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Servo flow recirculation for an advanced thermal efficient aircraft engine fuel system
01/22/15 - 20150020884 - A fuel circulation system and methods are provided. The system includes a supply pump for providing an outlet flow of fuel. The system also includes at least a first and a second servo. The first servo is connected to an outlet of the supply pump. A flow regulation device is...

Check valve assembly
01/22/15 - 20150020885 - A valve assembly for a compressor includes a flow passage defining an inlet, an outlet, and a valve seat located proximate the inlet. The valve assembly also has a valve member that includes a head portion engageable with the valve seat. The head portion has a front face, a rear...

Detain h2o - detention pond retrofit device
01/22/15 - 20150020886 - Aspects of a detention pond retrofit device for detention basin outlet control provide structures designed to throttle stormwater flow and maintain the rate at which water is discharged from the system below Qcritical, the flow rate at which erosion and down cutting of the receiving stream would begin, based on...

System and associated method for preventing overfilling in a dishwasher
01/22/15 - 20150020887 - A method, system, and computer-program product for preventing overfilling in a dishwasher are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, a method for preventing overfilling in a dishwasher is provided, wherein the dishwasher includes a water valve for providing water to the dishwasher and a drain pump for removing water from...

Atomizing nozzle device, atomizing process and use
01/15/15 - 20150013769 - The invention relates to a new atomizing device with improved droplet formation. Smaller droplets are formed with increased micronized volume throughput, wherein high volumes of air are fed to a liquid sprayed from a liquid nozzle (2). High volume ratios result in mean free path between droplets being conveyed so...

Chromatography systems and methods using them
01/15/15 - 20150013770 - Certain embodiments described herein are directed to chromatography systems that include a microfluidic device. The microfluidic device can be fluidically coupled to a switching valve to provide for selective control of fluid flow in the chromatography system. In some examples, the microfluidic device may include a charging chamber, a bypass...

Substrate processing system, valve assembly, and processing method
01/15/15 - 20150013771 - In one aspect, a valve assembly adapted to seal an opening in a chamber is disclosed. Valve assembly includes a housing being adapted for coupling to a chamber surface having the opening therein, the housing including a threshold portion positioned adjacent to the chamber opening, the threshold portion having one...

Automatic valve shutoff device and methods
01/15/15 - 20150013772 - Examples of automatic valve shutoff systems are described which may include an actuation device including an actuator and a valve attachment portion. The valve attachment portion may be configured for attachment with an existing valve in a fluid or compressible gas supply line. The system may further include a controller...

Device for a biological liquid treatment installation
01/15/15 - 20150013773 - said bag being clamped between said first shell (16) and said second shell (17) in a state in which conduits of said network for conveying liquid are formed between said films....

Valveless siphon decanter and methods of use
01/15/15 - 20150013774 - A valveless siphon decanter for processing fluid within a tank having a siphon tube external to the tank, the siphon tube having an output, a boom extending substantially transversely from the siphon tube, the boom providing a path for the communication of fluid from within the tank into the siphon...

Crude oil cargo recirculation system
01/08/15 - 20150007892 - A recirculation system for a crude oil cargo tank barge having at least one tank includes a pump in fluid communication with at least one tank and recirculation piping in fluid communication with the pump and at least one tank. The pump pumps fluid from at least one tank to...

Fill pipe with level indicator for plant stand and method of using
01/01/15 - 20150000746 - A new and useful fill pipe for a plant stand (e.g. a Christmas tree stand) is provided, and a new and useful method for using the fill pipe to continuously monitor the level of liquid in the plant stand, in a manner that does not use electronic or moving parts,...

Fluid distribution device and method for multibed reactors
01/01/15 - 20150000747 - A fluid distribution device and method is presented for the collection and distribution of fluid between reactor beds. According to various aspects, the method includes a collection tray, a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the collection tray, a rough distribution tray in fluid communication with the mixing chamber, and...

Check valve apparatus and methods
01/01/15 - 20150000748 - A check valve apparatus includes at least one first test channel including a first pathway extending through a valve body and in communication with a flow path. The pathway is configured to receive a test stick for inserting through the pathway of the test channel to engage a disc such...

Water management system
01/01/15 - 20150000749 - Embodiments of the present invention provide a water management system for use on board a passenger transport vehicle. The water management system may be used to address and manage excess humidity, water leaks, or any other instance when water or other liquid may collect at a certain location. The disclosure...

Safety valve and method of use
01/01/15 - 20150000750 - Embodiments of a method of operating a safety valve and a safety valve system are provided. The valve system includes a valve, an actuator, a mechanical override, and an indicator. The actuator includes a fail-safe mechanism and the indicator is configured to indicate whether the fail-safe mechanism is operable during...

