Patents Examined by Jianying Atkisson
  • Patent number: 10274976
    Abstract: A valve includes a housing which defines openings for the inlet and outlet of a fluid. The valve also includes a sleeve for controlling the circulation of the fluid through the housing. The movement of the sleeve along its axis is controlled by a thermostatic element. In order to improve the maximum flow of fluid that the valve can take in, the valve further includes a seat part, which is fixedly mounted in the housing and which includes a fluid-tight wall. One of the two opposite surfaces of the wall extends transversally to the axis of the sleeve and defines a seat bearing the sleeve. The other one of these two opposite surfaces defines, between it and a wall of the housing according to the direction of the axis of the sleeve, a free volume wherein exists one of the openings and via which the fluid flows, being distributed over the entire periphery of the sleeve when this sleeve is in its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: VERNET
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Roman
  • Patent number: 10278306
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling arrangement comprising a heat spreader (2) comprising a first surface (5), a second surface (8), at least one heat absorption chamber (9) and at least one heat dissipation chamber (10), the at least one heat absorption chamber (9) being in thermal contact with the first surface (5) and the at least one heat dissipation chamber (10) being in thermal contact with the second surface (8) and hydraulically coupled to the at least one heat absorption chamber (9). A cooling fluid (13) can be driven from the heat absorption chamber (9) to the heat dissipation chamber (10) using a plurality of flow patterns for cooling the first surface (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBAL FOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brunschwiler, Urs Kloter, Ryan Joseph Linderman, Bruno Michel, Hugo E. Rothuizen, Reto Waelchli
  • Patent number: 10247484
    Abstract: A head condenser is provided with a plate heat exchanger which has first and second channels through which media can flow and which, for the first medium, form tubes between individual plates that are connected to each other to form a pair of plates and, for the second medium, form waves between pairs of plates that are connected to each other to form a stack of plates. A condenser housing is provided in which the plate heat exchanger is arranged, wherein the condenser housing provides pressure chambers which extend over the large outer surfaces of the plate heat exchanger and are in fluidic connection with the channels for the first or second medium. The pressure chambers are traversed by fluid lines which are in fluidic connection with the respectively other first or second medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kelvion PHE GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Abker, Bernd Müller, Markus Lentz, Dirk Kux
  • Patent number: 10239380
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a cooling module in which a plurality of evaporation cores are disposed and a heating module in which a plurality of condensers are disposed. The plurality of condensers and the plurality of evaporation cores are connected onto a refrigerant channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Gee Young Shin, June Kyu Park, Keon Soo Jin, Dae Ig Jung, Kwang Woon Cho
  • Patent number: 10226984
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a vacuum enclosure having a refrigerant, a first section and a second section. The system further includes a radiator, a core and a phase change material vessel downstream from the core. A conduit and valve system operate the air-conditioning system in two modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Levin, Furqan Zafar Shaikh, Danrich Henry Demitroff
  • Patent number: 10228167
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, there is provided a method of warming a heat exchanger array of a very low temperature refrigeration system, the method comprising diverting at least a portion of refrigerant flow in the refrigeration system away from a refrigerant flow circuit used during very low temperature cooling operation of the refrigeration system, to effect warming of at least a portion of the heat exchanger array; and while diverting the at least a portion of refrigerant flow, preventing excessive refrigerant mass flow through a compressor of the refrigeration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Flynn, Yongqiang Qiu, HaeYong Moon
  • Patent number: 10231363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular cooling apparatus for a high-voltage direct-current transmission system. A sub-module (10) according to the present invention comprises a power unit (12) in the front and a capacitor unit (13) in the rear, and a heat sink (30) for discharging heat generated from the interior is provided in an interior space (14?) of a power unit housing (14) forming the exterior of the power unit (12). A coolant path (31) is provided in the interior of the heat sink (30). The entrance and exit of the coolant path (31) are located adjacent to the bottom surface of the interior space (14?). Connecting couplers (20) for supplying coolant to the interior space (14?) are provided on the sloped surface (16) on the bottom end of the front surface (15) of the power unit housing (14). The sloped surface (16) is formed so as to face the ground at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HYOSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: June-Sung Kim, Hong-Ju Jung, Jong-Yun Choi
  • Patent number: 10228178
