Vehicle Or Vehicle Component Patents (Class 219/202)
  • Patent number: 10932460
    Abstract: A refill kit for a device to dispense an air treatment chemical includes a substrate supported on a frame. The substrate is in the form of a puck, and includes sand, a binder, and an air treatment chemical. A candle is also provided, which is suitable to heat the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Sharma, Brian T. Davis, Allyce M. Gilligan
  • Patent number: 10876457
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods and programs for reducing emissions from engines are provided. For example, one system for reducing emissions from engines comprises a heating controller coupled to an energy storage device (ESD). The heating controller is configured to control a heating element to heat one or more components of an after-treatment system using energy from the ESD under a first condition and to control the heating element to stop heating the one or more components of the after-treatment system when a second condition is satisfied. Additionally, another system for reducing emissions from engines comprises a controller detecting a decrease in a demanded torque from an engine and an ISG. The controller is then configured to operate a clutch to disengage the engine from the ISG, if after removing fuel from the engine, the sensed speed of the engine is above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Derek M T Matthews, Timothy L. Wells
  • Patent number: 10866006
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fan typing and anomaly detection may provide a pulse width modulation (PWM) control signal with a predetermined threshold duty cycle to a fan, receive a tachometer signal from the fan while the PWM control signal has the threshold duty cycle, and compare the frequency of the tachometer signal (expressed in revolutions per minute) to an expected tachometer frequency for fans of a first fan type with the PWM control signal having the threshold duty cycle, according to an RPM vs. PWM curve specified for fans of the first fan type. The systems and methods may determine, based on the comparison, that the fan is of the first fan type and provide an indication that the fan is of the first fan type to a fan controller. Deviations from expected tachometer responses may indicate an anomaly, such as an actual fan failure or a predicted fan failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Lambert, Sandor T. Farkas, Robert B. Curtis
  • Patent number: 10849265
    Abstract: A manure spreader implement has a compartment for containing manure, a conveyor for displacing manure in the compartment towards a rear end of the implement, and a rotating beater assembly at the rear end of the implement for spreading the manure outwardly from the rear end of the implement. The implement further includes (i) support brackets for supporting the mounting fasteners of the beater teeth on the auger of the beater assembly in double shear, (ii) auxiliary paddles supported by removable fasteners on the auger of the beater assembly between the auger flighting above and the lower paddles of the auger below, and/or (iii) floor slats on the conveyor which have end portions of reduced internal dimension formed by crimps that allow relative sliding between the floor slats and the mounting bars on the chain of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dutch Blacksmith Shop Ltd.
    Inventors: Wayne Gordon Westcott, Adam Jack Joseph Kraine
  • Patent number: 10842069
    Abstract: A manure spreader implement has a compartment for containing manure, a conveyor for displacing manure in the compartment towards a rear end of the implement, and a rotating beater assembly at the rear end of the implement for spreading the manure outwardly from the rear end of the implement. The implement further includes (i) support brackets for supporting the mounting fasteners of the beater teeth on the auger of the beater assembly in double shear, (ii) auxiliary paddles supported by removable fasteners on the auger of the beater assembly between the auger flighting above and the lower paddles of the auger below, and/or (iii) floor slats on the conveyor which have end portions of reduced internal dimension formed by crimps that allow relative sliding between the floor slats and the mounting bars on the chain of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dutch Blacksmith Shop Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheldon Joseph Grywacheski, Adam Jack Joseph Kraine, Ronald Galen Jordan, Douglas Little
  • Patent number: 10836258
    Abstract: A control device controls a preconditioning of at least one energy consumer in a motor vehicle and an energy store incorporated in the motor vehicle. The control device is designed to control the energy take-up of the energy consumer and the energy take-up of a charging device incorporated in the motor vehicle such that a difference is generated between the energy take-up of the energy consumer and the energy take-up of the charging device, which is compensated by an energy take-up of the energy store or by a release of energy from the energy store, with the result that the energy store is warmed by the power loss associated with the energy take-up or with the release of energy from the energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Benno Schweiger, Bernhard Kreppold, Andreas Maerkl
  • Patent number: 10841982
