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1. WO2016102082 - PLATEAU DE CONTACT DE FLUIDE DESTINÉ À ÊTRE NOTAMMENT UTILISÉ DANS UNE COLONNE DE FRACTIONNEMENT EN MER


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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
Part 1:  1  2  3  4  5  6          Part 2:  A  B  C  D  E 
International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2015/068863 S12105PWO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
17 August 2015 23 December 2014
Applicant
SULZER CHEMTECH AG
FOR FURTHER ACTION: See Form PCT/ISA/220 as well as, where applicable, item 5 below.
This international search report has been prepared by this International Searching Authority and is transmitted to the applicant according to Article 18. A copy is being transmitted to the International Bureau.
It is also accompanied by a copy of each prior art document cited in this report.
1. Basis of the report
a. With regard to the language, the international search was carried out on the basis of:
the international application in the language in which it was filed.
a translation of the international application into                                          which is the language of a translation furnished for the purposes of international search (Rules 12.3(a) and 23.1(b)).
b.
This international search report has been established taking into account the rectification of an obvious mistake authorized by or notified to this Authority under Rule 91 (Rule 43.6bis(a)).
c.
With regard to any nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosed in the international application, the international search was carried out on the basis of a sequence listing filed or furnished:
2. Certain claims were found unsearchable
3. Unity of invention is lacking
4. Title of the invention
The text is approved as submitted by the applicant.
The text has been established by this Authority to read as follows:
5. Abstract
The text is approved as submitted by the applicant.
The text has been established, according to Rule 38.2, by this Authority as it appears in Box No. IV. The applicant may, within one month from the date of mailing of this international search report, submit comments to this Authority.

A fluid contact tray (10) for a fractionation column (1), in particular a vapor-liquid contact tray suitable for the use in an offshore fractionation column, comprises: ⋅ a tray deck (12) comprising an active mass transfer surface (20) suitable for contacting two fluids (l, g) of different densities, wherein the active mass transfer surface (20) comprises one or more orifices (18) for the passage of a fluid/gas (g), and wherein at least two at least partially radially extending separation walls (22-1, 22-2, 22-3, 22-4) and/or at least one separation weir (42) are arranged on the active mass transfer surface (20), which divides the active mass transfer surface (20) into at least two sections (24-1, 24-2, 24-3, 24-4), ⋅ an annular channel (26) suitable for collecting fluids/liquids (l), which is arranged at the peripheral area of the active mass transfer surface (20) and at least partially embraces the mass transfer surface (20), ⋅ a central downcomer (34) for collecting and discharging a fluid/liquid (l) from the annular channel (26), wherein the central downcomer (34) has the form of a hollow body with an opening (36) in the bottom section thereof being suitable for the distribution of liquid vertically downwardly, and wherein the central downcomer (34) is non-rotatably fixed at the fluid contact tray (10), and ⋅ at least one conducting means (40) for transferring fluid collected in the annular channel (26) from the annular channel (26) to the central downcomer (34). This fluid contact tray (10) is in particular useable for offshore applications, such as for a fractionation column located on a FLNG or FPSO vessel.


6. Drawings
a.
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     1    
as suggested by the applicant.
as selected by this Authority, because the applicant failed to suggest a figure.
as selected by this Authority, because this figure better characterizes the invention.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     B01D 3/20 (2006.01)i; B01D 3/24 (2006.01)i; B01D 1/00 (2006.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC

B. FIELDS SEARCHED

Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     B01D
Documentation searched other than minimum documentation to the extent that such documents are included in the fields searched:
Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used):
EPO-Internal

C. DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT

Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
(1)
X
US 2457667 A (HARMON ROBERT R) 28 December 1948 (1948-12-28)
1-13
Y
claims; figures
14,15
column 1, line 5 - line 9
column 1, line 36 - line 43
column 2, line 34 - line 47
column 4, line 10 - line 30
(2)
Y
EP 2653203 A1 (IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES [FR]) 23 October 2013 (2013-10-23)
14,15
abstract; claims; figures
paragraph [0030] - paragraph [0034]
(3)
Y
EP 2653204 A1 (IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES [FR]) 23 October 2013 (2013-10-23)
14,15
abstract; claims; figures
paragraph [0029] - paragraph [0035]
(4)
A
US 2012175792 A1 (NIEUWOUDT IZAK [US]) 12 July 2012 (2012-07-12)
1-15
abstract; claims; figures
page 1, paragraphs 1,4,6,7,9
page 2, paragraphs 11,12
page 3, paragraphs 35,36
(5)
A
WO 2004011119 A2 (KOCH GLITSCH LP [US]) 05 February 2004 (2004-02-05)
1-15
abstract; claims
page 5, line 1 - line 21
page 6, line 5 - line 10
page 6, line 29 - line 30
(6)
A
US 2004020238 A1 (KALBASSI MOHAMMAD A [GB] ET AL) 05 February 2004 (2004-02-05)
1-15
abstract; figure 3
paragraphs [0093], [0094]
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"D"
document cited by the applicant in the international application
"E"
earlier application or patent but published on or after the international filing date
"L"
document which may throw doubts on priority claim(s) or which is cited to establish the publication date of another citation or other special reason (as specified)
"O"
document referring to an oral disclosure, use, exhibition or other means
"P"
document published prior to the international filing date but later than the priority date claimed
"T"
later document published after the international filing date or priority date and not in conflict with the application but cited to understand the principle or theory underlying the invention
"X"
document of particular relevance; the claimed invention cannot be considered novel or cannot be considered to involve an inventive step when the document is taken alone
"Y"
document of particular relevance; the claimed invention cannot be considered to involve an inventive step when the document is combined with one or more other such documents, such combination being obvious to a person skilled in the art
"&"
document member of the same patent family

D. INFORMATION ON PATENT FAMILY MEMBERS

Patent document cited in search report Publication date
(day/month/year)
Patent family member(s) Publication date
(day/month/year)
US 2457667 A
28 December 1948
NONE
EP 2653203 A1
23 October 2013
AU 2013205298 A1
BR 102013009197 A2
CN 103372366 A
EP 2653203 A1
FR 2989594 A1
US 2013277869 A1
07 November 2013
07 July 2015
30 October 2013
23 October 2013
25 October 2013
24 October 2013
EP 2653204 A1
23 October 2013
AU 2013205304 A1
BR 102013009189 A2
CN 103372326 A
EP 2653204 A1
FR 2989595 A1
US 2013277868 A1
07 November 2013
07 July 2015
30 October 2013
23 October 2013
25 October 2013
24 October 2013
US 2012175792 A1
12 July 2012
CN 103260717 A
DE 112012000436 T5
KR 20140047011 A
US 2012175792 A1
WO 2012096935 A2
21 August 2013
24 October 2013
21 April 2014
12 July 2012
19 July 2012
WO 2004011119 A2
05 February 2004
AR 040715 A1
AU 2003256945 A1
CA 2489164 A1
CN 1671451 A
EP 1539318 A2
JP 2005534477 A
KR 20050030902 A
RU 2331453 C2
TW I236386 B
US 2004080059 A1
WO 2004011119 A2
20 April 2005
16 February 2004
05 February 2004
21 September 2005
15 June 2005
17 November 2005
31 March 2005
20 August 2008
21 July 2005
29 April 2004
05 February 2004
US 2004020238 A1
05 February 2004
NONE
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
European Patent Office
P.B. 5818, Patentlaan 2, 2280 HV Rijswijk,
Netherlands
Telephone No. (+31-70)340-2040
Facsimile No. (+31-70)340-3016
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
12 October 2015
Date of mailing of the international search report:
27 October 2015
Authorized officer:
Lapeyrère, Jean
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