Layered, Laminated, Or Coated Patents (Class 96/69)
  • Patent number: 10969333
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting narcotics such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other aerosols such as cannabinoids, opioids, etc., in an exhaled breath using infrared spectroscopy are provided. An example of an apparatus for sensing THC according to the disclosure includes a tunable laser source, at least one photodetector, a sample cell disposed between the tunable laser source and the at least one photodetector, and at least one processor operably coupled to the tunable laser source and the at least one photodetector and configured to provide a control signal to the tunable laser source, determine a spectral absorption line or group of absorption lines associated with THC based on an intensity of infrared light detected by the at least one photodetector, and determine a THC concentration value based on the spectral absorption line intensity. A laser-based apparatus for sensing narcotics in exhaled breath may include a single, dual, or multi-optical frequency comb spectrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: VOX BIOMEDICAL LLC
    Inventor: Kurt J. Linden
  • Patent number: 10913074
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electric dust collector for generating an electric field by a high voltage electrode formed of a polymer. An electric dust collector according to the present disclosure includes a high voltage electrode to which a high voltage is applied, composed of a thermoplastic polymer and an inherently dissipative polymer, and a ground electrode to be grounded to generate the electric field with the high voltage electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jayoung Kwon, Hyekyung Jeon, Junseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9187823
    Abstract: A method of growing carbon nanostructures on a conductive substrate without the need for a vacuum or low-pressure environment provides high electrical field strengths to generate the necessary carbon ions from a feedstock gas and to promote alignment and separation of the resulting structures. In one embodiment, substantially uniform “vertical” nanostructures may be formed around the periphery of an extended wire for use in corona discharge applications or the like. Growth on a planar substrate may provide use with a variety of apparatus requiring a high specific surface conductor such as capacitors, batteries, and solar cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: National Science Foundation
    Inventors: Junhong Chen, Kehan Yu, Zheng Bo, Guahua Lu
  • Publication number: 20150107456
    Abstract: The invention provides a gas purification system, for instance for agricultural application comprising a corona discharge system, the corona discharge system comprising a counter electrode, a conductive strip with a longitudinal edge comprising tooth structures, wherein the tooth structures have tooth tops with shortest distances selected from the range of 2-200 mm; and a voltage generator configured to apply a DC voltage of at least 10 kV to the conductive strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Technische Universiteit Delft
    Inventors: Willibrordus Nicolaas Johannes Ursem, Elisabeth Johanna Jacoba Van de Verte - Houben, Johannes Anthonius Wilhelmu de Haar
  • Patent number: 8961659
    Abstract: An electrically enhanced air filtration system is disclosed which uses rear fiber charging is disclosed. In particular, a fibrous filter may be placed in an upstream position within the system with one or more ionization arrays positioned downstream or to the rear of the fibrous filter in terms of airflow direction. The fibrous filter may include a grounded side and fiber side with the grounded side being upstream of the fiber side. The ionization array may include a plurality of electrodes each extending unidirectionally toward the fibrous filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. McKinney
  • Patent number: 8951338
    Abstract: Present invention provides an air filter material using a laminated electret nonwoven fabric subjected to electret processing in which one layer or a plurality of layers of nonwoven fabrics (referred to as nonwoven fabric B) including fibers having a mean fiber diameter in the range of 10 micrometers to 100 micrometers and being larger than a mean fiber diameter of fibers constituting nonwoven fabric A are laminated on at least one side of a nonwoven fabric (referred to as nonwoven fabric A) obtained by mixing two kinds of fibers having a mean fiber diameter in the range of 0.1 micrometer to 15 micrometers and having a different melting point (fibers having a lower melting point are defined as fibers D and fibers having a higher melting point are defined as fibers E), and a laminated electret filter material having a low pressure loss and a high collection efficiency. The filter material is suitably used for a medical mask, an industrial mask, a general purpose mask or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: JNC Corporation, JNC Fibers Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Matsuda, Junji Iwata, Mitsuru Kojima
  • Patent number: 8871011
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electret filter element includes preparing fibers and producing, by a spray device, a spray mist of fluid droplets which include an electrical charge formed by an electric field between detaching fluid droplets and a counter-electrode. The fibers are passed through the spray mist so as to wet the fibers with the fluid droplets. The fibers are laid down to form a fibrous layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Klaus Veeser, Martin Krause, Toan-Hieu Giang, Jochen Zabold
  • Patent number: 8814994
    Abstract: Improvements in active field polarized media air cleaner include an aerodynamic front cowling to reduce static air resistance, a rear double hinge to reduce blow by, a resistive center screen permitting the sharing of high voltage power supplies while reducing the tendency to arc and allowing for a higher operational voltage, a dielectric media support frame to produce a more uniform electrostatic field and reduce blow by, while at the same time reducing the tendency to spray corona and/or arc at the edges of the center screen, a substantially flat conductive outer screen to produce a more uniform electrostatic field throughout the filter media and a high-voltage shield to reduce high-voltage arcing and the spraying of corona where the high-voltage probe contacts the center screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Environmental Management Confederation, Inc.
