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034443000 Gas or vapor contact with treated material 295
034380000 With nondrying treating of material 59
034284000 Freeze-drying 45
034427000 Combined 44
034329000 With contacting of material treated with solid or liquid agent 39
034406000 Gas or vapor pressure is subatmospheric 21
034359000 With fluid current conveying or suspension of treated material 20
034312000 By centrifugal force 15
034418000 Diverse types of drying operations 11
034397000 Mechanical liquid removal 9
034283000 Hair on head 8
034402000 Gas or vapor pressure varies during treatment 8
034437000 Treating hollow article 5
20090000146Evaporator Core Drying System - An evaporator core drying system in which air that is blown by a blower is concentrated into a narrow cross-sectional air stream of high speed purge air which passes progressively across the area of the evaporator core, per an appropriate blow algorithm, so as to effectively and efficiently dry the evaporator core. Preferably, the configurable barrier is composed of at least one roller door located between the blower and the evaporator core.01-01-2009
20090235552DRYING METHOD OF FORMED CERAMIC ARTICLE - There is disclosed formed ceramic article drying means capable of evenly and uniformly drying even a large formed ceramic article containing much moisture as a drying target for a short time without causing any crack or deformation, to efficiently obtain a dry formed ceramic article having a high quality with a satisfactory yield. There is provided a drying method of a formed ceramic article including the steps of subjecting an unfired formed ceramic article formed of a ceramic material as a main material to dielectric drying and then microwave drying.09-24-2009
20100205822METHOD OF DRYING A TUBULAR STRING TO PREVENT BEDWRAP CORROSION - Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a method of drying a tubular string to prevent bedwrap corrosion. In one embodiment, a method of drying a tubular string includes deploying a first bypass pig in the tubular string. The method further includes injecting propellant behind the first bypass pig, thereby driving the first bypass pig through the tubular string. A portion of the propellant bypasses the first bypass pig, thereby drying an inner surface of the tubular string.08-19-2010
20110232125METHOD AND DEVICE TO REMOVE FLUID AND VAPOR - The present invention relates to a method and device for the removal of fluids and vapors in containment, from adjacent surfaces including supporting flat surfaces and substrates, such as protein spots printed in arrays and micro-array formats. This method and device removes fluids and vapors under controlled and repeatable conditions, enabling uniform phases for degree of drying incurred by objects, specimen and structures, including tissues, adsorbed particles and biological substrates, while reducing and preventing impact of meniscus phase surface tension forces.09-29-2011
20080222912DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRYING CONTAINERS - A device and method for drying containers, in particular bottles, having a drying unit for removing water on the container surface. The drying process saves energy and is adapted to ambient conditions, so that labels, for example, can be applied reliably in a downstream labeling machine. The device includes at least one measuring unit for measuring ambient parameters. In addition, a control unit designed so that the drying performance of the drying unit can be regulated as a function of at least one measured ambient parameter is provided. The device and method makes it possible to prevent the condensation of water on the container surface or to keep it below a certain minimum.09-18-2008
034519000 Conductive heating 4
20080295356Indirectly heated screw processor apparatus and methods - A new Indirectly Heated Screw Processor Apparatus and Methods wherein a series of rotating helical ducts or hollow flites radial to a shaft, transfers heat via a heat transfer medium, the first face flite disc facing in the opposite direction to material or product flow and thereby significantly increasing the product retention time and thermal heat transfer. Heat is transferred via a heat transfer medium through a rotary joint to the inner surface of the hollow shaft. The flites continuously traverse a longitudinal portion of the rotor wherein said flites are equally spaced apart in a substantially parallel angle and orientation, the spacing, or pitch, concluding in a non-flite, or “dead zone” region of the longitudinal length of rotor wherein the material or product accumulates and is retained for an increased amount of time, and when compared to conventional indirect-heating screw conveyors, the apparatus provides a higher percentage of flite height fill.12-04-2008
20100146813APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRYING SUBSTRATES - A method for drying substrates using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) includes: a pre-stage in which heated fluid is injected to a bottom surface of a substrate to raise a temperature of the substrate simultaneously to injection of an organic solvent to a top surface of the substrate and injection of a dry gas to the top surface thereof to improve a vaporization power of the organic solvent; and a final stage in which the injection of the heated fluid is stopped and the organic solvent and the dry gas are injected to the top surface of the substrate.06-17-2010
