Occupant-type Vehicle Patents (Class 62/244)
  • Patent number: 11542853
    Abstract: A coolant supply module includes a reservoir tank configured to store a coolant, a main body connected to the reservoir tank so that the coolant stored in the reservoir tank flows, at least one pump mounting portion formed in the main body so that at least one water pump is mounted, a valve mounting portion formed in the main body between the at least one pump mounting portion so that a valve device is mounted, and a controller mounted in the main body and electrically connected to the at least one water pump, wherein the main body includes a branch portion allowing a portion of a coolant introduced into one of the at least one pump mounting portion to flow into another pump mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION, MYUNGHWA IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeonho Kim, Jae Yeon Kim, Jeawan Kim, Dong June Kang, Yu Man Won
  • Patent number: 11541726
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides a heat management system for a vehicle, comprising: a first heat circuit in which first heat medium flows; a second heat circuit in which second heat medium flows; and a main heat exchanger configured to transfer heat from the second heat medium to the first heat medium. The first heat circuit comprises: a compressor; a cabin heater; a first air heat exchanger; an evaporator; a first bypass channel configured to allow the first heat medium to bypass the main heat exchanger; and a first switching valve by which one of the main heat exchanger and the evaporator is selected as a flow destination of the first heat medium flowing out from the first air heat exchanger. A single heat circuit (the first heat circuit) can achieve both heating and cooling of the air in the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Orihashi, Yoshio Hasegawa, Masaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11535082
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning control system includes a controller that controls a blow outlet drive device and a plate member drive device based on a sensed result of a seat back state sensing device. When a reclined state of the seat back is sensed, the controller controls the blow outlet drive device and thereby places an air-flow direction change mechanism in a predetermined position to direct conditioning air, which is blown from the blow outlet, such that the conditioning air collides to a plate surface of a plate member. At this time, the controller also controls the plate member drive device to place the plate member in a predetermined position, so that the conditioning air, which collides to the plate surface of the plate member, reaches a specific part of an occupant who is on the seat having the seat back placed in the reclined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marie Nagahama, Yasuhiko Niimi
  • Patent number: 11529840
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioner installed in a vehicle includes: an evaporator that is provided on a ceiling of the vehicle and causes heat exchange between air in an interior of a passenger compartment and a coolant; a condenser that causes heat exchange between the coolant and outside air; a spray nozzle that sprays water to a portion near the condenser; a water tank that is provided in a lower portion of the vehicle and stores the water to be sprayed; and a drain hose that guides condensed water generated in the evaporator to the water tank. The drain hose is provided through a pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Hotta
  • Patent number: 11479083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow circuit system (1) for a vehicle, with a first flow circuit (10) guiding a first fluid and operable as a heat pump, and a second flow circuit (50) with a conveying device (31) guiding a second fluid, and a switching device (35), wherein in the provided flow direction of the first fluid downstream of a compressor (3) and upstream of an expansion element (15), at least one first heat exchanger (7) between the first and second fluids, wherein the second flow circuit (50) has at least two flow circuit modes, wherein in the first flow circuit mode, apart from the at least one conveying device (31) for the second fluid and the at least one first heat exchanger (7), at least one outside heat exchanger (37) which may be flowed through by the second fluid and is configured as a radiator is connected to the second flow circuit (50), and in the second flow circuit mode this at least one outside heat exchanger (37) is not connected to the at least second flow circuit (50) containing the co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Konvekta AG
    Inventors: Michael Sonnekalb, Sebastian Fink
  • Patent number: 11479076
    Abstract: A heat pump system of a vehicle controls a temperature of a battery module by using one chiller in which a refrigerant and a coolant are heat-exchanged, and recovers waste heat generated from an electrical component and a battery module to use it for indoor heating, thereby improving heating performance and efficiency, and the heat pump increases a flow rate of a refrigerant by applying a gas injection part that selectively operates in a heating mode of the vehicle, thereby maximizing heating performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeawan Kim, Jae Yeon Kim, Yeonho Kim
  • Patent number: 11427053
    Abstract: A reversible refrigeration cycle system is configured to provide heating and cooling to condition passenger air for a vehicle such as, for example, a bus. The reversible refrigeration cycle system includes a storage tank for storing fluid, a compressor, a plurality of coils, and valves for selectively conducting the fluid to the plurality of coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Mobile Climate Control, Corp.