Device and method for improving hydration of a biomaterial
12/25/14 - 20140373922 - A device and method for improving hydration of a biomaterial includes a syringe having a cavity therein and a distal opening, an end cap, and a wall operatively coupled to the end cap. The end cap has a distal plate with an inlet and is removably attached to the syringe...

Method and apparatus for transporting chemical tanks
12/25/14 - 20140373923 - A system for transporting chemical tanks and preventing chemical spills with secondary containment frame having a chemical containment area. Chemical tanks may be secured within the secondary containment frame and any leaks from the chemical tanks may be contained by the chemical containment area. Tanks may be secured to tank...

Devices and methods for a mechanical automatic shut-off to fluid reservoirs
12/25/14 - 20140373924 - Embodiments are provided for an automatic fluid shut off device having a float disposed in a fluid catch basin attached to a first end of a rod movable in a direction of rising fluid in the catch basin; a second rod end extending to a fluid supply base and terminating...

Method for controlling cooling fan-brake of construction equipment
12/25/14 - 20140373925 - The present disclosure provides a method for controlling a cooling fan-brake of construction equipment, including: generating a brake charging signal of a brake unit; charging hydraulic oil with a high flow rate in the brake unit and completing the charging of hydraulic oil; turning a loading valve of a cooling...

Charge valve sealing system
12/04/14 - 20140352789 - A charge valve system includes a valve fitting housing a valve and a cap sealing the fluid from escaping the charge valve system. The valve fitting may include a fitting exterior surface diameter. The cap may include an inner sidewall diameter greater than the fitting exterior surface diameter so that...

Pneumatic directional valve and method of operation
12/04/14 - 20140352790 - A pneumatic system for operating a hydraulic valve is provided. The system may include: a first piston set; a first connector attached to the first piston operably connecting the first piston; a first spring biasing the first piston to move in an axial direction; a second port in the first...

Aircraft hydraulic air bleed valve system
12/04/14 - 20140352791 - An aircraft hydraulic air bleed valve system having an air vent valve connected to an electronic controller where the opening of the air vent valve is permitted only when the aircraft is in a pre-determined flight mode where the aircraft flight mode is determined by a gyroscope connected to the...

Low friction fuel metering valve
11/27/14 - 20140345694 - A method of metering fuel with a fuel valve. The method includes arranging a spool within to a sleeve along an axis, wherein the spool includes four seal lands. The sleeve includes a fuel inlet aperture, a fuel outlet aperture, and a shutoff port. A first cavity and a second...

Grey water interface for high flow applications in vacuum systems
11/27/14 - 20140345695 - Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to a flow control unit for controlling liquid flow in a vacuum waste system. In one embodiment, the flow control unit provides a series of valves that direct liquid flow. The unit may also have an intermediate transfer tube that holds a portion...

Atmospheric circulation system and method
11/27/14 - 20140345696 - An artificially created atmospheric circulation system comprising a plurality of vortex generating units (10), wherein each vortex generating unit (10) is configured to generate an upwardly directed vortex 15 within the atmosphere and wherein the plurality of vortex generating units are configured and associated so that all of the vortices...

Actuator
11/27/14 - 20140345697 - In order to solve the problem of the generation of the interspace between layers, the present invention provides an actuator including: a conductive polymer layer; an ambient temperature molten salt layer; and an opposite electrode layer; wherein the ambient temperature molten salt layer is interposed between the conductive polymer layer...

Multi-vane throttle valve
11/27/14 - 20140345698 - A multi-vane throttling valve for a vacuum process chamber includes a reciprocal vane pivotally connected to and extending backwardly away from a back side of each of a plurality of rotatable vanes, and a stationary reciprocal vane angling assembly fixed in a predefined position and having an assembly pin extending...

Manifold designs, and flow control in multichannel microchannel devices
11/13/14 - 20140332081 - Novel manifolds and methods of flow through manifolds are described. Apparatus and techniques are described in which flow from a relatively large volume header is equally distributed to process channels. Methods of making laminated, microchannel devices are also described....

Leakage protection pads
11/13/14 - 20140332082 - The invention relates to the prevention of small leakages from transfer lines used for transferring liquids, e.g. oil, between ships, oil platforms and other structures or vessels, where the transfer lines extend over open water. In such situations, small amounts of oil can leak from e.g. a corroded joint, causing...

