Frost-preventing, Ice-thawing, Thermostatic, Thermophoric, Or Cryogenic Patents (Class 252/70)
  • Patent number: 10876025
    Abstract: Some variations provide a composition comprising: a first solid material and a second solid material that are chemically distinct and microphase-separated; and at least one liquid selectively absorbed into either of the first solid material or the second solid material. The first and second solid materials are preferably present as phase-separated regions of a copolymer, such as in a segmented copolymer (e.g., a urethane-urea copolymer). The liquid may be a freezing-point depressant for water. For example, the liquid may be selected from methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, or glycerol. The liquid may be a lubricant. For example, the liquid may be selected from fluorinated oils, siloxanes, petroleum-derived oils, mineral oil, or plant-derived oils. The liquid may consist of or include water. The liquid may be an electrolyte. For example, the liquid may be selected from poly(ethylene glycol), ionic liquids, dimethyl carbonate, diethyl carbonate, or methyl ethyl dicarbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, April R. Rodriguez, Jason A. Graetz, Adam F. Gross
  • Patent number: 10851510
    Abstract: An ice melting device formed into an impact dispersion projectile for melting ice. The projectile being formed of salt and other ice melting chemicals. The ice melting compound is mixed, placed into a jig, dipped into a combination of liquid detergent and water then drained, compressed, heated, and then cooled. The projectile may then be removed from the jig and packaged. The projectile may be thrown by an individual onto an ice coated surface where the projectile upon impact will disintegrate and disperse the ice melting salt and ice melting chemicals onto the ice coated surface initiating the melting of the ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Tom Stiles
  • Patent number: 10836945
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide: a chemical heat storage material which may be molded into an article having high strength and high heat conductivity; and a composition for forming a chemical heat storage material, whereby it becomes possible to mold the chemical heat storage material in a desired shape. A chemical heat storage material comprising a Group-2 element compound, a boron compound and a silicone polymer; and a composition for forming a chemical heat storage material, said composition comprising a Group-2 element compound, a boron-containing compound, at least one component selected from the group consisting of an alkoxysilane, a hydrolysate of the alkoxysilane and a condensation product of the alkoxysilane, and a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kono, Toshitaka Koyama
  • Patent number: 10815410
    Abstract: A method of heat transfer between a metallic or non-metallic item and a heat transfer fluid including a fluid medium, hydrophobic nanoparticles having a lateral size between 26 and 50 ?m and a dispersing agent is provided. The nanoparticles concentration/dispersing agent concentration ratio in weight is between 3 and 18 and the nanoparticles do not include carbon nanotubes. A heat transfer fluid is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: David Noriega Perez
  • Patent number: 10798850
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an electronic component and a protective shield including a phase change material having a phase change temperature of between 20° C. and 90° C., an antivibration gel having hyperelastic and/or viscoelastic behavior at 20° C., and a separation barrier positioned so as to separate the phase change material and the antivibration gel. The antivibration gel is positioned, at least partly, in contact with the electronic component, and has a thermal conductivity of greater than 1 W/m·K at 20° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Sebastien Quenard, Lina Laifa, Ulrich Soupremanien, Helga Szambolics, Olivier Verseux
  • Patent number: 10781348
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aqueous deicing and/or anti-icing composition, and the use thereof on areas in need of deicing and/or anti-icing, exhibiting substantially improved corrosion inhibition, conductivity inhibition and/or hydrogen embrittlement inhibition. Said composition comprises 40-60% by weight of at least one alkali metal carboxylate, 0.1-0.5% by weight of benzoic acid and/or at least one alkali metal benzoate, 0.05-0.5% by weight of at least one alkali metal phosphate, 0.005-0.05% by weight of at least one alkali metal metasilicate, and 0.01-0.15% by weight of succinic acid and/or at least one alkali metal succinate. Balance to 100% by weight is water and said composition is pH adjusted to pH 9-12 by addition of at least one alkali metal hydroxide and/or carbonate. Disclosed is also a method of obtaining corrosion inhibition, conductivity inhibition and/or hydrogen embrittlement inhibition by addition of 0.01-0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: PERSTORP AB
    Inventors: Kent Sörensen, Marie Westerblad
  • Patent number: 10773688
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle deicing fluid comprising: at least one alkali metal salt, the weight percentage of all of the at least one alkali metal salt, in the fluid, being between 0.0001% and 50%, and at least water, the weight percentage of water in the fluid being between 0.0001% and 99.9999%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Amélie Noel, Grégory Kolanowski, Denis Thebault
