, the working fluid flows only by one or more of diffusion and convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Drystill Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Ian R. McGregor, Christopher H. Belchers
  • Publication number: 20150114227
    Abstract: A gas/liquid separator (120) is provided. The gas/liquid separator (120) includes a separator shell (121) forming an internal chamber (125), a neck (128) formed in an end of the separator shell (121), a separator tube (126) extending into the separator shell (121), with a proximal end (131) forming an output port (123) and with a distal end (132) extending into the internal chamber (125), and an input port (122) formed between the separator tube (126) and the neck (128). The distal end (132) of the separator tube (126) is located in a central interior region of the separator shell (121) wherein liquid phase material accumulates in the internal chamber (125) and is not drawn out of the gas/liquid separator (120) by the separator tube (126).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Norgren Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Brooks, Richard Edwards, Simon Gass
  • Publication number: 20150114222
    Abstract: A microfluidic device including: a substrate having a flow channel and an outlet port connected to the flow channel and configured to discharge liquid; and an inlet portion being present on a surface of the substrate and configured to allow injection of liquid into the flow channel, wherein the inlet portion includes a first tube and a second tube being present in an interior of the first tube and having a height smaller than that of the first tube, the outlet port includes a first outlet port and a second outlet port, the flow channel includes a first flow channel and a second flow channel, the second flow channel connects the second outlet port and a space between the first tube and the second tube, and the first flow channel and the second flow channel are not connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Yoichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 8999046
    Abstract: A cell expansion system includes an air removal chamber to provide a bubble trap so that air and/or gas bubbles do not enter the bioreactor of the cell expansion system. The air removal chamber includes a pair of ports situated at the bottom of the air removal chamber. An entrance port allows fluid to enter the air removal chamber, and an exit port allows fluid to exit the air removal chamber. In one embodiment the air removal chamber forms an element of a premounted fluid conveyance assembly for use with a cell expansion machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Terumo BCT, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. DiLorenzo, Edward Allan Stanton
  • Patent number: 8979958
    Abstract: An air filter is provided and may include a first housing and a filter media disposed within the first housing. A second housing may include an inlet port receiving air at a first pressure from the first housing and an outlet port returning the air to the first housing at a second pressure, less than the first pressure. The second housing may remove debris from the air prior to returning the air to the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mann+Hummel GmbH
    Inventors: Carlos Alberto da Silva, Rodrigo dos Santos Simo
  • Patent number: 8966955
    Abstract: A degassing system includes a vessel. A liquid inlet lets liquid into the vessel. A liquid outlet lets liquid out of the vessel. A liquid receiving chamber receives the liquid that enters the vessel through the liquid inlet. The liquid receiving chamber is open on one side. The degassing system further includes a motor having a shaft and a pump coupled to the shaft. The pump has the shape of a cone. The cone has an axis, a narrow end and a wide end. The pump is positioned so that its narrow end is inserted into the open side of the liquid receiving chamber and so that its wide end is close enough to a wall of the vessel so that fluid ejected from the wide end when the pump is spinning will strike the wall. The degassing system includes a gas outlet for releasing gas from the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Hay Henderson
  • Patent number: 8968448
    Abstract: An emissions device for use with a container assembly with a vent opening is provided. The emissions device includes a housing configured to be mounted to the container. The housing includes a backing plate that has at least one opening. A membrane is supported by the backing plate and extends over the opening. The membrane is configured to allow passage of vapor and prevent passage of liquid. A filter is located within the housing such that vapor that passes from the at least one opening through the membrane then passes through the filter. At least one spring is positioned within the housing and is configured to compress the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Lorenz Erdmann
  • Patent number: 8960447
