Patents Assigned to Dana Canada Corporation
  • Patent number: 10928141
    Abstract: A stacked-plate heat exchanger for cooling a plurality of heat-generating electronic components arranged in a plurality of layers comprises a stack of flat tubes defining a plurality of parallel fluid flow passages, the tubes being separated by spaces for receiving the electronic components. One or more flow-restricting ribs is arranged within at least some of the fluid flow passages to partially block fluid flow between at least one the manifolds and the heat transfer area by reducing the height of the fluid flow passage outside the heat transfer area, along at least a portion of the width of the fluid flow passage, in order to improve the flow distribution of a heat transfer fluid between and within the fluid flow passages of the heat exchanger, and to minimize bypass flow at the outer edges of the fluid flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Kenney, Meinrad K. A. Maehler, Kenneth M. A. Abels, Jiang Feng Yu
  • Patent number: 10923783
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for use with at least two battery modules, each of the battery modules comprising at least one battery cell housed within a rigid container, the heat exchanger defining an internal fluid passage for a heat exchanger fluid and having at least one compliant region that is configured to be compressed to facilitate thermal contact between the heat exchanger and the two battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael A. Martin
  • Patent number: 10923782
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for use with at least two battery modules, each of the battery modules comprising at least one battery cell housed within a rigid container, the heat exchanger defining an internal fluid passage for a heat exchanger fluid and having at least one compliant region that is configured to be compressed to facilitate thermal contact between the heat exchanger and the two battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Doug Vanderwees
  • Patent number: 10900557
    Abstract: An assembly includes a valve integration unit attached to a transmission oil heater. The valve integration unit includes a valve mechanism and a housing having first to sixth fluid ports for oil input and output. The interior space of the housing has three portions, including a second portion defining a valve chamber and a third portion defining a bypass flow passage between the first and second portions. The valve mechanism has a temperature responsive actuator and first, second and third valve members. The movement of the first and second valve members is actuated by the temperature responsive actuator. The third valve member and the third valve opening are located in the second portion of the interior space. The third valve member is actuatable in response to a pressure differential between the first and second portions of the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Anis Muhammad, Silvio Tonellato
  • Patent number: 10890389
    Abstract: Various ways to integrate control valves into the structure of a heat exchanger are disclosed. The present disclosure relates to a heat exchanger assembly that includes a heat exchanger and a valve integration unit. The heat exchanger includes a plurality of alternating first and second fluid passages in heat exchange relation, and at least one inlet manifold and one outlet manifold interconnected by one of the plurality of first or second fluid passages. The valve integration unit is fixedly attached to heat exchanger and includes a fluid passage in fluid communication with at least one of the inlet and outlet manifolds. A valve mechanism is mounted within the valve integration unit in fluid communication with the fluid passage, the valve mechanism controlling the flow of a heat exchange fluid through the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Sheppard, Dario Bettio, Sachin Bhatia
  • Patent number: 10850348
    Abstract: A device and method for alignment of parts for welding, having a bottom welding fixture and a top welding fixture. The bottom welding fixture has a plurality of fixed locating pins for positioning of parts to be welded and limiting movement of the parts in a first axis and a perpendicular second axis. At least pair of alignment block assemblies to actuate movement of the parts to be welded in the first and second axes. The alignment block assembly having an alignment block moveable from a first position to a second position for contacting and aligning the parts. An actuator coupled to the top welding or bottom welding fixture to actuate movement of the alignment block from the first position to the second position upon engagement of the top welding fixture to the bottom welding fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuding Lin, Mike St. Pierre
  • Patent number: 10852076
    Abstract: A heat exchanger capable of conforming to expansion/contraction due to external stresses as well as adjusting/adapting to surface imperfections at the interface of the heat exchanger with additional components is disclosed. The heat exchanger is made up of various heat exchanger elements where the elements are interconnected in such a manner that they can shift relative to one another along and/or about different axes while maintaining fluid flow through the heat exchanger. Each element has a fluid inlet, fluid outlet and a flow passage extending therebetween, the elements being arranged such that the outlet of one element is fluidly connected to the inlet of the adjacent element. The individual elements are also physically interconnected to allow for longitudinal and/or lateral shifting in response to external expansion/contraction forces while maintaining fluid flow through the entire heat exchanger, as well as to tilting about each of these axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew S. Birkett, John G. Burgers
  • Patent number: 10811737
