Patents Examined by Jason N Thompson
  • Patent number: 10378836
    Abstract: A water-cooling radiator assembly includes at least one first and one second sealing element and a water-cooling radiator main body formed of a plurality of stacked radiator elements. The second sealing element, the radiator elements and the first sealing element are sequentially stacked from bottom to top and integrally connected through heat treating to form the water-cooling radiator assembly. The first and second sealing elements have one side connected to an upper and a lower side, respectively, of the water-cooling radiator main body to seal a top and a bottom of a helical flow passage in the water-cooling radiator main body. A first and a second coupling section are optionally provided on the first and the second sealing element, respectively, or at a first and a second end of the helical flow passage, respectively; and the first and second coupling sections are fluidly communicable with the helical flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Yi Chiu, Fu-Kuei Chang
  • Patent number: 10377407
    Abstract: A vehicle component includes a first volume of phase change material and a second volume of phase change material spaced apart from the first volume of phase change material. The first volume of phase change material contains a greater mass of phase change material than the second volume of phase change material. The component also includes a thermally-conductive structure in direct contact with both the first volume of phase change material and the second volume of phase change material, so as to facilitate heat transfer between the first volume of phase change material and the second volume of phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Pinkelman, Umesh N. Gandhi, Shailesh Joshi
  • Patent number: 10378826
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is described and which includes an exterior container having an internal cavity; a refrigerant distribution tube is positioned within the internal cavity and which is further coupled in fluid receiving relation relative to a first source of refrigerant; and a multiplicity of closely nested refrigerant tubes are located within the internal cavity and are further disposed in a closely spaced, radially outwardly oriented positions relative to the refrigerant distribution tube, and which additionally have a predetermined and similar length dimension, and individually form helical coils which have a given and similar length dimension, and a variable pitch, and which are further coupled to a second source of a refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Ian Nelson, Chad W. Meyers, James A. Phelan
  • Patent number: 10345051
    Abstract: A heat pump, heat pump exchanger component, and method of using a heat exchanger, the heat pump exchanger has long pipes arranged in at least one layer in fluid communication with one another, and spaced a minimum of about two (2) feet apart. Shorter pipes may be disposed between long pipes, and connectors between adjacent pipes. The long pipes are composed of high thermal conductive materials, such as aluminum, while the short pipes and/or connectors may be composed of flexible lower thermal conductive materials. Heat exchanger is placed a minimum of twenty-four (24) inches beneath the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Roy Dan Halloran, Don R. Richardson
  • Patent number: 10337799
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a first tube bank having at least a first and a second flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship. A second tube bank includes at least a first group of flattened tube segments and a second group of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship. The second tube bank is disposed behind the first tube bank with a leading edge of the second tube bank spaced from a trailing edge of the first tube bank. The first group of flattened tube segments is configured to receive a first fluid. The second group of flattened tube segments is configured to receive a second fluid. A fan provides an airflow across the first tube bunk and the second tube bank sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael F. Taras
  • Patent number: 10337802
    Abstract: Capillary trap-vapor pumps, systems, methods of heat management, and the like, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventor: Andrei G. Fedorov
  • Patent number: 10337800
    Abstract: A modular plate and shell heat exchanger in which welded pairs of heat transfer plates are tandemly spaced and coupled in parallel between an inlet and outlet conduit to form a heat transfer assembly. The heat transfer assembly is placed in the shell in order to transfer heat from a secondary to a primary fluid. Modules of one or more of the heat transfer plates are removably connected using gaskets at the inlet and outlet conduits which are connected to a primary fluid inlet and a primary fluid outlet nozzle. The heat transfer assembly is supported by a structure which rests on an internal track which is attached to the shell and facilitates removal of the heat transfer plates. The modular plate and shell heat exchanger has a removable head integral to the shell for removal of the heat transfer assembly for inspection, maintenance and replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Creed Taylor
  • Patent number: 10317143
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for transferring heat from a hot gas to a fluid includes two or more corrugated fin structures defining a plurality of hot gas flow channels extending in a generally linear first direction. A fluid conduit includes an outer wall at least partially bonded to at least two of the corrugated fin structures. The fluid conduit defines a plurality of sequentially arranged flow passes for the fluid traveling therethrough. Each of the plurality of flow passes directs the fluid in a direction generally perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Klaves, Edward Robinson, Gregory DaPra, Paul Fraser, Gregory Mross, Tony Rousseau, Robert Barfknecht, George Becke
  • Patent number: 10317148
    Abstract: The heat exchanger has tubes and a header tank that is located at an end of the tubes in a longitudinal direction and communicates with the tubes. The header tank has a core plate that connects to the tubes and a tank body that is fixed to the core plate. The core plate has a tube connection surface, a sealing surface, and an inclined surface that connects the tube connection surface and the sealing surface with each other. A distance between the tube connection surface and an end surface of the tubes in the longitudinal direction is different from a distance between the sealing surface and the end surface in the longitudinal direction by disposing the inclined surface to incline with respect to the longitudinal direction. The tubes connect to the tube connection surface and the inclined surface in a condition of being inserted to the tube connection surface and the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Hakamata, Tatsuo Ozaki, Shinta Mabuchi
  • Patent number: 10301528
    Abstract: A subterranean ground heat exchange system, a method of installation, and a grout composition therefor. The grout composition is a pumpable slurry formed of from about 70 to about 85 parts by weight natural flake graphite and from about 30 to about 15 parts by weight bentonite. The solids content of the pumpable grout slurry is preferably at least 35% by weight and is more preferably at least 40% by weight. The ground exchange apparatus preferably utilizes an improved supply and return header comprised of supply and return ports which are provided through the vertically extending outer wall of a header housing. The header also includes an interior supply conduit which extends from the supply port into the interior of the header housing and includes a bend positioned in the interior of the housing for directing the heat transfer fluid downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: RYGAN CORP.
    Inventors: Lane Lawless, Michael Fraim, Brandon A. Larson
  • Patent number: 10302370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger, in particular exhaust-gas cooler or charge-air cooler, comprising a plate stack composed of multiple elongate plate pairs, wherein in each case two interconnected plates form a first fluid duct between them, and a second fluid duct is formed between two plate pairs, wherein the plates of a plate pair are of U-shaped form with a bottom and upturned side walls and lie against one another so as to delimit the first flow duct, wherein one of the plates of a plate pair has, on its end side, a tab which serves for beading over around the end side of the other plate, wherein the tab on the bottom of the plate is beaded over, and the beading-over of the tab also continues into the side walls of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Maucher, Jürgen Barwig, Steffen Ensminger, Eberhard Pantow, Claudia Lang, Matthias Schmid, Timo Peifer, Jürgen Steimer
  • Patent number: 10295276
    Abstract: A heat exchanger having a tube-fin block that is closed by two collecting tanks, whereby the ends of the tubes engage in a bottom of the particular collecting tank and the bottom is closed with a cover. A partition wall secured to the cover is formed transverse to a longitudinal extension of the collecting tank and divides an interior space of the collecting tank into two subchambers. The heat exchanger, which prevents great structural changes for compensating temperature-induced stresses, a first stress decoupling device is formed in the bottom and/or a second stress decoupling device in the area of the partition wall in the cover of at least one collecting tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Franco Ghiani, Thomas Strese, Hicham Rouhana, Roland Krisa, Chi-Duc Nguyen, Werner Helms, Reinhard Heine
  • Patent number: 10292306
    Abstract: A cooler includes: a narrow flow path that has a narrow cross-sectional area; a wide flow path that is connected to a downstream side of the narrow flow path, is in thermal contact with a heating body, and has a wide cross-sectional area; and at least one rectifying piece that is provided in an upstream portion of the wide flow path that is an upstream side from a position being in thermal contact with the heating body. A fluid refrigerant flows through the narrow flow path and the wide flow path, and heat generated by the heating body is radiated. The rectifying piece includes: a single first angle portion that protrudes toward the upstream side; and a first surface and a second surface that join at an acute angle to form the first angle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Kobayashi, Koji Hachiya, Eiji Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10281169
    Abstract: A heat exchanger unit that includes a frame and at least one cooler. The unit includes a mount assembly for coupling, at least partially, the cooler to the frame. The mount assembly includes an elongated fastening member; an outer ring; an inner ring; and a deformable ring. The deformable ring is disposed between the outer ring and the inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Hjorth, John Gaska, Randy Vanberg, Kevin Visscher, Iqbal Lotey, Bob Peng
  • Patent number: 10267575
    Abstract: A header of a heat exchanger including a first wall connected with a plurality of heat transfer tubes of the heat exchanger, a second wall facing the first wall with an interval therebetween, and a circumferential wall connecting outer circumferential edges of the first and the second walls in such a manner that an area between the first and the second walls constitutes a chamber for inflow of fluid, the chamber communicating with each of the heat transfer tube. At least one of the first and the second walls is configured to curve in such a manner that a central area of the wall is positioned close to an inside of the chamber than an outer circumferential area of the wall. The thickness of the header is reduced and enough strength of the header is obtained, thereby preferably enduring repeating water hammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamaji, Yuta Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10267571
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a thermal energy storage system includes multiple thermal energy storage containers adapted to store thermal energy storage media, the containers having high emissivity inner surfaces that are adapted to radiate heat into the stored thermal energy storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Burton Krakow, Elias K. Stefanakos, Dharendra Yogi Goswami
  • Patent number: 10267546
    Abstract: A vehicle having a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for heating and cooling a passenger compartment is provided. The vehicle may be described as including a CO2 loop positioned within an engine compartment, a coolant loop positioned at least partially within the passenger compartment, a first heat exchanger positioned within the engine compartment for transferring heat from a coolant within the coolant loop to a CO2 within the CO2 loop, a pump for moving the coolant within the coolant loop, a second heat exchanger within the coolant loop for heating or cooling an air temperature within the passenger compartment, and first and second valves for controlling movement of the coolant through the second heat exchanger and a heated coolant loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Timmy Van Evans, Manfred Koberstein
  • Patent number: 10240876
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes at least one first flow channel for a first medium, at least one second flow channel for a second medium, and at least one bottom that can be connected to the housing. The bottom has at least one expansion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Neher, Johannes Pfeffer, Alexander Steck, Helmut Weiser
  • Patent number: 10240826
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is provided that includes a first tube/fin block, first headers arranged on both sides of the first tube/fin block, which first headers communicate with the tubes of the first tube/fin block, and a second tube/fin block having second headers arranged on both sides of the second tube/fin block, which second headers communicate with the tubes of the second tube/fin block, wherein the first tube/fin block having the corresponding first headers is an air-cooled low-temperature coolant cooler and the second tube/fin block having the corresponding second headers is an air-cooled refrigerant cooler, wherein the headers of the first tube/fin block arranged on a respective side of the tube-fin block and a header of the second tube/fin block are connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Diem, Uwe Foerster, Pedro Gonzalez Rechea, Klaus Haβdenteufel, Herbert Hofmann, Martin Kaspar