Patents Examined by Gregory Huson
  • Patent number: 10226991
    Abstract: An apparatus provides an air shield over a portal access opening between a vehicle access member and a stationary vehicle trim member. An air supply device disposed within the vehicle. The air supply device includes an active material creating the burst of air. The air supply device produces a burst of air that discharges upon opening of the vehicle access member. At least one output port outputs the burst of air. The burst of air forms the air shield in a direction substantially transverse to the portal opening. The air shield is formed across at least a portion of a perimeter of the portal access opening between the vehicle access member and the stationary vehicle trim member. The air shield inhibits precipitation from entering the compartment of the vehicle during a pressure equalization phase that occurs in response to the opening of the vehicle access member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Louise E. Stauffer, Alan L. Browne
  • Patent number: 10226985
    Abstract: Devices and methods for enhancing heat exchanger airflow in a transport refrigeration system (TRS) of a refrigerated transport unit are provided. In particular, a fairing is provided on a top surface of a TRU to shield the TRU from an adverse effect of wind (e.g., ram air) and build a negative pressure at a heat exchanger fan delivery side of the TRU. The angle, shape and height of the fairing can be optimized to achieve a desired heat exchanger airflow through condenser coil(s), a radiator and/or intercooler of the TRU during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wilson Samuel Jesudason Lawrence, David John Dykes, Abhijith Balakrishna, Christopher Thomas Arneson
  • Patent number: 10222069
    Abstract: A heating appliance includes a cooktop having a plurality of burners. A burner box defines a burner position for each burner, each burner position having a plurality of slots. An orifice holder is slidably engaged with the plurality of slots in a linear direction. Opposing flanges extend from a bottom portion of the orifice holder that extend through the plurality of slots to be at least partially secured therein, wherein the opposing flanges are adapted to engage the plurality of slots in only one directional orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Duffy, Anthony S. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10220669
    Abstract: An air passage opening and closing device has: a case defining an air passage; and a slide door provided with a door body that has a plate shape, the slide door slidably disposed in the case and opening or closing the air passage. The case is provided with a case-side sealing surface that is in contact with the door body when the slide door is located to close the air passage. The door body is provided with a rib that protrudes toward an upstream side in a flow direction of air and extends in a moving direction of the slide door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10220668
    Abstract: The present teachings provide for an HVAC assembly. A first flue can be configured to fluidly couple a first heat exchanger to a mixing flue. A second flue can be configured to fluidly couple a second heat exchanger to the mixing flue. A door can inhibit fluid communication through the second flue when in a first position. The door can inhibit fluid communication through the first flue when in a second position. The door can permit fluid communication through the first and second flues when in a third position. The third flue can be configured to fluidly couple the first heat exchanger to a portion of the second flue downstream of the second heat exchanger and upstream of the mixing flue when the door is in the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas Mazzocco, Daniel Okray, Ryan Rosenburg
  • Patent number: 10214125
    Abstract: An air-circulation promotion apparatus for a vehicle includes a driver's seat and a front passenger seat provided in the vehicle, and a face outlet port of a vehicle air conditioner disposed in front of those seats. A seat outlet port that blows a sucked air from a side surface of a seat back of the seat toward a rear area of the vehicle is disposed in the seat. An air present between the face outlet port and the seat flows rearward of the seat by aid of wind blown out of the seat outlet port. This makes it possible to circulate a comfortable air rearward of the seat to create a vehicle interior environment having no air retention. A circulation fan is provided in the seat and can be integrated with a seat ventilation system or a seat air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sakane, Yasuhiko Niimi, Yuuji Yamanaka, Akira Oga
  • Patent number: 10215448
    Abstract: A heat receiver tube for absorbing solar energy and for transferring absorbed solar energy to a heat transfer fluid which can be located inside of at least one core tube of the heat receiver tube is provided. The core tube includes a core tube surface with at least one solar energy absorptive coating for absorbing solar radiation. The core tube is enveloped by at least one enveloping tube. The enveloping tube includes at least one enveloping tube wall which is at least partly transparent for the solar radiation. The enveloping tube wall includes at least one inner enveloping tube surface. The core tube and the enveloping tube are coaxially arranged to each other such that an inner heat receiver tube space is formed which is bordered by the core tube surface (and the inner enveloping tube surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Concentrated Solar Power Ltd.
