US Patent No. 10,161,685

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH PARTITIONED INLET HEADER FOR ENHANCED FLOW DISTRIBUTION AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEM USING THE HEAT EXCHANGER


Patent No. 10,161,685
Issue Date December 25, 2018
Title Heat Exchanger With Partitioned Inlet Header For Enhanced Flow Distribution And Refrigeration System Using The Heat Exchanger
Inventorship Roger J. Voorhis, Jr., Clarksville, TN (US)
Jun Wang, Clarksville, TN (US)
Brian Westfall, Elgin, SC (US)
Sean A. Smith, Chapmansboro, TN (US)
Tao Zhou, Onalaska, WI (US)
William B. Fox, Onalaska, WI (US)
Felix Quintero, Columbia, SC (US)
Michael W. Groen, La Crosse, WI (US)
Justin S. Winters, Adams, TN (US)
Robert F. Schult, Clarksville, TN (US)
Assignee TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC., Davidson, NC (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,161,685

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a first header, the first header including a first chamber, a second chamber and a partition separating the first chamber and the second chamber, the first chamber having an inlet compartment;
a second header;
a plurality of first heat exchange tubes connecting the first chamber and the second header;
a plurality of second heat exchange tubes connecting the second chamber and the second header,
the plurality of first heat exchange tubes and the plurality of second heat exchange tubes are microchannel heat exchange tubes;
a first inlet;
a second inlet; and
an outlet in fluid communication with the second chamber;
wherein the first inlet is in fluid communication with a continuous internal volume within the inlet compartment of the first chamber via a plurality of first metering orifices, and the second inlet is in fluid communication with the same continuous internal volume within the inlet compartment of the first chamber via a plurality of second metering orifices.