With Indirect Fluid Pump Or Agitator Patents (Class 62/435)
  • Patent number: 9835362
    Abstract: A device and a method for defogging and/or defrosting a glazing unit of a motor vehicle with a partially or totally electric propulsion system is disclosed. The device comprises means (1) for cooling a coolant fluid, using at least one electric current source, and a thermal battery (2), the device being configured to allow, in certain phases, the cooling of the coolant fluid by the cooling means (1) and the storage of cold from the coolant fluid in the battery (2), and, in other phases, the release of cold from the battery (2) into the coolant fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES
    Inventors: Georges De Pelsemaeker, Kamel Azzouz
  • Patent number: 8966922
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus and method are provided for cooling an electronic subsystem of an electronics rack. The cooling apparatus includes a local cooling station, which has a liquid-to-air heat exchanger and ducting for directing a cooling airflow across the heat exchanger. A cooling subsystem is associated with the electronic subsystem of the rack, and includes either a housing facilitating immersion cooling of electronic components of the electronic subsystem, or one or more liquid-cooled structures providing conductive cooling to the electronic components of the electronic subsystem. A coolant loop couples the cooling subsystem to the liquid-to-air heat exchanger of the local cooling station. In operation, heat is transferred via circulating coolant from the electronic subsystem and rejected in the liquid-to-air heat exchanger of the local cooling station to the cooling airflow passing across the liquid-to-air heat exchanger. In one embodiment, the cooling airflow is outdoor air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Milnes P. David, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Roger R. Schmidt, Robert E. Simons
  • Patent number: 8959941
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus and method are provided for cooling an electronics rack. The cooling apparatus includes an air-cooled cooling station, which has a liquid-to-air heat exchanger and ducting for directing a cooling airflow across the heat exchanger. A cooling subsystem is associated with the electronics rack, and includes a liquid-cooled condenser facilitating immersion-cooling of electronic components of the electronics rack, a liquid-cooled structure providing conductive cooling to electronic components of the electronics rack, or an air-to-liquid heat exchanger associated with the rack and cooling airflow passing through the electronics rack. A coolant loop couples the cooling subsystem to the liquid-to-air heat exchanger. In operation, heat is transferred via circulating coolant from the electronics rack, and rejected in the liquid-to-air heat exchanger of the cooling station to the cooling airflow passing across the liquid-to-air heat exchanger. In one embodiment, the cooling airflow is outdoor air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Milnes P. David, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madusudan K. Iyengar, Roger R. Schmidt, Robert E. Simons
  • Patent number: 8955347
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus and method are provided for cooling an electronic subsystem of an electronics rack. The cooling apparatus includes a local cooling station, which has a liquid-to-air heat exchanger and ducting for directing a cooling airflow across the heat exchanger. A cooling subsystem is associated with the electronic subsystem of the rack, and includes either a housing facilitating immersion cooling of electronic components of the electronic subsystem, or one or more liquid-cooled structures providing conductive cooling to the electronic components of the electronic subsystem. A coolant loop couples the cooling subsystem to the liquid-to-air heat exchanger of the local cooling station. In operation, heat is transferred via circulating coolant from the electronic subsystem and rejected in the liquid-to-air heat exchanger of the local cooling station to the cooling airflow passing across the liquid-to-air heat exchanger. In one embodiment, the cooling airflow is outdoor air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Milnes P. David, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madusudan K. Iyengar, Roger R. Schmidt, Robert E. Simons
  • Patent number: 8939196
