US Patent No. 11,071,174

DIRECTED INFRARED RADIATOR ARTICLE


Patent No. 11,071,174
Issue Date July 20, 2021
Title Directed Infrared Radiator Article
Inventorship Peter L. Antoinette, Nashua, NH (US)
David Gailus, Merrimack, NH (US)
Eitan Zeira, Hollis, NH (US)
Assignee Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., The Woodlands, TX (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,071,174


1. An article for emitting directed infrared energy, comprising:an input for receiving energy from a power source;
a sole nanostructured sheet comprising a plurality of nanotubes, wherein the nanotubes are substantially non-aligned and have an adequate number of contact sites therebetween such that the nanostructured sheet has sufficient structural integrity to be handled as a sheet, and wherein the nanostructured sheet is configured to emit infrared energy when an electrical current is applied via the input from the power source; and
a reflecting member directly or indirectly coupled to the nanostructured sheet, the reflecting member configured to direct at least a portion of the emitted infrared energy in a desired direction for heating a remotely-situated target; and
a spacer situated between the nanostructured sheet and the reflecting member, wherein the spacer comprises a honeycomb structure.