With Thermal Or Acoustical Blocker Patents (Class 165/135)
  • Patent number: 10753540
    Abstract: A system to convert and dispense pressurized gas(es) of cryogenic liquids of gas(es), and systems and methods to efficiently convert liquid natural gas (LNG) to compressed natural gas (CNG) and low pressure natural gas (NG) and other cryogenic liquids of gas. The system requires one dedicated pressure vessel of horizontal and vertical elements at the dispensing location to convert, retain, store, and dispense multiple pressures of gas from a cryogenic liquid supply such as a non-dedicated high pressure cryogenic personal supply tank. The system efficiently modifies and controls parameters of volume, pressure, and temperature in conversion scale to retain all converted product under human control to dispense without process required waste for use in commercial, industrial, and in particular single family residential applications and service can be accomplished by pickup truck and trailer, where semi trucks, big rig trucks and process pollution are not welcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10685902
    Abstract: A switchgear cabinet includes a closed housing, and a cooling device for cooling items of electrical and/or electronic equipment disposed inside the housing. The cooling device includes a first closed cooling circuit containing a first cooling medium for removing heat generated during operation of at least one of the items of equipment from the housing. The first cooling circuit is connected inside the housing to a first heat exchanger for transferring the heat from the at least one item of equipment to the first cooling medium and, outside the housing, to a second heat exchanger for dissipating the heat to an external cooling medium, with the second heat exchanger disposed above the first heat exchanger. The first cooling circuit, the first cooling medium and the first and second heat exchangers are designed to implement heat transfer according to the two-phase thermosiphon principle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Hans Knauer
  • Patent number: 10648434
    Abstract: An intake device is provided for the combustion air of a motorcycle, including an air filter box and an air guide intake duct which extends from the air filter box in a defined orientation to an intake chamber and at least sections of which are formed by parts of the air filter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mathias Roesner, Peter Olbrzymek
  • Patent number: 10640057
    Abstract: According to an aspect, the present embodiments may be associated with a heat shield including a retention feature or member. In an embodiment, the retention member is integrated with the heat shield body and includes a trilobal shaped aperture formed therein. The trilobal shaped aperture is adapted and configured to receive and temporarily retain a fastener. Thus, the heat shield is capable of at least being temporarily held in place prior to the use of permanent installation techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Lydall, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minard, Thomas Cutsinger
  • Patent number: 10612822
    Abstract: A bent pipe and a semiconductor refrigerator having the same are provided. The bent pipe for a fluid to flow therein includes a plurality of bent portions; a plurality of connecting pipe sections, each connecting two adjacent bent portions; and a retention member, which is successively fixed at different locations along the length thereof to the bent portions on the same side of the bent pipe. At least some of the pipe sections of the bent pipe can be kept in the bent shape by a retention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Haibo Tao, Dong Yu, Peng Li, Jianru Liu, Dingyuan Wang, Chunyang Li, Feifei Qi, Lisheng Ji
  • Patent number: 10608305
    Abstract: A counterflow heat exchanger for battery thermal management has a base plate, a cover plate and manifold cover. The base plate includes alternating first and second longitudinal fluid flow passages. The cover plate is sealed to the base plate to enclose the first and second fluid flow passages, and includes a first fluid opening and a plurality of second fluid openings arranged at spaced apart intervals across a width of the cover plate. The manifold cover includes an embossment surrounded by a peripheral flange which is sealed to the cover plate and surrounds at least the plurality of second fluid openings. The interior of the embossment defines a manifold chamber in flow communication with the second fluid openings in the cover plate. The top of the manifold cover has at least a second fluid opening in flow communication with the plurality of second fluid openings through the manifold chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Burgers, Benjamin A. Kenney
  • Patent number: 10533334
