Patents Examined by Frantz F. Jules
  • Patent number: 11067326
    Abstract: An ice dispensing assembly, as provided herein, may include a container, a rotatable drum, a motor, an agitator bridge, and a rotatable blade. The container may define an opening for passing ice. The rotatable may be positioned below the container. The rotatable drum may define an inner channel from a first arc point to a second arc point. The rotatable blade may be housed within the rotatable drum between the first arc point and the second arc point. The rotatable drum may be movable between a crusher position and an agitator position. The crusher position may include the rotatable blade in engagement with the rotatable drum at the first arc point while being circumferentially spaced apart from the second arc point. The agitator position may include the rotatable blade in engagement with the rotatable drum at the second arc point while being circumferentially spaced apart from the first arc point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Miller
  • Patent number: 11065934
    Abstract: A heat pump system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a battery coolant line connected to a battery module. A cooling device selectively connected to the battery coolant line includes a radiator and a first water pump, to circulate a coolant therein. A first chiller is disposed in the battery coolant line and connected to a refrigerant line of an air conditioner to adjust a temperature of a coolant. A second chiller is selectively connected to the coolant line and selectively connected to the refrigerant line to increase a temperature of a coolant by selectively exchanging heat between the coolant and a refrigerant flowing into the second chiller. An integrated control valve is connected to the refrigerant line, the first connecting line, and the second connecting line to adjust a refrigerant flow direction and to selectively expand a refrigerant passing through the integrated control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kilwoo Lee, Dong Seok Oh
  • Patent number: 11067323
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a first freezing cycle in which a first refrigerant circulates and having a first compressor, a first condenser, at least one first expansion mechanism, and at least one first evaporator, the first freezing cycle configured to cool freezing and refrigerating compartments, a freezing compartment sensor, a refrigerating compartment sensor, a second freezing cycle in which a second mixed refrigerant having a lower evaporation temperature than the first refrigerant circulates and having a second compressor, a second condenser, a second expansion mechanism, and a second evaporator, the second freezing cycle configured to cool a deep freezing compartment, a deep freezing compartment sensor, and a controller configured to operate the first freezing cycle and the second freezing cycle independently or simultaneously, thereby more efficiently cooling the freezing and refrigerating compartments and the deep freezing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heayoun Sul, Minkyu Oh, Hyoungkeun Lim
  • Patent number: 11060774
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for opening refrigerant sources while servicing a refrigeration system are provided by this disclosure. A system may include a fluid source, a device capable of coupling to the fluid source, and a fluid receiving system. The device may include a valve disposed in the body of the apparatus. A portion of the valve being engageable with a refrigerant supply composed of either a self-sealing valve or a penetrable seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Energizer Auto, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Alan Pistone, Vincent Carrubba
  • Patent number: 11054176
    Abstract: A magneto-caloric thermal diode assembly includes a magneto-caloric cylinder. A plurality of thermal stages is stacked along an axial direction between a cold side and a hot side. Each of the plurality of thermal stages includes a plurality of magnets and a non-magnetic ring. The plurality of magnets is distributed along a circumferential direction within the non-magnetic ring in each of the plurality of thermal stages. The plurality of magnets and the non-magnetic ring of each of the plurality of thermal stages collectively define a cylindrical slot. The magneto-caloric cylinder is positioned within the cylindrical slot. In each of the plurality of magnets in one of the plurality of thermal stages, a first, second, third and fourth magnet segments are positioned and oriented such that the first, second, third and fourth magnet segments collectively form a closed loop high-field zone across the cylindrical slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goodman Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11054157
    Abstract: A two stage evaporative cooling device has a central chamber, divided into an upper chamber and a lower chamber by a divider. one or more heat exchange units surrounding the central chamber; an upper fan arranged above the upper chamber and a lower fan arranged below the lower chamber; and a water circuit; wherein each heat exchange unit comprises an evaporative cooling element and an air to water pre-cooler, the pre-cooler being placed ahead of a lower portion of the cooling element and the water circuit is arranged to irrigate the cooling element and collect the irrigated water below the cooling element for delivery to the pre-cooler whereby pre-cooled air may be drawn inwardly through the pre-cooler and the lower part of the cooling element by the lower fan and ambient air may be drawn inwardly through the upper part of the cooling element by the upper fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Oxycom Beheer B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Antonius Maria Reinders, Berend Jan Reinders, Mark Hakbijl, Alexander John Banz
  • Patent number: 11052724
