Patents Examined by Erik Mendoza-Wilkenfe
  • Patent number: 10295229
    Abstract: A method and system to transfer heat using a cooling medium includes a first cold plate, including a first fluid flow path in thermal communication with a first thermal region of the first cold plate, and a second fluid flow path in fluid communication with the first fluid flow path and in thermal communication with a second thermal region of the first cold plate, and a thermoelectric heat exchanger in thermal communication with the first thermal region of the first cold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Debabrata Pal
  • Patent number: 10278371
    Abstract: A peltier device comprises peltier elements specified in cooling or heating temperature, a heating heat sink connected in contact on one side surface of the peltier element, a chilling heat sink connected in contact on the other side surface of the peltier element, and a cooling fan. Using peltier elements each of which is specified in a cooling or a heating activity, a heat exchange efficiency is enhanced thank to a plurality of functions of a single peltier element; thermal radiation is separated by bringing the peltier element into contact with a heating heat sink and a cooling heat sink independently from each other; the surface area in contact with the fluid is maximized through the “X” shaped aperture formed with four wings protruding from the inner surface of the aperture towards the center part, directly transferring the endothermic and exothermic effects from the Peltier element to the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL FISHERIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Minmin Jung, Bongseok Kim, Jaeu Kim, Sanggu Lim
  • Patent number: 10258253
    Abstract: A cryogenic cooling apparatus comprises a supply gas line and a return gas line adapted to be coupled to a compressor. A coupling element is positioned in gaseous communication with the supply and return gas lines, the coupling element being adapted in use to supply gas to a mechanical refrigerator so that the pressure of said supplied gas is modulated by the coupling element in a cyclical manner. A sensing system is used to monitor the operational state of the mechanical refrigerator and a control system modulates the frequency of the cyclical gas pressure supplied by the coupling element in accordance with the monitored operational state. The mechanical refrigerator has a first cooled stage and a second cooled stage, the second cooled stage being adapted to be coupled thermally with target apparatus to be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools Limited
    Inventor: John Garside
  • Patent number: 10225950
    Abstract: A heat exchange system for an aircraft includes an aircraft controller for controlling an operation of an aircraft, a thermoelectric device having a low temperature side and a high temperature side, an inlet line that carries fluid through the low temperature side of the thermoelectric device and to the aircraft controller; and an outlet line that carrier the fluid away from the and aircraft controller through the high temperature side of the thermoelectric device. Heat is transferred away from the inlet line to the outlet line through the thermoelectric device when a predetermined condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: William E. Rhoden, Charles E. Lents
  • Patent number: 10222266
    Abstract: An Integrated Dewar Detector Assembly (IDDA) is presented. The IDDA comprises: a cold finger base; an elongated Dewar envelope having a proximal end associated with the cold finger base and a distal end comprising an optical window; an elongated tubular cold finger located inside said elongated Dewar envelope and having a proximal end at the cold finger base and a distal end for carrying a detector so as to expose the detector to incoming radiation through said optical window; an internal front support member extending from an inner surface of the Dewar envelope at its distal end to the distal end of the cold finger; and at least one wideband dynamic vibration absorber assembly located outside the Dewar envelope and attached to at least one location on an exterior surface of the Dewar envelope, said dynamic vibration absorber thereby attenuating vibration of the cold finger and the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEMI CONDUCTOR DEVICES—AN ELBIT SYSTEMS-RAFAEL PARTNERSHIP
    Inventor: Alexander Veprik
  • Patent number: 10215453
    Abstract: A motorcycle air conditioning device, a motorcycle rider cooling device, and an air conditioning cooling system are described that include using a thermoelectric device and/or a turbo fan mountable on a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, or utility task vehicle. The motorcycle air conditioning device, the motorcycle rider cooling device, and the air conditioning cooling system may thus provide directed cooled air for a rider. In implementations, the motorcycle air conditioning device includes a heat dissipation assembly; a cooling assembly further including a a thermoelectric device; and a housing assembly configured to provide an enclosure to the heat dissipation assembly and the cooling assembly, where the housing is configured to be coupled to a motorcycle or other vehicle and provide cooled air to a rider and/or user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Hammond
