Forced Circulation Patents (Class 62/455)
  • Patent number: 9829240
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration device includes a heat-insulated inner container having an inner space; a refrigerant circuit provided for cooling the interior space; a door leaf for opening and closing the interior space; and a base on which the inner container is arranged and in which at least part of the refrigerant circuit is arranged. At least part of the front of said base is open to allow an exchange of air from the interior of the base with the surroundings of the domestic appliance. An air guiding element is mounted in front of the base and has a continuous front wall covering the front of the base and is spaced apart from the floor on which the base stands. The air guiding element is open downwards in the direction of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan August Staedel, Zeki Asan, Alexander Görz, Cemalettin Hastürk
  • Patent number: 9528743
    Abstract: A cold appliance comprising a cooling module (102) and a cabinet (101) comprising a cold compartment (104). The cooling module comprises an air outlet (43) delivering cooled air to the cold compartment and an air inlet (44) receiving air from the cold compartment. The cooling module is arranged at the bottom of the cold appliance, and comprises a cold section (34), and a warm section (35), which is separated from the cold section by an insulating wall (105). An evaporator (33) is arranged in the cold section, and a compressor (36) and a condenser (32) is arranged in the warm section. The condenser comprises a condenser tube (32), which is arranged in windings on or integrated in a bottom plate (31) of the cooling module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET ELECTROLUX
    Inventors: Bernt Andersson, Klas Andersson
  • Patent number: 9316281
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator unit and/or freezer unit having at least one coolant circuit which has at least one condenser which is connected to at least one damping element which damps vibrations of the condenser and which is arranged between the condenser and at least one part of the unit, wherein the damping element consists of or comprises in part or in full a foamed and/or expanded material, preferably foam, in particular PP or PE, and/or an expanded polymer material, and in particular expanded polypropylene (EPP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE LIENZ GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Koefele
  • Patent number: 9115926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a subassembly for a refrigerating and/or freezing apparatus, wherein the subassembly has at least one air inlet and at least one air outlet, wherein the subassembly is designed in one piece and wherein at least one air guidance device is provided in the subassembly, which is manufactured such that it guides air essentially on a horizontal plane. Moreover, the invention relates to an assembly for a refrigerating and/or freezing apparatus and a process for assembly of a refrigerating and/or freezing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE OCHSENHAUSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Anton Rothmund, Klaus Oelmaier, Viktor Laube
  • Patent number: 9032742
    Abstract: Methods are provided for cooling data centers based on a cooperative system including a plurality of Indirect Air-Side Economizers, also referred to as Recirculation Air Cooling Units, that are advantageously operated in conjunction with one or more Side Stream Filtration Units or filters inclusive to a portion of the IASE/RACUs, and one or more Make-Up Air Dehumidification/Humidification Units for the introduction of ventilation air and control of humidity within the enclosed space. An objective of the systems and methods according to this disclosure is to provide the necessary rejection of heat, removal of particulate from the air, and control of the absolute moisture content of the air within a data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MUNTERS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bryan Keith Dunnavant
  • Publication number: 20150059399
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a first storage compartment and a second storage compartment that is positioned vertically below the first storage compartment, a first mullion that partitions the first storage compartment from the second storage compartment, an access cover configured to open or close the access hole, a reception drawer configured to be received into the second storage compartment and including a reception door configured to open and close the second storage compartment and a reception box provided in a rear surface of the reception door, and a cover member configured to cover at least a portion of a top surface of the reception box. The first mullion defines an access hole that allows fluid communication between the first storage compartment and the second storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jungyeon HWANG, Jiyoung PARK, Hyunjung KIM, Eunjoo LEE, Kyukwan CHOI, Boram LEE
  • Patent number: 8887512
    Abstract: A carrier for thermally sensitive items such as medications, biological tissue and the like comprises a cooling chamber for receiving items to be cooled and a thermoelectric heat transfer module using the Peltier effect to cool the chamber. To maximize the time the cooling chamber remains in a cooled state when the heat transfer module is deenergized, a polymer gel is confined in conductive heat transfer relationship with the cooling chamber wall to provide a “volume of cold” surrounding the cooling chamber. The polymer gel releases thermal energy to the cooling chamber as the chamber is cooled to attain essentially the same temperature as the cooling chamber and absorbs thermal energy from the cooling chamber when the heat transfer module is deenergized and the cooling chamber begins to warm. Absent active cooling this release and absorption of thermal energy maximizes the duration of cold temperatures in the cooling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Elliot Olsen, Steven Jay Hansen
  • Patent number: 8776545
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger cooled by air (1) comprising a plurality of ventilation modules (104) arranged in several parallel rows, adjacent to one another and placed in the same horizontal plane to form a ventilation structure (100) which is spaced from the ground (S) so as to promote circulation of air under the ventilation structure. Each ventilation module comprises a fan (106) directed to suction air present below the ventilation structure and blow it vertically through heat exchange elements (204). The exchanger further comprises at least one rigid panel (300) forming a windscreen which extends vertically from a lateral edge of the ventilation structure to the ground at a height (h) between 5 and 50% of the distance separating the ventilation structure from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Laborelec CVBA
    Inventor: Serge Blockerye
  • Patent number: 8713961
    Abstract: In an outdoor unit having a housing containing a heat exchange chamber and a machine chamber vertically partitioned by a partition plate, an electrical component box includes a main body portion disposed in the machine chamber and having a first electrical component unit, and a protrusion portion protruding from the machine chamber into the heat exchange chamber and having a second electrical component unit. The main body portion and the protrusion portion are joined to form an air flowing path for sucking cooling air from the back surface side of the machine chamber, branching the cooling air into first cooling air directly flowing to the sink tank and second cooling air passing over electrical parts of the first electrical component unit and then converging with the first cooling air at the entrance of the sink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimaoka, Kenichi Nakajima, Jun Yamauchi, Shintaro Sugimoto, Yoshimi Kusama, Yoshiaki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8590337
    Abstract: A condenser assembly for an appliance is provided. The condenser assembly can include a horizontally extending condenser coil assembly that has a plurality of supporting connectors that are arranged at an angle to the flow direction of cooling air. Cooling air is drawn through the refrigerator and across a length of the condenser coil by an air mover. Additionally, a baffle works in conjunction with the air mover to direct cooling air through the condenser coil and connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eletrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Antonio Contreras Lafaire
  • Patent number: 8528357
    Abstract: An ice-making machine has a box-shaped lower housing with an ice storage bin, a box-shaped upper housing mounted on a rear portion of the lower housing, an ice-making mechanism within the front portion of a machine compartment in the upper housing, and a freezing unit installed behind the ice-making mechanism for supplying refrigerant to the ice-making mechanism. An open-and-close ice-access lid is pivotally mounted between the lower end of the upper housing and the the lower housing. An air intake passage introduces outside cooling air from the front face of the lower housing into the machine compartment along inner surfaces of one side wall and a rear wall of the lower housing. An air discharge passage is provided for passing the air after cooling to flow outward along inner surfaces of the rear wall and the other side wall of the lower housing to an exterior discharge from the front face of the lower housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hoshizaki Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuo Kondo, Kiyoshi Yamaoka, Hideyuki Tashiro, Takeshi Ueda, Takashi Hibino, Akira Harata
  • Patent number: 8474274
    Abstract: A cold tray for a container may have an interior. The cold tray may include a cold tray housing mountable within the container interior. A refrigerant may be mounted to the cold tray housing. An air flow source may be fluidly connectable to the cold tray housing and may draw air from the container interior into the cold tray housing such that the air passes over the refrigerant and is discharged back into the container interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James P. Schalla, Karen L. Hills, Nino Senoadi, William Quan
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120312031
    Abstract: A carrier for thermally sensitive items such as medications, biological tissue and the like comprises a cooling chamber for receiving items to be cooled and a thermoelectric heat transfer module using the Peltier effect to cool the chamber. To maximize the time the cooling chamber remains in a cooled state when the heat transfer module is deenergized, a polymer gel is confined in conductive heat transfer relationship with the cooling chamber wall to provide a “volume of cold” surrounding the cooling chamber. The polymer gel releases thermal energy to the cooling chamber as the chamber is cooled to attain essentially the same temperature as the cooling chamber and absorbs thermal energy from the cooling chamber when the heat transfer module is deenergized and the cooling chamber begins to warm. Absent active cooling this release and absorption of thermal energy maximizes the duration of cold temperatures in the cooling chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Elliot Olsen, Steven Jay Hansen
