Heat Collector Patents (Class 165/10)
  • Patent number: 10837714
    Abstract: A heat transfer element for a rotary heat exchanger includes a plate having a plurality of elongate notches formed therein at spaced intervals and oriented at a first angle relative to a flow direction. The plate further includes a plurality of elongate undulations formed therein at spaced intervals and oriented a second angle relative to the flow direction, wherein the first angle is different than the second angle. A first height of each of said plurality of elongate notches is larger than a second height of each of said plurality of elongate undulations. A plurality of heat transfer elements may be stacked in a container for installation in the rotary heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Howden UK Limited
    Inventors: Meron Reid, Dougal Hogg
  • Patent number: 10830545
    Abstract: A heatsink comprising a heat exchange device having a plurality of heat exchange elements each having a surface boundary with respect to a heat transfer fluid, having successive elements or regions having varying size scales. According to one embodiment, an accumulation of dust or particles on a surface of the heatsink is reduced by a removal mechanism. The mechanism can be thermal pyrolysis, vibration, blowing, etc. In the case of vibration, adverse effects on the system to be cooled may be minimized by an active or passive vibration suppression system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Fractal Heatsink Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Poltorak
  • Patent number: 10809013
    Abstract: A stack of heating surface elements includes a first heating surface element (4) having first (10), second (12) and third (14) zones arranged sequentially along a primary gas flow direction (A). The first zone (10) includes a herringbone structure, the second zone (12) includes a flat structure, and the third zone (14) includes a plurality of corrugations extending in the primary gas flow direction (A). The corrugations have flat peak and trough regions. The stack also includes a second heating surface element (36), where the second heating surface element includes a plurality of corrugations extending in the primary gas flow direction (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Howden UK Limited
    Inventor: Jim Cooper
  • Patent number: 10804040
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a heat energy-powered electrochemical cell including an anode, a cathode, and a solid metal polymer/glass electrolyte. The solid metal polymer/glass electrolyte includes between 1% and 50% metal polymer by weight as compared to total solid metal polymer/glass electrolyte weight and between 50% and 90% solid glass electrolyte by weight as compared to the total solid metal polymer/glass electrolyte weight. The solid glass electrolyte includes a working cation and an electric dipole. The heat energy-powered electrochemical cells may be used to capture heat from a variety of sources, including solar hear, waste heat, and body heat. The heat energy-powered electrochemical cells may be fabricated at large-area, thin cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Quebec
    Inventors: John B. Goodenough, Maria Helena Sousa Soares De Oliveira Braga, Andrew Murchison
  • Patent number: 10794276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process of storing energy through the conversion of thermal energy and subsequent power generation by means of a gas turbine set with compressor, expander and power generator, with at least one and with a second low-temperature reservoir, and a high-temperature reservoir with bulk material as the heat storage medium, the electric energy is stored in the form of high-temperature heat above the turbine outlet temperature in a thermal reservoir, that during the power generation phase a compressed gas from the compressor is heated in a low-temperature reservoir to a temperature near the turbine outlet temperature and subsequently heated in a high-temperature reservoir with stored heat from electric power to a temperature level of at least the turbine inlet temperature, and that the ratio between the bed height in flow direction and the mean particle diameter of the bulk material in the high-temperature reservoir is at least 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KARL BROTZMANN CONSULTING GMBH
    Inventors: Dragan Stevanovic, Karl Brotzmann
  • Patent number: 10787992
    Abstract: A regenerative displacer for use in a stirling engine includes two opposite covers with respective through openings, a body engaging the covers to define an accommodation space therein, a regenerator disposed in the accommodation space, and a rod inserted through the regenerator and one of the covers into a cooling portion of the stirling engine. The regenerator has a plurality of channels. Each channel has two open ends and a heat collecting net engaging each open end. Working gas passing through the regenerative displacer can be concentrated at the open ends and can absorb and release heat quickly because of the heat collecting nets, thereby increasing the efficiency of heat exchange and a temperature difference of the working gas in a thermodynamic cycle. Accordingly, pressure is increased to facilitate a quick reciprocation of a power piston of the stirling engine, and this increases output power and saves energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: National Cheng Kung University
