The University Of Texas System and Gentherm | Date: 2017-07-19
A climate-controlled bed capable of adapting to the needs of a sleeper via a closed loop feedback control system is provided. The bed includes a thermoelectric energy source, a sensor configured to monitor a physiological temperature of a sleeper, and a control system that regulates a temperature of the bed via the thermoelectric energy source. The control system can utilize data from the sensor to determine optimal thermal needs of the sleeper. The control system can also vary the temperature of the bed during a sleep cycle based on at least one predetermined sleep factor, such as the natural circadian temperature cycle.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-07-07
A conditioned air delivery system for a vehicle seat includes a conditioned air supply source and a static support structure. A seat is mounted to the static support structure. The seat includes an exterior surface and an air distribution plenum that is in fluid communication with the exterior surface. A seat adjuster is operatively connected between the seat and the static support structure. The seat adjuster is configured to move the seat between multiple positions. An adjustable duct has a fixed duct portion and a movable duct portion that is configured to slide relative to the fixed duct portion as the seat moves between the multiple positions. The adjustable duct is configured to supply air from the conditioned air supply source to the air distribution plenum.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-02-23
A thermoelectric power generating system is provided that includes at least one thermoelectric assembly. The at least one thermoelectric assembly includes at least one first heat exchanger in thermal communication with at least a first portion of a first working fluid. The first portion of the first working fluid flows through the at least one thermoelectric assembly. The at least one thermoelectric assembly includes a plurality of thermoelectric elements in thermal communication with the at least one first heat exchanger. The at least one thermoelectric assembly further includes at least one second heat exchanger in thermal communication with the plurality of thermoelectric elements and with a second working fluid flowing through the at least one thermoelectric assembly. The second working fluid is cooler than the first working fluid. The thermoelectric power generating system further includes at least one heat exchanger portion configured to have at least some of the first portion of the first working fluid flow through the at least one heat exchanger portion after having flowed through the at least one thermoelectric assembly. The at least one heat exchanger portion is configured to recover heat from the at least some of the first portion of the first working fluid.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-04-14
An electrical heating device includes at least one support; at least one ohmic heating resistor; and at least one temperature sensor. The heating resistor includes a heating conductor strand, which is laid out on, or in, the support in a track-like, curving, or meandering pattern to span a heating field. The heating conductor strand includes a measurement loop formed by at least two heating conductor sections that are separated from one another, and, in each case, are connected together electrically conductively at one end, and which are laid out around the temperature sensor and form a delimited measurement field. The temperature sensor is placed in a measurement position within the measurement field spanned by the measurement loop so that it is positioned as a function of a surface area formed by the measurement field at a greater or smaller distance from an opening of the measurement loop.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-03-21
There is disclosed a heater for an automotive vehicle or other article of manufacture. The heater typically includes a first conductive medium and a second conductive medium disposed upon a carrier. In a preferred embodiment, the first conductive medium includes a first section and a second section that are electrically connected by a second conductive medium. The second conductive medium preferably exhibits a positive thermal coefficient.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-05-05
A receiving device for beverage containers is disclosed. The receiving device comprises a supporting construction that is open at the top, which can receive the particular beverage container and consists at least of a first material. Furthermore, at least one heat-conducting element which can forward heat and/or cold to a beverage container received by the supporting construction. In addition, one or more thermoelectric air-conditioning units for generating heat and/or cold. The one or more thermoelectrical air-conditioning units have a thermally conductive contact with the at least one heat-conducting element. The at least one heat-conducting element consists of at least one second material which has an elevated thermal conductivity in comparison to the at least one first material.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-05-03
According to certain embodiments disclosed in the present application, a climate controlled seating assembly includes a thermal module. The thermal module comprises at least one inlet channel, at least one outlet channel and a thermoelectric device (e.g., Peltier circuit) positioned upstream of the outlet channel. In one embodiment, the seating assembly includes a sensor positioned within an interior of the thermal module and configured to detect the presence of a liquid, such as water, condensation or other fluids, on or near said sensor. In certain arrangements, the sensor is configured to detect the presence of a liquid by measuring an electrical resistance or capacitance across a portion of the sensor. A climate control system can include a separator gasket located within a housing of a fluid module and at least partially between the cold passage and the hot passage. In some embodiments, the separator gasket comprises one or more wicking materials. The separator gasket can be configured to transport liquids from the cold passage to the hot passage.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-02-25
The teachings relate to the improvement of the connection between a stranded conductor and a substrate by using a sleeve for holding the end of the stranded conductor, wherein the end can be crimped to the sleeve and the sleeve can be welded to the substrate via ultrasonic welding or connected thereto by crimping.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-01-29
A combination heater and sensor comprising: (a) a heating layer, a sensing layer, or both; (b) one or more power application portions, one or more sensing application portions, or both; wherein the heating layer and the sensing layer are located within the same plane; and wherein the heating layer is a nonwoven layer that is comprised of a plurality of metallized fibers that are randomly oriented forming the heating layer so that upon application of power the heating layer provides heat.
Gentherm | Date: 2016-08-18
Temperature control systems and methods can be designed for controlling the interior climate of a vehicle or other the climate of another desired region. The temperature control system for a vehicle can have a thermoelectric system providing heating and/or cooling, including supplemental heating and/or cooling. The thermoelectric system can transfer thermal energy between a working fluid, such as liquid coolant, and comfort air upon application of electric current of a selected polarity. The thermoelectric system can supplement or replace the heat provided from an internal combustion engine or other primary heat source. The thermoelectric system can also supplement or replace cold energy provided from a compressor-based refrigeration system or other primary cold energy source.