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Affecting Flow By The Addition Of Material Or Energy

Affecting Flow By The Addition Of Material Or Energy patent applications listed include Date, Patent Application Number, Patent Title, Patent Abstract summary and are linked to the corresponding patent application page.

04/17/14 - 20140102544 - High-temperature thermal actuator utilizing phase change material
Disclosed is a high-temperature thermal actuator that utilizes the dimensional change of a phase change media hermetically sealed within a shell. This actuator regulates and controls flow of a fluid between an intake and an exhaust utilizing a valve. In one example, the disclosed embodiments operate in temperature range between...

03/20/14 - 20140076410 - Core annular flow of crude oils
A method is provided for enhancing the shear stability of a high-viscosity fluid-water flow system, such as a core annular flow system. The method employs a family of demulsifier additives for maintaining separation of the fluids in biphasic flow. The additive family is sodium salts of polynuclear aromatic sulfonic acids....

03/13/14 - 20140069510 - Vortex generator
A vortex generator, designed to bring a medium into a controlled vortex motion, with a hollow inlet section (1) to direct the medium into the vortex generator. The inlet section consists of a rotational symmetric cavity (101) with a curved geometry (108). Furthermore, a vortex chamber (4a; 4b), inside which...

02/27/14 - 20140053914 - Shock wave modification method and system
A system for modifying a shock wave formed in a fluid by a body to modify effects of the shock wave on information transferred to or from the body. The system includes an element for heating fluid along a path to form a volume of heated fluid expanding outwardly from...

02/13/14 - 20140041731 - Autonomous fluid control assembly having a movable, density-driven diverter for directing fluid flow in a fluid control system
An apparatus is presented for autonomously controlling fluid flow in a subterranean well, the fluid having a density which changes over time. An embodiment of the apparatus has a vortex chamber, a vortex outlet, and first and second inlets into the vortex chamber. Flow into the inlets is directed by...

02/06/14 - 20140034141 - Reconfigurable microactuator and method of configuring same
A microactuator may be configured by activating a source of electromagnetic radiation to heat and melt a selected set of phase-change plugs embedded in a substrate of the microactuator, pressurizing a common pressure chamber adjacent to each of the plugs to deform the melted plugs, and deactivating the source of...

01/16/14 - 20140014192 - Method of controlling a flow
The present invention relates to a method of controlling a flow in a micro conduit system, and particularly a micro conduit system comprising one or more capillary-stop valves (6,6′) wherein the stopping ability of the capillary stop valve is overcome with the help of an acoustic wave source....

12/26/13 - 20130340838 - Facilitating streaming fluid using acoustic waves
Systems and methods are provided facilitating a steaming fluid flow utilizing acoustic waves. A system includes an acoustic wave generator and an acoustic coupler associated with the acoustic wave generator and coupling acoustic waves generated by the acoustic wave generator into a fluid. The acoustic coupler includes one or more...

12/26/13 - 20130340839 - Valve disinfecting method
A method of disinfecting a valve configured for use as part of a water delivery system includes activating a heating element that is configured to heat a body of the valve to a temperature sufficient to kill organisms that may be present on internal surfaces of the valve, wherein the...

12/26/13 - 20130340840 - Articles and methods for levitating liquids on surfaces, and devices incorporating the same
Methods described herein provide a way to reduce or eliminate drag and adhesion of a substance flowing over a surface by creating a vapor cushion via evaporation of a phase-changing material of or on the surface or encapsulated within textures of the surface. The vapor cushion causes the flowing substance...

12/19/13 - 20130333766 - Composition and method for reducing hydrocarbon friction and drag in pipeline flow
A method and composition for reducing drag, reducing friction, reducing viscosity, and/or improving flow of viscous hydrocarbons including adding an effective amount of a drag-reducing composition containing a blend of turpentine liquids to a viscous hydrocarbon storage or pipeline operation and forming a drag-reducing mixture of viscous hydrocarbons and the...

12/12/13 - 20130327409 - Active guidance of fluid agents using magnetorheological antibubbles
Magnetorheological (MR) antibubbles are used for fluid delivery. A method of transporting a substance in a fluid in accordance with the invention comprising the steps of forming an antibubble in the fluid, the antibubble containing the substance to be transported and magnetic or magnetizable particles, and guiding the antibubble through...

