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Unsteady-state gas permeation process

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a process for effecting permeation of at least an operative material component of an operative mixture from a higher pressure space, through a membrane, and into a lower pressure space, wherein the higher pressure space is disposed in mass transfer communication with the lower pressure space through the membrane.



Battery pack dehumidifier with active reactivation system

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A battery pack dehumidifier system for controlling the relative humidity within a battery pack enclosure is provided, the dehumidifier system including a desiccant that absorbs/adsorbs water vapor from the battery pack enclosure. The system heats and reactivates the desiccant at predetermined time intervals or when the humidity within the system reaches a preset level, thereby allowing the desiccant to regain its potential for absorbing/adsorbing water vapor.



Wet-separation type dust collector for vacuum

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a wet-separation type dust collector for a vacuum cleaner. Said dust collector comprises: a dust collecting unit for collecting dust discharged from a centrifuging unit, and a water storage unit for producing liquid drops to be sprayed into said dust collecting unit, and said dust collecting unit has a plurality of spraying holes for spraying liquid drops by means of a vacuum pressure created in the inner side of the vacuum cleaner. By the above configuration, the dust collector of the present invention can effectively separate dust particles from the centrifuging unit by evenly spraying liquid drops into the entire interior of the dust container. In addition, the dust collector prevents the backflow of floating dust particles in the dust container by rapidly transferring the dust particles towards the lower side of the dust container.



Compacted air flow rapid fluid evaporation system

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A total water desalination system is disclosed that includes a centrifugal separator, a feed-water device controlled by a relative humidity sensor, an air pump, an evaporator core, an air dryer, a non-particulate coalescent air filter, and an air flow/brine gravity separating tank. The evaporator core typically contains multiple conical processing chambers and introduces a physical dynamic that increases the surface area of the water, using low-level thermal energy to vaporize micron-size water particles into a gaseous state, suitable for reconstitution into desalinated (or lower salt content) water. The evaporator core operation principles are based on creating a highly dynamic environment that separates impurities from sea, brackish, river, or turbid water; evaporating the water into a residual clean vapor, and returning the vapor to water composition with high efficiency.



Method for processing air

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for processing air. The apparatus comprises an air separation module, a first input, a first output, a second output, and a flow control system. The air separation module is configured to generate an inert gas. The first input for the air separation module is configured to receive first air. The first output for the air separation module is configured to output the inert gas from the air separation module. The second output for the air separation module is configured to output separated air from the air separation module. The flow control system is configured to control a flow of air in the air separation module that increases a rate at which the air separation module reaches a desired operating temperature for generating the inert gas using a number of ports in the flow control module.



Multilayered mixed bed filter for the removal of toxic gases from air streams and methods thereof

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

To achieve the removal of a broad spectrum of chemical hazards, multiple layers of impregnated activated carbon and nanocrystalline materials are incorporated into the adsorbent bed. For optimum performance using the least amount of material, a two-layer configuration is used. The top layer consists of a homogeneous mixture of an MgO/CaO based nanocrystalline material (e.g., Mg/Ca) and Kureha or other petroleum pitch-based bead shaped activated carbon impregnated treated with phosphoric acid. The bottom layer is comprised of a single layer of Calgon URC carbon. The volume ratios of the components are 9:5:11 Mg/Ca, phosphoric acid treated Kureha carbon, and URC, respectively. The new configuration leads to a 30% reduction in size of the existing NIOSH CBRN CAP 1 cartridge. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.



Dynamic control of desiccant concentrations in a water recovery device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method to recover water from an ambient airstream. Dehumidification of the airstream is also achieved by removal of the water. A device of the system includes a chamber having a group of trays that hold respective amounts of liquid desiccant in each tray, the concentration of the liquid desiccant may be dynamically changed based on changes within the system. A foam media absorbs the desiccant to increase an exposed surface of the desiccant to the airstream. Fans and valves are used to control airflow through the device. A charge cycle circulates air through the device to remove water vapor from the airstream. A subsequent extraction cycle removes water collected in the liquid desiccant by a condenser communicating with the chamber. A controller is used to integrate and manage all system functions and input variables to achieve a high efficiency of operational energy use for water collection.



