Retainer Or Flow Director For Atmospheric Condensate Patents (Class 62/285)
  • Patent number: 11300349
    Abstract: A drain assembly for a refrigeration appliance in communication with an appliance drain. The drain collects condensate from an evaporator behind the rear wall of the cabinet and transfers the condensate to the drain assembly in the machine compartment of the refrigeration appliance. The drain assembly then transfers the condensate to an extension tube easily accessible to an operator. The drain assembly includes an inlet, a main body, and an outlet. The inlet is secured to the appliance drain and the outlet is secured to the extension tube. The main body also comprises a downward slope in between the inlet and the outlet. In one example, a vacuum relief system can equalize a pressure differential between an interior of the main body and an exterior environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Quintin Reynolds, Yousuf Ali Khan Mayanna
  • Patent number: 11280341
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly includes a heat exchanger panel disposed at an inclined orientation. A fan assembly is disposed vertically above the heat exchanger panel and includes a fan impeller connected to a fan mount. The fan impeller is sized and positioned such that part of the fan impeller rotates vertically above the upper end of the heat exchanger panel. A casing has a plurality of inner walls for guiding air from the heat exchanger panel toward the fan assembly. The inner walls include a sloped wall. A distance between an upper end of the sloped wall and a fan rotation axis is greater than a distance between a lower end of the sloped wall and the fan rotation axis. The sloped wall is adjacent to the upper end of the heat exchanger panel such that the part of the fan impeller rotates vertically above the sloped wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: OVH
    Inventors: Hadrien Bauduin, Ali Chehade
  • Patent number: 11254193
    Abstract: A slider window assembly for a vehicle includes at least one fixed window panel and a movable window panel that is movable along an upper rail and a lower rail at the at least one fixed window panel between an opened position and a closed position. The lower rail includes a U-shaped channel and an attaching structure for attaching the lower rail at the at least one fixed window panel. The lower rail includes a plurality of water drainage channels established at the attaching structure and having an inlet at a wall of the U-shaped channel. A plurality of water diverters are established at the U-shaped channel and are configured to divert water flowing along the U-shaped channel toward the side of the channel along which respective inlets for respective water drainage channels are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Troy F. Tooker, Kyle S. Bowman
  • Patent number: 11248807
    Abstract: An evaporator rough-in box includes a flat panel having a first score mark by which the flat panel can be folded between a front wall and a top wall of the rough-in box, and a second score mark by which the flat panel can be folded between the front wall and a bottom wall of the rough-in box. The front wall has an opening through which an interior of the rough-in box can be accessed, the opening being covered by a removable cover plate. Left and right ends of the top and bottom walls include extension pieces bendably attached to central portions of the top and bottom walls to form mounting brackets. The central portions include score marks that delineate knock-out holes by which a lineset and a drain line can be installed to the rough-in box. A drain fitting is attached to the knock-out hole of the drain line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Gerald S. Spanger
  • Patent number: 11192427
    Abstract: A drainage system for draining water from an air intake and from an air distribution housing of an air conditioning system into the environment. The drainage system including a drainage opening or the drainage of water into the environment, wherein the drainage opening is formed on a lower shell of the air distribution housing and is divided into a drainage area for water from the air intake housing on the one hand, and a drainage area for water from the air distribution housing on the other hand, and wherein the drainage area for water from the air intake housing is formed by the terminus of a separate duct for the drainage of water from the air intake. In this way, the reciprocal effect between the different pressure levels is avoided or reduced to the extent possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Christoph Capellmann, Gerd Vondahlen, Detlef Handwerk, Johannes Stausberg
  • Patent number: 11193678
    Abstract: An outdoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus includes a heat exchanger; a bottom plate; and a separation member configured to separate the bottom plate and the heat exchanger. The bottom plate includes a drainage passage that protrudes downward; and one or more drainage holes each formed to protrude downward from the drainage passage. The drainage passage includes a drainage surface inclined downward toward the one drain hole having a width larger than a width of the heat exchanger. The separation member is formed of a metal electrically less noble than a member forming the heat exchanger, or a resin member. The separation member is provided in the drainage passage and shaped to prevent closing of the drainage passage, in which a height to a surface on which the heat exchanger is placed is larger than a height to an upper surface of the drainage passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Kato, Tsubasa Tanda, Yudai Sakabe, Motoki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 11105531
    Abstract: An air handling unit has a blower assembly, a first interior zone, and a second interior zone and the blower assembly physically separates the first interior zone from the second interior zone. A method includes providing a cabinet configured to receive a blower assembly, inserting a blower assembly into the air duct, and closing a cabinet door of the cabinet, wherein upon closing the cabinet door, the primary air flow path from a location within the cabinet downstream of the blower assembly to a location within the cabinet upstream of the blower assembly is through a blower housing of the blower assembly. A blower assembly has a blower housing comprising at least one air inlet and at least one air outlet and a blower deck extending from the outlet, wherein the blower deck comprises at least one substantially flat component having a substantially orthogonal wall extending from the flat component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Stewart, Mark Hudgins, Richard Lee Jameson, Kirk W. Beason
  • Patent number: 11079120
    Abstract: An AHU comprises a cabinet, a heat exchanger and a blower. The cabinet has an air inlet opening and an air outlet opening, panels are provided on sides of the cabinet forming an air flow path for air flowing through the air handling unit between the air inlet opening and the air outlet opening. The heat exchanger is disposed in the air flow path and adapted to conduct heat exchange between air passing through the air flow path and a working medium flowing in the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger includes an inlet header for supplying the working medium and an outlet header for collecting the working medium. The heat exchanger is slanted with respect to a side of the cabinet such that the inlet header and the outlet header extend through one of the sides of the cabinet for providing access to the inlet header and the outlet header from the one of the sides of the cabinet. The blower is vertically disposed relative to the heat exchanger in the cabinet for forcing air to flow through the air flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Longmei Zhou, Bartley Hendley, Daniel A. Dees, Thomas A. Ley, Zach M. Gamache, Mingxun Wu
  • Patent number: 11060786
    Abstract: A system, machine, device, and/or manufacture configured to operatively trap air and/or release condensate after operatively lifting the condensate from a condensate drain pan located inside a housing of a condensate-producing unit, the condensate drain pan configured to collect condensate from a cooling coil of the condensate-producing unit, an air mover of the condensate-producing unit located fluidically downstream of the cooling coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Nicholas Howard Des Champs
  • Patent number: 11035623
    Abstract: Provided is a heat exchanger which includes: multiple heat transfer pipes in which refrigerant flows; and a corrugated fin joined to the heat transfer pipes; and multiple plate-shaped fins. The plate-shaped fins are joined to at least one of each heat transfer pipe or the corrugated fin, and are arranged on a windward side in an air blowing direction with respect to the corrugated fin such that a plate width direction of each plate-shaped fin is substantially coincident with a plate width direction of the corrugated fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI-JOHNSON CONROLS AIR CONDITIONING, INC.
