Vehicle Contained Common Power And Heat Supply Patents (Class 165/43)
  • Patent number: 11117442
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioning system for a vehicle, in which an air conditioning unit having noise inducing unit is arranged at an engine room based on a dash panel and a distribution duct for distributing air to the interior of the vehicle is arranged in the interior of the vehicle based on the dash panel, thereby reducing noise and vibration in the interior of the vehicle, securing visibility and enabling a worker to easily access the air conditioning system for follow-up service because the air conditioning unit causing noise is arranged inside the engine room, and enhancing passengers' convenience by maximizing the interior space of the vehicle in comparison with the conventional air conditioning systems because only the distribution duct is arranged in the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Joong Man Han, Doo Hoon Kim, Chul Hee Kim, Hyeon Gyu Kim, Kyung Ju An
  • Patent number: 11105536
    Abstract: A combined heat exchanger includes a heat exchange unit having a plurality of plate-like members stacked together. The heat exchange unit includes a heat absorption evaporation unit and an internal heat exchange unit. The heat absorption evaporation unit includes a heat absorption refrigerant passage, and the internal heat exchange unit includes a high pressure refrigerant passage and a low pressure refrigerant passage. The combined heat exchanger has at least one of a high pressure refrigerant outlet port that allows the refrigerant flowing out of the high pressure refrigerant passage to flow out to a cooling refrigerant passage and a low pressure refrigerant inlet port that allows the refrigerant flowing out of the cooling refrigerant passage to flow into the low pressure refrigerant passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Suzuki, Yoshiki Kato
  • Patent number: 11097597
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling an air conditioning system of a motor vehicle. In one example, a cabin of the vehicle may be heated firstly to a first temperature by flowing coolant to a heat exchanger, coolant may be diverted away from the heat exchanger and toward the engine in order to increase a temperature of the engine, and the coolant may then flow again to the heat exchanger in order to heat the cabin to a second temperature. An amount of fuel savings resulting from heating the engine by diverting coolant away from the heat exchanger may be displayed to an operator of the vehicle via a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hans Guenter Quix, Robert Hoenen
  • Patent number: 11091075
    Abstract: A seat air conditioner includes a housing disposed in a space formed below a seating portion of a seat and above a cabin floor surface inside a cabin. The housing houses: a compressor that compresses and discharges a refrigerant; a condenser that dissipates heat from the refrigerant discharged from the compressor; a decompressor that decompresses the refrigerant flowing out of the condenser; an evaporator that evaporates the refrigerant decompressed by the decompressor; and an air blower that blows air to be heat-exchanged with the refrigerant. The air blower is capable of drawing the air through a ventilation opening formed on an upper face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru Kawano
  • Patent number: 11078936
    Abstract: An external cooling system for hydraulic fluid of an aircraft hydraulic system. The external cooling system includes a heat exchanger, where an input side of the heat exchanger is connected to a hydraulic fluid reservoir of the aircraft hydraulic system and an output side of the heat exchanger is connected to suction ports of a return side of an electric motor driven pump (EMDP) of the aircraft hydraulic system. The external cooling system operates on 120 VAC power and the hydraulic fluid does not exceed a maximum pressure of 50 pounds per square inch gauge. The EMDP pumps hydraulic fluid through the hydraulic system under conditions wherein fuel tanks in the aircraft are empty, and the external cooling system cools the hydraulic fluid as the EMDP pumps the hydraulic fluid, wherein the hydraulic fluid passes from the hydraulic fluid reservoir and through the external cooling system before entering the EMDP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Chad Roderick Adamson, Charley Shin
  • Patent number: 11066105
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground engaging members and a frame supported by the plurality of ground engaging members. Additionally, the utility vehicle includes an operator area having a front seating section and a rear seating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Lutz, Richard D. Ripley, Brent A. Erspamer, Brian J. Seidel
  • Patent number: 11022339
    Abstract: A mobile heating system includes an enclosure defining a plenum that houses a fan and an internal combustion engine. The heating system also includes a hydraulic circuit including a hydraulic pump operably coupled to the internal combustion engine and a first heat exchanger located in the plenum and in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic circuit also includes a hydraulic motor operably coupled to the fan wherein the hydraulic motor is in fluid communication with and driven by the hydraulic pump. A first valve is disposed between the hydraulic pump and the heat exchanger and is configured to restrict fluid flow and to increase a fluid pumping pressure of the hydraulic pump. A second valve is located upstream of the first valve and is configured to selectively direct hydraulic fluid between the first valve and the hydraulic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MAC, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis G. Welle, Mark R. Leingang
