Patents by Inventor Thomas Himmer

Thomas Himmer 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).

  • Patent number: 10497851
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a plurality of thermoelectric elements arranged spaced apart from one another between a hot-side substrate and a cold-side substrate. A plurality of conductor bridges may be provided for electrical interconnection of the plurality of thermoelectric elements. One or more of the conductor bridges arranged between the plurality of thermoelectric elements and the hot-side substrate, and/or one or more of the conductor bridges arranged between the plurality of thermoelectric elements and the cold-side substrate, may include a thermally and electrically conducting and elastically deformable bridge body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Patent number: 10475982
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a plurality of thermoelectric elements arranged spaced apart from one another between a hot-side substrate and a cold-side substrate. A plurality of conductor bridges may electrically interconnect the plurality of thermoelectric elements. An electrically insulated holder may position the plurality of thermoelectric elements between the hot-side substrate and the cold-side substrate. The holder may include a separate through-opening for each of the plurality of thermoelectric elements. One or more of the plurality of conductor bridges may rest loosely on the hot-side substrate and/or the cold-side substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Patent number: 10468575
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a fluid-tight housing having at least one thermoelectrically active element arranged therein. The at least one thermoelectrically active element may have a coating. The housing may form an outer encapsulation and the coating may form an inner encapsulation for the at least one thermoelectrically active element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Heinrich Angermann, Tobias Fuchs, Thomas Himmer, Volker Schall
  • Patent number: 10243129
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a module housing surrounding a module interior. Thermoelectric elements and conductor bridges may be arranged in the module interior. A first side of the module housing may include a first side wall connected in a heat-conducting fashion to first conductor bridges. A second side of the module housing may include a second side wall connected in a heat-conducting fashion to second conductor bridges. The thermoelectric elements may extend between the first and second conductor bridges. A liquid metal layer and a first electrical insulation layer may be arranged between the first conductor bridges and the first side wall. At least one further liquid metal layer may be arranged between the first conductor bridges and the first electrical insulation layer. At least one other liquid metal layer may be arranged between the first electrical insulation layer and the first side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Christopher Laemmle
  • Patent number: 10217923
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermoelectric module comprising a metal housing element and a ceramic layer that is applied to the metal housing element. The thermoelectric module further comprises an additional housing element arranged on the side of the metal housing element which is provided with the ceramic layer, the additional housing element and the metal housing element being joined to form a fluid-tight housing. The thermoelectric module finally comprises at least one thermoelectrically active material which is arranged inside the fluid-tight housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Heinrich Angermann, Holger Brehm, Thomas Himmer
  • Publication number: 20180358533
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device may include a plurality of thermoelectric modules each having a plurality of thermoelectric elements. The device may also include a plurality of elongated first sheet-metal shaped parts thermally coupling the plurality of thermoelectric modules to two first fluid lines. The plurality of first sheet-metal shaped parts may be thermally and mechanically coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric modules. The device may further include a plurality of elongated second sheet-metal shaped parts thermally coupling the plurality of thermoelectric modules to two second fluid lines. Each of the first sheet-metal shaped parts and each of the second sheet-metal shaped parts may have a respective main section. The respective main section may transition into a respective end section at two respective longitudinal ends. The respective end section may be thermally and mechanically connected to an associated fluid line of the two first fluid lines and the two second fluid lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Michael Moser
  • Patent number: 10153525
    Abstract: An arrangement may include an electrical component and a heat exchanger arranged on the electrical component for controlling a temperature of the component. An electrically insulating isolation layer may be arranged at least partially between the heat exchanger and the component. The isolation layer may be connected to at least one of the component and the heat exchanger via a materially cohesive connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Volker Schall, Christopher Laemmle, Stefan Hirsch, Oliver Heeg
  • Patent number: 10074790
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device is provided that includes a duct through which a first fluid can flow. The duct has first walls and side walls which connect the first walls. At least one first wall is in thermal contact with a thermoelectric module which has a housing with at least two opposite second walls. A plurality of thermoelectric elements is arranged between the second walls. The thermoelectric elements have opposite surfaces, each of which is in thermal contact with one of the second walls of the housing of the thermoelectric module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Publication number: 20180204993
    Abstract: A heat-conductive and electrically insulating connection for securing a thermoelectric element to an outer wall, e.g., a hot side and/or a cold side, of a thermoelectric module may include an electrical insulation layer connected to the outer wall. The insulation layer may be provided by a dielectric. The connection may also include an electrically conductive metal layer connected to the insulation layer. The thermoelectric element may be connected in an electrically conductive and fixed manner to the metal layer acting as a conductor bridge. Additionally or alternatively, the thermoelectric element may be connected in an electrically conductive and fixed manner to a separate conductor bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Christopher Laemmle
  • Publication number: 20180204994
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a module housing surrounding a module interior. Thermoelectric elements and conductor bridges may be arranged in the module interior. A first side of the module housing may include a first side wall connected in a heat-conducting fashion to first conductor bridges. A second side of the module housing may include a second side wall connected in a heat-conducting fashion to second conductor bridges. The thermoelectric elements may extend between the first and second conductor bridges. A liquid metal layer and a first electrical insulation layer may be arranged between the first conductor bridges and the first side wall. At least one further liquid metal layer may be arranged between the first conductor bridges and the first electrical insulation layer. At least one other liquid metal layer may be arranged between the first electrical insulation layer and the first side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Christopher Laemmle
