Patents Examined by Tho V Duong
  • Patent number: 10444807
    Abstract: A heat sink assembly and a fan and a fan module thereof, the heat sink assembly includes a heat sink (1), a heat sink rack and a fan module. The fan module includes a fan rack (3) and a fan (4). The heat sink rack is installed on the heat sink (1). The heat sink rack includes a first sliding portion (200), and the fan rack (3) or the fan (4) includes a second sliding portion (31). The first sliding portion (31) is configured corresponding to the first sliding portion (200) with a slidable cooperation in order to allow the fan rack (3) or the fan (4) to use the cooperation between the first sliding portion (200) and the second sliding portion (31) to slide in a predefined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Pei-Chiang Lin, Yu-Te Wei
  • Patent number: 10436527
    Abstract: A refrigerant diverter diverts inflowing refrigerant and to cause the refrigerant to flow out to a downstream side. The refrigerant diverter includes a vertically extending diverter case, and a vertically extending rod-shaped rod member disposed inside the diverter case. The diverter case has a plurality of diverting channels disposed along a circumferential direction, a diverting space arranged to guide the refrigerant to the diverting channels, and a plurality of expelling spaces that communicate with the diverting space through the diverting channels, the expelling spaces being disposed along a vertical direction. The diverting channels are configured from a plurality of holes extending in a longitudinal direction of the rod member and integrally formed in the rod member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Jindou, Yoshio Oritani, Yoshimasa Kikuchi, Tomohiko Sakamaki, Junichi Hamadate
  • Patent number: 10429138
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to generate oscillating fluid flows in heat exchangers are disclosed. A disclosed fluid flow apparatus includes a repeating pattern of fins arranged in rows, where fins of each row are separated from one another by channels, where the fins have respective sub-channels extending therethrough to facilitate oscillation of fluid moving through the channels, and where each of the sub-channels defines a sub-channel inlet and a sub-channel outlet of a respective fin of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Abraham Naroll Gissen, Rene Woszidlo
  • Patent number: 10415897
    Abstract: A cross-flow heat exchanger for gas turbine engines which may be utilized to transfer heat from one fluid flow to a second independent fluid flow wherein one of the fluid flows has a high differential inlet pressure and temperature. The heat exchanger has robust construction to inhibit mixing of the fluid flows during a single burst duct event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Kupiszewski, Mehdi Milani Baladi, John Andrew Kemme, Christopher Charles Glynn, Steven Douglas Johnson, Michael Jay Epstein
  • Patent number: 10408480
    Abstract: The embodied invention is a low humidity generator which encapsulates essential piping, pressure regulator, flow regulator, and saturator in a sealed vacuum chamber. Additionally, Stirling piston type coolers are used to cool the saturator. This eliminates atmospheric water vapor permeation and the need for thermal insulation surrounding the piping and control units. Also, the humidity generator has improved cool down characteristics, improved thermal control, and better maintenance access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Robert O. Hardy
  • Patent number: 10386129
    Abstract: A header plate includes slots to receive heat exchange tubes of a heat exchanger. Each slot includes a lip extending in a direction of the tubes. Each slot has straight sides and corners. At least two tabs extend from each lip. One tab is on one side of each lip, and another tab is on an opposite side of each lip. Tabs are absent from the corners of the lip. Each tab is turned out from the lip so that the tabs on the lip act as a lead in for a tube entering the slot. Each slot has two long sides opposite one another. At least one tab is on each long side of the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO Marston Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Turnbull, Mario Ciaffarafa, Andrew Diakiw
  • Patent number: 10379582
    Abstract: Materials, components, assemblies, and methods consistent with the disclosure are directed to the fabrication and use of sheets of material to provide channels for cooling through the flow of gas. An assembly for cooling can include a stack of alternating first and second blades, where each blade exhibits at least a first edge, a beveled edge, and a bend, the bend defining at least a first region and a second region, where the first region is substantially flat and bordered by the edge, the beveled edge, and the bend. An assembly can also include a sheet with folds to provide channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Forced Physics LLC
    Inventors: Scott Davis, David Binger
  • Patent number: 10378799
