Radiators And Condensers, Mounting Patents (Class 180/68.4)
  • Patent number: 11766916
    Abstract: A device for mounting an air-conditioner compressor on a vehicle body of a motor vehicle, having a retaining unit, which is mounted by at least two bearing elements on the vehicle body and to which the air-conditioner is attached. The retaining unit is arranged on a driven axle of the motor vehicle. In addition to the air-conditioner compressor, a drive assembly of the motor vehicle is attached to the retaining unit. The drive assembly is mounted by at least two further bearing elements on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Albl, Manuel Schreiner, Marek Bujak
  • Patent number: 11708116
    Abstract: A work vehicle in which deformation of a shield member can be suppressed. The work vehicle includes: a hood that can be opened and closed; a lower shield portion that is fixed to an inside of the hood; and an upper shield portion that is fixed to an inner peripheral face of the hood and, when the hood is closed, comes in contact with the lower shield portion to partition an inner space of the hood together with the lower shield portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Masuda
  • Patent number: 11654786
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging port includes a pair of charging pins each connected to a respective charging cable by a base. A pair of porous metallic cages surround the base of the pair of charging pins. A phase change material disposed in the pair of porous metallic cages and a vapor chamber is disposed between the base of the pair of charging pins and the pair of porous cage. The phase change material with an optional vapor chamber and high thermal conductivity (metal or graphite) foam or mesh to provide faster response of transient heat generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Taeyoung Han, Chih-hung Yen, Kuo-huey Chen, Bahram Khalighi, Vicente Domenech-Llopis, Srinivasa Rao Vaddiraju, Satish P. Ketkar
  • Patent number: 11608800
    Abstract: A coolant collector bracket including a front side, a back side, and a top side is provided. The back side is opposite the front side and includes a plurality of coolant inlets for receiving coolant from a cylinder head. The top side includes an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler inlet and an EGR coolant outlet. The EGR coolant inlet and the EGR coolant outlet are substantially orthogonal to the plurality of coolant inlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Dean W. Walters, Allen Y. Chen, DeForest C. Gould, III, Jason L. Van Farowe, Quinton M. Burcar
  • Patent number: 11541725
    Abstract: A thermal management system for a vehicle may include a battery line connected to a high-voltage battery core, provided with a first radiator, and through which coolant is communicated by a first pump; an indoor heating line connected to a heating core for indoor air conditioning, provided with a hydrothermal heater therein, provided with a second pump to fluidically-communicate the coolant, and provided with a first valve at a downstream point of the heating core; a first and a second battery heating line branched or joined at the downstream point of the heating core in the indoor heating line to be connected to the upstream point and the downstream point of the high-voltage battery core, respectively; and a refrigerant line provided with an expansion valve, a cooling core for indoor air conditioning, a compressor, and a condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, So La Chung, Jae Woong Kim, Sang Shin Lee
  • Patent number: 11499470
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein relates to a grounds maintenance vehicle. The grounds maintenance vehicle has an engine and an engine shroud defining a cooling volume around the engine. The shroud defines a shroud intake. An engine oil conduit extends from the engine and a heat exchanger is coupled to the engine oil conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: EXMARK MANUFACTURING COMPANY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Tate, Derek L. Dragoo
  • Patent number: 11502581
    Abstract: Disclosed is a motor unit that includes: a rotary electrical machine that has a cylindrical stator, a rotor disposed coaxially with the stator, a shaft disposed coaxially with the rotor, and a cylindrical case that houses the stator and the rotor; and a drive unit that has a swell swelling toward the case and is fixed to a circumferential surface that is located in a radial direction of the rotor and is the case. The case has a recess that corresponds to the swell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Yazaki, Keiichiro Kashiwabara, Tomoyuki Suzuki, Heisuke Kobayashi, Takeshi Hoshinoya, Sachio Kawada, Akira Fujiwara, Yasuyuki Saito, Hiroshi Hamano, Tsuyoshi Harada
  • Patent number: 11458799
    Abstract: An electric vehicle has a thermal management system that comprises a common radiator, a brake resistor loop, and an electric power source loop. The brake resistor loop comprises a brake resistor and a brake resistor controller that are coupled to the common radiator. The electric power source loop comprises an electric power source coupled to the common radiator. When the brake resistor loop is determined to be in operation, the common radiator is utilized by the brake resistor loop to absorb heat generated by the brake resistor loop. When the brake resistor loop is determined to not be in operation, the common radiator is utilized by the electric power source to absorb heat generated by the electric power source loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Nikola Corporation
