Heat Collector Patents (Class 165/10)
  • Patent number: 11326840
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of flexibly cooling thermal loads by providing a thermal energy storage cooling system for burst mode cooling and a vapor compression system for additional and ancillary cooling to efficiently maintain and cool a thermal load such as from a directed energy weapon system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Rocky Research
    Inventors: Kaveh Khalili, Uwe Rockenfeller
  • Patent number: 11236949
    Abstract: A heat transfer sheet assembly for a rotary regenerative heat exchanger has first and second heat transfer sheet elements stacked one against the other with a first repeat of a first profile on one sheet element opposing a second repeat of a second profile on the other sheet element. The sheet elements are spaced apart by a plurality of wide-gauged parallel sheet spacing features of the first profile repeat RI of the second profile repeat to form a generally close sided elongate channel for gaseous flow therethrough. The second profile of repeat includes an elongate fifth sheet spacing feature in the form of a lobe contacting undulations of the adjacent first profile of repeat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Arvos Ljungstrom LLC
    Inventors: Huo Yan, Jeffrey M. O'Boyle, Glenn D. Mattison, Jeffery E. Yowell
  • Patent number: 11231237
    Abstract: An assembly having a structure provided with an interior volume in which is present for example at least one fluid capable of circulating in said volume and under the action of circulation means. Thermally insulating elements of VIP construction are arranged around a layer containing a PCM and extending around the peripheral wall that surrounds the volume. Protrusions fixed to the peripheral wall delimit spaces in which the thermally insulating elements are positioned. A sleeve extends around the protrusions and the insulating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Fabrice Chopard, Paul Bline, Cédric Huillet, Boris Chauvet, Nadine Poupa, Christophe Dominiak
  • Patent number: 11222830
    Abstract: A heat dissipation structure is provided for an electronic device. The heat dissipation structure includes a substrate and cooling fins connected to the substrate. The substrate includes a thermally conductive material. A first surface of the substrate has a plurality of contact regions. The plurality of contact regions of the first surface contact at least one device to be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaogang Lu, Guodong Jiang, Zhirong Gao
  • Patent number: 11207667
    Abstract: A vehicular exhaust filter (2) comprising a porous substrate having an inlet face and an outlet face with the porous substrate comprising inlet channels extending from the inlet face and outlet channels extending from the outlet face is disclosed. The inlet channels and the outlet channels are separated by a plurality of filter walls having a porous structure. The vehicular exhaust filter (2) is loaded with a refractory powder having a tapped density before loading of less than 0.10 g/cm3 and the vehicular exhaust filter has a mass loading of the refractory powder of less than 10 g/l.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Peter Bellham, Andrew Chiffey, Lucy Clowes, Thomas Hotchkiss, David Marvell, John Turner, Sarah Warren
  • Patent number: 11206938
    Abstract: A phase change apparatus has a generally tubular housing with an open upper and lower end and a sidewall having inner and outer surfaces with a chamber defined therein. At least one of the surfaces is convoluted, and a phase change material is disposed in the chamber. The upper end of the generally tubular housing engaged the upper end of an insulated cup. At least one passage is defined between the inner and outer surfaces of the generally tubular housing to allow the flow of liquid when the cup is tilted. The phase change material disposed in the chamber absorbs thermal energy from the liquid and then releases the thermal energy back to the liquid to maintain the temperature of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Raymond Booska
  • Patent number: 11204189
    Abstract: A method of cooling includes providing an elastocaloric material; continuously applying a force on the elastocaloric material to cause a continuous mechanical deformation of the elastocaloric material for a predetermined period of time, such that the continuous mechanical deformation creates a solid-to-solid phase transformation in the elastocaloric material; emitting exothermic latent heat from the elastocaloric material to increase a temperature of the elastocaloric material; removing the force from the elastocaloric material upon expiration of the predetermined period of time; and absorbing endothermic latent heat into the elastocaloric material to decrease the temperature of the elastocaloric material and/or an environment adjacent to the elastocaloric material or an electronic/phononic device, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Darin J. Sharar, Brendan M. Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 11187112
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for charging a pumped thermal energy storage (“PTES”) system. A system may include a compressor or pump configured to circulate a working fluid within a fluid circuit, wherein the working fluid enters the pump at a first pressure and exits at a second pressure; a first heat exchanger through which the working fluid circulates in use; a second heat exchanger through which the working fluid circulates in use; a third heat exchanger through which the working fluid circulates in use, a turbine positioned between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, configured to expand the working fluid to the first pressure; a high temperature reservoir connected to the first heat exchanger; a low temperature reservoir connected to the second heat exchanger, and a waste heat reservoir connected to the third heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: ECHOGEN POWER SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Held
  • Patent number: 11181329
    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: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Titan Tensor LLC
    Inventor: Joseph T. Manzo
  • Patent number: 11156408
    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: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Salah Addin Burhan Al Omari
  • Patent number: 11149179
    Abstract: In a latent heat storage material composition prepared by mixture of a latent heat storage material with an additive that adjusts the physical properties of the latent heat storage material, the latent heat storage material includes an inorganic salt hydrate containing nw (2?nw) molecules of hydration water. The additive is a melting point modifier for adjusting the melting point of the latent heat storage material and is a substance belonging to a sugar alcohol, and is a substance having the physical property of producing negative dissolution heat upon dissolution in hydration water contained in the latent heat storage material. In a whole amount of the latent heat storage material composition, the substance belonging to a sugar alcohol has a concentration that satisfies formulae (1) and (2) per 1 mole of water of hydration of the latent heat storage material. Formula (2): 0.01?xs?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOHO GAS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Nakamura, Takashi Ina
  • Patent number: 11092387
    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: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Arvos Ljungstrom LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. O'Boyle, James D. Seebald, Jeffery E. Yowell
  • Patent number: 11091122
    Abstract: A method includes: predicting, by a computer device, a time a user will start driving a vehicle; determining, by the computer device, freezing conditions; determining, by the computer device, a time to start a deicing system of the vehicle based on the predicted time and the determined freezing conditions; and generating, by the computer device, an output to start the deicing system at the determined time. A system includes: a windshield wiper that is selectively driven by a windshield wiper motor; a wiper sensor configured to detect an amount of deflection of the windshield wiper from a baseline position; and a computer operatively connected to the windshield wiper motor and the wiper sensor, the computer being configured to: actuate the windshield wiper motor; receive data from the wiper sensor while the windshield wiper motor is actuated; and determine a thickness of ice on a windshield based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Theresa Phelan, John D. Wilson, Jeremy R. Fox
  • Patent number: 11085705
    Abstract: An energy storage and retrieval system is disclosed. The system includes a heat generating layer for generating thermal energy based on input electrical energy, a thermal energy storage layer located to receive thermal energy from the heat generating layer, the thermal energy storage section layer including a thermal energy storage material to store thermal energy. The system also includes a thermal energy retrieval layer thermally connectable to the thermal energy storage material and configurable to retrieve thermal energy from the thermal energy storage layer where the heat generating layer and the thermal energy retrieval layer are separated by the thermal energy storage layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: 1414 Degrees Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Jonathan Whalley, Nathan Levinson, Chad Taylor
  • Patent number: 11089719
    Abstract: A computer room heat-pipe air conditioning system with an emergency cooling control method. The system comprises a phase-change energy storage module, a phase-change material packaging body, a condenser housing, a condenser, a cold releasing pump, evaporators, evaporation fans, four three-way valves, a cooling unit, standby power generators and storage batteries. The three-way valves are opened and closed based on a preset heat-pipe cooling criteria in combination with phase-change energy storage technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Xiaoqin Sun, Jie Li, Shuguang Liao
  • Patent number: 11057983
    Abstract: The present invention provides a PCB assembly. The PCB assembly comprises a PCB board element comprising an outer surface, and a micro heat pipe configured for heat transport. The micro heat pipe has a pipe wall and at least a section of the pipe wall is connected to the outer surface of the PCB board element in a thermally conductive manner. The thermally conductive connection may comprise a solder connection. Thus, a corresponding micro heat pipe may comprise a pipe wall, wherein at least a section of the pipe wall is configured to be soldered to a PCB element. Furthermore, the present invention provides a corresponding method of manufacturing a PCB assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Josef Köppl, Andreas Geiss, Manuel Spona
  • Patent number: 11049667
    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: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hydro-Quebec
    Inventors: John B. Goodenough, Maria Helena Sousa Soares De Oliveira Braga, Andrew Murchison
  • Patent number: 11041680
    Abstract: Latent heat storage devices are disclosed, such as latent heat storage devices comprising a phase change material encapsulated in sufficiently conductive tubes, wherein the tubes are arrayed in a hexagonal-packed pattern. The devices herein can be used, for example, in residential and/or commercial HVAC systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Atila Novoselac, Stephen Bourne
  • Patent number: 11041103
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a silicone free gel that is useful in transferring heat from heat generating electronic devices, such as computer chips, to heat dissipating structures, such as heat spreaders and heat sinks. The thermal interface material includes a polyether polyol, a cross-linker, a coupling agent, an antioxidant, a catalyst, and at least one thermally conductive filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Liqiang Zhang, Huifeng Duan, Rongwei Pan, Qi Zhang, Ya Qun Liu, Haigang Kang
  • Patent number: 11031317
    Abstract: Direct-bonded metal substrates of electronic assemblies are disclosed. For example, the direct-bonded metal substrate includes a ceramic substrate and a first conductive layer. The first conductive layer is bonded to a first surface of the ceramic substrate, and the first conductive layer includes a first core and a first encapsulating layer that encapsulates the first core. The first core includes a phase change material having a first melting temperature, the first encapsulating layer includes an encapsulating material having a second melting temperature, and the second temperature is greater than the first melting temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailesh N. Joshi, Yanghe Liu
  • Patent number: 11015876
    Abstract: A porous honeycomb heat storage structure including: a honeycomb structure which has a porous partition wall which defines a plurality of cells extending one end face to the other end face and allows a reaction medium to flow into the cells; and a heat storage portion which is configured by filling a heat storage material performing heat storage and heat dissipation by a reversible chemical reaction with the reaction medium or physical adsorption/desorption in at least a portion of each cells, wherein the heat storage portion has an area ratio in a range from 60% to 90% with respect to a cross sectional area of a honeycomb cross section orthogonal to an axial direction of the honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Miyairi, Shinichi Miwa
  • Patent number: 11016546
    Abstract: A heat dissipation apparatus applied to a terminal device includes a phase change material (PCM) and a heat transfer unit. The heat transfer unit is in contact with the PCM to conduct heat of the terminal device to the PCM. Because the PCM maintains a temperature substantially unchanged during a phase change, a temperature of the heat dissipation apparatus is not excessively high while heat is absorbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Li, Chunyang Chen, Baochun Chen, Zhiguo Zhang, Quanming Li
  • Patent number: 10995875
    Abstract: The thermal management system includes a cooling circuit in which cooling water circulates, a heat exchange circuit in which cooling water performing heat exchange with a battery flows, a flow rate control valve which adjusts a flow rate of cooling water flowing from the cooling circuit to the heat exchange circuit, a shutter which adjusts an introduction amount of outside air into an engine room, and an ECU which controls an opening degree of the flow rate control valve and an opening degree of the shutter. The ECU controls the shutter and the flow rate control valve to be in a fully closed state when a cooling water temperature is less than a valve opening temperature of a thermostat valve and controls the shutter and the flow rate control valve to be in an open state when the cooling water temperature is greater than the valve opening temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Uto, Masanobu Takazawa, Masayuki Toyokawa, Naoaki Takeda
  • Patent number: 10995656
    Abstract: Systems and methods to increase the recharge rate of a supplemental cooling system are provided. The system may include a primary cooling system configured to cool a thermal load, a supplemental cooling system, and a thermoelectric cooling apparatus. The thermoelectric cooling apparatus may assist the primary cooling system in recharging the supplemental cooling system in response to the supplemental cooling system operating in a recharge state, to the availability of electrical capacity, and to one or more operating parameters of the primary cooling system falling outside a predetermined range, wherein the operating parameter affects a cooling capacity of the primary cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Keith D. Noderer, Eric S. Donovan
  • Patent number: 10987622
    Abstract: Provided is an acid gas separation membrane that includes an acid gas separation layer containing a hydrophilic resin and an acid gas carrier, a hydrophobic porous membrane layer supporting the acid gas separation layer, a porous membrane protective layer protecting the acid gas separation layer, and a first layer having a Gurley number of less than or equal to 0.5 times a Gurley number of the hydrophobic porous membrane layer and the porous membrane protective layer, the Gurley number of the first layer being greater than or equal to 0.1 s and less than or equal to 30 s. Also provided is an acid gas separation method using the acid gas separation membrane, as well as an acid gas separation module and an acid gas separation apparatus that each include the acid gas separation membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Cui Liang, Hironori Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10948222
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a hybrid thermal apparatus comprising at least one heat exchanger and at least one heat source and/or heat sink. The thermal apparatus according to the invention is formed as a combination of a first thermal apparatus (1, 15) based on a vapour-compression principle and comprising a first medium for heat transfer, and of a second thermal apparatus (2, 16) based on an elastocaloric principle and comprising a second medium for heat transfer. Said thermal apparatuses (1, 15; 2, 16) have at least one deformable heat exchanger (3, 21) of elastocaloric material in common.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
    Inventors: Andrej Zerovnik, Jaka Tusek
  • Patent number: 10940434
    Abstract: Provided is an acid gas separation membrane that includes an acid gas separation layer containing a hydrophilic resin and an acid gas carrier, a hydrophobic porous membrane layer supporting the acid gas separation layer, a porous membrane protective layer protecting the acid gas separation layer, and a first layer having a Gurley number of less than or equal to 0.5 times a Gurley number of the hydrophobic porous membrane layer and the porous membrane protective layer, the Gurley number of the first layer being greater than or equal to 0.1 s and less than or equal to 30 s. Also provided is an acid gas separation method using the acid gas separation membrane, as well as an acid gas separation module and an acid gas separation apparatus that each include the acid gas separation membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Cui Liang, Hironori Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10919116
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an airfoil includes creating a plurality of cavities separated by a plurality of internal ribs in an airfoil forging. At least one hole is drilled in at least one of the plurality of internal ribs with a laser drilling tool. At least one hole extends perpendicularly to a wall of the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel A. Bales
  • Patent number: 10921072
    Abstract: Coatings for enhancing performance of materials surfaces, methods of producing the coating and coated substrates, and coated condensers are disclosed herein. More particularly, exemplary embodiments provide chemical coating materials useful for coating condenser components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NBD NANOTECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Bong June Zhang
  • Patent number: 10899191
    Abstract: A heating and cooling system for a vehicle may include: a refrigerant line provided to pass through a compressor, an interior heat exchanger for interior air-conditioning, an air-cooled condenser, and an evaporator core for interior air-conditioning, the refrigerant line configured such that a refrigerant flows therethrough; a coolant line provided to pass through a high-voltage battery core, an electric part core for an electric part, and a radiator for the electric part, the coolant line configured such that a coolant flows therethrough; and a heat exchanging part configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant flowing between the interior heat exchanger and the air-cooled condenser, and the coolant flowing between the electric part core and the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Shin Lee, Man Ju Oh, So Yoon Park, Jae Woong Kim
