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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING BENZENE CONTAMINANTS FROM NATURAL GAS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for removing benzene from a lean natural gas feed is provided. The method and apparatus are capable of removing benzene from lean natural gas that is predominantly composed of methane and contains very little heavier hydrocarbon components.



METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATING AIR BY CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method for separating air by cryogenic distillation in a set of columns including a first column operating at a first pressure, a second column operating at a second pressure which is lower than the first pressure, and a third column operating at a third pressure, which is lower than the second pressure, wherein the third column includes first and second evaporator-condensers, and nitrogen from a cold compressor is sent to one of the evaporator-condensers.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATED AIR SEPARATION AND LIQUEFACTION

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A high efficiency and high volume air liquefaction system and method is disclosed wherein the cryogenic air separation plant includes a warm gas turbo-expansion cycle to supply the supplemental refrigeration required to produce liquid products in excess of about 15% of the incoming feed air.



METHOD FOR DENITROGENATION OF NATURAL GAS WITH OR WITHOUT HELIUM RECOVERY

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method for denitrogenation of natural gas by distillation, in which natural gas cooled in an exchange line is separated in a system of columns including at least one column, a nitrogen-enriched gas is drawn from one column of the system of columns and is heated in the exchange line, a methane-enriched liquid is drawn from one column of the system of columns, pressurized and vaporized in the exchange line at at least one vaporization pressure, and at least one portion of the cooled natural gas expands in gaseous form in a turbine and is sent to one column of the system of columns in gaseous form.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CRYOGENIC SEPARATION OF A MIXTURE CONTAINING AT LEAST CARBON MONOXIDE, HYDROGEN AND NITROGEN

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to an apparatus for cryogenic separation of a mixture of carbon monoxide, hydrogen and nitrogen, including a stripping column and a denitrogenation column, a pipe for sending the mixture in liquid form to the head of the stripping column, a pipe for removing a liquid depleted of hydrogen connected to the stripping column, a pipe for removing a gas enriched with hydrogen from the stripping column, means for sending the liquid depleted of hydrogen or a fluid derived from said liquid to the denitrogenation column, a pipe for drawing a liquid enriched with carbon monoxide from the denitrogenation column, a pipe for drawing a gas enriched with nitrogen from the head of the denitrogenation column and means for sending at least one portion of the gas enriched with hydrogen to the denitrogenation column.



INDOOR UNIT AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An indoor unit according to the present invention includes a securing plate provided at an upper edge of a sidewall of a drain pan that collects drain water generated from an indoor heat exchanger, and an antimicrobial-agent-containing case that contains an antimicrobial agent and includes a case frame positioned in an area where the drain water is collected, a case-attaching portion conforming to the securing plate and being detachably attached to the securing plate, and an arm connecting the case frame and the case-attaching portion. The antimicrobial-agent-containing case is attached to the securing plate from an opening of an air inlet from which air is taken into a body.



CO2 REFRIGERATION SYSTEM FOR ICE-PLAYING SURFACES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A CO2 refrigeration system comprises a condensation reservoir. CO2 refrigerant is accumulated in the reservoir. The CO2 refrigerant circulates between supra-compression and evaporation loops. The supracompression loop comprises a compression stage for compression CO2 refrigerant to a supracompression state, a cooling stage in which CO2 refrigerant releases heat, and a pressure-regulating unit in a line extending from the cooling stage to the condensation reservoir. The pressure-regulating unit maintains a pressure differential between the cooling stage and the condensation reservoir. The evaporation loop comprises an evaporation stage in which CO2 refrigerant from the condensation reservoir absorbs heat in a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is connected to an ice-playing surface refrigeration circuit. A second refrigerant cycles in the ice-playing surface refrigeration circuit. The CO2 refrigerant absorbs heat from the second refrigerant in the heat exchanger. A CO2 condensation exchanger is also provided.



ICE-MAKING TRAY AND REFRIGERATOR COMPRISING SAME

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ice-making tray according to the concept of the present invention is capable of making ice at high speed and improving the transparency of ice by providing a second tray having ice cells for storing ice-making water to be coupled, in an overlapping manner, to the upper surface of a first tray which is in contact with a refrigerant pipe. The first tray may be formed of an aluminum material, the second tray may be formed of a plastic material, and the first tray formed of an aluminum material can efficiently function as a heat exchanger of an ice-making space due to having high thermal-conductivity. In the second tray, a fixing part for fixing the ice-making tray inside the ice-making space, a shaft accommodating part for accommodating the rotation shaft of an ejector, a temperature sensor accommodating part for accommodating a temperature sensor, and an air insulating part for insulating the ice-making tray and an ice separating motor may be formed integrally.