    Inventors: Wen-Lih Chen, Yueh-Heng Li, Yu-Ting Wu, Chao-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10782060
    Abstract: Disclosed are an evaporator, a refrigerator using the evaporator, and a method for controlling the refrigerator. The evaporator includes a refrigerant evaporation unit in which a flow passage where a refrigerant evaporates is formed, and a phase change material (PCM) accommodation unit that is coupled to the refrigerant evaporation unit and accommodates the PCM whose phase is changed according to latent heat absorbed by the refrigerant, wherein the PCM is brought into direct contact with an outer surface of the refrigerant evaporation unit inside the PCM accommodation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Kook Jeong Seo
  • Patent number: 10766097
    Abstract: A manifold structure has at least one flow passage and a center manifold section that has at least one machined cavity. The manifold structure includes a plurality of ultrasonically additively manufactured (UAM) finstock layers arranged in the flow passage. After the finstock is formed by UAM, the finstock is permanently joined to the center manifold section via a brazing or welding process. Using UAM and a permanent joining process enables joining of the UAM finstock having enhanced thermal features to a vacuum brazement structure. UAM enables the finstock to be formed of dissimilar metal materials or multi-material laminate materials. UAM also enables bond joints of the finstock to be arranged at angles greater than ten degrees relative to a horizontal axis by using the same aluminum material in the UAM process and in the vacuum brazing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Travis L. Mayberry, James A. Pruett, Craig H. McCordic, David H. Altman
  • Patent number: 10730259
    Abstract: Described are methods for the manufacture of a plastic component, in particular a cushioning element for sports apparel, a plastic component manufactured with such a method, for example a sole or a part of a sole for a shoe, and a shoe with such a sole. According to an aspect of the invention, a method for the manufacture of a plastic component, in particular a cushioning element for sports apparel, is provided which includes loading a mold with a first material which includes particles of an expanded material, and, during loading the mold, pre-heating the particles by supplying energy, wherein the energy is supplied in the form of at least one electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Maximilian Philipp Kurtz, Victor Romanov, Norbert Reuber, Tru Huu Minh Le, Andreas Johannes Seefried, Christopher Robertson, Christopher Edward Holmes, Amir Fathi
  • Patent number: 10727488
    Abstract: Metal-sulfur energy storage devices also comprising new redox mediator compounds are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Brett A. Helms, Peter D. Frischmann, Yet-Ming Chiang, Frank Y. Fan, Sean E. Doris, Laura C. H. Gerber
  • Patent number: 10712096
    Abstract: A method for operating a heat exchange system is provided. The heat exchange system includes at least one heat exchange chamber with heat exchange chamber boundaries which surround at least one heat exchange chamber interior of the heat exchange chamber, wherein the heat exchange chamber boundaries comprise at least one first opening for guiding in an inflow of at least one heat transfer fluid into the heat exchange chamber interior and at least one second opening for guiding out an outflow of the heat transfer fluid out of the heat exchange chamber interior, at least one heat storage material is arranged in the heat exchange chamber interior such that a heat exchange flow of the heat transfer fluid through the heat exchange chamber interior causes a heat exchange between the heat storage material and the heat transfer fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventors: Till Andreas Barmeier, Volker Seidel, Jennifer Verena Wagner
  • Patent number: 10712024
    Abstract: A liquid to air membrane energy exchanger (LAMEE) can be used as part of a heating and cooling system to transfer heat and moisture between a liquid desiccant and an air stream to condition the temperature and humidity of the air flowing through the LAMEE. The membrane can be a non-porous film having selective permeability for water, but not for other constituents that form the liquid desiccant. The non-porous membrane can allow for use of liquid desiccants, such as glycols, that had been previously determined to be unacceptable or undesirable in these types of applications. In an example, the membrane can be an ion-exchange membrane or pervaporation membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Nortek Air Solutions Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Paul LePoudre, Mehran Seyed Ahmadi, John Charles Bolster
  • Patent number: 10704841
