Patents Examined by Leonard Leo
  • Patent number: 8118082
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger (10), in particular, for exhaust coolers on internal combustion engines. The aim of the invention is to provide a separation of the carrier medium flow into two partial flows as leak free as possible, by suitable embodiment of the baffle plate (40). A heat exchanger (10), as used, in particular, as exhaust gas cooler for internal combustion engines, comprises a heat exchanger channel (14) and a bypass channel (11), whereby a switching flap (20) is arranged upstream of the heat exchanger (10) in the flow channel (25), which divides the incoming carrier medium into the heat exchanger channel (14) and the bypass channel (11). A baffle plate (40) is provided to maintain the separation between the partial flow through the bypass channel (11) and the partial flow through the heat exchanger channel (14), which, according to the invention, extends from the switching flap (20) to the beginning of the bypass channel (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Claus Beck, Hervé Palanchon, Martin Schindler
  • Patent number: 8069905
    Abstract: A gas cooling device capable of efficiently cooling a gas such as an EGR gas, etc. is provided. A multiplicity of cooling pipes perpendicularly intersecting a gas flow direction in a gas pipe for a gas such as an EGR gas, etc. are provided to extend through an outer peripheral wall of the gas pipe, a cooling jacket is provided on an outer surface of the gas pipe on both sides of a group of the cooling medium pipes in an axial direction, or on the entire outer surface of the gas pipe, and the gas in the gas pipe is cooled by a cooling medium flowing through the cooling pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha Limited
    Inventor: Tadahiro Goto
  • Patent number: 8061414
    Abstract: A boil cooling method forms, with a surface of an object to be cooled or a surface of a heating member in close contact with the surface of the object to be cooled made to serve as a cooling surface, a main flow channel and a sub-flow channel for a cooling liquid from the side of the cooling surface in the above-described order, arranges a plurality of nozzles penetrating a partition wall separating the sub-flow channel and the main flow channel and protruding into the main flow channel in a flow channel direction of the main flow channel, causes tip end parts of individual nozzles to be in the vicinity of or in contact with the cooling surface, causes a cooling liquid to circulate to the main flow channel and the sub-flow channel, and cools the cooling surface by boiling of the cooling liquid flowing through the main flow channel, and at the same time, supplies the cooling liquid from the side of the sub-flow channel through each of the nozzles to the vicinity of the cooling surface, and cools the cooling li
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo University of Science Educational Foundation Administrative Organization
    Inventors: Koichi Suzuki, Hiroshi Kawamura, Haruhiko Ohta, Yoshiyuki Abe
  • Patent number: 8047270
    Abstract: A heat dissipation device includes a base, a fin group located at a top of the base, a fan mounted on a top of the fin group, a first heat pipe and a second heat pipe. The first and second heat pipes connect with the base and the fin group and each includes a condensing portion and an evaporating portion. The evaporating portions of the first and second heat pipes are received in the base. The condensing portions of the first and the second heat pipes are located at opposite sides of the fin group respectively and extend through and support the fin group along opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong-Bo Xu
  • Patent number: 8028744
    Abstract: A heat sink system with reduced airborne debris clogging, for cooling power electronics, the heat sink system including a heat sink having a plurality of fins, a housing configured to direct air flow around the side, top, and/or bottom of the heat sink and then through the fins of the heat sink at a back of the heat sink, and an inlet airway passage formed between a wall of the housing and said side, top, and/or bottom of the finned heat sink to allow air to pass within the housing, wherein said side, top, and/or bottom of the heat sink comprises at least one of said plurality of fins disposed directly in contact with the inlet airway passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Theodore Clark Brown, Roland Donajkowski
  • Patent number: 8028410
    Abstract: A regenerator core for use in a gas turbine regenerator has integral manifold openings formed in the tube plates used to make up the core and has special reinforcing elements which provide high pressure containment in critical portions of the plate-and-fin heat exchanger construction. The reinforcing elements include a series of hoops of U-shaped cross section which are used to bridge the juncture lines of the heat exchanger manifolds. An outer channel region of the hoops is provided with a reinforcing strip of gusset material. The hoops with their reinforcing strips provide structural reinforcement in the region between the manifolds and the conventional side bar reinforcing members in the central core section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Randy Thompson
  • Patent number: 8028745
    Abstract: A forced convection heat transfer apparatus wherein a large quantity of heat can be efficiently transferred even when a temperature difference is small, by transmitting power to a magnet, which is rotatable along a circulation flow path of a magnetic fluid, and obtaining a magnetic fluid circulation speed in proportion to the rotating speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignees: Da Vinci Co., Ltd., The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakasuka, Hironori Sahara, Kenji Higashi
  • Patent number: 8020610
