Including Thermal Insulation Patents (Class 220/592.09)
  • Patent number: 10962174
    Abstract: A cryostat for a superconducting magnet system is provided. The cryostat may include an outer vessel and an inner vessel suspended within the outer vessel. A space may be defined by the outer vessel and the inner vessel. The cryostat may include multiple first support elements and one or more second support elements. The strength of the first supporting element may be larger than that of the second support elements. The inner vessel and the outer vessel may be connected by two opposite ends of a first support element and two opposite ends of a second support element, respectively. The number of the first support elements in the lower part of the space is different from the number of the first support elements in the upper part of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lijun Zou
  • Patent number: 10883758
    Abstract: A vacuum adiabatic body may include: a first plate member; a second plate member; a sealing part sealing the first plate member and the second plate member to provide a third space; a supporting unit maintaining the third space; a heat resistance unit at least including a conductive resistance sheet capable of resisting heat conduction flowing along a wall for the third space to decrease a heat transfer amount between the first plate member and the second plate member; and an exhaust port through which a gas in the third space is exhausted. A side frame may be fastened to the conductive resistance sheet and the second plate member, and the side frame is fastened to an edge portion of the second plate member. Accordingly, the formation of dews may be prevented and an adiabatic effect may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wonyeong Jung, Deokhyun Youn, Sungsub Lee
  • Patent number: 10774990
    Abstract: A suspension system (3) for an inner container (2, 2?) mounted for thermal insulation in an outer container (1, 1?) comprises a single fixed bearing (30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39) comprising fixed bearing securing elements (5, 5?, 5?, 5??) which engage, on the one hand, the outer container and, on the other hand, the inner container and which can be stressed in tension and in compression, the fixed bearing securing elements (5, 5?, 5?, 5??) engaging while being arranged so as to be distributed in an annular installation space (7) defined between the inner container (2, 2?) and the outer container (1, 1?) and the fixed bearing securing elements (5, 5?, 5?, 5??) engaging the outer container (1, 1?) while being distributed in the annular installation space (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CRYOSHELTER GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Rebernik
  • Patent number: 10584914
    Abstract: A vacuum adiabatic body includes a first plate; a second plate; a seal; a support; a heat resistance unit; and an exhaust port, wherein the heat resistance unit includes a conductive resistance sheet connected to the first plate, the conductive resistance sheet resisting heat conduction flowing along a wall for the third space, the conductive resistance sheet includes a shielding part for heat-insulating the conductive resistance sheet by shielding a first surface of the conductive resistance sheet, and a second surface of the conductive resistance sheet is heat-insulated by the third space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wonyeong Jung, Deokhyun Youn, Daewoong Kim
  • Patent number: 10588238
    Abstract: A multi-purpose storage-system partition may include (1) a bottom having a keyhole fastener configured to (a) interlock with a keyhole opening of a removable drive-plane board having front storage-drive connectors and rear storage-drive connectors and (b) retain the removable drive-plane board within a storage-system chassis, (2) a front having front storage-drive contact points configured to (a) retain front carrierless storage drives within the storage-system chassis and (b) align the front carrierless storage drives with the front storage-drive connectors, (3) a rear having rear storage-drive contact points configured to (a) retain rear carrierless storage drives within the storage-system chassis and (b) align the rear carrierless storage drives with the rear storage-drive connectors, (4) and a side having a fastener-retaining member configured to engage a fastener that couples the multi-purpose storage-system partition to a side of the storage-system chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuankeat Kho, Jason David Adrian
  • Patent number: 10550586
    Abstract: A cabinet with a snap-in frame is described. The cabinet uses spring clips that engage the frame to an opening of the cabinet. The spring clips are fastened to outer edges around the opening of the cabinet. The frame is urged into the opening of the cabinet. The frame compresses the spring clips as the frame is pushed into the opening of the cabinet. End portions of the spring clips snap into recesses of an outer surface of the frame. The spring clips are easily aligned along the opening of the cabinet to ensure proper placement of the frame with respect to cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Austin Hardware and Supply, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Steven Jeffries
  • Patent number: 10533697
