Having Housing, Mounting Or Support Patents (Class 136/230)
  • Patent number: 10971671
    Abstract: A thermoelectric conversion module may include a plurality of n type thermoelectric conversion materials and a plurality of p type thermoelectric conversion materials that are disposed alternately, and a plurality of electrodes that connects the plurality of thermoelectric conversion material disposed alternately on one side and on an opposite side alternately, wherein the plurality of electrodes includes a first electrode configured to electrically connect the n type thermoelectric conversion material and the p type thermoelectric conversion material by penetrating the n type thermoelectric conversion material and the p type thermoelectric conversion material to transfer heat obtained from a heat source to the plurality of thermoelectric conversion materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Woo Kwak, Kwang Min Choi, Byung-Wook Kim, Hoo Dam Lee, Ho Chan An, Jong Ho Seon
  • Patent number: 10948358
    Abstract: A fixing element, a use of a sensitive element to detect a flow of heat on the inside of mechanical organs; wherein the fixing element, in particular a screw or a stud, has a body and a sensitive element, which is designed to detect a difference of temperature between a first and a second area of the body of the fixing element, so as to determine, as a function of said difference of temperature, a flow of heat that flows through the fixing element and the mechanical organ where it is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: ISANIK S.R.L., SENS-IN S.R.L.
    Inventors: Federico Lanzani, Michele Poggipolini
  • Patent number: 10930833
    Abstract: A thermoelectric element unit is provided. The thermoelectric element unit includes a plurality of thermoelectric elements and a plurality of electrodes embedded in each of the thermoelectric elements by a predetermined number. Additionally, at least one of the plurality of electrodes includes a terminal part that protrudes to an exterior of the thermoelectric element having the at least one electrode embedded among the thermoelectric elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Byung Wook Kim, Jin Woo Kwak
  • Patent number: 10859445
    Abstract: A temperature sensor assembly is described that includes a sensor probe including a probe head and a probe shaft. At least a tip of the sensor probe includes a material with a thermal conductivity proportionality constant greater than stainless steel. A temperature sensor is positioned within the probe shaft adjacent to the tip. A nose piece is positioned on the probe shaft opposite the probe head. The nose piece includes a material with a thermal conductivity proportionality constant greater than stainless steel. The temperature sensor assembly also includes a collar positioned around the probe shaft between the probe head and the nose piece, the collar is capable of rotating relative to the probe shaft during installation of the sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: William L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10816528
    Abstract: There may be provided a system comprising a spectroscopic device; wherein the spectroscopic device is configured to analyze a fluid of a pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MAYTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Tamir Yizhack, Shay Peretz, Gil Hilel
  • Patent number: 10816573
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism comprising: a first end and a second end; and a shaft extending from the first end to the second end, the shaft including: a peripheral wall; threading extending along at least a portion of the peripheral wall of the shaft; a first port hole opening and a second port hole opening; a through-hole extending from the first port hole opening to the second port hole opening to provide a via for wiring to pass within the shaft from the first port hole opening to the second port hole opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Fischer Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret Paietta, Gregory Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10811336
    Abstract: Electronic devices, memory devices, and computing devices are disclosed. An electronic device includes electronic circuitry, a temperature sensor, a heat sink, at least one thermoelectric material, a thermally conductive material configured to thermally couple the electronic circuitry to the at least one thermoelectric material, and a transistor. The temperature sensor is configured to monitor a temperature of the electronic circuitry. The transistor is configured to selectively enable thermoelectric current to flow through the at least one thermoelectric material and dissipate heat from the thermally conductive material to the heat sink responsive to fluctuations in the temperature of the electronic circuitry detected by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi Pillarisetty, Abhishek A. Sharma, Elijah V. Karpov, Prashant Majhi, Brian S. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10788378
