With Internal Flow Director Patents (Class 165/174)
  • Patent number: 11098927
    Abstract: A distributor includes: a fluid inlet; a plurality of fluid outlets; a distribution flow passage which causes the fluid inlet to communicate with the fluid outlets, and distributes fluid which flows into the distribution flow passage through the fluid inlet, among the fluid outlets; and a plurality of heat-transfer-tube insertion portions each formed to face an associated one of the fluid outlets, the heat-transfer-tube insertion portions allowing heat transfer tubes to be inserted therein. The heat transfer tubes are inserted in the heat-transfer-tube insertion portions such that an end portion of each of the heat transfer tuber is connected to the associated fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Takehiro Hayashi, Yohei Kato, Shigeyoshi Matsui
  • Patent number: 11054192
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes: a header; flat tubes disposed in line along a longitudinal direction of the header and connected to the header: a refrigerant pipe connected to an introduction space in the header; and a nozzle. When the heat exchanger operates as an evaporator of a refrigerant, the refrigerant is fed through the nozzle from the introduction space to a supply space disposed adjacent to the introduction space in the longitudinal direction of the header. The nozzle is disposed on a side closer to the flat tubes than to the refrigerant pipe. A width of a first zone in the introduction space on the side closer to the flat tubes is smaller than a width of a second zone in the introduction space on a side where the refrigerant pipe is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Inoue, Shun Yoshioka, Masanori Jindou, Yoshio Oritani, Tomohiko Sakamaki, Tomoya Yamaguchi, Ken Satou, Kouju Yamada, Hiroaki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11029102
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a conduit, a header, and a swirler been formed as a unitary piece by additive manufacturing. The swirler is disposed within the conduit and the header and is arranged to disperse a flow from an inlet flow path a heat exchanger matrix. The swirler extends a only portion of the length of the header between the conduit and the heat exchanger matrix and thereby provides space within the header for fluid to diffuse before entering the heat exchanger matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LIMITED
    Inventor: Neil Basini
  • Patent number: 11022372
    Abstract: An air conditioner that includes a heat exchanger including: heat-transfer pipes extending in a horizontal direction and spaced apart at predetermined intervals in a vertical direction and configured to allow a thermal medium to flow therein. A part of the heat transfer pipes are used for at least one inflow path into which the thermal medium flows from the outside of the heat exchanger and the other part of the heat transfer pipes are used for at least one outflow path from which the thermal medium flows out to the outside. At least one connection pipe through which an outlet side of one of the at least one inflow path communicates with an inlet side of one of the at least one outflow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI-JOHNSON CONTROLS AIR CONDITIONING, INC.
    Inventors: Shuuhei Tada, Kenji Matsumura, Nagatoshi Ooki, Mamoru Houfuku, Takeshi Endo
  • Patent number: 10976107
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for several applications such as a vehicle is described herein. The heat exchanger includes an inlet header tank configured to receive a fluid, an outlet header tank configured to output the fluid, and an intermediate tank between the inlet header tank and the outlet header tank. A first heat exchanger is between the inlet header tank and the intermediate tank, and a second heat exchanger is between the intermediate tank and the outlet header tank. The intermediate tank has an interior region having a plurality of protuberances disposed therein. The protuberances are configured to facilitate mixing of the fluid within the intermediate tank. The mixing of the fluid with the protuberances provides a more uniform heat distribution within the intermediate tank before entering the second heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Mark Stephens
  • Patent number: 10955197
    Abstract: A heat exchanger having a core defining a plurality of first fluid flow passages and a plurality of second fluid flow passages arranged in alternating order, and a housing enclosing the core. The housing has a top wall arranged opposite to the top of the core, and a bottom wall arranged opposite to the bottom of the core. A plurality of connecting structures which together provide a rigid connection between the core and the housing, wherein each of the connecting structures provides a connection between the top of the core and the top wall of the housing, or between the bottom of the core and the bottom wall of the housing. Wherein each of the connecting structures has a first connecting element and a second connecting element. The first connecting element is associated with the core and the second connecting element is associated with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolas S. Stewart, Lee M. Kinder
  • Patent number: 10914527
