With Means To Guide And/or Control Air For Power Plant Cooling Patents (Class 180/68.1)
  • Patent number: 10994602
    Abstract: A duct assembly for a vehicle includes an intake duct configured to supply air to an object to be cooled and a discharge duct configured to discharge the air supplied to the object to be cooled to the outside of the vehicle. The discharge duct has a discharge port that opens downward. The intake duct has an intake port that opens rearward. The rear bumper has a depression and an upper wall section. The depression has a panel opening that allows passage of air supplied to the intake port. The depression is recessed from the upper wall section toward the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Tomoaki Furukawa, Kiyonori Takagi
  • Patent number: 10978756
    Abstract: A battery pack includes battery cells, a fan unit that blows air for cooling the battery cells, a case housing therein the battery cells and the fan unit, a circulation passage in which the air blown out from the fan unit flows before being sucked into the fan unit and after exchanging heat with the battery cells, a heat exchanging part that is disposed downstream of battery passages through which the air circulating in the circulation passage as an circulating air flows to exchange heat with the battery cells and below bottom ends of the batteries, and a drain passage that leads to outside of the case for drainage, the drain passage including a drain opening formed in the case so as to be located below the heat exchanging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 10961689
    Abstract: An engine cover (23) is provided between a counterweight (7) and a rear surface part (15B) of a cab (15) to be capable of opening/closing in an upper-lower direction and a heat exchanger cover (28) is provided between the rear side of a left side surface part (15C) and a right side surface part (15D) of the cab (15) and a revolving frame (6). The heat exchanger cover (28) is formed of a horizontal-opening structure of being rotatable in a front-rear direction to the revolving frame (6) with a front end (28C) in the front-rear direction as a fulcrum and a rear end (28D) in the front-rear direction as a free end. A heat exchanger cover lock mechanism (32) is provided on the rear end side of the heat exchanger cover (28) to hold the heat exchanger cover (28) in a closed state, and in a state where both the heat exchanger cover (28) and the engine cover (23) are closed, the engine cover (23) covers the rear end (28D) of the heat exchanger cover (28) and the heat exchanger cover lock mechanism (32) from backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yohei Iwamoto, Junya Kawamoto, Hiroshi Tabeta
  • Patent number: 10946823
    Abstract: A kinematic assembly with a plurality of moveable members moveable in synchronized movement by way of a connection rod wherein the connection rod is configured to buckle if one of the members becomes somehow disengaged for providing a tactile indication of a fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA EXTERIORS, INC
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Manhire
  • Patent number: 10941704
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling operation of an engine of a vehicle to supply power to a power box that in turn supplies power to loads external to the vehicle. In one example, a method comprises, responsive to a request by an operator to operate an engine to power one or more loads external to the vehicle, monitoring an engine temperature and issuing an alert requesting the operator to take mitigating action to reduce the engine temperature when the engine temperature reaches a threshold temperature, and controlling a cooling fan as a function of whether or not the mitigating action is taken. In this way, fuel economy may be improved and power supply to power external loads may be optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Paul Kenneth Dellock, William Taylor, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10926726
    Abstract: An extension of a grille extends rearward and in a left-right direction of a vehicle. The extension is located rearward from a grille body and below a ventilation hole. An extension rear edge is arranged above a structure front upper edge. An extension front edge at which the grille body and the extension are connected to each other is arranged below the structure front upper edge. The extension is inclined from the extension front edge toward the extension rear edge. The extension includes weak portions that divide the extension into a plurality of sections in the left-right direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryota Tanioku, Satoshi Endo
  • Patent number: 10926803
    Abstract: A system for providing structural transmittal of force through a vehicle body of a mid-engine vehicle is provided. The system includes an elongated single member torsional box spanning a passenger compartment. The system further includes two vehicle body side members spanning an outer lateral edge of the passenger compartment. The system further includes four rails parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle body. The system further includes four inner diagonal support members, each inner diagonal support member being connected at a first end to one of the four rails and on the second end to the elongated single member torsional box and being configured to transmit force from the one of the four rails to the single member torsional box. The system further includes four outer diagonal support members, each outer diagonal support member being configured to transmit force to one of the vehicle body side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Moss, Mark J. McGuire, Peter M. Parlow, Keith J. Saari, Joshua Holder
