With Means To Guide And/or Control Air For Power Plant Cooling Patents (Class 180/68.1)
  • Patent number: 10723218
    Abstract: The invention concerns a structure (2) of a system (1) for managing the air of an air inlet for the front panel of a motor vehicle, said structure (2) comprising:—a frame (3) intended to be positioned facing a heat exchanger (Ra), —one or more deflectors (7) that are secured to said frame (3) and are arranged in such a way as to intercept a flow of air and deflect it through said frame (3). The invention also concerns a system (1) for managing the air of an air inlet for the front panel of a motor vehicle having such a structure (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Enzo Mitidieri, Frédéric Vacca, Thomas Nore
  • Patent number: 10711744
    Abstract: A snorkel system comprising: (a) a vehicle adapter configured to connect to a vehicle; (b) one or more air tubes configured to extend along an interior of an engine compartment of the vehicle; and (c) one or more angle adapters adapted to be located within the engine compartment of the vehicle, the one or more angle adapters fluidly connecting the vehicle adapter and the one or more air tubes together; wherein the one or more angle adapters include: an inlet opening located within a first plane, the inlet opening being located proximate to and in fluid communication with the vehicle adapter, and an outlet opening being in communication with a first end of the one or more air tubes, the outlet opening being located within a second plane that is spaced apart from and extends substantially parallel to the first angle adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OMIX-ADA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Bennett, Eric Lance Russell
  • Patent number: 10696152
    Abstract: A heat exchanger cooling system may include a frame provided in a duct housing and formed of two sections, each of the two sections being divided into two sub-sections, a single motor provided in the frame, and a drive device configured to be driven by the single motor, wherein air flaps provided in the respective sub-sections are simultaneously controlled by operation of the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong-Woo Nam, Kyu-Kwon Bang, Min-Soo Oh, Won-Sik Kim, Seung-Jin Kang, Dong-Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 10696117
    Abstract: A supporting structure for a shock absorber of a suspension device of a utility vehicle includes a shock absorber and a vehicle body frame. The shock absorber is supported on a support portion of the vehicle body frame from below the vehicle body frame, and a rollover protective structure (ROPS) is connected to the support portion from above the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Hisamura, Yusuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10655574
    Abstract: A side-by-side vehicle includes a vehicle body frame including a cabin frame part surrounding a riding space; a driving power unit which is supported by the vehicle body frame and generates driving power for allowing the vehicle to travel; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to which the driving power is transmitted from the driving power unit, in a state in which the CVT is supported by the vehicle body frame; an air-intake unit including in an inside thereof, an air-intake passage through which intake-air flows to the CVT, and an air inlet through which the intake-air is introduced into the air-intake passage; and a cargo carrier having a depressed loading space in a state in which the cargo carrier is supported by the vehicle body frame, wherein the air inlet of the air-intake unit is directed downward and faces a surface of the cargo carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ayumi Hamada, Hidefumi Yasuhara
  • Patent number: 10625595
    Abstract: An air guide structure of a vehicle is provided in which a duct for introducing outdoor air into an air cooling device of an engine includes an upper duct that is positioned in a radiator grille and a lower duct that is positioned in a bumper grille. The air guide structure includes a variable screen that is positioned between the upper duct and the lower duct and is formed to have a shape or a position that is changed according to a difference in flow rate between upper flow and lower flow introduced through the upper duct and the lower duct, respectively. The variable screen is disposed on a duct wall surface between the upper duct and the lower duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Dang-Hee Park, Jung-Hyeok Lim, Min-Young Lee, Seung-Hoon Lee, Il-Suk Yang, Sun-An Jeong, Tae-Soo Chun, Yong-Kil Cha, Seong-Oh Jeon, A-Ra Jo
  • Patent number: 10596897
    Abstract: A multi-part air duct (10) for a motor vehicle has a lower foam part (11), an upper foam part (12), and lateral injection moldings (13, 14). The injection moldings (13, 14) connect the lower foam part (11) to the upper foam part (12) on both sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sven Wallrabe, Markus Keller, Robert Bona, Eberhard Palmer, Niklas Neuschwanger
  • Patent number: 10566588
    Abstract: An exemplary support assembly for a battery array includes, among other things, a frame and an insert secured to the frame. The insert is configured to hold at least one battery cell within the frame. The frame is made of a first material and the insert is made of a second material that is softer than the first material. An exemplary method of securing a battery cell within a traction battery pack of an electrified vehicle includes, among other things, compressing an insert against the at least one battery cell. The insert is secured to a frame made of a first material. The insert is made of a second material that is softer than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajaram Subramanian, Bhaskara Boddakayala, Saravanan Paramasivam, Steve Droste, Enrique Rivera
  • Patent number: 10556494
    Abstract: When it is determined that the vehicle is stopped, a control unit blocks communication between a first opening and a fuel cell by a first valve. When a fan is being driven and communication between the first opening and the fuel cell is blocked by the first valve, a second valve opens a third opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Nagaosa
  • Patent number: 10519847
    Abstract: An automated system for managing temperature and reducing crankcase oil dilution in an internal combustion engine. The system includes a rotatable shutter plate having an open portion, a closed portion and a peripheral rim, the peripheral rim having a frictional surface thereon; a motor having a rotatable shaft having a pinion affixed at one end thereof for engagement with the frictional surface of the peripheral rim of the rotatable shutter plate; and a temperature sensor for monitoring a temperature indicative of engine warm-up and sending a signal to a controller; wherein the rotatable shutter plate is structured and arranged to at least partially occlude an air inlet to or outlet from the internal combustion engine when rotated in response to a signal received from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NOVATIO ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Mimmo Elia, Jason Targoff, John Waldron, Michael Peterson
  • Patent number: 10518630
    Abstract: To provide a vehicle that can efficiently cool a radiator even when the radiator is placed in the rear of a seat. The vehicle includes a vehicle body frame, a seat supported by the vehicle body frame, a radiator placed in the rear of the seat and above a seat surface of the seat and including a fan placement surface on which a fan is provided and an air inflow surface opposite to the fan placement surface, the air inflow surface facing at least rearward, and a first outside air guide having a first intake port opening rearward and guiding outside air taken in from the first intake port to the air inflow surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryotaro Uno, Masahide Shimbori
  • Patent number: 10518827
    Abstract: An aerodynamic system for a wheel housing of a vehicle that according to one embodiment includes a flap that can be displaced between a deployed position and a retracted position, a rotating actuator, and a transmission mechanism coupled to the actuator and configured for transmitting the movement of the actuator to the flap. The aerodynamic system also includes at least one air flow shutter device in the wheel housing, where the shutter device faces at least one air duct and where the shutter device can be displaced between a closed position and an open position. The transmission mechanism is also configured for transmitting the movement of the actuator to the shutter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BATZ, S.COOP.
    Inventors: Jesús Ibañez Moreira, Iñaki Aguirre Pichel
  • Patent number: 10502310
    Abstract: A protective cover structure for a motorcycle transmission allows the entrance of clean air. The cover includes: a first cover member to protect the transmission members, longitudinally extending along a direction which coincides with the travel direction, from a receding front area, corresponding to the engine axis, to a rear area corresponding to the rear wheel drive axis, and an inlet hole positioned at an inlet port of the transmission at the receding front area; a second cover member overlapping the receding front area to protect the inlet hole, forming, with the first cover member, an air intake extending from an upper to a lower edge of the first cover member, defining an inlet section, oriented opposite to the motorcycle travel direction; and a baffle, disposed between the first and the second cover members at said air intake, forming a channel driving the air upwardly to the inlet hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Doveri
  • Patent number: 10500943
    Abstract: A grill shutter device includes an opening portion positioned in a vehicle front portion, a fin configured to open and close the opening portion, and a frame configured to hold the fin. The frame has an inner frame and an outer frame. The inner frame has a rear side air introduction port open toward the cooling object device. The outer frame has a front side air introduction port positioned in front of the inner frame and open toward the rear side air introduction port at a position corresponding to the opening portion. The inner frame has a first wall portion covering the fin from a vehicle rear side in an open state where the fin opens the opening portion. The outer frame has a second wall portion covering the fin from the vehicle front side in the open state where the fin opens the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hitoshi Aoyama, Masayuki Kitashiba
  • Patent number: 10471966
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting an ambient air temperature (AAT) sensor test. In one example, a method may include adjusting a vehicle actuator to reduce a deviation of the AAT measured by an AAT sensor on board a vehicle from an expected AAT and remeasuring the AAT with the AAT sensor in response to the AAT measured by the AAT sensor deviating from the expected AAT by more than a threshold temperature difference. In this way, excessively inflated or depressed AAT measurements at the AAT sensor can be reduced, the accuracy and the reliability of the AAT sensor measurements can be increased, vehicle fuel consumption and emissions can be reduced, and vehicle drivability can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10471914
