Including Unitary Inlet And Outlet Housing Patents (Class 454/142)
  • Patent number: 9033366
    Abstract: A system includes a fan and a duct system. The fan is configured to be attached to the steering wheel. The duct system has a first portion and a second portion, and is configured to be coupled to an exterior surface of an armature of the steering wheel and enable air from the fan to be communicated from the fan to a surface of the steering wheel. The first portion includes a section extending along the armature of the steering wheel, and the second portion includes a plurality of nozzles extending radially from an outer surface of the first portion toward an outer surface of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Downey
  • Patent number: 8789766
    Abstract: This invention relates to a mixing device for an aircraft air conditioning system with a supply conduit for fresh air from the air conditioning system, with a second supply conduit for recirculated air from a pressurized region of the aircraft, and with a discharge conduit for supplying mixed air into the pressurized region of the aircraft, wherein a non-return valve is integrated in the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Baldauf
  • Publication number: 20140094107
    Abstract: A ventilation cap includes a tube portion, a vent portion, and an upper portion. The tube portion is configured to releasably engage with a vent pipe. The vent portion extends from the tube portion to define a common pathway formed therein. The vent portion has at least three interconnected adjacent sides. Each of the sides includes one or more upright ribs, and multiple contiguous ribs laterally extending from the upright ribs to define openings in fluid communication with the common pathway. The contiguous ribs at one or more sides have an intermediate segment with an increased cross-sectional area. The contiguous ribs taper laterally from the intermediate segment to ends. The upper portion is disposed above the vent portion and connected to an upper end of the upright ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Alan Randleman, Daniel Kurtis Allen, Timothy Johann Lindner, Joseph Jeffrey Every, Michael Steven Koch
  • Patent number: 8641134
    Abstract: An air duct for an automotive vehicle is blow molded with an elongated, hollow structural member to be used as a portion of a body of the vehicle. The structural member has an inner wall defining an elongated cavity communicating with first and second access holes at respective longitudinal positions along the structural member. A parison comprised of a thermally insulating material is inserted into the internal cavity. A source of inflation gas is connected to a mouth portion or the parison. The parison is heated and inflated within the internal cavity to an expanded shape to form the air duct disposed against the inner wall and spanning the first and second access holes. The air duct at one of the access holes is configured as an air inlet. The air duct at the other one of the access holes is configured as an air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Sawyer, Mukesh Kumar, Martha E. Nefcy
  • Patent number: 8616619
    Abstract: A suction duct (19) provided in a floor member (9) comprises an internal air duct portion (20) connected to the internal air inlet port (10A3), an external air duct portion (21) connected to an external air inlet port (10E3), and a common duct portion (22) for connecting the internal air duct portion (20) and the external air duct portion (21) to a blower fan 18B suction side of an air conditioner unit (18). The suction duct is constructed to form a hollow column (23) having a hollow closed section structure with the internal air duct portion and the common duct portion formed integrally in the upper and lower directions. Therefore, the hollow column formed of the hollow closed section structure can increase strength of the floor member as a strong column while circulating internal air between the internal air inlet port and the air conditioner unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shougo Kimura, Hajime Ishii, Hiroshi Tabeta
  • Publication number: 20130178142
    Abstract: A vent apparatus (10, 600) includes a perforated screen (12), a door (18), and a handle. The screen includes hexagonally shaped perforations (15). The door is adjacent a first face (13) of the screen and includes at least one arm (20, 22) that extends through at least one slot in the screen. The handle is in operative connection with the at least one arm and is operative to cause the door to move between a closed position (62) adjacent the screen to one of a plurality of open positions (64) extending at an acute angle with respect to the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: THE EASTERN COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8303751
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced panel is manufactured to include an integral vent screen. Holes are made in each of first and second sheets of fiber and the holes register with each other when the sheets are stacked within a mold. A screen material is placed between the first and second sheets so that a part of the screen material that registers with the holes in the first sheet and second sheet is exposed. Filler inserts are inserted into the holes of the first and second sheets to mask the screen. A resin is provided and cured to bond together the first and second sheets and the screen. Thus, the screen remains exposed after the first and second sheets and screen have been bonded together by the resin, thereby forming a fiber reinforced panel having an integrally molded vent screen therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gerald J. Gomes, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Publication number: 20120088444
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided having a ventilation system. The ventilation system includes, but is not limited to at least one front ventilation opening for supplying air to a passenger on a front seat, a rear ventilation opening for supplying air to a passenger on a rear seat, an air duct for conducting air to the rear ventilation opening, the air duct being situated between the front seats in the area of a central console, the air duct being integrated in a removable central console part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Marten WITTORF
  • Patent number: 7963831
    Abstract: An acoustically improved cooling system is provided for an energy storage system including a battery with air from a carpeted vehicle compartment, the cooling system including: a carpet portion sufficiently spaced from a floor panel of a vehicle to define a cavity forming an air passage through which air may flow and including an air inlet opening integrally formed therein through which the air from the compartment may be drawn; a fan for circulating air from the cavity into heat exchange relationship with the battery for cooling the battery; and a vent opening connecting the cavity and the fan in air flow communication. The frame is curved above the vent opening, to force noise reflection off the curved portion of the frame. A sound absorption layer is installed underneath the curved portion of the frame for noise attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Hua He, Michael J. Gorman, Joseph F. Mercurio
  • Patent number: 7572178
    Abstract: System housing, in particular for a heating, ventilating and/or air-conditioning system of a vehicle, comprising at least three housing parts, which serve for accommodating air-conditioning-system components and/or for forming air-channeling paths, one of the housing parts comprising a first abutment surface and a second abutment surface, up to which the other two housing parts can be advanced in each case parallel to a normal vector of the abutment surface which is advanced up in each case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Valeo Klimasysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Fuhrmann, Stefan Frenzel
  • Publication number: 20090008060
    Abstract: A duct for a vehicle includes an inlet fluidly coupled to an interior of the vehicle and an outlet fluidly coupled to the inlet. A buoyant closure member is disposed between the inlet and the outlet and is movable between an open position permitting flow between the inlet and the outlet and a closed position preventing flow between the inlet and the outlet. The buoyant closure member is normally in the open position and is movable from the open position to the closed position in response to a predetermined volume of water entering the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin J. Robinet, Paul D. Netkowski, Randy P. Haas
  • Publication number: 20080182499
    Abstract: An acoustically improved cooling system is provided for an energy storage system including a battery with air from a carpeted vehicle compartment, the cooling system including: a carpet portion sufficiently spaced from a floor panel of a vehicle to define a cavity forming an air passage through which air may flow and including an air inlet opening integrally formed therein through which the air from the compartment may be drawn; a fan for circulating air from the cavity into heat exchange relationship with the battery for cooling the battery; and a vent opening connecting the cavity and the fan in air flow communication. The frame is dome-shaped above the vent opening, to force noise reflection off the dome-shaped frame. A sound absorption layer is installed underneath the dome-shaped frame for noise attenuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Hua He, Michael J. Gorman, Joseph F. Mercurio
  • Publication number: 20070197155
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air conditioner for a vehicle that is capable of easily and simply assembling a thermistor-holding device insertedly with a coupling hole formed at one side surface of a lower case of an air conditioning case, while inserting first and second protrusions formed through upper and lower molds around the coupling hole thereto, such that the total number of parts and the working period are all reduced to improve the productivity of the product and the repairing or exchanging work of the thermistor is carried out easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventors: Yuncheol Park, Yongeun Seo, Sangchul Byon, Sungho Kang, Yongsang Kim
  • Patent number: 6878054
    Abstract: A ventilation cap (3) for a motor vehicle roof (1) for ventilation of the motor vehicle interior (4) and a roof with such a ventilation cap, in which the ventilation cap (3) is formed to be oblong having an air duct with a front air opening (6) and with a rear air opening (7) which discharge above the motor vehicle roof (1), the air duct being flow-connected to the motor vehicle interior (4) via a flow path which is formed in the ventilation cap (3). The motor vehicle roof (1) is formed preferably as a glass roof with at least two glass surfaces (2a, 2b), on which the ventilation cap (3) is mounted essentially a central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Webasto Vehicle Systems International GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Klesing, Michael K├Âlbl, Martin Pollak, Bernd Schleicher, Wolfgang Seifert, Helmut Teschner, Bernhard Vecchioni
  • Publication number: 20020173264
    Abstract: A rear ventilation system for a vehicle includes an air intake pump having a blower disposed within the housing to generate a forced flow of air into a thermal control. The thermal control includes a set of passages which direct air toward a heating and cooling core. The heating and cooling core includes a plurality of thermoelectric element units in communication with a direct current (DC) power supply disposed between a pair of heat exchangers. The plurality of thermoelectric element units absorb or generate heat employing the Peltier effect. The tempered air is delivered to at least one duct extending from the thermal control into the interior of the rear portion of the passenger compartment. A vent outlet in communication with the at least one duct extends into the rear passenger compartment to distribute air from the rear ventilation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas C. Ottman, Harry Eriksson
  • Publication number: 20020038698
    Abstract: In a heat exchanger including an evaporator, a blower, an air inlet unit and an air outlet unit, air is fed from outside into the inner part of the heat exchanger through the air inlet unit and then the air flows toward the blower through a first predetermined portion of the evaporator to thereby supply first heat-exchanged air and thereafter, the first heat-exchanged air is fed to the air outlet unit through a second predetermined portion of the evaporator by the blowing operation of the blower to thereby supply second heat-exchanged air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Publication date: April 4, 2002
    Inventors: Yong Kyu Kwon, An Sik Choi
  • Publication number: 20010021635
    Abstract: A casing unit of an air conditioner for a vehicle includes a casing, a partition plate, a bearing portion and a door unit. The casing has a first casing member and a second casing member. The partition plate is installed in the casing. The bearing portion is formed at a periphery of said partition plate and a C-shaped cross section having an opening. The door unit has a shaft and a plurality of doors integral to the shaft. The shaft is rotatably installed to the bearing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: September 13, 2001
    Applicant: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru Akahane
  • Patent number: 6139423
    Abstract: A heat ejection device is disclosed for a heating system. The heat ejection device is adapted to mix ambient air from an interior with bleed air from a heat source. The heat ejection device includes a housing with an inner passage, an inlet and an outlet. The inlet is adapted to channel ambient air into the housing. The outlet is adapted to channel mixed heated and ambient air out of the housing. A dispenser is located in the housing between the housing inlet and outlet and includes an inner chamber which is adapted to receive heated air from a bleed line. The dispenser has a plurality of apertures formed in it which permit air to flow from the inner chamber into the inner passage for mixing with ambient air to form a flow of mixed air. An acoustically absorptive inlet liner is mounted on an inner surface of the housing at the housing inlet. The absorptive inlet liner is adapted to direct ambient air past the dispenser to minimize turbulence and absorb noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan T. Wadey
  • Patent number: 6036593
    Abstract: A closure device for a closure flap, has an actuating element which is remote from the closure flap. A connecting rod is articulated pivotably on the closure flap and the actuating element to transmit tensile and compressive forces. The connecting rod is assigned to a position element, which is stationary with respect to the mounting of the closure flap, and is provided, at least in the region of the position element, with at least one spring element which acts transversely with respect to the longitudinal extent of said connecting rod. This spring element allows the connecting rod to be moved, by way of contact with the position element, into defined longitudinal positions with associated positions of the closure flap and actuating element. The connecting rod is preferably a spring wire incorporating a shaped spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Daimlerchrysler AG
    Inventors: Juergen Koerber, Tilo Volkmann, Juergen Chaloupka
  • Patent number: 5343328
    Abstract: An automobile rear-view mirror including a ventilation box attached to the mirror at an inner side adjacent to the automobile for passing a current of air during the movement of the automobile, a flow guide member attached to the mirror thereof at the bottom for guiding the current of air toward the mirror so as to remove moisture from the mirror, and a motor drive controlled to turn the flow guide member on a longitudinal axis thereof to change its angular position relative to the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Shih-Pan Chang
  • Patent number: 5148736
    Abstract: An automatic solar-powered car ventilator to be installed between the upper horizontal bar of the window sash and the upper horizontal edge of a movable window glass in a window in a car door having a main body and two auxiliary bodies extending from both sides of the main body to be cut to suit the width of the movable window glass. A ventilating means including a fan, a motor to drive the fan to suck in the open air and exhaust out the air in the car. A base to mount the fan and the motor and a housing to shield the fan, the motor and the base. A solar-energy board being combined with the main body or the ventilating means by means of two clamps on the board movably catching hold of either two holders on the main body or on the ventilating means to generate electricity to power the motor by absorbing the sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Inventor: William Juang
  • Patent number: 5101711
    Abstract: An enclosed channel, open at each end, in a form to redirect air flow 180.degree.. Positioned from top of opening in rear operable window to above vehicle into air flow. Secured in position by projections fitting into upper and lower window channels. Projections held in channels by expanding spring tension on sliding fit supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: James W. Durbin
  • Patent number: 5094151
    Abstract: A ventilator is installed in a partially open window of a vehicle. An expanse of permeable material such as rigid wire cloth occupies the open portion of the window and is equipped with brackets for engagement with the window upper edge. A lower portion of the permeable material overlies the automobile window to provide secure engagement with the window to prevent unauthorized removal or displacement. A margin of the permeable material is provided with non-metallic material which seats within a window channel of the vehicle. Handles in place on the ventilator interior facilitate installation and removal from the vehicle. A fan assembly in place on the interior of the ventilator may be powered by vehicle electrical system or by a solar pad in place within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Ronald V. Bernard