    Abstract: A tube bundle heat exchanger has tubes which are held at each side in tube plates or oval-tube collecting-tube plates and are connected to these in each case by means of a weld seam. The connection of the tubes to the inlet-side tube plate or oval-tube collecting-tube plate is formed in each case by means of a conical and/or trumpet-shaped transition piece. The cross section of the transition piece reduces as viewed in the gas flow direction in such a way that the inlet-side end, as viewed in the gas flow direction, of the transition piece is connected in a buttjoint to the tube plate or oval-tube collecting-tube plate. The inner and outer contours of the transition piece and of the welded connection region are formed without gaps and comers to the tube plate or oval tube collecting-tube plate and so as to be straight and/or with a radius, measured from the outer contour, of at least 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ARVOS GMBH
    Inventor: Jiri Jekerle
  • Patent number: 10914319
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a cooler disposed inside a shell, an inlet nozzle that is configured to feed a fluid into the shell, an outlet nozzle that is configured to feed the fluid passing through the cooler so as to flow outward, and a guide member that is configured to change a flowing direction of the fluid. The guide member has a collision surface which spreads in an inclined direction inclined with respect to the flowing direction of the fluid fed into the shell from the inlet nozzle, and which collides with the fluid, and an uneven portion formed in at least a portion of a peripheral edge portion of the collision surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Saburi, Naoyuki Nagai, Hiroyuki Miyata, Naoto Yonemura, Koichi Mizushita
  • Patent number: 10899196
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle device includes an exterior heat exchanger that includes a core portion including a stack of a plurality of tubes. The core portion has a first core portion, a second core portion and a third core portion each of which includes a tube group of the plurality of tubes. A flow direction of a refrigerant flowing through the second core portion in a heating operation is opposite to that in a cooling operation. Flow directions of the refrigerant flowing through the first core portion and the third core portion in the heating operation are same as those in the cooling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Kawakubo
  • Patent number: 10845135
    Abstract: A header duct and method of forming a header duct includes an inlet portion having a planar inlet, an outlet portion have a plurality of planar outlets, and a transition portion extending continuously from the inlet portion to the outlet portion. The transition portion has a bend and internal topography defining a non-monotonic cross-sectional area distribution between the inlet and outlet portions. The transition portion can further include a bulbous region extending in a lateral direction of the duct and a protrusion located along an inside radius of the bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Ram Ranjan, Brian St. Rock
  • Patent number: 10753688
    Abstract: A distributer includes a housing having a surface portion and through holes extending through the surface portion, a plurality of plates stacked with each other in the housing, the plurality of plates including a first plate that is an outermost one of the plurality of plates and has a first opening extending through the first plate, and a second plate that is the other outermost one of the plurality of plates and has a plurality of second openings extending through the second plate, a branching flow path connecting the first opening and the plurality of second openings, a plurality of connection pipes each extending through a corresponding one of the through holes in the surface portion of the housing, and a partition plate disposed between the surface portion and the second plate, and abutting on both the surface portion and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Ryota Akaiwa, Atsushi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10697706
    Abstract: A heat exchanger that includes first and second headers, a first flow conduit fluidly connecting the first and second headers to allow for a flow of a first fluid through the heat exchanger, the first flow conduit being bounded by a first generally planar wall section extending between the first and second headers, a second flow conduit to allow for a flow of the second fluid through the heat exchanger, the second flow conduit being bounded by a second generally planar wall section spaced apart from the first generally planar wall section to define a gap therebetween, and a thermally conductive structure arranged within the gap and joined to the first and second generally planar wall sections to transfer heat therebetween. The thermally conductive structure is isolated from the first fluid by the first generally planar wall section and from the second fluid by the second generally planar wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Gregory Gerald Hughes, Michael J. Reinke, Tony Rousseau
  • Patent number: 10697403
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery device according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a heat exchanger, a supply flow path, and a discharge flow path. The heat exchanger has a plurality of heat exchange flow paths configured to carry out heat exchange between exhaust gas and a heat exchange medium. The supply flow path is configured such that the exhaust gas flows therethrough, and the flowing exhaust gas is supplied to the plurality of heat exchange flow paths while being branched. The discharge flow path is configured to merge and discharge the heat-exchanged exhaust gas having passed through the plurality of heat exchange flow paths. At least one flow path of the supply flow path and the discharge flow path is configured to be narrower toward a downstream side in a flow direction of the exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromi Ishikawa, Naohiro Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10655917
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for an air conditioning device includes flat tubes, a vertically extending header collecting tube connected to the flat tubes, and fins joined to the flat tubes. The header collection tube has a loop structure including partition members, inflow ports, and upper and lower communicating passages. The partition members partition first and second spaces. The flat tubes are connected at the first spaces. The inflow ports are located in lower parts of the first spaces. The upper communicating passages communicate the upper parts of the first and second spaces to guide refrigerant from the first spaces into the second spaces. The lower communicating passages communicate the lower parts of the first and second spaces to guide refrigerant from the second spaces towards spaces above the inflow ports in the first spaces to return the refrigerant from the second spaces to the first spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Inoue, Hirokazu Fujino, Masanori Jindou, Kousuke Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10583535
    Abstract: A heat exchanger and a method for additively manufacturing the heat exchanger are provided. The heat exchanger includes a housing defining a heat exchange plenum having a first fluid inlet and a first fluid outlet separated along a transverse direction. A plurality of heat exchange banks pass through the heat exchange plenum between a top side and a bottom side of the housing substantially along a vertical direction, each of the heat exchange banks comprising a plurality of heat exchange tubes. A plurality of collector manifolds are positioned at the top side and the bottom side of the housing, each collector manifold defining one or more connecting ports providing fluid communication between adjacent heat exchange banks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Antonio Caimano, Davide Losapio, Stefano Antonio Fasanella
  • Patent number: 10539378
    Abstract: A heat exchanger comprises a conduit defining an inlet flow path for a fluid; a heat exchanger matrix disposed to receive a flow from the inlet flow path; and a swirler disposed within the conduit and arranged to improve dispersion of a flow from the inlet flow path over the heat exchanger matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LTD.
    Inventors: Jacob Diffey, John Marsh, James Green, Chris McNab
  • Patent number: 10527366
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a plurality of tubes having refrigerant flowing therein and arranged to exchange heat with outside air; and a header having a chamber adapted to distribute the refrigerant to the plurality of tubes, wherein the header includes, a base wall having a plurality of tube insertion holes into which the plurality of tubes are inserted, and a partition wall integrally formed with the base wall and configured to divide the chamber into a plurality of sections corresponding to the plurality of tubes. This structure helps reduce the number of parts of the heat exchanger, simplify processing and assembling, and improving the heat transfer performance by improving the distribution of the refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Hyun Kim, Jun Kyu Jung, Young Min Kim, Hayase Gaku
  • Patent number: 10508865
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a core portion including a plurality of tubes, and header tanks located on opposite ends in the longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes and communicate with the plurality of tubes. A first fluid flows through a first tank chamber and a first tube group of the plurality of tubes. A second fluid different in temperature range from the first fluid flows through a second tank chamber and a second tube group of the plurality of tubes connected to the second tank chamber. The heat exchanger includes a flow rate limiting portion. The flow rate limiting portion is configured to reduce a flow rate of the first fluid or the second fluid supplied to at least first one tube of the plurality of tubes from a boundary portion provided by the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunji Itou, Masaya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10443595
