With Vehicle Feature Patents (Class 165/41)
  • Patent number: 11193647
    Abstract: A device for dehumidifying a closed vehicle headlamp housing includes a box with an opening connecting the inside of the box with the inside of the closed housing, and an opening connecting the inside of the box with the outside of the closed housing. The device further includes a shutter for alternatively opening the opening or sealingly closing it, an actuation module configured such that the shutter closes the opening when it is activated, and a heating element for emitting heat when the actuation module is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: AML SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Hassan Koulouh, Cyril Rivier
  • Patent number: 11192446
    Abstract: An active seal arrangement operably connected to a radiator and condenser of a vehicle. The arrangement includes at least one movable seal. The seal is selectively movable between a closed, air-restricting position and an open, air-passing position. The seal is slidably attached to a side wall fitted between the radiator and the condenser. A position controller operably connected to at least one sensor regulates the position of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Steven David Errick
  • Patent number: 11180045
    Abstract: A charging apparatus is configured to charge a battery mounted in a vehicle when a charging connector is connected to a charging inlet of the vehicle. The charging apparatus includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to determine whether a cooling mechanism for the charging inlet is provided in the vehicle. In a case where the cooling mechanism for the charging inlet is provided, the electronic control unit sets a charge current for the battery to a value larger than a value to which the charge current for the battery is set in a case where the cooling mechanism for the charging inlet is not provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 11142059
    Abstract: An air guide for a motor vehicle includes: at least one downstream main duct intended to be positioned in front of a heat exchange device of the motor vehicle; and at least one air inlet upstream duct configured to be connected to an air inlet, the at least one air inlet upstream duct being connected to the downstream main duct in order to guide the air from the air inlet towards the heat exchange device. The air guide is made as a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Frédéric Vacca, Jean-Louis Lanard
  • Patent number: 11136103
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a ship including a gas re-vaporizing system including a re-vaporizing apparatus, which re-vaporizes liquefied gas through seawater supplied by a seawater supply apparatus, supplies a fluid inside a seawater storage tank, which maintains pressure of seawater flowing in a circulation connection line, to the circulation connection line, in order to implement the switch of an operation mode of the seawater supply apparatus from an open loop mode to a close loop mode non-stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Jin Lee, Sang Min Park
  • Patent number: 11110777
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for heating and cooling a passenger compartment. The HVAC system includes a refrigerant loop and a coolant loop, and an auxiliary coolant loop for heating and cooling at least a portion of the passenger compartment. The auxiliary coolant loop includes a pump for moving a coolant, within the auxiliary coolant loop, through a first heat exchanger coupled to the refrigerant loop via an expansion device, a second heat exchanger positioned within the passenger compartment, and a third heat exchanger coupled to the coolant loop. A flow control valve controls a flow of coolant to the third heat exchanger. The temperature of the coolant within the auxiliary coolant loop is controlled utilizing the flow valve and the pump. The first and third heat exchangers may be in parallel for controlling the movement of coolant there between to control temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Steven Sawyer, Manfred Koberstein
  • Patent number: 11097752
    Abstract: An electrically operated vehicle includes a braking resistor in a heat sink cover. The heat sink cover has an air throughflow body having vent openings and an air throughflow direction perpendicular to a direction of travel of the vehicle. The heat sink cover includes an inlet flap on an air inflow side and an outlet flap on an air outflow side. An opening mechanism opens and closes the flaps. In the closed state, the flaps are oriented along the direction of travel and obliquely to the air throughflow direction. In a plan view of the vent openings, the vent openings are at least 90% covered by the flaps in the closed state and at most 60% covered by the flaps in the opened state. The flaps are disposed symmetrically to a vehicle center axis, and the vent openings are oriented parallel to side surfaces of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Quindt, Arnd Rueter, Johannes Blisse
  • Patent number: 11098961
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a dual loop coolant system used to control an engine temperature. In one example, cooling capacity is transferred from a low temperature loop to a heat exchanger, and cooling capacity stored in the heat exchanger is transferred to a high temperature loop (e.g., an engine coolant loop). The flow of coolant from the dual loop coolant system to the heat exchanger may be regulated responsive to a temperature of the coolant in each of the low temperature loop and the high temperature loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ravi Gopal