    Inventors: Takumi Hirata, Mamoru Houfuku, Ryoichi Takafuji, Kosuke Kumamoto, Naoki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11035073
    Abstract: A fluid flow system for a laundry appliance includes a blower that delivers process air along an airflow path having a heat exchanger. A drain channel receives condensate from the heat exchanger and fluid spray from a spray nozzle for directing lint particles to the drain channel and on to a sump for collecting fluid, including the condensate. A pump seat and a fluid outlet are integrally formed in a sump cover. A pump directs the fluid from the sump to the fluid outlet. A fluid level sensor detects at least minimum and maximum capacities of the fluid in the sump. When the fluid is below the minimum capacity, the pump defines an idle state. When the fluid reaches the minimum capacity, the pump defines an active state. When the fluid exceeds the maximum capacity, the pump directs the fluid to the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Gianluca Bocchino, Roy E. Masters, Arun Rajendran
  • Patent number: 11015820
    Abstract: An outdoor unit comprises a casing, a fan, a heat exchanger, an electrical component, a heat radiation member, and a duct. The casing is provided with an air outlet. The fan is disposed inside the casing and configured to blow air to the outside of the casing via the air outlet. The heat exchanger is disposed inside the casing at a position lower than the fan. The electrical component is disposed inside the casing at a position lower than the heat exchanger. The heat radiation member is connected to the electrical component inside the casing. The duct is configured to accommodate at least part of the heat radiation member inside the casing and extend in the vertical direction. An upper end of the duct is configured to protrude upward higher than a lower end of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki Muramatsu, Keiji Harada, Shinji Murata, Shinsaku Kusube, Osamu Morimoto, Shigetoshi Ipposhi
  • Patent number: 11001126
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning unit includes a seal compressing portion presses a sealing component against a partition wall that separates an interior and an exterior of a vehicle compartment. The seal compressing portion is positioned in the interior of the vehicle compartment and includes a tubing routing space through which inner tubing extends, and a drain space positioned below the tubing routing space to receive water drained from the tubing routing space. The drain space communicates with the exterior of the vehicle compartment via a through hole of the partition wall to discharge water from the drain space to the exterior of the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Tominaga
  • Patent number: 10933892
    Abstract: A high speed train power unit comprising: carbody that comprises: a roof; a floor; a driver's cab at a front end of the carbody; and a technical compartment that comprises: a low voltage zone that comprises an air conditioning unit designed to condition the driver's cab, wherein the air conditioning unit is on the roof, a traction zone that comprises a rheostatic brake on the roof, and a technical zone, wherein the low voltage zone, the traction zone, and the technical zone of the technical compartment are respectively located next to each other along a longitudinal axis of the power unit; at least two bogies mounted under the floor of the carbody; and a main transformer located under the carbody between the bogies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ALSTOM Transport Technologies
    Inventors: Pierre Debost, Laurent Bera, Bruno Lempegnat, Pierre Chanal
  • Patent number: 10928079
    Abstract: A heat source unit includes a compressor and an electrical component box both disposed inside a casing, where a bottom frame forming a bottom surface of the casing includes a first bottom frame on which the compressor is disposed and a second bottom frame that is adjacent to the first bottom frame. At least half of the electrical component box is placed above the second bottom frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Fumiaki Koike, Shigeki Kamitani
  • Patent number: 10914488
    Abstract: An air conditioner of present invention comprises a housing having an outer panel forming the exterior and an opening formed on the outer panel, a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat with air flowing into the housing, and a door unit configured to open or close the opening by moving forward or backward from the opening through which the heat exchanged air is discharged. Wherein the door unit comprises a door blade configured to open or close the opening, a door operating part configured to move the door blade forward or backward, and a controller configured to control the air discharged from the opening to be moved forward from the opening in a straight line or to be discharged radially from the opening by controlling a distance between the door blade and the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Hyun Chun, Jin Gyun Kim, Seong Deok Cheon, Sung Bum Kang, Jun Seok Kwon, Sung Jae Kim, Jong Whal Kim, Ji Hong Kim, Seung Won Oh, Sang Ki Yoon, Yeon Seob Yun, Won Hee Lee, Chang Sik Lee, Hyun Joo Jeon, Jae Rim Jung, Chang Woo Jung, Weon Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10864801
