Thermoelectric; E.g., Peltier Effect Patents (Class 62/3.2)
  • Patent number: 11125720
    Abstract: A capillary electrophoresis apparatus is disclosed that does not discharge and achieves both compactness and performance even with a part configuration having insufficient spatial distance or creeping distance. This capillary electrophoresis apparatus is provided with a resistance heater for heating capillaries, an electrode holder that holds capillary electrodes and is connected to a high-voltage unit, and a conductive member that at least partially comprises metal and has been grounded to a low potential. The electrode holder and conductive member are in contact with heat-dissipating rubber disposed there between that composes a structure comprising an insulation member. As a result of this configuration, discharge risk is reduced through the reduction of the potential of parts near the high-voltage unit and the slow reduction of the high potential of the high-voltage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Taro Nakazawa, Motohiro Yamazaki, Kenko Uchida, Akira Fujii
  • Patent number: 11098702
    Abstract: A liquid delivery device includes a pump head having a pump chamber provided in the inside, a plunger whose tip is slidably inserted into the pump chamber, and at least one plunger pump having a drive mechanism that reciprocates the plunger in its axial direction. Then, at least one of the plunger pumps is a pressurizing pump that pressurizes a mobile phase including a compressible fluid sucked into the pump chamber and then discharges the mobile phase from the pump chamber, and at least the pump head of the pressurizing pump includes a cooling part that is connected to an outlet channel from the pump chamber, and allows the pump head to absorb heat of the mobile phase discharged from the pump chamber to cool the mobile phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Yanagibayashi
  • Patent number: 11092377
    Abstract: A beverage container cooling unit has: (a) a housing having a slot for receiving a container therein, (b) a cooling element having a cold supply, (c) a heat conductive panel enabling heat transfer between a container provided in the slot and the cold supply; wherein the heat conductive panel has two material layers fixed against one another: (I) a first material layer defining a cooling surface facing the container receiving slot and an opposed surface, said first layer made of a material having a thermal expansion coefficient of X1; (ii) a second material layer having a contact surface facing positioned against the opposed surface of the first material layer and a second opposed surface, the second material layer having a thermal expansion coefficient of X2, different from X1, the difference in thermal expansion causing the conductive panel to bulge at a change in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Anheuser-Bush InBev S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Peirsman, Stijn Vandekerckhove
  • Patent number: 11073502
    Abstract: This disclosure relates a device for a chromatographic system, comprising: a chamber defining an internal portion, a capillary disposed within the chamber, the capillary having an input, an output, and an elongate body extending between the input and the output, a cold finger having a first portion in thermal contact with a portion of the elongate body to define a capillary trapping zone, wherein the first portion of the cold finger extends to a second portion that is situated external to the chamber, a heater in thermal contact with the trapping zone of the capillary and configured to transfer heat to the trapping zone, a thermal buffer configured to buffer the heat from the heater into the cold finger and thereby retain the heat within the trapping zone of the capillary, a cooling device arranged external to the chamber and thermally connected to the second portion of the cold finger to define a primary conduction zone, wherein the cooling device is configured to generate a cooling temperature zone at the p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LECO Corporation
    Inventors: Gaetano Stallone, Mark Merrick
  • Patent number: 11054087
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) filament light bulb is disclosed. The LED filament light bulb includes a plurality of LED filaments, an RF driver, an antenna, and a cover. The antenna defines a first end portion and a second end portion, where the first end portion of the antenna is electrically connected and in signal communication with the RF driver. The cover defines an external wall and a support structure. The external wall defines an interior volume and the support structure defines an evacuation passageway and a cavity. The evacuation passageway and the antenna are both received within the cavity of the support structure and the evacuation passageway is fluidly connected to the interior volume of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Technical Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Cairns, George J. Uhler, Paul Phillips, Jimmy Zheng
  • Patent number: 11041663
