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Air Cleaning Systems and Methods

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An HVAC system having an air cleaner, a fan that selectively generates an air flow at least partially through the air cleaner, and a controller that establishes a functional relationship between an air flow related criterion and a correlated power level setting of the air cleaner, determines an air flow related criterion value, determines a correlated power level setting value using the determined air flow related criterion value and the functional relationship, and controls the air cleaner as a function of the determined correlated power level setting value is disclosed.



METHOD FOR REMOVING DUST FROM FLUE GAS USING EMULSION LIQUID MEMBRANE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for removing dust from flue gas using an emulsion liquid membrane, including: a) dissolving a surfactant into a membrane solvent to yield a membrane-forming liquid; stirring and injecting an internal phase liquid into the membrane-forming liquid to yield an emulsion; b) stirring and adding the emulsion to an external phase liquid to disperse the emulsion into the external phase liquid to yield an emulsion liquid membrane; c) allowing the emulsion liquid membrane to contact with a flue gas for removing dust; d) separating a dust-loaded emulsion, and demulsifying the dust-loaded emulsion under an electrostatic field to release the dust from the membrane-forming liquid; recycling the membrane-forming liquid to a); and e) allowing the dust released from the demulsification to precipitate in the form of a slurry and discharging the slurry.



FILTER ASSEMBLY WITH CURVED INLET GUIDE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A cassette filter assembly for removing particles from an air stream, in particular from a gas stream entering a gas turbine, has an upstream end and a downstream end and comprises a header frame to which a filter media is fitted and which has an inlet guide on said mounting face, the inlet guide having a plurality of openings, each opening being defined by a pair of lofted short sides and a pair of lofted long sides.



Helium Recovery From Streams Containing Helium, Carbon Dioxide, and at least one of Nitrogen and Methane

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods are provided for recovering helium from a feed comprising helium, carbon dioxide, and at least one of nitrogen and methane. The feed is separated in a first separator to form helium-enriched stream and a CO2-enriched stream. The helium-enriched stream is separated in a pressure swing adsorption unit to form a helium-rich product stream and a helium-lean stream. At least a portion of the helium-lean stream is recycled to the first separator with the feed. In some embodiments, a membrane separation unit is used to enhance helium recovery.



CROSS-LINKED POLYMERIC MEMBRANES FOR CARBON DIOXIDE SEPARATION

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A membrane useful in gas separation, the membrane comprising a cross-linked polysiloxane structure having a cross-link density of about 0.1×10−5 mol/cm3 to about 6×10−5 mol/cm3, where, in particular embodiments, the cross-linked polysiloxane structure has the following general structure: wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6 are independently selected from hydrocarbon groups having at least 1 and up to 6 carbon atoms; A1 and A2 are independently selected from cyclic hydrocarbon groups; L1 and L2 are linking groups or covalent bonds; n is an integer of at least 1; r and s are independently selected from integers of at least 1; and p is an integer of at least 10. The invention also includes methods for making and using the above-described membranes for gas separation.



METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROL OF THE INTEGRITY OF A FILTERING SYSTEM

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for in-line control of the integrity of a filtering system implemented during an industrial process including the filtering of a gas through the filtering system, the filtering system including at least one filtering cartridge, the method including at least the following steps: —a measurement step (S1) which involves measuring a pressure difference ΔP representative of the pressure loss caused by the filtering system (F1; F2), —a testing step (S2, S3) which involves comparing the measurement (S1) with a predefined high threshold (Sh) and a predefined low threshold (Sb), in such a way as to consider the at least one filtering cartridge to be non-compliant when the pressure difference measured in the measurement step (S1) falls outside a range located between the high threshold (Sh) and the low threshold (Sb).



PROCESS LIQUID SUPPLY APPARATUS OPERATING METHOD, PROCESS LIQUID SUPPLY APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a process liquid supply apparatus operating method is provided. The method includes filling a filter unit with a process liquid from an upstream side of the filter unit to a downstream side of the filter unit after newly mounting or replacing the filter unit and repeating a depressurization filtering process and a pressurization filtering process for a predetermined number of times. The depressurization filtering process depressurizes the process liquid in the downstream side of the filter unit and thereby allows the process liquid to permeate through the filter unit. The pressurization filtering process pressurizes the process liquid from the upstream side of the filter unit and thereby allows the process liquid to permeate through the filter unit.



