Internally Finned Patents (Class 29/890.049)
  • Patent number: 10712097
    Abstract: An offset fin for use in a heat exchanger includes a first corrugation structure and a second corrugation structure. The first corrugation structure includes a plurality of first fins aligned in a first direction. The second corrugation structure includes a plurality of second fins aligned in the first direction. The second corrugation structure is disposed in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, with respect to the first corrugation structure. The first fins and the second fins protrude alternately in a third direction orthogonal to both the first direction and the second direction, and each have a protruding shape cross-section. In the first direction, the second fins are disposed offset from the first fins. Each of the first fins includes a first side wall inclined with respect to the second direction, and each of the second fins includes a second side wall inclined with respect to the second direction, at a side opposite to a side at which the first side wall is inclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuminori Takami, Yasuhiro Asaida, Satoaki Hojo, Terutsugu Segawa
  • Publication number: 20140196874
    Abstract: Heat exchanger assemblies included in an outdoor unit each include fins each having notches provided without fin collars or notches provided with fin collars that are shorter than stacking intervals between the fins. At least some of the stacking intervals between the fins in a facing surface are larger than the stacking intervals between the fins in surfaces excluding the facing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuaki Miyake, Akio Murata, Hiroki Okazawa, Keisuke Hokazono, Wataru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8770267
    Abstract: An adsorption module has heat medium pipes through which a fluid flows, a porous heat transferring member, and adsorbent. The porous heat transferring member is a sintered body formed by sintering a metallic material that is in a form of one of powders, particles and fibers, and has pores for allowing an adsorbed medium to pass through. The porous heat transferring member is disposed on peripheries of the heat medium pipes and bonded to outer surfaces of the heat medium pipes by sintering. The adsorbent is disposed in the pores. The porous heat transferring member further has an adsorbed medium passage for allowing the adsorbed medium to pass through. The adsorbed medium passage is located between the heat medium pipes, and extends straight and parallel to axes of the heat medium pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hisao Nagashima, Masaaki Tanaka, Satoshi Inoue, Hiroshi Mieda, Seiji Inoue, Katsuya Komaki
  • Publication number: 20140158331
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brazing method for a tube of an air heater. The method includes the steps of: folding a metal band such as to form at least one tube, providing inside the tube a disturbance insert having a thickness substantially lower than or equal to 150 ?m, with the metal band and/or the insert includes a plating layer on at least one surface to be brazed such that the ratio of the volume of the plating layer to the volume to be brazed is either substantially higher than or equal to a predetermined threshold on the basis of the average gap between the insert and the tube, and brazing the tube and the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Laurent Moreau, Alain Bauerheim, Philippe Metayer
  • Patent number: 8713796
    Abstract: A flat tube for use with a heat exchanger. The flat tube including wide sides, narrow sides, an inner insert, a wall that at least partially forms the wide sides and the narrow sides, and the wall is configured to be produced from a punched-out blank. The flat tube further includes an introduction bevel in order to facilitate introduction of the inner insert. The introduction bevel includes at least two bent-down projections at an end of the flat tube. The at least two projections extend over portions of at least one of the wide sides and the narrow sides, and it being possible for the at least two projections to be separated off after the introduction of the inner insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Ingo Daut
  • Patent number: 8661676
    Abstract: Multi-port tube structures are fabricated in a process in which a web of metallic material has a pattern of features formed therein by a rotary die forming process carried out on a continuous basis. The web of material is cut into strips which are folded so as to define a closed tubular structure having internal features defining longitudinal fluid flow channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Frank G. McNulty
  • Patent number: 8593812
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat exchanger wherein warping (bending) of an intervening member and a frame is suppressed when the intervening member and a wall portion of the frame member having different linear expansion coefficients are welded with each other. A method for manufacturing the heat exchanger, a semiconductor device wherein warping (bending) of an intervening member and a frame is suppressed, and a method for manufacturing the semiconductor device are also disclosed. Specifically disclosed is a heat exchanger wherein a fin member provided with a plurality of fins forming flow channels for a refrigerant is arranged within a frame which forms the outer casing. The frame has a first frame member (a first wall portion) to which insulating plates (intervening members) interposed between the frame and heat-generating bodies (semiconductor elements are welded. The insulating plates (intervening members) have a linear expansion coefficient different from that of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Morino, Yasuji Taketsuna, Eisaku Kakiuchi, Yuya Takano