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a core comprising a single piece continuous boundary having a first surface defining a first labyrinth, and an opposing second surface defining a second labyrinth; a first inlet manifold connected to the first labyrinth and configured to supply a first fluid to the first labyrinth; and a second inlet manifold connected to the second labyrinth and configured to supply a second fluid to the second labyrinth; wherein the core comprises a plurality of identical three dimensional unit cell structures replicated in three orthogonal spatial dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Titan Tensor LLC
    Inventor: Joseph T. Manzo
  • Patent number: 10661633
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heating device. In order to allow heating essentially without any latency period and with low costs, the heating device comprises: at least one container (12) having an inlet opening (14) and an outlet opening (16) and comprising an adsorbent agent (18) being provided between said inlet opening (14) and outlet opening (16) and being capable of adsorbing an adsorbate thereby releasing adsorption energy; and a gas conveying device (21) for conveying an adsorbate comprising gas through the interior of the container (12); wherein a gas conduit (22) is provided being connected to the outlet opening (16) of the container (12) for guiding the gas heated by adsorption energy inside the container (12) to a location to be heated with elevated temperature. The present invention further relates to a heating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Rainer Hilbig, Achim Gerhard Rolf Koerber, Paul Van Der Sluis, Mareike Klee, Wilhelmus Cornelis Keur
  • Patent number: 10663233
    Abstract: An energy store includes a housing having a storage medium with latent heat during a phase transfer, which is provided during operation for solidifying into a solid phase and for melting into a liquid phase, including a first storage region which is provided at least periodically for the solid phase and in which an extractor heat exchanger is arranged for extracting heat, wherein the first storage region has a vertical axis, including a second storage region provided for the liquid phase, when the solid phase is present in the first storage region, wherein at least sections of the second storage region are provided as a casing around the first storage region, wherein at least one portion of a regeneration device is arranged in the second storage region for supplying heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: VIESSMANN WERKE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Sven Fuchs, Adnan Ribic, Moritz Pfannkuch, Manfred Vaupel
  • Patent number: 10662358
    Abstract: A heat storage material composition having a melting temperature utilized for control of an optional management temperature, providing no variation in melting behavior and solidification behavior, and having a constant melting temperature. The heat storage material composition consists primarily of a mixture of a higher alkane having carbon number of 9 to 24 and a higher alcohol having carbon number of 6 to 20, and the mixture has a substantially single melting peak in DSC curve measured by a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: KANEKA CORPORATION, TAMAIKASEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Ueda, Keiji Sato
  • Patent number: 10648706
    Abstract: A magneto-caloric thermal diode assembly includes a magneto-caloric cylinder with a plurality of magneto-caloric stages. Each of the plurality of magneto-caloric stages has a respective Curie temperature. The magneto-caloric cylinder also includes a plurality of insulation blocks and a plurality of pins. The plurality of magneto-caloric stages and the plurality of insulation blocks are distributed sequentially along an axial direction in the order of magneto-caloric stage then insulation block. One or more the plurality of pins extends along the axial direction between each magneto-caloric stage and a respective insulation block within the magneto-caloric cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goodman Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10648679
    Abstract: A heat exchanger that includes a portion for heat exchange with gray water, a portion for heat exchange with clean water, the heat exchanger being arranged to transfer heat between the gray water heat-exchange portion and the clean water heat-exchange portion during a distribution of water and thereby heat a feedwater to a first temperature, wherein the heat exchanger includes a first heating means arranged to achieve the heating of the feedwater, for heating the feedwater to a second temperature, and wherein the heat exchanger includes a second heating means arranged to keep the clean water heat-exchange portion at a temperature greater than or equal to the first temperature during a period without water distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTIA SAS
    Inventors: Arnold Collini, Florent Iermann, Gabriel Gormezano, Pascal Nuti
  • Patent number: 10641556