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exhaust gas heat exchanger in an exhaust gas recirculation arrangement. The heat exchanger includes a plate stack which is surrounded by a housing. The plate stack can include two plates which are connected at their longitudinal edges to form a flat tube which contains a turbulator through which exhaust gas flows. The heat exchanger can also include a coolant duct which is equipped with flow directing elements arranged between two flat tubes. In order to make the exhaust gas heat exchanger more resistant to changing temperature stresses, the invention provides that the flow directing elements can be formed from a corrugated plate in which ducts with inlets and outlets are formed. At least some of the ducts in the inlet area of the coolant have a nonlinear profile so that changes in length are permitted between the plate stack and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jörg Soldner, Sven Thumm, Roland Strähle, Harald Schatz
  • Patent number: 8020607
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pipe for a heat exchanger. The header includes a tube insertion hole for insertion of a tube, a filler metal groove formed in a length direction on one side or both sides at a point separated from the tube insertion hole, and a filler metal that flows down following the tube and the periphery where the tube and tube insertion hole come in contact. Filler metal is inserted in the filler metal groove so as to enable brazing fusion. A lead groove is formed between the tube insertion hole and filler metal groove and provides a pathway so as to enable smooth flow of the filler metal, and so that molten filler metal can flow smoothly into the fused areas between the tube and header pipe in desired locations and amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Modine Korea, LLC
    Inventors: Ki-Hun Kim, Yong-Ki Baek, Hyeong-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 8011422
    Abstract: To provide an EGR cooler which has a small number of parts and achieves compact design with low cost. A plurality of flat tubes, each having a bottom to close an end thereof, is arranged in parallel. An opening of each of the flat tubes penetrates through a tube plate. Corrugated fins are placed in each of the flat tubes, thus forming a core. A casing encloses the outer circumferential surface of the core. The tube plate closes the opening of a tank body equipped with a partition. The edge of the partition is placed at an intermediate position in the width direction of the opening of the flat tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: T.RAD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Yamazaki, Yoichi Nakamura, Noriyuki Ishii, Toshikatsu Hachiya
  • Patent number: 7997327
    Abstract: The apparatus (1) which combines a heat exchange between a liquid (8) and a heat transporting medium (7) with a static mixing of the liquid includes installed structures (2) in a jacket (3). The jacket extends longitudinally between a head end (4) and a base end (5). The installed structures form a heat exchanging and mixing structure. The heat transporting medium can be conveyed from the base end to the head end as an inner flow in tubes (21, 22) of the installed structures. The liquid can be conveyed from the head end to the base end as an outer flow. Reinforcement elements (6, 6?, 6?) are provided which stabilise the installed structures in the longitudinal direction against pressure gradients generated by the liquid. The installed structures are connected by the reinforcement elements to form a non-expandable part structure (2a) in a main region; they remain at least partly non-reinforced as a longitudinally expandable part structure (2b) and in a secondary region complementary to the main region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Sulzer Chemtech AG
    Inventors: Patrick Bucher, Kurt Steiner
  • Patent number: 7367381
    Abstract: A fan motor, which is mounted on an upper surface of an electronic component to cool the electronic component. The fan motor includes a fan motor and a thermally dissipating surface to which the fan motor is fixed. The fan motor includes a motor portion having cooling blades and an attaching plate having leg portions formed in its peripheral portions to fix the motor portion to the thermally dissipating surface. The thermally dissipating surface has a hole portion substantially as large as the attaching plate, and recessed portions capable of accommodating at least the leg portion therein. The attaching plate is passed through the hole portion toward the rear surface side and is rotated so that the leg portions are accommodated in the recessed portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: NIDEC Copal Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shingai, Shinya Minakuchi
  • Patent number: 7051800
    Abstract: A cooling system for a hot plate. The cooling system includes a plurality of pipelines inside the hot plate. Each pipeline has an inlet and an outlet. The inlet permits a cooling fluid to enter and the outlet permits the cooling fluid to leave. The cooling fluid running inside the pipelines picks up heat from the hot plate and carries away so that the hot plate is cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Macronix International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Yu Chang, I-Pien Wu
  • Patent number: 6810951
    Abstract: The invention concerns a tube (1) internally divided into two longitudinal channels (16) by a median spacer (9). In an end zone (4) penetrating a fluid box (19), the tube is deformed so as to be widened in its transverse section and shortened on either side of the spacer in the direction thereof. The space requirement of the fluid box in the longitudinal direction of the transverse sections of the tubes, and consequently the space requirement of the whole heat exchanger, can thereby be reduced relatively to the maximum space requirement of the array formed by the tubes and the separators (5) stacked therewith. The invention is applicable to cooling radiators of engines powering motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Valeo Thermique Moteur
