Patents by Inventor Shinya Higashiiue

Shinya Higashiiue 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: 20210140692
    Abstract: A distributor includes an upstream flow path and a downstream flow path. The downstream flow path has a branch portion and a bent portion. The branch portion has a first connecting portion connected to the upstream flow path to branch a refrigerant flow from the first connecting portion in a second direction intersecting a first direction. The bent portion has a second connecting portion connected to the branch portion and is located downstream of the branch portion in the refrigerant flow. The second connecting portion of the bent portion is located downstream of the first connecting portion of the branch portion in the refrigerant flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ryota AKAIWA, Shinya HIGASHIIUE
  • Patent number: 11002495
    Abstract: A distributor includes a first member having a plurality of first through holes spaced apart from each other in the first direction, a second member having a first groove facing each of the plurality of first through holes, and a third member having at least one second groove facing at least one of the plurality of first through holes. The first groove extends in the first direction. The first space inside a groove is connected to a second space inside at least one second groove through a third space inside each of the plurality of first through holes. The third space is higher in flow path resistance than the first space and the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Akaiwa, Shinya Higashiiue, Yuta Komiya, Tsuyoshi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10921069
    Abstract: A stacking-type header includes a first plate having a first through-hole; a second plate having a plurality of second through-holes; a third plate in which a flow path that communicates between the first through-hole and the second through-holes is formed, a first pipe including a first end portion that is inserted into the first through-hole; a plurality of second pipes each including a second end portion that is inserted into a corresponding one of the second through-holes; and brazing portions. The first pipe includes a first expanded portion in the first end portion, the first expanded portion having an outer peripheral surface that is pressed against an inner peripheral surface of the first through-hole. Each of the second pipes includes a second expanded portion having an outer peripheral surface that is pressed against an inner peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the second through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiro Hayashi, Tomoyuki Hayashi, Norihiro Yoneda, Kenichi Kitani, Shinya Higashiiue
  • Publication number: 20210018233
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes: a plurality of flat tubes arranged in a height direction of the heat exchanger; a connection portion in which a plurality of connection spaces are provided as spaces with which ends of the plurality of flat tubes are connected; and a refrigerant distributor connected to each of the plurality of connection spaces. The flat tubes each have a first side end portion located on a windward side, a second side end portion located on a leeward side, and a plurality of refrigerant passages arranged between the first and second side end portions. Each flat tube is inclined such that in the height direction, the position of the first side end portion is lower than the position of the second side end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Ryota AKAIWA, Tsuyoshi MAEDA, Atsushi MOCHIZUKI
  • Publication number: 20210003353
    Abstract: A distributor and a heat exchanger each include a first plate, a second plate, and a third plate. The first plate is stacked on the second plate in a stacking direction. The second plate is stacked on the third plate in the stacking direction. The first plate has a first through hole. The second plate has a first hollow portion communicating with the first through hole, a plurality of second hollow portions communicating with the first hollow portion, and a plurality of third hollow portions each communicating with one of the plurality of second hollow portions. The third plate has a plurality of second through holes each communicating with one of the plurality of third hollow portions. A first dimension L1 that is the width of the first hollow portion is larger than a second dimension L2 that is the width of each of the plurality of second hollow portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Ryota AKAIWA, Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Atsushi MOCHIZUKI
  • Patent number: 10883745
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus includes a refrigerant circuit which allows refrigerant to circulate therethrough, and an outdoor heat exchanger which exchanges heat between the refrigerant and outdoor air. The outdoor heat exchanger has first to third heat exchange sections. The second heat exchange section is located below the first heat exchange section, and the third heat exchange section is located below the second heat exchange section. In a refrigerant passage connecting the second and third heat exchange sections, a first pressure reducing device reduces a pressure of the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant passage. In an operation mode in which the first and second heat exchange sections each serve as an evaporator, the third heat exchange section is located upstream of the second heat exchange section in the flow of the refrigerant, and refrigerant having a temperature higher than that of the outdoor air flows through the third heat exchange section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Ryota Akaiwa, Shin Nakamura, Yohei Kato, Tsubasa Tanda
  • Publication number: 20200400354