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cover for a spa includes the steps of vacuum molding a first shell member and a second shell member, bringing the first and second shell members into registration with one another to define a hollow cavity therebetween, and injecting a foam into the hollow cavity, wherein the foam is configured to bond with the shell members to create a unitary structural part that provides increased strength and rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Wade Spicer, Charles Woods
  • Patent number: 10462942
    Abstract: A variable speed drive includes a converter connected to an AC power source, a DC link connected to the converter, and an inverter connected to the DC link. The inverter converts DC voltage into an output AC power having a variable voltage and frequency. The inverter includes at least one power electronics module and associated control circuitry; a heat sink in thermal communication with the power electronics module and in fluid communication with a manifold. The manifold includes a tubular member having at least one vertical member portion and at least one horizontal member portion in fluid communication. A plurality of ports conduct cooling fluid into and out of the manifold. A bracket attaches the manifold to a structural frame. Brackets are provided for attachment of power electronics modules to the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Konstantin Borisov, Mark A. Nielsen, Jeffrey A. Martinelli, Brian L. Stauffer, Seth K. Gladfelter, Michael S. Todd, Ivan Jadric, Jeb W. Schreiber, Tim Beckley
  • Patent number: 10386123
    Abstract: A heat exchange unit that may be used in a cooling apparatus. According to one implementation the heat exchanger unit comprises a metal sheet, at least one metal exchange tube supported on said sheet, and fastening means for fastening the tube to the sheet, said unit being bent with respect to at least one bend line. The fastening means comprises a cover covering the entire or almost the entire length of the tube and the cover is fixed to the sheet by means of adhesive. The surface of the cover in contact with the tube has no adhesive, said surface having a coefficient of friction that allows sliding said tube under said cover when bending the unit with respect to said at least one bend line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Mikel Garcia Martin, Alain Armendariz Huici, Julen Garitano Alustiza
  • Patent number: 10371465
    Abstract: A heat exchanger may include input-side and output-side tube plates and tubes supported therein, forming a first flow duct for a first medium. A housing may surround the tube plates and the tubes, forming a second flow duct for a second medium running between the tubes in the housing. The heat exchanger may further include at least one turbulence-generating insert arranged in the second flow duct between the tubes, the insert having ducts with permeable side walls for the second medium, and at least one dividing wall duct having closed side walls and being spaced apart at least at one longitudinal end from the housing. The at least one dividing wall duct may be designed to be open at both longitudinal ends, may be produced by a compression process, and may have a rising first flank and a second flank engaging below the second flank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Richter, Bjoern Haller, Johannes Kaelber, Thomas Merten, Tobias Isermeyer
  • Patent number: 10371088
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with an engine having an exhaust gas system comprising a muffler body containing a valve controlling exhaust gas flow through a tuning tube. The vehicle has an expander, a condenser, a pump, and an evaporator in sequential fluid communication in a closed loop containing a working fluid. The evaporator is positioned within the body and supports the valve and tuning tube therein, with the evaporator in thermal contact with exhaust gas and the working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Shiguang Zhou
  • Patent number: 10363845
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly comprising a seat including a cushion and a seating surface. A recess is defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface. An elongate carrier is disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the thermoelectric devices. An upper conductor comprises an upper surface and a lower surface. A lower conductor comprises an upper surface and a lower surface. An air mover is in fluid communication with the recess and is configured to move air through the recess. The upper conductor, the thermoelectric device, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10281186
    Abstract: An ice making system and method that includes an ice formation tray, an ejector, and an ejector shaft is disclosed herein. The ice formation tray has a first side and a second side. The ejector includes a unitary structure and an insert, with the unitary structure encompassing the insert on at least four sides. The ejector shaft spans between the first side and the second side of the ice formation tray, with the ejector shaft passing through a bore in the insert of the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Oxen, Inc.