Vane electrostatic precipitator

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Vane electrostatic precipitators preferably have the leading edges of the vanes directly opposite the discharge electrodes, and/or the distance between the discharge electrode and the leading edge of the vane electrode is less than the distance between the discharge electrodes improves the collection process. These designs improve collection efficiency of the vane electrostatic precipitators.



System and method for welding a plurality of small diameter palladium alloy tubes to a common base plate in a space efficient manner

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The tube assemblies are joined together into a matrix by a plate. The plate has a first surface, an opposite second surface and a plurality of holes. Each hole has a countersunk region that descends into the plate from the first surface. Tube assemblies are provided. Each tube assembly has a first end, an opposite second end, and a flare structure. The flare structure is sized to be fully received within the countersunk region. The tube assemblies extend through the holes in the plate. The flare structure of each tube assembly is welded to the plate within the countersunk region of each hole through which each tube assembly passes.



Exhaust gas treatment apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The exhaust gas treatment apparatus has a sealed vessel which is vertically partitioned into two spaces by a partition. A portion of the sealed vessel lower than the partition is an absorbing liquid storage portion, and a portion of the sealed vessel upper than the partition is an exhaust gas introducing portion. The partition is provided with a large number of sparger pipes so that the sparger pipes reach inside an absorbing liquid stored in the absorbing liquid storage portion. The partition is provided with a single gas riser in communication with a space upper than the absorbing liquid in the absorbing liquid storage portion. An upper end of the gas riser passes through a top plate portion of the sealed vessel and protrudes upward.



Air cleaner; replaceable filter cartridges; and, methods

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The disclosure concerns air cleaners. Preferred air cleaners are shown which include a housing and a removable and replacement primary filter cartridge. Optional and advantageous features are shown. The preferred primary filter cartridge is conical in shape. A preferred optional safety or secondary filter cartridge is shown. Preferred methods of assembly and use are provided.



Nanostructured sorbent materials for capturing environmental mercury vapor

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is a method and material for using a sorbent material to capture and stabilize mercury. The method for using sorbent material to capture and stabilize mercury contains the following steps. First, the sorbent material is provided. The sorbent material, in one embodiment, is nano-particles. In a preferred embodiment, the nano-particles are unstabilized nano-Se. Next, the sorbent material is exposed to mercury in an environment. As a result, the sorbent material captures and stabilizes mercury from the environment. In the preferred embodiment, the environment is an indoor space in which a fluorescent has broken.



Chromatography columns

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A chromatography column is prepared with a stationary phase comprising a deuterated poly(ethyleneglycol), or other deuterated polymer. Formation of the stationary phase can be performed using exactly the same methodology as used when forming a stationary phase with the equivalent non-deuterated polymer. The deuterated poly(ethyleneglycol), or other deuterated polymer, preferably has increased thermal stability as compared to non-deuterated poly(ethyleneglycol), or equivalent non-deuterated polymer. This reduces bleeding of the stationary phase during gas chromatography and allows the use of greater operating temperatures.



Ventless tank system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tank system for capturing fluids from an oil or gas well. The system comprises a series of tanks adapted to step down the temperature and pressure of well products from a fossil fuel well while removing gas products until the liquid products contain less dissolved gas in a tank than they could contain at ambient temperature and pressure. Therefore, no venting of gas takes place during the separation. An oil-gas separator is provided within the tank system to separate organic products from non-organic products. Gas products may be flared or delivered for further processing.



Aliphatic amine based nanocarbons for the absorption of carbon dioxide

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A composition of matter, and method to make same, for a nano-based material including a nanocarbon support to which is attached an aliphatic amine. In particular, the composition of matter is an aliphatic amine-nanocarbon material that includes a nanocarbon (NC) support, such as C60, nano-graphite, graphene, nanocarbon ribbons, graphite intercalation compounds, graphite oxide, nano-coal, nanohorns, and combinations thereof, and further includes an aliphatic amine, such as polyethyleneimine (PEI).