  • Patent number: 8540012
    Abstract: A heat exchanger and a method for fabricating the heat exchanger are disclosed. The heat exchanger comprises a heat exchanger core that is formed from a plurality of stacked aluminum panels that are joined together via friction stir welding. Each panel in the core is formed from at least two aluminum extrusions that are joined to one another via friction stir welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Nagurny, Natalie B. Levings, Derek M. Beckner, Michael R. Eller, Patrick D. Grandelli, Joe Van Ryzin, Eliot Goldstein, Randy J. Brown, Leslie D. Kramer, Robert J. Howard
  • Patent number: 8438728
    Abstract: A number of flat tubes, flat tube heat exchangers, and methods of manufacturing both are described and illustrated. The flat tubes can be constructed of one, two, or more pieces of sheet material. A profiled insert integral with the flat tube or constructed from another sheet of material can be used to define multiple flow channels through the flat tube. The flat tubes can be constructed of relatively thin material, and can be reinforced with folds of the flat tube material and/or of an insert in areas subject to higher pressure and thermal stresses. Also, the relatively thin flat tube material can have a corrosion layer enabling the material to resist failure due to corrosion. Heat exchangers having such flat tubes connected to collection tubes are also disclosed, as are manners in which such tubes can be provided with fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Werner Zobel, Jens Nies, Bernhard Stephan, Charles James Rogers, Thomas Feldhege
  • Patent number: 8434227
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing tubes, in particular for heat exchangers, composed of endless ribbons on a roller mill, wherein the tubes are composed of at least two ribbons which are subjected to a shaping process on the roller mill, wherein perforations or predetermined break points are introduced into the ribbons at predetermined locations, wherein a step of making the perforations in the ribbons is carried out, after which the ribbons are combined to form the tube and after which individual tubes are separated off at the predetermined locations. The formation of the perforations or the predetermined break points in at least one of the two ribbons is performed within or at the end of the shaping process of the corresponding ribbon so that some of the pairs of rollers do not require a drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Siegfried Eisele
  • Patent number: 8393079
    Abstract: A method of salvaging a scrap partially completed spine fin coil by initially placing the partially completed coil on a reel. Connecting an end of a straight tube that is helically wrapped with a spine fin strip to an end of the partially completed coil while said partially completed coil is on the reel, rotate the reel after completing the connection until the partially completed spine fin coil is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Parmer
  • Patent number: 8387251
    Abstract: There is provided a production method of an internally ribbed steel tube, capable of forming spiral ribs stably so as to reduce troubles at the time of cold drawing for forming the spiral ribs of the steel tube. In this production method, the spiral ribs can be formed stably so as to reduce troubles at the time of cold drawing for forming the spiral ribs by straightening bends of a blank tube before the cold drawing for forming the spiral ribs, by optimizing the direction of the spiral rib formation after the bend straightening, and by correcting the drawing schedule depending on the blank tube. The obtained internally ribbed steel tube is well applicable to an increased capacity and a higher temperature/higher pressure operation of a boiler because the steel tube is provided with high formability and excellent quality as a boiler steel tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Beppu
  • Patent number: 8281489
    Abstract: A number of flat tubes, flat tube heat exchangers, and methods of manufacturing both are described and illustrated. The flat tubes can be constructed of one, two, or more pieces of sheet material. A profiled insert integral with the flat tube or constructed from another sheet of material can be used to define multiple flow channels through the flat tube. The flat tubes can be constructed of relatively thin material, and can be reinforced with folds of the flat tube material and/or of an insert in areas subject to higher pressure and thermal stresses. Also, the relatively thin flat tube material can have a corrosion layer enabling the material to resist failure due to corrosion. Heat exchangers having such flat tubes connected to collection tubes are also disclosed, as are manners in which such tubes can be provided with fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Werner Zobel, Jens Nies, Roland Straehle, Siegfried Eisele, Bernhard Stephan
  • Patent number: 8191258
    Abstract: A number of flat tubes, flat tube heat exchangers, and methods of manufacturing both are described and illustrated. The flat tubes can be constructed of one, two, or more pieces of sheet material. A profiled insert integral with the flat tube or constructed from another sheet of material can be used to define multiple flow channels through the flat tube. The flat tubes can be constructed of relatively thin material, and can be reinforced with folds of the flat tube material and/or of an insert in areas subject to higher pressure and thermal stresses. Also, the relatively thin flat tube material can have a corrosion layer enabling the material to resist failure due to corrosion. Heat exchangers having such flat tubes connected to collection tubes are also disclosed, as are manners in which such tubes can be provided with fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Werner Zobel, Jens Nies, Roland Straehle, Siegfried Eisele, Bernhard Stephan