Microfluidic device
11/13/14 - 20140332083 - The present disclosure teaches an apparatus and a method for providing one or more substance liquids to a microfluidic channel network (30). The microfluidic apparatus includes valves for switching the one or more substance liquids to a microfluidic channel network (30). The apparatus can be used to generate a sequence...

Systems and methods for preventing or reducing contamination enhanced laser induced damage (c-lid) to optical components using gas phase additives
11/13/14 - 20140332084 - Systems and methods for preventing or reducing contamination enhanced laser induced damage (C-LID) to optical components are provided including a housing enclosing an optical component, a container configured to hold a gas phase additive and operatively coupled to the housing; and a delivery system configured to introduce the gas phase...

Cold gas generator for providing cold gas for activating an air bag and method for providing cold gas for activating an air bag
11/06/14 - 20140326320 - A cold gas generator for providing cold gas for an activation of an air bag, the cold gas generator having a cold gas outlet for connection to the air bag, a first volume for a first cold gas, a first connecting device, a second volume for a second cold gas...

Capacitive sensing system and method for operating a faucet
11/06/14 - 20140326321 - An electronic faucet comprises a spout having a passageway configured to conduct fluid flow through the spout, an electrically operable valve coupled to the passageway, and a single capacitive sensor coupled to a portion of the faucet. The single capacitive sensor provides both a touch sensor and a proximity sensor...

Method for handling bituminous crude oil in tank cars
10/30/14 - 20140318629 - Bituminous heavy crude oil is kept at elevated temperatures in order to flow and may be transported in one direction, and light hydrocarbons typically comprising of mixtures of components of which the majority will have molecular chain lengths of 2 to 12 carbon atoms, such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG),...

Handling bituminous crude oil in tank cars
10/30/14 - 20140318630 - Bituminous heavy crude oil is kept at elevated temperatures in order to flow and may be transported in one direction, and light hydrocarbons typically comprising of mixtures of components of which the majority will have molecular chain lengths of 2 to 12 carbon atoms, such as Natural Gas Liquids (NGL),...

Methods and systems for converting food waste oil into biodiesel fuel
10/30/14 - 20140318631 - This invention provides the market with low-cost retrieval of valuable used cooking oil to customer distribution centers, where a mobile production unit visits to create biodiesel fuel, which can be immediately used by customers to fuel their fleet. In some variations, a method comprises identifying a network of customer distribution...

Integrated hydraulic accumulator dual shut-off valve
10/23/14 - 20140311576 - An integrated shut-off valve unit for a hydraulic accumulator comprises primary and secondary shut-off valves. In a first closed state, where only the primary shut-off valve is closed, auxiliary portions of a hydraulic circuit are energized without energizing the power-producing portion. In a second closed state, both valves are closed,...

Self replenishing accumulator
10/23/14 - 20140311577 - An accumulator includes a cylinder for containing a working fluid and a first volume of pressurized gas, the gas and fluid being separated by a displaceable piston and a first seal contacting the piston and the cylinder, a reservoir carried on the piston for containing a second volume of pressurized...

Connector with double lumen tube
10/23/14 - 20140311578 - The present invention relates to the invention relates to an assembly of a dual lumen tubing as described above and a dual bore connector as described above having a first flow conduit along the first lumen and the first bore, and having a second flow conduit from the second bore,...

Apparatus and method for inhibiting propagation of a flame front
10/16/14 - 20140305506 - An apparatus includes a foreline for conveying a waste stream which is drawn from a process chamber to a pumping mechanism. The foreline comprises an isolation valve for selectively isolating the pumping mechanism from the process chamber and a bypass positioned around the isolation valve. The apparatus further comprises a...

Hydrophilic fluid transport device
10/09/14 - 20140299193 - Hydrophilic articles and methods of using such articles are described. The hydrophilic articles include a hydrophilic layer comprising sintered, acidified silica nanoparticles attached to a substrate. A spacer layer attached to a first portion of the hydrophilic layer defines at least one fluid transport channel bounded on one side by...

Multi-valve fuel injection system and injection method
10/09/14 - 20140299194 - A multi-valve fuel injection system comprising an electronic unit pump for outputting high pressure fuel; a low pressure fuel pipe for inputting fuel into the plunger cavity of the electronic unit pump; a fuel supply cam for propelling the movement of the plunger of the electronic unit pump to produce...

Sintering device
10/09/14 - 20140299195 - A sintering device (1) for sintering workpieces, in particular dental workpieces, in a shielding gas atmosphere, wherein the sintering device (1) has at least one sintering chamber (2) with at least one gas inlet (3) and at least one gas outlet (4) for a gas exchange in a sintering chamber...