  • Patent number: 11077747
    Abstract: A front structure of a vehicle includes a front grille opening disposed at the center in the vehicle width direction in a front part of the vehicle; a radiator disposed at the vehicle rear of the front grille opening; an opening disposed on the outer side in the vehicle width direction in the front part of the vehicle; a cooling device disposed at the vehicle rear of the opening; and a guide portion disposed between the opening and the cooling device and guiding traveling air to the cooling device, in which the guide portion has a tubular main body portion extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and an extension portion extending toward the center in the vehicle width direction from the main body portion and guiding traveling air from the front grille opening to the cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shohei Ozeki
  • Patent number: 11067345
    Abstract: Passively deployable thermal management devices, systems, and methods are provided in accordance with various embodiments. For example, some embodiments include a passively deployable radiator device that may include: one or more thermally conductive layers; and/or one or more strain energy components configured to deploy passively the one or more thermally conductive layers. The one or more thermally conductive layers may include one or more carbon layers. The one or more carbon layers may include at least one or more graphite layers or one or more graphene layers. At least the one or more graphite layers or the one or more graphene layers include at least one or more pyrolytic graphite sheets or one or more pyrolytic graphene sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Roccor, LLC
    Inventors: William Francis, Michael Hulse, Steven Isaacs, Mark Lake, Greg Shoukas, Dana Turse, Mario Saldana
  • Patent number: 11059351
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an oil-cooling system arranged to circulate oil through an electric machine and an oil-to-coolant heat exchanger. A coolant system has conduit arranged to circulate coolant through an inverter, a heater core, and the heat exchanger. A climate control system is arranged to circulate an airstream through the heater core to heat a passenger cabin with waste heat from the electric machine and the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Daniel Benjamin Kok, Serdar Hakki Yonak, Kenneth J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 11040598
    Abstract: The induction heater and a method for controlling overheating of an induction heater, and to an induction heater in which overheating of a heating element may be prevented by allowing a coolant to be introduced from a lower side, flow upwardly while being in contact with the heating element, and be then discharged to an upper side to improve air bubble discharge performance of the coolant, in the induction heater heating a heating element in an induction heating manner. In addition, the present invention relates to an induction heater and a method for controlling overheating of an induction heater in which a fault of the induction heater or a fire due to overheating may be prevented by deciding whether or not a heating element is overheated using one or more of a current sensing means and a temperature sensing means capable of sensing overheating of the heating element and performing a control to supply power to an induction coil or block power supplied to the induction coil depending on a decision result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Jun Su Kim, Dong Hoon Oh
  • Patent number: 10994857
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to cool a vehicle heat source are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first tank and a second tank. The first tank and the second tank are disposed on a vehicle. The second tank is in fluid communication with the first tank. An engine of the vehicle is to be supplied with fuel from at least one of the first tank or the second tank. The example apparatus also includes a cooling system disposed on the vehicle to cool the fuel flowing from the first tank to the second tank. The example apparatus further includes a heat exchanger operatively coupled to a heat source disposed on the vehicle. The fuel from the second tank is to flow to the first tank via the heat exchanger to cool the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Bowman, William Webster Behrens, Thomas W. Omohundro, Jeffrey M. Roach
  • Patent number: 10995760
    Abstract: A computer-controlled motorized pump system is provided. A generator is mechanically connected to a power takeoff. A first controller receives AC power from the generator and converts the AC power to DC power and provides DC power to a computing system that has one or more processors and one or more computer-readable hardware storage media and a user interface. A second controller is directly coupled to the first controller and provides AC power to a motor. The motor is mechanically connected to a pump, and the motor is in communication with, or controlled by, the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Commercial Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Rustee Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10974587
    Abstract: A cooling system for vehicles is provided. The cooling system includes a cooling channel disposed in a wheel housing of a vehicle and having an inlet port and an outlet port, and a cooling line that connects the inlet port and the outlet port of the cooling channel to a heat-emitting part of the vehicle to cool the heat-emitting part using the cooling channel. A cooling medium is introduced into the cooling channel through the inlet port, circulates through the cooling channel, and is discharged through the outlet port. One surface of the cooling channel is exposed toward the wheel of the vehicle to exchange heat with air swirling in a space formed between the wheel and the wheel housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Sang Shin Lee, So Yoon Park, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 10960753
    Abstract: A saddle riding vehicle includes: a body frame having a head pipe and a main tube extending from the head pipe; an engine disposed below the main tube; a down frame extending downward from the body frame and disposed in front of the engine; and a radiator disposed in front of the engine and on a side of the down frame, wherein an opening which opens rearward is formed in a fan shroud which covers a rear surface of the radiator, a radiator fan is disposed in the opening, and a front surface of the radiator fan is disposed such that an axis of the radiator fan is inclined toward an outside with respect to a direction in which a surface of a core of the radiator is directed so as to increase a gap with respect to the core from an outer side toward an inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kinoshita, Koji Kiyono, Kenta Shiono
  • Patent number: 10957951
    Abstract: There is provided a temperature control device for a battery of a vehicle which has a battery housing having a battery which is arranged therein and which is intended to have its temperature controlled, and a battery heat transmission device, which are arranged with spacing from each other so as to form an intermediate space, wherein a temperature control medium can be introduced into the intermediate space. The temperature control device further has a delimitation device, an air chamber which is arranged between the battery heat transmission device and the delimitation device, an air inlet opening for supplying ambient air to the air chamber and an air outlet opening for discharging air from the air chamber. In order to increase the efficiency of the battery cooling, it is proposed to construct the air inlet opening so as to be able to be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bernd Brinkmann, Thomas Nitsche, Christian Jolk
  • Patent number: 10900499
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a bladeless radiator cooling fan. In one example, a system may include a plurality of bladeless entrainment discs surrounded by a shroud, each bladeless entrainment disc including a hollow central opening that enables unrestricted ambient airflow through the cooling fan, and a source fan for providing airflow to the bladeless entrainment that is encased by a housing. In this way, airflow through the bladeless radiator cooling fan may be increased, decreasing powered fan usage and decreasing fan noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Martin, Kenneth Miller, Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10882391
    Abstract: A modular CRFM upper bracket assembly providing a universal carrier operatively associating an isolator to a bracket. The isolator may be over-molded with the universal carrier or press-fit thereto. The bracket provides a carrier opening with interior threading, while universal carrier provides exterior threading dimensioned and adapted to engage the interior threading, whereby the elevation of the universal carrier, and thus isolator, relative to the bracket is adjustable through selective engagement of the threading. Thereby, the gap between the top of a vibratory object to be isolated and the bottom of isolator is also adjustable, which is advantageous for accommodating different frame tolerance variations and meeting system vibrational requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ANHUI ZHONGDING RUBBER-PLASTIC PRODUCTS, CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Noguez, Frank Arthur Demers
  • Patent number: 10875430
    Abstract: A leather cover for a vehicle interior assembly such as a vehicle seat, a steering wheel, a console, etc. includes a leather layer and an electrically conductive coating applied onto the leather layer. The electrically conductive coating is either applied to a finish side of the leather layer or to a flesh side of the leather layer. The electrically conductive coating may function as: a wire harness component and is connected to wiring of a wire harness system of a vehicle; an electrical resistance heater and is connected to wiring of a heater system of a vehicle; an electrically conductive touch control and is connected to wiring of a control system of a vehicle; or electroluminescent or electrochromic lighting and is connected to wiring of a lighting system of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Todd Bailey
  • Patent number: 10870438
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power car (10) for a high-speed train, comprising a body (12) and at least one power car of said body, said body comprising a roof (19) and a floor (20); the traction motor being arranged below said floor, the body further comprising an equipment room (24) defined between said roof and said floor, said technical room including: electrical equipment (33) for controlling the traction motor; and at least one fan device (34) of said electrical equipment. The ventilation device comprises: an air intake sheath (36), forming a closed pipe between an inlet (38) and an outlet (40) open on the equipment room; and a fan (42) arranged between the inlet and the outlet, so as to create an overpressure in the technical room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SPEEDINNOV
    Inventors: Paul Preiss, Pierre Debost, Etienne Grappein, Marion Faverger
  • Patent number: 10864798