  • Publication number: 20120031602
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing tubes, in particular for heat exchangers, composed of endless ribbons on a roller mill, wherein the tubes are composed of at least two ribbons which are subjected to a shaping process on the roller mill, wherein perforations or predetermined break points are introduced into the ribbons at predetermined locations, wherein a step of making the perforations in the ribbons is carried out, after which the ribbons are combined to form the tube and after which individual tubes are separated off at the predetermined locations. The formation of the perforations or the predetermined break points in at least one of the two ribbons is performed within or at the end of the shaping process of the corresponding ribbon so that some of the pairs of rollers do not require a drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Siegfried Eisele
  • Patent number: 8091621
    Abstract: A number of flat tubes, flat tube heat exchangers, and methods of manufacturing both are described and illustrated. The flat tubes can be constructed of one, two, or more pieces of sheet material. A profiled insert integral with the flat tube or constructed from another sheet of material can be used to define multiple flow channels through the flat tube. The flat tubes can be constructed of relatively thin material, and can be reinforced with folds of the flat tube material and/or of an insert in areas subject to higher pressure and thermal stresses. Also, the relatively thin flat tube material can have a corrosion layer enabling the material to resist failure due to corrosion. Heat exchangers having such flat tubes connected to collection tubes are also disclosed, as are manners in which such tubes can be provided with fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Werner Zobel, Jens Nies, Bernhard Stephan, Charles James Rogers, Thomas Feldhege
  • Patent number: 8037930
    Abstract: A tube is composed of a first plate and a second plate which are opposed and engaged with each other. In a first region on both end sides of the tube, the first plate is formed into a shape in which an edge portion of the first plate is laid along a bent portion of the second plate so that an outer wall face of the tube forms a continuous face. In a second region of the tube, the first plate is formed into a shape in which the edge portion of the first plate is laid between the edge portion of the second plate and the bent portion of the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Watanabe, Yuuji Sako, Kyoujirou Nakata
  • Patent number: 7954237
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a heat pipe and a capillary structure thereon is provided, and the steps of the method are as follows. A hollow pipe which has an open end and a closed end is provided. A mold is placed into the hollow pipe through the open end. The mold includes a central rod and a shaping component mating with the central rod, and the shaping component has an outward shaping surface. A powder is filled into the space between the hollow pipe and the mold through the open end and then sintered to form a capillary structure on the inner wall of the hollow pipe, in which the capillary structure has a profile corresponding to the shaping surface of the shaping component. Thereafter, the central rod and the shaping component are sequentially taken out of the hollow pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 7921559
    Abstract: A number of flat tubes, flat tube heat exchangers, and methods of manufacturing both are described and illustrated. The flat tubes can be constructed of one, two, or more pieces of sheet material. A profiled insert integral with the flat tube or constructed from another sheet of material can be used to define multiple flow channels through the flat tube. The flat tubes can be constructed of relatively thin material, and can be reinforced with folds of the flat tube material and/or of an insert in areas subject to higher pressure and thermal stresses. Also, the relatively thin flat tube material can have a corrosion layer enabling the material to resist failure due to corrosion. Heat exchangers having such flat tubes connected to collection tubes are also disclosed, as are manners in which such tubes can be provided with fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Werner Zobel, Jens Nies, Roland Straehle, Rainer Käsinger, Siegfried Eisele, Bernhard Stephan
  • Patent number: 7895748
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of molding a resin coated bearing. When a molten resin is injected toward a substantially central portion of a disk space of forming dies from a sprue formed on an upper die, the molten resin is filled into a cavity through a film gate after the molten resin is led to the disk space from a pin gate, so that any weld is absent on a resin member, which covers an outer race, thus enabling uniformizing a coating member in resin strength and suppressing generation of crack on the coating member even at the time of high loading. Also, since the film gate formed on a whole peripheral edge of the disk space is formed from a lower die and an upper die, there is an advantage that after working suffices to take out a resin coated bearing from the both dies and to cut a runner in the disk space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignees: Daido Metal Company Ltd., Sunhill Inc.
    Inventors: Takumi Nomura, Hiroshi Naito, Yoshichika Ito, Hiroshi Ishihara, Shuichi Matsumoto, Terumitsu Tanio
  • Patent number: 7886440
    Abstract: A manufacture method for an inner-fin tube includes a tube forming process for continuously forming a tube member joined at one end side thereof, an inner fin transferring process for continuously transferring an inner fin member, an inner fin twisting process for twisting the transferred inner fin member at at least two portions, and an inner fin inserting process for inserting the inner fin member into the tube member through the one end side thereof at the halfway stage of the tube forming process. At the inner fin twisting process, a transfer direction of the inner fin member is altered so that the inner fin member faces the one end side of the tube member and a longitudinal direction of a cross section (perpendicular to transfer direction thereof) of the inner fin member corresponds with a major axis direction of a flat cross section of the tube member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Hashimoto, Katsuji Hattori
  • Patent number: 7802362
    Abstract: A method of making a heat pipe includes the steps of: providing a mandrel, a capillary wick and a straight tubular shell; inserting the mandrel and the capillary wick into the shell; cramming powder into the shell, wherein the powder can be sintered between the shell and the mandrel; sintering the shell having the mandrel, the capillary wick and the powder therein; and drawing the mandrel out of the shell and filling working media into the pipe, and vacuuming and sealing the pipe. The mandrel defines a longitudinal slot therein, and the capillary wick is positioned in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuen-Shu Hou, Cheng-Hui Lin
  • Publication number: 20100088893
    Abstract: A method of forming a plurality of protrusions on the inner surface of a tube to reduce tube side resistance and improve overall heat transfer performance. The method includes cutting through ridges on the inner surface of the tube to create ridge layers and lifting the ridge layers to form the protrusions. In this way, the protrusions are formed without removal of metal from the inner surface of the tube, thereby eliminating debris which can damage the equipment in which the tubes are used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: WOLVERINE TUBE, INC.
    Inventors: Petur Thors, Nikolai Zoubkov
  • Publication number: 20100083501
    Abstract: The invention is a method for producing a heat exchanger assembly including the steps of extruding a plastic and an adhesive from a co-extrusion die into a plurality of tubes spaced from each other with each tube having an adhesive disposed on its exterior surface. A plurality of corrugated air fins are serially fed into the co-extrusion die and spaced from each other by a predetermined space and ejected between adjacent tubes with the corrugations extending transversely between the tubes. The adhesive is then cured to secure the tubes to the air fins. The method proceeds by cutting the tubes at each predetermined space with a guillotine shear to produce a plurality of unified heat exchanger cores. The ends of the tubes of each core are inserted into tube slots in manifolds, and the tubes and manifolds are adhesively secured together to define a heat exchanger assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Suresh D. Shah, Mohinder S. Bhatti, Karl P. Kroetsch
  • Patent number: 7690114
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tube made of a profile rolled metal product, in particular for use in heat exchangers, a rolled metal product and a method of producing the same. The tube includes a first wall and a second wall forming two opposing sides of the tube, and a plurality of reinforcing structures connecting the first and second walls and forming longitudinal passages between them. Each reinforcing structure is formed by a longitudinal ridge on the first wall projecting towards the second wall and a longitudinal ridge on the second wall protecting towards the first wall. The ridges are joined to each other at their sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Aleris Aluminum Koblenz GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Büerger, Adrianus Jacobus Wittebrood, Nicole Cornelia Maria Agatha Smits
  • Patent number: 7637012
    Abstract: A method of forming a plurality of protrusions on the inner surface of a tube to reduce tube side resistance and improve overall heat transfer performance. The method includes cutting through ridges on the inner surface of the tube to create ridge layers and lifting the ridge layers to form the protrusions. In this way, the protrusions are formed without removal of metal from the inner surface of the tube, thereby eliminating debris which can damage the equipment in which the tubes are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Wolverine Tube, Inc.
    Inventors: Petur Thors, Nikolai Zoubkov
  • Publication number: 20090294112
    Abstract: Tubing having internal fins projecting inward from the tube wall, each fin having an external surface that includes multiple acute interior angles or crevices that may form nucleation boiling sites, heat exchangers comprising such tubing, and methods of making same. Acute angles, crevices, or elongated slits may be formed in the sides, center, or both, of the fins or between the fins and the tube wall, and convex rounded surfaces may be provided therebetween. Fins may be parallel to the tube centerline or helically wound. Tubing may be expanded with a bullet which may form an interference fit with external fins, may modify the fins to create more effective nucleate boiling cavities, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Nordyne, Inc.
    Inventors: ALLAN J. REIFEL, Russell W. Hoeffken
  • Publication number: 20080093063
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger (10) for an air heating apparatus (12) for integration into a housing which guides air. The heat exchanger has a heat exchanger body (14) with a longitudinal axis. According to the invention, the heat exchanger body (14) has on its external surface (external side) a plurality of undular ribs (28) which extend essentially along its circumferential dimension, which ribs provide heat transfer surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventor: Andreas Ludwig
  • Publication number: 20080078533
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly for an automotive vehicle is provided. The heat exchanger includes at least one tube having a housing and at least one turbulator disposed inside the tube. The turbulator has an exposed surface. A corrosion resistant, thermally conductive, nonelectrolytic metallic alloy is deposited on the inner surface of the housing of the tube, and is also deposited on the exposed surface of the turbulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Nirmal M. Tolani
  • Patent number: 7341099
    Abstract: A metal plate comprises two flat wall forming portions 89, 90 connected together by a joint portion 88, a plurality of reinforcing wall forming portions 83, 84 upwardly projecting from each of the wall forming portions 89, 90 integrally therewith, and a side wall forming portion 81, 82 formed at each of opposite side edges of the plate and upwardly projecting therefrom integrally therewith. A projection 85 is formed on the upper end of the reinforcing wall forming portion 83 on the flat wall portion 89, and a recess 86 for the projection 85 to fit in is formed in the upper end of the wall forming portion 84 to be butted against the portion 83 and provided on the other flat wall portion 90. The metal plate satisfies the relationships of: A>a, A/a?1.5, B/b?1.5, C/c?1.5, and D/d/?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventors: Satoru Kaimura, Yasuji Kawamata, Takashi Tamura, Ryoichi Hoshino, Noboru Ogasawara
  • Publication number: 20070256824
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for a refrigerator and a method for manufacturing a tube thereof with improved heat exchanger heat transfer efficiency. The heat exchanger for a refrigerator comprising of: a tube to guide a refrigerant; and a plurality of ridges disposed on an inner peripheral surface of the tube, the ridges configured to cause the refrigerant flowing along the tube to form a turbulent flow. The method of manufacturing a tube having a plurality of ridges comprising the steps of: providing a surface of a plate; forming ridges on the surface of the plate; and coupling opposite longitudinal edges of the plate such that the surface of the plate provided with the ridges becomes an inner peripheral surface of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventors: Seung Jin Kim, Seung Weon Nam, Su Yong Bae, Hyunk Joong Kim
  • Patent number: 7290595
    Abstract: An inner fin (1) of a heat exchanger has, on front and rear faces thereof, protruding ridges (2, 3) protruding in opposite directions to each other. Grooves (4, 5) to serve as passages of a heat exchange medium are formed between the adjacent protruding ridges (2, 3). In wall portions (6) forming these protruding ridges (2, 3), cutout windows (10, 11) are formed to allow the adjacent passages to communicate with each other. Further, protruding weir portions (12, 13) are provided at bottoms of entrances of the cutout windows (10 and 11), so that the heat exchange medium hits against the weir portions to promote diffluence and stirring of the heat exchange medium, thereby enhancing heat exchange efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Morishita, Hisashi Onuki, Yoshihiro Kawai
  • Publication number: 20070044310
    Abstract: A heatpipe for cooling an integrated circuit. The heatpipe includes a pipe and radial fins that are formed by extruding a single piece of material, such as heat conducting metal. Each of the radial fins extends away from the pipe and runs (preferably) the length of the pipe. Each radial fin has normally oriented subfins that provide additional heat convection surface areas to the radial fins. Within the pipe are interior fins, also formed during the material extrusion process. The interior fins provide additional conduction cooling to a heat transferring fluid circulating within the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 1, 2007
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Wolford, Jimmy Foster, Donna Hardee, Don Keener
  • Publication number: 20060265874
    Abstract: A manufacture method for an inner-fin tube includes a tube forming process for continuously forming a tube member joined at one end side thereof, an inner fin transferring process for continuously transferring an inner fin member, an inner fin twisting process for twisting the transferred inner fin member at at least two portions, and an inner fin inserting process for inserting the inner fin member into the tube member through the one end side thereof at the halfway stage of the tube forming process. At the inner fin twisting process, a transfer direction of the inner fin member is altered so that the inner fin member faces the one end side of the tube member and a longitudinal direction of a cross section (perpendicular to transfer direction thereof) of the inner fin member corresponds with a major axis direction of a flat cross section of the tube member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Hashimoto, Katsuji Hattori
  • Patent number: 7140107
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a stacking-type, multi-flow, heat exchanger, heat transfer tubes and outer fins are stacked alternately, each heat transfer tube being formed by connecting a pair of tube plates and including an inner fin therebetween. The manufacturing method includes the steps of disposing the tube plates so as to oppose each other, inserting an inner-fin forming material between the tube plates, stacking the tube plates with respect to each other so as to nip or seize the inner-fin forming material between the tube plates, and cutting the inner-fin forming material and end portions of the tube plates simultaneously. By this method, the time for required manufacturing heat transfer tubes may be reduced significantly, and the productivity of the heat exchanger may be increased significantly. The positioning of inner fins may be achieved with a high degree of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Ohno, Tomohiro Chiba, Kengo Kazari
  • Patent number: 7128138
    Abstract: A heat exchanger including a header having a plurality of header openings with rigid tubes that may be made of plastic are inserted in the openings. The tubes are sealed to the header to prevent leakage between the header and the tubes to prevent water and air leakage between the wet, scavenger air stream flowing through the tubes and a dry air stream flowing around the tubes. A method of making the heat exchanger includes providing the openings with a flange and uses an interference fit between the rigid heat exchange tubes and the header openings. A self-leveling sealant may be used to seal the heat exchanger tubes to the header using, for example, a paint roller and/or a paint sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Entrodyne Corporation
    Inventor: Nicholas H. Des Champs
  • Publication number: 20060230616
    Abstract: A dual base plate heatsink for use in dissipating heat for electronic devices has sufficient thermal contact between fins and the base plates and is manufactured without the requirement for welding. Separately extruded fins are connected to both base plates by placing the fins side by side in channels in both base plates. In order to couple the base plates and the fins, the base plates are maintained at a constant relative distance and a swaging tool is passed adjacent the fins and between the base plates in a direction parallel to the surface of the base plates. The swaging tool asserts pressure to the base plates to thereby swage the base plates against the ends of the fins. Undesirable warping of the base plates during the process is reduced or prevented by providing a base plate configuration that minimises the bending moment between the swaged base plate material and the rest of the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Inventor: Ahmed Zaghlol
  • Publication number: 20050262864
    Abstract: A heat exchanger including a header having a plurality of header openings with rigid tubes that may be made of plastic are inserted in the openings. The tubes are sealed to the header to prevent leakage between the header and the tubes to prevent water and air leakage between the wet, scavenger air stream flowing through the tubes and a dry air stream flowing around the tubes. A method of making the heat exchanger includes providing the openings with a flange and uses an interference fit between the rigid heat exchange tubes and the header openings. A self-leveling sealant may be used to seal the heat exchanger tubes to the header using, for example, a paint roller and/or a paint sprayer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Applicant: ENTRODYNE CORPORATION dba DES CHAMPS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Nicholas Des Champs
  • Patent number: 6896977
    Abstract: A method of brazing an aluminum or aluminum alloy material, containing brazing an aluminum alloy brazing sheet that has an aluminum or aluminum alloy core material and, being clad on one or both surfaces, a filler alloy layer comprised of an Al—Si-based alloy and contains Mg incorporated at least in a constituent layer except the filler alloy layer, thereby to form a hollow structure whose one surface clad with the filler alloy is the inner surface, wherein the brazing is carried out in an inert gas atmosphere without applying any flux; and an aluminum alloy brazing sheet which satisfies the relationship: (X+Y)?a/60+0.5 and X>Y, wherein a (?m) represents the thickness of the filler alloy layer clad on the core material of the inner side of the hollow structure, and X and Y (mass %) represent the Mg contents of the core material and the brazing material, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Furukawa-Sky Aluminum CORP
    Inventors: Shinya Nishimura, Yutaka Yanagawa, Takeyoshi Doko, Yoshiharu Hasegawa, Haruhiko Miyachi, Kouji Hirao
  • Patent number: 6817098
    Abstract: A method of forming inner flanges in a bushing comprises steps of (a) extruding a bushing into an extruding die, (b) cutting an initial upward flange in the bushing, (c) shaping the initial upward flange into a final inner flange, and (d) repeating steps (a) to (c) to form additional inner flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Chin-Chen Yuan
  • Patent number: 6760972
    Abstract: A machine may produce a tube having textured internal and external surfaces in a single operation. Inner and outer knurling tools may form the textured surfaces. The texturing of the internal and external surfaces may be helical patterns of ribs and grooves. The height of the ribs formed in the internal and external surfaces may be less than about 35 mils. The angles of the patterns relative to a longitudinal axis of the tube may be less than about 45°. The angle of the helical pattern allows textured tubes to be used as heat exchanger elements wherein flow is directed substantially coaxial to the longitudinal axes of the tubes. The helical pattern formed in the external surface may be oriented in a right hand or left hand helical orientation. Similarly, the helical pattern formed in the internal surface may be oriented in a right hand or left hand orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Packless Metal Hose, Inc.
    Inventor: L. Robert Zifferer
  • Publication number: 20040112113
    Abstract: A process by which the end of a tube having at least one internal surface feature is reduced and at least a portion of the surface feature eliminated from the tube end while achieving accurate control of the outer diameter of the tube end. The process preferably makes use of a forming tool comprising an external die for reducing the outer diameter of a tube and a mandrel for deforming the internal passage of the tube. The process generally comprises forcing the external die over the end of the tube so that the outer diameter of the tube end is reduced and so that the mandrel is simultaneously inserted through the internal passage of the tube end. While the tube end remains within the external die, the mandrel is withdrawn from the internal passage of the tube end to eliminate the internal surface feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicant: BLISSFIELD MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Gerald Richard Beagle
  • Publication number: 20040049917
    Abstract: An internal grooved tube according to the present invention comprises a large number of fine spiral grooves on the inside surface in parallel arrangement, wherein the grooves are formed to assure that the ratio of a groove width in the tube axial direction to a groove height is in the range of 1 to 2. A lead angle &thgr; of the grooves to the tube axis is preferably limited to 26 to 35 degrees. A method of manufacturing an internal grooved tube according to the present invention comprises the steps of inserting a grooved plug into a blank tube rotatably, and then pressing the blank tube against the outside surface of the grooved tube with several balls revolving both around the circumference of the blank tube and on its axis in a location of the grooved plug inserted, while drawing out the blank tube longitudinally in one direction, wherein the number of balls is limited to 2 to 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Koji Yamamoto, Tetsuya Sumitomo, Yasutoshi Mori, Toshiaki Hashizume
  • Patent number: 6640886
    Abstract: An economically formed tube of rectangular or oval-like cross section and with a corrugated internal fin includes spaced, relatively long side wall sections joined at their ends by relatively short end wall sections. An integral fin within the tube has crests and valleys defining a plurality of flow paths within the tube and is formed of a corrugated section of a strip employed to form one of the side walls and at least part of both of the end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Bernhard Lamich