    Abstract: A separator method and apparatus that includes a rotatable drum defining an annular passageway therein, a plurality of blades coupled to the rotatable drum and located in the annular passageway, each of the plurality of blades including a leading section, a trailing section, a concave surface, and a convex surface, the concave and convex surfaces extending from the leading section to the trailing section, each of the plurality of blades disposed circumferentially adjacent to at least another one of the plurality of blades so as to define blade flowpaths therebetween, and a housing at least partially surrounding the rotatable drum and defining a fluid collection chamber fluidly communicating with the annular passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company
    Inventors: William C. Maier, Gocha Chochua
  • Publication number: 20150040755
    Abstract: A mud-gas separator is arranged for both well control and drilling process. In some aspects, the mud-gas separator includes a main vessel including a bottom portion and a side portion. The mud-gas separator also includes a gas vent associated with the main vessel and configured to vent gas from well returns introduced into the main vessel. It also includes a first mud outlet formed within the bottom portion of the main vessel and configured to pass mud from well returns introduced into the main vessel and includes a second mud outlet formed within the side portion of the main vessel and configured to pass mud from well returns introduced into the main vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Darcy Nott
  • Patent number: 8945281
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an apparatus and a method for generating IPA vapor for condensation on a substrate in order to provide a vapor that is substantially free of particulate and molecular contaminants. The apparatus includes an inlet for liquid to enter, and a plurality of heated sloped surfaces to create thin sheets of flowing liquid on the surfaces from which the liquid can vaporize to form vapor. The liquid flows from one surface to another, vaporizing the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: MSP Corporation
    Inventors: Thuc M. Dinh, Yamin Ma, Benjamin Y. H. Liu
  • Publication number: 20140352538
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for separation of high volume flows of mixtures provided with at least two immiscible phases, especially for the first separation steps of flows of water/oil/gas/sand mixture that enter the apparatus as a wellstream mixture. The invention also relates to a method for separation of high volume flows of mixtures provided with at least immiscible phases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATIONS B. V.
    Inventors: Per-Reidar Larnholm, Frederik Albert Lammers
  • Publication number: 20140338983
    Abstract: Degasser assemblies, systems and methods, including an air-driven degasser assembly that includes a degasser having a drive shaft with a seal that inhibits intrusion of ambient air and an air motor having a motor shaft that drives the drive shaft. The motor shaft is distinct from or integral to the drive shaft, and the air motor is positioned to direct air leakage around the motor shaft away from the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Hay HENDERSON, Charles Cutler Britton, Neil Patrick Schexnaider
  • Patent number: 8882967
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for purifying a process water, which can comprise providing a process water comprising a first concentration of a first dissolved gas and a first concentration of a first dissolved ion, filtering the process water to create a filtered process water comprising a second concentration of the first dissolved gas, and evaporating the filtered process water to create a water vapor comprising a second concentration of the first dissolved ion that is less than the first concentration of the first dissolved ion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Southern Company
    Inventor: Dhansukhbhai V. Patel
  • Patent number: 8876960
    Abstract: A method and system for transporting and processing sour gas are provided. The method includes collecting a sour gas at a collection location, which has an associated sweetening device, and delivering a solvent to the sweetening device from a regeneration device remote therefrom. The sour gas is treated at the collection location with the solvent in the associated sweetening device to form a sweetened gas and a sour gas-rich solvent. The sweetened gas is transported from the sweetening device to a gas processing plant remote therefrom, and the sour gas-rich solvent from the sweetening device is delivered to the regeneration device for regeneration therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Kalinowski, James E. Chitwood, James O. Y. Ong, Rui Song
  • Patent number: 8876944
    Abstract: A system for separating fluids of a fluid mixture including a filter element operatively arranged for enabling a first component of a fluid mixture to flow therethrough while impeding flow of at least one other fluid component of the fluid mixture. An additive is configured to improve a first affinity of the filter element for the first component relative to a second affinity of the filter element for the at least one other fluid component of the fluid mixture. A method of separating fluids is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Jiaxiang Ren, David P. Gerrard, John C. Welch, James E. Goodson
