Patents Assigned to Modine Manufacturing Company
  • Patent number: 11460256
    Abstract: A header for a heat exchanger includes a first and a second cylindrical fluid manifold extending in parallel. Each of the first and second manifolds have tube slots that extend through an arcuate wall section of the manifold. A thickened wall section of the header having a generally triangular wall section is bounded by the first and second fluid manifolds and by a planar outer surface of the header. An aperture extends through the thickened wall section to provide a fluid communication pathway between the first and second cylindrical fluid manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Simon Zielinski, Matthew Hernigle, James Prochniak, John Kis, Peter Kottal, Vivek Shetty, David Caucutt
  • Patent number: 11428473
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a housing with an inlet port, an outlet port, an interior facing surface defining a coolant channel, a first opening surrounded by an exterior facing surface, and a second opening defined by a first inner diameter. A tube assembly defines a plurality of exhaust gas flow channels and a plurality of coolant cross channels within the housing. A first diffuser directs a first fluid into the tube assembly and is joined to a first header plate, which separates the first fluid from a second fluid within the coolant channel. A second diffuser directs the first fluid out of the tube assembly. The second diffuser is located within the second opening and sealed to the second opening by seals around the second diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas R. Grotophorst
  • Patent number: 11428474
    Abstract: A plate heat exchanger includes a stack of plate pairs with gaps between adjacent pairs, arranged to provide flow paths for a first fluid to pass through inner volumes of the plate pairs while simultaneously allowing a second fluid to flow over the outer surfaces of the plate pairs. At least one cylindrical fluid manifold for the first fluid extends through the plate pairs. A non-planar cap is arranged at one end of the plate heat exchanger to close off the cylindrical fluid manifold. A reinforcement plate is arranged at that end between the non-planar cap and an end plate of the plate heat exchanger. The position of the non-planar cap relative to a central axis of the cylindrical fluid manifold is maintained in order to prevent failure of the plate heat exchanger due to internal pressurization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Alexander Riebel, Wolfgang Schatz-Knecht
  • Patent number: 11420298
    Abstract: A method of making a heat exchanger that includes sealing tubes to header slots and brazing the tubes to the header slots. The method further includes coupling a cover to the header to cover a liquid-side surface of the header and to cover ends of the tubes, and applying flux to an air-side surface of the header and to the tubes. Coupling the cover to the header is performed after sealing the tubes to the header slots and coupling the cover to the header is performed before applying flux to the air-side surface of the header and to the tubes. Applying flux is performed before brazing each of the tubes to the header slots and sealing each of the tubes to the header slot includes sealing a perimeter of each of the tubes to the header slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Kis
  • Patent number: 11340027
    Abstract: A tube for a heat exchanger includes a tube outer body enclosing a tube inner volume, and a corrugated insert received within the tube inner volume. The tube outer body has a pair of broad planar walls joined by arcuate end walls. The corrugated insert defines flow channels through the tube, with opening in flanks of the insert allowing for flow communication between adjacent flow channels. Bypass channels adjacent the arcuate end walls are fluidly isolated from the adjacent flow channels by the absence of such openings in the end flanks. Flow through the bypass channels is obstructed by flow blocks at one or both ends of the bypass channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Roman C. Reinhardt, Andreas F. Stolz, Marius Dornseif
  • Patent number: 11333442
    Abstract: A brazeable metal sheet material for heat exchanger components is used for producing a heat exchanger by a controlled atmosphere brazing process. The metal sheet material is made up of a core material with a brazing layer at least on one side and a corrosion-reducing intermediate layer arranged between the brazing layer and the core material. The core material consists of an Al3000-series alloy or an Al6000-series alloy having a magnesium content of 0.1% to 1.5% by weight. The brazing layer consists of an Al4000-series alloy having a maximum of 0.2% magnesium by weight. The corrosion-reducing intermediate layer consists of an Al1000-series alloy or an Al7000-series alloy having 0.1% to 1.5% magnesium by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Thomas Feldhege, Markus Holmgren, Guenther Frischknecht
  • Patent number: 11289752
    Abstract: A plate assembly for a heat exchanger includes a first plate, a second plate, and an intermediate plate arranged between the first and second plates. The intermediate plate is joined to the first and second plates at peripheral edges to create a sealed periphery of the plate assembly. Corrugations of the intermediate plate provide crests and troughs that are in contact with inwardly facing surfaces of the first and second plates. The plate assembly can be configured as a battery cooling plate heat exchanger to transfer heat from a battery to fluid flowing through the plate assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kyle Shisler, Christopher Michael Moore, Mitchell Crawford, Thomas Grotophorst, Jason Braun, Frank Lippke