    Abstract: A block fitting and seal structure for an air conditioning system includes a male block fitting and a female block fitting. The male block fitting includes an axially extending protuberant portion. A distal end of the protuberant portion has a tapered portion formed thereon. A female block fitting includes a recessed portion with a tapered portion formed therein. The tapered portion of the female block fitting is configured to engage the tapered portion of the male block fitting. An annular seal is disposed between the male block fitting and the female block fitting. The seal provides an axial seal and a radial seal between the male block fitting and the female block fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Augustin Machynak, Radek Macicek
  • Patent number: 11046441
    Abstract: An environmental control system includes a cross-flow heat exchanger, a first valve, and a second valve. The heat exchanger includes three cores each with their own respective inlet, outlet, and cold air passage. The first inlet is fluidly connected with a hot air source. The second outlet is fluidly connected to the first outlet. The third inlet is fluidly connected to the second inlet and to a hot air destination. The first valve is fluidly connected with the hot air source, the second inlet, and the third inlet. The first valve is positioned in-line between the hot air source and the second and third inlets. The second valve is fluidly connected to the hot air destination, to the first outlet, and to the second outlet. The second valve is positioned in-line between the hot air destination and the first and second outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Retersdorf
  • Patent number: 11044956
    Abstract: A temperature controllable textile illustrated by the present disclosure has a first conductive cloth and a second conductive cloth. The first conductive cloth has a first metal while the second conductive cloth has a second metal different from the first metal. The first conductive cloth and the second conductive cloth have a thickness. A side surface of the first conductive cloth is in contact with a side surface of the second conductive cloth, and the first conductive cloth electrically connects to the second conductive cloth, to form two junction portions. When a negative end and a positive end of a direct current power electrically connects respectively with a top surface and a bottom surface of the first conductive cloth, the two junction portions form a cooling end and a heating end, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLIGENCE TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chen-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 11047593
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a housing system for a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit includes a rigid shell. The rigid shell includes a top panel, a front panel, and a rear panel. The HVAC unit also includes a bottom panel configured to be disposed within a first portion of a bottom plane of the HVAC unit, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The first side panel and the second side panel are each configured to be disposed within respective side planes of the HVAC unit and are each configured to be disposed within respective second portions of the bottom plane. The housing system is configured to be internally accessed through the respective side planes. Internal access of the housing system through either of the respective side planes is provided at least partially by rotation of the first side panel and/or the second side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Angus B. Latham
  • Patent number: 11040595
    Abstract: An air conditioner for a vehicle which can reduce ventilation resistance and secure a sufficient cross-sectional area of an air outlet to prevent deterioration in air volume. The air conditioner includes: an air-conditioning case having an air passageway formed therein and a plurality of air outlets formed at an exit thereof, and at least one heat exchanger disposed in the air passageway of the air-conditioning case to exchange heat with air passing through the air passageway, wherein the air outlet includes a center vent for discharging air-conditioned wind toward the center of a vehicle width and a side vent for discharging the air-conditioned wind toward the side of the vehicle width, and one between the center vent and the side vent is arranged in an upper side of the air-conditioning case, and the other is arranged in one side of the air-conditioning case in a back-and-forth direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Tae Wan Kim, Yong Eun Seo, Jeong Hun Seo, Myoung Jun Kim, Jong Gon Lee, Tae Gun Lee
  • Patent number: 11035611
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for separating components of a gas. A feed gas stream is cooled in a first vessel. The feed gas stream includes methane, water, carbon dioxide, and Natural Gas Liquids. The feed gas stream is cooled in a first vessel. A portion of the water condenses to form a primary liquid stream, resulting in a first depleted gas stream, which is cooled in a second vessel. A portion of the NGLs condense to form a secondary liquid stream, resulting in a second depleted gas stream, which is cooled in a condensing exchanger. A first portion of the methane condenses to form a liquid methane stream, resulting in a third depleted gas stream, which is cooled in a third vessel. A portion of the carbon dioxide condenses, desublimates, or condenses and desublimates as a final product stream, also resulting in a fourth depleted gas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Sustainable Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Baxter, Chris Hoeger, Jacom Chamberlain, Kyler Stitt
  • Patent number: 11035595
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recuperated superheat return are provided. A coolant is supplied in a vapor state to a compressor. The coolant compressed by the compressor is cooled with a gas cooler. The coolant cooled by the gas cooler is supplied to an inlet of a high pressure side of a recuperator. The coolant from an outlet of the high pressure side of the recuperator is supplied to a portion of a coolant circuit. The coolant is supplied back from the portion of the coolant circuit to an inlet of a low pressure side of the recuperator. The coolant in the low pressure side of the recuperator is heated with thermal energy transferred by the recuperator from the coolant in the high pressure side of the recuperator. The coolant in the vapor state from an outlet of the low pressure side of the recuperator is supplied to the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Eugene C. Jansen, Eric S. Donovan
  • Patent number: 11029045
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and processes to thermally regenerate and re-concentrate a liquid desiccant (absorbent) with an electrically driven heat pump. The regeneration and re-concentration may be performed in a cost and energy efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Jason David Woods, Eric Kozubal
  • Patent number: 11028968
    Abstract: A method of recovering energy produced by the change of phase of dry ice using a device having an enclosure (2) containing dry ice at an infra-atmospheric pressure and at a solidification temperature corresponding to the infra-atmospheric pressure; and a primary energy recovery circuit (3), in which a heat transfer fluid circulates, passing through the enclosure. The method involves passage of the heat transfer fluid into the primary circuit (3), this step causing the heating of the dry ice and its change of phase into CO2 and the cooling of the heat transfer fluid; extraction of the CO2 contained in the enclosure (2); and substantially continuous lowering of the pressure of the enclosure (2) to an infra-atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: CRYO PUR
    Inventors: Denis Clodic, Joseph Toubassy
  • Patent number: 11021041
    Abstract: An integrated thermal management system includes a cooling circuit having a component thermal conditioning circuit, a battery thermal conditioning circuit, a cabin heating circuit, a cabin cooling circuit and a valve group configured for selectively interconnecting or isolating the component thermal conditioning circuit, the battery thermal conditioning circuit, the cabin heating circuit and the cabin cooling circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jing He, Manfred Koberstein, Loren John Lohmeyer, III, Jacob Gregory Powers, Todd Louis Wenzel, Christian Brent Schoeneman
  • Patent number: 11022355
    Abstract: A compressor includes an inlet and the inlet includes a flange and an impeller eye. The flange is connected to a suction line that transfers a refrigerant into the compressor via the impeller eye. The refrigerant flows into the compressor with an amount of swirl and a pressure loss. The suction line includes a geometry that includes a constantly decreasing cross-sectional area in a direction towards the compressor. The geometry of the suction line is configured to reduce the amount of swirl and the pressure loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Florin V. Iancu, Justin P. Kauffman, Jeb W. Schreiber, Chenggang Wu, Steven Wang, John Trevino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11015842
    Abstract: A magneto-caloric thermal diode assembly includes a first magneto-caloric cylinder and a second magneto-caloric cylinder. The second magneto-caloric cylinder and a second plurality of thermal stages are nested concentrically within the first magneto-caloric cylinder and a first plurality of thermal stages. A plurality of magnets is distributed along a circumferential direction within a non-magnetic ring in each thermal stage of the first and second pluralities of thermal stages. Each thermal stage of the first and second pluralities of thermal stages has a first half and a second half. A polarity of the magnets of the plurality of magnets within the first half is oriented opposite a polarity of the magnets of the plurality of magnets within the second half along the radial direction in each thermal stage of the first and second pluralities of thermal stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goodman Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11014427
    Abstract: A system may include a compressor, a first heat exchanger, a first working fluid flow path, and a second working fluid flow path. The first heat exchanger receives working fluid discharged from the compressor. The first working fluid flow path may receive working fluid from the first heat exchanger and may include a second heat exchanger and a first control valve that is movable between a first position allowing fluid flow through the second heat exchanger and a second position restricting fluid flow through the second heat exchanger. The second working fluid flow path may receive working fluid from the first heat exchanger and may include a third heat exchanger and a second control valve that is movable between a first position allowing fluid flow through the third heat exchanger and a second position restricting fluid flow through the third heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn W. Vehr, Joseph J. Rozsnaki, Louis G. Siefker
  • Patent number: 11009258
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a plurality of heat exchangers provided to form an internal refrigerant flow path of an outdoor heat exchanger in multiple stages, a bypass pipe configured to branch refrigerant discharged from a compressor and to guide the refrigerant to the plurality of heat exchangers, flow pipes branched from the bypass pipe and extending to refrigerant pipes provided in the plurality of heat exchangers and overlap pipes branched from a flow pipe connected to any one of the plurality of heat exchangers and extending to a flow pipe connected to another heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hojong Jeong, Kakjoong Kim, Wooho Cha