  • Patent number: 9865788
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device may include a housing that may have a first housing element and a second housing element. The first housing element and the second housing element may each be composed of an electrically conductive material. At least two thermoelectric elements may be arranged between the first housing element and the second housing element. The at least two thermoelectric elements may be arranged at a distance from each other and may be electrically connected via at least one conductor bridge. A first electrical insulator may be arranged between the at least two thermoelectric elements and the first housing element. A second electrical insulator may be arranged between the at least two thermoelectric elements and the second housing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christopher Laemmle, Thomas Himmer
  • Patent number: 9842979
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device having a flat tube, a first thermoelectric module, and a second thermoelectric module. The thermoelectric modules each have a housing that includes at least two opposite first walls. A plurality of thermoelectric elements is arranged between the first walls of the housing. The thermoelectric elements have opposite surfaces, each of which is in thermal contact with one of the first walls of the housing of the thermoelectric module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Publication number: 20170301850
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a plurality of thermoelectric elements arranged spaced apart from one another between a hot-side substrate and a cold-side substrate. A plurality of conductor bridges may electrically interconnect the plurality of thermoelectric elements. An electrically insulated holder may position the plurality of thermoelectric elements between the hot-side substrate and the cold-side substrate. The holder may include a separate through-opening for each of the plurality of thermoelectric elements. One or more of the plurality of conductor bridges may rest loosely on the hot-side substrate and/or the cold-side substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Publication number: 20170301849
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a plurality of thermoelectric elements arranged spaced apart from one another between a hot-side substrate and a cold-side substrate. A plurality of conductor bridges may electrically interconnect the plurality of thermoelectric elements and may contact at least one electric connection. The at least one electric connection may include a contact element that is pre-stressed via a pre-stressing arrangement and lies against at least one conductor bridge of the plurality of conductor bridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Publication number: 20170301848
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a plurality of thermoelectric elements arranged spaced apart from one another between a hot-side substrate and a cold-side substrate. A plurality of conductor bridges may be provided for electrical interconnection of the plurality of thermoelectric elements. One or more of the conductor bridges arranged between the plurality of thermoelectric elements and the hot-side substrate, and/or one or more of the conductor bridges arranged between the plurality of thermoelectric elements and the cold-side substrate, may include a thermally and electrically conducting and elastically deformable bridge body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Publication number: 20170279026
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module may include a metallic module housing surrounding a module interior and conductor bridges arranged therein. The module housing may include a cold side wall and a warm side wall connected to cold-side conductor bridges and warm-side conductor bridges, respectively, in a thermally conductive, electrically insulating and permanent manner. The module may also include thermoelectric elements extending between the cold-side and warm-side conductor bridges. The cold side wall may be formed from a first metal material having a first heat expansion coefficient, and the warm side wall may be formed from a second metal material having a second heat expansion coefficient distinct from the first heat expansion coefficient. At least one of the first and second metal materials may be an iron material, the wall formed from the iron material having an electrically insulating coating, including one of a glass-ceramic sol-gel, a silicon oxide, and a polysilazen coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Christopher Laemmle
  • Publication number: 20170279027
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device, for example a thermoelectric generator, for a motor vehicle may include a housing defining a housing interior, and the housing may include a first housing part and a second housing part. The housing may further include a fluid-tight thermally insulating element for thermally insulating at least one first housing part portion of the first housing part from the second housing part. The thermal insulating element may include a separating joint fully encompassing the at least one first housing part portion along a circumferential direction. The separating joint may include at least one opening along the circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Holger Schroth
  • Patent number: 9735333
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module is provided that includes a housing that has at least two opposite walls, and a plurality of thermoelectric elements that have at least two opposite surfaces, and a plurality of conductor bridges. At least two thermoelectric elements are connected to a conductor bridge, and the thermoelectric elements, via one of the surfaces thereof, are in thermal contact with a support element, a combination of at least two thermoelectric elements and a conductor bridge being in thermal contact with a support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Patent number: 9728704
    Abstract: The invention concerns a thermoelectric module with multiple thermoelectric elements, which are arranged spaced apart from one another, two thermoelectric elements being respectively electrically connected by means of a conductor bridge, an electrical insulation being arranged at least in certain portions on a side of the conductor bridge that is facing away from the thermoelectric element and/or on a side of the conductor bridge that is facing the thermoelectric element, the electrical insulation being arranged on the surface of the conductor bridge, the electrical insulation and the conductor bridge being thermomechanically decoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer
  • Patent number: 9698331
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermoelectric heat exchanger, comprising two pipes, wherein a first pipe encloses a second pipe. In a thermoelectric heat exchanger which has a high level of efficiency, a thermoelectric material unit is arranged between the first and second pipes, preferably without mechanical contact with said first and second pipes, and a first fluid flows around the first pipe from the outside, while a second fluid flows through the second pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Himmer