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Semi-active compressor valve

United States Patent

July 27, 2010
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A method and system for fine-tuning the motion of suction or discharge valves associated with cylinders of a reciprocating gas compressor, such as the large compressors used for natural gas transmission. The valve's primary driving force is conventional, but the valve also uses an electromagnetic coil to sense position of the plate (or other plugging element) and to provide an opposing force prior to impact.
Brun; Klaus (Helotes, TX), Gernentz; Ryan S. (San Antonio, TX)
Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, TX)
11/ 752,700
May 23, 2007
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in certain circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Contract No. DE-FC26-04NT-42269 for the United States Department of Energy.