    Abstract: A fuel pump having a housing defining a pump chamber and an inlet and outlet fluidly connected to the pump chamber. A one way check valve is disposed fluidly in series between the pump chamber and the outlet and is oriented to allow fluid flow from the pump chamber and to the outlet when the check valve is open. A venturi tube is fluidly connected in series between the pump chamber and the outlet which effectively dampens noise pulsations. An inlet valve to the pump chamber has an anchor attached to a valve member and the stationary core. A conical surface on the core abuts against a complementary conical surface on the anchor when the valve is either in its fully open or fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Prashanth Avireddi, Nikhil Seera, Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 10443944
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a plurality of flat tubes, a header collecting tube, and fins joined to the flat tubes. The header collecting tube includes a first partition member partitioning an internal space into upper and lower internal spaces, a second partition member partitioning the upper internal space into first and second spaces, an inflow port formed on the first partition member at a bottom part of the first space so as to penetrate in a plate thickness direction, an upper communicating passage, a lower communicating passage. The flat tubes are connected at one end to the first space of the header collecting tube. An inflow pipeline is connected to space that, within the lower internal space, is underneath the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Inoue, Hirokazu Fujino
  • Patent number: 10408479
    Abstract: This counter-current dual-flow air/air exchanger (1) includes a first network of channels oriented along a longitudinal axis (X-X?) of the exchanger (1), suitable for the circulation of a first airflow (F1) in a first direction, and a second network of channels oriented along the longitudinal axis (X-X?) of the exchanger (1), suitable for the circulation of a second airflow (F2) in the direction opposite the first airflow (F1). The exchanger (1) includes members (10, 12, 14) for reversing the flow direction of the second airflow (F2) in the second network of channels, such that the first and second airflows (F1, F2) circulate co-currently, suitable for protecting the exchanger (1) from ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: F2A-FABRICATION AERAULIQUE ET ACOUSTIQUE
    Inventor: Franck Rigaud
  • Patent number: 10352601
    Abstract: A refrigerant evaporator includes: a first heat exchange part in which refrigerant flows to exchange heat with fluid to be cooled; a second heat exchange part arranged to oppose the first heat exchange part; a first tank arranged below the first heat exchange part to distribute the refrigerant to the first heat exchange part; a second tank arranged below the second heat exchange part to collect the refrigerant flowing through the second heat exchange part; and a third tank joined to the first tank and the second tank by brazing. A projection part is formed at one of joint portions between the first tank and the third tank. An insertion part is formed at the other of the joint portions between the first tank and the third tank, and the projection part is inserted in the insertion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Morimoto, Eiichi Torigoe, Naohisa Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 10303229
    Abstract: A water-cooling heat dissipation module includes a hot-water heat exchange structure, a cold-water heat exchange structure, a fluid communication structure and a fan. The fluid communication structure is in communication with the hot-water heat exchange structure and the cold-water heat exchange structure. The fan and the hot-water heat exchange structure are opposed to each other with respect to the cold-water heat exchange structure. An airflow produced by the fan blows the cold-water heat exchange structure and the hot-water heat exchange structure sequentially. Consequently, the cold-water heat exchange structure will not receive the heat from the hot-water heat exchange structure through the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AURAS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mu-Shu Fan, Chien-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10281223
    Abstract: A heat exchanger may include a heat exchanger block that may have a plurality of pipes and at least one collector. The at least one collector may include at least one pipe end that may accommodate the plurality of pipes in a leakproof manner at a longitudinal end thereof. The heat exchanger may include a terminal piece that may have a duct structure. The duct structure may include a plurality of webs that may separate a plurality of ducts situated between the plurality of webs from each other. The plurality of webs may include a web width bS of 1.0 mm<bS<5.0 mm. The plurality of webs may define a ratio between the web width bS and a duct width bK may be of bS/bK<4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Herbert Hofmann, Dieter Reisinger, Christian Wagner
  • Patent number: 10234181