    Abstract: An ice maker of a refrigerator includes a cooling unit for generating cold air; a case mounted in a food storage space, and defining a cooling space for receiving the cold air; an ice making assembly for making ice; and a bucket arranged at one side of the ice making assembly for receiving the ice. The ice making assembly includes an ice tray arranged in the cooling space, the ice tray having an ice making recess formed in an upper surface thereof for making ice; and a cold air guiding unit arranged at a lower side of the ice tray for guiding the cold air to the lower side of the ice tray, and a heater provided at the lower side of the ice tray such that the heater is spatially separated from the cold air guiding unit, and is configured for emitting heat to separate ice from the ice making recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10228198
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices, methods, and systems for heat exchange, comprising one or more multi-disk rotors, one or more finned thermal elements, and a cover, which, even without an external fan, are combined in one apparatus to form a directed movement of fluid and heat exchange. Additional embodiments comprise an additional circulation chamber, integrated with/within said apparatus and/or external fans and/or at least one baffle in a circulation chamber for further directing and intensifying a changing of temperature of fluid passing through the apparatus. A highly efficient heat exchange is achieved by a high temperature gradient near the heat transferring surface and by a high-volume pumping capability of the multi-disk fan. The devices, methods, and systems are particularly applicable in fields that require compactness and low noise levels during operation, such as air conditioning and CPU cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Aleksandr Reshetnyak
  • Patent number: 10222134
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a dual loop coolant system used to control an engine temperature. In one example, cooling capacity is transferred from a low temperature loop to a heat exchanger, and cooling capacity stored in the heat exchanger is transferred to a high temperature loop (e.g., an engine coolant loop). The flow of coolant from the dual loop coolant system to the heat exchanger may be regulated responsive to a temperature of the coolant in each of the low temperature loop and the high temperature loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ravi Gopal
  • Patent number: 10220675
    Abstract: A device and method for mitigating freezing-precipitation accumulation for a vehicle window are described. The device and method include retrieving ambient temperature data. When the ambient temperature data exceeds a temperature threshold for freezing precipitation, sensing ambient light from within a vehicle cabin to produce light magnitude sample data and comparing the light magnitude sample data with a baseline light magnitude sample data from within the vehicle cabin. When the light magnitude sample data compares unfavorably with the baseline light magnitude sample data, generating a vehicle window defroster command for transmission to activate a vehicle window defroster operable to be powered by a vehicle battery source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Frankie B. Reed
  • Patent number: 10215501
    Abstract: A thermally actuated heat pipe control valve which includes a housing having a first opening for receiving a condenser portion of a heat pipe therein, a second opening for receiving an evaporator portion of the heat pipe therein and a passage extending through the housing from the first opening to the second opening. The passage is configured to receive working fluid from the heat pipe therein. A passage closing member is positioned in the housing proximate to or in the passage. The passage closing member having a surface which cooperates with a wall of the passage. At a specific temperature, the passage closing member moves into the passage to a closed position, preventing the flow of the working fluid, thereby preventing heat transfer between the condenser portion and the evaporator portion when the design temperature is reached or exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED COOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Reist, Greg Troszak, Peter Dussinger
  • Patent number: 10215460
    Abstract: A refrigeration system including a suction line heat exchanger having a first conduit including a refrigerant liquid which flows inside of the first conduit from the condenser to the evaporator. Also the refrigeration system includes a second conduit in thermal communication with the first conduit and includes a refrigerant fluid, typically a vapor, which flows inside of the second conduit in an opposite direction of flow from the first conduit from the evaporator to the compressor. Additionally, at least one heating device is in thermal communication with at least one of the first conduit and second conduit and is configured to communicate with a refrigeration control system to apply heat along a portion of both the first conduit and the second conduit adjacent to the heating device thereby regulating the flow rate of the refrigerant liquid in the first conduit and the second conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 10208990
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a thermoelectric system includes a thermoelectric device having a first surface and a second surface and a power source configured to deliver a voltage across the thermoelectric device to selectively activate or deactivate the thermoelectric device, wherein the first surface is configured to heat and the second surface is configured to cool when the thermoelectric device is activated. The system further includes a processor configured to determine a potential between the first surface and the second surface when the thermoelectric device is deactivated, correlate the potential to a temperature of the first surface and adjust the correlated temperature of the first surface based on an ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dusko Petrovski, Sihai Zheng, Michael Maass
