Ionizing Electrode Details (e.g., Coil, Mat, Corona Suppression, Etc.) Patents (Class 96/95)
  • Patent number: 9005347
    Abstract: An air purifier includes a frame, a fan unit, and an electrostatic precipitator. The precipitator has a first strip with a first continuous conductive electrode layer directly adjacent to an edge, and a second strip with a second continuous conductive electrode layer directly adjacent to an edge. The first and second strips are nested with one another. The edge of the first strip is opposed to the edge of the second strip. An electrostatic precipitator for an air purifier includes a first spiral strip having a continuous conductive electrode, a second spiral strip having a continuous conductive electrode and nested with the first strip, a plurality of combs. Each comb extends from an outer periphery of the precipitator to an intermediate region between the outer periphery and a center of the precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co., LLC
    Inventor: Mordechai Lev
  • Patent number: 8991153
    Abstract: A method and system for treating emissions includes charging particles in an exhaust stream, producing one or more radicals, and oxidizing at least a portion of the charged particles with at least a portion of the produced radicals. At least a portion of the charged particles in the exhaust stream are then attracted on at least one attraction surface which is one of oppositely charged from the charged particles and grounded. The attracted particles are oxidized with another portion of the one or more produced radicals to self regenerate the at least one attraction surface. Downstream from where the attracted particles are oxidized, at least a portion of one or more first compounds in the exhaust stream are converted to one or more second compounds downstream from the attracting. Additionally, at least a portion of any remaining charged particles are oxidized into one or more gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Rochester Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Ali Ogut, Chen Cheng
  • Patent number: 8894745
    Abstract: A vane electrostatic precipitator (VEP) controls the air flow so that the entrained air particles are continuously subjected to a stress in the form of drag as they flow in front and behind vanes electrodes in the precipitator. It is not based on achieving laminar air flow over the collecting plates. Instead, efficient collection is achieved by operating with a narrow air stream and using vane electrodes in various configurations with porous back plates that gradually reduce the flow rate of the entrained air thereby allowing the particles to precipitate and collect on the vanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: John P. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20140298995
    Abstract: A method and system wherein the fluid stream from an object to be evacuated is filtered before it enters into a vacuum pump with a purity of equal to or greater than 99% and a particle size of 0.3 microns or less, with minimum pressure difference, is provided, thereby improving pump life cycle and process performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Yadapalli Kondala Rao
  • Patent number: 8710456
    Abstract: A multi-sectional linear ionizing bar with at least four elements is disclosed. First, disclosed bars may include at least one ionization cell with at least one axis-defining linear ion emitter for establishing an ion cloud along the length thereof. Second, disclosed bars may include at least one reference electrode. Third, disclosed bars may include a manifold for receiving gas or air from a source and for delivering same past the linear emitter(s) such that substantially none of the gas/air flows into the ion cloud. Fourth, disclosed bars may include means for receiving the ionizing voltage and for delivering same to the linear emitter(s) to thereby establish the ion cloud. In this way, disclosed ionizing bars may transport ions from the plasma region toward a charge neutralization target without inducing substantial vibration of the linear emitter and without substantial contaminants from the gas/air flow reaching the linear emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksey Klochkov, Peter Gefter, Steven Bernard Heymann, Leslie W. Partridge, Greenberry Bedford Brown, Matthew T. Antonelli
  • Publication number: 20140076162
    Abstract: A system and method of treating air. Bipolar ionization is delivered to an airflow within a conduit from a tubeless ion generator. The ionized airflow may be delivered to a conditioned airspace by an HVAC system. In alternate applications, the airflow delivers ionized combustion air to an engine. The invention also includes a mounting assembly for positioning one or more ion generators into an airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Charles Houston WADDELL, Joseph Anton CHRISTIANSEN
  • 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: 8492733
    Abstract: A multi-sectional linear ionizing bar with at least four elements is disclosed. First, disclosed bars may include at least one ionization cell with at least one axis-defining linear ion emitter for establishing an ion cloud along the length thereof. Second, disclosed bars may include at least one reference electrode. Third, disclosed bars may include a manifold for receiving gas or air from a source and for delivering same past the linear emitter(s) such that substantially none of the gas/air flows into the ion cloud. Fourth, disclosed bars may include means for receiving the ionizing voltage and for delivering same to the linear emitter(s) to thereby establish the ion cloud. In this way, disclosed ionizing bars may transportions from the plasma region toward a charge neutralization target without inducing substantial vibration of the linear emitter and without substantial contaminants from the gas/air flow reaching the linear emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksey Klochkov, Peter Gefter, Steven Bernard Heymann, Leslie W. Partridge, Greenberry Bedford Brown, Matthew T. Antonelli
