Patent Number: 8,713,955

Title: Intra-condenser contaminant extractor for a vapor-compression refrigeration apparatus

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for facilitating cooling of an electronic component. The apparatus includes a vapor-compression refrigeration system. The vapor-compression refrigeration system includes an expansion component, an evaporator, a compressor, and a condenser coupled in fluid communication via a refrigerant flow path. The evaporator is coupled to and cools the electronic component. The apparatus further includes a contaminant extractor coupled in fluid communication with the refrigerant flow path. The extractor includes a refrigerant boiling filter and a heater. At least a portion of refrigerant passing through the refrigerant flow path passes through the refrigerant boiling filter, and the heater provides heat to the refrigerant boiling filter to boil refrigerant passing through the filter. By boiling refrigerant passing through the filter, contaminants are extracted from the refrigerant, and are deposited in the refrigerant boiling filter.

Inventors: Campbell; Levi A. (Poughkeepsie, NY), Chu; Richard C. (Hopewell Junction, NY), Colgan; Evan G. (Chestnut Ridge, NY), David; Milnes P. (Fishkill, NY), Ellsworth, Jr.; Michael J. (Lagrangeville, NY), Iyengar; Madhusudan K. (Woodstock, NY), Simons; Robert E. (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: F25D 23/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018