  • Patent number: 10900410
    Abstract: A duct assembly for a vehicle includes an intake duct having an intake port that opens rearward, a discharge duct having a discharge port that opens downward, and a protrusion. The protrusion protrudes to a position below the discharge port from a position that is forward of the discharge port and overlaps with the discharge port in the width direction of the vehicle. The protrusion has a protruding distal end face. The distance in the front-rear direction from the rear end of the protruding distal end face to the rear end of the discharge port is defined as L. The distance in the vertical direction from the lower end of the object to be cooled to the rear end of the protruding distal end face is defined as H. The value obtained by dividing the distance L by the distance H is less than 3.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Tomoaki Furukawa, Kiyonori Takagi
  • Patent number: 10889204
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle assembly includes, among other things, an inlet duct that opens to a duct opening within a side of a cargo bed. The inlet duct is configured to communicate a flow of air to a heat exchange module that manages thermal energy levels of a traction battery. A flow control structure is moved relative to the duct opening to selectively restrict or permit the flow of air entering the inlet duct through the duct opening. A flow control method includes, among other things, selectively blocking at least a portion of a duct opening to adjust a flow of air moved through the duct opening into an inlet duct. To manage thermal energy within a traction battery, the method further includes exchanging thermal energy between the air and another fluid at a heat exchange module that is disposed within a chamber of a cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Billimoria, Stephen Pien, Andrew Charles Samyn
  • Patent number: 10828979
    Abstract: A cooling device of a vehicle includes a cooler body of a heat exchanging type and an air intake duct which are disposed in a rear portion of the vehicle. The air intake duct extends backwardly from the cooler body in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and is disposed such that the air intake duct is displaceable relative to the cooler body forwardly of the vehicle upon application of an impact load to the air intake duct. The cooler body is attached to a body of the vehicle, while the air intake duct is attached to the cooler body, such that a strength of attachment of the air intake duct to the cooler body is lower than a strength of attachment of the cooler body to the body of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Tomoaki Furukawa, Kiyonori Takagi
  • Patent number: 10828978
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a heat exchanging type cooling device comprising an undercover disposed below the cooler body and having an air outlet through which the ambient air discharged through the lower surface of the cooler body is exhausted downwardly into outside atmosphere, the air outlet being formed through the undercover so as to extend in a vertical direction. The undercover is provided with a plurality of fins disposed within the air outlet such that the fins are spaced apart from each other in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, each of the fins extending in a width direction of the vehicle and being inclined such that a lower end of the fin is located backward of its upper end in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Tomoaki Furukawa, Kiyonori Takagi
  • Patent number: 10821826
    Abstract: A front end part (10) of a motor vehicle has cooling air openings (11) arranged next to one another and separated by webs (12). Flaps (13) are arranged next to one another and are assigned to the cooling air openings (11). The flaps (13) can be displaced between a first position in which the flaps (13) prevent a cooling airflow through the cooling air openings (11), and a second position in which the flaps (13) enable a cooling airflow through the cooling air openings (11). Reinforcing ribs (18) extend in the region of the webs (12) on an inwardly directed side thereof. The flaps (13) are mounted rotatably on the reinforcing ribs (18) so that corresponding bearing points of the flaps (13) on the reinforcing ribs (18) lie outside the cooling air openings (11) and thus outside the cooling airflow when the flaps (13) are in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Reinhard Stenger
  • Patent number: 10813286
    Abstract: A system for adjusting the flow orientation of an air flow exhausted at a flow exit location defined along an exterior of an agricultural harvester. The harvester includes an engine upstream of the flow exit location. The system includes a harvester body extending around at least a portion of the exterior of the harvester and defining an opening at the flow exit location; a louvered panel positioned within the opening, the louvered panel including a plurality of louvers each pivotable about a respective pivot axis; and an actuator coupled to the louvers and configured to actuate the louvers such that each louver pivots to adjust a tilt angle of the louver. The air flow is directed through the louvered panel after flowing past the engine and is exhausted from the harvester at a flow angle corresponding to the tilt angle of each of the plurality of louvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott Woytera, Brian Scheuring
