Vehicle Contained Common Power And Heat Supply Patents (Class 165/43)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 9963010
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air conditioning system for conditioning the air of a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle, including an outlet section for diverting at least a portion of an air-mass flow circulating in the air conditioning system into the environment of the motor vehicle, a housing for directing the air-mass flow, wherein at least one fan for conveying the air-mass flow is designed within the housing, as well as a coolant circuit for tempering components of the motor vehicle, in particular, components of a power train, having a coolant-air-heat exchanger for transferring heat from the coolant to an air-mass flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Joern Froehling, Karl Schlesinger, Gerald Richter, Balthasar Schillemeit, Marc Graaf, Frank Schmitz, Roberto Della Rovere
  • Patent number: 9925847
    Abstract: A vehicle heating and cooling system comprises an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser, an auxiliary heating system, primary working fluid, and at least one valve assembly. The primary working fluid is configured to flow between the interior heat exchanger and the compressor. The at least one valve assembly configured to operate in a cooling mode in which the primary working transfers heat from the interior system to the compressor system, a standard heating mode in which in which the primary working transfers heat from the compressor system to the interior system and the auxiliary heating system does not transfer heat to the primary working fluid, and an augmented heating mode in which the auxiliary heating system transfers heat to the primary working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tiger Tool International Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Andrews, Doddy Ervondy
  • Patent number: 9895956
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning apparatus including 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 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Satou, Megumi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 9829868
    Abstract: A method and system for co-ordinating control of a plurality of sensorless devices. Each device includes a communication subsystem and configured to self-detect one or more device properties, the device properties resulting in output having one or more output properties. The method includes: detecting inputs including the one or more device properties of each device, correlating, for each device, the detected one or more device properties to the one or more output properties, and co-ordinating control of each of the devices to operate at least one of their respective device properties to co-ordinate one or more output properties for the combined output to achieve a setpoint. In some example embodiments, the setpoint can be fixed, calculated or externally determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: S.A. Armstrong Limited
    Inventor: Marcelo Javier Acosta Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9751377
    Abstract: A cooling system for a work vehicle includes first heat exchanger, a fan spaced apart from the first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger extending between the fan and the first heat exchanger, and a third heat exchanger spaced apart from the second heat exchanger and extending between the fan and the first heat exchanger, A baffle plate is pivotally to a first position reducing air flow through the first heat exchanger and to a second position reducing air flow through the second heat exchanger. The baffle plate is pivoted by a linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua J Kappelman, Adam J Shuttleworth
  • Patent number: 9676309
    Abstract: A vehicle heating apparatus (10a) to be mounted on or built in a vehicle seat (2) at a location below a sitting portion S of the vehicle seat (2) includes a housing (20), a fan (14), and a heater (15). The housing (20) has an intake port (11), a left nozzle (12l), a right nozzle (12r), an air curtain nozzle (12c), and an internal space (13) serving as air flow paths from the intake port (11) to the left nozzle (12l), to the right nozzle (12r), and to the air curtain nozzle (12c). The air curtain nozzle (12c) is located between the left nozzle (12l) and the right nozzle (12r), and is formed so as to, in the usage state, blow air delivered by the fan (14) in a direction inclined upward at an angle of not more than 90° to a direction in which warm wind is blown out of the left nozzle (12l) and the right nozzle (12r).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kurosawa, Takehiko Ise, Atsunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9656532
    Abstract: A vehicle cabin venting method includes cooling a vehicle battery charger by drawing outside air through a vehicle outside air vent door; and operating a hybrid vehicle battery system to establish and maintain flow of fresh air in a cabin of the vehicle by ensuring an open position of a blend door in the vehicle if the outside air vent door will not close. A vehicle cabin venting system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Blackburn, Jesus Cardoso, Michael Schamber, James Lawrence Swoish
  • Patent number: 9657684
    Abstract: A short waste-heat reuse container disposed adjacent to a 40-f container that contains a radiator 23, an engine 21, and a power generator 22 disposed in a longitudinal direction of the container, the waste-heat reuse container collecting waste heat of the engine and generating steam or hot water, the waste-heat reuse container containing a muffler 2 that muffles exhaust gas of the engine, a boiler 4 that transfers heat of the exhaust gas to water and generates steam, and a heat exchanger 3 that transfers heat of cooling water heated by the engine to water and generates hot water, wherein the muffler is disposed upright opposite to the boiler in the longitudinal direction of the waste-heat reuse container, an exhaust gas inlet 2a of the muffler being disposed on an upper wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yamanaka, Takuya Hirai, Shuichi Shimodaira, Hirokazu Narita, Takeshi Abe
  • Patent number: 9650940
    Abstract: A vehicle thermal management system includes a heat medium-heat medium heat exchanger that exchanges heat between a first heat medium drawn into and discharged from a first pump and a second pump, and a second heat medium circulating through an engine cooling circuit. A first switching valve switches between a state in which the first heat medium discharged from the first pump flows, and another state in which the first heat medium discharged from the second pump flows, with respect to the plurality of devices and the heat medium-heat medium heat exchanger. The second switching valve switches between a state in which the first heat medium flows into the first pump, and another state in which the first heat medium flows into the second pump, with respect to the plurality of devices and the heat medium-heat medium heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuharu Kakehashi, Yoshiki Katoh, Norihiko Enomoto, Michio Nishikawa, Kengo Sugimura
  • Patent number: 9643469
    Abstract: A heat medium discharge side of a first pump and a heat medium discharge side of a second pump are connected to a first switching valve in parallel with each other. Respective heat medium inlet sides of a plurality of temperature adjustment devices are connected to the first switching valve in parallel with each other. Respective heat medium outlet sides of the temperature adjustment devices are connected to a second switching valve in parallel with each other. A heat medium suction side of the first pump and a heat medium suction side of the second pump are connected to the second switching valve in parallel with each other. Each of the temperature adjustment devices is switched between a state in which the heat medium circulates between the device and the first pump, and another state in which the heat medium circulates between the device and the second pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuharu Kakehashi, Takashi Yamanaka, Masayuki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9636969
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an air conditioning apparatus comprising an air conditioning case defining an airflow passage, an evaporator accommodated in the air conditioning case, a first blower located at an upstream side of the evaporator creating a first airflow in the airflow passage, a second blower located at an upstream side of the evaporator creating a second airflow in the airflow passage, and a controller electrically connected to the first blower and the second blower. The controller controls the first blower and the second blower based on a target total airflow amount. The first airflow and the second airflow are mixed at the upstream side of the evaporator. The air conditioning apparatus further comprises means for preventing the first airflow from being directed into the second blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Denso International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Maehata
  • Patent number: 9612041
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a cooling apparatus cool a charger for charging a storage battery upon reception of a supply of power from a power supply. Exemplary embodiments include a compressor that circulates a refrigerant, a cooling unit provided on a path along which the refrigerant flows between the heat exchanger and the expansion valve to cool the charger using the refrigerant, a refrigerant passage through which the refrigerant flows between the compressor and the heat exchanger, a refrigerant passage through which the refrigerant flows between the cooling unit and the expansion valve, and a connecting passage connecting the refrigerant passage and the refrigerant passage. When heating occurs, frost formation can be suppressed without increasing configuration complexity and power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kawakami, Yuki Jojima, Eizo Takahashi, Kousuke Sato, Kazuhide Uchida, Yuichi Ohno
  • Patent number: 9564670
    Abstract: A battery module including a plurality of battery cells aligned in a first direction; a heat exchange member supporting a bottom surface of each battery cell of the plurality of battery cells, the heat exchange member exchanging heat with the plurality of battery cells, wherein the heat exchange member includes a first refrigerant flow path and a second refrigerant flow path, the first refrigerant flow path is adjacent to the bottom surface of each battery cell, and the second refrigerant flow path is spaced apart from the first refrigerant flow path and below the first refrigerant flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ju-Yong Park, Seung-Woo Yang, Jae-Lim Ryu
  • Patent number: 9562712
    Abstract: The heating capacity particularly at low outside air temperatures in a vehicular air-conditioning unit that heats the vehicle interior by heat pump operation of a refrigerant circuit using a compressor is improved. During heating, a refrigerant discharged from a compressor 2 releases heat in a radiator 4 into the vehicle interior, and the refrigerant decompressed after the heat release in the radiator evaporates in at least one of an external heat exchanger 7 and a ventilation heat exchanger 24. During cooling, the refrigerant discharged from the compressor releases heat in the external heat exchanger, and the refrigerant decompressed after the heat release in the external heat exchanger evaporates in an internal heat exchanger 9 to absorb heat from the vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sanden Holdings Corporation
    Inventor: Junichiro Kasuya
  • Patent number: 9562715
    Abstract: A mobile environment-controlled unit comprising a chassis, a compartment supported by the chassis, and an environmental-control system in environmental communication with the compartment. The environmental-control system is configured to control an environmental parameter of the compartment. The environmental-control system includes an AC Alternator and a controller. The AC alternator is powered by an internal combustion engine and supplies electrical power for the environmental-control system. The controller is configured to monitor the environmental parameter of the compartment, monitor one or more electrical parameters of the AC alternator, control the environmental-control system based on the monitored environmental parameter, and control the AC alternator based on the monitored parameters of the alternator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vaitheeswaran Kandasamy
  • Patent number: 9533543
    Abstract: A climate control system of a vehicle includes an evaporator, a first blower, and a first blower passageway that receives air blown from the first blower. The system also includes a second blower and a second blower passageway that receives air blown from the second blower and that is fluidly independent of the first blower passageway. The system further includes a ducting assembly defining a common passageway that receives air from both the first and second blower passageways. The first and second blowers are configured to operate in parallel to deliver air to the common passage and across the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Denso International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Maehata, David Korenchuk, Delomer Gosioco, William Morris
  • Patent number: 9440512
    Abstract: An air conditioner for a vehicle includes a cooler including a first radiator, a cooling fan sending air flow to the first radiator, a reservoir tank connected with the first radiator to store a cooling fluid, and a water pump circulating the cooling fluid. A water-cooled condenser is connected with the cooling line to condense superheated steam and a two-phase refrigerant, which includes gas and liquid, by heat exchange with the cooling fluid. An air-cooled condenser is connected with the water-cooled condenser through a refrigerant line in series to condense the refrigerant by heat exchanging with external air as the vehicle travels and to discharge the condensed refrigerant to a receiver drier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jae Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9428035
    Abstract: A vehicle HVAC noise control system includes a controller. An air handler provides airflow to a passenger compartment. An inputting device sets a target temperature for the passenger compartment. A temperature sensor measures a current temperature within the passenger compartment. A sensor detects an ambient condition outside of the passenger compartment. A blower motor moves the air flowing through the air handler into the passenger compartment at an adjustable operating airflow rate. The controller is connected to the air handler, the inputting device, the temperature sensor, the exterior sensor, and the blower motor. The controller determines and implements adjustments to the operating airflow rate in order to reduce airflow noise level based on at least the ambient condition, a comparison between the target temperature and the current temperature within the passenger compartment and a noise level of the airflow in the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Eisenhour