  • Patent number: 10996000
    Abstract: An absorption cycle based system is disclosed for using waste heat from a vehicle and providing selective heating, cooling, and dehumidifying to a vehicle compartment. The system includes a waste heat loop in thermal communication with a power generating unit of the vehicle, and a vapor absorption subsystem. The vapor absorption subsystem may include a thermal compressor in thermal communication with the waste heat loop, a radiator unit, a condensing unit for heating the vehicle compartment, an evaporating unit for selectively cooling and dehumidifying the vehicle compartment, and a plurality of valves configured to selectively direct refrigerant through the vapor absorption subsystem. The vehicle compartment may include at least one of a passenger cabin, an electronics housing, a battery pack, an engine compartment, and a refrigeration compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Douglas G. Thorpe, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 10933725
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an axle drive for a vehicle, said axle drive comprising at least one electrical machine, at least one power electronics system and at least one transmission, which are arranged in a housing, a first housing partition being situated between the at least one electrical machine and the at least one power electronics system. A further second housing partition is situated between the at least one electrical machine and the at least one transmission. The first housing partition consists of a first material, and/or the second housing partition consists of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Ries-Mueller, Bernd Eckert
  • Patent number: 10923747
    Abstract: A stop control method for a fuel cell system of a vehicle can include: determining whether a fuel cell of the fuel cell system is shut down when a key-off signal is received; comparing a voltage of the fuel cell with a first set voltage when it is determined that the fuel cell is not shut down; controlling a voltage of a high-voltage terminal downwardly when the voltage of the fuel cell is larger than the first set voltage; turning on a cathode oxygen depletion (COD) relay a first time after controlling the voltage of the high-voltage terminal downwardly; turning off a high-voltage terminal relay a first time after turning on the COD relay, the high-voltage relay disposed between the fuel cell and the high-voltage terminal; and shutting down the fuel cell and performing key-off control after turning off the high-voltage terminal relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Gun Hyung Park, Hyun Hie Kim
  • Patent number: 10894461
    Abstract: A control unit for an air conditioning system of a vehicle is provided, wherein the air conditioning system has automatic climate control. The control unit is configured to calculate a fan strength limitation specified by a user. The control unit is further configured to activate the fan of the air conditioning system for automatic climate control depending on a fan characteristic curve and depending on the fan strength limitation, wherein the fan characteristic curve displays a fan strength for a fan of the air conditioning system as a function of a control deviation of the automatic climate control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ralph Ostermeier
  • Patent number: 10866037
    Abstract: A process valve manifold comprises an inlet for a heat transfer medium, a main outlet for the heat transfer medium, a main duct extending between the inlet and the main outlet, ports for secondary circuits, a 3/2-way valve which is arranged in the main duct, and a bypass outlet. The 3/2-way valve is switchable between different positions. The positions determine a flow cross-section by which the bypass outlet and the main outlet are in communication with the main duct. The manifold further comprises control valves for determining a flow cross-section between the main duct and the ports for the secondary circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Hartmuth Lotha
  • Patent number: 10852011
    Abstract: A heat exchanger unit includes a heat exchanger, a drain pan, and a housing. The drain pan is a pullout drain pan capable of being pulled out sideways from the housing. A dew dripping space is formed between the heat exchanger and the outlet side surface of the housing, and in the dew dripping space, dew formed at the heat exchanger and blown off by an air flow drips into the drain pan due to its own weight before reaching the outlet of the housing. The heat exchanger unit further includes a fixing component by which the heat exchanger is fixed to the outlet side surface of the housing without interfering with the lateral movement of the drain pan and that forms the dew dripping space between the heat exchanger and the outlet side surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Hara
