Patents Examined by Steven B. McAllister
  • Patent number: 10539333
    Abstract: An air treatment device (1) and a method for heating of aft, in a heating mode, at an air handling unit (2), which comprises a heat recovery device (3). The device further comprises a heat pump (6), comprising an evaporator (7), arranged in a first air stream (4), in the flow direction, after the heat recovery device (3), and a condenser (8) arranged in a second air stream (5), in the flow direction, after the heat recovery device (3). The device further comprises an auxiliary heater (9) for supplying, in addition to the recovered energy, external heat energy. The auxiliary heater (9) is positioned in the first air stream (4), in the flow direction, after the heat recovery device (3) and before the evaporator (7) for heating and thereby the heat pump (6) operation is maintained and a better total efficiency for the plant is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FLÄKTGROUP SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Johan Andersson
  • Patent number: 10539802
    Abstract: A reflective pilot light viewer is disclosed. The reflective pilot light viewer has an attachment flange securable to a water heater tank by fasteners. The reflective pilot light viewer also has a viewing segment joined to the attachment flange and extending from the access outer panel at an approximate forty-five degree to fifty degree angle, the viewing segment having an upper portion which is a reflective surface. An access outer panel having the reflective pilot light viewer and a water heater having the reflective pilot light viewer are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Jerrold M. Orlowski
  • Patent number: 10538383
    Abstract: A calcium aluminate cement protective coating is resistant to sulfuric acid and can be used as a lining to protect surfaces in sulfur storage vessels and sulfuric acid storage vessels. The protective coating can include calcium aluminate cement, calcium aluminate based synthetic aggregates, and water. The protective coating is resistant to sulfur and sulfuric acid attack, and thus can be used to protect surfaces inside sulfur storage pits, sulfur storage tanks, and sulfuric acid storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY, KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Mohammed Al-Mehthel, Saleh Al-Idi, Mohammed Maslehuddin, Mohammed Shameem, Mohammed Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 10538140
    Abstract: Cabin air treatment apparatus for an agricultural machine, comprising at least an external air inlet (11, 16), a filtration system (20), an HVAC system (30), and a cabin air supply outlet (40). The apparatus further comprises a hermetically closed box (1) inside which the HVAC system (30) is housed, the box having a levelling opening (60) for placing the box (1) into communication with a cabin (C) of the agricultural machine to level a pressure inside the box (1) with a pressure inside the cabin (C), wherein said at least one external air inlet comprises a first external air inlet (11) formed on the box (1). The filtration system comprises a first filter (21) for effecting a filtration of at least one among dust, aerosols and vapours, arranged at the first air inlet (11), and a blower (22) for drawing air from the first air inlet (11) and delivering it to the HVAC system (30), said blower being arranged directly connected downstream of the first filter (21) and inside the box (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO THERMAL SYSTEMS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Davter, Piero Scarrone, Silvano Bertaglia
  • Patent number: 10532628
    Abstract: An HVAC module having a reconfigurable bi-level duct system is disclosed. The air duct includes an air duct inlet in fluid communication with the HVAC module, an interior wall dividing the air duct into first and second air passageways, a bypass port enabling fluid communication between the first air and second air passageways. A downstream control valve disposed adjacent the bypass port and is configured to selectively direct air flow from one of the first and second air passageways to the other of the first and second air passageways. An upstream flow control valve is disposed adjacent to the inlet of the air duct, wherein the upstream flow control valve is configured to selectively direct air flow from the hot and cold chambers of the HVAC module to the first and second air passageways of the air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Mingyu Wang, Yanping Xia, Wen Liu, Prasad S. Kadle, Jeffrey C. Kinmartin
  • Patent number: 10533771
    Abstract: A blower assembly is configured for use with a gas-operated heater having a burner and an exhaust port. The blower assembly has a blower and a sensor. The blower is configured to operate at two or more speeds and is configured to operatively connect to the burner in a manner to facilitate flow of combustion air into the burner and to facilitate flow of exhaust through the exhaust port. The sensor is configured to be sensitive to pressure of exhaust downstream of the blower. The sensor is operatively connected to the blower in a manner such that the blower will change speeds if said pressure exceeds a threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Steven W. Post
  • Patent number: 10533740