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator including an ultrathin wall type insulating wall having a reduced thickness while maintaining insulating performance, so as to increase the capacity of a storage chamber. A vacuum insulating material is disposed inside the insulating wall so as to ensure the insulating performance of the insulating wall, and a foam material, in the portion in which the vacuum insulating material is not disposed, is disposed to be thicker than a foam material in the portion in which the vacuum insulating wall is disposed, such that the insulating wall, which maintains insulating performance while maintaining the insulating wall having an overall ultrathin shape, can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung Seob Song, Dae Hwan Kim, Min Soo Kim, Jin Seung Choi
  • Patent number: 10486882
    Abstract: A production method for a heat insulation bag with a more regular shape and less heat transfer, the method includes preparing a bag cover, an inner bag and an outer bag; placing a heat insulation layer between the inner bag and the outer bag; and then welding the heat insulation layer, the inner bag and the outer bag together. Improvements of the present invention include the steps of first preparing an inner bag periphery before preparing the inner bag, then welding an inner bag top sheet, welding an inner bag enclosure, cutting off the middle portion of the inner bag top sheet, and then welding a bottom surface of the inner bag, thereby forming an inner bag platform in the inner bag. Thus, heat transfer between the bag cover and the bag body after the production of the heat insulation bag is reduced and the heat insulation effect is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Binghua Luo
  • Patent number: 10415868
    Abstract: A portable cooler includes an insulated body that defines a main interior storage space, and a lid structured to at least partially cover the main interior storage space. The lid includes an integrated blender or an integrated blender drive. Components of the blender may include a source of electrical power, an electric motor, and a blender spindle mounted through a surface of the lid and coupled to the electric motor. The integrated blender may also include a blender jar structured to hold food items for blending and one or more blending blades. The lid may further include a blender recess shaped in a negative mold of a collar of the blender jar to prevent the blender jar from rotating during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan Grepper
  • Patent number: 10132557
    Abstract: For the purpose of improving efficiency a home appliance device, in particular a home chiller appliance device, is proposed. The device has a housing defining a storage space; a home appliance door configured for closing off the storage space; and an insert which is insertable into the storage space and has a base unit and an insulation element arranged in a vicinity of a corner of the base unit in a closed state of the home appliance door, wherein the insulation element at least partly insulates a further intermediate space between the base unit and the home appliance door in the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Muharrem Uemit Caglin, Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 10126040
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an interior compartment having an adjustable interior volume operable between first and second volumetric settings and a number of intermediate settings provided therebetween. A door is pivotally coupled to the interior compartment and operable between open and closed positions relative to the interior compartment. The door includes a moving member that is slideably coupled to a fixed member. The moving member is operable between extended and retracted positions with respect to the fixed member, such that the door is an expandable door configured to cover an open front portion of the interior compartment as the interior compartment moves between various volumetric settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bruno de Mello Ribeiro, Luiz Afrânio Alves Ferreira, Jair Córdova Henrique, Raphael Cássio de Souza
  • Patent number: 9885516
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated door structure includes a first wall having a first edge and a barrier layer, a second wall having a second barrier layer and a second edge coupled to the first wall member proximate the first perimetrical edge. The second wall includes at least four inner side walls and a back wall that defines a second wall offset. At least one tubular member extends between the first wall member and the second wall offset, wherein an inner conduit surface of the tubular member provides fluid communication between the first wall outer facing surface and the second wall outer facing surface. A cavity insulation material is disposed within a cavity volume defined between the first and second walls, wherein the cavity volume is hermetically sealed, and wherein the cavity volume includes an at least partial vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat Cur, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 9874394
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated cabinet structure includes panels having sheet metal outer side walls and polymer inner side walls. The polymer inner side walls are heat-sealed to a layer of polymer material laminated to a flat sheet metal blank to form vacuum cavities. The blank is then bent along fold lines to form a cabinet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat Cur, Axel Julio Ramm, Guolian Wu, James Kendall
  • Patent number: 9609960
    Abstract: A merchandiser panel assembly including a panel body at least partially defining a cavity. The merchandiser panel assembly includes a trim base attached to the panel body and partially enclosing the cavity along an edge of the panel body. The trim base is defined by an elongated body and includes an attachment feature positioned along at least one edge of the elongated body. The merchandiser panel assembly includes trim coupled to an exterior surface of the trim base. The merchandiser panel assembly includes insulation disposed within the cavity and captured by the panel body and the trim base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Mel Aumiller