Water lifting system and method having such a system
10/09/14 - 20140299196 - A water lifting system, in particular a fire extinguishing system for offshore installations, such as oil and/or gas production platforms or ships or the like, and a method for operating a water lifting system, is provided. The system includes a pump, a pump-turbine assembly having a pump unit and a...

Aircraft ice protection control system and method for mitigating engine over-bleed
10/02/14 - 20140290749 - A system and method for controlling aircraft anti-ice bleed air flow in an anti-ice system. The system includes a modulating shut-off valve that is moveable between a closed position and a plurality of open positions. Bleed air pressure upstream of the modulating shut-off valve is measured when the modulating shut-off...

Method of determining an operating state of a transmission latching valve
10/02/14 - 20140290750 - A valve monitoring system includes a latching valve, a travel sensor, and a processor. The latching valve has a snap spring, a valve piston, and an inlet port. The travel sensor is for measuring travel of the valve piston between an activation pressure and a zero pressure. The processor is...

Method of storing and using natural gas in a vehicle
10/02/14 - 20140290751 - A method of storing and using natural gas (NG) in a vehicle includes selecting a vehicle having an NG tank for fueling an engine of the vehicle. The tank service pressure rating is 3600 psi (pounds per square inch) and an NG adsorbent is in the tank. A first quantity...

Hydraulic control system having relief flow capture
09/25/14 - 20140283915 - A hydraulic circuit may be provided. The circuit may include: a pump to supply pressurized fluid to a circuit; a supply passageway coupled between the pump and the circuit; a relief flow passageway coupled between the supply passageway and a fluid reservoir; a relief flow capture circuit coupled to the...

Air pipe head
09/25/14 - 20140283916 - An air pipe head having a housing bounding a venting channel and a chamber. The venting channel has an end port opening downwards into the chamber. A float member is arranged in the chamber and guided for guided movement between an uppermost position closing off the end port and a...

Irrigation system with freeze protection and method
09/18/14 - 20140261693 - Apparatus and method are provided herein for causing and controlling the injection of antifreeze material into a water line of an irrigation system. The irrigation system comprises an antifreeze supply unit including an antifreeze storage container containing a liquid antifreeze coupled to a water line of the irrigation system. A...

Valve with fail-safe device
09/18/14 - 20140261694 - A power operated valve for controlling fluid flow is provided with a fail-safe device responsive to failure of the power supply to the valve to shut-off fluid flow. A valve member is coupled to linear actuator for movement towards and away from a closed position for controlling fluid flow through...

Apparatus and methods for providing natural gas to multiple engines disposed upon multiple carriers
09/18/14 - 20140261695 - Apparatus for providing natural gas from an external gas source to multiple engines disposed upon multiple carries includes a gas supply conduit mounted upon each carrier. Each gas supply conduit has a connector conduit engaged at one end therewith and being releasably engageable at the other end with the gas...

In-line valve with improved flow
09/18/14 - 20140261696 - An improved in-line fluid valve for use with low pressure fluid sources containing pollutants....

Water treatment system tank selector valve assembly
09/18/14 - 20140261697 - A valve assembly for a twin tank-type water treatment system includes and a tank selector valve assembly that includes first and second rotary selector valves driven in concert with another by a reversible electric motor. The motor drives the first and second selector valves between (a) a first position in...

Wafer carrier with temperature distribution control
09/18/14 - 20140261698 - Wafer carrier arranged to hold a plurality wafers and to inject a fill gas into gaps between the wafers and the wafer carrier for enhanced heat transfer and to promote uniform temperature of the wafers. The apparatus is arranged to vary the composition, flow rate, or both of the fill...

Main valve with internal rigid structure
09/18/14 - 20140261699 - A valve assembly is described herein that includes a valve plate and a main valve contacting the valve plate, the main valve having an internal rigid structure and an outer shell, the internal rigid structure having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface....

High thermal transfer flow-through heat exchanger
09/18/14 - 20140261700 - A flow-through heater for heating a fluid comprises: a high thermal conductivity conduit-defining body shaped to provide, within the conduit-defining body, a helical-shaped or spiral-shaped conduit that extends between an inlet port and an outlet port; and one or more heating elements operatively connected to an exterior of the conduit-defining...

Collapsible air duct with inflatable insulative sleeve
09/18/14 - 20140261701 - A collapsible air duct with inflatable insulative sleeve for supplying preconditioned air from a remote source to aircraft and similar vehicles. The system includes first annular interior chamber substantially surrounded by an a non-rigid inflatable sleeve which provides a thermal barrier from adverse environmental conditions. The non-rigid inflatable sleeve is...

Apparatus and method for collecting powder generated during film deposition process
09/18/14 - 20140261702 - An apparatus for controlling a flow of gas comprises a spiral path guiding member. The spiral path guiding member comprises at least two groups of guiding plates. Each guiding plate of each group is disposed in an axial direction to form a longitudinal axis. Each group is spaced apart in...

Method to detect valve deviation
09/18/14 - 20140261703 - Methods for detecting valve leakage and apparatus for the same are provided. In one embodiment, a method for detecting a valve leakage includes flowing a gas through a diverter valve, determining a pressure in a gas source provided to the diverter valve, comparing the determined pressure value with an expected...

Gas regulator, control interface module, and methods for surgical applications
09/18/14 - 20140261704 - A regulator for regulating the pressure and flow of gas traveling between a gas inlet and a gas outlet. A first pressure regulator in fluid communication with the gas inlet and configured to prevent gas flowing downstream of the first pressure regulator from exceeding a first pressure. A first line...

Liquid transporting apparatus and liquid transporting method
09/18/14 - 20140261705 - A liquid transporting apparatus includes a driving section that transports a the liquid; a control section that controls the driving section, based on a control pattern; and an operation section that is operated to change the control pattern for controlling the driving section....

Media suction devices and methods
09/18/14 - 20140261706 - Devices and methods are provided for removing media from a culture vessel that decreases disruption of the interface between the cellular material and media within the vessel such that aspiration and removal of cells or cell clusters along with the media is minimized. In addition, the media fluid turbulence is...

Portable tanking system and method
09/18/14 - 20140261707 - Some embodiments include a method of providing substantially uninterrupted gas service by coupling at least one gas cylinder to a portable tanking assembly. The tanking assembly can include a cart including a rear frame and a coupled carrier frame supported on an axle with wheels. In some embodiments, the carrier...

Devices and methods for manipulating deformable fluid vessels
09/18/14 - 20140261708 - A fluid container comprises a first vessel, a second vessel connected or connectable to the first vessel, and a sealing partition preventing fluid flow from the second vessel. The container further includes a spherical opening element initially supported within the second vessel by the sealing partition and configured to be...

Control reliable pneumatic energy isolation valve with soft start function
09/18/14 - 20140261709 - A valve assembly includes a valve including an inlet and an outlet, and a soft start valve in a normally closed position and located upstream of the valve. The soft start valve opens when a percentage of an outlet pressure at the outlet of the valve to an inlet pressure...

Faucet dryer
09/18/14 - 20140261710 - A faucet with a forced air dryer. The forced air dryer provides forced air for drying an object adjacent the faucet water outlet....

Efficiently and easily opening and closing a canister valve
09/18/14 - 20140261711 - The present disclosure relates to a method including the steps of receiving a canister in a canister connection housing. The canister includes a canister fitment and a canister valve. The housing includes a receiver fitment and a door. The method includes the step of lowering the receiver fitment of the...

Skimmer system
09/18/14 - 20140261712 - A method and device for extracting fluid from a body of fluid is has a bellows with a feed system interfaced to a first end of the bellows. A floating head is interfaced to a distal second end of the bellows and has one or more buoyancy elements. The buoyancy...

Automatic air tank purge system
09/11/14 - 20140251437 - The present invention provides a system that automatically purges contaminants from an air pressure tank when the emergency brakes of a vehicle are set. In one preferred embodiment, the system comprises a valve comprising an input port, an exhaust port, and a control port. The input port is in fluid...

Mixing system and valve assembly
09/11/14 - 20140251438 - A mixing system is disclosed in which the system comprises a source of bone-graft or bone-graft-substitute material, a liquid source, and a vacuum source, at least one of the source of bone-graft or bone-graft-substitute material and the liquid source being in communication with the vacuum source. A valve assembly also...

Underdrain and method for transferring forces and directing flow
09/11/14 - 20140251439 - An underdrain system for transferring forces and directing flow includes at least one underdrain block having a top wall, a bottom wall, and two side walls connecting the top wall to the bottom wall to define a block interior. An insert is disposed in the interior of the underdrain block....

Lubrication of transfer plates using an oil or oil in water emulsions
09/11/14 - 20140251440 - This disclosure relates to transfer plate lubricant compositions and methods of transporting open containers across stationary transfer plates....

Flow isolation system
09/11/14 - 20140251441 - A flow isolation system for connecting a source of pressurized fluid to plumbing for using the fluid. A generally vertical flow chamber extends from a lower end to an upper end, with an inlet for a pressurized fluid is disposed in a sidewall of the vertical chamber in a position...