Cooling Apparatus Making, E.g., Air Conditioner, Refrigerator Patents (Class 29/890.035)
  • Patent number: 10578370
    Abstract: An integrated heat exchanger and coolant reservoir includes a reservoir structure that extends in a length direction from one end to an opposite end. A coolant inlet is arranged at one of the ends, and a coolant outlet is arranged at one of the ends. Coolant volumes extend in parallel along the length direction, and are fluidly connected in series to define a coolant flow path between the coolant inlet and the coolant outlet. An internal structure arranged within the reservoir structure has walls that separate individual coolant volumes from one another. Refrigerant flow paths are provided within at least one of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Tony Rousseau, Michael Reinke, Gregory Mross
  • Patent number: 10557668
    Abstract: A heat exchanger pipe system is provided for transporting viscous fluids, including a plurality of individual heat exchangers designed as pipe elements and having a predefined control temperature and/or pressure distribution along the pipe system and in the cross-section of the pipes. The heat exchangers, which are in the form of pipe elements, are arranged at regular distances in the pipe system. The regular distances are selected in such a manner that a predetermined temperature and/or pressure distribution is maintained along the pipe system, tempering apparatus of a viscous fluid transported in the heat exchanger pipe are arranged in the heat exchangers and optional mixing elements which are used to maintain, in accordance with the pipe cross-section, a predetermined temperature and pressure distribution in the cross section of the pipes, and at least 30% of the length of the heat exchanger pipe system is equipped with heat exchangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AUROTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Zikeli, Friedrich Ecker
  • Patent number: 10177624
    Abstract: An electric machine includes a first circuit through which a first working fluid can flow and a second circuit through which a second working fluid can flow. The first circuit and the second circuit are formed hermetically. In order to cool the electric machine particularly well, the first circuit and the second circuit have a common heat exchanger surface which is constructed in such a way that thermal energy from the first working fluid of the first circuit can be transmitted to the second working fluid of the second circuit or vice versa from the second working fluid to the first working fluid by way of the heat exchanger surface. A method for cooling an electric machine and a motor vehicle having an electric machine are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Baeuerlein, Joachim Feld, Ardian Tropoja
  • Patent number: 10166842
    Abstract: To provide a grill installation structure that is capable of firmly supporting an air outlet of a grill body of an air-conditioning grill to a grill installation part of an installation member even when the grill installation part of the installation member is designed to have a notched shape. A finisher of the grill installation part is formed in a notched shape such that an air-conditioning grill unit is insertable in a direction (grill insertion direction Ig) orthogonal to an opening direction of the air outlet, and the finisher includes a grill fixing part on the back. The air-conditioning grill unit includes an outer peripheral flange disposed frontward to a front surface side of the finisher, and the air-conditioning grill unit includes a grill holding plate that is installed in the grill fixing part from a back thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hirota
  • Patent number: 9913404
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus has: an opening formed in a cooling plate for cooling an electronic component; and an electronic component accommodating section formed in the opening. A cooling pipeline is disposed in a manner to surround an outer side surface section of the electronic component accommodating section, whereby the electronic component and the cooling pipeline are arranged at substantially the same height as a top of the cooling plate to realize a low profile. In addition, the electronic component accommodating section, which is joined to the cooling plate, is configured that a side surface section thereof is in contact with a side surface section of the electronic component via a potting material. In this way, an area that contributes to heat radiation is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Yokoi, Yoshiyuki Deguchi, Katsuhisa Kodama, Yusuke Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9587708
    Abstract: In an alignment stocker having an opening and plural shelf members, metal rings are pushed between the plural shelf members. The meta rings are deformed into an approximately polygonal shape to pass through the opening, in an arranged State of the metal rings, by pressing and holding from insides thereof, and are extracted from the opening. Using a heat treatment jig, which has the same opening as that of the shelf member and enables the metal rings to be mounted parallel to each other in a vertical direction and to be spaced the predetermined interval from each other, the metal rings held from the insides thereof in the arranged state, are inserted from the opening of the heat treatment jig into the heat treatment jig, are mounted in the heat treatment jig by releasing the inside holding, and then are heated and extracted from the shelf members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Watabe, Masaomi Saruyama, Hiroyuki Tsuyuzaki
  • Patent number: 9423192
    Abstract: A heat spreading device includes sectioning forming a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion, a first plurality of conduits, and a second at least two conduits. The second at least two conduits interconnect the first chamber portion and the second chamber portion. The heat spreading device may also include cavities, a barrier, and fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Tsoi, Uno Henningsson, Yuping Hong, Feng Peng, Hua Yang, Haipeng Li
  • Patent number: 9126279
    Abstract: A brazing method is disclosed. The brazing method includes providing a substrate, providing at least one groove in the substrate, providing a support member, positioning the support member over the at least one groove in the substrate, providing a braze material, applying the braze material over the support member to form an assembly, and heating the assembly to braze the braze material to the substrate. Another brazing method includes providing a preform, providing a wire mesh, pressing the wire mesh into the preform, heating the preform to form a braze material including the wire mesh, providing a substrate, providing at least one groove in the substrate, applying the braze material over the at least one groove in the substrate, then brazing the braze material to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Edward Schick, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Benjamin Paul Lacy, John Wesley Harris, Jr., Brian Lee Tollison
  • Patent number: 9065103
    Abstract: A battery system is provided in which the batteries are mounted between a pair of substrates, the system further including at least one cooling tube mounted next to the batteries, the cooling tube used to withdraw heat from the batteries via a circulating liquid coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Straubel, Eugene Berdichevsky, David Lyons, Thomas Colson, Martin Eberhard, Ian Wright, Robert Ferber
  • Publication number: 20150143697
    Abstract: A method for constructing a refrigerator appliance is provided. The method includes mounting a plurality of interior components of the refrigerator appliance to a mold body, applying a liner material to the mold body and removing an inner liner of the refrigerator appliance from the mold body. The method can assist with limiting mounting of components of the refrigerator appliance to the inner liner after formation of the inner liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Todd Duncan Cook
  • Publication number: 20150137512
    Abstract: A connection pipe and a method of manufacturing the connection pipe for an evaporator of a refrigeration device is disclosed. In the connection pipe and method, high-frequency welding is performed while a first pipe is at one side of a tube and a second pipe is at another side of the tube are welded, and a first curvature portion is in the first pipe and a second curvature portion is in the second pipe. Even though the connection pipe according to the present disclosure is forced or pressed to connect a suction pipe to the second pipe, the connection pipe may not be deformed or damaged due to a structural characteristic during installation of the evaporator in the refrigeration device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Myeong Suck KIM
  • Publication number: 20150129183
    Abstract: A heat exchanger having a cooler block including a stack of plates arranged in plate pairs. The cooler block defines flow paths and flow ducts and has an outer circumference. At least some of the plate pairs include a bent edge having an elongation, the elongation on one plate pair in the stack extending to the next plate pair in the stack such that a substantially smooth contour of the cooler block is formed in at least one circumferential region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Peskos, Eugen Auerbach, Wolfgang Schatz-Knecht, Thomas Eckert, Rainer Glück
  • Publication number: 20150121701
    Abstract: A cold plate includes an enclosure with an inlet, an outlet, a base and a lid. The inlet and outlet are in fluid communication, so fluid can flow from the inlet though the enclosure to the outlet. The base is formed from a base plate, and the base plate includes an island facing into the enclosure. A plurality of pins extends from the island toward the lid. The pins can have a spiral shape, where the cross sectional profile of the pins change along the length of the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Wolverine Tube, Inc.