    Inventor: Adel Gergis
  • Patent number: 11383579
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for a vehicle and a control method thereof may include a temperature detector; an air conditioning actuator including a cooling device and a blower; and a controller connected to the temperature detector and the air conditioning actuator and including: a load determination portion determining an air conditioning load based on factors including an internal temperature or an external temperature of a vehicle detected by the temperature detector; a storage portion storing a control map that controls the air conditioning actuator according to the air conditioning load; and an update portion updating a control value, pre-stored in the control map, of the air conditioning actuator for the air conditioning load to a demand value of a user when receiving the demand value of the user for the air conditioning actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Gee Young Shin, Dong Ho Kwon, Dae Ig Jung, Seung Hyeok Chang, Jeong Hoon Lee, Joong Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 11364772
    Abstract: An air conditioning unit, including: a chamber; a fan, in the chamber, for effecting an entry air entering the chamber and an exit air exiting the chamber; and an evaporative unit, in the chamber, for conditioning the entry air; wherein the fan, together with at least part of the chamber, creates a pressure zone, without ejecting air directly to, or without drawing air directly from, the evaporative unit, such that air moves through the evaporative unit substantially through a pressure effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Shihong Bei, Jianguo Zhu
  • Patent number: 11345261
    Abstract: In order to suppress a claustrophobic feeling that a person sitting on a rear seat receives due to a front seat, and to make the front seat easy to use as an ottoman by the person, a movement adjustment system is used for a passenger seat and a rear seat, and includes a slide rail for moving the rear seat in the front to back direction, and a control part for changing the movement region of the rear seat by the slide rail. The passenger seat has a seat cushion, and a seat back mounted to be changeable between an upright state and a lowered state with respect to the seat cushion. The control part changes the movement region so that the passenger seat and the rear seat can come closer when the seat back of the passenger seat is in the lowered state than in the upright state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yogo
  • Patent number: 11305607
    Abstract: A heat pump system for a vehicle may adjust a temperature of a battery module by use of one chiller that performs heat exchange between a refrigerant and a coolant and improves heating efficiency by use of waste heat generated from an electrical component, including: a cooling apparatus of circulating a coolant in a coolant line to cool at least one electrical component provided in the coolant line; a battery cooling apparatus of circulating the coolant to the battery module; a chiller for heat exchanging the coolant with a refrigerant to control a temperature of the coolant; a heating apparatus that heats an interior of the vehicle using the coolant; and a first, second, third, and fourth connection line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yeonho Kim
  • Patent number: 11267311
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular air conditioner including: an air-conditioning case that has an upper passage and a lower passage which are partitioned by an upper and lower partition plate therebetween; a heating unit that is disposed over the upper passage and the lower passage; an upper passage partition plate that is disposed downstream of the heating unit of the upper passage and forms a guide passage that guides a portion of air, which has passed the heating unit, toward an upper and lower connection opening that connects the upper passage and the lower passage; and a guide passage opening/closing unit that closes the guide passage in a state where the upper and lower connection opening is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KEIHIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Suzuki, Takehito Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11262090
    Abstract: With respect to atmospheric steam generating humidifiers, the present disclosure resolves the problem of end-users not adjusting the drain interval of the humidifier by using an electronic controller to automatically choose an appropriate drain interval without requiring any user input. The electronic controller accomplishes this by receiving input data from a sensor that measures a water quality parameter, automatically determining a drain interval based on the received data, and sending an output control signal to a drain water control valve to execute a drain event in accordance with the drain interval. In some examples, the electronic controller utilizes a look-up table correlating the water quality parameter to a total dissolved solids or cycles of concentration value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: DRI-STEEM Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Lundgreen, Kenneth D. Shull
