Patents Examined by Justin Jonaitis
  • Patent number: 10183546
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for infrared sensor arrays for monitoring vehicle occupants and windows. An example vehicle includes a side window and an infrared sensor array. The infrared sensor array includes first pixels of measurement resolution to monitor an occupant and second pixels of measurement resolution to monitor the side window. The example vehicle also includes a cabin environment controller to detect, via the first pixels, whether a body temperature of the occupant is outside a predetermined temperature range and detect, via the second pixels, whether fog is on the side window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike James Whitens, Clay Wesley Maranville, Cynthia Mowery Flanigan, Victoria Leigh Schein
  • Patent number: 10180290
    Abstract: The invention concerns a header (10) for a heat exchanger of a motor vehicle, configured to receive heat exchange tubes (12). The header comprises: a metal plate (18) through which the tubes (12) pass and which has two longitudinal edges (26) for crimping of the header (10) to a header box (16), and a plate (22) comprising a polymer material placed above the metal plate (18) and provided with openings (42) for receiving the tubes (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Samuel Bry, Patrick Boisselle, Erwan Etienne
  • Patent number: 10165922
    Abstract: A nozzle comprising a first light and a second light, wherein one of the lights is used to detect certain materials, such as bodily fluids, pet messes and stains and the like, while the other light is used for illuminating an area to be cleaned. The lights may be integrally incorporate into a nozzle or removably detachable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Michael DeGeorge
  • Patent number: 10165705
    Abstract: Partitioned cooling for electronic devices and systems. An embodiment of an apparatus includes a casing; one or more components, including one or more components that include an active thermal element; a partition to separate area within the casing into a first cooling zone and a second cooling zone, wherein the first cooling zone provides cooling for the one or more components that include an active thermal element; and a first fan located in the first cooling zone, the first fan to produce airflow for cooling in the first cooling zone and a second fan located in the second cooling zone to produce airflow for the cooling in the second cooling zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Krishnakumar Varadarajan, Anand V. Reddy
  • Patent number: 10156402
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems, devices and methods for cooling a surface with a plurality of ejectors. The fluid provided to the micro-ejectors includes vapor formed at the surface. The vapor provides the driving force for driving fluid through the micro-ejectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew David Carlson
  • Patent number: 10151516
    Abstract: A heat exchanger and an air conditioner comprising the heat exchanger are provided. The heat exchanger includes a gaseous refrigerant heat exchange pipe (6) and a liquid refrigerant heat exchange pipe (7) provided on the same side of the heat exchanger, the heat exchanger further includes a gaseous refrigerant heat exchange branch pipe (2) and a liquid refrigerant heat exchange branch pipe (3). During installation of the heat exchanger and the air conditioner, a pipe exiting direction may be selected according to user demands without bending the pipes, a pipe routing space does not need to be reserved on the back of the whole machine, and installation is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANES, INC. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Bin Shang, Youjian Zeng, Minyan Wang
  • Patent number: 10143873
    Abstract: A fire protection sprinkler includes a body having an inlet end, including a threaded base configured to connect to a fluid supply conduit, an outlet end, and a water passage defined therein. The water passage includes an inlet orifice, provided at the inlet end of the body, an output orifice, provided at the outlet end of the body, and an interior surface formed of a material having a weighted average lead content of 0.25% or less. A seal cap, that moves between a closed position, in which the seal cap seals the output orifice of the water passage, and thereby prevents flow of a fluid from the fluid supply conduit through the output orifice, and an open position, in which the seal cap does not seal the output orifice of the water passage, has water-exposed surfaces formed of a material having a weighted average lead content of 0.25% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver S. Pahila, John Tow
  • Patent number: 10145624
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a wavy fin, a heat exchanger having the same, an apparatus for manufacturing the same, a method of manufacturing the same, and a computer-readable recording medium storing the method. The wavy fin is configured such that top and bottom parts are alternately formed in a width direction while being connected by side parts, and the top, bottom, and side parts extend in a longitudinal direction so as to form a wave such that ridges and valleys are alternately repeated, and includes a front part in front of each ridge or valley of the wave in the longitudinal direction, and a rear part beyond the ridge or valley of the wave in the longitudinal direction. The front and rear parts are offset from each other in the width direction so as to be misaligned at the ridge or valley of the wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Gwang Hoon Rhee, Gun Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10147667
    Abstract: A cooler module has a cooling tube and a support member. The cooling tube has a first protruding tube portion and a second protruding tube portion. The first protruding tube portion is provided with a first flexible portion formed in an annular shape. The second protruding tube portion is provided with a second flexible portion formed in an annular shape. The support member has a first fitting portion fitted to the first protruding tube portion and a second fitting portion fitted to the second protruding tube portion. The support member supports a longitudinal center portion of the cooling tube on a condition that the first protruding tube portion and the first fitting portion are fitted together, the second protruding tube portion and the second fitting portion are fitted together, and the first flexible portion and the second flexible portion are recessed toward an inside of the cooling tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Tomita, Tomohiro Shimazu
  • Patent number: 10139167
    Abstract: A fluid heat exchanger having an interior cavity of a housing. A tank positioned within the interior cavity has a first wall surrounding an axial passage and a second wall surrounded by a circumferential passage. Heat is transferred to both the first wall and surrounding second wall thereby heating fluid in the tank from opposing sides. The heat transfer is enhanced with a cyclonic flow of heated fluid in the circumferential passage and axial passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael W. Courson
  • Patent number: 10136560
    Abstract: A vortex-producing fan controller uses a variable-speed vortex-producing fan positioned above a server rack to create a helical airflow within the server rack that couples with cooled air entering a data center through a floor opening situated near a bottom of the server rack. A speed of the variable-speed vortex-producing fan and a flow rate of the cooled air coupled within the helical airflow up through the server rack are adjusted responsive to changes in input air temperature of air entering the variable-speed vortex-producing fan detected using a fan input air temperature sensor positioned above the server rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc D. Boegner, Dario D'Angelo
  • Patent number: 10132575
    Abstract: The heat conduction member comprises a laminate formed by laminating a resin layer and a metal layer. The resin layer is formed from a thermally conductive resin material. The thickness of the laminate is smaller at the peripheral edge of the laminate than in the center portion of the laminate, and the thickness of the laminate is greater in the intermediate portion of the laminate than in the center portion of the laminate. An inclined surface is formed on the laminate so as to form a falling gradient from the intermediate portion toward the peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KITAGAWA INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Mizuno, Hideo Yumi
  • Patent number: 10131435
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a controlled temperature in a control volume. Such systems include a main chamber (defining the control volume), a mixing chamber and a gasflow source. The mixing chamber is in selective fluid communication with the main chamber, and has at least one mixing chamber inlet, and a ram air inlet for allowing ram airflow at a first temperature to be channeled into the mixing chamber. The gasflow source provides a source gasflow at a greater, second temperature to the mixing chamber. The mixing chamber provides the mixing chamber outflow at a third temperature by selectively allowing the ram airflow and the source gasflow in the mixing chamber to mix therein, or, by selectively allowing the ram airflow in the mixing chamber to flow to the main chamber (in absence of source gasflow). A controller is operative to provide a desired level for the third temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Alexander Barladian, Arie Smolansky
  • Patent number: 10126014
    Abstract: A heat exchanger comprising a heat exchange unit in which heat is exchanged between combustion gas caused by a burner for combusting a mixture and first/second heating mediums, and heating medium flow channels through which the first/second heating mediums flow and a combustion gas flow channel through which the combustion gas flows are alternately formed adjacent to each other in spaces between a plurality of plates and a combustion gas discharge unit through which the combustion gas having passed through the heat exchange unit is discharged is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kyungdong Navien Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Mo Kim
  • Patent number: 10126072
    Abstract: A heat storage unit or a heat storage system is a heat storage unit including: a heat storage portion having a first material with a strongly correlated electron system material; and a heat conduction portion having a second material higher in a thermal conductivity than the first material and being in contact with the heat storage portion. The heat storage unit may have a laminated structure in which the heat storage portion and the heat conduction portion are alternately laminated on each other. For example, a metal-insulator phase transition material or a transition metal oxide may be used as the strongly correlated electron system material. The second material may be metal or ceramics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Kasamatsu, Eiichi Okuno, Yasushi Kouno, Takuya Fuse
  • Patent number: 10126069
    Abstract: A three-dimensional heat transfer device includes a vapor chamber and at least one heat pipe. The vapor chamber has a first plate and a second plate opposite to each other, and a first capillary structure is disposed on an inner surface of the first plate. A second capillary structure is disposed in the heat pipe, the second capillary structure has a contact portion extending out of the heat pipe and exposed therefrom. The heat pipe is vertically inserted through the second plate. The contact portion extends into the vapor chamber and is connected to the first capillary structure, so that the first and second capillary structures communicate with each other. Therefore, an overall three-dimensional heat transfer effect can be achieved, and a desired optimized heat dissipation effect is obtained when the vapor chamber collaborates with the heat pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Sun, Lei-Lei Liu, Xiaomin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10099535
    Abstract: An air conditioning case includes a first partition wall that receives a condensed water generated by an evaporator, and the first partition wall is disposed above an overlapped portion of a heater core and between the evaporator and the heater core. Therefore, the first partition wall can prevent the condensed water dropped from the evaporator from being applied directly to the heater core. As a result, in a structure in which at least a portion of the heater core overlaps with the evaporator from below, the condensed water of the evaporator is less likely to be applied to the heater core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sekito, Syunsuke Ishiguro, Shinya Kato
  • Patent number: 10100411
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a biphilic surface on a substrate comprising copper, such as a heat exchanger surface, wherein the method involves forming one or more hydrophilic areas on the surface by reacting those areas with at least one of hydrogen peroxide and ammonium hydroxide to form copper oxide and forming hydrophobic areas on the surface by reacting those areas with ammonium hydroxide solution to form copper hydroxide or by chemical etching with a combination of hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, and iron chloride. The functional surface can exhibit temporal biphilicity in response to one or more stimuli in high performance heat transfer applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Frankiewicz, Daniel Attinger
  • Patent number: 10099234
    Abstract: A portable, self-pressurizing sprayer or shower system includes a pressure container within a tank. Pressurized fluid, such as water from a residential water tap, is fluidly connected to the pressure container to fill and pressurize the system with the fluid. The sprayer system is then disconnected from the pressurized fluid source and transported to a remote location. A tube is then fluidly connected to the pressure container and the pressurized fluid is released through the tube to provide a portable sprayer system. A heating probe is provided that is removably secured to a second port in the pressure container. A fill kit is provided to fill the pressure container with a fluid, and then a pump is used to pressurize the system when a pressurized fluid source is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Jackson Crawford
  • Patent number: 10088199
    Abstract: Disclosed is a ground heat exchange system including a heat exchange pipe including a borehole surface and an inner pipe to be inserted into the borehole surface, and installed to penetrate the ground, a circulation pump configured to inject a fluid between the borehole surface and the inner pipe and discharge a heated fluid from the inner pipe, a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat using the fluid discharged from the inner pipe, and at least one wing portion disposed between the borehole surface and the inner pipe and configured to reduce heat transfer between a fluid flowing between the borehole surface and the inner pipe and a fluid flowing in the inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Energy Research
    Inventors: Dong-hyun Lee, Byung-sik Park, Chun Dong Park, Yong-hoon Im