    Abstract: A first case member of a blower unit has a first communication passage communicating with an air intake side of a blower. A second case member of a temperature adjustment unit has a second communication passage communicating with a condensed water discharge portion through which condensed water is discharged. The respective case members are joined with each other in a state where a portion forming the first communication passage and a portion forming the second communication passage face each other. The portion of the first communication passage includes a drain portion having a groove shape and configured to discharge water in the first communicating passage. The portion of the second communication passage includes a drain receiving portion having a groove shape, communicating with the first communication passage and receiving the water discharged from the drain portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatomo Narahara, Keisuke Tokorozawa
  • Patent number: 10837657
    Abstract: An air-conditioning-apparatus outdoor unit includes a casing, a heat exchanger disposed in upper part of an inner space of the casing, a bottom plate located at a bottom of the casing and having a drain hole through which drain water that is generated on the heat exchanger is discharged outside, a support disposed in the inner space of the casing and supporting the heat exchanger in the upper part of the inner space of the casing, and a drain structure disposed under the heat exchanger and guiding the drain water to the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Furukubo, Yuudai Morikawa, Misaki Koda, Yutaka Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10830490
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a liquid drainage system for a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system, where the liquid drainage system includes a drain pan configured to collect and drain condensate within a housing. The drain pan is configured to be mounted within the housing separate from an evaporator assembly and is removable from the housing independent of the evaporator assembly. The liquid drainage system also includes a drain pan extension plate configured to collect and drain condensate to the drain pan, where the drain pan extension plate is configured be removably mounted within the housing. The drain pan extension plate and the drain pan are configured to overlap with one another, in an assembled configuration, along a direction of airflow across the evaporator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Dnyaneshwar G. Rokade, Sriram Ramanujam, Karan Garg
  • Patent number: 10829913
    Abstract: A hybrid system for freshwater production utilizing the latent heat of condensation of atmospheric air humidity as a source of thermal energy to evaporate freshwater in a brine or saline and delivered to the saline evaporating chamber by a heat pump. Distillates form on both sides of the heat transfer, and intensification of humidity condensation in the air leads to the intensification of saline evaporation contributing to the overall increased yield of freshwater. The process is optimized by integrated systems in which the waste heat of inside and outside sources and the heat sink effect of the saline feed amplify the COP and SEER indexes of the installation. The technological regimes in which the equipment is used are intensified and optimized, cutting the desalination costs to the ranges affordable to the general population residing in arid regions in need of such technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
    Inventors: Faizan Ahmed, Nassim Khaled
  • Patent number: 10788241
    Abstract: A condensate drain assembly includes a drain pan configured to receive condensate from an evaporator coil of an air conditioning system. The drain pan is configured to be removed from the air conditioning system. The condensate drain assembly also includes a drainage pipe configured to translate the condensate from the drain pan to a drain located beneath the air conditioning system and a drain pan end cap. The drain pan end cap includes a first aperture configured to drain the condensate from the drain pan and a second aperture configured to align with the drainage pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Frederick, Karl S. Tallakson, Robert L. Long
  • Patent number: 10788240
    Abstract: In an air conditioner, a drain extraction unit and a refrigerant pipe connecting unit may be disposed in a blocking region in which a discharge port is not provided so that a size of the discharge port may be secured and the discharge port may be uniformly disposed, thereby generating uniform airflow in a room. In a lower housing formed in a circular shape, some of components inside an indoor unit of the air conditioner may be disposed in a protrusion portion that protrudes from the circular housing, thereby facilitating the installation of the air conditioner. A condensate water collecting space disposed outside the housing may be provided in a drain tray, thereby efficiently preventing a leakage due to condensate water generated outside the housing. The housing, the drain tray, and the cover member of the air conditioner may be coupled by a coupling member coupled outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Yoon Lee, Do-Hoon Kim, Joon-Ho Yoon, Chul Ju Lee, Jun Woo Kim, Bu Youn Lee, Jung Dae Lee, Sung-June Cho
  • Patent number: 10752519