Apparatus for distributing flow

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments herein relate generally to distribution of flow into vessels containing packed beds of media. An example application of such beds is to pressure swing or temperature swing adsorption systems. Systems herein may include a vessel and a distributor for distributing flow into a lower portion of the vessel. The system may include: a vessel comprising a top head and a bottom head; and a bottom head feed/effluent nozzle. A lower distributor having at least one flow permitting surface is disposed within the vessel and encompasses an inlet of the bottom head feed/effluent nozzle. A flow gap is formed between a bottom portion of the lower distributor and the bottom head feed/effluent nozzle.



Array of hollow fibers and a system and method of manufacturing same

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An array of hollow fibers including a plurality of hollow fibers of a predetermined diameter configured to receive a gas having oxygen therein and transfer the oxygen to a fluid and/or transfer carbon dioxide in the fluid to a gas. The array is configured in a predetermined pattern having a predetermined packing density that is a fraction of a total cross-sectional area of the array occupied by the hollow fibers.



Gas compression system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a wet gas compression system comprising a compact flow conditioner (21), intended to be placed below sea level in close vicinity to a well head or on a dry installation, said flow conditioner (21) being intended to receive a multi-phase flow through a supply pipe (11) from a sub sea well for further transport of such hydrocarbons to a multi-phase receiving plant, and where preferably avoid sand accumulation or remove as much sand as possible from the multi-phase flow, the gas (G) and the liquid (L) being separated in the flow conditioner (21) whereupon the separated gas (G) and liquid (L) are re-assembled and enters a multi-phase meter (46) prior to boosting by means of a compressor (22). In the combined multi-phase pump and compressor unit (22), as an integrated unit, comprises a combined multi-phase pump and compressor unit (22) functioning on the centrifugal principle, used for trans-porting liquid and gas from a flow conditioner (21) to a remote multi-phase receiving plant.



Diesel engine exhaust purification system

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In a case where DPF regeneration is restarted after an engine is automatically restarted from interruption of the DPF regeneration, DPF regeneration control is corrected so as to suppress temperature rise due to the DPF regeneration in consideration of an increment in oxygen concentration in exhaust gas which is caused due to the interruption of the DPF regeneration. Specifically, restart of the DPF regeneration is prohibited during a predetermined prohibition time ΔT1 from a time t1 at which the engine is automatically restarted, and a post injection amount of fuel is corrected to the side of reduction.



Dust suppression apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dust suppression apparatus comprising: (a) a turntable; (b) an engine; (c) a water mist blower comprising an air conduit, a plurality of water nozzles positioned so as to supply a spray of water to the air conduit, and a fan positioned so as to supply a stream of air through the air conduit, the water mist blower and the engine mounted on the turntable, the turntable adapted to permit the air conduit to be rotated horizontally, and the air conduit mounted so as to permit the air conduit to tilt vertically; (d) a water conduit adapted to supply pressurized water to the plurality of water nozzles; (e) a belt drive connected to the engine and adapted to supply power to the fan, and (f) a constant velocity joint connecting the belt drive to the fan.



Green cascade-type device for intercepting and filtering oil fumes

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cascade-type device for intercepting and filtering oil fumes comprises an exhausting space formed between a housing and a filter and a cascading space formed between the filter and an external plate. A wind entrance communicated with the cascading space is formed between a lower portion of the external plate and the housing. The housing accommodates rinsing liquid whose height is higher than a bottom edge of the external plate. A negative pressure formed in the exhausting and the cascading space while drawing air allows the rinsing liquid blown by a wind pressure to hit the filter and generate water bloom for combining oil molecules of oil fumes. When the oil fumes further pass the filter, the oil molecules are adhered to the filter again and then scoured off by the water bloom, thereby attaining a dual-filtering effect and an automatic cleanliness of the filter and the housing.