    Inventor: Reijiro Inamori
  • Patent number: 10281368
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system and method for natural gas liquid sample conditioning including an insulated cabinet having a sample input, a vaporizer, a heated regulator, a gas sample outlet, and a control system for preventing phase separation and or re-liquification of the conditioned sample before entry into an associated analyzer and in a specific embodiment, featuring an automatic shutdown system to prevent sample liquid from further processing and passage to an associated analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mustang Sampling, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth O. Thompson, Micah A. Curtis
  • Patent number: 10215406
    Abstract: A flue gas combustion apparatus for processing uncombusted flue gas components utilizing a reactor body. The reactor body houses first and second spiral passageways for motivating flue gas and ambient air, respectively, in a counter-current pattern. Heated ambient air feeds the flue gas in the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Randoplh Torres
  • Patent number: 10064969
    Abstract: A lamp-based aroma diffuser using an aroma capsule is disclosed to include a lamp housing, a hollow light-transmissive shade mounted in the lamp housing, a holder member mounted in the lamp housing, a heat conduction device mounted in the holder member, a heating element kept in contact with the bottom wall of the heat conduction device, a light-emitting device, and a power supply device-incorporated PC board for driving the heating element to heat the heat conduction device and a replaceable aroma diffuser in the heat conduction device and the light-emitting device to emit color light through the hollow light-transmissive shade and the lamp housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9976820
    Abstract: A stacking-type header according to the present invention includes: a first plate-shaped unit; and a second plate-shaped unit, in which the first plate-shaped unit or the second plate-shaped unit comprises at least one plate-shaped member having formed therein: a flow passage formed in the first plate-shaped member through which the refrigerant passes to flow into the plurality of first inlet flow passages; and a flow passage formed in the second plate-shaped member through which the refrigerant passes to flow into the second inlet flow passage, and in which the at least one plate-shaped member has a through portion or a concave portion formed in at least a part of a region between the flow passage through which the refrigerant passes to flow into the plurality of first inlet flow passages and the flow passage through which the refrigerant passes to flow into the second inlet flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Okazaki, Akira Ishibashi, Takuya Matsuda, Shinya Higashiiue, Daisuke Ito, Atsushi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9968003
    Abstract: A cooling device 100 includes a first heat receiving unit 400, a second heat receiving unit 410, a first heat dissipating unit 700, and a second heat dissipating unit 710. The first heat dissipating unit 700 and the second heat dissipating unit 710 have a flat plate shape and have a structure in which air passes in a direction approximately perpendicular to a principal surface having a flat plate shape and a first principal surface 730 that is a principal surface having a flat plate shape in the first heat dissipating unit 700 and a second principal surface 740 that is a principal surface having a flat plate shape in the second heat dissipating unit 710 are arranged so as to face to each other. As a result, the size of the cooling device 100 can be reduced without degrading a heat dissipation performance to dissipate heat generated by a heat generating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sakamoto, Minoru Yoshikawa, Mahiro Hachiya
  • Patent number: 9932940
    Abstract: A fuel cooled cooling air heat exchanger includes a fuel injector and an airflow body. The fuel injector has a fuel flow passage formed therein that includes a fuel inlet port and a fuel outlet port. The airflow body is coupled to and surrounds at least a portion of the fuel injector. The airflow body has an inner surface that is spaced apart from the fuel injector to define an airflow passage between the airflow body and the fuel injector, and the airflow passage includes an air inlet port and an air outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Lo
  • Patent number: 9909610
    Abstract: A heat resistant washer for a heat resistant fastening system and a heat resistant fastening system is provided. The heat resistant washer includes a fire retardant material, and a housing that includes a base and a flange, with a throughbore defined through the base to receive a fastener. The housing defines a cavity adjacent to the throughbore and at least one guide. The fire retardant material is disposed within the cavity and the at least one guide directs the fire retardant material in an active state out of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Justin C. Mickelsen, Aaron Duncan, Patrick S. Mulloy
  • Patent number: 9888739
    Abstract: An article and system for regulating temperature in footwear. Thermal footwear may include a power generation layer, a thermocell layer, and an accessory layer. The power generation layer may be constructed of an actuator material—for example, a dielectric elastomer—which may generate an electric current when compressed or decompressed. The thermocell layer may be configured to either warm or cool a user's foot, and may be reversible by being removably coupled to the power generation layer. The accessory layer may include other components; for example, an integrated circuit chip for power transmission to an external device may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Farouk Dakhil
