Having Outlet Airway Patents (Class 454/162)
  • Patent number: 9616732
    Abstract: An air outlet for ventilating the interior of a motor vehicle is provided. The air outlet is fluidly connected with a module of a heating, ventilating and/or air conditioning system. The air outlet includes a linkage region having an opening. An insulating structure is held in the linkage region with the air outlet in a fluidically-connected state. A retainer is configured to fix the insulating structure on the air outlet in the linkage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Guenther Marx, Guenter Boersch, Helmut Nitzsche
  • Patent number: 9097353
    Abstract: A ventilation device has a frame (12) made of a first material component, and a non-return flap element (14) made of a second material component, wherein the first material component is harder than the second material component. The non-return flap element (14) includes a movable non-return flap (18), which is arranged such that it exclusively rests against the non-return flap element (14) or the ventilation device (10) is mountable on a vehicle component (28), wherein that part of the ventilation device (10) which engages the vehicle component (28) is part of the non-return flap element (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS & COMPONENTS GMBH
    Inventor: Hubert Loewe
  • Patent number: 9028307
    Abstract: A register for air-conditioning includes a tubular register having an air passage and a blowoff opening and register fins 2 for regulating the wind direction of conditioned air blowing out from the blowoff opening. The register fin 2 includes a plate-like fin main body 3 and a pair of plate-like fin covers 4 and 5 assembled so as to sandwich the fin main body 3 from both sides of the fin main body 3 with the end face of the fin main body 3 on the vehicle cabin side being exposed. The fin main body 3 is provided with a plurality of engaging holes 31. The fin covers 4 and 5 are provided, at the positions corresponding to the engaging holes 31, with a plurality of engaging claws (41) and 51 protruding in the thickness direction from the surfaces facing the fin main body 3. The fin main body 3 and the fin covers 4 and 5 are assembled by engaging the engaging holes 31 with the engaging claws (41) and 51.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusaku Furukawa
  • Patent number: 8998688
    Abstract: An exhauster baffle is provided that may be used to prohibit fluid flow through a cavity except when a pressure on one side of the exhauster baffle is greater than a pressure on another side of the exhauster baffle. The exhauster baffle includes a body portion defining an opening, a sealer disposed on the body portion, and a flap disposed over the opening for regulating fluid flow through the opening. In one embodiment, the flap exposes the opening of the body portion to allow fluid to flow through the cavity when the pressure on one side of the exhauster baffle greater than the pressure on another side of the baffle to equalize pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sika Technology AG
    Inventors: Michael C. Niezur, Robert B. Davis
  • Patent number: 8986086
    Abstract: An insert (10) for an opening in a base (20) includes a housing (12) having a peripheral side wall (18) defining an interior space (24). The peripheral side wall (18) includes at least one latch member (90) having a latching position. The latch member (90) engages the base (20) to secure the housing (12) in the opening when the latch member (90) is in the latching position. The housing (12) is inserted into the opening in a first direction (A) to engage the latch member (90) with the base (20). At least one indicator (100) shows when the at least one latch member (90) is in the latching position. The indicator (100) is visible in the first direction (A) when the insert (10) is in the opening in the base (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. Carlson, Timothy M. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8955542
    Abstract: An apparatus (10 or 10a) for use in venting a compartment of a vehicle includes valve elements (14 and 16 or 14a and 16a). A biasing spring (130 or 130a) is effective to urge one of the valve elements toward a closed condition. A spring connection (134 or 236) is effective to transmit torque urging the one valve element (16 or 16a) toward a closed condition. Another valve element (14) may overlie the one valve element (16). Alternatively, the valve elements (14a and 16a) may be spaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: John C. Kiezulas
  • Publication number: 20140273790
    Abstract: A valve includes a housing and vane that is movable to a predetermined position. An actuator mechanically couples to the movable vane. The actuator is a wire device fabricated from shape memory alloy which, when activated, urges the movable vane toward the predetermined position. A power supply is configured to activate the actuator in response to an activation command and an indication that the movable vane is not in the predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: DYNALLOY, INC, GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: PAUL W. ALEXANDER, XIUJIE GAO, ALAN L. BROWNE, MARK A. VOSS, DEREK L. PATTERSON, JOHN N. OWENS, JAMES HOLBROOK BROWN, BRIAN D. HU
  • Publication number: 20140273784
    Abstract: An air extractor optimized for reducing closing efforts when closing a vehicle door is provided. The air extractor includes one or more openings that allow air flow between the passenger compartment of the vehicle and the vehicle exterior. The air extractor also includes a closure member that is movable between an open and closed position, wherein the open position allows air flow through the one or more openings and the closed position inhibits air flow through the one or more openings. The air extractor further includes an actuator that moves the closure member to the open position when one or more vehicle doors are opened and subsequently moves the closure member to the closed position once all doors have been closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Arthur Wade, Paul Repp, James Antime Marleau
  • Patent number: 8821226
    Abstract: A vent member (1) includes a support body (2) provided with a through-hole (3), a permeable membrane (6) closing the through-hole (3) in the support body (2), and a cover part (10) covering the permeable membrane (6). A ventilation hole (10a) is made in a ceiling portion (11) of the cover part (10) and a notch (10b) is made in a side wall portion (12) thereof. These ventilation hole (10a) and notch (10b) function as a passage for ventilation between the interior and the exterior of the cover part (10). The ventilation hole (10a) establishes a positional relation that it does not overlap a permeable region of the permeable membrane (6) in the axial direction. Further, the side wall portion (12) extends to the lower side in the axial direction below a position at which the permeable membrane (6) is disposed, and the permeable membrane (6) is protected entirely along a circumferential direction by the side wall portion (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Youzou Yano, Yuuta Shimazaki, Toshimasa Nishimori, Yuuki Sugou, Yoshiki Ikeyama
  • Patent number: 8821224
    Abstract: A vent assembly is disposed within an interior space of a vehicle for opening and closing fluid communication between the interior space and an exterior of the vehicle. The vent assembly includes a housing defining a plurality of openings and a plurality of vanes disposed in the openings. An actuator mechanism moves the vanes between an open position and a closed position, and includes a shaped memory alloy (SMA) member for actuating the vanes between the open and closed positions. The SMA member is activated when a hatch of the vehicle is open to move the vanes into the open position and thereby open fluid communication between the interior space and the exterior to alleviate excessive air pressure buildup during closure of the hatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Dynalloy, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Xiujie Gao, Alan L. Browne, Mark A. Voss, Derek L. Patterson, Lei Hao, Chandra S. Namuduri, James Holbrook Brown, Aragorn Zolno, John N. Owens, Alexander Millerman, Kevin B. Rober, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Sanjeev M. Naik
  • Publication number: 20140242897
    Abstract: A one-way vent for installation in a panel aperture is described. The vent includes a frame made of a first material, and valve and seal members both made of a second material, which has a lower stiffness than the first material. The frame includes an outer wall for engaging a perimeter of the aperture, and a valve seat extending inwardly from the outer wall. The valve seat defines an opening through the frame. The valve member includes a flap support fixed against a portion of the valve seat, and a valve flap flexibly coupled to the flap support. The valve flap is moveable between a closed position resting on the valve seat to cover the opening, and an open position elevated from the valve seat to uncover the opening. The seal member is fixed against the outer wall of the frame and extends outwardly from the outer wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Perry Rizzo, Rocco DiSerio, Herbert Anton Jahn
  • Publication number: 20140199932
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air outlet device (1) that includes a first blade (4), extending longitudinally and being rotatable around a longitudinal axis (A), and at least one second blade (6), extending transversely and being rotatable around a transverse axis (B), the device comprising an actuator (8) connected to the first (4) and to the second blade (6) and being rotatably secured to the first blade (4) and being translatably mobile on said first blade (4). The first blade (4) includes at least one projection (38) extending transversely from a longitudinal surface (22) of the first blade (4), the actuator (8) comprising an opposite projection (40) that extends transversely opposite said longitudinal surface (22) such that the projection (38) pushes the opposite projection (40) when the actuator (8) is translatably moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventors: Nicolas Mercey, René-Louis Coutel
  • Publication number: 20140199933
    Abstract: A vehicle ventilation module for allowing air to exhaust from the inside of a vehicle compartment, comprising a carrier element to be mounted to the vehicle, the carrier element comprising: at least one vent opening for allowing air to exhaust from the inside of a vehicle compartment when the vehicle ventilation module is mounted to the vehicle; at least one flap being pivotable about a swivel axis at the carry er element between a close position and an open position, wherein the vent opening is covered by the flap in the close position and is at least partially uncovered by the flap in the open position so that air may flow through the vent opening; and an actuating mechanism coupled to the flap for pivoting the flap about its swivel axis from the close position to the open position. The actuating mechanism is actuated to pivot the flap to the open position by a current applied to the actuating mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KG WÜRZBURG
    Inventor: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KG WÜRZBURG
  • Publication number: 20140154965
    Abstract: An air conditioning system that includes a casing that has a flow channel connected to an inside of a vehicle to supply or discharge air. A motor is mounted on one side of the casing to generate a normal direction torque and a reverse direction torque and a first fan is disposed on one side of the flow channel to be connected to an output shaft of the motor and to be rotated. A second fan is disposed on one side of the first fan to be fixedly mounted in the shaft and to be rotated. Additionally, a variable connecting unit that connects the first fan to the shaft of the motor is rotated when the motor is rotated in a normal direction and has a torque of the shaft of the motor not to be transmitted to the first fan when the motor is rotated in a reverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Kwangok Han, Young Chul Kim, Sunghae Park
  • Cab
    Patent number: 8740288
    Abstract: A cab includes a driver's seat for an operator to sit and an air conditioner in its internal space. A floor plate forming the floor includes a tapered portion on a front side with respect to an operator sitting on the driver's seat and a rectangular portion on a rear side with respect to the operator as seen in a plan view, and the tapered portion is in a tapered trapezoidal shape having two parallel sides and a dimension in a width direction decreasing frontward. A through hole is formed in the floor plate of a region of the tapered portion and connects the internal space of the cab and an external space of the cab to each other. Accordingly, the pressure in the cab can effectively be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamimae, Takeshi Esaki, Keisuke Kubota
  • Patent number: 8708787
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve includes a housing and vane that is movable to one of an open position and a closed position. A linear actuator mechanically couples between the movable vane and the housing. The linear actuator is a wire device fabricated from a shape memory alloy. An actuable latching system is configured to retain the movable vane in one of the open position and the closed position for an indeterminate time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Xiujie Gao, Alan L. Browne, Mark A. Voss, Derek L. Patterson, John N. Owens, James Holbrook Brown, Brian D. Hu
  • Publication number: 20140106659
    Abstract: A compartment cooling system includes a housing defining a substantially enclosed compartment, a flow of heated gas, a nozzle, and multiple tabs. The housing has an air inlet and an air outlet stack defining a flow path. The nozzle directs the flow of heated gas substantially in the flow path direction. The nozzle has an outlet end with a predefined shape. The multiple tabs are adjacent to and spaced about the outlet end. Each tab has a side adjacent the outlet end, and at least three sides in the flow of heated gas. The sides in the flow of heated gas form at least two corners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, Chris Scolton
  • Patent number: 8616944
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve for relieving air pressure from an automotive vehicle interior. The pressure relief valve mounts on a valve mounting location that surrounds a body opening and includes flexible interleaved flaps and a securing mechanism. The flaps cover the body opening, with each of the flaps being generally triangular in shape and having an outer end adjacent to the valve mounting location and a pair of sides extending from the outer end inward to an inner corner, with the inner corners meeting to form a peak. The interleaved flaps form a generally pyramidal-shape that angles away from the automotive vehicle interior as the interleaved flaps extend inward from the outer ends toward the peak. The securing mechanism is secured to the radially outer ends of the flaps and to the valve mounting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Chambo, Marc J. Tahnoose
  • Patent number: 8602853
    Abstract: An air filter assembly of a blower for a vehicle may include an air filter casing installed in an intake duct having an outdoor air intake port communicating with the outdoor of the vehicle, an indoor air intake port communicating with the indoor of the vehicle, and a subsidiary indoor air intake port communicating with the indoor of the vehicle, wherein the subsidiary indoor air intake port is provided in the air filter casing. an air filter received in the air filter casing and purifying indoor air or outdoor air supplied into the intake duct, and an air guide integrated with an end of the air filter and selectively opening or closing the subsidiary indoor air intake port so as to guide a predetermined amount of indoor air into the intake duct during an outdoor air inlet mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventor: Myung Hoe Kim
  • Publication number: 20130267159
    Abstract: An air extractor assembly for an automotive vehicle is disclosed which has first and second air extractor valves mounted in a body panel. The first air extractor valve opens when pressure within the passenger compartment at a first pressure differential and the second air extractor valve opens at a second higher pressure differential. The second flap has a weight, which by virtue of gravity, resists opening. The weight can be a magnetic strip that is attracted to a ferrometallic and/or magnetic strip applied around the second aperture. By providing air extractor valves which open at different pressure differences, only the first air extractor valve opens when the pressure difference is in a lower range thereby limiting noise transmission into the passenger compartment. When a car door is shut and/or the climate control system is operating at maximum, the pressure difference is greater causing both extractor valves to open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Lee McCarthy, Shiva Gumate
  • Patent number: 8528678
    Abstract: An integrally molded plastic part has a main body with an opening, and a door connected to the main body via an integral hinge and snapping into a closed position closing the opening. The door, at each of its two sides extending away from the hinge, includes a stopping surface via which the door, in its closed position, abuts against a supporting surface of the main body, and a snap-in hook protruding from the stopping surface and comprising a retaining surface which engages behind an edge of a flange confining the supporting surface. A distance between the two retaining surfaces as compared to a distance between the flanges confining the two supporting surfaces decreases with increasing distance to the hinge, whereas distances between the retaining and stopping surfaces as compared to distances between the edges of the flanges and the supporting surfaces increase with increasing distance to the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Wegu Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Rosenbecker, Victoria Borchers
  • Patent number: 8485872
    Abstract: One or more valves may be employed in a pressure relief vent of a vehicle. The valves may have asymmetrical closing characteristics of differing pressuring inducing closing characteristics or both in order to reduce the peak noise generated as the valves are closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Pablo Valencia, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130146248
    Abstract: An HVAC assembly for a vehicle is provided that does not require an outward protruding structure so as to form a console vent duct, thus achieving a more compact design, improving a mounting ability on the vehicle, improving a manipulation feeling when selecting each outlet for discharging air, and enhancing sealability between the respective outlets, therefore eventually significantly improving marketability of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, HALLA CLIMATE CONTROL CORP., Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Myung Hoe Kim, Jong Heon Lee, Seong Seok Han, Hyung Joo Kim
  • Publication number: 20130095738
    Abstract: An air extractor assembly for an automotive vehicle includes a diaphragm seat attached to a panel of the vehicle's interior, a diaphragm movable between a closed position and an open position with respect to the diaphragm seat, and a position controller that regulates movement of the diaphragm. The position controller may be any one of a variety of linear movers and may be selected from the group consisting of a solenoid, a motor, a vacuum, and a plunger. The diaphragm includes a resilient member so that when the diaphragm is in its closed position a tight seal is formed between the diaphragm seat and the diaphragm. The position controller is by any one of a variety of several regulating mechanisms operating alone or in combination. The regulating mechanism include but are not limited to the vehicle HVAC system, an oxygen sensor, door latches, and a humidity sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Antime Marleau, Alexander Petniunas, Todd William Dishman, Kenneth Michael Reo
  • Patent number: 8419513
    Abstract: A ventilation device (10), in particular for a vehicle interior, has a frame (12) which includes at least one opening (16), and at least one non-return flap (20), the non-return flap (20) having at least one recess (26) provided thereon through which a holding member (22) provided on the frame (12) extends, and the non-return flap (20), depending on the active pressure differential, being movably adjustable on the holding member (22) between a closed position, in which the non-return flap (20) rests against the frame (12) and closes the at least one opening (16) of the frame (12), and an open position. The holding member (22) is deformable between a mounting position, in which the non-return flap (20) can be mounted to the holding member (22), and a locked position, in which the non-return flap (20) can not be dismounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Weber
  • Patent number: 8414366
    Abstract: An active pressure relief valve adapted for selectively regulating a condition within an interior compartment generally includes a housing fluidly coupling the compartment to an external environment and defining an opening, an actuator including an active material element operable to effect movement of a flap relative to the opening, a load limit protector coupled to and configured to present a secondary output path for the element, when the flap is unable to move, and/or a latching mechanism coupled to, and configured to engage the flap, so as to retain the flap in a modified condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Paul W. Alexander, Nancy L. Johnson, James H. Shoemaker
  • Publication number: 20130072101
    Abstract: A passenger vehicle comprises a passenger compartment with an interior space. An HVAC system conditions fresh air from outside the vehicle, wherein the HVAC system includes a main blower for delivering conditioned air to the interior space. An air extractor valve is fluidically coupled between the interior space and the outside, wherein the air extractor valve opens in response to a higher pressure in the interior space than an outside pressure. The air extractor valve substantially blocks air flow from the outside to the interior space. A supplemental blower is integrated with the air extractor valve for directing an exhaust flow from the interior to the outside, wherein the supplemental blower is activated as a function of the main blower. Alternatively, the supplemental blower is activated in response to a door being opened, enhancing the ability of the extractor to reduce door closing effort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Marleau, JR., David A. Wade, Kenneth M. Reo, Todd W. Dishman, Azfar Qamar, Paul Repp
  • Publication number: 20130052930
    Abstract: A baffle (10) for a venting valve for reducing the admission of sound into the interior in particular of a motor vehicle, including at least one air guiding channel (16, 18, 20, 22) having a labyrinth geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Juergen Hofmann, Vitali Leidner
  • Patent number: 8360104
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a pressure relief assembly that may include a main housing having an air passage chamber, and a flapper positioned on or within the air passage chamber. The flapper includes a membrane flap and a stabilizing member extending toward a center of the membrane flap. The stabilizing member prevents the center of said membrane flap from flapping open, but allows outer free edges of the membrane flap to open when air flow at a particular pressure is exerted into said membrane flap from an opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Shereyk, Brian R. Peek
  • Publication number: 20120322355
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to vehicle based climate regulation systems. Specifically, this invention relates to an apparatus for extending and directing the flow of air-conditioning or heat within a vehicle by way of providing a connector and a detachable extension operable with a preexisting vehicle climate regulation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: NOGGLE, INC.
    Inventor: Steven Mikel Paquin
  • Patent number: 8328609
    Abstract: A back-air blocking device to ventilate a motor vehicle's inside space includes a frame or housing made of a first plastic, and a valve flap, made of flexible material, connected in one zone to the frame and in other zones resting against a sealing surface of said frame when the flap is in its rest position. The flap detaches off the sealing surface when subjected to a pressure differential. The valve flap is a thin plate made of a closed-pore, foamed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Schneider
  • Publication number: 20120289140
    Abstract: An air outlet for ventilating the interior of a motor vehicle is provided. The air outlet is fluidly connected with a module of a heating, ventilating and/or air conditioning system. The air outlet includes a linkage region having an opening. An insulating structure is held in the linkage region with the air outlet in a fluidically-connected state. A retainer is configured to fix the insulating structure on the air outlet in the linkage region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Guenther MARX, Guenter BOERSCH, Helmut NITZSCHE
  • Publication number: 20120192978
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve including a housing that mounts in an aperture in a panel. The housing has a side wall defining an air flow passage. The side wall has a first side wall section at least partially defining the air flow passage. The first side wall section extends at an angle to the panel when the housing is mounted in the aperture in the panel. The first side wall section has an opening extending through the first side wall section. A valve element extends from the first side wall section. The valve element has a closed condition preventing air flow through the opening in the first side wall section and an open condition permitting air flow through the opening in the first side wall section. A louver assembly may be mounted in the aperture in the panel. The louver assembly has at least one louver that directs foreign matter and sound away from the valve element when the valve element is in the closed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel D. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20120100792
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cost effective and efficient air circulation system for a rotomolded vehicle body, comprising: at least one inlet vent disposed at the lower front of the rotomolded body assembly for receiving the air; an outlet vents comprising at least one venting vane disposed at floor of the rotomolded body assembly for receiving the air from inlet vent and disposing the air to underside of the floor for cooling of the power train system located beneath the floor. A roof of the rotomolded body assembly receiving the air from inlet vents and disposing in the void of the rotomolded body assembly for cooling the passenger area, wherein the air is forced-in from inlet vents and forced-out through the outlet vents. A high volumetric throughput pressure is maintained between inlet and outlet vents comprising the said venting vane due to position thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: TATA TECHNOLOGIES PTE LIMITED
    Inventors: Nigel GIDDONS, John William TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20120071075
    Abstract: Air guiding devices are provided in the front end of a vehicle in proximity to the front wheels. Each air guiding device has a laterally arranged air guiding duct with an air inlet opening for guiding radiator fresh air to a radiator and an outlet opening downstream behind the radiator unit for supplying the radiator outlet air to a wheel house. A closure element is arranged in the air outlet opening of the air guiding duct. The closure element is arranged transversely in the vehicle and has adjustable flaps. A separate flow duct is oriented in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The separate flow duct has an air entry opening arranged in the transverse plane of the closure element and an air exit opening directed toward a brake disk of a braking system in the front wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Thomas Wolf
  • Publication number: 20120009861
    Abstract: This device includes at least one peripheral wall (2, 6, 8) forming an air duct (4) and at least one first fin (10) rotatably mobile around a substantially longitudinal axis (A), at least one second fin (12) rotatably mobile around a substantially transverse axis (B), and at least one deflector (18) extending upstream of the second fin (12) and being rotatably mobile around a substantially transverse axis (C), the downstream end portion (20) of the deflector (18) being fastened to the upstream end portion (22) of the second fin (12) via a hinge (24). The axis of rotation (C) of the deflector (18) is mounted in at least one slot (28) of the peripheral wall (2, 6, 8), the slot (26) extending along a path at least partially not parallel to the upstream-downstream direction of the air duct (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventors: Nicolas MERCEY, Rene-Louis COURTEL
  • Publication number: 20110319004
    Abstract: The exhaust system is for removing malodor flatulence air expelled by a person sitting in a seat. The gas sensor and the control module are provided in the form an integral unit removably mounted to a manifold incorporated in or under the seat. The gas sensor is removably mounted either to the side wall or at a bottom portion of the manifold. A sensor fan is provided close to the intake opening of the manifold for drawing the flatulence air into the system as soon as it is expelled by the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Hong Min Kim
  • Publication number: 20110268540
    Abstract: A truck dumper including a material receiving hopper, a tilt table configured to dump a load from the truck or truck trailer into the material receiving hopper. The invention includes a stilling shed positioned above the material receiving hopper and at least one curtain baffle suspended below the roof of the stilling shed. The curtain baffles are positioned such that there is a gap located near the roof and an upper margin of the at least one curtain baffle through which air can flow. The invention further includes an air exhaust structure configured to exhaust dust laden air from the interior of the stilling shed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Harris
  • Publication number: 20110230129
    Abstract: A ventilation device (10), in particular for a vehicle interior, has a frame (12) which includes at least one opening (16), and at least one non-return flap (20), the non-return flap (20) having at least one recess (26) provided thereon through which a holding member (22) provided on the frame (12) extends, and the non-return flap (20), depending on the active pressure differential, being movably adjustable on the holding member (22) between a closed position, in which the non-return flap (20) rests against the frame (12) and closes the at least one opening (16) of the frame (12), and an open position. The holding member (22) is deformable between a mounting position, in which the non-return flap (20) can be mounted to the holding member (22), and a locked position, in which the non-return flap (20) can not be dismounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Andreas Weber
  • Publication number: 20110217915
    Abstract: An operation load application member 40 includes: a pivot support portion 41, a leg portion 43 having a first projection 44 and a second projection 45 at its tip; and a connection portion 42 which connects the pivot support portion 41 and the leg portion 43 together. The pivot support portion 41, the leg portion 43, and the connection portion 42 are unitarily formed. The operation load application member 40 can generate, by itself, a plurality of operation loads and a plurality of operation feels. Accordingly, there is provided an air blowing device which can reduce manufacturing cost while maintaining satisfactory operation loads and operation feels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: HOWA PLASTICS CO., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Sawada
  • Patent number: 7997966
    Abstract: A cooling structure for an electricity storage device includes: a secondary battery generating heat; a DC-DC converter generating heat in a quantity different from that of secondary battery; an exhaust path for passing air after cooling secondary battery generating heat in a relatively small quantity, and led to the outside of a vehicle; an exhaust path for passing air after cooling DC-DC converter generating heat in a relatively large quantity, and joining exhaust path; and a circulation path connected to exhaust path upstream of an air flow beyond a position at which exhaust path joins, and led to the inside of a vehicle compartment. With this configuration, there is provided a cooling structure for an electricity storage device in which the suppression of both increase in temperature and decrease in inner pressure inside the vehicle compartment can be effectively achieved at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takehito Yoda
  • Publication number: 20110105009
    Abstract: An air vent is provided, particularly for a vehicle interior ventilation system, comprising at least one diffuse air flow duct with at least one diffuse outlet opening for discharging the air as a diffuse or swirling jet, at least one spot air flow duct with at least one spot outlet opening for discharging the air as a spot jet, at least one movable connecting sleeve with an inflow opening and an outflow opening as a spot outlet opening, which forms the at least one spot air flow duct at the at least one spot outlet opening, and by movement of the at least one connecting sleeve different discharge directions of the spot jet from the at least one spot outlet opening can be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Uwe Fritsche, Kuno Zeller, Dieter Reisinger, Martin Fieger
  • Publication number: 20110097985
    Abstract: An air shield is provided over a portal access opening between a vehicle access member and a stationary vehicle trim member. The vehicle access member provides access to a compartment of an interior of the vehicle. An air supply device is disposed within the vehicle. The air supply device is capable of producing a burst of air that discharges upon opening of the vehicle access member. An air concentrator device is in fluid communication with the air supply device. The air concentrator device outputs the burst of air that forms the air shield in a direction substantially transverse to the portal opening. The air shield is formed across at least a portion of a perimeter of the portal access opening between the vehicle access member and the stationary vehicle trim member. The air shield inhibits precipitation from entering the compartment of the vehicle during a pressure equalization phase that occurs in response to the opening of the vehicle access member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Louise E. Stauffer, Alan L. Browne
  • Publication number: 20110086588
