Patents Examined by Elizabeth M May
  • Patent number: 10280681
    Abstract: A ventilation device for ventilating a room in a building, the building having a window with at least two essentially parallel panes of glass, the at least two panes of glass being arranged in a common frame, casement or sash, thus forming the window, e.g., a double window, where the at least two panes of glass are arranged with a distance, and thus appear with an air space between the panes of glass, the window further having an intake opening communicating with the air space and with either the interior or the exterior of the building, where the ventilation device further has a preheating unit with a first chassis and a first throttle, where the first chassis has a first opening communicating with the interior of the building, a second opening communicating with the exterior of the building and a third opening communicating with the air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CLIMAWIN TECHNIQ APS
    Inventor: Poul Christensen Horn
  • Patent number: 10253697
    Abstract: A cooling device for use in a power plant, having at least two controllable fans, which are designed to produce an air flow having a specified flow direction during operation, at least two closing flaps, which close respective flow cross-sections, and a heat exchanger, which thermally interacts with the at least two air flows for heat exchange as a secondary medium, wherein the closing flaps are not operated by a mechanical adjusting device but rather are each to be opened merely by one of the two air flows as a result of the dynamic pressure when a minimum flow rate is reached. Furthermore at least two holding devices are provided, which hold the closing flaps in an open position when the closing flaps are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Waruschewski
  • Patent number: 10208984
    Abstract: A foldable parabolic solar collector includes a first panel having a semi-parabolic reflective inner surface, a central tube to which the first panel is fixed, and a second panel having a semi-parabolic reflective inner surface. The second panel is pivotably mounted to the central tube with the reflective inner surface of the second panel facing the reflective inner surface of the first panel. A receiver tube carries a heat transfer fluid. A tracking motor rotates the central tube. A torque sensor lies in between the tracking motor and the central tube and is configured to measure torque between the tracking motor and the central tube. A servomotor pivots the second panel about the central tube between an open position and a closed position when it is determined by a controller that the torque between the tracking motor and the central tube exceeds a predetermined torque threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventors: Faissal Elsayed Abdel-Hady, Abdulsalam Saeed Alghamdi
  • Patent number: 10197298
    Abstract: An indoor device for a cassette type air conditioner is provided. In the indoor device for the cassette type air conditioner, an outer edge of a suction grill extends to form inner lines of a plurality of discharge holes of a panel, and the suction grill may be opened while slidably moving without interfering with the panel according to a shape thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Changhoon Jeong
  • Patent number: 10195921
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning system includes an air handler and a controller. The air handler defines a fresh air inlet, air outlets that directs air into a passenger compartment and a recirculation inlet that draws air from the passenger compartment into the air handler. The air handler operates in a fresh air mode and a recirculation mode. In the fresh air mode fresh air enters the air handler through the fresh air inlet and in the recirculation mode fresh air is prevented from entering the air handler, and instead air enters the air handler via the recirculation inlet. The controller switches the air handler to operate in the recirculation mode in response to determining the following: a diesel engine is operating in a regeneration mode and the air handler is in the fresh air mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Wagner, Norbert Weinert
  • Patent number: 10181708
    Abstract: A control component for insertion in a standard size connection box of a conventional component such as a switch or other electrical mechanism. The control component may have new capabilities plus maintain the capabilities of the conventional component. The connection box need not be removed, or if the box is removed then the structure or space encompassing the box need not be enlarged. Further, no new wiring for is necessarily needed for connecting the control component. This placement or substitution may be particularly applicable to many rooms of hotels, motels, and other facilities. Neither time nor expense of modifications to the connection box, wiring and/or the room is necessarily needed. In many cases, a room or space cannot necessarily be modified to add a larger or an additional component having additional capabilities, such as a component having an air quality controlled device for operating a ventilation fan in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp Roosli, Ryan Gardner, Ravi Sagar
  • Patent number: 10161636
