Heat Pump, Selective Heating And Cooling Patents (Class 62/3.3)
  • Patent number: 10950142
    Abstract: A circuit training apparatus for training students to understand electrical circuits includes a body member that includes a front face having a peripheral edge and a plurality of side walls defining an interior area and a dial opening. The apparatus includes a battery for powering the circuits. A circuit board is positioned in the body member, the circuit board having a plurality of circuit areas etched thereon and having a plurality of current lead lines electrically connecting the battery and circuit areas, respectively. A rotary selection device is electrically connected to the circuit board and battery and includes a dial indicative of a circuit selection coupled to an electrical switch for directing current from the battery to a respective current lead line associated with the circuit selection. The dial of the rotary selection device extends away from the circuit board and through the dial opening for accessibility to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Perry Cummins
  • Patent number: 10935301
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body defining a storage space, a cryogenic freezing compartment having an insulation space that is independent with respect to the storage space, an evaporator disposed inside the storage space to cool the storage space, and a thermoelectric module assembly disposed at one side of the cryogenic freezing compartment so that the cryogenic freezing compartment is cooled to a temperature less than that of the storage space. The thermoelectric module assembly includes a thermoelectric module, a cold sink coming into contact with a heat absorption surface of the thermoelectric module and disposed in the cryogenic freezing compartment, and a heat sink coming into contact with a heat generation surface of the thermoelectric module. The heat sink is cooled by introducing a refrigerant supplied to the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Chiun Sung
  • Patent number: 10910680
    Abstract: A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a coolant subsystem configured to cool the battery pack, and a thermoelectric device disposed within the coolant subsystem and selectively activated to augment cooling of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Fleming, Erik J. Christen, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10865702
    Abstract: An intercooler for a turbocharged internal combustion heat engine; the intercooler has: a cooling chamber, which is provided with an air inlet opening and an air outlet opening opposite one another; a plurality of exchanger plates, which are stacked on top of one another inside the cooling chamber, are arranged parallel to an air flowing direction from the inlet opening to the outlet opening, are spaced apart from one another so as to define corresponding air passage channels between one another, and are internally hollow; a circulation circuit, which allows a cooling fluid to circulate inside the exchanger plates; and a plurality of thermoelectric cells, each of which is mounted on a corresponding exchanger plate, and has a cold side resting on the exchanger plate and a hot side delimiting a corresponding air passage channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MARELLI EUROPE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nazario Bellato, Mihai-Claudiu Popan
  • Patent number: 10845685
    Abstract: A light source device has a light source unit including a base member and a plurality of light emitting devices held in the base member, a heat receiving plate including an opening portion, to which the base member is fixed to cover the opening portion, and a heat diffusion member in contact with the base member via the opening portion. Heat from the light source unit is transmitted to the heat receiving plate and the heat diffusion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shin Aruga, Masato Kadotani, Kazuya Usuda
  • Patent number: 10808983
    Abstract: A refrigerator may have an ultra-low temperature cooling module for cooling an ultra-low temperature compartment that includes a thermoelectric element having a heating surface and a heat absorption surface disposed to oppose the heating surface and a heat conduction unit evaporation part whose one side is in contact with the heating surface of the thermoelectric element and the other side is connected to a refrigerant pipe of an evaporator to transmit heat emitted from the heating surface of the thermoelectric element to the refrigerant. An amount of heat exchange between a central portion of the heating surface having a relatively high temperature and a refrigerant of the heat conduction unit evaporation part may be greater than an amount of heat exchange between a peripheral portion of the heating surface surrounding the central portion and the refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minkyu Oh, Heayoun Sul, Hyoungkeun Lim
  • Patent number: 10788514
    Abstract: A semiconductor test apparatus includes a test chamber, a chuck and a refrigeration element. The chuck is arranged in the test chamber to fix a semiconductor element to be tested. The refrigeration element is connected to the test chamber to reduce a chamber ambient temperature of the test chamber from a first temperature to a second temperature. The foregoing semiconductor test apparatus is able to reduce the chamber ambient temperature of the test chamber to be equal to or lower than the specified test temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HERMES-EPITEK CORP.