12/12/13 - 20130327410 - Commercial hot water control systems
A commercial hot water system includes a hot water source, and a hot water delivery line connected between the hot water source and at least one plumbing fixture. A pump, enables circulation of hot water to and from the fixtures. A controller provides for turning on the pump in conjunction...

12/05/13 - 20130319537 - Flow control of combustible mixture into combustion chamber
In a premix supply, for supplying a fuel and oxidizer gas into a combustion chamber for burning, the premix supply having a smaller diameter flow than the combustion chamber, the premix supply comprising at least one dielectric barrier discharge device (DBD) comprising two electrodes separated by a dielectric, improved flame...

12/05/13 - 20130319538 - Direct cooling of clathrate flowing in a pipeline system
Described embodiments include a system and a method. A described pipeline system includes a transportation conduit containing a gas hydrate flowing from a first geographical location to another geographical location. The pipeline system includes a cooling system in thermal contact with the flowing gas hydrate and maintaining the temperature of...

11/21/13 - 20130306160 - Apparatus and method of detecting and controlling fluid in microfluidic device
A fluid control apparatus including a detecting unit including a light source for irradiating light toward a microfluidic device, and a photodetector for detecting light reflected from the microfluidic device, a transporting unit for moving the detecting unit; and a determining unit for controlling a transporting operation by the transporting...

11/14/13 - 20130299002 - Shock wave modification method and system
A shock wave in a gas is modified by emitting energy to form an extended path in the gas; heating gas along the path to form a volume of heated gas expanding outwardly from the path; and directing a path. The volume of heated gas passes through the shock wave...

10/31/13 - 20130284273 - Method of using an active flow control system for lift enhancement or destruction
A method for actively manipulating a primary fluid flow over a surface using an active flow control system including an active fluid flow device to provide lift enhancement and lift destruction. The method including the disposing of an active fluid flow device in the surface. The active fluid flow device...

10/24/13 - 20130276904 - Sample fluid stream probe
A sample fluid stream in a probe apparatus may be redirected in a redirection area, and a flowing gas sheet may be directed into the redirection area. Additionally, a conduit downstream of a probe nozzle may define a reverse taper (where the conduit is wider downstream), a lip for collecting...

10/03/13 - 20130255792 - Remote actuation of safety device
Two-stage, sequential operation protective assemblies are provided, including a primary protective device (20) having an element (32) which shifts in response to operation thereof (preferably a rupturable burst member (35)), together with a secondary protective device (22). An actuating assembly (24) interconnects the primary and secondary protective devices (20, 22)...

09/26/13 - 20130247997 - Circulating hot water system and or appliance
A water heating system having a system inlet pipe (1.002), a hot water delivery pipe (1.003) and a hot water return pipe (1.006) connected to a building hot water distribution network (1.024); the water heating system including one or more water heaters (1.001), the or each water heater having a...

09/26/13 - 20130247998 - Method for feeding zinc gas and apparatus therefor
To provide a method and an apparatus for feeding a zinc gas superheated to a boiling point of zinc or higher at a controlled rate of feed. The method for feeding the zinc gas according to the invention includes a step for introducing melt zinc into a zinc gas evaporation...

09/19/13 - - Solubilizing surfactants into supercritical carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery
Embodiments of the present disclosure include a process and a system for solubilizing a surfactant in supercritical carbon dioxide that include providing a turbulent flow of the supercritical carbon dioxide into which the surfactant solubilizes and injecting the surfactant into the turbulent flow of the supercritical carbon dioxide to achieve...

09/19/13 - 20130240047 - Low temperature transport and storage of amine gas treatment solutions
A liquid aminoether acid gas absorbent which is subject to freezing in a cold climatic zone though which the aminoether is to be shipped is rendered freeze-resistant by mixing the aminoether with water prior to transport through the cold climatic zone; the aminoether/water mixture typically contains 10 to 40 weight...

08/22/13 - 20130213487 - Pipeline heating technology
An apparatus including a transfer conduit having a length and an opening therethrough; at least one thermally conductive compartment coupled to an exterior surface of the transfer conduit, the at least one thermally conductive compartment having a length dimension that extends over a portion of the length of the transfer...