  • Patent number: 8864878
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for improving the utilization of energy in a cement manufacturing plant comprising an absorption based contaminant, e.g. CO2, capture process using thermal regeneration of a liquid absorbent. The methods and systems of the present invention are characterized in that the thermal regeneration of the liquid absorbent is at least partially effected using a hot exhaust gas stream generated in the kiln of the cement manufacturing plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Nareshkumar B. Handagama, Rasesh R. Kotdawala, Ajay Vajpeyi
  • Patent number: 8858682
    Abstract: In order to control bubble removal or mixing in a flow channel, bubble transfer between flow channels (1, 2) is controlled by disposing first flow channel (1) for flow of a first fluid of liquid or gas and second flow channel (2) for flow of a second fluid of liquid with, interposed therebetween, gas exchange unit (5) through which while no liquid can pass, a gas component can be transferred, and by providing a pressure difference between the flow channels (1, 2) with the gas exchange unit (5). By rendering the pressure of the second flow channel (2) higher than that of the first flow channel (1), any bubble transfer from the first fluid to the second fluid is prevented, or bubbles within the second fluid are transferred into the first fluid to thereby attain deaeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Akechi
  • Patent number: 8852318
    Abstract: In a method for compressing a water-containing CO2-rich fluid wherein the CO2-rich fluid is compressed in a compressor located upstream from the compression step, an antifreeze agent is injected into the water-containing CO2-rich fluid in order to lower the water solidification temperature. The antifreeze agent-containing CO2-rich fluid is frozen, water is extracted from the frozen fluid, and the frozen fluid is compressed in the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Alain Briglia, Arthur Darde
  • Publication number: 20140290485
    Abstract: Contemplated gas-liquid separators and especially subsea gas-liquid separators have a main pipe with a plurality of descending branch pipes that are fluidly coupled to the main pipe and each other such as to allow disengagement of the gas into the main pipe while liquid and sand descend into the lower ends of the branch pipes. Sand accumulation in the lower ends of the branch pipes is preferably prevented by lateral serial flow of liquid and sand from one branch pipe to the next and use of a flush liquid that is drawn from one or more branch pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: FLUOR TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Clifford Neal Prescott, Jianfeng (Jeff) Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140245891
    Abstract: An extruder has an intake barrel, a degassing drum connected to, downstream from, and coaxial with the intake barrel, and an output barrel connected to, downstream from, and coaxial with the intake barrel and degassing drum. A driven shaft extends through the drum and barrels and is rotated for forming a plastic melt and advancing the melt through the intake barrel, degassing drum, and output barrel. A plurality of degassing screws surround the driven shaft in the degassing drum. A screw guide rotationally fixed to the shaft has respective seats for the degassing screws. Respective drive gears rotationally fixed but removably mounted on the degassing screws are received in respective seats in a gear guide separate from the screw guide and rotationally fixed to the shaft. A ring gear is rotationally fixed but removably mounted in the degassing drum and meshes with the drive gears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Detlef GNEUSS, Stephan Gneuss, Daniel Gneuss
  • Publication number: 20140216256
    Abstract: A desanding system has an elongated vessel that is tilted at a non-zero inclination angle. The vessel has an upper end that tilts downwardly towards a distal end and has a diverging bounding wall so as to define a top wall having a first inclination angle and a bottom wall having a second inclination angle greater than the first inclination angle. A fluid inlet interface at the vessel's upper end discharges a gas stream, having entrained liquids and particulates, into a freeboard portion formed adjacent the top wall above a gas/liquid interface formed below the fluid outlet. A cross-sectional area of the freeboard portion causes precipitation of the entrained liquids and particulates therefrom for collection in a belly storage portion formed below the interface. A desanded gas stream, being free of a substantial portion of the particulates is removed from the vessel through a fluid outlet adjacent the distal base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SPECIALIZED DESANDERS INC.