    Abstract: A fresh water generator utilizing air (100) comprises a main body bracket (114), a water making system, a water purifying system and a water distributing device (126). Both sides and the rear side of the main body bracket (114) are provided with panels, on which ventilating grilles (116, 132, 134) are provided for sucking and exhausting air. The water making system is arranged inside the main body bracket (114) and particularly comprises a condenser/evaporator unit (118), an exhaust fan (140) and a water collecting tank (120), wherein the water collecting tank (120) is arranged on the main body bracket (114) and positioned at the lower end of the condenser/evaporator unit (118), and the exhaust fan (140) is arranged between the condenser/evaporator unit (118) and the ventilating grates (116, 132, 134). The water purifying system is arranged inside the main body bracket (114) and particularly comprises a pump (122) and a filtration device (192).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Hong Xu, Chi Hung Jimmy Wan
  • Patent number: 10724760
    Abstract: An air-conditioning indoor unit includes: a heat exchanger of a refrigerant circuit; a drain pan installed below the heat exchanger; a fan configured to send air to the heat exchanger; a control box containing control parts configured to control operation of the fan and other components; and a casing, in which the heat exchanger, drain pan, fan, and control box are stored in the casing, a drain pan inlet-outlet port is formed in the casing, a hinge assembly is installed on a side plate of the casing, and the control box is coupled to the casing so as to be able to be taken in and out of the drain pan inlet-outlet port of the casing. This allows the drain pan to be attached and detached to and from the casing by removing internal wiring from the control box without removing the control box from the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Iwatsuki, Takahiro Iinuma, Yoshinori Miyata
  • Patent number: 10712079
    Abstract: A cooling device having an evaporator for cooling a cooling chamber of the cooling device, including, a heat insulated cabinet; a housing, which is surrounded by the cabinet; an evaporator chamber for receiving the evaporator, wherein the evaporator chamber is closed by an evaporator cover sheet, which is fixed to a mounting element of the cooling device; and a fixing assembly, which is configured to releasably interlock the evaporator cover sheet with the mounting element by pushing the evaporator cover sheet towards the mounting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Yigit Akalan, Ziya Arslankiray, Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Emre Emek, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 10689263
    Abstract: A system for water dispensing. The system includes a housing comprising a first and second portion; a water vapor distillation apparatus housed in the first portion of the housing, the water vapor distillation apparatus producing a distilled water product; at least one storage tank housed in the second portion of the housing and fluidly connected to the water vapor distillation apparatus; at least one pump housed in the second portion of the housing and fluidly connected to the at least one storage tank; and at least one appliance located outside of the housing and fluidly connected to the at least one pump, wherein the distilled water product is stored in the at least one storage tank and the pump pumps water from the at least one storage tank to the at least one appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Ryan K. LaRocque, Dean Kamen
  • Patent number: 10618382
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for motor vehicles includes an air conditioner case, an evaporator installed inside the air conditioner case, a drainage hose configured to discharge condensate water generated in the evaporator to the outside of a vehicle room, the drainage hose connected to a drainage port of the air conditioner case and drawn out to the outside of the vehicle room through a dashboard, and a connector part configured to rotatably connect the drainage hose to the drainage port of the air conditioner case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jae Won Jeong, Seo Jun Yoon, Soon Rae Hong, Seong Seok Han, Yong Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10619332
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for extracting water from air using a vector drive control system. The water-extraction system may compress ambient air before it comes into contact with an evaporator. The vector drive control system may adjust the speed of one or more motors to increase efficiency and may control a pressure chamber capable of compression and expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rocky Research
    Inventors: Uwe Rockenfeller, Kaveh Khalili
  • Patent number: 10514196
    Abstract: An HVAC/R unit, a condensate drain pan port insert, and a condensate drain pan are provided. The condensate drain pan includes a condensate drain pan port with a port housing having an upper end and a lower end, a condensate wall extending upward from the lower end, and an air wall extending downward from the upper end and being configured to limit an airflow through the port housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard Long
  • Patent number: 10497596
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to substrate and manufacturing system, processes and methods. In one example embodiment, to methods, apparatus, and systems which provides improved substrate processing and manufacturing wherein at least a portion of the system, apparatus or method may be in an overhead system, such as attached to a ceiling or overhead mounts, such that floor space and other efficiencies may be founded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Gerhard Dovids, Yves Fenner, John Fiddes, Christian Wohanka, Bernd Rahrbach
  • Patent number: 10443902
    Abstract: An outdoor device for an air conditioner is provided. The outdoor device may include a cabinet, and a base provided on or at a lower portion of the cabinet. The base may include a base body, on which at least one first seat that supports a first component may be provided, an edge portion provided along a circumference of the base body and on which at least one second seat that supports a second component may be provided, and at least one connection portion that connects the at least one first seat to the at least one second seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunjun Lim, Hoki Lee, Jonghwan Jeung
  • Patent number: 10386079
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a housing provided with a suction port and a discharge port elongated in one direction on the lateral side of the suction port, a main flow path configured to connect the suction port to the discharge port, a main fan provided in the main flow path to suck air via the suction port and to discharge the air via the discharge port, an auxiliary fan configured to suck the air around the discharge port to regulate the direction of the air which is discharged via the discharge port and an auxiliary flow path configured to guide the air sucked by the auxiliary fan. According to the air conditioner, it is possible to control the direction of the discharge airflow without a blade structure, increase the discharge amount, reduce the flow noise, and differentiate the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Ghun Kim, Woo Seog Song, Hyun-Ho Kim, Hong Yeol Moon, Chul Byung Park, Seung-Jun Yoon, Eun Sung Jo, Jei Min Choi, Hyeong Joon Seo, Jun Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 10378782
    Abstract: An outdoor unit (100, 110), comprising a housing (1, 20) having fans (2) provided thereon and a compressor (4) and heat exchanger (3-1, 3-2, 23-1, 23-2) disposed on a base (10, 210) thereof; a left-right pair of side covers (8, 28, 9, 29) each being bent and having two surfaces, one surface covering a portion of a side of housing (1, 20), and the other surface covering a portion of the front of the housing (1, 20); a controller housing (7) fixed to the upper section of the surface of at least one side cover (8, 28, 9, 29), of said left-right pair of said covers (8, 28, 9, 29), that covers a portion of the front of the housing (1, 20), said controller housing (7) being fixed at a height allowing the compressor (4) to be moved into and out of the housing unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.
    Inventors: Takumi Kamiaka, Masayoshi Murofushi, Atsuhiko Fukasawa, Shuntaro Inoue, Takashi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10375851
    Abstract: An electric cabinet that includes a front part and a rear part, and designed to receive removable electric functional units, further including: a separating partition delineating a first thermal area formed by a first space located at the front part of the electric cabinet, the first thermal area being designed to receive first electric apparatuses of the removable electric functional units, and a second thermal area formed by a second space located at the rear part of the cabinet, the second thermal area being designed to receive second electric apparatuses of the removable electric functional units, and the second thermal area is hotter than the first thermal area, and the first electric apparatuses heat more than the second electric apparatuses, the electric cabinet further includes a cooling source; and an actuator allowing air to flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Abderrahmane Agnaou, Olivier Wasner, Alain Perrin, Dominique Socquet, Jerome Laye, Pascal Lepretre
  • Patent number: 10295216
    Abstract: A modular assembly for regulating moisture and temperature of content of a container, and method associated thereof. The system includes a moisture and temperature regulating device with a condenser and an evaporator separated by a heat insulation layer; a container with moist content, the container and the moisture and temperature regulating device are joinable, and moisture and temperature associated with the container are regulated by the moisture and temperature regulating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Defang Yuan
  • Patent number: 10166843
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus includes a case including an air passage therein and a filter arrangement area provided in the air passage for arranging a filter. The case includes: a drain port provided on a bottom portion of a downstream-side air passage in the filter arrangement area; an insertion port provided on a side surface of the case and configured to allow insertion of the filter into the filter arrangement area; a water receiving portion provided on a bottom portion of an upstream air passage in the filter arrangement area; a drain channel passing below the filter arrangement area and configured to introduce water from the water receiving portion to the drain port; and a waterproof wall that covers a lower corner portion on the insertion port side of an upstream-side boundary of the filter arrangement areas. The waterproof wall is increased in height toward the insertion port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Nagano
  • Patent number: 10132577