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a thermoelectric element module, and a defrosting temperature sensor, and a controller configured to control operation of the thermoelectric element module. The thermoelectric element module includes a thermoelectric element including a heat absorption portion and a heat dissipation portion, a first heat sink in contact with the heat absorption portion, a first fan facing the first heat sink, a second heat sink in contact with the heat dissipation portion, and a second fan facing the second heat sink. The controller is configured to initiate a natural defrosting operation for removing frost on the thermoelectric element module at every preset period, and terminate the natural defrosting operation based on a temperature measured by the defrosting temperature sensor corresponding to a reference temperature. The controller is configured to control operation of the thermoelectric element and rotation of the first and second fans in the natural defrosting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minkyu Oh, Heayoun Sul, Hyoungkeun Lim, Seokhyun Kim, Jeehoon Choi
  • Patent number: 11033058
    Abstract: A heating and cooling device is disclosed comprising at least one integral low voltage heating and cooling source and an efficient flexible heat distribution means having a thermal conductivity of from 375 to 4000 W/mK for distributing the heat and cool across a surface. Further aspects include thermal interface compounds to provide full thermal contact as well as the use of a phase change material to provide a long lasting heating and/or cooling effect without the use of external electrical input. Preferred applications include automotive and furniture seating heating and cooling, along with outdoor garments having distributed heating and cooling effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Charles J. Cauchy
  • Patent number: 11021041
    Abstract: An integrated thermal management system includes a cooling circuit having a component thermal conditioning circuit, a battery thermal conditioning circuit, a cabin heating circuit, a cabin cooling circuit and a valve group configured for selectively interconnecting or isolating the component thermal conditioning circuit, the battery thermal conditioning circuit, the cabin heating circuit and the cabin cooling circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jing He, Manfred Koberstein, Loren John Lohmeyer, III, Jacob Gregory Powers, Todd Louis Wenzel, Christian Brent Schoeneman
  • Patent number: 10973226
    Abstract: A container includes a vial, cap, and one or more wireless transponders secured to the cap, the vial or a jacket to store and identify samples of biological material at cryogenic temperatures (e.g., vitrified biological samples), for instance held by cryopreservation storage devices. A specimen holder may be extend from the cap. The vial and/or cap includes ports or vents. A carrier includes a box, thermal shunt, thermal insulation to store and identify arrays of containers that hold cryopreservation storage devices with samples of biological material at cryogenic temperatures. Various apparatus include wireless transponders positioned and oriented to enhance range, and allow interrogation while retained in a carrier. Various apparatus can maintain the biological material at or close to cryogenic temperatures for prolonged period of times after being removed from a cryogenic cooler, and can allow wireless inventorying while maintaining the biological samples at suitably cold temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TMRW Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: William Alan Blair, Timothy Alan Sharp
  • Patent number: 10935258
    Abstract: A fan with an integrated cooler is disclosed. Unlike conventional air-conditioners, the device is compact and lightweight, and can be used both indoors and outdoors without the need to enclose or otherwise control the user environment from thermal considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Sanjay K Roy
  • Patent number: 10921055
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for cooling of beverages containers, such as cans or bottles, quickly, or on demand. An apparatus may provide for quickly cooling a number of beverage containers when power is available and for storing them, once they have been cooled. The apparatus may include a thermoelectric cooler configured to rapidly cool a beverage container in a cooling cell. The methods may include detecting the presence of a beverage container in a cooling cell and cooling the beverage container to a selected temperature. The availability of external power may be detected and a rapid cooling of a beverage container may begin when power becomes available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Emad Jafa, Mikhail Verbitsky, Andrey Balanev, Georgy Martsinovskiy, Vasilii Abashkin
  • Patent number: 10873116
    Abstract: Provided is a charging device having a thermoelectric device, including at least one battery unit. The at least one battery unit includes a battery and a thermoelectric module, wherein the battery is mounted on a first surface of the thermoelectric module and the battery contacts the first surface. When the thermoelectric module is provided with a supplying voltage through two voltage input terminals, a temperature difference is generated between a second surface of the thermoelectric module and the first surface, so that the thermoelectric module either heats up or cools down the battery depending on different battery temperatures and conditions, thus ensuring the charging efficiency and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Lee Fei Chen