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus includes a housing, an evaporator, a condenser, and a water sprinkler for sprinkling condensed water to the condenser, the condensed water having been generated at the evaporator. The condenser includes a first header and a second header arranged parallel to each other, a first heat transfer tube and a second heat transfer tube that are arranged parallel to each other and are arranged between the first header and the second header, and a fin disposed between the first heat transfer tube and the second heat transfer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Yuta KOMIYA, Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Masahiro YOKOI, Yuichi USUDA, Satoshi UEDA, Noriyuki TANI
  • Patent number: 10830502
    Abstract: An air conditioner performs a heating operation and a cooling operation with enhanced heat exchange performance and also performs a heating continuous operation, while preventing increases in manufacturing cost and packaging volume. An air conditioner comprises a refrigerant circuit through which refrigerant circulates. A second heat exchanger includes a first refrigerant flow path and a second refrigerant flow path. A first port of the flow path switching device is connected to a discharge portion of a compressor. A second port is connected to a first heat exchanger. A third port is connected to an intake portion of the compressor. A fourth port is connected to a pipe that connects a branch point to the first refrigerant flow path. A fifth port is connected to the second refrigerant flow path. A sixth port is connected to the first refrigerant flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Akaiwa, Shinya Higashiiue
  • Patent number: 10830513
    Abstract: A distributor includes a first communication flow path, a second communication flow path, and a bent portion connecting the first communication flow path and the second communication flow path. The second communication flow path includes an inner wall portion extending from the bent portion and an outer wall portion extending from the outer peripheral wall portion of the bent portion. The outer wall portion has a liquid film separation unit, which is a boundary between a relatively narrow section and a relatively wide section of the second communication flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Shigeyoshi Matsui, Takehiro Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20200309427
    Abstract: A distributor includes a first branch flow path for dividing a first flow path into a plurality of second flow paths, and includes a first communication flow path communicating with the first flow path, a second communication flow path communicating with each of the second flow paths, and a bent portion connecting the first and second communication flow paths. The bent portion includes an inner peripheral wall portion including an inner face having a first radius of curvature, and an outer peripheral wall portion including an inner face having a second radius of curvature larger than the first radius of curvature. The second communication flow path includes an inner wall portion extending from the inner peripheral wall portion of the bent portion, an outer wall portion extending from the outer peripheral wall portion of the bent portion, a base portion and a tip portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Shigeyoshi MATSUI, Takehiro HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10775081
    Abstract: The heat exchanger includes at least one heat transfer tube which is provided to extend in a first direction and in which refrigerant flows, a fin which is connected to the heat transfer tube and has a first region and a second region which are located windward of the heat transfer tube in a second direction crossing the first direction, and a first guide member provided to extend in the first direction. The first region and the second region are spaced apart from each other in a third direction crossing the first direction and the second direction. The first guide member is disposed between the first region and the second region in the third direction. Of the heat transfer tube and the first guide member, the first guide member is disposed most windward in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Akaiwa, Shinya Higashiiue, Takashi Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10760824
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes: a plurality of first heat transfer tubes, a plurality of second heat transfer tubes located on leeward side relative to the plurality of first heat transfer tubes, a first distribution unit connecting the first ends of the plurality of first heat transfer tubes and the third ends of the plurality of second heat transfer tubes. The first distribution unit includes a flow rate control unit configured to be capable of switching between a first state and a second state. In the first state, refrigerant flows in the plurality of first heat transfer tubes and the plurality of second heat transfer tubes. In the second state, in only the plurality of first heat transfer tubes, a flow rate of the refrigerant is smaller than a flow rate of the refrigerant in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Akaiwa, Shinya Higashiiue
  • Patent number: 10753688
    Abstract: A distributer includes a housing having a surface portion and through holes extending through the surface portion, a plurality of plates stacked with each other in the housing, the plurality of plates including a first plate that is an outermost one of the plurality of plates and has a first opening extending through the first plate, and a second plate that is the other outermost one of the plurality of plates and has a plurality of second openings extending through the second plate, a branching flow path connecting the first opening and the plurality of second openings, a plurality of connection pipes each extending through a corresponding one of the through holes in the surface portion of the housing, and a partition plate disposed between the surface portion and the second plate, and abutting on both the surface portion and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Ryota Akaiwa, Atsushi Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20200217588