  • Patent number: 10717536
    Abstract: Method and system to sense ice protection fluid and verify a Fluid Ice Protection System (FIPS) is distributing the ice protection fluid correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason J. Jackowski, Steve G. Mackin
  • Patent number: 10495388
    Abstract: A thermal energy storage system includes a phase change composition including a phase change material. The phase change composition has a first melting temperature at a first hydration level and a second melting temperature at a second hydration level. The phase change composition stores thermal energy by converting from a solid to a liquid. The thermal energy storage system also includes at least one compartment containing the phase change composition and at least one tuning medium receiving water to adjust the phase change composition from the first hydration level to the second hydration level and supplying water to adjust the phase change composition from the second hydration level to the first hydration level. A method of storing and releasing thermal energy is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED COOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ying Zheng, Chien-Hua Chen, Howard Pearlman, Richard Bonner, III, Fangyu Cao
  • Patent number: 10465979
    Abstract: Disclosed are cooling devices for beverage dispensing systems. The devices include and utilize a slurry of granules and a liquid in order to facilitate heat transfer in the cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cornelius Deutchland
    Inventors: Klaus Wiemer, Detlef Dominik
  • Patent number: 10442970
    Abstract: A solid ice melting composition is composed of pelletized salt, the pelletized salt having a plurality of salt particles pressed together, inter-particle spaces between the salt particles inside the pelletized salt, and a deicing liquid in the inter-particle spaces. The composition is produced by pelletizing a plurality of salt particles to form pelletized salt, and introducing deicing liquid into inter-particles spaces between the salt particles in the pelletized salt by infusing the deicing liquid into the pelletized salt. The solid ice melting composition is easy to handle and spread, is longer lasting and is effective at temperatures down to about ?30° C. or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: 9533109 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Burley Neal
  • Patent number: 10436492
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to methods and apparatuses for generating ice. In one embodiment, at a generation location, a material is introduced to water, and the temperature of the combination of the water and the material is lowered until ice forms; then at a target location, the formed ice is deployed on a top surface of a body of water, or of a pre-existing body of ice, or of ground. The formed ice has an albedo greater than or equal to 0.15. The formed ice contains light scattering centers created by the introduced material. The material comprises hollow particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Leslie A Field, Susan J Strehlow, Dave G Duff, Kimberly M Wiefling
  • Patent number: 10428290
    Abstract: A de-icing lubricant composition is provided, including isopropyl alcohol; and mineral oil. The isopropyl alcohol may be 60-90% of the composition by weight. The mineral oil may be 10-30% of the composition by weight. The composition may include a dye and/or a propellant. The propellant may be CO2. A method of restoring mobility to frozen components is also provided by applying a composition as described above to a frozen component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Dustin Falconer
  • Patent number: 10414971
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include modified nonionic surfactant formulations having a nonionic surfactant and a pour point depressant, where the modified nonionic surfactant formulations have a pour point of ?54° C. to ?75° C. In one or more embodiments, the modified nonionic surfactant formulations can be introduced into a flow of carbon dioxide, where the flow of carbon dioxide and the modified nonionic surfactant formulation are injected into an oil containing reservoir. In one or more embodiments, an emulsion of the carbon dioxide and the nonionic surfactant form in the oil containing reservoir, where the use of the pour point depressant provides minimal interference in forming the emulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sayeed Abbas, Aaron W. Sanders, Troy Knight, Pramod D. Patil, Brenna White, Susan K. Falcone-Potts, Martha Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10316199
    Abstract: Microcapsules are disclosed that have a core composition encapsulated within a polymer wall, and an inorganic shell connected to an exterior surface of the polymer wall by a surfactant. The inorganic shell has a cation attracted to the surfactant and an anion or anion equivalent chemically bonded to the cation to form the shell or has the metal portion of a metal-containing compound attracted to the surfactant to form the shell. The shell may comprise a Ca, Mg, or Ag metal compound. The shell may be a graphene oxide-metal compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Microtek Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Carl M Lentz, Kayla L. M. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10266741
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the addition of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme inhibitors to existing engine cooling systems to reduce or eliminate the coolant toxicity without the need to completely drain and replace the entire engine coolant. In addition, the present invention provides an apparatus and method for treatment of otherwise toxic coolants removed from engine cooling systems that are targeted for disposal and release into the environment and thereby reduce or eliminate the condition of creating relatively large amounts of toxic waste during routine maintenance and repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: John W. Evans, Steven J. Pressley
  • Patent number: 10186473
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a power module capable of realizing a superior heat radiation property while satisfying a high insulation property. A power module according to the present invention includes: a conductor plate to which a switching element is connected; a heat radiation plate which is disposed to face the conductor plate; an insulating member which is disposed between the conductor plate and the heat radiation plate; and a conductive intermediate conductor which is disposed in the insulating member in a state of being electrically insulated from the conductor plate and the heat radiation plate, wherein the intermediate conductor has a communication region which communicates between the insulating member disposed on the side of the conductor plate with respect to the intermediate conductor and the insulating member disposed on the side of the heat radiation plate with respect to the intermediate conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fusao Hojo, Nobutake Tsuyuno, Toshiaki Ishii, Junpei Kusukawa, Akira Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10149561
    Abstract: A multi-walled glass container is capable of cooling and/or heating contents held within the glass container. More specifically, the multi-walled glass container has at least one fluid-filled freezable and/or heatable pocket, wherein a safety plug may seal a substance within the pocket. The safety plug may contain the substance within the pocket and may release the substance in its original or a different state from the pocket, wherein the release may limit damage to the multi-walled glass container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Kim
  • Patent number: 10119057
    Abstract: In one aspect, compositions are described herein. In some embodiments, a composition comprises a phase change material, a hydrophobic sorption material, and a viscosity modifier. In some embodiments, a composition comprises a foam and a latent heat storage material dispersed in the foam, the latent heat storage material comprising a phase change material and a hydrophobic sorption material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Phase Change Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Reyad I. Sawafta, Najih Naser
  • Patent number: 10094609
    Abstract: A refrigerant pack is provided with a refrigerant substance containing water, a precipitating component, a non-precipitating component, and a pH indicator, and is configured such that the precipitating component precipitates when the refrigerant substance freezes and is a component not corresponding to the pH indicator, the non-precipitating component does not precipitate when the refrigerant substance freezes and is a component not corresponding to the pH indicator, a change or the presence/absence of coloring in the pH indicator is reflected before and after freezing, and the refrigerant substance changes in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobutaka Ueda, Yasuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10005941
    Abstract: A thermal management composite, comprising a phase change material within a carbon or graphite matrix. The matrix is coated with a polymer coating to improve flexibility. The matrix can be a molded carbon or graphite material or a carbon or graphite cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ALL CELL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Siddique Ali Khateeb Razack, Mohamed F. Alzoubi, Kathryn Cloutier, Said Al-Hallaj
  • Patent number: 10000717
    Abstract: A method for improving wear control in an engine or other mechanical component lubricated with a lubricating oil by using as the lubricating oil a formulated oil. The formulated oil has a composition including a lubricating oil base stock as a major component, and encapsulated microscale particles, as a minor component. The minor component contains no sulfur or phosphorus. The encapsulated microscale particles include an encapsulating material and a core material encapsulated by the encapsulating material. The core material includes at least one metal salt selected from a metal oxide, metal hydroxide, metal carbonate, or mixtures thereof. The encapsulating material is derived from a carboxylic acid selected from an aliphatic carboxylic acid, a cycloaliphatic carboxylic acid, an aromatic carboxylic acid, and mixtures thereof. The lubricating oils are useful in internal combustion engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael White, Xinhua Li, Joseph McLellan, Olivier Schueller, Patrick Reust, Alan M. Schilowitz, David J. Baillargeon
  • Patent number: 9974735