  • Patent number: 10861681
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include an abatement system for abating compounds produced in semiconductor processes. The abatement system includes an exhaust cooling apparatus located downstream of a plasma source. The exhaust cooling apparatus includes a plate and a cooling plate disposed downstream of the plate. During operation, materials collected on the plate react with cleaning radicals to form a gas. The temperature of the plate is higher than the temperature of the cooling plate in order to improve the reaction rate of the reaction of the cleaning radicals and the materials on the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James L'Heureux, Ryan T. Downey, David Muquing Hou, Yan Rozenzon
  • Patent number: 10834849
    Abstract: Examples of a thermal management unit and an electronic apparatus utilizing the thermal management unit are described. In one aspect, the thermal management unit includes a heat sink. The heat sink includes a base portion, a first protrusion structure and a second protrusion structure. The base portion has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first protrusion structure protrudes from the first side of the base portion, and includes multiple fins. The second protrusion structure protrudes from the second side of the base portion, and includes multiple ribs. The heat sink may be made of silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Gerald Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10833668
    Abstract: A plurality of lower voltage metal oxide semiconductor sensors are integrated and distributed in various parts of a power MOSFET to provide over temperature protection. The sensors are sensitive to temperatures of the various parts of the power MOSFET and configured to regulate the power MOSFET when a trip temperature is reached by reducing the operation of the MOSFET. A bias network is configured to set the trip temperature. In some configurations, a threshold voltage is used to monitor and control the maximum temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Chiong Yew Lai, Javier A. Salcedo
  • Patent number: 10784816
    Abstract: The invention is an electrical and mechanical roof underlayment which provides electrical and mechanical connection of solar shingles to a roof. The underlayment simplifies the installation of solar shingles allowing the shingles to be installed and connected together in the same step. The underlayment includes a membrane which has embedded electrical conductors and electrical connectors that provides an electrical connecting system extending to an electrical circuit. The membrane further has embedded mechanical members with mechanical connectors that secure the shingles to the membrane. The membrane is structurally attached to a roof surface. The structural attachment may be an adhesive attachment. Solar shingles are connected to the membrane by an integral clasping mechanism that mechanically and electrically connects the shingles to the membrane. No external wiring, connectors or devices are required to make the electrical connection between the shingles and the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 10744915
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an air mover within a seatback. An inlet channel extends from an occupant seatback surface to the air mover and includes first and second outlet channels. The air mover selectively and alternatively moves air from the inlet channel to one of the first and second outlet channels. The first outlet channel includes a vent located proximate a headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Murphy McElroy, Jeffrey Michael Attala, Ahmad Miqdadi, Ryan Kurrle
  • Patent number: 10731913
    Abstract: A refrigerator that includes: a storage space configured to be cooled by a refrigeration cycle cooling system; a wall defines a boundary of the storage space; a low temperature case that is arranged adjacent to a portion of a first surface of the wall; a thermoelectric element module (TEM) assembly that is configured to supply cool air to the low temperature case; and a TEM accommodating part that protrudes from the first surface of the wall and that accommodates the TEM assembly, wherein the low temperature case includes an opening through which the TEM accommodating part is inserted, and wherein a sealant is provided between the low temperature case and the wall to couple the low temperature case to the first surface of the wall is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yoo Min Park, Myeongha Yi, Jinho Son
  • Patent number: 10718551
    Abstract: A hybrid Vapor Compression (VC) and Thermoelectric (TE) heat transport system is provided that maintains a set point temperature range of a chamber and includes a VC system and a TE system. The VC system includes a compressor, a condenser-evaporator connected to the compressor, a first valve connecting the compressor to an evaporator-condenser, and a second valve connecting the evaporator-condenser to a thermal expansion valve. The TE system includes TE modules, a first heat exchanger thermally connected with a first side of the TE modules which connects the first valve and the second valve, and a second heat exchanger thermally connected with a second side of the TE modules which connects the first valve and the second valve. In this way, the VC system and the TE system can be operated individually, in series, or in parallel to increase the efficiency of the hybrid VC and TE heat transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Phononic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Edwards, Robert B. Allen, Devon Newman
