Patents Examined by Tho V Duong
  • Patent number: 10675943
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of adaptive climate control in a vehicle heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system includes setting an initial climate condition for one or more zones in a vehicle passenger compartment based upon an occupant of the one or more zones. One or more inputs are monitored, and the climate conditions are changed for at least one of the one or more zones based upon the received one or more inputs. Data relating to the applied changed climate conditions for that occupant is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Filipkowski
  • Patent number: 10676704
    Abstract: A device and method for recovering energy from a hot medium, in particular from hot wort or hot mash for a beer brewery, including a first heat exchanger device for a heat transfer medium that is arranged in particular downstream of a device for heating, boiling or keeping wort or mash warm and is designed such that the heat transfer medium can be heated while cooling preferably wort or mash, wherein at least one heat consumer of the brewery is heated with the heat transfer medium. The heat transfer medium cooled down during heating the heat consumer can be recirculated to the first heat exchanger device in the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Helmut Kammerloher
  • Patent number: 10677478
    Abstract: A heat radiation unit is disclosed. The heat radiation unit includes a heat radiation member thermally connected to a heat source, to radiate heat generated from the heat source, a refrigerant pipe thermally connected to the heat radiation member while being formed therein with a channel, through which refrigerant flows, a pipe jacket coupled to the heat radiation member, and formed with a receiving groove to receive a portion of the refrigerant pipe, and a cover bracket to press the portion of the refrigerant pipe received in the receiving groove of the pipe jacket in a downward direction of the receiving groove. An outdoor unit of an air conditioner is also disclosed. The outdoor unit includes a case to form an appearance of the outdoor unit, a heat source disposed in the case, and the heat radiation unit connected to the heat source, to radiate heat from the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Heewoong Park, Jeongseob Shin, Seungtaek Oh
  • Patent number: 10670347
    Abstract: Plate assemblies configured for use in heat exchangers are provided. The plate assemblies may include one or more plates defining an inlet end, an outlet end, and flow channels configured to receive a flow of fluid from the inlet end and direct the fluid to the outlet end. The flow channels may be defined by protrusions, grooves, and/or orifices defined in flow plates, and spacer plates may separate the plate assemblies from one another. The flow channels may be interconnected such that for each of a plurality of intermediate positions along the flow channels, a plurality of flow paths are defined. Thus, in an instance in which a blockage occurs in one of the flow channels, flow may be prevented through only a portion of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: 8 Rivers Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy Eron Fetvedt
  • Patent number: 10670344
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes: a heat exchange unit group made up of a plurality of heat exchange units arranged in a row direction, the heat exchange units including a plurality of heat transfer tubes configured to allow refrigerant to pass therethrough, the heat transfer tubes being arrayed in a level direction, the level direction being perpendicular to the direction of air flow, and a plurality of fins stacked to allow air to pass therethrough in the air flow direction; and headers, disposed on both ends of the heat exchange unit group, the headers being connected with ends of the plurality of heat transfer tubes, the heat exchange unit group including one or more bend sections bent in the row direction, the headers including one header provided on one end of the heat exchange unit group in common for the plurality of rows of the heat exchange units, and a plurality of separate headers provided separately for the heat exchange units on the other end of the heat exchange unit group, the plurality of separate h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Ito, Akira Ishibashi, Takashi Okazaki, Shinya Higashiiue, Takuya Matsuda, Atsushi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10670311
    Abstract: The present invention provides a heat exchanger having a heat exchanging portion HE including a plurality of paths through which a refrigerant flows and a plurality of columns of fin plate that exchange heat between the refrigerant and air, wherein, in a case where the heat exchanging portion functions as a condenser, the refrigerant is flown from a header into the heat exchanging portion HE via the plurality of paths, every two paths of the plurality of paths merge into one single path by branching/merging pipes after the refrigerant has flown through one fin plate, before the refrigerant flows through the other fin plate so as to flow out of the heat exchanging portion HE, wherein a difference in height between the highest path and the lowest path in a vertical direction is set equal to or less than half of a height of the heat exchanging portion HE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Matsumura, Kazumoto Urata, Koji Naito, Mikihito Tokudi
  • Patent number: 10655892