  • Patent number: 10800225
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes an engine, an air blowing device, an exhaust gas post-processing device, and a guide device. The air blowing device is disposed in front of the engine. The exhaust gas post-processing device processes exhaust gas from the engine, and is disposed above the engine. The guide device lifts and guides at least portion of the air from the air blowing device to an upper side where the exhaust gas post-processing device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Arai, Hirokazu Ashikawa, Tomoyuki Moriyama, Satoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10793206
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a heat exchanging type cooling device includes an undercover disposed below the cooler body and having an air exhaust passage into which the ambient air discharged through the lower surface of the cooler body is introduced and through which the ambient air is exhausted into outside atmosphere, under a negative air pressure generated due to an air stream generated during running of the vehicle; and an elastically deformable sealing member in a closed form interposed between the air exhaust passage and the lower surface of the cooler body. The undercover is attached to the body of the vehicle, such that a gap is provided between the undercover and the lower surface of the cooler body, and such that the sealing member fluid-tightly closes the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Tomoaki Furukawa, Kiyonori Takagi
  • Patent number: 10792972
    Abstract: A heating and cooling system for a vehicle included within a radiator module having a plurality of fins. At least two thermophysical batteries are provided, each including an adsorption bed unit and an evaporator condenser unit. At least one upper coolant line extends along the adsorption bed unit of each of the thermophysical batteries and is configured to be connected to a source of waste heat of the vehicle for transferring heat from the source of waste heat to a coolant contained in the coolant line and to the adsorption bed units to recharge the adsorption bed unit. At least one distribution element configured in discharge mode to convey heated fluids from adjacent the adsorption bed units or cooled fluids from adjacent to the evaporator condenser units to another region of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jasmin Jijina Sinkular, Frank Horton, Hussein Dourra
  • Patent number: 10773588
    Abstract: An air valve device for a motor vehicle comprises an air valve support with a flow opening and has at least one air valve extending into or passing through the flow opening, which is movably seated on the air valve support between a blocking position as one working position, and a flow position as another working position, wherein the air valve in the blocking position provides a greater resistance to a particular flow through the flow opening than in the flow position. A drive device is connected to the at least one air valve for movement between its working positions at least temporarily in a drive force transmitting manner. A control device actuates the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Sinn
  • Patent number: 10766355
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a rear region, a covering, a drive system arranged in the rear region, and an air-directing component arranged above the drive system. The air-directing component is configured to direct an air flow along a first side of the air-directing component. The drive system is arranged below the covering. At least one recess is arranged on a second side of the air-directing component, the at least one recess being configured to provide an air flow under the covering in the direction of the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Riccardo Bauer, Tobias Posch
  • Patent number: 10752129
    Abstract: A method of operating a hybrid electric power plant in cold climates comprises absorbing heat generated by an internal combustion engine, and using at least part of the heat absorbed from the internal combustion engine to warm a battery pack operatively connected to an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Andre Julien, Serge Dussault
  • Patent number: 10746083
    Abstract: A vehicular cooling device includes a heat medium circuit, a waste heat supply device, a heat exchanger, and a heater. A heat medium circulates in the heat medium circuit. The waste heat supply device is configured to generate a waste heat in accordance with operation of the waste heat supply device and supply the waste heat to the heat medium. The heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between the heat medium and a lubricant lubricating a transmission of a vehicle. The heater is configured to heat the lubricant that is inside the heat exchanger. According to this vehicular cooling device, since the heater heats the lubricant, the transmission can be warmed up early, and thereby friction in the transmission decreases to improve fuel economy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eisaku Yamazaki, Ken Muto, Yuji Nishimura
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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