    Inventor: Christopher HEMSTOCK
  • Patent number: 8765055
    Abstract: Bubble traps for removing bubbles from a stream of liquid and flexible containers comprising such bubble traps are disclosed. The bubble trap includes a containment chamber fluidly coupled to an outlet conduit. At least one grate is disposed between the containment chamber and the outlet conduit. The at least one grate includes a plurality of grate inlets formed in a grate wall and fluidly coupled to the outlet conduit with a plurality of grate conduits such that the containment chamber is fluidly coupled to the outlet conduit. The grate traps bubbles entrained in the stream of liquid flowing from the containment chamber to the outlet conduit in the containment chamber when the bubbles are greater than or equal to a diameter of the grate inlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Huwiler Christoph, Kuhni Florian, Geipel Andreas
  • Patent number: 8726982
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing gaseous and liquid components from one or more multi-phase streams in one or more pipelines. The method includes passing a first multi-phase stream along a first pipeline, and passing the first multi-phase stream through a first slugcatcher system to provide a first gaseous component stream and at least one first liquid component stream. The method also includes selectively opening a first branch pipeline from the first pipeline upstream of the first slugcatcher system to pass at least a fraction of the first multi-phase stream through the first branch pipeline to provide a first branch multi-phase stream, and passing at least a fraction of the first branch multi-phase stream to a first gas/liquid separator to provide an overhead gaseous stream and a bottom liquid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Adekunle Adeyelure, Robert John Rockall
  • Publication number: 20140102299
    Abstract: An air trap for a blood circuit and method for removing air from blood in a dialysis unit. The air trap may include a blood inlet supply line, a blood outlet supply line, and a container having an approximately spherical internal wall, an inlet at a top end of the container connected to the blood inlet supply line, and an outlet at a bottom end of the container connected to the blood outlet supply line. The inlet may be offset from a vertical axis of the approximately spherical internal wall such that blood entering the container is directed to flow in a spiral-like path. The inlet port may be arranged to introduce blood into the container in a direction that is approximately tangential to the approximately spherical inner wall of the container and/or in a direction that is approximately perpendicular to the vertical axis of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Michael J. Wilt, Jason A. Demers
  • Publication number: 20140091009
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a process for washing a gas from a hydroprocessed effluent from a hydroprocessing zone. The process may include adding a first portion of a wash water stream to the hydroprocessed effluent to form a combined stream, condensing the combined stream, adding a first portion of a wash water stream to the effluent to form a combined stream, sending the combined stream to a separator, and providing a second portion of the wash water stream to the tower for washing one or more gases rising in the tower. The separator can include a substantially cylindrical body, in turn, coupled to a boot and a tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: UOP, LLC
    Inventors: Soumendra Mohan Banerjee, Richard Hoehn
  • Patent number: 8663436
    Abstract: A water electrolysis system includes a high-pressure water electrolysis apparatus and a gas-liquid separation device. The gas-liquid separation device includes a block member which includes a gas-liquid separation opening and a water-level detection opening. The gas-liquid separation opening and the water-level detection opening extend substantially vertically and includes respective bottom portions which integrally communicate with a discharge pipe. The discharge pipe is disposed at a lower side portion of the block member. The water-level detection opening includes a top portion and a top water-level detection section. The block member further includes an inlet hole in which the hydrogen is introduced from the high-pressure water electrolysis device. The inlet hole is disposed at an upper side portion of the block member. The inlet hole is positioned above the top water-level detection section of the water-level detection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Taruya, Koji Nakazawa, Hisashi Nagaoka, Daisuke Kurashina
  • Publication number: 20140048495
    Abstract: A removal device for removing gas bubbles and/or dirt particles from a liquid in a liquid conduit system or for removing an undesired liquid from the liquid in the liquid conduit system includes: a housing having: an entry, at least one exit, an inner space defined by the housing, at least one tube placed within the housing, where the at least one tube extends substantially between the entry and the exit and defines a main flow channel, at least one branch flow passage located near the entry for allowing fluid communication between the main flow channel and an area outside the tube and within the inner space defined by the housing, at least one return flow passage located near the exit for allowing fluid communication between the area outside the tube and the main flow channel, at least one quiet zone formed within the inner space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: FLAMCO B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Henk Cnossen, Terence Arthur Devlin
  • Patent number: 8641811
