Chung-Ming Huang 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).
Abstract: A gas burner includes a first tube and a second tube, wherein the first tube includes a first section and a second section which are connected to each other; the second section includes a chamber and an air outlet disposed at one side of the chamber; a cross-sectional area of the chamber of the second section is larger than a cross-sectional area of one end of the first section communicating with the second section. The second tube includes an air inlet section, a venturi section, and an extending section, wherein one end of the air inlet section includes an air inlet; the air inlet is adapted to supply gas; the venturi section is between the air inlet section and the extending section; the extending section extends into the chamber of the second section of the first tube and has a cross-sectional area small than the cross-sectional area of the chamber.
Abstract: A combustion device includes a first cover, a second cover, an infrared generating mesh, and a gas burner assembly, wherein the first cover has a plurality of through holes. A first half portion of the second cover has at least one hollow portion. A second half portion of the second cover is closed. The infrared generating mesh is disposed between the first cover and the second cover. A flame outlet of the gas burner assembly is located within a projection area of the second half portion. In this way, the intensity of the infrared rays generated by the combustion device could be increased and could be uniform.
Abstract: A method of extending RF signals in a wireless control system which includes a first electronic device, a second electronic device, and an RF signal extender. RF signal coverage areas of the electronic devices partially overlap, and each of the electronic devices is out of the RF signal coverage area of the other one. The RF signal extender is in an overlapping area between the RF signal coverage areas, and the electronic devices are in an RF signal coverage area of the RF signal extender. The method includes the steps of: receiving an RF signal with the RF signal extender; analyzing the received RF signal to retrieve the data carried therein; and compiling the data into an RF signal for transmission if the retrieved data follows an RF communication protocol of the wireless control system. Whereby, a total RF signal coverage area can be expanded, and interferences can be reduced.
Abstract: A connection method for a wireless system, wherein the wireless system includes an access point, an electronic device, a relay device and an appliance; the electronic device and the relay device are connected to the access point, respectively; the relay device is connected to the appliance via signals; the relay device is adapted to send control commands to the appliance. The connection method includes the following steps: connecting the relay device to a server through the access point; sending an IP address of the relay device assigned by the access point to the server; sending an inquiry command from the electronic device to the server; sending a connection request command to the received IP address; establishing a connection between the electronic device and the relay device when a connection-successful information is received. Thus, the risk that the electronic device connection could be disconnected is reduced.
Abstract: A malware for defending against a malware includes the following steps: create a bait file in a storage media of an electric appliance; check whether the bait file is changed; when the bait file is changed, shut down the electric appliance. Thus, when the bait file is changed, it is determined that the malware has begun to execute, and the electric appliance is shut down immediately, so as to avoid the other files in the storage medium from continuously being changed by the malware, facilitating the follow-up information rescue.
Abstract: A combustor is provided, including a pipe and a burner tray. The pipe is transverse U-shaped, including a first pipe section and a second pipe section. The first pipe section has an inlet, and the second pipe section has an outlet extending along an axial direction thereof. The second pipe section has at least one reduced section, wherein a smallest sectional area in the reduced section is smaller than sectional areas on both sides of the reduced section. The burner tray is connected to the second pipe section, provided over the outlet, and has a plurality of flame holes which communicate with the outlet. Whereby, with the reduced section, the flow including gas could be evenly delivered to the burner tray. As a result, after the gas exhausted through the flame holes is ignited, the combustion range would be evener, which enhances the combustion efficiency.
Abstract: A method of ensuring the safety of exhaust of a water heater includes the following steps: A. start the blower and detect a rotational speed of a motor thereof; B. determine a first range based on the detected rotational speed; C. start the blower and detect the rotational speed of the motor when the water heater is restarted again; D. keep supplying gas to the burner for combustion when the rotational speed detected in step C is within the first range. During operation, a second range is determined by detecting the rotational speed of the motor after an outlet water temperature reaches a corresponding constant temperature range; the rotational speed is continuously detected, and the gas supply is stopped if the detected rotational speed is out of the second range. Thereby, the result of the method would be more accurate regardless of the actual installed status of the exhaust pipe.
Abstract: A water heater includes a combustion device, a primary heat exchanger, and a secondary heat exchanger. The combustion device burns gas to generate high-temperature air. The primary and the secondary heat exchangers are provided sequentially above the combustion device. When the high-temperature air passes through the primary heat exchanger, part of thermal energy is absorbed by exchange plates and a water pipe therein. When the high-temperature air continues to pass through the secondary heat exchanger, part of the rest thermal energy is absorbed by a heat tube set therein to preheat water flowing through the heat tube set. The preheated water then flows into the water pipe of the primary heat exchanger. The secondary heat exchanger includes a case and a cover board which detachably seals a bore on the case. Whereby, it is convenient for a user to clean pipes inside the secondary heat exchanger.
Abstract: A gas appliance includes a burner, a gas valve, an igniter, a thermocouple, and a control device. The control device is adapted to execute a control method comprising the following steps: controlling the igniter to ignite and controlling the gas valve to open; receiving a detected voltage output from the thermocouple; controlling the igniter to stop igniting and keeping the gas valve open when the detected voltage reaches a first voltage value; receiving the detected voltage output from the thermocouple continuously, and controlling the gas valve to close the gas pipe when the detected voltage above a second voltage falls below the second voltage. The second voltage value is higher than the first voltage value. As such, an ignition procedure may be speeded up and the supply of the fuel gas may be interrupted more quickly when the flame is extinguished.
