Patents Examined by Tho V Duong
  • Patent number: 10760859
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to methods and apparatus for controlling the temperature of large scale structures during manufacturing operations. A structure or surface when measured by Computer Aided Measuring Systems (CAMS) preferably remains a predetermined constant temperature with minimum variance. The manufacturing system includes a first temperature sensor, a second temperature sensor, a plurality of temperature regulation devices, and a processor, all in wireless communication. During performance of a CAMS process on a large scale structure or surface, a recorded temperature value of the structure or surface is communicated. A determination is made based on the recorded temperature value to operate the plurality of temperature regulation devices to control the temperature of targeted areas of the structure or surface. The temperature regulation devices are monitored and controlled such that the structure or surface is stabilized and distortion is prevented during the CAMS process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark D. Bumgardner, Jonathan A. Schweiger, Timothy W. Randich
  • Patent number: 10748690
    Abstract: A valve is configured to control a flow of a gas disposed within a convective cooling loop. The valve can be actuated between an open position and a closed position via a magnetic field generated by at least one electrically conductive coil disposed within a cryostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Philip Alexander Jonas, Robert Adolph Ackermann, Philippe Abel Menteur
  • Patent number: 10749308
    Abstract: An example apparatus may include a first plate having a first side. A first plurality of fins may be integral with the first side of the first plate and protruding perpendicularly therefrom. The first plurality of fins may be arranged in first concentric circles separated radially by a first distance. The apparatus may also include a second plate having a first side. The second plate may be rotatably coupled to the first plate. A second plurality of fins may be integral with the first side of the second plate and protruding perpendicularly therefrom. The second plurality of fins may be arranged in second concentric circles separated radially by the first distance. Each fin of the second plurality of fins may interpose between adjacent fins of the first plurality of fins to transfer heat between the second plate and the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Rahim Pardhan, William McCann, Drew Ulrich, Pierre-yves Droz
  • Patent number: 10744852
    Abstract: A vehicular air-conditioning device includes a blowing port mode door as an air volume regulator that regulates volumes of air-conditioning air blown to a driver seat area, a front passenger seat area, and a rear seat area inside a vehicle compartment, and an air-conditioning controller activated by an activation signal outputted from a body controller in response to opening and closing of a rear seat door during a stoppage of a vehicle system. The air-conditioning controller is capable of operating an actuator for driving the blowing port mode door to blow the air-conditioning air to the rear seat area when an activation switch of the vehicle system is turned on in a state where the air-conditioning control unit has been activated by the activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Wakisaka, Kazuya Nishiuma, Toshinao Aoki, Yoshinori Ichishi, Takayuki Shimauchi, Makoto Inoue, Daisuke Setoguchi, Yoshinori Okuno, Tatsuru Tanaka, Kazuaki Shingo
  • Patent number: 10746475
    Abstract: Multi-phase thermal control systems, evaporators, variable porous wick elements, heat transfer structures, and methods for their production are provided. Two-phase evaporators for use in such multi-phase thermal control systems are also provided. Two-phase evaporators incorporate a vapor plate body having there three major layers: a vapor channel network, a wick, and a liquid channel. The vapor channel network comprises a plurality of extrusions (e.g., vapor pillars) and associated channels (e.g., vapor channels) configured to allow a vapor to flow therethrough. The wick comprises a porous body configured to be disposed between the vapor channel network of and the liquid flow reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Scott N. Roberts, Arthur J. Mastropietro, Benjamin I. Furst, Eric T. Sunada, Jordan Mizerak, Hiroki Nagai, Stefano Cappucci
  • Patent number: 10739088
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating gas utilizes a series of chambers through which a gas volume is advanced, and a gradational heat transfer element which enables incremental heat transfer to the gas volume as the gas volume is advanced through the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Petrus Norlin
