Patents Examined by Ana M Vazquez
  • Patent number: 11002469
    Abstract: An integrated thermal superconducting plate heat exchanger and a manufacturing method thereof. The integrated thermal superconducting plate heat exchanger comprises a heat exchange plate of a composite plate structure, a fluid pipe having a certain structure shape and a thermal superconducting pipe having a certain structure shape are formed in the heat exchange plate; two ends of the fluid pipe are formed with openings; and the thermal superconducting pipe is an enclosed pipe and is filled with a heat transfer working medium therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG JIAXI OPTOELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Juqiang Li, Junqiang Yang, Aixing Tong
  • Patent number: 10995979
    Abstract: A container with active temperature control is provided. The container has a body with a chamber that receives a liquid. A temperature control system housed in the portable body has one or more heating element in thermal communication with at least a portion of the chamber to heat the liquid. Control circuitry controls the operation of the one or more heating elements and one or more power storage elements to provide electrical energy to the one or more heating element and/or control circuitry. The control circuitry controls the one or more heating elements to add heat to the liquid in the receiving portion to maintain the temperature of the liquid at a predetermined temperature or increase the temperature of the liquid above said predetermined temperature. The container can have a cooling element (e.g., a phase change material) that can remove heat from the liquid poured into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ember Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Alexander, Christopher Thomas Wakeham, Daren John Leith, Mikko Juhani Timperi, Frank Victor Baumann
  • Patent number: 10982877
    Abstract: A casing of a heat source unit for a refrigeration device is configured to allow air to flow from a machine chamber disposed at a lower portion of the casing to a heat exchange chamber disposed above the machine chamber. An electric component box includes a bottom panel, a side panel which has a vent opening, a top panel, and a vent opening cover for covering the vent opening of the side panel. The vent opening cover is provided with a plurality of slits extending in the vertical direction at positions deviated from a portion opposed to the vent opening of the side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Aika Uzawa, Toshihiro Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10982885
    Abstract: A falling-film evaporator includes an evaporator cylinder, a mist eliminator disposed in the evaporator cylinder, a dispenser disposed in the evaporator cylinder, a liquid baffle disposed in the evaporator cylinder, a first chamber formed at least partially by the mist eliminator and the liquid baffle on a first side of the evaporator cylinder below the mist eliminator, a gas returning chamber formed at least partially by the mist eliminator and the liquid baffle on a second side of the evaporator cylinder above the mist eliminator, a gas-liquid separation chamber formed at least partially by the dispenser at an upper portion of the first chamber, and an evaporation chamber formed at least partially by the dispenser at a lower portion of the first chamber, and where the gas returning chamber is in fluid communication with the evaporation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: Johnson Controls Technology Company, York (Wuxi) Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Co., Ltd., Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Technology (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiuping Su, Li Wang, Jinliang Li, Fang Xue
  • Patent number: 10976093
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet structure having an exterior wrapper and a liner operably coupled to one another to define an insulating space therebetween. The cabinet structure includes a refrigerator compartment. A water storage system includes a first portion disposed within the insulating space and a second portion fluidically coupled to the first portion and positioned within the refrigerator compartment. The first portion of the water storage system is exposed to a temperature level of the insulating space, and the second portion of the water storage system is exposed to a temperature level of the refrigerator compartment that is lower than the temperature level of the insulating space to define a thermal gradient therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jessica Patricia Casanova
  • Patent number: 10973177
    Abstract: A process to reduce the temperature of a feed of air by (a) contacting the feed of air with liquid water, wherein part of the water evaporates to obtain air with a higher humidity and a reduced temperature. The air obtained in step (a) is contacted in step (b) with an aqueous hygroscopic solution to obtain air with a reduced humidity. In a step (c) the air obtained in step (b) is contacted with liquid water, wherein part of the water evaporates to obtain air with a reduced temperature as compared to the air obtained in step (a). In a step (d) the water diluted hygroscopic solution obtained in step (b) is concentrated and cooled to obtain a concentrated and cooled hygroscopic solution, with the solution being used as the aqueous hygroscopic solution or as part of the aqueous hygroscopic solution in step (b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Ruben Spaans, Vincent Martijn Kickert
  • Patent number: 10966774
    Abstract: An energy delivery device cooling system includes a reservoir connector assembly and an elongate member. The elongate member has first and second lumens in fluid communication with the reservoir. The first lumen includes an outflow port and the second lumen includes a return port each in fluid communication with the reservoir. The device further includes a tubing system having a first end and a second end. The first end connected in fluid communication with the outflow port and the second end in fluid communication with the return port. The second end configured to return a fluid to the reservoir. The tubing system connects to an energy delivery device to cool the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Eric W. Larson, Darion R. Peterson, Joseph D. Brannan
  • Patent number: 10962304
    Abstract: A thermal management loop system may include an accumulator, an evaporator in fluid receiving communication with the accumulator, a condenser in fluid receiving communication with the evaporator, and a rotary separator in fluid receiving communication with the condenser. Gas exiting the rotary separator may recirculate back to the condenser and liquid exiting the rotary separator may flow to the accumulator. The thermal management loop system may be a dual-mode system and thus may be operable in a powered-pump mode or a passive-capillary mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary A. Adamson, Wei-Lin Cho
  • Patent number: 10962270
    Abstract: A transportation box (100) including a plurality of first phase change materials (16), a plurality of second phase change materials (20), a first box (18) adapted to enclose a payload box (10), a second box (22) and an outer box (14). The payload box (10) is embedded with the plurality of second phase change materials (20). Further, each of the plurality of first phase change materials (16) is placed above and below the payload box (10). The second box (22) is adapted to contain temperature sensitive products and is nestable within the payload box (10). The first box (18) is nestable within the outer box (14). The plurality of first phase change materials (16) and the plurality of second phase change materials (20) are arranged in a manner such that air in between controls heat flow into and within the first box (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Devendra Jain, Nidhi Agarwal, Ravi Teja A. T., Deepraj Sarmah
  • Patent number: 10953343
    Abstract: Atmospheric water generators, systems and methods are presented involve user authentication, recording and tracking of water volumes dispensed by respective users over periods of various lengths, controlling component noise level and timing, and cleaning, heating and cooling the collected water more efficiently. The generators may be placed in network communication with other such generators to exchange water availability information therewith, or may communicate with a central server element by way of LAN, Internet, cell tower, peer-to-peer mesh or satellite. Information is conveyed to the user regarding the amount of water they consume from the water generators, and their resulting positive impact on the environment. Water dispensing data may be shared on the users' social media accounts, or used as inputs for competitions or games in order to further engage the user. User authentication may be accomplished by way of biometrics or an RFID/NFC tag embedded in the user's water vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Skywell, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald M. Dorfman
  • Patent number: 10955172
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high-temperature air conditioning device. By changing an arrangement mode of throttle valves, a pressure of refrigerant inside a low-pressure pipeline is made to be lower than a pressure of refrigerant inside a medium-pressure pipeline, thus ensuring that the refrigerant, used for cooling components, inside the low-pressure pipeline has a low pressure, thereby solving a problem in the prior art that a frequency converter, a motor and lubricating oil are not cooled sufficiently or cannot be cooled due to excessively high evaporation pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Hua Liu, Hongbo Li, Zhiping Zhang, Sheng Wang, Dongjun Sun
  • Patent number: 10941979
    Abstract: Apparatus for cooling products includes a cooling chamber with a conveyor for conveying the products through the chamber, at least one circulator for circulating a cooling gas within at least a part of the chamber, a first guiding element for guiding the cooling gas on a first conveyor side, and a second guiding element for guiding the cooling gas on a second conveyor side, wherein the first and second guiding elements are arranged within the chamber such that the cooling gas can impinge the first side, and the first and second guiding elements are oriented obliquely compared to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Robert Voss, Alexander Angenheister de Freitas
  • Patent number: 10935273
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a housing having first and second suction ports; a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat with air brought in through the first suction port; a first discharging port configured to discharge the heat-exchanged air; a second discharging port configured to discharge air brought in through the second suction port to be mixed with air discharged from the first discharging port at outside of the housing; a discharging door having a plurality of discharging holes, through which air directed to the first discharging port is discharged out of the housing, and selectively opening the second discharging port by movement operation of the discharging door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung June Cho, Kwon Jin Kim, Sung Jae Kim, Seon Uk Na, Yeon Seob Yun, Young Uk Yun, Kyeong Ae Lee, Byung Han Lim, Jong Kweon Ha
  • Patent number: 10921033
    Abstract: A horizontal gas-liquid separator for an air conditioner includes a housing and a refrigerant inlet pipe. The housing defines a cavity. The cavity has a gas outlet formed in the top of the cavity and a liquid outlet formed in the bottom of the cavity. A minimum distance between the gas outlet and a left sidewall of the cavity is denoted by L1, and a minimum distance between the liquid outlet and the left sidewall of the cavity is denoted by L2. The refrigerant inlet pipe is located on a left side wall of the housing and has an end extending into the cavity. A distance between an end face of the end of the refrigerant inlet pipe and the left sidewall of the cavity is denoted by L3, and L3?L1, L3?L2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Lihua Ma, Mingren Wang, Guozhong Yang, Libo Yan
  • Patent number: 10914501
    Abstract: An ice maker assembly is provided that includes an ice maker. A mounting plate is positioned within an ice maker receiving space. The mounting plate defines a plurality of engagement features extending into the ice maker receiving space. A rail system is disposed on opposite sides of the ice maker receiving space. An ice storage bin is removably positioned within the ice maker receiving space. The ice storage bin comprises an ice bin wall positioned on an ice bin base. An auger assembly is disposed through the ice bin base. A latch is slidably disposed along a bottom surface of the ice bin base. The latch includes a plurality of retention features that cooperate with the engagement features. Horizontal movement of the latch causes vertical motion of the ice storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Fischer, Christopher R. McElvain, Ryan D. Schuchart
  • Patent number: 10914500
    Abstract: An icemaker for a refrigerated appliance is provided. The icemaker includes an ice tray having a plurality of ice-forming compartments and a duct for directing chilled air operably coupled with a diverter. The diverter includes a base having first and second sides and defining a plurality of variously sized slots. A centerline of the base is aligned with a centerline of the ice tray. At least one spacing portion extends between two of the plurality of variously sized slots. A plurality of fins extend away from a top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jose R. Aranda, Darci Cavali, Chao-Yi Chen, Milind Devle, Dewei Guan, Benjamin G. Jimenez, Varun Deepak Kotecha, Rishikesh Vinayak Kulkarni, Mahalingappa Mulimani, N S Ayodhya Ram, Rogerio Rodrigues, Jr., Anuj Sharma, Richard A. Spletzer, Shailesh Wani
  • Patent number: 10907889
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a liner and a wall covering assembly to create a false wall within a refrigerator cabinet. The wall covering assembly includes a top wall spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner, and a rear wall spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. The rear wall of the wall covering assembly includes a ventilated portion for providing outwardly directed air to the refrigerator cabinet. A duct assembly is disposed between the wall covering assembly and the liner and is configured to deliver air through the ventilated portion of the wall covering assembly and also deliver air in the form of a downwardly directed air curtain at the front portion of the refrigerator cabinet. The air curtain disrupts the outward flow of air from the ventilated portion of the wall covering assembly at the front portion of the refrigerator cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Lynne F. Hunter, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Alberto R. Gomes
  • Patent number: 10907866
    Abstract: A heat exchanger group includes a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, and a third heat exchanger. In a cooling operation, refrigerant discharged from the compressor is divided into two. One refrigerant is delivered to the second heat exchanger, and the other refrigerant is delivered to the third heat exchanger. The second heat exchanger performs heat exchange to turn the refrigerant into two-phase refrigerant. The third heat exchanger performs heat exchange to turn the refrigerant into two-phase refrigerant. The refrigerant that has flowed through the second heat exchanger and the refrigerant that has flowed through the third heat exchanger meet, and the resultant refrigerant is delivered to the first heat exchanger. The first heat exchanger performs heat exchange, so that the two-phase refrigerant turns into liquid refrigerant and flows through the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Matsuda, Takeshi Hatomura, Yutaka Aoyama, Takumi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10907880
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a storage compartment and a mullion assembly pivotally coupled to one of a first door and a second door. The mullion assembly includes a cavity with an insulating member disposed therein. One or more sensor assemblies are coupled to the mullion assembly and configured to collect data sufficient to calculate a dew point temperature of the mullion assembly and an actual temperature of the mullion assembly. A heating element is coupled to the mullion assembly and is selectively activated by a controller based on information provided from the one or more sensor assemblies. The heating element is powered using a modulated power level that is inversely proportionate to the difference in temperature between the mullion assembly and the calculated dew point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Amit A. Avhale, Kapil Ayyawar, Rishikesh Vinayak Kulkarni, E C. Pickles, Yan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10895411
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a high side heat exchanger, a flash tank, a subcooler, an expansion valve, a load, and a compressor. The high side heat exchanger removes heat from a refrigerant. The flash tank stores the refrigerant. The subcooler heat exchanger receives the refrigerant. During a first mode of operation, the load uses the refrigerant to cool a space proximate the load and the compressor compresses the refrigerant. During a second mode of operation, the subcooler heat exchanger directs the refrigerant to the expansion valve, transfers heat from the refrigerant from the flash tank to the refrigerant from the expansion valve and directs the refrigerant from the expansion valve to the compressor. During the second mode of operation, the compressor compresses the refrigerant from the subcooler heat exchanger and directs the compressed refrigerant from the subcooler heat exchanger to the load to defrost the first load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC
    Inventors: Shitong Zha, Michael Hollister