  • Publication number: 20120067066
    Abstract: A freeze tunnel can have a conveyor configured to move food product from a first end to a second end. At least one first cooling unit and at least one first fan can be positioned on the first side of the conveyor, and at least one second cooling unit and at least one second fan can be positioned on the second side of the conveyor. The fans can cooperate to circulate air inside the freeze tunnel in two opposite rotational directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: William Thomas Hockett, Frederick D. Webb, Michael Christopher Metcalf, Robert Joseph Lane
  • Publication number: 20120060545
    Abstract: A dual system refrigerator condenser assembly includes a first condenser tube member having a width and opposite connection ends, and a second condenser tube member having a width and opposite connection ends. The condenser tube members are disposed width-wise adjacent to each other and in a common plane. A plurality of wires are connected to and span the respective widths of the first and second condenser tube members. The first condenser tube member is connectable to a first sealed system and the second condenser tube member is connectable to a second sealed system within a refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexander P. Rafalovich, Bryan William Snider, Yuriy Zell
  • Publication number: 20120047917
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet, a sealed system, a cooling recipient, and a heat pipe. To transport cooling capacity to the cooling recipient, evaporator in the sealed system includes a cold plate section with heat transfer surface. A cold end of the heat pipe is attached to the cold plate section of the evaporator. An internal refrigerating or freezing compartment, an external compartment, an ice maker, or an ice-making cabinet could be a recipient of cooling capacity. Air flowing around a warm end of the heat pipe brings cooling potential to the internal and/or external compartments. Icemaker and/or ice-making cabinet can be located in the freezing compartment, in the freezing compartment door, in refrigerating compartment, or in refrigerating compartment door. To facilitate heat transfer the warm end of the heat pipe is in heat transfer contact with an ice making cavity that receives and freezes water to ice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Rafalovich
  • Publication number: 20120017612
    Abstract: A cooling system for an appliance includes an evaporator stage, a compressor stage coupled to the evaporator stage and a condenser stage coupled to the compressor stage. The condenser stage includes a condenser and a condenser cooling fan for cooling the condenser, and a condenser loop coupled between the condenser stage and the evaporator stage. A humidity sensor is configured to detect a humidity level in an area of the cooling system and a controller is configured to cycle an operating state of the condenser cooling fan from ON to a low speed or OFF prior to an end of a cooling cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, Eric Paez, Joseph Thomas Waugh, Kristin Marie Weirich
  • Publication number: 20110277489
    Abstract: A cold tray for a container may have an interior. The cold tray may include a cold tray housing mountable within the container interior. A refrigerant may be mounted to the cold tray housing. An air flow source may be fluidly connectable to the cold tray housing and may draw air from the container interior into the cold tray housing such that the air passes over the refrigerant and is discharged back into the container interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James P. Schalla, Karen L. Hills, Nino Senoadi, William Quan
  • Patent number: 8051671
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, an air-pressurizing device is positioned to discharge a computer system. A supply conduit pneumatically couples a cooled-air discharge conditioning system with an inlet of the air-pressurizing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Wade D. Vinson, Christian L. Belady, Gerald E. Laws
  • Publication number: 20110226002
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a condenser which is connected into a refrigerating circuit and embodied as a tubular heat exchanger having tube sections. At least one heat accumulator element is inserted into an installation interspace between the tube sections of the condenser. The heat accumulator element is arranged in spaced apart relationship to the tube sections of the condenser by at least one predefined air flow gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERATE GMBH
    Inventors: Cuma Dülger, Hans Ihle
  • Publication number: 20110197624
    Abstract: A generally box shaped portable ice chest for medical supplies and the like includes a plastic housing having a top, bottom, front, back and two sides and an inner compartment within the plastic housing. Between the plastic housing and inner compartment there are three layers of insulation including a Styrofoam layer, a compressed cork layer and a compressed rubber layer sandwiched between the stainless steel lining and the outer housing. The inner compartment includes three removable vertically stacked drawers and a beverage compartment behind the drawers for receiving a plurality of beverage containers. One of the drawers is adapted to receive dry ice. Each of the drawers includes a plurality of openings. A fan, a solar panel and a rechargeable battery and circuit for charging the battery are disposed in the top of the housing for circulating air through the drawers and beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Hafeth A. Al-Rasheed
  • Publication number: 20110179817
    Abstract: A cold appliance comprising a cooling module (102) and a cabinet (101) comprising a cold compartment (104). The cooling module comprises an air outlet (43) delivering cooled air to the cold compartment and an air inlet (44) receiving air from the cold compartment. The cooling module is arranged at the bottom of the cold appliance, and comprises a cold section (34), and a warm section (35), which is separated from the cold section by an insulating wall (105). An evaporator (33) is arranged in the cold section, and a compressor (36) and a condenser (32) is arranged in the warm section. The condenser comprises a condenser tube (32), which is arranged in windings on or integrated in a bottom plate (31) of the cooling module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET ELECTROLUX
    Inventors: Bernt Andersson, Klas Andersson
  • Publication number: 20110162395
    Abstract: A refrigerated vehicle (2; 4; 6; 8) having at least one refrigerated compartment (10) comprises a refrigeration unit and at least one electrical power supply (60, 64). The refrigeration unit has a first module (14) mounted on the exterior of a refrigerated compartment (10), and which comprises: a compressor (28) having motor hermetically disposed therein, the motor being electrically connected to the at least one electrical power supply (64); a condenser heat exchanger (30); and at least one condenser fan assembly (42). The refrigeration unit also comprises a second module (16) mounted on the interior of a refrigerated compartment (10), and which comprises: an evaporator heat exchanger (50); and at least one evaporator fan assembly (52).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Bruno Chakiachvili, Jean-Pierre Chanon, Bruno Borges
  • Publication number: 20110138834
    Abstract: A refrigerating apparatus is provided with a cooling unit whose height is greater than width when installed; and a defrosting device for defrosting frost formed on the cooling unit by heat, the defrosting device being in a straight pipe form, wherein the defrosting device is provided in a vertical direction on a side of the cooling unit. By providing the defrosting device in a straight pipe form in the vertical direction on the side of the cooling unit that is long in a longitudinal direction, it is possible to increase the length of the defrosting device and to lower a surface temperature of the defrosting device. Further, as the defrosting device is long, an amount of heat generation is large and defrosting efficiency is high. Moreover, it is possible to manufacture the defrosting device at a low cost as the defrosting device is in a straight pipe form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiki MAEDA
  • Publication number: 20110126570
    Abstract: A cold appliance, such as a domestic refrigerator or freezer, comprising a cabinet (101) having a cold compartment (104), and a cooling module (102). The cooling module comprises an air outlet (43) delivering cooled air to the cold compartment, an air inlet (44) receiving air from the cold compartment, an evaporator (33), and an evaporator fan (42), which generates an air flow from the air inlet, through the evaporator, and to the air outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET ELECTROLUX
    Inventors: Bernt Andersson, Klas Andersson
  • Publication number: 20110113817
    Abstract: The within invention concerns a base assembly component, in particular an equipment base for a refrigerator and/or a freezer with at least two separate air control areas through each of which air can be introduced individually for purposes of cooling. Additionally, the within invention concerns a refrigerator and/or freezer with at least one base assembly component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: Liebherr Hausgerate Lienz GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Köfele, Stefan Walder
  • Publication number: 20110067431
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a subassembly for a refrigerating and/or freezing apparatus, wherein the subassembly has at least one air inlet and at least one air outlet, wherein the subassembly is designed in one piece and wherein at least one air guidance device is provided in the subassembly, which is manufactured such that it guides air essentially on a horizontal plane. Moreover, the invention relates to an assembly for a refrigerating and/or freezing apparatus and a process for assembly of a refrigerating and/or freezing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Liebherr-Hausgerate Ochsenhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Anton Rothmund, Klaus Oelmaier, Viktor Laube
  • Publication number: 20100251753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigerated container for land, road and rail vehicles, the inside of the rear side of said refrigerated container having formed in it a chute extending vertically and largely over the width of the container and featuring a transverse wall above which warmed refrigerated air which is collected beneath the roof area of the container can be supplied to the chute with downward deflection, wherein at least one port with an inserted annular part is formed in the transverse wall, and the warmed refrigerated air can be conducted to heat exchangers surfaces of an evaporator of a refrigerant circuit, said heat exchange surfaces projecting into the chute, via a blower through the flow cross section of said annular part, and wherein the refrigerated air cooled down by heat exchanger surfaces can be conducted back into the floor area of the refrigerated container from the bottom of the chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Ole Thogersen, Allan Dyrmose
  • Publication number: 20100251754
    Abstract: Provided is a degassing container for a refrigerator in which a portion of air within a storage space is forcedly discharged to allow the storage space to become a low pressure state. The degassing container includes a case, a door, a gasket, a pressing part, and a degassing adjustment part. The case has an opened side. The door selectively shields the opened side of the case. The gasket is interposed between the door and the case and elastically deformed and closely attached when the door is shielded. The pressing part is provided in the door and the case and selectively closely attaches the door by a rotation operation. The degassing adjustment part selectively enters and exits air within the case by operating the pressing part. Therefore, the refrigerator has improved storage performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Seok-Min Lim, Jong-Min Shin, Bong-Jun Choi, Su-Won Lee, III-Shin Kim, Jeong-Yon Kim
  • Publication number: 20100242527
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigerated container for ships, the inside of the rear side of said refrigerated container having formed in it a chute extending vertically and largely over the width of the container and featuring a transverse wall above which warmed refrigerated air which is collected beneath the roof area of the container can be supplied to the chute with downward deflection, wherein at least one port with an inserted annular part is formed in the transverse wall, and the warmed refrigerated air can be conducted to heat exchangers surfaces of an evaporator of a refrigerant circuit, said heat exchange surfaces projecting into the chute, via a blower through the flow cross section of said annular part, and wherein the refrigerated air cooled down by heat exchanger surfaces can be conducted back into the floor area of the refrigerated container from the bottom of the chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Ole Thogersen, Allan Dyrmose
  • Publication number: 20100205994
    Abstract: A refrigerating apparatus includes: a storage compartment, an air-circulating member, a refrigerating unit, and an electric field-generating unit. The storage compartment has an evaporator-side region and a cooling-side region. The air-circulating member is disposed to establish an air circulation path in which a to-be-cooled air flows from the cooling-side region to the evaporator-side region along an onward flow route, and in which a cooled air flows from the evaporator-side region back to the cooling-side region along a backward flow route. The refrigerating unit includes an evaporator disposed in the evaporator-side region, a compressor, and an expansion valve. The electric field-generating unit is disposed to impose a DC voltage over the onward flow route so as to minimize cohesion of water droplets in the evaporator-side region, thereby reducing phenomenon of frosting on the conduit body of the evaporator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Mao-Chuan KO
  • Publication number: 20100162747
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a first compartment, a second compartment and a multi-functional compartment that is disposed between the first compartment and the second compartment and is adjustable between temperature modes selected from the group consisting of a fresh food temperature mode, a soft freeze mode, a freezer mode and a chiller temperature mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Timothy Allen HAMEL, Rita Barksdale, Chris George Bissig, John R. Brumleve, Jonathan Crosby, Rajesh Swarnkar, Thomas F. White, Martin Mitchell Zentner
  • Publication number: 20100071408
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method of recycling LiCl salt wastes comprising radionuclides and an apparatus using the same. The method includes a) solidifying a LiCl salt contained in the LiCl salt wastes and contacting the outer wall of a housing, by charging a crystallizer comprising the housing having an internal accommodating space and an air cooler in the internal accommodating space into a crystallizing furnace accommodating the LiCl salt wastes comprising the radionuclides, and by cooling the housing to a temperature of two-phase region where the liquid state and the solid state of the LiCl salt waste coexist, b) separating the crystallizer where the LiCl salt is solidified from the crystallizing furnace, c) recycling the LiCl salt by heating the separated crystallizer to melt the solidified LiCl salt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicants: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yung-Zun Cho, In-Tae Kim, Han-Soo Lee
  • Publication number: 20100050680
    Abstract: An ice producing apparatus for a refrigerator is disclosed. The apparatus includes a door configured to permit and prohibit access to an interior volume of a storage compartment of the refrigerator, the door defining therein a door interior volume; a fan disposed in the door interior volume; and a mold disposed in the door interior volume and configured to receive water and to retain the water during freezing of the water into ice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Matthew William Davis, Krzysztof Struminski, Wayne Lawson
  • Publication number: 20090199587
    Abstract: A vegetable bin (4) or a refrigerator comprises a floor, enclosing side walls and a substantially open top. The vegetable bin is placed within a refrigerated space beneath a lower shelf (6) to be cooled. The vegetable bin is furt provided with a lid (5) to cover said open top, and said lid is suspended underneath the lower shelf directly above t vegetable bin. In one condition the lid substantially seals the vegetable bin to help keep the vegetables fresh. In another condition the lid is lifted up a small amount at a rear portion of the lid, by operating control means (11), in order to allow the air within the vegetable container to exchange with the air of the refrigerated space. The air pathway is opened between the lid and the upper perimeter of the vegetable bin and is preferably located toward th rear of the refrigerated space proximate a circulating fan (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Roland Brodie Matthews, Bruno Sintive
  • Publication number: 20090196971
    Abstract: The invention provides a mobile container for cooling produce. The container includes a box-like housing and a plenum wall creating a plenum chamber and a treatment zone. Within the treatment zone, produce can be placed. A plurality of openings are located within the plenum wall to allow conditioning air flow to pass between the plenum chamber and the treatment zone. The openings are of a non-uniform size such that the conditioning air passes from the plenum chamber into the treatment zone through the openings in a substantially uniform manner, allowing the produce to be cooled in a substantially uniform manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Frederic R. Weeth
  • Publication number: 20090193826
    Abstract: There is provided a temperature switching compartment 3 which can switch the internal temperature thereof between a low temperature side at which a storage material is kept in cold storage and a high temperature side maintained at 50° C., to 80° C. at which cooked food is kept warm, by cooling with a cooler 17 and heating with a heater 15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Kenji Yasugi, Teruo Nakamura, Tsuyoshi Shimoboji, Mika Sato
  • Publication number: 20090151381
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigerator unit and/or a freezer unit comprising an assembly carrier on which one or more components of the unit serving cold production are arranged, with the assembly carrier being made such that it can be received in different installation positions in the unit, preferably in the unit base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Klaus Oelmaier, Viktor Laube
  • Publication number: 20090145150
    Abstract: In order to provide a cooling station for at least one container to be cooled that has a housing surrounding a receiving space for receiving a product to be cooled, wherein the cooling station comprises at least one fan for generating a circulating air flow through the container, at least one cooler for cooling the circulating air flow and at least one docking place having at least one first docking point for removing the circulating air flow from the container to be cooled and having at least one second docking point for feeding the circulating air flow to the container to be cooled, that operates in a particularly energy-efficient manner, it is proposed that the cooling station comprises at least one closure element for closing a docking point of the cooling station in the absence of a container to be cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: BLANCO CS GMBH + CO KG
    Inventors: Claus Konrad, Peter Wirth, Ralf Boss
  • Publication number: 20090145154
    Abstract: In order to provide a cooling station for at least one container to be cooled that is dockable with the cooling station and has a housing that surrounds a receiving space for receiving a product to be cooled, wherein the cooling station comprises at least one fan for generating a circulating air flow through the container, at least one cooler for cooling the circulating air flow and at least one docking place having at least one first docking point for removing the circulating air flow from the container to be cooled and having at least one second docking point for feeding the circulating air flow to the container to be cooled, that is of a simple construction and easy to manufacture and yet allows effective and energy-efficient cooling of the circulating air flow through the container to be cooled, it is proposed that the cooler takes the form of a heat exchanger that at the cold side contains a multiphase, flowable coolant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: BLANCO CS GMBH + CO KG
    Inventors: Claus Konrad, Peter Wirth, Ralf Boss
  • Publication number: 20090139261
    Abstract: There is provided a cooler for heater-containing box in which an outside air fan for carrying air on an outside air path and an inside air fan for carrying air on an inside air path are arranged such that a rotating shaft of each fan is in parallel with an air intake direction, and a heat exchanger for exchanging sensible heat of outside air and inside air is arranged between the outside air path and the inside air path such that a suction port at a longitudinal air-path side of the heat exchanger is aligned with a blowout port of the fan. The cooler for heater-containing box capable of making the depth thinner can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Yuuji Nakano, Keisuke Hagimoto, Naoyuki Funada, Toshikazu Yamaguchi, Mutsuhiko Matsumoto, Kazuki Saishu, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Publication number: 20090071170
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cooling and maintaining the water temperature in the live wells of fishing vessels. This twelve volt singular device is applied through the live well wall, and through use of thermoelectric technology the ambient water temperature within the live well is decreased. The importance of cooler water is that holds more oxygen and lowers metabolism in fish, which in turn increases the survival rate of captive fish. This invention is targeted for use by sports fisherman for use in tournaments to avoid penalties for dead fish and to promote the conservation of fish for ecological purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Travis Totman
  • Publication number: 20080127670
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator having an ice making apparatus installed at a cooling chamber door that opens/closes a cooling chamber. The refrigerator includes a body having a cooling chamber therein, a cooling chamber door to open/close the cooling chamber, and an ice making apparatus installed in the cooling chamber door to make ice. An ice making evaporator is provided in the ice making apparatus to independently supply the ice making apparatus with cooling air and an ice making evaporator chamber, in which an ice making evaporator is installed, is provided adjacent to the cooling chamber door while being partitioned from the cooling chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Alexei Tikhonov, June Kee Min, Chang-Hak Lim, Won Jae Yoon
  • Patent number: 7134293
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling a live well includes a cooling chamber, and a pump connected in fluid communication between the cooling chamber and the live well for circulating water between the live well and the cooling chamber. At least one thermoelectric cooler is positioned in a heat exchange relationship with the cooling chamber for removing heat from the cooling chamber and from water circulating in the cooling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: R&R Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford R. Rabal
  • Patent number: 7100385
    Abstract: To improve the thermal management of an enclosure for electrical equipment or the like, one or more wall-mounted panels are provided. An air-filled space between each panel and the adjacent wall, door, or ceiling has insulative behavior when the air in the space is stagnant. Accordingly, thermal exchange through the wall, etc. is impeded. When the air in the air-filled space is circulated, thermal exchange is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Francis Craft, Jr., Ricardo Ortiz
  • Patent number: 6955055
    Abstract: The invention relates to a casing for receiving at least one energy storage device, whereof the temperature in the casing interior can be regulated to a predetermined temperature level. For this purpose the casing interior is thermally insulated and is in direct heat conducting connection with a heat transfer device, substantially the entire heat flow into and out of the casing interior taking place through the heat transfer device when the casing interior is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Knuerr AG
    Inventor: Heiko Ebermann
  • Patent number: 6955064
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a machine room back cover integrated with a condenser for a refrigerator, which is capable of protecting a machine room in which a compressor as one of elements constituting a refrigeration cycle is provided and serving as a heat emission plate by which coolant heat emitted from a condenser is dissipated outside the refrigerator by contacting with air introduced from the external of the machine room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myung Ryul Lee, Young Ju Ha
  • Publication number: 20040163408
    Abstract: A refrigerator which has a pleasant front appearance by improving a structure to circulate air through a machine room thereof, and which restrains a transmission of operational noise from an interior to an outside of the machine room, thus performing a silent operation. The refrigerator has a cabinet defining a storage compartment therein, and a machine room defined at a top of the cabinet. The machine room is partitioned in an interior thereof into front and rear chambers by a noise buffering plate having a plurality of vent holes. A main inlet hole and a main outlet hole are provided side-by-side at an upper surface of the front chamber of the machine room so as to allow air to circulate through the machine room. A compressor, a condenser and a cooling fan are installed in the rear chamber of the machine room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoon-Young Kim, Won-Jae Yoon
  • Patent number: 6772606
    Abstract: An evaporator fan assembly includes a shroud have a plurality of irregularly staggered shroud legs radially outwardly spaced from a fan orifice and terminating in a motor mount. A motor is removably secured to the motor mount by a motor clip. The motor clip preferably includes a pair of legs terminating in a catch or hook that may be secured to a cross-member or support bar between the shroud legs. The motor is secured in a centered position to properly align a fan blade in the fan orifice. The fan blade is secured to the drive shaft of the motor which passes through a hole in the motor mount. A shroud cover may be secured to the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A. Kopf, Tim L. Coulter, Richard A. Kirchner, Michael A. Bowen, Troy M. Anderson, Eric K. Silbaugh