    Abstract: This invention relates to an ecologically and environmentally friendly mud-gas containment system. Specifically, this invention relates to a mobile device that is capable of receiving waste gas and, in emergency situations, a volume of a mud-gas mixture from a drilling operation. The waste gas is communicated to a removable flare stack through a vent line. The mud-gas is received at a containment vessel. The impact of the mud-gas within the containment vessel separates the mud-gas into mud and waste gas. The mud is collected for recycling and/or environmentally sensitive disposal. The waste gas from the vessel is communicated to the flare stack. Separate removal ports and conduits are used to remove any residual mud or mud-gas from the vent line and/or containment vessel. Excess mud or mud-gas is communicated to an overflow catch tank for removal. The entire assembly is mounted on a mobile skid sized for highway transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mathena, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Dean Mathena
  • Patent number: 8623209
    Abstract: Fluid head height and foam/gas level control apparatus associated with a primary reaction chamber of an effluent processing electrocoagulation assembly is disclosed. The apparatus includes a plurality of rotatable disks each having an orifice located therethrough toward an outer circumference of the disk. The disks are mounted in a horizontal array of openings located at an upper portion of the primary reactor chamber, the orifices communicating through the openings, height of the orifices in the chamber being selectable by rotation of the disks. Rotatable restrictor plates are mounted on the disks for selective restriction of flow through the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwater Resource, LLC
    Inventor: Reginald A. Wiemers
  • Publication number: 20130340622
    Abstract: A separator of a mixture of liquid and gas, comprising an injection device, a separation chamber having a cylindrical internal surface and extending along a vertical axis, and a control chamber. The mixture is separated in the separation chamber into gas and liquid, with a cylindrical interface surface. The separation chamber comprises a first axial outlet for extracting the gas, a second outlet for extracting the liquid, and a third axial outlet in communication with the control chamber. The interface surface has, in normal operating conditions, a diameter lying between the diameter of the first outlet and the diameter of the third outlet. The control chamber is connected to the injection device by a return circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: TOTAL SA
    Inventors: Jacques Marty, Yves LeCoffre, Guillaume Maj
  • Patent number: 8597433
    Abstract: A pickling process for descaling metal includes a two-stage filtering process to remove pickling liquor fog, mist, and/or vapors from a gas collected during the descaling process. The process includes a two-stage filtering arrangement that includes a first stage filter, which is arranged to remove a liquid phase of the pickling liquor from the gas, and a second stage filter, which is arranged to remove a gaseous phase of the pickling liquor the said gas. The recovered pickling liquor can advantageously be recycled for reuse because it is recovered in a relatively higher concentration that has heretofore been possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Salco Products Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gubricky, Alex Degutis, Al Isenegger, Josh Chesser, Jim McLaughlin, Clayton Strand, Mike Dolan
  • Publication number: 20130284026
    Abstract: An oil separation method and apparatus for the separation of acceptable oil from contaminated oil containing solids and liquids withdrawn from an oil well. A single oil skimming unit is partitioned into compartments and provided with rotating skimming tubes. A water leg may be raised and lowered in order to maintain a constant fluid level in the first, or water, compartment. Two pump jets are incoporated into the neck of the gas separator in order to continually move the solid contaminants so that they are not as able to settle and block fluid flow in the gas separator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: GLENWOOD WARNCKE
  • Publication number: 20130270194
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for recovering oil from a submerged oil source, wherein the system includes a submerged conduit having at least two openings, with a first opening capable of being located in proximity of a leak in order to capture leaking oil, and with a second opening capable of communicating captured leaking oil to another location. A natural gas separator, coupled to the submerged conduit separates the boiling vapor phase natural gas from the captured oil thereby outputting oil with water contaminant. An oil/water separator coupled to the natural gas separator then separates out the contaminant water, resulting in a processed recovered oil product for storage and subsequent refinement. The flow to capture the leak is induced by generating a lower pressure at nozzle in the conduit via power jet, air lift, pumping of fluid out of conduit close to sea level, or other methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Dana R. Allen
  • Patent number: 8544282
    Abstract: A closed loop geothermal system has a fluid circulation loop that includes in series: a heat pump, a ground loop heat exchanger, a tank flow center and a circulation pump. The tank flow center includes a tank, a first valve, a second valve and a tank bypass line all mounted in a common housing. The tank may include a refill inlet that opens through a top surface of the housing. A cap may be attached to close the refill inlet. The tank flow center has the regular geothermal operation configuration, a system flush configuration, and a refill configuration. The tank flow center may be elevated above the circulation pump a distance to produce a water column that is greater than a minimum cavitation avoidance head pressure for the circulation pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Wyer, Demitri Gula