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body with an underbody portion having an outer periphery. At least one traction wheel is rotatably coupled to the body. The traction wheel has a track width defined by an inboard plane and an outboard plane. A movable panel with an inboard edge and an outboard edge is coupled to the underbody portion. An actuator is coupled to the movable panel and configured to actuate the movable panel between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the deployed position the outboard edge projects outboard of the outboard plane of the track width, and in the stowed position the outboard edge is retracted within the outer periphery of the underbody portion. A controller is configured to, in response to an operating condition being satisfied during a drive cycle, control the actuator to actuate the movable panel from the stowed position to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Anthony A. Bosco
  • Patent number: 10472776
    Abstract: A vehicle power cabin includes: a chamber; a radiator mounted in the chamber; a fan for driving air to flow through the radiator; and a motor for driving the fan. The chamber includes a first air inlet for introducing air exchanging heat with the radiator and an air outlet for outputting air exchanged heat with the radiator. The first air inlet, the radiator and the fan are sequentially arranged in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The first air inlet and the radiator are spacedly disposed in the longitudinal direction. The first air inlet is disposed at the bottom of the chamber. The first air inlet, the radiator and the cooling fan are sequentially arranged in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, so that the air can smoothly flow to the radiator, thereby effectively avoiding vortex produced in the process of air flow, so as to reduce the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: XCMG Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Zhao, Yanbo Geng, Huan Wang
  • Patent number: 10457341
    Abstract: A vehicle including a vehicle body having a first end and an opposing second end, wherein the first end is configured to face oncoming airflow. An underbody extending between the first and second ends of the vehicle body and the underbody including a first lateral edge, an opposing second lateral edge and a central region defined therebetween. At least one aerodynamic member on the underbody, the at least one aerodynamic member having at least one aerodynamic surface wherein the at least one aerodynamic surface includes at least one curved triangular channel configured to cause airflow to separate over a trip edge of the at least one curved triangular channel to create a low pressure vortex region within the curved triangular channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Daniel L. Riggs, David C. Caples
  • Patent number: 10449850
    Abstract: Disclosed is a motor vehicle body, the body having a front surface, the front surface defining at least one air inlet, the body including at least one frame, the frame facing the air inlet, at least one shutter being mounted on the frame and extending across the frame, the shutter extending along a main axis along a transversal direction and defining at least one main guiding surface, the shutter being able to guide the airflow along a plane containing the main guiding surface. At least one splitter is located on the shutter, the splitter defining at least one secondary guiding surface, the secondary guiding surface forming a non-zero angle with the main guiding surface, the splitter being able to guide the airflow along a plane containing the secondary guiding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FLEX-N-GATE FRANCE
    Inventor: Laurent Gillard
  • Patent number: 10436160
    Abstract: An engine intake structure for an internal combustion engine (13) of a vehicle (1) comprises a vehicle body opening (6) formed in a front part of an engine room (3) of the vehicle, an intake duct member (22) defining an air inlet (22A) facing in a forward direction and an air passage extending rearward from the air inlet, the air inlet being positioned higher than the vehicle body opening, and a flow obstructing member (60) typically consisting of an auxiliary device such as a horn positioned in a straight path extending from the vehicle body opening to the air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Itagaki
  • Patent number: 10428773
    Abstract: A snorkel system comprising: (a) a vehicle adapter configured to connect to a vehicle; (b) one or more air tubes configured to extend along an interior of an engine compartment of the vehicle; and (c) one or more angle adapters adapted to be located within the engine compartment of the vehicle, the one or more angle adapters fluidly connecting the vehicle adapter and the one or more air tubes together; wherein the one or more angle adapters include: an inlet opening located within a first plane, the inlet opening being located proximate to and in fluid communication with the vehicle adapter, and an outlet opening being in communication with a first end of the one or more air tubes, the outlet opening being located within a second plane that is spaced apart from and extends substantially parallel to the first angle adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: OMIX-ADA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Bennett, Eric Lance Russell
  • Patent number: 10391858
    Abstract: An active air flap assembly with improved sealing performance includes a plurality of flaps operated by an actuator for selectively opening and selectively closing a radiator grill installed at the front of a vehicle, a fixed shroud surrounding the outside of the plurality of flaps such that air passing through the radiator grill flows towards the plurality of flaps, the plurality of flaps being fixed to the fixed shroud, and a movable shroud slidably installed on the fixed shroud, the movable shroud being connected to the flaps through an interlocking device and further being slidable toward the front of the vehicle from the fixed shroud by the interlocking device when the flaps are operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ji-Min Jeong
  • Patent number: 10351181
    Abstract: An aerodynamic system for a vehicle having a plurality of heat exchangers can include a front assembly, a pair of front fenders, a hood, a ducting assembly, and a rear assembly. The front assembly can include air inlets. The air inlets can be in fluid communication with at least one of the heat exchangers. The pair of front fenders can include fender outlets in fluid communication with at least one of the heat exchangers. The ducting assembly can be in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of heat exchangers. The rear assembly can include raised C-pillars, air inlets adjacent the pair of raised C-pillars, a rear spoiler, a rear diffuser, and rear slot assemblies adjacent the rear spoiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: James T. McKillen, Michael R. Missig, Matthew Vernon Roehl, Yasuyuki Onishi, Kenichi Teshima, Fabian J. Vigil, Aron K. Madsen, Kurtis Ray Horner, Mayur A. Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10343559
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to autonomous vehicles comprising at least one interior compartment including: at least one table; at least one seating unit; at least one closet; at least one window configured to transition between a substantially transparent state and a substantially opaque state and to display at least navigational information; at least one vanity; at least one storage area; or combinations thereof; wherein the vehicle is configured to operate in at least an autonomous mode. In some instance, the vehicle may not include steering equipment (e.g., steering wheel) and/or acceleration or deceleration equipment (e.g., a gas or brake pedal).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Pony.ai, Inc.
    Inventors: Sinan Xiao, Zhuo Zhang, Xiang Yu, Tiancheng Lou, Jun Peng, Hao Song, Jie Hou, Yiming Liu
  • Patent number: 10343512
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided, which includes an engine bay having an upper wall, side walls, a front wall, and a rear wall, an engine disposed inside the engine bay, an upper lid part disposed inside the engine bay and covering the engine from above, a shroud disposed inside the engine bay and formed in a frame shape having an opening disposed forward of the engine, and a grille shutter provided to the shroud and configured to open and close the opening. A front end of the upper lid part is placed on an upper side of the shroud, and the grille shutter is closed when an ignition is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiya Tanaka, Kazumi Okamura, Shunsuke Fujitani, Yuhki Takanaga
  • Patent number: 10322664
    Abstract: An air flap apparatus for a motor vehicle encompasses a frame having a flowthrough opening, on which frame at least one air flap is mounted movably relative to the frame, protrudingly into the flowthrough opening or penetratingly therethrough, the at least one air flap being displaceable between a closed position and an open position in order to modify a gas quantity flowing per unit time through the flowthrough opening in the context of a predefined impinging flow, the at least one air flap decreasing a flowthrough-capable cross section of the flowthrough opening more greatly in the closed position than in the open position, the air flap apparatus further encompassing a movement drive system that is coupled in movement- and force-transferring fashion to the at least one air flap in order to drive the at least one air flap to move between the closed position and the open position, at least one air flap constituting a light-emitting air flap including a flap light guide having a light emergence surface through
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Dill
  • Patent number: 10309291
    Abstract: The present teachings provide for a radiator fan assembly including a fan, a shroud, a flapper door opening, and a flapper door. The shroud defines a fan opening aligned with the fan through which airflow from the fan passes. The flapper door opening is defined by the shroud. The flapper door is pivotally mounted at the flapper door opening. The flapper door includes a main body and an air guide extending from the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Kolpasky
  • Patent number: 10281169
    Abstract: A heat exchanger unit that includes a frame and at least one cooler. The unit includes a mount assembly for coupling, at least partially, the cooler to the frame. The mount assembly includes an elongated fastening member; an outer ring; an inner ring; and a deformable ring. The deformable ring is disposed between the outer ring and the inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Hjorth, John Gaska, Randy Vanberg, Kevin Visscher, Iqbal Lotey, Bob Peng
  • Patent number: 10272760