    Inventor: Yvon Dumetz
  • Patent number: 6808017
    Abstract: The invention is a shell and tube type heat exchanger that provides a greater heat transfer coefficient to pressure drop ratio. The invention includes a mini-vortex generator on the surface of tubes within the tube bundle in the shell of the heat exchanger. The mini-vortex generator increases the heat transfer coefficient for grid baffle type heat exchangers having a longitudinal shell fluid flow without resulting in a significant increase in pressure drop. The invention also includes a sinuous-type grid baffle which permits a greater tube packing density and reduced pressure drop in a heat exchanger having longitudinal shell fluid flow. The invention also encompasses a shell and tube heat exchanger having mini-vortex generators and sinuous baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph Kaellis
  • Patent number: 6789609
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat sink assembly structure having at least a heat sink fastening member combined with at least a heat sink. Each heat sink fastening member has a V-shaped protrusion, a slot, and an elastic lock member. The elastic lock member has a V-shaped cross sectional structure. The V-shaped protrusion of a first heat sink is combined tightly in the slot of a second heat sink for assembling the heat sink and for forming a V-shaped slot. The assembled heat sink is fixed in a base by adding a solder into the V-shaped slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Datech Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Tsai, Ping-Tsang Ho
  • Patent number: 6789608
    Abstract: A thermally exposed centrally insulated geothermal heat exchange unit, which can be placed in ground and/or in water, consisting of at least one fluid supply line and at least one fluid return line, which lines are respectively separated by a thermal insulation material, but which lines are otherwise in thermal contact with their respective adjacent sub-surface earth and/or water surroundings by means of a heat conductive fill material inserted as necessary to fill any void space in the respective fluid transport line location areas situated between the thermal insulation material and the adjacent earth and/or water. When the unit is situated within a geothermal borehole, the thermal insulation material may have an expanded central area so as to decrease the amount of necessary heat conductive fill and so as to increase insulation efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: B. Ryland Wiggs
  • Patent number: 6779594
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly for use in an HVAC system is provided. The heat exchanger assembly includes: a shell-type casing; a plurality of tubes located inside the shell-type casing, each of the tubes having an outer surface and an irregular inner surface; and a plurality of electrodes. Each electrode is located inside one of the corresponding tubes to create a space between the electrode and the inner surface of the tube. A first fluid is located in each space between the electrodes and the inner surfaces of the tubes. A second fluid is located in a space between the tubes and the shell-type casing to flow across the outer surfaces of the tubes. A voltage is applied on the electrodes in order to increase the rate of heat transfer between the first fluid and the second fluid. The invention also includes a method of exchanging heat between a heat transfer fluid and a refrigerant in a shell and tube heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: York International Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Judge, Mark R. Geesey
  • Patent number: 6772828
    Abstract: A cooling fin assembly includes a cooling fin in a U-shaped rectangular tank disposed with fastening lugs at the front and rear of the upper surface thereof; the sides of the U-shaped tank extended downward with notches provided at the front and rear of the inner edges thereof; skew protruding fastening flanges provided at the interior of the notches to correspond with the aforesaid fastening lugs at the upper surface of the U-shaped tank. During assembly, the fastening lugs of a cooling fin are fitted around the fastening flanges of another cooling fin, so as to display the outer edges of the cooling fin as even planes, thus forming larger areas for heat dissipation. In addition, the notches and the fastening flanges are hidden designs that enable a cooling fan disposed at the cooling fin to decrease air friction and increase air force, thereby obtaining an optimal cooling effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Li-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 6752202
    Abstract: A plate pack for a plate heat exchanger comprises a number of heat transfer plates (100) having a number of through ports (110a-d, 120a-f), said plates (100) interacting in such manner, that the plates (100) between them form a first flow duct and a second flow duct and that the ports (110a-d, 120a-f) form at least one inlet duct and at least one outlet duct (110a-d, 120a-f; 230, 240; 330, 340; 630, 640) for each of the flow ducts. The inlet duct of at least the first flow duct comprises at least two primary ducts (110a-b; 230a-b; 330a-b; 630a-b), which are arranged to receive a fluid flow intended for the first flow duct, and at least one secondary duct (110c), which communicates via a flow passage with the primary ducts (110a-b) and the first flow duct and which is arranged to receive said fluid flow from the primary ducts (110a-b) and to convey this flow to the first flow duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventors: Karl Martin Holm, Berndt Tagesson, Nils Inge Allan Nilsson