20100313443SUBSTRATE PROXIMITY DRYING USING IN-SITU LOCAL HEATING OF SUBSTRATE - A method is provided for removing a residual fluid remaining at a point of contact between a substrate support member and a back surface of a substrate being prepared by a proximity head. According to the method, the proximity head is applied onto the back surface of the substrate and the substrate support member being held by a carrier. The substrate support member is heated after the substrate support member passes the proximity head. The heating of the substrate support member is discontinued once the residual fluid has substantially evaporated.12-16-2010
20090133285Household Appliances for Washing and/or Drying Clothes - Household appliance for washing and/or drying clothes comprising an outer casing (05-28-2009
034428000 Cooling by gas or vapor contact 4
20120124856METHOD AND STRAND SINTERING EQUIPMENT FOR CONTINUOUS SINTERING OF PELLETIZED MINERAL MATERIAL - In a method and equipment for continuous sintering of pelletized mineral material, a partition wall (05-24-2012
20090320318Operating method for laundry machine - An operating method for a laundry machine capable of efficiently removing dust and start smell from clothes without using washing water and efficiently removing wrinkles from clothes in a convenient manner is disclosed. The operating method for a laundry machine which includes a tub (12-31-2009
20100205821METHOD OF DEHUMIDIFYING AND DRYING POWDERED OR GRANULAR MATERIAL AND SYSTEM FOR DEHUMIDIFYING AND DRYING POWDERED OR GRANULAR MATERIAL - A system for dehumidifying and drying a powdered or granular material having a drying hopper, a dehumidifying unit, and a circulation route having a processing gas supply route and a processing gas dehumidifying route that interconnect the drying hopper and the dehumidifying unit to allow processing gas to circulate is proposed. The system repeatedly supplies and circulates the processing gas in the circulation route. The processing gas supply route and the processing gas dehumidifying route are interconnected by a bypass route having a regulation valve. A temperature sensor for detecting the temperature of processing gas exhausted from the drying hopper is installed in the processing gas dehumidifying route. The system further has a control means for controlling opening or closing of the regulation valve, provided in the bypass route, based on a temperature detection signal detected by the temperature sensor. The control by the control means is performed under the condition that the total circulation amount of the processing gas circulated in the circulation route, including the amount of the gas passing through the bypass route, is held substantially constant.08-19-2010
20110232124Heating media regenerators for high efficiency driers - A drier apparatus for removing water from various materials includes a mixer, drying chamber, separator and regenerator and a method for use of the apparatus. The material to be dried is mixed with a heated media to form a mixture which then passes through the chamber. While passing through the chamber, a comparatively cool fluid is passed generally counter current through the mixture so that the mixture becomes cooler and drier and the fluid becomes hotter and more saturated with moisture. The mixture is then separated into drier material and media. The media is transferred to the regenerator and heated therein by the hot fluid from the chamber and supplemental heat is supplied to bring the media to a preselected temperature for mixing with incoming material to be dried. In a closed loop embodiment of the apparatus, the fluid exiting the regenerator is also recycled from the regenerator to the chamber and a chiller is utilized to reduce the temperature of the fluid to a preselected temperature and/or a preselected dew point temperature.09-29-2011
034417000 With sealing of treating chamber 4
20100011612Method and apparatus for drying rooms within a building - A method and apparatus for drying a room within a building by sealing the room from outside ambient air ingress, heating the room internally, sensing humidity levels within the room, exhausting the air from within the room and drawing in outside ambient air, sensing water content within the room, and repeating the sequence until a dry status indication is received that the water content within the room has been reduced a pre-determined level.01-21-2010
20130055584SUPERCRlTICAL DRYING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE - According to one embodiment, a supercritical drying method for a semiconductor substrate comprises introducing a semiconductor substrate, a surface of the semiconductor substrate being wet with a water-soluble organic solvent, to the inside of a chamber, hermetically sealing the chamber and increasing a temperature inside the chamber to not lower than a critical temperature of the water-soluble organic solvent, thereby bringing the water-soluble organic solvent into a supercritical state, decreasing a pressure inside the chamber and changing the water-soluble organic solvent in the supercritical state to a gas, thereby discharging the water-soluble organic solvent from the chamber, starting a supply of an inert gas into the chamber as the pressure inside the chamber decreases to atmospheric pressure, and cooling the semiconductor substrate in a state where the inert gas exists inside the chamber.03-07-2013