    Abstract: A link mechanism includes a first link member, a second link member, a third link member, and a link cover. The first link member is connected to a motor and rotated by the motor. The second link member is connected to an open/close door which opens and closes a blowout opening through which air is blown to adjust the temperature inside the passenger compartment. The third link member has a rotation shaft supported by a fixing member, and connects the first link member and the second link member with each other. The link cover is arranged to cover the periphery of the first link member. The link cover has a protrusion protruding toward the third link member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshikazu Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10864925
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power car for a high-speed train, including: a body; a traction motor; a rheostatic brake; a first ventilation device of said rheostatic brake; electrical control equipment; and a second ventilation device for said electrical equipment. The first ventilation device comprises a first air intake sheath, the inlet and outlet of which are located on the roof of the body. The second ventilation device comprises a second sheath, the inlet and outlet of which are respectively located on the roof of the body and below the body. Each ventilation device comprises a fan arranged in one of the sheaths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SPEEDINNOV
    Inventors: Paul Preiss, Pierre Debost, Etienne Grappein, Marion Faverger
  • Patent number: 10823335
    Abstract: A ship including a gas re-vaporizing system according to the present invention includes: a ship body; a vaporizer which is arranged in an upper portion of the ship body, and vaporizes liquefied gas and supplies the vaporized liquefied gas to a demander; and a heat source supply apparatus which is arranged inside the ship body and supplies a heat source to the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Yeong Lee, Jong Pil Ha, Min Ho Kang, Hee Seung Heo, Seung Wook Yang
  • Patent number: 10812012
    Abstract: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, particularly as photovoltaic tiles. Each photovoltaic module may comprise a photovoltaic laminate, a support arm and a mounting bracket. When installed an assembly of the photovoltaic laminate and support arm are rotatably attached to the mounting bracket allowing access under the array of photovoltaic modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Johann Fritz Karkheck
  • Patent number: 10757843
    Abstract: A vehicular system includes a pump, configured to circulate coolant for a traction inverter, and a controller. The controller may be configured to, responsive to each of a temperature of the traction inverter falling outside a first range or a requested flow rate of the pump falling outside a second range, operate the pump at a predefined speed, otherwise, operate the pump at a speed based on a difference between the temperature and a temperature associated with the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lihua Chen, Baoming Ge, Fan Wang, Shahram Zarei, Fan Xu, Mohammed Khorshed Alam, Yan Zhou, Shuitao Yang, Petros G. Taskas
  • Patent number: 10742205
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating switches of a power supply are disclosed. The method includes generating power with a power source and switchably coupling the power source to an output of the power supply. One or more switches are opened and closed to generate a voltage waveform at the output, and in addition, the one or more switches are opened and closed to reduce a temperature differential that occurs between a low temperature and a high temperature of each switch by increasing the low temperature of each switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harley White
  • Patent number: 10737808
    Abstract: A spacecraft (10), comprising a body (12), a solar array (30) with a support panel (32) which is connected to the body, and a thermal radiator (50) that is connected to the body and which includes a radiator substrate (52) that is thermally coupled to the body via at least one heat link (64). The solar array and thermal radiator are configured to be transitioned from a stowed state wherein the support panel and the radiator substrate are held fixed in an overlapping arrangement along and near the body, to a deployed state wherein the solar array is unfolded with the support panel positioned at a distance from the body and the radiator substrate is folded away from the body and the solar array. Preferably, the solar array and thermal radiator are flexible, to allow them to be kept in an overlapping and temporarily bent shape in the stowed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Hendrik Cruijssen, Petrus Cornelis Datema, Bruin Benthem
  • Patent number: 10724416
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery device comprises an exhaust pipe, a shell member, a heat exchange portion, a guide portion, and a valve. An exhaust gas downstream end that is a downstream end along the flow path for exhaust gases in the exhaust pipe is disposed in the downstream side of a downstream-side end portion of the heat exchanger along the flow path for exhaust gases in the exhaust pipe. The guide portion comprises a partition wall portion that is a portion from the exhaust gas downstream end in the exhaust pipe to the downstream-side end portion of the heat exchanger in the exhaust pipe, and a guide member disposed so as to at least partially cover a radially outside of the partition wall portion in a manner so as to have an interspace between the partition wall portion and the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Okami, Hiromi Ishikawa, Naohiro Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10723401
