Patents Examined by Len Tran
  • Patent number: 11365669
    Abstract: An exhaust system component of a motor vehicle includes a gas-carrying housing, a heat shield seated on an outside of the housing, and at least one wire mesh provided at least partly between the heat shield and the housing. The wire mesh includes a first attachment point and a second attachment point. The heat shield is attached to the housing via the wire mesh, and the wire mesh is attached to both the heat shield, via the first attachment point, and to the housing via the second attachment point. The first attachment point is separate from the second attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: David Saurat
  • Patent number: 11346617
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wick structure accommodated in a container of a heat pipe having plural foils and a structure holding portion for fixing the foils. The respective foils are held by the structure holding portion, whereby the foils are positions and arrange in parallel. The foil is connected to the other foils including the other adjacent foils via the structure holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomomi Kaibuchi, Tomoaki Toratani
  • Patent number: 11329329
    Abstract: Various arrangements for a battery module cooling system are presented. A thermal tower may be contoured to contact one or more battery cells. The thermal tower may include a holding member and a cooling member. A hollow interior region having a top aperture may be defined by the holding member. A portion of each of the one or more battery cells may be contacted by the cooling member to provide localized cooling to each of the one or more battery cells. A seal may be formed between the holding member and the cooling member by positioning the cooling member on the top aperture of the holding member. Optionally, the portion that the cooling members may contact to provide localized cooling may include a hot region having a higher temperature than other portions of each of the one or more battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CHONGQING JINKANG POWERTRAIN NEW ENERGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiaxian Wang
  • Patent number: 11320213
    Abstract: A furnace of a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a heat exchange tube configured to receive a working fluid from a burner and a modulating valve fluidly coupled to the burner. The modulating valve is configured to regulate an amount of fuel supplied to the burner to generate the working fluid. The furnace also includes a blower configured to draw the working fluid through the heat exchange tube, a motor drive configured to adjust a speed of the blower, and a controller configured to adjust a position of the modulating valve and to control the motor drive to adjust the speed of the blower based on a temperature of air discharged from the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Stephen C. Wilson, Kerry L. Shumway, William M. Harris, Randy R. Koivisto
  • Patent number: 11320207
    Abstract: A heat transfer plate (10) for a plate heat exchanger (100) includes: a plate body (11) having a first side (111) and a second side (112) opposite to the first side (111); a gasket groove (12) formed on the plate body (11), depressed from the plate body (11) in a direction from the first side (111) towards the second side (112), and having a bottom wall (120), the bottom wall (120) having a bottom wall body (121); and a recess (20, 20?) formed on at least one segment (125, 125?) of the bottom wall body (121) in a length direction of the bottom wall body (121), depressed from the bottom wall body (121) in the direction from the first side (111) towards the second side (112), and extending along the segment (125, 125?) of the bottom wall body (121) of the gasket groove (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventor: Benny Andersen
  • Patent number: 11316216
    Abstract: A modular heat exchanger for battery thermal management having a plurality of similarly constructed heat exchange elements affixed to a cover plate and fluidly coupled with one another via a single external manifold structure that functions as both an inlet manifold and an outlet manifold for each of the heat exchange elements. Rigidity is improved with alternating tabs or overlapping tabs between adjacent elements, and/or side edges between adjacent elements having cutouts for receiving stiffening ribs formed in the cover plate. The external manifold structure provides additional stiffening for the interconnected heat exchange elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Garreth D. G. Graves, Benjamin A. Kenney, Michael A. Martin, Kenneth M. A. Abels, Lee M. Kinder
  • Patent number: 11300337
    Abstract: An outdoor system for an air conditioner may include at least one outdoor unit, the at least one outdoor unit including a compressor; an outdoor heat exchanger; a pair of two-stage compression lines that extends to outside of the outdoor system; a pair of connection lines that extends to the outside of the outdoor system and communicates with an indoor unit; and multiple valves that open/close the pair of two-stage compression lines and the pair of connection lines when the outdoor system is operated in a one-stage heating mode or a two-stage heating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaehwa Jung, Daehyoung Kim, Junseong Park, Pilhyun Yoon
  • Patent number: 11300370
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for heat transfer. In some embodiments, a heat transfer apparatus includes a body defining an inner volume; an inlet coupled to a vapor source; a coolant channel extending through the heat transfer apparatus; a condensing surface on which a vapor condenses, wherein the condensing surface is configured to cause the vapor to form as one or more drops on the condensing surface; and an actuator configured to excite the one or more drops at a resonant frequency of the one or more drops to remove the one or more drops from the condensing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Christopher Phillip Migliaccio, Nathan Scott Lazarus
  • Patent number: 11293700
    Abstract: A multi-thermal characteristic heat sink fin, comprising a first heat spreading plate, a second heat spreading plate, and a primary heat spreading plate is provided. A plurality of multi-thermal characteristic heat sink fins is assembled together to form a heat sink, further having at least a heat pipe assembled therethrough, and a base plate, assembled to the at least a heat pipe and in contact with a heat source. The primary heat spreading plate is sandwiched and enclosed within the first and second heat spreading plates, hindering debris, contaminants, and moisture from entering the surface interfaces therebetween. The material of the heat pipes and primary heat spreading plate is different from that of the first and second heat spreading plates. No heat treatment process of two or more different materials is required for assembly of the multi-thermal characteristic heat sink fin and at least a heat pipe assembled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Cooler Master Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-han Tsai
  • Patent number: 11287196
    Abstract: A heat exchanger including a shell having a longitudinal axis, a plurality of baffles, such as elliptical sector-shaped baffles, each mounted in the shell at a helix angle HB to guide a fluid flow into a helical pattern through the shell. Each of the plurality of baffles includes an outer circumferential edge, a proximal radial edge, a distal radial edge, a proximal side, a distal side, and a plurality of spaced apart holes that are traversed by a plurality of axially extending tubes. Each of the first plurality of seal strips is disposed from a proximal of the plurality of baffles to a distal of the plurality of baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: LUMMUS TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Eric Drew Macedo, Richard John Jibb, Sherif Elsayed, Melanie O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11284534
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a main body unit that has, on a surface thereof, a plurality of disposition regions where objects to be cooled are disposed, and a refrigerant flow passage provided in the main body unit. The refrigerant flow passage includes a first flow passage portion and a second flow passage portion. The first flow passage portion is formed at a predetermined position of overlapping a part of an inside of a predetermined disposition region to allow a refrigerant to pass therethrough more intensively than the second flow passage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo Yamaguchi, Kenji Ando, Keiji Miki
  • Patent number: 11274256
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for separation and recovery of propane and heavier hydrocarbons from LNG. The apparatus has, from the upstream side toward the downstream side of LNG supply, first column (3) equipped with first column overhead condenser (2), first column bottom reboiler (4) and side reboiler (5), and second column (14) equipped with second column overhead condenser (11) and second column bottom reboiler (15). The first column (3) separates methane and a part of ethane as an overhead vapor and separates remaining ethane and C3 or higher hydrocarbons as a bottom liquid. The second column (14) separates ethane as an overhead vapor and separates C3 or higher hydrocarbons as a bottom liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shoichi Yamaguchi, Yasuyuki Yamamori, Xiaoxue Zhang
  • Patent number: 11262143
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compact heat exchange device, applicable to either EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) systems for reducing nitrogen oxide emission, or to WHRS systems (Waste Heat Recovery Systems), both in internal combustion engines. The design of the heat exchanger is characterized by a configuration that incorporates technical solutions intended for compensating for the differential expansions between the tube bundle and the shell, as well as other variables relating to thermal fatigue, where said solutions result in a compact device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Julio Abraham Carrera Garcia, Xoan Xose Hermida Dominguez
  • Patent number: 11260724
    Abstract: A vehicular air conditioning system includes: a heat pump side refrigerant circulation line including a compressor, a water-cooled heat exchanger, a heat pump mode expansion valve, an air-cooled heat exchanger, an air conditioner mode expansion valve and an evaporator, the heat pump side refrigerant circulation line configured to generate cold energy in the evaporator in an air conditioner mode and to generate heat in the water-cooled heat exchanger in a heat pump mode, the air-cooled heat exchanger configured to allow a refrigerant to exchange heat with an ambient air in the air conditioner mode and the heat pump mode; and a heat exchange air switching part configured to switch the type of the air heat-exchanged in the air-cooled heat exchanger depending on the air conditioner mode or the heat pump mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Seong Hun Kim, Hae Jun Lee, Sung Je Lee