    Inventors: Forwood C. Wiser, George R. Summers, Benjamin H. Kaeppner
  • Patent number: 8795601
    Abstract: Filter media for an active field polarized media air cleaner includes two layers of dielectric material with a higher resistance air permeable screen sandwiched between the lower resistivity electric layers. The filter media may further include a mixed fiber filter layer having fibers from different sides of the triboelectric scale. The filter media may further include a layer of relatively higher density dielectric material followed by a layer of relatively lower density dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Environmental Management Confederation, Inc.
    Inventors: Forwood C. Wiser, George R. Summers, Benjamin H. Kaeppner
  • Patent number: 8790448
    Abstract: A device for producing an electrical field in an exhaust gas system includes an exhaust gas line in which at least one electrode is disposed. The at least one electrode is in contact with a power supply and is constructed to have at least one metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Rolf Brück, Jan Hodgson, Christian Vorsmann
  • Patent number: 8747527
    Abstract: A method for converting soot particles of an exhaust gas includes providing at least nitrogen dioxide or oxygen in the exhaust gas, ionizing soot particles with an electric field, depositing electrically charged soot particles on inner channel walls of at least one surface precipitator, and bringing at least nitrogen dioxide or oxygen into contact with the deposited soot particles on the inner channel walls of the at least one surface precipitator. A device for carrying out the method includes at least one surface precipitator having a plurality of channels through which the exhaust gas can flow and extending between an inlet region and an outlet region, and at least one deposit inhibitor for electrically charged soot particles provided in at least part of the inlet region, especially allowing the soot particles to be evenly deposited and the surface precipitator to be continuously regenerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Maus, Peter Hirth, Rolf Brueck
  • Patent number: 8741140
    Abstract: A filter media that inhibits the formation of static charge in a liquid flowing through the filter media comprises a filtration layer having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface and comprising a non-conductive fibrous material having a plurality of fibers, the fibrous material comprising a metal layer deposited on at least a portion of the fibers through at least a portion of the thickness of the filtration layer. The filter media or a filter apparatus incorporating the filter media does not require means for dissipating static charge from the fluid and, therefore, does not require grounding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce E. Shane
  • Patent number: 8721402
    Abstract: A dust collection device for a sanding tool includes a bag having a sidewall with an inner surface and a coupler attached to the bag. The sidewall comprises at least one filter layer and an outer support layer. A sleeve having an outer surface, a sleeve sidewall, a first end, a second end, and at least one gap at either the first end or the second end is positioned within the bag. The sleeve's first end is positioned adjacent the coupler to direct incoming air towards the sleeve and the sleeve is positioned within the bag such that a bypass volume is present between the outer surface and the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Woo, Seyed A. Angadjivand, Wenli Wang, John F. Reed
  • Patent number: 8721775
    Abstract: The electronic air filter has a pair of pads between which a grid is sandwiched. The pads are composed of glass fiber or like filtering medium while the grid is composed of two or more pads of carbon interconnected by a network of filaments having a cotton core surrounded by a graphite sheath. The grid is connected to a source of electrical power at a voltage at which a corona field develops around the grid with resulting polarization of the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Chesebrough
  • Patent number: 8709139
    Abstract: A layer for use in a HEPA filter element solves the problem of disclosing a filter element which satisfies HEPA requirements. Said layer comprises a first support layer (1) for stabilization which contains polypropylene fibers, and a second deposition layer (2) which contains polypropylene fibers, wherein the polypropylene fibers of the deposition layer (2) are at least partially electrostatically charged, and wherein the support layer (1) and the deposition layer (2) are constructed as nonwoven material which is at least partially free of glass fiber. The layer according to the invention can be easily pleated while having excellent filter efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Klauss Veeser, Armin Greiner, Harold Von Schischka, Juergen Adolph, Toan-Hieu Giang
  • Patent number: 8709138
    Abstract: A filter medium including a carrier layer and a microfiber layer applied thereon is characterized in that, with respect to the aim of providing a filter medium which has a relatively low pressure drop, and at the same time a good fraction separation rate and excellent dust storage capacity, the carrier layer has first fibers, which are designed as endless bicomponent fibers and spunbonded fibers, and the microfiber layer has second fibers, which are designed as endless melt-blown fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Alexandra Lazarevic, Robert Bader, Rosemarie Kurzer, Heinz Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 8709249