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a depilatory composition which comprises a depilatory active and at least one material which alters the thermal properties of the composition by either having a higher heat of fusion or a lower thermal conductivity than the bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: RECKITT & COLMAN (OVERSEAS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Neil Atkin, Samuel Dawson, Jane Evison, Fiona Kennedy, Anne Tindal, Haydn Ward, Jane Warwick
  • Patent number: 9938365
    Abstract: A temperature regulating article comprises a substrate and a polymeric phase change material bound to the substrate, wherein the polymeric phase change material is characterized by including a precisely branched polymer with substantially equally spaced repeating sidechains. In other embodiments the polymeric phase change material includes between 20 and 200 branches per 1000 carbon units, has a latent heat of at least 5 Joules per gram, and a transition temperature between 0° C. and 40° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Outlast Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Hartmann, David E. Henton
  • Patent number: 9931295
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a pharmaceutical composition containing a stable azole-based compound, which is useful as an antifungal agent. According to the present invention, the above-mentioned object can be achieved by adding magnesium hydroxide carbonate, triethylamine, arginine, or another such basic substance to an azole-based compound that is unstable in acids. The above-mentioned pharmaceutical composition is stable enough that the compound will not degrade if the temperature, humidity, or other such conditions should change during production or storage. Also, this composition is useful as a therapeutic agent for deep mycoses because systemic administration is possible by applying it to an oral agent or an injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Ishimoto, Tsutomu Harada, Hiroshi Omae
  • Patent number: 9926479
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a material comprising: a matrix material comprising a plurality of urethane and/or urea and/or isocyanurate groups and having a hardblock content of more than 75% (hereinafter called matrix A); and a polymeric material which 1) has no groups which are able to form a urethane, urea or isocyanurate group with an isocyanate group, 2) exhibits a phase change as measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in the temperature range ?10° C. to +60° C. with an enthalpy ?Hm of at least 87 kJ/kg, 3) is interpenetrating said matrix A, and 4) has an average molecular weight of more than 700 and comprises at least 50% by weight of oxyalkylene groups, based on the weight of this material, wherein at least 85% of the oxyalkylene groups are oxyethylene groups (hereinafter called polymeric material B); and wherein the relative amount of said matrix A and of said polymeric material B, on a weight basis, ranges from 15:85 to 75:25. Process for preparing such material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HUNTSMAN INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Jozef Bleys, Hans Godelieve Guido Verbeke
  • Patent number: 9927162
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to methods and apparatuses for generating ice. In one embodiment, a material is introduced to water, and the temperature of the combination of the water and the material is lowered until ice forms, the formed ice having a higher albedo than it would have had if the step of lowering the temperature had been carried out on the water without first carrying out the step of introducing the material. In one embodiment, the material is selected such that an aqueous solution of the material is alkaline. In another embodiment, a material is introduced to water, and the temperature of the combination of the water and the material is lowered until ice forms, the ice forming at a faster rate than the rate at which it would have formed if the material had not been introduced to the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Leslie A Field, Susan J Strehlow, David G Duff, Kimberly M Wiefling
  • Patent number: 9909046
    Abstract: A heat storage member includes a honeycomb structure having a plurality of cells, each of which is filled with capsules and a heat conductive filler. Each capsule contains a heat storage material. The heat storage member is prepared by bringing a starting material that is a mixture of the capsules into contact with the honeycomb structure to cover at least one surface of the opening of the cells of the honeycomb structure, subjecting the same to uniaxial pressure molding under the pressure of 4 MPa to 10 MPa, and filling each cell with the starting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., NICHIAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aiichiro Tsukahara, Isami Abe, Tetsuya Mihara, Shu Morikawa, Tomokazu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9879167
    Abstract: A nanofluid composed of a base fluid and a solid nanocomposite particle, where the solid nanocomposite particle consists of a carbon nanotube and a metal oxide nanoparticle selected from the group consisting of Fe2O3, Al2O3, and CuO. The metal oxide nanoparticle is affixed inside of or to the outer surface of the carbon nanotube, and the solid nanocomposite particle is homogeneously dispersed in the base fluid. The heat transfer and specific heat capacity properties of the nanofluid are measured using differential scanning calorimetry and heat exchanger experiments with different nanocomposite concentrations and different metal oxide percent loadings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Muataz Ali Atieh, Abdallah Darweesh Manasrah, Usamah Ahmad Al-Mubaiyedh, Tahar Laoui, Rached Ben-Mansour