HUMIDIFIER WITH ULTRAVIOLET DISINFECTION

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A humidifier for treating humidified air with germicidal light is provided. The humidifier includes a water reservoir, an atomizer to atomize a supply of water, and an ultraviolet light source to expose the atomized water to germicidal light. The ultraviolet light source extends vertically within a cylindrical channel to irradiate the atomized water dissipating upwardly from the atomizer. The water reservoir can include a carbon filter and a hardness-removing module for removing containments and metal oxides from the water supply. A control panel indicates the remaining useful life of the ultraviolet light source, the carbon filter and the hardness-removing module based on historical humidifier usage and water quality levels.



SMART CONTROL FOR AIRBORNE PARTICLE COLLECTION

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An airborne particle collection system includes an airflow directing unit, register units, a fan unit, and a control system. The airflow directing unit includes a plurality of separately controlled air distribution segments. Each of register unit includes a motorized damper and a filter. The fan unit is connected to the airflow directing unit and to the plurality of register units through piping. The fan unit injects air into the airflow directing unit, and generates a vacuum force that causes exhaust air with airborne particles to be pulled into the register units and filtered by the filters within the register units. The control system selectively controls the air distribution segments of the airflow directing unit and the motorized dampers of the register units to generate alterable airflow patterns between the airflow directing unit and the register units in different zones within a room in which the airflow directing unit and the register units are disposed.



SEPARATION PROCESSES AND UNITS VIA MINIMAL SURFACE AREA MASS AND HEAT TRANSFER PACKING

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Mass transfer packing with a minimal surface or a triply periodic minimal surface which enables significantly improved performance for separation and mixing applications particularly with respect to distillation, liquid-liquid contacting, and heat exchange applications.



Rotating Bed Device for the Separation by Adsorption of at Least One Constituent of a Gaseous Mixture

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A pressure swing absorption apparatus, including: at least four beds that each include an absorbent material, wherein the at least four beds are configured to rotate and are grouped such that members of one group only have fluid interconnections with members of another group; and a control system that controls a flow rate of a fluid communication between at least two of the beds by adjusting a phase angle difference between the at least two of the beds.



High Purity Gas Purifier

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

High-purity gas purifiers for purification of corrosive gases, such as halogen gases or halide gases, and noncorrosive gases, such as hydrogen and inert gases, methods of making and methods of using the gas purifiers, are described. The gas purifier includes a housing made of nickel or stainless steel. Within the housing, the gas purifier includes a purifier resin, including a modifier coated onto a substrate. The gas purifier further includes porous nickel membranes located at the inlets and outlets of the device. The inlets and outlets are capable of fluid communication with external fixtures.



USE OF CLINKER KILN DUST FOR GAS SCRUBBING

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Methods and apparatus for reducing the content of controlled acidic pollutants in clinker kiln emissions are disclosed. The methods and apparatus include introducing bypass dust produced during production of clinker into one or more locations between the preheater exhaust and the inlet to a dust filter including into a gas conditioning tower. Total bypass dust separated from the kiln exhaust gas may be used. The bypass dust can be separated into a fine and coarse portions. Fine or total bypass dust can be mixed with water to form a bypass dust slurry that can be introduced into the gas conditioning tower. Bypass dust can be used to reduce the content of acidic pollutants such as hydrogen chloride HCl and sulfur oxides SOx from clinker kiln emissions.



MONITORING OF A PRESSURIZED GAS-BASED CLEANING PROCESS IN A HOSE FILTER INSTALLATION

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for monitoring a pressurized gas-based cleaning process in a hose filter installation (2): during a cleaning process, a throughflow (Q) of a pressurized-gas flow during a predefinable time period (T) is determined, a throughflow characteristic (V) is determined using the determined throughflow (Q) of the pressurized-gas flow, and the pressurized gas-based cleaning process is monitored using the throughflow characteristic (V), wherein the throughflow characteristic (V) is a pressurized-gas quantity that has flowed in the predefinable time period (T). A monitoring system (40) for a hose filter installation (2) has at least one throughflow sensor (44) for determining a throughflow (Q) of a pressurized-gas flow, and a control unit (42) for controlling a pressurized gas-based cleaning process, wherein the throughflow sensor (44) is a volume flow sensor or a mass flow sensor, and the control unit (42) is set up for carrying out the method.