  • Patent number: 9874403
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided with an evaporator assembly located in a compartment. The evaporator assembly includes a pipe, a fan assembly, a plurality of fins, a first and second bracket. The pipe is configured to transport a refrigerant that exchanges heat with an air stream from the compartment. The plurality of fins is inserted on the pipe. The brackets each include apertures to receive bent end portions of the pipe. The brackets are configured to hold the pipe and the fins in a specific position, to mount the evaporator assembly within the compartment, and restrict the air stream exiting the evaporator assembly from mixing with the air stream entering the evaporator assembly. The fins include end fins that are placed in direct contact with the first end bracket and are configured to further restrict the air stream from flowing through the plurality of apertures of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcelo Candeo
  • Patent number: 9777963
    Abstract: A method and a system for a heat exchanger assembly are provided. The heat exchanger assembly includes one or more arcuate heat exchanger segments each including an inlet header configured to extend circumferentially about a circumference of an inner surface of a fluid flow duct, and an outlet header configured to extend circumferentially about the fluid flow duct. The heat exchanger assembly also includes a first serpentine heat exchanger tube extending between the inlet header and the outlet header and including a series of flow path segments having a gradually changing direction defined by a bend radius of the tube such that a direction of flow through the serpentine heat exchanger tube reverses between the inlet and the outlet headers and a second serpentine heat exchanger tube extending between the inlet header and the outlet header, the second serpentine heat exchanger tube co-planar with the first serpentine heat exchanger tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ramon Martinez, Benjamin Paul Breig, Keith Alan Joerger, Gregg Hunt Wilson, Matthew John Hunt, Donald Michael Corsmeier, Paul Charles Johnson
  • Patent number: 9757637
    Abstract: A basketball training apparatus that is operable to simulate a defensive player for a user that is practicing their offensive skillset. The basketball training apparatus further includes a housing assembly having a lower portion and an upper portion that are perpendicularly secured. The housing assembly is moveably secured to a mounting block wherein the mounting block is disposed within the lower portion of the housing assembly. The housing assembly is operable to tiltably move from a first upright position to a second position wherein the upper portion is tilted towards the ground. A plurality of blocking members are releasably secured to the upper portion of the housing assembly extending outward therefrom. A visual inhibitor is movably coupled to the upper portion of the housing assembly and extends upwards therefrom. A frame is integrally secured to the mounting block and further includes a base having a wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Kevin Glaser
  • Patent number: 9719713
    Abstract: A refrigerated cargo container includes a cargo container and a refrigeration unit. A plurality of refrigerant tubes are in fluid communication with the refrigeration unit and extend along a roof of the cargo container. The plurality of refrigeration tubes are configured to convey refrigerant there through and cool an interior of the cargo container via natural convection and thermal radiation. A method of cooling a cargo in a cargo container includes flowing a refrigerant through a plurality of refrigerant tubes disposed at a roof of the cargo container. Thermal energy is transferred from container air in the container to the refrigerant thereby cooling the container air. The container air is circulated via natural convection toward the cargo thereby cooling the cargo via thermal energy transfer to the container air. The container air is recirculated toward the plurality of refrigerant tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Jason Scarcella
  • Patent number: 9709686
    Abstract: A modular PET gantry is provided herein. A detector module is described, and the detector module includes a plurality of PET detector units. Each detector unit may be bonded to a mounting sleeve. The detector module also includes a mounting frame, wherein each detector unit and mounting sleeve is attached to the mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert George Bradford, Rajender Singh, Rahul Raghavan, Timothy Patrick Rose
  • Patent number: 9679791
    Abstract: A heater assembly with enhanced cooling pursuant to various embodiments described herein makes use of fluidic flow in the insulation or in the space used for insulation. By creating a natural convection or forced convection flow, the heater cools down faster, it can operate at lower temperatures and/or higher temperature precision, and it can improve temperature controllability by generating higher heat loss rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Arsalan Emami
  • Patent number: 9677827
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a new design in the configuration of the attachment between the battery of tubes and the shell of a heat exchanger, improving the manufacturing costs and efficiency with respect to the exchangers of the state of the art. The present invention describes a heat exchanger and a process for manufacturing it, which combines the thermal fatigue strength of floating core exchangers with the compact, simple and more economical design of monoblock exchangers, resulting from, among others, a smaller number of necessary manufacturing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Emissions Systems Spain, S.L.U.