20110173836CLOSED LOOP DRYING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A drying system includes a fluidized bed dryer and fluidizing gas loop. The system is a closed loop so that fluidizing gas used to dry particulate matter can be reconditioned and recycled to fluidize and dry additional particulate matter. The fluidizing gas is reconditioned by removing fine particulates and water vapor. The drying system includes oxygen control features to prevent oxygen from entering the system. A method for drying particulate matter includes fluidizing the particulate matter in a dryer with a fluidizing gas, heating the particulate matter to remove water, removing water vapor and fluidizing gas from the dryer, removing fines and water vapor from the fluidizing gas, recirculating the fluidizing gas to the dryer to fluidize additional particulate matter and removing dried particulate matter from the dryer. A modular drying system reduces the amount of construction necessary at the installation site.07-21-2011
20120084994APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRYING AND SANITIZING SPORTS GEAR - An apparatus and method of drying and sanitizing sports gear or other clothing includes an upward-extending rack; a support base to support the rack; a plurality of arms on the rack to support the clothing, the arms angled like the arms of a tree; an ozone generator; and a removable, flexible enclosure that covers the rack and is secured to the rack so as to retain the ozone near to the clothing.04-12-2012
034413000 Gas or vapor pressure is superatmospheric 3
20120304485SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A substrate processing method and apparatus which can remove an anti-drying liquid, which has entered a three-dimensional pattern with recessed portions formed in a substrate, in a relatively short time. The substrate processing method includes the steps of: carrying a substrate, having a three-dimensional pattern formed in a surface, into a processing container, said pattern being covered with an anti-drying liquid that has entered the recessed portions of the pattern; heating the substrate and supplying a pressurizing gas or a fluid in a high-pressure state into the processing container, thereby forming a high-pressure atmosphere in the processing container before the anti-drying liquid vaporizes to such an extent as to cause pattern collapse and bringing the anti-drying liquid into a high-pressure state while keeping the liquid in the recessed portions of the pattern; and thereafter discharging a fluid in a high-pressure state or a gaseous state from the processing container.12-06-2012
20110010960SYSTEM AND METHOD TO REMOVE MOISTURE FROM WOOD CORING - A system and process is provided to deplete or remove moisture from wood coring in boats by piercing 01-20-2011
20090178296Apparatus and method for drying containers for beverages - An apparatus and a method for drying articles are disclosed. The apparatus includes a closed housing with at least one chamber equipped with air nozzles. The apparatus has an inlet opening and an outlet opening for the articles to be dried. An inner routing of air flow inside the housing generates a defined removal of air to the at least one air outlet opening. The inner routing of air flow is designed such that a flow of air is directed past the inlet opening and/or the outlet opening for the articles to be dried.07-16-2009
034376000 With treated material recirculation 2
20100293808METHOD FOR DRYING SLUDGE - A method for drying sludge comprising the following steps: (a) Dry dehydrated sludge to obtain a carrier for drying sludge (11-25-2010
20130212903DRYING DEVICE AND DRYING METHOD - A device for allowing efficient drying and a method thereof are established by increasing the opportunity and area to bring a drying object into contact with air and a method for producing dry fermented feed and dry fermented manure at low costs by using the fermentation heat is proposed.08-22-2013
034522000 Solar drying 2
20080244924Drying method and apparatus for use of latent heat - A drying method for use of latent heat includes the following steps: A. installing a heating plate and a latent heat device having wax in a dry environmental space; B. placing an article to be dried in the dry environmental space; C. absorbing outside heat energy with the heating plate for drying process; D. utilizing the latent heat device to accumulate heat energy; and E. releasing the heat energy from the latent heat device for drying process. A drying apparatus for use of latent heat includes a box, a heating plate provided on the box, and a latent heat device provided in the box. The box has an entrance and a vent. The entrance is provided with a door to seal the entrance. The latent heat device comprises wax therein to do heat exchange through for drying purpose.10-09-2008