    Abstract: A heat transfer pipe embedded in a prefabricated pipe pile including a plurality of prefabricated pipe piles, a heat transfer pipe component and a pump assembly; the prefabricated pipe pile sealed by closing the bottom thereof and sides of which are provided with inclined holes; a locking pin provided at an inner wall of the pipe pile; a steel plate provided on the locking pin, and a steel bar structure bound on the steel plate; the heat transfer pipe component comprises a horizontal heat transfer pipe communicated with a vertical heat transfer pipe with both pipes communicated with the pump assembly, the horizontal pipe embedded and fixed via the steel bar structure, the vertical heat transfer pipe passes through the inclined holes and fixed in the pipe pile via a steel bar bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Gangqiang Kong, Yang Zhou, Xu Huang, Huaifeng Peng, Chunhong Li
  • Patent number: 10648741
    Abstract: A vehicle heat exchange apparatus, including: a heat exchanger provided rearward of a front bumper formed with an air intake port, and having an air inlet member on a front face of the heat exchanger; and a duct member provided between the front bumper and the heat exchanger, and forming a passage for passing cooling air from the air intake port of the front bumper to the air inlet member of the heat exchanger, wherein the duct member has: a first intake port introducing air from a vehicle front side into the passage through the air intake port provided in the front bumper; a second intake port introducing air from a vehicle lower side into the passage; and an outlet port opened at an end portion of the passage and facing the air inlet member of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Shimota, Hiroshi Takei
  • Patent number: 10648610
    Abstract: A heat-insulated box for insulating parallel-slide valves includes multiple sections each including an outer protective steel envelope with a heat insulation coating on an inner surface. A number and configuration of sections is determined based on geometric parameters of the insulated valve. Some sections include two semi-cylindrical segments rigidly coupled together and oriented in mutually perpendicular directions such that one segment can be installed on the valve and one segment can be installed on the pipeline. The box also includes stiffeners at the junction of the two semi-cylindrical segments. The sections include shock-absorbing sealing gaskets made of cellular rubber substance to ensure a tight seal of the box. The box includes a locking mechanism for coupling the sections together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Pavel Aleksandrovich Revel-Muroz, Pavel Olegovich Revin, Vitaly Ivanovich Surikov, Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Pavlov, Pavel Ivanovich Shoter, Anatoly Evgenevich Soshchenko
  • Patent number: 10648748
    Abstract: Provide is a cooler in which the number of components can be decreased and the space can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Kazuhito Seki
  • Patent number: 10648746
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery device includes: an exhaust pipe through which exhaust flows; a heat recovery material arranged in the exhaust pipe and recovering heat of the exhaust; a heat medium flow passage through which heat medium recovering the heat recovered by the heat recovery material flows; and an exhaust restriction portion arranged in the exhaust pipe and allowing the exhaust to pass through only part of the heat recovery material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Youhei Ichiyanagi, Kazuhiro Idei
  • Patent number: 10627170
    Abstract: A heat transfer device for transferring heat energy to or from a gas or fluid flowing radially across a plurality of posts or tubes includes a plate having a plate surface. A plurality of posts or tubes are disposed on and protrude substantially perpendicular to the plate surface. At least about 50% of the plurality of posts or tubes are disposed according to a phyllotaxis layout. Each arc of a plurality of phyllotaxis spiral arcs of the phyllotaxis layout terminates at different locations along an arc radius on the plate at a phyllotaxis arc termination radius less than a perimeter radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Aerco International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Fioriti, Kyle T. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10619947
    Abstract: A heat exchanger, including: a columnar honeycomb structure having cells partitioned by partition walls composed of ceramics, each cell penetrating from a first end to a second end to form a flow path for a first fluid; an inner tubular member fitted to an outer peripheral surface of the honeycomb structure to circumferentially cover that surface; a spacer directly and circumferentially covering an outer peripheral surface of the inner tubular member as well as indirectly and circumferentially covering the outer peripheral surface of the honeycomb structure; and an outer tubular member directly and circumferentially covering the spacer; wherein the spacer has a three-dimensional structure that allows flow of a second fluid therein and suppresses movement of bubbles in the second fluid; and wherein at least one opening part between the inner tubular member and the outer tubular member forms a gate of the spacer for the second fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Daisuke Kimura
  • Patent number: 10619937
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly for an aircraft includes a first heat exchanger with a first hot air circuit, a second heat exchanger with a second hot air circuit, a third heat exchanger with a third hot air circuit, and a cold circuit. The first heat exchanger is in fluid communication with a source of bleed air from the engine. The second heat exchanger is disposed adjacent to and in fluid communication with the first heat exchanger. The third heat exchanger is disposed adjacent to and in fluid communication with the second heat exchanger. The first, second, and third heat exchangers are fluidly connected in series. The cold air circuit passes through each of the first, second, and third heat exchangers. The first, second, and third heat exchangers are in cross-flow communication with the cold air circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Army, Frederick Peacos, III
