With Means To Guide And/or Control Air For Power Plant Cooling Patents (Class 180/68.1)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10029731
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a prime mover unit disposed in a front part of the vehicle body, a driving part located in a rear part of the vehicle body, a battery disposed between the prime mover unit and the driving part, a base frame disposed in a lower part of the vehicle body and a center pillar that extends upward from the base frame. The prime mover unit includes a radiator disposed immediately forward of the center pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Matsumoto, Shoichiro Nagaishi, Ryo Matsumoto, Hiroshi Kawabata, Hiroki Nagai, Masahiro Izumi, Masaki Takaoka, Tasuku Teraoka, Takashi Kumashiro
  • Patent number: 10023045
    Abstract: A front module for a passenger vehicle is disclosed. The front module includes an adapter element via which a panel part of the front module is supported on a front module structure arranged behind it. An adjustable covering device of a cooling opening of a cooling device of the passenger vehicle is integrated into the adapter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Maik Trost, Volkmar Wolf, Siegfried Zipperle
  • Patent number: 10012129
    Abstract: A device and method for cooling an air cooled motorcycle engine. A fan and a cover acting as a duct directs engine heat forward away from a rider when the motorcycle engine is hot and the motorcycle is stopped. When the motorcycle is in motion the fan is switched off and the passing air takes a reversed path and flows rearward over the engine fins cooling the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Franco Bartolotta
  • Patent number: 10012186
    Abstract: An air intake assembly configured to direct air into a throttle body of an engine of an automotive vehicle includes an air cleaner enclosure, primary and secondary air intake ducts, a ram air power valve and a downstream air intake duct. The air cleaner enclosure unit has an air cleaner inlet and an air cleaner outlet. The primary air intake duct directs air between a primary air inlet and the air cleaner inlet. The secondary air intake duct directs air between a secondary air inlet and the air cleaner inlet. The ram air power valve is disposed in the secondary air intake duct and is configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In the open position, air is permitted to flow through the secondary intake duct. In the closed position air is inhibited from passing through the secondary air intake duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Marvin L. Roten, Michael J Stempien, Marian Acsiniuc, Kenneth J Luchkovitz
  • Patent number: 9997811
    Abstract: Provided herein is a heat exchange assembly for conducting air flow through an air cooled vehicle battery, including: a housing enclosing a battery pack having a plurality of cells; and a manifold operably connected to the housing, wherein the manifold includes an inlet for receiving air flow into the battery pack and an outlet for exhausting air flow out of the battery pack, wherein the inlet and the outlet form a single heat exchange duct that passes through a single opening on a face of the housing. Also provided herein is a vehicle incorporating the disclosed heat exchange assembly and a method of conducting air flow through an air cooled battery in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Randall S. Champagne, Randy C. Curtis, Duane D. Kruger
  • Patent number: 9975587
    Abstract: The resistance reduction member includes: an attachment portion attached to a lower surface of a vehicle body; a main body surface extending downward from the attachment portion; and a reinforcement portion extending downward from the side of the lower surface of the vehicle body, on a lateral surface of the main body surface on the vehicle rear side, and configured to prevent toppling of the main body surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takamasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 9969342
    Abstract: A front bumper step for a vehicle includes a step portion and a gap seal configured to prevent a flow of air through a gap defined between a front bumper fascia of the vehicle and a front grille assembly of the vehicle. The gap seal may be provided as an integral unit with a step pad portion of the front bumper step portion. The vehicle may include an active grille shutter system, and the front grille assembly may be an upper grille assembly. The gap seal may be fabricated of a flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Peter Klop, Joseph Andrew Hickey, Jodi Ann McGrew, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 9957874
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for cooling an engine. In one example, a method for an engine, includes, after an engine shutdown request is received, adjusting an engine cooling fan based on an engine temperature and an elevation of a fuel tank relative to the engine. In this way, fuel vapor generation may be prevented during an engine hot soak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9956866