    Inventors: Wen-Yuan Hsu, Shih-Ying Chou
  • Patent number: 10784957
    Abstract: A method and device for controlling a wavelength of a light emitting assembly. The device comprises a microcontroller, a light emitting assembly temperature control unit, an analog-to-digital converter, a digital-to-analog converter, a storage unit, a thermistor of a negative temperature coefficient in a TOSA component, and a TEC assembly. The microcontroller comprises an ADC input interface, a DAC output interface, a GPIO output interface, an external communication interface, and a memory interface. The light emitting assembly temperature control unit comprises a turn-off enable control circuit, a temperature detecting circuit, an error amplification-comparison-compensation unit, a TEC voltage/current limitation circuit, a TEC voltage/current detecting circuit, and a TEC differential voltage driver. The method and device are simple and flexible, implements a precise control of the wavelength, and also considers an adjustment function of the wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Zhang, Hongchun Xu, Fei Liang, Lu Guo
  • Patent number: 10729038
    Abstract: Mobile devices executing applications utilize data services worldwide. An application executing on these mobile devices may be tested using proxy access devices (PADs) located at various points-of-presence (POPs) at different geolocations. A PAD retainer device is used to maintain a plurality of PADs in a high density arrangement while still permitting adequate cooling, wireless connectivity, and physical connectivity to a proxy host device. In one implementation, the PAD retainer device is configured to maintain a predefined physical configuration of the PADs mounted therein, while hot spots of the PADs are exposed to the ambient atmosphere to facilitate heat dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HEADSPIN, INC.
    Inventors: Brien Colwell, Manish Lachwani, Michael Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10698494
    Abstract: A tactile sensation presenting device includes: a pressure sensation generating unit configured to present pressure information; and a tactile sensation generating unit arranged on the pressure sensation generating unit. The tactile sensation generating unit includes a vibrating element configured to present vibration information; a warmth/coldness presenting element provided above the vibrating element and configured to present warm/cold information. The vibration information, the warm/cold information, and the pressure information are presented to an operating part in contact with a tactile sensation presentation surface of the tactile sensation generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunio Sato, Daisuke Takai, Yuzuru Kawana
  • Patent number: 10670320
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes: a cabinet in which a refrigerating compartment is provided; a first door connected to the cabinet to open and close the refrigerating compartment and having an opening; a housing provided in the first door and accessible through the opening therein; an ice making room provided in the housing; a storage room that is provided below the ice making room and maintained at a temperature different from that of the refrigerating compartment; a guide duct provided below the ice making room to guide discharge of ice; a second door connected to the first door; a dispenser disposed on a front surface of the second door; and a discharge duct provided in the second door, wherein, when the second door is closed, the guide duct communicates with the discharge duct, and ice made in the ice making room is discharged to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghoon Lee, Donghoon Lee, Wookyong Lee, Seungyoon Cho, Heejun Lee, Seungseob Yeom
  • Patent number: 10660821
    Abstract: Provided is a compact lightweight transport box in which the internal temperature distribution is minimized and accurate temperature regulation can be performed. The transport box includes an insulating container, an internal heat conducting container mounted in the insulating container, and an insulating cover body with a cover internal side heat conducting plate exposed on an inner surface facing the opening part of the internal heat conducting container, in which, with the opening part of the insulating container closed by the insulating cover body, the cover internal side heat conducting plate is near an opening end of the internal heat conducting container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM TOYAMA CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Tsuno
  • Patent number: 10655910
    Abstract: The present application provides a cooler for cooling a beverage fluid flow. The cooler may include a thermoelectric cooling device in communication with a fluid heat exchanger with the fluid flow therein and a water permeable membrane. The cooler further may include a fan positioned about the water permeable membrane for evaporative cooling therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Gregg Carpenter, Roberto Horn Pereira, Michael Gary Izenson, Weibo Chen, Scott David Phillips, Christian Henry Passow
  • Patent number: 10640021
    Abstract: A cushion cover for a ventilation seat includes: a first adhesive layer including an upper surface coupled to a lower surface of a cushion part of the ventilation seat, the lower surface of the cushion provided with an air flow channel; a non-permeable layer made of a non-permeable material and including an upper surface coupled to a lower surface of the first adhesive layer to block the air flow channel of the lower surface of the cushion part from outside; and a protective layer coupled to a lower surface of the non-permeable layer to direct friction between the non-permeable layer and a seat structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Do Hyung Kim, Taek Jun Nam, Ho Sub Lim
  • Patent number: 10557203
    Abstract: Systems, methods and an apparatus used for delivery of chemical precursors, and more particularly to an ampoule for containing chemical precursors are provided. In one implementation, an apparatus for generating a chemical precursor used in a vapor deposition processing system is provided. The apparatus comprises a canister comprising a sidewall, a top, and a bottom surface encompassing an interior volume therein, an adhesion layer disposed over an outside surface of the sidewall and bottom surface, a thermally conductive coating disposed over the adhesion layer, an insulator layer disposed over the thermally conductive coating, wherein the thermally conductive coating over the bottom surface remains exposed and an inlet port and an outlet port in fluid communication with the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: David K. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10556481