  • Patent number: 10203164
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is a system that includes a thermal valve having a first position and a second position, a heat transfer fluid, and an energy converter where, when in the first position, the thermal valve prevents the transfer of heat from the heat transfer fluid to the energy converter, and when in the second position, the thermal valve allows the transfer of heat from the heat transfer fluid to the energy converter, such that at least a portion of the heat transferred is converted to electricity by the energy converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Michele L. Olsen, Eric S. Toberer, David Samuel Ginley, Philip A. Parilla, Emily L. Warren, Aaron Daniel Martinez, Jonathan E. Rea, Corey Lee Hardin, Christopher J. Oshman, Nathan P. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10198046
    Abstract: A serial pump includes a pump body, a first impeller and a second impeller. A first rotor chamber, a second rotor chamber and a connecting channel are formed in the pump body. The first rotor chamber has a first outlet opening, the second rotor chamber has a second inlet opening, and the connecting channel is communicated between the first outlet opening and the second inlet opening. The first impeller is pivotally arranged in the first rotor chamber, and an outer periphery of the first impeller is arranged corresponding to the first outlet opening. The second impeller is pivotally arranged in the second rotor chamber, and a center of the second impeller is arranged corresponding to the second inlet opening. Accordingly, the first impeller and the second impeller are serially arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shui-Fa Tsai
  • Patent number: 10197295
    Abstract: A condenser unit for an air conditioning system includes LED illumination that changes color to indicate status of operation. A lid, front and side panels of the condenser unit are hinged and can be easily opened to allow full access to clean the condenser coil and service the unit. Service valves for liquid and suction lines are conveniently located on the back exterior of the unit for easy access. A fan bracket allows for easy removal and replacement of the fan motor. A sliding compressor plate, aided by ball bearing rollers, enables easy and unobstructed access to the compressor for service and replacement. Internal hoses have quick release fittings that can be released by hand without the need for special tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Omar Crespo-Calero
  • Patent number: 10199240
    Abstract: A substrate processing method and apparatus which can remove an anti-drying liquid, which has entered a three-dimensional pattern with recessed portions formed in a substrate, in a relatively short time. The substrate processing method includes the steps of: carrying a substrate, having a three-dimensional pattern formed in a surface, into a processing container, said pattern being covered with an anti-drying liquid that has entered the recessed portions of the pattern; heating the substrate and supplying a pressurizing gas or a fluid in a high-pressure state into the processing container, thereby forming a high-pressure atmosphere in the processing container before the anti-drying liquid vaporizes to such an extent as to cause pattern collapse and bringing the anti-drying liquid into a high-pressure state while keeping the liquid in the recessed portions of the pattern; and thereafter discharging a fluid in a high-pressure state or a gaseous state from the processing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: Toshiba Memory Corporation, Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hidekazu Hayashi, Yohei Sato, Hisashi Okuchi, Hiroshi Tomita, Kazuyuki Mitsuoka, Mitsuaki Iwashita, Takehiko Orii, Gen You, Hiroki Ohno, Takayuki Toshima
  • Patent number: 10197286
    Abstract: This invention relates to a combustion system. The combustion system includes a fireplace which has a fire base, a primary combustion zone for pyrolysising and/or combusting a biomass fuel, and a secondary combustion zone for combusting gases and/or particulate matter produced from the pyrolysis and/or combustion of the biomass fuel. The combustion system also includes an exhaust flue, the exhaust flue extending to a position near to, or adjacent, the secondary combustion zone and/or the fire base. The invention may be particularly suitable for use in relation to wood burners, either by retrofitting to existing wood burners or by incorporating into new wood burners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Joren Jens Stewart
  • Patent number: 10197342
    Abstract: A method of operating a heat exchanger is disclosed in which an electric field is applied to a hydrophobic surface having condensed water droplets thereon to reduce a contact angle between the individual droplet surfaces and the hydrophobic surface, and to increase droplet surface energy to a second surface energy level. The electric field is removed to increase the contact angle between the individual droplet surfaces and the hydrophobic surface, and to reduce droplet surface energy to a third surface energy level. The third surface energy level is greater than the first surface energy level and greater than a surface energy level for a free droplet. A portion of the droplet surface energy is converted to kinetic energy to detach droplets from the hydrophobic surface. The detached droplets are removed from the heat rejection side fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Abbas A. Alahyari, Miad Yazdani, Craig R. Walker