Patents Examined by Chang H Park
  • Patent number: 10634404
    Abstract: An indoor unit of an air-conditioning apparatus includes: a casing; a drain pan, which is provided inside the casing, and is configured to receive condensate water generated in the load-side heat exchanger; and a refrigerant detection unit provided below the drain pan inside the casing. The refrigerant detection unit includes: a sensor configured to detect leakage of the refrigerant; and a sensor cover configured to cover the sensor from a front surface side of the sensor. The sensor cover includes: a roof portion arranged above the sensor; and a side surface portion arranged on the front surface side or a side surface side of the sensor below the roof portion. The roof portion has an eaves portion projecting outward with respect to the side surface portion, and the side surface portion has at least one first opening port configured to introduce air to an inside of the sensor cover therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Obara, Masahiko Takagi, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Kenyu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10625568
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller configured to determine when an HVAC system is providing at least one of heating, ventilating and air conditioning to a primary zone and to determine when a drivetrain is providing energy to a power source or the power source is providing surplus energy to the drivetrain, and in response, to activate a low cost energy mode wherein the HVAC system is operated to provide the at least one of heating, ventilating and air conditioning to at least one secondary zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: John Gibble
  • Patent number: 10619883
    Abstract: A determination assistance device includes an infrared image acquirer that acquires an infrared image by imaging an area including an air outlet of an air conditioner, a communicator that communicates with the air conditioner, an inputter that accepts data inputs, imaging switch operations, and the like performed by user, a display that displays image data and the like, a controller that controls overall operations of the determination assistance, and a storage that stores various data, a program, and the like. A display controller of the controller displays on the display the infrared image and whether or not abnormality, determined by the infrared image, is present in the air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takeru Kuroiwa
  • Patent number: 10619900
    Abstract: Embodiments of an accumulator for charge management are described. A fluid compression system, comprising an accumulator fluidly connected to an evaporator via a spillover port. The spillover port directs working fluid received from the evaporator to be collected and stored in the accumulator, where the stored working fluid is stored and released from the accumulator in response to an operating condition of the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Lee L. Sibik
  • Patent number: 10605506
    Abstract: A heat pump includes a control device configured to control conduction and shutting-off of electric power to a first compressor heater, and to control whether or not an alarm unit notifies an alarm. The control device causes the alarm unit to notify the alarm when the control device determines that duration of electric conduction to the first compressor heater is a predetermined period or longer. With this, it is possible to provide a heat pump that can control electric conduction to the heater to enable saving of electricity, and that can detect a problem in the controlling of the electric conduction to the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Kihara, Keiji Sugimori, Sadanori Yasuda, Hirotaka Nakamura, Makoto Asai
  • Patent number: 10598423
    Abstract: A refrigerator contains a dispenser for ice and/or liquid. A dispenser housing covers an opening in an outer shell of the refrigerator. The dispenser housing delimits a dispenser recess that extends outward and upward over an upper edge of the opening and is assembled from at least one main part, which extends from a lower edge of the opening over a rear wall to a front edge of a ceiling of the dispenser housing, and a filling part, which extends from the front edge to an upper edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Gerd Keller, Karl-Friedrich Laible, Florian Moertl, Senol Temizkan
  • Patent number: 10598417
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus is provided with a compressor, a condenser, a pressure-reducing device, and an evaporator. The refrigeration cycle apparatus comprises a refrigeration cycle configured to circulate refrigerant; and a control unit configured to control the refrigeration cycle. The control unit causes the refrigeration cycle to operate when an operation condition is satisfied, the operation condition including elapse of a preset time after the control unit stops the refrigeration cycle. The control unit detects abnormality of the refrigeration cycle based on state data indicating a state of the refrigeration cycle after the control unit causes the refrigeration cycle to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutaka Ochiai, Masaki Toyoshima, Makoto Saito
  • Patent number: 10591210