System and Method for Improving Mass Air Flow Signal Quality

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A filter assembly includes a conditioning device that conditions a flow of air upstream of a mass air flow sensor. The filter assembly includes a support frame. The filter assembly further includes a filter media coupled to the support frame, the filter media having a dirty side configured to receive a stream of air and a clean side configured to output a stream of air that has been filtered through the filter media. The filter assembly includes a conditioning device coupled to the support frame, the conditioning device positioned in a downstream direction from the clean side of the filter media with respect to the stream of air, the conditioning device offset from the clean side of the filter media by a separation distance.



SEPARATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING LIQUID AND GAS FLOWING THROUGH A MULTIPHASE PIPE

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A separating system (1) includes a riser (3) for receiving fluid from a multi-phase pipe (2) and for delivering gas to a subsea gas pipeline (8) through a gas delivering pipe (9). A liquid receiving pipe (12) has a lower end (14) with a liquid intake (15) being adapted to receive liquid from a liquid column (6) in the riser. A liquid delivering pipe (16) has an upper end (17) adapted to receive liquid from an upper end (13) of the liquid receiving pipe (12) and a lower end (18) adapted to deliver liquid to a subsea liquid pipeline (19). A level control system (22) controls the level of the surface of the liquid column by regulation of the liquid flow rate to the liquid pipeline. The riser encloses the liquid receiving pipe, the liquid delivering pipe and the gas delivering pipe. A method for separating is furthermore disclosed.



Nitrous Oxide Regenerable Room Temperature Purifier and Method

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A nitrous oxide room temperature purification method, apparatus and system utilizing at least partially oxidized nickel. In an embodiment, a room temperature regenerable N2O purifier includes a vessel having an inlet and outlet, an active portion being at least partially filled with a purification material comprising nickel oxide and optional elemental nickel, wherein the weight ratio between the nickel oxide and the optional elemental nickel is equal or higher than 3 and the surface area of the nickel oxide and the optional elemental nickel is equal or higher than 50 m2/g.



APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOVAL OF TARGET COMPOUNDS FROM GASES

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods for reducing a target molecule in a fluid are described. A fluid, such as a gas, may be contacted with a fluid capable of binding with the target molecules and removing the target molecules from the fluid. For example, emissions from a production process may be contacted with water to remove volatile organic compound (VOCs), thereby reducing the VOCs in the emissions. The fluid with bound target molecules may form a target fluid that may be discharged from the system or may be reused until the concentration of the target molecules in the target fluid reaches a threshold concentration. An illustrative production process is the fermentation of wine, which produces an off-gas that includes VOCs, such as ethanol. The systems and methods for reducing a target molecule may significantly reduce or even eliminate the amount of ethanol in the fermentation off-gas.



DUST REMOVING APPARATUS AND NOTIFICATION METHOD

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A dust removing apparatus comprises: an air blower performs air blowing; an air sucker performs air suction from a space in which the air blowing is performed to collect dust from the space; a sensor measures an amount of the collected dust, the amount of dust indicating a density of the collected dust; a processor determines whether or not a usage condition of the dust removing apparatus in the space is appropriate by comparing the measured amount of collected dust with an estimated value of an amount of collected dust under a usages condition of the dust removing apparatus satisfying a predetermined appropriate use criteria upon the measurement of the amount of collected dust; and an outputter outputs information indicating the result of the determined usage condition.



ION GENERATOR DEVICE

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

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.



ENERGY EFFICIENT ETHANOL RECOVERY BY ADSORPTION

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method and system for recovering a volatile organic compound from a dilute aqueous phase. The method may include separating volatile organic compound from the aqueous phase by using carrier gas to generate a solvent-laden vapor stream, feeding a solvent-laden vapor stream to a mass of carbon adsorbent and enabling the solvent to be absorbed and separated from the solvent-laden vapor stream, releasing the absorbed volatile organic compound, and condensing the released volatile organic compound to form a condensate. The system may include a vapor phase source containing ethanol, at least one carbon bed containing a mass of coconut shell carbon, a steam source in fluid communication with the carbon bed, and a condenser in fluid communication with the carbon bed. The method and system may also utilize microbeads as an absorbent and may be configured so the capacity is scalable from lab scale to production scale.



Ionization Device

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a glass parts release prevention, or specifically a glass splinter protection, for ionization devices, wherein a glass bulb 1 is at least partially covered by a polymer film 3. The electrode 4 is arranged within the glass bulb 1, and an outer electrode 5 is slid over the outer contours of the polymer film 3.