  • Patent number: 10836235
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a vehicle includes: an indoor air conditioning circuit which produces to supply cooling air to a vehicle interior by heat-exchanging inflow air through an indoor air inlet or an outdoor air inlet with an evaporator, and which produces to supply warm air to the vehicle interior or to discharge to the outside of the vehicle interior by heat-exchanging inflow air with a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is connected with an engine cooling circuit so that engine coolant is used as a heat source of the heat exchanger, thereby improving the cooling performance of the ERG cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jongwan Han, Il Suk Yang, Soo Hyung Woo, Danghee Park, Yong Beom Park
  • Patent number: 10821802
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a climate control system of a vehicle are provided. The provided system and method determines whether an auxiliary seat is in fluid communication with the climate control system. When an auxiliary seat is in fluid communication with the climate control system, commands are generated for the climate control system to assure that a combination of airflow temperature and airflow velocity to the auxiliary seat are within configurable targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Mazzocco, Katrina Mazzocco
  • Patent number: 10756399
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a battery module. The battery module includes a battery stacked body, which includes stacked batteries; cooling plates that are installed at the tail ends in a battery stacking direction of the battery stacked body, and the cooling plates and the battery stacked body are installed in a thermal insulation mode; and heat transfer device that are in thermal contact with the cooling plates, and heat of the batteries is transferred to the cooling plates through the heat transfer device; wherein in a normal charging-discharging state, the battery with the highest temperature in the battery stacked body is a battery A; and between a single cooling plate and the battery A, a thermal resistance between each battery and the heat transfer device is reduced along with the increase of a distance between the each battery and the cooling plate in the battery stacking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Microvast Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shaosong Liu, Wenjuan Liu Mattis, Shengxian Wu
  • Patent number: 10752092
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicular heat pump system and, more specifically, to a vehicular heat pump system having a chiller for heat exchanging cooling water circulating through vehicle electrical equipment (200), a refrigerant discharged from an outdoor heat exchanger so as to flow through a first bypass line (R1), and a refrigerant discharged from an indoor heat exchanger, thereby: in the air conditioner mode, increasing sub-cool while the refrigerant discharged from the indoor heat exchanger is first cooled at the chiller and then is second cooled at the outdoor heat exchanger such that the flow rate of refrigerants increases and cooling performance is improved; in the heat pump mode, allowing the refrigerant discharged from the indoor heat exchanger to ensure sub-cool in the chiller so as to increase the flow rate of refrigerants, and allowing the refrigerant discharged from the outdoor heat exchanger to receive an additional heating source from the chiller so as to improve heating performance;
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Young Ho Choi, Chan Joo Maeng, Seung Ho Lee, Jung Jae Lee, Hak Kyu Kim, Sung Ho Kang, Jae Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10744854
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air conditioning system for a vehicle and a method for controlling the same and, more specifically, to an air conditioning system for a vehicle and a method for controlling the same in which an opening/closing valve and an expansion valve are installed on a branch line connecting a first air conditioning unit and a second air conditioning unit, the opening/closing valve is always open so as to always supply a refrigerant to the second air conditioning unit during a cooling mode, and the opening/closing valve is always closed so as to always block the refrigerant supply to the second air conditioning unit during a heating mode, such that the refrigerant flows into the branch line of the second air conditioning unit even during a single cooling mode, thereby solving the problem wherein the pressure of a compressor increases, oil is forcibly circulated through a notch of the expansion valve, thereby solving the problem wherein the oil circulation rate decreases, and the refrig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Hyeon Gyu Kim, Doo Hoon Kim, Chul Hee Kim, Jae Chun Ryu, Sung Je Lee, Young Hum Han, Joong Man Han
  • Patent number: 10703170
    Abstract: A tire smoke induction prevention system for a motor vehicle includes a tire smoke condition feature and a controller. The tire smoke condition feature may be adapted to produce a warning signal when potential for tire smoke generation exceeds a predetermined level or likelihood. The controller is adapted to respond to such a warning signal and engage a climate control system of the motor vehicle in recirculation mode. A related method for preventing the induction of tire smoke into a passenger cabin of a motor vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, James Ethan Jones, Andrew Thomas Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10694858