  • Patent number: 8540799
    Abstract: A method is provided for degassing a transport chamber (1) of a metering pump. The method is based on performing impulse generation, wherein gas bubbles arising from the gas-forming fluid and adhering to the inner surfaces in the transport chamber (1) are released from the surfaces, wherein the gas bubbles (4.4?, 8.8?) present in the transport chamber (1) accumulate, perform a motion (c) in the direction of the pressure valve (6), and form an accumulated gas bubble (7) on the transport chamber side of the pressure valve (6). An increase in pressure causes the accumulated gas bubble present at the pressure valve (6) to escape from the transport chamber (1) as discharged gas bubbles (7?) into the pressure line. A metering pump having a device present in the transport chamber for performing the impulse generation is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Grundfos Management a/s
    Inventors: Klaus Mueller, Sergej Gerz
  • Publication number: 20130242006
    Abstract: Ink in an ink tank is fed through a dissolved gas control filter to a printer head. A gas pressure changing mechanism reduces pressure in a gas pressure control tank. In response, the dissolved gas control filter removes gas dissolved in the ink. The gas pressure control tank is placed under pressure corresponding to a sum of the pressure reduced by the gas pressure changing mechanism and the pressure of the gas having been removed from the liquid. A gas pressure measuring part measures the sum of these pressures as pressure in the gas pressure control tank. Then, a controller determines when time of exchange of the dissolved gas control filter has come based on the magnitude of a gradient of gas pressure variation in the gas pressure control tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Dainippon Screen MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Motoyuki Anno
  • Publication number: 20130199368
    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: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Charles TREMBLAY, Alain ROY
  • Patent number: 8491707
    Abstract: A fluid storage tank including an entrained air removal mechanism is provided. The entrained air removal mechanism assists in consolidating small air bubbles entrained within the fluid into larger bubbles such that the air bubbles have sufficient buoyancy to escape the fluid flow. The entrained air removal mechanism may be in the form of a plurality of saw toothed slots communicating different chambers within the fluid storage tank. The fluid storage tank can also be configured to direct fluid flow towards the sidewalls of the fluid storage tank as the fluid transitions from one chamber to another to promote heat transfer out of the fluid storage tank and to avoid the fluid within the tank acting as a thermal insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Helgesen Design Services, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce E. Knuth
  • Publication number: 20130118356
    Abstract: A sedimentation separator for separating solid fractions from a mixture consisting of air, liquid and solids fractions comprises a sedimenting vessel to which an air-separating unit is connected upstream. In an intermediate vessel arranged between the air-separating unit and sedimenting vessel there is arranged a float which closes off an air duct when the level of sediment in the sedimenting vessel has reached a predetermined height. Liquid purified by sedimentation is suctioned off from the upper end of the sedimenting vessel by means of a jet pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: DUERR DENTAL AG
    Inventor: DUERR DENTAL AG
  • Publication number: 20130112080
    Abstract: A variety of systems, apparatus and methods for degassing a container are described. A system comprises at least one input being configured to be coupled to a container to be degassed. A fluid output is configured to return fluid to the container. A degassing vessel comprises a top, a bottom, gas/fluid input being coupled to the at least one input, a degassed fluid output disposed proximate the bottom, and a gas output at the top. A pump system is coupled to the fluid output and the degassed fluid output. The pump system is configured to be operable for inducing a pressure differential between the degassing vessel and the container to induce a flow from the container to the degassing vessel and to return fluid to the container. A degas valve is coupled to the gas output for enabling entrained gas in the degassing vessel to be vented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Piper Environmental Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane Piper, Anthony Rutland, Joshua Salvage
  • Publication number: 20130108972
    Abstract: A separator assembly (1c) in the form of a flare tank for separating and igniting gas from non-gaseous components of a fluid stream (such as a well return). The separator assembly (1c) comprises: at least one degasser (4) having a fluid stream inlet (41) for introducing the fluid stream (well return) into a vessel (40) of the degasser (4) at a reduced velocity, and optionally a degasser gas pressure relief system (60) and non-gaseous component filter (40); a tank (3) having a settling compartment (30) and a suction compartment (31); and a flare (5c) for igniting gas leaving the degasser (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: AUSTRALIAN RIG CONSTRUCTION HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Guido Stangherlin, Allan Douglas Bougoure
  • Publication number: 20130074693
    Abstract: A method for treating a process gas with a liquid comprises contacting a process gas with a hygroscopic working fluid in order to remove a constituent from the process gas. A system for treating a process gas with a liquid comprises a hygroscopic working fluid comprising a component adapted to absorb or react with a constituent of a process gas, and a liquid-gas contactor for contacting the working fluid and the process gas, wherein the constituent is removed from the process gas within the liquid-gas contactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTER FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Christopher L. Martin, Ye Zhuang