    Abstract: A collar configured to couple a burner to a partition plate is provided including a body having a diameter configured to couple to a diameter of the burner. A flange extends outwardly from the body. The collar is formed from a heat resistance material such that heat transfer between the burner and the partition plate is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Shaw, Duane D. Garloch, Nicholas Kamm
  • Patent number: 10526091
    Abstract: A system for cooling a plurality of electrical equipment components inside a mobile platform may include at least one manifold and a plurality of flexible tubing ducts. The manifold may have an outlet, and a plurality of inlet tubing connections in fluid communication with the outlet. The outlet may be coupled to an interface of a cooling system of the platform by exhaust tubing. Each of the flexible tubing ducts may have a proximal end and a distal end. Each proximal end may be selectively connectable to the inlet tubing connections. Each distal end may have an air intake port that is alternatively positionable in two or more thermal dissipation zones of the electrical equipment components for permitting an exhaust profile inside the platform to the interface to be reconfigured based at least in part on respective positions of the electrical equipment components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mary Eileen Beckman, Mark Steven Kuehn, Robert Herkimer
  • Patent number: 10525795
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle air-conditioning device in which a lever (7) for turning a damper is rotatably fitted and supported on a unit casing (2), wherein one of a support part (13) on the unit casing (2) side and a fitting part (8) on the lever side is provided with an elastically deformable fitting claw (27), while the other of the support part (13) and the fitting part (8) is provided with a fitting hole (24), into which the fitting claw (27) is fitted and engaged, and a bearing boss part (23) and a fitting shaft part (25), which are rotatably fitted together with a bearing clearance between them, are provided on the outer periphery of the fitting claw (27) and the fitting hole (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES THERMAL SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Noriyuki Chikagawa
  • Patent number: 10518787
    Abstract: In order to optimize the failure safety of electrical and electronic components located in an engine compartment of a rail vehicle, which additionally comprises at least one driver's cab, the rail vehicle is operated with an air conditioning system, which is provided to generate overpressure in the engine compartment and to control the climate of the at least one driver's cab. The air conditioning system includes a first air guidance system to introduce fresh air into the at least one driver's cab and a second air guidance system to transmit at least one part of the fresh air introduced into the at least one driver's cab into the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Jorgen Tscheng, Michael Welter, Karl-Heinz Buchholz
  • Patent number: 10517405
    Abstract: A seat with a ventilation system that maintains seated person's coolness by blowing air to minimum segments of a seatback and a seat cushion so that seated person's comfort is maintained is provided. Air-blowing means is controlled in air-blowing quantity and air-blowing time periodically by air-blowing control means, and air blowing in each period is set to include a first term T1 in which a predetermined quantity of air is blown and a second term T2 in which the predetermined quantity of air to be blown is gradually reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: TACHI-S CO., LTD., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tetsuo Katsuura, Yoshihiro Shimomura, Tomoyuki Takeuchi, Hideo Tobata, Tsutomu Fujikake, Kazuyoshi Arata
  • Patent number: 10520215
    Abstract: Disclosed are an air sweeping blade, an air sweeping mechanism and an air conditioner. The air sweeping blade includes a blade body (11). A connecting rod shaft (13) rotationally connected with a connecting rod (20) is provided on the blade body (11), and the connecting rod shaft (13) extends to an edge of the blade body (11) along an axis of the connecting rod shaft and is fixedly connected with the blade body (11). By means of the structure, on one hand, the reliability of connection between the connecting rod shaft (13) and the blade body (11) is improved, and the condition of breakage caused by pulling during assembly is avoided; and on the other hand, the rigidity of the blade body (11) is improved, and the blade body (11) is prevented from distorting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Shuaihui Sun, Zhi Meng, Tao Liang
  • Patent number: 10519399
    Abstract: A scented candle is provided. The candle has a body made of a flammable material and a wick. The body of the candle is provided with one or more bores adapted for receiving a respective scent element therein as selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Lucy M. Campbell, A. Keith Campbell
  • Patent number: 10518212
    Abstract: A method of treating a carbon dioxide rich flue gas and a flue gas treatment system for treatment of a carbon dioxide rich flue gas are provided. A boiler system includes a boiler, being operative for combusting a fuel and generating a carbon dioxide rich flue gas, and the flue gas treatment system. The flue gas treatment system includes a gas cleaning system, a nitrogen oxides reduction unit, being operative for reducing at least a portion of a nitrogen oxide(s) content of the flue gas, and a compression and cooling device being operative for pressurizing and cooling at least a portion of the flue gas treated by the gas cleaning system and the nitrogen oxide(s) reduction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Olaf Stallmann
  • Patent number: 10513846
    Abstract: The invention relates to an environmental noise shielding apparatus in which the internal temperature can be matched to the external temperature by means of a cooling element which is arranged within the environmental noise shielding apparatus. This allows a better sound protection effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: INTEGRATED DYNAMICS ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Heiland
  • Patent number: 10507712
    Abstract: An air handling system for a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system comprises a housing including a sealing surface, a door wall disposed in the housing having a perimeter, and a sealing element disposed about the perimeter of the door wall. The sealing element includes a base, a stem, and a tip. The base is coupled to the perimeter of the door wall, the stem is formed between the base and the tip, and the tip is configured to selectively engage the sealing surface of the housing. A plurality of dentil features project from the stem of the sealing element and is arranged in a linear array extending parallel to the perimeter of the door wall. The array of the dentil features is configured to reduce an incidence of whistling when a flow of air passes by the tip of the sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventor: James Nolta
  • Patent number: 10508819
    Abstract: An air treatment system (100) is provided that comprises an air purifier (110) arranged to treat a first parameter of ambient air; a controller (130) arranged to control operation of the air purifier (110); and a sensor (120) arranged to detect a value indicative of the first parameter, and to output sensor data indicative of the value to the controller. The controller (130) is arranged to determine whether the sensor (120) and the air purifier (110) are in a same air space by controlling the air purifier (110) to operate in a test mode and analyzing sensor data from the sensor (120) received during the test mode. If the sensor (120) and the air purifier (110) are determined to be in the same air space, the controller (130) is arranged to control the air purifier (110) to operate in a mode based on sensor data from the sensor (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Declan Patrick Kelly, Michael Martin Scheja
  • Patent number: 10510565
    Abstract: A thermal treatment system includes a chamber capable of receiving a plurality of substrates, a gas intake path in a distal portion of the chamber located opposite an area for entry of substrates into the chamber, and an outlet path for the gas and/or volatile species generated during the thermal treatment. The outlet path is located in a proximal portion of the chamber located near the area for entry of the substrates into the chamber. The system further includes a collector device in the proximal portion of the chamber. The collector device has a confinement opening oriented toward the distal portion of the chamber, and the collector device defines a compartment communicating with the outlet path, the compartment being configured so that the gas and the volatile species enter into the compartment via the confinement opening and pass through the compartment to reach the outlet path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Soitec
    Inventors: Didier Landru, Oleg Kononchuk, Sébastien Simon
  • Patent number: 10508806
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly for spraying cooling fluid in a steam-desuperheating device, includes: a nozzle body; a plug element movably attached to the nozzle body; and a splitter member fixed to a front face of the plug element. The splitter member has at least one splitter arm extending across the flow passage formed in the nozzle body as viewed from the front of the plug element to deflect flow of fluid sprayed through the flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NIHON KOSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sanjay Sherikar
  • Patent number: 10502429
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes a control valve, a spark generator, and a spark switch. The control valve includes a rotatable member for controlling gas flow rates to a burner assembly of the cooktop appliance. The spark generator provides a spark to ignite gas in the burner assembly. The spark switch may be mounted to the control valve, and may include a rotor fixedly mounted to the rotatable member. The rotor may be rotatable between an initial position and a first position. In the initial position, the spark generator does not receive electrical power. In the first position, the spark generator does receive electrical power. The spark generator may be configured to introduce a time delay between receiving electrical power and providing the spark to ignite gas in the burner assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Billman, John Thurl Pottenger