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a fluid distribution manifold, a fluid collection manifold, and a plurality of tubes extending there between. A separator within the fluid distribution manifold includes a first fluid conduit and a second fluid conduit. The first fluid conduit extends through an inlet end and over at least a portion of the length of the fluid distribution manifold. A plurality of openings in the first fluid conduit fluidly couples the first fluid conduit to at least a first portion of the plurality of tubes. A first end of a second fluid conduit is arranged generally centrally within and parallel to the first fluid conduit. Refrigerant vapor is configured to flow through the second fluid conduit. Liquid refrigerant is configured to flow between the first fluid conduit and the second fluid conduit to at least the first portion of the plurality of tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jack Leon Esformes
  • Patent number: 10222141
    Abstract: A stacking type header according to the present invention includes a first plate shaped body having a plurality of first outlet flow paths and a second plate shaped body stacked on the first plate shaped body and having a distribution flow path so that refrigerant flowing from a first inlet flow path is distributed and flows out to the plurality of first outlet flow paths. A branch flow path of the distribution flow path is formed to allow refrigerant flowing into a branch section to flow out in an upwardly declined or downwardly declined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Higashiiue, Shigeyoshi Matsui, Takashi Okazaki, Akira Ishibashi, Daisuke Ito, Atsushi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10207564
    Abstract: An exterior heat exchanger is provided with paths P1-P4. The flow rate of the air being blown by an exterior blower to pass through the path P4 closer to a refrigerant outlet of the exterior heat exchanger is set to be higher than that of the air being blown by the exterior blower to pass through the path P1 closer to a refrigerant inlet of the exterior heat exchanger. An air-conditioning controller activates cooling fans during a defrosting mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Japan Climate Systems Corporation, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kohei Fukawatase, Yoshihiko Otake, Kou Komori, Subaru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10180277
    Abstract: An exterior heat exchanger is provided with first to fourth paths. The flow rate of the air being blown by an exterior blower to pass through the first path closer to a refrigerant inlet of the exterior heat exchanger is set to be higher than that of the air being blown by the exterior blower to pass through the fourth path closer to a refrigerant outlet of the exterior heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: Japan Climate Systems Corporation, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kohei Fukawatase, Yoshihiko Otake, Kou Komori, Subaru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10088247
    Abstract: A stacking-type header according to the present invention includes: a first plate-shaped unit having a plurality of first outlet flow passages formed therein; and a second plate-shaped unit stacked on the first plate-shaped unit, the second plate-shaped unit having a distribution flow passage formed therein, the distribution flow passage being configured to distribute refrigerant, which passes through a first inlet flow passage to flow into the second plate-shaped unit, to the plurality of first outlet flow passages to cause the refrigerant to flow out from the second plate-shaped unit, in which the distribution flow passage includes a branching flow passage including a straight-line part perpendicular to a gravity direction, and in which the refrigerant flows into the branching flow passage through a part between both ends of the straight-line part, passes through both the ends, and flows out from the branching flow passage through a plurality of end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Matsuda, Akira Ishibashi, Takashi Okazaki, Shigeyoshi Matsui, Atsushi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10041710
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a plurality of flat tubes arranged one above the other, a plurality of fins connected to the flat tubes, a first header collecting pipe in which one end of each of the plurality of flat tubes is inserted, and a second header collecting pipe in which the other end of each of the plurality of flat tubes is inserted. The heat exchanger exchanges heat between a fluid flowing through the flat tubes and air outside the flat tubes. Each of the first and second header collecting pipes extends in a vertical direction. At least one of the first and second header collecting pipes comprises a communication space that communicates with an upstream side of the plurality of flat tubes when the heat exchanger functions as an evaporator. The communication space comprises a partition plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kousuke Morimoto, Yoshio Oritani, Masanori Jindou, Tomohiko Sakamaki, Takuya Kazusa, Junichi Hamadate
  • Patent number: 10041667
    Abstract: A rapid thermal processing system includes an inorganic heat carrier particles reheater coupled to an inorganic particle cooler. For example. inorganic heat carrier particles may be cooled in a shell and tube inorganic particle cooler by indirect heat exchange with a cooling medium. The cooled inorganic heat carrier particles may then be supplied to a reactor to transfer heat to carbonaceous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Ensyn Renewables, Inc.