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a front control tower provided forwardly of a driver's seat, a battery accommodated inside the front control tower, and a bottom member that provides a bottom of the front control tower. The battery is mounted on the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yuto Akai, Nobuyuki Yamashita, Takashi Shibata, Koichiro Matsumoto, Masahiro Izumi
  • Patent number: 10220699
    Abstract: A combined heat exchanger and active grille shutter assembly. The assembly includes a rotatable shutter and an actuator configured to rotate the shutter. A conduit of the shutter is configured to accommodate flow of fluid therethrough and permit heat transfer between the fluid and air about the shutter. An inlet and an outlet are in fluid communication with the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yilin Tian, Nicholas Wilson, Justin Harris
  • Patent number: 10215120
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a speed of a vehicle based on whether a rain tray is coupled within the vehicle, below a vented hood of the vehicle. In one example, a method may include maintaining a vehicle speed of a vehicle below a set vehicle speed threshold and alerting a vehicle operator of the set vehicle speed threshold when it is detected that a rain tray is installed in the vehicle, below a vent of a vented hood of the vehicle. In another example, the set vehicle speed threshold may be reduced due to the presence of rain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Arthur Titus, Jeff Grauer, Jon Holt, Thomas Joseph Ciccone, Mike Makled
  • Patent number: 10196094
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes: a pair of left and right bottom first frame and bottom second frame extending in a front-rear direction and supporting a floor plate; a bottom front frame, coupling a front end of the bottom first frame and a front end of the bottom second frame, extending linearly in a width direction and to which a first support member of a gear box for front wheels is welded; a front vertical frame coupled to the bottom front frame and extending in a top-bottom direction; and a door frame supporting a door and extending in the top-bottom direction, a fender cover provided behind a front wheel so that a front end thereof is attached to the front vertical frame and a rear end thereof is attached to the door frame, and a rear portion of the fender cover for the front wheel rising perpendicular to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10184385
    Abstract: A motor vehicle can be powered by a combustion engine or an electric machine or both. Coolant is conveyed in the coolant circuit first to the electric machine before being conveyed from the electric machine to the combustion engine for cooling both the combustion engine and the electric machine. A cooling device adjusts a temperature of the coolant in the coolant circuit in such a way that the cooling device adjusts the coolant to a first temperature, when the motor vehicle is powered by the combustion engine, and to a second temperature which is less than the first temperature, when the motor vehicle is powered by the electric machine and the combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andreas Apelsmeier, Guenter Vetter
  • Patent number: 10179509
    Abstract: A cooling device for an automobile that includes a front opening opened in a front engine room, a first air blower arranged in the front engine room on a front side of a drive engine, and an introduction passage for guiding, toward the first air blower, air to flow from the front side of the front opening through the front opening is configured to cool the drive engine with the air flow passing from the introduction passage to the drive engine via the first air blower. The cooling device includes a duct having a first opening opened in the introduction passage and a second opening opened to rear of the drive engine in the front engine room, to form an air passage for air to flow between the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Maeda, Takashi Yasuda, Koichi Harada, Ken Mutou
  • Patent number: 10174482
    Abstract: A firewall (11) is provided as a partition between an engine room (25) in which an engine (7) and an exhaust gas post-treatment device (10) are arranged and a pump room (26) in which a hydraulic pump (8) is arranged. A rear surface plate (13) of the firewall (11) is provided with an outflow opening (28) for causing cooling air sucked into the engine room (25) to flow out toward a counterweight (6). Aright weight part (6C) of the counterweight (6) is provided with an exhaust opening (29) in a position facing the outflow opening (28) for causing cooling air having flowed out from the outflow opening (28) to be discharged to an exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Todokoro
  • Patent number: 10166872
    Abstract: A range extender vehicle includes: a turboshaft engine, a turboshaft engine controller, a generator, a battery pack, a battery controller, driving motors, a battery heat radiator, and a gasholder. A signal end of the turboshaft engine is connected to the turboshaft engine controller. A transmission shaft of the turboshaft engine is connected to a rotatory shaft of the generator. The generator outputs electric energy to the battery pack and the driving motor respectively. The battery pack and the driving motor are connected together and are connected to the battery controller at the signal end. The transmission shaft of the driving motor is connected to the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNOLOGIES' XANADU OF RESONATORY-SOLAR-SYSTEMED CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pu Jin
  • Patent number: 10166857
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a two-way motion type active air flap system of a vehicle, which includes first, second, and third air flaps configured by a combination of a row array of air flaps and a column array of air flaps. The column array of air flaps is opened forward in a revolving manner by the rotational force of a flap rotary actuator, and the row array of air flaps is opened laterally in a sliding by the rotational force of a flap sliding actuator, so that the first, second, and third air flaps control a blast space through which external air passes. Thus, since the front opening and the lateral opening of the air flaps are performed independently, it is possible to fundamentally prevent an adverse effect of causing overcooling and deteriorating aerodynamic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Ji-Min Jeong
  • Patent number: 10156174
    Abstract: Methods for mitigating over-temperature during an exhaust gas system particulate filter device regeneration are provided. The exhaust gas system can include an exhaust gas stream supplied by an exhaust gas source to a particulate filter device through an exhaust gas conduit. The methods can include detecting an over-temperature during a particulate filter regeneration, initiating one or more first mitigation strategies, and shutting down the exhaust gas source. The one or more first mitigation strategies can include inhibiting the particulate filter device regeneration, altering the exhaust gas source operating parameters, and activating a cooling fan. The exhaust gas source can include an internal combustion engine configured to power a vehicle, and the operating parameters can be altered by a torque limiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Andrea Pannuzzo, Adele De Domenico, Andrea Dutto, Francesco Siano, Cristian Taibi
  • Patent number: 10150570
    Abstract: A device for cooling at least one autonomous electric power source of an aircraft, includes: an inlet for air cooling a cooling fluid; the cooling fluid being fed towards at least one autonomous electric power source of the aircraft; a convergent hot air outlet, including moving elements for controlling the air flowrate; and supervision elements of the aircraft, which control the moving elements for controlling the air flowrate depending on the need for cooling of the autonomous electric power source. A method for cooling at least one autonomous electric power source of an aircraft and an aircraft including such a device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus SAS
    Inventors: Emmanuel Joubert, Benoit Ferran, Antonin Sanitas
  • Patent number: 10144378
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a crossbar structure for use with a vehicle having a front bumper assembly, the crossbar structure being configured to extend across an opening in the front bumper assembly. The crossbar structure can include a hollow bar defining a front face and a rear face, the hollow bar being configured to extend across the opening. The crossbar structure can also include ribs extending between opposing interior surfaces of the hollow bar, the ribs being formed in a zig-zag pattern along a direction of elongation of the hollow bar and exposed from the rear face thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nicholas H. Goldsberry, Steve Faria, Ann M. Boh
  • Patent number: 10118464
    Abstract: An off-road utility vehicle air conditioning system includes an air conditioning unit positioned at least partially inside a mounting structure in front of an enclosed cab, and between a pair of front wheels of the utility vehicle. The air conditioning unit may be connected to a variable displacement air conditioning compressor positioned behind the cab and below a rear cargo box. A non-electronically controlled belt driven continuously variable transmission transmits power from a gas powered internal combustion engine under the rear cargo box to a pair of front wheels and pair of rear wheels, the continuously variable transmission biased to ratios where the engine runs at over about 5000 rpm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Chad M. Herrmann, Larry D. Swanson
  • Patent number: 10106954
    Abstract: A heat exchanging device includes a frame member assembled having a square frame shape by using a lower frame extending in a front and rear direction and mounted on a revolving frame, side frames extending to an upper side from both ends of the lower frame, and an upper frame extending on an upper part of the side frames. A cooling fan is disposed in a state in which each of the blades enters into the frame member from an engine side end surface with respect to the frame member. An oil cooler and a radiator are mounted on a mounting surface plate on an opposite side to the engine and interposing said cooling fan at an interval from the cooling fan with respect to the frame member. A flat plate shaped shroud surrounding each of the blades of the cooling fan and forming a fan accommodating chamber among the frame member, the oil cooler, and the radiator is mounted on the engine side end surface of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Kokuryou, Junya Kawamoto, Masaya Ueda
  • Patent number: 10109895
    Abstract: A battery pack constituted by accommodating a plurality of cells, which forms battery modules, in an internal space of a casing includes the cells, a heat radiating bus bar, the casing, and an internal blower. The plurality of cells is arranged side by side facing each other. A radiation bus bar radiates heat into the internal space from the cells. The casing has a box-like shape with at least six surfaces that surrounds and seals the cells and the internal space. An internal blower is disposed in the casing. The internal blower circulates the air in the casing so as to pass through an inner surface of the casing and a periphery of the cell including the radiation bus bar, and the heat is radiated to an outside from the inner surface of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 10103365
    Abstract: A battery pack provides a high voltage output. The battery pack includes a battery housing, and a battery cell assembly arranged inside the battery housing. The battery cell assembly comprises a trapezoid portion having a plurality of battery cells arranged in parallel, wherein the trapezoid portions defines a trapezoid formed by the connection of the reference points of the cross sections of the battery cells successively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Chervon (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Yuexiang Zhang, Xiaohong Lin, Tianshi Yuan
  • Patent number: 10100712
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ground milling machine with two cooling ducts, which allow a mutually separated guidance of cooling air. The present invention further relates to such a cooling system and a method for cooling a ground milling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Baldus, Diana Stein, Manfred Hammes, Nils Muders
  • Patent number: 10100707
    Abstract: An active grille shutter for regulating airflow towards a vehicle heat exchanger. A frame adjacent the heat exchanger has a first mount with bores, a second mount, and an opening between the mounts to allow air to pass through. An end cap secures to the second mount and has bores. Vanes extend across the opening between opposing ends with a receiver at each end. Bearings are provided with couplers extending into and attached to the receivers, and a shafts extending into the bores. A linkage interconnects the bearings at one of the ends such that the vanes rotate concurrently. An actuator attached to the frame adjacent the first mount is coupled to one of the end cap bearings and rotation imparts rotation to the vanes by the linkage to concurrently rotate the vanes within the opening to regulate airflow through the opening towards the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Montaplast of North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wolf, Wolfgang Kern, Sascha Klausen
  • Patent number: 10081398
    Abstract: An airflow management system is employed for a vehicle having a body configured to face an oncoming ambient airflow at a first body end and an underbody section configured to receive an underbody portion of the oncoming airflow when the vehicle is in motion. The system includes a vehicle fascia at the first body end for receiving a fascia portion of the oncoming airflow and an airflow deflector on the underbody section proximate the first body end. The system also includes an airflow duct for channeling the fascia portion of the airflow from the fascia to exit the duct between the fascia and the deflector at the underbody section orthogonal thereto. Thus exiting fascia airflow portion guides the underbody airflow portion around the deflector to reduce pressure of the underbody airflow portion on the airflow deflector and improves aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle body when the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ethan A. McMillan, Rebecca Diane Tjoelker
  • Patent number: 10071625
    Abstract: An exemplary flow control assembly includes, among other things, shutters each having at least one aperture. The shutters are configured to move back and forth between a first position and a second position to influence a flow through the at least one aperture. A flow control method includes, among other things, moving a shutters back and forth between a first position and a second position. The first position permits more flow through at least one aperture within each of the shutters than the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Stoddard, Mark Taylor, Aditya Narayan, Giancarlo Foschetti, Jason Castriota
  • Patent number: 10059291
    Abstract: A vehicle lower structure includes: an introducing port into which air is introduced, the introducing port being provided to a front part of a vehicle; an air outlet from which the air blows, the air outlet being provided to an underfloor downward of a bumper cover in a vehicle-vertical direction, the bumper cover being located at the front part of the vehicle; and a spat provided frontward in a vehicle-longitudinal direction of a front wheel, the spat including: a front wall protruding from a front edge of the air outlet in the vehicle-longitudinal direction toward a vehicle-downward direction in the vehicle-vertical direction; and a rear wall protruding from a rear edge of air outlet in the vehicle-longitudinal direction toward the vehicle-downward direction, and the spat opening at both sides of the air outlet in a vehicle-width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihiko Kishima
  • Patent number: 10035547
    Abstract: The present invention describes a tractor trailer shower unit which provides a shower enclosure having shower head and floor drain features. The shower unit also provides water heating and pumping equipment as well as a waste water collection tank, making it particularly suited for use within a tractor trailer rig. The shower unit is powered by the electrical system of the tractor trailer rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Joel Reyes