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Patent application: System and method of heat management for vehicle

Ben Welter - Monday, June 11, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180156146 (applicants Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp., Seoul, South Korea):

"A system of heat management of a vehicle may include a cooling line in which coolant cooling an engine flows therethrough; an exhaust heat retrieving apparatus for retrieving heat of exhaust gas discharged from a combustion chamber of the engine through operation fluid; a heat storage apparatus which stores heat of exhaust gas retrieved by the exhaust heat retrieving apparatus using the operation fluid and includes phase change material; a coolant heat exchanger in which heat stored in the heat storage apparatus and the coolant are heat-exchanged; a driving information detector for detecting a driving information including a temperature of the coolant and a temperature of the phase change material; and a controller for controlling the temperature of the coolant through the exhaust heat retrieving apparatus or the heat storage apparatus based on the temperature of the coolant and the temperature of the phase change material when the vehicle starts."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180156146.pdf

Related patent applications:

Method and system for exhaust heat recovery (Ford Global Technologies)
HVAC systems for electrically powered vehicles (BorgWarner Inc.)

Patent application: Thermal solution for prismatic lithium ion battery pack

Ben Welter - Monday, June 11, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180159189 (applicant Advanced Energy Technologies LLC, Lakewood, Ohio):

"A lithium ion battery pack includes a plurality of prismatic lithium polymer cells and one or more graphite heat spreaders. Each spreader has at least two major surfaces and is made of one of a sheet of a compressed mass of exfoliated graphite particles, a graphitized polyimide sheet, or combinations thereof. ... In any of the above embodiments, at least one of the spaces between adjacent heat spreaders 36 or between the heat spreader 36 and an adjacent cell 32 may be at least partially filled with a layer of a phase change material."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180159189.pdf

Patent application: Thermal energy storage with enhanced transition array

Ben Welter - Monday, June 11, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180156546 (inventors Najih Naser, Abdel-Rahman Naser and Amna Naser, Cary, N.C.)

"This invention represents a significant improvement and solution to slow crystallization rates and phase transition of thermal storage materials. The primary objective is to produce highly responsive, thin, light weight storage panels with high thermal mass and efficient thermal charging and discharging of energy for use in building spaces, walls, ceilings, floor boards, underlayment flooring, strategic heat storage walls (fireplaces and kitchen areas), positively impact low thermal mass and light weight buildings as well as the exterior thermal envelope including siding boards and stone veneer. Such applications can reduce costs of heating and air conditioning while enhancing occupant comfort with a cooling effect and reduction in temperature swings."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180156546.pdf

Patent application: Phase change material for use in non-food and food applications

Ben Welter - Monday, June 11, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180155595 (applicant DuPont Nutrition Biosciences, Copenhagen, Denmark): 

"This invention describes a phase change material being 1,3-propanediol ester where the 1,3-propanediol ester can be either a 1,3-propanediol monoester or a 1,3-propanediol diester. This invention further describes the use of 1,3-propanediol ester as a phase change material for releasing or absorbing latent heat during melting or crystallization. This invention also describes the use of the phase change material for use in non-food and food applications."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180155595.pdf

Patent application: Thermal management device using phase change material

Ben Welter - Monday, June 04, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180149437 (applicant Boeing Co., Chicago, Ill.):

"A device manages thermal energy applied to a composite patch on a structure having a heat sink. The device includes an enclosure configured to be placed on the structure overlying the composite patch, and a phase change material within the enclosure for absorbing the thermal energy."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180149437.pdf

Patent application: Method for controlling the release of heat by a temperature control unit

Ben Welter - Monday, June 04, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180147916 (applicant Thermo King Corp., Bloomington, Minn.):

"[An] HVAC circuit for a temperature control unit, the HVAC circuit comprising: a phase change material (PCM) reservoir; wherein the HVAC circuit is configured to operate in a heat storage mode, whereby heat generated by the temperature control unit for providing temperature control within the internal space is stored in the PCM reservoir, and wherein the HVAC circuit is configured to operate in a heat release mode, whereby the heat generated by the temperature control unit for providing temperature control within the internal space is released to an ambient environment outside of the internal space."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180147916.pdf

Patent application: Compositions comprising PCM and methods of making the same

Ben Welter - Monday, June 04, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180148621 (applicant Phase Change Energy Solutions Inc., Asheboro, S.C.):

"In one aspect, compositions are described herein. In some embodiments, a composition comprises a phase change material, a hydrophobic sorption material, and a viscosity modifier. In some embodiments, a composition comprises a foam and a latent heat storage material dispersed in the foam, the latent heat storage material comprising a phase change material and a hydrophobic sorption material."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180148621.pdf

Patent application: Self-warming insulation

Ben Welter - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

U.S. patent application 20180142383 (applicant PrimaLoft Inc., Latham, N.Y.):

"The invention provides an insulation material that includes exothermic fibers, heat capturing fibers capable of retaining heat, and synthetic fibers. The heat capturing fibers having a density of at least 1.17 g/cm3or 2.0 Dtex linear density. Also provided are articles comprising, and methods of making the inventive insulation material. ... In some embodiments, the heat capturing fibers are selected from fibers containing ceramic, fibers containing carbon, and fibers containing phase change material (PCM)."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180142383.pdf

Patent application: Artificial turf system with energy management material

Ben Welter - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Artificial turf patent drawing
U.S. patent application 20180142426 (inventors Reyad Sawafta and Jeffrey Bruner, Greensboro, N.C.):

"An artificial turf system comprising: an artificial turf mat [10]; and artificial turf fibers [60] disposed on a surface of the artificial turf mat, the artificial comprising at least one energy management material, wherein the at least one energy management material comprises a phase change material."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180142426.pdf

Patent application: Cooling pillow with phase change material

Ben Welter - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Werner cooling pillow patent drawingU.S. patent application 20180140116 (applicant Marc L. Werner, Plantation, Fla.):

"A cooling pillow generates a gust of cooled air when compressed. A solid, resilient, compressible foam block forms a core of the cooling pillow. A phase change material layer adhered to a surface of the foam block. Holes can be formed in the foam block to enhance the feel of the pillow and to improve the speed at which air is displaced when the cooling pillow is compressed."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180140116.pdf