Patents Examined by Jianying C Atkisson
  • Patent number: 10976085
    Abstract: In an air-conditioning apparatus in which air sucked into a casing of an outdoor unit by a fan is discharged from an upper portion of the casing, each of liquid header portions is configured to be connected with each of heat transfer tubes of a plurality of divided regions formed by dividing the outdoor heat exchangers in an up and down direction. Further, a shunt is configured to supply two-phase refrigerant, in which quality is adjusted by a gas-liquid separator, to each of the liquid header portions. To each of the liquid header portions, the shunt supplies the two-phase refrigerant of the amount corresponding to the air quantity of the divided region connected to each of the liquid header portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoji Onaka, Takashi Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Okano, Eito Saito, Hirofumi Koge, Osamu Morimoto, Hiroki Murakami, Hiroaki Nakamune
  • Patent number: 10976066
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system or a method to switch off an air conditioning system when an ice formation condition is present. The ice formation condition is present when the temperature, in either degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, at an indoor evaporator unit or an indoor evaporator coil is below a threshold temperature. Some embodiments allow a user to change the threshold temperature. The system can include a user interface to provide notifications when an ice formation condition is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KBE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk Allen Dorsch
  • Patent number: 10976116
    Abstract: A liquid cooled heat dissipation device including a housing, at least two cooling fin modules, an input pipe, and an output pipe is provided. The housing has an accommodation space. The at least two cooling fin modules are disposed in the accommodation space. The input pipe is disposed on the top plate, the front plate, the rear plate, or one of the side plates of the housing and communicates with the accommodation space. The output pipe is disposed on the top plate, the front plate, the rear plate, or the other one of the side plates of the housing and communicates with the accommodation space. The at least two cooling fin modules have different arrangement densities and different fin thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Chi Liu, Tsung-Ching Lin, Shi-Wen Lin, Chi-Chuan Wang, Yong-Dong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10962295
    Abstract: A heat exchanger with a plurality of flow path assemblies disposed in a core body, a first and a second core surface of the core body provided with a plurality of throughholes. Each throughhole on the first and the second core surface mated individually with a flow path assembly seat, a coupling means providing independent positioning as well as longitudinal axial orientation means to each of the flow path assembly disposed in the core body, wherein each flow path assembly seat provided on the first core surface engages a first tubular section of a corresponding flow path assembly, while each flow path assembly seat provided on the second core surface engages a second tubular section of a corresponding flow path assembly. Each flow path assembly provided with at least one chamber section, each chamber section having a medium directing component disposed within for a desired medium flow effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Mikutay Corporation
    Inventor: Takeyoshi Nitta
  • Patent number: 10962297
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for facilitating heat transfer and cooling electronic components are presented. A system for cooling an electronic component includes a cold core, a plurality of solid state cooling devices, and a plurality of heat sinks. The cold core may define one or more cavities for receiving electronic components. The system may include an air mover and a duct. In operation, the system may cool an electronic component to sub-ambient temperatures. In other embodiments, the system may include multiple cold cores connected by liquid conduits for facilitating a flow of a cooling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Dereje Agonafer, Huy N. Phan
  • Patent number: 10961872
    Abstract: An energy storage device for storing electrical energy in the form of heat energy and a corresponding method for operating an energy storage device of this type. The energy storage device includes an electric heater for converting electrical energy into heat energy, a heat storage device for storing the heat energy of the electric heater, and a heat exchanger for emitting heat energy from the heat storage device. The heat storage device includes, at least, multiple metal rods arranged upright and serving to store heat energy from the electric heater; a base; and multiple supporting units. Each supporting unit supports one of the metal rods and is connected with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Lumenion GmbH
    Inventor: Andrew Zwinkels
  • Patent number: 10946723
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioner which is capable of inhibiting liquid return to a compressor and generation of noise due to bumping in an accumulator. There are executed a heating mode to close a solenoid valve 17, open a solenoid valve 21, let a refrigerant radiate heat in a radiator 4, decompress the refrigerant through an outdoor expansion valve 6, let the refrigerant absorb heat in an outdoor heat exchanger 7, and send the refrigerant to an accumulator 12, and a dehumidifying and heating mode to open the solenoid valve 17, close the solenoid valve 21, decompress the refrigerant through an indoor expansion valve 8, let the refrigerant absorb heat in a heat absorber, and generate heat in an auxiliary heater 23. A valve position of the outdoor expansion valve 6 is reduced for a predetermined period of time before shifting from the heating mode to the dehumidifying and heating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SANDEN AUTOMOTIVE CLIMATE SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishizeki, Kazuki Sekiguchi, Kohei Yamashita, Ryo Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 10935284
    Abstract: Modular heating and cooling systems may include one or more modules connected to a fluid input and fluid output. A modular heating system includes at least one heating and cooling apparatus. The apparatus includes a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger and a third heat exchanger. The apparatus further includes a refrigerant line system coupled to the first (e.g. cooling), second (e.g. heating) and third (e.g. source) heat exchangers and configurable for selectively directing refrigerant fluid through the heat exchanger to provide multiple modes of operation. The heating, cooling and source fluid loops may be separate and independent such that the fluids do not mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Arctic Cool Chillers Limited
    Inventor: Changiz Tolouee
  • Patent number: 10933714
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an interior and a controller configured to control a climate system for the interior based at least in part on data related to a departure location of the vehicle, a destination location of the vehicle, or a proximate location within a certain proximity to the vehicle, while moving to the destination location between the departure location and the destination location, or any combination of said locations. The data related to the departure location can include a temperature profile of the departure location. The temperature profile of the departure location can assume that the departure location is colder than a comfortable ambient temperature, and the controller is configured to direct heated air into the interior upon activation of the vehicle at the departure location. The data related to the departure location can include an activity profile of the departure location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Emily Obert, Frank Fusco, Lawrence C. Karas, Loren John Lohmeyer
  • Patent number: 10935332
    Abstract: A heat exchanger tube insert for use in a heat exchanger tube located within a fuel fired apparatus or non-fired storage tank heat exchanger. The heat exchanger tube insert includes a central rode, a cap, and at least two protruding helical guides that are configured to direct a flow of heated working fluid around the inner circumference of the heat exchanger tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Atilhan Manay
  • Patent number: 10935327
    Abstract: A thermal energy storage (TES) component includes a shell having first and second ports, and at least a first set of thermally conductive sealed containers that contain a TES media for storing thermal energy. A first set of sealed tubes containing a first TES media are in a first section of the shell, and a second set of sealed tubes containing a different TES media are in a second section of the shell. Electric heating elements are immersed in at least some of the tubes, and may extend only from one end of the tube. In some embodiments more than one heating element is immersed in the TES media and positioned to enhance convective flow. In some embodiments electric heating elements are disposed externally on the sealed tubes. Some tubes are tapered or frustoconical, with heating elements provided in a larger-diameter portion of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Richard E. Wirz, Amey Barde, Karthik Nithyanandam
  • Patent number: 10925183
    Abstract: A 3D extended cooling mechanism includes cabinet, air intake module, heat exchange module including heat exchanger, air baffle and bottom plate, first wind tunnel defined above the air baffle, second wind tunnel defined between air baffle and bottom plate and third wind tunnel defined between bottom plate and bottom of cabinet. First, second and third wind tunnels accept the air drawn by air intake module to form a respective cold air stream. Heat exchanger accepts cold air stream of first wind tunnel for heat exchange, enabling hot air produced in heat exchange to be delivered to air outlet of cabinet for discharge. First, second, and third wind tunnels are designed to dissipate the relatively low temperature airflow into high temperature sensitive heat source components in the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction so that heat source elements can be efficiently dissipated at the same time to achieve three-dimensional expansion cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ADLINK TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Hsuan-Chan Chiang, Guan-Yi Wang, Jen-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 10921069
    Abstract: A stacking-type header includes a first plate having a first through-hole; a second plate having a plurality of second through-holes; a third plate in which a flow path that communicates between the first through-hole and the second through-holes is formed, a first pipe including a first end portion that is inserted into the first through-hole; a plurality of second pipes each including a second end portion that is inserted into a corresponding one of the second through-holes; and brazing portions. The first pipe includes a first expanded portion in the first end portion, the first expanded portion having an outer peripheral surface that is pressed against an inner peripheral surface of the first through-hole. Each of the second pipes includes a second expanded portion having an outer peripheral surface that is pressed against an inner peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the second through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiro Hayashi, Tomoyuki Hayashi, Norihiro Yoneda, Kenichi Kitani, Shinya Higashiiue
  • Patent number: 10914526
    Abstract: A heat exchanger, providing indirect heat transfer between a first fluid and at least one second fluid, comprises a jacket enclosing a jacket space for accommodating the first fluid and a tube bundle arranged in the jacket space and having a plurality of tubes for accommodating the at least one second fluid. The tubes form multiple tube layers. A shroud arranged in the jacket space encloses an outermost tube layer of the tube bundle. Spacers extending along the longitudinal axis are arranged between the shroud and the outermost tube layer. An interspace is present between any two spacers adjacent in the circumferential direction of the shroud, and between the shroud and the uppermost tube layer. A flow obstruction is arranged in the respective interspace and is designed to prevent or suppress a flow of the first fluid in the respective interspace, at least over a part section thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Manfred Steinbauer, Christiane Kerber, Jurgen Spreemann, Ingomar Blum, Florian Deichsel, Konrad Braun, Roland Hiller, Alexander Kern
  • Patent number: 10899198
    Abstract: A heater core for performing heat exchange between a coolant and ventilation air to be blown to the interior of a vehicle so as to heat the ventilation air is disposed in a water circulation circuit for circulating a coolant in an engine EG for outputting driving force necessary to move the vehicle. When the temperature of the coolant discharged from the engine EG is low, a heat transport refrigeration cycle device, serving as a heat transport unit for absorbing heat from a downstream coolant at a position downstream more than the heater core and dissipating the heat absorbed from the downstream coolant to an upstream coolant at a position upstream more than the heater core, is operated to increase the temperature of the coolant introduced into the heater core until the temperature of the coolant reaches the temperature necessary to heat the interior of the vehicle, without operation of the engine EG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michio Nishikawa, Atsushi Inaba, Hiroaki Kawano, Naoya Makimoto
  • Patent number: 10900717
    Abstract: A heat exchanger module unit that provides heat exchange between a fluid and a heat medium by indirect heat exchange through a phase-change material disposed between movement paths of the fluid and the heat medium movement paths, includes: a multiple number of plates having a partition, which is formed with a through-hole through which the fluid and the heat medium move, are stacked with a spacing gap, through which the fluid and the heat medium move, at one side of the partition; the spacing gaps are selectively connected through a connector connecting the respective through-holes so as to form a fluid passage and a heat medium passage through which the fluid and the heat medium move independently respectively; the spacing gap, in which the phase-change material is received, is located and disposed between the spacing gaps forming the fluid passage and the heat medium passage through which the fluid and the heat medium move respectively such that heat exchange is made between the fluid and the heat medium th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SPX Flow Technology Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byeong-Seung Lee
  • Patent number: 10900692
    Abstract: A deflector for a condensation heat exchanger and to an exchanger provided with such a deflector. The deflector includes two front and rear cups with inner surfaces at the bottom designed in relief so as to have at least one circulation groove. The two cups are assembled on either side of a central partition so that each groove forms, with the partition, a channel in which a heat-transfer fluid is intended to circulate. The channels of the front and rear cups are connected via an opening bored into the central partition, so that the heat transfer fluid can circulate from an inlet coupling to an outlet coupling of the deflector, through the channels by flowing on either side of the central partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SERMETA
    Inventor: Joseph Le Mer
  • Patent number: 10900712
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage chiller having a bottom portion and a top portion. The bottom portion includes a perimeter wall defining a receiving vessel for receiving a beverage to be chilled. The top portion includes at least first and second cooling tubes. The bottom and top portions interfit such that the cooling tubes extend vertically down into the beverage and chill the beverage to a desired temperature by thermal contact with said cooling tubes when the top portion is positioned on the bottom portion. The first and second cooling tubes have first and second perimeters, respectively, within a horizontal cross-section of the top portion, and the first and second perimeters have substantially a same size and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: ICECOLDNOW, INC.
    Inventor: David Dussault
  • Patent number: 10890384
    Abstract: A plate heat exchanger includes heat exchanger plates positioned between two end plates, a plurality of threaded tightening bolts each extending between one of the end plates and a drive unit, and through the other end plate, and a plurality of motors collectively defining the drive unit. The threaded tightening bolts each include a bolt head that bears directly/indirectly against the first or second end plate. A nut is in threaded engagement with each threaded tightening bolt and bears directly or indirectly against the second or first end plate so that the bolt head/nut associated with each threaded tightening bolt bear directly or indirectly against different ones of the first and second end plates. Each of the motors is operatively connected to a respective one of the threaded tightening bolts so that each of the threaded tightening bolts is rotatable independently of others of the threaded tightening bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    Inventors: Jens Rassmus, Tobias Hedlund
  • Patent number: 10890367
    Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold body with two rows of mold cavities defined in the mold body. The ice maker also includes an ejector assembly having a plurality of ejector pads corresponding to the mold cavities. The ejector pads are movable between a low position proximate to the floor of a corresponding mold cavity and a high position proximate the opening of each corresponding mold cavity. The ejector pads are operable to eject ice from the mold cavities when the ejector assembly moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, John Keith Besore, Samuel Vincent DuPlessis