Device and method for multi-path flow from vertical hydraulic tank

  • US 9,777,543 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2014
  • Issued: 10/03/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/27/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A vertical tank comprising:

  • a tank having a cylindrical upper section having a radius and a conical lower section extending from the cylindrical upper section to a bottom;

    an outlet in the conical lower section and centered at the bottom of the conical lower section; and

    a lower manifold havinga lower vertical conduit in fluid communication with the outlet of the tank with a first end and an opposing second end, the first end connected to the outlet such that the opposing second end extends downward directly beneath the outlet,a plurality of lower horizontal conduits directly connected to and extending away from the second end of the lower vertical conduit, each having a length and each terminating in an end and in fluid communication with the lower vertical conduit, wherein the length is less than the radius,a lower vertical conduit valve connected to and in fluid communication with the lower vertical conduit, anda plurality of lower horizontal conduit valves corresponding in number to the plurality of lower horizontal conduits wherein each lower horizontal conduit valve is connected to and in fluid communication with one of the lower horizontal conduitsan upper manifold havinga central conduit surrounding a perimeter of the conical lower section;

    a plurality of upper horizontal conduits connected to and extending away from the central conduit, terminating in an end and in fluid communication with the central conduit;

    an upper vertical conduit with a first end connected to and in fluid communication with the central conduit and a second end connected to and in fluid communication with an inlet in the cylindrical upper section of the tank;

    an upper vertical conduit valve in fluid communication with the upper vertical conduit and located on the upper vertical conduit between the central conduit and the inlet of the tank; and

    a plurality of upper horizontal conduit valves in fluid communication with the plurality of upper horizontal conduits, wherein the plurality of upper horizontal conduit valves corresponds in number to the plurality of upper horizontal conduits and wherein each upper horizontal conduit valve is connected to one of the upper horizontal conduits.

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