    Abstract: An adiabatic condenser or fluid cooler is provided. A condensing or fluid cooling coil is provided. An adiabatic pad is provided wherein water can be used to cool the ambient air before entering or impacting the condensing or fluid cooling coil. Controls are provided that can adjust or eliminate the amount of water flowing over the adiabatic pad. The adiabatic pad may also be physically moved to allow ambient air to directly impact the condensing or fluid cooling coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BALTIMORE AIRCOIL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Greg Martell, Adam Sheer, Philip Hollander, Preston Blay, David Andrew Aaron
  • Patent number: 10082303
    Abstract: An appliance for dehumidification, with a body having an inflow unit and an outflow unit; a heat-exchanging apparatus to condense vapor in the air; a fan to forcedly move the air; a tray to collect condensation water descending from a cooling apparatus; a water container detachably provided at an upper portion of the body to store the condensation water; a pump to pump the condensation water from the tray to the water container; and a drain pipe to guide the condensation water from the pump to the water container. The water container may be easily separated from the appliance to empty the water container when the water container is full, and then the water container may be easily mounted again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heung Seob Choi, Seong Ryeol Myeong, Jun Hyoun Kwon, Sung Woo Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Euy Sung Chu
  • Patent number: 10024584
    Abstract: A cooled cabinet assembly for the storage of vials, beakers or the like is disclosed. The assembly comprises an insulating tray, a cooling element, and a fan. The insulating tray comprises a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from a periphery of the bottom wall. The insulating tray has an open upper end and defining an insulated cavity. The cooling element is positioned in air flow communication with the insulated cavity. The fan is configured to circulate air over the cooling element and into the insulated cavity and the drip pan is positioned to capture condensate from the cooling element. In one embodiment, an inside surface of the bottom wall inclines downwardly toward a drip pan to provide for gravity flow of condensate from the cavity to the drip pan. An insulating lid is provided to close of the cabinet when not in use. Insulating bands or rings are provided for positioning on the vials upper ends to reduce heat and moisture infiltration into the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Jason N. Peet
  • Patent number: 10018155
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an amount of friction brake effort and an air conditioning compressor load to collect water for water injection into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting the AC compressor load of a mechanical air conditioning system and an amount of friction brake effort based on a water level in a water storage tank of the water injection system. Further, the method may include adjusting a ratio of the AC compressor load to friction brake effort to deliver a driver demanded brake effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 9976791
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body section having at least one storage chamber, a door section, a cooling cycle section, a temperature measurement section, a defrost section for removing frost adhered to the evaporator and a control unit configured to operate the refrigerator in a power-saving mode when at least one of operation conditions to calculate an operation ratio of the compressor for each predetermined check time in the power-saving mode, and to operate the defrost section when the operation ratio is equal to or greater than a predefined threshold operation ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chan Hee Jung
  • Patent number: 9920939
    Abstract: The dehumidifier uses an all-plastic air-to-air heat exchanger together with an integral chiller to cool the incoming air to remove water vapor, and then exchange heat with incoming air to cool the incoming air and re-heat the outgoing air. The degree of dehumidification and the temperature of the outgoing air can be controlled by varying the speed of a variable speed fan so as to provide varying degrees of cooling as well as dehumidification. A programmable controller can be used to operate the dehumidifier automatically, either together with a humidistat and thermostat, or in accordance with a predetermined time profile for the conditioned space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Klas C. Haglid
  • Patent number: 9908384
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning apparatus in which a noise caused by burble is reduced is provided. The vehicle air conditioning apparatus includes: a case having an air channel in an interior thereof; a blower configured to supply blown air to the air channel, the case includes a cylindrical portion and an enlarged portion continued from the cylindrical portion on a downstream side and having a cross-sectional area larger than a cross-sectional area of the cylindrical portion, the enlarged portion includes a projecting wall having a wall surface projecting outward of the air channel, the projecting wall includes at least one projection projecting inward of the air channel, and a top portion of the projection is in contact with a side surface of an virtual cylinder, which is formed by extending the inner wall surface of the cylindrical portion in the virtually extended toward the downstream, or is provided on the projecting wall side with respect to the side surface of the virtual cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shota Ueno