    Abstract: Active grille shutter. In an embodiment of a shutter system of the present disclosure, the shutter system comprises a plurality of moveable louvers, at least one lifter, the lifter including a lifter arm having a plurality of platforms and a plurality of spurs extending therefrom, a plurality of tensioners, and a drive mechanism connected to the lifter arm and structured to reversibly move the lifter arm and the plurality of platforms extending therefrom, wherein the movement of the lifter arm and platforms causes each louver to rotate about a pin extending therefrom, the pin adjacent and offset from the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Flex-N-Gate Advanced Product Development, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Shaw, Joaquin Hung, Wayne T. Doswell
  • Patent number: 9944168
    Abstract: Regarding an industrial vehicle 101 configured to include an engine 1 mounted on a front portion of a travelling machine body 102 and an exhaust gas purification device 2 for purifying exhaust gas of the engine 1, the industrial vehicle 101 is such that the exhaust gas purification device 2 is mounted on an upper portion side of the engine 1, and the engine 1 and the exhaust gas purification device 2 are covered with a hood 114, and a maneuvering seat 117 is arranged on a rear side of the hood 114, and it is an object to suppress heat damage on the exhaust gas purification device 2 itself and the hood 114. Opening holes 160 are formed on right and left bilateral sides of the hood 114, and an introduction fin 166 that tilts in a posture for taking in outside air from an advancing direction is arranged in each opening hole 160.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9945470
    Abstract: A mining shovel includes a boom and a transmission unit coupled to the boom. The transmission unit includes an outer housing, an internal motor housing disposed within the outer housing, and a venting system coupled to the outer housing to direct air through both the outer housing and the internal motor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Fischer, Nicholas Dame
  • Patent number: 9926020
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure, first guides are formed in a lower inner wall portion that configures part of a wheel well, and are inclined outward in a vehicle width direction and in a vehicle rearward direction as seen in a plan view. Furthermore, first open portions that open toward the vehicle rearward direction are formed in rear end portions of the first guides. For this reason, airflows flow along vehicle width direction inner surfaces of the first guides such that the airflows are altered to flows in the vehicle rearward direction. Because of this, inside the wheel well the airflows flow in the vehicle rearward direction from the first open portions, so the airflows are restrained from being blown outward in the vehicle width direction from the wheel well resulting in the occurrence of air turbulence at due to the airflows rushing out from the wheel well is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihiko Kishima
  • Patent number: 9925856
    Abstract: An arrangement in a motor vehicle includes a subframe. An energy source is arranged in a region of the subframe and components are assigned to the energy source. The energy source and the components are positioned in front of the subframe in a crash direction. The subframe has a window which exceeds the external dimensions of at least one of the energy source or the components and is configured to allow the at least one of the energy source or the components to dip into the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Eduard Ewert, Ralf Keller
  • Patent number: 9914346
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a power equipment; a floor panel having a recessed power equipment containing portion that houses the power equipment; and a frame member that suspends and holds the power equipment, wherein the frame member is fixed to the floor panel through a holding member so that a part of the power equipment protrudes from the floor panel, the holding member has an upper end surface, a lower end surface, and a vertical wall that connects the upper end surface and the lower end surface to each other. The frame member is fastened to the upper end surface of the holding member, and the floor panel is fastened to the lower end surface of the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetomo Fujiwara, Tatsuro Horie
  • Patent number: 9908563
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wheel house structure having: a wheel house front wall that structures a wall at a front side of a wheel house in which a front tire is disposed; and an air discharging portion that is structured to include one or more through-holes formed along a vehicle vertical direction at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of the wheel house front wall, the air discharging portion discharging air, that is further toward a vehicle longitudinal direction front side than the wheel house front wall, through the through-hole obliquely rearward toward a vehicle longitudinal direction rear side and a vehicle transverse direction outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaaki Nishiura
  • Patent number: 9908399