Kinetic fractionators, and cycling processes for fractionation of gas mixtures

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A process for separating methane from a natural gas mixture employs pressure swing adsorption in one or more vessels. Each vessel has an adsorbent material having a kinetic selectivity for contaminants over methane greater than 5. Contaminants within the natural gas mixture become gases kinetically adsorbed within the adsorbent material. The vessel is placed under pressure to cause contaminants to be adsorbed in the surfaces and micro-pores of the adsorbent material. The process includes releasing a product stream comprised at least 95% by volume methane from a first gas outlet in the vessel, and desorbing the contaminant gases from the adsorbent material by reducing the pressure within the vessel. The desorbing step is done without applying heat to the vessel, thereby delivering a waste gas stream comprised at least 95% by volume of the contaminant gases. An improved fractionation vessel having both major and minor flow channels is also provided.



System and method for carbon dioxide capture and sequestration from relatively high concentration CO2 mixtures

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method of reducing the net carbon dioxide footprint of an industrial process that generates power from the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels in which ambient air is admixed with up to 50% by volume of an effluent gas from the power generator of the industrial process, in order to substantially increase the CO2 concentration in the air prior to treatment. The treatment comprises adsorbing CO2 from the admixed ambient air utilizing a cooled, porous substrate-supported amine adsorbent, wherein the porous substrate initially contacts the mixed ambient air containing condensed water in its pores, which act as an intrinsic coolant with respect to the exothermic heat generated by the adsorption process. In addition, prior to regenerating the supported adsorbent, air pressure is substantially reduced in the sealed regeneration chamber and the low pressure chamber is placed in fluid connection with a higher pressure regeneration chamber containing steam and carbon dioxide, to preheat the sorbent to be regenerated and to quickly cool the regenerated sorbent prior to use for further CO2 adsorption.



Climate control system having multiple adsorbers and a method of control

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A climate control system and a method of control. The climate control system may have first and second adsorbers and a door that controls airflow through the first and second adsorbers. The first adsorber adsorbs moisture from the airflow and the second adsorber desorbs moisture when the door is in a first position.



Particle guide collector system and associated method

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a filtration system and method that uses a corona discharge grid and a series of electrostatic grids to filter ambient particles. The filtration system eliminates, or greatly reduces, the pressure drop across the associated filter media.



Centrifugal pump assembly

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The centrifugal pump assembly comprises a device for separating gas from the fluid to be delivered, which is arranged on the suction side. The gas separation device is provided with an impact body (2) which at least partly is arranged in the suction-side flow path (11) of the fluid to be delivered, and on the housing side is arranged at a distance to the suction port of the pump.



Improvements for solar collector receiver tubes

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A solar collector receiver tube containing an improved getter system is described. The solar collector receiver tube has a base, pills of getter material that are uniform in height, and a containment metallic mesh having a non-uniform height and presenting at least one depression.



Economizer having multiple liquid outlets and multiple float expansion valves

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An economizer is provided in a multistage compression refrigeration system including a refrigerant circuit in which a multistage compressor, a condenser, a multistage expansion mechanism, and an evaporator are sequentially connected. The economizer includes: a tank having an introducing portion for introducing a refrigerant of the refrigerant circuit, a liquid outlet for guiding a liquid refrigerant into the evaporator, and a gas outlet for guiding a gas refrigerant into a medium pressure portion of the multistage compressor; and a float expansion valve, which forms part of the multistage expansion mechanism and is attached to the liquid outlet, and whose throttle amount is adjusted according to a level of the liquid refrigerant in the tank. Multiple ones of the liquid outlet and multiple ones of are provided.



Capture of CO2 from hydrogen plants

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention includes a process which eliminates or reduces the CO2 emissions from a steam methane reforming and autothermal reforming plant. The process preferentially uses temperature swing adsorption units which are employed to purify the hydrogen stream instead of more conventional solvent based aMDEA plants to remove the CO2 from the gas stream when creating a higher purity hydrogen stream.



Systems and methods for converting gaseous byproducts of wastewater treatment into energy

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method for removing methane from biogas is described. The method includes: (i) receiving biogas including methane and other components into a first tank; (ii) receiving water into the first tank; (iii) contacting the biogas with the water inside the first tank; (iv) dispensing methane gas from an outlet of the first tank; and (v) producing from the tank an effluent stream that includes other components of the biogas.



Method and apparatus for monitoring a refrigeration-cycle system

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A monitoring system for monitoring operation of a refrigerant-cycle system is disclosed. A first temperature sensor measures a first temperature of air at a first location downstream of an evaporator. A second temperature sensor measures a second temperature of air a second location upstream of the evaporator. A processing system determines a temperature drop across the evaporator based on the first temperature, the second temperature, and a humidity of air. The processing system that determines whether airflow through the evaporator is restricted based on the temperature drop across the evaporator.



Method of pumping gas

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vacuum pumping arrangement is described for pumping a gas stream containing hydrogen or other hydrogen-containing gas. The arrangement comprises a pumping mechanism for receiving the gas stream and exhausting a pumped gas stream at a sub-atmospheric pressure, and, downstream from the pumping mechanism, an ionic conducting membrane having one side exposed to the pumped gas stream and another side exposed to oxygen or other source of oxygen. In one example, the membrane is permeable to hydrogen, which permeates across the membrane to react with oxygen adsorbed on the other surface of the membrane. In another example, the membrane is permeable to oxygen anions, which permeate across the membrane to react with hydrogen within the gas stream.



Domestic appliance filter, domestic appliance with such a filter and method for manufacturing such a filter

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A domestic appliance filter for use in a laundry treatment device includes a basic filter material with a hydrophobic coating for filtering out matter from a process water duct or a process air duct. The basic filter material includes a material which is resistant to temperatures of 160° C. or more and the hydrophobic coating on the basic filter material effects a surface energy of less than 35 mN/m.



Semiconductor devices

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The semiconductor device includes a fuse data storage unit, a power source signal generator and a redundancy signal generator. The fuse data storage unit generates a section signal, a fuse clock signal, a fuse reset signal and a fuse data in response to a first power-up signal generated from a power supply voltage signal. The redundancy signal generator generates a fuse set signal that is counted in response to the fuse clock signal, generates an input reset signal and an input set signal from the fuse set signal and the fuse reset signal in response to the section signal, and latches the fuse data in response to the input reset signal and the input set signal to generate a redundancy signal.



Packed bed scrubber using a fusel oil solvent

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A two stage scrubber process for ethanol fermentation has a first stage using fusel oil to remove the hazardous air pollutants and recover the majority of the ethanol. A second stage uses water as the scrubbing solvent to recover any residual ethanol that is stripped from the first stage.



Self adjusting filter mass area that produces extended filter life and uniform static pressure throughout

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Improvements in a filter where the filter self-expands based upon increased pressure or vacuum in the filtering stream. The expandable filter is adaptable to filtering a wide variety of media including air used in HVAC units, gases that are used to filter impurities out of gases and for industrial applications. The expandable filter to maintain a constant pressure or vacuum in the plenum or filter. The filter self-expands as the pressure or vacuum increases and pushes, pulls or draws the filter into an elongated or heightened configuration. As the filter expands new filter material is exposed that was not previously exposed for filtering. Expansion doubles, triples, or further increases the filter collection surface area. The filter does not rely upon gravity and expands based upon the increase of pressure or vacuum in the plenum the filter can be arranged in a vertical or horizontal orientation.



Method and apparatus for monitoring a refrigeration-cycle system

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A monitoring system for monitoring operation of a refrigerant-cycle system is disclosed. A differential pressure sensor measures a pressure difference between: (i) air at a first location upstream of an evaporator of the refrigerant-cycle system; and (ii) air at a second location downstream of the evaporator of the refrigerant-cycle system. An electrical sensor measures an electrical quantity indicative of power consumption of the refrigerant-cycle system. A processing system determines whether airflow through the evaporator is restricted based on the pressure difference. The processing system calculates an efficiency of the refrigerant-cycle system based on the power consumption of the refrigerant-cycle system.