    Inventors: Aiden Cohan, Rachel Cook, Akshit Markan, Mitchell Shinn, Katherine Smith
  • Patent number: 11413936
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes: a heat exchanger body which includes an adhesive lower damping material which is provided on a lower outer peripheral surface of a lower tubular member exposed from a lower buffer material provided in each of both end portions in both end portions of the lower tubular member constituting at least a lower header and is formed such that at least a portion of each of both end portions extends between the lower tubular member and the lower buffer material; and a casing which includes first and second abutment portions against which the lower buffer material abuts and a condensate water discharge unit which discharges condensate water to an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES THERMAL SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kominami, Takahide Yamamoto, Tsubasa Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11417897
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle includes a fuel cell and a junction box. The fuel cell includes at least one cell stack including a plurality of unit cells in a stacked configuration, heaters disposed at end portions of the at least one cell stack, current collectors disposed at the end portions of the at least one cell stack, a terminal block electrically connecting the current collectors and the heaters to the junction box, a positive bus bar and a negative bus bar electrically connecting the current collectors to the terminal block, and a positive wire and a negative wire electrically connecting the heaters to the terminal block. The junction box includes a first switching unit disposed between the positive wire and the positive bus bar, and a second switching unit disposed between the negative wire and the negative bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong Jun Lee, Ki Wook Ohm
  • Patent number: 11370371
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle interior, a battery provided below the vehicle interior with a floor panel in between, a front room provided in front of the vehicle interior with a dashboard in between, a charging port disposed in the front room, and a junction box which electrically connects a first power line extending from the charging port and a second power line extending from a power line connection portion of the battery. The junction box is disposed on a virtual line connecting the charging port and the power line connection portion in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Takizawa, Makoto Hatami, Takanori Suzuki, Naoto Kochi
  • Patent number: 11352076
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a passenger compartment; a nose region forwards of the passenger compartment, the nose region having a top surface and a front; and a duct running from an inlet to an outlet to permit air flowing into the inlet to be channeled to the outlet, the inlet being positioned at the front of the nose region below the top surface and the outlet being positioned on the top surface of the nose region behind the inlet, the outlet being oriented so that air flowing through the outlet is directed in an upwards direction, the upwards airflow causing disruption to a rearward airflow moving towards the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Kay, Steven Digby Nicol, Scott Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 11338666
    Abstract: A system for attaching a heat exchanger to a vehicle includes a first bracket and a second bracket. The first bracket is secured to the heat exchanger and has a first plate. The first plate includes front and back surfaces. The first plate defines first and second notches on opposing peripheral edges of the first plate. The second bracket is secured to the vehicle. The second bracket has a second plate, a hook, and a clip. The second plate has an outer surface. The hook and the clip extend from opposing edges of the outer surface. The outer surface is configured to engage the front surface of the first plate. The hook and the clip are configured to extend through the first and second notches, respectively, and to engage the back surface of the first plate to secure the second bracket to the first bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis David Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 11207972
    Abstract: According to one embodiment a radiator assembly is provided that includes a radiator and a stiffening frame which supports the radiator and which enables its attachment to the front panel of a vehicle. The attachment of the radiator to the stiffening frame is performed through at least one upper support which is attached to the radiator. The support, which is configured for absorbing vibrations, is fixed in a housing of the stiffening frame. The upper support includes a main body made from an elastomeric material, such as rubber, and a fixing element made from a second material, such as plastic, having a higher hardness than the material of the main body. The fixing element includes elastic retaining means configured for retaining the upper support when it is introduced into the housing of the stiffening frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: CIKAUTXO, S. COOP.
    Inventor: Gotzon Juaristi Larrinaga
  • Patent number: 11091206
    Abstract: The invention relates to a supporting structure (10) for a front-end module of a motor vehicle, said supporting structure (10) comprising a lower crossmember (12), a first side post (14), a second side post (16) and an upper crossmember (18) so as to define a frame, said upper crossmember (18) being made of a hybrid material comprising a plastic material and a metal material. The invention also relates to a front-end module comprising one such supporting structure (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: S├ębastien Velasco
  • Patent number: 11027641
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vehicle accessory grill comprising a plurality of edge protrusions, a front surface, a rear surface, a plurality of air apertures, and a plurality of lighting apertures. The grill also comprises a lighting system which may comprise a control module and a plurality of lamps. The plurality of lamps may include a plurality of high beam lamps, a plurality of low beam lamps, a plurality of daytime running lamps, and a plurality of turn lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Justin Hartenstein
  • Patent number: 10967823
    Abstract: An engine cooling module having a radiator and a stone guard. The stone guard protects a core of the radiator from potential damage by foreign objects, such as stones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wojdyla, Michael Lacey, Shane Harte
  • Patent number: 10946910
    Abstract: A vehicle having an underside, the vehicle comprising a first duct configured to channel air from a first outlet at the underside of the vehicle to a second outlet away from the underside of the vehicle so that when the vehicle is in forward motion the underside of the vehicle in front of the first outlet is at a lower pressure than the underside of the vehicle behind the first outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Arthur Danny Slight
  • Patent number: 10919470
    Abstract: A reinforcement component is disposed in an end portion of an Fr bumper R/F as viewed in a vehicle width direction, the end portion including an outer end of the Fr bumper R/F as viewed in the vehicle width direction. Additionally, an extension projects from an outer end of a front end of an Fr suspension member as viewed in the vehicle width direction further outward as viewed in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Yabe, Takashi Tagaito
  • Patent number: 10889327
    Abstract: The invention concerns a structure for a motor vehicle front end, comprising a crossmember and at least one column (4) rigidly connected to the crossmember, the crossmember extending longitudinally in a so-called main direction, characterised in that said at least one column (4) comprises a first set (10) of reinforcing ribs (11) on at least a portion (12) of an outer surface of said at least one column (4), each reinforcing rib (11) extending in a direction (D) parallel to the main direction of the crossmember.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Lanard, Sergio Da Costa Pito
  • Patent number: 10865746
    Abstract: An opposed-piston engine is configured to fit in an engine compartment of a light-duty truck without compromising engine operations or the integrity of the engine compartment. The opposed-piston engine includes an air handling system and can be configured so that a cylinder assembly of the engine is tilted. The tilt of the cylinder assembly can allow for all of the components of the engine's air handling system to be located on one side of the opposed-piston engine. The air handling system of the opposed-piston engine can be configured with a cobra-head shaped intake duct assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Achates Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Warlick, Jr., Cain Piotrowski
  • Patent number: 10852786
    Abstract: A venting grate includes a main portion, a first venting area, and a second venting area. The first venting area is defined by first, second, third, and fourth edges. Each of the first, second, third, and fourth edges extend from the main portion. The second venting area is defined by fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth edges. Each of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth edges extend from the main portion. The third edge and the fifth edge extend away from the main portion of the venting grate and angle together to form a pointed edge between the first and second venting areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Chuck Lien, Yi-Hsin Kuan, Chuan Chieh (Dennis) Tseng, Chin-Chia Chang, Richard A. Crisp, Timothy C. Dearborn
  • Patent number: 10837706
    Abstract: A heat exchanger designed to be fixed to a turbomachine wall delimiting a gas flow stream, this exchanger including a body with a front face through which the gas flow passes; an attachment face to the wall; an external face opposite the attachment face and connected to the front face; two lateral faces connected to the front face; a cover surrounding the front face and extending along the prolongation of the external face and the lateral faces, to delimit an intake with an area smaller than the area of the front face, this intake being located upstream from the front face relative to the gas flow stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Romain Jean-Claude Ferrier, Irwin Pierre Robert Kernemp, Jonathan David Robert Langridge
  • Patent number: 10818955