    Abstract: A fire effect device for holding, controlling and displaying fire and methods of attaching and mounting such a device to furniture, such as umbrella tables. The includes an internal chamber 11 which houses a fuel dispersion assembly 12 and a rigid hollow tube which may be mounted to the chamber or be of unitary construction with the chamber. The rigid hollow tube is designed to be inserted into a hole or aperture of a table, such as an umbrella hole, and connected to a gas valve and thereafter a fuel line or source, such as a propane tank. The device is attached and detached to the table with ease by i) engaging or disengaging the fuel line from the fire effect device and, ii) the simple turning of a nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Bond Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Cameron Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10155429
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system for air-conditioning an interior of a vehicle may include a fan for driving air. The system may include a control device that may include a circulating air inlet for drawing in circulating air from the interior, a fresh air inlet for drawing in fresh air from an environment of the vehicle, and an air outlet. The control device may include a control valve adjustable between a circulating position and a fresh air position. The control valve may include at least one non-return check valve. The non-return check valve may permit a flow to pass through the control valve in one direction and block the flow in an opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle Behr France Rouffach SAS
    Inventors: Henri Klein, Emmanuel Fleith
  • Patent number: 10131209
    Abstract: An airflow outlet assembly and a passenger compartment for a vehicle are disclosed. The airflow outlet assembly includes a support member and a first outlet component. The first outlet component includes a first plate and a first vane extending outwardly from the first plate. The first outlet component is supported by the support member. The airflow outlet assembly further includes a second outlet component. The second outlet component includes a second plate and a second vane extending outwardly from the second plate. The second outlet component is supported by the support member. The first and second outlet components are rotatably coupled to each other such that rotation of the first and second outlet components in opposite directions changes the position of the first and second plates and the first and second vanes relative to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Gerard Alan Brinas
  • Patent number: 10131206
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body mounted with a chassis, the body having a passenger compartment, a seat in the passenger compartment for supporting an occupant in a sitting position, and a roll over protection structure for the passenger compartment. The roll over protection structure includes an inlet coupled in gaseous communication to an air source, an outlet coupled in gaseous communication to a vehicle occupant wearable, and an airflow pathway through the roll over protection structure coupling the inlet to the outlet in gaseous communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael W. Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 10113743
    Abstract: The invention provides a motor-driven chimney draft system with a flue gas inlet, a flue gas outlet, a flue gas compartment in fluid communication with the flue gas inlet and with the flue gas outlet, the flow of flue gases in the flue gas compartment having a flow direction from the flue gas inlet to the flue gas outlet, a motor compartment with motor having a motor shaft extending through a separating wall of the flue gas compartment, the motor shaft carrying an impeller for driving the received flow of flue gases in the flow direction; each of the separating wall of the flue gas compartment and the separating wall of the motor compartment extends parallel to the flow direction of flue gases, and they are arranged facing each other so as to define an air space therebetween, where the air space has openings allowing ambient air to flow through the air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: exodraft a/s
    Inventor: Jørgen Andersen
  • Patent number: 10099534
    Abstract: An interior component has a projecting portion projecting rearward at a position forward and downward from a vehicle occupant when the occupant maintains a sitting posture in a passenger compartment. The interior component has a front inclined surface section and a rear inclined surface section in a lower section of the projecting portion. A retainer and air-direction changing members arranged in the retainer are arranged immediately below the projecting portion at positions forward from the front inclined surface section. A manipulating member is arranged above the rear inclined surface section with at least a part of the manipulating member exposed rearward from the projecting portion. A first transmission mechanism and a second transmission mechanism, which transmit movement of the manipulating member to the air-direction changing members, are arranged in the interior component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Terai, Masaki Otake, Hiroshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 10076947
    Abstract: A dual damper device of a vehicle air vent includes a duct housing having a partition wall for dividing an air path, an introduction part and a discharge part, which are bent to be inclined; a pair of dampers rotationally mounted on the air path in the introduction part; a dial knob rotationally provided to the discharge part; a dial bush having a knob fitting part and an elongated guide groove; a pair of damper bushes vertically coupled to the dampers; and a bush link. The duct housing further includes a dial support member rotationally coupled to the dial knob and damper holding stepped protrusions provided to the partition wall and the introduction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: NIFCO KOREA INC.