    Abstract: A filter has a filter medium (10) during operation clears fluid, particularly in the form of hydraulic fluid. The filter medium (10) is made of a material such that the potential difference to the fluid to be cleaned is low. The parts of the filter medium (10) have different potentials with respect to each other and/or the fluid to be cleaned such that they cancel each other at least partially, specific dissipation is aspired, or a return of electric charge to the associated filter medium (10) is provided, using a charge equalization situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hydac Filtertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Schmitz, Edwin Koch, Matthias Schwender, Claudia Brocker
  • Patent number: 8690996
    Abstract: An electric precipitator to collect contaminants, such as dust, using electrical attraction. The electric precipitator includes high-voltage electrode plates and low-voltage electrode plates alternately stacked to form an electrification region and a collection region in an air flow direction, wherein each of the high-voltage electrode plates includes a discharge electrode to generate discharge between the discharge electrode and an opposite electrode so that contaminants are electrified in the electrification region and a collection electrode disposed over the electrification region and the collection region to collect the electrified contaminants in the collection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Jl, In Sang Hwang, Hyong Soo Noh, Byeong Cheol Yoon, Kochiyama Yasuhiko, Du Seop Yoon, So Young Yun, Jun Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8690997
    Abstract: A two-sided attraction structure including an electrostatic chuck portion (2) and a power supply portion (5), the electrostatic chuck portion (2) including a dielectric member (3) in a plate-like shape, which is made of an insulating material and has a front side and a back side, and an internal electrode (4) mounted into the dielectric member, the front side and the back side of the dielectric member each serving as an attraction surface when voltage is applied to the internal electrode (4), the power supply portion (5) applying the voltage to the internal electrode, of the electrostatic chuck portion (2), in which the power supply portion (5) includes a solar cell (6) and a voltage boost circuit (7) for boosting power generated by the solar cell (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Creative Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tatsumi, Hiroshi Fujisawa, Megumu Kawae
  • Patent number: 8673068
    Abstract: This device for inactivating and finely filtering viruses and microorganisms in a flow of air is intended for cleaning air or gas. The device includes a high voltage power supply (4) and the following components arranged in series in the direction of flow: a unit (1) for pre-treating a flow of air, a two-section inactivation chamber (2) and a precipitator (3). The pre-treating unit (1) consists of oppositely charged conductive filtering elements (7, 7?). The first conductive filtering element (7) in the direction of flow is in the form of a cylindrical electrode (6) and a plate (9) which is made of a current conductive, highly porous material and is positioned at a distance from the free end face of the cylindrical electrode (6). A needle electrode (8), electrically associated with the plate (9), is adjacent to said plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alexei Mikhailovich Volodin
  • Patent number: 8663358
    Abstract: Filter media are provided having improved conductivity to enhance filtration efficiency and/or dissipate static charge, and methods for making the same. In one exemplary embodiment, the filter media can include a filtration substrate, and at least one conductive coating disposed on at least a portion of the filtration substrate. In use, the conductive coating is coupled to an energy source and it is effective to emit ions when energy is delivered thereto to increase the efficiency of the filtration substrate and/or to dissipate or eliminate static charge generated during filtration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hollingsworth & Vose Company
    Inventors: Wai M. Choi, Karin N. Soper
  • Patent number: 8652230
    Abstract: A filter fabric having improved filtering properties for hot gas filtration containing a nonwoven aramid mat The mat has a basis weight of at least 9.7 ounces per square yard (330 grams per square meter) and is characterized by a pore size distribution in which the number of pores in a given range as measured by ASTM F316-03 test method is plotted against pore size. In a preferred embodiment, the percentage of pores having a size in between 10 and 26 microns is greater than 50% while the percentage of pores having a size of greater than 50 microns is less than 0.5%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Kurt Hans Wyss, Cheng-Hang Chi
  • Patent number: 8641808