    Abstract: A plate heat exchanger (100) comprises a number of plates (110) provided with a pressed pattern of ridges (R) and grooves (G) arranged to keep the plates (110) on a distance from one another under formation of interplate flow channels for media to exchange heat. The interplate flow channels communicate with port openings (A, B, C, 140) being in selective communication with said interplate flow channels, one of the port openings (140) providing for connection to a downstream side of an expansion valve (EXP) such that coolant from the expansion valve (EXP) may enter the interplate flow channels communicating with the one port opening (140). A heat exchanging means (160, 165, 150, 155; HEP, LC, DP) is provided inside the one port opening (140), said heat exchanging means (160, 165, 150, 155; HEP, LC, DP) being arranged for exchanging heat between coolant downstream the expansion valve (EXP) and coolant about to enter the expansion valve (EXP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Sven Andersson, Tomas Dahlberg
  • Patent number: 10359243
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (20) has at least two connections (58, 62) for the inflow of operating media. In a first of the connections (62), an insert (68) is provided for distributing the operating media to two different zones (22, 26) of the heat exchanger (20). In the insert (68) is arranged a valve (70), which can be actuated by the operating medium flowing in via one of the connections (62) and which, in a closed position, the valve (70) separates the different zones (22, 26) of the heat exchanger (20), whereas in a not-closed position, the valve (70) eliminates the separation between the different zones (22, 26) of the heat exchanger (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Dennis Pierschel
  • Patent number: 10352626
    Abstract: A heat pipe includes a first metal layer forming a liquid layer configured to move a working fluid that is liquefied from vapor, and a second metal layer forming a vapor layer configured to move the vapor of the working fluid that is vaporized. The first metal layer includes first cavities that cave in from a first surface of the first metal layer and are arranged apart from each other, second cavities that cave in from a second surface of the first metal layer opposite to the first surface of the first metal layer, first pores partially communicating with the first cavities and the second cavities, respectively, and second pores partially communicating side surfaces of the second cavities that are adjacent to each other. The second metal layer is provided on the first surface of the first metal layer and includes an opening exposing the plurality of first cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kurashima, Yoshihiro Machida
  • Patent number: 10349563
    Abstract: The invention provides a single radiator cooling system for use in hybrid electric vehicles, the system comprising a surface in thermal communication with electronics, and subcooled boiling fluid contacting the surface. The invention also provides a single radiator method for simultaneously cooling electronics and an internal combustion engine in a hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising separating a coolant fluid into a first portion and a second portion; directing the first portion to the electronics and the second portion to the internal combustion engine for a time sufficient to maintain the temperature of the electronics at or below 175° C.; combining the first and second portion to reestablish the coolant fluid; and treating the reestablished coolant fluid to the single radiator for a time sufficient to decrease the temperature of the reestablished coolant fluid to the temperature it had before separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: David M. France, Wenhua Yu, Dileep Singh, Weihuan Zhao
  • Patent number: 10345054
    Abstract: A flexible, thermal bridge element, particularly for a space flight instrument, a satellite, a transportation device, or a machine component, includes a number of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFK) layers stacked on top of one another. Each of the CFK layers is composed of a plurality of heat-conductive carbon fibers embedded in a matrix. In at least two segments, particularly opposing end segments, the CFK layers are freed of the material of the matrix so that the carbon fibers of a respective CFK layer are exposed in the at least two segments. The exposed segments of the carbon fibers are provided with an associated metallization, by way of which within the framework of a thermally assisted joining process, the bridge element is connected to a thermally conductive connector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS DS GMBH
    Inventors: Arne Sauer, Fabian Preller
  • Patent number: 10330403
    Abstract: In order to obtain a heating and cooling system capable of localized cooling or heating a given area, a heating and cooling system includes: a supply section configured to supply a heating medium; and a double pipe unit including: an inner pipe, connected to the supply section, through which the heating medium flows, and an outer pipe disposed at an outer peripheral side of the inner pipe, the outer pipe including a space between the inner pipe and the outer pipe, the space being maintained at a vacuum, portions in which a degree of vacuum of the space is different, or in which the degree of vacuum of the space is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi Yagi, Hiroyuki Fukushima, Jun Teng, Tomohiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 10315485