08/22/13 - 20130213488 - Acoustic waves in microfluidics
Various aspects of the present invention relate to the control and manipulation of fluidic species, for example, in microfluidic systems. In one set of embodiments, droplets may be sorted using surface acoustic waves. The droplets may contain cells or other species. In some cases, the surface acoustic waves may be...

08/22/13 - 20130213489 - Method and device for producing process vapor and boiler feed steam in a heatable reforming reactor for producing synthesis gas
A method for producing process vapor and boiler feed steam in a heatable reforming reactor for producing synthesis gas. The sensible heat of a synthesis gas produced from hydrocarbons and steam can be used so that two types of vapor are produced during the heating and evaporation of boiler feed...

08/22/13 - 20130213490 - Hydrate deposit inhibition with surface-chemical combination
A system for producing and transporting crude oil, comprising a well for producing the crude oil; a processing facility for processing the crude oil; and a pipeline traversing at least a portion of the distance between the well and the processing facility, wherein at least a portion of the pipeline...

08/15/13 - 20130206243 - Acoustically actuated flow valve assembly including a plurality of reed valves
The present disclosure is directed to an acousticaly actuated flow valve having temperature-sensitive reed valves thereon. The flow valve and reed valves are configured to impart acoustical energy into a fluid flowing through the flow valve and one or more fluids downstream of the valve, leading to increased mixing of...

08/01/13 - 20130192682 - Apparatus and method for magnetically conditioning fluids
Methods and apparatus for fluid conditioning to reduce scaling, inactivate microbes, reduce surface tension, maintain fluid composition, and improve pumping are provided for use in treating crude petroleum, industrial water, agricultural water, municipal water supplies, or any fluid flow system and comprise electromagnets of variable control that can be powered...

07/25/13 - 20130186473 - Magnetorheological fluid-based device and method for use
A magnetorheological fluid-based device and method may include the use of magnetorheological (MR) fluid, a primary magnetic field to control the viscosity of the fluid, and a secondary magnetic field to reduce clumping of ferromagnetic particles....

07/18/13 - 20130180595 - Vessel, distribution tray, and method for passing one or more fluids
One exemplary embodiment can be a method passing one or more fluids through a compartment. The method may include collecting a liquid on a tray, passing a vapor through the compartment, and mixing the vapor with the liquid entering the compartment via at least one aperture to impart swirling to...

07/04/13 - 20130167939 - Method and system for reducing the visibility of a plume created at the outlet of an industrial process
A method and system for reducing the visibility of a plume created at the outlet of an industrial process, where the industrial process expels hot, humid air into the outside air through an output area of an outlet and, as a result of the expelled air A coming into contact...

06/13/13 - 20130146148 - Adaptive pressure insensitive mass flow controller and method for multi-gas applications
A system and method for controlling a flow of a fluid using a multi-mode control algorithm is described. The method includes disengaging and engaging a feedback control loop that controls a valve of the mass flow controller based upon a rate of pressure change of the fluid. The method also...

06/13/13 - 20130146149 - Increasing fluidity of a flowing fluid
There is disclosed apparatus and processes for increasing fluidity of a flowing fluid. The apparatus may have a number of treatment chambers adapted to receive and pass the flowing fluid. In each treatment chamber a field is applied to the fluid. The fields may be parallel to the fluid's direction...

05/23/13 - 20130126003 - Thermal switch using moving droplets
A thermal switch has a first substrate, a thermally conductive region on the first substrate, a thermally insulative region on the first substrate adjacent the thermally conductive region, a second substrate arranged adjacent the first substrate, a droplet of thermally conductive liquid between the first and second substrate adjacent the...

05/23/13 - 20130126004 - Method, system and device for reducing friction of viscous fluid flowing in aconduit
A device is disclosed for improving flow of a viscous fluid in a fluid transport conduit. The device includes a porous conduit having a passage through which the viscous fluid may pass between upstream and downstream sections of the fluid transport conduit and a casing member having a wall which...

05/23/13 - 20130126005 - Method of ultrasonic cavitation treatment of liquid medium
The subject invention refers to the field of cavitation treatment of liquid medium as well as the medium having the density of water or other liquid phase exceeds 65-70% of total mass. Method of ultrasonic cavitation treatment of liquid medium is what the mode of acoustic cavitation is being simultaneously...