  • Patent number: 9097457
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes: a refrigerator main body partitioned into a freezing room and a refrigeration room; a refrigerator door for opening and closing the refrigerator main body; pockets mounted on the inner face of the refrigerator door; and a sealing room provided to the pocket for separately storing articles by stopping a flow of cold air of the refrigerator main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Myeong Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 8979101
    Abstract: A sidewall panel of a barrel cooler has a sidewall panel body forming a first vertical edge and a second vertical edge. The sidewall panel has a latch arm protruding from the first vertical edge of the sidewall panel body, wherein the latch arm is adapted to cooperatively connect with a latch box of a first adjacent sidewall panel of the barrel cooler. The sidewall panel also has a latch box flush along the second vertical edge of the sidewall panel body, wherein the latch box is adapted to cooperatively connect with a latch arm of a second adjacent sidewall panel of the barrel cooler. The sidewall panel may be included in a system of parts that are adapted to cooperatively couple together to form a barrel cooler. The sidewall panel may also be included in an assembled barrel cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Bernard Primiano
  • Publication number: 20150053699
    Abstract: This invention relates to refrigerators, and more particularly to a refrigerator in which a vacuum space is formed between an outer case and an inner case of a body thereof for enhancing a heat insulating function. The refrigerator includes a body having a storage space for storing a predetermined storage object, wherein the body includes an inner case having the storage space, an outer case having an inside surface spaced a predetermined gap from an outside surface of the inner case to house the inner case, and a vacuum space provided between the inner case and the outer case sealed to maintain a vacuum state for heat insulating between the inner case and the outer case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Wonyeong JUNG, Myungryul LEE, Sung JHEE
  • Publication number: 20140345315
    Abstract: There is provided a refrigerating assembly for temporarily storing an item at a first temperature lower than an ambient temperature. The refrigerating assembly comprises a container for receiving the item and a shell adapted for removably receiving the container therein. The container comprises a sidewall having therein defined a cavity containing an amount of a refrigerant medium having a second temperature lower than the ambient temperature for temporarily maintaining the item received in the container at the first temperature. The shell has an outer surface which is at the ambient temperature and an inner surface which has a layer of thermally insulating material mounted thereon for thermally insulating the shell from the container, thereby maintaining the outer surface at the ambient temperature. There is further provided a method for temporarily storing an item at a first temperature lower than an ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Yves Lachance
  • Publication number: 20140190978
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermal insulating device comprising: (a) a container or compartment for holding food and/or beverage in a cooled condition, said container comprising thermoformed liner having an average thickness of not greater than about 10 mm, said liner being formed at least in part from material selected from the group consisting of glass-clear polystyrene (GPPS), impact-modified polystyrene (HIPS), styrene-butadiene block copolymers, ASA, SAN, ABS, polyolefins, acrylates and methacrylates, polycarbonates (PCs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and mixtures, combinations, laminates and layers of these; and (b) thermal insulation adjacent said liner and comprising a polymeric material having closed cells therein wherein said cells are formed from and/or contain a blowing agent comprising at least about 50% by weight of transHFCO-1233zd.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Bowman, David J. Williams, Samuel F. Yana Motta
  • Patent number: 8763847
    Abstract: An insulation unit including an inner lining having an inner face and an outer face, in which the inner face is disposed to define a cavity of the insulation unit is provided. An insulating foam is disposed on the outer face of the inner lining, and the insulating foam includes an inner face and an outer face, and the inner face of the insulating foam is adhered to the outer face of the inner lining. An outer lining is disposed on the outer face of the insulating foam. The outer lining includes a non self-supporting flexible skin which is adapted to define at least parts of an outer surface of the insulation unit and is adhered to the outer face of the insulating foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Julio Mortarotti
  • Patent number: 8602251
