Patents Examined by Cassey D Bauer
  • Patent number: 10852048
    Abstract: A cold storage box 1 comprises a housing 2 internally having a storage space S for a cold storage object, and one or more heat exchanger tubes 3 provided in the storage space S; wherein the heat exchanger tubes 3 are each a multilayer tube comprising an outer tube with thermal conductivity having an outer surface facing the storage space S, and as inner tube provided inside the outer tube; a first brine solution that does not freeze at 0° C. is contained between the outer tube and the inner tube; and a refrigerant, or a second brine solution that does not freeze at 0° C. is contained inside the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CHUON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunio Osawa
  • Patent number: 10852045
    Abstract: An extruder for an ice machine essentially made up of a monoblock body which is configured from a first body essentially joined to a second cylindrical body, hollow as well in the central portion thereof, and that on the lower portion thereof defines a threaded portion for the joining thereof to an ice machine, through a plurality of holes; and wherein, in the central portion of the body coinciding with the central portion of the second body, a plurality of hollows are located in each body, which determine the inlet and the outlet of a series of channels through which the ice passes towards the outlet of the cited extruder, and wherein said hollows have a “kidney” shape with one concave side and another convex one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: ITV ICE MAKERS, S.L.
    Inventor: Cristina Cordon Compañ
  • Patent number: 10856442
    Abstract: An outdoor unit of an air conditioner having an improved structure to efficiently cool a heating unit of electronic parts therein, a cooling unit applied to the outdoor unit, and a method for manufacturing the cooling unit are provided. The outdoor unit of an air conditioner includes a case, a compressor for compressing a refrigerant, a condenser for condensing a refrigerant discharged from the compressor, electronic parts arranged in the case; and a cooling unit arranged to cool the electronic parts, wherein the cooling unit comprises a heat radiation member arranged to receive and cool down heat produced from the electronic parts, and to come into contact with at least a part of a cooling pipe in which the refrigerant flows, and a plurality of heat transfer fins formed at least some part of the heat radiation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Ho Choi, Wang Byung Chae, Tae Woo Kang, Kyo Seung Kim, Hyeon U Park, Ji-Ho Baek, Sung Hee Lee, Youn Sang Jang, Tae Sung Choi, Seung Ho Hong
  • Patent number: 10845110
    Abstract: A system and method for generation of hydrogen-rich ice (HRI) by introducing water that has been mixed with H2 and CO2 into the vertical tubes of a tube-ice machine is disclosed. The temperature and pressure within the vertical tubes can be maintained by refrigerant surrounding the vertical tubes to form carbon dioxide clathrate hydrates which entrap hydrogen molecules. The carbon dioxide clathrate hydrates cages with entrapped H2 are encased, transported and then delivered after HRI discharge Later, when the HRI tube-ice is formed and released from tube-ice machine, it warms whereupon the carbon dioxide clathrate hydrates dissociate and the H2 is released and used, for example by placement of the tube-ice small cylinders in a glass of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Boris Altshuler, Alexander Altshuler
  • Patent number: 10837693
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet, an evaporator, an evaporator cover module defining an evaporator cover module, a cold air supply module configured to communicate with an upper end of the evaporator cover module, the cold air supply module including a discharge port, and a blower fan. The cold air supply module includes a lower passage configured to communicate with the evaporator cover module, and an upper passage configured to communicate with the discharge port. The cold air supply module defines a communication hole at a position where the upper passage and the lower passage overlap each other, and the blower fan is located at the communication hole to cause suction of cold air from the heat-exchange space and discharge of cold air to the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jiwon Kim
  • Patent number: 10837689
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a fresh food compartment and a freezer compartment. An ice maker with an ice mold is disposed within the fresh food compartment for freezing water into ice pieces. A refrigeration system includes a system evaporator and an ice maker evaporator dedicated to cooling the ice mold. A frame rotatably supports the ice mold within the fresh food compartment between an ice-forming position and an ice-harvesting position. The frame supports the ice maker evaporator at a stationary position that serves as a pivot axis for the ice mold so the ice mold can rotate around the ice maker evaporator between the ice-forming position and the ice-harvesting position, while the ice maker evaporator remains stationary. In one example, a heater is rotatable with the ice mold, and a drip tray is located underneath ice mold and rotatable with the ice mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Zhuochen Shi, Thomas McCollough, Jorge Montalvo
  • Patent number: 10830522
    Abstract: A condenser assembly for a refrigerating appliance is provided herein. The condenser assembly includes an anchor coupled with a first panel of a housing. A bracket is coupled to the anchor and extends from the first panel of the housing. The bracket includes a body having first and second ends. A flange extends from the body and is coupled to the anchor. A condenser has first and second ends. One of the first and second ends is operably coupled to the bracket such that the condenser is positioned at an obtuse angle relative to the flange of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Fernando Garcia, Rishikesh Vinayak Kulkarni, Antonio Sanchez, Nathan Franklin Wolf
  • Patent number: 10830489
    Abstract: A condensate trap for an air handling unit is provided. The condensate trap includes at least one channel configured to selectively receive condensation flowing from the air handling unit, a drain outlet configured to selectively discharge condensation from the at least one channel, and a sealing device configured to float above condensation flowing from the least one channel to the drain outlet. The sealing device is further configured to sit atop a bottom surface of the at least one channel such that a seal is created when the at least one channel does not contain condensation, and to prevent a flow of contaminated air from the drain outlet to the air handler without completely blocking airflow from the sealing device to the air handler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Richard Kilgo, Shiva kumar Kolloju, Ragunanthanan Mylsamy
  • Patent number: 10823474
    Abstract: A vapor compression system includes a compressor, a first heat exchanger, an expansion valve and a second heat exchanger arranged serial refrigerant flow path; a first fan configured to direct air over the first heat exchanger; a controller coupled to the first fan and the compressor, the controller configured to: set a compressor discharge superheat limit; determine a compressor discharge superheat; compare the compressor discharge superheat to the compressor discharge superheat limit; and when the compressor discharge superheat is less than the compressor discharge superheat limit, the controller reducing at least one of a compressor speed and a first fan speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Austin, Mark W. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10823479
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes a refrigerant line having a compressor and a condenser. A thermal exchange media is delivered from the condenser and through the refrigerant line to at least a freezer evaporator of a plurality of evaporators, wherein the thermal exchange media leaving the freezer evaporator defines spent media that is returned to the compressor. A multi-directional outlet valve selectively delivers the thermal exchange media to the freezer evaporator, wherein the multi-directional outlet valve also selectively delivers the thermal exchange media to at least one secondary evaporator of the plurality of evaporators to define a partially-spent media that is delivered to the freezer evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Amit A. Avhale, Rishikesh Vinayak Kulkarni, E. Calvin Pickles, Yan Zhang, Vijaykumar Sathyamurthi
  • Patent number: 10816246
    Abstract: An expansion valve using a shape memory alloy spring includes: a valve housing having a first refrigerant flow passage and a second refrigerant flow passage passing through both sides of the valve housing and an opening/closing adjuster receiving space along an opened upper portion of the valve housing; an opening/closing adjuster configured to enter the opening/closing adjuster receiving space and to adjust an opening/closing degree of a valve using a shape memory alloy spring exerting an elastic force at a memory temperature; and a valve cover sealing the opened upper portion of the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seong-Bin Jeong
  • Patent number: 10814698
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning device which is capable of inhibiting liquid return to a compressor and generation of noise due to bumping in an accumulator. There are executed a heating mode to close a solenoid valve 17, open a solenoid valve 21, let a refrigerant from a compressor 2 radiate heat in a radiator 4, decompress the refrigerant through an outdoor expansion valve 6, let the refrigerant absorb heat in an outdoor heat exchanger 7, and send the refrigerant to an accumulator 12, and a dehumidifying and cooling mode to open the solenoid valve 17, close the solenoid valve 21, decompress the refrigerant through an indoor expansion valve 8, let the refrigerant absorb heat in a heat absorber, and send the refrigerant to the accumulator. When shifting from the heating mode to the dehumidifying and cooling mode, the solenoid valve 21 is opened for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SANDEN AUTOMOTIVE CLIMATE SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishizeki, Kazuki Sekiguchi, Kohei Yamashita, Ryo Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 10808157
    Abstract: A method for the heating and/or air conditioning of the passenger compartment of an automobile using a reversible cooling loop in which flows a coolant containing 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene. The method is particularly useful when outdoor temperature is lower than ?15° C. The method can be used for hybrid automobiles designed for operating alternatively with a thermal engine and an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ARKEMA FRANCE
    Inventor: Wissam Rached
  • Patent number: 10794622
