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APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE OF COOLANT IN WATER-COOLED BATTERY SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for controlling a temperature of coolant in a water-cooled battery system, includes a heat exchange module including a passage body configured to receive and circulate the coolant from the circulation line, a heat sink disposed outside the passage body, and a thermoelectric element disposed between the heat sink and the passage body; a shaft part separably coupled to the heat exchange module to stack a plurality of heat exchange modules; a frame part separably coupled to the shaft part to close a front surface, a rear surface, an upper surface and a lower surface of the heat exchange module; and a cooling part coupled to one side of the frame part and configured to discharge external air toward the other opened side of the frame part through a gap of the heat sink by at least one cooling fan.



WATER RECOVERY FROM COOLING TOWER EXHAUST

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

To recover water from a cooling tower exhaust an air entry is provided adjacent thereto which feeds into a cooling heat exchanger. The cooling heat exchanger reduces a temperature of the wet air entering the air entry, causing condensation of water. This condensed water is captured and discharged from the system separate from dry air. A pre-cooler loop can be provided with a pre-cooler heat exchanger upstream of the cooling heat exchanger and fed by a cool line with a cold working fluid drawing heat out of the wet air. The pre-cooler heat exchanger can have its working fluid re-cooled in a second heat exchanger which exchanges heat with the cooler dry air downstream of the cooling heat exchanger. The cooling heat exchanger has a cold fluid passing therethrough which is cooled by a refrigeration system or some other cold fluid source.



Modularization Of A Hydrocarbon Processing Plant

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A hydrocarbon processing plant, such an LNG plant, is disclosed. A piperack structure has a major axis parallel to the major axis of the train with which it is associated. A first multipurpose module, substantially pre-assembled prior to being transported to an operating location, has a major axis that is either parallel or perpendicular to the major axis of the piperack. The first multipurpose module contains: process components that perform a function related to hydrocarbon processing or handling; piping systems that connect the process components directly to a second module that is adjacent the first multipurpose module, and wherein at least part of the piping systems are aligned with the major axis of the piperack structure; and at least one heat exchanger located in the first multipurpose module and operationally connected to process components in the hydrocarbon processing plant.



Consolidated Refrigeration And Liquefaction Module In A Hydrocarbon Processing Plant

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method of processing natural gas to produce liquefied natural gas using a consolidated refrigeration and liquefaction module. The natural gas is cooled in a first array of one or more heat exchangers using a first refrigerant from a first refrigerant circuit, wherein the first refrigerant is compressed in a first compressor. A second refrigerant from a second refrigerant circuit is compressed in a second compressor. The second refrigerant is cooled and partially condensed using the first refrigerant in a second array of one or more heat exchangers located in the consolidated refrigeration and liquefaction module. The partially condensed second refrigerant is separated into liquid and vapor phases using a refrigerant separator located in the consolidated refrigeration and liquefaction module. The natural gas is liquefied to produce LNG in a third array of one or more heat exchangers using the vapor and liquid phases of the partially condensed second refrigerant.



SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING A VARIABLE SPEED COMPRESSOR WITH A TWO-STAGE CONTROLLER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method of operating an HVAC system including a HVAC unit including a unit temperature sensor, a unit controller, and a variable speed compressor, and a two-stage system controller in communication with the unit controller, the method including operating the system controller to transmit a conditioning signal to the unit controller based in part on a system demand, operating the unit controller to receive the conditioning signal, and receive outdoor air temperature data from the unit temperature sensor, operating the unit controller to determine whether the outdoor air temperature data is greater than or equal to a cooling temperature limit or less than or equal to a heating temperature limit, and operating the unit controller to transmit a speed signal to the compressor based in part on the plurality of conditioning signals and the outdoor air temperature data.



FLUID MANAGEMENT IN A HVAC SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of a spill over tank for an evaporator of a HVAC system are described. The spill over tank may be configured to receive a refrigerant directed out of the evaporator. The spill over tank may be configured to have an outlet directing refrigerant in the spill over tank out of the spill over tank and flowing back to a compressor of the HVAC system. The spill over tank may be equipped with a refrigerant level sensor configured to measure a refrigerant level in the spill over tank. The measured refrigerant level in the spill over tank may be used to control and/or maintain a refrigerant level in the evaporator, and/or may be used to control a return refrigerant flow into the compressor of the HVAC system so as to manage an oil return to the compressor.



Method and Apparatus For Calibrating And Testing Multiple Superheat Controllers

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method of calibrating a plurality of superheat controllers includes attaching a plurality of superheat controllers to a manifold assembly, enclosing the manifold assembly within an environmental chamber, and simultaneously calibrating a pressure sensor within each of the plurality of superheat controllers.



HEAT TRANSFER TUBES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A heat transfer tube includes a tube wall defining a central axis in a lengthwise direction of the tube. The tube wall includes a fluid inlet and fluid outlet for directing a coolant into and out of the tube. A hollow cone is positioned within the tube wall aligned with the central axis having an interior and exterior. A plurality of orifices are defined through the core configured to provide a separation of liquid coolant and vapor within the tube.



REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED CORE STRUCTURE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A refrigeration system includes a core comprising a stack of core plates. The core defines a condenser, an evaporator and a refrigerant reservoir. The condenser has a plurality of refrigerant flow passages and a plurality of first coolant flow passages in alternating arrangement. The evaporator has a plurality of refrigerant flow passages and a plurality of second coolant flow passages in alternating arrangement. The condenser has a refrigerant outlet in flow communication with the refrigerant inlet of the refrigerant reservoir, where the refrigerant side of at least one of said core plates includes a refrigerant communication passage providing flow communication between the refrigerant outlet of the condenser section and the refrigerant inlet of the reservoir section.



LNG GASIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A skid for capturing refrigeration from liquefied natural gas vaporization is disclosed comprising a first heat exchanger mounted on the skid, the first heat exchanger having a natural gas inlet, a natural gas outlet, a process fluid inlet, and a process fluid outlet. The process fluid is configured to flow from the process fluid inlet through the first heat exchanger to the process fluid outlet and then to the process fluid inlet. Other embodiments of the system for capturing refrigeration from vaporization of liquid natural gas, and methods for its use, are described herein.



AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An air-conditioning apparatus includes at least one system including a heat-medium conveying device, a heat-medium flow regulator, and a heat-medium flow control device, as a heat medium system capable of regulating a flow rate of a heat medium supplied to a heat source device-side heat exchanger exchanging heat between refrigerant and the heat medium. The air-conditioning apparatus switches each of a plurality of use-side heat exchangers to a cooling operation or a heating operation in accordance with a control command to perform a cooling and heating simultaneous operation. The refrigerant is caused to flow through the heat source device-side heat exchanger depending on a ratio of a total cooling capacity and a total heating capacity of the plurality of use-side heat exchangers. The heat-medium flow control device controls the flow rate of the heat medium supplied to the heat source device-side heat exchanger based on a difference between the total cooling capacity and the total heating capacity of the plurality of use-side heat exchangers and a total operation capacity of the heat source device-side heat exchanger.



COMPRESSOR AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A compressor is configured to form a refrigerant circuit using refrigerant containing a substance having such a property as to cause a disproportionation reaction, and includes a shell serving as an outer shell, a compression chamber installed inside the shell, the compression chamber being configured to compress the sucked refrigerant, cause the compressed refrigerant to flow into the shell to place the shell under a high-pressure refrigerant atmosphere, and discharge the compressed refrigerant externally, and a motor configured to feed power to the compressor. With the configuration described above, a disproportionation reaction is made unlikely to occur. As a result, the substance having such a property as to cause a disproportionation reaction can be used safely as the refrigerant.



INTEGRATED HEAT PUMP AND THERMOELECTRIC COOLING WITH A BLADELESS FAN

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Various air conditioner systems and methods are presented. An air ventilation chamber assembly may include a first chamber and a second chamber through which air is circulated into an environment to be cooled. A cooling element of a heat pump, may pass through the first chamber of the air ventilation chamber assembly, wherein the cooling element does not pass through the second chamber of the air ventilation chamber assembly. A Peltier cooler may be present that has a cold side and a hot side. The cold side may be is thermodynamically coupled with a surface of the second chamber.



AIR COOLING SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is an air cooling system for cooling a room at lower operational cost. In one aspect, the air cooling system comprises a primary water cooling system for cooling water based on a vapor compression refrigeration methodology and a secondary cooling system for cooling a room utilizing the cold water. The primary cooling system further comprises a liquid line coil for cooling the water based on heat transfer. Further, during operation the liquid line is configured to receive a liquid refrigerant. The secondary cooling system further comprises a container containing water, a pump and an evaporator for cooling ambient air in a room. Further, during operation the water in the container is cooled due to the liquid refrigerant flowing liquid line. Upon cooling, the cold water is pumped by the pump into the evaporator for cooling a room.



EVAPORATIVE COOLING DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An evaporative cooling device may be provided. The device may comprise a plurality of rollers, a screen looped around the plurality of rollers, a motor coupled to at least one roller and configured to drive the at least one roller, a basin configured to hold a liquid within an interior of the basin, and wherein at least one roller is at least partially within the interior of the basin. The screen may travel into the basin and capture an amount of the liquid. As the liquid is drawn into an airstream feeding a heat rejection device, the liquid may evaporate, cooling the air. The cooled air may provide a more efficient heat rejection device.



SEE-THROUGH IN-WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments of air conditioner units are detailed. Such air conditioner units may use multiple air ventilation chambers arranged on both an indoor and outdoor portion of the air conditioner unit. A through-unit window may be present that permits an unobstructed view through the air conditioner unit between the first air ventilation chamber and the second air ventilation chamber.



PURIFYING CRYOGENIC FLUIDS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A cryogenic fluid purification device comprising: a first container defining an interior region; a second container defining an interior region in fluid communication with the interior region of the first container; and a cryogenic fluid in contact with an exterior of the second container.



CRYOGENIC TANK WITH INTERNAL HEAT EXCHANGER AND FAIL-CLOSED VALVE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A cryogenic tank system includes a plurality of heat exchangers for heating an interior volume of a storage container. Heat transfer to the interior volume of the storage container by the plurality of heat exchangers pressurizes the interior volume of the storage container. The system further includes a valve assembly mounted to the storage container and positioned substantially within the storage container. The valve assembly includes an inlet portion and an outlet portion. The outlet portion is positioned outside of the storage container, and the inlet portion is positioned within the storage container. The inlet portion is sealable by a fail-closed powered sealing mechanism.



REFRIGERANT LUBE SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment, a compressor assembly is provided. The compressor assembly includes a compressor having an inlet, an outlet, and at least one bearing, the compressor configured to compress a first refrigerant. The assembly further includes a lubrication supply conduit fluidly coupled to the compressor and configured to supply a lubricant to the at least one bearing. The lubricant is a second refrigerant.



INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ENVIRONMENTAL TEMPERATURE OF AN ENCLOSED SPACE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Environmental control systems and methods to control environmental temperature of an enclosed space by integrating a passive heat exchange subsystem (e.g., a loop heat pipe (LHP) heat exchange subsystem) having a closed loop heat exchange fluid circuit in heat-exchange relationship with the enclosed space for providing environmental temperature control therewithin, a RAM-air subsystem having a RAM-air circuit for circulating RAM cooling air, and a vapor compression cycle machine (VCM) subsystem having a VCM fluid circuit having a compressor, an evaporator, a condenser and an expansion valve.



INTEGRATED INDEPENDENT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An integrated independent air conditioning system may include a refrigerant line, including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator core, a Peltier heat exchanger to perform air conditioning through a Peltier element, a ventilated seat for a vehicle in which a blower and a heat exchanger are arranged, a cooling circulation line arranged such that coolant passes through a first pump, the evaporator core, an on-off valve, the Peltier heat exchanger, and a first 3-way valve, a seat circulation line that passes through the heat exchanger and joins an upper side of the first pump, a heating circulation line arranged such that coolant passes through a second pump, the condenser of the refrigerant line, a second 3-way valve, the Peltier heat exchanger, and the first 3-way valve, a radiator circulation line that passes through a radiator, and joins an upper side of the second pump, and a controller.



COLD-STORAGE HEAT EXCHANGER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a cold-storage heat exchanger. The cold-storage heat exchanger includes a pair of header tanks, and tubes which are arranged in three rows with respect to the direction of the flow of air and connected at opposite sides thereof to the header tanks. A cold-storage medium is stored in the tubes that are disposed in a middle row, and refrigerant circulates through the tubes that are disposed in front and rear rows. Therefore, the cold-storage medium can effectively store cold-energy transferred from the refrigerant. When the engine of a vehicle is stopping, the cold-storage heat exchanger can discharge the cold-energy that has been stored into the passenger compartment of the vehicle, thus preventing the temperature in the passenger compartment from rapidly increasing, thereby creating pleasant air-conditioned conditions for a user, and minimizing the energy and time required to re-cool the passenger compartment.



ADJUSTABLE PRODUCT DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An adjustable product display system is configured to display a variety of products having different sizes and shapes in relation to a surface of a structure. The adjustable product display system may include a bin assembly having an adjustable length. The assembly defines a retaining chamber. At least one product-supporting insert is selectively positioned in and removed from the retaining chamber. The product-supporting insert(s) is configured to retain at least one of the products.