Patents Examined by Mohammad M Ali
  • Patent number: 10155174
    Abstract: A water vending apparatus is disclosed. The water vending system includes a water vapor distillation apparatus and a dispensing device. The dispensing device is in fluid communication with the fluid vapor distillation apparatus and the product water from the fluid vapor distillation apparatus is dispensed by the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Ryan K. LaRocque, Andrew A. Schnellinger, Prashant Bhat, Stanley B. Smith, III, Otis L. Clapp, Jeremy M. Swerdlow
  • Patent number: 10150362
    Abstract: A radiator unit includes a cooling air duct, a first heat exchanger that is arranged in the cooling air duct and incompletely fills out the cross section of the cooling air duct and a second heat exchanger that fills out at least the part of the cross section not filled out by the first heat exchanger. An air flap arrangement meters a cooling air flow through the heat exchangers. A first part of the air flap arrangement predominantly fluidically overlaps the first heat exchanger. A second part of the air flap arrangement predominantly fluidically overlaps the part of the cross section not filled out by the first heat exchanger. The air flaps of the first and second part are coupled for swiveling in opposite directions around axes that are parallel to a boundary between the two parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Wiech, Ulrich Rein
  • Patent number: 10126035
    Abstract: An ice making module for an appliance includes a conductive ice tray having an ice forming cavity. An electrical circuit is in electrical communication with the conductive ice tray and includes a power source in electrical communication with the conductive ice tray and a switch. The switch releases an electromagnetic pulse through the conductive ice tray. A water dispensing mechanism disposes water into the ice forming cavity and a cooling apparatus cools the water to form at least one ice piece that is in electromagnetic communication with the conductive ice tray. The electromagnetic pulse released through the conductive ice tray generates an induced electrical current through the ice piece and a repelling electromagnetic force between the conductive ice tray and the ice piece, wherein the repelling force biases the ice piece away from the conductive ice tray, thereby ejecting the ice piece from the ice forming cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R. Cravens, Vincent D. Csapos, Yen-Hsi Lin, Xi Shan
  • Patent number: 10119740
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an ice-making unit disposed in the door and can make ice through direct cooling by a refrigerant without using cold air flow. A cold air generation system operates to circulate the refrigerant for supplying a cold air flow for the refrigerator. A refrigerant pipe is installed in the refrigerator main body to branch off some refrigerant from the cold air generation system. An ice-making pipe is installed within the ice-making unit and receives the refrigerant from the refrigerant pipe. Water freezes into ice through heat transfer between the ice-making unit and the ice-making pipe containing refrigerant. A soft pipe is disposed around a hinge shaft of the refrigerator main body and the door and configured to interconnect the ice-making pipe and the refrigerant pipe in a twistable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10107540
    Abstract: A refrigerant system includes a compressor connected to a first valve forming a harvest line, a condenser connected to the compressor by a first segment of conduit and an expansion device by a second segment of conduit with the condenser and the second segment of conduit forming a liquid line. A third segment of conduit is connected to the liquid line and the harvest line with the third segment of conduit having a second valve. The second valve allows flow of refrigerant from the liquid line to the harvest line through the third segment of conduit in an open position and the second valve blocking flow of the refrigerant from the liquid line to the harvest line through the third segment of conduit in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MANITOWOC FOODSERVICE COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventors: William E. Olson, Jr., Cary J. Pierskalla, Thomas H. Antoine, Dean M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 10107539
    Abstract: A refrigerator having an ice and water dispenser has a seal to sealingly engage the ice compartment when the refrigerator door is closed. The seal is flexible to accommodate manufacturing tolerance. The seal may be impregnated with a friction reducing agent to increase life of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Bowen, Bruce A. Kopf, Dean A. Martin, Chad J. Rotter, Scott W. Leimkuehler, Lawrence J. Ertz
  • Patent number: 10094603
    Abstract: A system and method for retrofitting a refrigeration system containing an HCFC refrigerant and a compatible lubricant, with an HFC refrigerant, comprising providing a transport container containing a mixture of about 5-15% by weight of a miscible lubricant and the HFC refrigerant, removing the HCFC refrigerant from the refrigeration system while maintaining at least a portion of a lubricant immiscible with the HFC refrigerant, and charging the refrigeration system with the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hudson Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Harkins
  • Patent number: 10088208