    Abstract: A liquid air energy storage system comprises an air liquefier, a storage facility for storing the liquefied air, and a power recovery unit coupled to the storage facility. The air liquefier comprises an air input, an adsorption air purification unit for purifying the input air, and a cold box for liquefying the purified air. The power recovery unit comprises a pump for pressurising the liquefied air from the liquid air storage facility, an evaporator for transforming the high-pressure liquefied air into high-pressure gaseous air, an expansion turbine capable of being driven by the high-pressure gaseous air, a generator for generating electricity from the expansion turbine, and an exhaust for exhausting low-pressure gaseous air from the expansion turbine. The exhaust is coupled to the adsorption air purification unit such that at least a portion of the exhausted low-pressure gaseous air is usable to regenerate the adsorption air purification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Highview Enterprises Limited
    Inventors: Nicola Castelucci, Richard Riley
  • Patent number: 10578354
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and processes to produce liquefied nitrogen (LIN) using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the refrigerant. The LIN may be produced by indirect heat exchange of at least one nitrogen gas stream with at least two LNG streams within at least one heat exchanger where the LNG streams are at different pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Reseach Company
    Inventors: Fritz Pierre, Jr., Parag A. Gupte, Richard A. Huntington
  • Patent number: 10563892
    Abstract: A level sensor is configured to provide a receiver level indicating an amount of the refrigerant present in the receiver and a level model provides a heat rejecting heat exchanger estimate indicating an amount of the refrigerant present in the heat rejecting heat exchanger based on a temperature of the refrigerant. From the sensor and the model, a loss of refrigerant from the refrigerant vapor compression system is estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Frede Schmidt, Kristian Fredslund, Jan Prins
  • Patent number: 10562377
    Abstract: A refrigeration system for a vehicle includes a compressor in fluid communication with a condenser and an evaporator. The compressor includes a variable speed motor and employs capacity modulation using refrigerant injection. The condenser and the evaporator include variable speed fans. The refrigeration system includes a battery to supply power to the refrigeration system. The battery is charged by one or more sources of power including the vehicle. The refrigeration system includes a control module configured to monitor one or more characteristics of the battery and to control one or more operating parameters of one or more of the compressor, the condenser, and the evaporator based on the one or more characteristics of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn W. Vehr, Joseph James Rozsnaki, Joseph G. Marcinkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10551106
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a refrigeration system comprises an emergency electric power supply configured to supply power to at least one motor drive of the system. The system comprises a power switch coupled to the emergency electric power supply, a tank configured to store a refrigerant, a first compressor configured to compress the refrigerant of the tank, and a controller coupled to the power switch and first compressor. The controller may receive an indication from the power switch that the system is using the emergency electric power supply, and in response to receiving the indication from the power switch that the system is using the emergency electric power supply, operate the system in a first power outage mode. The controller may determine an amount of power to supply to the first compressor based on the first power outage mode and transmit a signal to instruct the first compressor to turn on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Pfister, Douglas Samuel Cole
  • Patent number: 10532632
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a startup mode control module that receives at least one parameter associated with operation of a compressor of the refrigeration system, determines whether the at least one parameter indicates that the compressor is in a high ambient temperature startup condition, and selects, based on the determination, between a normal startup mode and a high ambient temperature startup mode. A compressor control module operates the compressor in the normal startup mode in response to the startup mode control module selecting the normal startup mode, operates the compressor in the high ambient temperature startup mode in response to the startup mode control module selecting the high ambient temperature startup mode, and transitions from the high ambient temperature startup mode to the normal startup mode after a predetermined period associated with operating in the high ambient temperature startup mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn W. Vehr, Joseph James Rozsnaki, Joseph G. Marcinkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10527327
    Abstract: An exemplary heat pump includes: an accumulator that separates liquid refrigerant from gas refrigerant returning to a compressor; a refrigerant suction channel connecting the compressor to the accumulator; a refrigerant return channel that returns liquid refrigerant in the accumulator to the refrigerant suction channel; a first valve disposed on the refrigerant return channel; a temperature sensor that detects a temperature of refrigerant in the refrigerant suction channel; a second valve that reduces a pressure of a part of liquid refrigerant flowing between the first and second heat exchangers; a refrigerant evaporator that gasifies, by using waste heat of an engine, the liquid refrigerant whose pressure has been reduced; a gas refrigerant supply channel through which the gasified refrigerant is supplied to the accumulator; and a control device that, while the first valve is open, controls an opening of the second valve based on the temperature detected by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideshi Okada, Hirotoshi Kihara, Sadanori Yasuda, Keisuke Ota, Tomoya Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10508845