FROZEN BEVERAGE MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The inventions disclosed and taught herein relate generally to frozen beverage machines; and more specifically relate to improved methods of and apparatuses for controlling the consistency and quality of the dispensed beverage product.



REFRIGERATION HEAT RECLAIM

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided are a refrigeration heat reclaim unit and method, comprising a heat exchanger, comprising a refrigerant inlet that receives a flow of refrigerant having a first state; a refrigerant outlet that outputs the flow of refrigerant having a second state; a water loop inlet that receives a flow of liquid at a first temperature; a water loop outlet that outputs the flow of liquid from the reclaim heat exchanger at a second temperature that is greater than the first temperature in response to the flow of refrigerant. The refrigeration reclaim unit also comprises a refrigerant flow control device having outputs to the refrigerant inlet and an air-cooled condenser, respectively for controlling the flow of refrigerant to at least one of the refrigerant inlet and the air-cooled condenser for maintaining a predetermined flow quality value at the refrigerant outlet.



DIRECT-CURRENT POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE, AIR CONDITIONER, AND REFRIGERATOR

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A direct-current power supply device includes a switching unit constituted by a first switching element and a second switching element and a control unit that controls the operations of the first witching element and the second switching element. The switching unit has a first mode in which on-duty is a first value and a second mode in which the on-duty is a second value larger than the first value. When transitioning the switching unit from the first mode to the second mode, the control unit controls the switching unit such that the time until the on-duty reaches the second value is equal to or longer than a fixed time and controls, after the on-duty reaches the second value, an operation cycle of the switching unit to extend the operation cycle.



AIR CONDITIONER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein are an air conditioner and a method for controlling the same. The air conditioner includes an indoor temperature measuring unit that measures an indoor air temperature, an outdoor temperature measuring unit that measures an outdoor air temperature, a heat exchanger temperature measuring unit that measures an inlet temperature of one or more indoor heat exchangers and an outlet temperature thereof, and a processor that determines a reference superheat degree using the indoor air temperature and the outdoor air temperature, obtains a difference between the inlet temperature and the outlet temperature of the one or more indoor heat exchangers, compares the difference between the inlet temperature and the outlet temperature of the one or more indoor heat exchangers and the reference superheat degree, and determines whether a circulation amount of a refrigerant is normal according to a result of the comparison.



AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A controller of an air-conditioning apparatus includes an operation control unit that controls operation of a compressor of a heat source unit based on target indoor temperatures of rooms, an unoccupied room detecting unit that detects an unoccupied room where no person is present among the rooms, and a correction amount setting unit that sets a temperature correction amount for correcting the target indoor temperature in a room controller of the unoccupied room detected by the unoccupied room detecting unit to reduce an air conditioning load for the unoccupied room. After the target indoor temperature is corrected by using the temperature correction amount in the room controller, when the operation capacity of the compressor controlled by the operation control unit is smaller than or equal to a preset operation capacity, the correction amount setting unit resets the temperature correction amount to be decreased by an adjustment amount.



REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A refrigeration apparatus includes a compressor, a heat source-side heat exchanger, a receiver, a utilization-side heat exchange, a receiver degassing pipe interconnecting an upper portion of the receiver and a suction side of the compressor, and a receiver liquid level detection pipe connected to the receiver. The receiver liquid level detection pipe detects whether or not liquid level in the receiver has reached a predetermined position on a lower side of a position where the receiver degassing pipe is connected. The receiver liquid level detection pipe merges with the receiver degassing pipe via a capillary tube. The receiver degassing pipe has a refrigerant heater to heat refrigerant flowing through the receiver degassing pipe. Whether or not the liquid level in the receiver has reached the predetermined position is detected using a temperature of refrigerant flowing though the receiver degassing pipe.



Integrated Suction Header Assembly

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present application provides a refrigeration system. The refrigeration system may include an evaporator assembly, a suction header assembly with a suction header heat exchanger therein, and a liquid header in communication with the suction header heat exchanger.



INDOOR UNIT

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An indoor unit includes: a casing; a heat exchanger through which a flammable refrigerant flows; a fan; a detection sensor detecting a leak of the flammable refrigerant; a warning device emitting a warning about a leak of the flammable refrigerant; a control unit controlling operations of the fan and the warning device; and an operation device inputting stop commands for the fan and the warning device to the control unit based on its manual operation. Upon detection of a leak of the flammable refrigerant by the detection sensor, the control unit starts up the fan on condition that the fan is at a stop, starts up the warning device, disregards a stop command for the fan by the operation device, and permits a stop command for the warning device by the operation device. As a result, a user is enabled to arbitrarily stop a warning started based on occurrence of a refrigerant leak.



Modular Heat Recovery System

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An expandable modular system including standardized dual heat pump modules that are connectable to other standardized heat pump modules. The modules include pumps for a source fluid and for heat transfer fluid that is circulated to a point of use. The heat pump modules are controlled by a dedicated programmable logic controller. The system may be adapted to transfer heat from a source stream that would otherwise be wasted or not utilized for thermal energy rectification. The modules are of limited size to fit through pedestrian doors and are pre-assembled prior to installation.



FROZEN BEVERAGE MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The inventions disclosed and taught herein relate generally to frozen beverage machines; and more specifically relate to improved methods of and apparatuses for controlling the consistency and quality of the dispensed beverage product.



ACCUMULATOR, AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ACCUMULATOR

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An accumulator includes a container, a low pressure refrigerant inlet tube, and a low pressure refrigerant outlet body including an upstream-side tubular section, a low pressure refrigerant turning back section and a downstream-side tubular section in the container. At least a part of the upstream-side tubular section is covered by a first outer tube with a gap between the upstream-side tubular section and the first outer tube, at least a part of the downstream-side tubular section is covered by a second outer tube with a gap between the downstream-side tubular section and the second outer tube, the first outer tube and the second outer tube communicate with each other via a bridging tube, and high pressure refrigerant passes through the gap between the upstream-side tubular section and the first outer tube, the bridging tube, and the gap between the downstream-side tubular section and the second outer tube.



REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An object is to provide a refrigeration cycle apparatus that does not cause unevenness of capacity among branch units and a failure in controlling a refrigerant circuit. At least one of branch units is a first branch unit having a minimum pressure loss in distribution of refrigerant in a high-pressure refrigerant pipe between a heat source unit and the branch units, and at least another one of the branch units is a second branch unit having a maximum pressure loss in distribution of refrigerant in the high-pressure refrigerant pipe between the heat source unit and the branch units. An opening degree of an expansion device is controlled in such a manner that a differential pressure between a refrigerant pressure detected by a high-pressure detecting device of the first branch unit and a refrigerant pressure detected by an intermediate-pressure detecting device is greater than or equal to a set value ΔPHM.



TUBE FITTING, HEAT EXCHANGER, AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tube fitting includes a through portion. A flat tube is connected to the first end portion of the through portion, and another tube different in cross-sectional shape from the flat tube is connected to the second end portion of the through portion. The central axis of the first end portion and the central axis of the second end portion are deviated from each other.



MOTOR HOUSING TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for controlling temperature of a compressor motor (170) having a motor cooling circuit in a refrigeration system (1014) is provided. The motor cooling circuit includes a second expansion valve (1043) providing fluid communication between the condenser and the compressor motor. The compressor motor (170) is in fluid communication with the refrigeration circuit (1014) between downstream of the first expansion valve (1040) and a compressor inlet. Refrigerant is provided as a cooling fluid to the motor cooling circuit. A primary PID loop (402) and a secondary PID loop (414) are used to control the temperature and the flow of refrigerant to the motor (170).