    Abstract: A fuel cell unit includes: a fuel cell module including a fuel cell stack including: a stacked body in which unit cells are stacked; a pair of end plates sandwiching the stacked body in a stacking direction; a facing member facing an outer surface of the stacked body extending along the stacking direction; and first and second restriction members arranged between the facing member and the stacked body, and restricting a position of the stacked body in a direction perpendicular to the stacking direction by contacting with the outer surface; and fixing members fixing the fuel cell module to a fixed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoaki Uchiyama, Masayuki Ito
  • Patent number: 10737568
    Abstract: A grille inner attachment structure includes a grille inner disposed ahead of a radiator in a vehicle front-rear direction; and a vehicle body to which the grille inner is attached. The grille inner includes an arm portion attached and fixed to the vehicle body, a breaking start portion provided in the arm portion and configured to be broken to release the arm portion from the vehicle body when the grille inner receives a collision load from a vehicle front side, and an inclined surface inclined toward a vehicle rear side and an upper side. The vehicle body includes an inclined surface facing portion provided behind the inclined surface and ahead of the radiator in the vehicle front-rear direction, the inclined surface facing portion being provided at a position at which the inclined surface facing portion overlaps with the inclined surface when seen from the vehicle front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaomi Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10661852
    Abstract: In a to-be-cooled body protection structure of a saddle-ridden vehicle, a guard member protects at least a front portion of a to-be-cooled body requiring cooling with a travelling air, straddles over a pair of left and right frame members, is supported to the body frame, and located at a rear of a front wheel. A plurality of through-holes are provided on the guard member, each include at least one linear edge portion linearly extending, and are formed into non-circular shapes. The non-circular through-holes are arranged such that linear ribs are formed between linear edge portions, as said linear edge portion, facing each other of adjacent ones of the non-circular through-holes. Accordingly, while protecting the to-be-cooled body from a small stone etc. jumped up by the front wheel, a larger amount of travelling air is guided to the to-be-cooled body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Kanemura, Yuji Noguchi, Kazuki Seri
  • Patent number: 10640949
    Abstract: To make a reserve tank be hardly affected by the heat of an engine. An engine room (5) is totally covered by an exterior cover (9) including openings (44) at the upper surface, and includes in the inside thereof an engine (13), a radiator (24), a cooling fan (20) for sucking external air and cooling the radiator, and a reserve tank (30) for storing cooling water of the engine. The reserve tank (30) is disposed at a position above the engine (13) and facing the openings (44) and a position on the upstream side of the flow of the air with respect to the openings (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Hirasawa, Takeshi Hibiya, Toshikazu Kanno, Kazuhiko Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10594006
    Abstract: A battery cooling system and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. In one aspect, the system includes a cooling fan connected to a battery system and configured to control a flow speed of a coolant to flow into the battery system. A heat exchanger is connected to the cooling fan and configured to lower the temperature of the coolant. A control valve is configured to selectively supply the coolant to one of the heat exchanger and the cooling fan. And a controller is configured to compare a first temperature, which is the temperature of the air of the environment where the battery cooling system is located, with a first reference temperature and control the control valve based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Sik Jin, Sanggyu Kim, Kichoon Lee, Jongseop Kwak, Su-Bin Song
  • Patent number: 10584465
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a vehicle body that includes a heat exchange room in which an opening portion facing a rear side is formed, and a rear passage extending in a width direction along a lower edge portion of the opening portion behind the opening portion, a cooling unit that is provided in the heat exchange room and includes a rear surface facing the rear side, and a blower unit that includes a fan rotationally driven and a movable shroud covering the fan from an outer peripheral side, and that is movable with respect to the vehicle body so that a movement region of the blower unit overlaps the rear passage between a closed position at which the blower unit faces the rear surface of the cooling unit from the rear side and an open position at which the blower unit exposes the rear surface of the cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Sakon, Yohei Seto, Hirofumi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10520220
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to a heat exchanger unit that includes a frame and at least one cooler. The cooler is associated with a respective side region of the heat exchanger unit, and the cooler has an outer surface and an inner surface. The unit can include a mount assembly for coupling the cooler to the frame. The mount assembly includes an elongated fastening member; a rigid outer ring; a rigid inner ring; and a deformable ring disposed between the rigid outer ring and the inner outer ring. The cooler may have a core end mass greater than a tank end mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Hjorth, John Gaska, Randy Vanberg, Kevin Visscher, Iqbal Lotey, Bob Peng
  • Patent number: 10486745