  • Patent number: 10704379
    Abstract: A method for sampling a downhole formation fluid includes pumping formation fluid into the flowline of a downhole sampling tool. The method can also include measuring a saturation pressure of the formation fluid in the flowline while pumping. The method can also include adjusting the pumping rate such that the fluid pressure in the flowline remains within a predetermined threshold above the measured saturation pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Kentaro Indo, Julian Pop, Maxim Yushko, Tudor Ioan Palaghita, Zeynep Alpman, Alexis Petit, Sepand Ossia, Tullio Moscato
  • Patent number: 10707545
    Abstract: The system for controlling a flow of cooling air in a battery system for cooling the battery system includes: an air conditioning system which includes an outlet discharging cooling air for reducing a temperature of the plurality of battery modules, and an inlet taking in cooling air, of which a temperature is increased, after reducing the temperature of the plurality of battery modules; and a pipe which includes a plurality of module cooling ports connected to the outlet, forming a flow path of the cooling air, and corresponding to the plurality of battery modules, respectively, and makes the cooling air discharged through the outlet pass through each battery module through each module cooling port to cool the plurality of battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventor: Jihun Kim
  • Patent number: 10672969
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate; a first thermoelectric conduction leg, disposed on the substrate, and doped with a first type of dopant; a second thermoelectric conduction leg, disposed on the substrate, and doped with a second type of dopant, wherein the first and second thermoelectric conduction legs are spatially spaced from each other but disposed along a common row on the substrate; and a first intermediate thermoelectric conduction structure, disposed on a first end of the second thermoelectric conduction leg, and doped with the first type of dopant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsien Tsai, Shang-Ying Tsai, Fu-Lung Hsueh, Shih-Ming Yang, Jheng-Yuan Wang, Ming-De Chen
  • Patent number: 10665525
    Abstract: In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a module including a semiconductor die. The apparatus can include a heatsink coupled to the module and including a substrate, and a plurality of protrusions. The apparatus can include a cover including a channel where the plurality of protrusions of the heatsink are disposed within the channel, and can include a sealing mechanism disposed between the cover and the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Teysseyre, Roveendra Paul, Dukyong Lee
  • Patent number: 10652993
    Abstract: A thermoelectric cooling system includes at least one thermoelectric cooling module and an electronic circuit. The at least one thermoelectric cooling module is arranged in at least one zone. The electronic circuit is electrically coupled to at least one of the thermoelectric cooling modules. Each of the thermoelectric cooling modules includes a first plate, a sink, a plurality of thermoelectric elements, and a second plate. The thermoelectric elements are coupled to the first plate and the second plate. The first plate is arranged to be thermally coupled to a first surface. The sink is arranged to be thermally coupled to an environment and is configured to dissipate heat by evaporating a liquid from the sink to the environment. The second plate is arranged to be thermally coupled to the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: II-VI DELAWARE, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua E. Moczygemba
  • Patent number: 10600720
    Abstract: A semiconductor device may include: a semiconductor module in which a semiconductor element is sealed in a resin package, and a heat sink is located on at least one surface of the resin package; an insulating sheet covering the heat sink; a cooling plate which is constituted of resin containing heat transfer fillers, the cooling plate having one surface and another surface, wherein the one surface covers the insulating sheet and is bonded to the at least one surface of the resin package, the other surface is provided with fins; and a cooler constituted of resin and configured to flow coolant along the fins, wherein the cooler surrounds the cooling plate in a view along a normal direction of the cooling plate, and is bonded to both ends of the resin package in the view along the normal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukihisa Katayama, Ryo Yokozawa, Naoyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10601687