AQUEOUS ABSORBENT COMPOSITION FOR ENHANCED REMOVAL OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM GASEOUS MIXTURES AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to an aqueous alkanolamine solution for the removal of hydrogen sulfide from gaseous mixtures containing hydrogen sulfide. The aqueous alkanolamine solution comprises (i) an amino compound with the formula: R1R2NCH2CH(OH)CH2OH wherein R1 and R2 independently represent lower alkyl groups of 1 to 3 carbon atoms, (ii) piperazine, and (iii) optionally a physical solvent, wherein said solution does not contain a strong acid. Further, the present invention relates to a process for removing hydrogen sulfide from a gaseous mixture containing hydrogen sulfide, and additionally other acid gases, if present, for example carbon dioxide, comprising the step of contacting the gaseous mixture contain hydrogen sulfide with the aqueous alkanolamine solution, preferably wherein the temperature of the aqueous alkanolamine solution is equal to or greater than 140° F. Examples of the gaseous mixtures include natural gas, synthesis gas, tail gas, and refinery gas.



Natural Gas Processing for Reduction in BTX Emissions and Energy Efficiency

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An energy-efficient continuous process (and apparatus) that eliminates or reduces the emission of BTX into the environment during a process of dewatering natural gas using glycol. The apparatus includes an absorption tower to dewater the natural gas, and a glycol dewatering unit that includes a reboiler and a distillation column. Overhead vapor, including steam and BTX vapor, from the distillation column is condensed in an air-cooled heat exchanger. The liquefied BTX may be separated for fuel, sale or other disposal. A fan is positioned to force or induce air to flow through the air-cooled heat exchanger. The fan may be driven by a hydraulic motor by pressure of a glycol process stream. In another embodiment, the overhead vapors from the distillation column are cooled against a stream of water-containing glycol being charged to the glycol dewatering unit thereby preheating this stream and reducing energy input to the reboiler.



PORTABLE OXYGEN ENRICHMENT DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Lightweight, small, portable devices and methods are disclosed that provide oxygen-enriched air using an ultra rapid adsorption cycle based on advanced molecular sieve materials.



SCALE COLLECTION AND PREDISTRIBUTION TRAY FOR VESSEL WITH DOWNWARD TWO-PHASE FLOW

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Vapor and liquid flow concurrently down through a vertical vessel. A horizontal scale collection and predistribution tray is located in the vessel to remove solid contaminants and to redistribute the liquid to a fine distribution tray. The scale collection and predistribution tray consists of a tray plate with a scale collection zone where the solid contaminants settle and deposit. In one embodiment, an upstanding permeable wall forms the scale collection zone, and liquid is filtered as it flows through the permeable wall, leaving the solid contaminants trapped upstream from the permeable wall. The predistribution tray has a rim provided with a slotted weir. Liquid from the scale collection zone forms a liquid level in a trough located between the permeable wall and the weir. Due to the uniform liquid level in the trough, liquid flow rates through the slots in the weir are nearly equal. Because of the polygonal shape of the tray, the liquid exits the slots in a direction along lanes defined between distribution units on the fine distribution tray, and the amount of liquid entering the vapor inlets of the distribution units is therefore small. Vapor by-passes the scale collection and pre-distribution tray through the area between the reactor wall and the permeable wall, and through the area between the reactor wall and the weir to the fine distribution tray. The scale collection and predistribution tray protects the fine distribution tray and the catalyst bed from fouling, pre-distributes liquid to the fine distribution tray to minimize level gradients on this tray, and reduces flow velocities to ensure calm flow conditions on the fine distribution tray.



MEMBRANE-BASED AIR SEPARATION MODULE

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A membrane-based air separation module includes an inlet configured to receive supply air, a first hollow fiber membrane configured to substantially remove water from the supply air to form an anhydrous air stream, and a permeate port configured to exhaust the water removed by the first hollow fiber membrane from the air separation module. The air separation module also includes a second hollow fiber membrane positioned downstream of the first hollow fiber membrane configured to receive the anhydrous air stream and substantially remove oxygen from the anhydrous air stream, an oxygen-enriched air outlet configured to exhaust the oxygen removed by the second hollow fiber membrane from the air separation module, and a nitrogen-enriched air outlet configured to supply a stream of nitrogen-enriched air to a fuel tank of an aircraft.



METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AIR-DRYING DEVICE FOR DRYING AIR, AIR-DRYING DEVICE FOR DRYING AIR AS WELL AS COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for operating an air-drying device (10) and an air-drying device (10) are provided. The air-drying device (10) has at least one adsorption device (20) with a first adsorption section (21), a second adsorption section (22), an air feed line (11), an air removal line and an analysis unit (13). The first adsorption section (21) and the second adsorption section (22) can be used alternatingly to dry air (70). The air feed line (11) feeds air (70) to be dried and is connected to an inlet opening (24) of the adsorption device (20) in a fluid-communicating manner. The air removal line (12) removes dried air (70) and is connected to an outlet opening (25) of the adsorption device (20) in a fluid-communicating manner. A compressed air system (60) for providing compressed air (70) has such an air-drying device (10).



OXYGEN SENSING FOR FUEL TANK INERTING SYSTEM

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An air separation system includes an air separation module configured to receive feed air and separate the feed air into nitrogen-enriched air and oxygen-enriched air. The air separation module includes an inlet header, an outlet header, and an oxygen sensor located in the outlet header and configured to sense a concentration of oxygen in the nitrogen-enriched air.



SULFIDE OXIDATION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A separation zone and a method of separating a mixed stream are described. The separation zone includes a tank and a stack having a gas outlet. A first baffle is positioned between the sides and defines a disulfide liquid compartment. The stack is positioned above the disulfide liquid compartment. A second baffle is positioned between the first baffle and the second side and defines an alkali compartment. The second baffle has a height less than the height of the first baffle. A third baffle is positioned between the first and second baffles. The bottom of the third baffle is at a height less than the height of the second baffle, and the top of the third baffle is at a height greater than the height of the first baffle.



OXYGEN SENSOR PROTECTION

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An air separation system includes an air separation module configured to receive feed air and separate the feed air into nitrogen-enriched air and oxygen-enriched air, a nitrogen-enriched air line for transporting the nitrogen-enriched air from the air separation module to a fuel tank for inerting, an oxygen sensing line connected to the nitrogen-enriched air line, a gas adsorption filter located in the oxygen sensing line, and an oxygen sensor downstream of the gas adsorption filter in the oxygen sensing line.



REGULATING FLOW OF PRESSURE SWING ADSORBERS

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A pressure swing adsorption (PSA) system for purifying a feed gas is provided. The PSA system may have a first adsorber bed and a second adsorber bed, each having a feed port, a product port, and adsorbent material designed to adsorb one or more impurities from the feed gas to produce a product gas. The PSA system may also have a network of piping configured to direct the feed gas to the feed ports of the adsorber beds and direct the product gas to and from the product ports of the adsorber beds. The network of piping may also be configured to transfer gas between the first adsorber bed and the second adsorber bed during a pressure equalization step and a purge step. The PSA system may also have a first valve configured to direct flows of the feed gas and the product gas through the network of piping. The PSA system may further have a first orifice configured to regulate a flow rate of gas between the first adsorber bed and the second adsorber bed during at least one of the pressure equalization step and the purge step.



MATERIAL FOR RAPID GAS SORPTION IN LOUDSPEAKERS

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An assemblage of substantially round particles with a mean diameter between 0.1 and 4 mm, more preferable between 0.3 to 2 mm and most preferable between 0.8 to 1.2 mm, wherein the density of the assemblage determined by ISO 697 is between 250 kg/m3 and 400 kg/m3 is disclosed. The substantially round particles comprise at least one microporous material and optionally at least one binder, wherein the assemblage comprises a pore volume, wherein the pore volume comprises pores resulting from void space between different ones of the substantially round particles and pores within the substantially round particles.



ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR, CHARGE CONTROL PROGRAM FOR ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR, AND CHARGE CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

In a charging time period T1, a dry electrostatic precipitator outputs DCON that is a current for charging a collection target object from a high voltage power supply. Subsequently, in a second period of time T2-2 after a first period of time T2-1 passes from a time that a charging pause time period T2 starts, the dry electrostatic precipitator outputs DCBC that is a current that is less than DCON and is greater than a current in the first period of time T2-1, from the high voltage power supply.



SURFACE CONDENSATION PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR EFFICIENTLY REMOVING COAL COMBUSTION FLY ASH MICROSPHERES

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A surface condensation process and device for efficiently removing coal combustion fly ash micro spheres are provided. The device is comprised of a patterned-plate type atomizer, a flow meter, an ultrasonic drive power source, an automatic temperature controller, a heat-tracing pipeline, a condensation sleeve, an electrically heated water storage tank, a water pump and an electrostatic precipitator.