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130036906
    Abstract: A vane electrostatic precipitator (VEP) controls the air flow so that the entrained air particles are continuously subjected to a stress in the form of drag as they flow in front and behind vanes electrodes in the precipitator. It is not based on achieving laminar air flow over the collecting plates. Instead, efficient collection is achieved by operating with a narrow air stream and using vane electrodes in various configurations with porous back plates that gradually reduce the flow rate of the entrained air thereby allowing the particles to precipitate and collect on the vanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: John P. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20120312169
    Abstract: The present invention is an air purification method and device. Due to the lower airflow resistance that the present invention induces, an exhaust fan or blower with motor of lower torque is adopted. Consequently, the whole air purification is operated at a lower noise level. Lower operational voltage is applicable for the high-voltage electrostatic precipitator device and provides a similar or superior performance and effectiveness for dust removal. The air purification device/system is designed with higher flexibility and of more compact in dimension and size. Dust is removed from the environment by a high voltage electrostatic precipitator. The airflow stream within a high-voltage electrostatic precipitator is such that the direction of the path of the airflow is changed at least twice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Yiu Wai CHAN, Sui Chun Law, Yiu Ming Chan
  • Publication number: 20120103191
    Abstract: Air purification systems comprising a plurality of disks, and methods for their use, are provided. Each of the plurality of disks comprises a metal substrate, an undercoat layer disposed on the metal substrate, a photosensitive layer disposed on the undercoat layer, and a charge transfer layer disposed on the photosensitive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Takashi Iwamoto
  • Publication number: 20120103196
    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: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: TESSERA, INC.
    Inventor: Giles Humpston
  • 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: 8092576
    Abstract: A mast electrode design for a wet electrostatic precipitator including a first and a second electrode section connected together via a connector assembly. The connector assembly includes an axial protrusion extending from an end of the first electrode section which is inserted into an axial bore formed in an end of the second electrode section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Turbosonic Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Allan
  • Publication number: 20110315011
    Abstract: A small area electrostatic aerosol collector includes a collector housing, an inlet nozzle that extends from the housing and an exit port that provides an exit for air to flow back out of the housing. A pumping arrangement pulls air into the housing through the inlet nozzle. The sampled air is moved through ductwork such that particulates are collected on a substrate and the air is evacuated through the exit port after collection. The collector includes a charging device positioned within the ductwork to create an electric field defining a charging point that the air passes through between the inlet nozzle and the substrate. The substrate is held at a neutral or opposite charge relative to the electric field created by the charging device. Particulates are collected on the sample substrate by containing the aerosol in a small area and by forcing the aerosol to flow near the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Rodney S. Black, Edgar Fogelman, Kevin T. Hommema
  • Publication number: 20110265653
    Abstract: A device for collecting particles that have a high electron affinity, particularly explosive particles, from a gas, includes a flow channel (12a) in which at least one electrically positive collector electrode (20a) and at least one ionising electrode (18a) are arranged, between which an electrical field is present so that the particles having high electron affinity can be indirectly charged by corona discharge on the ionising electrode (18a) and can be displaced towards the collector electrode (20a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Beer, Gerhard Müller, Jan Spannhake, Wolfgang Legner
  • Publication number: 20110171094
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for removal of particles and VOC from an airstream, in which particles carried by the airstream are charged by a corona ionizer and then collected by an electrically enhanced filter downstream of the ionizer. A catalytic filter downstream of the electrically enhanced filter removes VOC as well as ozone generated by the ionizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: KARIM ZAHEDI
  • Patent number: 7976616
    Abstract: The invention is a discharge electrode in an electrostatic precipitator having a power supply connected to at least one collection electrode and a flow of gas across the collection electrode. The discharge electrode has a plurality of conductive fibers electrically connected to the power supply and fiber tips exposed to the flow of gas. The fiber tips preferably extend from a composite in which the fibers reinforce a matrix material, but alternatively can be a large number of filaments extending from a composite rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventor: M. Khairul Alam
  • Publication number: 20110139009
    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: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kengo Nakahara, Ryou Katou