  • Patent number: 11225121
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioner, including a first duct having a first ventilation opening that is disposed on first side in a width direction of a seat provided in a vehicle, a second duct having a second ventilation opening that is disposed on second side in the width direction of the seat, the second side being opposite side of the first side, and a third duct having a third ventilation opening that is disposed in front of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotake Nishina, Takako Mizuno, Hiroaki Mikami, Yoshinori Tamura
  • Patent number: 11142035
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a vehicle may include a housing, a first heat exchanger, a first door, and a second heat exchanger. The housing may include a first inlet branch, a second inlet branch, and an outlet branch. The first door may be adjacent the first heat exchanger and may move from a first position preventing flow to the first heat exchanger to a second position permitting flow to the first heat exchanger. The second heat exchanger may be positioned downstream of the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhiwei Shan
  • Patent number: 11002471
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigeration installation (1), to a method for same, and to a refrigeration installation system for controlling the temperature of air, including at least one compressor (3), at least one expansion element (39), and at least one first (5) and a second (7) heat exchanger, each of which can be operated as a condenser or a gas cooler, wherein at least one of the heat exchangers can be operated as an evaporator or at least one additional heat exchanger is provided which can be operated as an evaporator. A refrigerant line is equipped with a first valve (11) downstream of at least one compressor (3) at or downstream of a branch (9) and upstream of or at the condenser or gas cooler inlet (15) of the first heat exchanger (5), and a second valve (19) is arranged at or downstream of the condenser or gas cooler outlet (17) of the first heat exchanger (5) and upstream of or as an expansion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KONVEKTA AG
    Inventors: Michael Sonnekalb, Sebastian Fink, Philipp Merle
  • Patent number: 10976091
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet that defines a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment, a door configured to open and close at least a portion of the freezing compartment, an ice maker located adjacent to a rear surface of the door and configured to supply water to make ice automatically, to provide ice to an ice tray, and to transfer ice automatically, a cabinet duct located above the freezing compartment and configured to supply cold air to the freezing compartment or to the ice maker, an ice cover that is located above the ice maker and that includes a cover inflow hole configured to receive cold air located at a position that faces an outlet of the cabinet duct, and a supply duct that connects the cover inflow hole to the ice maker and that defines a cold air supply passage to an interior area of the ice maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yonghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10967768
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat main body having a seat back, and disposed at a vehicle front side of a seating position at an end side in a vehicle width direction of a rear seat; and a flow path having one end side and another end side, conditioned air flowing through the one end side, the conditioned air being produced by an air-conditioning device mounted at the vehicle, the other end side being disposed inside the seat main body, another end of the flow path opening at a vehicle rear surface of the seat back, and the conditioned air flowing through an inside of the flow path and being blown from the other end towards a vehicle rear side of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shiga
  • Patent number: 10955153
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compact, fully integrated solar powered airconditioning (A/C) device for recycling and cooling the air inside buildings, which device comprises a photovoltaic (PV) solar cell, a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Charge Controller, a battery unit and a vapor compression air cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Riis Arndt
  • Patent number: 10946718
    Abstract: An air-conditioning unit of a vehicle for air-conditioning a vehicle interior may include a unit outlet for discharging air into the vehicle interior, an outside-air duct for an intake of outside air, and an air recirculation duct for recirculation of inside air from the vehicle interior. The air-conditioning unit may also include an outside-air shut-off element arranged in the outside-air duct, which in a closed position blocks a flow of outside air through the outside-air duct, and a recirculated-air shut-off element arranged in the air recirculation duct, which in a closed position blocks a flow of inside air through the air recirculation duct. The air-conditioning unit may further include a sensor device for detecting a property of air. On at least one duct of the outside-air duct and the recirculation duct, a bypass may be arranged which bypasses an associated shut-off element and is fluidically connected to the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Eberle, Rainer Knoeller, Markus Michael, Anja Reiter, Oliver Schultze, Joachim Treier, Walter Wolf
  • Patent number: 10938278
    Abstract: There are provided in-wheel motors lubricated with an oil; a cooling medium circuit in which a cooling medium flows; a cooling device cooling the cooling medium; heat exchangers carrying out heat exchange between the cooling medium and the oil after lubricating the in-wheel motors; and at least one of a controller including an inverter and a battery that can be cooled by the cooling medium flowing through the cooling medium circuit, and the cooling medium circuit has such a configuration that circulates the cooling medium through the cooling device, at least one of the controller and the battery, and the heat exchangers in turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Tominaga, Daisuke Tokozakura, Yushi Seki
  • Patent number: 10910684
    Abstract: A first thermosiphon circuit includes a first evaporator configured to cool a first target device by a latent heat of evaporation of a working fluid that absorbs a heat from the first target device, and a first passage communicating with the first evaporator. A second thermosiphon circuit includes a second evaporator configured to cool a second target device by a latent heat of evaporation of a working fluid that absorbs a heat from the second target device, and a second passage communicating with the second evaporator. A main condenser includes a first heat exchanger provided in the first passage and a second heat exchanger provided in the second passage, and is configured to allow the working fluid flowing through the first heat exchanger, the working fluid flowing through the second heat exchanger, and a predetermined cold energy supply medium to exchange heat with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumitsu Omi, Takeshi Yoshinori, Masayuki Takeuchi, Koji Miura
  • Patent number: 10889163
    Abstract: A heat pump system includes a heat pump cycle, a heat medium circulation circuit, and a refrigeration cycle device. The refrigeration cycle device is configured to perform a defrosting operation when a frost formation determiner determines that frost is formed. A throttle opening degree controller is configured to increase an opening degree in the defrosting operation. A pumping capacity controller is configured to increase a pumping capacity in the defrosting operation with increase of a required heating capacity required for heating a heating target fluid, the pumping capacity controller increasing the pumping capacity such that heat of refrigerant discharged from a compressor is transferred to heat medium in a first heat exchanger within a range in which a temperature of the refrigerant flowing into an outside heat exchanger is capable of melting the frost formed on the outside heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Tada
  • Patent number: 10890758
    Abstract: This disclosure describes deflecting moisture out of the field of view of an imaging device during operation of an aerial vehicle, such as a UAV. The imaging device and/or a deflector positioned in the field of view of the imaging device is positioned within a path of a propulsion motor air disturbance. The deflector protects the lens from environmental conditions, such as moisture and rain and is positioned such that the force of the propulsion motor air disturbance moves any moisture, rain, or other debris contacting the surface of the deflector across the deflector surface and out of the field of view of the imaging device. As a result, distortion of image data generated by the imaging device as a result of water or moisture on the lens or in the field of view of the lens of the imaging device is reduced, if not eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Scott Raymond Harris
  • Patent number: 10875429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sensor module (1), comprising: at least a first sensor (10) that is designed to measure relative humidity and/or temperature, wherein the sensor module (1) is configured to be mounted in an automotive seat (2), which automotive seat (2) comprises a seat cover region (200) forming an outer surface (200a) of the seat that faces a passenger (P) sitting on the automotive seat (2), wherein the sensor module (1) is configured to be mounted such in said automotive seat (2) that it is spaced apart from said seat cover region (200). Further, the invention relates to an automotive seat (2) comprising such a sensor module (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SENSIRION AUTOMOTIVE SOLUTIONS AG
    Inventors: Lukas Hoppenau, Michael Gotze, Markus Graf, Pascal Hunziker
  • Patent number: 10800229
