Gas Controller Or Director Patents (Class 62/404)
  • Patent number: 10852014
    Abstract: A portable dehumidifier includes a cabinet, a fan, a dehumidification system, and a compressor. The cabinet includes a front side and a back side opposite the front side, an airflow inlet located on a first side of the cabinet, and an airflow outlet located on a second side of the cabinet that is opposite the first side. The dehumidification system includes a secondary evaporator located proximate to the airflow inlet, a primary condenser located proximate to the airflow outlet, a primary evaporator located adjacent to the secondary evaporator, a secondary condenser located between the primary evaporator and the primary condenser, and a compressor. The fan is configured to generate an airflow that flows into the cabinet through the airflow inlet and out of the cabinet through the airflow outlet. The airflow flows through the dehumidification system in order to provide dehumidification to the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Therma-Stor, LLC
    Inventors: Jared M. Stearns, Steven S. Dingle, Jerome Verhoeven, Conor DuBois, Diane K. Bustamante
  • Patent number: 10837693
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet, an evaporator, an evaporator cover module defining an evaporator cover module, a cold air supply module configured to communicate with an upper end of the evaporator cover module, the cold air supply module including a discharge port, and a blower fan. The cold air supply module includes a lower passage configured to communicate with the evaporator cover module, and an upper passage configured to communicate with the discharge port. The cold air supply module defines a communication hole at a position where the upper passage and the lower passage overlap each other, and the blower fan is located at the communication hole to cause suction of cold air from the heat-exchange space and discharge of cold air to the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jiwon Kim
  • Patent number: 10175635
    Abstract: A housing structure includes a housing, a cover, and a plurality of paths of gas. The cover spatially partitions an inside and an outside of the housing. The plurality of paths of gas connect the inside and the outside of the housing and include a plurality of bypass portions. Two or more paths of gas of the plurality of paths of gas communicate with an outside of the cover via a single housing opening that communicates an inside and the outside of the cover with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Ishida, Naoki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10139115
    Abstract: An air handling unit has an interior shell, an exterior skin associated with the interior shell to form a wall space at least partially bound by each of the interior shell and the exterior skin, and a control component at least partially carried within the wall space. A cabinet for an air handling unit has at least one wall comprising an interior shell and an exterior skin associated with the interior shell to form a wall space at least partially bound by each of the interior shell and the exterior skin. The at least one wall at least partially defines a fluid duct of the cabinet and a control component is at least partially disposed within the wall space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Lackie, William Randall Erwin
  • Patent number: 10096977
    Abstract: In an ion generation apparatus, induction electrodes are formed on a surface of a substrate, holes are provided inside the induction electrodes, respectively, needle electrodes are disposed in a substrate, and tip end portions of the needle electrodes are inserted into the holes, respectively. Furthermore, a part of each of the induction electrodes is removed, thereby reducing the size of the substrate for entire size reduction. By such a configuration, it becomes possible to provide an ion generation apparatus that can stably generate ions even in a high humidity environment and that can be mounted also in small-sized electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromu Nishida, Koichi Izu, Nobuyuki Ohe
  • Patent number: 9689594
    Abstract: An evaporator includes an inlet manifold, an outlet parallel to the inlet manifold, and a collection manifold parallel and adjacent to the outlet manifold. First flow conduits extend from the inlet manifold to the collection manifold, and at least one second flow conduit extends from the collection manifold to the outlet manifold. The evaporator can be housed within an enclosure to provide a cased evaporator. Air is conditioned by transferring heat from the air to refrigerant as the air passes through the evaporator. The refrigerant is received from outside the enclosure into the inlet manifold, and is directed through first and second refrigerant passes to receive heat from the air. The flow of refrigerant is received from the second pass into a collection manifold, is transferred to an outlet manifold, and is removed from the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Eric P. Steinbach, George A. Baker, Bradley C. Engel, Gregory T. Kohler
  • Patent number: 9157670
    Abstract: A two chamber heat transfer unit configured such that hazardous air can circulate through one of the chambers and potential ignition source components are contained in another chamber through which the gas to be heated or cooled will circulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: KOOLTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce K. Kreeley, Boris L. Muzikant
  • Publication number: 20140331709
    Abstract: When a cooling device employing an ebullient cooling system is mounted in a low-profile electronic device, not only is it impossible to obtain the sufficient cooling performance, but also the cooling efficiency of the entire electronic device decreases, therefore, a cooling device according to an exemplary aspect of the invention includes evaporating means for storing a refrigerant; condensing means for condensing and liquefying a vapor-phase refrigerant vaporized in the evaporation means and radiating heat; a pipe connecting the evaporating means to the condensing means; and flow regulating means for regulating a flow direction of air passing through the condensing means, wherein the evaporating means and the condensing means are located on roughly the same level in the vertical direction; the evaporating means includes an evaporation container and bulkhead means for separating the refrigerant disposed in the evaporation container; the height of the bulkhead means is larger than or equal to the height of a v
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Masaki Chiba, Minoru Yoshikawa, Hitoshi Sakamoto, Akira Shoujiguchi, Kenichi Inaba, Arihiro Matsunaga
  • Publication number: 20140298849
    Abstract: A discharge gas manifold having a main conduit, an end feeder conduit, and at least one intermediate feeder conduit, wherein the at least one intermediate feeder conduit contains a portion, adjacent to the main conduit, that forms an angle between 0°-60° with the axis of the main conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Alpha, Eugene Duane Daddis, JR., Stephen C. Inglis, Robert A. Purdy
  • Publication number: 20140290301
    Abstract: A personal cooling unit, comprising: an air inlet for receiving input air; at least one heat pump having a first surface and a second surface, and being configured to extract heat from the input air at the first surface to generate cooled output air and to transport heat to the second surface; a phase change material in thermal contact with the second surface of the heat pump; and means for conveying the cooled output air to the exterior of the unit;—wherein the phase change material undergoes a temperature-driven phase change from a first phase to a second phase, so that when at least a portion of the phase change material is in the first phase, the phase change material absorbs heat from the second surface until all of the phase change material has changed to the second phase; and wherein the phase change material has a phase transition temperature which is at least about 28° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: University of Tasmania
    Inventor: Teen Onn Law
  • Publication number: 20140208794
    Abstract: A control module for a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system includes a housing having an air flow conduit formed therein. An evaporator core is disposed in the air flow conduit, wherein at least a portion of the evaporator is configured to receive a first fluid from a first fluid source therein. An internal thermal energy exchanger is disposed in the air flow conduit downstream of at least a portion of the evaporator core and upstream of a blend door disposed in the air flow conduit. The internal thermal energy exchanger is in thermal energy exchange relationship with a second fluid source through a heat pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka
  • Publication number: 20140208793
    Abstract: A control module for a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system includes a housing having an air flow conduit formed therein. An evaporator core is disposed in the air flow conduit, wherein at least a portion of the evaporator is configured to receive a fluid from a fluid source therein. An internal thermal energy exchanger is disposed in the air flow conduit downstream of at least a portion of the evaporator core and upstream of a blend door disposed in the air flow conduit. The internal thermal energy exchanger is configured to receive a second fluid from a second fluid source and a third fluid from a third fluid source, wherein the second fluid absorbs thermal energy from a flow of air through the air flow conduit and the third fluid releases thermal energy from the flow of air through the air flow conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka, Thomas Finn
  • Publication number: 20140150488
    Abstract: Compact dehumidifiers and associated systems and methods are disclosed. A representative system includes a housing having an airflow entrance, and airflow exit, and a linear flowpath between the entrance and exit. The system further includes a refrigeration cycle having, in sequence along the flowpath, an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser, and an air flow driver. A controller is operatively coupled to the evaporator, compressor, condenser, and airflow driver to operate the refrigeration cycle for removing moisture from an entering airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: DRI-EAZ PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard A. Black, Keith Hoffman, William Bruders, Larry White, Brett Bartholmey, Aaron Matthew Kiesser
  • Publication number: 20140150473
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet, a freezer compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet below the fresh food compartment, and first and second French doors operatively connected to the refrigerator cabinet to provide access to the fresh food compartment. There is also a mullion between the fresh food compartment and the freezer compartment, an air inlet and an air outlet proximate a bottom of the first French door, and an air outlet and an air inlet on a front face of the mullion. When the first French door is in a closed position, the air inlet proximate the bottom of the first French door aligns with the air outlet on the front face of the mullion and the air outlet proximate the bottom of the first French door aligns with the air inlet on the front face of the mullion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Mark E. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8726689
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator including a storage compartment, a door for opening/closing a front surface of the storage compartment, and a cold storage unit provided in a storage space defined in the storage compartment. The cold storage unit is rotatably installed at one sidewall defining the storage space to serve as a shelf, so that convenience of use and space utility are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Shin Jang, Young Gwi Park
  • Publication number: 20140075974
    Abstract: The invention concerns an air conditioning system for conditioning the air of a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle including a housing with a first flow channel and a second flow channel for conducting air and a refrigerant circuit with an evaporator and a condenser. The evaporator is arranged in the first flow channel and the condenser in the second flow channel. The air conditioning system is designed for cooling and heating the passenger compartment and for a reheat operation. The setting of the operating mode is done only via the controlling of air guidance mechanisms. One of the heat exchangers evaporator or condenser is arranged with a part of the heat transfer surface in both the first and the second flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Torsten Klein, Roberto Della Rovere, Marc Graaf, Gerald Richter, Felix Girmscheid
  • Publication number: 20140075973
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger arrangement for heating of air, with a heat exchanger (8) which is integrated into a refrigerant circuit (60), configured to be able to have refrigerant flow through it and able to be impinged on by air. The heat is transferred from the refrigerant to the air. The heat exchanger (8) exhibits two components (8a, 8b) configured to be segregated from each other. The first component (8a) is configured with a condensation surface and a heat-removal surface. The second component (8b) exhibits a supercooling surface. Between the components (8a, 8b) on the refrigerant side, a refrigerant phase separation element is placed. The heat exchanger is configured as a tubular heat exchanger with tubes situated in rows, wherein the first component (8a) is configured with at least two rows and the second component (8b) with at least one row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Marc Graaf, Roberto Della Rovere, Navid Durrani
  • Patent number: 8670870
    Abstract: A system for providing positive pressure to an interior of a positive pressure facility can include an enclosure for securing to an exterior of the positive pressure facility, an evaporator motor compartment with a motor, a compressor compartment with a compressor, a fresh air intake section for bringing air in from outside, a condenser compartment with air venture, a heater compartment with a heater, and an enclosure extension for attaching to the interior of the positive pressure facility. An electrical compartment can be connected with a return air compartment of the enclosure extension. A human machine interface with a display can present controls for controlling the system and various portions of real-time information related to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Englobal Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald M. Bush, Jr., James Penrod, William Riter, Kyle Cook, Carl Gosnell
  • Publication number: 20140060776
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air conditioning system includes a case having a face outlet and a foot outlet. A door is movable between a first position closing the face outlet and opening the foot outlet and a second position opening the face outlet and closing the foot outlet. A bypass passage allows air flow around the door when the door is in the second position to allow a specified amount of air flow to the foot outlet when the door closes the foot outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: DENSO CORPORATION, DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Tom PEARD, Gregory THOMPSON, Raymond BAILEY, Melissa BUCZEK
  • Patent number: 8661844
    Abstract: A heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a vehicle according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a blower, an evaporator, a heater core, and a single door. The blower is operable to blow air. The evaporator is positioned downstream from the blower and is operable to cool air flowing through the evaporator. The heater core is positioned downstream from the evaporator and is operable to heat air flowing through the heater core. The single door is positioned downstream from the heater core and is rotatable to control airflow through the heater core and to direct airflow to at least one of a first outlet and a second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Klinkhammer, Jason Hendry
  • Patent number: 8650903
    Abstract: An airflow-direction adjustment unit is configured to adjust a direction of air expelled to an exterior from a main body of a heat source unit of a refrigeration apparatus, the airflow-direction adjustment unit. The airflow-direction adjustment unit includes a mounting member and a closing member. The mounting member has-at least one expulsion opening arranged and configured to expel the air from the heat source unit main body. The mounting member is mounted on the heat source unit main body. The closing member is arranged and configured to block some portion of the at least one expulsion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Norihiro Takenaka
  • Publication number: 20140007600
    Abstract: An evaporator includes an inlet manifold, an outlet parallel to the inlet manifold, and a collection manifold parallel and adjacent to the outlet manifold. First flow conduits extend from the inlet manifold to the collection manifold, and at least one second flow conduit extends from the collection manifold to the outlet manifold. The evaporator can be housed within an enclosure to provide a cased evaporator. Air is conditioned by transferring heat from the air to refrigerant as the air passes through the evaporator. The refrigerant is received from outside the enclosure into the inlet manifold, and is directed through first and second refrigerant passes to receive heat from the air. The flow of refrigerant is received from the second pass into a collection manifold, is transferred to an outlet manifold, and is removed from the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Eric P. Steinbach, George A. Baker, Bradley C. Engel, Gregory T. Kohler
  • Publication number: 20130227985
    Abstract: A refrigerant circuit of an air conditioner includes a compressor unit, an evaporator, and a solenoid valve comprising a flow control mechanism. The operation capacity of the compressor unit is adjusted by changing the number of compressors in operation. The evaporator includes a first heat exchanger section and a second heat exchanger section. A first flow pass of the first heat exchanger section and a second flow pass of the second heat exchanger section are connected to each other in parallel. In the state where the solenoid valve is open, refrigerant flows into both of the first flow pass and the second flow pass. In the state where the solenoid valve is closed, refrigerant flows only to the first flow pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Komano
  • Publication number: 20130186116
    Abstract: A thermal system and method are provided configured for improved efficiency. The system is typically configured to provide outside air to a building with the combination of a ground/water source heat pump and a dedicated outside air unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel M. Sami
  • Publication number: 20130133356
    Abstract: There is disclosed a desalinization apparatus, and methods related to desalinization. In an embodiment, a desalinization apparatus includes at least one port for receiving airflow therethrough, at least one port for receiving salt water therethrough, at least one output for providing outflow of pure water vapor, and at least one output for proving outflow of a mixture of water, salt and air; and a plurality of chambers for evaporating the salt water into the airflow, at least one of the chambers forming a plurality of ports arranged in a plurality of rows. In an embodiment, a method includes providing airflow to a desalinization apparatus; providing salt water to the desalinization apparatus; forming a vortex in the airflow to evaporate water vapor from the salt water; and providing the water vapor in the airflow to a condenser so as to obtain pure water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: LyteSyde, LLC
    Inventor: LyteSyde, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130055735
    Abstract: A defrost bypass dehumidifier includes an air flow path with first, second and third segments in series from upstream to downstream and passing ambient air respectively to an evaporator coil then to a condenser coil and then discharging same. The air flow path has a bypass segment passing ambient air to the evaporator coil in parallel with the noted first air flow path segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventor: Technologies Holdings Corp.
  • Patent number: 8359879
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator and a degassing container of the refrigerator which compulsorily degass a portion of air inside a space where foods are stored to the outside by a degassing means together with deformation of a gasket when a door is closely adhered. The present invention includes a degassing container of a refrigerator comprising a case whose one side is opened; a door which shields the opened one side of the case selectively; a gasket interposed between the door and case and elastically deformed to be closely adhered when the door is shielded; a degassing means provided on the door and exhausting air inside the case to the outside when the gasket is compressively deformed; and a release means provided on the door and flowing external air into an inner side of the case when the door is opened. According to the present invention, the storage performance is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeong-Yon Kim, Jong-Min Shin, Bong-Jun Choi, Su-Won Lee, Ill-Shin Kim, Seok-Min Lim
  • Patent number: 8359880
    Abstract: A fan motor assembly and a refrigerator having the same are provided. The fan motor assembly may include a cover plate having a cool air suction opening formed therein, and at least one cool air duct flow path formed at an inner side wall of the refrigerator. A blower may be provided at an interior side of the cover plate to direct cool air into the at least one cool air duct flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dong-Il Lee, Jun-Ho Bae, Hyoun-Jeong Shin
  • Publication number: 20130019627
    Abstract: The cooling apparatus (10) for electronic-device exhaustion includes an evaporator unit (201), a fluid piping (306) and a vapor piping (305). A plurality of evaporator units (201) is disposed in a rack (100) in the height direction, and have a dimension in height of any of 2 U, 3 U, and 4 U with 1 U being 44.45 mm. The evaporator unit causes a coolant fluid thereinside to vaporize and produce a coolant vapor by heat of the exhaust air from an electronic device loaded in the rack (100), and cools the exhaust air. The fluid piping (306) is a supply route of the coolant fluid to the evaporator units (201), the vapor piping (305) is a discharging route of the coolant vapor from the evaporator units (201), and both are commonly connected to the plurality of evaporator units (201).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Minoru Yoshikawa, Kenichi Inaba
  • Publication number: 20130000346
    Abstract: A cooling arrangement and system are provided for use in a process of producing brittle particles, and comprising: a first chamber having: a solid particles feed ingress means; a solid particles mixing means; and a solid particles egress means, and a second chamber comprising at least one cooling fluid discharging means, wherein the cooling arrangement is characterized in that there is a low thermal resistance between the first chamber and the second chamber to allow cooling down the solid particles being fed to the first chamber via the solid particles feed ingress means, and wherein the solid particles feed ingress means is operative to introduce solid particles, each having a typical diameter of less than 7 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Oleg Golobrodsky, Gideon Drori
  • Publication number: 20120266626
    Abstract: A negative pressure preventive device in a refrigerator is provided to be mounted to a machinery room on a top side of the refrigerator, in which an opening and closing damper is provided over an evaporator for controlling external air such that warm external air is led through an evaporator to reduce a temperature difference while the warm external air passes through the evaporator for minimizing a temperature change in the refrigerator, the opening and closing damper has a control lever operative by gravity to make quick and accurate opening, closing, and air introduction to the refrigerator for compensating a pressure difference, a filter mounted to the opening and closing damper at an air introduction portion to be detachable with a packing cap for easy removal of noxious insects, microbes, and dust, and easy washing and replacement, and a packing member provided to the opening and closing damper for improving a sealing function to prevent cold air from leaking, quick compensation of the pressure differen
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Doo Ha KIM
  • Publication number: 20120267069
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air-conditioning box comprising a heat exchanger for regulating the temperature. The air-conditioning box is used especially in systems for cooling computer centers or servers. The special design of the heat exchanger allows energy costs to be reduced such that systems operating with the air-conditioning box of the invention use less energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Rene Seeliger, Bretislav Sklenak
  • Publication number: 20120204593
    Abstract: A supersonic cooling system operates by pumping liquid without the need of a condenser. The compression system utilizes a compression wave in the generation of the cooling effect. An inlet of the system may be pulsed to reduce energy required of a pump. The evaporator of compression system operates in the critical flow regime where the pressure one or more evaporator tubes will remain almost constant and then ‘jump’ or ‘shock up’ to the ambient pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Tom Gielda, Kristian Debus, Serguei Charamko
  • Publication number: 20120137710
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods can provide a damper assembly for transport refrigeration systems. One embodiment can include a damper assembly including a damper door configured to operate in a first position (e.g., closed), a second position (e.g., open), and at least one intermediate position. In one embodiment, a plurality of intermediate positions can be used to controllably vary a capacity of the transport refrigeration unit, or at least one component thereof. Embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods can provide a damper assembly that can be accessed though an ambient portion of transport refrigeration systems or components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert C. Reimann, Timothy R. Campbell, Belin G. Czechowicz, Patrick McDonald, John R. Reason
  • Publication number: 20120060542
    Abstract: A valve comprising an inlet opening adapted to receive fluid medium and at least two outlet openings, each being fluidly connected to a flow path being arranged fluidly in parallel, is disclosed. The valve comprises a first valve part (1) and a second valve part (3). The first valve part (1) has at least two flow passages (2) formed therein, each flow passage (2) being fluidly connected to one of the outlet openings. The second valve part (3) has at least one primary flow passage (4) and at least one secondary flow passage (5, 6, 7) formed therein, the primary flow passage(s) (4) and the secondary flow passage(s) (5, 6, 7) being fluidly connected to the inlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: DANFOSS A/S
    Inventor: Claus Thybo
  • Publication number: 20120047922
    Abstract: A direct cooling refrigerator having a circulation duct. The direct cooling refrigerator includes a cabinet, an inner case arranged in the cabinet and having an inlet and an outlet, a circulation duct coupled to the inner case at the outside of the inner case and having a suction port communicating with the outlet and a discharge port communicating with the inlet, and a fan to move air from the suction port to the discharge port within the circulation duct. The inlet is located at an upper wall of the inner case so as to be located closer to a front surface of the inner case than a rear wall of the inner case, and the outlet is located at the rear wall of the inner case so as to be located close to a lower wall of the inner case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Jin Lee, Hak Gyun Bae, Sung Ho Cho, Eung Ryeol Seo, Hyun Joo Kim, Joo Hee Song
  • Patent number: 8096144
    Abstract: A supply air terminal unit (10) has a body (11) with side walls, top and bottom walls and an opening cover, which is opened to allow access for service work inside the structure. A wall structure (12) formed by needle-fin tubes (100) is fitted around a central fine filter (13), whereby the needle-fin tubes (100) are placed on top of each other in order to form a filter wall (12). A needle-fin tube (120) has needle-like fins whereby in its tube a heat carrier is made to flow in order to transfer heat into the air made to flow through the structure or in the opposite direction. The fine filter (13) covers an air outlet port (A2) located in the bottom (11a5) of the supply air terminal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Retermia Oy
    Inventors: Markus Castrén, Risto Castrén
  • Patent number: 8087261
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes a cold air duct that receives cold air circulating inside of a refrigerating chamber and a freezing chamber, an evaporator in the cold air duct, at least one defrosting heater in the cold air duct that selectively emits heat, a fan in the cold air duct, that selectively directs the cold air in an upward or downward direction, a motor that drives the fan, and an open/close device that closes a space having the evaporator, the defrosting heater, and the fan positioned therein selectively, thereby providing an improved defroster for an evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Ik Lee, Bong Jun Choi, Jong Min Sin, Youngsan Jeon, Jae Seong Sim, Young Jeong
  • Publication number: 20110289957
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator and a degassing container of the refrigerator which compulsorily degass a portion of air inside a space where foods are stored to the outside by a degassing means together with deformation of a gasket when a door is closely adhered. The present invention includes a degassing container of a refrigerator comprising a case whose one side is opened; a door which shields the opened one side of the case selectively; a gasket interposed between the door and case and elastically deformed to be closely adhered when the door is shielded; a degassing means provided on the door and exhausting air inside the case to the outside when the gasket is compressively deformed; and a release means provided on the door and flowing external air into an inner side of the case when the door is opened. According to the present invention, the storage performance is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeong-Yon Kim, Jong-Min Shin, Bong-Jun Choi, Su-Won Lee, Ill-Shin Kim, Seok-Min Lim
  • Patent number: 8065885
    Abstract: A refrigeration and freezing device with fresh-keeping function by supplying nitrogen comprises a box body, a refrigerating and freezing chamber disposed inside the box body, a door to the refrigerating and freezing chamber, a control device and a nitrogen generator; wherein said nitrogen generator is disposed either inside or outside the box body of the refrigeration and freezing device, said nitrogen generator comprises an air inlet, an oxygen outlet, a nitrogen outlet, an air filter connected with the air inlet, a compressor, a pipe device for transmitting gas, at least one carbon molecular sieve absorber, at least one control valve to control different absorbers to work alternately, a nitrogen storage container, a nitrogen purifier, a pressure reducing valve for adjusting the pressure of the produced nitrogen, a ventilating muffler disposed on a pipe to the oxygen outlet and a control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Dong-lei Wang
  • Publication number: 20110179812
    Abstract: A method of cooling foodstuff comprises immersing at least one perforated container containing foodstuff into an ice slurry bath for a period of time sufficient to allow ice slurry to enter the at least one perforated container and then subsequently removing the at least one perforated container from the ice slurry bath. Various apparatuses for cooling foodstuff are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUNWELL ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Vladimir Goldstein
  • Publication number: 20110138850
    Abstract: In an evaporator constituting part of a vehicular air conditioning apparatus, a first cooling section that faces a first front passage, and a second cooling section that faces a first rear passage are provided. At a boundary portion between the first cooling section and the second cooling section, a partition member constituted by a filled and hardened packing agent is formed. The partition member is formed so as to fill spaces, which are located between first fins that constitute the first cooling section and second fins that constitute the second cooling section. Air that flows through the first cooling section and air that flows through the second cooling section do not mix together in the interior of the evaporator by the partition member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: KEIHIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Suzuki, Tatsunori Arai
  • Publication number: 20110113793
    Abstract: A cooling system for perishable items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: Isolate, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard W. Tillman, JR., Henry A. Davis
  • Patent number: 7913512
    Abstract: A heat exchanger comprises a first tube having a first fin of a first predetermined height extending outward therefrom. A second tube is vertically spaced above the first tube. The second tube has a second fin of a second predetermined height extending outward therefrom. A fan is positioned to force ambient air across the second tube and then across the first tube to heat a fluid flowing therethrough. A method of heating a fluid comprises sequentially flowing the fluid upward through a plurality of vertically spaced rows of substantially horizontal tubes, and forcing air downward over the plurality of tubes to heat the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Wood Group Advanced Parts Manufacture, AG
    Inventors: Ned Phillip Baudat, Frank Patrick Ross, Randy Michael Sharp
  • Publication number: 20110000251
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided an air conditioner which is capable of, even when the direction of wind blown out from a blow-out port is greatly changed, efficiently releasing ions to a distant place. Specifically, the air conditioner according to the present invention is configured by including a wind direction changing plate 800 which changes the direction of wind W0 blown out from a blow-out port 5, an ion generating section 921a which is provided in the wind direction changing plate 800, and a guiding section 891 which, when the wind direction changing plate 800 is held in an inclined attitude oriented at an angle with respect to the blow-out direction of the wind, protects the ion generating section 921a by preventing the wind W0 blown out from the blow-out port 5 from being brought into direct contact with the ion generating section 921a, and which guides the wind flowing along the wind direction changing plate 800 into the ion generating section 921a.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Takanori Oka, Yuichi Rokkaku
  • Patent number: 7841206
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a main body includes a refrigerating chamber and a freezing chamber provided for storing foods. A cool air-generating device provided in the body generates cool air and a cool air-supplying device including at least one opening for discharging the cool air, is used to circulate the cool air through the freezing chamber, the refrigerating chamber, and the cool air-generating device. A separator provided adjacent to the opening acts to uniformly diffuse the cool air in the freezing chamber and the refrigerating chamber. The separator acts to separate two flows that are then brought back together. The collision and mixing of the two flows create a turbulent flow of air that is directed into the refrigerating and freezing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bong Jun Choi, Jong Min Sin, Jae Seong Sim, Young Jeong, Young Hwan Ko, Jun Hyun Hwang
  • Patent number: 7827819
    Abstract: An indoor unit of an air conditioner is capable of both enhancing the design thereof and preventing the reduction of the air blowing performance. The indoor unit of an air conditioner has a front grill and a design panel. The front grill is provided with an outlet. A front panel covers the outlet in the front view during shutdown, and moves so as to open the outlet during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yamashita, Tatsuhiko Akai, Takashi Doi, Toshiyuki Natsume
  • Patent number: 7819171
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for providing air conditioning to the interior of an automotive vehicle with a mixing chamber designed to create, by controlled mixing of a warm and of a cool partial air flow, at least one warmer and one cooler air-conditionable air flow. The flow paths of the warm partial air flow and of the cool partial air flow intersect in the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alberternst, Michael Fietz, Graham R. Johnstone, Andrew William Rowntree, Graham Kirby
  • Publication number: 20100218531
    Abstract: A transport refrigeration unit having a front grille supported by a frame and being composed of a rigid material that is subject to cracking because of vibrations being transmitted from the frame, there is provided a relatively flexible support structure surrounding the grille and supporting it in the manner which allows for the damping of vibrations so as to prevent them from reaching the grille. The flexible material is preferably a thermoplastic olefin. The manner in which the supporting structure is attached to the frame and in which the grille is attached to the supporting structure also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shafi N. Khan
  • Publication number: 20100212334
    Abstract: A dehumidifier includes an air flow path with first, second and third segments in series from upstream to downstream and passing ambient air respectively to an evaporator coil then to a condenser coil and then discharging same. The air flow path has a fourth segment passing ambient air to the condenser coil in parallel with the noted second air flow path segment. A bypass door is configured to selectively block air flow along the fourth segment and allow air flow along the fourth segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Todd DeMonte, Scott E. Sloan, Steven S. Dingle, Timothy S. O'Brien, Phillip R. Steinmetz