    Abstract: An integral type front-end module is provided. The integral type front-end module includes a frame having an upper member, a lower member, and a pair of vertical members that connect the upper and lower members. The integral type front-end module also includes a horizontal back beam that connects the vertical members, a first vertical back beam that connects middle portions of the upper member and the lower member, and a pair of second vertical back beams, each disposed between one of the vertical members and the first vertical back beams. In particular, the horizontal back beam, the first vertical back beam, and the second vertical back beams are formed integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Do Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 10471996
    Abstract: The invention relates to a supporting structure (10) for a front-end module of a motor vehicle, said supporting structure (10) comprising a lower crossmember (12), a first side post (14), a second side post (16) and an upper crossmember (18) so as to define a frame, said upper crossmember (18) being made of a hybrid material comprising a plastic material and a metal material. The invention also relates to a front-end module comprising one such supporting structure (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: S├ębastien Velasco
  • Patent number: 10450018
    Abstract: A method of assembling vehicle front end components to a vehicle front end includes the steps of attaching at least one non-skin component to the body, supporting a first skin component using at least one of the at least one non-skin component such that the first skin component is moveable relative the at least one non-skin component, joining a second skin component to the first skin component such that the first skin component and the second skin component are fixed relative one another and moveable relative the at least one non-skin component, and restricting movement of the second skin component relative the at least one non-skin component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Carroll, Bradly Gilmour, David Brian Glickman, Andre Jurkiewicz, Matthew William Maier, Sandip Patel, Matt W. Roosen, David Paul Villescas, Scott Stinson
  • Patent number: 10442286
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integrated bracket for an automotive heat exchanger, in particular for a radiator. The integrated bracket comprising a radiator bracket base (2), having an inner side at which the heat exchange is located and an opposite outer side. The bracket base (2) comprises a base plate (2a) and a supporting plate (1) which are in contact with their surfaces faced to each other and each of the plates (1, 2a) has latching and locking means to engage both plates one to the other. The plate which is selected from said supporting and base plates (1, 2a) and which is located at the outer side of the bracket is provided with at least one ball pin (4) integrally formed with said plate and protruding from said plate at its outer side for fixing the bracket base (2) in a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Autosystemy Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Grzegorz Romanski, Andrzej Fudala, Dawid Szostek
  • Patent number: 10414266
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, a front cabin coupled to the chassis, an engine coupled to the chassis and positioned at least one of beneath and behind the front cabin, and a cooling pack coupled to the chassis and positioned forward of the front cabin defining an airgap between the cooling pack and the engine. The cooling pack includes a radiator positioned at a front end of the chassis, a fan system including a fan positioned behind and proximate the radiator, and a conduit system fluidly coupling the radiator to the engine to facilitate providing a coolant between the radiator and the engine. The fan is configured to draw air through the radiator to cool the coolant within the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Wiegand, Michael Pertile, Andrew Prust
  • Patent number: 10407106
    Abstract: A sill for a motor vehicle, a method for producing a sill, and a method for producing a motor vehicle. The sill includes a sill profile having at least one longitudinal recess, and a reinforcing body having at least one longitudinal tab configured for receipt into the at least one longitudinal recess to connect the reinforcing body to the sill profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Hofer
  • Patent number: 10385757
    Abstract: A cooling device for an internal combustion engine is provided. During assembly, the radiator and the cooler are connected by first connecting the radiator and the cooler via a lower plug-in connection as a result of a vertical joining motion and then bringing the radiator and the cooler into a slightly tilted position. The position is achieved via limited swiveling mobility of the lower plug-in connection, whereby the required degree of freedom is created so that the required distance of the radiator and of the cooler for attaching the upper first plug-in connection can be set. The upper-first plug-in connection is then attached in a final assembly step via an attachment device that is substantially orthogonal to the plane of the cooler. The limited mobility ensures that thermal or production-related tolerances due to the different operating temperatures of the radiator and the cooler are compensated during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joerg Ohlhoff, Bernd Schiemann, Marco Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10358027
