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"Contents Rack for Use in Insulated Storage Containers" in Patent Application Approval Process

June 12, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor McCormick, Bruce L. (Sante Fe, NM), filed on November 15, 2013, was made available online on May 29, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Certain pharmaceutical products and many biological materials are temperature sensitive, in that freezing may damage the materials, and temperatures that are too high may otherwise spoil the materials. Thus, during shipment and storage of these types of materials, they must often be maintained within a particular temperature range. One common range for such materials during shipment and/or storage is 2-8.degree. C. With materials that are not damaged by freezing, it may be desirable to freeze the materials for storage and/or during shipment. In such cases, dry ice may be used in the storage area of a storage container to provide a storage temperature around the phase change temperature of dry ice, which is -78.5.degree. C. Such storage containers may be active or passive. For example, a refrigerator or freezer is an active storage container and typically includes a refrigeration unit to extract heat from inside the storage container to maintain the desired storage temperature. A styrofoam cooler is an example of a passive storage container that relies on thermally insulating materials to retard heat transfer through the container walls. Passive storage containers are sometimes used with ice, dry ice, or some other type of phase change material inside the container to the maintain the storage area temperature."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with one or more embodiments, a thermal storage system includes a thermally insulated storage container comprising one or more walls that together at least partially define a storage area. The thermal storage system also includes a contents rack that includes a contents sleeve shaped to have a close fit with a contents container. The contents rack is configured to interact with at least one of the container walls to help stabilize the contents container in a desired position within the storage area.

"In accordance with one or more embodiments, a thermal storage system includes a thermally insulated storage container comprising one or more walls that together at least partially define a storage area. The thermal storage system also includes a contents container sized to fit within the storage area, and a metallic contents stabilizer configured to form a thermally conductive path between the contents container and phase change material located in the storage area away from the contents container.

"In accordance with one or more embodiments, a contents rack for use in a thermally insulated storage container includes a contents sleeve shaped to have a close fit with a contents container, and a stabilizer extending from the contents sleeve to secure the contents sleeve in a desired position within a storage area of the storage container.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"One or more preferred exemplary embodiments of the invention will hereinafter be described in conjunction with the appended drawings, wherein like designations denote like elements, and wherein:

"FIG. 1 is an exploded view of an embodiment of a thermal storage system, including a contents rack configured to stabilize a contents container in a thermally insulated container;

"FIG. 2 is a top-view of the storage system of FIG. 1, open to show the contents container and contents rack packed in phase change material;

"FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the storage system of FIG. 1, with the contents container packed in phase change material;

"FIG. 4 is the cross-sectional view of FIG. 3 after some of the phase change material has changed phase;

"FIG. 5 is the cross-sectional view of FIG. 4 after some more of the phase change material has changed phase;

"FIG. 6 is a schematic top view of another embodiment of the thermal storage system, where the contents rack includes an off-center contents sleeve;

"FIG. 7 is a schematic top view of another embodiment of the thermal storage system, where the contents rack is asymmetric;

"FIG. 8 is a schematic top view of another embodiment of the thermal storage system, where the contents sleeve interacts with walls of the storage container; and

"FIG. 9 is a schematic top view of another embodiment of the thermal storage system, where the contents rack includes stabilizers but no contents sleeve."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: McCormick, Bruce L. Contents Rack for Use in Insulated Storage Containers. Filed November 15, 2013 and posted May 29, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=5532&p=111&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140522.PD.&OS=PD/20140522&RS=PD/20140522

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, Phase Change Material.

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