    Inventors: Sathit Kulprathipanja, Daniel N. Myers, Vincenza Myers, Paolo Palmas
  • Patent number: 10020077
    Abstract: A pressurized water reactor (PWR) includes a vertical cylindrical pressure vessel having a lower portion containing a nuclear reactor core and a vessel head defining an integral pressurizer. A reactor coolant pump (RCP) mounted on the vessel head includes an impeller inside the pressure vessel, a pump motor outside the pressure vessel, and a vertical drive shaft connecting the motor and impeller. The drive shaft does not pass through the integral pressurizer. The drive shaft passes through a vessel penetration of the pressure vessel that is at least large enough for the impeller to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BWXT mPower, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott J. Shargots
  • Patent number: 9989283
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a distribution manifold, a plurality of longitudinally spaced tubes having inlet ends opening into the manifold, and a longitudinally extending distributor body disposed within the manifold. The distributor body has a first surface juxtaposed in spaced relationship with the inlet ends of the plurality of tubes and a second surface interfacing with the manifold inner wall. A plurality of discrete flow passages extend from an inlet end of the distributor body and open through the first surface of the distributor body. The plurality of discrete flow passages includes a plurality of longitudinally extending flow passages formed by channels or grooves extending along the interface of the second surface of the distributor body with the inner wall of the distributor manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Abbas A. Alahyari, Thomas D. Radcliff, Richard Rusich
  • Patent number: 9919584
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an evaporator (1000) and, more specifically, to an evaporator (1000), in which refrigerant is uniformly distributed to each area through 8-pass flow from a first area (A1) to an eighth area (A8) so as to reduce temperature variation and maximize the heat exchange efficiency with respect to outdoor air, and air is discharged to the left and right sides in a vehicle room with uniform temperature distribution so as to maintain the comfort of passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Duck-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9901966
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for assembling a flattened tube multiple tube bank heat exchanger that includes a first tube bank and a second tube bank, each bank including a plurality tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship. A spacer clip is installed on a longitudinally extending edge of each heat exchange tube segment arrayed in a first layer of tube segments. A plurality of heat exchange tube segments are arrayed in a second layer in engagement with the spacer clips installed on the tube segments of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael F. Taras, Arindom Joardar, Melkamu Woldesemayat, Bruce J. Poplawski
  • Patent number: 9810487
    Abstract: A heat exchanger has an intake header, a discharge header, a bundle of tubes extending in parallel between the intake header and the discharge header, an intake pipe connected to the intake header and extending transversely to the axes of the tubes of the bundle, the intake pipe having a first end opening into the header and a second end connectable to a process fluid supply pipe, and a baffle assembly for modifying the direction and rate of flow of the process fluid through the intake header, the baffle assembly being located within the intake pipe and secured to the intake pipe at a position adjacent the second end of the intake pipe. The baffle assembly comprises a plurality of slats lying in planes generally parallel to one another and inclined to the direction of fluid flow, and runners connected to the ends thereof to form a rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Tube Tech International Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Watson, Derek Sumsion
  • Patent number: 9803932
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices for heating or cooling viscous materials such as meat emulsions useful for producing food and other products. The devices include a heat exchanger comprising a first plate, a second plate attached to the first plate, and a first spacer and a second spacer arranged between the first plate and the second plate. The first plate, the second plate, the first spacer, and the second spacer define at least one temperature controlled passage for a product to pass through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NESTEC SA
    Inventors: Kevin J. Cully, Andrew Joseph Brinkmann, Ronald Lee Nash, William D. Short, Trent C. Lorraine, Jerry J. Hankins
  • Patent number: 9759492
    Abstract: A heat exchanger, particularly for a heating or air conditioning system for motor vehicles, includes at least one inlet channel and at least one outlet channel and at least one collector, which has at least two metal sheets or plates abutting each other, and a flow device through which a first medium can flow, while a second medium can flow around the flow device. The first medium is distributed by an inlet channel to the collector and to the flow device and can be conducted to an outlet channel, and at least one further channel for distributing the coolant is provided, which is connected in a communicating manner via at least one opening to the inlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Boris Kerler, Wolfgang Seewald, Markus Ruehl, Christoph Walter, Karl-Heinz Staffa, Michael Geiger, Michael Kranich, Ingo Geiger, Wolfgang Geiger, Alexander Satrapa