    Abstract: A device for determining the temperature of a medium in a tube or in a container is disclosed. The device includes a measuring tube protruding into the medium and closed at the end facing the medium by a measuring tube base, a resistance-based temperature sensor as a main sensor, and a thermoelectric voltage-based temperature sensor as an auxiliary sensor, arranged within the measuring tube at a fixed offset relative to the main sensor. The main sensor and the auxiliary sensor transmit measurement values to an analysis/transmitter unit. If the amount of a difference between the measurement values of the main sensor and the auxiliary sensor exceeds a first specified threshold, a fault notification relating to the integrity of the device is generated in the analysis/transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Wetzer GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Irrgang, Marc Schalles
  • Patent number: 10686114
    Abstract: A thermoelectric conversion module may include a plurality of n type thermoelectric conversion materials and a plurality of p type thermoelectric conversion materials that are disposed alternately, and a plurality of electrodes that connects the plurality of thermoelectric conversion material disposed alternately on one side and on an opposite side alternately, wherein the plurality of electrodes includes a first electrode configured to electrically connect the n type thermoelectric conversion material and the p type thermoelectric conversion material by penetrating the n type thermoelectric conversion material and the p type thermoelectric conversion material to transfer heat obtained from a heat source to the plurality of thermoelectric conversion materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Woo Kwak, Kwang Min Choi, Byung-Wook Kim, Hoo Dam Lee, Ho Chan An, Jong Ho Seon
  • Patent number: 10682621
    Abstract: A plant and a process for carrying out the continuous production of fatty alcohol from fatty acid ester by catalytic trickle-bed hydrogenation, comprising shaft reactors each containing at least one catalyst fixed bed, which are connected with each other via pipe conduits such that they can be traversed by the educt/product mixture one after the other, in freely selectable order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Armin Brandner, Manfred Hoffmann, Fredrik Pomrehn, Peter Potschacher
  • Patent number: 10620057
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tubular wire shielding (9) for an exhaust gas temperature sensor arrangement (1), the tubular wire shielding (9) comprising a first shielding tube (13) comprising one or more through channels for accommodating one or more wires (6a, 6b, 8a, 8b, 11a, 11b) and/or for accommodating one or more temperature measurement sensors (7), the tubular wire shielding (9) furthermore comprising a second shielding tube (14) radially surrounding the first shielding tube (14). It is an object of the invention to provide a tubular wire shielding (9) and an exhaust temperature sensor arrangement (1) which are of good mechanical stability. The object is solved in that the tubular wire shielding (9) comprises a first tube adhesive layer (15) arranged interposed between the first shielding tube (13) and the second shielding tube (14), the first tube adhesive layer (15) fixing the first shielding tube to the second shielding tube (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DANFOSS A/S
    Inventor: Tom Christensen
  • Patent number: 10569280
    Abstract: Roller pairs for processing a product, containing two grinding rollers, wherein at least one roller contains at least one sensor for obtaining measured values that characterize a state of at least one of the rollers, in particular a state of a circumferential surface. The sensor has a data connection to a data transmitter designed to transmit the measured values to a data receiver in an contact-free manner. Additionally, a measuring device for insertion into a receiving opening of a roller body of a roller of a roller pair, a product-processing installation, in particular a grinding installation containing at least one roller pair, a method of operating a product-processing installation, and a method of converting and/or upgrading at least one roller body are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BÜHLER AG
    Inventors: Peter Busenhart, Jason Burwell, Mukul Agarwal, Emanuel Reiter
  • Patent number: 10490724
    Abstract: To provide a Peltier cooling element that is excellent in thermoelectric performance and flexibility and can be manufactured easily at low cost. A Peltier cooling element containing a thermoelectric conversion material containing a support having thereon a thin film containing a thermoelectric semiconductor composition containing thermoelectric semiconductor fine particles, a heat resistant resin, and an ionic liquid, and a method for manufacturing a Peltier cooling element containing a thermoelectric conversion material containing a support having thereon a thin film containing a thermoelectric semiconductor composition containing thermoelectric semiconductor fine particles, a heat resistant resin, and an ionic liquid, the method containing: coating a thermoelectric semiconductor composition containing thermoelectric semiconductor fine particles, a heat resistant resin, and an ionic liquid, on a support, and drying, so as to form a thin film; and subjecting the thin film to an annealing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LINTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kunihisa Kato, Tsuyoshi Mutou, Wataru Morita, Yuma Katsuta, Takeshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10488273