    Inventor: Salvador García González
  • Patent number: 9657998
    Abstract: A method for operating an arrangement (1) for storing thermal energy where the arrangement (1) includes an energy storage (2) having a temperature gradient. The method involves retrieving energy at a first temperature (T1) from the energy storage (2) for use in a first heat-absorbing system (3), such that free space is created in the energy storage (2) for energy at a second temperature (T2). The second temperature (T2) is higher than the first temperature (T1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Hans Pilebro, Tobias Strand
  • Patent number: 9581107
    Abstract: An EGR cooler includes a heat exchanging core which has a plurality of tubes, an upstream-side gas tank portion upstream of the tubes and a downstream-side gas tank portion downstream of the tubes. A water tank portion forms a first water passage around the tubes and forms a second water passage around the upstream-side gas tank portion. A double pipe portion forms a gas passage which communicates with the upstream-side gas tank portion and forms an annular water passage which communicates with the second water passage. A water inflow pipe is connected to the double pipe portion such that the cooling water flows into the annular water passage, and a water outflow pipe that is connected to the water tank portion such that the cooling water flows out from the first water passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Isao Kuroyanagi, Takayuki Hayashi, Takeshi Iguchi, Yasutoshi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9506683
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a refrigerant tube through which a refrigerant for absorbing heat from air flows, and a defrosting medium tube through which a coolant for supplying heat for defrosting flows. Two fins disposed on both sides of the refrigerant tube include a protrusion protruding toward an upstream side of the flow of air with respect to the refrigerant tube. The protrusion is provided with a clearance that allows melt water generated in the defrosting to flow on the upstream side of the refrigerant tube. The refrigerant tubes and the defrosting medium tubes can be alternately arranged in the upstream line. The protrusion protrudes such that the air can be introduced into an air passage from the side portion of the protrusion even when an end facing the upstream side of the flow of the air is closed with the core of frost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Yoshiki Katoh
  • Patent number: 9403133
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for use in mixing of fluids or mixing ingredients into fluids by means of a static mixer assembly (i.e. without requiring moving mechanical parts, where fluid flow is used to achieve mixing). The static mixer assembly is a cylindrical tube with three pairs of fins extending inward from the inner wall of the tube. The central fins form a prow pointing upstream, with two pairs of flanking fins arranged to prevent unhindered fluid flow parallel to the central axis of the tube a peripheral region, while allowing unobstructed flow in a central region and extending to a peripheral region near the inner wall opposite the prow. The fins force fluid outwards along the inner walls from the prow towards the unobstructed peripheral region opposite the prow and additionally fluid spills over the inner edges of the fins into the central region. The resulting flow pattern provides excellent mixing with a low ratio of pressure drop to volumetric flow rate across the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Statiflo International Limited
    Inventor: John Michael Baron
  • Patent number: 9394813
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas heat exchanger for an exhaust system for cooling an exhaust-gas flow, having an inner pipe and an outer pipe, wherein the two pipes are indirectly or directly welded to one another in sealing fashion at the inlet side, a jacket pipe is arranged around the outside of the outer pipe and an annular gap for coolant is arranged between the outer pipe and the jacket pipe, and the inner pipe has an axial flow cross section (A2) at the end as viewed in the flow direction (S) and has a perforation (P2), which forms a radial flow cross section, in a direction at right angles to a flow direction (S). Between the inner pipe and the outer pipe there is formed an exhaust-gas duct for the exhaust-gas flow, wherein an intermediate pipe which is mounted in displaceable and/or rotatable fashion on the inner pipe is provided with a perforation (P4) by which the axial flow cross section (A2) of the inner pipe can be at least partially closed off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: TENNECO GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Geminn, Andreas Steigert, Margit Roth, Marcel Womann, Alexander Jochem
  • Patent number: 9380899
    Abstract: A beverage lid system may include a beverage lid and a stirrer that may be connected to a portion of the beverage lid. The beverage lid may include an outer lid member, a medial lid member rotatably carried by an interior portion of the outer lid member, and an inner lid member rotatably carried by an interior portion of the medial lid member. The stirrer may be adapted to be connected to a portion of the medial lid member. The medial lid member is rotatable with respect to both the outer lid member and the inner lid member so that when the stirrer is connected to the medial lid member, the stirrer is moveable with the medial lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Bradley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9334639