    Inventors: Sy-Jenq Loong, Donald Lynn Smith
  • Publication number: 20150121945
    Abstract: A cylindrical hole is formed between peripheral belt portions of two container constituent plates of a thermal storage material container of an evaporator with a cool storage function. A cylindrical portion of a thermal storage material charging member having a thermal storage material charging passage is disposed in the cylindrical hole and brazed to the two container constituent plates. That portion of the thermal storage material charging member which protrudes from the cylindrical hole includes a crushed portion and a cylindrical uncrushed portion. The crushed portion seals the thermal storage material passage. The cylindrical portion of the thermal storage material charging member is smaller in outside diameter than the uncrushed portion, and the cylindrical portion and the uncrushed portion have the same inside diameter. The cylindrical portion has an inward protrusion protruding into a thermal storage material containing space, and the inward protrusion has a radially expanding engagement portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: KEIHIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu KAMOSHIDA, Mitsuru NOBUSUE
  • Publication number: 20150121700
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a refrigerator having a body, storage compartments, and a door that opens/closes the storage compartments and comprises a front panel formed of a metal plate material, through holes being formed in the front panel, the method including forming the through holes in the front panel by performing an etching or laser process; and filling a filler member in the through holes so that foreign substances are prevented from permeating an internal space of the through holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Soo SUNG, Heung Seob CHOI, Man Yeob LEE, Jong Tak LEE
  • Publication number: 20150122827
    Abstract: An exemplary modular cooler system is provided that includes couplings that may, in one embodiment, be implemented as integrated or interfaced receptacles and corresponding inserts that allow accessory items to couple with an insulated compartment, which may be referred to as a “wet box”, and used as an insulated cooler that holds ice. The accessories may include, for example, a second compartment or “dry box” for holding items that need to be kept dry, a fishing rod holder, a shelf, a cutting board, a cup holder, a chair or seating platform, one or more dollies, or virtually any needed accessory. In one embodiment the thermal properties of the insulated compartment are enhanced with the use of one or more radiant barrier members, such as one positioned adjacent the lid of the insulated compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Gulf Coast Cooler Company, LLC
    Inventor: Craig A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150114606
    Abstract: A heat exchanger which including a metal exchange surface having a plurality of upward extending walls forming channels between the walls. The channels are between about 5 and about 500 um in width and the walls are between about 50 and about 1000 um in height. At least one reservoir communicates with the channels and a refrigerant is position in the reservoir, the refrigerant having a boiling point of at least about 50° C. A cover is positioned above the exchange surface such that refrigerant is returned to the exchange surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Leland Weiss
  • Publication number: 20150114025
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for overcoming known plating deficiencies in evaporator assemblies in ice making machine. One embodiment joins the vertical and horizontal partitions together at their intersections so that all surfaces are susceptible for increased soldering/brazing by eliminating the “voids” by changing the location and design of the “weep holes” in the vertical and/or horizontal partitions. This provides more complete capillary path at the joint between the vertical and horizontal partitions and the evaporator pan allowing improved flow via capillary action of solder/brazing alloy during the joining of the assembled vertical and horizontal partition grid to the evaporator pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: William Eugene Olson, JR., Gerald William Wendt, Raymond Randy Haack, John-Paul James Ishioye
  • Publication number: 20150107292
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular passive refrigeration container for the cold storage and transport of goods, especially fresh produce and deep-frozen goods as well as to a method for the assembly of such a modular passive refrigerated container, comprising at least: (i) a cooling element, suitable for binary ice as coolant, comprising at least three plate-shaped hollow cooling segments, wherein the plate-shaped cooling segments define at least a portion of the refrigeration space, (ii) an insulation material in plate form, and (iii) a housing, suitable for receiving said cooling element and said insulating material in plate form, wherein said cooling element is removably surrounded by said housing, and wherein a space between the said cooling element and said housing is at least partially filled with said insulating material which is reversibly connected with either said housing or said cooling element or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: ETABLISSEMENTEN FRANZ COLRUYT