    Abstract: The heat sink with condensing fins and phase change material is formed from a thermally conductive housing, an internal chamber, and a body of liquid phase change material. The thermally conductive housing has a first wall and an opposed second wall and forms an internal chamber. The first wall of the thermally conductive housing is adapted to be in direct contact with one or more heat sources. The body of liquid phase change material is disposed within the internal chamber. The second wall of the thermally conductive housing is adapted to form a plurality of condensing fins. The plurality of condensing fins may contain at least one high thermal conductivity rod. In some embodiments, a high thermal conductivity medium, such as gallium, is disposed within the internal chamber in direct contact with the first wall of the thermally conductive housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: United Arab Emirates University
    Inventor: Salah Addin Burhan Al Omari
  • Patent number: 10638642
    Abstract: A heat sink includes a carbon nanotube structure and multiple calcium chloride particles. The carbon nanotube structure includes multiple carbon nanotubes, and the carbon nanotube structure is a free-standing structure. The multiple calcium chloride particles are located on the multiple carbon nanotubes. The present application is also related to an electronic device including the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Yu, Chang-Hong Liu, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10619951
    Abstract: A phase change suppression heat transfer plate-type heat exchanger comprises an inlet communication header pipe, an outlet communication header pipe and a plurality of phase change suppression heat transfer heat exchange plates arranged in parallel. The phase change suppression heat transfer heat exchange plate is provided with a liquid pipeline of a certain structure shape and a closed network-shaped pipeline of a certain structure shape. The closed network-shaped pipeline is filled with a phase change suppression working medium. The inlet communication header pipe and the outlet communication header pipe are at least fixed at one side of the phase change suppression heat transfer heat exchange plate. The lengthwise directions of the inlet communication header pipe and the outlet communication header pipe extend along the parallel arrangement direction of the plurality of phase change suppression heat transfer heat exchange plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG JIAXI OPTOELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Aixing Tong, Juqiang Li
  • Patent number: 10619938
    Abstract: A heat exchange member which does not easily suffer from breakage due to thermal stress by relaxing the thermal stress. The heat exchange member is provided with a honeycomb structure and a covering member. The outer peripheral wall of the honeycomb structure has at least one slit. The covering member covers the honeycomb structure so that the heat exchange can be carried out between a first fluid and a second fluid. The heat exchange member performs heat exchange by means of the outer peripheral wall of the honeycomb structure and the covering member in the state where the first fluid passing through the cells and the second fluid passing through the outside of the covering member are not mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Makoto Miyazaki, Yoshimasa Kondo, Hironori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10612856
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (100) comprises: a first header tube (1) and two second header tubes (3); a first heat exchange tube (51) in fluid communication with one of the two second header tubes (3) and a second chamber (B) of the first header tube (1); a first runner tube (61) in fluid communication with the one of two second header tubes (3) and a first chamber (A) of the first header tube (1); a second heat exchange tube (52) in fluid communication with the other of the two second header tubes (3) and the first chamber (A) of the first header tube (1); and a second runner tube (62) in fluid communication with the other of the two second header tubes (3) and the second chamber (B) of the first header tube (1). The heat exchanger (100) bends at a first bending portion (71) between the other of the two second header tubes (3) and the first header tube (1), so as to enable the other of the two second header tubes (3) to be higher or lower than the first header tube (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DANFOSS MICRO CHANNEL HEAT EXCHANGER (JIAXING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junfeng Jin, Huan Jin
  • Patent number: 10608145
    Abstract: An illumination device is described for desorbing molecules from inner walls of a processing chamber. In some examples, the device includes a chassis, a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) mounted to the chassis, wherein the plurality of LEDs emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation when electrically powered, a thermally non-conductive main housing surrounding the chassis and configured to be placed on a wafer carrier of the processing chamber, and an electrical system to activate the LEDs within the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Ricardo Mateo Ramirez, III