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing soot particles in exhaust gas, particularly of an internal combustion engine, includes first and second at least partially electrically conductive structures with an intermediate space therebetween, a high voltage source forming a potential between the first and second structures and at least one at least partially electrically conductive intermediate structure in the intermediate space receiving an intermediate potential. A method for treating the exhaust gas includes conducting exhaust gas from the first to the second structure and applying a high voltage at least temporarily between the first and second structures. At least part of the soot particles in the exhaust gas is ionized or agglomerated and deposited on the second structure. A high voltage between potentials of the first and second structures is applied at least temporarily to the intermediate structure. An electric field is influenced favorably and disruptions from undesirable voltage flashovers are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Rolf Brück, Christian Vorsmann, Jan Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8617298
    Abstract: An electrostatic precipitator is provided with a ionizing unit and a collecting unit placed on the downstream side of the ionizing unit, and the ionizing unit has discharge electrodes each of which generates a corona discharge and a ground electrode plate connected to the earth, and in this structure, the ground electrode plate is provided with an insulating substrate, a resistor formed on the surface of the insulating substrate and a conductive section that is electrically connected to the resistor on the surface of the insulating substrate, and the discharge electrodes face the resistor of the ground electrode plate at a predetermined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kengo Nakahara, Ryou Katou
  • Patent number: 8597416
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of corrosion, temperature and spark resistant electrically conductive components in wet electrostatic precipitator systems (WESPs). In particular, the present invention is directed to using a conductive composite material in the fabrication of wet electrostatic precipitator system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Turbosonic Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Allan
  • Patent number: 8597405
    Abstract: An illustrative filter includes an electret material, which has a long-lasting electric charge, that is at least partially coated or covered with a conductive layer. An optional insulation layer may be disposed over at least part of the conductive layer. If the electret material has a positive charge, then the filter attracts particles with a negative charge, and vice versa. The filter adsorbs the attracted particles until it becomes saturated with particles, at which point the conductive layer is charged to have a polarity that is opposite the built-in polarity of the electret and that matches the polarity of the adsorbed particles. The charged conduction layer repels the adsorbed particles from the filter, cleaning the filter for continued use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Yuchen Ma
  • Patent number: 8580017
    Abstract: An electrostatic precipitator including a charger to charge dust particles in air and a collector to collect the dust particles. The collector includes a collector case including high-voltage electrodes, to which high-voltage is applied, low-voltage electrodes alternately stacked with the high-voltage electrodes so as to be grounded, and first electrode support elements to support the high-voltage and low-voltage electrodes with a distance therebetween. The first electrode support elements include electrode contact terminals to support extreme edge portions of the high-voltage and low-voltage electrodes. The high-voltage and low-voltage electrodes are formed of a conductive material, or a non-conductive material, the surface of which is subjected to conductive treatment. The electrode contact terminals for the high-voltage electrodes are formed of a semiconductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyong Soo Noh, Kochiyama Yasuhiko, So Young Yun
  • Patent number: 8568511
    Abstract: Embodiments are described that generally relate to the storage and release of a gas using piezoelectric materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Seth Adrian Miller
  • Patent number: 8551208
    Abstract: A method, including receiving a turbine filter unit in a plasma treatment system, wherein the turbine filter unit comprises a filter media assembled with a framework, and applying at least one plasma treatment coating to the turbine filter unit via the plasma treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Timothy Nicholas
  • Patent number: 8545599
    Abstract: A thermal management apparatus includes an electrohydrodynamic fluid accelerator in which an emitter electrode and another electrode are energizable to motivate fluid flow. One of the electrodes includes a solid solution formed of a solvent metal having a first performance characteristic and a solute material having a second performance characteristic. The first and second performance characteristics are exhibited substantially independently in the electrode as the solvent metal and solute material remain substantially pure within the solid solution. A method of making an EHD product includes providing an electrode with such a solid solution and positioning the electrode relative to another electrode to motivate fluid flow when energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Tessera, Inc.