  • Patent number: 9752833
    Abstract: A heat exchanger comprises a first header (1), a second header (2) spaced apart from the first header (1) by a predetermined distance, flat tubes (3) each of which defines two ends connected to the first and second headers (1, 2), respectively, to communicate the first and second headers (1, 2), fins (4) interposed between adjacent flat tubes (3), and a flow member defining a fluid-flow passage and forming a partition-wall-type heat-exchanging unit with the second header (2). A refrigeration system comprises a compressor, a condenser, a throttle device, and an evaporator that is the heat exchanger. The compressor, condenser, throttle device, and evaporator are connected sequentially, and at least part of refrigerant flowing out of an outlet of the condenser enters into the flow member to exchange heat with a refrigerant flowing out of an outlet of the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: Sanhua (Hangzhou) Micro Channel Heat Exchange Co., Ltd, Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Qiang Gao, Yanxing Li, Lin-Jie Huang
  • Patent number: 9746255
    Abstract: A heat pump heat exchanger includes a first manifold, a second manifold spaced from the first manifold, a plurality of refrigerant tubes hydraulically connecting the manifolds, and a distribution tube disposed in the first manifold. The distribution tube includes an inlet end, a distal end opposite the inlet end, a plurality of orifices between the inlet end and the distal end. The distribution tube also includes a terminal aperture immediately adjacent the distal end, wherein the terminal aperture includes an open aperture area greater than any one of the open orifice area. The open aperture area is large enough to provide a uniform refrigerant collection with acceptable minimal pressure drop in evaporative mode, but small enough to prevent vapor overflow to an area of the manifold adjacent to the distal end in condenser mode. The length of the distribution tube is less than ¾ the length of the first manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Yanping Xia, Russell S. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9708944
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for supplying a coolant to a closed fluid circuit, preferably for an exhaust gas cooler of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, comprising a connecting stub, wherein the connecting stub is designed for insertion into a coolant connection, wherein a flow-directing device, which is of projection-like design, for the coolant is integrated in the interior of the connecting stub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Holdenried, Cecilia Marola
  • Patent number: 9709338
    Abstract: Heat exchanger having a block of flat tubes arranged parallel to one another and having fins arranged between the flat tubes, wherein the flat tubes form flow ducts through which a refrigerant can flow, and a coolant can flow around the flat tubes, wherein the flat tubes are in fluid communication, at end regions, with collecting tanks, wherein the refrigerant can be made to flow into an inflow region of a collecting tank in fluid communication with at least one of the flow ducts, wherein the inflow region has a line, which extends through the inflow region, for inflow of the refrigerant, wherein a refrigerant passage is provided from the line to the collecting tank inflow region, said refrigerant passage arranged in the central region of the collecting take inflow region, wherein the central region is in relation to a direction oriented perpendicularly to a plane of the flat tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Günther Feuerecker
  • Patent number: 9651317
    Abstract: A first header collecting pipe is divided into an upper space corresponding to an upper heat exchange region and a lower space corresponding to a lower heat exchange region. The lower space is divided into a plurality of communication spaces corresponding respectively to auxiliary heat exchange parts of the lower heat exchange region. A second header collecting pipe is divided into a communication space corresponding to both of a first main heat exchange part and the third auxiliary heat exchange part, and into communication spaces corresponding respectively to other main heat exchange parts and the other auxiliary heat exchange parts. Each of pairs of communication space and communication space is connected to an associated one of communication pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Jindou, Yoshio Oritani, Hirokazu Fujino, Toshimitsu Kamada
  • Patent number: 9625214
    Abstract: In a heat exchanger, a plate member of a tank portion includes a first fluid communication passage through which a first tank space communicates with first tubes, and a second fluid communication passage through which a second tank space communicates with second tubes. Either an upstream first tube group of the first tubes or a downstream first tube group of the first tubes, whichever is larger in a pressure loss of the first fluid, configures a higher pressure loss first tube group, and the other first tube group smaller in the pressure loss of the first fluid configures a lower pressure loss first tube group. A flow channel resistance between the higher pressure loss first tube group and the first tank space is smaller than a flow channel resistance between the lower pressure loss first tube group and the first tank space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiki Katoh
  • Patent number: 9599409