    Abstract: A series of mounting supports, a mounting support for fastening radiator modules and a method for producing mounting supports, in particular for motor vehicles for fastening radiator modules by which the variability of a mounting support with respect to the arrangement of radiator modules can be increased. A series of mounting supports for fastening radiator modules in the front-end structure of motor vehicles relates to mounting supports having a frame which comprises an upper transversal support, two lateral vertical supports and a lower transversal support. At least an upper bearing area and at least a lower bearing area for mounting a radiator module are formed on the frame. Adapter elements for connecting between the mounting support and a radiator module are arranged on the mounting support in the upper bearing area and/or in the lower bearing area, which allow the variable fastening of radiator modules in different relative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Gassmann, Tim Kuehn
  • Patent number: 10343635
    Abstract: A lower grille assembly preventing light leakage and fixedly connected to a bumper skin of a vehicle and comprising a lower grille body with a buckle mounting orifice and a lower grille trim with a buckle, wherein the lower grille trim is fixedly connected to the lower grille body by means of the buckle and the buckle mounting orifice; a buckle flange extending outward on the buckle of the lower grille trim, the buckle including a U-shaped groove for receiving an end of the skin and in a clearance fit with the end, so as to clamp and support the skin, effectively ensuring a Z-direction clearance between the trim and the skin, preventing the skin from falling due to its dead weight, and avoiding light leakage due to an increased Z-direction clearance between the skin and the lower grille assembly resulting from deformation of the lower grille assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Compagnie Plastic Omnium, Yanfeng Plastic Omnium Automotive Exterior Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Zhang, Li Cheng, Wufan Li
  • Patent number: 10302374
    Abstract: A baffle assembly for directing air to a charge air cooler disposed within an engine compartment and mounted above a radiator module and behind a hood latch support bracket extending between an upper and lower structure of the vehicle frame. The baffle assembly includes a lower baffle for directing air upwardly towards the charge air cooler and an upper baffle for directing air downwardly towards the charge air cooler. An air diverter extends from either the lower or upper baffle for positioning behind the hood latch support bracket to reduce turbulence behind the hood latch support bracket and more uniformly distribute airflow to the charge air cooler. In other words, the air diverter reduces the recirculation region and turbulence by diverting the airflow behind the hood latch support bracket smoothly with minimum air flow losses and improves the mass flow rate through the charge air cooler, therefore significantly improving efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MAHINDRA VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Garrisi, Vasantha Ganesh Jayasankaran
  • Patent number: 10293678
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a breakable pin for an in-vehicle component disposed on a vehicle body. The breakable pin includes a first portion, a second portion, and a breakable portion. The first portion is inserted into the in-vehicle component along a first direction and detachably connected to the in-vehicle component. The second portion is fixed to the vehicle body. The breakable portion is positioned between the first portion and the second portion. The breakable portion has a cross-section taken along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The cross-section of the breakable portion has an outer shape shape of rotational symmetry except a circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Vandiver, Adam Jones
  • Patent number: 10273653
    Abstract: A component sliding mechanism in a work vehicle includes a guided portion provided on a component in the work vehicle. A support deck includes a sliding surface on which the component is provided such that the component is movable on the sliding surface along a sliding direction substantially parallel to the sliding surface. A guide track is connected to the support deck and includes a sliding direction track and a tilt direction track. The sliding direction track is to guide the guided portion to move along the sliding direction. The sliding direction track has a first end and a second end opposite to the first end in the sliding direction. The tilt direction track extends in a tilt direction from the second end to guide the guided portion to move along the tilt direction. An angle between the sliding direction track and the tilt direction track is an obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunichiro Mori, Shinsuke Hisatake, Ryohei Hamamoto
  • Patent number: 10232883
    Abstract: A vehicle equipped with a traveling motor includes: two front pillars; two side members; a power unit arranged between the two side members and including the traveling motor; an electric-power converter arranged adjacent to the power unit and located at a higher position in the vehicle-vertical direction than the side members; and a first auxiliary frame member, a first end of the first auxiliary frame member being coupled to one of the front pillars, the first auxiliary frame member extending, as viewed from the vehicle-width direction, to pass a position where the first auxiliary frame member overlaps with the electric-power converter or a position higher than the electric-power converter, and a second end of the first auxiliary frame member being coupled to one of the side members, at a more frontward position than the electric-power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10202049
    Abstract: An air-cooled fuel-cell vehicle includes: a drive motor for the vehicle; an air-cooled fuel cell; an intake duct which is placed on a vehicle front side relative to the fuel cell and guides air to the fuel cell; an air-intake shutter mechanism which opens and closes the intake duct; a storage chamber provided on the vehicle front side relative to a passenger compartment of the vehicle and accommodates the fuel cell, the intake duct, and the air-intake shutter mechanism; a controlling portion which controls the air-intake shutter mechanism; and a collision detector which detects a front collision of the vehicle. The controlling portion controls the air-intake shutter mechanism to a closed side when the front collision of the vehicle is detected, and the intake duct includes a tubular metal plate portion or a resin portion containing an elastomer component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Nagaosa
  • Patent number: 10196097
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement comprising a base reinforcing structure including a plurality of ribs and having a first surface and a second surface, an expandable adhesive material located onto a first portion of the first surface, and a sealant material located around an edge of the second surface, the second surface being substantially free of any of the plurality of ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry E. Richardson, Alexander G. Mangiapane
  • Patent number: 10173519
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a frame-like assembly carrier as a component of a bodywork in the front end region of the motor vehicle which is driven by means of an internal combustion engine. The assembly carrier has an inner side and an outer side and includes a plurality of web-like carriers. In the installation position of the assembly carrier, two lateral carriers spaced apart from each other are connected by an upper carrier with a frame being formed. The upper web-like carrier has at least one air passage defined by the upper carrier which leads from the outer side to the inner side of the assembly carrier. A suction system is arranged on the inner side of the assembly carrier for supplying the internal combustion engine with air. At least one air inlet opening of the suction system adjoins at least one air passage of the upper carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Bert Niessen, Darren John Wood, Stefan Kuehne, Neil McGregor, Scott James Martin, Henry Ward
  • Patent number: 10106205
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement comprising a base reinforcing structure including a plurality of ribs and having a first surface and a second surface, an expandable adhesive material located onto a first portion of the first surface, and a sealant material located around an edge of the second surface, the second surface being substantially free of any of the plurality of ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry E. Richardson, Alexander G. Mangiapane
  • Patent number: 10086818
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a motor-generator unit, an energy storage system, and a high-voltage load (such as an electric compressor and/or electric heater), all interconnected via a high-voltage bus. The motor-generator unit is configured to operate in a regenerative mode and a non-regenerative mode with respect to the high-voltage bus. A control module is configured to operate the load at a first power consumption level during the regenerative mode, and to operate the high-voltage load at a second power consumption level, less than the first power consumption level, during the non-regenerative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Bolenbaugh
  • Patent number: 10082347
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for mounting a heat exchanger comprises an elongate member defining a screw threaded axial bore at each end, and a bolt for each screw threaded bore. The assembly further comprises two elastomeric parts each being substantially top hat shaped and defining an axial bore to receive one end of the elongate member, such that the assembly can be mounted between two apertured mounting parts by arranging the heat exchanger between the mounting parts, with the elongate member received in a bore through the heat exchanger, and tightening the bolts so that the mounting part is clamped between the end of the elongate member and the bolt head, with the elastomeric parts mounting the mounting assembly in the heat exchanger bore so that resilient compression of the elastomeric parts allows movement of the heat exchanger with respect to the elastomeric parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO Marston Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiron Arnott, Sam Bailey
  • Patent number: 10053156
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure has: a suspension member provided at a vehicle lower side of side members and supported by the side members, the suspension member having a main body portion that extends in a vehicle transverse direction, and a pair of left and right arm portions, each of which extends toward a vehicle front side from a vehicle transverse direction end portion of the main body portion; a front cross member connecting a distal end portion of one of the arm portions and a distal end portion of another of the arm portions in the vehicle transverse direction; and a pair of left and right braces extending obliquely toward vehicle transverse direction outer sides while heading toward a vehicle rear side, front end portions of the braces being joined to the front cross member, and rear end portions of the braces being joined to the arm portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Daigaku