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APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR REMOVING DEPOSITS IN THERMAL CONVERSION PROCESSES

United States Patent Application

20140318577
A1
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Embodiments of apparatuses and methods for removing deposits in thermal conversion processes are provided herein. In one example, a method comprises advancing a hot vapor through a hot vapor inlet tubular section to a low temperature zone inlet nozzle of a longitudinal tubular section. The hot vapor inlet tubular section has a first inner diameter and the longitudinal tubular section has a second inner diameter that is greater than the first inner diameter. A ram head with a net open cross-sectional flow area is moved between a retracted position and an extended position to remove the deposits in the low temperature zone inlet nozzle.
Kulprathipanja, Sathit (Schaumburg, IL)
13/ 870,876
April 25, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under DE-EE0002879 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.