    Abstract: A temperature measurement is performed using a sensor cable. The measuring arrangement has a first signal conductor, a feed unit for feeding a measurement signal into the signal conductor, and an analyzing unit which ascertains and analyzes a change in the signal transit time of the measurement signal as a result of a temperature-induced change in a first temperature-dependent dielectric constant and is configured to derive a temperature signal from the ascertained signal transit time. The first signal conductor together with a second signal conductor forms the sensor cable, and each of the two signal conductors is surrounded by an insulation which is made of a first material that has a first dielectric constant in the first signal conductor and which is made of a second material that is different from the first material and has a second dielectric constant in the case of the second signal conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LEONI Kabel Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Koeppendoerfer, Markus Schill
  • Patent number: 10393593
    Abstract: A measuring arrangement comprising a first pair of thermowires wherein the two thermowires of the first pair are insulated completely from one another by an insulation, such as, for example, a material, which serves for electrical insulation between the two thermowires of the first pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER WETZER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventor: Dietmar Saecker
  • Patent number: 10355191
    Abstract: A method for producing a Peltier element of a heat exchanger for temperature control of a fluid flowable through a flow chamber may include providing an electrically conductive belt. The method may also include providing the belt with a plurality of p-doped P-semiconductors and a plurality of n-doped N-semiconductors so as to alternate with one another along the belt. The plurality of p-doped P-semiconductors and the plurality of n-doped N-semiconductors respectively may have a side facing away from the flow chamber electrically contacted by a contacting structure that may include a plurality of contact elements. The method may also include separating the belt to produce a plurality of connecting elements of a connecting structure electrically contacting a side of the plurality of p-doped P-semiconductors and the plurality of n-doped N-semiconductors facing towards the flow chamber, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Gruenwald, Christian Heneka
  • Patent number: 10260960
    Abstract: A method and system for calculating a cold junction temperature comprises an offline phase comprising: determining an applicable algorithm for calculating a cold junction screw temperature, and deploying the applicable algorithm in firmware; and an online phase comprising: providing at least one measured temperature to the applicable algorithm deployed in firmware, calculating a temperature of a cold junction screw according to the applicable algorithm deployed in firmware, and assigning the calculated temperature of the cold junction screw as a cold junction temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Shen, Qibin Liu, Guokun Song, Tony Zhang, Aaron Shen
  • Patent number: 10215598
    Abstract: A universal fitting for in-line fluid measurement in a process application. The fitting includes an inlet and outlet port and also has a body with a fluid flow passage providing fluid communication between the ports. A sensor housing is provided that extends outwardly away from a wall of the body, wherein the housing is sized to receive a sensor assembly, which assembly measures at least one characteristic of the fluid. A base of each housing integrally formed with the wall and including a sensor seat for receiving a portion of the sensor assembly. A probe aperture receives a probe portion of the sensor assembly, each housing having the probe aperture disposed in the wall and extending from the fluid passage through its respective sensor seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: PENDOTECH, ELDON JAMES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James F. Furey, Dustin James Rekow
  • Patent number: 10217922
    Abstract: Solid state thermoelectric energy conversion devices can provide electrical energy from heat flow, creating energy, or inversely, provide cooling through applying energy. Thick film methods are applied to fabricate thermoelectric device structures using microstructures formed through deposition and subsequent thermal processing conditions. An advantageous coincidence of material properties makes possible a wide variety of unique microstructures that are easily applied for the fabrication of device structures in general. As an example, a direct bond process is applied to fabricate thermoelectric semiconductor thick films on substrates by printing and subsequent thermal processing to form unique microstructures which can be densified. Bismuth and antimony telluride are directly bonded to flexible nickel substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BERKEN ENERGY LLC