    Abstract: In a vehicle air conditioner device of a heat pump system, control of an air mix damper is appropriately performed in each operation mode, thereby achieving efficient vehicle interior air conditioning. The vehicle air conditioner device includes an air mix damper 28 to adjust a ratio at which air in an air flow passage 3 passed through a heat absorber 9 is to be passed through a radiator 4. In a cooling mode, a controller controls the air mix damper 28 to adjust the ratio at which the air is to be passed through the radiator 4 on the basis of one, any combination, or all of a target outlet temperature, a temperature of the radiator and a temperature of the heat absorber, and in a heating mode, the controller controls the air mix damper 28 to pass all the air in the air flow passage 3 through the radiator 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sanden Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Miyakoshi, Kenichi Suzuki, Kouhei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10317146
    Abstract: There are herein described energy storage systems. More particularly there are provided thermal energy storage systems comprising battery assemblies containing phase change materials and a monitoring system therefor. In addition there are provided thermal stores comprising battery assemblies having integral control means for management of the thermal energy provided by the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sunamp Limited
    Inventors: Andrew John Bissell, Santokh Singh Gataora, Maurizio Zaglio
  • Patent number: 10321604
    Abstract: A power electronics cooling system includes a ram air fan with one or more blades and a ram air fan motor connected via an output shaft. The ram air fan draws in air and passes it across a heat exchanger to cool one or more cooling liquids. One or more pumps pressurize and pump the cooling liquids to various electronic components, including one or more motor controllers. The pumps may be mechanically or electrically coupled to the output shaft of the ram air fan, such that the motor of the ram air fan provides energy to the pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Debabrata Pal
  • Patent number: 10317151
    Abstract: A water collection system is provided for an indirect evaporative cooler. The water collection system includes a housing having an open bottom, a front wall, a back wall, and two end walls, which together define an interior region of the housing. The water collection system further includes a plurality of tube assemblies each extending through one of the front wall and the back wall of the housing and disposed within the interior region of the housing. The water collection system further includes a plurality of panel assemblies disposed within the interior region of the housing above the plurality of tube assemblies. Each panel assembly is associated with a respective tube assembly to channel fluid to the tube assembly. A method of collecting and distributing water within an indirect evaporative cooler configured to spray water on a heat exchanger is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: John H. Bean, Jr., Roy L. Grantham, Ozan Tutunoglu
  • Patent number: 10309733
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of enhancing boiling heat transfer therein capable of increasing both the critical heat flux and nucleate boiling heat transfer of a working fluid. The method includes placing free particles on a surface so as to define narrow corner gaps and cavities at interfaces between the particles and the surface and heating the surface while the surface is contacted by the working fluid to bring the working fluid to a boil, with the result that bubble nucleation is facilitated and nucleate boiling heat transfer from the surface is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Tae Young Kim, Suresh V. Garimella
  • Patent number: 10309728
    Abstract: Titanium-based thermal ground planes are described. A thermal ground plane in accordance with the present invention comprises a titanium substrate comprising a plurality of pillars, wherein the plurality of Ti pillars can be optionally oxidized to form nanostructured titania coated pillars, and a vapor cavity, in communication with the plurality of titanium pillars, for transporting thermal energy from one region of the thermal ground plane to another region of the thermal ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Noel C. MacDonald, Carl D. Meinhart, Changsong Ding, Payam Bozorgi, Gaurav Soni, Brian D. Piorek
  • Patent number: 10308095
    Abstract: A Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system for a vehicle, may include a first coolant line passing through a radiator; a second coolant line passing through an indoor air conditioning core and a high voltage battery core; a first coolant exchange line passing through a first heat exchanger; a second coolant exchange line passing through a second heat exchanger; a refrigerant line including the first heat exchanger, the second heat exchanger, and a compressor, in which coolant circulates; and a controller configured to control the first valve and the second valve to selectively connect the first coolant line or the second coolant line to the first coolant exchange line or the second coolant exchange line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Sang Shin Lee, Jae Woo Park, So Yoon Park, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung