Patents

Airflow Sciences has been awarded several patents for innovative product designs and test equipment.

US Patent 9,644,511

Combustion Gas Cooling Apparatus, Denitration Apparatus, including the Combustion Gas Cooling Apparatus, and Combustion Gas Cooling Method (2017)

A fuel gas cooling apparatus includes a cooling duct which causes a cooling gas to flow out into a mixing duct, and a difference of maximum dimensions in a height direction of a flow inlet and a flow outlet with respect to a passage length of the mixing duct is smaller than a difference of maximum dimensions in the height direction of a flow inlet and a flow outlet with respect to a passage length of an expanded duct, or a difference of maximum dimensions in a width direction of the flow inlet and the flow outlet with respect to the passage length of the mixing duct is smaller than a difference of maximum dimensions in the width direction of the flow inlet and the flow outlet with respect to the passage length of the expanded duct.

US Patent 8,661,609

Portable Devices for Touchless Particulate Matter Removal (2014)

Portable devices for dislodging and/or capturing particulate matter that has accumulated on various surfaces or structures are provided. The devices include a body segment and a nose segment extending away therefrom. A high-pressure assembly generates a high-pressure airflow that is directed to a nozzle assembly in the nose segment. From the nozzle assembly, the high-pressure airflow can be emitted from multiple nozzles as a series of airflow bursts that discretely contact the surface from which the particulate matter is being dislodged. The configuration of each nozzle, as well as the overall arrangement and positions of all the nozzles together, is selected to impart the desired particulate matter dislodging characteristics to the device, and the device may incorporate a vacuum airflow to remove the particulate matter after such matter has been dislodged.

US Patent 7,806,010

Test Port Assembly for Allowing a Test Probe to be Inserted Into a Conduit (2010)

This invention relates to a rotating test port assembly for measuring air flow and particulate matter in conduits. The test port assembly includes a first end section, a second end section, and a rotating section adapted for rotation between the first and second end sections. The assembly further includes a test port positioned on the rotating section for allowing a test probe to be inserted into a stream flowing in a conduit

US Patent 7,624,654

Automated System and Method for Probe Measurement of Stack Gas Flow Properties (2009)

A system and method for the automated measurement of properties related to a stack gas stream, flow velocity for example. A probe assembly (24) is introduced into a stack through a test port and operated by an automated mechanism mounted on the test port to position a sensing tip (28) at various locations within the gas stream at proper yaw angle. A framework (30, 32, 34, 36) of the automated mechanism provides bearing support for the probe assembly while allowing the probe assembly to translate on the framework along an axis but constraining the probe assembly from turning on the framework about the axis. With a gripper assembly (44) gripping the probe assembly and another gripper assembly (56) released, a linear actuator (40) can move the gripper assembly (44) along the axis to translate the probe assembly on the framework. A motor (70), also mounted on the framework, can turn a pinion (66) that is in mesh with a toothed segment (64) of a ring gear (62) that attaches to the stack port so that the motor (70) can turn the framework and probe assembly together about the axis.

US Patent 4,738,203

Aerodynamically Structured Railway Car with Corner, Air Flow Guides (1998)

Air flow guide members at each end of the cargo carrying structure of an open top gondola type railway car, together with rounded transition or corner surfaces on the exterior of the car and aerodynamically shaped and oriented cross braces within the car serve to reduce aerodynamic drag on the car as it is moved. Additionally, to further enhance the energy efficiency of the car, the cargo carrying structure is formed predominantly of a light weight weldable metal, such as an aluminum alloy, and the side support members are placed on the interior wall of each side to provide a smooth, minimized air flow resistant side surface.