    Inventor: Ronald R. Petkie
  • Patent number: 10138754
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for measuring aerodynamic magnitudes (1) intended to be placed transversally in a flow passage (12, 13) of a turbine engine comprising: an upstream body (2) having a profile of general cylindrical shape defining a leading edge (5) a plurality of sensors (4), the instrumentation lines (45) of the sensors being placed in the body (2), the sensitive elements (41) of the sensors extending at the leading edge (5); a downstream fairing (3) mounted on the upstream body (2) and defining a trailing edge (6); the downstream fairing (3) comprising, in the longitudinal direction of the upstream body (2), several sections (35) fixed independently of each other to the body (2), two successive sections (35) being connected by a flexible junction (37).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Jeremy Giordan, Bernard Joseph Florian Kockenpo
  • Patent number: 10134971
    Abstract: A thermoelectric converter includes a first substrate that is deformable, a second substrate that is deformable, a plurality of thermoelectric conversion elements, and a group of electrodes. The plurality of thermoelectric conversion elements are disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate. The group of electrodes electrically interconnect the plurality of thermoelectric conversion elements. The plurality of thermoelectric conversion elements are arranged in a plurality of rows. The group of electrodes include a bridge electrode disposed across a first row and a second row among the plurality of rows. The first row is adjacent to the second row. The bridge electrode has a first part whose thickness is smaller than a thickness of each of remaining electrodes other than the bridge electrode among the group of electrodes and whose surface area is larger than a surface area of each of the remaining electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Shingai, Tetsuya Nishio
  • Patent number: 10126174
    Abstract: A device for measuring the temperature of a bath of metal contains a sleeve and an optical head. The sleeve and optical head may be joined together or taken apart by rotation with respect to each other. The sleeve is made at least partially of a refractory material. A method for measuring the temperature of a bath of molten metal makes use of the inventive device. By virtue of this device, mounting and removal is rendered easier while keeping the measuring zone centered and decreasing measurement disturbances caused by the emission of gas from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VESUVIUS GROUP, S.A.
    Inventor: Michel Dussud
  • Patent number: 10096761
    Abstract: A solderless thermoelectric device is capable of use at higher operating temperatures as compared to conventional low temperature solders thus allowing the thermoelectric device to be used in a Seebeck device, for example. The thermoelectric device forms a fusion layer between a copper metal layer and a semiconductor wafer layer by impregnating and surface coating graphene on the semiconductor wafer and heating, under pressure, the graphene coated semiconductor wafer to create a true metallurgical bond of the layers with superconducting interfaces and good thermoelectric properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony Paul Bellezza
  • Patent number: 10062823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermoelectric device comprising at least two thermoelectric elements (10, 20), called first (10) and second (20) elements, capable of generating an electric current under the effect of a temperature gradient applied between two of their faces, called first and second active faces, the first active faces being intended to exchange heat with a heat source of the temperature gradient, and the second active faces being intended to exchange heat with a cold source of the temperature gradient, said device comprising a first electrical connector (31) connecting the two elements (10, 20), said first connector (31) covering a first part (11, 21) of each first and, respectively, each second active face of said first (10) and second (20) elements, a second part (13, 23) of said first and, respectively, second active faces being left free. The invention further relates to a thermoelectric module comprising such a device and to a method for producing such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES
    Inventors: Michel Simonin, Cedric De Vaulx
  • Patent number: 10012559
    Abstract: Sensor device is provided with body, formed at the interior of which is gas passage into which steam serving as detection target flows; and pressure sensor, which is installed at body so as to be in communication with gas passage and which detects pressure of steam within gas passage. Body has rod-shaped portion having cylindrical inside circumferential surface. Sensor device is provided with sheath pipe (insert) that is formed in the shape of a rod on which helical groove is formed at outside circumferential surface, and that is such that, when inserted within rod-shaped portion of body, helical groove, together with inside circumferential surface of rod-shaped portion, form helically shaped gas passage (helical passage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TLV CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9995635