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) system that includes a refrigerant loop, a compressor disposed along the refrigerant loop and configured to circulate refrigerant through the refrigerant loop, a heat exchanger disposed along the refrigerant loop and configured to place the refrigerant in thermal communication with a cooling fluid flowing through tubes of a tube bundle within the heat exchanger, an inlet of the heat exchanger configured to direct the refrigerant into the heat exchanger, a trough of the heat exchanger configured to receive the refrigerant from the inlet, and a perforated baffle of the heat exchanger disposed downstream of the trough and configured to direct the refrigerant from the trough over the tubes of the tube bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jay A. Kohler, Patrick Christian Marks, Ian Michael Casper, Kurt Devlin
  • Patent number: 10088216
    Abstract: A refrigerator that includes a compressor configured to compress a refrigerant; a condenser configured to condense the refrigerant; a first evaporator that is configured to evaporate the refrigerant, the evaporated refrigerant being configured to cool a refrigerating compartment; a second evaporator that is configured to evaporate the refrigerant, the evaporated refrigerant being configured to cool a freezing compartment; a first heat exchanger; a refrigerating-compartment expansion device that is coupled to the first heat exchanger and that is configured to expand the refrigerant and provide the expanded refrigerant to the first heat exchanger; a second heat exchanger coupled to the second evaporator; and a freezing-compartment expansion device that is coupled to the second heat exchanger and that is configured to expand the refrigerant and provide the expanded refrigerant to the second heat exchanger, wherein the first heat exchanger is configured to cool the second heat exchanger is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sunam Chae, Kyungseok Kim, Soyoon Kim, Heekwon Ryu
  • Patent number: 10082549
    Abstract: A cooling system includes a first cooling loop containing a first cryogen, the first cooling loop being in thermal communication with a superconducting magnet and being configured to provide primary cooling for the magnet and a second cooling loop also containing the first cryogen. The second cooling loop is in thermal communication with an enclosure containing a second cryogen and is configured to cool the second cryogen within the enclosure. The enclosure is in thermal communication with the superconducting magnet and is configured to provide secondary cooling for the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yuri Lvovsky, Mark Derakhshan
  • Patent number: 10082315
    Abstract: An adaptable base of the HVAC unit can allow an HVAC unit to align and seal with multiple duct opening configurations. Such opening configurations may be different footprints in different HVAC systems, such as may be employed for example in different roof curbs of rooftop HVAC units. The adaptable base includes a base plate, a supply air duct opening, a return air duct opening, where there is at least one additional opening for one or both of the supply air opening and the return air duct opening. Each opening has a seal around its perimeter. A seal is also arranged and located on the base plate about a perimeter around the supply air duct opening(s) and the return air duct opening(s). A cover can be connected to close one or more openings that are not being used with the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Charles Marks
  • Patent number: 10077911
    Abstract: An outdoor unit includes a casing having a bottom panel formed in a rectangular shape in a planar view. The bottom panel includes a bottom portion constituting a lower face of the casing, and a rising portion rising from an outer peripheral edge of the bottom portion. A first holding part is provided to the rising portion on a side of one side face of the casing, and a second holding part is provided to the rising portion on a side of the other side face of the casing opposite to the side of the one side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kubono, Hiroyuki Jinnai, Tomoya Yanase
  • Patent number: 10072871
    Abstract: A corrosion inhibitor module for a packaged terminal air conditioner unit (PTAC) is provided. Condensate is pumped from a drain pan of the PTAC into a housing of the corrosion inhibitor module. The housing contains a corrosion inhibitor concentrate that is mixes with the condensate to form an inhibitor solution that is returned to the drain pan to prevent the corrosion of components that come in contact with the condensate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Scott Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10066861
    Abstract: An ice piece release system that includes a chilled compartment set at a temperature below 0° C., a warm section at a temperature above 0° C., and a tray in thermal communication with the chilled compartment. The tray includes a plurality of ice piece-forming receptacles and a cavity in thermal communication with the receptacles. The ice piece release system also includes a primary reservoir assembly in thermal communication with the warm section and fluid communication with the cavity of the tray. The ice piece release system further includes a heat-exchanging fluid having a freezing point below that of water, and the fluid resides in the primary reservoir assembly and the cavity of the tray. The primary reservoir assembly is further adapted to move at least a portion of the heat-exchanging fluid in the reservoir assembly into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Corey M. Gooden, Steven John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 10059169