TWO-PHASE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A heat transfer system includes a first two-phase heat transfer fluid vapor/compression circulation loop including a compressor, a heat exchanger condenser, an expansion device, and a heat absorption side of a heat exchanger evaporator/condenser. A first conduit in a closed fluid circulation loop circulates a first heat transfer fluid therethrough. A second two-phase heat transfer fluid circulation loop transfers heat to the first heat transfer fluid circulation loop through the heat exchanger evaporator/condenser, including a heat rejection side of the heat exchanger evaporator/condenser, a liquid pump, a liquid refrigerant reservoir located upstream of the liquid pump and downstream of the heat exchanger evaporator/condenser, and a heat exchanger evaporator. A second conduit in a closed fluid circulation loop circulates a second heat transfer fluid therethrough having an ASHRAE Class A toxicity and a Class 1 or 2L flammability rating.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADAPTIVELY CONTROLLING A THERMOELECTRIC COOLER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system, method, and device for efficiently maintaining a stable operational temperature for precise operation of a laser. The system can include an ambient temperature sensor, a cooler controller adapted to control a cooler having an adjustable setpoint, a processor, and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory can store software instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations that can include receiving data from the sensor and determining the ambient temperature based on the received data. The determined ambient temperature can be compared to a current setpoint. When the delta exceeds a predetermined threshold, the setpoint can be adjusted to enable the operating environment of the laser to reach a control temperature closer to ambient conditions (and within a predetermined operating temperature range of the laser). Adjusted setpoint data can be transmitted to the cooler controller to adjust the setpoint of the cooler.



THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR OR HEAT PUMP

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A thermoelectric device may include a housing that may have a first housing element and a second housing element. The first housing element and the second housing element may each be composed of an electrically conductive material. At least two thermoelectric elements may be arranged between the first housing element and the second housing element. The at least two thermoelectric elements may be arranged at a distance from each other and may be electrically connected via at least one conductor bridge. A first electrical insulator may be arranged between the at least two thermoelectric elements and the first housing element. A second electrical insulator may be arranged between the at least two thermoelectric elements and the second housing element.



REFRIGERATION UNIT FOR CONTAINER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein a technique for producing a gas mixture for controlling an oxygen concentration in the interior of a container while reducing the overall weight of the apparatus. For this purpose, a gas mixture supply device is provided for a container refrigeration apparatus. The gas mixture supply device is provided with adsorption columns. If one of the first and second adsorption columns is supplied with air, the adsorption columns are pressurized, and nitrogen in the air is adsorbed onto an adsorbent. If air is sucked from the other of the first and second adsorption columns, the adsorption columns are depressurized, and nitrogen adsorbed onto the adsorbent is desorbed. A gas mixture including the nitrogen desorbed from the adsorbent is supplied to the interior of a container.



COOLING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COOLING A MEDIUM

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A cooling device for cooling a medium; by which a large amount of heat can be dissipated in an efficient manner. The cooling device includes: an evaporation device evaporating water; a vacuum device generating a negative pressure in an evaporation chamber of the evaporation device; a charging device including a charging chamber which is fluidically connected to the evaporation chamber of the evaporation device and which is at least partially filled with an absorption medium for absorbing the evaporated water; and a discharging device by which the water absorbed by the absorption medium can be removed from the absorption medium and released to surroundings of the cooling device.



MULTISTAGE PULSE TUBE COOLERS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments are directed to a pulse tube cooler. The pulse tube cooler may comprise a fluid compressor, a first regenerator, a first pulse tube, a first reservoir, a second regenerator, a second pulse tube, and a second reservoir. The first end of the first regenerator may be in fluid communication with the fluid compressor. The cold end of the first pulse tube may be in fluid communication with the second end of the first regenerator. The first reservoir may be in fluid communication with the hot end of the first pulse tube. The first end of the second regenerator may be in fluid communication with the cold end of the first regenerator. The cold end of the second pulse tube may be in fluid communication with the second end of the second regenerator. The cold end of the first pulse tube and the hot end of the second pulse tube may be in fluid communication with one another through the second reservoir.



AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An air-conditioning apparatus includes an outdoor unit, indoor units, and a relay unit, and forms a refrigerant circuit. The air-conditioning apparatus further includes a fourth flow control device that regulates the flow rate of refrigerant flowing into the heat source unit-side heat exchanger, a switching valve that regulates the flow rate of the refrigerant passing through a bypass pipe, and a control unit that controls the first heat-source-unit flow control device and the switching valve based on a pressure on a refrigerant inlet side of the heat source unit-side heat exchanger, an inlet temperature and an outlet temperature of a medium passing through the heat source unit-side heat exchanger, and the ratio of a cooling operation capacity to a heating operation capacity of the use-side heat exchangers.



AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An air-conditioning apparatus includes a refrigerant circuit formed by connecting, with pipes, a compressor, a first refrigerant flow switching device, a heat-source-side heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a plurality of intermediate heat exchangers. A heat medium circuit is formed by connecting, with pipes, a plurality of pumps configured to pressurize and circulate the heat medium subjected to heat exchange in the plurality of intermediate heat exchangers, a plurality of use-side heat exchangers each configured to exchange heat between the heat medium and air in an air-conditioned space, and a heat-medium flow switching/control device configured to switch which of the heat medium is to be allowed to flow into and out of each of the use-side heat exchangers; and a controller configured to perform processing for controlling the switching performed by the heat-medium flow switching/control device, in accordance with a capacity of each of the use-side heat exchangers.



AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A controller is configured to decide whether liquid refrigerant is unevenly distributed among a plurality of outdoor units and then adjust an outlet subcooling degree of an outdoor heat exchanger or an outlet sub cooling degree at a high-pressure outlet of a high-low pressure heat exchanger, and a discharge superheating degree of a compressor in a low capacity-side outdoor unit to match lower heat exchange capacity of the outdoor heat exchanger in the low capacity-side outdoor unit with higher heat exchange capacity of an outdoor heat exchanger in a high capacity-side outdoor unit, the low capacity-side outdoor unit being one of the plurality of outdoor units in which the outdoor heat exchanger has the lower heat exchange capacity, the high capacity-side outdoor unit being another of the plurality of outdoor units in which the outdoor heat exchanger has the higher heat exchange capacity.



CRYOPUMP SYSTEM, CRYOPUMP CONTROLLER, AND CRYOPUMP REGENERATION METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A cryopump system includes a cryopump, and a regeneration control unit that controls the cryopump according to a regeneration sequence including a discharge process of rough pumping the cryopump to discharge condensate from it. The regeneration control unit includes a pressure drop rate computation unit that computes a pressure drop rate for the cryopump during the rough pumping of the cryopump, and a pressure drop rate monitoring unit that detects diminishment in the pressure drop rate during the rough pumping.



REFRIGERATOR OIL COMPOSITION AND REFRIGERATOR

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a refrigerating machine oil composition comprising an ester-based base oil, an epoxy compound, and a carbodiimide compound, the refrigerating machine oil composition being used with a refrigerant containing a fluoropropene in a refrigerating machine comprising a member containing polyethylene terephthalate and/or a member containing hydrogenated acrylonitrile butadiene rubber.



COMPOSITION AND USE OF VINYLIDENE FLUORIDE AND BLENDS THEREOF

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present technology relates to compositional blends that can be used as refrigerants, and more specifically to blends of vinylidene fluoride and at least one other component for use in very low temperature applications. In at least some examples, the second component can be selected from the group consisting of carbon dioxide and pentafluoroethane. Further, the compositions can be azeotropic or azeotrope-like.



HEAT TRANSFER METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A heat transfer method using ternary compositions containing 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, 1,1-difluoroethane and difluoromethane, said compositions being especially interesting as a heat transfer fluid in compression refrigeration systems comprising exchangers operation in counterflow mode or in split flow mode with counterflow tendency. The use of a ternary composition of 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, 1,1-difluoroethane and difluoromethane as heat transfer fluid in compression-type refrigeration systems with exchangers operating in countercurrent mode or in crossed-current mode with countercurrent tendency.



COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING DIFLUOROMETHANE, PENTAFLUOROETHANE, TETRAFLUOROPROPENE, AND TETRAFLUOROETHANE AND USES THEREOF

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein is a composition comprising (a) from 1 to 29 weight percent difluoromethane; (b) from 1 to 19 weight percent pentafluoroethane; (c) from 9 to 42 weight percent 1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethane, 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, or a mixture thereof; and (d) from 34 to 68 weight percent 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, E-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene or mixture thereof; wherein when the composition contains 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, the composition also contains at least some 1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethane; wherein the ratio of component (a) to component (b) is at most 1.5:1; and wherein the ratio of component (c) to component (d) is at least 0.04:1. The compositions are useful in methods for producing cooling and heating, methods for producing air conditioning, methods for replacing HCFC-22, R-410A, R-407C, HFC-134a, CFC-12, HCFC-22 and HCFC-124 and in heat transfer systems including heat pumps and air conditioners.



ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE CONDITIONING USING GRID POWER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An exemplary method includes conditioning an electrified vehicle to maintain a target conditioning level using power from a grid source. The conditioning either lasts from a conclusion of a first drive cycle to the beginning of a second drive cycle that is subsequent the first drive cycle, or lasts from a conclusion of a first drive cycle for set time



A PORTABLE TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED CONTAINER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This invention relates to a portable temperature controlled container comprising a body having a storage compartment, an opening to permit access to the storage compartment and an insulated lid. The container comprises a fan, a heat sink and a thermoelectric device, as well as a first phase change material and a thermoelectric device in thermal communication with both the first phase change material and the storage compartment. The thermoelectric device in thermal communication with both the first phase change material and the storage compartment is operable to remove energy in the form of heat from one of the storage compartment and the first phase change material and transfer that energy in the form of heat to the other of the storage compartment and the first phase change material. In this way, the device will require less power, be highly robust, will operate across a range of temperatures, and will be cost effective to manufacture.



Cylinder Pan Chiller

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A glycol pan chiller is configured in a unique cylinder form factor that achieves new efficiencies in power savings and cooling. A new cylindrical cooling assembly comprises three concentrically disposed cylinders attached together at their respective top ends to create an upper lip area 219 or shelf area that provides top end insulation and a useful shelf area. The concentrically disposed cylinders define an outward void for insulation, a middle void for refrigerant tubing and retained refrigerant or cooling fluid such as glycol and an inner void 224 for food storage and food cooling. Food cooled within the inner void is not dried out as heat transfer occurs without blowing air within the inner void.



CONTAINER-TYPE DATA CENTER

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A container-type data center includes an elongate container and a longitudinal rack row in the elongate container. The elongate container includes side walls, and the longitudinal rack row is arranged longitudinally in the elongate container. A cold aisle and a hot aisle are respectively formed between each of two sides of the server rack row and a corresponding one of the two side walls. The longitudinal rack row forms a single communication channel communicating the cold aisle with the hot aisle. The longitudinal rack row includes a server rack and an air conditioner rack. The communication channel allows staff to move between the cold aisle and the hot aisle and thus prevents air circulation from being effected by ambient environment due to entry and exit of the staff.



HEAT EXCHANGER AND AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A heat exchanger for an air conditioning device includes flat tubes, a vertically extending header collecting tube connected to the flat tubes, and fins joined to the flat tubes. The header collection tube has a loop structure including partition members, inflow ports, and upper and lower communicating passages. The partition members partition first and second spaces. The flat tubes are connected at the first spaces. The inflow ports are located in lower parts of the first spaces. The upper communicating passages communicate the upper parts of the first and second spaces to guide refrigerant from the first spaces into the second spaces. The lower communicating passages communicate the lower parts of the first and second spaces to guide refrigerant from the second spaces towards spaces above the inflow ports in the first spaces to return the refrigerant from the second spaces to the first spaces.



METHOD TO PRODUCE PLNG AND CCNG AT STRADDLE PLANTS

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a method to produce PLNG and CCNG at Straddle Plants. In contrast to present practice at Straddle Plants, there is added a slipstream of high pressure, pre-treated, pre-cooled natural gas stream to feed a new PLNG and or CCNG production section. This slipstream is further cooled in a heat exchanger by a counter-current vapour fraction of the expanded gas before entering an expander apparatus. The cooled gas is expanded into a separator. The cold vapour fraction from the separator is routed and expanded to the Straddle Plant fractionator. The produced PLNG is routed to storage.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING NGL

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system includes a water knock-out tank that receives a fluid material. Water from the fluid material settles on the bottom of the water knock-out tank. The system includes a mixing pipe that mixes a glycol with the fluid material transferred from the water knock-out tank and a first heat exchanger that cools the mixed fluid material and glycol. The system includes a gas-liquid separator that separates gaseous components and liquid components of the mixed fluid material and cooled glycol and a liquid-liquid separator that separates the liquid components of the mixed fluid material and cooled glycol by density. The system includes a fractional distillation column that heats a first liquid from the liquid-liquid separator. Heating the first liquid from the liquid-liquid separator gasifies a first portion of the first liquid. A second portion of the first liquid from the liquid-liquid separator remains liquid and is natural gas liquids.



LIQUEFIED GAS PRODUCING FACILITY AND LIQUEFIED GAS PRODUCING METHOD

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquefied gas producing facility is provided and includes: a first heat exchanger, a first refrigerant compressor, a second heat exchanger, a second refrigerant compressor, air-cooling heat exchangers for a first refrigerant, air-cooling condensers for a first refrigerant, air-cooling heat exchangers for a second refrigerant, air-cooling condensers for a second refrigerant and a mist spraying device. The liquefied gas producing facility can produce liquefied gas by liquefying feed gas which contains methane as a main component.



GAS-LIQUID MIXING DEVICE OF BEVERAGE

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A gas-liquid mixing device of a beverage is provided. The gas-liquid mixing device has a container, a liquid inlet pipe, a gas inlet pipe and a liquid discharging pipe configured to discharge liquid, wherein the container is provided with a refrigeration evaporator; the container is further internally provided with a liquid precooling pipe; the liquid entering at the earliest enters the container through the liquid precooling pipe and is stored in the container and cooled by the refrigeration evaporator; the cooled liquid precools the liquid entering the liquid precooling pipe subsequently; the precooled liquid in the container is mixed and dissolved with entering gas; the container is further internally provided with a liquid molecule expander comprising a precooling liquid container inlet and a collision wall; the precooled liquid is ejected to the collision wall through the precooling liquid container inlet.



REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A refrigerator includes a mixing container in which carbon dioxide and purified water are mixed and carbonated water is prepared, a mounting body on or from which the mixing container is mountable or detachable, a first dispenser assembly which injects the carbon dioxide and the purified water into the mixing container when the mixing container is mounted on the mounting body, and a user interface which outputs information on whether the mixing container is mounted on the mounting body.



REFRIGERATOR

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein is a refrigerator which includes a carbonated water production assembly, wherein the carbonated water production assembly includes a structure in which a carbonated water container in which carbonated water is produced is installed as a production module, and a structure of a sensor which senses installation of the carbonated water container. Through this, when the carbonated water container is incorrectly installed or not installed, the carbonated water is prevented from being unintentionally produced, and thus efficiency of a carbonated water production may be improved.



REFRIGERATOR, REFRIGERATOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REFRIGERATOR

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A refrigerator, a refrigerator management system, and a control method for a refrigerator are capable of enhancing a power-saving effect of the refrigerator. The refrigerator includes: a main body having a storage chamber; a refrigeration cycle device including a compressor and a cooler; an air blower configured to blow cooling air cooled by the cooler to the storage chamber; a blowout volume control device configured to control a blowout volume of the cooling air to be blown out to the storage chamber; input means for receiving input of schedule information that is information about a schedule of a user; storage means for storing the schedule information input into the input means; and control means for controlling at least one of the compressor, the air blower, and the blowout volume control device based on the schedule information.



Defrost Learning Algorithm Based on Time of Defrost State Operation

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are disclosed that include providing a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system with a controller that may adjust the defrost procedure algorithm by monitor the refrigeration coil temperature sensor and the ambient outdoor temperature sensor, calculate an Actual Coil Delta Temperature (ACDT); compare the calculated ACDT to an Initiate Delta Temperature (DTINIT) associated with the measured ambient outdoor temperature; initiate a defrost procedure in response to the calculated ACDT being greater than or equal to the DTINIT; determine if the duration of the defrost procedure is within a predetermined time threshold; and adjust the duration of a next defrost procedure in response to determining that a predetermined number of consecutive defrost procedures have occurred outside of the predetermined time threshold.



POWER CONVERSION DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A power conversion device includes a first AC-DC conversion section generating DC voltage applied to a compressor drive section, a first DC-voltage smoothing section smoothing DC voltage, a first noise reduction section having one end connected to an AC power source and the other end connected to the first AC-DC conversion section, a second noise reduction section disposed between the first noise reduction section and the first AC-DC conversion section, an inrush-current inhibition circuit (a first inrush-current inhibition resistor and a rectifier diode) connected in parallel with the second noise reduction section and the first AC-DC conversion section for inhibiting inrush current from flowing to the first DC-voltage smoothing section, a first AC power-source relay opening/closing a power supply path to the inrush-current inhibition circuit, and a second AC power-source relay opening/closing a power supply path to the second noise reduction section.