  • Patent number: 10215450
    Abstract: The invention relates to heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning equipment (1) including a device (9) for controlling the temperature of a battery (7) of an automobile including at least a compressor (11), a condenser (13), a first expansion member (15), a thermal-conditioning exchanger (17) for exchanging heat between a coolant and a heat-transport fluid (FC), and switching means. The temperature control device (9) includes at least one bypass line (9b) connecting an outlet of the compressor (11) to an inlet of the thermal-conditioning exchanger (17) while bypassing the condenser (13). The invention also relates to a method for controlling the temperature of an automobile battery (7) implemented by means of such heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning equipment (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES
    Inventors: Pascal Guigou, Mohamed Yahia
  • Patent number: 10208742
    Abstract: An arrangement for damping vibrations during microscopic examinations of inorganic and organic material specimens in an evacuated measuring at low temperatures that are cooled by an electromechanical cryocooler suppresses transfer of vibrations from the cryocooler onto the specimen, the microscope table and the instrument table. The arrangement includes a cryocooler unit and a microscopy unit combined with a damping unit preferably located on a common longitudinal axis. The damping unit has a series arrangement of inter-coupled evacuable compensation chambers arranged along the longitudinal axis, the series arrangement being combined with damper groups, two of which act at least diametrically. A clamping unit is operationally connected to the damping unit at at least two points on the series arrangement. A tension force of the damping unit is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Life Science Inkubator Sachsen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dietrich Roscher
  • Patent number: 10208894
    Abstract: A compact Dewar for imaging systems having multiple detector elements to support multiple imaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: WAVEFRONT RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Mitchell, Jonas D. Corl, David M. Vincentsen
  • Patent number: 10203067
    Abstract: A cryostat has a cooling arm with a first thermal contact surface which can be brought into thermal contact with a second thermal contact surface on an object to be cooled. A hollow volume (2) between the inner side of the neck tube, the cooling arm, and the object is filled with gas and the cooling arm is pressurized by the inner pressure of the gas and also by atmospheric pressure. A contact device brings the first and the second contact surfaces into thermal contact below a threshold gas pressure and moves them away from each other when the threshold pressure has been exceeded such that a gap (13) filled with gas thermally separates the first and second contact surfaces. Operationally safe and fully automatic reduction of the thermal load acting on the object to be cooled is thereby obtained in case the cooling machine fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker BioSpin GmbH
    Inventor: Marco Strobel
  • Patent number: 10197220
    Abstract: An LNG production plant positioned at a production location adjacent to a body of water is described. The LNG production plant includes a plurality of spaced-apart facilities including a first facility and a second facility, each facility provided with plant equipment related to a pre-determined function associated with the production of LNG, where the first facility is an onshore facility and the second facility is an integrated storage/offloading facility arranged on a gravity-based structure having a base that rests on the seabed at a selected location within the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Solomon Aladja Faka
  • Patent number: 10184614
    Abstract: A method for managing boil-off from an LNG tank located on board of an aircraft. The method, including removing the boil-off from the aircraft and disposing of the removed boil-off from the aircraft and an equipment assembly for use with an aircraft having an on-board LNG tank with a vent system having an outlet coupling, including a removal system configured to remove boil-off from the aircraft and a disposal system configured to dispose of the boil-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Robert Harold Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 10174974
    Abstract: An expander generates cold by expanding a refrigerant gas in a cryogenic refrigerator. A compressor compresses the refrigerant gas returning from the expander. Pipes are connected to the expander and the compressor and circulate the refrigerant gas between the expander and the compressor. A determiner determines whether or not a change cycle of the pressure of the refrigerant gas flowing in the pipes is in a predetermined range. The determiner may determine whether or not the change cycle of the pressure of a low-pressure pipe in which a low-pressure refrigerant gas flows toward the compressor from the expander is in a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Nishiki Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10161676