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable media described herein may facilitate a detection of a damaged switched diplex filter. A CPE device may be equipped with one or more switches and one or more A/D converters. The one or more A/D converters may be utilized to monitor voltage at the one or more switches. In response to a detection of a rise in voltage above a threshold at a switch, upstream transmissions may be disabled at the CPE device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Larry D. Sollars, Syed Mohammed Nasir Hussain, Rohan J. Netto
  • Patent number: 10584909
    Abstract: A thermoelectric cooling apparatus for use with a motorcycle includes a housing having a bottom wall and a wall structure extending upwardly that defines an interior area and an open top providing selective access to the interior area. A conductive lining is situated adjacent to the insulation layer that includes an aluminum cooling plate upwardly displaced from the bottom wall such that the bottom wall, the wall structure and the cooling plate defining a hollow compartment. The cooling apparatus is mounted to a motorcycle with mounting straps and locked with a locking assembly. A thermoelectric assembly is situated in the compartment having a “cool” side coupled to a lower surface of the cooling plate of the lining and an opposed “hot” side, the thermoelectric assembly configured to electrically connect to the battery of the motorcycle such that the thermoelectric assembly conductively cools the cooling plate and the lining when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Charlotte A. Bing, Charles Smith
  • Patent number: 10573799
    Abstract: Provided is a portable, thermoelectrically powered device in form of a modified vessel and attachments, for extracting electricity from the temperature differential of liquids, slurries, and solids, and that of ambient air. The device utilizes two container surfaces with a temperature differential between them, and at least one thermoelectric generator in electrical communication with circuitry comprising at least one step up DC-DC voltage converter. In a preferred embodiment, the device includes a second DC-DC voltage converter and a storage battery to provide electrical power at a selected voltage to external personal devices such as cell phones, iPods, flashlights, and tablets for recharging or operation of those external devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Ann Makosinski, Arthur Makosinski
  • Patent number: 10544907
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) filament light bulb is disclosed. The LED filament light bulb includes a plurality of LED filaments, an RF driver, an antenna, and a cover. The antenna defines a first end portion and a second end portion, where the first end portion of the antenna is electrically connected and in signal communication with the RF driver. The cover defines an external wall and a support structure. The external wall defines an interior volume and the support structure defines an evacuation passageway and a cavity. The evacuation passageway and the antenna are both received within the cavity of the support structure and the evacuation passageway is fluidly connected to the interior volume of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Technical Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Cairns, George J. Uhler, Paul Phillips, Jimmy Zheng
  • Patent number: 10520229
    Abstract: A heat pump system includes a caloric heat pump with a regenerator housing that is rotatable about an axial direction. A caloric material is disposed within a chamber of the regenerator housing. The caloric material defines a plurality of channels that extend along the axial direction through the caloric material. The channels of the plurality of channels are spaced from one another along a circumferential direction within the caloric material. A working fluid is flowable through the plurality of channels between end portions of the regenerator housing. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Goodman Schroeder, Michael Alexander Benedict
  • Patent number: 10517193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regulation method for an electrical enclosure cooling device, which has a refrigerating machine and a heat pipe arrangement, wherein the method comprises measuring a current internal electrical enclosure temperature and determining a target temperature for the internal electrical enclosure temperature, wherein said internal electrical enclosure temperature and target temperature form input signals of a regulator for actuating the electrical enclosure cooling device, and wherein said regulator outputs a control signal for determining manipulated variables of the refrigerating machine; determining the regulator control signal as a measured variable which is proportional to the respective current required cooling power; measuring the ambient electrical enclosure temperature and determining a respective energy efficiency for the refrigerating machine and the heat pipe arrangement either in the event that the required cooling power is to be provided by the refrigerating machine or in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 10453775
