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F16L 55/105 - Closing devices introduced radially into the pipe or hose 6
F16L 41/06 - Tapping pipe walls, i.e. making connections through the walls of pipes while they are carrying fluids; Fittings therefor making use of attaching means embracing the pipe 3
F16L 55/10 - Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses 3
F16L 55/18 - Appliances for use in repairing pipes 3
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1.

INSERTION VALVES AND METHODS OF INSTALLING INSERTION VALVES IN PRESSURIZED PIPES

      
Application Number 18484115
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-10
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stolson, Andrew J.
  • Geppert, Cullen J.
  • Choi, Ariel
  • Smrha, Nathan

Abstract

Systems and methods for cutting an existing pipe carrying a fluid under pressure include using a cutting assembly having first and second linear cutters spaced by a lateral width. The cutters are moved from a retracted position to an extended position thereby to cut a coupon from the existing pipe. An insertion valve may then be installed on the existing pipe at the location where the coupon was removed. The insertion valve includes a valve element that is movable between open and closed positions. In some examples, the systems and methods include a check valve that moves from an open position to a closed position as the valve element moves from the closed position to the open position, thereby to facilitate repair and/or replacement of the insertion valve.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16L 55/105 - Closing devices introduced radially into the pipe or hose
  • F16L 55/10 - Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses

2.

Systems and methods for protecting a tether line disposed in a pressurized pipe

      
Application Number 16817030
Grant Number 11530761
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-12
First Publication Date 2020-09-17
Grant Date 2022-12-20
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Nelson, Andrew J.
  • Geppert, Cullen
  • Choi, Ariel
  • Rush, Atticus D.

Abstract

Systems and methods are disclosed for protecting a tether line within a pressurized pipe. As the tether line is extended and retracted, portions of the tether line are prevented from directly engaging jagged profiles formed in the pressurized pipe.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16L 5/10 - Sealing by using sealing rings or sleeves only
  • F16L 47/34 - Tapping pipes, i.e. making connections through walls of pipes while carrying fluids; Fittings therefor
  • F16L 55/18 - Appliances for use in repairing pipes
  • F16L 55/07 - Arrangement or mounting of devices, e.g. valves, for venting or aerating or draining
  • F16L 41/04 - Tapping pipe walls, i.e. making connections through the walls of pipes while they are carrying fluids; Fittings therefor
  • F16L 55/10 - Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses
  • F16L 55/30 - Constructional aspects of the propulsion means, e.g. towed by cables
  • F16L 55/46 - Launching or retrieval of pigs or moles

3.

Systems and methods for accessing and monitoring a fluid within a pressurized pipe

      
Application Number 16576344
Grant Number 11248992
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-19
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2022-02-15
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Nelson, Andrew J.

Abstract

Systems and methods for accessing and monitoring a fluid within a pressurized pipe include a nozzle coupled to a section of the pressurized pipe and defining an open proximal end fluidly communicating with the pressurized pipe through an access hole formed in the pressurized pipe, an open distal end, and an interior passage extending from the open proximal end to the open distal end. A cover plate is coupled to the open distal end of the nozzle. A valve element is disposed in the interior passage and movable between an open position, in which the valve element is entirely disposed within the nozzle, and a closed position, in which a proximal section of the valve element is disposed in the pressurized pipe. A sensor port extends through a proximal end of the nozzle and positioned to fluidly communicate with the interior passage when the valve element is in the open position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/20 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the liquid or fluent state for flowing or falling materials
  • F16L 41/04 - Tapping pipe walls, i.e. making connections through the walls of pipes while they are carrying fluids; Fittings therefor
  • F16L 55/07 - Arrangement or mounting of devices, e.g. valves, for venting or aerating or draining
  • G01N 33/18 - Water

4.

Automated pressure equalization above and below completion plug of gate valve cartridge or a completion plug of a line stop fitting

      
Application Number 15950634
Grant Number 10718458
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-04-11
First Publication Date 2019-10-17
Grant Date 2020-07-21
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Andrew J.
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Strickland, Cole
  • Mastny, Carl

Abstract

A gate valve cartridge, valve housing and installation assembly as well as a completion plug for a line stop fitting and installation assembly. The gate valve cartridge comprises a gate, a paddle, a threaded valve stem and a completion plug. Both completion plugs include an outer circumferential slot for accommodating a circumferential seal and both completion plugs also accommodate a normally-closed check valve. The check valves have an open distal end for receiving a check valve actuator and an open proximal end in communication with fluid disposed proximally of the circumferential seal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16L 55/105 - Closing devices introduced radially into the pipe or hose
  • F16L 55/18 - Appliances for use in repairing pipes
  • F16L 41/06 - Tapping pipe walls, i.e. making connections through the walls of pipes while they are carrying fluids; Fittings therefor making use of attaching means embracing the pipe

5.

Expanding gate valve assembly with pressure equalization system

      
Application Number 15848158
Grant Number 10619747
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-12-20
First Publication Date 2019-06-20
Grant Date 2020-04-14
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Mastny, Carl
  • Nelson, Andrew J.