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for influencing an air flow within an engine compartment of a motor vehicle. The device comprises an adjusting means for adjusting the device between two end positions. The device is allocated to a part region of the engine compartment so that in one of the end positions, an air flow that is provided in the engine compartment is in part or entirely either guided into the part region or guided away from the part region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bernd Brinkmann, Johann Hendrik Wegers, Thomas Nitsche, Julian Tietze
  • Patent number: 9905893
    Abstract: An electric vehicle may include a battery system with a plurality of battery packs electrically connected together. Each battery pack of the plurality of battery packs may include a plurality of battery cells. The electric vehicle may also include a cooling system configured to cool the plurality of battery packs. The electric vehicle may further include a control system configured to selectively operate the cooling system such that at least one battery pack of the plurality of battery packs is maintained at a temperature different from another battery pack of the plurality of battery packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Proterra Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Walker
  • Patent number: 9845082
    Abstract: A lower aerodynamic screen of a front shield of a motor vehicle includes lateral air guides shaped to channel air passing under the aerodynamic screen towards front disc brakes of the vehicle, wherein each air guide is defined by two substantially vertical lateral walls and by an upper wall linked to upper edges of the lateral walls, the air guide being provided, downstream relative to a direction of flow of the air, with a window defined by rear edges of the lateral walls and the upper wall, from which the air emerges towards the disc brakes, the air guide further including a flap that is movable between a position in which it blocks the window and a position in which it is retracted from the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventor: Gilles Pallu
  • Patent number: 9837690
    Abstract: A vehicle having: vehicle structure including a pair of opposed sides and a rear, with a floor extending horizontally between the sides and rear; a battery-pack mounted above the floor; a fan assembly having a housing with a motor mounted therein directly behind the battery-pack, with the housing including a pair of flanges having U-slots with slot openings facing downward; and fasteners extending horizontally through the U-slots and secured to the battery-pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash A. Janarthanam, Masahiro Kimoto
  • Patent number: 9828903
    Abstract: An air-governing device (10) for governing an air flow into a vehicle (100) has a main body (20) with an installation section (22) for fastening to a body of the vehicle (100) and an air opening (24). At least one slat (30) is mounted on the main body (20) for movement between a closed position (SP) closing the air opening (24) and an open position (OP) opening the air opening (24). A drive device (40) is fastened to the main body (20) and generates a moving force for the slat (30). A lever mechanism (50) forms an operative connection between the drive device (40) and the at least one slat (30). The lever mechanism (50) has at least one drive lever (52) operatively connected to the drive device (40) in a torque-transmitting manner and fastened in an end position (EP) of a keyhole opening (26) in the main body (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dimitar Danev, Markus Paulitsch
  • Patent number: 9779563
    Abstract: A data transfer dongle for transferring information from an existing vehicle module to a predetermined replacement module. The dongle collects and stores data from an existing vehicle module in the original format and writes or uploads that original data to a repaired or replacement module. Preferably, the dongle is programmed for limited use and will disable itself after a successful data transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: RB Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitri Manoukis, Joseph T. Hubicki, Robin Nyce, Christopher Todd Blalock, Venkataramani Kumar Thoppe Bremkumar
  • Patent number: 9770975
    Abstract: A fresh air inlet system includes an inlet panel defining first windows and second windows, offset from the first windows. An inlet baffle is below the inlet panel and an outlet baffle is opposite the inlet panel from the inlet baffle. The outlet baffle at least partially defines an outlet plenum providing air-flow communication to an induction duct. A longitudinal flow section is defined between the inlet baffle and the inlet panel. A first vertical flow section is defined by the first windows and a second vertical flow section is defined by the second windows. The first vertical flow section is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal flow section and the second vertical flow section is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal flow section. Therefore, intake air flows successively from the longitudinal flow section to the first vertical flow section, to the second vertical flow section, and to the induction duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James M. Sokol, David A. Schoener