Patents Examined by Ana Vazquez
  • Patent number: 10190809
    Abstract: Provided is an accumulator capable of effectively suppressing a bumping phenomenon and the following impact noise without making the structure of the accumulator complicated or increasing the cost and the size thereof. A protrusion serving as an origination of boiling is disposed at a part soaked with a liquid part including liquid-phase refrigerant and oil accumulated in the tank 10 of the accumulator 1. Especially the protrusion is disposed at least at a part of an outer periphery of the outer pipe 32 in a double-pipe structure, and an inner periphery and an upper face of a bottom of the tank 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Kouji Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10174984
    Abstract: An ice making apparatus includes an ice machine for making ice with internal surfaces that come in contact with water and ice during normal operation. A cleaning container provides receiving cleaning solution to clean and disinfect the internal surfaces of the ice machine. A programmable control system controls the cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Follett Corporation
    Inventors: James Vorosmarti, III, Mats Erninger, Leroy Kramer, Michael Purcell, Stephen E. Rottloff
  • Patent number: 10168114
    Abstract: An integral drain assembly for a heat exchanger includes a plurality of passage walls defining a plurality of passages, each of the passage walls having a non-linear portion. Also included is a drain wall integrally formed with at least one of the passage walls to define a drain for each of the plurality of passages, the drain wall located proximate the non-linear portion of each of the plurality of passage walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Zager, Michael Doe
  • Patent number: 10168091
    Abstract: An air conditioning companion stabilizer system for improving the operating cooling efficiency of refrigeration cycle components in air conditioning systems integrates the refrigeration cycle components with two independent, closed loops whose operation is complementary of one another. A temperature stabilizing loop functions in ambient conditions that lower cooling efficiency and is operative to absorb heat from the refrigerant exiting the condenser, thereby lowering the temperature of the refrigerant before it arrives at the expansion valve. A secondary loop, or charging loop operating in ambient conditions that enable optimal cooling efficiency facilitates the operation of the temperature stabilizing loop by priming a rechargeable heat absorbing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Allen John Mahncke
  • Patent number: 10168001
    Abstract: A fuel storage and distribution system for a gas-fueled sea-going vessel includes a tank room that constitutes a gastight space enclosing tank connections and valves associated with them. A part of a refrigeration or air conditioning circuit reaches into the tank room. A first local heat transfer circuit is configured to receive heat from the part of the refrigeration or air conditioning circuit in the tank room and arranged to transfer such received heat to liquefied gas fuel handled in the fuel storage and distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Soren Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10168090
    Abstract: A box system for keeping medicine and other payloads at a desired temperature for prolonged periods of time is disclosed. The system generally includes three or more insulating materials between a refrigerant and the payload so that the payload is not cold-shocked by the refrigerant but instead maintains a desired temperature range during shipment. A box having foldable tabs for securing the materials to each other is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: EFP LLC
    Inventor: Learmond A. Chapman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10156385
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to a multistage refrigeration system comprising a vapor compression cycle (VCC) stage, a thermosiphon stage, and an interface device. The VCC stage may circulate a VCC refrigerant, for example, to work a vapor compression cycle on the VCC refrigerant. The thermosiphon stage may circulate a thermosiphon refrigerant between the interface device and an evaporator. The interface device may comprise an interface flow path in fluid communication with the VCC stage to receive the VCC refrigerant and a first vessel that at least partially encloses the first interface flow path. The vessel may receive the first thermosiphon refrigerant at least partially in a vapor phase and may provide the first thermosiphon refrigerant to the evaporator at least partially in a liquid phase. The vessel may be at a second elevation, higher than the first elevation, to generate a thermosiphon force to circulate the thermosiphon refrigerant between the vessel and the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Kapsha
  • Patent number: 10132568
    Abstract: An indirect dry cooling system suitable for steam condensing applications in a power plant Rankine cycle includes an air blast chiller having a plurality of interconnected modular cooler cells. Each cell includes a blower and tube bundle including inlet headers, outlet headers, and plurality of tubes extending between the headers. In one embodiment, the tube bundles form an A-frame cell construction being structurally self-supporting from a base. Each of the tubes may be finned. Cooling water circulating in a closed flow loop on the tube side between the air blast chiller and turbine steam condenser is cooled by ambient air blown through the tube bundles. The cooled water flows through a second tube bundle in the condenser which condenses steam. The heated cooling water returns through the air blast chiller to complete the cooling water cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Vytautas Vincas Maciunas, Indresh Rampall
  • Patent number: 10132545
    Abstract: An ice storage device includes an ice storage box. An ice discharging door is provided at an outlet of the ice storage box, and an ice crushing device is provided inside the ice storage box. The ice crushing device includes at least one fixed ice crushing blade and at least one moving ice crushing blade which is provided on a rotating shaft and rotates synchronously to the rotating shaft. The rotating shaft is connected to a driving device. At least one stirrer is provided on the rotating shaft and rotates synchronously to the rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hisense Ronshen (Guangdong) Refrigerator Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gang Guo, Meiyan Wang, Xiaofen Long, Wen Zeng, Qiang Liao, Feiyue You
  • Patent number: 10126005
    Abstract: The present invention relates to controlling the treatment of air for the inside of a building and especially to controlling a hybrid air conditioning system for the regulation of the air temperature and humidity which utilizes outside air to enhance the efficiency of the system and which has a smoke evacuation system to enhance the safety of firemen and occupants when there is a fire or smoke hazard in the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: William S. Carson, Sr., William S. Carson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10126025
    Abstract: A magneto-caloric assembly can include a first region including a first magneto-caloric material, a second region disposed on the first region and including a second magneto-caloric material and a first matrix material, and a third region disposed on the second region and including a thermally conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Mamatha Nagesh, Atanu Saha, Francis Johnson
  • Patent number: 10119767
    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 membrane separator in fluid receiving communication with the condenser. Gas exiting the membrane separator may recirculate back to the condenser and liquid exiting the membrane 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: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Gary A. Adamson, Wei-Lin Cho
  • Patent number: 10119735
    Abstract: The invention discloses an electronic expansion valve. The electronic expansion valve includes: a valve body (10), a first chamber being formed in the valve body (10), a liquid inlet (11) and a liquid outlet (12) being oppositely provided at two ends of the valve body (10); a second chamber, provided in the first chamber, a coil (20) being provided in the second chamber; a third chamber, an inlet end of the third chamber being communicated with the liquid inlet (11), an outlet end of the third chamber being communicated with the liquid outlet (12), the inlet end of the third chamber and the outlet end of the third chamber being coaxially provided, and a valve core (31) being provided in the third chamber; and the first chamber being communicated with the liquid inlet (11) via the first liquid passage hole (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Yaguo Zhang, Peigang Song, Yunyu Su, Wu Li
  • Patent number: 10119710
    Abstract: A heat exchange system of the invention includes at least multiple grids, a blower including an external rotor motor and a wind blade, an inner side wall, a shock absorbing pad, a compressor, and a box having multiple exhaust inlets. The exhaust inlets are disposed on the side of the box. The grids are disposed at an exhaust outlet of the box. The blower is disposed in the box and below the grid. The compressor is disposed on a bottom surface in the box. The blower is an external rotor axial fan, and the wind blade is disposed outside a rotor of the external rotor motor. The shock absorbing pad is disposed between the grids and the external rotor motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Xiongcheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10119739
    Abstract: A hail producing machine includes at least one diffuser for mixing water and carbon dioxide. At least one heat exchanger is in flow communication with the diffuser for receiving the mixture. A refrigeration unit freezes the mixture to form an ice rod in the heat exchanger. The ice rod is ejected from the heat exchanger and is converted into hail stones by a molding station downstream from the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Tracy Dolan, Steven Cope, Jesse Brown, Kim Ferrara
  • Patent number: 10113778
    Abstract: A chiller system includes a compressor that compress refrigerant, a condenser that exchanges heat between the refrigerant and a cooling water discharged from the compressor, and a flow adjusting device that is provided to a refrigerant outlet side of the condenser and adjusts refrigerant amount in the inside of the condenser, the flow adjusting device includes, a main body portion that is communicated with a tubing of the outlet side of the condenser, a refrigerant supply tube that extends to the main body portion from the condenser and supplies the refrigerant in the inside of the condenser to the inside of the main body portion, and a flow hole that is formed on the main body portion and is selectively opened and closed according to refrigerant pressure which is input through the refrigerant supply tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Cheolmin Kim, Jinhee Jeong, Jungho Kang, Hyunwook Han
  • Patent number: 10113758
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaporatively cooling air wherein a cooling system enclosure is alternately expandable and contractible. The housing is expandable for operation and contractible for storage or transportation. A water distribution subsystem delivers water from a reservoir to evaporative media within the enclosure. Air is circulated over the evaporative media to cool the air. The enclosure may be expanded by creating a positive pressure differential between the interior and exterior of the enclosure. The water distribution subsystem and evaporative media may be configured to move from storage to operating positions within the enclosure as the enclosure moves from the contracted position to the expanded position. The enclosure may include substantially rigid portions that form a protective housing for the internal cooling components when in the contracted storage position. Wheels and stowable handles may facilitate transportation of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Rex A. Eiserer
  • Patent number: 10111447
    Abstract: A machine for preparing a cooled food product includes a receiving seat, for accommodating an essentially cup-shaped container, including a heat exchange element having a heat exchange contact surface arranged to be in contact with an outer surface of a side wall of the container when the container is placed in the machine, and a stirring unit connectable to a stirring member and arranged for driving the stirring member according to a combination of movements, wherein at least one of the combination of movements has a component directed towards the interior of the container when placed in the receiving seat. Also disclosed is a system including the machine, a container, and a method of preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10113775
    Abstract: A process control apparatus includes a housing, a process control device disposed in the housing, and a temperature control device operably coupled to the housing for regulating a temperature of an atmosphere internal to the housing. The temperature control device includes a vortex tube and a flow control valve. The flow control valve is coupled to the vortex tube and includes a temperature sensing feature configured to sense a temperature of an atmosphere internal to the housing and configured to move a control element of the flow control valve based on the sensed temperature between a plurality of positions to selectively direct the flow of fluid from the first and second vortex outlets to the atmosphere internal to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Trenton Frank Jackson
  • Patent number: 10113753
    Abstract: A discharging unit and air conditioning equipment having the discharging unit are provided. The air conditioning equipment includes a main body including a housing that houses a heat exchanger and a blowing fan and an inlet and an outlet formed in an outer surface of the housing, wherein interior air flows into the inlet and the air exchanged with heat is discharged through the outlet. The air conditioning equipment also includes a discharging part including an end detachably combined with the outlet. The discharging part includes a plurality of discharging units configured to adjust a discharging velocity and discharging direction of the discharged air and to be connected to one another so as to be made into a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-muk Choi, Sang-hak Kim, Jung-ho Kim