    Abstract: A wall structure of a large-sized refrigerated storage and a construction method thereof are provided. The wall structure comprises an interior wall board (1), an exterior wall board (2) and a skeleton positioned between the interior wall board (1) and the exterior wall board (2). A polyurethane foam plastic (7) is filled between the interior wall board (1) and he exterior wall board (2). The method for construction a wall of a large-sized refrigerated storage comprises the following steps: A. building the wall skeleton; B. mounting a color steel plate on the outer surface of the skeleton to form an exterior wall board (2) of the wall; C. painting the polyurethane spraying material on the exterior wall board (2) layer by layer for multiple times, and reserving a pouring apace at a distance of 40 to 80 mm from the installation position of a interior wall board (1); and D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Guangzhou Baier Cold-Chain Polyurethane Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong Wang
  • Publication number: 20130256319
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated cabinet structure includes panels having sheet metal outer side walls and polymer inner side walls. The polymer inner side walls are heat-sealed to a layer of polymer material laminated to a flat sheet metal blank to form vacuum cavities. The blank is then bent along fold lines to form a cabinet structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Nihat Cur, Axel Julio Ramm, Guolian Wu, James Kendall
  • Publication number: 20130256318
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet structure having side walls that are formed from a tube that has been folded/deformed into a structure having an “O” shape with vertically enlarged front and rear openings. The interior of the tube may be filled with silica powder or other filler, and a vacuum is formed within the tube. An insulated rear panel may be utilized to close off the rear opening of the vacuum insulated cabinet structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Axel Julio Ramm, Guolian Wu, James W. Kendall, Nihat Cur, Paul B. Allard
  • Publication number: 20130200084
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a vacuum insulation panel that improves heat transfer performance while improving durability of a core material and a manufacturing method thereof. The vacuum insulation panel includes a gas-interception sheathing material to cover a core material. The interior of the sheathing material is decompressed so that the sheathing material is hermetically sealed. The core material is formed of a lump of fiber, and the fiber has a hollow part formed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Sung JUNG, Hyung Sung Kim, Jong Sung Park, Jea Sung Kwon, Kyoung Mi Yoon
  • Publication number: 20130126538
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a heat-insulated housing having an interior space in which a pair of chilled-goods containers are disposed adjacent to one another at a spacing from the floor. Each chilled-goods container is mounted on extending elements that guide chilled-goods container into and out of the interior space. A longitudinal beam extends between the chilled-goods containers and each of the extractable elements is supported on sidewalls of the housing via at least one crossbeam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: BSH Bosch Und Siemens Hausgeräte Gmbh
    Inventor: BSH Bosch Und Siemens Hausgeräte Gmbh
  • Publication number: 20130111942
    Abstract: There is disclosed a refrigerator including an inner case that defines an exterior appearance of a storage space, an outer case spaced apart a predetermined distance from the inner case, a vacuum space provided between the inner case and the outer case, with being maintained vacuum, to insulate the inner case from the outer case, and a liquid-gas interchanger arranged in the vacuum space to generate heat exchange between refrigerant after exhausted from an evaporator and refrigerant before drawn into an evaporator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: LG Electronics Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130105496
    Abstract: There is disclosed a refrigerator including an inner case that defines an exterior appearance of a storage space, an outer case spaced apart a predetermined distance from the inner case, a vacuum space provided between the inner case and the outer case, with being maintained vacuum, to insulate the inner case from the outer case, and a porous filter filled in the vacuum space to restrain conductivity generated by gas existent in the vacuum space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
  • Publication number: 20130105497
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a pressure adjustment device that passes through an inner case and an outer case such that the inside and outside of the refrigerator communicate with each other, and the pressure adjustment device is opened and closed according to opening and closing of a door so as to remove a pressure difference between the inside and outside of the refrigerator, thereby facilitating opening of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Jubaeg Kim
  • Publication number: 20130105495
    Abstract: There is disclosed a refrigerator including an inner case that defines an exterior appearance of a storage space, with a communication hole formed therein, an outer case spaced apart a predetermined distance from the inner case, with a communication formed at a position corresponding to the communication hole of the inner case, a vacuum space provided between the inner case and the outer case, with being maintained vacuum, to insulate the inner case from the outer case, and a connection pipe passing through the vacuum space, to connect the communication hole of the inner case and the communication hole of the outer case with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: LG Electronics Inc.
