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Automated dump sand separator control system

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Kyle N. Welborn

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An automated dump sand separator control system for controlling a three-way pneumatic dump valve of a well sand separator. The system controls a three-way pneumatic dump valve which is attached to a sand separator for dumping material from a well pumping system. A first timer is used for controlling the time intervals between dumping cycles. A second timer is connected to the first timer and controls the time duration for each cycle. The first timer activates the second timer. Each cycle opens and closes the pneumatic normally closed two-way valve by a three-way solenoid valve. The first and second timer are powered by a rechargeable battery that is kept charged by a solar panel that has a shunt regulator for dropping the voltage from the solar panel. The solar panel is mounted on a vertical support member through a pair of adjustable support arms for adjusting the angle of solar panel to the sun.

Description

These together with other objects of the invention, along with the various features of novelty which characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be had to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there is illustrated preferred embodiments of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be better understood and objects other than those set forth above will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the automated dump sand separator control system constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a front elevation view of the timer control system and housing with the door in an open position of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the pneumatic valve connected to a well sand separator tube of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram of the timer control system of the present invention.

Claims

1. An automated dump sand separator control system comprising, in combination:

2. A automated dump sand separator control system for controlling a sand separator dump valve comprising, in combination:

3. A automated dump sand separator control system for controlling a sand separator dump valve comprising:

4. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 3 wherein said power supply is a solar panel.

5. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 4, further comprising a shunt regulator connected to said power supply for decreasing the voltage from said power supply.

6. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 5, further comprising a rechargeable battery connected to said shunt regulator.

7. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 3 wherein said power supply is a battery.

8. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 3 where in said valve is a pneumatic dump valve.

9. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 8, further comprising a solenoid valve connected to said second timer for controlling said pneumatic dump valve for a time duration corresponding to the time duration from said second timer.

10. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 3, further comprising a housing attached to said support member for enclosing said first timer and said second timer in an environmentally sealed compartment.

11. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 3 wherein said support member is a vertically oriented elongated pole.

12. The automated dump sand separator control system as set forth in claim 4, further comprising at least one adjustable support arm attached to said solar panel and said support member.

13. A valve control system comprising: