US 11,071,174 B2
Directed infrared radiator article
Peter L. Antoinette, Nashua, NH (US); David Gailus, Merrimack, NH (US); and Eitan Zeira, Hollis, NH (US)
Assigned to Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., The Woodlands, TX (US)
Filed by Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., Merrimack, NH (US)
Filed on Oct. 21, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/299,763.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/245,341, filed on Oct. 23, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2017/0118799 A1, Apr. 27, 2017
Int. Cl. H05B 3/14 (2006.01); H05B 3/24 (2006.01)
CPC H05B 3/145 (2013.01) [H05B 3/24 (2013.01); H05B 2203/01 (2013.01); H05B 2203/011 (2013.01); H05B 2214/04 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An article for emitting directed infrared energy, comprising:
an input for receiving energy from a power source;
a sole nanostructured sheet comprising a plurality of nanotubes, wherein the nanotubes are substantially non-aligned and have an adequate number of contact sites therebetween such that the nanostructured sheet has sufficient structural integrity to be handled as a sheet, and wherein the nanostructured sheet is configured to emit infrared energy when an electrical current is applied via the input from the power source; and
a reflecting member directly or indirectly coupled to the nanostructured sheet, the reflecting member configured to direct at least a portion of the emitted infrared energy in a desired direction for heating a remotely-situated target; and
a spacer situated between the nanostructured sheet and the reflecting member, wherein the spacer comprises a honeycomb structure.