    Abstract: An assembly for collecting and removing leaked refrigerant, in particular from an evaporator of an air conditioning system of a motor vehicle and/or from a periphery, provided for the refrigerant, of the evaporator with a housing part for the air-tight surrounding of at least one refrigerant connection and/or at least one section of a refrigerant line, and with a connection element, whereby the attachment element has at least one first attachment opening and a second attachment opening, whereby the first connection opening is fluidically connected to the housing part by a channel element and the second connection opening can be fluidically connected to an outlet channel opening into the surroundings such that the refrigerant leaked within the housing part can be fed into the first channel element and can be discharged into the surroundings via the connection element and the outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Graaf, Moritz Loens
  • Patent number: 10060662
    Abstract: Surged heat pump systems, devices, and methods are disclosed having refrigerant phase separators that generate at least one surge of vapor phase refrigerant into the inlet of an evaporator during an on cycle of the compressor. This surge of vapor phase refrigerant, having a higher temperature than the liquid phase refrigerant, increases the temperature of the evaporator inlet, thus reducing frost build up in relation to conventional refrigeration systems lacking a surged input of vapor phase refrigerant to the evaporator. The temperature of the vapor phase refrigerant is raised in relation to the liquid phase with heat from the liquid by the phase separation, not by the introduction of energy from another source. The surged heat pump systems may operate in highest heat transfer efficiency mode and/or in one or more higher temperature modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: XDX Global, LLC
    Inventor: David Wightman
  • Patent number: 10060654
    Abstract: Heat pump type heating apparatus capable of performing a continuous dual-stage operation without stopping a high stage side compressor even when a return temperature of a heating medium reaches a prescribed high temperature and, thereby, improving a sense of being insufficiently warmed due to stoppage of the high stage side compressor or a sense of being insufficiently warmed due to execution of frequent defrosting operations. The heat pump type heating apparatus includes an internal heat exchanger (a second internal heat exchanger) that performs heat exchange between a low-temperature refrigerant on a low-pressure side of a low stage side refrigeration circuit and a high-temperature refrigerant on a high-pressure side of a high stage side refrigerant circuit, a bypass pipe bypassing the internal heat exchanger, and flow path control means that controls a refrigerant flow to each of the internal heat exchanger and the bypass pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Takayama, Hiroshi Ishida, Masato Sakai, Yoichi Negishi
  • Patent number: 10054320
    Abstract: An indoor unit or device of an air conditioner is provided that may include an outer plate configured to form an exterior of a cabinet configured to be installed at a ceiling of an indoor space; an inner case accommodated inside of the outer plate, and configured to form an internal space of the cabinet; a fan provided inside of the inner case; a heat exchanger provided to cover an outer side of the fan; a panel configured to shield the cabinet, and having an inlet port through which indoor air may be suctioned in and a panel outlet port through which heat-exchanged air may be discharged; and a drain pan assembly seated on an upper end of the inner case, and configured to collect condensate generated from the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Byeonggeol Choi, Jongwook Park, Youngjoong Kim, Joseph Park
  • Patent number: 10053220
    Abstract: An aircraft air conditioning system, powered solely using electrical energy, to draw bleed air from outside the aircraft and deliver conditioned air to the aircraft's interior, includes at most three motorized rotary machines, which include: independent first and second motorized turbocompressors, each turbocompressor includes a turbine compressor and an electric motor; and a motor compressor interconnected between the turbocompressors via an interconnection pipe. The motor compressor: generates a primary air flow, which drives a secondary air flow, allowing a breathing air flow to be cooled in a first operation phase, corresponding to a ground operation or at relatively low altitude and relatively low aircraft speed; be at shutdown or at low idle in a second phase of operation at relatively low altitude and relatively high aircraft speed; and, provide a top up breathing air flow in a third phase of operation at relatively high altitude and relatively high aircraft speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-AEROSPACE TOULOUSE SAS
    Inventors: Guillaume Galzin, Vincent Gomez
  • Patent number: 10054355
    Abstract: An air conditioner including an orifice part provided at an outlet side of a fan, the orifice part having a main body with a ring shape and a noise blocking part which extends from the main body toward the fan and blocks a noise transmitted from the fan to a second heat exchange part, wherein the orifice part is configured to guide air discharged from the fan toward a discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Boohwan Jeon