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermal element comprising a shaft and a test prod arranged on one end of the shaft. The thermal element comprises a first conductor and a second conductor, which are manufactured from different conductor materials and which are in electrical contact on one contact point provided in the region of the test prod. The first conductor and the second conductor are embedded at least in sections in a material of the shaft. The contact point is additionally or alternatively to the shaft material shielded with respect to the outside space at least in sections by means of a shield formed by a shielding material, wherein the shielding material has a lower diffusion coefficient and/or a higher thermal conductivity than the shaft material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: DEKEMA DENTAL-KERAMIKOFEN GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Miller
  • Patent number: 9995637
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric plug connector for electrically connecting at least one first and one second thermocouple conductor, comprising at least one electrically conductive first and second contacting means, wherein the first thermocouple conductor is to be connected to the first contacting means, and the second thermocouple conductor is to be connected to the second contacting means, at least one first electrical temperature sensor, which is provided with a temperature sensing region and with at least one first and one second electrical contact, wherein at least one part of the temperature sensing region of the first temperature sensor is directly attached to the first contacting means by a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Fabian Zink
  • Patent number: 9909458
    Abstract: A method for installing a mounting hole through a wall of a fan case of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The method may comprise: 1) installing a pilot hole through the wall of the fan case at an angle perpendicular to an outer surface of the wall, 2) inserting a boss through the pilot hole, 3) bonding the boss to the wall of the fan case, and 4) installing the mounting hole through the boss at an off-axis angle with respect to the angle perpendicular to the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Robertson, Jr., Mark W. Costa, Steven Clarkson
  • Patent number: 9891111
    Abstract: A thermowell assembly for measuring a process temperature includes an elongate thermowell having a proximal end and a distal end. A bore extends between the two ends with the thermowell assembly configured to extend into a process fluid. An infrared sensor detects infrared radiation from the distal end through the bore of the thermowell and responsively provides a sensor output. A configuration is provided in which infrared radiation received by the infrared sensor from a wall of the bore is reduced and or radiation received from the distal end of the bore is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Kitzman, Sascha Ulrich Kienitz, Jason Harold Rud
  • Patent number: 9841302
    Abstract: A detector head assembly of a sensor includes a detector body having an internal channel extending a longitudinal length. The detector body is configured to hold a sensor cartridge that includes a sensing element. The detector head assembly includes a wire having a conductor. The wire extends into the internal channel of the detector body such that an end of the conductor is configured to be operatively connected to the sensing element. The detector head assembly includes a wire seal having a generally pliable sealant held within the internal channel of the detector body. The generally pliable sealant is configured to be longitudinally compressed along the longitudinal length of the internal channel during assembly of the detector head assembly such that the generally pliable sealant moves into and fills one or more voids between the wire and the detector body for sealing the wire to the detector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lynn Landis
  • Patent number: 9799815
    Abstract: A thermoelectric converter is provided where an n-type boron carbide element is paired with a p-type boron carbide element and placed between a eat sink and a high temperature are, such as the ocean in which a submarine operates, and the interior of that submarine, respectively. Boron carbide elements suitable for use in this invention are deposited from meta carborane (n-type) together with dopants to emphasize n-type character, such as chromocene, and orthocarborane, together with dopants to emphasize p-type character, such as 1,4 diaminobenzene to form the p-type element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: QUANTUM DEVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Dowben
  • Patent number: 9752937