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing heating and cooling to a cabin of an autonomous or semiautonomous electric vehicle. A system includes one or more autonomous or semiautonomous electric vehicle components generating thermal energy as a byproduct of operation, a radiator fluidly coupled to the one or more vehicle components and positioned downstream from the one or more vehicle components such that the radiator receives at least a portion of the thermal energy, a thermoelectric cooler thermally coupled to and located downstream from the radiator, and one or more bypass valves that control fluid flow from the radiator such that fluid flows directly to a cabin of the vehicle or flows through the thermoelectric cooler before flowing into the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Tianzhu Fan, Shailesh N. Joshi, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 10538143
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus for a vehicle includes an air-conditioning duct that includes an air supply path through which air to be supplied into an interior of the vehicle passes, a first tank to which a cool medium and a warm medium for adjusting the temperature of a first intermediate medium are supplied, a first heat exchanger that is provided in the air-conditioning duct and through which the first intermediate medium circulates from the first tank, and a controller that controls the first intermediate medium to a temperature needed to set the interior to a desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Tsunoda, Hisashi Nagano
  • Patent number: 10542604
    Abstract: A thermal management system for an object comprising: a plurality of thermoelectric elements and electricity transport medium. Heat energy that is generated or absorbed by the object is converted by some of said thermoelectric elements to electrical energy. This energy is transferred to some other of said thermoelectric elements, working in heat pumping mode, in order to realize a desired thermal distribution over said object. The thermal management system optionally comprises a controller that controls the mode of operation of the thermoelectric elements. Each thermoelectric element in any portion of time is configured to be in one of (1) an electricity generation mode, (2) a heat pumping mode, (3) a heat flow blocking mode or (4) a heat flow transferring mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: David Hirshberg
  • Patent number: 10507745
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seating surface and a tube arranged proximate the seating surface. The tube has an inlet fluidly coupled with a fluid mover and an outlet proximate the seating surface. A thermoelectric device is in communication with the outlet. The thermoelectric device is configured to thermodynamically affect heat exchange at the seating surface. The fluid mover is selectively operable to release a pressurized fluid through the tube proximate the thermoelectric device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10478146
    Abstract: A radiation irradiation device includes a radiation generating part that generates radiation; an arm part having the radiation generating part attached to one end thereof; a main body part having the other end of the arm part connected thereto; an electric power supply part provided at the main body part; and a cable part for electrically connecting the power supply part and the radiation part. The electric power supply part has a battery part having lithium ion batteries connected in parallel, and a first booster circuit part that boosts a voltage output from the battery part. The radiation generating part has a second booster circuit part that further boosts a voltage that is boosted by the first booster circuit part and is input to the radiation generating part via the cable part which is extended along the arm part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Matsuura, Naoaki Hagiwara, Takeyasu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10369866
    Abstract: A vehicle thermal management system includes a switching portion that switches between a state in which a heat medium circulates through a heat-medium cooling heat exchanger and a state in which the heat medium circulates through a heat-medium heating heat exchanger with respect to each of an engine heat-transfer portion and a heat-generating device, a flow-rate adjustment portion that adjusts the flow rate of the heat medium for each of a heat-medium outside-air heat exchanger and the engine heat-transfer portion, an air-conditioning requesting portion that makes a cooling request for an air cooling heat exchanger to cool the ventilation air as well as a heating request for an air heating heat exchanger to heat the ventilation air, and a controller that controls an operation of at least one of the switching portion, a compressor, and the flow-rate adjustment portion based on presence/absence of the cooling request and presence/absence of the heating request from the air-conditioning requesting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Yamanaka, Yasumitsu Omi, Norihiko Enomoto, Yoshiki Katoh, Koji Miura
  • Patent number: 10327722
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of systems that may be used for cooling objects, such as X-ray tubes and detectors, etc. Also disclosed are exemplary embodiments of methods for cooling objects, such as X-ray tubes and detectors, etc. For example, an exemplary embodiment includes a system that can be used to cool an X-ray tube and detector with one chiller. As another example, an exemplary embodiment of a method includes using one chiller to cool an X-ray tube and detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Laird Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Martin Gustav Karlstedt
  • Patent number: 10323274