  • Patent number: 8430155
    Abstract: A modular insulated water tank comprising a hollow insulated support structure, a liner, and an insulated cover, with the support structure being comprised of two or more separable, vertically stackable retention tiers, the liner being a flexible container capable of retaining fluids within the interior of the support structure, and the cover being capable of enclosing contents contained within the interior of the water tank. So configured, the modular insulated water tank is capable of retaining a large quantity of fluid, such as water, at an elevated temperature for an extended length of time, for purposes of using the heat energy stored therein for space heating purposes or for domestic hot water use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Gocze
  • Publication number: 20130056477
    Abstract: A refrigerator capable of preventing a cool air from being released when a door is open by having an accommodation container, including a bottom wall, a front side wall, a rear side wall, and lateral side walls to form an accommodation space, stored in a storage compartment together with a food storage container while accommodating the food storage container, the lateral side walls being spaced from the food storage container to form a space that allows a cool air to remain around the food storage container, the front side wall having a height corresponding to a height of the food storage container to prevent the cool air around the food storage container from being released, and the rear side wall and the lateral side walls having heights lower than the height of the front side wall to allow the cool air to flow around the food storage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyoung Min GO, Sang Burn Kim, Hyun Sang Yoo, Man Soon Im, Sang Woon Jeon
  • Patent number: 8356723
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable ice chest having an improved foot operated lid or lid arrangement. The foot operated linkages are spaced away from the food holding compartment of the ice chest, being provided at end portions or in side panels of a container body. In one embodiment, a single lid or cover is provided. In another embodiment, a pair of lids or covers are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Brian S. Clement, Terence M. Adam
  • Patent number: 8348087
    Abstract: A cold box is provided. The cold box includes an outer bag which is rectangular and has an upper opening, a lid which closes the upper opening of the outer bag, and a thermal insulator which is foldable and is detachably housed inside the outer bag. The thermal insulator is formed from a pouch-covered thermal insulation material. The thermal insulator includes a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of side walls. Each of the side walls has a fixed part disposed adjacent to the rear wall and a turning part disposed adjacent to the front wall. The fixed parts are fixed to side faces of the rear wall, respectively, and the turning parts are rotatably coupled to front faces of the fixed parts, respectively. When the thermal insulator is folded, the front faces of the turning parts face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Inoac Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiya Sawaki
  • Publication number: 20120248125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dynamically evacuable, electrically operated device comprising a coherently evacuable region and a temperature-controllable useful region, which is thermally insulated from the ambient temperature by the coherently evacuable region, and also a means for actively maintaining a vacuum, such that the pressure in the coherently evacuable region of the device is constantly within a defined pressure range, said coherently evacuable region making up at least 20% by volume of the total volume which is occupied by a porous and/or cellular insulating material in the device, and said coherently evacuable region comprising at least one organic aerogel and/or organic xerogel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Marc Fricke, Markus Schütte, Frank Fechner, Jörg Krogmann
  • Publication number: 20120187132
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator (1) comprising an outer wall (2), a compartment (3) disposed inside its body and wherein food and beverage items are emplaced, an inner liner (4) enclosing the compartment (3) and forming the interior side of the body, produced by thermoforming of plastic material having an outer protective layer (6) on its inner surface facing the compartment (3) which forms a barrier against chemical corroders and the main layer (7) disposed between the outer protective layer (6) and the insulation volume (5). on the side of the outer wall (2), produced from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) which provides chemical resistance against polyurethane blowing agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Osman Gokhan Ersoy, Mehmet Ali Oral
  • Publication number: 20120037644
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator including a main body provided with storage chambers, doors to open and close the storage chambers, and first door side frames, each of which forms one side surface of each door. Each door includes a handle groove stepped so as to be opened forward and sideward and provided on each first door side frame and a handle extended so as to cover the handle groove, and the handle is disposed so as to be substantially parallel with a front surface of each door, thereby providing unity to designs of the handle and the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jee Hoon Lee, Sang Gyu Jung, Seung Yong Yang, Jae Sek Oh