  • Patent number: 11264658
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for cooling multiple rows of battery cells has a plurality of longitudinal flow sections defining at least first and second U-shaped flow areas, each underlying a row of battery cells. The flow sections includes inlet and outlet flow sections, and at least two intermediate flow sections. Inlet and outlet ports are in flow communication with the respective inlet and outlet flow sections, and a first bypass channel extends between the inlet port and at least one of the intermediate flow sections. The first bypass channel supplies relatively cold heat transfer fluid from the inlet to mix with warmer fluid in a second or subsequent U-shaped flow area, to improve temperature uniformity between the rows of battery cells. A second bypass channel may extend around the outer periphery of the heat exchanger, from the inlet flow section to a second or subsequent U-shaped flow area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Garreth D. G. Graves, Sina Kaiser-Krug
  • Patent number: 11255587
    Abstract: An oil separator includes a separation container. The separation container has a side surface portion to which an inlet pipe is attached. The separation container has an upper surface portion to which an outlet pipe is attached. An oil reservoir is provided in a lower portion of the separation container. The separation container has a lower surface portion to which an oil return pipe is attached. The separation container has an inner wall surface provided with a liquid passage section. The liquid passage section is provided with a groove. The groove is disposed to extend in a direction of gravity toward the oil reservoir. The groove is formed to be gradually increased in depth from an upper portion of the groove toward a lower portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsuda, Hiroki Ishiyama, Yusuke Shimazu
  • Patent number: 11255614
    Abstract: A heat exchanger core consists of first and second fluid channels, each configured to direct flow of respective fluids through the heat exchanger core. Each first fluid channel includes first fluid flow assemblies having inner channels formed by inner channel walls that contain the first fluid, each inner channel surrounded by a barrier channel having a barrier channel wall that isolates the barrier channel from the second fluid. One or more barrier channel vanes support the inner channel within the barrier channel. Each barrier channel provides a void space between the inner channel wall and the barrier channel wall, thereby fluidly separating the first fluid from the second fluid. Each barrier channel can receive the first or second fluid in the event of a breach of the inner channel wall or the barrier channel wall, thereby preventing intra-fluid contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: James Streeter, Michael Zager
  • Patent number: 11248860
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning a flexible lance drive device in registry with an opening into a heat exchanger tube sheet includes a flat plate bracket adapted to be bolted parallel to a flange of the heat exchanger. The bracket carries a stub tube fastened to and extending normal to the flat bracket. A rotary drive is removably fastened to the stub tube and has a rotary disc rotatable in a plane parallel to the tube sheet. A slotted box rail has a proximal end clamped to the rotary disc and a linear drive assembly is removably fastened to the slotted box rail. A guide tube collet block assembly clamped to the linear drive assembly removably supports a flexible lance drive and guide tube to guide a flexible lance between the lance drive and a selected one of a plurality of tubes penetrating through the heat exchanger tube sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: STONEAGE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Schneider, Jeffery R. Barnes, John L. Krauser
  • Patent number: 11252837
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus includes a cold plate including a lower surface to be in contact with a heat-radiating component, and a first coolant passage in which a coolant flows, a radiator including fins to perform cooling and pipes each defining a second coolant passage in communication with the first coolant passage, a pump to circulate the coolant, a first tank joined to one end of each of the pipes, and a second tank to join another end of each of the pipes to the pump. The radiator is provided on the cold plate, and the pump is adjacent to the second tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuya Nakae, Akihiko Makita, Hidenobu Takeshita, Tomotsugu Sugiyama, Toshihiko Tokeshi, Takehito Tamaoka
  • Patent number: 11235639
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, a start-stop system configured to stop and restart operation of the engine in response to predetermined triggers, and an auxiliary air conditioning AC system including a controller communicably coupled to the start-stop system. The start-stop system is configured to provide a first indication to the auxiliary AC system indicating ignition of the engine and a second indication to the auxiliary AC system after stopping the engine. The auxiliary AC system is configured to turn off the auxiliary AC system in response to receiving the first indication and restart the auxiliary AC system in response to receiving the second indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Phillips & Temro Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Martell, Eric Graham Ruggles, John David Sweazey