    Abstract: A thermoelectric module for cooling a heat source includes multiple major sections, each major section including multiple minor sections. Each minor section includes one or more thermoelectric cooler (TEC) units including P-type and N-type semiconductors. Each major section also includes a single output terminal commonly connected to the minor sections, where the output terminal is configured to provide a same reference voltage signal to each of the minor sections. Each major section also comprises multiple input terminals, where each input terminal is separately connected to one of the minor sections and each input terminal is configured to provide a separate input voltage signal to each of the minor sections. The module also comprises a controller configured to independently control each reference voltage signal applied to each major section, and independently control each input voltage signal applied to each input terminal of each minor section within each major section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SA Photonics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Carlson
  • Patent number: 10405466
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power-module assembly includes a power-module stack having coolant chambers interleaved with power modules and supply and return manifold channels extending axially along the stack. An endcap has a major side defining recessed inlet and outlet manifold cavities aligned with the channels and inlet and outlet ports disposed on one or more minor sides that are perpendicular to the major side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Akash Changarankumarath Pradeepkumar, Alfredo R. Munoz, Michael W. Degner, Edward Chan-Jiun Jih, Guangyin Lei
  • Patent number: 10355189
    Abstract: A thermoelectric generator unit includes: a case having a heating surface and a cooling surface; first to fourth thermoelectric generator modules housed in the case, the thermoelectric generator modules including a plurality of thermoelectric elements; a multilayer substrate including: a first layer including an interelement electrode for forming an output circuit configured to connect the thermoelectric elements; a second layer provided with a plurality of through holes penetrating therethrough from front to back; and a third layer including a plurality of bypass patterns electrically continuous with the through holes; and lead pins that penetrate through the case inward and outward, the lead pins having base ends connected to both ends of the output circuit on a surface of the first layer, the output circuit being defined in each of the thermoelectric generator modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KELK Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonghoon Lee, Kouji Nagano, Hiroyuki Matsunami
  • Patent number: 10295229
    Abstract: A method and system to transfer heat using a cooling medium includes a first cold plate, including a first fluid flow path in thermal communication with a first thermal region of the first cold plate, and a second fluid flow path in fluid communication with the first fluid flow path and in thermal communication with a second thermal region of the first cold plate, and a thermoelectric heat exchanger in thermal communication with the first thermal region of the first cold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Debabrata Pal
  • Patent number: 10276763
    Abstract: Light emitting devices (LEDs) are described herein. An LED includes a light emitting semiconductor structure, a wavelength converting material and an off state white material. The light emitting semiconductor structure includes a light-emitting active layer disposed between an n-layer and a p-layer. The wavelength converting material has a first surface adjacent the light emitting semiconductor structure and a second surface opposite the first surface. The off state white material is in direct contact with the second surface of the wavelength converting material and includes multiple core-shell particles disposed in an optically functional material. Each of the core-shell particles includes a core material encased in a polymer or inorganic shell. The core material includes a phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Estrada, Ken Shimizu, Daniel Roitman, Marcel Rene Bohmer, Edward Kang
  • Patent number: 10267544
    Abstract: A heat transfer system cycles between a first mode where a heat transfer fluid is directed to a first electrocaloric module and from the first electrocaloric module to a heat exchanger to a second electrocaloric module while one of the first and second electrocaloric modules is energized, and a second mode where the heat transfer fluid is directed to the second electrocaloric module and from the second electrocaloric module to the heat exchanger to the first electrocaloric module, while the other of the first and second electrocaloric modules is energized. The modes are repeatedly cycled in alternating order directing the heat transfer fluid to cause a temperature gradient in each of the first and second electrocaloric modules, and heat is rejected to the fluid from the heat exchanger or is absorbed by the heat exchanger from the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Subramanyaravi Annapragada, Andrzej Ernest Kuczek, Thomas D. Radcliff, Charles E. Lents, Joseph V. Mantese, Scott Alan Eastman, Parmesh Verma, Wei Xie
  • Patent number: 10263497