  • Publication number: 20120011880
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooling apparatus including a non-freezing apparatus which can be installed in a refrigerating chamber or a refrigerating chamber door and stably store food in a non-frozen state. A cooling apparatus includes a freezing chamber, a refrigerating chamber, a freezing chamber door, a refrigerating chamber door, and a non-freezing apparatus installed in the refrigerating chamber or the refrigerating chamber door and storing food in a non-frozen state. In the non-freezing apparatus, since a lower space is cooled by the cool air introduced from the freezing chamber and an upper space is cooled by the atmosphere of the refrigerating chamber, it is possible to reduce a heating value of a heater which is operated to maintain the temperature of the upper space to be higher than that of the lower space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Won-Young Chung, Jae-Hyun Soh, Deok-Hyun Youn, Cheol-Hwan Kim, Ju-Hyun Kim
  • Publication number: 20120012591
    Abstract: A heat transfer system and method for controlling heat transfer to and from a container having thermal insulation disposed with respect to said container or compartment so as to inhibit the flow of heat into and/or out of the compartment, said insulation comprising a polymeric material having closed cells therein wherein said cells are formed from and/or contain a haloalkene according to Formula IA: where each R is independently Cl, F, H, or CF3, provided that the total number of carbon atoms is either 3 or 4, R? is (CR2)nY, Y is CF3 and n is 0 or 1; and a heat transfer system for adding and/or removing heat from the compartment or container by use of a heat transfer fluid comprising a haloalkene Formula IB: where each R is independently Cl, F or H R? is (CR2)nY, Y is CF3 and n is 0 or 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: James M. Bowman, David J. Williams, Samuel F. Yana Motta
  • Publication number: 20110315693
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a rear wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a top wall, and a bottom wall that are permanently attached to define a cabinet. The cabinet includes an interior liner and an exterior wrapper. A door is pivotally connected with the cabinet and includes an interior liner and an exterior wrapper. A pocket is disposed in at least one of the rear wall, first side wall, second side wall, top wall, bottom wall, and door between the interior liner and the exterior wrapper. The pocket includes an access opening disposed at an edge of one of the rear wall, first side wall, second side wall, top wall, and bottom wall. A removable insulation panel is disposed in the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: NIHAT O. CUR, STEVEN J. KUEHL, LUIZ ANTONIO D. LOPES, JOHN J. VONDERHAAR, JOHN R. WISNOSKI
  • Publication number: 20110315694
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes: a heat-insulating main body composing a storage compartment; and a main door at an opening of the storage compartment, in which the main door includes: an opening provided at a front face of the main door; a sub door which freely opens and closes at the opening through rotation; an axis member for rotatably holding the sub door; a fixing member provided across a sub door side face and an opening inner side face, the sub door side face being a side face of the sub door in an axial direction of the axis member, and the opening inner side face being an inner side face of the opening opposite to the sub door side face; and a regulating member for regulating a rotational angle of the sub door at a predetermined angle by contacting the fixing member when the sub door is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichi Kurita, Taro Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20110297686
    Abstract: A refrigerator which allows a user to easily open a door of the refrigerator with a small force is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a main body having an upper storage compartment and a lower storage compartment defined on upper and lower sides, a door which slides to open and close any one of the storage compartments, a handle which is disposed at an upper portion of the door to be vertically rotatable, a plurality of push members which move to advanced positions from retreated positions in connection with a vertical rotation of the handle to separate the door from the main body, and an elastic member which is disposed between at least one of the push members and the door to restore the push members to the retreated positions when an external force is removed from the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, Jae Myung Han, Jong Eon Si
  • Publication number: 20110290808
    Abstract: A household refrigeration appliance includes a housing with several walls that have an insulating layer and surround an interior to be cooled, and/or at least one door that has at least one insulating layer. A recess that is accessible from outside is provided in a wall of the housing and/or in the door. In the area of the recess, the wall and/or the door is fitted with at least one heat-insulating element which has a lower thermal conductivity than the insulating layer of the wall and/or door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Yufa Bai, Wuba Lei, Alexander Rupp, Gang Yu
  • Patent number: 8042604