  • Patent number: 11230968
    Abstract: A frameless cooling module includes a first and a second shroud panel arranged at opposing sides of the module and extending from the front of the module to the back of the module. At least one L-shaped stiffener bracket extends between the panels at an intermediate location along both the height direction and the depth direction of the module. One or more heat exchangers is arranged within the cooling module between the L-shaped stiffener bracket and the front of the module, and is at least partially secured within the cooling module by being mounted to the L-shaped stiffener bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Ryan Hankwitz, Allison M Kirklin, Zachary T Ouradnik, Eric Lamberton
  • Patent number: 11162742
    Abstract: An air fin for a heat exchanger has air channels defined by corrugations, the corrugations having generally planar flanks joined by alternating crests and troughs. Perforations extend through portions of at least some of the flanks and are aligned within two spaced apart planes. A rectangular aperture extends through at least two consecutive ones of the corrugations, and is bounded by the two planes. A method of making the air fin includes forming perforations into a continuous strip of metal sheet at regular intervals, corrugating the strip to form crests and troughs between the perforations, and punching out a portion of the strip at regular intervals. The punching out includes shearing webs between the perforations, and results in the formation of the rectangular aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Tim Hoepfner, Niko Neub, Rifaquat Cheema, Joseph Scholzen
  • Patent number: 11112191
    Abstract: A heat exchanger has a turbulating insert arranged between a pair of plates. The turbulating insert is permeable to fluid flow in both a high-pressure-drop direction and a low-pressure drop direction. One portion of the turbulating insert has the high-pressure-drop direction oriented at a non-zero angle to the high-pressure-drop direction of another portion. A method of making the heat exchanger includes forming a turbulating insert, removing a portion of the turbulating insert to create a cavity within the turbulating insert, placing the remaining turbulating insert into a stamped first plate, and placing the removed portion of the turbulating insert into the cavity at a non-zero angle of rotation relative to the remaining turbulating insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexander Riebel, Mostafa Sharifi Khozani, Florian Dörr, Dieter Merz
  • Patent number: 11105557
    Abstract: A tank for a heat exchanger includes an extruded tank section having a generally constant extrusion profile extending in a longitudinal direction from a first tank end to a second tank end. A first planar end cap is joined to the extruded tank section near the first tank end, and a second planar end cap is joined to the extruded tank section near the second tank end. Together, the extruded tank section and first and second end caps can at least partially define an internal tank volume. The first and second planar end caps are both arranged at non-perpendicular angles to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Issa Dandan, Thomas Michael Best, Zachary Ouradnik
  • Patent number: 10989481
    Abstract: A heat exchange system and apparatus for a vehicle powertrain configured to exchange heat between a first fluid and a second fluid within a heat exchanger core formed by a plurality of stacked plates having separate channels for the first fluid and the second fluid. The heat exchanger system includes multiple heat exchangers, one of which is connected to a both the inlet and the outlet of a vehicle powertrain component, another of which is fluidly connected or at least partially disconnected from the vehicle component according to the mode of operation of the heat exchange system. The heat exchanger connected to the vehicle component includes a jumper tube to return the first fluid to the vehicle component through a core of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mitchell Crawford, Ashutosh Patil, Andrew Boyer, Daniel Raduenz
  • Patent number: 10907865
    Abstract: A heating and cooling system includes a heat exchange section to transfer heat between refrigerant and air in both a heating mode and a cooling mode. The heat exchange section includes at least two refrigerant passes. Refrigerant is circuited through the refrigerant passes in the same direction in both the heating mode and the cooling mode, so that the overall flow orientation between the refrigerant passes and the air is a counter-flow orientation in both the heating mode and the cooling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: George Baker, Gregory Kohler, Jacob Pachniak, Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 10893633
    Abstract: A method of cooling an electronics cabinet includes inducing a flow of cooling air to enter into the electronics cabinet, passing the flow of cooling air over electronic modules arranged within the electronics cabinet to convectively transfer heat to the flow of cooling air from the electronic modules, and directing the flow of cooling air through a door heat exchanger at an end of the electronics cabinet to exhaust the flow of cooling air from the cabinet. A first coolant flow is directed through the door heat exchanger, and heat is transferred from the flow of cooling air to the first coolant flow as they pass through the door heat exchanger. A second coolant flow is circulated through a coolant loop that is arranged within the electronics cabinet, and passes though cold plates that are joined to at least some of the electronic modules to transfer heat from those modules to the second coolant flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: David Samuel Wilks, Nino Veselinov Nenchev