    Abstract: The process and the apparatus serve for the low-temperature fractionation of air in a distillation column system, which has at least one separating column. Feed air is compressed in a main air compressor. Compressed feed air is cooled in a main heat exchanger. Cooled feed air is introduced into the distillation column system. At least one product stream is drawn off from the distillation column system, heated in the main heat exchanger and drawn off as a gaseous end product. At least one process parameter is set by a basic controller. The control of the process parameter is set by a combination of an ALC control and an MPC controller. This involves the ALC control outputting a first target value to the MPC controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerhard Zapp, Michael Siebel
  • Patent number: 10156321
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling operational parameters of a CO2 compression surface facility or pipeline in order to maintain a CO2 stream having impurities flowing in the pipeline in a liquid or supercritical phase. Sensors may be provided to sense whether the flow is single-phase or two-phase flow, and feedback provided to adjust the pressure and/or temperature at the pipeline inlet. The system is preferably optimized to limit power consumption and/or cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sandeep Verma, Charles S. Oakes, Terizhandur S. Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10137754
    Abstract: An expandable refrigeration system for vehicles includes a generally rigid frame member having a plurality of walls that define a first hollow interior space. An expandable cooler body that includes a plurality of expandable wall sections is connected to the rigid frame member. The expandable body section is positioned within the first hollow interior space when the system is collapsed, and extends outward therefrom when the system is in the expanded configuration. A refrigeration unit is secured to the rigid frame member and controls a temperature of the expandable body section. A transitional wall member selectively operates as a lid for the cooler body and to secure the cooler body within the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: James Sheridan, Jennifer Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10137987
    Abstract: A mobile galley cart including a wheeled insulated housing having a door configured to open to access to the interior of the housing, a thermoelectric chiller mounted near the bottom of the cart, cold air ducting in fluid communication with the thermoelectric chiller and opening to the interior of the housing, and warm air ducting including a warm air exhaust arranged to exhaust warm air from the mobile galley cart. A mobile galley cart system including a cart configured to dock at a separate service wall to provide service connections therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Burd
  • Patent number: 10125771
    Abstract: The invention provides a cryogenic liquid pump system, having a first end with at least an insulating lid and motor; a second end, wherein the second end is a pump, said pump comprising an impeller; and a gas release plate upstream of the impeller; and a shaft disposed between the first end and the second end, wherein the motor imparts mechanical energy to the pump through the shaft. Also provided is a method for preventing cavitation of a cryogenic liquid in a cryogenic pump, the method having the steps of constantly maintaining pressure on the liquid in the pump and evacuating gas bubbles that form within the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC
    Inventors: Shane A. Caldwell, Gang Li
  • Patent number: 10126023
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a pulse tube cooler. The pulse tube cooler may comprise a fluid compressor, a first regenerator, a first pulse tube, a first reservoir, a second regenerator, a second pulse tube, and a second reservoir. The first end of the first regenerator may be in fluid communication with the fluid compressor. The cold end of the first pulse tube may be in fluid communication with the second end of the first regenerator. The first reservoir may be in fluid communication with the hot end of the first pulse tube. The first end of the second regenerator may be in fluid communication with the cold end of the first regenerator. The cold end of the second pulse tube may be in fluid communication with the second end of the second regenerator. The cold end of the first pulse tube and the hot end of the second pulse tube may be in fluid communication with one another through the second reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Sidney W. K. Yuan
  • Patent number: 10126024
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cryogenic heat transfer system capable of transferring 50 W or more at cryogenic temperatures of 100° K or less for use with cryocooler systems. In an embodiment, a cryogenic heat transfer system comprises a refrigerant contained within an inner chamber bound by a condenser in fluid communication with an evaporator through at least one flexible conduit, the condenser in thermal communication with the cold station of a cryocooler, and the evaporator positionable in thermal communication with a heat source, typically a radiation shield of a cryogenic chamber. A process to remove heat from a cryogenic chamber is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Talso C. Chui, Mark A. Weilert