    Inventors: Erik Cousaert, Caren Noels, Koen Merckx, Wim Vanverre, Joachim Van Mulders
  • Patent number: 9009969
    Abstract: A refrigerator which increases convenience in assembly of a handle and reduces generation of scratches on doors and drawers in assembly of the handle, and a handle assembly method thereof, is provided. The refrigerator includes doors rotatably combined with a main body, a handle combined with each door to open and close each door, a first handle fixing unit assembled with each door to fix the handle to each door and provided with an inclined part fixed to the handle by a fastening unit, a second handle fixing unit assembled with each door to fix the handle to each door and combined with the handle in a sliding manner, a first connector assembled with the handle and fastened to the first handle fixing unit by the fastening unit, and a second connector assembled with the handle and combined with the second handle fixing unit in the sliding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam Gu Choi, Dong Gyun Kim, Hyo Sik Kang, Young Gwi Park, Jong Sun Park, Yong Man Seo
  • Publication number: 20150089973
    Abstract: A rotating air conditioner apparatus and method comprising an elongated shaft, whereby one or more of a condenser coil, an evaporator coil, and a compressor rotate around the elongated shaft. In one embodiment, balancing weights rotate with the shaft and are positioned to prevent uneven rotation of rotating air conditioner during operation. The evaporator and condenser contain a plurality of fins and/or fan blades and coils for refrigerant. Inlets and/or adjustably directed outlets on the evaporator and/or the condenser provide for circulation of air through the rotating air conditioner apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Herbert S. Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150075214
    Abstract: A liquefier for a heat pump includes a liquefier space and a process water tank. The process water tank is arranged within the liquefier space such that it is substantially surrounded by liquefied working fluid. A wall of the process water tank, however, is spaced from a wall of the process water tank so that a gap formed to communicate with the region of the heat pump in which compressed gas is present is obtained, so that the process water tank is thermally insulated from the space for liquefied working fluid via this gas-filled gap. The liquefier itself may also be surrounded by the gas region, in order to provide for inexpensive insulation of the liquefier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Holger SEDLAK, Oliver KNIFFLER
  • Publication number: 20150068037
    Abstract: A system is provided where the system includes a chamber, a first cooling system including a first cooling load evaporator, wherein the first cooling system is placed within the chamber, a second cooling system including a fluid coil, wherein the fluid coil is placed within the chamber, and a thermal storage for a second cooling fluid in the second cooling system, wherein the thermal storage is placed outside the chamber. In the system, the first cooling system further includes a first compressor and a first condenser and the second cooling system further includes a thermal storage chiller, wherein the thermal storage chiller is placed outside the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: SPX Corporation
    Inventor: Richard M. Powell
  • Publication number: 20150068038
    Abstract: A method of integrating the Modular Chiller System into an existing walk-in cooler includes the steps of 1.) selecting a portion of an existing walk-in cooler, 2.) installing walls and doors, by means known in the art, to define an existing space within the cooler 3.) positioning a frame assembly of refrigeration and electrical components on one of the interior walls, 4.) positioning a controller unit on an exterior wall and interfacing the controller unit to the frame assembly, and 5.) positioning a remote condenser unit and interfacing the condenser unit to the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Flavian Iovanel
  • Patent number: 8959771
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a shell from sheet metal for a room air conditioner/heat pump is shown. The sheet metal is stamped and formed to a U-shaped rectangular shell with open ends and a shell brace. Flanges on the outer edge of the U-shaped rectangular shell overlap at corners with (a) adjacent flanges or (b) the shell brace. Both the U-shaped rectangular shell and shell brace are inserted into an assembly machine where the corners are clinched and punched. The outermost flange at each corner is punched to a fixed diameter, but the innermost flange or the shell brace is only punched to a conical shape. Screws are inserted at each corner that pass through the fixed diameter to threadably engage only the conical shape of the innermost flange or shell brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Joe B. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20150044540