  • Publication number: 20200395644
    Abstract: A battery cooling system includes several battery cooling plates connected to a coolant manifold and coolant chiller. The coolant chiller is configured to remove heat from a flow of coolant that circulates through the battery cooling system. The coolant manifold has a first and a second chamber that both extend in a longitudinal direction and that are spaced apart and separated by an air gap. The first chamber receives a flow of chilled coolant from the coolant chiller, and the second chamber delivers to the coolant chiller a flow of coolant to be chilled. Plastic connectors in one-to-one correspondence with the battery cooling plates are mounted to the coolant manifold to fluidly couple the first and second chambers of the coolant manifold to the battery cooling plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Thomas BRÄUNING, Andreas GIRRLEIT, Jörg SPECKMANN, Niko NEUB, Manuel SCHÖN
  • Patent number: 10830539
    Abstract: A liquid cooler having a heat exchanger core located within a housing, the heat exchanger core secured to the housing by fastening points on the housing. The heat exchanger core having a stack of plate pairs or tubes, and the core also having ribs arranged in between the plate pairs or tubes. A cover plate with apertures is arranged on the heat exchanger core. The heat exchanger core is located within an insertion opening of the housing. An adapter rests on the cover plate in a sealing manner. The adapter includes at least one of an inlet port and an outlet port. The adapter is fastened to the housing at the fastening points, and provides a fluid connection to the apertures and the tubes or plate pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Marius Dornseif, Thomas Eckert, Frank Becker
  • Patent number: 10815848
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly, in particular an exhaust gas cooler, having a gas inlet pipe attached to an inlet diffuser to improve flow distribution of the gas in a case with a heat exchanger core within. The gas inlet pipe configured to disrupt the momentum of flow of the gas due to at least one bend upstream of the inlet diffuser. The gas inlet pipe including at least two intermediate bends which define multiple section of the gas inlet pipe, at least two of the sections redirecting flow of the gas before an outlet of the gas inlet pipe to more evenly distribute the gas at the outlet of the gas inlet pipe upstream of the inlet diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Victor G. Nino, Saman Beyhaghi, Mitchell S. Crawford, Viswanath Setty, Zachary W. Kuecker
  • Patent number: 10801372
    Abstract: A cooling module is coupled to an engine system and a Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system. The cooling module includes a heat exchanger for cooling a fluid of the engine system and a condenser for cooling a working fluid of the Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system, both of which extend in a width direction of the cooling module and are porous to a flow of cooling air in a depth direction of the cooling module. The condenser includes a first tubular header that extends in a height direction of the cooling module. A working fluid transfer tube fluidly couples the first tubular header to the Rankine waste heat recovery cycle system. The working fluid transfer tube has a first portion extending in the depth direction and a second portion extending in the height direction, the second portion being adjacent to the first tubular header in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Tony Rousseau
  • Patent number: 10697706
    Abstract: A heat exchanger that includes first and second headers, a first flow conduit fluidly connecting the first and second headers to allow for a flow of a first fluid through the heat exchanger, the first flow conduit being bounded by a first generally planar wall section extending between the first and second headers, a second flow conduit to allow for a flow of the second fluid through the heat exchanger, the second flow conduit being bounded by a second generally planar wall section spaced apart from the first generally planar wall section to define a gap therebetween, and a thermally conductive structure arranged within the gap and joined to the first and second generally planar wall sections to transfer heat therebetween. The thermally conductive structure is isolated from the first fluid by the first generally planar wall section and from the second fluid by the second generally planar wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Gregory Gerald Hughes, Michael J. Reinke, Tony Rousseau
  • Patent number: 10690421
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is constructed from a plurality of plate pairs stacked to form air flow passages between adjacent ones of the plurality of plate pairs and cooling fluid flow paths within each of the plurality of plate pairs. The cooling fluid flow paths have a first portion along one longitudinal edge of each plate pair, a second portion along an opposing longitudinal edge each plate pair, a third portion extending through the heat exchange section between the first and second portions, and a fourth portion extending between the first and second portions along one lateral edge of each plate pair and bypassing the third portion. Flow barriers are arranged within each plate pair to at least partially define the third and fourth portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Peskos, Rainer Glueck, Frank Lippke