Silencer, exhaust valve, valve device, air dryer, compressed air supply device for vehicle, and compressed air supply system

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An air dryer includes a supporting base, a drying agent container, and an outer cover. The supporting base includes an inlet for receiving compressed air to be subject to a drying process and an outlet for delivering the processed compressed air that has undergone the drying process. The drying agent container is a container supported on the supporting base, contains a drying agent in the interior, and enables the drying process to be performed by passing the compressed air from the inlet through the drying agent. The outer cover surrounds the outer side of the drying agent container on the supporting base and defines a chamber for storing the compressed air between itself and the drying agent container. The supporting base includes first and second mounting surfaces, which are oriented in different directions, and a plurality of inlets, which are oriented in different directions and receive the compressed air.



Apparatus for removing dust and offensive odor generated from ascon

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for removing dust and offensive odor generated from ascon includes: a centrifugal dust collection unit which forcibly sucks offensive odor-causing materials, harmful gas and dust generated from the ascon, produced in an ascon producing unit, via a pipe so as to discharge the dust having a relatively large particle size via a hopper provided at the lower end thereof to the outside by means of a rotary valve while conveying air and relatively fine dust to a filtration-type dust collection unit via a pipe provided at the upper side thereof; the filtration-type dust collection unit for filtering the offensive odor-causing materials, harmful gas and fine dust having passed through the centrifugal dust collection unit by means of a filter while discharging the remaining fine dust or the like to the outside by a screw provided at the lower end of the hopper; a first cooling unit for condensing the harmful gas and offensive odor-causing materials of 150° C., supplied from the filtration-type dust collection unit, by cooling the same to 40˜50° C. using a cooling tower and thus removing and separating the moisture and the offensive odor-causing materials; a second cooling unit for condensing the offensive odor-causing materials and harmful gas of 40˜50° C., having passed through the first cooling unit, by re-cooling the same to 20° C. or lower by a condenser and thus removing and separating the moisture and offensive odor-causing materials so as to prevent a white plume phenomenon; an adsorption unit for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by adsorbing and filtering the offensive odor-causing materials and harmful gas of 20° C., having passed through the second cooling unit, using a active carbon filter; and a discharge unit configured such that spray pipes are provided therein in stages so as to remove water-soluble offensive odor-causing materials in the air, from which the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been removed via the adsorption unit, by spraying water via a plurality of spray nozzles provided at each of the spray pipes, and a discharge pipe is provided at the upper side thereof so as to discharge fresh air, wherein a turbo fan is provided between the filtration-type dust collection unit and the first cooling unit, and wherein an oil-water separation tank and a water collection tank are additionally provided between the first cooling unit and the second cooling unit such that the oil-water separation tank separates harmful oil and water from each other by discharging the cooled and condensed moisture and offensive odor-causing materials via pipes, and the water collection tank collects only water separated from the oil-water separation tank. The apparatus of the present invention can prevent environmental pollution by removing or minimizing the offensive odor and dust by a batch system, wherein air pollutants or any other harmful dust generated in the ascon producing unit is removed or minimized regardless of ducted emission and fugitive emission. Particularly, accordin[...]



Method of concurrently filtering particles and collecting gases

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system for concurrently filtering particles and collecting gases. Materials are be added (e.g., via coating the ceramic substrate, use of loose powder(s), or other means) to a HEPA filter (ceramic, metal, or otherwise) to collect gases (e.g., radioactive gases such as iodine). The gases could be radioactive, hazardous, or valuable gases.



Apparatus and systems having a reciprocating valve head assembly and swing adsorption processes related thereto

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Provided are apparatus and systems having a poppet valve assembly and swing adsorption separation techniques related thereto. A poppet valve includes a valve body, a plurality of static valves fixedly secured to the valve body and a single dynamic poppet valve having a plurality of openings. The plurality of static valves align and mate with the plurality of openings. The single dynamic poppet valve reciprocates to selectively open and close the plurality of static valves.



