US Patent No. 10,462,931

HEAT EXCHANGER


Patent No. 10,462,931
Issue Date October 29, 2019
Title Heat Exchanger
Inventorship Yuki Suzuki, Kariya (JP)
Tomohiro Shimazu, Kariya (JP)
Yasuhiro Mizuno, Kariya (JP)
Assignee DENSO CORPORATION, Kariya, Aichi-pref. (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,462,931

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a tube in which a heat medium that exchanges heat with a heat exchange target flows, the tube having a flat shape in cross section taken along a particular direction perpendicular to a flow direction of the heat medium; and
an inner fin plate that is disposed inside the tube and has a heat transfer area in which heat transfers to and from the heat medium, wherein
the inner fin plate has a corrugated fin shape having a plurality of fins arranged along the particular direction to define a plurality of narrow passages therebetween through which the heat medium flows,
each of the plurality of fins includes a first fin element and a second fin element, the second fin element being positioned at least one of upstream and downstream of the first fin element,
the second fin element of each of the plurality of fins extends along the flow direction,
the plurality of fins includes at least one first fin and other fins in the plurality of fins,
a fin pitch between the first fin element of the at least one first fin and the first fin element of one of the other fins in the plurality of fins that is adjacent to the at least one first fin is equal to a fin pitch between adjacent first fin elements of the other fins in the plurality of fins,
a fin pitch between the second fin element of the at least one first fin and the second fin element of the one of the other fins in the plurality of fins that is adjacent to the at least one first fin is different from a fin pitch between adjacent second fin elements of the other fins in the plurality of fins,
the first fin element of each of the plurality of fins has a corrugated shape,
the second fin element of each of the plurality of fins has a linear shape,
the second fin element of each of the plurality of fins is continuously connected to the corresponding first fin element of each of the plurality of fins, when viewed in a normal direction of the inner fin plate,
the fin pitch between the second fin element of the at least one first fin and the second fin element of the one of the other fins in the plurality of fins that is adjacent to the at least one first fin is greater than the fin pitch between adjacent second fin elements of the other fins in the plurality of fins,
the second fin element of the at least one first fin is connected to the first fin element of the at least one first fin at a first connection point,
the second fin element of each of the other fins in the plurality of fins is connected to the corresponding first fin element of each of the other fins in the plurality of fins at an other connection point,
the first fin element of the at least one first fin has a first amplitude along the particular direction at the first connection point,
the first fin element of each of the other fins in the plurality of fins has an other amplitude along the particular direction at the other connection point, and
the first amplitude of the first fin element of the at least one first fin is less than the other amplitude of the first fin element of each of the other fins in the plurality of fins.