    Abstract: A fan nozzle for an air outlet of a motor vehicle fan includes, but is not limited to a substantially centrically arranged center piece, at least one air guiding element that can be swiveled about a swivel axis oriented radially to the center piece, an adjusting lever substantially oriented perpendicularly to the swivel axis for swiveling the air guiding element and a rotatable adjusting ring for swiveling the adjusting lever. The adjusting ring includes, but is not limited to a slot substantially oriented perpendicularly to the swivel axis for accommodating the adjusting lever. The slot in an axial direction towards the air guiding element includes, but is not limited to an opening for inserting the adjusting lever, and the adjusting lever is accommodated in the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Dino DEMMA
  • Publication number: 20110039489
    Abstract: An improved air exhauster for a vehicle is provided, comprising a non-woven filter with a covering sheet of material fastened to the filter face. The filter may be assembled into a frame and the covering sheet may acts as valve to allow air outflow from the interior of the vehicle, yet restrict outside noise from entering. The covering sheet may be a relatively more dense non-woven material than the filter or may be a polymer film. The covering sheet may be attached at the centerline of the filter to function as a pleat separator and reduce the incidence of pleat collapse under high flow rate or increased pressure drop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: FREUDENBERG FILTRATION TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald B. PEDIGO, Daniel WOODMAN
  • Publication number: 20110009045
    Abstract: A vehicular interior assembly including an air duct defining a duct opening having at least one key receiver and a vent that includes a vent body defining a longitudinal axis and a vent opening axially therethrough. At least one key extends outward from the vent body substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and is sized for receipt through the corresponding at least one key receiver. The vent body is axially receivable into the duct opening with the at least one key received through the corresponding at least one key receiver. Rotation of the vent body about its longitudinal axis moves the at least one key from an axial movable position to an axial non-movable position. A trim retention feature disposed on the vent body retains a vehicular trim component against the air duct while the at least one key is in its axial non-movable position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel V. BECKLEY, Clarence P. Lipke
  • Publication number: 20100330894
    Abstract: A vent assembly is disposed within an interior space of a vehicle for opening and closing fluid communication between the interior space and an exterior of the vehicle. The vent assembly includes a housing defining a plurality of openings and a plurality of vanes disposed in the openings. An actuator mechanism moves the vanes between an open position and a closed position, and includes a shaped memory alloy (SMA) member for actuating the vanes between the open and closed positions. The SMA member is activated when a hatch of the vehicle is open to move the vanes into the open position and thereby open fluid communication between the interior space and the exterior to alleviate excessive air pressure buildup during closure of the hatch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicants: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC., DYNALLOY, INC.
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Xiujie Gao, Alan L. Browne, Mark A. Voss, Derek L. Patterson, Lei Hao, Chandra S. Namuduri, James Holbrook Brown, Aragorn Zolno, John N. Owens, Alexander Millerman, Kevin B. Rober, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Sanjeev M. Naik
  • Publication number: 20100317277
    Abstract: An air outlet has at least one air supply line and at least one baffle plate, wherein the opening cross section of the air supply line is arranged in a plane running parallel to the baffle plate, the baffle plate has a circumferential contour, and is spaced apart from the air supply line, and the opening cross section of one end of the air supply line is directed toward the baffle plate. Such air outlets are particularly suited for small-volume rest rooms, such as in a vehicle, which require a sufficiently high ventilation quality at the lowest possible draught.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Raible, Ruediger Heske, Dirk Baxmann, Enrico Chelli, Ingo Gores
  • Publication number: 20100291854
    Abstract: An insert (10) for an opening in a base (20) includes a housing (12) having a peripheral side wall (18) defining an interior space (24). The peripheral side wall (18) includes at least one latch member (90) having a latching position. The latch member (90) engages the base (20) to secure the housing (12) in the opening when the latch member (90) is in the latching position. The housing (12) is inserted into the opening in a first direction (A) to engage the latch member (90) with the base (20). At least one indicator (100) shows when the at least one latch member (90) is in the latching position. The indicator (100) is visible in the first direction (A) when the insert (10) is in the opening in the base (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel D. Carlson, Timothy M. Barnes
  • Publication number: 20100087134
    Abstract: An HVAC system for a vehicle is disclosed. The HVAC system may comprise an HVAC module configured to selectively direct conditioned air through an HVAC outlet; and an HVAC air distribution system including a duct operatively engaging the HVAC outlet to receive air flow therefrom, a top outlet configured to be positioned above an instrument panel, a heater outlet configured to be located below the instrument panel, and a diverter located in the duct and configured to selectively direct the air flow from the HVAC outlet through the duct to the top outlet and the heater outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Major, William R. Hill