    Abstract: A temperature sensing assembly for measuring the temperature of a surface of a structure includes a thermocouple device having a sheath containing a pair of conductors of dissimilar materials connected at a junction point to provide indications of temperature. The assembly further includes a docking device with a recess formed in a top surface to receive a portion of the sheath that is proximate the junction point. The bottom surface of the docking device is attached to the surface of the structure. The recess extends through the bottom surface of the docking device so that when the thermocouple device is positioned in the recess, the junction point is adjacent the surface of the tube. A heat shield can be attached to the docking device to shield the sheath proximate the junction point from direct and radiant heat sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Daily, Larry Welch, Yean C Chan
  • Patent number: 9726545
    Abstract: A method, device and apparatus are provided for measuring the temperature of a melt, particularly of a molten metal, with an optical fiber, fed into the melt through a disposable guiding tube. The optical fiber and an immersion end of the tube are immersed into the melt and have feeding speeds which are independent from each other. An elastic plug is arranged within the tube or at an end of the tube opposite the immersion end. The optical fiber is fed through the elastic plug, and the elastic plug reduces a gap between the optical fiber and the tube, which has a larger inner diameter than the outer diameter of the optical fiber. The apparatus includes a fiber coil and a feeding mechanism for feeding the optical fiber and the tube, including at least two independent feeding motors, one for feeding the optical fiber and one for feeding the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Heraeus Electro-Nite International N.V.
    Inventors: Guido Jacobus Neyens, Michel Thys, Frank Stevens
  • Patent number: 9726550
    Abstract: Digital Thermometer of antimicrobial copper, meant for medical use, consisting externally of the body (1), the battery cover that is the removable part through which the battery is inserted into the thermometer (2), the power button i.e. ON-OFF button (3), the display (4) and the tip, that is the sensor for measuring temperature (5) and is characterized by the fact that the outer surface of these components except of the display, is made of antimicrobial copper, or bears antimicrobial copper. Due to the antimicrobial-bacteriostatic properties of copper and its alloys with antimicrobial properties, it is achieved naturally—without any further interference, i.e. without disinfectants use—the neutralization of pathogenic microbes that infest the thermometer body, therefore it is achieved limitation of their further dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mekylon S.A.
    Inventor: Apostolos Karabinis
  • Patent number: 9631985
    Abstract: A total air temperature probe includes a probe body extending from a probe base to an opposed probe tip along a longitudinal axis defining a leading edge and opposed trailing edge, an interior flow passage aligned with longitudinal axis defined in probe body with an inlet defined on probe tip for fluid communication with interior flow passage, and an outlet for exhausting fluid out from interior flow passage. A sloped surface on probe tip extends from leading edge to trailing edge. A temperature sensor is mounted within interior flow passage for measuring temperature of flow through interior flow passage to determine total air temperature. Sloped surface is flush with leading edge and set in from trailing edge with respect to longitudinal axis to define a lip proximate the trailing edge. The sloped surface and lip are configured to create a high pressure region proximate inlet of interior flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Chad J. Herman
  • Patent number: 9599516
    Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a package substrate having first connecting pads and second connecting pads, and a semiconductor chip mounted on the package substrate. The semiconductor chip includes a semiconductor device comprising a semiconductor substrate and electrically connected to input/output (I/O) pads, and a measuring device formed on the semiconductor device and electrically connected to measuring pads. The I/O pads are electrically connected to the first connecting pads, and the measuring pads are electrically connected to the second connecting pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: EungChang Lee
  • Patent number: 9587993
    Abstract: Embodiments of a probe assembly for a fluid bed reactor are disclosed. The probe assembly includes a fluid bed reactor (FBR) member, and a pressure tap comprising a wall defining a passageway within which the FBR member is located. Exemplary FBR members include, but are not limited to, a thermocouple, a seed pipe, a particle sampling line, a gas sampling line, a gas feed line, a heater, a second pressure tap, or a combination thereof. Disclosed embodiments of the probe assembly reduce or eliminate the need for support rods and rings within the fluid bed reactor, reduce component fouling within the reactor, and/or reduce product contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: REC Silicon Inc
    Inventors: Matthew Miller, Michael V. Spangler, Barry Wemp, E. Wayne Osborne
  • Patent number: 9583798
    Abstract: An example electric vehicle battery thermocouple includes a temperature sense lead of a first material, and an electric vehicle battery component of a second material different than the first material. In an exemplary embodiment, the electric vehicle battery component includes a voltage sense lead and a bus bar. In another exemplary embodiment, the electric vehicle battery component includes a voltage sense lead and a terminal. In yet another exemplary embodiment, the electric vehicle battery component includes a voltage sense lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Turgeon, Masahiro Kimoto
  • Patent number: 9568373
    Abstract: A cable-base sensor can detect a material level and temperatures of a material stored in a silo. The cable-base sensor comprises an electronic box, a cable, a stopper, and a signal processing module. The electronic box comprises a base and a space for containing the signal processing module, and a hole is formed through a bottom of the electronic box. The base is mounted in the bottom, and a tapered hole is formed through the base. A first end of the cable extents into the tapered hole and the hole, and spreads to form a cable bud. The stopper is a tapered block and pressed into the tapered hole for enforcing the cable bud to be sandwiched between the stopper and the base. The cable bud strengthens a connection between the electronic box and the cable for preventing damages from solid materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Finetek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Lung Huang, Sheng-Shou Chen, Tzu-Chuan Tsai, Yao-Chen Yu, Chao-Kai Cheng, Ting-Kuo Wu
  • Patent number: 9523614
    Abstract: Devices for determining sterilization conditions within a sterilization chamber are described. Such devices include an elongate tube to be placed within said sterilization chamber and at least two temperature sensors within the cavity of the elongate tube. The at least two temperature sensors are spaced apart from each other along the length of the elongate tube by a predetermined distance and spaced apart from the interior wall of the elongate tube. Methods for determining sterilization discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Robbert-Jan Hermsen, Knut Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9404814
    Abstract: An exhaust gas temperature detection sensor is arranged at a predetermined position outside a muffler, or at a predetermined position outside an exhaust pipe constituting an exhaust gas flow passage on a more downstream side than the muffler in an exhaust direction. The sensor detects that an atmosphere temperature at the predetermined position outside the muffler has reached a predetermined temperature based on an increase in a temperature inside the muffler, or detects that an atmosphere temperature at the predetermined position outside the exhaust pipe has reached a predetermined temperature based on an increase in a temperature of an exhaust gas inside the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tada, Masato Asahara, Yoshihiro Ueda, Hideki Aoki, Akira Minoura
  • Patent number: 9356217
    Abstract: An electrically conductive composition, containing (A) a carbon nanotube, (B) an electrically conductive polymer, and (C) an onium salt compound, an electrically conductive film using the composition, and a method of producing the electrically conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Aoai, Ryo Nishio, Naoyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9349609
    Abstract: A method including forming a structure including a plurality of semiconductor devices surrounded by a dielectric layer such that a top surface of the dielectric layer is substantially flush with a top surface of the plurality of semiconductor devices, depositing a thermal optimization layer above the structure, patterning the thermal optimization layer such that a portion of the thermal optimization layer is removed from a above first region of the structure and another portion of the thermal optimization layer remains above a second region of the structure, the first region having a different thermal conductivity than the second region, and heating the structure, the patterned thermal optimization layer causing substantially uniform thermal absorption of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Greene, Yue Liang, Xiaojun Yu
  • Patent number: 9196387
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the location of at least one annulus spacer between concentric interior and exterior tubes when a temperature gradient is present therebetween. A probe head assembly is movable within the interior tube. At least one temperature sensor is coupled to the probe head assembly and configured to detect a temperature of an interior surface of the interior tube. A drive assembly is operable to move the probe head assembly relative to the interior tube. A data acquisition system is coupled to the at least one temperature sensor and configured to receive a plurality of temperature measurements in order to identify at least one position along the interior surface having a temperature abnormality corresponding to a reduced temperature gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