  • Patent number: 7959718
    Abstract: A flotage trapping device has at least one plus electrode and at least one minus electrode. The plus electrode and minus electrode are alternately disposed. The electrodes trap the flotage floating in the air. Another flotage trapping device has at least one electrode of a single polarity and a space ion generating device for generatingions of polarity opposite to that of the electrode so as to form an ion space around or adjacent the electrode. A flotage repelling device has at least one electrode of a single polarity, and a space ion generating device for generating ions of the same polarity as that of the electrode so as to form an ion space around or adjacent of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Trinc. Org
    Inventor: Makoto Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 7897118
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and apparatus for moving air using an air-conditioning system therein, whereby the air-conditioning system preferably includes at least one emitter electrode, at least one collector electrode, at least one driver electrode disposed adjacent to the collector electrode, and/or at least one trailing electrode positioned downstream of the collector electrode. The collector electrode and the driver electrode are removable from the device. In one embodiment, the driver electrodes are removable from the device and/or the collector electrode. The ability of remove the collector electrode as well as driver electrode allow for easy cleaning of the electrodes. In one embodiment, the present device includes a removable exhaust grill upon which the driver electrode and/or the trailing electrode are coupled to. The removable grill allows the user to easily clean the driver electrode without having to remove the collector electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sharper Image Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Andrew J. Parker, Igor Y. Botvinnik, Shek Fai Lau, Gregory S. Snyder, John Paul Reeves
  • Patent number: 7846241
    Abstract: A particulate matter detecting apparatus (100) includes a detecting apparatus main body having a cavity (2) that is formed through the detecting apparatus main body, a particle charging section (3) that can charge particulate matter that has entered the cavity through an inflow-side end (6) of the cavity, a collection section (4) that can collect the particulate matter charged by the particle charging section (3) and measure the amount of the particulate matter, and an ion wind generation section (5) that allows the particulate matter charged by the particle charging section (3) to flow toward an outflow-side end (7) of the cavity, the particle charging section, the collection section (4), and the ion wind generation section (5) being provided inside the cavity in this order from the inflow-side end (6). The particulate matter detecting apparatus has a reduced size, shows only a small measurement error, and can be produced inexpensively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuo Kondou, Takeshi Sakuma, Yasumasa Fujioka
  • Patent number: 7767165
    Abstract: A personal electro-kinetic electro-static air conditioner includes a self-contained ion generator that provides electro-kinetically moved air with ions and safe amounts of ozone, and includes a water retaining element to increase humidity of the output air flow. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first electrode array includes first and second pointed electrodes, and the second electrode array includes annular-like electrodes having a central opening coaxial with the associated pointed electrode. The surface of the annular-like electrodes is smooth and continuous through the opening and into a collar region through which the air flows. A water retaining member is disposed surrounding the output airflow to increase humidity of the output air, which is substantially cleansed of particulate matter, and contains safe amounts of ozone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Sharper Image Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Shek Fai Lau, Charles E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7764482
    Abstract: An ion generator is provided which includes a discharge electrode, a ground electrode and vitamins housed in the discharge electrode which is adapted to be installed inside a discharge outlet of an air conditioner. A power supply for applying power is connected to the discharge electrode. A reservoir for storing water generated in the heat exchanger of the air conditioner supplies water to the discharge electrode. The water housed in the reservoir is transferred to the discharge electrode. The vitamins housed in the discharge electrode are dissolved in the water, exposed to the surface of the discharge electrode and discharged in the direction of the ground electrode by power applied to the discharge electrode. The discharged vitamin ions are externally discharged from the air conditioner by a ventilator of the air conditioner. The vitamin C ions are coupled with the electrons from the discharge electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Hwa Lee, Seong Hwan Lee, Ok Chun Hyun
  • Patent number: 7753994
    Abstract: In a discharge device for performing streamer discharge between a discharge electrode (41) including a plurality of discharge parts (61) and a counter electrode (42) including a plurality of counter parts (62) confronting the discharge parts (61), a resistor (60) is provided in a current carrying path between power source means (45) and the discharge parts (61).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kanji Motegi, Kenkichi Kagawa, Toshio Tanaka, Ryuji Akiyama
  • Patent number: 7749313
