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Method and apparatus for lifting of a mass of water

29 May 2013-
TL;DR: In this paper, a method and an apparatus for lifting a mass of water with a container from a larger body of water was proposed, in which the container having at least one open opening was first located below the surface level of the larger body and the container was full of water.
Abstract: A method and an apparatus for lifting a mass of water with a container from a larger body of water, in which method the container having at least one open opening is first located below the surface level of the larger body of water and the container is full of water, wherein the container is raised partially above the surface level of the water by elements attached to the container, and that the at least one open opening of the container is located below the surface level of the larger body of water during and after raising of the container thus lifting the mass of water located inside the raised portion of container above the surface level of the larger body of water.
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05 Feb 2001
TL;DR: Novel precast concrete boxes are disclosed which can be assembled together and/or with structural shapes disclosed in US Pat No 5697,736 to form waterfront structures such as seawalls, boathouses and the like as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: Novel precast concrete boxes are disclosed which can be assembled together and/or with structural shapes disclosed in US Pat No 5,697,736 to form waterfront structures such as seawalls, boathouses and the like The boxes can be sized and proportioned so as to be conveniently assembled in such structures and to be easily transported via intermodal transportation media Novel methods of waterborne transport and installation of the boxes are disclosed Shellfish habitats based upon the boxes are also disclosed

44 citations

Patent
22 Apr 1980
TL;DR: In this article, a low-cost storage of rain water runoff, and arrangements for distributing this runoff water during arid seasons are presented. But the system may be located at the sea coast where a water runoff channel enters the ocean, and where there is available protected ocean water which is of reasonably substantial depth.
Abstract: The present system includes arrangements for the low-cost storage of rain water runoff, and arrangements for distributing this runoff water during arid seasons. The system may be located at the sea coast where a water runoff channel enters the ocean, and where there is available protected ocean water which is of reasonably substantial depth. Heavy duty plastic containers are provided for receiving the fresh water runoff from a point just before the water would normally enter the ocean. Pumping station arrangements are also provided for distributing the water inland where it is required during arid seasons. The flexible plastic water containers may be many tens of feet in their dimensions, both horizontally and vertically. The upper edges of the containers may be secured to large floats, and suitable lightweight rigid covers may be provided to extend across the tops of the water containers. Suitable filtration and treatment arrangements are provided for processing the water in the course of its distribution for use. The floats along the upper edges of the flexible plastic containers may be partially filled with water for stability and with air for buoyancy and may be topped with a fiberglass shell to which the rigid bridging structure may be secured.

32 citations

Patent
17 Dec 1984
TL;DR: In this paper, an oil storage barge having a concave bottom is adapted to be anchored over a subsea well or pipeline that is leaking oil, and flexible skirts extend to the ocean floor.
Abstract: An oil storage barge having a concave bottom is adapted to be anchored over a subsea well or pipeline that is leaking oil. Flexible skirts extend to the ocean floor, and oil that is trapped under the barge may be stored in the barge or then transferred to another vessel.

26 citations

Patent
Adams J1, Anderson L1, Bliss W1, Hamren F1, Hills R1, Honath H1, Murphy J1 
17 May 1971
TL;DR: A subsea storage vessel and a method of lowering same comprising, a roofed shell, at least one separate and independent tank means carried by the roofing shell, and auxiliary buoyancy means together being of such size and buoyancy as to statically float the roofed shells with all gas removed from beneath the roof-shell as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: A subsea storage vessel and a method of lowering same comprising, a roofed shell, at least one separate and independent tank means carried by the roofed shell, means connected with at least one of said tank means to control the amount of liquid or other ballast therein to submerge the roofed shell, said at least one tank means singly or in combination being incapable of statically floating the roofed shell with all gas removed from beneath said roofed shell, auxiliary buoyancy means carried by said roofed shell imparting buoyancy thereto, said auxiliary buoyancy means alone being incapable of statically floating the roofed shell with all gas removed from beneath the roofed shell, said at least one tank means and said auxiliary buoyancy means together being of such size and buoyancy as to statically float the roofed shell with all gas removed from beneath the roofed shell.

19 citations

Patent
08 Jul 1986
TL;DR: In this article, a method and a plant for storing freshwater to distribute it as consumption water are disclosed, where the freshwater is enclosed within a downwardly open tank floating in a body of salt water and defined laterally by suspended, substantially vertical curtains and at its top end at least partly by a floating cover.
Abstract: A method and a plant for storing freshwater to distribute it as consumption water are disclosed. The freshwater is enclosed within a downwardly open tank floating in a body of salt water, e.g. seawater and defined laterally by suspended, substantially vertical curtains and at its top end at least partly by a floating cover. The freshwater is supplied to the tank adjacent its top end so as to form an upper freshwater body therein, the lower portion of the tank being taken up by the salt water. A distinct horizontal boundary layer is formed between the freshwater and the salt water bodies and will move up and down in response to supply and withdrawal of the freshwater. To restrict diffusion of salt water into the freshwater body a separating layer of material having a density intermediate those of the freshwater and the salt water may be arranged at the boundary layer.

19 citations