  • Patent number: 9805571
    Abstract: A method of mounting and dismounting a smoke alarm from a supporting element mounted to an overhead surface; said method including the steps of, inserting an elongate implement into an opening provided in a body of the smoke alarm, and applying a force via the elongate implement so as to detach the body of the smoke alarm from the supporting element, and wherein the elongate implement is applied by a user standing on a floor surface below the overhead surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Holy Smoke Alarms Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Darin Vincent Leatherby
  • Patent number: 9791213
    Abstract: A heat exchanger carries out heat exchange between a refrigerant that undergoes a phase change during heat exchange and another heating medium. The heat exchanger includes headers having the refrigerant flowing through interiors, a plurality of multi-hole first flat tubes, and a plurality of second flat tubes. The first flat tubes extend in a direction intersecting a lengthwise direction of the headers. The first flat tubes have a plurality of refrigerant flow channels with the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant flow channels. The second flat tubes are stacked alternately with respect to the first flat tubes, with the other heating medium flowing through the second flat tubes. The headers are arranged to extend along a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun Yoshioka, Nobuhiko Matsuo, Shougo Ohta, Kanji Akai, Kento Kagohara, Kaori Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9726397
    Abstract: A device, method, and system may recover, treat, and reuse condensate that is produced by climate control equipment. Minerals that are beneficial for both the intended use of the condensate and the formation of persistent ozone containing bubbles may be introduced into the condensate. An ozone containing gas may be introduced in to the condensate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DripCycle, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Martin, Robert Joseph Wieland
  • Patent number: 9671127
    Abstract: A condensate drain pan including an inner front wall, an inner back wall and opposed inner side walls defining an inner perimeter, at least one outer front wall, an outer back wall and opposed outer side walls defining an outer perimeter. The condensate drain pan further includes at least one drain pan panel extending between the inner perimeter and the outer perimeter, at least one drain opening disposed in the outer front wall, and at least one coil conduit aperture disposed in the outer front wall configured to allow at least one coil conduit to be inserted therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Mercer, Barry W. Lee, Alice R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9664461
    Abstract: A condensate drain pan including an inner front wall, an inner back wall and opposed inner side walls defining an inner perimeter, at least two outer front walls, an outer back wall and opposed outer side walls defining an outer perimeter. The condensate drain pan further includes at least one drain pan panel extending between the inner perimeter and the outer perimeter, and at least one drain opening disposed in the outer front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Mercer, Barry W. Lee, Alice R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9581379
    Abstract: A floor-standing air-conditioning apparatus includes a lower air inlet, an air outlet having an air outlet opening, a heat exchanger that is provided in the body, a crossflow fan that is provided in the body and produces a flow of air in which the air that has flowed into the body passes through the heat exchanger and is guided to the air outlet, a drain pan that is provided below the heat exchanger in the height direction of the body. The heat exchanger includes a front heat exchanger and a rear heat exchanger, a pair of which form a V shape with their lower ends being in contact with, or in proximity to, each other, and are arranged so that the crossflow fan is positioned between the front heat exchanger and the rear heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ikeda, Koji Yamaguchi, Tetsuo Yamashita, Tetsuya Tazawa, Yoshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9581380
    Abstract: In a new flexible-monoblock refrigeration configuration arrangement, all of the refrigeration components are gathered within its one and only flexible chassis platform. These units are one piece, meaning that their condenser, refrigerant control assemblies, compressor and the evaporator are fixed to their one and only integrated flexible chassis. No refrigeration components are outside its enclosure. There is no need to perform any assembling or service to the refrigeration itself at the time of installation. The new flexible monoblock refrigeration system can be configured in many different forms using parallel rigidly interconnected side plates. The sub platforms are rigidly connected to the side plates so that all of the weight, forces and stress are borne by the side plates and none is transferred among the refrigeration elements, units or subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Carlos Quesada Saborio