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for automotive vehicles includes an air conditioning case having an internal passageway and an ionizer for emitting positive ions and negative ions into the internal passageway of the air conditioning case. The ionizer includes a main body and first and second discharge electrodes extending from the main body into the internal passageway in a spaced-apart relationship with each other. The air conditioning system further includes an electric short preventing arrangement for preventing moisture positioned in and around the first and second discharge electrodes from causing electric short between the first and second discharge electrodes. The electric short preventing arrangement comprises a water drainage rib for draining the moisture condensed in and around the first and second discharge electrodes to prevent the electric short between the first and second discharge electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Halla Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Sang Chul Byon, Sung Ho Kang, Yong Eun Seo, Youn Woo Lim
  • Publication number: 20100154634
    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: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Michael A. Centanni, Thaddeus J. Mielnik
  • Publication number: 20100089240
    Abstract: An improved ventilating range hood includes a sheet metal collecting hood, vented to the outdoors; a variable speed, electronically controllable fan, mounted in such a way as to draw air from a cooking area and out through said vent of said collecting hood; a plurality of air quality sensors capable of detecting both comfort factors and the presence of hazardous substances in the air; an embedded control algorithm which examines the composite output of said discrete air quality sensors, as well as, the trend information and determines from said information an instantaneous ventilation requirement, and a control signal, derived from said algorithm to regulate the fan speed level such that every combination of discrete air quality sensor conditions will have a unique associated fan speed level based on said ventilation requirement. The air quality sensors may include sensors for temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, smoke, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Igor A. Krichtafovitch
  • Patent number: 7662219
    Abstract: An electrostatic precipitator that can prevent the corrosion of a discharge electrode even if a gas to be treated containing a corrosive mist is treated. In an electrostatic precipitator having a discharge electrode arranged along a flow path of the gas to be treated, a spray nozzle that can spray a water to the upstream side of the discharge electrode is mounted. A wet film is formed on the surface of the discharge electrode with the water sprayed from the spray nozzle. The sprayed water is desirably a water vapor or a water droplet having a particle diameter of less than 10 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sachio Maekawa, Mitsuaki Yanagida, Shinichi Kawabata, Keigo Orita, Yoshihiko Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20100024652
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus, system, and method for enhancing air purification efficiency regarding a gaseous medium passing through an opening. Included is a high voltage source that creates an effective voltage field across the opening; and at least one charge bleeding element constructed and arranged to maintain an effective voltage field across the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew R. Fox, Marvin E. Jones, Larry J. Carson
  • Patent number: 7651553
    Abstract: The present invention provides a ballast circuit and method for fabricating the same for multi-electrode corona discharge arrays. The circuit includes a conductive plastic material and at least one corona electrode protruding from the conductive plastic material. The distance between the plastic material and the corona electrode varies and controls the electrical resistance and determines the voltage breakdown of the circuit. Additionally, a particle collection surface may preferably be located within the conductive plastic material or preferably be separated from the material depending on the circuit design and configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Sarnoff Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Allen Pletcher, Steven Warshawsky
  • Patent number: 7621986
    Abstract: An electrostatic ionization system in a precipitation device for purifying a gas stream passing through it includes: an electrically conductive plate including a plurality of nozzles configured for passage of the gas stream; a sleeve positive-fittingly disposed on each nozzle; a high-voltage grid; a plurality of rod-shaped high-voltage electrodes each having an end connected to the grid and an exposed free end arranged identically centrally in a corresponding one of the nozzles, the electrodes each forming a circumferential gap and arranged at an electrical potential of the grid, wherein the free end of each of the electrodes is exposed downstream after the corresponding nozzle, wherein a wall of each sleeve is permeable to the gas stream and includes at least one of a grid, a perforated sheet and individual rods equidistantly spaced from each other and having free ends terminating in a holding ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH
    Inventors: Andrei Bologa, Hanns-Rudolf Paur, Klaus Woletz
  • Publication number: 20090274592
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a plasma reactor is arranged to treat aerosol particulates in a fluid stream passing through the reactor. The plasma reactor includes a plasma chamber having a self-cleaning electrode. The self-cleaning electrode is configured to clean various residues from the electrode without need to open or otherwise service the unit. In another aspect, the invention comprises a carbon-based pre-filter arranged to filter in flowing air to reduce the amount of silicone-based contaminant in the air flow before the air reaches the ionization chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: AirlnSpace B.V.