    Abstract: A water pocket with an open top side is filled with water, mounted in a regular position on a supporting frame, and tilts to supply the water stored in the water pocket to an ice making tray, thereby easily supplying a required amount of water to the ice making tray. A refrigerator includes an ice making tray provided to linearly move with rotation when ice of the ice making tray is separated, or includes a holding preventing member which prevents the ice from being caught by a lower ice making tray, thereby improving a forward-and-backward width of an ice maker. It is possible to easily withdraw ice stored in an ice bucket by pushing an ice discharge button in a state in which the ice bucket is not separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Bong Su Son, Do Yun Jang, Yoon Young Kim, Yong Jong Park, Moon Gyo Jung, Kook Jeong Seo
  • Patent number: 10787298
    Abstract: A biodegradable bag and method of using same for storing and transporting ice chunks, the method including enclosing about 5 lbs to about 50 lbs of ice chunks within a 100% knitted, cotton yarn bag, placing the bag within a freezer for maintaining the ice chunks below at least 0° C., storing the bag containing the ice chunks in the freezer and transporting the bag containing the ice chunks in a freezer compartment of a motor vehicle to a retail location for purchase by an end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Scott McMillan
  • Patent number: 10782077
    Abstract: A condenser equipped with a refrigerant outlet configured to receive and store liquid refrigerant during an off-cycle is described. The refrigerant outlet may include an outflow pipe surrounded by a weir. The weir may include a port, through which liquid refrigerant in the weir can be directed to, for example, moving parts of the chiller for lubrication. The outflow pipe may extend vertically relative to the bottom of the condenser. In some embodiments, a first opening of the outflow pipe may be positioned higher than the bottom of the condenser in the vertical direction, while the weir may be positioned lower than the bottom of the condenser. Liquid refrigerant in the condenser can flow to and stay in the weir in an off-cycle. During a subsequent start-up, the liquid refrigerant in the weir can be directly quickly to moving parts of the chiller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Todd Smith, Frederic Byron Hamm, Jr., Steven Joseph Pitts
  • Patent number: 10773807
    Abstract: An airplane is provided. The airplane includes a compressing device. The compressing device includes a turbine with a first inlet and a second inlet. The turbine provides energy by expanding mediums. The first inlet is configured to receive a first medium of the mediums. The second inlet is configured to receive a second medium of the mediums. The compressing device includes a compressor and a motor. The compressor receives a first energy derived from the first and second mediums being expanded across the turbine during a first mode of the compressing device, receives a second energy derived from the first medium being expanded across the turbine during a second mode of the compressing device, and compresses the second medium in accordance with the first mode or the second mode. The motor provides a supplementary energy to the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: David E. Hall, Louis J. Bruno, Harold W. Hipsky
  • Patent number: 10775094
    Abstract: A refrigerator according to an embodiment includes: a duct dividing the inside of a storage compartment body into a storage compartment and an air channel and having a main discharge port and a sub-discharge port; an air guide dividing the air channel into a first channel communicating with the main discharge port and a second channel guiding air in the first channel to the sub-discharge port; a heat exchanger provided in the first channel; and a fan suctioning air in the storage compartment and sending the air to the first channel. According to the refrigerator, it is possible to maximize the volume of the storage compartment and separately discharge air to the main discharge port and the sub-discharge port, using a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyunghun Cha, Soyoon Kim, Myungjin Chung, Kyungseok Kim
  • Patent number: 10760837
    Abstract: Provided is an evaporator including a header in which a depressed portion is formed by concavely depressing downwards a transverse central portion in a longitudinal direction from an upper surface, the portion in which the depressed portion is formed protrudes downwards to form a pair of partitions spaced apart from each other, and a communication hole is formed in a penetrating manner in a transverse direction in each of the pair of partitions; a tank in which a transverse central portion is coupled to a lower end of the partition of the header and both sides in the transverse direction are coupled to the header; and an insert plate inserted into the depressed portion of the header such that both surfaces are tightly attached to the pair of partitions, and having a through hole provided at a position corresponding to the communication holes provided in the pair of partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventor: Duck-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10760795
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to air conditioning systems and methods. An aspect of the present disclosure is a device that includes a housing having an external surface and defining an interior volume, a heat exchanger positioned within the interior volume, a fluid line partially positioned within the interior volume, a sleeve extending from the external surface and terminating at a distal end of the sleeve, and a fluid connector. The sleeve has an outside wall spanning a length of the sleeve and defining an internal cavity, the fluid connector is positioned at or near the distal end, a portion of the fluid line is positioned within the internal cavity, and the fluid line provides a fluid connection between the heat exchanger and the fluid connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Charles William Booten, Jonathan Michael Winkler, David Ross Roberts