  • Patent number: 10556085
    Abstract: A heat-moisture exchanger device for use with a patient ventilator circuit is provided. A rotatable central element is positioned in a housing, and a filter is coupled to the rotatable central element. A first conduit can allow fluid to enter or exit a chamber of the housing and a second conduit on an opposed surface can allow fluid to enter or exit the chamber. A third conduit on the rotatable central element can selectively place the first conduit in sealed fluid communication with the second conduit when the rotatable central element is in a first position. Alternatively, the rotatable central element can be rotated to a second position in which the third conduit does not place the first conduit in sealed fluid communication with the second conduit, and any fluid flowing through the chamber must pass through the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher D. Warner, James V. Waldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10507706
    Abstract: A method for controlling coolant flow and cooling of a heater core to be used as a cold storage device or “heater core cold storage” (HCCS) cooling of a vehicle to extend an engine auto-stop period includes determining if at least one predetermined condition is met for HCCS cooling, and charging a heater core for a predetermined charge period in preparation for HCCS cooling when the at least one predetermined condition is met. The charge is held in the heater core until a trigger event occurs and HCCS cooling is initiated. HCCS cooling is then performed until a predetermined use period expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P Running, Steven R Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10494555
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for fabricating a ceramic phase change material capsule includes forming a solid phase change material pellet, coating the pellet with a green ceramic material, and sintering the green ceramic material while on the pellet to form a ceramic outer shell of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Dharendra Yogi Goswami, Elias K. Stefanakos, Chand K. Jotshi, Jaspreet Dhau
  • Patent number: 10480108
    Abstract: Ceramic matrix composite components and methods for fabricating ceramic matrix composite components are provided. In one example, a ceramic matrix composite component includes a ceramic matrix composite body. The ceramic matrix composite body includes a layer-to-layer weave of ceramic fibers and a layer of 1-directional and/or 2-directional (1D/2D) fabric of ceramic fibers disposed adjacent to the layer-to-layer weave. When stressed, the ceramic matrix composite body forms a relatively high through-thickness stress region and a relatively high in-plane bending stress region. The layer-to-layer weave is disposed through the relatively high through-thickness stress region and the layer of 1D/2D fabric is disposed through the relatively high in-plane bending stress region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Shi
  • Patent number: 10471803
    Abstract: Methods and system for operating a thermal storage device of a vehicle system are provided. In one example, a method comprises estimating a temperature of a thermal battery after the battery and coolant included therein have reached thermal equilibrium, and determining a state of charge of the battery based on the estimated temperature and one or more chemical properties of two phase change materials included within the battery. Specifically, the thermal battery may include two phase change materials with different melting points for providing thermal energy to warm coolant in a vehicle coolant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Karl Bidner, W. Cary Cole, Phillip Bonkoski, Sunil Katragadda, Michael Levin
  • Patent number: 10458682
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system includes first and second PCM vessels, a heat recovery circuit, and a conduit and valve system. The heat recover circuit includes a third PCM vessel. The conduit and valve system operably couples i.) a first heat exchanger to the first PCM vessel and a radiator, ii.) a second heat exchanger to a core and the second PCM vessel, and iii.) the heat recovery circuit to the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Levin, Furqan Zafar Shaikh
  • Patent number: 10461237
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device may include a plurality of electrically conductive first threads and a plurality of electrically insulating second threads structured and arranged to define a fabric. At least one first thread of the plurality of first threads may include a plurality of p-doped thread sections and a plurality of n-doped thread sections arranged in alternating relationship with one another. The plurality of first threads may extend in a wavy course defining a plurality of curvature-turning points. The plurality of p-doped thread sections and the plurality of n-doped thread sections may be arranged in a respective curvature-turning point of the plurality of curvature-turning points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Gruenwald, Dirk Neumeister