    Abstract: A heating device including a substrate, at least one heating layer on the substrate, and a power supply electrically connected to the at least one heating layer. The heating layer includes graphene nanomaterials. To form a layer of heating material, a liquid including graphene nanomaterials is applied to the substrate. The liquid is dried to form the at least one heating layer on the substrate. A first electrode and a second electrode are attached to the substrate. A power supply is electrically connected to the at least one heating layer on the substrate via the first electrode and the second electrode. The heating layer produces heat in the presence of power applied to the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Salah S. Sedarous
  • Patent number: 10800382
    Abstract: A motor vehicle component composed of a synthetic material and which includes a sensor mounted on at least one region thereof. Conductive elements are mounted within the at least one region, and composed of a material that may be stimulated by induction. A coil is provided for inductive heating of the conductive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA EXTERIORS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Paule, Klaus Muenker
  • Patent number: 10804815
    Abstract: A vehicle operates an internal combustion engine according to an automatic start-stop function to reduce fuel consumption. A first DC bus is adapted to connect to a plurality of DC loads. A primary battery is coupled between the first DC bus and a ground. A first alternator is driven by the internal combustion engine to supply electrical power to the first DC bus. A second DC bus is connected to a positive terminal of an auxiliary battery. A negative terminal of the auxiliary battery is connected to the first DC bus. A second alternator is driven by the internal combustion engine to supply electrical power to the second bus at a voltage corresponding to a sum of voltages of the primary and auxiliary batteries. An inverter receives electrical power from the second DC bus to generate an AC output adapted to connect to accessory AC loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hanyang B. Chen, Michael J. Irby, Alan F. Judge, Anthony T. Spoto, Stuart C. Salter, Jason Baker
  • Patent number: 10793033
    Abstract: An occupant support comprises a vehicle seat including a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom. The occupant support further comprises a heating system located within the seat back of the vehicle seat. The heating system may be configured to provide a heating sensation to an occupant resting on the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Chad W. Durkee, Shaun D. Tait
  • Patent number: 10752090
    Abstract: An operator configurable radiant heating system is provided for a motor vehicle. That operator configurable radiant heating system includes a plurality of docking points provided at different locations within the motor vehicle and a radiant heating panel configured for docking with any of the docking points of the plurality of docking points. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Craig Elson, Victoria Leigh Schein, Kerrie Kathleen Gath, Clay Wesley Maranville
  • Patent number: 10743671
    Abstract: An air conditioning seat including: two air outlets configured to distribute air distributed from an interior of the seat to an exterior of the seat, wherein the two air outlets are configured to receive supply of air from different air distribution paths and distribute air of different temperatures or humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Hiroshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10723465
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling power includes a power source, a plurality of primary control circuits, a load, at least one secondary control circuit, a switch circuit, and a control channel. The plurality of primary control circuits are connected to control load power from the power source to respective ones of a plurality of load power inputs. The load is configured to receive power from the plurality of load power inputs. The at least one secondary control circuit is connected to the power source, and the switch circuit is connected between the at least one secondary control circuit and the plurality of load power inputs. The control channel is configured to control the switch circuit to connect the at least one secondary control circuit to a selected one of the plurality of load power inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Lee Skoglund, Harry Garnett
  • Patent number: 10709250
    Abstract: A heated cover for use with an article of furniture comprises an exterior top layer and an exterior bottom layer that are fabricated from a conductive material. The heated cover also includes a plurality of heating pads positioned between the exterior top layer and the exterior bottom layer. Each of the plurality of heating pads comprises a heating element configured to convert electrical energy to thermal energy and a padding layer coupled between the heating element and the exterior bottom layer. The heated cover also includes a rechargeable electrical storage device coupled to the plurality of heating pads. The rechargeable electrical storage device is configured to provide electrical energy to the plurality of heating pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: ReAnna Gayle Smith, Kyle Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 10710732
    Abstract: There is provided an ice protection system for a rotary aircraft, including a rotor blade susceptible to an ice buildup having an inboard portion and an outboard portion, the length of the inboard portion and the length of the outboard portion define a total length of the rotor blade; a first deicing system coupled to the inboard portion of the rotor blade, the first deicing system including a plurality of spanwise zones; and a second deicing system coupled to the outboard portion of the rotor blade, the second deicing system including a plurality of chordwise zones. In one aspect, there is provided a deicing system for a rotary aircraft. In another aspect, there is a method to de-ice a rotor blade of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Roger J. Aubert, Jared M. Paulson