Apparatus for water recovery including stackable desiccant trays

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device recovers water from an ambient airstream. The device includes a chamber having a group of trays that hold respective amounts of liquid desiccant. A foam media element in each tray absorbs the desiccant to increase an exposed surface of the desiccant to the airstream. Fans and valves are used to control airflow through the device. A charge cycle circulates air through the device to remove water vapor from the airstream. A subsequent extraction cycle removes water collected in the liquid desiccant by a condenser communicating with the chamber. An integral heat exchanger adds heat to the chamber during the extraction cycle. A controller is used to integrate and control device operation. The desiccant trays may be selectively configurable in an array to best suit the intended installation. The trays may be arranged in column and row configurations, along with adjustable airflow patterns between each of the trays.



Membrane-based gas separation process using ejector-driven gas recycle

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A gas separation process that utilizes ejector recycle with a membrane separation step in combination with a second separation step. The second separation step may be a second membrane separation, or may involve a different type of separation process. At least a portion of the non-product (i.e. residue) stream withdrawn from the second separation step is directed back to the ejector to form a processing loop. The ejector drives the gas flow in the loop and recycles the non-product stream to the first separation step.



Mass spectrometer vacuum interface method and apparatus

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of operating a mass spectrometer vacuum interface comprising a skimmer apparatus having a skimmer aperture and downstream ion extraction optics. An expanding plasma is skimmed through the skimmer aperture. Within the skimmer apparatus, a portion of the skimmed plasma adjacent the skimmer apparatus is separated from the remainder of the skimmed plasma by providing means to prevent, inhibit or impede, the separated portion from reaching the extraction optics while allowing the remainder to expand towards the extraction optics. This allows removal of ions liberated from deposition matter on the skimmer apparatus surface, thereby discriminating against such ions, and offering reduced memory effects. The remainder of the plasma can expand towards the extraction optics, so interaction and mixing between the boundary layer and the remainder of the plasma can be reduced or minimized.



Isolator

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An isolator includes a work chamber, a sterilizing substance supply unit, a gas flow channel pressure adjustment unit, a work chamber barometer, and a controller. The controller is configured to control execution of a gas flow channel leak test for checking a gas leak in a gas flow channel based on a detection result by the work chamber barometer after making the gas flow channel pressure adjustment unit increase or decrease the pressure in the gas flow channel, and is configured to control supply of the sterilizing substance by the sterilizing substance supply unit. The controller performs heating of a heater, which accompanies the supply of the sterilizing substance, in parallel with the gas flow channel leak test.



Conductive adhesive

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A conductive adhesive is provided useful for providing electrically conductive joints in joins between panels, particularly conductive carbon composite panels in a WESP, is prepared from a corrosion resistant resin and particulate carbon black which is uniformly dispersed in the resin.



End of service life indicator for respirator

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device includes a cartridge containing a filter material. An insert extends through at least a portion of the filter material. The insert has gas sample path with an opening to provide a sample of air that is representative of the saturation of the filter material. A return path may be included in the insert to return sampled gas to the filter material. A gas mask contains a gas sensor and coupled to the cartridge, which may be replaced when saturated.



Article for CO2 capture having heat exchange capability

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An article comprising a plurality of intersecting walls having outer surfaces that define a plurality of cells extending from one end to a second end, wherein the walls forming each cell in a first subset of cells are covered by a barrier layer to form a plurality of heat exchange flow channels, and wherein the walls forming each cell in a second subset of cells different from the first subset of cells, comprise a CO2 sorbent and form reaction flow channels. Heat exchange flow channels allow quick and uniform heating and cooling of the sorbent body. The article may be useful, for example, for removing CO2 from a gas stream.



Oxygen enrichment device

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is an oxygen enrichment that can follow changes in adsorption performance in response to changes in the temperature of the usage environment and can reduce power consumption. The oxygen enrichment device has a purge step control means that controls a purge step time to increase/decrease the length of a purge step so as to maximize the oxygen concentration by changing opening/closing timing of a flow-channel switching means while the oxygen enrichment device is running.



Venting array and manufacturing method

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a vent array comprising a plurality of venting regions comprising a porous PTFE matrix material and a nonporous material comprising a substrate material having a plurality of perforations, wherein the substrate material fills the pores of a porous PTFE matrix material to form nonporous regions, the nonporous regions interconnecting the plurality of venting regions.