Cooled secondary coils of electric automobile charging transformer

  • US 5,408,209 A
  • Filed: 11/02/1993
  • Issued: 04/18/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/02/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An automobile charging transformer comprising:

  • a primary inductive charge coupler for attachment to a fixed power supply, said primary inductive charge coupler having a primary electric winding; and

    an inductive charge receptacle including a transformer secondary electric winding for mounting in the automobile to charge the battery of the electric automobile, a magnetic core for completing a magnetic circuit through said primary and secondary windings, wherein said inductive charge receptacle transformer has a slot therein to receive said inductive charge coupler and said secondary winding is divided into first and second secondary winding portions with said first and second secondary winding portions being positioned on opposite sides of said slot and a heat pipe for cooling said secondary winding is associated with both said first and second secondary widing portions, wherein said heat pipe has a portion adjacent each said secondary winding portion and a heat pipe portion remote from said secondary winding portion so that heat from said secondary winding is discharged remotely from said secondary winding, and further wherein said heat pipe comprises an annular body having heat pipe passages therein and condensers attached to said annular body and positioned away from said annular body, said heat pipe passages extending into said annular body and into said consenser.

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