    Abstract: An air conditioning seat including: a blowing path through which air is blown out from a seat surface, the blowing path including a panel member, the panel member including: an air distribution plate portion which has a vertical plate shape, extends to project from a seat side portion to a seat surface side, and in which air flows along an inner side surface thereof in a seat width direction, and a bent plate portion which is bent inward in the seat width direction from a part of the air distribution plate portion which projects further than a seat top surface, and which is configured to discharge the air flowing toward the seat surface side along the air distribution plate portion by bending the air inward in the seat width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Toda, Fumitoshi Akaike
  • Patent number: 10675943
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of adaptive climate control in a vehicle heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system includes setting an initial climate condition for one or more zones in a vehicle passenger compartment based upon an occupant of the one or more zones. One or more inputs are monitored, and the climate conditions are changed for at least one of the one or more zones based upon the received one or more inputs. Data relating to the applied changed climate conditions for that occupant is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Filipkowski
  • Patent number: 10675939
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for pre-cooling and pre-heating vehicles using crowd estimation techniques are provided herein. A computer-implemented method includes estimating the number of individuals having travelled in a vehicle over sub-routes of a fixed route, learning temporal patterns pertaining to the number of individuals in the vehicle across each of the sub-routes, predicting the number of individuals that will be in the vehicle during the sub-routes based on the patterns, computing an expected amount of time for the vehicle to complete a sub-route and arrive at a location that commences a subsequent sub-route, determining an amount by which the energy required to maintain a temperature range in the vehicle is to be modified prior to the vehicle reaching the location based on said predicting and said computing, and utilizing energy to maintain the temperature range, based on said determining, prior to the vehicle reaching the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karan Ahuja, Heena Bansal, Kuntal Dey, Seema Nagar
  • Patent number: 10589600
    Abstract: An auxiliary heat exchanger separated from a main heat exchanger is disposed at the position facing a heat exhausting passage. The auxiliary heat exchanger switches among an inside air heat exchanging state in which a condenser performs heat exchange with the air inside the vehicle interior, an outside air heat exchanging state in which the condenser performs heat exchange with the air outside the vehicle interior, and a ventilation heat exchanging state in which the condenser performs heat exchange with the ventilation air. The auxiliary heat exchanger switches among an inside air heat exchanging state in which the evaporator performs heat exchange with the air inside the vehicle interior, an outside air heat exchanging state in which the evaporator performs heat exchange with the air outside the vehicle interior, and a ventilation heat exchanging state in which the evaporator performs heat exchange with the ventilation air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Seki, Keisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10589874
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated ground support system for an aircraft is described herein, the system including a frame on which the system is arranged as a singular assembly. An engine, drive train, alternator, bleed air unit, one or more electrical components, and air cycle machine are mounted on the frame. The engine operates at a first operational state associated with a first rotational speed that is independent of a frequency associated with electrical power, if only the electrical power is to be used by the aircraft, and the engine operates at a second operational state associated with a second rotational speed, different from the first rotational speed, that is a function of a pressure associated with bleed air or the conditioned air, if the electrical power and one of the bleed air or the conditioned air are to be used simultaneously by the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Steven U. Nestel, Brent Andrew Carlson, Kirk Rodney Nelson
  • Patent number: 10583708
    Abstract: A connecting pipe is made from polymer material and is shaped to link an opening of an air inlet pipe of a thermal device of a motor vehicle and an opening of a firewall of the vehicle. The connecting pipe has a cross section equal to or greater than a cross section of the air inlet pipe. The connecting pipe has two open ends. The two open ends include a first open end having a first interface which is shaped to be assembled and fixed to the air inlet pipe, and a second open end having a second interface which includes a bearing surface which is shaped to be applied against the firewall on the periphery of the firewall opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Olivier Pain, Herve Bousquet, Emmanuel Botte
  • Patent number: 10562376
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle device includes: a high-pressure side heat exchanger; a low-pressure side heat exchanger; a vehicle-mounted device that supplies heat to the heat medium; a heat-medium air heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the heat medium and air; a switching portion that switches between a state in which the heat medium circulates through the high-pressure side heat exchanger and a state in which the heat medium circulates through the low-pressure side heat exchanger with respect to each of the vehicle-mounted device and the heat-medium air heat exchanger; and a controller that drives the compressor, while controlling an operation of the switching portion to switch to a defrosting mode in which the heat medium circulates between the low-pressure side heat exchanger and the vehicle-mounted device, and the heat medium circulates between the high-pressure side heat exchanger and the heat-medium air heat exchanger, when defrosting of the heat-medium air heat exchanger is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Miura, Yoshiki Kato, Kengo Sugimura
  • Patent number: 10543733
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) system of a work vehicle includes a housing configured to mount to a structure of a cab of the work vehicle. The housing includes at least one mounting assembly configured to support at least one heat exchanger within the housing, and the at least one mounting assembly is configured to position the at least one heat exchanger such that the at least one heat exchanger extends through the structure from an interior of the cab to an exterior of the cab while the at least one heat exchanger is coupled to the at least one mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Mark Allen Eckelberg, Leonid Chemyavsky, Thomas Allen Jangula
  • Patent number: 10535907
    Abstract: A device for controlling a temperature of an electric energy store of a vehicle includes a first flow path which opens into a housing of the electric energy store and has an air conditioning system for air-conditioning a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The air conditioning system includes a heating and/or cooling device and a second flow path which leads from the at least one heating and/or cooling device into the passenger compartment. The two flow paths are connected in the device such that an airflow in one of the two flow paths is fluidically independent of an airflow in the respective other of the two flow paths. The device has a heat exchanger which is connected in the two flow paths for a pure heat exchange between the air flows in the two flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Alexander Reitzle, Sarmimala Hore, Markus Hald
  • Patent number: 10500918
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus that exhibits improved energy saving performance is provided. In addition, a vehicle with such a vehicle air-conditioning apparatus is provided. The vehicle air-conditioning apparatus includes a cooler provided in a first air passage, and a first air-sending device including a motor and a fan provided in the first air passage, and configured to drive the fan with the motor to thereby generate an airflow that flows into a vehicle interior through the first air passage. At least a part of an outer surface of the motor is located outside the first air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinori Yamamura, Masatoshi Urakawa
  • Patent number: 10449824
    Abstract: An air conditioning module, which can perform cooling and heating through a single module, which is capable of being compact-sized, which can prevent problems caused by condensate water because the condensate water can be easily discharged out, and which can control all of two doors for heating and cooling by a link member and an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jong Bo Won, Sang Gu Woo, Dong Kyu Lee, Tae Yong Park, Yong Nam Ahn
  • Patent number: 10442328
    Abstract: Systems, assemblies and circuits are provided for combined heating and occupancy for vehicle seats wherein a plurality of conductors are arranged in a parallel circuit configuration with respect to each other and are attached to a seat mat. Each of the conductors is configured to generate heat in response to receiving an electrical current. Each of the conductors is configured to generate an electrical field in response to receiving an electrical signal and with the electrical field being recognizable for determining presence of an occupant on the seat. At least one bypass conductor is connected between two of the conductors to preserve heating and/or occupancy detection capabilities of the circuit in the event of breakage in any one or more of the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive AB
    Inventor: Mattias Persson
  • Patent number: 10399407
    Abstract: A climate control system for a vehicle having a plurality of modes includes an evaporator having a downstream face. The system also includes at least one blower that blows air across the evaporator. The air downstream of the blower has a pressure distribution defined generally along the downstream face. The pressure distribution along the downstream face is variable depending on which of the plurality of modes the climate control system is currently set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: William Morris, Delomer Gosioco, Hiromitsu Maehata, David Korenchuk
  • Patent number: 10391832
    Abstract: A climate control system for a vehicle having a plurality of modes includes an evaporator having a downstream face. The system also includes at least one blower that blows air across the evaporator. The air downstream of the blower has a pressure distribution defined generally along the downstream face. The pressure distribution along the downstream face is variable depending on which of the plurality of modes the climate control system is currently set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: William Morris, Delomer Gosioco, Hiromitsu Maehata, David Korenchuk
  • Patent number: 10352190
    Abstract: A turbomachine or a turbojet engine or a turboprop engine of an aircraft, including at least one oil circuit and a cooling mechanism including a refrigerant circuit including a first heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant and air and forming a condenser, a second heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant and the oil of the oil circuit and forming an evaporator, an expander mounted downstream from the first exchanger and upstream from the second exchanger, in a direction in which the refrigerant circulates, and a compressor mounted downstream from the second exchanger and upstream from the first exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Alain Pierre Garassino, Olivier Robert Michel Delepierre-Massue, Marc Missout, Mathieu Jean Pierre Trohel
  • Patent number: 10337468
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an exhaust gas cooler. The exhaust gas cooler may include a heat exchange pipe received in cooling water of an engine, and through which exhaust gas of the engine passes to exchange heat with the cooling water, and a plate configured to mount the heat exchange pipe to the engine. The heat exchange pipe may include a first pipe unit communicating with an inlet hole for exhaust gas and changing a flow direction of exhaust gas drawn from the inlet hole, a second pipe unit communicating with the first pipe unit, and a third pipe unit communicating with an exhaust gas return hole and the second pipe and changing a flow direction of exhaust gas to guide the exhaust gas to the return hole. A heat dissipation fin may be provided in an internal passage of the second pipe unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Sun An Jeong, Tae Soo Chun
  • Patent number: 10315486
    Abstract: An air-conditioning unit of a motor vehicle may include a fan, an evaporator, and a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger may be arranged downstream of the evaporator. The evaporator and heat exchanger may both be arranged in a housing. The air-conditioning unit may also include a first bypass channel bypassing the evaporator. The first bypass channel may be arranged centrally on a side of the evaporator. A width of the first bypass channel may be smaller than a width of the side of the evaporator on which the first bypass channel is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Kullen, Thorsten Moellert, Michael Sickelmann, Vincenzo Venezia
  • Patent number: 10286918
    Abstract: A system and method are provided and include at least one sensor and a controller. The at least one sensor generates data related to indoor air conditions of an autonomous vehicle. The at least one sensor includes at least one of a smoke sensor and an odor/air quality sensor. The controller is in communication with the at least one sensor and controls at least one vehicle system of the autonomous vehicle based on the data related to indoor air conditions of the autonomous vehicle received from the at least one sensor. The at least one vehicle system includes at least one of an HVAC system and a window actuator system. The controller controls the at least one vehicle system to purge and/or exhaust at least one of smoke and an odor detected within the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Reilly Patrick Mullett
  • Patent number: 10278237
    Abstract: A method for producing a heating system on a 3D plastic window, such as a car window. The heating system having an electric heat conductor structure with at least two bus bars and a grid line pattern with a plurality of grid lines. The method having: a step in which the two bus bars, made of a first electrically conductive paste are screen-printed onto the window by a displaceable squeegee; a step in which the grid line pattern is applied onto the window such that it respectively overlaps the two bus bars with at least one second electrically conductive paste which has a greater electrical resistance than the first electrically conductive paste, and a final step in which the two bus bars and the grid lines overlapping these bus bars are at the respective overlapping points electrically connected into the electric heat conductor structure by means of electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INPRO INNOVATIONSGESELLSCHAFT FÜR FORTGESCHRITTENE PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME IN DER FAHRZEUGINDUSTRIE MBH
    Inventors: Thomas Krause, Olaf Hoyer, Henning Gleich
  • Patent number: 10259286
    Abstract: A device that controls a temperature of a battery onboard a motor vehicle includes an air-conditioning circuit of the motor vehicle in which circulates, as a first heat-transfer fluid, an air-conditioning fluid. The air-conditioning circuit includes at least one evaporator for direct transfer of heat emitted by the battery to the air-conditioning fluid and a compressor to increase a pressure and a temperature of the air-conditioning fluid. The device also includes a cooling circuit in which circulates, as a second heat-transfer fluid, a cooling fluid. The cooling circuit includes at least one first heat source to heat the cooling fluid and at least one main radiator to cool the cooling fluid that can be short-circuited. The cooling circuit also includes a battery radiator to directly transfer heat conveyed by the hot cooling fluid to the battery when the main radiator of the cooling circuit is short-circuited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Benoit Janier, Pascal David
  • Patent number: 10214074
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle HVAC system that provides for installation, serviceability, or replacement of at least one actuator servo without removal of the HVAC assembly from the vehicle. As due to the tight space limitations, the present invention provides for at least one fastener-less mounting element of the servo assembly to be attached to the HVAC assembly, without the need for additional fasteners which would require additional space to access with a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas Mazzocco, Daniel Okray, Christopher Wisniewski, Kurt Schulz
  • Patent number: 10174974
    Abstract: An expander generates cold by expanding a refrigerant gas in a cryogenic refrigerator. A compressor compresses the refrigerant gas returning from the expander. Pipes are connected to the expander and the compressor and circulate the refrigerant gas between the expander and the compressor. A determiner determines whether or not a change cycle of the pressure of the refrigerant gas flowing in the pipes is in a predetermined range. The determiner may determine whether or not the change cycle of the pressure of a low-pressure pipe in which a low-pressure refrigerant gas flows toward the compressor from the expander is in a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Nishiki Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10160509
    Abstract: An air cleaner is disposed at the front part of an intake space below a seat. A battery box containing a battery is disposed on the rear side relative to the air cleaner in the intake space. The battery box is disposed with a rearward tilt and on the intake upstream side of the air cleaner and a corner part of the battery box at the lower front end thereof is disposed close to the air cleaner with the intermediary of a slight gap. The battery in the battery box is located in a flow of intake air sucked into the air cleaner and is efficiently cooled. The battery box includes an opening wherein part of the outer surface of the battery and a degassing part face the opening. An anti-diffusion cover part, continuous with an edge of the opening, covers the degassing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusaburo Tani, Yusuke Inoue, Yuji Noguchi, Masashi Tada, Tomoya Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10155592
    Abstract: An environmental control system includes an air cycle machine. The air cycle machine includes a compressor section with a compressor inlet and a compressor outlet, and a first turbine section with a first turbine inlet and a first turbine outlet. The environmental control system further includes a first turbine bypass shutoff valve positioned at the first turbine inlet. The first turbine bypass shutoff valve is configured to shut off the flow of air to the first turbine inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher McAuliffe, John M. Maljanian, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10071614
    Abstract: This vehicle air conditioner includes: a component temperature-adjustment path in which a coolant flows for performing a heat exchange with a vehicle component which needs a temperature adjustment; an engine coolant path in which an engine coolant guided from an engine cooling portion flows; a heater core. The vehicle air conditioner further includes: a first water-refrigerant heat exchanger which performs a heat exchange between a low-temperature and low-pressure refrigerant of a heat pump, the coolant fed to the component temperature-adjustment path, and the engine coolant; a second water-refrigerant heat exchanger which performs a heat exchange between a high-temperature and high-pressure refrigerant of the heat pump, and the engine coolant; and a first switch which can switch between a state where the engine coolant flows to the first water-refrigerant heat exchanger and a state where the refrigerant bypasses the first water-refrigerant heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Kuroda, Yoshitoshi Noda, Katsuji Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10065479
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) unit may include a casing, an evaporator, a heater core, and a first damper. The casing may define a front airflow passageway, a rear airflow passageway having an inlet, and first and second outlets in fluid communication with the rear airflow passageway. The evaporator and the heater core may be disposed within the casing. The first damper may be disposed within the casing between the evaporator and the heater core and movable between a first position in which airflow is directed to the heater core and a second position in which airflow is directed away from the heater core. Airflow across the evaporator from the front airflow passageway to the rear airflow passageway is directed to the first and second outlets when the first damper is moved from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Stander, Reilly Patrick Mullett
  • Patent number: 10052937
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle air conditioning apparatus that can prevent the amount of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor from reducing when an outside air temperature is low to achieve a heating performance required for a heating operation, and also can dehumidify the vehicle interior without deteriorating the heating performance during a heating and dehumidifying operation. The vehicle air conditioning apparatus includes: a heat released refrigerant expansion valve that decompresses the refrigerant discharged from the radiator during the heating operation and the first heating and dehumidifying operation; a gas-liquid separator that separates the refrigerant decompressed by the heat released refrigerant expansion valve into a gaseous refrigerant and a liquid refrigerant; and a bypass circuit that allows part of at least the gaseous refrigerant separated in the gas-liquid separator to flow into a section of the compressor through which the refrigerant being decompressed passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Satou, Megumi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10017032
    Abstract: A thermal management system includes at least one vapor compression system (VCS) that is configured to cool portions of the vehicle. The VCS circulates a fluid therethrough to cool the portions of the vehicle through heat exchange. At least one reverse air cycle machine (RACM) couples to VCS through a first heat exchanger. The RACM is configured to receive ram air. The RACM expands the ram air. Heat from the fluid circulating through the VCS is transferred to the expanded ram air through the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Webster Behrens, Andrew Richard Tucker
  • Patent number: 10017027
    Abstract: A vehicular air conditioner includes a partitioning portion which separates an inside of an air-conditioning casing into an inside-air passage through which an inside air flows and an outside-air passage through which an outside air flows, a cooling heat exchanger extending across both the inside-air passage and the outside-air passage, a heating heat exchanger heating the inside air and the outside air on a downstream side of the cooling heat exchanger in an air flow, and a restriction portion provided downstream of the cooing heat exchanger in the air flow and limiting inflow of the inside air into the outside-air passage on the way to the heating heat exchanger. The restriction portion is located in the inside-air passage between the cooing heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger, and includes a first temperature regulation door that regulates a temperature of air supplied to the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Haraguchi, Katsuji Kuwada
  • Patent number: 9975394
    Abstract: Vehicle seats may be configured as part of an airflow management system capable of controlling the environment in the immediate vicinity of seated passengers. A vehicle seat may include any number of air intake and discharge ports arranged so that discharged air flows along the body of the seated passenger on its way to the air intake ports. The air may be heated and/or cooled along a system air flow path to have an immediate effect on the comfort of the seated passenger without the need to heat or cool the entire vehicle cabin. Less energy is consumed to achieve a vehicle seat-specific climate than to achieve an overall interior cabin climate. The airflow management system may include more than one such vehicle seat, and the airflow characteristics with respect to each vehicle seat may be separately controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Fitzpatrick, James T. Hotary
  • Patent number: 9975406
    Abstract: A smell generation time predicting device is used for a vehicle air conditioner which includes an evaporator installed in an internal path of an air conditioner case and configured to, when the air conditioner is turned on, cool air blown into a vehicle room. The device includes a first temperature detector, a second temperature detector, and a control unit. The first temperature detector and the second temperature detector are installed at a downstream side of the evaporator in a mutually spaced-apart relationship. The control unit is configured to, when the air conditioner is turned off, predict a smell generation time in the evaporator depending on a temperature difference between the air temperatures detected by the first temperature detector and the second temperature detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jae Ho Kim, Kwang Il Kim, Ki Hong Kim, Hwan Myeong Jung, Hong Young Lim, Ji Yong Park, Dong Suk Lee, Yong Jun Jee, Sung Je Lee