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Heat exchanger containing a component capable of discontinuous movement

United States Patent

April 17, 2001
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Regenerative heat exchangers are described for transferring heat between hot and cold fluids. The heat exchangers have seal-leakage rates significantly less than those of conventional regenerative heat exchangers because the matrix is discontinuously moved and is releasably sealed while in a stationary position. Both rotary and modular heat exchangers are described. Also described are methods for transferring heat between a hot and cold fluid using the discontinuous movement of matrices.
Wilson; David Gordon (Winchester, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
08/ 409,137
March 23, 1995
The Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract Number De-AC21-89MC26051 awarded by the Department of Energy.