  • Patent number: 9782331
    Abstract: An object is to provide dispersion containing lipid peptide type compound useful as low molecular weight gelator, such as lipid dipeptide and lipid tripeptide, and dissolution accelerator capable of dissolving the lipid peptide type compound at lower temperature and more easily. It is also an object to provide dispersion that can form hydrogel by simpler method and under milder condition (low temperature) and from which gel can be obtained as gel having high thermal stability, and provide method for forming the gel. Dispersion including: a lipid peptide type compound in which peptide portion formed by repetition of at least two or more identical or different amino acids is bonded to lipid portion including C10-24 aliphatic group; dissolution accelerator having, in molecules thereof, hydrophilic portion and hydrophobic portion, the hydrophilic portion having betaine structure; and water; and method for producing hydrogel by use of the dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Imoto
  • Patent number: 9783716
    Abstract: The present invention provides a seal element made in an elastomeric composite, said material comprising an elastomeric polymer and a phase change material (PCM), wherein the PCM is able to provide thermal energy to the elastomeric polymer upon cooling to the phase transition point of the PCM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS
    Inventors: Anton Akulichev, Brede Thorkildsen
  • Patent number: 9765251
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a phase change material is encapsulated by forming a phase change material pellet, coating the pellet with flexible material, heating the coated pellet to melt the phase change material, wherein the phase change materials expands and air within the pellet diffuses out through the flexible material, and cooling the coated pellet to solidify the phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Jaspreet Dhau, Dharendra Goswami, Chand K. Jotshi, Elias K. Stefanakos
  • Patent number: 9725633
    Abstract: A multi-component fiber includes at least two elongated fiber bodies. A first fiber body consists of a first material including a phase change material and a second fiber body consists of a second material and encloses the first fiber body. The phase change material is non-encapsulated or in raw form and the first material includes a viscosity modifier selected from polyolefines having a density in the range of 890-970 kg/m3 as measured at room temperature according to ISO 1183-2 and a melt flow rate in the range 0.1-60 g/10 minutes as measured at 190° C. with a 21.6 kg weight according to ISO 1133. Further, a textile, a fabric and an absorbent article include the multi-component fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Anna Nihlstrand, Inge Gabrielii, Bengt Hagström
  • Patent number: 9650554
    Abstract: A latent heat storage material contains sodium acetate, water, and a supercooling stabilizer containing a group 11 metal-containing compound, and has a group 11 metal concentration of 2.0×105 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Suito, Motohiro Suzuki, Hironobu Machida, Shinsuke Takeguchi, Kentaro Shii
  • Patent number: 9624418
    Abstract: Antifreeze proteins having an ice-binding site, such as those derived from the Marinomonas primoryensis bacterium, may be used in additive compositions, fluid compositions, and methods for depressing the freezing point of the fluid compositions. The fluid composition may include the antifreeze protein and a base fluid, such as drilling fluids, servicing fluids, production fluids, completion fluids, injection fluids, refinery fluids, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles David Armstrong, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 9614263
    Abstract: Thermal management systems for high energy density batteries, particularly arrays of such batteries, and methods of making and using thereof are described herein. The system includes one or more thermal conductive microfibrous media with one or more phase change materials dispersed within the microfibrous media and one or more active cooling structures. Energy storage packs or arrays which contain a plurality of energy storage cells and the thermal management system are also described. Further described are thermal or infrared shielding blankets or barriers comprising one or more thermal conductive microfibrous media comprising one or more phase change materials dispersed within the microfibrous media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: IntraMicron, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongyun Yang, Bruce J. Tatarchuk, Troy J. Barron, Paul S. Dimick
  • Patent number: 9587153
    Abstract: A heat storage material composition contains a styrene-ethylene-ethylene-propylene-styrene copolymer and a paraffin-based wax. The heat storage material composition preferably further contains a paraffin-based process oil that softens the styrene-ethylene-ethylene-propylene-styrene copolymer. Also, the heat storage material composition preferably contains not less than 300 parts by mass and not more than 1000 parts by mass of the wax with respect to 100 parts by mass of the styrene-ethylene-ethylene-propylene-styrene copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KITAGAWA INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Suzuki, Yasuo Kondo, Makoto Kato, Ryosuke Shiono, Teruaki Yuoka
  • Patent number: 9580310
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing hydrogen and a passivating oxide using water splitting techniques is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a container filled with a passivating-oxide preventing agent that is substantially inert to water in an effective amount to prevent passivation of a solid-state material during oxidation and a conduit for inserting a solid-state material into the passivating-oxide preventing agent in which the solid-state material is submerged in the passivating-oxide preventing agent without being in direct contact with water. The solid-state material is capable of dissolving in the passivating-oxide preventing agent and reacting with the water. Thus, the method provides continuous dissolution of the solid-state material into the passivating-oxide preventing agent and its alloys in the presence of excess water at or near room temperature to enable continuous generation of hydrogen, passivating oxide and heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jerry M. Woodall, Thomas E. Rowley
  • Patent number: 9567552
    Abstract: A warewashing detergent composition is provided for use for in cleaning of alkaline sensitive metals such as aluminum or aluminum containing alloys. The compositions include alternatives to sodium tripolyphosphate and/or other phosphorous containing raw materials, while retaining cleaning performance and corrosion prevention. According to the invention, high molecular weight polyacrylates (polyacrylic acid homopolymers) with a molecular weight of at least about 5000 are used as corrosion inhibitors and can be included for aluminum protection in a number of different detergent compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Erik C. Olson, Devon Beau Hammel
  • Patent number: 9568250
    Abstract: A process for transferring heat comprising the following steps: (1) transferring heat from a body to a first heat transfer system by means of a secondary loop passageway comprising a heat transfer fluid and, optionally, (2) transferring heat from a second heat transfer system to said body by means of said secondary loop passageway comprising said heat transfer fluid, wherein: said second heat transfer system being the same as or different from said first heat transfer system, said secondary loop passageway comprises at least one polymer sealant selected from a rubber seal and a plastic pipe; and said heat transfer fluid comprises one or more linear perfluoropolyethers having formula RF—(OCF2)n(OCF2CF2)m(OCF2(CF2)zCF2)p—ORF (I), wherein RF, equal or different at each occurrence, is a C1-C3 perfluoroalkyl group, m, n and p, equal to or different from each other, are integers comprised between 0 and 100, the sum m+n being higher than 0, and z is equal to 1 or 2, and wherein said heat transfer fluid is circulat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventors: Pier Antonio Guarda, Gianfranco Spataro, Vincent Pierre Meunier
  • Patent number: 9562183
    Abstract: A compound consisting of a linear saturated C8-C24 hydrocarbon-based chain bearing at each end a nitrogen-containing functional group, other than —NH2, is used for the storage of thermal energy. A process for the storage and optionally for the release of thermal energy comprises the contacting of a wall to be cooled with a first heat transfer fluid then of said first heat transfer fluid with a material comprising said compound and optionally the contacting of said material with a second heat transfer fluid then of said second heat transfer fluid with a wall to be heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventors: Manuel Hidalgo, Jean-Philippe Gillet, Gilles Barreto, Frederick Mantisi
  • Patent number: 9540558
    Abstract: The invention relates to an engine coolant composition, and a method of increasing the operational life of a coolant composition in an engine, wherein an isononanoic acid is incorporated into the generally glycol based coolant fluid in place of nitrous acid or its salt to reduce pitting corrosion on iron containing surfaces, and one or more hydroxybenzoic acids are incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ashland Licensing and Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Turcotte, Ladislaus Meszaros, David F. Embaugh, Gefei Wu
  • Patent number: 9524812
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a heat-recoverable article that thermally shrinks in a suitable temperature range and that does not easily split, and a wire splice and a wire harness that use the heat-recoverable article. The heat-recoverable article according to the present invention is a cylindrical, heat-recoverable article including a base layer. The base layer contains two or more polyolefin-based resins and a flame retardant, the base layer has a single melting-point peak temperature, the melting-point peak temperature is 112° C. or more and 128° C. or less, and a heat of fusion of the base layer is 60 J/g or more and 85 J/g or less. A heat of fusion of a total resin component of the base layer is preferably 80 J/g or more and 135 J/g or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC FINE POLYMER, INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamasaki, Yasutaka Emoto
  • Patent number: 9493695