Perforated Adsorbent Particles

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An adsorption vessel comprising a packed bed region of adsorbent particles contiguously arranged comprising a perforated adsorbent particles, a gas separation process using the perforated adsorbent particles, and methods for making the perforated adsorbent particles. The perforated adsorbent particles each comprise an adsorbent material where the perforated adsorbent particles each have at least 10 channels extending through the particle. The equivalent diameter of the channels may range from 0.05 mm to 1.5 mm, and the void fraction of the channels may range from 0.05 to 0.5.



MODIFIED ELASTOMER SURFACE

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Various embodiments disclosed related to modified elastomer surfaces and methods of making and using the same. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of modifying the surface of an elastomer. The method can include contacting a polymerizable composition and at least part of a surface of an elastomer. The polymerizable composition can include a free-radical polymerizable monomers, an organoborane-organonitrogen free-radical initiator, and an amine-reactive compound. The method can include at least partially polymerizing the polymerizable composition, to provide a polymerization product of the polymerizable composition on the surface of the elastomer.



Air Dryer System for a Locomotive with Optimized Purge Air Control

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An air dryer system for a locomotive having optimized purge air control over a twin tower desiccant-type air dryer. The computer controlled locomotive brake system is used to determine when the air dryer is being used and approximately how much air flow has actually passed through the active tower of the dryer using the air consumption state, the change of pressure in the second main reservoir, the air compressor on/off state, the total accumulated time of air flow since last purge cycle, and/or the calculated air flow through the air dryer since the last purge cycle. When the actual air flow reaches the capacity of the active tower of the air dryer, the computer controlled locomotive brake system commands the air dryer to perform a purge cycle. The system thus maximizes the use of each tower in the air dryer rather than switching according to a preset time period.



GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE FOR REACTIVE GAS SERVICE

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A gas separation membrane module includes a seal between a higher pressure gas and a lower pressure gas. The seal includes a compressible sealing member in between sealing surfaces. At least one of the sealing surfaces has corrosion-resistant cladding provided over either low alloy steel or high alloy steel. The cladding reduce the possibility of a seal failure due to corrosion of low alloy or high alloy steel exposed to acid gases or condensed moisture containing acid gases dissolved therein while at the same not requiring that all surfaces of the membrane module exposed to acid gases be provided with cladding.



GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE FOR REACTIVE GAS SERVICE

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A gas separation membrane module includes a seal between a higher pressure gas and a lower pressure gas. The seal includes a compressible sealing member in between sealing surfaces. At least one of the sealing surfaces has corrosion-resistant cladding provided over either low alloy steel or high alloy steel. The cladding reduce the possibility of a seal failure due to corrosion of low alloy or high alloy steel exposed to acid gases or condensed moisture containing acid gases dissolved therein while at the same not requiring that all surfaces of the membrane module exposed to acid gases be provided with cladding.



GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE FOR REACTIVE GAS SERVICE

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A gas separation membrane module includes a seal between a higher pressure gas and a lower pressure gas. The seal includes a compressible sealing member in between sealing surfaces. At least one of the sealing surfaces has corrosion-resistant cladding provided over either low alloy steel or high alloy steel. The cladding reduce the possibility of a seal failure due to corrosion of low alloy or high alloy steel exposed to acid gases or condensed moisture containing acid gases dissolved therein while at the same not requiring that all surfaces of the membrane module exposed to acid gases be provided with cladding.



GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE FOR REACTIVE GAS SERVICE

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A gas separation membrane module includes a seal between a higher pressure gas and a lower pressure gas. The seal includes a compressible sealing member in between sealing surfaces. At least one of the sealing surfaces has corrosion-resistant cladding provided over either low alloy steel or high alloy steel. The cladding reduce the possibility of a seal failure due to corrosion of low alloy or high alloy steel exposed to acid gases or condensed moisture containing acid gases dissolved therein while at the same not requiring that all surfaces of the membrane module exposed to acid gases be provided with cladding.



AIR FILTERING DEVICE WITH SALT LOAD DETERMINATION AND METHOD FOR MONITORING FILTRATION

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An air filter device includes an air flow intake, an air outlet and at least one air filter including a filter medium capable of removing particulate material and/or airborne molecular contamination (AMC) from an air flow passing through the filter. The amount of salt entrapped by the filter medium is determined, and the filter device is arranged to be able to provide an output corresponding to the salt load value. A method of monitoring the filtration condition of a filter uses a filter monitoring system, which includes the air filter device and a control. The control includes a memory and a processor. The memory is arranged to store computer readable code that executes the method.