    Abstract: A system and method for cooling an enclosed position feedback device mounted to a motor is disclosed. An active cooling device is mounted between the position feedback device and the housing enclosing the position feedback device. A compliant mount is provided to accommodate vibration in the position feedback device. The compliant mount may be a compliant thermal pad positioned between the feedback device and the active cooling device. Optionally, the compliant mount may be provided between the motor and the position feedback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Xikai Sun, Wei Zhu, Shun Feng, Mark R. Cooper, Paul J. Grosskreuz, Robert H. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10233788
    Abstract: A heat-driven engine having a first, thermally conductive, pump to which a working medium is admitted and within which the working medium subsequently absorbs its latent heat while undergoing a phase change from low to high enthalpy phase before being expelled from the first pump. Also, a restrictive cooling element accepts the working medium in its high enthalpy phase and allows it to release its latent heat and undergo a phase change from a liquid to a low enthalpy phase. A first and a second passage, through which the working medium traverses, connects the first pump and the cooling element. The second passage incorporates a thermally conductive element, placing the working medium in thermal contact with a heat source or sink. Also, a heat pump is in thermal contact with the first pump and the cooling element. Finally, a power transmission element links the first pump to the heat pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Neil Tice
  • Patent number: 10168089
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator main body configured to define an outer shell of the refrigerator and a door configured to open and close an internal space of the refrigerator main body. The refrigerator further includes an ice-making unit provided in the door and a cold air generation unit configured to circulate a refrigerant so that a cold air is supplied to the internal space. The refrigerator further includes an ice-making pipe installed within the ice-making unit so that the ice-making unit makes heat exchange with the refrigerant, a refrigerant pipe installed in the refrigerator main body so as to receive the refrigerant from the cold air generation unit, and a soft pipe disposed around a folding portion of the refrigerator main body and the door and configured to interconnect the ice-making pipe and the refrigerant pipe in a stretchable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10166905
    Abstract: A heating and cooling cup holder may include a holder body having an opened upper end and a blast hole formed in a side surface of the holder body into which wind is introduced, a heat exchanging body having a front surface coupled to an outer side surface of the holder body to cover the blast hole and having an inlet formed in one side surface of the heat exchanging body to allow the wind introduced through the inlet to be heat-exchanged, a first peltier element having a front surface coupled to a rear surface of the heat exchanging body, a heat dissipating module coupled to a rear surface of the first peltier element, a second peltier element having an upper surface coupled to a lower surface of the holder body, and a heat pipe heat-exchangeably connecting a lower surface of the second peltier element to the heat dissipating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10154180
    Abstract: A camera including an image capture module, and at least one other module. The image capture module is a sealed module and includes: a housing; at least one image sensor to convert light into electrical signals; an optical system associated with the image sensor and arranged to transmit light through the housing to the at least one image sensor; the image capture module and the at least one other module being directly or indirectly mounted to each other, and interoperable with each other to capture images. An image capture module and method of construction of a camera are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BLACKMAGIC DESIGN PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Grant Petty, Simon Kidd, Michael Cornish, Stuart Elford, David Lunn, John Vanzella, Carsten Buettner, Patrick Tolcher
  • Patent number: 10119740
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an ice-making unit disposed in the door and can make ice through direct cooling by a refrigerant without using cold air flow. A cold air generation system operates to circulate the refrigerant for supplying a cold air flow for the refrigerator. A refrigerant pipe is installed in the refrigerator main body to branch off some refrigerant from the cold air generation system. An ice-making pipe is installed within the ice-making unit and receives the refrigerant from the refrigerant pipe. Water freezes into ice through heat transfer between the ice-making unit and the ice-making pipe containing refrigerant. A soft pipe is disposed around a hinge shaft of the refrigerator main body and the door and configured to interconnect the ice-making pipe and the refrigerant pipe in a twistable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10115657
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for dissipating heat generated from an electrical current carrying device are provided herein. The disclosed concept provides a dielectric heat path device that assists in heat dissipation of an electrical current carrying device by transferring heat from one end of the device to another. The disclosed concept also provides systems that communicate heat generated by an electrical device to a thermally grounded secondary device through a dielectric heat path device to dissipate heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Tony Ray Benson, Peter J. Fritz