  • Patent number: 10697351
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the temperature of a vehicle component, in particular of an internal combustion engine, by way of a cooling apparatus of the vehicle using at least one moving air guide which controls a cooling air stream. The apparatus has an anti-icing unblocking unit which is designed in such a way that it can release the air guide which has been blocked by ice and/or snow, so that the slats or the like which serve as the air guide are fully operational again. To this end, the anti-icing unblocking unit is designed to melt the ice and/or the snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Jolk, Johann Wegers, Helmut Hoyer, Thomas Nitsche, Bernd Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 10616959
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric heating device with at least one electrically heatable heating element or with a plurality of electrically heatable heating elements, wherein at least one radiator element is thermally connected to the at least one heating element in order to heat a fluid flow, which flows against and/or around and/or through the at least one radiator element, wherein each heating element has at least one heater which heats up when electric current flows through the heater, wherein electrode elements are provided for electrically contacting the heater, wherein the electrode elements contacting a heater are arranged spaced from one another and accommodate at least one of the heater between them, wherein at least two heater are electrically interconnected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kohl, Falk Viehrig
  • Patent number: 10611267
    Abstract: A temperature increasing system for vehicle batteries includes a drive motor, first and second batteries, first and second temperature increasing units, and a controller. The drive motor can output a driving force for driving a drive wheel of a vehicle. The first battery can supply electric power to the drive motor. The second battery has a capacity smaller than a capacity of the first battery. The first and second temperature increasing units can increase, respectively, the temperatures of the first and second batteries by using electric power from the second battery. While the vehicle is parked, the controller heats the first battery by using the first temperature increasing unit if the temperature of the first battery is below a first value when the vehicle starts moving, and heats the second battery by using the second temperature increasing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Wakabayashi, Fumiyuki Moriya
  • Patent number: 10616957
    Abstract: A heat generating system for a motor vehicle includes a carbon nanotube heating element and a controller. The controller is configured to activate the carbon nanotube heating element in response to a wireless activation signal received from a remote communication device. A related method of heating a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Paul Kaminski, Dragos Maciuca
  • Patent number: 10602876
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a liquid heating device (10) for a hot beverage machine, comprising: —a flow through heater (18, 18?); —a first tank (12) for receiving liquid (24) to be heated; —a second tank (14) for temporarily storing pre-heated liquid (24?); —a liquid outlet (22) for releasing heated liquid; and —a switching unit (20, 20?, 20?, 20??) which is configured to switch a liquid-flow cycle of the liquid heating device (10) between a pre-heating cycle, in which liquid (24) flows from the first tank (12) through the flow through heater (18, 18?) and into the second tank (14) in order to temporarily store pre-heated liquid (24?) in the second tank (14), and a end-heating cycle, in which the pre-heated liquid (24?) flows from the second tank (14) through the flow through heater (18, 18?) to the liquid outlet (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jarno Beekman, Fred Fraij
  • Patent number: 10609765
    Abstract: An ice melting assembly for inhibiting ice and snow from collecting in a wheel well includes a liner that is mounted in a wheel well of a vehicle. A heating element is positioned within the liner and the heating element is in thermal communication with the liner. A control is provided and the control is selectively manipulated. The control is electrically coupled to the heating element to turn the heating element on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Nathaniel Johnson
  • Patent number: 10589684
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head having a mirror casing and an electro-optic mirror reflective element. A mirror casing sidewall has a terminal end region that circumscribes an open end of the mirror casing and has a rounded end region surface. A first substrate of the reflective element has a rounded circumferential perimeter region extending at least partially between a front surface and a rear surface of the first substrate and having a first radius of curvature. The rounded surface of the mirror casing has a second radius of curvature. The substrate thickness of the first substrate is less than the first radius of curvature. The rounded surface of the mirror casing and the rounded circumferential perimeter region of the first substrate combine to provide a curved transition between the front surface and the outer surface of the mirror casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Mark L. Larson, Rodney K. Blank, Joseph D. Suchecki, Craig Kendall
