Patents by Inventor Benjamin I. Furst

Benjamin I. Furst has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220136779
    Abstract: Systems and methods for thermal management using separable heat pipes and methods of manufacture thereof. Various embodiments provide a porous insert that can be used to join or connect heat pipes. Further embodiments provide thermal management systems that are modular, expandable, reparable, by allowing for joining of evaporators, condensers, and adiabatic sections via porous inserts. Various embodiments allow for two-phase thermal management systems, where liquid and gaseous phases can be transported simultaneously. Certain embodiments incorporate heat generating components with embedded evaporators and/or condensers. Many embodiments are additively manufactured, including via 3D printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Weibo Chen, Benjamin I. Furst, Scott N. Roberts
  • Patent number: 11114713
    Abstract: Thermal management systems for battery cells and methods for their additive manufacture are provided. The thermal management systems include at least one heat pipe that physically contacts the battery cell and conforms to its geometry. Each battery cell is deposited within a separate heat pipe, and each heat pipe is disposed on a base plate, which itself connects to a heat sink. In many embodiments, the heat pipe is a two-phase heat exchanger having three major components: liquid channels, wick elements, and vapor channels. In such embodiments, the wick component comprises a porous body configured to be disposed between the liquid channels and vapor channels. The wick component may be made using a stochastic additive manufacturing process such that the wick component may take any configuration and/or such that the wick component may be directly integrated into the body of the heat pipe as a unitary piece thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Eric T. Sunada, Scott N. Roberts, Benjamin I. Furst, Ratnakumar V. Bugga
  • Publication number: 20200378687
    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: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20190393576
    Abstract: Thermal management systems for battery cells and methods for their additive manufacture are provided. The thermal management systems include at least one heat pipe that physically contacts the battery cell and conforms to its geometry. Each battery cell is deposited within a separate heat pipe, and each heat pipe is disposed on a base plate, which itself connects to a heat sink. In many embodiments, the heat pipe is a two-phase heat exchanger having three major components: liquid channels, wick elements, and vapor channels. In such embodiments, the wick component comprises a porous body configured to be disposed between the liquid channels and vapor channels. The wick component may be made using a stochastic additive manufacturing process such that the wick component may take any configuration and/or such that the wick component may be directly integrated into the body of the heat pipe as a unitary piece thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Eric T. Sunada, Scott N. Roberts, Benjamin I. Furst, Ratnakumar V. Bugga
  • Publication number: 20180031330
    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: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Scott N. Roberts, Arthur J. Mastropietro, Benjamin I. Furst, Eric T. Sunada
  • Publication number: 20150060008
    Abstract: A thermal energy storage (TES) system that uses an elemental material (e.g., elemental sulfur) as an energy storage material is disclosed. The energy storage material is separately stored from a heat transfer fluid. For example, the energy storage material can be sealed within one or more corrosion-resistant containers that are further contained within an outer shell. A heat transfer fluid flows through the shell via an inlet and an outlet, over and around the containers. A TES system may include an energy source that receives thermal energy intermittently, and a steam generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Richard E. Wirz, Antoine Philippe Pierre Stopin, Louis A. Tse, Adrienne G. Lavine, Hossein Pirouz Kavehpour, Reza Baghaei Lakeh, Benjamin I. Furst, Gabriela Bran, Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay