Capillary Feed Patents (Class 261/104)
  • Patent number: 10874819
    Abstract: A gas humidification system can have a conduit defining a gas passageway. A mass of a first absorbent material can be located in the conduit. A mass of a second absorbent material can cover at least a part of the surface of the conduit. An orifice can be located on the conduit to allow communication between the first and second absorbent materials. A heating element can be placed within, on, around, or near the first absorbent material. The heating element can heat up moisture in or on the first absorbent material such that the moisture is encouraged to join gases passing through the gas humidification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon, Guohua Bao, Nordyn Alami
  • Patent number: 10838388
    Abstract: A scent delivery system includes first and second scent delivery units and a central controller. The central controller is configured to generate command data capable of affecting operation of at least the first and second units based on one or more scenting schedules. The central controller is also configured to determine a relatedness and an order of priority between the units, and determine whether a desired activation time for the first unit overlaps at least partially with a desired activation time for the second unit. Based upon a determination that the first unit is related to the second unit and that a desired activation time for the first unit overlaps at least partially with a desired activation time for the second unit, the central controller is further configured to coordinate activity level of each of the first and second delivery units during the overlapping activation time according to the order of priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SCENTAIR TECHOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John Thurston Chandler, Chad Alan Morton
  • Patent number: 10792623
    Abstract: A resistivity adjustment device includes: a hollow fiber membrane module that is divided by a hollow fiber membrane into a liquid phase side area; a liquid supply pipe that communicates with the liquid phase side area; a liquid discharge pipe that communicates with the liquid phase side area; a gas supply pipe that communicates with the gas phase side area; a gas discharge pipe that communicates with the gas phase side area; a bypass pipe that communicates with the liquid supply pipe and the liquid discharge pipe to bypass the hollow fiber membrane module; and a first on-off valve that is connected to the gas discharge pipe and opens or closes a first passage inside the gas discharge pipe, wherein the first on-off valve opens the first passage to discharge water accumulated in the gas phase side area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Kazumi Oi, Masato Saito, Naoki Hada
  • Patent number: 10765231
    Abstract: A temperature controlled case includes a number of shelves, an air-curtain, and a number of air-straighteners. The number of shelves individually support a displayed product. The number of shelves are mounted to the temperature controlled case. The air-curtain originates at an air-curtain discharge and terminates an air-curtain return. The number of air-straighteners is equal to the number of shelves. The number of air straighteners individually include a flow guide and are individually coupled to one of the number of shelves. The flow guides are located at locations within the air-curtain. The flow guides are configured to control the air-curtain. The flow guides individually include a luminaire comprising a number of LEDs coupled to a number of PCBs. The luminaires are configured to illuminate a number of illumination targets. The number of illumination targets correspond to at least one of the displayed products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence William Eget, T. Dean Swofford, Roy Bates
  • Patent number: 10677492
    Abstract: A portable dehumidifier includes a plurality of recesses along a top edge of the portable dehumidifier and a plurality of protrusions along a bottom edge of the portable dehumidifier. The plurality of recesses permit a second portable dehumidifier to stack on top of the portable dehumidifier, and the plurality of protrusions permit the portable dehumidifier to stack on top of the second portable dehumidifier. The portable dehumidifier also includes a plurality of microchannel condenser coils and a fan located adjacent to the airflow outlet, the fan is configured to generate an airflow that flows into the portable dehumidifier through an airflow inlet and out of the portable dehumidifier through the airflow outlet, the airflow flowing through an evaporator and the plurality of microchannel condenser coils in order to provide dehumidification to the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Therma-Stor, LLC
    Inventors: Todd R. DeMonte, Steven S. Dingle, Joshua William Henry, James A. Scharping, Jr., Jerome Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 10549307
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a multi-function ductless enclosure apparatus. Its main purpose is to be used as a paint spray booth to capture excess paint, pass it through filters with the use of a fan and then exhaust the ensuing clean air out, back into the room air. This booth is foldable and light weight and can be moved to a different location in minutes. It can also be transformed to serve many other applications with the use of a few accessories thereby saving the end user from having to have several booths (saving counter space) and also saving him from having to spend a lot of money buying many booths for different applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BAKING INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Sam Micheal Chaoui
  • Patent number: 10525349
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that can present smell to a user in an appropriate mode utilizing a smell presentation device is provided. The information processing apparatus acquires content information relating to the substance of a content that includes at least one of video and audio to be presented to the user, and controls the smell presentation device to present smell in a mode according to the acquired content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishimaki, Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10465926
    Abstract: A method for continuously removing a particular type of gas molecules (“gas molecules”) from a gas stream includes selecting a liquid having an affinity for the gas molecules to be removed, and providing the selected liquid to each of a first and second mat, each mat formed from a plurality of fibers having the ability to retain the selected liquid within longitudinally extending channels having longitudinally extending openings against moving into the space between the individual fibers, the mats in fluid communication therebetween with the selected liquid. The method includes directing the gas stream through a portion of the first mat into contact with the selected liquid along the longitudinally extending openings whereby the selected liquid absorbs the gas molecules, and directing a second gas through a portion of the second mat so that the gas molecules, absorbed by and disbursed throughout the selected liquid, are stripped and carried away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jonathan D. West, Richard M. Sturgeon, Paul Van Hoof
  • Patent number: 10464009
    Abstract: The embodiments of the disclosure relate generally to adsorbent beds, adsorbent contactors, and methods of using same. The disclosure includes polymer filaments that include an adsorbent particle, such as a zeolite, metal oxide, metal organic framework. A plurality of fibers composed of the polymer filaments can be formed into an adsorbent bed for use in pressure swing and/or temperature swing adsorption processes. The plurality of fibers can be packed into a bed randomly, spirally wound, or woven into a fabric that can be formed into a contacting structure. The adsorbent particle can be contained within the polymer filament and can interact with a medium having a component for adsorption by being in fluid communication with the medium via tortuous pathways within the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tracie L. Owens, Daniel P. Leta
  • Patent number: 10458676
    Abstract: A portable dehumidifier includes a plurality of microchannel condenser coils, a fan, and a retractable handle. The fan is located adjacent to an airflow outlet and is configured to generate an airflow that flows into the portable dehumidifier through an airflow inlet and out of the portable dehumidifier through the airflow outlet. The airflow flows through an evaporator and the plurality of microchannel condenser coils in order to provide dehumidification to the airflow. The retractable handle is configured to slide into and out of the portable dehumidifier and to pivot upwards and lock into a tilted position to allow for transport of the portable dehumidifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Therma-Stor LLC
    Inventors: Todd R. DeMonte, Steven S. Dingle, Joshua William Henry, James A. Scharping, Jerome Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 10258709
    Abstract: A scent diffuser (e.g., air freshener) configured to automatically circulate fragrant air throughout a surrounding environment comprises a powered air circulator configured for circulating air and a fragrance composition throughout the surrounding environment, and a solar cell positioned within a support face of the air circulator. The support face is configured to secure the scent diffuser relative to a support surface and has an open portion configured to allow light to contact the solar cell. The air circulator may comprise a centrifugal fan positioned within the housing and configured to draw air through intake apertures in sidewalls of the housing and to exhaust air and fragrance through an outflow aperture of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Energizer Brands II, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Bourne, Kathy Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10238898
    Abstract: A portable air conditioning and ambient fresh air supply system that provides ambient fresh or conditioned air to a user wearing a respirator. The apparatus comprises a cabinet having an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The lower chamber holds a refrigerant air conditioning system and the upper chamber holds a blower that supplies cooled air to the surroundings. The user is able to control the temperature of the conditioned air by means of a control panel and the air flow rate by a blower control switch. An air outlet manifold supplies fresh or conditioned air through an air supply line to a respirator mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Dean Asbra, Serena Therese Asbra
  • Patent number: 10150086
    Abstract: A hollow fiber carbon membrane is produced by preparing a membrane-forming dope for carbon membranes by dissolving polyphenylene oxide in an amount giving a concentration of 15 to 40 wt. % in the membrane-forming dope, and sulfur in an amount giving a ratio of 0.2 to 3.0 wt. % based on the polyphenylene oxide, in a solvent capable of dissolving these components; preparing the membrane-forming dope for carbon membranes into a hollow shape by means of a spinning method in accordance with a non-solvent induced separation method using a double annular nozzle; performing a crosslinking treatment at 200 to 240° C. in the air; then performing an infusibilization treatment by heating at 250 to 350° C.; and further performing a carbonization treatment by heating at 450 to 850° C. in an inert atmosphere or under vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Kensuke Watanabe, Hirokazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10058627
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a digital aroma system that provides a scented air on demand to various devices in various forms and user held devices including: remote controls, video game controllers and mobile computing devices. Dry fragrance infused substrates are contained in fragrance cartridges that are removably mounted in a cassette that is connected to a manifold that has airway passages that are connected to fans or pumps that are controlled by a computer processor. In response to a fragrance control signal or a fragrance trigger, the processor can selectively direct scented air having a specified fragrance to a system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Inhalio, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Kelsen
  • Patent number: 10026976
    Abstract: A humidifier for a fuel cell system is provided to improve humidification efficiency of a hollow fiber improving a gas flow inside a membrane module into which tube side air and moist air are introduced. The humidifier includes a membrane module in which hollow fibers are fixed inside a case in a bundle form and a first manifold and a second manifold each assembled at both ends of the case. An inside of the membrane module includes a tube side air supply tube which forms a gas flow in the same direction as the hollow fiber and one side of the tube side air supply tube includes at least one moist air pumping part configured to suction moist air flowing in an exterior of the tube side air supply tube by a flow velocity and a flow pressure of tube side air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yong Gyu Noh, Hyun Yoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9879878
    Abstract: A dehumidifier has a handle that is recessed inward from a top surface of a main body to open both side surfaces thereof and is disposed to stably move the main body of the dehumidifier without deteriorating an outer appearance of the dehumidifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongsu Lee, Kunyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9867960
    Abstract: A humidifier can be integrated with a ventilator allowing it to continue humidification during patient transport. The humidifier can be placed at the ventilator outlet port and have a size that adds minimal resistance and compliance in the inspiratory arm of the patient circuit. The innermost core of the humidifier is the heater element that is positioned inside a hydrophobic membrane, allowing for humidification of the gas flowing around the hydrophobic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Mabini Arcilla, Smita Garde
  • Patent number: 9837673
    Abstract: A membrane humidifier for a fuel cell, the membrane humidifier includes, a humidifier housing, and a bundle of hollow fiber membranes which has both ends potted by potting members and accommodated in the humidifier housing, wherein a bypass flow tube having a plurality of pores is also potted by the potting members in addition to the bundle of hollow fiber membranes, such that a part of dry air from an air blower is bypassed from the outside to the inside of the potting member through the bypass flow tube, and thereafter, the dry air is injected into an internal space of the humidifier housing where the bundle of hollow fiber membranes is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hyun Yoo Kim, Hyuck Roul Kwon
  • Patent number: 9823177
    Abstract: A permeation standard is provided. The permeation standard may include a substrate that is impermeable to an analyte, an orifice disposed in the substrate, and a permeable material filling the orifice. The orifice and the permeable material are configured to provide a predetermined transmission rate of the analyte through the permeation standard. Also provided herein are methods for forming the permeation standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Arrelaine A. Dameron, Matthew O. Reese, Michael D. Kempe
  • Patent number: 9812720
    Abstract: A humidifier having at least one water-permeable fabric layer, on the opposite sides of which a gas stream with higher and with lower moisture content is guided along. On the side of the gas stream with higher moisture content, a hydrophilic additional layer is positioned upstream of the fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Harenbrock
  • Patent number: 9713787
    Abstract: The embodiments of the disclosure relate generally to adsorbent beds, adsorbent contactors, and methods of using same. The disclosure includes polymer filaments that include an adsorbent particle, such as a zeolite, metal oxide, metal organic framework. A plurality of fibers composed of the polymer filaments can be formed into an adsorbent bed for use in pressure swing and/or temperature swing adsorption processes. The plurality of fibers can be packed into a bed randomly, spirally wound, or woven into a fabric that can be formed into a contacting structure. The adsorbent particle can be contained within the polymer filament and can interact with a medium having a component for adsorption by being in fluid communication with the medium via tortuous pathways within the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tracie L. Owens, Daniel P. Leta
  • Patent number: 9690276
    Abstract: Disclosed are a customized scent diffusing device and a customized scent diffusing method for effectively transferring sensibility which can be felt from contents to a user by diffusing a most appropriate scent by synchronization with digital contents. According to various exemplary embodiments of the present invention, although odor effect information in 4D contents does not correspond to a spice cartridge configuration in a scent diffusing device, an appropriate odor can be provided through combining or mixing spice cartridges in the scent diffusing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ji Hoon Choi, Chung Hyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 9657982
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a medicinal storage container includes: a desiccant unit including external walls forming a gas-impermeable barrier around an interior desiccant region and including an aperture; a heating element; a controller operably attached to the heating element; a cooling unit; a compressor system including at least one evaporator coil unit, the compressor operably connected to the controller; a vapor conduit, the vapor conduit attached to a the desiccant unit at a first end, the vapor conduit attached to the evaporative cooling unit at a second end, the vapor conduit forming an internal, gas-impermeable passageway between the desiccant unit and the cooling unit; a vapor control unit attached to the vapor conduit and operably attached to the controller; and a medicinal storage unit including external walls encircling a medicinal storage region including a temperature sensor operably connected to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Fong-Li Chou, Philip A. Eckhoff, Lawrence Morgan Fowler, Fridrik Larusson, Shieng Liu, Nels R. Peterson, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9640814
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for adjusting humidification gas of a membrane humidification device of a fuel cell. In particular, the device is adapted to induce changes in differential pressure and velocity of the wet air for each division module and to improve the humidification efficiency by sequentially mounting the division modules divided into various numbers to the interior of a housing of the membrane humidification device, thereby adjusting the density of the hollow fiber membrane filled in each division module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Yoo Kim, Hyuck Roul Kwon
  • Patent number: 9609694
    Abstract: This device (10) for packaging and dispensing a cosmetic composition, which comprises: a housing (12) capable of being grasped by a user of the device (10); a reservoir (14) contained in the housing (12), the reservoir (14) being intended to contain a cosmetic composition, the cosmetic composition comprising at least one active substance; an assembly (16) for heating the cosmetic composition capable of vaporizing the cosmetic composition de la composition; a control member (18) able to control the heating assembly (16); is characterized in that it has a driving member (22) capable of moving the vaporized cosmetic composition out of the device (10), the control member (18) being able to control the heating assembly (16) so that the vaporized cosmetic composition driven out of the device (10) by the driving member (22) permanently has a temperature less than 70° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Noemie Chaillet-Piquand
  • Patent number: 9476604
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an unpowered room humidifier utilizing mechanically blowing air from a register, wherein water is wicked into a plurality of absorbent cloths draped over a plurality of beams and results in increased humidity as the air leaves the humidifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Raymond D. Mathews
  • Patent number: 9461318
    Abstract: A humidifier for a fuel cell is provided. The humidifier is configured to humidify discharged gas from a cathode of the fuel cell and dry air supplied via an air compressor using membrane, and supply humidified air to the cathode. The humidifier includes: a membrane module having bundles of hollow fiber membranes disposed therein and manifolds each of which is connected to both sides of the membrane module, configured to inject the discharge gas and the dry air into an interior of the membrane module, and discharge the discharged gas from which moisture is removed and the humidified air from the interior of the membrane module. At least one bypass line is inserted into interiors of the manifolds and is connected to the interior of the membrane module, and is selectively connected to a supplying path of the dry air supplied from the air compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hyunyoo Kim, Hyuckroul Kwon
  • Patent number: 9423142
    Abstract: A personal portable humidifier-type air cleaner includes: a portable case; a water tank formed in the case to store a certain amount of water; an intake channel for outside air, which is connected from outside to inside the case; an air discharge channel configured in continuation of the intake channel, for discharging the inside air to outside the case via a directional exit; a fan disposed on the intake channel, for forcing the air to flow from the intake channel to the discharge channel; and a vaporization kit composed of a plurality of moisture-containing filters that is maintained in a moisture-containing condition by being arranged on the air discharge channel and connected with the water tank by a wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Seung Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9410711
    Abstract: Humidifying apparatus includes a body comprising a chamber into which water is supplied by a water tank. An air flow is generated over water stored in the chamber, and a humidifying system humidifies the air flow with water from the chamber. Water in the chamber is irradiated by an ultraviolet radiation emitting lamp. The lamp forms part of a cartridge removably locatable within the body so that the lamp is received within an ultraviolet radiation transparent tube of the chamber. The body includes a plurality of supports for supporting the cartridge therebetween. Each support has a curved track for guiding movement of the cartridge towards the tube, the tracks being shaped to orient the cartridge for insertion of the lamp into the tube as the cartridge moves along the tracks towards the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Hugo George Wilson, Thomas Greer Duvall
  • Patent number: 9401518
    Abstract: A humidifier for humidification of a reactant gas in a fuel cell includes a container having a water-gas void volume disposed about a hollow core member, and a water-gas inlet and a gas outlet disposed on an outer surface of the container. At least a portion of the hollow core member is gas permeable and in fluid communication with the water-gas void volume. The hollow core member is further fitted with a reactant gas inlet and a reactant gas outlet for passage of the reactant gas through the hollow core member. The reactant gas outlet is equipped to be in fluid communication with the fuel cell to deliver a humidified reactant gas to the fuel cell. The humidifier is integrated within a fuel cell system. A method of humidifying a reactant gas in such a fuel cell system includes providing the humidifier and passing a reactant gas through it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: David Lawrence Clark
  • Patent number: 9118046
    Abstract: This specification discloses a humidifier that attains the inhibition of the damaging of a steam permeable membrane at low temperatures, and a fuel cell system. The humidifier has a steam permeable membrane therein. In the humidifier, an oxidizing gas and an oxidizing off gas with a humidity higher than that of the oxidizing gas are introduced, and the oxidizing gas is humidified by the oxidizing off gas via the steam permeable membrane. The steam permeable membrane is located at a position lower than an inlet for the oxidizing gas but higher than an outlet therefor. Further, the steam permeable membrane is located at a position lower than an inlet for the oxidizing off gas but higher than an outlet therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirofumi Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 9034528
    Abstract: Disclosed is a membrane humidifier for a fuel cell, which uniformly humidifies entire hollow fiber membranes from an outer side to a central portion of an interior of the membrane humidifier to improve the distribution of wet air and dry air, thereby improving a humidification performance. The membrane humidifier for the fuel cell includes a hollow upper case including first wet air inlet apertures and first wet air outlet apertures and a membrane module assembly including a plurality of unit membrane modules received lengthwise within the upper case along the flow direction of dry air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Yoo Kim, Hyuck Roul Kwon
  • Publication number: 20150123294
    Abstract: An evaporative HVAC apparatus is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the apparatus provides an at least one housing having an inner surface that defines a substantially tubular-shaped air passage extending therethrough. An absorbent wicking layer is formed immediately adjacent to at least a portion of the inner surface of the housing, and a thermal layer is formed immediately adjacent to an inner surface of the wicking layer. The housing also provides an at least one fluid inlet aperture through which a fluid line extends a distance into the housing so as to be in fluid communication with the wicking layer. Thus, a fluid is selectively delivered to the wicking layer through the fluid line which, in turn, permeates the thermal layer and evaporates into the air located immediately adjacent an exposed inner surface of the thermal layer, thereby affecting the temperature of the air moving through the air passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Nano Evaporative Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Harms
  • Patent number: 9004459
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus is disclosed in which gas is provided to a first side of a membrane and liquid to a second side of the same membrane. The membrane is non-porous to the liquid but porous to vapor of the liquid and is liquidphilic to said liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Antonius Johannus Van Der Net
  • Patent number: 8973906
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for conditioning an air flow(2) comprising a humidifying apparatus (5) having humidifying elements(6), which are arranged in the air flow (2) to be humidified in the humidifying apparatus(5), can be loaded with pressurized water, and are made of a fluid-permeable, porous, preferably hydrophilic material. In order to increase the efficiency of the humidification of the air flow(2) in the humidifying apparatus (5), the humidifying elements(6) of the humidifying apparatus(5) loaded with pressurized water are designed with regard to the cross-section thereof in such a way that the peripheral surface or outer surface of the humidifying elements exposed to the air flow(2) to be humidified can be uniformly contacted by the air flow (2) to be humidified over the entire circumference of the humidifying elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Klingenburg GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Klingenburg, Peter Braeutigam, Hans Peters, Martin Moeritz
  • Patent number: 8955511
    Abstract: A gas apparatus for use in a medical procedure may include a housing, a heater, a port, and a dispensing device. The housing defines a chamber having a gas inlet and a gas outlet. The heater warms a gas flowing through the chamber. The port is positioned in fluid communication with the chamber. The dispensing device is inserted within the port for delivering water in aerosol form to warmed gas as it exits the gas outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Northgate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Mantell, Peter A. Manzie
  • Patent number: 8944416
    Abstract: An apparatus for the transfer of mass and heat including a membrane having a hydrophilic surface and an opposing hydrophobic surface. The construction prevents transmission or leakage of fluids from one side of the membrane to the other regardless of pressure gradients within the membrane bubble point or water intrusion pressure range, but allows the transfer of vaporized fluid from one side of the membrane to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ZenPure Corporation
    Inventor: Zhenwu Lin
  • Patent number: 8939435
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus includes a volatile agent source, a controller, and an emanator material. The volatile agent source stores a volume of a volatile agent such as a fragrance. The volatile agent source includes an outlet for delivery of the volatile agent from the volatile agent source. The controller controls a delivery rate of the volatile agent from the volatile agent source. The emanator material is disposed at approximately the outlet of the volatile agent source. The emanator material absorbs at least a portion of the volatile agent and maintains the volatile agent until the volatile agent evaporates into an ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Microlin, LLC
    Inventors: John Howard Gordon, Ashok V. Joshi
  • Patent number: 8919746
    Abstract: A humidifier for a fuel cell system comprises a stack of thin plates having planar sealing surfaces at their edges. A water permeable membrane is provided between each pair of plates. Each plate defines a gas flow passage along its top and bottom surfaces, with an inlet and outlet defined along edges of the plate, and a flow field extending between the inlet and outlet openings. Inlet and outlet passages connect the inlet and outlet openings to the flow field, and the planar sealing surfaces on both sides of the plate include bridging portions which extend across the inlet and outlet passages. Support structures are provided throughout the flow field and the inlet and outlet passages to support the membrane and diffusion medium layer(s). The support structures may optionally be connected together by webs having holes for flow distribution between the top and bottom of each plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dana Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Vanderwees, Manaf Hasan, Jon Wilson, Jack Kummerow
  • Patent number: 8833740
    Abstract: A natural evaporation type humidifier includes a reservoir for containing liquid, an absorbent member for absorbing the liquid in the reservoir by capillary action, and a supporter for supporting the absorbent member. The supporter is detachably assembled with the reservoir and has a portion extended away from the reservoir to guide the absorbent member to a position outside the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Che Hub Ha
  • Publication number: 20140246793
    Abstract: A fill pack assembly and method for assembling a fill pack from individual sheets utilizes integrally bonded sheet pairs. Each sheet pair is a pair of two individual adjacent fill sheets which have been bonded together via any suitable bonding method. A plurality of the thus formed sheet pairs can then be attached together to form an entire fill pack or portion of a fill pack. Such fill packs are useful in heat exchange devices such as industrial cooling towers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Eldon F. MOCKRY, Ohler L. KINNEY, JR., Kenneth P. MORTENSEN, Glenn S. BRENNEKE
  • Patent number: 8807538
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a housing, a fan, and an annular reservoir. A compound is disposed within the reservoir. The dispensing device further includes a permeable substrate in communication with the annular reservoir for releasing the compound in a first passive state. The compound is released from the permeable substrate according to a uniform diffusion profile. Rotation of the fan causes air to pass over the permeable substrate to release the compound in a second active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Nitin Sharma
  • Patent number: 8807540
    Abstract: A volatile material dispensing system includes a housing and a refill unit. The refill unit includes a volatile material and a wicking surface. A fan is disposed within the housing. During an active state the fan draws ambient air into the housing and over the wicking surface, which is angled between about 20 degrees to about 75 degrees relative to a central axis of the housing. Further, during the active state the drawn air is expelled from the housing through channels of the fan at an angle of between about 20 degrees to about 75 degrees relative to the central axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Sharma, Michael J. McGlade
  • Publication number: 20140220207
    Abstract: A liquid product is dispensed via a membrane contactor. The contactor employs a plurality of gas-permeable hollow fibres. The contactor has a gas port communicating with the interior of the fibres and input and output ports for liquid communicating with space within the contactor surrounding the fibres. A gas comprising carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide is dissolved in the liquid in the contactor. The gas at a controlled pressure is supplied to the gas port. The liquid is supplied at a higher pressure than the gas to the input port for liquid from a supply of such liquid via a first valve having a first valve inlet port communicating with the supply of liquid and a first valve outlet port communicating with the inlet port for liquid. Liquid with the gas dissolved therein is dispensed from the outlet port for liquid via a dispense tap to ambient. The dispensing liquid step includes a start dispense step in which dispensing commences and a stop dispense step in which dispensing is stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Headmaster Ltd.
    Inventors: John Kenneth Rurik Page, Mark George Page
  • Patent number: 8727322
    Abstract: An enclosure defines a confined space configured to store goods that can be advantageously maintained by controlling the water vapor levels to which the goods are exposed. A water vapor conversion element, at which liquid water is converted to water vapor, can be operably associated with the confined space to distribute that water vapor to the confined space. A water delivery unit is operatively associated with the water vapor conversion element and is configured to deliver water in liquid form to the water vapor conversion element. The water delivery unit can comprise a drip chamber configured to deliver the water essentially one drop at a time. The enclosure can comprise a drawer in a refrigeration appliance such as a household refrigerator. A sensor configured to determine the water vapor level present in the confined space can be operable to selectively control the distribution of water vapor to the confined space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Hall
  • Publication number: 20140134507
    Abstract: A humidifier has a housing in which a moisture exchanger is arranged. The moisture exchanger has water-permeable and/or water-vapor permeable hollow fibers. The hollow fibers separate a first flow path and a second flow path from each other. A spacer secures the hollow fibers in a defined position within the housing. The spacer contains a moisture storage medium that is at least partially made of a superabsorbent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Fasold
  • Patent number: 8677679
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to an ampoule for the storage and dispersion of a volatile liquid comprised of (a) an outer shell composed of an impermeable material and defining at least one opening; (b) a porous diffusion member defining an internal reservoir positioned inside said outer shell; (c) a volatile liquid contained within such internal reservoir; and (d) a film member adhered to the outer shell and covering the at least one opening; wherein the film member is disposed such that an air space is present between the porous diffusion member and the film member; and wherein the porous diffusion member is configured such that molecules of the volatile liquid can only enter into the air space via diffusion through the porous diffusion member. Such ampoules are particularly suited for the storage and dispersion of organic chemicals useful as bed bug attractants, such as a C8-C12 alkane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce C. Black, Shreya J. Shah, Linda A. Varanyak, Keith F. Woodruff
  • Publication number: 20130328223
    Abstract: A volatile material dispensing system includes a housing and a refill unit. The refill unit includes a volatile material and a wicking surface. A fan is disposed within the housing. During an active state the fan draws ambient air into the housing and over the wicking surface, which is angled between about 20 degrees to about 75 degrees relative to a central axis of the housing. Further, during the active state the drawn air is expelled from the housing through channels of the fan at an angle of between about 20 degrees to about 75 degrees relative to the central axis of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Nitin Sharma, Michael J. McGlade
  • Patent number: 8528883
    Abstract: Disclosed are a hollow fiber membrane for a humidifier which exhibits superior moisture/heat-resistance and excellent hydrophilicity and can be manufactured at low cost, and a method for manufacturing the same. The hollow fiber membrane includes a tube-type first hydrophilic polymer film having a hollow center, and a second hydrophilic polymer film coated on the inner surface of the tube-type first hydrophilic polymer film. The method includes producing an intermediate hollow fiber membrane from a first hydrophilic polymer material, potting the intermediate hollow fiber membrane in a housing to produce an intermediate hollow fiber membrane module, and coating a second hydrophilic polymer film on the inner surface of the intermediate hollow fiber membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kolon Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Moo-Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 8517356
    Abstract: A ventilation device and a controlling method of the same are provided. The ventilation device may include a humidifier having improved humidification efficiency and improved durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Man Yang, Jeong Hun Kim, Hyung Ho Park