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle system includes: a first refrigeration cycle apparatus which is connected to a first compressor, a first condenser, a first pressure reduction device, and a first evaporator and through which the refrigerant circulates; a second refrigeration cycle apparatus which is connected to a second compressor, a second condenser, and a second pressure reduction device, and a second evaporator; a first bypass passage connecting a portion between the first evaporator and the first compressor to a portion between the second evaporator and the second compressor; and a second bypass passage connecting a portion between the first condenser and the first pressure reduction device to a portion between the second condenser and the second pressure reduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Nagae, Ryo Oya
  • Patent number: 10495331
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes: an outdoor unit; a plurality of indoor units respectively including indoor heat exchangers; expansion valves respectively provided to the plurality of indoor units, the expansion valves being configured to adjust flow rates of a refrigerant in the indoor heat exchangers; and a controller for executing a refrigerant amount balance control for adjusting opening degrees of the expansion valves so that operation state amounts, with which the indoor heat exchangers exert heat exchange amounts, of the plurality of indoor units become equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Oka, Takahiro Matsunaga, Takashi Kimura, Shigeaki Suyama, Kotaro Toya
  • Patent number: 10495351
    Abstract: A two-stage pressure buildup refrigeration cycle apparatus has a low-pressure side compressor, a high-pressure side compressor, and a controller. The controller controls, for improving a COP, the low-pressure side compressor and the high-pressure side compressor in a COP improving operation mode in which a refrigerant discharge capacity of one of the low-pressure side compressor and the high-pressure side compressor is set based on a refrigerant discharge capacity of an other of the low-pressure side compressor and the high-pressure side compressor, when a required level of a refrigeration performance is low. The controller controls the low-pressure side compressor and the high-pressure side compressor in a high performance operation mode in which a refrigerant discharge capacity of the high-pressure side compressor is increased after increasing a refrigerant discharge capacity of the low-pressure side compressor, when the required level of the refrigeration performance is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasutaka Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10480854
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and processes to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) using liquefied nitrogen (LIN) as the refrigerant. Greenhouse gas contaminants are removed from the LIN using a greenhouse gas removal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Huntington, Parag A. Gupte, Fritz Pierre, Jr., Robert D. Denton
  • Patent number: 10480838
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus controller includes an expansion-valve controller configured to output an opening-degree command for an expansion valve based on a deviation between a discharge temperature of refrigerant discharged from a compressor and a set discharge temperature, and at least two control parameters including a proportionality coefficient and an integral coefficient, a flow-rate-correction-coefficient calculator configured to calculate a flow-rate correction coefficient from a refrigerant flow rate of refrigerant circulating through a refrigerant circuit and a preset flow-rate reference value, and a coefficient corrector configured to calculate the proportionality coefficient by correcting a preset proportionality-coefficient reference value based on the flow-rate correction coefficient, and calculate the integral coefficient by correcting a preset integral-coefficient reference value based on the flow-rate correction coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Fujitsuka, Masaya Kimura, Kazunori Tsuchino
  • Patent number: 10473354
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus includes a refrigeration cycle circulating refrigerant and connecting a compressor, a heat-source-side heat exchanger, one or more of load-side expansion devices, and one or more of load-side heat exchangers by refrigerant pipes, a bypass having one end connected to a discharge side of the compressor of the refrigeration cycle and the other end connected to a suction side of the compressor of the refrigeration cycle to bypass a portion of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor, a first expansion device depressurizing the refrigerant flowing through the bypass, an auxiliary heat exchanger cooling the refrigerant depressurized at the first expansion device, a second expansion device controlling a flow rate of the refrigerant flowing from the auxiliary heat exchanger to the suction side of the compressor, and a controller controlling an opening degree of the second expansion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Hatomura, Osamu Morimoto, Katsuhiro Ishimura, Shinichi Wakamoto, Soshi Ikeda