  • Patent number: 10442969
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the present invention provide (i) a novel heat storage material composition, (ii) a heat storage material containing the heat storage material composition, and (iii) a transport container including the heat storage material. A heat storage material composition in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention may contain sodium sulfate 10-hydrate, sodium bromide, and sodium chloride, and have a melting point and a solidifying point within a range of 0° C. to 10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru Ueda
  • Patent number: 10443905
    Abstract: A magnetocaloric cooling system comprising a solid body or bodies, such as a cylinder or cube, having a plurality of channels extending between a first end and a second end of the cylinder or cube and a magnet at least partially surrounding the cylinder or cube. A metallic mass, such as a rod or plate, is positioned within each channel and slides within a respective channel between two sliding extremities so that in each sliding extremity, a portion of each metallic mass extends beyond an end of the solid body. A motor is used for reciprocating the metallic masses between the sliding extremities and a heat exchange mechanism directs heating or cooling where desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Ayyoub Mehdizadeh Momen, Omar Abdelaziz, Edward Allan Vineyard
  • Patent number: 10443961
    Abstract: In the case of a heat exchanger element for equipping heat exchangers of flue gas cleaning systems of power stations, the heat exchanger element can be formed by a block shaped honeycomb body having four outer faces and two substantially parallel end faces and a sealing edge. The honeycomb body can be manufactured from a plastics material including a plurality of mutually parallel flow channels which are separated from each other by channel walls. The flow channels extend from the one to the other end face, and the sealing edge can be arranged in the region of one of the end faces and substantially parallel to this end face and extends away from the honeycomb body at the periphery of the honeycomb body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: ElringKlinger AG, ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Katja Widmann
  • Patent number: 10436522
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a housing configured to contain a working fluid. The heat exchanger also includes a plurality of chambers disposed within the housing and arranged so as to be surrounded by the working fluid when the working fluid is within the housing, each chamber configured to contain a phase change material (PCM) that expands upon freezing. The walls of each chamber are formed of a high thermal conductivity material that allows transfer of thermal energy between the working fluid and the PCM in each chamber. The walls of each chamber include expandable bellows configured to deform to increase an internal volume of the chamber as the PCM expands upon freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David Altman, Nicholas Ian Maniscalco, Jonathan Balducci
  • Patent number: 10415474
    Abstract: A transient cooling system includes a first phase change material (PCM) element and a second PCM element. The first PCM element includes a first PCM, a first surface, and a second surface, the first surface complementary to a surface to be cooled. The second PCM element includes a second PCM and a third surface in thermal contact with the second surface. The first PCM and the second PCM may have different thermal characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shahi Riaz, Paul Alexander Intemann
  • Patent number: 10400859
    Abstract: The invention relates to miniature drives for use in automobile locks. A return of the mechanism once the lock is opened and the motor is shut down is prevented completely mechanically. For this purpose, the worm wheel is associated with a mechanically active locking element which allows first to slightly turn back the wheel to unlock and reduce the load on the mechanism, but then prevents any further rotation against the direction of drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Reddmann, Milan Koubek, Manfred Janz
  • Patent number: 10401093
    Abstract: A thermal energy storage plant is provided including a charging circuit and a discharging circuit, the charging circuit including: a first fluid transporting machine for generating a flow of a working fluid in the charging circuit, a heating device for transferring heat to the working fluid, a main heat accumulator for storing the thermal energy of the working fluid, the discharging circuit including the main heat accumulator, a heat exchanger included in a thermal cycle for transforming the thermal energy stored into mechanical power, the thermal energy storage plant further comprising a secondary heat accumulator including a first end connected to the charging circuit, downstream the heating device, a second end connected to the discharging circuit, upstream the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY A/S