    Inventor: Giles Humpston
  • Patent number: 8518152
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electrostatic non-woven intake filter, may include a fabric preparation process that weaves at least a kind of fiber fabric into a web, and a filter fabric manufacturing process that weaves the web into a felt that has at least a layer, and manufactures an electrostatic non-woven intake filter material that is a non-woven fabric having a fiber tissue having a semipermanent electrostatic force by allowing a binder and an electrostatic material to permeate the felt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sangil Lee, Jungmin Kim
  • Patent number: 8512455
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electric precipitator including at least one high voltage electrode including a pair of film members made of a non-conductive material and attached to each other and an electrode layer disposed between the pair of film members, and at least one low voltage electrode disposed alternately with the at least one high voltage electrode such that that the at least one high voltage electrode and the at least one low voltage electrode are separated from each other. Support members made of an insulating member to maintain separation of the at least one high voltage electrode and the at least one low voltage electrode from each other are mounted on one of the at least one high voltage electrode and the at least one low voltage electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kochiyama Yasuhiko, Hyong-Soo Noh, Jun Ho Ji, So Young Yun
  • Patent number: 8491709
    Abstract: To provide a small active oxygen generating device capable of efficiently continuously generating active oxygen while supplying oxygen in the air. In the active oxygen generating device in which water is made to exist between an anode and a cathode composed of a base material containing a conductive polymer and by turning on electricity between the anode and the cathode, the conductive polymer deoxidizes the oxygen dissolved in the water to generate active oxygen, the cathode is rotatably installed about a conductive horizontal axis with part of the surface being projected over the surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Takeuchi, Akira Shiga, Takuya Furuhashi
  • Patent number: 8470084
    Abstract: An electrode precipitator having a high voltage electrode and a low voltage electrode arranged apart from each other at a desired interval. The high voltage electrode includes a charging part which is positioned upstream of an air flow direction to charge a pollutant, and a dust collection part which is spaced from the charging part and positioned downstream of the air flow direction to precipitate the charged pollutant therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Ji, Kochiyama Yasuhiko, Hyong Soo Noh, So Young Yun, Han Wook Cho
  • Patent number: 8409336
    Abstract: An air filter system (10) has a filter housing (11), an air filter media (12), and an electrical circuit (13) electrically coupled to the media. The filter media consists of a pleated air filter material (23) with front pleat apexes (25) and rear pleat apexes (26) which are coated with an electrically conductive material to form front vertical strips (27) and rear strips (28). The electrical circuit includes a positive front electrical contact (30) and a rear electrical contact (31). The front electrical contact has a rear surface (30?) in electrical contact with an elongated front electrical contact bar (33), oriented horizontally across and in electrical contact with the filter front strips of conductive ink. Similarly, the rear electrical contact has a front surface (31?) in electrical contact with an elongated rear electrical contact bar (34), oriented horizontally across and in electrical contact with the rear strips of conductive ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Fan Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Gatchell, Benjamin David Freeman
  • Publication number: 20130074692
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the separation of charged aerosols, in which the aerosol is, first of all, separated in a collector electrode, which can be flowed through under the effect of a space charge. For the production of a high electrical potential, electrical charges of the aerosol to be separated are subsequently collected on the collector electrode. Finally, the residual aerosol exiting from the collector electrode is guided through the separation zone at high field intensity. In accordance with the invention, the invention also relates to a device for the implementation of the above-stated process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Christian Lübbert, Ulrich Riebel, Sergiy Lebedynskyy
  • Patent number: 8366813
    Abstract: A particulate matter detection device (100) includes a first electrode (10) that includes a conductive section (12) and a dielectric (14) that covers the conductive section (12), and a second electrode (20) that is disposed opposite to the first electrode (10) at an interval of 0.3 to 3.0 mm. Charged particulate matter contained in a fluid that passes through the space between the first electrode (10) and the second electrode (20), or particulate matter that is contained in a fluid and charged by a discharge that occurs due to application of a voltage between the electrodes (10) and (20) is electrically adsorbed on at least one of the electrodes (10) and (20), and the particulate matter adsorbed on the electrodes (10) and (20) is detected by measuring a change in electrical properties of the first electrode (10), or a change in electrical properties of the electrodes (10) and (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Tokuda, Atsuo Kondo, Takeshi Sakuma, Takashi Egami