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for a battery unit having at least a first battery module and a second battery module is disclosed wherein the first and second battery modules each include a plurality of battery cell containers each housing at least one battery cell. The first and second battery modules are spaced apart from each other with the heat exchanger being arranged between the spaced apart first and second battery modules. The heat exchanger is a laminated plate structure defining a plurality of fluid flow chambers each located within a respective fluid flow region for transmitting a heat exchanger fluid. Each of the fluid flow regions is dimensionally compliant independent of the other fluid flow regions to conform to the spacing of the respective battery cell containers in the first and second modules between which the specific fluid flow region is positioned when arranged between the first and second battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hervé Palanchon
  • Patent number: 10809009
    Abstract: A gas-liquid heat exchanger such as a charge air cooler has a core comprising a stack of flat tubes defining liquid coolant flow passages, and a plurality of open-ended gas flow passages between the flat tubes. An endmost gas flow passage is defined between an end plate of the core and an adjacent flat tube, such that the endmost gas flow passage is in contact with only said adjacent one of said flat tubes. A blocking element extends along either the front face or the rear face of the core and at least partly blocking the endmost gas flow passage. Each flat tube may comprise a pair of core plates, at least one including a flap projecting into a gas flow passage and covering a gas bypass channel between the edge of the turbulence-enhancing insert and the sides of a coolant manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Schouten, Cameron L. M. Stevens, Benjamin A. Kenney, Lee M. Kinder
  • Patent number: 10794638
    Abstract: A heat exchanger plate having a planar plate having an inlet and outlet proximate to a first edge of the heat exchanger plate. The planar plate having a plurality of ribs and a plurality of channels, with the plurality of channels being in a plane different from the planar plate. The plurality of channels being in fluid communication from the inlet to the outlet permitting fluid flow from the inlet to the outlet. A protrusion coupled to the planar plate proximate to the first edge of the heat exchanger plate and laterally extending from an axis, with the heat exchanger plate being susceptible to bending about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nik Vucenic, Benjamin A. Kenney, Takayuki Fukada
  • Patent number: 10775114
    Abstract: A heat exchanger module adapted for being mounted directly to the outer surface of the housing of an automobile system component, such as a transmission or engine housing, is provided. The heat exchanger module comprises a heat exchanger fixedly attached to an adapter module. The adapter module contains one of more fluid transfer channels, interface connectors, seals and mounting holes for screws and/or bolts. In one exemplary embodiment, the adapter module is comprised of an adapter plate that is sealed with one or more shim plates, the shim plates also providing a brazing surface for brazing the adapter module directly to the heat exchanger, the heat exchanger therefore being attached to the adapter module without the use of a base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventor: Bernhard Ollier
  • Patent number: 10754364
    Abstract: A by-pass valve capable of activating at least two different temperatures is disclosed. The valve has a valve chamber housing a valve mechanism having a piston-cylinder arrangement. The cylinder defines two separate chambers therein for housing two different thermal materials each having a different activation temperature. A piston is arranged in each end of the cylinder operably coupled to the corresponding thermal material housed within the cylinder. A valve spool or valve sleeve is operably coupled to one of the pistons associated with the valve mechanism, the valve spool or sleeve adapted for sliding within the valve chamber for controlling flow to the fluid outlet ports formed in the valve. In some embodiments, the valve mechanism housing two different thermal materials can be arranged in combination with additional valve mechanism housing different thermal materials allowing for further multi-stage activation allowing for various flow arrangements through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Sheppard, Sachin Bhatia
  • Patent number: 10744603
    Abstract: A heat exchanger has a thermally conductive first plate with a flat first surface for thermal contact with a heat transfer fluid, and a flat second surface for thermal contact with an object to be heated or cooled, such as an electronic component. The first surface is provided with a first surface pattern having a plurality of first grooves, and the second surface is provided with a second surface pattern with a plurality of second grooves. The surface patterns may be configured and applied such that the amount of elongation along the first surface produced by application of the first surface pattern substantially corresponds to or offsets the amount of elongation along the second surface produced by application of the second surface pattern, such that the degree of flatness of the first plate prior to formation of the first and second surface patterns will be preserved, maintained or improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Meinrad K. A. Machler, Michael A. Martin, Domen M. S. Lo, Carlos Enrique Rozas Herrera
  • Patent number: 10608305