    Inventor: Jaroslaw Jan Goszczynski
  • Patent number: 9190505
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate and a source structure and a drain structure formed on the substrate. At least one nanowire structure interconnects the source structure and drain structure and serves as a channel therebetween. A gate structure is formed over said at least one nanowire structure to provide a control of a conductivity of carriers in the channel, and the nanowire structure includes a center core serving as a backbias electrode for the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Hirai, Toshiharu Nagumo
  • Patent number: 9054273
    Abstract: A mobile device for generating electrical power may include a combustion chamber and a heat sink. A TEC module is in thermal communication with the combustion chamber and the heat sink to transfer thermal energy from the combustion chamber to the heat sink. A heat flux across the TEC module causes electrical power to be generated. The mobile device may also include a fuel delivery system to feed fuel into the combustion chamber. A control system may be included to at least monitor and control delivery of fuel to the combustion chamber by the fuel delivery system and to control a temperature gradient across the TEC module to control the electrical power produced by the thermal-to-electric energy conversion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Ping Huang, Ching-Fen Tsai, Han V. Nguyen, Mark Allen Cleveland, Jimmy M. Quiambao
  • Patent number: 9024173
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermoelectric conversion element module and a manufacturing method thereof capable of easily realizing a high-density array and securing connection reliability. The module includes a thermoelectric conversion element group made up of P-type elements and N-type elements alternately arranged in a first direction and a heat-resistant insulating member filling the periphery of the thermoelectric conversion materials, wherein the P-type elements and the N-type elements are connected via connection electrodes on a side portion of the group along the first direction, and connection electrodes at other parts of the group along a second direction crossing the first direction. The module is manufactured by forming a connection electrode layer that extends to the side portion of the group on the surface of the group and cutting this connection electrode layer between the thermoelectric conversion elements along the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaaki Higashida, Kaori Toyoda, Takashi Kubo
  • Publication number: 20150059820
    Abstract: A semiconductor element includes at least a thermoelectric material and a first frame part which are connected to each other in a force-locking manner. The first frame part forms an electrical conductor and is made of a ferritic steel which, in particular, has good thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion in addition to good electrical conductivity. A thermoelectric module having semiconductor elements is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: ROLF BRUECK, SIGRID LIMBECK
  • Patent number: 8952234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermoelectric device, comprising a first circuit (1), called hot circuit, through which a first fluid can flow, and, a second circuit (2), called cold circuit, through which a second fluid can flow at a temperature lower than that of the first fluid, and elements (3, 3p, 3n), called thermoelectric elements, that can be used to generate an electric current in the presence of a temperature gradient. According to the invention, it comprises fins (6f, 6c) in a heat exchange relationship with said hot circuit (1) and/or said cold circuit (2), the thermoelectric elements (3, 3p, 3n) being in contact at least with said fins (6f, 6c), at least some of said fins (6f, 6c) being associated in pairs, a compressible material (11) being provided between the fins (6f, 6c) of one and the same pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Stephane Tondelli, Michel Simonin
  • Publication number: 20150034140
    Abstract: A thermoelectric element having high thermal resistance and requiring less semiconductor material than a conventional thermoelectric element with comparable performance comprises a substrate having a substrate front side and a substrate rear side opposite the substrate front side, a first contact, applied as a layer to the substrate front side, a second contact, applied as a layer to the substrate front side, a cut-off between the first and second contact which thermally and electrically separates the first and second contact from one another, and a thermoelectrically active layer having a top side and a bottom side, which are connected to one another by lateral delimiting surfaces, wherein the thermoelectrically active layer is arranged in the cut-off in such a way that the bottom side is on the substrate front side, and one of the lateral delimiting surfaces is against the first contact and one of the lateral delimiting surfaces is against the second contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gerhard Span, Arwed Siegloch, Juergen Haferkamp, Nikolay Iosad