Patent Number: 6,251,266

Title: Suction tube inlet with strainer

Abstract: A float inlet, comprising an upper anti-vortex plate; a lower scour guard plate; and at least one float connected to the upper plate, where the float supports the upper plate in a body of water so that the upper plate is parallel to the surface of the body of water. The upper and lower plates are separated by a fixed distance, so as to allow water to flow between the upper and lower plates. A tube passes through a hole in the upper plate. The tube has a first open end above the upper plate which is adapted to connect to a suction hose and a second open end positioned between the upper and lower plates. A strainer covers the second open end of the tube. When the inlet is positioned in a body of water, the float supports the upper plate so that the strainer is positioned just below the surface of the water. The suction tube may then be used to draw water from the body of water. The upper anti-vortex plate prevents formation of a vortex on the surface of the water while suction is applied.

Inventors: Gannon; Joseph C. (Bakersfield, CA), Crane; Sean P. (Bakersfield, CA)

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International Classification: B01D 17/02 (20060101); B01D 29/11 (20060101); B01D 35/02 (20060101); B01D 35/00 (20060101); B01D 21/24 (20060101); B01D 035/05 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018