  • Patent number: 8349052
    Abstract: An electric precipitator prevents dielectric breakdown by ensuring the dielectric distance among a plurality of electrodes. The electric precipitator includes a charging section for charging dust particles in air, and a collecting section for collecting the dust particles charged by the charging section. The collecting section includes a high voltage electrode having a conductive layer coated with a dielectric layer, and a low voltage electrode having at least one protrusion that maintains a gap between the high voltage electrode and the low voltage electrode. The conductive layer includes at least one cutting part formed in an area corresponding to the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyong Soo Noh, Kochiyama Yasuhiko, Jun Ho Ji, So Young Yun, Han Wook Cho
  • Patent number: 8262781
    Abstract: A method is provided which can efficiently remove conidia and microbe or the like of a phytopathogen from air and does not cause generation of ozone originated from discharge or so, thereby preventing occurrence of a plant disease without damaging a plant. There are also provided a flying organism removing apparatus and a plant protecting apparatus which can adequately capture flyable organisms, such as spores of a phytopathogen and/or small vermin, by applying an electrostatic field to the flyable organisms. An electrostatic field generated by dielectric polarization is applied to flyable organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Kagome Co., Ltd., Kinki University, Osaka Prefectural Government
    Inventors: Hideyoshi Toyoda, Yoshinori Matsuda, Teruo Nonomura, Koji Kakutani, Shin-ichi Kusakari, Katsuhide Higashi
  • Patent number: 8252095
    Abstract: Filter media for an active field polarized media air cleaner includes two layers of dielectric material with a higher resistance air permeable screen sandwiched between the lower resistivity electric layers. The filter media may further include a mixed fiber filter layer having fibers from different sides of the triboelectric scale. The filter media may further include a layer of relatively higher density dielectric material followed by a layer of relatively lower density dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Environmental Management Confederation, Inc.
    Inventors: Forwood C. Wiser, George R. Summers, Benjamin H. Kaeppner
  • Patent number: 8236094
    Abstract: The present invention provides an exhaust gas purifying device including an electrically insulated hollow cylindrical case, a cylindrical outer circumferential electrode arranged on an inner wall of the hollow cylindrical case, a bar-shaped center electrode held on a center axis of the outer circumferential electrode, and a metallic hollow cylindrical body arranged between the outer circumferential electrode and the center electrode, wherein the metallic hollow cylindrical body is electrically insulated and has a plurality of holes to permit particulate matter to pass therethrough without being accumulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaru Kakinohana, Hirohito Hirata, Akira Mizuno
  • Patent number: 8211217
    Abstract: A wet electrostatic precipitator (ESP) is disclosed to have a housing, several discharge wires, two roughened collection electrodes coated with TiO2 or SiO2 nanoparticles, two porous metallic plates, and two roughened glass plates coated with TiO2 or SiO2 nanoparticles. The porous metallic plates and the glass plates coated with TiO2 or SiO2 nanoparticles located above the collection electrodes are used to enhance the uniformity of the water film. When particles are introduced into the ESP, they are charged by gas ions generated by corona discharge, and then migrate to collection electrodes due to electrostatic force. Finally, particles are removed by uniform water film flowing downward along the collection electrodes. Furthermore, pulse jet passing through the small holes on the collection plates is used to clean discharge wires, maintaining electric corona strength and prolonging the operation life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Chuen-Jinn Tsai, Guan-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 8197579
    Abstract: Embodiments are described that generally relate to the storage and release of a gas using piezoelectric materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Seth Adrian Miller
  • Patent number: 8182580
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel gas filter structure, a filtering method and a method of producing the filter structure. The structure according to the invention includes a planar, porous isolation material layer (12) having two opposing surfaces. According to the invention both surfaces of the isolation material layer (12) include comprise a porous conductive layer (14, 16) including a porous filtering matrix treated with a conductive material. The conductive material consists of a material different from the support matrix. By use of the conductive layers it is possible to create in the isolation material an electric field that considerably improves the filtering efficiency of the isolation material, especially for small particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus
    Inventors: Otto-Ville Kaukoniemi, Kaisa Lehtinen, Harri Kosonen