    Abstract: A drain box assembly for a convertible splash pad/ice rink structure comprises a housing having an open top and a closed bottom, sidewalls connecting the top and bottom of the housing in fluid sealing relation to form within the housing a vertically directed water flow channel that connects a water ingress port and a water egress port in fluid communication one with the other. Connectors operatively secure the housing at the water egress port to a drain pipe. A plurality of coolant pipe segments each have an axis of symmetry extending between a first open end and a second open end. The coolant pipe segments are mounted on the housing to extend through the vertically directed water flow channel adjacent the open top, in substantially transverse relation to the vertical water flow channel. The first and second open ends of each coolant pipe segment extend beyond the one or more upright walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Custom Ice Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan Lenko
  • Patent number: 9074821
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for cooling reaction gas. A cooled tube receives hot reaction gas from a hot, uncooled tube. The cooled tube comprises a cooled inner tube and a tubular jacket that extends about the inner tube. A tubular connection is disposed between the uncooled and the cooled tubes, and includes a fork-shaped inlet head via which the inner tube is in communication with the uncooled tube. The inlet head is provided with an outer tubular section and an inner tubular section between which is disposed an intermediate space filled with heat-insulating material. The outer tubular section is connected to the tubular jacket. The inner tubular section is spaced slightly axially from the inner tube and is provided with an edge region that juts outwardly and is spaced slightly axially from the inner tube, this slight axial spacing being equal to or less than a maximum thermal expansion of the inlet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: BORSIG GMBH
    Inventors: Carsten Birk, Michael Vogt, David Todd Eisenhawer
  • Patent number: 9068760
    Abstract: A heating appliance including a burner and a heat exchanger including a bundle of heat conducting elements that form the primary channels through which the hot flue gases from the burner are guided via inputs that are opposite the burner, and which are connected together to close off the secondary channels that are formed between the aforementioned elements and through which the air to be heated can be guided. The burner is a premix burner that is positioned opposite the inputs of the primary channels, whereby the burner has a supply for a mixture of fuel and a sufficient quantity of air for the essentially complete combustion of the fuel, and whereby between the burner and the inputs of the primary channels there is a heat shield of a heat-resistant material with a passage opposite each of the aforementioned inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: ROMATO
    Inventor: Steven Tolleneer
  • Patent number: 9027634
    Abstract: ‘Underground Thermal Battery Storage System’ using a battery structure of one or more underground thermally insulated cells, where each cell comprised of a waterproof thermal insulation shell, one or more fluid storage tanks and earth matrix. The thermal storage cell's fluid storage tanks are interconnected using a thermal fluid transport system with control valves, circulating pumps, and managed by a programmable controller. The programmable controller uses the cell sensors to determine cell status, control cell interconnections, and to manage the thermal charging and discharging by exterior heating or cooling devices. A moisture injection system is provided to control the thermal conductivity within the cell's earth matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: John R. Yatchak
  • Publication number: 20150107805
    Abstract: An electric vehicle powertrain according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a thermal barrier secured relative to an engine, a transaxle, or both to retain thermal energy generated during operation of an electric vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Quazi Hussain, William Samual Schwartz, Mark John Jennings, David Richens Brigham
  • Patent number: 9010408
    Abstract: Altering the direction of thermal radiation of any objects into any construction directions including grazing angles. Embodiments of the invention provide a new technique for thermal control and management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Simin Feng
  • Publication number: 20150083376
    Abstract: A pouch containing a gas is formed by drawing a first elongated sheet of gas-impermeable material from a supply of the material in a drawing direction. The sheet has a transverse profile perpendicular to the drawing direction that includes a channel. A second sheet of material is drawn, such that a first portion of the first sheet and a first portion of the second sheet are substantially parallel to each other. The gas is injected between the first portion of the first sheet and the first portion of the second sheet. First and second lengths of the first and second sheets are sealed to each other, where the first and second lengths are substantially parallel to the drawing direction, to form first and second side edges of the pouch. Third and fourth lengths of the sheets are sealed to each other to form first and second end edges of the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Hamburgen Hamburgen
  • Publication number: 20150075098
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of reducing heat loss and cooling loss from a bank building caused by automatic teller machines, night drop vaults, and cash deal drawers. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Dale CONRATH
  • Publication number: 20150047816
    Abstract: This patent represents the method in which the condensation is avoided in a thermal insulated envelope. The maintaining of warm vapors in a warm zone of a vapor-impermeable insulation lids to the elimination of condensation phenomenon. This is realized by extending the properties of Vapor Impermeable Insulations (VII) to the entire surface of a wall or by creating a Non-Permissive Insulation Assembly (NP-IA). Through the fact that this configuration of insulations makes it possible the avoidance of condensation in any situation in which is applied a difference of temperatures, occurs the utility of enunciating a principle to avoid condensation as fundamental method for designing enclosures. Also, is justified the record of a reference temperature towards which can be defined the terms warm and cold in relation to an optimal temperature for development of human activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: MARIUS RADOANE
  • Publication number: 20150013948
    Abstract: A flexible conduit insulated to prevent unwanted heat transfer. The conduit is insulated by a jacket-like component that creates a space between the conduit and the jacket, where the gap can be filled with air or some other insulating material. The jacket is sealed to the flexible conduit by sealing components that are configured to slide along end cap portions of the flexible conduit. Because the conduit is flexible, it can couple two other conduits that move relative to one another such that fluid can flow from one area to another via the flexible conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Vaughn V. Barnes
  • Publication number: 20140376191
    Abstract: Provided are an insulation sheet and an electronic apparatus using the same. The insulation sheet includes: a radiating layer that spreads and radiates heat generated from a heat generating component of an electronic apparatus; and an insulating layer that suppresses the heat saturated in the radiating layer from being delivered to the outside of the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Seung Jae HWANG
  • Patent number: 8910704
    Abstract: An outer peripheral sealing surface of an inner surface of a core plate of a header tank is configured into a loop and extends along an outer peripheral edge portion of the core plate and clamps a packing in cooperation with an outer peripheral end portion of a tank main body of the header tank. A transition section of the outer peripheral sealing surface connects between a primary section and a secondary section, which are located in two different planes, respectively, and the plane of the secondary section is the same as a plane of a boundary portion sealing surface held between two tube connecting surfaces in the core plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Mizuno, Ryutaro Nozaki, Hiroshi Yamasaki, Hirotaka Ishikawa, Ryuji Shirakawa, Shuhei Yamazaki, Syunji Itou
  • Publication number: 20140362532
    Abstract: A thermally conductive body includes an insulating sheet, a first graphite sheet provided on a first surface of the insulating sheet, and a second graphite sheet provided on a second surface that is a reverse side of the first surface of the insulating sheet. Compressibility of the insulating sheet is lower than compressibility of the first graphite sheet and compressibility of the second graphite sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kubo, Masafumi Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20140352646
    Abstract: There are provided a heat-insulating member which enhances a thermal efficiency of an engine to enhance fuel efficiency, and a structure of a combustion chamber for the engine. A heat-insulating member 1 includes a substrate 5, an insulating porous layer 3, and a surface dense layer 2. The substrate 5, the insulating porous layer 3 and the surface dense layer 2 are formed of a ceramic material. The surface dense layer 2 has a porosity of 5% or less. Furthermore, the insulating porous layer 3 has a larger porosity than the surface dense layer 2. The substrate 5 sufficiently has a mechanical strength to exist in a self-supported manner. The heat-insulating member 1 is fixed to a piston 14 by mechanical fixing such as screwing or chemical fixing such as brazing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Tomita, Mikiya Ichimura, Shigeharu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8893771
    Abstract: An inexpensive heat exchanger is disclosed, wherein the heat exchanger is made up of a plurality of plates and each plate has at least one channel defined in the plate. The plates are stacked and bonded together to form a block having conduits for carrying at least one fluid and where the exchanger includes an expansion device enclosed within the unit. The plates include construction to thermally insulate the expansion region from the heat exchange region to improve efficiency of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Phillip F. Daly, Kurt M. Vanden Bussche
  • Publication number: 20140338390
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling element (1) for use in a cooling device (11), comprising a front face and a rear face and four side faces. The cooling element (1) is characterised in that the rear face of the cooling element (1) is substantially planar and the front face has reinforcing elements, wherein the reinforcing elements prevent deformation of the cooling element (1) during cooling and freezing. The invention also relates to a cooling device (11), in particular a freezer, comprising at least one cooling circuit, wherein the cooling circuit has a compressor, an evaporator, and a condenser. The cooling device (11) also has a closable cooling space (15) that comprises a plurality of cooling space side walls, a cooling space base, a space for cooling goods (17), and at least one cooling element (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Dometic S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Admilson Pinto, Andreas Hoffmann, Uwe Schramer