05/16/13 - 20130118598 - Formation and breaking of emulsion using low molecular weight amine
A method for transporting a heavy crude oil, includes the steps of mixing a heavy crude oil with water, a low molecular weight amine and salt at a mixing intensity of less than 300 rpm to produce an oil in water emulsion; transporting the oil in water emulsion to a...

05/09/13 - 20130112279 - Hot melting system
A system for melting adhesive comprises a melter, a feed system, a pump, and a controller. The melter has a melting volume, and receives and melts adhesive. The feed system supplies unmelted adhesive to the melter, while the pump pumps melted adhesive from the melter. The controller directs the pump...

05/09/13 - 20130112280 - Automatic gate valve for hot melt adhesive lines
A hot melt system includes a melt system, a feed system, a dispensing system, and a pump. The melt system melts the pellets to produce a liquid, and the pump delivers the liquid to the dispensing system. The feed system is coordinated with the operation of the pump to control...

05/02/13 - 20130104998 - Electromagnetic valve for a pressure container
An electromagnetic valve for a pressure container and which includes a manual shut-off of the valve, a stop, and an electromagnetic shut-off of the valve with a sealing element, a magnet coil, a tappet, and a spring element. When the magnet coil has been currentlessly switched and deactivated, the tappet...

04/25/13 - 20130098466 - Circulation aid for primary fractional quench loops
The Invention directed to a method of reducing the increase m viscosity and the drop in the heat transfer coefficient that commonly occurs with quenching media which is repeatedly circulated through a hot reaction vessel. The method comprises adding a preserving composition to the quenching media. The composition comprises: a)...

04/25/13 - 20130098467 - Method for improving the flow conditions in pipes that have been used for transporting heavy or extra-heavy crudes or crudes with high asphaltene content
A method for altering flow conditions in a pipe includes the steps of preparing a mixture of a surfactant, a co-surfactant and a carrier fluid; transporting the mixture to a pipe having inner flow surfaces and hydrocarbons adhered to the inner flow surfaces; and holding the mixture in the pipe...

03/28/13 - 20130074943 - Solubilizing surfactants into supercritical carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery
Embodiments of the present disclosure include a process and a system for solubilizing a surfactant in supercritical carbon dioxide that include providing a turbulent flow of the supercritical carbon dioxide into which the surfactant solubilizes and injecting the surfactant into the turbulent flow of the supercritical carbon dioxide to achieve...

03/14/13 - 20130061936 - Generating fluid flow in a fluidic network
In one embodiment, a method of generating net fluid flow in a microfluidic network includes, with a fluid actuator integrated asymmetrically within a microfluidic channel, generating compressive and tensile fluid displacements that are temporally asymmetric in duration....

02/28/13 - 20130048097 - Thermal phase separation
A thermal variation source (e.g., a heater or a heat sink) is used to induce a temperature gradient across an interior surface of a storage tank. The storage tank stores a working fluid (e.g., a fuel, and oxidizer, or a monopropellant) that may have pockets of gaseous-phase working fluid interspersed...

02/14/13 - 20130037117 - Drag reduction of asphaltenic crude oils
A method of introducing a drag reducing polymer into a pipeline such that the friction loss associated with the turbulent flow though the pipeline is reduced by suppressing the growth of turbulent eddies. The drag reducing polymer is introduced into a liquid hydrocarbon having an asphaltene content of at least...

02/14/13 - 20130037118 - Monomer selection to prepare ultra high molecular weight drag reducer polymer
The process begins by obtaining a first batch of monomers selected from a group of acrylates with a molecular weight equal to or less than butyl acrylate and/or methacrylate with a molecular weight equal to or less than butyl methacrylate. A second batch of monomers is then selected from a...

01/17/13 - 20130014828 - 3d chemical pattern control in 2d fluidics devices
Methods of controllably creating three-dimensional (3D) combined-flow-interface patterns in multi-lane fluidic devices, and systems, apparatuses and software therefor. In one example, the 3D-pattern is created and varied as a function of one or more of the geometry of the inlets to a main fluidic channel in which the 3D-pattern is...

01/17/13 - 20130014829 - Removable cutting/welding torch cutting tip insert
Disclosed is a removable device to be inserted into the center hole of the cutting tip of a cutting/welding torch that can be easily cleaned without distorting future cuts, minimizes the amount of oxygen needed for a cutting or welding task, concentrates, controls and defines the flow of air and...