Abstract

A gate valve for a pressurized pipe includes a paddle member with a lower proximal portion and a pair of spaced-apart and leg portions that form an outer edge and an inner edge. A cartridge includes a valve stem channel extending through a distal portion and through a conduit and terminating at a proximal opening in a proximal portion of the cartridge. The proximal portion of the cartridge includes a slot for accommodating the inner edge of the paddle member. In a pre-compression configuration, the inner edge of the paddle member is spaced-apart from the proximal opening of the conduit and in a post-compression configuration, the inner edge of the paddle member engages and seals the proximal opening resulting in a built-in check-valve that is open when the paddle member is in the pre-compression configuration and closed when the paddle member is in the post-compression configuration.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16K 3/30 - Gate valves or sliding valves, i.e. cut-off apparatus with closing members having a sliding movement along the seat for opening and closing - Details
  • F16L 55/105 - Closing devices introduced radially into the pipe or hose
  • F16L 55/124 - Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses by introducing into the pipe a member expandable in situ introduced radially into the pipe or hose
  • F16K 3/28 - Gate valves or sliding valves, i.e. cut-off apparatus with closing members having a sliding movement along the seat for opening and closing with resilient valve members
  • F16L 41/06 - Tapping pipe walls, i.e. making connections through the walls of pipes while they are carrying fluids; Fittings therefor making use of attaching means embracing the pipe

6.

Pipe core sampling and tapping apparatus

      
Application Number 15836470
Grant Number 10473560
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-12-08
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Grant Date 2019-11-12
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Andrew J.
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Mastny, Carl

Abstract

A core sampling and tapping assembly is disclosed that may be mounted to a cylindrical pipe. The assembly includes a nozzle having an interior portion extending between an open distal end and a proximal end. The proximal end sealed to an upper saddle member and the upper saddle member coupled to a lower saddle member to clamp the pipe in between. The assembly further includes a tapping mandrel including a mandrel plate, the tapping mandrel extending through the interior portion and a core cutter fixedly coupled to the mandrel plate. The assembly further includes a pilot bit coupled to the mandrel plate and disposed within an interior cavity of the core cutter. The tapping mandrel adjacently aligns the core cutter and the pilot bit with an outer surface of the pipe and subsequently rotates the pilot bit and core cutter to collect a core sample from the pipe.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 1/08 - Devices for withdrawing samples in the solid state, e.g. by cutting involving an extracting tool, e.g. core bit
  • F16L 41/06 - Tapping pipe walls, i.e. making connections through the walls of pipes while they are carrying fluids; Fittings therefor making use of attaching means embracing the pipe
  • F16L 47/34 - Tapping pipes, i.e. making connections through walls of pipes while carrying fluids; Fittings therefor
  • F16L 55/18 - Appliances for use in repairing pipes
  • B23B 51/04 - Tools for drilling machines for trepanning
  • F16L 55/105 - Closing devices introduced radially into the pipe or hose

7.

Linestops, nozzles and completion plugs for installation in pressurized pipes

      
Application Number 14586386
Grant Number 09829141
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-30
First Publication Date 2015-09-03
Grant Date 2017-11-28
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Mastny, Carl
  • Roehrig, Stephen
  • Tsafaras, Panagiotis

Abstract

This patent document discloses an improved series of nozzles and completion plugs for use in installing linestops in pressurized pipes. The improved nozzles are capable of accommodating two different types of completion plugs, including a threaded completion plug and a push-in type completion plug that is held in place within the nozzle by pins that extend through a flange of the nozzle. Lower edges of the nozzles are designed to facilitate the welding of the nozzle to an upper clamp or upper saddle member. Specifically, the lower or proximal beveled edge includes an inner lip that acts as a dam to prevent seepage of welding material between the proximal edge of the nozzle and the upper saddle member during the welding of the former to the latter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16L 37/28 - Couplings of the quick-acting type with fluid cut-off means
  • F16L 55/11 - Plugs
  • F16L 55/105 - Closing devices introduced radially into the pipe or hose

8.

Gate valves for installation in pressurized pipes

      
Application Number 14586469
Grant Number 09644779
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-30
First Publication Date 2015-09-03
Grant Date 2017-05-09
Owner Hydra-Stop LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Vazzana, Christopher C.
  • Mastny, Carl
  • Roehrig, Stephen
  • Tsafaras, Panagiotis

Abstract

A gate valve assembly is disclosed that may be installed in a pressurized pipe or conduit. The gate valve assembly includes a nozzle that is connected perpendicularly to the pipe. The nozzle includes a distal end, a proximal end and a through passage extending therebetween. The through passage includes a proximal portion with a circular cross-sectional profile for sealingly engaging a wiper seal disposed on a valve cartridge. The passage also includes a distal portion with a non-circular cross-sectional profile that complements a non-circular cross-sectional profile of the cartridge. The non-circular cross-sectional profiles of the cartridge and passage prevent the cartridge from twisting or rotating within the nozzle or pipe. The proximal end of the nozzle also features an inner lip, which facilitates the welding of the proximal end of the nozzle to an upper saddle member, which is used to clamp the nozzle to the pipe prior to cutting or pressure tapping of the pipe.

IPC Classes  ?