US Patent 5,463,967

Static Mixer Device for Improving Homogeneity of a Characteristic of a Mixture Stream Crated from Fluid Streams Separately Entering the Device (1995)

A static mixer device for mixing separate fluid streams entering the device in order to achieve a more uniform, or homogeneous, characteristic, such as temperature for example, in the resulting fluid mixture stream exiting the device. An exemplary embodiment of device comprises a series of parallel rectangular walls arranged in side-by-side, spaced apart relationship to form a series of rectangular spaces. The perimeters of these spaces are selectively closed to define respective first and second inlets and an outlet. The inlets sub-divide the respective entering fluid streams into sheet-like streams that are interleaved as they exit the device at the outlet. This interleaving of one stream with the other promotes increased homogeneity of the mixture stream in a shorter distance downstream of the confluence of the entrance streams. Turning vanes are provided for turning one of the sub-divided streams as it passes through the exemplary embodiment of mixer which is used as an air mixer in a coal-fired power plant.

US Patent 5,118,330

Aerodynamic Filter (1992)

The filter of the present invention continually provides the passenger compartment of a vehicle with a supply of purified air, even in the most severe environmental conditions. The filter comprises an inlet surface, an outlet surface, walls which define a plurality of passages which extend from the inlet surface to the outlet surface, and a filtration means for removing the impurities from the fluid. The filter preferably can be subdivided into a plurality of layers, including an inlet layer, an intermediate layer, an outlet layer. Each layer includes a plurality of cells, the cells having walls with a generally curvilinear shape. A plurality of the passages are preferably in fluid communication with a plurality of other passages. Surface filtration is used to remove the impurities from the fluid flowing through the passages. The impurities are retained within the filtration means which are disposed on the walls, as the fluid flows through the passages essentially unrestricted even when the removing means is saturated with impurities.

US Patent 5,002,597

Aerodynamic Filter (1991)

The filter of the present invention continually provides the passenger compartment of a vehicle with a supply of purified air, even in the most severe environmental conditions. The filter comprises an inlet surface, an outlet surface, walls which define a plurality of passages which extend from the inlet surface to the outlet surface, and a filtration means for removing the impurities from the fluid. The filter preferably can be subdivided into a plurality of layers, including an inlet layer, an intermediate layer, an outlet layer. Each layer includes a plurality of cells, the cells having walls with a generally curvilinear shape. A plurality of the passages are preferably in fluid communication with a plurality of other passages. Surface filtration is used to remove the impurities from the fluid flowing through the passages. The impurities are retained within the filtration means which are disposed on the walls, as the fluid flows through the passages essentially unrestricted even when the removing means is saturated with impurities.

US Patent 4,620,487

Aerodynamically Structured Railway Car (1986)

Air flow guide members at each end of the cargo carrying structure of an open top gondola type railway car, together with rounded transition or corner surfaces on the exterior of the car and aerodynamically shaped and oriented cross braces within the car serve to reduce aerodynamic drag on the car as it is moved. Additionally, to further enhance the energy efficiency of the car, the cargo carrying structure is formed predominately of a lightweight weldable metal, such as an aluminum alloy, and the side support members are placed on the interior wall of each side to provide a smooth, minimized air flow resistant side surface.

US Patent 4,569,289

Air Flow Guide Structure for Open Top Railway Car (1986)

Air flow guide members at each end of the cargo carrying structure of an open top gondola type railway car, together with rounded transition or corner surfaces on the exterior of the car and aerodynamically shaped and oriented cross braces within the car serve to reduce aerodynamic drag on the car as it is moved. Additionally, to further enhance the energy efficiency of the car, the cargo carrying structure is formed predominately of a light weight weldable metal, such as an aluminum alloy, and the side support members are placed on the interior wall of each side to provide a smooth, minimized air flow resistant side surface.

US Patent 4,457,550

Means for Reducing Vehicle Drag (1984)

An edge for frontal engagement with air flow as occurs when vehicles are moving in an air environment. The edge is elongate and intended to wrap around an existing corner where two substantially planar surfaces intersect, one of the planar surfaces being a front surface and the other planar surface being a rearwardly receding flanking surface such as a top surface or a side surface of a vehicle. The edge rises abruptly from the front plane and moves forwardly and outwardly in a convex arc to a point of abrupt inflection outside of the flanking plane and adjacent the front plane as extended through the flanking plane. The discontinuity or inflection is a change from convexity to concavity formed by alternate concavity and convexity and progressing generally toward faired contact with the flank plane.

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