Patents Examined by Derek S. Boles
  • Patent number: 7387262
    Abstract: An apparatus for the heating of a viscous fluid contained in a heat generating chamber by a rotatable unit having a fluid shearing surface formed on a face thereof, the unit by shearing of the viscous fluid on that face induces the heating of said viscous fluid and where an external heat extracting surface is provided for this heat to be removed by a further fluid in contact with that surface. The two dissimilar fluids are kept apart by at least the housing acting as a fluid partition. The unit has an interior space as a storage location for viscous fluid with a deformable element for volume changes of the viscous fluid during the operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Christian Thoma
  • Patent number: 7380728
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heating device for motor vehicles with an internal combustion engine and a coolant circuit. The heating device (1) comprises a heat-generation compartment (2) with a cooling jacket (6) around which a coolant flows, and a rotor (13) mounted on a drive shaft (9). The cooling jacket (6) is part of a cooling chamber (3) that comprises a coolant inlet (4) and a coolant outlet (5). A pump wheel (17) is disposed in the cooling compartment (3), is driven by the drive shaft (9) and circulates the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Claus Augenstein, Ralf Maus
  • Patent number: 7381129
    Abstract: Air moving device includes a housing, an impeller in the housing for generating a downward air flow, and vanes in the housing in close proximity to and a selected distance below the impeller to straighten the air flow. The device produces an air flow that substantially remains in a column over a substantial distance. The method includes producing an air flow that substantially remains in a column over a substantial distance and directing the air flow from the ceiling towards the floor to provide temperature destratification of the air in an enclosed space. The method also includes directing warm air from the ceiling to the floor and storing heat in the floor, apparatus on the floor and ground under the floor. The stored heat is released when the ceiling is cooler than the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Airius, LLC.
    Inventor: Raymond B. Avedon
  • Patent number: 7357708
    Abstract: An anchor structure for fans mainly to fasten a fan to an installation object without damaging the fan structure includes coupling members for fastening through holes formed on the corners of the fan. Each of the coupling members includes a first fastening element running through the through hole from the rear end thereof and a second fastening element running though the front end of the through hole to engage with the first fastening element so that the coupling members are fastened securely to maintain the fan structure in an integrated manner to perform normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Zippy Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Tzung-Han Lee
  • Patent number: 7357710
    Abstract: A multi-layer barrier for insulation blocking an opening or passage of a building and for providing ventilation to or within a building. A plurality of inflated hollow membrane cube-like structures are formed adjacent to one another, which traverse a longitudinal width of the opening or passage. The hollow membrane cube-like structures are formed from generally rectangular sheets having two long parallel edges, two parallel short edges and a floor having one or more orifices in the forming floor of each non-bottom sheet between membranes, for air connection between membrane structures to be changed from an inflated and a deflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Jean-Guy Dubé
  • Patent number: 7351137
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotational speed adjustment device or switch that is provided in a corner screw hole at a front or back of a heat dissipating fan frame, the rotational speed adjustment device or switch being electrically connected to a power source of the fan by means of a power cord or other conductive metals, the adjustment device or switch being extended with a knob that is individually exposed out of the fan frame, the heat dissipating fan may be installed in any space that requires heat dissipation or to an outer periphery of a unit casing, to allow a user to adjust rotational speed of the heat dissipating fan at one's desire at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Enermax Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Su
  • Patent number: 7347773
    Abstract: The silencer for fume extracting hoods is comprised of a panel (1) consisting of a lower tray (4), an insulating intermediary sheet (5), and an upper or porous filling foamed material (6) acting as a sound absorbing and limiting or damping material. The panel is hinged to the fume extracting hood (7) by articulation means (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Cata Electrodomesticos, S.L.
    Inventors: Jorge Parlade De Elia, Joan Casals Trave
  • Patent number: 7344438
    Abstract: There is provided an air conditioner for a vehicle, including an air intake provided on a vehicle compartment inner side of a quarter inner panel and on the side of the quarter inner panel, a fan provided on the side of the air intake port and performs forced ventilation, and a cover provided in front of the air intake port and causes operation noise of the fan emitted from the air intake port to interfere with each other so that the noise can be reduced. With this arrangement, operating noise of the fan emitted from the air intake can be reflected in a direction away from a passenger seated on a seat in a vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Hiraishi, Shinichi Yamamuro, Naoya Satake
  • Patent number: 7338358
    Abstract: Disclosed is a combination air purifier and ventilator. The air purifier in accordance with the present invention includes a case being provided on a ceiling or a wall and having a fan therein, a first passage communicating with an outside, an inside of the case and an room, having an air purifying member being provided between the inside of the case and the room, and guiding the external air into the room, a second passage communicating with the room, the fan, and the outside, and guiding the room air to the outside, and a damper provided in the case for isolating the first passage from the second passage for supplying the external air into the room and discharging the room air to the outside, or communicating with the fist and second passages to guide the room air drawn into the second passage back into the room after passing through the air purifying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeong Yong Kim, Gi Seop Lee, Kwan Ho Yum
  • Patent number: 7328852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for estimating a heater-core air discharge temperature of an HVAC system. According to the invention, the method uses a model of the heat exchanger. This heat exchanger efficiency model maps a heat exchanger efficiency to a set of actual operating parameters by generating a heat exchanger efficiency coefficient based on said second set of actual operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Giorgio Paolillo, Julien Quilliard
  • Patent number: 7320636
    Abstract: An exhaust assembly is provided for expelling contaminated air from a building. The assembly includes a plenum, a fan assembly attached to the plenum, and a windband mounted on top of the fan assembly. The fan assembly is constructed of cylindrical outer and inner walls which define a drive chamber and surrounding annular space. A fan driven by a motor whose shaft extends downward from the drive chamber draws exhaust air from the plenum and blows it up through the annular space to a nozzle at the top of the fan assembly. The motor is pivotally mounted inside the assembly to provide access to the motor components when it is desired to perform inspection and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Greenheck Fan Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Seliger, Terry Lee Hrdina, Scott James Koeppel