    Inventor: Vance BERGERON
  • Patent number: 7601205
    Abstract: An air particle precipitator and a method of air filtration include a housing unit; a first conductor in the housing unit; a second conductor in the housing unit; and a carbon nanotube grown on the second conductor. Preferably, the first conductor is positioned opposite to the second conductor. The air particle precipitator further includes an electric field source adapted to apply an electric field to the housing unit. Moreover, the carbon nanotube is adapted to ionize gas in the housing unit, wherein the ionized gas charges gas particulates located in the housing unit, and wherein the first conductor is adapted to trap the charged gas particulates. The air particle precipitator may further include a metal layer over the carbon nanotube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Furukawa, Mark C. Hakey, Steven J. Holmes, David V. Horak, Charles W. Koburger, III
  • Patent number: 7547420
    Abstract: An air purification device for reducing pollutants in the air comprises an ionizer, which is exposed to the air flow and impinged upon by an ionization power from a drive stage for ionizing the air that is supplied by the air flow, and a gas sensor for measuring pollutant concentrations. To provide an air purification device, which purifies the air according to requirements even if the pollutant concentrations change rapidly and/or have extreme values, the driver stage, ionizer and gas sensor cooperate with a controller in a closed loop control circuit, in such a way that the output signal of the gas sensor essentially corresponds to a predetermined target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Werner Schröder
  • Publication number: 20090139497
    Abstract: An oxygen separation system for an engine is disclosed. The oxygen separation system may include a cathode exposed to inlet air, an anode configured to direct a flow of substantially pure oxygen to a combustion chamber of the engine, and a thin film electrolyte located between the anode and the cathode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Bo Shi, Marcus Ronald Weber, Orhan Altin
  • Patent number: 7507275
    Abstract: A surface discharge type air cleaning device including an insulating dielectric body formed in the shape of a sheet, a discharge electrode formed at the upper surface of the insulating dielectric body, and a ground electrode formed at the lower surface of the insulating dielectric body. The discharge electrode is formed of a closed pattern having a predetermined area on the upper surface of the insulating dielectric body. The discharge electrode has a non-pattern part disposed in a pattern part where the pattern is formed. The electrode is not formed at the non-pattern part. The ground electrode is formed at a predetermined position corresponding to the non-pattern part. The area of the non-pattern part is reduced to decrease generation of ozone, and the area of the pattern part is enlarged to increase generation of negative ions and hydroxyl radicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ho Jung Kim, In Ho Choi, Kwan Ho Yum, Ho Seon Choi
  • Patent number: 7497898
    Abstract: Positive and negative electrode needles, an air-blowing outlet, and a protection cover for covering these electrode needles and the air-blowing outlet are attached to an electrode cartridge which is attached to a housing, and an air-blowing hole positioned in front of the air-blowing outlet in a concentric manner therewith, for blowing out air from the air-blowing outlet toward the outside, and two air-flowing-out holes positioned in a concentric manner with the respective positive and negative electrode needles, and respectively surrounding outer peripheries of respective tip end portions of respective electrode needles via respective gaps for flowing out the air are formed in the protection cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Takashi Yasuoka
  • Patent number: 7497899
    Abstract: A cyclone dust collecting apparatus comprises a first cyclone for centrifuging dust from drawn-in air; one or more second cyclones for separating dust from air which is passed through the first cyclone; and an electrode unit mounted to at least one of the first and the second cyclones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Gwangju Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Gyun Han, Jang-Keun Oh, Ji-Won Seo
  • Patent number: 7485174
    Abstract: An electrostatic dust collector includes a dust charging section and a dust collecting section. The dust charging section includes: a discharge electrode which is made up of a plurality of paralleled discharge wires, and a counter-electrode which is made up of a metal honeycomb net. The dust collecting section includes: positive metal electrodes and negative metal electrodes disposed alternately, and insulating spacers disposed between each of positive metal electrode and negative metal electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Dong-lei Wang
  • Publication number: 20080314251
    Abstract: The frequency of a cyclically varying voltage, (fv), is made equal to or higher than the frequency of a streamer discharge, (fs), thereby making it possible to reduce the discharge delay time which is caused in a single streamer discharge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Toshio Tanaka, Kenkichi Kagawa, Kanji Motegi
  • Publication number: 20080307974
    Abstract: A method to facilitate improving electrostatic precipitator performance is provided. The method includes providing an electrostatic precipitator including an inlet, a collector chamber and an outlet, where the collector chamber includes a plurality of discharge electrodes and a plurality of collector electrodes. The method also includes defining a respective discharge electrode V-I performance for each of the plurality of discharge electrodes, identifying a particle removal characteristic for each respective discharge electrode based on the respective discharge electrode V-I performance for each of the plurality of discharge electrodes and positioning each of the plurality of discharge electrodes in the electrostatic precipitator according to the particle removal characteristic for each respective discharge electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: David Johnston, James Easel Roberts, Robert Warren Taylor, Yingneng Zhou, Abdelkrim Younsi, Jennifer Lynn Molaison, Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 7465340
    Abstract: Parts-attaching grooves are formed at both side surfaces of an ionizer main body, and an auxiliary member for extending parts is detachably latched to the parts-attaching grooves. Parts, such as sensors, filters, and so forth are extended by means of the auxiliary member. The aforementioned parts attaching grooves are constructed such that a lower side groove wall is slanting in a gradually outside-down manner toward a groove opening side, and further the auxiliary member includes a projection edge for latching, at a tip end of left and right side walls, and the auxiliary member is attached to the aforementioned ionizer main body by means of elastically latching the projection edge to the aforementioned parts-attaching groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Gen Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 7449053
    Abstract: The present invention provides an air filtration cartridge suitable for use in the treatment of air in a forced airflow air supply system. The cartridge comprises an inner casing having an upstream stage defining a chamber having an inlet for receiving a forced airflow. The chamber has an outlet which leads into a downstream stage comprising a filter holder and mounting a high airflow electrostatic filter. Inside the chamber is a low power coronal discharge ozone generator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: David Richard Hallam
  • Patent number: 7407293
    Abstract: An ion wind generator is arranged in the vicinity of a light source. The ion wind generator allows an air flow by negatively ionizing air by corona discharges using negative side needle electrodes, and drawing the negatively-ionized air using a ground side mesh electrode. High-temperature air surrounding the light source is drawn by the air flow and exhausted from an exhaust port at a rear side of a casing. An ozone decomposition catalyst filter is provided in the exhaust port. Ozone (O3) is generated by the corona discharges in the ion wind generator. However, the ozone is decomposed by passing through the ozone decomposition catalyst filter provided at the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Ishii, Takashi Ikeda, Hideyuki Kanayama, Yasuo Funazou, Takashi Miwa
  • Patent number: 7402194
    Abstract: An air particle precipitator and a method of air filtration include a housing unit; a first conductor in the housing unit; a second conductor in the housing unit; and a carbon nanotube grown on the second conductor. Preferably, the first conductor is positioned opposite to the second conductor. The air particle precipitator further includes an electric field source adapted to apply an electric field to the housing unit. Moreover, the carbon nanotube is adapted to ionize gas in the housing unit, wherein the ionized gas charges gas particulates located in the housing unit, and wherein the first conductor is adapted to trap the charged gas particulates. The air particle precipitator may further include a metal layer over the carbon nanotube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Furukawa, Mark C. Hakey, Steven J. Holmes, David V. Horak, Charles W. Koburger, III
  • Patent number: 7399340
    Abstract: A replacement discharge electrode including a plurality of tubular telescopically assemblable discharge elements, and a tensioning element, tensioning the cable when the tubular telescopically assemblable discharge elements are aligned forming a rigid unitary tubular replacement discharge electrode. The discharge electrode components include abuttable tubular sections, center support tubes telescopically received within the abuttable tubular sections and outer tubular sleeves or collars, forming a rigid discharge electrode having excellent electrical properties. The method includes loosely assembling the tubular component on a flexible cable and tensioning the cable to form a rigid mast-type discharge electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Hamon Research—Cottrell, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Strauss
  • Patent number: RE41812
    Abstract: An electro-kinetic electro-static air conditioner includes a self-contained ion generator that provides electro-kinetically moved air with ions and safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow “U”-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. A bias electrode, electrically coupled to the second array electrodes, affects net polarity of ions generated. The outflow of ionized air and ozone is thus conditioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sharper Image Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau