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Carbon or graphite foam as a heating element and system thereof

United States Patent

May 4, 2004
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Carbon or Graphite Foam Heating Element for Regulating Engine Fluids
A temperature regulator includes at least one electrically conductive carbon foam element. The foam element includes at least two locations adapted for receiving electrical connectors thereto for heating a fluid, such as engine oil. A combustion engine includes an engine block and at least one carbon foam element, the foam element extending into the engine block or disposed in thermal contact with at least one engine fluid.
Ott; Ronald D. (Knoxville, TN), McMillan; April D. (Knoxville, TN), Choudhury; Ashok (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
10/ 152,871
May 21, 2002
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OF DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-000R22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.