  • Patent number: 10580712
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wiring board on which an optical element is mounted in a state of being sealed by a transparent plate, lens or the like while preventing or reducing the occurrence of condensation or freezing on a surface of the transparent plate, lens or the like. In one embodiment, the wiring board includes: a board body formed with opposed front and back surfaces by stacking of a plurality of ceramic layers (insulating layers); and a plurality of optical element-mounting pads disposed on a bottom surface of a cavity open to the front surface of the board body. The wiring board further includes a heater circuit arranged at the front surface of the board body or an interface of the ceramic layers of the board body along a peripheral side in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Nagai
  • Patent number: 10551443
    Abstract: A battery deterioration determination device includes a temperature sensor that detects a temperature of a battery; and a determination unit that determines whether the battery has deteriorated or not, wherein the determination unit executes a different deterioration determination process between a first case where the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is less than a predetermined temperature and a second case where the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Takeyuki Shiraishi, Atsushi Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10553380
    Abstract: The present disclosure reveals a dual switched circuit for turning an electrical device on and off at set intervals of on and set intervals of time so that current is sent to the electrical device for a designated period of time, followed by the interruption of the flow of current to the electrical device for the designated period of time, and so that this pattern can be repeated over and over again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Wesley Russell
  • Patent number: 10532629
    Abstract: A radiant heating system includes a radiant heating element, a steering wheel position monitoring device and a controller configured to control the radiant heating element in response to steering wheel position data received from the steering wheel position monitoring device. A method of controlling operation of a radiant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Craig Elson, Kerrie Kathleen Gath, Clay Wesley Maranville, Victoria Leigh Schein, Donald Peter Schneider, III, Manfred Koberstein
  • Patent number: 10513340
    Abstract: A method for managing icing conditions on a rotary aircraft via one or more ice protection controllers. The method includes steps for receiving an icing condition signal from an icing rate sensor at an ice protection controller, determining, in response to the icing condition signal, a de-icing signal based at least in part a liquid water content (LWC). The method further includes steps for transmitting, via a digital communication bus disposed in at least part of a slip ring assembly, the de-icing signal to a upper distributor to cause the upper distributor to transmit power to one or more heating elements for a respective rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Edward Garnett, Matthew Michael Webb, Jason Lee Skoglund
  • Patent number: 10496018
    Abstract: In a warm-up period of a fixing apparatus of the present disclosure, a control unit supplies first electric power to a heater and thereafter supplies second electric power larger than the first electric power to the heater. The timing of starting to supply the second electric power is determined according to the degree of an increase in temperature sensed by a temperature sensing member after a driving signal is transmitted to a driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Eguchi, Shinji Hashiguchi, Yasuhisa Matsumoto, Ryo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10486495
    Abstract: A vehicle climate control system for an electrified vehicle including a thermal circuit and a controller is provided. The thermal circuit includes a heat pump and a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater. The controller is programmed to direct operation of the heat pump and the PTC heater responsive to receipt of a request for simultaneous cooling and heating based on a heat source mode table and detection of a system configuration in which flow is permitted through one of a fixed orifice expansion device (FOT), a thermal expansion valve (TXV), and an electronic expansion valve (EXV). The heat source mode table may call for the heat pump to operate in a cool mode and the PTC heater to operate in a heat mode when heater core coolant is identified as warm and ambient temperature is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley, Brett Allen Dunn, Anthony David Tsakiris, James George Gebbie
  • Patent number: 10471806
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a climate control system includes a power delivery system configured to be driven by a motor of a vehicle and having a first power output that selectively provides power based on a control signal and a second power output that provides power to the vehicle, an air conditioner configured to be at least partly powered by the first electrical output and having a compressor configured to compress a refrigerant, an evaporator configured to expand the refrigerant, a first blower configured to direct air across the evaporator, and a second blower configured to direct air across a heat exchanger, and a load management controller configured to operate the air conditioner and the first control signal based on an operator parameter and one or more vehicle parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Curtis Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Deven Hurst, Gabor Hajos