20090126221DRYING TRAY AND METHOD OF USE - A tray, for example, a drying tray, a method for drying, and a structural member engagement system are provided. The drying tray includes at least one perforated panel; and a frame adapted to support the perforated panel. The frame may include a plurality of interconnecting plastic support members adapted to receive the perforated panel. The tray may be used to dry fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat. A method of using the tray and a structural member engagement system are also disclosed The member engagement system includes a first elongated member, a second elongated member, and a plug and pin adapted to engage the first member with the second member.05-21-2009
034306000 Sheet or web contact preventing by spacer sheet, web, or strand 1
20120255192Method for Drying Thin Films in an Energy Efficient Manner - A method for drying a thin film stack having a thin film located on a substrate is disclosed. The thin film stack is conveyed past a flashlamp during which the thin film stack is irradiated with a composite light pulse from the flashlamp. The composite light pulse is composed of multiple micropulses. The time duration of the composite light pulse is shorter than a total thermal equilibration time of the thin film stack. In addition, when the thin film stack is being conveyed past the flashlamp, the thin film stack should move less than 10% of the length of the irradiating area in the conveyance direction during the delivery of the composite light pulse.10-11-2012
034442000 Form-supported treated article 1
20130025153METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DRYING BIOMASS - Disclosed herein is a drying method and system for removing water from biomass material. The method comprising the steps of: (a) heating said biomass material with a heating fluid to release water from said biomass by evaporation, wherein the heating fluid has been heated with heat generated by a chiller condenser condensing refrigerant from a gas phase to a liquid phase; (b) recovering heat from said heating fluid that has been in contact with said biomass in step (a), by thermally coupling the heating fluid to the refrigerant in the liquid phase to thereby evaporate the refrigerant to the gas phase.01-31-2013
20130074357Biosolids Drying System and Method - Methods and systems are provided for drying wet biosolids to produce a class A biosolids. Generally described, the method of treating biosolids includes drying a wet biosolids in an indirect dryer to produce a partially dried biosolids and drying the partially dried biosolids in a direct dryer in series with and downstream of the indirect dryer to produce a class A biosolids. The indirect dryer and direct dryer may be operated at an average temperature of greater than about 100° C. and may have a total combined residence time of less than about 60 minutes. Also provided are systems for drying wet biosolids including an indirect biosolids dryer and a direct biosolids dryer in series. The methods and systems are particularly effective at reducing the moisture content of the biosolids from greater than 85% to less than 10% by weight.03-28-2013
20130074358HEATED BODY WITH HIGH HEAT TRANSFER RATE MATERIAL AND ITS USE - An apparatus including a body; a plurality of heating tubes adjacent an interior surface of the body; a plurality of heating elements disposed in a portion of respective ones of the plurality of heating tubes; and a thermally conductive material disposed in the plurality of heating tubes. A method including contacting a substrate with a dryer, the dryer including a cylindrical body; a plurality of heating tubes disposed around the cylindrical body; a plurality of heating elements disposed in the plurality of heating tubes; a thermal conducting material disposed in the plurality of heating tubes; and removing moisture from the substrate. A method including contacting a substrate with a body heated by a plurality of heating tubes including a heating element and a thermally conductive material. An apparatus including a body, a heat element and a thermally conductive material disposed in a volume of the body.03-28-2013
20090145001DISPLAY DEVICE OF DRYER - A display device of a dryer, which can achieve the reliability of a function to display a clogging degree in the dryer, is disclosed. The display device includes a display unit for displaying a clogging degree of an air passage through at least one level indicator, and a controller for controlling the display unit when power is supplied, such that the level indicator flickers for a predetermined time, and then displays the clogging degree of the air passage. The display for the clogging degree of the air passage is executed, following the display of a normal operation state of the display unit.06-11-2009
20120216418CONFIGURATION AND METHOD FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF HEARING DEVICES - A configuration and an associated method dry a hearing device. The configuration includes a heating unit for generating warm air, at least one hearing device, a first humidity sensor of the hearing device for determining first ambient humidity measured values, a signal output unit of the hearing device for outputting the first ambient humidity measured values, a signal recording unit for recording the first ambient humidity measured values, and a control unit for controlling the heating unit in dependence on the first ambient humidity measured values. Accordingly the drying process can be controlled precisely by the heating device in respect of duration and temperature.08-30-2012