  • Patent number: 8163235
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for removing chemical sterilant molecules from a medium, such as a carrier gas. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a housing that defines an internal cavity. The housing has an inlet and an outlet fluidly communicating with the internal cavity. An electrode is dimensioned to be received in the internal cavity of the housing. The electrode is made of a material that is chemically active with respect to molecules of a chemical sterilant and conductive to electricity. The electrode is connected to a source of an electrical charge such that an electrical field gradient is formed in a region of space surrounding the electrode. The electrical field gradient is operable to force the chemical sterilant molecule toward the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: STERIS Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Centanni, Thaddeus J. Mielnik
  • Patent number: 8123840
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrostatic particle filter for removing particles from air. The electrostatic particle filter includes a filter medium (3) with first and second opposite sides, a first electrode (1) and a second electrode (2), the first electrode (1) and second electrode (2) being conformally provided on the first and second sides of the filter medium (3), respectively. The first electrode (1), the second electrode (2), and the filter medium (3) are arranged to allow an electrical conduction current through the filter medium (3). The first electrode (1) is a moderately-conductive electrode having a sheet resistance in a range with a lower boundary value of about 106 Ohm per square and an upper boundary value of about 1012 Ohm per square, at a relative humidity of 30%. The invention also relates to an electrostatic filtration system including the electrostatic particle filter, and a particle charging section (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Johan Marra
  • Patent number: 8105418
    Abstract: A method is provided which can efficiently remove conidia and microbe or the like of a phytopathogen from air and does not cause generation of ozone originated from discharge or so, thereby preventing occurrence of a plant disease without damaging a plant. There are also provided a flying organism removing apparatus and a plant protecting apparatus which can adequately capture flyable organisms, such as spores of a phytopathogen and/or small vermin, by applying an electrostatic field to the flyable organisms. An electrostatic field generated by dielectric polarization is applied to flyable organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Kagome Co., Ltd., Kinki University, Osaka Prefectural Government
    Inventors: Hideyoshi Toyoda, Yoshinori Matsuda, Teruo Nonomura, Koji Kakutani, Shin-ichi Kusakari, Katsuhide Higashi
  • Patent number: 8080086
    Abstract: A filtration media that incorporates a static dissipative media layer for dissipating the static charge that builds up as a fluid, such a fuel, passes through the filtration media. The filtration media includes a filter media suitable for filtering fluid, and a static dissipative media layer. The static dissipative media layer has a surface resistivity level that is sufficient to classify the media layer as static dissipative rather than conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Kuss Filtration Inc.
    Inventors: Julie Graber, Gary L. Rickle, Michael J. Monnin
  • Patent number: 8070861
    Abstract: Improvements in active field polarized media air cleaner include an aerodynamic front cowling to reduce static air resistance, a rear double hinge to reduce blow by, a resistive center screen permitting the sharing of high voltage power supplies while reducing the tendency to arc and allowing for a higher operational voltage, a dielectric media support frame to produce a more uniform electrostatic field and reduce blow by, while at the same time reducing the tendency to spray corona and/or arc at the edges of the center screen, a substantially flat conductive outer screen to produce a more uniform electrostatic field throughout the filter media and a high-voltage shield to reduce high-voltage arcing and the spraying of corona where the high-voltage probe contacts the center screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Environmental Management Confederation, Inc.
    Inventors: Forwood C. Wiser, George R. Summers, Benjamin H. Kaeppner
  • Patent number: 8070862
    Abstract: A dust collection device for a sanding tool comprising a bag having a sidewall and a coupler attached to the bag. The sidewall comprising a first filter layer, a second filter layer, and an outer support layer. The first filter layer comprising a plurality of fibrillated electrostatically charged electret fibers forming a nonwoven web; the first filter layer having a total pressure drop between about 0.1 to about 4.0 mm H2O, and the first filter layer having a total basis weight between about 50 to about 450 gram/m2. The second filter layer comprising a melt blown microfiber nonwoven web; the second filter layer having a total pressure drop between about between about 5.5 to about 20.0 mm H2O, and the second filter layer having a total basis weight between about 15 to about 75 grams/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Woo, Seyed A. Angadjivand, Rufus C. Sanders, Jr., Edward L. Manor, Robert A. Harkins, Ehrich J. Bräunschweig, Joseph B. Eckel, Timothy J. Rowell