    Abstract: A biological analysis system is provided. The system comprises an interchangeable assembly configured to accommodate any one of a plurality of sample holders, each respective sample holder configured to receive a plurality of samples. The system also includes a control system configured to cycle the plurality of samples through a series of temperatures. The system further includes an optical system configured to detect fluorescent signals emitted from the plurality of samples. The optical system, in particular, can comprise a single field lens, an excitation source, an optical sensor, and a plurality of filter components. The excitation source can be one or more light emitting diodes. The field lens can be a bi-convex lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jacob K. Freudenthal, Kevin Maher, Ming Song Chen, Theodore E. Straub, Kuan Moon Boo, Soo Yong Lau
  • Patent number: 10285469
    Abstract: An insole for controlling and adjusting the temperature of the foot. The insole includes a first heat conductive layer made of fabric, a second heat insulating layer comprising a Peltier cell. The Peltier cell includes a first surface and has a predetermined polarity such that, when the Peltier cell is on, the first surface is heated or cooled. A third heat dissipating layer includes an accelerometer and a logic control unit connected to the accelerometer and to the Peltier cell. The insole further includes a first flexible printed circuit configured to measure the temperature of the foot, through at least a first temperature sensor and the temperature of the first surface of the Peltier cell, through a further first temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ARIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandra Antonetti, Eros Brienza
  • Patent number: 10278371
    Abstract: A peltier device comprises peltier elements specified in cooling or heating temperature, a heating heat sink connected in contact on one side surface of the peltier element, a chilling heat sink connected in contact on the other side surface of the peltier element, and a cooling fan. Using peltier elements each of which is specified in a cooling or a heating activity, a heat exchange efficiency is enhanced thank to a plurality of functions of a single peltier element; thermal radiation is separated by bringing the peltier element into contact with a heating heat sink and a cooling heat sink independently from each other; the surface area in contact with the fluid is maximized through the “X” shaped aperture formed with four wings protruding from the inner surface of the aperture towards the center part, directly transferring the endothermic and exothermic effects from the Peltier element to the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL FISHERIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Minmin Jung, Bongseok Kim, Jaeu Kim, Sanggu Lim
  • Patent number: 10232844
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes: an internal combustion engine; a generator that generates electric power by using an output of the internal combustion engine; an electric storage device that stores the electric power generated by the generator; an electric motor that generates a driving force for the hybrid vehicle by receiving at least one of the electric power that is generated by the generator and the electric power that is stored in the electric storage device; a heating apparatus that heats a vehicle cabin, the heating apparatus including an electric heater that heats the vehicle cabin by using the electric power that is stored in the electric storage device; and an electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidekazu Hirabayashi, Kunihiko Jinno, Hiroaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10228166
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments disclosed in the present application, a climate controlled seating assembly includes a thermal module. The thermal module comprises at least one inlet channel, at least one outlet channel and a thermoelectric device (e.g., Peltier circuit) positioned upstream of the outlet channel. In one embodiment, the seating assembly includes a sensor positioned within an interior of the thermal module and configured to detect the presence of a liquid, such as water, condensation or other fluids, on or near said sensor. In certain arrangements, the sensor is configured to detect the presence of a liquid by measuring an electrical resistance or capacitance across a portion of the sensor. A climate control system can include a separator gasket located within a housing of a fluid module and at least partially between the cold passage and the hot passage. In some embodiments, the separator gasket comprises one or more wicking materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: John Lofy
  • Patent number: 10215454
    Abstract: A cooling system including a first cooling apparatus thermally exposed to a space to be cooled. The cooling system further includes a second cooling apparatus thermally exposed to the space to be cooled and thermally exposed to the first cooling apparatus. Heat discharged from the second cooling apparatus powers the first cooling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ThermoTek, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Quisenberry
  • Patent number: 10193046
    Abstract: A thermoelectric generating device includes: a thermoelectric generating element configured to convert thermal energy to electric energy and to output the electric energy; a temperature measuring unit configured to measure hot side temperature of the thermoelectric generating element; and a temperature controller configured to perform control to increase an amount of current returning to the thermoelectric generating element when the hot side temperature becomes higher than predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kelk Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Kaibe, Hirokuni Hachiuma
  • Patent number: 10179526
    Abstract: A method of conditioning a seat includes operating a first thermal conditioning assembly in a seat back configured to support an occupant torso. The first thermal conditioning assembly provides a first heat transfer rate. A second thermal conditioning assembly is operated in a seat cushion configured to support occupant lower region. The second thermal conditioning assembly provides a second heat transfer rate simultaneously with and different than the first heat transfer rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Gentherm Inc.
    Inventors: David Brian Marquette, Daniel Charles Guerithault
  • Patent number: 10153226
    Abstract: A heat dissipating device including a base including a heat absorbing plate made of a metallic material and configured for an electronic product to be placed thereon; a heat absorbing plate flow channel is disposed within the heat absorbing plate and is configured for a cooling medium to flow through; a heat dissipating main body connected to the base; wherein the heat dissipating main body includes a housing, and a first heat dissipator and a heat dissipating fan disposed within the housing; the first heat dissipator includes a first heat dissipating substrate; a first heat dissipating flow channel, configured for the cooling medium to flow through, is disposed within the first heat dissipating substrate; the heat absorbing plate flow channel and the first heat dissipating flow channel are connected via pipes and form a cooling medium circulation loop; and a fluid pump is disposed in the cooling medium circulation loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Haoxiong Zou
  • Patent number: 10147862
    Abstract: An electronic control device includes: a thermoelectric element module that has a plurality of thermoelectric element groups, which are connected in parallel; and a control circuit that supplies a driving power to the thermoelectric element module to perform an operation control of the thermoelectric element module. Additionally, the plurality of thermoelectric element groups respectively have a plurality of thermoelectric elements, which are connected in series. Moreover, each of the plurality of thermoelectric elements is provided with a pair of a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor. Furthermore, the plurality of thermoelectric element groups have different number of the thermoelectric elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daichi Marui, Masafumi Umeno
  • Patent number: 10036581
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to heat exchanger assemblies, systems, and methods for conditioning medium in an environment (e.g., in a controlled environment) to a suitable temperature. In particular, embodiments may include heat transfer assemblies and medium conditioning systems that may condition the medium in the environment by raising or lowering temperature thereof to a suitable conditioned temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Koplow
  • Patent number: 10032974
    Abstract: A thermoelectric conversion module and a thermoelectric conversion apparatus in which a thermoelectric conversion element can be flexibly attached to heat sources having various shapes in high density are provided. The thermoelectric conversion module includes a first thermoelectric conversion element configured of a cylindrical thermoelectric conversion material having a hollow portion and a second thermoelectric conversion element configured of a thermoelectric conversion material having a different conductive type from that of the first thermoelectric conversion element and fixed in the hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Higashida, Kaori Toyoda, Yoshihisa Ohido, Takashi Kubo, Satoshi Maeshima
  • Patent number: 9983259
    Abstract: A dual loop type temperature control module and an electronic device testing apparatus having the same are provided. The temperature control module comprises a first loop through which a first working fluid of a first temperature flows, a second loop through which a second working fluid of a second temperature flows, a controller for controlling a first switching valve such that the first or second working fluid flows through a temperature regulating device, and a second switching valve such that the working fluid flowing through the temperature regulating device returns to the first or second loop. The temperature regulating device adjusts a thermoelectric cooling device to reach two different reference temperatures based on the rise/fall of its temperature dependent on the working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CHROMA ATE INC.
    Inventors: Xin-Yi Wu, Chien-Hung Lo
  • Patent number: 9821627
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for conditioning the air of a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle comprises a housing with a first and a second flow conduit for conducting air and a coolant circuit with at least two heat exchangers, wherein a first heat exchanger is arranged in the first flow conduit and a second heat exchanger is arranged in the second flow conduit. The first heat exchanger can be operated independently of the operating mode as an evaporator and the second heat exchanger can be operated independently of the operating mode as a condenser. The housing comprises at least one air conduction device with which an air mass flow conditioned in the air conditioning system can be discharged into the environment. The coolant circuit is constructed with a heat exchanger which is arranged outside of the housing and can be operated as an evaporator or as a condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Roberto Della Rovere, Marc Graaf, Navid Durrani
  • Patent number: 9748890
    Abstract: A hybrid solar thermal collector is provided. The hybrid solar collector comprises a photovoltaic element to convert sunlight into electricity; and a solar thermal collector device comprising an absorber element to convert sunlight into heat; wherein the absorber element is immersed in a heat transfer fluid in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Patent number: 9605881
    Abstract: A system for adaptive cooling and energy harvesting comprising at least one thermoelectric device capable of acting as a thermoelectric cooler and as a thermoelectric generator, a hierarchical multiple-level control system, and electronics controlled by the control system and connected to the thermoelectric device. The electronics selectively configure the thermoelectric device in at least in a thermoelectric cooler operating mode and in a thermoelectric generation operating mode. The thermoelectric device can incorporate quantum-process and quantum-well materials for higher heat transfer and thermoelectric generation efficiencies. The invention provides for thermoelectric devices to additionally operate in temperature sensing mode. The hierarchical control system can comprise a plurality of control system, each of which can operate in isolation and can be interconnected with additional subsystems associated with other hierarchical levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9581362
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein relating to an Alternating Current-Direct Current (AC-DC) power conversion system for supplying power to one or more Thermoelectric Coolers (TECs). In some embodiments, a system comprises one or more TECs and an AC-DC power conversion system configured to supply power to the one or more TECs for a high efficiency mode of operation and a high heat pumping mode of operation. The AC-DC power conversion system comprises a first AC-DC power converter configured to convert an AC input to a DC output at a first output power level for the high efficiency mode of operation of the one or more TECs. The AC-DC power conversion system further comprises a second AC-DC power converter configured to convert the AC input to a DC output at a second output power level for the high heat pumping mode of operation of the one or more TECs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Phononic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall Stanley, Daniel Barus, Ricardo E. Rodriguez, Jesse W. Edwards, Robert Joseph Therrien
  • Patent number: 9574711
    Abstract: A vapor pressure regulation system includes a vessel including a vessel wall that defines an enclosure, and a temperature adjustment mechanism coupled to the vessel. A heat transfer between the temperature adjustment mechanism and the vessel is adjusted based on at least a vapor pressure within the vessel to facilitate regulating the vapor pressure within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Shengyi Liu, Lijun Gao
  • Patent number: 9520308
    Abstract: Provided is a temperature control system configured to mix a low temperature heating medium and a high temperature heating medium to supply the heating mediums at a temperature according to a process recipe to an electrostatic chuck (ESC) configured to maintain a temperature and support a wafer in a chamber in which a semiconductor wafer processing process is performed, and a heating medium obtained by mixing a heating medium cooled through a thermoelectric element and a heating medium heated through a heater to a desired target temperature according to a first ratio and a second ratio is provided to a load and recovered from the load, and the heating medium is distributed to the thermoelectric element and the heater according to the first ratio and the second ratio, which are ratios upon the mixing, optimizing power consumption for cooling or heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: TECHEST CO., LTD
    Inventors: Min Jin Han, Jae Geon Kim
  • Patent number: 9435578
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to apparatuses and methods for storing temperature-sensitive items. More specifically, embodiments include a storage apparatus that may store the temperature-sensitive items. For example, the storage apparatus may include a storage compartment that may be maintained at a predetermined temperature or temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TOKITAE LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Calderon, Fong-Li Chou, Michael Friend, David Gasperino, Shieng Liu, Matthew F. Rosen, Shannon Weise Stone, Ozgur Emek Yildirim
  • Patent number: 9360645
    Abstract: Provided is a one-piece injection molded part which is used to assemble an optical module, the one-piece injection molded part including: a plurality of plates and a plurality of living hinges. The plurality of plates includes an input faceplate, an output faceplate, a left side plate, a right side plate, a bottom plate and a lid plate and is integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Wilfred Courchaine, Anthony Nieves
  • Patent number: 9357182
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for remotely monitoring a surveillance area, including deploying a secure enclosure that includes a controller coupled to a switch, a router, and a video-server appliance, the controller configured to provide remote operation and status information presentable via a remote server coupled to the router, and sending video information received by one or more cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: All Systems Designed Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E Venable, Jr., Michael David Brown
  • Patent number: 9335073
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments disclosed in the present application, a climate controlled seating assembly includes a thermal module. The thermal module comprises at least one inlet channel, at least one outlet channel and a thermoelectric device (e.g., Peltier circuit) positioned upstream of the outlet channel. In one embodiment, the seating assembly includes a sensor positioned within an interior of the thermal module and configured to detect the presence of a liquid, such as water, relative humidity, condensation or other fluids, on or near said sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: John Lofy
  • Patent number: 9310110
    Abstract: A thermoelectric drinking apparatus has a feeding pipe, a cooling-gain circulating loop, a heating-gain circulating loop, an outlet pipe, and a thermoelectric heat pump. The thermoelectric heat pump has a cooling unit attached to the cold side of a thermoelectric chip, which has a cooling channel in its interior, and a heating unit attached to the hot side of the thermoelectric chip and provided with a heating channel in its interior. The feeding pipe conducts fluid into the cooling channel and the heating channel respectively. The cooling-gain and heating-gain circulating loop respectively cause fluids in the cooling channel and heating channel to create circular flows, such that the cold side and hot side of the thermoelectric chip respectively cool and heat the fluids via the cooling channel and heating channel. The outlet pipe discharges the cooled and/or heated fluids respectively from the cooling-gain circulating loop and heating-gain circulating loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ming-Lang Hung, Jyi-Ching Peng, Ya-Wen Chou, Yi-Ray Chen
  • Patent number: 9276188
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a waste heat recovery apparatus including an exhaust tube having a cylindrical outer shell configured to contain a flow of exhaust fluid; a first heat exchanger extending through a first region of the exhaust tube, the first heat exchanger in thermal communication with the cylindrical outer shell; a second region of the exhaust tube extending through the exhaust tube, the second region having a low exhaust fluid pressure drop; an exhaust valve operatively disposed within the second region and configured to allow exhaust fluid to flow through the second region only when a flow rate of the exhaust fluid becomes great enough to result in back pressure beyond an allowable limit; and a plurality of thermoelectric elements in thermal communication with an outer surface of the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Lon E. Bell, Douglas T. Crane, John LaGrandeur, David van Heerden
  • Patent number: 9241427
    Abstract: An airfoil to provide directed cooling of active elements, such as in a multi-device storage enclosure. In accordance with some embodiments, an apparatus includes a housing having opposing first and second ends. A first active element is mounted within the housing adjacent the first end, and a second active element mounted within the housing adjacent the second end. A fan assembly is mounted within the housing adjacent the second end to establish an airflow through the housing adjacent the first and second active elements for cooling thereof. An airfoil is mounted within the housing between the first and second active elements to accelerate and direct the airflow proximate the second active element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Lon M. Stevens, Shawn J. Noland, Andrew J. Dunn
  • Patent number: 9214831
    Abstract: A wind charger set on a circuit board for powering a button cell held by a holder set on the circuit board. The wind charger includes a bracket attached to the holder, a wind turbine fixed on the bracket and a charge circuit. The charge circuit is set on the circuit board. The wind turbine transfers airflow created by a heat-dissipating device set on the circuit board into electricity for powering the charge circuit, which charges the button cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ShenZhen Treasure City Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Pang, Al-Ling He, Wan-Li Ning
  • Patent number: 9200823
    Abstract: An ice maker has a mold with a first piece and a second piece. A cavity within the mold includes a first reservoir in the first piece and a second reservoir in the second piece that align to substantially enclose the cavity. A fluid intake aperture in the first piece extends to the cavity for injecting water therein. A thermoelectric device has a cold side thermally coupled to the exterior surface of the second piece. The thermoelectric device transfers heat from the cold side to a hot side to provide a first temperature to the mold. A removable cooling source is thermally coupled to the hot side of the thermoelectric device. The cooling source is configured to reduce the temperature of the hot side to allow the cold side to provide a second temperature that is cooler than the first temperature to freeze the water in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Brian K. Culley