  • Patent number: 10901472
    Abstract: A heat dissipation apparatus applied to a terminal device includes a phase change material (PCM) and a heat transfer unit. The heat transfer unit is in contact with the PCM to conduct heat of the terminal device to the PCM. Because the PCM maintains a temperature substantially unchanged during a phase change, a temperature of the heat dissipation apparatus is not excessively high while heat is absorbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Li, Chunyang Chen, Baochun Chen, Zhiguo Zhang, Quanming Li
  • Patent number: 10894908
    Abstract: The invention discloses a microencapsulated phase change material having a specific Thermal Efficiency Index (TEI). TEI=?(R?T)*?(R?H)*?(RMP)*?(RTGA@180)*?(RFW) The problem of achieving effective and efficient microencapsulated phase change material can be solved to yield a commercially useful material having the described combination of physical and chemical characteristics based on the parameters described in the specification. Microcapsules according to the invention are highly effective at delivering enhanced thermal performance as compared to conventional microcapsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Hanwei Zhang, Chilwin Tanamal, John Charles DeBraal, Travis Ian Bardsley, Biao Duan, Nianxi Yan
  • Patent number: 10895258
    Abstract: A vacuum pump according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a pump housing and a cooling pipe. The pump housing is constituted by cast iron. The cooling pipe includes an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface and is constituted by stainless steel. The cooling pipe passes through the pump housing and the outer circumferential surface which is in close contact with the pump housing, is constituted by a sensitized layer. This vacuum pump is formed such that the pump housing constituted by cast iron is casted around the cooling pipe constituted by stainless steel. The sensitized layer is provided on the outer circumferential surface of the cooling pipe, the sensitized layer is in contact with the pump housing, and the pump housing is efficiently cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ULVAC, INC.
    Inventors: Kenji Hashimoto, Hideaki Inoue, Koji Shibayama, Toshio Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10879679
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for cooling hot gases generated by an internal arc in high voltage metal-enclosed switchgear and controlgear or prefabricated high voltage/low voltage stations. This device comprises a metal foam cooling filter having a honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Thierry Cormenier, Jerome Douchin
  • Patent number: 10876770
    Abstract: A method for operating an elasto-caloric heat pump includes running the elasto-caloric heat pump with a pre-strain in an elasto-caloric stage of the elasto-caloric heat pump set to an initial pre-strain setting, and gradually shifting the pre-strain in the elasto-caloric stage of the elasto-caloric heat pump set away from the initial pre-strain setting and towards a final pre-strain setting over a time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goodman Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10865681
    Abstract: An aftertreatment component's shape, entrance geometry, and/or position within an aftertreatment assembly can be modified for local and/or bulk exhaust flow control. In some implementations, a body of the aftertreatment component has a non-circular cross-section, a non-circular opening, and/or a variable face geometry. The non-circular cross-section and/or opening can be of a variety of different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cummins Emission Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Buechler, Randolph G. Zoran, Ryan M. Johnson, Stephen M. Holl, Taren DeHart, Jim L. Alonzo, Matthew L. Anderson, Apoorv Kalyankar, George Eugene Mavroudis, Gaurav Hemant Pandit
  • Patent number: 10867883
    Abstract: DBC type structure, comprising an insulating support (22) coated with at least one conductive zone (20a) able to receive an electronic device, the conductive zone (20a) being in contact with the support (22), the insulating support incorporating means for thermal smoothing of the heat peak released by the component, these means comprising a cavity filled with a phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Ulrich Soupremanien, Emmanuel Ollier, Sebastien Quenard, Maryline Roumanie, Helga Szambolics
  • Patent number: 10852070
    Abstract: A latent heat storage module includes a plurality of film packs configured to accommodate a phase change material configured to use phase change latent heat as a heat medium of room temperature (0° C. or more). A guide is configured to fix the plurality of film packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Won Bae Lee, Joon Yong Song
  • 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