    Abstract: A cooling device for an automotive battery includes at least one coolant line and at least one separate pressing element which is designed to be elastic so as to press the coolant line against an exterior side, preferably a flat side, of the automotive battery. The pressing element is designed as a composite component which has a separately manufactured reinforcing component which is enclosed in a plastic material. A method for manufacturing the cooling device includes the acts of providing a reinforcing component, in particular an elastic metal component, manufacturing an elastic pressing element as a composite component by sheathing the reinforcing component with plastic material, and applying a coolant line to the composite component. The composite component is acted upon to press against the coolant line in the event of deformation perpendicular to the exterior side of the automotive battery to be cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: David Jakob MORTON, Stephan WEILEDER, Micha DIRMEIER
  • Publication number: 20150000133
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for assembling a flattened tube multiple tube bank heat exchanger that includes a first tube bank and a second tube bank, each bank including a plurality tube segments extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship. A spacer clip is installed on a longitudinally extending edge of each heat exchange tube segment arrayed in a first layer of tube segments. A plurality of heat exchange tube segments are arrayed in a second layer in engagement with the spacer clips installed on the tube segments of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Michael F. Taras, Arindom Joardar, Melkamu Woldesemayat, Bruce J. Poplawski
  • Publication number: 20140352345
    Abstract: A heat exchange matrix includes a plurality of generally planar foils including a water retaining material, arranged in spaced, substantially parallel relationship. Each foil defines a main plane having a flow direction and a transverse direction and the foils include strips that extend a strip length in the transverse direction and are separated from each neighbouring strip in the flow direction and each strip is offset from the main plane by a distance that is different from that of its neighbour. The matrix may be provided in a flow channel for air to be humidified and cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: OXYCOM BEHEER B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Hakbijl, Johannes Antonius Maria Reinders
  • Publication number: 20140345316
    Abstract: A modular cooler assembly is disclosed herein. According to an embodiment, the modular cooler assembly may be configured to house one or more beverage containers therein. In some instances, the modular cooler assembly may include a number of panels. The panels may be interconnected by way of a number of joints. In certain embodiments, at least one of the panels may be configured to be opened and closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Vinayak S. Godbole, Anish Mehta
  • Patent number: 8887392
    Abstract: Apparatus useful for connecting a drain pan overflow sensor to the evaporator assembly of a ductless mini-split HVAC system includes at least one carrier extending upwardly from the overflow sensor and at least one connector releasably engageable with the carrier and at least one fin and/or evaporator coil tube of the evaporator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Rectorseal Corporation
    Inventors: Zhengyi Xu, Robert Allen Martinelli
  • Patent number: 8881398
    Abstract: A method of insulating a refrigeration appliance. The refrigeration appliance includes a case, a liner, and a five-sided, box like vacuum panel. The liner is formed to be inserted into the case forming a chamber between the liner and the case. The five sides of the vacuum panel define a cavity. The method includes in one embodiment, positioning the five-sided vacuum panel in the chamber between the case and the liner, injecting foam into the chamber, and curing the foam to attach the five sided vacuum panel to the case and the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Joseph Hanley, Martin Christopher Severance
  • Patent number: 8875395
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger comprising at least one heat conducting conduit for passage of a first medium and at least one block of an open cell porous medium for passage of a second medium. The method comprises providing at least one groove in the open cell porous medium. Thereafter, the porous medium is bent in a direction such that at least part of the grooves are opened and heat conducting conduits are applied in this at least one opened groove. Thereafter, the porous medium is rebend such that the heat conducting conduits are locked in said open cell porous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Universiteit Gent
    Inventors: Franky Wallaert, Peter De Jaeger, Johan Hugelier
  • Publication number: 20140311169