METHOD FOR CLEANING A FILTER OF A VACUUM CLEANING APPARATUS AND VACUUM CLEANING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a method for cleaning a filter of a vacuum cleaning apparatus, wherein in operation of the vacuum cleaning apparatus the filter has suction air flowing therethrough, said suction air being generated by a fan, the method including measuring a first pressure at an inflow section of the filter, measuring a second pressure at an outflow section of the filter, determining a pressure drop at the filter as a pressure difference between the first pressure and the second pressure, determining a quantity characterizing a volume flow of the suction air in the outflow section of the filter, determining, from the pressure difference and the quantity that characterizes the volume flow, a quantity characterizing a flow resistance of the filter, and initiating a filter cleaning operation in dependence upon the determined quantity that characterizes the flow resistance of the filter.



Cabin Air Filter Device

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A cabin air filter device for cleaning air entering a vehicle is provided. The cabin air filter device comprises a cabin air filter constructed from a washable and reusable material with the cabin air filter having an original shape. The cabin air filter is capable of being positioned within the a/c and heating system of the vehicle and is capable of being washed while substantially maintaining the original shape.



VENTILATION SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH A PLASMA TREATMENT SYSTEM

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST

A gas containment apparatus for use with an end effector including at least one plasma head includes at least one enclosing structure coupled to the end effector. The enclosing structure is configured to capture a gas produced by the at least one plasma head. The gas containment apparatus also includes a duct coupled to the at least one enclosing structure and configured to channel the gas from within the enclosing structure.



DISPOSABLE BIOREACTOR CONDENSER BAG AND FILTER HEATER

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed herein is a system and method for condensing moisture in a moist gas stream entering a bioreactor or leaving a bioreactor, the system comprising: a condenser container capable of holding a fluid, the condenser container comprising: an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface, the inner wall surface defining an interior chamber for holding the fluid; and a first fitment attached to the outer wall surface of the condenser container, the first fitment forming a first port configured to allow the moist gas stream to flow through the first port and into the interior chamber; a second fitment attached to the outer wall surface of the condenser container, the second fitment forming a second port configured to allow a dried gas to flow from the interior chamber and out of the second port; and a cooling device in contact with at least one portion of the outer wall surface of the condenser container and arranged to cool the at least one portion of the outer wall surface of the condenser container, thereby to condense moisture in the moist gas stream and forming a dry gas stream for entering or leaving the bioreactor.



REGENERATIVE ACTIVATED CARBON FILTRATION FOR AIRCRAFT OBIGGS

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST

An onboard aircraft inerting system includes an apparatus and method for regenerating an activated carbon media of a filter module while the aircraft is in flight. In regeneration mode, the activated carbon media is heated to a temperature sufficient to desorb the VOC contaminants adsorbed thereon and the air stream passing through the filter module is at a pressure lower than the air pressure of the air stream passing through the filter in normal inerting mode.



POLYBENZIMIDAZOLE HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANES AND METHOD FOR MAKING AN ASYMMETRIC HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST

This disclosure concerns methods for formation of a novel PBI asymmetric hollow fiber membrane and its application for gas separations, gas/vapor separations, gas/liquid separations (i.e., pervaporation), and liquid separations including solute molecule removal from organic solvents and water



RECLAIMING DEVICE, RECLAIMING METHOD, AND RECOVERY UNIT FOR CO2 OR H2S OR BOTH

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST

An evaporator is provided that separates, from a degraded substance, an absorbent branched off and introduced, a heating section which is interposed on a circulation line L21 that circulates the absorbent introduced into this evaporator, heats the circulating absorbent to obtain gaseous recovery steam containing a vaporized absorbent and CO2, a concentrate branch line L22 that branches off a part of the absorbent circulating through the circulation line L21 at a bottom of the evaporator from the circulation line L21 as a concentrate, a cooler that is interposed on this concentrate branch line L22 and cools the concentrate, an ionic degraded substance removal section that removes an ionic degraded substance in the cooled concentrate, and a purified absorbent discharge line L23 that reuses the concentrate as a purified absorbent from which the ionic degraded substance is removed.