    Abstract: A heat exchanger, in particular for a heating or air-conditioning system in a motor vehicle, having an evaporator unit to which a refrigerant medium can be supplied via a distribution unit and through which said refrigerant medium flows and around which said refrigerant medium flows after only one diversion (two-block design) at the bottom in a diversion unit, wherein the distribution unit is designed to effect a uniform distribution of the refrigerant medium over the full width of the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Freund, Wolfgang Seewald, Michael Sickelmann, Bernd Schäfer
  • Patent number: 9551540
    Abstract: A lower space of a first header collecting pipe of a heat exchanger is, by partitions, divided into three communication chambers and a single mixing chamber. The mixing chamber communicates with the communication chamber through a through-hole of a lower horizontal partition, communicates with the communication chamber through a through-hole of a vertical partition, and communicates with the communication chamber through a through-hole of an upper horizontal partition. Gas-liquid refrigerant flows into the mixing chamber, and is mixed in the mixing chamber. Then, the refrigerant is distributed to the communication chambers. Thus, the wetness of refrigerant flowing into a flat tube is uniformized among the flat tubes, and performance of the heat exchanger can be fully achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Jindou, Yoshio Oritani, Takuya Kazusa, Yasutaka Ohtani, Junichi Hamadate, Yoshimasa Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9534850
    Abstract: A tube bundle heat exchanger has tubes which are held at each side in tube plates or oval-tube collecting-tube plates and are connected to these in each case by means of a weld seam. The connection of the tubes to the inlet-side tube plate or oval-tube collecting-tube plate is formed in each case by means of a conical and/or trumpet-shaped transition piece. The cross section of the transition piece reduces as viewed in the gas flow direction in such a way that the inlet-side end, as viewed in the gas flow direction, of the transition piece is connected in a butt joint to the tube plate or oval-tube collecting-tube plate. The inner and outer contours of the transition piece and of the welded connection region are formed without gaps and corners to the tube plate or oval tube collecting-tube plate and so as to be straight and/or with a radius, measured from the outer contour, of at least 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Arvos Technology Limited
    Inventor: Jiri Jekerle
  • Patent number: 9518788
    Abstract: A first header collecting pipe of an outdoor heat exchanger has three communication chambers and one mixing chamber. One auxiliary horizontal partition plate is disposed between two main horizontal partition plates. The mixing chamber is defined between the first main horizontal partition plate and the auxiliary horizontal partition plate. A gas-liquid two-phase refrigerant supplied to the outdoor heat exchanger functioning as an evaporator flows into the mixing chamber, and is then distributed to the three communication chambers. This structure allows the refrigerant that is to be distributed from the mixing chamber to the communication chambers to have a uniform wetness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Jindou, Yoshio Oritani, Takuya Kazusa, Junichi Hamadate, Yasutaka Ohtani
  • Patent number: 9453684
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for the cooling of hot gases by means of a cooling fluid includes at least one vertically oriented tank containing a cooling fluid bath and having a collection space of the vapor phase generated above said cooling fluid bath, at least one vertical tubular element inserted inside said tank, and submerged in the bath open at the ends and coaxial to the tank, at least one spiral duct which rotates around the axis of the tank, inserted in the coaxial tubular element, at least one outlet for the vapor phase generated on the head of tank, wherein at least one transfer line is inserted in the lower part of the vertical tank for feeding the hot gases to the tank, the transfer line being open at the two ends, of which one is connected with the vertical tank and the other is free and outside the tank, the transfer line being tubular and protruding laterally outside the exchanger, the transfer line containing at least one central internal duct having an outer jacket in which a cooling fluid circulates,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ENI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Joachim Wilhelm, Luca Eugenio Basini
  • Patent number: 9366463
    Abstract: A leeward upper header portion of an evaporator includes first through third sections which communicate with upper ends of heat exchange tubes of first through third tube groups of a leeward tube row. The second tube group, which is an upward flow tube group, and the third tube group, which is a downward flow tube group, form a tube group set. A baffle plate is provided in the second section to be located on the side toward the third section. The baffle plate divides a portion of the interior of the second section into upper and lower spaces and prevents flow of refrigerant toward the upper space. A flow prevention member is provided below the baffle plate so as to prevent flow of refrigerant from the second section into the third section. These two sections communicate with each other in a region above the baffle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: KEIHIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohisa Higashiyama, Osamu Kamoshida, Motoyuki Takagi, Takashi Hirayama