  • Patent number: 10739086
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger (10) for heat-exchange between a first fluid and a second fluid, comprising a membrane separating the two fluids and a heat-conductive element (17) in thermal contact with the membrane and with the first fluid, characterised in that said heat-conductive element (17) moves between an active position and an inactive position, such that the capacity of heat exchange with the first fluid is weaker in the inactive position than in the active position. The exchanger is applied, in particular, for the cooling of fluid in the secondary stream of a turbofan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Gilles Yves Aouizerate, Benjamin Boudsocq, Gerard Philippe Gauthier
  • Patent number: 10731882
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a controller is operable to instruct a climate control system to operate according to an occupied mode or an unoccupied mode based on a pre-defined schedule. The occupied mode uses pre-defined settings associated with an occupied status, and the unoccupied mode uses pre-defined settings associated with an unoccupied status. The controller is operable to receive an indication that an occupancy sensor detects a space as being occupied. In response to receiving the indication when the pre-defined schedule requires the climate control system to operate in the unoccupied mode, the controller is operable to instruct the climate control system to use the pre-defined settings associated with the occupied status during an override time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Farhad Abrishamkar, Anna Vishinsky, Alan E. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10724804
    Abstract: A thermal ground plane with hybrid structures that include nanowires is disclosed. The thermal ground plane includes a first casing having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the interior surface includes plurality of microstructures with a plurality of nanowires; a second casing, wherein the first casing and the second casing are sealed to an interior space that includes a working fluid; and a wicking layer disposed within the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kelvin Thermal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan John Lewis, Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 10724807
    Abstract: A packing is held between a tank body and a header plate to secure sealing. Therewith, the width in a longer axis direction of an opening of a flat tube is wider and the width of the tank body is relatively narrow, resulting in a compact tank structure. A number of tooth parts protrude from the tank body at regular intervals, a tube end release part is formed between the tooth parts, and a side edge in a longitudinal axis direction of an opening of the flat tube is positioned therein. The tooth part, a flange part, a seal face of the header plate and a peripheral wall form a packing accommodation part, and a tip edge of the tooth part is seated on an edge of a convex part. The packing is arranged between the packing accommodation part and the seal face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: T.RAD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Okubo, Taiji Sakai, Takuya Bungo
  • Patent number: 10718575
    Abstract: An apparatus and heat transfer system, the apparatus comprising: a substrate; a plurality of nucleation sites provided on the substrate; a nanostructured surface surrounding the nucleation sites arranged to enable coalescence induced droplet jumping; wherein both the plurality of nucleation sites and the nanostructured surface are hydrophobic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technolgies Oy
    Inventors: Ryan Enright, Ross Lundy, Shenghui Lei, Shreyas Chavan
  • Patent number: 10718543
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus and method for avoiding frost and ice buildup in and on vent pipes that transport a stream of gas from the inside to the outside of a building. The apparatus and method comprise a heat-conducting path that extracts heat energy from the stream of gas exiting the vent pipe, and transfers this energy to the frost and ice condensing surfaces at or near the terminus of the vent pipe. The heat-conducting path comprises a heat pipe. In one embodiment the heat-conducting path further comprises a heat exchanger. The passive transfer of heat energy via the heat-conducting path, from the stream of gas to the condensing surfaces of the vent pipe, avoids frost and ice buildup in or around the terminus of the vent pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FROSTFREE VENTING INC.