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling an inverter of a variable frequency drive that drives a compressor in a cooling system for electronic equipment are disclosed. The system includes a first fluid circuit that cools electronic equipment using a first fluid flowing therethrough and a second fluid circuit that free cools a second fluid flowing therethrough. The second fluid circuit cools the first fluid using the free-cooled second fluid. The system further includes a third fluid circuit that mechanically cools the second fluid using a third fluid flowing therethrough as a function of the wet bulb temperature of atmospheric air. The third fluid circuit includes at least one compressor compresses the third fluid and is driven by a motor coupled to the variable frequency drive. At least a portion of the first fluid flowing through the third fluid circuit is diverted to cool the inverter of the variable frequency drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: INERTECH IP LLC
    Inventors: Gerald McDonnell, Earl Keisling, John Costakis
  • Publication number: 20140315480
    Abstract: Device for the air-conditioning and/or monitoring of building or warehouse areas, containing a housing consisting of plastic or composite material shaped as a hollow body and having air entry, air guidance and air exit sections, at least one fan roller provided with a plurality of profiled fins made of composite material or plastic, and drivable by at least one electric motor, the fan roller being positionable inside the housing, and a casing for the housing, formed by a flexible plastic or composite material panel that can be connected to the housing, wherein an end section of the casing can be releasably connected to a housing section, an approximately arc-shaped contour of the casing is formed by bending the casing lying outside the housing, and after further bending of the casing, the free end thereof can be releasably fastened to a different housing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: LSE GMBH
    Inventor: Robert Falk
  • Patent number: 8863387
    Abstract: A system and a method for plugging a heat exchanger tube or the like. The system includes a plug member having a central shaft having a compressible member mounted on the central shaft such that axial compression of the compressible member radially expands the compressible member into sealing engagement with an inner wall of a tube in which the plug member is inserted. The system further includes a drive means removably engaged with the plug member for inserting the plug member into the tube and for providing axial force on the compressible member to cause radial expansion of the compressible member into sealing engagement with the inner wall of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Conco Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Saxon, Mike Toth, Jerry F. Hall
  • Publication number: 20140307389
    Abstract: Cooling apparatuses and methods of fabrication thereof are provided which facilitate cooling a multi-component assembly, such as a hub module assembly. The cooling apparatus includes a first liquid-cooled heat sink configured to facilitate removal of heat generated by one or more first electronic components of the multi-component assembly, and a second liquid-cooled heat sink configured to facilitate removal of heat generated by one or more second electronic components of the multi-component assembly. The first liquid-cooled heat sink is separably coupled to the multi-component assembly, and the second liquid-cooled heat sink is fixedly secured to the multi-component assembly. Fluid couplers fluidically couple the first and second liquid-cooled heat sinks to facilitate liquid coolant flow through the fixedly-secured, second liquid-cooled heat sink from the separably-coupled, first liquid-cooled heat sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8844136
    Abstract: A filling body, comprising a plurality of plastic foils, which are undulated, wherein a plastic foil has a plurality of connecting elements for connecting a plastic foil to other plastic foils via a plurality of form-fitting connections. The filling body is configured such that two plastic foils are connected to a plastic foil pair, and plastic foil pairs are connected to other plastic foil pairs. The connecting elements are positioned on the plastic foils such that upon joining two plastic foils to a plastic foil pair, the still unconnected connecting elements can be joined into connecting element pairs on opposite sides of the two plastic foils. The connecting element pairs are located exclusively in the vicinity of the edges of the two plastic foil pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: GEA 2H Water Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Nina Woicke
  • Patent number: 8839519
    Abstract: A scalable method of edge cooling and making a cold chassis for electronic modules. The steps include fabrication of modular cooling ribs, each including microchannels along the cooling edge and a peripheral flange. A set of adjacent ribs are secured together and assembled onto at least one face of a chassis frame member. The rib flanges are sealed (e.g. friction stir welded) with respect to the frame member. The Application includes new and retrofit environments with increased cooling needs and multi-scaled manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David H. Altman, Scott R. Cheyne, Anurag Gupta
  • Publication number: 20140273796
    Abstract: A synthetic jet driven cooling device includes at least one synthetic jet actuator to generate and project a series of fluid vortices. A manifold coupled to the synthetic jet actuator(s) receives the fluid vortices and generates a primary air stream. An air amplifier connected to the manifold by a connecting pipe receives the primary air stream. The air amplifier includes an air intake oriented perpendicular to the connecting pipe and an air outlet positioned opposite the air intake, with a venturi section positioned between the air intake and air outlet that has a diameter smaller than the air intake diameter. A low pressure region in a center of the venturi section entrains a surrounding air in through the air intake to generate a secondary air stream that combines with the primary air stream to generate a combined air flow that flows through the venturi and exits the air outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Howard Giammattei, Stanton Earl Weaver, Pramod Chamarthy
  • Publication number: 20140262158
    Abstract: Provided is a modular pumped loop cooling apparatus including a cooling module and a pumping module, wherein the pumping module has an inlet coupling for mating with a corresponding outlet coupling of the cooling module when the cooling module is placed atop the pumping module. The modular pumped loop cooling apparatus is provided as a standalone unit that can be coupled to any one of a plurality of heat sinks having different heat loads. The cooling apparatus is therefore scalable to accommodate a wide range of cooling applications so that the apparatus does not have to be redesigned to accommodate a particular system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20140260383
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a supplemental heat exchanger operably disposed between a condenser and an evaporator. This supplemental heat exchanger is located in selective fluid communication with the air in the conditioned space, and can be toggled between an “invisible” mode in which the heat exchanger acts as a simple fluid conduit between the condenser and evaporator, and a “humidity reduction” mode in which the heat exchanger operates to transfer heat from hot refrigerant to the colder conditioned space. This addition of heat into the conditioned space decreases the relative humidity of the conditioned space and subcools the refrigerant leading to the expansion valve and evaporator. This subcooling of the liquid enables the evaporator to operate at a lower temperature which enhances the moisture removal from the air moving through the evaporator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Tippmann
  • Publication number: 20140262160
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing heat generated by at least one electronic component of a mobile device, the apparatus comprising: a housing for containing the electronic component of the mobile device; and a vapor chamber arranged in the housing, the vapor chamber having a cavity defined by a front wall and a rear wall opposite the rear wall, the front wall for receiving heat generated by the electronic component of the mobile device to evaporate fluid in the cavity into a vapor, the rear wall for receiving the vapor to allow the vapor to condense to liquid thereby cooling the rear wall of the vapor chamber; wherein an outer surface of the housing comprises at least a portion of the rear wall of the vapor chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Unnikrishnan VADAKKANMARUVEEDU, Mulugeta K. BERHE, Vinay MITTER, Ankur JAIN, Paras S. DOSHI
  • Publication number: 20140245609
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a regenerative refrigerator including a rotary valve configured to switch passages of helium gas, the rotary valve including a valve body and a valve plate, includes forming the valve body of a first material and forming the valve plate of a second material, wherein the first material is one of a resin and an aluminum metal or an aluminum alloy and the second material is the other of the resin and the aluminum metal or the aluminum alloy, anodizing a surface of one of the valve body and the valve plate which is formed of the aluminum metal or the aluminum alloy, polishing the anodized surface, and performing shot peening on the polished anodized surface so that the polished anodized surface has an arithmetic average roughness of 0.2 ?m to 0.9 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki ISHIZUKA, Yuichi TATEISHI, Mingyao XU, Kyosuke NAKANO
  • Publication number: 20140230455
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a layer assembly for a heat exchanger, the layer assembly comprising: at least one heat pump module, the module comprising a thermo-electric cooler (TEC) attached to an island formed from a flow-permissive material; a flow-permissive layer provided with an island-reciprocating recess for substantially corresponding to and accommodating the island; a thermal storage layer comprising a heat transfer matrix material charged with a phase-change material, and provided with a TEC-reciprocating recess for substantially corresponding to and accommodating the TEC, wherein the TEC is attached to the thermal storage layer at a surface of the TEC-reciprocating recess, and the flow-permissive layer and the thermal storage layer are arranged such that the island of flow-permissive material extends into the island-reciprocating recess and a separation exists between the island and the flow-permissive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Chandler, Richard John Harper
  • Publication number: 20140231059
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly for an inert gas system includes a ram air inlet flange, a ram air outlet flange, and a core coupled to the ram air inlet flange and the ram air outlet flange. The core includes a fin assembly having a plurality of hot layers and ram air layers. The hot layers have an effective hot flow length, the ram air layers have an effective cold flow length, and the fin assembly has a no flow length. A ratio of the effective hot flow length to the effective cold flow length is between 9.23 and 10.32. A ratio of the no flow length to the cold flow length is between 21.86 and 25.23.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20140216096
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a refrigerator compartment and a freezer compartment. A door is pivotally coupled with the cabinet. A cooling system is disposed solely in the door and is in fluid communication with the refrigerator compartment and the freezer compartment. The cooling system maintains a temperature of the refrigerator compartment at a different temperature than the freezer compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: DOUGLAS D. LECLEAR, ANDREW D. LITCH, GUOLIAN WU
  • Publication number: 20140216004
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a fan, a compressor section fluidly connected to the fan, a combustor fluidly connected to the compressor section, a turbine section fluidly connected to the combustor, and a buffer system. The buffer system includes a heat exchanger having a first inlet, a first outlet, a second inlet, and a second outlet. The first outlet is configured to provide a cooled pressurized fluid. The buffer system includes first and second air sources that are selectively fluidly coupled to the first inlet, and a third air source that are fluidly coupled to the second inlet. Multiple fluid-supplied areas are located remotely from one another and are fluidly coupled to the first outlet. The multiple fluid-supplied areas include a bearing compartment. A method and a buffer system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Peter M. Munsell, Philip S. Stripinis
  • Publication number: 20140208790
    Abstract: A sorption cooling apparatus for cooling a region in a downhole tool deployed on a wellbore conveyance device includes a container having an interior chamber in which a first region is formed, a liquid refrigerant residing in the interior chamber, a chamber located in a second region of the downhole tool, a compact desiccant body in the chamber, and a refrigerant passage between a first region containing the liquid refrigerant and the second region containing the compact desiccant body. The vapor generated during evaporation of the liquid refrigerant passes through the vapor passage to the compact desiccant in the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Erik Pennewitz, Thomas Kruspe, Sebastian Jung
  • Publication number: 20140202172
    Abstract: Method for fabricating a cold finger for attachment to a base assembly of a cold head of a Stirling cycle or pulse tube cryocooler. The exterior of a titanium alloy workpiece is machined to form a cylindrical outer surface. The exterior surface of the titanium workpiece is nickel plated and then brazed to a stainless steel workpiece to form an integral body. The brazed stainless steel workpiece is machined to form it into an adapter ring for attachment to the base assembly. An intermediate segment of the titanium workpiece is machined into a cylindrical surface including removing all of the nickel plating from the intermediate segment and removing a portion of underlying titanium alloy to reduce the diameter of the titanium alloy workpiece in order to reduce the thickness of the cold finger wall. The interior of the integral body is machined to form a cylindrical interior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SUNPOWER, INC.
    Inventor: SeonYoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8782891
    Abstract: A temporary assembly apparatus includes a support member for supporting heat exchange tube blanks having their lengthwise direction positioned laterally, with their widthwise direction positioned vertically. Header supports are arranged respectively at the left and right sides of the support member and movable leftward or rightward. Tube blank correcting members are each in the form of a plate having slits formed in a side edge thereof and arranged from the front rearward at the same spacing as the heat exchange tubes to be produced. Each of the blank correcting members is movable between a correcting position where the corresponding ends of the tube blanks as supported on the support member are fitted into the respective slits and a noncorrecting position where the tube blanks are not fitted into the slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Keihin Thermal Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Sekine, Takashi Tamura