  • Publication number: 20120318912
    Abstract: An example deaerator assembly includes a housing having a housing inlet and a housing outlet. A conduit configured to communicate a deaerated coolant is located within the housing. A mixture of coolant and air is deaerated as the mixture is communicated from the housing inlet to the housing outlet within the housing and outside the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Melissa A. Bell, Christine Ingrid Schade
  • Patent number: 8277565
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for removing residues of hazardous materials from vapor in a tank (1), wherein such a vapor is heated, passed outside the tank and subsequently cooled and the remaining dry vapor is recirculated, characterized in that a) said vapor is heated to a temperature of at least 5° C. above the melting point and below the self ignition point of the hazardous material, b) the vapor mixture thus formed is passed by means of a pump (3) from the tank through a discharge unit to a recovery unit, c) is cooled to a temperature of at least 5° C. lower and above the melting point of the hazardous material in a recovery unit, d) the liquid components of the vapor are recovered and the dry gas mixture is recirculated to the tank after reheating to the desired temperature, e) said recirculation being repeated as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: VCS Global Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Perry Van Der Bogt
  • Patent number: 8262640
    Abstract: An improved biological fluid filtration system is shown having, seriatim, a blood container, a biological fluid filtration device downstream of the blood container, and a blood receiving container downstream of the biological fluid filtration device; a bypass line is provided to allow fluid communication between the blood container and the blood receiving container, the bypass line includes a loop, the loop of the bypass line being configured to be disposed above the blood container at a sufficient height to prevent the passage of fluid around the leukocyte depletion device; the loop of the bypass line being disposed in a tube support device, the tube support device being configured to support substantially the entire weight of the biological fluid filtration system without substantially crimping said bypass line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hemerus Medical LLC
    Inventors: Majid Zia, Anthony J. Angelo, Craig M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8261947
    Abstract: An emissions device for use with a portable fuel container assembly is provided. The emissions device includes an emissions housing configured to be mounted to the portable fuel container. The emissions housing defines at least one device opening. A membrane is supported by the emissions housing and allows the passage of the vapor and prevents the passage of a liquid. An emissions filter is also located within the emissions housing and is located such that vapor exiting through the device opening must pass the emissions filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Lorenz Erdmann
  • Patent number: 8262760
    Abstract: A device and process for separating liquid and gas phases in a flowstream containing a liquefied gas or supercritical fluid under pressure mixed with a liquid. A splitter vessel separates the liquid from gas phases and transfers liquid to a collection container while conducting the gas phase out of the splitter. Separation of liquid phase out of the flowstream is provided without additional pressure schemes or solvent extractions imposed on the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Kimber D. Fogelman, Vincent Worley, Peter Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8257475
    Abstract: An integrated ship mounted system for loading a gas stream, separating heavier hydrocarbons, compressing the gas, cooling the gas, mixing the gas with a desiccant, blending it with a liquid carrier or solvent, and then cooling the mix to processing, storage and transportation conditions. After transporting the product to its destination, a hydrocarbon processing train and liquid displacement method is provided to unload the liquid from the pipeline and storage system, separate the liquid carrier, and transfer the gas stream to a storage or transmission system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Seaone Maritime Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce Hall, Michael J. Mulvany, Tolulope O. Okikiolu
  • Patent number: RE43941
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating natural gas from production streams comprising a liquid dispersion of water, sand, and natural gas is provided for. The separator comprises a vessel having an interior surface defining a spherical interior space. The interior space allows a production stream introduced therein to experience a velocity drop sufficient to allow separation of the natural gas from the sand and water components. The separator also comprises a stream inlet port in the vessel, a liquid drain in the lower end of the vessel, and a gas outlet port at the upper end of the vessel remote from the stream inlet port. A baffle is mounted in the interior of the vessel in the path of the production stream between the stream inlet port and the gas outlet port. The baffle is effective to spread and direct a high pressure production stream introduced into the interior space via the stream inlet port downward toward the liquid drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sand Separators LLC
    Inventors: Emmett Ronald Worley, Shirley Royce Green