    Abstract: Storage systems based on latent heat storage have high-energy storage density, which reduces the footprint of the system and the cost. However, phase change materials (PCMs), such as NaNO3, NaCl, KNO3, have very low thermal conductivities. To enhave the storage of PCMs, macroencapsulation of PCMs was performed using a metal oxide, such as SiO2 or a graphene-SiO2, over polyimide-coated or nickel-embedded, polyimide-coated pellets The macro encapsulation provides a self-supporting structure, enhances the heat transfer rate, and provides a cost effective and reliable solution for thermal energy storage for use in solar thermal power plants. NaNO3 was selected for thermal storage in a temperature range of 300° C. to 500° C. The PCM was encapsulated in a metal oxide cell using self-assembly reactions, hydrolysis, and simultaneous chemical oxidation at various temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Ram, Chand K. Jotshi, Elias K. Stefanakos, Dharendra Yogi Goswami
  • Patent number: 9487690
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anisotropic heat conductive composition including flake graphite particles and a resin composition for the particles to be dispersed therein. When the particles have a basal plane, a maximum diameter a in a direction of the basal plane, and a thickness c perpendicular to the basal plane, a/c is 30 or more on average, and a content of the particles is more than 40 mass % and 90 mass % or less. Since the composition includes the particles having a particular shape, when it is formed into a sheet, an anisotropic heat conductive path can be efficiently created therein. Thus, the present invention can provide a molded product in sheet form, suited to have therein a heat conductive path capable of dispersing heat from a high temperature region to a low temperature region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Tanaka, Naomi Nishiki, Kazuhiro Nishikawa, Hidetoshi Kitaura, Kimiaki Nakaya, Katsufumi Shimanaka, Akiyoshi Azechi
  • Patent number: 9482461
    Abstract: The heat exchanger is adapted for cooling a coolant (e.g., water), used to cool a device or an area (e.g., building interior), such as during periods of peak energy cost and usage, to save energy and energy costs. The heat exchanger includes a coolant storage tank with one or more refrigerant circulators in contact with the floor of the tank. The circulators use a refrigerant having a freezing temperature colder than the coolant, with coolant on the floor of the tank forming a layer of ice thereon. A rotary scraper extends up through the tank floor from each circulator, with the scrapers operating to remove the thin layer of ice from the floor as the ice forms. The resulting ice chips are relatively small and thin, thus having a relatively large surface area for their volume in order to maximize melting and rapid cooling of the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Syed A. M. Said, Muhammad Umar Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 9434868
    Abstract: The invention relates to a de-icer or anti-icer composition for a travelled surface comprising: at least about 25% w/w of at least one acetate salt; and from about 14% to about 50% w/w of at least one non-acetate salt wherein the total concentration of said at least one acetate salt and said at least one non-acetate salt in the de-icer or anti-icer composition is at least about 57% w/w. The acetate salt can be selected from the group comprising potassium, sodium, lithium, magnesium, calcium, ammonium acetate or mixtures thereof. The non-acetate salt can selected from the group comprising one or more cations selected from the group consisting of potassium, sodium, lithium, magnesium, calcium, ammonium or mixtures thereof and one or more anions selected from the group consisting of formate, propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate, oxalate, malonate, succinate, glutarate, adipate, citrate, gluconate, benzoate, carbonate, bicarbonate, fluoride, chloride, bromide or mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ESSECO UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Alistair McConnell
  • Patent number: 9416330
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for reducing the risk of oxidation of hydrate inhibitors such as monoethylene glycol used to prevent the formation of hydrates in fluid handling systems including flow lines and pipelines. A hydrate inhibitor storage tank in fluid communication with the fluid handling system is used to hold a volume of liquid hydrate inhibitor, a volume of blanket gas and a layer of a liquid, nonflammable at operating conditions, therebetween. The liquid is immiscible with glycol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Mark Titley
  • Patent number: 9396853
    Abstract: The present invention is a nanoparticle mixture or suspension or nanofluid comprising nonmagnetically sensitive nanoparticles, magnetically sensitive nanoparticles, and surfactant(s). The present invention also relates to methods of preparing and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH CORPORATION, SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, G. P. “Bud” Peterson
  • Patent number: 9365758
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a completely biodegradable organic product designed for producing a road snow melting/ground thawing agent or a biological agricultural fertilizer, comprising at least one salt, for example in the form of grit, brine or slurry, characterized in that it further comprises a material of plant origin consisting of at least one waste product from an oil pressing/extracting, winemaking or crushing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Francesco Bottura, Hicham Ferhout, Florent Marc Andre Theotiste