    Abstract: This vehicle body structure of a saddle type vehicle includes a rear vehicle body mono-frame (22) having a merging portion (22a) configured to merge a pair of right and left front vehicle body frames (21) provided with at least a part of a fuel tank (8) interposed therebetween behind the fuel tank (8) and below a seat (9), and also configured to extend continuously to the front vehicle body frames (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsushima, Toru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10714772
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprises a fuel cell, a cooling system, a rotating speed acquisition part acquiring a rotating speed of the refrigerant pump, a power consumption acquisition part acquiring a power consumption of the refrigerant pump, and a controller configured to receive a rotating speed acquired by the rotating speed acquisition part and control the refrigerant pump. The controller has stored therein a predetermined correspondence between rotating speeds of the refrigerant pump and power consumption threshold values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Nishida, Tomotaka Ishikawa, Keitaro Yamamori
  • Patent number: 10703171
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. An HVAC unit of the system includes a heater core, an evaporator, a plurality of mode doors that control airflow from the HVAC unit, and one or more actuators, each one of the one or more actuators moves one or more of the plurality of mode doors. A plurality of airflow sensors are each associated with a different one of a plurality of air duct outlets through which airflow from the HVAC unit flows. The plurality of airflow sensors measure airflow through each one of the plurality of air duct outlets. A control module determines airflow amount through each one of the plurality of air duct outlets based on inputs received from the sensors, and moves one or more of the plurality of mode doors until airflow amount measured by the plurality of airflow sensors is at least substantially equal to a requested airflow distribution pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Reilly Mullett
  • Patent number: 10677533
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat exchange device for effecting a heat exchange between a heat transfer fluid of a first network of capillary heat pipes and a heat transfer fluid of a second network of capillary heat pipes. The heat exchange device includes a solid block provided with a first channel and a second channel which are independent of one another, the first channel having at least one opening intended to be connected to a capillary heat pipe of the first network, the second channel having at least one opening intended to be connected to a capillary heat pipe of the second network, the first channel having a portion which lies near a portion of the second channel such that the heat transfer fluid of the first network is able to exchange heat with the heat transfer fluid of the second network via the heat exchanging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
    Inventors: Christian Flemin, Typhaine Coquard, Andrew Walker
  • Patent number: 10563563
    Abstract: A cooling circuit for a vehicle includes: an electronic device disposed on a sub-water-cooling line; an intercooler disposed in parallel with the electronic device on the sub-water-cooling line; and a sub-radiator disposed on the sub-water-cooling line and configured to cool cooling water which passes through the electronic device and the intercooler before passing through the sub-radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ji Na Son
  • Patent number: 10530024
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for controlling the temperature of an electrical energy store on the motor vehicle side, comprising at least one temperature control system having at least one pettier element, which can be thermally coupled, or is thermally coupled, with the electrical energy store on the motor vehicle side, or to an electrical energy store on the motor vehicle side to be temperature-controlled, wherein in addition, the at least one temperature control system is thermally coupled with at least one temperature-control fluid reservoir containing at least one temperature-control fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gentherm GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Adldinger, Marco Ranalli, Wei Zhou, Uwe Gerlinger
  • Patent number: 10518629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooling system (1) of a motor vehicle comprising heat exchange elements with at least one heat exchanger (14) designed to allow the exchange of heat between a fluid to be cooled and a flow of air, said cooling system comprising an inlet for said flow of air and an outlet for said flow of air and a housing comprising a sealed structure for encapsulating said heat exchange elements to avoid leaks of air between said inlet and said outlet for said flow of air. According to the invention, the cooling system (1) is designed to be fixed onto the support (10) of a front-end module of a motor vehicle, said support (10) forming, in the assembled position of the cooling system (1), a part of said sealed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Herlem
  • Patent number: 10485890
    Abstract: A kit and a method for selectively inducing various emotional states of an occupant in a vehicle with multiple aromatherapy compositions that strategically infuses eclectic aromatherapy compositions into an interior passenger compartment of a vehicle. The aromatherapy compositions are formulated to achieve various emotional states. A vehicle occupant selects an appropriate aromatherapy composition based on the desired emotional state. The occupant may change compositions at regular durations when a new emotional state is desired. The composition is integrated into the ventilation system of the vehicle causing the composition to vaporize and be drawn into the vehicle passenger compartment for diffusion into the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Chera Sabankaya
  • Patent number: 10486817
    Abstract: An airplane is provided. The airplane includes a pressurized volume and an air conditioning system. The pressurized volume provides a first medium. The air conditioning system includes a heat exchanger and a compressor. The heat exchanger transfers heat from a second medium to the first medium. The compressor receives the second medium. The compressor is upstream of the heat exchanger in a flow path of the second medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis J. Bruno, Harold W. Hipsky
  • Patent number: 10480379
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery device comprises an exhaust pipe, a shell member, a heat exchange portion, an inflow portion, a valve, a driving portion that generates a driving force for driving the valve, and a transmitting portion that transmits the driving force generated by the driving portion to the valve. The driving portion comprises an expansion portion that expands when an external electrical signal is inputted thereto, and a linearly moving portion that extends according to expansion of the expansion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuji Asai, Arata Kobayashi, Hirohisa Okami
  • Patent number: 10470287
    Abstract: Provided herein are high energy ion beam generator systems and methods that provide low cost, high performance, robust, consistent, uniform, low gas consumption and high current/high-moderate voltage generation of neutrons and protons. Such systems and methods find use for the commercial-scale generation of neutrons and protons for a wide variety of research, medical, security, and industrial processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX LLC
    Inventors: Arne Kobernik, Carl Sherven, Casey Lamers, Chris Seyfert, Evan Sengbusch, Gabriel Becerra, Jin Lee, Logan Campbell, Mark Thomas, Michael Taylor, Preston Barrows, Ross Radel, Tye Gribb
  • Patent number: 10450939
    Abstract: A multiplane fan cooling system and method is disclosed for a cooling system with first, second and intake planes; a first fan and heat exchanger on the first plane, a second fan and heat exchanger on the second plane, and a shared air cavity bounded at least partially by these three planes. Each fan pulls air into the shared air cavity through the intake plane and across its associated heat exchanger. The first fan cools the first heat exchanger, and counteracts the second fan from drawing air into the shared air cavity through the first heat exchanger. The second fan cools the second heat exchanger. The second fan can be activated to counteract the first fan from drawing air into the shared air cavity through the second heat exchanger. All the air in the shared air cavity can be available to each of the fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Sean P. West, Steven R. Sass
  • Patent number: 10427796
    Abstract: An air distribution system and method for an air conditioning system in an air vehicle are provided. The air distribution system has lower lobe ducts below a cabin floor of a cabin of the air vehicle. Each lower lobe duct is in fluid communication with a mix manifold coupled to AC packs. The air distribution system further has sidewall riser ducts, outboard manifold ducts, a recirculation air duct, and either recirculation downer ducts, or branch recirculation ducts coupled to the recirculation air duct. The air distribution system has a conditioned air flow, distributed to either the lower lobe ducts, or the lower lobe ducts and then the sidewall riser ducts; has a recirculated air flow, distributed to either the recirculation downer ducts or branch recirculation ducts; and has a mixed air flow distributed to the outboard manifold ducts, and into the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Annika E. Carden, Royal E. Boggs, Brian D. Hlavka, Sidney D. Shell
  • Patent number: 10421333
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system of air-conditioning a seat for a vehicle and a method for controlling the same. The system of air-conditioning a seat for a vehicle includes: a blower disposed below the seat of the vehicle and configured to blow air onto a body contact surface; a first temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of a front end of a suction hole of the blower; a second temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the body contact surface; a third temperature sensor configured to detect a room temperature of the vehicle; and an HVAC control unit configured to control an air-conditioning system of the vehicle. The HVAC control unit determines a blow direction mode of the air-conditioning system of the vehicle based on the temperatures detected by the first, the second, and the third temperature sensors when the blower is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Dymos Incorporated, Inzicontrols Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do Hyung Kim, Ho Sub Lim, Myung Jin Lee, Seung Jae Kim, Jong Dae Lim, Sang Hyun Park, Eun Sang Cho, Hyeok Lae Park
  • Patent number: 10411315
    Abstract: A battery pack structure includes a chamber, a cooling duct arranged outside the pack case, and a connector that communicates the chamber and the cooling duct with each other. The connector includes a first opening, which is connected with the chamber in a state of being sealed by a first sealing member, a second opening, which is connected with a cooling duct in a state of being sealed by a second sealing member, a first sealing surface, which is formed in a peripheral part of the first opening and is either a tube-shaped surface or a plane that faces a chamber inlet surface though the first sealing member, and a second sealing surface, which is formed in a peripheral part of the second opening and is a tube-shaped surface or a plane that faces a duct outlet surface through the second sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Kosaki, Kouichi Tanaka, Takenori Kobayashi, Shigeru Fukuda, Toshiaki Naruke, Akira Azumi
  • Patent number: 10407189
    Abstract: A spacecraft includes a structural interface adapter for mating to a launch vehicle, at least one radiator panel, at least one interior equipment panel and a 3-D truss structure. The 3-D truss structure is mechanically coupled with the structural interface adapter, the at least one radiator panel, and the at least one interior equipment panel, and at least a portion of the 3-D truss structure is disposed between the radiator panel and the interior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Paul Freestone, Daniel Andrew Fluitt, Stephen Mark Schlocker
  • Patent number: 10401075
    Abstract: A chest cooler accessory for maintaining food items above a level of ice and water within the chest cooler that includes a rectangular elastic net that is maintained around three sides to the undersurface of the chest cooler lid to be open along the rectangular elastic net side that is adjacent to the lid latching side to allow food items to be passed into the rectangular elastic net that flexes to support which items above the water and ice level during transport, and which rectangular elastic net attachment to the lid undersurface is with fasteners that do not effect the lid internal integrity, and said rectangular elastic net is arranged to have a splash guard mounted thereto to block passage of water therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Glen W. Bond
  • Patent number: 10371247
    Abstract: An encapsulation device suitable for encapsulating a transmission component of an engine system that comprises a housing member configured to encapsulate the transmission component and define an air gap in a volume between an outer surface of the transmission component and an inner surface of the encapsulation device in use. The housing member is configured to allow air flow through the air gap during operation of the engine system and to retain a heated air layer around the encapsulated transmission component following engine system shutdown in use. The air gap enables convective cooling of the transmission components during periods when the vehicle is driving and additionally allows heat dissipation to occur when the vehicle engine is switched off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Chandler, Gery Fossaert
  • Patent number: 10351037
    Abstract: An object holder attached to an air register of a vehicle is provided. The holder comprises an outer member detachably connected to a bezel of the air register and configured to be pivotable away from the bezel; an inner member slidably connected to the outer member. The inner member includes a sliding mechanism and a base, and the sliding mechanism is configured to slide along an inner surface of the outer member. The sliding mechanism is stowed inside the frame at a non-use position and the sliding member is at an extended state and outside the frame at a use position. At the use position, both the outer member and the inner member are translated and pivoted away from the air register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jeancarlo dos Santos Cancado, Ryan Cantle
  • Patent number: 10315519
    Abstract: The cooling system includes a heat exchanger, the circulating pump, a first refrigerant channel in which an electric device and the circulating pump are provided, a second refrigerant channel connected to the first refrigerant channel so as to form a circulation channel of the refrigerant, in which the heat exchanger is provided, a bypass channel connected to the first refrigerant channel in parallel to the second refrigerant channel, in which a charger is provided, and a valve provided at a position where the first refrigerant channel and the bypass channel are connected to each other, for forming a circulation channel of the refrigerant, the circulation channel including the first refrigerant channel and the second refrigerant channel, to restrict a flow of the refrigerant through the bypass channel when the electric device is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuki Sakata
  • Patent number: 10315493
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an HVAC system for a vehicle having a first heat source and having a primary loop through which a coolant circulates and a secondary loop through which refrigerant circulates. The primary loop having two parallel sub-loops, namely a first sub-loop and a second sub-loop in which the coolant may circulate. The first sub-loop of the primary loop includes the first heat source, a second heat source, and a first heat exchanger. The first sub-loop may partially extend into a case of the HVAC system to place the first heat exchanger adjacent an air heater. The second sub-loop of the primary loop includes the first heat source, the second heat source, and a second heat exchanger. The HVAC system having a plurality of operation modes for efficiently conditioning air in a cabin of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antonio Vespa, Nicos Agathocleous, John Meyer