  • Patent number: 10076987
    Abstract: A heating and cooling cup holder may include an inner holder having an air hole, a heat exchanging unit covering the air hole and having an intake port at a first side so that air flowing inside through the intake port exchanges heat through heat transfer fins in the heat exchanging unit and flows into the inner holder through the air hole, a peltier element having a front coupled to a rear of the heat exchanging unit, a heat dissipation module including a heat sink and a heat dissipating fan coupled to the rear of the peltier element, an outer holder surrounding the side of the inner holder and defining a ventilation space together with the inner holder therebetween, and a blower disposed in the ventilation space and having a discharge port connected to the intake port of the heat exchanging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KBAUTOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10054754
    Abstract: An exemplary thermally regulated component is an optical element or chuck for holding an optical element, or a stage for same, or combination thereof. The component has first and second heat-transfer zones. The first has a first component surface that receives a heating influence such as incident electromagnetic radiation. The second has a second component surface. A conduit circuit extends in the component serially through the first and second heat-transfer zones, back to the first heat-transfer zone, and contains an electrically conductive liquid (e.g., liquid metal). A vibration-free pump (e.g., MFD pump) coupled to the conduit circuit induces flow of the liquid through the circuit. A heat-exchanger is in thermal contact, but not actual contact, with the second component surface. Thus, heat delivered to the second heat-transfer zone by the liquid flowing in the conduit circuit flows from the second component surface to the heat-exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Michael R. Sogard
  • Patent number: 9976814
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a heat pipe with a fluid path. A first part of the fluid path is thermally coupled to a first region of a higher temperature and a second part of the fluid path thermally is coupled to a second region of a lower temperature. A difference between the higher temperature and the lower temperature induces a flow of a magnetic fluid in the fluid path. A switchable magnetic device is magnetically coupled to the fluid path. Activation of the switchable magnetic device reduces the flow of the magnetic fluid in the fluid path, which reduces heat transfer from the first region to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Arthur Gomez, Jon Trantham, David Tetzlaff, Mai A. Ghaly
  • Patent number: 9862244
    Abstract: An integrated independent air conditioning system may include a refrigerant line, including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator core, a Peltier heat exchanger to perform air conditioning through a Peltier element, a ventilated seat for a vehicle in which a blower and a heat exchanger are arranged, a cooling circulation line arranged such that coolant passes through a first pump, the evaporator core, an on-off valve, the Peltier heat exchanger, and a first 3-way valve, a seat circulation line that passes through the heat exchanger and joins an upper side of the first pump, a heating circulation line arranged such that coolant passes through a second pump, the condenser of the refrigerant line, a second 3-way valve, the Peltier heat exchanger, and the first 3-way valve, a radiator circulation line that passes through a radiator, and joins an upper side of the second pump, and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Man Ju Oh
  • Patent number: 9827580
    Abstract: A spray structure for temperature regulation includes a spray system and a heat exchange cycling system. The heat exchange cycling system includes a thermal chip for providing a temperature regulation water which is received in the spray system to exchange energies. After the temperature regulation water is flowed through the thermal chip to exchange energies, the temperature regulation water is atomized by the spray system to regulate an inner temperature inside a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Cheng-Chuan Yang
  • Patent number: 9717114
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a thermos having a peltier or similar thermoelectric device mounted thereon wherein the peltier is operated by turning a generator assembly so that the peltier is actuated. The apparatus is designed for use in emergency or survival situations where there is no electricity available. The wall of the container is adapted to receive a peltier therein. The peltier comprises an aluminum block having fins thereon that forms a cooling or heating module to heat or cool liquid contained inside the container. The peltier may be attached to the container or operated at a distance therefrom. A battery may also boost the energy from the generator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Dakota James Walker, Charles Welch