    Abstract: A temperature regulating member capable of avoiding deterioration in heat dissipation efficiency of a heat-accumulating material, and deterioration in a buffer function thereof, due to ununiformity in heat distribution inside the heat-accumulating material. With the use of a churning flow occurring by disposing one piece of stirrer or plural stirrers inside the heat-accumulating material, and by causing a relative position of the stirrer, inside the heat-accumulating material, to be changed during transportation, it is possible to eliminate ununiformity in heat distribution inside the heat-accumulating material. The temperature regulating member has a feature in that a phenomenon of a peripheral part of the heat-accumulating material being first cooled to be subsequently solidified is avoided, thereby enabling the heat dissipation efficiency and the buffer function to be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nozaki, Kazutoshi Kan
  • Publication number: 20100230423
    Abstract: An object is to provide a method of manufacturing a low-temperature storage in which an insulating performance of an insulating box article is enhanced, and an amount of contents of an inner box can be enlarged. In the low-temperature storage comprising: the insulating box article constituted by placing a foamed insulating material between an outer box and the inner box; and a vacuum insulating panel disposed on the surface of the outer box on the side of the foamed insulating material, a thickness dimension of the foamed insulating material between the inner box and the vacuum insulating panel is set so that a temperature of the surface of the vacuum insulating panel on the side of the inner box is not less than a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Shinya, Yasushi Sakata
  • Publication number: 20100187241
    Abstract: A heat-insulating wall for a refrigerating device having an exterior wall and an interior wall that delimit a cavity including a heat-insulating layer. A profile element is arranged, at least from region to region, between respective lateral edges of the exterior wall and/or the interior wall to increase the inherent rigidity of the heat-insulating wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventor: Helmut Hanke
  • Patent number: 7677406
    Abstract: An insulation container includes a flexible exterior container and a rigid interior container for maintaining stored items at a cool temperature. The exterior housing includes a lid for selectively sealing the entire open top thereof for selectively inserting or removing large or multiple items, the lid having an auxiliary door for quickly removing small or single items from the internal storage area. Opening only the auxiliary door also helps to maintain the internal temperature for a longer time than is possible if the entire lid is opened. The interior housing may be constructed of stainless steel for enhanced insulation with an intermediate housing sandwiched between interior and exterior housings. The intermediate housing may include a rubber material for preventing condensation from forming on the exterior housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Floyd S. Maxson
  • Patent number: 7472555
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated refrigerator cabinet comprises an evacuation system for evacuating an insulation space of the cabinet when pressure inside such space is higher than a predetermined value. The cabinet presents sensor means comprising a temperature sensor and a heater both located within the insulation space and a control system for activating the heater according to a predetermined heating cycle and for receiving a signal from the temperature sensor, such control system being able to provide the evacuation system with a signal related to the insulation level within the insulation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: David Kirby, Luigi Martinella, Giorgio Giudici
  • Publication number: 20080029526
    Abstract: The ice chest accessory is a cylindrical sleeve having open opposed upper and lower ends and defining an open interior region for removably receiving a beverage container or the like. The sleeve has a smooth and continuous outer surface, which is adapted for having indicia formed thereon. In use, the sleeve and the beverage container may be received within an ice chest, and the sleeve acts as a barrier to prevent movement of ice surrounding the main body member when the beverage container is removed from the open interior region. A replacement beverage container may then be inserted within the open interior region without interference from the ice within the ice chest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Johnie E. Campbell
  • Patent number: 7318535
    Abstract: Containers are provided. An exemplary container for storing an item comprises: an insulating material defining an interior, the insulating material comprising a bio-based polyurethane; and a temperature-maintaining material disposed within the interior, the temperature-maintaining material being arranged to maintain a temperature of an item placed with the interior. Methods also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Gano & Gandy Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gano, III, Winston H. Gandy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7007747
    Abstract: Structural support apparatus with active or passive heat transfer system with a flexible insulated container, a rigid heat-conductive metallic element, a heat exchange system, where the metallic element structurally supports the container. The metallic element and container form a waterproof bond, and the metallic element and heat exchange system form a thermal bond. A preferred embodiment includes a flexible insulated container forming a closed volume with a plurality of flexible walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Mark Charles Kitchens, Regis Marie-Jean Wandres