    Inventor: Ji Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10066544
    Abstract: A box-type generator driven by an engine, comprising a box-type soundproof hood assembly (3) enclosing the whole generator, a controller (2), an oil tank (19), a front and a back fans (13, 14), air ducts (11, 12), a permanent magnetic generator (4), an engine (5), a double-cavity type muffler assembly (6) and the like. With the novel designs such as forward fans air inlet (17) and controller arrangement, dual cooling air ducts and double muffler structure, and the integrated overall layout of the control system, the box-type generator ensures a generator cooling system to sequentially cool down heating components in a temperature ascending order, thus effectively reducing the system noise of a generator assembly, and facilitating the use, installation and maintenance of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Zhejiang Everlast Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Youheng Qian
  • Patent number: 10047972
    Abstract: An indoor device for a cassette type air conditioner is provided. In the indoor device, a suction grill restricter to couple the suction grill to a panel to prevent outer edges of the suction grill from drooping may be provided to maintain a more stable coupling state, preventing dew condensation and noise from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Changhoon Jeong
  • Patent number: 9968006
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for locking an air-moving assembly within a chassis when in operational state. The apparatus includes a locking louver assembly having a louver(s) and locking mechanism. The louver(s) is disposed at an air inlet or outlet of the air-moving assembly, and pivots between operational and quiesced orientations, dependent on presence or absence, respectively, of airflow through the air-moving assembly. The locking mechanism includes a keying element(s) affixed to the louver(s) to pivot therewith, which includes an elongated key(s) oriented in a first direction when the louver(s) is in operational orientation, and a second direction when in quiesced orientation. A key-receiving element(s) is associated with the chassis and includes a key opening(s) which receives and accommodates movement of the elongated key(s) between the first and second directions, and prevents removal of the air-moving assembly from the chassis with the key(s) oriented in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Christopher R. Ciraulo, Milnes P. David, Dustin W. Demetriou, Robert K. Mullady, Roger R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9966640
    Abstract: The efficiency in layout of an exhaust space for a power source apparatus mounted in an in-car space is increased and uncomfortableness is suppressed due to air discharged from the power source apparatus into the in-car space. A vehicle on which a power source apparatus is mounted includes the power source apparatus disposed in an in-car space of the vehicle, a cooling apparatus supplying air within the in-car space to the power source apparatus, and a cooling duct which the air discharged from the power source apparatus flows. The cooling duct is connected to any one of a first cooling flow path formed by a pillar of the vehicle, a second cooling flow path formed by a frame portion of the vehicle and a stepped portion provided for the frame portion, and a third cooling flow path formed by the frame portion and a scuff plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanori Kumagai, Noboru Oota, Tetsuo Ohdai
  • Patent number: 9957052
    Abstract: An Environmental Control System includes sensors, an air purification subsystem, and a controller in communication with the sensors and air purification subsystem. The sensors detect contaminants in outside air supplied through engine and APU bleeds or other air sources including ground supplies and electric compressors, contaminants in recirculated air, particulates in outside air, carbon dioxide in recirculated air, temperature in an environment, and pressure in an environment. These sensed parameters are compared against thresholds. Based on the comparisons, changes to the outside air and/or recirculated air are made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Richard B. Fox, Bijan F. Hagh, Mike Koerner, Stephen Yates, Peter M. Michalakos, Russell W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9903608
    Abstract: An air conditioner including an opening and closing apparatus configured to open/close a discharge port for discharging air into an indoor space, the opening and closing apparatus includes a plurality of covers provided with a guide unit, a guide plate provided with a spiral guide hole alternately formed with a guide hole having a first section and a second section, and a rail plate extended in a radial direction and having a plurality of rails through which the guide unit is inserted. When the guide plate is rotated, the plurality of covers are moved in a radial direction while having a time interval with respect to the adjacent cover as to open/close the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Won-Hee Lee, Tae Duk Kim, Yun Suk Park, Moon-Sun Shin, Hae Gyun Shin, Weon Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 9861010
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for blocking removal of an air-moving assembly from a chassis when in operational state. The apparatus includes a protective louver assembly having a louver(s) and an interlock element(s). The louver(s) is disposed at an air inlet or an air outlet of the air-moving assembly, and pivots between an operational and a quiesced orientation, dependent on presence or absence, respectively, of airflow through the air-moving assembly. The interlock element(s) is associated with the louver(s) to pivot with the louver(s) between the operational orientation and the quiesced orientation. In the operational orientation, the interlock element(s) blocks, at least in part, access to at least one fastener securing the air-moving assembly within the chassis, and thereby prevents removal of the air-moving assembly from the chassis when in the operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Christopher R. Ciraulo, Milnes P. David, Dustin W. Demetriou, Robert K. Mullady, Roger R. Schmidt