  • Patent number: 10453580
    Abstract: A system such as a vehicle may have windows. A window may have rigid clear layers such as layers of glass or rigid polymer. A polymer layer may be interposed between the rigid clear layers to form a laminated window structure. A conductive layer such as a silver layer or other metal layer in the window may be configured to block infrared light. The conductive layer may be patterned to form signal paths, a radio-transparent region, and other structures in a window. The conductive layer may be formed as a coating on a rigid clear window layer or may be formed on other window structures. The conductive layer may be patterned by removing conductive material from areas of the conductive layer. An insulating layer that visually matches the conductive layer may be formed in these areas without overlapping the conductive area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Wilson, Christopher D. Jones, Martin Melcher
  • Patent number: 10358961
    Abstract: An exhaust apparatus for a diesel engine rapidly burns an unburned deposit in an upstream exhaust catalyst with heat of a heater. The exhaust apparatus includes a downstream exhaust cleaner, an upstream exhaust catalyst provided in an exhaust passage, upstream of the downstream exhaust cleaner, a heater disposed at an exhaust inlet of the upstream exhaust catalyst, and an engine starter apparatus. A control unit controls the power supply to the heater and an engine start process is performed by the engine starter apparatus. A start command unit is connected to the control unit. When the engine has been stopped and then the start command unit gives the control unit a start command, the control unit powers the heater without performing an engine start process, thereby keeping the engine stopped for a predetermined period of time after the start command has been given, and subsequently performing the engine start process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA Corporation
    Inventors: Katsushi Inoue, Mikio Ishida, Ryota Sakai
  • Patent number: 10359621
    Abstract: A frost-prevention film system of a large-aperture reflecting optic infrared telescope used in an extremely low temperature environment and a preparation method thereof is disclosed. The frost-prevention film system has the following structure: a transparent conducting film layer, an intermediate insulation layer, a reflecting film layer and an outermost medium protection layer in sequence from a main telescope mirror surface, wherein both sides of the transparent conducting film layer are provided with conducting electrodes. The steps are as follows: (1) a preparation step; (2) a step of plating a conducting film; (3) a step of plating an intermediate insulation layer; (4) a step of plating a reflecting film layer; (5) a step of plating an outermost medium protection layer; and (6) a step of plating conducting electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NANJING INST OF ASTRONOMICAL OPTICS & TECH NAT ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES CHINESE ACAD OF SCIENCE
    Inventors: Jinfeng Wang, Yeru Wang, Jie Tian, Xinnan Li
  • Patent number: 10351158
    Abstract: A climate control device (15) for influencing at least one climatic parameter of a handle (5) of a steering device (2), the climate control device (15) having an air moving device (21) for providing a stream of air, a handle distributor (26) for distributing a stream of air towards at least a part of the handle (5). It is planned that the air moving device (21) as well as the handle distributor (26) can be or are mounted to a static area, which remains static in relation to adjustment movements of the steering device (2), the handle distributor (26) has at least one air outlet (35,35?) to generate a stream of air from the handle distributor (26) at the static area towards the handle (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHERM AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS (CHINA) LTD.
    Inventors: Steve Fubing Peng, Jonathan Yu Zhang, Fred Fufei Zhang, Melinda Meijing Hu
  • Patent number: 10322708
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes an engine, an alternator or integrated starter generator, and at least one controller. The at least one controller reduces voltage output of the alternator or integrated starter generator prior to initiating an auto stop of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Filip Tomik, Eric Michael Rademacher, Alexander O'Connor Gibson, John Anthony DeMarco, Chad Everette Griffin, Kirk Pebley
  • Patent number: 10321522
    Abstract: An ice protection device for an aircraft surface having a composite layer. The device comprises a layer of electrically conductive material configured to be located at an outer face of the composite layer and adapted to be heated by electromagnetic induction. The device also comprises a perimetric monophasic winding to heat an edge surrounding a delimited area of the electrically conductive layer, an inner monophasic or multiphasic winding to heat the inside of the delimited area of the perimetric monophasic winding, a control unit, to independently control the outer winding and the inner winding, the control unit being adapted to continuously operate the outer winding to avoid the formation of ice in the edge of the delimited area and also to operate the inner winding when the ice formed inside the delimited area is to be detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE S.A.