    Abstract: A counterflow heat exchanger for battery thermal management has a base plate, a cover plate and manifold cover. The base plate includes alternating first and second longitudinal fluid flow passages. The cover plate is sealed to the base plate to enclose the first and second fluid flow passages, and includes a first fluid opening and a plurality of second fluid openings arranged at spaced apart intervals across a width of the cover plate. The manifold cover includes an embossment surrounded by a peripheral flange which is sealed to the cover plate and surrounds at least the plurality of second fluid openings. The interior of the embossment defines a manifold chamber in flow communication with the second fluid openings in the cover plate. The top of the manifold cover has at least a second fluid opening in flow communication with the plurality of second fluid openings through the manifold chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Burgers, Benjamin A. Kenney
  • Patent number: 10601093
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for thermal management of battery units made-up of a plurality of battery cells or containers housing one or more battery cells is disclosed. The heat exchanger has a main body portion formed by a pair of outer plates and an intermediate plate defining a primary heat transfer surface on either side of the heat exchanger for contacting a corresponding surface of at least one of the battery cells or containers. The intermediate plate together with the outer plates forming a plurality of alternating first and second fluid flow passages the flow direction through the first fluid flow passages being generally opposite to the flow direction through the second fluid flow passages. The first and second fluid flow passages are formed on opposite sides of the intermediate plate and are fluidly interconnected at corresponding ends creating a counter-flow arrangement through the main body portion of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Vanderwees, Kenneth Abels, Benjamin Kenney, Andrew Buckrell
  • Patent number: 10600721
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly has first and second heat sink elements enclosing fluid flow passages, and a clamping assembly. The heat sink elements are separated by a space in which at least one heat-generating electronic component is located, with outer side surfaces of each electronic component being in thermal contact with the heat sink elements. The clamping assembly has first and second spring elements arranged in contact with an outer surfaces of the heat sink elements. The spring elements are joined together to apply compressive forces to the heat sink elements and to cause the electronic components to be clamped between the heat sink elements. Each spring element has discrete force application regions for applying force to a heat sink element, and a plurality of fastening regions for compressing and maintaining the positions of the spring elements relative to the outer surfaces of the heat sink elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Meinrad K. A. Machler, Colin A. Shore, Dale L. Bartnik
  • Publication number: 20200091571
    Abstract: A battery cooler assembly having a frame with a pair of opposed parallel walls, with each wall having a ledge extending outwardly from the wall. A heat exchanger positioned between the walls, and having a plate pair together defining a fluid flow channel permitting fluid flow from an inlet to an outlet on the heat exchanger. One or more battery modules positioned on the heat exchanger. A plurality of support structures engage the heat exchanger and positioned between the walls; and extend from a first edge to a second end of the heat exchanger, where the first edge is proximate to one of the walls and the second edge is proximate to the other wall. The plurality of support structures engaging the one or more battery modules reducing stress on the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: JOHN BURGERS, NOMAN RAHIM
  • Patent number: 10591220
    Abstract: A nested dish-plate heat exchanger is disclosed wherein the heat exchanger core is comprised of a plurality of first and second heat exchanger plates arranged in alternating stacked relationship. The first and second heat exchanger plates each have a pair of openings formed in the base portion of the plates and a pair of upwardly protruding boss portions and a pair of downwardly protruding bosses each having a corresponding opening formed therein. The first and second heat exchanger plates are arranged in an alternating stacked relationship wherein each subsequent first or second heat exchanger plate is rotation 180 degrees with respect to the previous first or second heat exchanger plate in the stack, the arrangement providing a plurality of first, second and third fluid flow passages therebetween such that each of the second and third fluid flow passages are in heat transfer relationship with the first fluid flow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventor: Jens Bluetling
  • Patent number: 10539243
    Abstract: An anti-drain valve for a plate cooler has a plastic housing having a generally cylindrical outer wall with open ends, and an inner support structure integrally formed therewith, and with a valve seat. A piston is located within the support structure and axially movable toward and away from the valve seat. A biasing member biases the piston toward the valve seat. A resilient sealing element provides a seal between the housing and the base plate. The outer wall has first and second portions, the first portion including a plurality of inwardly bendable detents defined by slots through the outer wall for attaching the valve to the base plate of the plate cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Rodolphe Vallee, Bernhard Ollier, Mathias Perus
  • Patent number: 10533804
    Abstract: A heat exchanger having a plurality of heat exchanger plate pairs. Each plate has a longitudinal central planar portion and a peripheral edge portion extending from it. The plate is provided with a first boss and a second boss having an inlet and outlet, respectively. A rib is also provided extending from the peripheral edge portion to the central planar portion, the rib having a mating surface, where the rib mating surface of a first plate in a first plate pair is in contact with a rib mating surface of a second plate in an adjacent plate pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. R. Bardeleben, Noman Rahim, Thomas K. C. Chan, Joseph G. Ruthenberg