    Inventors: Till Andreas Barmeier, Volker Seidel
  • Patent number: 10393449
    Abstract: A heat storage member including a substrate containing a SiC sintered body as a principal ingredient and a heat storage material configured to store and radiate heat by a reversible chemical reaction with a reaction medium or a heat storage material configured to store and radiate heat by physical adsorption to a reaction medium and physical desorption from a reaction medium. The substrate has a three-dimensional network structure including a skeleton having porosity of 1% or less. A void ratio of a void formed in the three-dimensional network structure of the substrate is ranging from 30 to 95%. The heat storage material is disposed at least in a part of a surface of the void in the three-dimensional network structure of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: NGK Insulators, Ltd., NGK Adrec Co., Ltd., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Shinichi Miwa, Toshiharu Kinoshita, Iori Himoto, Yukitaka Kato, Jun Kariya
  • Patent number: 10392547
    Abstract: A supercooling release material, which releases a supercooled state of a cold storage material including one or more types of alkylammonium halide aqueous solutions that generate a hydrate by being cooled to a hydrate generation temperature or lower, includes: an alkylammonium ion included in the cold storage material; and a metal halide ion which has, as a constituent element, a halogen element included in the cold storage material. The supercooled state of the cold storage material can be reliably released by using the supercooling release material having such a configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Toyama, Mika Kawakita, Katsunori Iwase, Hajime Shingai, Hiroyuki Kumano
  • Patent number: 10378797
    Abstract: A cryocooler includes: a housing internally defining a low-pressure gas chamber; a valve stator defining a variable pressure zone and a high-pressure zone between the housing and the valve stator; a valve rotor, a first seal member disposed adjacent to the high-pressure zone to seal the high-pressure zone and encompassing a first surface area; a second seal member disposed adjacent to the variable pressure zone to seal the variable pressure zone, and encompassing a second surface area that is larger than the first surface area; and a third seal member disposed adjacent to the variable pressure zone to seal the variable pressure zone, and encompassing a third surface area that is larger than the second surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10378829
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat transfer assembly for a rotary regenerative preheater. The heat transfer assembly, includes, a plurality of heat transfer elements stacked in spaced relationship to each other in a manner such that each notch from a plurality of notches of one of the heat transfer element rests on respective flat sections from a plurality of flat sections of the adjacent heat transfer elements to configure a plurality of closed channels, each isolated from the other, wherein each of the channels has a configuration in a manner such that each of corrugation sections from a plurality of corrugation sections of one of the heat transfer elements faces respective undulation sections from a plurality of undulation sections of the adjacent heat transfer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Arvos Ljungstrom LLC
    Inventors: Kevin James O'Boyle, James David Seebald, Jeffrey E. Yowell
  • Patent number: 10371460
    Abstract: A heat storage member including: a substrate containing a SiC sintered body as a principal ingredient; a coating layer disposed at least to a part of surface of the substrate; and a heat storage material disposed at least to a part of a surface of the coating layer and configured to store and radiate heat by a reversible chemical reaction with a reaction medium or a heat storage material configured to store and radiate heat by physical adsorption to a reaction medium and by physical desorption from a reaction medium. A softening point of the coating layer is a temperature at 1000° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: NGK Insulators, Ltd., NGK Adrec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Miwa, Toshiharu Kinoshita, Iori Himoto
  • Patent number: 10337805
    Abstract: A heat storage device (1) of the present disclosure includes: a heat storage container (10) having an inlet (2) and an outlet (3) for a heat medium; a plate-like heat storage body (4) disposed in the heat storage container (10) and having a heat storage material (4a) and an envelope (4b) containing the heat storage material (4a); a plate-like spacer (6) placed on the heat storage body (4) in the heat storage container (10) and having a plurality of contact portions (6a) that are in contact with the heat storage body (4) and a plurality of non-contact portions (6b) that are spaced from the heat storage body (4), the contact portions (6a) and the non-contact portions (6b) being alternately formed in a specific direction; and a plurality of flow paths (5) for leading the heat medium from the inlet (2) to the outlet (3), the flow paths being formed by a surface of the heat storage body (4) and the non-contact portions (6b) and extending in a direction intersecting the specific direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motohiro Suzuki, Hironori Tomita, Yoshiaki Kurosawa, Atsunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10323865