  • Patent number: 10619945
    Abstract: A cooling arrangement for a battery box includes a plate-shaped heat exchanging element, a cooling channel secured to the heat exchanging element, and a fluid collector for collecting or feeding a fluid into the cooling channel. The fluid collector includes a volume region and has a receiving opening on a side proximate to the cooling channel for introduction of the cooling channel to thereby fluidly connect the volume region with the cooling channel. A sealing element and a clamping element are arranged on an outside of the fluid collector at the receiving opening, with the clamping element being traversed by the cooling channel. A clamping tab is arranged above or below the receiving opening in surrounding relationship to the sealing element and the clamping element to thereby secure the cooling channel immovably to the fluid collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Konstantin Tatarinov, Edvin List Clausen
  • Patent number: 10612864
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermal conductive cylinder installed with U-type core piping and loop piping for being installed within natural thermal storage body or artificial thermal storage body; wherein the piping segments of fluid inlet terminal and/or outlet terminal of the U-type core piping and loop piping are directly made of thermal insulating material, or thermal insulating structure is installed between the inlet terminal and the outlet terminal; so as to prevent thermal energy loss between adjacent piping segments on the same side when thermal conductive fluid with temperature difference passing through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 10612866
    Abstract: The invention involves a micro-channel heat exchanger, which includes flat tubes (8), fins (9) and plate-type header pipes communicated with the flat tubes, (8) each plate-type header pipe comprising a flat tube groove plate, a distribution plate (2) and an outer side sealing plate (5), a plurality of flat tube groove through holes (3) are provided in the flat tube groove plate (1) along a length direction, throttling channels (4) communicated with the flat tube groove through holes (3) are provided in the distribution plate (2) along an arrangement direction of the flat tube groove through holes (3), the outer side sealing plate (5) is provided on one side, far away from the flat tube groove plate (1), of the distribution plate (2). The micro-channel heat exchanger can solve the problems of low heat exchange efficiency and small heat exchange area of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Qinghao Wu, Jun Jiang, Huangang Yu
  • Patent number: 10601093
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for thermal management of battery units made-up of a plurality of battery cells or containers housing one or more battery cells is disclosed. The heat exchanger has a main body portion formed by a pair of outer plates and an intermediate plate defining a primary heat transfer surface on either side of the heat exchanger for contacting a corresponding surface of at least one of the battery cells or containers. The intermediate plate together with the outer plates forming a plurality of alternating first and second fluid flow passages the flow direction through the first fluid flow passages being generally opposite to the flow direction through the second fluid flow passages. The first and second fluid flow passages are formed on opposite sides of the intermediate plate and are fluidly interconnected at corresponding ends creating a counter-flow arrangement through the main body portion of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Vanderwees, Kenneth Abels, Benjamin Kenney, Andrew Buckrell
  • Patent number: 10591225
    Abstract: The utility model discloses a novel phase change heat storage device, comprising a housing, wherein the housing is internally provided with a lining; an insulating layer is disposed between the lining and the housing; the lining is internally filled in with a phase change material; a coiled pipe is embedded in the phase change material; the inlet and outlet of the coiled pipe both extend out of the lining and are respectively welded with and communicate with a main water inflow pipe and a main water outflow pipe, so all welds between the coiled pipe and the main water inflow pipe and main water outflow pipe are positioned outside the lining and are not soaked by the phase change material. The lining is provided with at least one partition board; the partition board divides the inner space of the lining into independent spaces such that the phase change material is respectively positioned in the independent spaces divided by the partition board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Li Sun, Hong Wang, Xiaolong Liu, Changjun Wang
  • Patent number: 10576804
    Abstract: An HVAC module for a vehicle includes an upper airflow from an evaporator having an upper hot branch through a heater core and an upper cold branch that bypasses the heater core. A lower airflow from the evaporator has a lower hot branch through the heater core and a lower cold branch that bypasses the heater core. An upper barrel door is to select an upper blend setting of the upper airflow directed through the upper hot branch and through the upper cold branch. A lower barrel door is to select a lower blend setting of the lower airflow directed through the lower hot branch and through the lower cold branch. The upper hot branch and the lower hot branch are connected to a rear duct connected to an upper blend zone. The upper cold branch feeds the upper blend zone. The lower cold branch feeds the rear duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Climate Control Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph Spryshak