    Abstract: Provided is a heat exchanger, including a plurality of heat exchange members arranged in a first direction so as to be spaced apart from each other. Each of the plurality of heat exchange members includes: a heat transfer pipe extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction; and a heat transfer plate provided to the heat transfer pipe along the second direction. The heat transfer plate includes extending portions extending away from the heat transfer pipe in a third direction intersecting with each of the first direction and the second direction. The heat transfer plate is formed separately from the heat transfer pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Yuta KOMIYA, Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Tsuyoshi MAEDA, Ryota AKAIWA, Shigeyoshi MATSUI, Akira ISHIBASHI, Eiji HIHARA, Chaobin DANG, Jiyang LI
  • Publication number: 20200217590
    Abstract: In a heat exchanger, each of a plurality of heat exchange members includes: a main body portion including a heat transfer pipe; and extending portions provided to the main body. The extending portions extend from ends of the main body portion in a third direction. When a dimension of the main body portion in the third direction is represented by La, a dimension of the extending portions in the third direction is represented by Lf, a dimension of a wall thickness of each of the heat transfer pipes is represented by tp, and a thickness dimension of each of the extending portions is represented by Tf, relationships: Lf/La?1 and Tf?tp are satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi MAEDA, Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Akira ISHIBASHI, Ryuichi NAGATA, Eiji HIHARA, Chaobin DANG, Jiyang LI
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200166253
    Abstract: Provided is a heat exchanger, including: a refrigerant distributor including: a gas-liquid separating portion having a function of separating a gas-liquid refrigerant mixture into a liquid refrigerant and a gas refrigerant; and a distributing portion provided to the gas-liquid separating portion. A plurality of heat transfer pipes connected to the distributing portion. The plurality of heat transfer pipes are arranged side by side in a first direction, and extend along a second direction intersecting with the first direction. When the refrigerant distributor is viewed along a direction orthogonal to each of the first direction and the second direction, a first space forming portion overlaps a region of the plurality of heat transfer pipes. When the refrigerant distributor and the heat transfer pipes are viewed along the first direction, a clearance is present between the gas-liquid separating portion and the heat transfer pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Tsuyoshi MAEDA, Akira ISHIBASHI, Ryuichi NAGATA, Eiji HIHARA, Chaobin DANG, Jiyang LI
  • Publication number: 20200149818
    Abstract: In a heat exchanger, each of a plurality of heat exchange members includes: a flat pipe; and a heat transfer plate integrated with the flat pipe along a longitudinal direction of the flat pipe. A width direction of each of the flat pipes intersects with a direction in which the plurality of heat exchange members are arranged side by side. Each of the heat transfer plates includes an extending portion extending outward in the width direction of each of the flat pipes from at least one of one end of a corresponding one of the flat pipes in the width direction and another end of the corresponding one of the flat pipes in the width direction. Each of the flat pipes has one or more flat pipe bent portions, each forming a groove extending along the longitudinal direction of the flat pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Akira ISHIBASHI, Tsuyoshi MAEDA, Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Daisuke ITO, Shin NAKAMURA, Ryota AKAIWA, Akira YATSUYANAGI, Ryuichi NAGATA, Eiji HIHARA, Chaobin DANG, Jiyang LI
  • Publication number: 20200149828
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerant distributor including: a first space forming portion having a first refrigerant port and a second refrigerant port; and a second space forming portion, which extends laterally from a lower part of the first space forming portion, and has a plurality of heat transfer pipe connecting portions. A gas-liquid refrigerant mixture flows into the first space forming portion through the first refrigerant port. Heat transfer pipes are connected at positions of the plurality of heat transfer pipe connecting portions in the second space forming portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Tsuyoshi MAEDA, Akira ISHIBASHI, Ryuichi NAGATA, Eiji HIHARA, Chaobin DANG, Jiyang LI
  • Publication number: 20200072507
    Abstract: A distributor includes: a fluid inlet; a plurality of fluid outlets; a distribution flow passage which causes the fluid inlet to communicate with the fluid outlets, and distributes fluid which flows into the distribution flow passage through the fluid inlet, among the fluid outlets; and a plurality of heat-transfer-tube insertion portions each formed to face an associated one of the fluid outlets, the heat-transfer-tube insertion portions allowing heat transfer tubes to be inserted therein. The heat transfer tubes are inserted in the heat-transfer-tube insertion portions such that an end portion of each of the heat transfer tuber is connected to the associated fluid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shinya HIGASHIIUE, Takehiro HAYASHI, Yohei KATO, Shigeyoshi MATSUI