    Abstract: A compact cooling system based on thermoelastic effect is provided. In one embodiment, the system comprises a pair of rollers serving as a heat sink, stress applicator and belt drive, a cold reservoir and a solid refrigerant belt coupled to the cold reservoir and to the heat sinks to pump heat from the cold reservoir to the heat sink. The refrigerant belt comprises solid thermoelastic materials capable of thermoelastic effect. The refrigerant material is mechanically compressed when entering the gap of the roller and subsequently released after passing through. When compressed the refrigerant material transforms to martensite phase and releases heat to the roller and neighboring materials. After released by the rollers, the refrigerant material transforms back to austenite and absorbs heat from the ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Jun Cui, Ichiro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10317071
    Abstract: A thermal reservoir for storing heat energy that can convert water to steam and thus power steam driven machines and vehicles is enclosed. The thermal reservoir converts electrical energy to heat energy using electrical resistance heating coils and the heat energy is stored with a thermal storage substance consisting primarily of lithium fluoride. Heat loss is minimized with a specially designed insulation layer that surrounds the thermal storage compartment. The thermal reservoir is charged and discharged via a heat exchanging system comprised of nested cylinders and a plurality of heat conducting fins that innervate the thermal storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: James Allen Kodak
  • Patent number: 10317146
    Abstract: There are herein described energy storage systems. More particularly there are provided thermal energy storage systems comprising battery assemblies containing phase change materials and a monitoring system therefor. In addition there are provided thermal stores comprising battery assemblies having integral control means for management of the thermal energy provided by the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sunamp Limited
    Inventors: Andrew John Bissell, Santokh Singh Gataora, Maurizio Zaglio
  • Patent number: 10314199
    Abstract: A two chamber immersion cooling tank for cooling at least one heat producing electronic component is described. In one sub-chamber, the at least one electronic component is appropriately secured in the tank which is filled with dielectric fluid that maintains liquid form throughout the cooling procedure. In the circulation path, prior to the component[s], is at least one cross-flow wave inducer. In the second sub-chamber is a secondary heat exchanger which is set up so that all warmed dielectric liquid leaving the electronic component[s] must flow through the secondary heat exchanger in the second sub-chamber. Flow may be vertical or horizontal with respect to the effects of gravity. If a hermetically sealed top is present, orientation can be variable and the system may be used in mobile field or vehicle applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: F Clay Smith, III
  • Patent number: 10294824
    Abstract: The invention comprises at least one gas compressor, at least one compressed gas storage, at least one expander for expanding the compressed gas for generating energy, and at least one heat storage, wherein the heat storage comprises a staged arrangement at least two fixed beds of heat storage particles and at least one discontinuity in a thermal gradient located between two adjacent beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Elena Sanz, Willi Nastoll, Guillaume Vinay, Cecile Plais
  • Patent number: 10294891
    Abstract: Disclosed is an energy collector system applicable to internal combustion engines. It may include: a) a collector of thermal energy from the exhaust gases; b) a thermal tank covered by helical tubes to gain heat by the exhaust gases; c) a heat exchanger; and d) an outer element capable of converting thermal energy into mechanical energy, such as a closed Brayton cycle turbine, a Stirling engine, a Rankine turbine or an open loop air motor for converting mechanical energy (coupling the difference in rpm) into electrical energy with an electrical generator. The thermal energy collector may be composed of a heat exchanger that collects energy from the exhaust gases. The electrical energy generated may be used for driving a hybrid vehicle. The thermal tank is capable of storing energy as heat, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INNOVATION MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Noel Leon-Rovira, Humberto Tellez-Aguayo, Eduardo Mariscal-Hay, Armando Jesús Guerrero-Serrano, Luis Daniel Cedeño-Viveros