    Inventor: Shmulik Klapwald
  • Patent number: 10213051
    Abstract: A grilling device includes an oven section having an outer wall with opposing side portions and an encircling body portion extending therebetween. The body portion has an access opening and the grilling device includes a lid that selectively covers the access opening by means of a handle attached thereto. The grilling device also includes opposing hinge elements connected to opposite sides of the lid and to the side portions of the outer wall, as opposed to the encircling body portion. In particular, the hinge elements are connected to respective rear areas of the side portions. Accordingly, the path of opening the lid has a different shape or curvature and thereby positions the handle substantially lower than if the hinge elements were connected to the body portion adjacent to the access opening. The opposing side portions have a substantially oval shape and the hinge elements have an elongated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Colston, Daniel A. C. Altenritter, Matthew G. Czach
  • Patent number: 10215403
    Abstract: A gas premix burner and a gas water heater. The gas premix burner has a combustion direction, the gas premix burner can be matched and connected with a premix chamber that is disposed upstream the combustion direction of the gas premix burner, gas and air can be burned by the gas premix burner after mixed in the premix chamber; the gas premix burner comprising: a burner substrate, a main combustion hole provided on the burner substrate; an auxiliary combustion hole disposed downstream the main combustion hole along the combustion direction on the burner substrate; an auxiliary flame of the auxiliary combustion hole intersects a main flame of the main combustion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: A. O. Smith Corporation
    Inventors: Ruihong Wei, Jingzhan Yang
  • Patent number: 10215425
    Abstract: An air heating and cooling system includes (1) a heat pump, illustratively devoid of auxiliary electric resistance type air heating structure, operative to provide refrigerant-based heating or cooling of air being delivered to a conditioned space, (2) a fuel-fired modular blower selectively operable to generate combustion heat, and (3) a control system associated with the heat pump and the modular blower. The control system has a heat pump thermostat electrically connected to a modular blower control and operative to transmit to the modular blower a first signal indicative of heating operation of the heat pump, and a second signal indicative of a need for alternative heat during a heating demand cycle. The modular blower is operative, in response to receiving both signals, to provide combustion-based air heating in place of refrigerant-based heat pump air heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael W. Branson, Kelvin W. Kleman, Timothy B. Hawkins, Diane M. Jakobs
  • Patent number: 10206537
    Abstract: A Method and Apparatus for Multi-Fuel Grill have been disclosed. In one version an attached fire box holds fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Osvaldo Emilio Ebbes
  • Patent number: 10208952
    Abstract: Combustion method and installation in which an oxygen-rich oxidant is preheated by exchange of heat with a heat-transfer fluid, upstream of the combustion chamber, in which method and installation an auxiliary gas is heated by heat exchange with a first proportion of the hot flue gases discharged from the chamber, and in which method and installation the heat-transfer fluid comprises a mixture of at least a proportion of the heated auxiliary gas with a proportion of hot flue gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Luc Jarry, Youssef Joumani, Bertrand Leroux, Remi Tsiava
  • 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: 10208962
    Abstract: A bracket for retaining glass used to cover the window of a door of an oven appliance and an oven appliance with such brackets. The bracket supports the glass in position at the window. Embodiments of the bracket may provide features including use on either side of the oven door, use of a shorter length of glass, and other features that can facilitate manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Elvin Thomas Philip, Anthony Michael Shaw
  • Patent number: 10203703
    Abstract: An automatic airflow balancing valve (10), including: a housing (12) having an inlet (14) and an outlet (16) and defining a flow path (18) there through; a valve disc (30) operatively connected to the housing and disposed within the flow path; and an airflow volume calibrating assembly (92) disposed in the flow path and operatively connected to the valve disc and the housing to pivot the valve disc to a home position associated with a desired constant airflow volume. The airflow volume calibrating assembly includes an adjustment element that extends toward at least one of the inlet or the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MI VALVE, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Ashton, Scott D. Madden
  • Patent number: 10203116
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible holder for a cooking container has a threaded collar that screws onto the neck of a chafing dish fuel container. Three panels are each rotatably connected to the collar with an offset hinge. The panels rotate between a first collapsed position in which the panels contact a top surface of the collar and a second position in which the panels are in a deployed position at an angle of about 105 to 155 degrees outward from the top surface. Rotation stops on the panel and collar limit the rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sterno Products, LLC.
    Inventor: Jarrod Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10203125
    Abstract: A flow rate controlling system includes: a flow rate balance determining portion that determines a supply flow rate, regulated by a supply air valve, and a common exhaust flow rate, regulated by a common exhaust air valve, so that a difference between the supply flow rate and an exhaust flow rate, regulated by the common exhaust air valve, matches a set point; a valve monitoring portion that monitors the supply air valve, the common exhaust air valve, and a local exhaust air valve; and a flow rate changing portion that issues a flow rate changing instruction to the flow rate balance determining portion. When there is a fault in the supply air valve and/or the common exhaust air valve, the flow rate balance determining portion, upon receipt of the flow rate changing instruction from the flow rate changing portion, changes neither the supply nor common exhaust flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AZBIL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuo Osawa
  • Patent number: 10203120
    Abstract: Baking oven insulation including at least a first insulating layer composed of a fiber material, and a metallic sheet material layer and a second insulating layer at least partially composed of a fiber material. The first and second insulating layers are located at opposite sides of the metallic sheet material layer. The first insulating layer is an inner layer to be arranged immediately at the outer side of a cavity wall of a baking oven and immediately at the inner side of the metallic sheet material layer. Moreover, the second insulating layer is an outer layer adapted to be spaced from the cavity wall of the baking oven. The first insulating layer has a thickness d1 which enables the first insulating layer to reduce the heat conduction from the cavity wall to the metallic sheet layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Arnd Hofmann, Fabienne Reinhard-Herrscher
  • 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: 10197274
    Abstract: Process for heating via oxy-fuel combustion in which a stream of air is heated by means of at least one portion of the residual heat present in the fuel gases discharged from the combustion chamber, at least one portion of said hot air stream is introduced into an oxygen production unit in which a portion of the oxygen present in the hot air stream is extracted by means of one or more ITM, with a first stream of oxygen at high temperature being obtained, said first stream of oxygen is mixed with a second stream of oxygen so as to obtain a total stream of oxygen at a lower temperature than that of the first stream of oxygen, at least one portion of the total stream of oxygen being transported to the combustion chamber and used within as oxygen-rich oxidizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Luc Jarry, Nicolas Spiegl