  • Patent number: 7318553
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating a liquid includes a housing having an internal chamber and a rotor disposed in the chamber. The rotor is preferably cylindrical and operates inside a bore provided by the housing without touching, the shape of the bore preferably being parallel with the exterior surface of the rotor, and a series of openings disposed over the rotor surface. At least one internal passageway in the rotor and elements for: pre-heating some or all the incoming fluid in the chamber; priming the chamber initially; cooling certain temperature sensitive components; injecting fluid into a partially evacuated volume; developing a vacuum state during operation expeditiously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Christian Helmut Thoma
  • Patent number: 7316606
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment may include providing a chassis comprising at least one selectively deployable fan disposed within the chassis. The method of this embodiment may also include moving the fan from a stowed configuration to a deployed configuration within the chassis and energizing the at least one fan. Of course, many alternatives, variations, and modifications are possible without departing from this embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: James C Shipley, Javier Leija, Christopher A Gonzales, Christopher D Lucero
  • Patent number: 7309279
    Abstract: A system for removing heat from a plurality of electronic assemblies including a cabinet having brackets for supporting electronic assemblies in a vertical array between a first vertical airflow path and a second vertical air flow path of the cabinet, and a plinth underlying the cabinet and having an input port receiving air from the first vertical airflow path of the cabinet, an output port transmitting air to the second vertical air flow path, a heat exchanger positioned in an air flow path extending between the input and the output ports, and a fan assembly for driving air through the heat exchanger and towards the input port. The system further includes at least one air flow distribution device establishing a predetermined flow rate distribution through electronic assemblies supported by the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Sanmina-Sci Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony C. Sharp, Andrew Hudz, Peter Jeffery
  • Patent number: 7284710
    Abstract: A heat management system is capable of managing unlimited hydronic heat sources and unlimited heating zones, each located within a desired area and each controlled by temperature sensors. The system uses plural system heating sources to heat a heating solution (preferable glycol-based) that is either heated directly or through a liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger. The heating solution is passed through various plumbing configurations to heat domestic water for users and to heat zones or areas in which user will live. The heat management system of the invention may be used for several applications including RV, marine and home hot water and heating applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: NW Research & Development, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Rixen, Cristian Murgu
  • Patent number: 7284709
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for cogeneration of electric power and building heat that efficiently interfaces a liquid-cooled electric power generator with a multi-zone forced hot water (hydronic) space heating system. The system and method utilizes an electric generator with an electric output capacity (kW) that is near the time-averaged electric power consumption rate for the building and with a heat generation capacity that is useful for meeting building heating needs. This generator is operated as the priority source of heat for the building, but normally only when there is a demand for heat in building, with the intent of running the generator for long periods of time and generating a total amount of electric energy (kWhs) that is significant in comparison to the total electric energy consumption of the building over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Climate Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Eric C. Guyer
  • Patent number: 7285041
    Abstract: An air passage switching device includes a slide door slidable along first and second opening portions partitioned by a partition portion, a guide member for guiding the slide door, and a link mechanism for slidably moving the slide door along the guide member. The link mechanism includes a rotation shaft rotatably supported in a case, a link portion provided at one end portion of the slide door, and a link lever connected to the rotation shaft and the link portion. The link portion is rotatable around the rotation shaft only within a range of the second opening portion in a sliding direction, among the first and second opening portions. Furthermore, the slide door can be provided with a first seal portion for sealing a clearance with outer peripheral portions of the first and second opening portions, and a second seal portion for sealing a clearance with the partition portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Yoshida, Takashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7281971
    Abstract: In an air conditioner for a vehicle including a vehicle roof capable of opening, there are provided a driver seat and a passenger seat which are provided at right and left sides in a vehicle compartment, plural conditioned-air blowoff ports provided for the driver seat and the passenger seat respectively, and an air conditioning control device operative to adjust respective characteristics of conditioned air for the driver seat and the passenger seat, separately. Accordingly, needs of each passenger on the driver seat and the passenger seat during a vehicle driving with the vehicle roof open can be attained, thereby improving comfortableness of air conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Tohda, Kouji Iwasaka
  • Patent number: 7281972
    Abstract: An inexpensive fresh air intake pre-filtering device for make-up air is disclosed for use with a circulating forced air heating system that is installed on an outside wall of a building. The device is comprised of a polyethylene material with an outer flange for securing the fresh air intake to the exterior wall surface. The fresh air intake housing is structured to include an aluminum frame, two sided raised pattern grill of a RX Poly-Med filter medium, manufactured from 100% synthetic fibers. This is to prevent vermin, insects, pollens, and other pollutants from passing through, while permitting the 10% of air flow required by the Nation and Regional Building Codes for residential housing. This washable filter is easily removed or installed by the pull-tab on the front of the vent housing. This Pre-filtering device is designed to prevent snow and rain from entering the fresh air intake duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: John William Tocher
  • Patent number: 7275698
    Abstract: A kit of component parts, and a method for using this kit, are disclosed for installing a boiler for a heating system in a building. The kit comprises prefabricated inlet and outlet manifolds for multiple heating circuits and parts to construct a framework, attachable to the boiler, for holding the manifolds and other parts of the boiler and heating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Timothy O'Neill