US 9,810,448 B2
System and method for heating a pipeline using heated lines
Robert M. Myerholtz, Jr., Weston, OH (US); and Larry L. Dancey, Melfort (CA)
Assigned to Technologies Holdings Corp., Houston, TX (US)
Filed by Technologies Holdings Corp., Houston, TX (US)
Filed on Feb. 19, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/626,686.
Prior Publication US 2016/0245548 A1, Aug. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. H05B 1/02 (2006.01); F24H 1/14 (2006.01)
CPC F24H 1/142 (2013.01) 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for heating a pipeline comprising:
a heater operable to heat a fluid;
first and second supply lines positioned adjacent to the heater, wherein the heated fluid is operable to flow through the first and second supply lines away from the heater;
first and second return lines positioned adjacent to the heater, wherein the heated fluid is operable to flow through the first and second return lines back to the heater;
a strap having a first end, a second end, a first middle portion between the first end and the second end, a third end, a fourth end, and a second middle portion between the third end and the fourth end, the first middle portion coupled to the second middle portion, wherein:
the strap forms a first pocket when the first end is folded over and attached to the first middle portion of the strap;
the strap forms a second pocket when the second end is folded over and attached to the first middle portion of the strap;
the first pocket holds the first supply line in thermal contact with a first portion of the pipeline;
the second pocket holds the first return line in thermal contact with a second portion of the pipeline;
the strap forms a third pocket when the third end of the strap is folded over and attached to the second middle portion of the strap;
the strap forms a fourth pocket when the fourth end of the strap is folded over and attached to the second middle portion of the strap;
the third pocket holds the second supply line in thermal contact with a third portion of the pipeline; and
the fourth pocket holds the second return line in thermal contact with a fourth portion of the pipeline.