    Abstract: A secondary pump-type heat source system includes: heat sources connected in parallel; a load system in which the heat source water flows; a primary pump supplying the heat source water to the load system; a secondary pump provided for each heat source and supplies the heat source water subjected to heat exchange in the load system to the heat source; and a heat source controller calculating flow quantity of the heat source water flowing in the heat source side and flow quantity of the heat source water flowing in the load system side by assigning a result from measurement by a water temperature sensor detecting heat source temperature to an operating characteristic of each heat source and controlling operation of the secondary pumps based on the calculation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Takeru Morita, Yuuji Matsumoto, Seiji Tsukiyama, Manabu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8931299
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for a vehicle and a method of operation is disclosed. The air conditioning system includes a primary refrigerant loop and a secondary liquid loop. The primary refrigerant loop includes a compressor configured to be selectively driven by the engine, a condenser, an expansion device and a refrigerant-to-liquid heat exchanger. The secondary liquid loop includes the refrigerant-to-liquid heat exchanger, a thermal storage reservoir within which the refrigerant-to-liquid heat exchanger is mounted, a pump configured to pump a liquid through the refrigerant-to-liquid heat exchanger, a liquid-to-air heat exchanger configured to mount in a HVAC module and receive the liquid from the refrigerant-to-liquid heat exchanger, and a liquid flow valve configured to selectively direct the liquid directly to the pump or through the thermal storage reservoir to the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Major, William R. Hill
  • Patent number: 8667804
    Abstract: Thermal storage air conditioner including an outdoor unit having an outdoor heat exchanger for making heat exchange, and at least one compressor for compressing refrigerant, an indoor unit having at least one indoor heat exchanger for making heat exchange, a thermal storage unit having a thermal storage tank for holding thermal storage substance therein, a thermal storage heat exchanger for receiving refrigerant from an outside of the thermal storage unit to heat exchange with the thermal storage substance in the thermal storage tank, and a securing member for securing the thermal storage heat exchanger so as to maintain the thermal storage heat exchanger submerged under the thermal storage substance in the thermal storage tank, and a functional unit for selective control of refrigerant flows among the outdoor unit, the indoor unit and the thermal storage unit according to an operation condition, thereby maintaining the thermal storage heat exchanger in the thermal storage tank securely, to prevent drop of he
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Yoon Koh, In Kyu Kim, Jin Ha Hwang
  • Patent number: 8607855
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air-conditioning system for a motor-driven vehicle, having a refrigerant circuit (20) with a plurality of heat exchangers (4, 24) through which a refrigerant can be conducted for an exchange of heat with the air which flows through them, with it being possible for the heat exchangers (4, 24) to be operated as heaters or as evaporators as a function of the operating state of the air-conditioning system, and at least one third heat exchanger (16) is provided in the refrigerant circuit (20), which third heat exchanger (16) serves for an exchange of heat with a coolant circuit (13) which is formed separately from the refrigerant circuit (20). The vehicle can be both a motor vehicle and also a fuel-cell-driven vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignees: Behr GmbH & Co. KG, Behr America, Inc., Behr France Rouffach SAS
    Inventors: Günther Feuerecker, Karl Lochmahr, Frank Müller, Dirk Neumeister, Thomas Strauβ, Marcus Weinbrenner, Richard Obradovich, Gunnar Schlinke, Christophe Schmittheisler
  • Patent number: 8544292
    Abstract: The present invention provides an air conditioner for a vehicle that includes a closed refrigeration loop. The closed refrigeration loop includes a compressor, a refrigerant-to-coolant heat exchanger, a coolant-to-refrigerant heat exchanger and a refrigerant dryer in series fluid connection with one another. An engine coolant outlet connector is connected to the coolant-to-refrigerant exchanger. A compartment inlet connector connected to the coolant-to-refrigerant heat exchanger. A compartment outlet connector connected to the refrigerant-to-coolant heat exchanger. An engine coolant inlet connector connected to the refrigerant-to-coolant heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: OmniTherm, Inc.
    Inventors: W. James Masters, Douglas W. Fugate, Edwin E. Wilson, John T. Johnson, W. Jason Masters
  • Patent number: 8511109
    Abstract: A thermal storage container is coupled to a pump for circulating cooled liquid from the thermal storage container in at least one of two circuits. One circuit includes a heat exchanger coupled to the fresh food evaporator for assisting in cooling the fresh food section of the refrigerator or for chilling the liquid. Another circuit includes a sub-cooler between the compressor and condenser for cooling the hot gas output from the compressor before entering the condenser, thereby increasing the efficiency of the system. A three-way valve is coupled from the output pump to couple the stored coolant selectively to one or the other or both of the coolant circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Guolian Wu
  • Publication number: 20130180275
    Abstract: Method for controlling a heat-transfer fluid compression device (3) of a cryogenic machine, the compression device comprising a plurality of members including a compressor (4) and a first controlled valve (CV956) mounted in parallel, wherein the method comprises the real-time generation of a control of the compressor and the real-time generation of a control of the first controlled valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Commissariat a L'energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventor: Commissariat a L'energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
  • Patent number: 8443868
    Abstract: An air/refrigerant heat exchanger includes a plurality of coiled tubes. A first tube of the plurality of coiled tubes has a phase change material therein. A second tube of the plurality of coiled tubes has a flow of cooled refrigerant flowing therethrough and the first tube is in thermal contact with the second tube. A third tube of the plurality of coiled tubes has a flow of air flowing therethrough and the third tube is in thermal contact with the first tube and the second tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Barnwell
  • Patent number: 8424336
    Abstract: A backup cooling storage system comprising at least one cooling and storage unit configured to cool a liquid supply using a quantity of cooled material when a main chiller of the liquid supply is not operational, and at least one chilling element configured to generate the quantity of cooled material for the at least one cooling and storage unit when the main chiller of the liquid supply is operational. Additional embodiments and methods are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Bean, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8397799
    Abstract: A system for simultaneously heating and cooling a first portion and a second portion of a space utilizes a plurality of boilers, chillers, heat exchangers, condenser pumps and closed loop pumps by using a plurality of sensors indicating the temperatures inside and outside the space and a controlling module controlling the operation of the system. The present disclosure can be easily achieved by making minor configurational modifications to existing systems, thereby increasing system versatility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph G. Blecker
  • Patent number: 8359874
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a secondary cooling path for circulating liquid coolant through the refrigerator wherein the liquid coolant is cooled by the freezer compartment and wherein the liquid coolant cools the ice maker and the ice bin as the liquid coolant circulates through the secondary cooling path. A pump is positioned along the secondary cooling path for pumping the liquid coolant through the secondary cooling path. A tube having a first end proximate the pump and an opposite end exposed to atmosphere may control suction pressure associated with the pump. The refrigerator reduces frost build up through configuration of the secondary cooling path or performing ice harvesting operations which melt frost. The secondary cooling path may be used to provide for circulating hot liquid. The secondary cooling path may be used to provide for circulating liquid coolant during a power outage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Guolian Wu, Nihat O. Cur
  • Publication number: 20120291480
    Abstract: A liquid carbon dioxide refrigeration system is provided. The refrigeration system may include a storage tank arranged for storing liquid carbon dioxide, and a vessel arranged to separate carbon dioxide into a vapor carbon dioxide portion and a liquid carbon dioxide portion. A first conduit is coupled to the storage tank and the first vessel such that liquid carbon dioxide can pass from the storage tank to the first vessel. A second conduit is coupled to the first vessel such that the liquid carbon dioxide portion can pass into a refrigeration device, and a third conduit is coupled to the first vessel and the first conduit to recycle the vapor carbon dioxide portion back to the first conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: John M. Girard, Jeffrey R. Wallace, Bryce M. Rampersad, Kenneth L. Burgers, Yeu-Chuan Simon Ho, Balazs Hunek
  • Patent number: 8272432
    Abstract: A system and method for providing cool air to a passenger compartment of a hybrid vehicle in an engine off mode is disclosed. This may include operating a HVAC system to provide cold refrigerant flowing through an evaporator while an engine is operating, and forcing air through the evaporator to cool the air. A first portion of the cooled air from the evaporator is directed through a heater core and a second portion around the heater core, and an electric water pump is activated to pump coolant from a thermal storage tank, through the heater core and back to the thermal storage tank to cool the coolant. When the engine operation is ceased, the air flow is directed through the heater core, and the coolant is pumped from the thermal storage tank, through the heater core and back to the thermal storage tank to cool the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Major, Mark D. Nemesh
  • Patent number: 8261565
    Abstract: A cooling system for transferring heat from a heat load to an environment has a volatile working fluid. The cooling system includes first and second cooling cycles that are thermally connected to the first cooling cycle. The first cooling cycle is not a vapor compression cycle and includes a pump, an air-to-fluid heat exchanger, and a fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger. The second cooling cycle can include a chilled water system for transferring heat from the fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger to the environment. Alternatively, the second cooling cycle can include a vapor compression system for transferring heat from the fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Steven A Borror, Franklin E DiPaolo, Thomas E Harvey, Steven M Madara, Reasey J Mam, Stephen C Sillato
  • Patent number: 8156752
    Abstract: An air conditioning system includes a compressor, a first heat source-side heat exchanger for heating or cooling a refrigerant, a second heat source-side heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the refrigerant and a heat delivery medium, a first utilization-side heat exchanger for performing indoor cooling by using the refrigerant cooled in the first heat source-side heat exchanger, a second utilization-side heat exchanger for performing indoor heating by using the heat delivery medium subjected to heat exchange in the second heat source-side heat exchanger, and a connection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromune Matsuoka, Toshiyuki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 8146375
    Abstract: A hydrocooler system for cooling produce. The hydrocooler system comprises a hydrocooler tank configured to contain a fluid used to saturate and cool the produce, and a thermal storage device positioned in the hydrocooler tank and configured to receive a refrigerant. The thermal storage device is configured to generate a thermal storage medium from the fluid on the thermal storage device in response to the flow of refrigerant through the thermal storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: William F. Mohs, B. Wayne Benson, Vidhey V. Trivedi
  • Patent number: 8141623
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic switching two pipe hydronic system for conditioning a space. In one embodiment the two pipe hydronic system enables automatic switching from a first mode of operation to a second mode of operation or vice versa in a reduced span of time. The present invention saves fuel, energy and water, when there are lower load conditions that affect boilers, chillers, and cooling towers. In another embodiment, the present invention provides a system for simultaneously heating and cooling a first portion and a second portion of a space by utilizing a plurality of boilers, chillers, heat exchangers, condenser pumps and closed loop pumps by using a plurality of sensors indicating the temperatures inside and outside the space and a controlling module controlling the operation of the system. The present invention can be easily achieved by making minor configurational modifications to existing systems thereby increases system versatility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph G. Blecker
  • Patent number: 8136368
    Abstract: A modular evaporator which can be assembled from a number of standard modules is provided. Depending on the requirements, the modular evaporator can be assembled to meet a wide range of design cooling loads. Additionally, the modular evaporator is capable of generating and holding ice for thermal storage purposes, eliminating the need for external ice storage tanks. Furthermore, the heat transfer and thermal storage fluid for the evaporator can simply be water which considerably simplifies the system, lowers the cost, and increases the efficiency of the heat transfer loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel Reich, Michael Paul Burdett, Vladimir D. Reich
  • Patent number: 7980093
    Abstract: A compressor for a refrigerant is integrally contained in a housing with a positive displacement pump for a secondary coolant. Both the compressor and pump are driven by a common motor. In one embodiment, a linear compressor includes a reciprocating piston rod coupled at one end to a refrigerant compressor and at an opposite end to a positive displacement liquid pump. The pump circulates a secondary coolant through a thermal storage unit and heat exchanger associated with an evaporator. The evaporator is coupled to a condenser, in turn, coupled to the compressor. A conventional rotary compressor may also have a positive displacement pump coupled to the motor to provide circulation for a secondary coolant circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Guolian Wu
  • Publication number: 20110107789
    Abstract: A liquefier for a heat pump includes a liquefier space and a process water tank. The process water tank is arranged within the liquefier space such that it is substantially surrounded by liquefied working fluid. A wall of the process water tank, however, is spaced from a wall of the process water tank so that a gap formed to communicate with the region of the heat pump in which compressed gas is present is obtained, so that the process water tank is thermally insulated from the space for liquefied working fluid via this gas-filled gap. The liquefier itself may also be surrounded by the gas region, in order to provide for inexpensive insulation of the liquefier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Holger Sedlak, Oliver Kniffler
  • Patent number: 7913506
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a medium temperature subsystem circulating a coolant in a closed loop between at least one medium temperature chiller and at least one medium temperature load and at least one cascade heat exchanger, and a low temperature subsystem circulating a coolant in a closed loop between at least one low temperature chiller and at least one low temperature load. A cooling circuit is provided for circulating a coolant and includes a first pump and a second pump and a fluid cooler and a valve, and interfaces with the medium temperature chiller and the low temperature chiller. The valve is movable to a closed position to define a first flow path and a second flow path, where the first flow path includes the first pump and the medium temperature chiller and fluid cooler, and the second flow path including the second pump and the low temperature chiller and the cascade heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Bittner, Vincent Ronald Rose, Bengt Ake Arthur Bredberg
  • Patent number: 7905110
    Abstract: The invention comprises a Thermal Energy Module comprising a tank adapted to hold water or other heat transfer medium (such as water), a water loop for introducing the heat transfer medium and removing the heat transfer medium, and a refrigeration loop comprising a heat exchanger further comprised of an inlet manifold, a heat transfer structure (such as a micro channel or pipe-in-plate panel) and an outlet manifold wherein the heat exchanger is adapted to transfer thermal energy between the heat transfer structure and the heat transfer medium. The Thermal energy Module may be utilized as a component of a heating and cooling system. Such a Thermal Energy Module may be used to store thermal energy during the day and return it during the evening. Additionally, such a Thermal Energy Module may be implemented as an array of such modules and such array of modules may be adapted to fit within the walls of a building or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel Reich, Michael Burdett, Vladimir Reich
  • Patent number: 7900467
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a first circuit configured to circulate a first refrigerant. The first circuit includes an evaporator. The refrigeration system also includes a second circuit configured to circulate a second refrigerant. The second circuit includes a receiver associated with the evaporator such that the second refrigerant within the receiver is in a heat exchange relationship with the first refrigerant within the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Robert B. Allen
  • Publication number: 20110000247
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and device for a refrigerant-based thermal storage system wherein a condensing unit and an ice-tank heat exchanger can be isolated through a second heat exchanger. The disclosed embodiments provide a refrigerant-based ice storage system with increased reliability, lower cost components, and reduced power consumption compared to a single phase system such as a glycol system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Ice Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramachandran Narayanamurthy
  • Patent number: 7849700
    Abstract: A heat pump system is disclosed that utilizes a variable speed hydronics pump to selectively divert heat energy from a forced air heating system to a hydronics radiant heating system. By actively controlling the speed of the withdrawal of heat, the temperature of the forced air output may be maintained while maximizing the amount of heat delivered by the efficient hydronics system. The heat pump system also actively controls the blower of the forced air system. To reduce the frequency of the compressors cycling on and off, a tank may be used to store and dispense heat if the hydronics system is not of sufficient size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Electro Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 7788941
    Abstract: A cooling system and method are provided which include a facility cooling unit, a cooling tower, and one or more thermal capacitor units. The facility cooling unit, which includes a heat dissipation coolant loop, facilitates thermal energy extraction from a facility, such as a data center, for expelling of the energy to coolant within the heat dissipation coolant loop. The cooling tower is in fluid communication with the coolant loop, and includes a liquid-to-air heat exchanger for expelling thermal energy from coolant of the heat dissipation coolant loop to the surrounding environment. The thermal capacitor unit is in fluid communication with the heat dissipation coolant loop to facilitate efficient thermal energy transfer from coolant with in the coolant loop to the surrounding environment with variation in ambient temperature about the cooling tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Robert E. Simons
  • Patent number: 7765824
    Abstract: A vehicle interior cooling system (200) for a vehicle having a cabin (208) and an engine (207) for providing propulsion power generally includes a first cabin cooling system (202) driven by the engine of the vehicle having a first condenser (214). The vehicle interior cooling system also generally includes a second cabin cooling system (203) driven by electrical power having a cold storage device (210) and a second condenser (232), with the first condenser and the second condenser being in an airflow line (260). The second cabin cooling system selectively thermally charges the cold storage device when the engine is in an on position. The second cabin cooling system is also selectable to thermally cool the cabin when the engine is in an off position and selectable to thermally cool the cabin when the engine is in the on position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Alec C. Wong, Robert Preston Feight, John D. Duffy, Gregory S. Hall
  • Patent number: 7729118
    Abstract: A liquid cooling device includes a casing having an outer wall, a bottom base attached to a bottom end of the outer wall and a top cover attached to a top end of the outer wall. The casing defines a receiving space therein for receiving an impeller therein. A sealed chamber is defined in the casing and isolated from the receiving space. A motor driving unit is received in the sealed chamber and magnetically interacts with the impeller to drive the impeller to rotate. The motor driving unit comprises a motor having a stator and a printed circuit board electrically connecting with the stator. The top cover covers the motor driving unit and thermally contacts with electronic components on the printed circuit board for dissipating heat generated by the electronic components when the motor driving unit is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Tien Lai, Zhi-Yong Zhou, Qiao-Li Ding
  • Patent number: 7669647
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for cooling or heating an air, and for feeding the heated or cooled air to predetermined portions is characterized by comprising: a first circulating circuit for circulating a first heating medium; a second circulating circuit for circulating a second heating medium; a control unit for controlling the heat for executing heat exchange between the first heating medium and the second heating medium to flow through either the heat exchanger or the first heat storing device. Moreover, an air temperature is controlled by heat of the second heating medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Tsubone, Yasukazu Aikawa, Yasutane Hijikata
  • Publication number: 20100043484
    Abstract: A drink dispenser includes a housing defining a chamber that contains a cooling fluid therein. A refrigeration unit is disposed within the housing. The refrigeration unit includes an evaporator coil extending into the cooling fluid such that a frozen cooling fluid bank forms about the evaporator coil. An agitator is disposed within the housing. The agitator extends into the cooling fluid for circulating the cooling fluid about the frozen cooling fluid bank. Dispensing valves mounted onto the housing dispense drinks from the drink dispenser. An electronic control system is disposed within the housing. The electronic control system is coupled with the agitator such that the electronic control system cycles the agitator between an agitator on period and an agitator off period. Cycling the agitator between an agitator on period and an agitator off period promotes stable growth of the frozen cooling fluid bank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Melissa L. Breton-Hall, Rodney L. Neiman, Frank Taylor, JR., Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Patent number: 7647781
    Abstract: A device for reducing losses relating to the start-up of an industrial production line for ice cream provided with a traditional freezer. The invention relates to a device enabling the tubing used to convey the ice cream from the freezer to the dosing machine. Said device comprises a protector disposed around said tubing and a refrigerating fluid which can circulate therewithin with the aid of a pump which is actuated by a control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Philippe Heine
  • Publication number: 20090288430
    Abstract: A thermal energy transfer unit is used in conjunction with a conventional Freon based heat pump system. One or several thermal energy transfer units are operatively interconnected to one or several Freon based heat pump systems and share a common energy storage tank. Each thermal energy transfer unit converts energy from a compressor and condensing coil of the conventional heat pump system and stores it in the common energy storage tank when electricity is in low demand. Each thermal energy transfer unit retrieves stored energy from the common storage tank and provides air conditioning without the use of the compressor when electricity is in high demand. Each thermal energy transfer unit can be disabled to allow the heat pump units to perform as if they and the energy storage tank were not connected. One or all of the units can be disabled without affecting the performance or purpose of the others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: R. David Anderson
  • Publication number: 20090277198
    Abstract: A Rankine cycle system has a condenser, a refrigerant circulating pump connected to the condenser, a heat collecting device connected to the refrigerant circulating pump, and an expansion turbine connected to the heat collecting device and the condenser. The refrigerant circulating pump includes an expansion tank or pressure vessel, a refrigerant supply conduit connected to the lower part of the expansion tank and to the condenser, and a refrigerant discharge conduit connected to the upper part of the expansion tank. An open/close valve is installed in the refrigerant supply conduit. A pressure regulating valve installed in the refrigerant discharge pipe opens when a pressure reaches a specified value or higher. A temperature regulating device can heat the refrigerant in the expansion tank to produce a refrigerant vapor of saturated temperature or higher, which vapor can be introduced into the heat collecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicants: THE DOSHISHA, MAYEKAWA MFG., CO., LTD., SHOWA DENKO K.K., SHOWA TANSAN CO., LTD., YOSHIMURA CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi YAMAGUCHI, Katsumi FUJIMA, Masatoshi ENOMOTO, Noboru SAWADA
  • Patent number: 7520320
    Abstract: An automotive air conditioning system has a primary hot water circuit 11 located on a side where a vehicle installed heat generator 10 is located and a secondary hot water circuit 13 which includes a hot water type heater core 12 for heating passenger compartment outlet air, whereby when in a heating mode, in the event that a coolant temperature TW1 of the primary hot water circuit is lower than a coolant temperature TW2 of the secondary hot water circuit 13, an opening and closing valve 26 is closed, whereas an opening and closing valve 23 is opened, so that a state is created in which the hot water circuits 11, 13 are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Itoh, Yoshitaka Tomatsu, Yasutaka Kuroda
  • Patent number: 7458418
    Abstract: A heat pump system includes a compressor, a heat rejecting heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a heat accepting heat exchanger. A storage tank stores the water that cools the refrigerant in the heat rejecting heat exchanger. A mechanical interface plate positioned between a hot water reservoir and a cold water reservoir in the storage tank reduces heat transfer between the hot water and the cold water. During a water heating mode, cold water from the cold reservoir flows into the heat sink to cool the refrigerant in the heat rejecting heat exchanger. As the water exchanges heat with the refrigerant, the water is heated in the heat sink, exits the heat sink, and flows into the hot reservoir of the storage tank. During a water discharge mode, the hot water in the hot reservoir is removed from the storage tank and flows into a hot water discharge. Cold water from a water source flows into the cold reservoir of the storage tank to refill the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Tobias H. Sienel
  • Patent number: 7458222
    Abstract: A heat exchanger apparatus enables the temperature of a liquid located external to the apparatus in a recirculation loop to be controlled by heat transfer within the apparatus. A manifold fitting is also provided for distributing fluid from multiple conduits to a single conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Purity Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Troy J. Orr
  • Patent number: 7421846
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and device for a refrigerant-based thermal storage system wherein a condensing unit and an ice-tank heat exchanger can be isolated through a second heat exchanger. The disclosed embodiments provide a refrigerant-based ice storage system with increased reliability, lower cost components, and reduced power consumption compared to a single phase system such as a glycol system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Ice Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramachandran Narayanamurthy, Robert R. Willis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7406837
    Abstract: An ammonia/CO2 refrigerating system having a liquid pump for feeding the liquid CO2 cooled in a brine cooler by the utilization of the vaporization latent heat of ammonia in an ammonia refrigeration cycle to a cooler, which comprises a liquid receiving vessel 4 for receiving a CO2 brine cooled in a brine cooler 3, a liquid pump 5 capable of changing the rate of the feed of a liquid, a rising piping 90 provided between the liquid pump 5 and a cooler 6, and a communication pipe 100 for communicating the top of the riser pipe 90 with the CO2 gas phase in the liquid receiving vessel 4, wherein the discharge pressure of the liquid pump 5 is set so as for the CO2 recovered form the cooler 3 or the liquid receiver 4 in the state of a liquid or a gas-liquid mixture, and the level of the rise in the rising piping 90 is set at a level being the same as or higher than the highest storage level for the CO2 brine in the liquid receiving vessel 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Mayekawa Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Nemoto, Akira Taniyama, Shinjirou Akaboshi, Iwao Terashima
  • Publication number: 20080134703
    Abstract: In a cooling system (10) for cooling heat-generating installations (44, 46, 48) in an aircraft, with a refrigerating installation (12), at least one refrigeration consumer (44, 46, 48) and a refrigeration transport system (14) connecting the refrigerating installation (12) and the refrigeration consumer (44,46, 48), it is provided that the refrigerating installation (12) comprises at least one refrigeration machine (18, 20) which covers the maximum refrigeration requirement of the at least one refrigeration consumer (44, 46, 48) and in that the at least one refrigeration consumer (44, 46, 48) is supplied with cold generated in the refrigerating installation (12) via a refrigerating agent circulating in the refrigeration transport system (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Scherer, Matthias Witschke, Ahmet Kayihan Kiryaman
  • Patent number: 7380408
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided with an integrated galley refrigeration unit and vehicle cabin air conditioning packet. A control selectively determines whether the provision of cooled air into an air cooled galley takes precedent over the provision of cooled air into the passenger cabin. Valving is provided to selectively provide cold fluid to a recirculation air heat exchanger, which supplies supplemental cooled air for delivery into the passenger cabin. This refrigeration air heat exchanger is utilized when precedent is given to providing cooled air to the cabin. On the other hand, the valve is maintained in an off position when it is determined that the air cooled galleys should take precedent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Hamilton Sunstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Zywiak, Diane Drew
  • Publication number: 20080104992
    Abstract: A liquid cooling device includes a casing having an outer wall, a bottom base attached to a bottom end of the outer wall and a top cover attached to a top end of the outer wall. The casing defines a receiving space therein for receiving an impeller therein. A sealed chamber is defined in the casing and isolated from the receiving space. A motor driving unit is received in the sealed chamber and magnetically interacts with the impeller to drive the impeller to rotate. The motor driving unit comprises a motor having a stator and a printed circuit board electrically connecting with the stator. The top cover covers the motor driving unit and thermally contacts with electronic components on the printed circuit board for dissipating heat generated by the electronic components when the motor driving unit is operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHENG-TIEN LAI, ZHI-YONG ZHOU, QIAO-LI DING
  • Patent number: 7363772
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and device for a refrigerant-based thermal storage system wherein a condensing unit and an ice-tank heat exchanger can be isolated through a second heat exchanger. The disclosed embodiments provide a refrigerant-based ice storage system with increased reliability, lower cost components, and reduced power consumption compared to a single phase system such as a glycol system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Ice Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramachandran Narayanamurthy
  • Patent number: 7269007
    Abstract: A heat sink uses a pump assembly to generate a magnetic field. Flow directions of electrically and thermally conductive liquid flowing through multiple pipes that go through the pump assembly are dependent on an orientation of the magnetic field and/or the direction of electrical current induced across flowing fluid in the magnetic field. In such a manner, cool liquid may be directed toward a heat source and warmer liquid may be directed to flow away from the heat source, where heat transfer occurs between the liquid and the heat sink. Additional pump assemblies that generate separate magnetic fields may be used to increase fluid flow volume, thereby increasing heat transfer away from the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chien Ouyang
  • Patent number: 7264046
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system embodiment for temperature control in a vehicle comprises heater cores, controllably connected to a coolant contour, outletting the conditioned air towards a person sitting in a chair, or into a food compartment. Some cores are mounted inside of chairs' backs situated in front of rear passengers, other cores are mounted in the chair back and inside the chair seat. A refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger provides heat exchange between a refrigerant contour and the coolant contour, cooling the coolant supplied to the cores. A refrigerant compressor is driven by a hydraulic motor, operated by pressurized oil delivered through a hydraulic contour from a first hydraulic pump driven by the vehicle's engine connected to the first pump through an electromagnetic clutch, or alternatively from a second hydraulic pump driven by a substitute engine, connected to the second pump through another electromagnetic clutch, both clutches are controlled by a thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Vladlen Futernik, Boris Futernik
  • Patent number: 7240725
    Abstract: A device for climate control of a vehicle is provided which includes a coolant circuit in which coolant flows through a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator; a heat transfer medium circuit in which heat transfer medium flows through a heat source and a heat exchanger; and a heat/cold reservoir in which the evaporator and the heat exchanger are located. The device of the present invention provides an improved and comparatively economical approach to climate control in the area of a driver's bed in a motor vehicle interior by, at least in part, using a heating/cooling surface for a driver's bed and/or vehicle interior wall, which is integrated into the heat transfer medium circuit such that the heat transfer medium can flow selectively through the heating/cooling surface, or the heat transfer medium which is conveyed by the heat source can flow through the heating/cooling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Webasto Thermosysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Horn, Noureddine Khelifa, Wolfgang Kraemer
  • Patent number: 7159651
    Abstract: An upper opening portion (74, 75) and lower opening portion (76, 77) are arranged in a door body (13b, 14b) located below a side window (13a, 14a), and an air conditioning unit (15, 16) is arranged inside the door body (13b, 14b), and a rotary position of a scroll casing (62, 63) of a blower (56, 57) is selected so that air can flow from the lower opening portion (76, 77) to the upper opening portion (74, 75) at the time of air-cooling and air can flow from the upper opening portion (74, 75) to the lower opening portion (76, 77) at the time of heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Ito, Yasushi Yamanaka, Kazushi Shikata, Takahiro Tokunaga, Tomohiro Kamiya, Masakazu Nagaya, Shinichiro Hirai