    Inventors: Francisco José Redondo Carracedo, Daniel Maldonado-Friedman, Irma Villar Iturbe
  • Patent number: 10309250
    Abstract: The invention deals with a splitter nose delimiting the inlet of a low-pressure compressor of an axial turbine engine. The splitter nose comprises a separation surface with an upstream circular edge suitable for separating a flow entering into the turbine engine into a primary flow and a secondary flow, and a plasma de-icing device. The device comprises two annular layers of dielectric material (42; 44) partially forming the separation surface, an electrode forming the upstream edge, an electrode forming an outer wall of the splitter nose, an electrode forming an outer shroud which supports blades, an electrode delimiting the primary flow. The device generates plasmas (46; 48; 50) opposing the presence of ice on the partitions of the splitter nose. The invention also deals with a turbine engine with a splitter nose that is provided with a de-icing system downstream of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS SA
    Inventors: Ghislain Herbaut, David Bouillon
  • Patent number: 10286897
    Abstract: A method for heating engine and/or transmission oil of a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, the engine and/or transmission oil being heated with the aid of the waste heat of a charging device for at least one battery and/or the waste heat of the at least one battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Ries-Mueller
  • Patent number: 10272877
    Abstract: A method for producing a heatable luminaire cover is described. The heatable luminaire cover has: a polymeric main body, a first busbar, a second busbar and at least two conductor tracks on the inside of the polymeric main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Lothar Lesmeister, Andreas Schlarb, Sebastian Schmidt, Marcus Guldan
  • Patent number: 10259360
    Abstract: A car seat includes a first heater, a second heater, and a control unit which controls an output to the first heater and an output to the second heater. The control unit executes a temperature-difference adjustment control, in which the output of the second heater is controlled such that the temperature of the bulging portion heated by the second heater with respect to the temperature of the seating surface portion heated by the first heater is made lower when an ambient temperature is a first temperature than when the ambient temperature is a second temperature which is higher than the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Sato, Takayoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10252807
    Abstract: An ice protection system includes an aircraft surface and a gutter defined in the aircraft surface between raised rails. The gutter includes a mouth that narrows into a trailing portion of the gutter. The mouth is configured to channel water runback rivulets into the trailing portion of the gutter. The gutter can be a first gutter of a plurality of side by side gutters, each including a respective mouth narrowing into a respective trailing portion, wherein the gutters are separated from one another by respective rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Tommy M. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10251511
    Abstract: A rethermalizing station includes a well defined by an exterior wall, a food pan configured to be inserted into the well and to hold a food item, a first induction coil surrounding the exterior wall of the well, the first induction coil configured to warm the food item via inductive heating of the food pan, a first temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the food pan, and a control unit coupled to the first induction coil and the first temperature sensor, the control unit configured to control the first induction coil in response to the temperature of the food pan detected by the first temperature sensor such that temperature of the food pan is maintained at a targeted temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: THE VOLLRATH COMPANY, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter Roever, Yang Wang, John Wojcik
  • Patent number: 10252806
    Abstract: An electrothermal heater mat (3) is provided for an ice protection system for an aircraft (1) or the like. The heater mat (3) is a laminated heater mat and comprises dielectric layers (50-58), a heater element (501) and a conductive ground plane (71-74) for detecting a fault with the heater element (501). The dielectric layers (50-58) are made of thermoplastic material, and the ground plane (71-74) is formed by spraying metal such as copper onto the thermoplastic material of one of the dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GKN Aerospace Services Limited
    Inventors: Stuart Martin Lewis, Nicholas John Winter
  • Patent number: 10245991
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle floor mat retention assembly is provided. The illuminated vehicle floor mat retention assembly includes a fastener configured to fasten a floor mat onto a vehicle floor, a light transmissive window provided in the fastener, and a light source located proximate to the fastener for generating light to be output through the light transmissive window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Wei Xu, Satyanarayana Raju Vemulapati, Gary D. Mullen, Matthew Anthony Majkowski
  • Patent number: 10244656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heating device (10) for a vehicle, comprising: a flow path (14, 16, 20, 22, 24) for a liquid heat transfer agent; an electric heating device (34) for generating heat and for releasing generated heat to the heat transfer agent on a heating portion (20) of the flow path; and an electronic controller (26) for controlling a heat output of the heating device. The controller (26) is provided with a heat releasing body in order to release waste heat of the controller (26) to the heat transfer agent on a preheating portion (16) of the flow path upstream of the heating portion (20). The invention likewise relates to a method for cooling the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Webasto SE
    Inventors: Uwe Reinholz, Florian Larisch, Karl Goettl, Michael Staake, Stephan Buckl, Nils Elm, Thorsten Kabelitz
  • Patent number: 10232733
    Abstract: A power system of an electric vehicle, an electric vehicle including the same, and a method for heating a battery group of the electric vehicle are provided. The power system includes: a battery group; a battery heater connected with the battery group; a battery management device, configured to control the battery heater to heat the battery group when a temperature of the battery group is lower than a first heating threshold and a residual electric quantity of the battery group is larger than a running electric quantity threshold, to obtain a current throttle depth change rate of an electric vehicle in real time, and to control the battery heater to stop heating the battery group when the current throttle depth change rate reaches a preset throttle depth change rate threshold; an electric distribution box; a motor; a motor controller; and an isolation inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xingchi Wu, Hongjun Wang, Shibin Xie
  • Patent number: 10219323
    Abstract: A climate controlled assembly includes a support member having a first surface configured to support an occupant, a channel within the support, the channel extending from the first surface through a portion of the support, a thermoelectric device positioned within the channel, a heat exchanger conductively coupled to a first side of the thermoelectric device, the heat exchanger positioned within the channel and a flexible conductive member conductively coupled to a second side of the thermoelectric device, a portion of the flexible conductive member extending along the first surface of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHREM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Masahiko Inaba, Keith Alan Lindeman, John D. Lofy
  • Patent number: 10207792
    Abstract: A system and method for nose cone edge delamination repair is provided. A nose cone may comprise an outer skirt having an aft edge, a flange, and a pin landing. The system and method may comprise trimming the aft edge of the nose cone to form a repaired edge. A first layer of fiberglass may be placed over repaired edge. A second layer of fiber glass may be placed over the first layer and the repaired edge. The first layer and second layer may be trimmed to create a spot face to allow for lower tolerances when installing the nose cone into a gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brian K. Holland
  • Patent number: 10207804
    Abstract: A temperature-controlled payload container that may be used by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to transport perishable items and/or items desired to be at or near a specific temperature upon arrival at a destination. The temperature-controlled payload container may be used to maintain or adjust a temperature of a delivery item, such as a food item. In some embodiments, the temperature-controlled payload container may be capable of heating items in a first portion of the container and cooling items in a second portion of the container. For example, the container may be divided by a Peltier junction, which is an electrified junction of two different conductors. In some embodiments, the temperature-controlled payload container may receive heat generated from operation of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Kristofer Gentry
  • Patent number: 10206248
    Abstract: Embodiments include a heated underbody support with electrosurgical grounding, such as a heated mattress, heated mattress overlay, or heated pad for supporting a person. The heated underbody support may include a flexible heating element formed of a sheet of conductive or semi-conductive material, a first bus bar along a first edge of the heating element adapted to receive a supply of electrical power, a second bus bar extending along the second edge of the heating element, and a temperature sensor. The heated underbody support may include a layer of compressible material adapted to conform to the person under pressure from the person resting upon the support located beneath the heating element. A water resistant shell may encase the heating element, the first and second bus bars, and the temperature sensor. A return electrode wire may be electrically connected to the flexible heating element to connect to an electrosurgical generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Scott A. Entenman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Garrett J. Augustine