Abstract: A gas appliance includes a burner, a gas valve, an ignitor, a thermocouple, and a control device, wherein the control device is adapted to execute a control method comprising the following steps: controlling the ignitor to ignite and the gas valve to open; receiving a sensing voltage output from the thermocouple; stop the ignitor from igniting and controlling the gas valve to keep a gas pipe be in an open state when the sensing voltage increases to a first voltage; receiving the sensing voltage output from the thermocouple continuously, and controlling the gas valve to block the gas pipe when the sensing voltage decreases from higher than a second voltage to lower than the second voltage, wherein the second voltage is higher than the first voltage. Whereby, an ignition procedure could be speeded up and the gas could be blocked earlier as the flames are extinguished.
Abstract: A method for hot-plugging identification adapted to a server, comprising the following steps: receiving a plurality of position messages and a plurality of codes by a microcontroller disposed on a backplane, with each of the plurality of position messages and each of the plurality of codes corresponding to a respective one of a plurality of hardware devices; generating a mapping table according to the plurality of position messages and the plurality of codes by the microcontroller, with the mapping table comprising a set of sequence information; delivering the set of sequence information to each of a plurality of central processors by the microcontroller; and identifying at least one of the plurality of hardware devices, to be controlled, by each of the plurality of central processors according to the set of sequence information.
Abstract: A method of managing energy consumption which is applied to a wireless control system is provided, wherein the wireless control system includes a plurality of appliances and a relay device. The method includes the steps below: first, obtain an amount of energy consumption from a start time point to a predetermined time point in an energy monitoring period; next, compare the amount of energy consumption with a second threshold during the energy monitoring period, which is lower than a first threshold; finally, if the amount of energy consumption exceeds the second threshold, determine whether to start an energy conservation mode; if the energy conservation mode starts, the relay device sends an energy conservation command to at least one of the appliances to control said appliance to consume less energy. Whereby, in the energy conservation mode, the energy consumed by the appliances would be reduced without stopping the energy supply.
Abstract: A load control system includes a power switching device and a control device, wherein the power switching device includes a first power input port, a second power input port and a power output port. The first power input port and the second power input port are electrically connected to a first battery and a second battery respectively, and the power output port is electrically connected to the control device. The power output port receives the power which is input to the first power input port or the second power input port so as to supply the power to the control device. The control device is adapted to control a load to switch and to control the power switching device to utilize the power from the first power input port and the second power input port alternatively, thereby extending the respective usage time of the first battery and the second battery.
Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a wireless system, wherein the wireless system includes a first server, a second server, a relay device, and at least one appliance. The method includes that the relay device is connected to the first server through a network; determine whether the relay device stores a state information sent from the appliance; if so, send the state information to the first server; otherwise, send a first interactive command to the first server; receive a data sent from the relay device by the first server, and transmit it to the second server for subsequent process; the relay device sends a second interactive command to the first server, and then interrupt a connection with the first server. Whereby, the first server could determine whether the relay device transmits data normally or not by individually communicating with the relay device, ensuring the reliability of data transmission.
Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a wireless system, wherein the wireless system includes a server, a relay device, and at least one appliance. The method includes that the relay device is connected to the server through an internet; determine whether there is a state information sent from the appliance being stored in the relay device; if so, send the state information to the server; otherwise, send a first interactive command to the server, wherein the first interactive command corresponds to a situation that there is no state information being stored in the relay device; send a second interactive command to the server, and then interrupt a connection with the server, wherein the second interactive command requests the server to interrupt a connection with the relay device. Whereby, the server could determine whether the relay device transmits data normally or not, ensuring the reliability of data transmission.
Abstract: A gas appliance includes a burner, a gas valve, and a control device, wherein the gas valve includes a valve body, a flow regulator, a hot film anemometer, and a stepper motor. The valve body communicates with the burner and a gas source. The flow regulator is driven by the stepper motor to change a gas flow rate supplying to the burner. The hot film anemometer is disposed in the valve body and includes a probe exposed to the outlet passage. The control device executes a control method for the gas valve: sensing the gas flow rate in the outlet passage with the hot film anemometer; comparing the gas flow rate sensed by the hot film anemometer with a predetermined gas flow rate, and controlling the stepper motor to drive the flow regulator based on the comparison result, whereby to stabilize the gas flow rate.
Abstract: A burner includes a base and a combustion tray, wherein the base has an inlet pipe and two horn-shaped tubes. The horn-shaped tubes are connected to opposite sides of the inlet pipe, wherein each of the horn-shaped tubes respectively has a first section. A length of the first sections is no less than an inner diameter of the inlet pipe at where the horn-shaped tubes are connected to. The combustion tray is engaged with the base, and communicates with the horn-shaped tubes. Whereby, gas and air could be fully mixed while flowing through each of the first sections. The symmetrical horn-shaped tubes could direct the airflow to the combustion tray, where the airflow could be outputted from flame vents of the combustion tray, whereby to generate more even flame, and to enhance the heating efficiency.