    Inventor: Lesley W. Weir
  • Patent number: 10717367
    Abstract: One thermal control system for use during electric vehicle battery charging includes a charging station thermally conditioning a fluid and sending the fluid to a vehicle charge inlet. The vehicle charge inlet thermally conditions the fluid and sends the fluid to one of a vehicle thermal loop or a vehicle heat exchanger. Another thermal control system includes a charging station thermally conditioning a fluid and sending the fluid to a vehicle charge inlet. The vehicle charge inlet thermally conditions the fluid and sends the fluid back to the charging station. In another thermal control system, a vehicle thermal loop supplies a fluid at a first temperature to a vehicle charge inlet. The vehicle charge inlet thermally conditions the fluid to a second temperature and returns the fluid to the vehicle thermal loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Price, Peteris K. Augenbergs, Wulfer de Bruijn
  • Patent number: 10712042
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that includes a heat exchanger configured to circulate a working fluid therethrough, a valve configured to regulate a flow rate of the working fluid through the heat exchanger, and a valve controller configured to modify a valve position control signal received from an external controller, separate from the valve controller, based on a temperature differential of the working fluid entering and exiting the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Marcello Passoni, Alejandro Gonzalez Pozo, Gabriele Francesco Giuseppe Andreoni
  • Patent number: 10710745
    Abstract: A multi-stage, intercooled centrifugal compressor with integral power generator system for a mobile, ground-based aviation support cart is disclosed. A bootstrap-type turbo compressor module which can supply cooled air. The system may be operated in one of several modes: high pressure “bleed air” (e.g., 35-50 psig) for jet engine start, conditioned or cooled air (e.g., 2-5 psig) for aircraft cooling purposes, or electrical ground power. Electrical ground power and conditioned air may also be supplied simultaneously if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: VOLTAIRE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert B. Anderson, Brian K. Dalton
  • Patent number: 10695872
    Abstract: Heat spreaders can help promote heat distribution at the surface of a heat sink. However, overly isotropic or anisotropic heat conduction through heat spreaders can limit their effectiveness. Heat spreaders providing for lateral distribution of heat can include a tapered structure containing a metal-diamond composite. The metal-diamond composite includes a continuous metallic phase and a plurality of micron-scale diamond particles located in spaced apart regions of the continuous metallic phase. An interlayer containing the continuous metallic phase but lacking micron-scale diamond particles is disposed between each of the spaced apart regions, and the metal-diamond composite increases in lateral size in a direction of increased tapering. Heat spreaders can be formed by disposing a first mixture containing micron-scale diamond particles and metal nanoparticles in first regions that are vertically spaced apart from each other, and at least partially fusing the metal nanoparticles to form a tapered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alfred A. Zinn, Jyotsna Iyer, Ike C. Hsu
  • Patent number: 10696127
    Abstract: Provided is a high-voltage equipment cooling system for electric-powered vehicles, which is capable of cooling high-voltage equipment (an IPU herein) at an optimum air flow rate without impairing the air-conditioning state of a vehicle interior. This high-voltage equipment cooling system is equipped with an IPU cooling ECU with a control unit, which controls the air flow rate of an IPU fan on the basis of information related to the air blowing method for the IPU, information related to the air flow rate of a blower fan, information related to the selection of inside air circulation mode or outside air introduction mode by an HVAC, information related to the selection of one of air blowing modes by the HVAC, and information related to the air flow rate to be supplied to the IPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shusei Terayama
  • Patent number: 10690366
    Abstract: A system and method includes at least one heat exchanger, a ram fan, and a controller. The ram fan is driven by a motor. A motor control circuit is configured to provide power to the motor to drive the ram fan. The ram fan is configured to provide a ram flow through the at least one heat exchanger from a ram air inlet. The controller is configured to determine a blockage level of the at least one heat exchanger based on the power to the motor, a speed of the ram fan, and a temperature of the ram flow at the ram fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J. Ensberg, Thomas M. Zywiak, Matthew J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10690382
    Abstract: The invention relates to a geothermal exchanger comprising a casing containing a heat-transfer fluid with which it is in direct contact. The casing is flexible such as to be in direct contact with a wall of the borehole containing the exchanger under the effect of the pressure of the heat-transfer fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BRGM
    Inventor: Denis Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10688860
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motorised vehicle (10) comprising (i) an electric motor (130) situated in an engine compartment (11), the said electric motor (130) being designed to propel the vehicle (10), (ii) a cabin (12) of the vehicle (10), separated from the engine compartment (11) by a dividing wall (70), (iii) an energy storage device (23) configured to supply electrical power to the electric motor (130), (iv) a power module (110) designed to shape at least one electric power signal configured to power the electric motor (130), the said power module (110) being situated between the electric motor (130) and the cabin (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: INSTITUT VEDECOM
    Inventor: Guy Diemunsch