Patents Examined by Steven B. McAllister
  • 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: 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: 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, S├ębastien 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
  • Patent number: 10502450
    Abstract: An insulated cover for a whole-house fan includes a base defining an opening for disposal over the whole-house fan, and first and second, oppositely disposed, ceiling doors each hingedly connected to the base. In a closed configuration the ceiling doors each sit at an acute angle with respect to a horizontal plane corresponding with a bottom surface of the base. The base and ceiling doors are formed from thermal insulation board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: AIR VENT, INC.
    Inventors: Robert B. Holland, Grayson M. Griffin
  • Patent number: 10502455
    Abstract: A system to reduce standby losses in a hot water heater is presented. The system utilizes a dual safety relay valve between the combination gas controller and the burner. The dual safety relay valve bypasses gas to a rotary damper actuator valve to position a damper flapper valve located over/inside the flue pipe. Once the flapper valve has opened to ensure combustion, the gas is allowed to flow back to the dual safety relay valve. Some of the bypass gas may be diverted to boost the pilot or to supply a booster. The dual safety relay valve is then opened to allow the gas supply to the burner. Once the burner is turned off, bypass gas bleeds out of the rotary damper actuator valve to close the damper flapper valve to reduce standby losses through the flue pipe, and to allow the dual safety relay valve to close tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Invensys Controls Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Mervyn Whitford, Brendon John Ruwoldt, Juraj Gacsay
  • Patent number: 10502440
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-pulsed jets generating apparatus including: at least one actuator that generates pulsed jets in a plurality of orifices according to a volume change of a plurality of cavities caused by vibration of at least one diaphragm; and a manifold connected to the at least one actuator so as to generate multi-pulsed jets by receiving the pulsed jets occurring in the plurality of orifices. The velocity and uniformity of the pulsed jets occurring in the plurality of injection ports can be controlled according to vibration phases of a plurality of diaphragms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ki Hwan Kwon, Jin Wook Yoon, Eun Bi Seo, Min Hee Kim, Chong Am Kim, Byung Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10502368
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heater suitable for heating a flow of natural gas. There is provided a heater (1) suitable for heating a flow of natural gas, comprising a vessel (2) containing a heat transfer fluid, a heat source tube (3) passing through the vessel and being at least partially immersed in the heat transfer fluid, the heat source tube (3) being suppliable with heated gas to allow the heated gas to flow along the heat source tube (3) to evaporate the heat transfer fluid and at least one heat exchanger being connectable to a source of second fluid (9) to be heated, the heat exchanger being arranged so that the second fluid can be heated by the evaporated heat transfer fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLIHEAT SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventor: Stefan Martin Romocki
  • Patent number: 10502418
    Abstract: A device for mixing combustible gas and combustion air, hot water installation, and corresponding thermal mass flow sensor and method. The device includes an air line, a gas line with a control valve, a first measuring line connecting the air and gas lines, and a second measuring line connecting the first measuring line to the gas and/or air line, forming a three-way intersection. A thermal mass flow sensor includes first and second temperature sensors in the first measuring line, positioned respectively in a gas flow between the three-way intersection and the air line and in a gas flow between the three-way intersection and the gas line. A controller controls the control valve based on a difference, measured by the flow sensor, between mass flow rate of gas between the three-way intersection and the air line and mass flow rate of gas between the three-way intersection and the gas line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTERGAS HEATING ASSETS B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Jan Cool
  • Patent number: 10495231
    Abstract: A disclosed method of hard coating a wear surface of a valve of an aircraft air management system is performed by depositing a hardface alloy powder onto the wear surface, heating the wear surface and the hardface alloy powder to transform the hardface alloy powder into a molten liquid mass, and subsequently cooling the molten liquid hardface alloy mass to solidify the hardface alloy onto the wear surface. The disclosed process provides for localized application and subsequent bonding of the hardface alloy to discrete portions of the wear surface. The solidified hardface alloy coating may then be machined to obtain specific wear surface geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Rankin, Blair A. Smith, Timothy R. Boysen, Aaron T. Nardi, Keith J. Brooky
  • Patent number: 10493686
    Abstract: An oven (10) for the heat treatment of preforms and a method for operating an air-cooling device (42) fitted to such an oven includes controlling elements (58) to vary the cooling air flow rate onto the body (18) and bottom (20) of the preforms (12) along the heating path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Mikael Derrien
  • Patent number: 10493817
    Abstract: A partition seal portion of a second rotary door is located between an outer door portion and a partition rib. The partition seal member is pressed against a rib tip portion in a door radial direction and moves slidably while being in contact with the rib tip portion in conjunction with a rotation of the second rotary door. Accordingly, an increase of a width in a door axial direction required for a sealing configuration can be suppressed. Therefore, a seal between a side face outlet and a center face outlet can be secured while being preventing a length of a face outlet in the door axial direction from being short.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yohei Shimoyama, Shuhei Yonemitsu
  • Patent number: 10492461
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cage system (15) for housing experimental animals which are to experience an environment different from that of a surrounding space (19). The cage system (15) comprises a climate control unit having a vaporizer (1) for generation of water into vapour. The vaporizer (1) comprises a vaporization chamber (4), and water is fed to the vaporization chamber (4) via a liquid supply tube (3). A surface tension breaking device (8) having an open structure is provided at the end (9) of the liquid supply tube (3) so that the water passes therethrough when flowing from the liquid supply tube (3) and into the vaporization chamber (4). Hereby water can be supplied to the vaporization chamber (4) without any significant formation of droplets in the vaporization chamber (4). The vaporizer (1) is used to supply a controllable and uniform flow of vapour to the cages (16) so that a desired humidity can be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SCANBUR A/S
    Inventors: Carsten Hallum, Bo Salling
  • Patent number: 10495316
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for an ignition control module for a gas appliance. The housing of the ignition control module, and/or the mounting points for mounting the module to a gas appliance, can be configured to dispose the battery in a manner that provides for potential battery leakage to flow away from most operable components of the module. Further, the ignitor connection terminals can be configured to provide for ease of connection, by providing a connector guide disposed in a cylindrically-shaped terminal housing. Additionally, an ignitor actuator terminal can be configured to selectably engage with an ignitor actuator connector, where the ignitor actuator terminal comprises at least two connector points that engage with a single ignitor actuator connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Channel Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Becker, Florin N. Lazar
  • Patent number: 10495343
    Abstract: A high efficiency compact boiler is disclosed which includes a burner configured to introduce combustion gases into an interior region of the boiler, a heat exchange tube made of a length of finned tubing in the form of a helical coil positioned within the interior region of the boiler such that combustion gases from the burner can flow from a region inside the helical coil to a region outside the helical coil, and a floating baffle configured to redirect the flow of combustion gases around the finned tubing as it passes from the region inside the helical coil to the region outside the helical coil, the baffle being positioned proximal adjacent turns of the helical coil and having a coiled configuration corresponding substantially to the helical coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Laars Heating Systems Company
    Inventors: Christopher Jacques, William R. Root