Patents by Inventor Nobuaki Hoshino

Nobuaki Hoshino has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190055954
    Abstract: A centrifugal compressor includes a rotary shaft, an electric motor, which has a rotor, a tubular boss, through which the rotary shaft extends, and a radial bearing. The rotor has a rotor end face, which is an end face in an axial direction of the rotary shaft. The boss has a boss end face, which is an end face in the axial direction of the rotary shaft. The rotor end face and the boss end face face each other in the axial direction of the rotary shaft. A thrust bearing is arranged between the rotor end face and the boss end face to receive thrust force generated by rotation of the impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Satoru EGAWA, Nobuaki HOSHINO, Toshiro FUJII, Hironao YOKOI, Takahito KUNIEDA
  • Patent number: 9897091
    Abstract: In a compressor of the present invention, an intermediate pressure port through which a first discharge chamber and a motor chamber communicate with each other is formed in a front housing. A refrigerant having an intermediate pressure is discharged to the first discharge chamber. Consequently, it is possible to guide the refrigerant having the intermediate pressure in the first discharge chamber to the motor chamber, and cool an electric motor, which generates heat during actuation, with the refrigerant having the intermediate pressure. In the compressor, a first impeller and a second impeller are disposed such that large diameter portions of the first impeller and the second impeller face each other. The second impeller is smaller in diameter than the first impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hoshino, Toshiro Fujii, Ryo Umeyama, Satoru Egawa, Hironao Yokoi, Takahito Kunieda
  • Patent number: 9644625
    Abstract: A compressor has suction reed valves each of which includes a fixation portion fixed to the valve base plate, a basal portion that extends from the fixation portion and is separable from the plate, and a valve flap extending from the basal portion toward the distal end to selectively open and close the suction port. Each suction port has a shape elongated in the width direction, which is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. The width of the basal portion is greater than that of the suction port. Each valve flap includes an opening-closing portion facing the corresponding suction port and stoppers, which project from the ends in the width direction. The side edges in the width direction are continuous from the stoppers to the basal portion to gradually approach the suction port. The cylinder block has pairs of recessed retainers. The stoppers contact the retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Masakazu Obayashi, Hajime Kurita, Yasushi Suzuki, Yoshio Kimoto, Masaki Ota, Nobuaki Hoshino, Yusuke Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9145888
    Abstract: A differential pressure control valve has a valve seat made of magnetic material, a valve body, and a guiding member fixed to the valve seat to guide the valve body. The valve body is located on the downstream side of the valve seat, and is seatable on the valve seat in accordance with the pressure difference between the upstream side and the downstream side to selectively open and close a valve hole. The valve body has a lid made of magnetic material and a guided member made of nonmagnetic material. The lid is seated on the valve seat to close the valve hole, and the guided member is guided by the guiding member. The valve seat or the lid has a permanent magnet, located outside the area where the valve body is seated on the valve seat, urging the valve body in the direction approaching the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hoshino, Masaki Ota, Yoshio Kimoto, Toru Onishi, Yusuke Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20150267709
    Abstract: In the compressor of the present invention, an intermediate pressure port through which a first discharge chamber and a first chamber communicate with each other is formed in a front housing. In the front housing, an injection port through which a receiver and a second chamber communicate with each other is formed. An intermediate pressure refrigerant discharged to the first discharge chamber flows into the first chamber through an intermediate pressure port. An injection refrigerant separated by the receiver flows into the second chamber. In the compressor, it is possible to cool an electric motor with the intermediate pressure refrigerant and the injection refrigerant. The intermediate pressure refrigerant and the injection refrigerant circulate through a second suction port as a mixed refrigerant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki HOSHINO, Toshiro FUJII, Hajime KURITA, Hironao YOKOI
  • Publication number: 20150267707
    Abstract: In a compressor of the present invention, an intermediate pressure port through which a first discharge chamber and a motor chamber communicate with each other is formed in a front housing. A refrigerant having an intermediate pressure is discharged to the first discharge chamber. Consequently, it is possible to guide the refrigerant having the intermediate pressure in the first discharge chamber to the motor chamber, and cool an electric motor, which generates heat during actuation, with the refrigerant having the intermediate pressure. In the compressor, a first impeller and a second impeller are disposed such that large diameter portions of the first impeller and the second impeller face each other. The second impeller is smaller in diameter than the first impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki HOSHINO, Toshiro FUJII, Ryo UMEYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150267717
    Abstract: A turbo type compressor of the present invention comprises a housing, a rotating shaft, and first and second impellers. The rotating shaft is supported by the housing to be rotatable around a rotational axis. A cylinder portion is provided on the rear end side of the rotating shaft. The rotating shaft is supported by a first radial foil bearing provided on the radially outer circumference of the cylinder portion and a second radial foil bearing provided on the radially inner circumference of the cylinder portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Toshiro FUJII, Hajime KURITA, Nobuaki HOSHINO, Hironao YOKOI
  • Patent number: 8574116
    Abstract: A compressor includes a housing, a compression mechanism, an input shaft rotatable on an axis thereof, an output shaft for driving the compression mechanism, a transmission for transmitting torque from the input shaft to the output shaft and also changing the rotating speed of the input shaft and a control device for controlling the operation of the transmission. The transmission includes a plurality of planetary rollers, a carrier rotatably supporting the respective planetary rollers and being integrally rotatable with the input shaft, a sun roller engaged with the respective planetary rollers and integrally rotatable with the output shaft and a ring roller engaged with the respective planetary rollers. The ring roller can be fixed to the housing or rotatable relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Yoshio Kimoto, Masaki Ota, Masahiro Kawaguchi, Nobuaki Hoshino, Toru Onishi
  • Publication number: 20130236342
    Abstract: A compressor has suction reed valves each of which includes a fixation portion fixed to the valve base plate, a basal portion that extends from the fixation portion and is separable from the plate, and a valve flap extending from the basal portion toward the distal end to selectively open and close the suction port. Each suction port has a shape elongated in the width direction, which is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. The width of the basal portion is greater than that of the suction port. Each valve flap includes an opening-closing portion facing the corresponding suction port and stoppers, which project from the ends in the width direction. The side edges in the width direction are continuous from the stoppers to the basal portion to gradually approach the suction port. The cylinder block has pairs of recessed retainers. The stoppers contact the retainers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Masakazu Obayashi, Hajime Kurita, Yasushi Suzuki, Yoshio Kimoto, Masaki Ota, Nobuaki Hoshino, Yusuke Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8517880
    Abstract: A compressor includes a housing, a compression mechanism, an input shaft rotatable on an axis thereof, an output shaft for driving the compression mechanism, a transmission for transmitting torque from the input shaft to the output shaft and changing the speed of the input shaft and a control device. The transmission is a planetary roller train and includes a plurality of planetary rollers, a carrier, a sun roller and a ring roller. The ring roller includes a first ring engaging the respective planetary rollers and a second ring supporting a one-way clutch. The ring roller can be movable relative to the housing in the direction parallel to the axis. The first ring and the second ring are connected so that the first ring can be displaced in a radial direction, integrally rotatable with the second ring and movable with the second ring in the direction parallel to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hoshino, Masaki Ota, Masahiro Kawaguchi, Yoshio Kimoto, Toru Onishi
  • Patent number: 8371426
    Abstract: A power transmission mechanism that permits power to be transmitted from an external driving source to a rotary shaft of a rotating machine includes a first rotating body, a second rotating body, an armature, and a spring clutch. The spring clutch is wound about an outer circumference of the first rotating body and an outer circumference thereof is surrounded by the extended portion of the second rotating body. The spring clutch has a first end connected to the first rotating body, and the second end is connected to the armature. Supply of current to the electromagnetic coil causes the armature to adhere to the second rotating body. When the armature rotates, the diameter of the spring clutch is increased such that the spring clutch is pressed against the inner circumferential surface of the extended portion and the first rotating body and the second rotating body are coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hoshino, Masaki Ota, Xiaoliang Wang
  • Patent number: 8360742
    Abstract: A swash plate compressor capable of realizing an excellent sliding characteristic when a drive shaft is rotated at high speed, and a high refrigerating capacity when the drive shaft is rotated at low speed, has a release passage for communication between a crank chamber and a suction chamber. The release passage includes a first passage communicated to an oil rich region, in the crank chamber, and a second passage communicated to an oil poor region, in which lubricating oil is small in quantity, in the crank chamber. A valve mechanism that increases an opening ratio of the first passage with respect to the release passage, as a rotational speed of a drive shaft increases, and increases an opening ratio of the second passage with respect to the release passage, as the rotational speed of the drive shaft decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Yoshio Kimoto, Masaki Ota, Nobuaki Hoshino, Masahiro Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20120251347
    Abstract: A compressor with a transmission includes a clutch that varies the rotational speed of an output shaft between two different speeds. The clutch includes a friction layer, which secures a ring roller by movement of the ring roller in a first direction (securing direction), a first control chamber, a first control piston accommodated in the first control chamber and movable in the direction of an input shaft axis, a first thrust bearing between the first control piston and the ring roller, a second control chamber facing the first control chamber, a second control piston accommodated in the second control chamber and movable in the direction of the axis), a second thrust bearing between the second control piston and the ring roller, and a pressure control mechanism, which controls a first control pressure supplied to the first control chamber and a second control pressure supplied to the second control chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Yoshio KIMOTO, Noriyuki SHINTOKU, Masaki OTA, Nobuaki HOSHINO, Koji KAWAMURA, Yusuke YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20120247319
    Abstract: A housing has a peripheral wall that surrounds a crank chamber. The peripheral wall has a valve chamber that is recessed radially inward from an outer surface of the peripheral wall with respect to the axis. A bimetal member, which deforms in correspondence with the temperature in the crank chamber, is arranged in the valve chamber. A valve body, which is supported by the bimetal member, is arranged in the valve chamber. The peripheral wall has a first oil discharge passage and allows communication between the crank chamber and the valve chamber, and a second oil discharge passage through which the valve chamber and a suction chamber communicate with each other. When the temperature in the crank chamber exceeds a predetermined value and deforms the bimetal member to move the valve body, communication between the first and second oil discharge passage is permitted through the valve chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Yoshio KIMOTO, Masaki OTA, Noriyuki SHINTOKU, Nobuaki HOSHINO, Yusuke YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20120134854
    Abstract: A differential pressure control valve has a valve seat made of magnetic material, a valve body having a lid made of magnetic material, and a guiding member. Fluid passes through a valve hole formed in the seat. The body on the downstream side of the seat separates from or is seated on the seat in accordance with the pressure difference between the upstream and downstream sides to selectively open and close the hole. The guiding member fixed to the seat guides the body. The lid is seated on the seat to close the hole. A guided member is made of nonmagnetic material. One of the seat and the lid has a permanent magnet. The body is urged in the direction approaching the seat by the force of the magnet located at a position outside the area where the body is seated on the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hoshino, Masaki Ota, Yoshio Kimoto, Toru Onishi, Yusuke Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20110245004
    Abstract: A compressor includes a housing, a compression mechanism, an input shaft rotatable on an axis thereof, an output shaft for driving the compression mechanism, a transmission for transmitting torque from the input shaft to the output shaft and also changing the rotating speed of the input shaft and a control device. The transmission includes a plurality of planetary rollers, a carrier rotatably supporting the respective planetary rollers and being integrally rotatable with the input shaft, a sun roller engaged with the respective planetary rollers and integrally rotatable with the output shaft and a ring roller engaged with the respective planetary rollers. The ring roller can be fixed to the housing or rotatable relative to the housing. The control device includes a one-way clutch allowing the ring roller to rotate only one direction relative to the carrier and a clutch fixing the ring roller to the housing or allowing the ring roller to rotate relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki HOSHINO, Masaki OTA, Masahiro KAWAGUCHI, Yoshio KIMOTO, Toru ONISHI
  • Publication number: 20110243766
    Abstract: A compressor includes a housing, a compression mechanism, an input shaft rotatable on an axis thereof, an output shaft for driving the compression mechanism, a transmission for transmitting torque from the input shaft to the output shaft and also changing the rotating speed of the input shaft and a control device for controlling the operation of the transmission. The transmission includes a plurality of planetary rollers, a carrier rotatably supporting the respective planetary rollers and being integrally rotatable with the input shaft, a sun roller engaged with the respective planetary rollers and integrally rotatable with the output shaft and a ring roller engaged with the respective planetary rollers. The ring roller can be fixed to the housing or rotatable relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Yoshio KIMOTO, Masaki OTA, Masahiro KAWAGUCHI, Nobuaki HOSHINO, Toru ONISHI
  • Publication number: 20110058962
    Abstract: A compressor for use in a vehicle includes a mechanical compression mechanism including a first casing and a drive shaft. The first casing has therein a first suction chamber and a first discharge chamber. The drive shaft is rotatably supported by the first casing and mechanically driven by a drive source for compression of refrigerant. The compressor further includes a linear electric compression mechanism including a second casing and a piston. The second casing has therein a second suction chamber and a second discharge chamber. The piston is reciprocally movable in the second casing and driven by electromagnetic force for compression of refrigerant. The first casing is integrated with the second casing so as to allow at least one of fluid communication between the first suction chamber and the second suction chamber and between the first discharge chamber and the second discharge chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki HOSHINO, Masahiro Kawaguchi, Masaki Ota, Yoshio Kimoto, Toru Onishi
  • Publication number: 20110056235
    Abstract: A refrigerant circuit includes a linear electric compressor including a housing with a cylinder bore, a pair of end plates, a valve unit, a piston, an urging device for urging the piston, a coil generating electromagnetic force and a permanent magnet. The permanent magnet cooperates with the urging device and the coil to reciprocate the piston in the cylinder bore. The piston further includes a piston rod and the urging device is provided around the piston rod and a pair of piston heads integrally formed at opposite ends of the piston rod. The diameter of the piston rod is smaller than that of the piston head. The permanent magnet is provided on the piston head and the coil surrounds the piston head. The housing further includes a seat located between the pair of piston heads and the urging device is provided between the seat and each of the piston head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hoshino, Masahiro Kawaguchi, Masaki Ota, Yoshio Kimoto, Toru Onishi
  • Publication number: 20100307884
    Abstract: An electromagnetic clutch includes an external drive source, a driven apparatus having a rotary shaft, a power transmission path, first and second rotating parts, a power source, an electromagnetic coil and a power cutoff mechanism. A power transmission path is formed between the external drive source and the driven apparatus, and in which the first and the second rotating parts, the electromagnetic coil and the power cutoff mechanism are disposed. The first rotating part is driven to rotate by power from the external drive source. The second rotating part is mounted on the rotary shaft for rotation therewith. The electromagnetic coil is energized by electric current from the power source to generate electromagnetic attraction force by which the first and the second rotating parts are connected for transmitting power therebetween. The power cutoff mechanism stops excessive power transmission from the external drive source to the driven apparatus when the electromagnetic coil is energized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Masaki OTA, Masahiro KAWAGUCHI, Nobuaki HOSHINO, Tomoji TARUTANI, Toru ONISHI