20130212901Apparatus and Methods for Drying Material - Exemplary embodiments or implementations are disclosed of systems for drying materials and control apparatus and methods relating to material drying systems. In an exemplary embodiment, a control apparatus for a material drying system is configured to select one or more heat sources from a plurality of heterogeneous heat sources for drying the material. The selecting is performed based on one or more sensor inputs. The control apparatus controls the selected heat source(s) to provide heat to dry the material. In some configurations, a material drying system operates as a typical heat pump only when more cost-effective auxiliary heat cannot be provided to maintain a drying temperature.08-22-2013
20120151790DRYING APPARATUS AND METHODS - The present disclosure concerns a drying or heating apparatus that is capable of independently controlling the temperature of the product being heated (e.g., to achieve a desired temperature profile) and the wavelength of the radiation (e.g., to maximize the heat transfer rate). To such ends, a drying apparatus can be provided with one or more heat sources that are movable relative to the product being heated in order to increase or decrease the gap or spacing between the heat source and the product. By adjusting the gap between the product and the heat source, it is possible to control the source temperature in such a manner that produces the desired product temperature and wavelength of radiation.06-21-2012
20110296706METHOD OF DRYING CLOTHING WITH AUTO SHUT OFF AND PRORATED BILLING - The method of drying of the present invention includes providing a dryer with a payment receiving means providing a heat source in thermal communication with the dryer. Clothes are then inserted into the dryer and a means of payment to the payment receiving means of the dryer is provided. A drying cycle is then initiated to operate the dryer. Moisture is sensed in the clothes ax the dryer is being operated. The dryer is turned off when the moisture in the clothes exceeds a predetermined amount representing a dry load. Payment is received from the means of payment while the dryer is in operation. Payment is stopped from the means of payment when the dryer has ceased to operation. As a result, the user has paid only for the time for the dryer to provide a dry load of laundry.12-08-2011
20120291306DRYING APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ETHANOL PRODUCTION - The apparatus and methods disclosed herein relate to the production of dried co-products from stillage produced by an ethanol production facility. In various aspects, the apparatus and methods disclosed herein relate to an ethanol production facility that produces ethanol and stillage from grain, and a pulse combustion dryer in communication with the ethanol production facility to receive stillage therefrom and adapted to dry the stillage into a dried material11-22-2012
20100083523Method of Drying A Material Having A Cohesive Phase - A method for drying a material such as a polymer hydrogel which passes through a cohesive phase as it dries is disclosed. The method comprises agitating a composition while removing liquid until the solids content of the composition reaches a level at which the composition enters a cohesive phase, halting agitation, removing liquid from the composition in the absence of agitation, and resuming agitation. Practice of the present invention can eliminate the problems associated with adhesion of a material to itself and to process equipment during the cohesive phase.04-08-2010
20110197465METHODS FOR WATER REMOVAL - A water removal composition and methods for using the same to remove excess water from a surface. The composition comprises a silicone polymer, quaternary ammonium emulsifier, co-emulsifier and an HLB stabilizing agent that modifies a treated surface to form a continuous hydrophobic layer enhancing water removal from the surface. The novel water removal compositions and methods for using the same result in a significant reduction of energy expenditure to remove excess water through air blowers and/or mechanical removal.08-18-2011
20090113752Method of and System for Controlling a Kiln05-07-2009
20130118024METHOD FOR OPERATING A CLOTHES DRYING APPLIANCE AND CLOTHES DRYING APPLIANCE - A method is provided for operating a clothes drying appliance, wherein a moisture content of clothes is determined by measuring a current running through the clothes and wherein the determining takes into account a salt content of the moisture. The clothes drying appliance is adapted to perform the method.05-16-2013
20090313847Device and method for obtaining energy carriers from moist biomass - A device for obtaining energy carriers from moist biomass includes a dehydration device for mechanically pre-dehydrating the biomass, and a drying step for post-dehydrating the pre-dehydrated biomass via the addition of heat. The dehydration device includes a first dehydration step and a second dehydration step, which is combined with the drying step to form a single assembly.12-24-2009
20080263890Wood Heat Treating Method, a Plant for Carrying Out Said Method and Heat Treated Wood - A wood heat-treating method, a plant for carrying out the method, and the heat-treated wood. The heat-treating method consists in bringing each wood piece of a treatable lot into contact with a temperature controlled conductive press, whose temperature is accurately controllable in time and in intensity. The pieces are heated to or held at a desired temperature by any heat control for treatment and the wood is conductively heated to maintain the temperature and to cool the wood.10-30-2008
20080307668METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DRYING COATED STENTS - Various embodiments of methods and devices for drying coated stents in an oven are described herein.12-18-2008
20090320317APPARATUS FOR TREATING CLOTHES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An apparatus for treating clothes and a method for controlling the same, which are capable of controlling or preventing formation of creases on clothes, are disclosed. The disclosed apparatus includes a drum (12-31-2009
20100293807VERTICAL PATCH DRYING - Apparatus is provided, including one or more drug patches (11-25-2010
20100299953SUPPORT BAND - A method of using a support band in a drying arrangement for a fibrous web. The method including the steps of wrapping the support band around a drying cylinder and cooling a water-impermeable sealing layer located on an outside of the support band. The fibrous web is located between the drying cylinder and the support band. The support band includes a water-impermeable sealing layer and at least one water-absorbing storage layer adjacent the water-impermeable sealing layer. The water-impermeable sealing layer and/or the water-absorbing storage layer being made at least partially of a highly thermally conductive material. The highly thermally conductive material is a metal fabric. The metal fabric being both a part of the water-impermeable sealing layer and a part of the water-absorbing storage layer.12-02-2010
20130167398CLOTHES DRYER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A clothes dryer capable of providing a dry course suitable for functional clothes, and a control method thereof, the control method including if a substance accommodated in a dry tub to be dried is functional clothes, performing a first dry process to dry the substance at a first reference dry temperature, and performing a second dry process to dry the substance at a second reference dry temperature higher than the first reference dry temperature.07-04-2013
20100180463AUTOMATIC SYSTEM OF STORAGE, DEHUMIDIFICATION AND REUPTAKE OF PETCOKE IN A COVERED YARD - The present invention discloses an automatic plant and a method of stockage in a covered yard of petcoke fuel with high humidity-contents, natural dehumidification up to set humidity values and subsequent reuptake for conveyance to the silos feeding a thermal unit.07-22-2010
20100058608Laundry Dryer and Controlling Method Thereof - The present invention relates to a laundry dryer and a controlling method of a dryer, which can dry clothes, cloth items, beddings and laundry objects (hereinafter, laundry) efficiently. A dryer includes a cabinet in which laundry is placed, a low temperature air generation unit that generates relatively low temperature air supplied to the cabinet to dry the laundry, and a path through which the relatively low temperature air is supplied to the cabinet. in another aspect, a controlling method of a dryer includes generating relatively low temperature air, and drying laundry by using the relatively low temperature air.03-11-2010
20120030962SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOLVENT RECOVERY IN A BATCH FLUIDIZED BED PROCESS - A system and method for solvent recovery in a batch fluidized bed process is provided. The disclosed embodiment of the fluidized bed system includes a fluidized bed vessel adapted to contain a batch of solvent-containing product; an influent or intake circuit adapted to supply an inert fluidizing gas to the fluidized bed vessel; an effluent circuit adapted to remove the solvent containing inert fluidizing gas from the fluidized bed vessel; a first recycle circuit coupling the effluent circuit to a solvent recovery means; a second recycle circuit directly coupling the effluent circuit to the intake circuit and a flow control valve operatively disposed to divide the effluent between the first recycle circuit and the second recycle circuit based on the operating regime of the fluidized bed process. The disclosed embodiments further include a source of liquid nitrogen coupled to the second recycle circuit to provide the make-up inert gas as well as provide enhanced cooling of the effluent based on the operating regime of the fluidized bed process.02-09-2012
20110041355DOMESTIC APPLIANCE FOR DRYING A HUMID PRODUCT, COMPRISING A COOLING ASSEMBLY AND A HEATING ASSEMBLY - A domestic appliance for drying a damp product by means of a process air stream that is conducted in a process air channel. The appliance has a treatment chamber that includes the damp product. A cooling assembly cools and condenses the process air stream after it flows through the treatment chamber. A first heat exchanger supplies heat from the process air stream to a working fluid. A heating assembly heats the process air stream before it flows through the treatment chamber and a second heat exchanger supplies heat from the working fluid to the process air stream. The working fluid is conducted in a heat pump that has at least two displacement pistons. The heat pump operates according to a regenerative gas cycle process. At least one of the heat exchangers is substantially asymmetrically and laterally arranged with respect to at least one of the displacement pistons.02-24-2011
20120144688KITCHEN UTENSIL DRYER - A multi layered kitchen utensil dryer is provided comprising at least one layer of porous absorbent material enveloped by at least one sheet material, said sheet material being secured to the absorbent material.06-14-2012
20090077826Systems And Methods For Reducing Electrostatic Charge In A Fluidized Bed - Systems and methods for fluidization of particle and/or powder systems with reduced generation of static electricity are disclosed. The systems/methods are particularly advantageous for fluidization of nanoparticle and/or nanopowder systems, where the generation and/or presence of static electricity is a significant fluidization issue. The systems and methods generally involve the addition of an alcohol or other solvent to a fluidization gas to be introduced to the fluidization chamber, e.g., by bubbling the fluidization gas through a volume of solvent/alcohol, to advantageously reduce the build up of electrostatic charge. Systems and methods for capturing in-situ images within a fluidized bed are also provided that involve reducing the electrostatic charges generated within the fluidized bed and introducing a particle vision and measurement (PVM) probe to the fluidized bed for image capture.03-26-2009
20120036733SUPER ABSORBER POLYMER FELT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - The invention relates to a felt material comprising at least one felt layer and an absorbing layer, to a method for producing the felt material, and to the use of the felt material in textiles, shoes, technical application or medical applications. The felt material according to the invention has the advantages of conventional felt materials regarding the warming and damping properties and is permeable to air in the dry state. Due to the special design, however, it is waterproof in the wet state and thus it is suitable for sealing many materials. The felt material according to the invention binds more humidity or binds water in a different way than common felt materials.02-16-2012
20120159802METHOD FOR OPERATING A CLOTHES REFRESHER - An expandable and collapsible enclosure is provided for a garment refreshing appliance. The appliance has at least either a top or a bottom rigid housing structure. The enclosure comprises a wall structure extending substantially an entire height of the enclosure. The wall structure is made of a flexible material. An opening is provided in the wall structure through which garments can be introduced into or removed from the enclosure. A zipper is attached at the opening to selectively open and close the opening. A snap attachment mechanism is located at either or both of the top and a bottom of the wall structure for securing the wall structure to the top and/or bottom rigid housing structures.06-28-2012
20080276481Elastic storage compartment - An elastic storage compartment for holding objects, such as objects used in swimming pools, against a wall or other surface. The storage compartment generally includes a frame with a left member, a right member, and a bottom member where the bottom member connects the right and left members. An adjustable tie line attaches and runs between the top end of the left and right members. The tie line and frame together form a substantially rectangular perimeter, and an elastic net attaches to the tie line and frame and spans the interior of the perimeter. In the preferred embodiment, grommets are attached to the frame, so that the frame can be attached to the wall or other surface with ties. The storage compartment forms a “pocket” against the wall, so that the user may insert objects into the opening between the tie line and the wall, thereby trapping the objects between the wall and elastic net. An optional spring cinch may be provided on the tie line so that the pocket opening may be loosened to receive larger objects and then tightened to secure the objects in the “pocket.”11-13-2008
20120117815DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE CONVERSION OF BIOMASS TO BIOFUEL - Embodiments presented herein describe an apparatus and method to control the conversion of carbonaceous materials, particularly biomass and those biomass resources, into a high performance solid fuel. This method, and the apparatus described as the means to accomplish this method, provides a process having a control system that enables the system to produce a fuel of uniform quality, even with a change in biomass supply.05-17-2012
20120227276DUAL PATH KILN IMPROVEMENT - A dual path kiln is provided that includes a kiln having one or more chambers and at least two lumber charge paths adapted to convey lumber through the kiln in opposite directions by means of a track having two rails in which a pusher device pushes the lumber through the kiln and comprises a variable output electric motor to effect a high degree of accurate control of the movement speed of the pusher device and the lumber it's pushing and wherein the pusher device includes a faceplate having two side walls extending from said faceplate to engage the side of the lumber in order to greatly enhance stability of the lumber while it is being transported and minimize the risk of spillage.09-13-2012
20110225841DRYING FURNACE AND DRYING METHOD USING DRYING FURNACE - A drying furnace including: a heating portion which heats a coating target having been subjected to electrodeposition coating, wherein (i) the heating portion sets an inner furnace temperature of an upstream of the drying furnace to be lower than a temperature at which moisture in electrodeposition paint boils, (ii) the heating portion sets an inner furnace temperature of a downstream of the drying furnace to be higher than or equal to a glass transition point, (iii) the heating portion locally heats a gap position formed at a member bonding portion of the coating target at the upstream of the drying furnace, and (iv) the heating portion sequentially changes a heated portion from an upper side to a lower side of the coating target when the gap position is locally heated.09-22-2011
20120090191METHOD FOR DRYING CLOTHES IN A DRIER AND A MOISTURE ESTIMATION CONTROL TO OBTAIN AN AUTOMATIC CYCLE TERMINATION - The power P of the heater of a dryer is regulated in order to heat up the air used to dry washed articles placed in the drying chamber to a temperature close to a set point temperature T04-19-2012
20130014405PRODUCTION OF AND DRYING OF COPOLYMER FIBERS - The present invention concerns processes for reducing water in never-dried fiber comprising copolymer derived from the copolymerization of para-phenylenediamine, 5(6)-amino-2-(p-aminophenyl)benzimidazole; and terephthaloyl dichloride, the process having the following steps in a continuous process, (a) a step of drying a never-dried fiber at less than 100 C until the moisture content of the fiber is less than 60 weight percent; and (b) a step of further drying the fiber above 150° C. while the moisture content of the fiber is no more than 40 weight percent; and the fiber being further heated to at least 350° C. in either an additional continuous or separate step.01-17-2013
20110232122DRYING AND WARMING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A drying and warming apparatus is provided, comprising a table top having a substantially horizontal planar surface, a top side, and a bottom side; a fan assembly means adjacent the bottom side of the table top; a heating element adjacent the fan assembly; a casing comprising a top portion attached to the bottom side of the table top, a bottom portion remote from the top portion, and a wall vertically extending between the top and bottom portions, the casing arranged substantially perpendicular to the table top and extending downwardly from the bottom side of the table top to substantially encase the fan assembly means; a drying rack adjacent the bottom portion of the casing, the drying rack comprising a frame and at least one drying rod transversely secured within the frame; and at least one support member for supporting the table top, fan assembly means, casing and drying rack.09-29-2011
20130091723Process and apparatus to control the airflow in dehumidifying dryers - A control system for dryers in which the rotation speed of the motors are changed through frequent on/off connections to the electric power line. In accordance with the invention this task is solved by interrupting the electric power driving the electric motor for short periods in such a way that the motor does not come to a complete standstill or remains at a constant speed below the maximum speed. The motor power interruption or application is based upon readings of sensors reading dryer parameters other than the actual speed of the motor being controlled.04-18-2013
20130145642CLOTHING DRYER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A clothing dryer capable of effectively drying a small amount of substance, and a control method thereof by changing an algorithm of a sensor-dry course, which is configured to control an operation rate, a degree of drying or a temperature of drying, to be adapted to the small load of substance in a case where the substance to be dried has a small load when compared to the entire volume of the clothing dryer, so that the drying efficiency is enhanced regardless of the load of the substance, and a separate option button is provided for a sensor-dry course, so that a small load of substance is dried adaptively to the material characteristic of the substance for a respective dry course, thereby enhancing the drying efficiency.06-13-2013
20130192081LAUNDRY MOISTURE SENSING, CONTROL, DIAGNOSTIC AND METHOD - A laundry dryer includes a drum. A moisture sensing system detects an average moisture content of launderable items as they are dried within the drum and provides a moisture signal to an electronic controller. A user interface presenting a setpoint selection element such that when a moisture setpoint is selected by a machine operator during a drying cycle, an operational state of the dryer machine is controlled by the electronic controller based on the moisture setpoint and the moisture signal.08-01-2013

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