  • Patent number: 6571473
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a refrigerant tube for a condenser includes forming an inner fin like a band plate having a predetermined length, forming a holder having a substantially V-shaped open section and a predetermined length, inserting the inner fin into the holder from a V-shaped opening of the holder, and pressing the holder to close the V-shaped opening and change the substantially V-shaped open section to a compressed closed section, whereby the inner fin is fixed in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventors: Kimio Nozaki, Kazuhiro Asano, Toru Okabe
  • Patent number: 6539628
    Abstract: A V-shaped metal strip has a U-shaped bottom having U-shaped inside and outside surfaces. Only the U-shaped inside surface is formed with a plurality of fold lines extending in a longitudinal direction of the strip and reducing the influence of springback. The fold lines may be arranged in a manner of bilateral symmetry with respect to an imaginary median plane bisecting the V-shaped cross section of the metal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoaki Akutsu, Natsuko Hirayanagi, Harumi Obata
  • Patent number: 6470570
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making a heat exchanger tube (14) for a heat exchanger (10) in which a continuous insert (26), having convolutes transverse to the length of the tube are located into a continuous shell as the shell is being formed. After placing the insert (26) into the partially open shell, the shell is closed and sealed as it passes through a bonding device (64) to seal the longitudinal edges of the shell to each other and the insert to the internal walls of the tube. The continuous shell with the inserted fin insert is subsequently sliced to produce individual cooling tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Livernois Engineering Co.
    Inventors: Larry P. Prater, Richard P. Stoynoff
  • Patent number: 6467170
    Abstract: A tube for a heat exchanger which is formed to have beads for dividing passages for a medium in the tube by roll forming, wherein base portions of the beads are formed to have a thickness (B) greater than a thickness of a plate material for the tube. The roll forming has a first step of sequentially bending the plate to have a depressed shape to form portions-to-be-bead which are to be intermediate forms of the beads, a second step of performing a width drawing of the portions-to-be-bead and a third step of compressing the portions-to-be-bead, after the second step, in a direction of the height of the beads, wherein a width (w′) of the depressions of the portions-to-be-bead (21a) in the first step is larger than a width (w) of depressions of beads (21) after forming, and a height (h′) of portions-to-be-bead (21b) after the second step is determined to be higher than a height (h) of the beads (21) after forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Zexel Corporation
    Inventors: Soichi Kato, Muneo Sakurada, Shin Kurihara, Sadao Haiya, Takashi Sugita, Shoji Akiyama, Takahumi Umehara
  • Patent number: 6453711
    Abstract: A tube and turbulator and method of making the same for a heat exchanger including a base, a top spaced from and opposing the base, a first side interposed between the base and the top along one side thereof, and a second side interposed between the base and the top along another side thereof. The base, top, first side and second side form a channel. The second side is triple hemmed such that ends of the base and the top are disposed within the channel. A flat turbulator may be disposed inside the tube and includes a base extending laterally and longitudinally in a strip. The flat turbulator also includes a plurality of corrugations spaced laterally along the base and extending longitudinally and generally perpendicular to the base in an alternating manner. The corrugations are rolled in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene E. Rhodes, Greg Whitlow, Wen F Yu
  • Patent number: 6446336
    Abstract: A method of forming a heat exchanger apparatus on a housing wall. The heat exchanger includes inner and outer annular rings. The rings have heat radiating, high surface area fins attached on oppositely facing surfaces. The inner ring has a radially outwardly facing surface that abuts the interior surface of the housing sidewall. The outer ring has a radially inwardly facing surface that abuts the exterior surface of the housing sidewall. When displaced longitudinally along the ring axes, which are coincidental, the sidewall is clampingly engaged therebetween, and an excellent thermal flow path is formed. Heat transferred into the inner fins from a working gas is conducted to the inner ring, through the sidewall, into the outer ring, then into the outer fins. Air impinging upon the outer fins absorbs the heat from the outer fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Sunpower, Inc.
    Inventor: Reuven Z-M Unger