    Abstract: A sun visor module includes: a base portion which has an accommodating space formed therein and a front portion provided at the ceiling of a front seat of a vehicle in an openable or closable form; a sun visor portion which is provided at the center of the inside of the base portion and slides in or out through the front portion of the base portion; a screen-shaped awning portion which is provided at a lower portion of the inside of the base portion to be entered in or out to the front portion of the base portion; an air discharge portion which is connected with an A-pillar of the vehicle to introduce the wind flowing in the A-pillar into the base portion; and a first blowing portion which communicates with the rear lower portion of the base portion to send the wind to the inside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Mingyu Cho
  • Patent number: 10766336
    Abstract: An air conditioning device for a vehicle includes a seat air conditioning unit that blows out air from a front side of a seat and an interior air conditioning unit that blows out air whose temperature has been adjusted by a cooling heat exchanger and a heating heat exchanger toward the vehicle interior space. The air conditioning device for a vehicle includes a first duct member for guiding the air flowing between the cooling heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger in the interior air conditioning unit to the seat air conditioning unit. The air conditioning device for a vehicle further includes a second duct member for guiding the air higher in temperature than the air flowing between the cooling heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger to the seat air conditioning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Fujii, Hideaki Kako, Masafumi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10696129
    Abstract: A method and system for remotely controlling a mobile climate control system for a vehicle is provided. The method allows for remote connection of a smart device to a mobile climate control system. The mobile climate control system may comprise a single HVAC system and thermostat or may comprise multiple HVAC systems and thermostats which provide multi-zone climate control for a vehicle, such as for non-limiting example, a recreational vehicle (RV). In some other embodiments, the system may comprise multiple HVACs and a single thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dometic Sweden AB
    Inventor: Bryan B. Bergin
  • Patent number: 10675949
    Abstract: An evaporator unit for a rooftop air-conditioning system of a vehicle may include a housing having two evaporators. Each evaporator may include a plurality of evaporation pipes running parallel to one another and parallel to a Z axis of the evaporators, a distributor and collector box running parallel to an X axis of the evaporator, and a diverting box running parallel to the X axis of the evaporator. The distributor and collector box may include an inlet connector for liquid refrigerant and an outlet connector for gaseous refrigerant that may be disposed adjacent to one another on a same face side of the distributor and collector box and in a Y axis of the evaporator. The two evaporators may be disposed on both sides of an intake chamber of the evaporator unit and may lay opposite one another in a transverse axis of the evaporator unit. The evaporators may be structurally identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Hipp-Kalthoff, Hans-Henning Knorr, Nayyar Rahman, Klaus Voigt
  • Patent number: 10611476
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for isolating one or more sensors within an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The method may comprise providing a UAV that includes a housing forming a central body of the UAV. The UAV may also include a first compartment of the central body with one or more electrical components (1) disposed therein, and (2) adapted to affect operation of the UAV. Further, the UAV may include a second compartment of the central body that is isolated from the first compartment such that the barometric pressure in the second compartment is independent of the barometric pressure in the first compartment. Additionally, the method may comprise disposing the one or more sensors within the second compartment of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiyuan Ao, Xumin Wu, Tingting Wang, Zhuang Feng, Sungki Lee
  • Patent number: 10562458
    Abstract: A water reservoir in combination with a seating assembly for a motor vehicle comprising a lower seat assembly having a deployed position and a seatback assembly having a deployed position is disclosed, where the water reservoir is installed either behind the seatback assembly in the deployed position or below the lower seat assembly in the deployed position, and the water reservoir is removably received within a volume defined in part by either of the seatback assembly or the lower seat assembly, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Mozurkewich, Daniel Ferretti, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line, Keith Allen Godin
  • Patent number: 10549605
    Abstract: A heating system for heating a vehicle interior of a vehicle having an internal combustion engine by using a heat exchanger includes three temperature sensors, wherein a first temperature sensor measures the coolant temperature at a coolant outlet of the internal combustion engine, a second temperature sensor measures the coolant temperature at a coolant inlet of the internal combustion engine, and a third temperature sensor measures the coolant temperature upstream of at least one heat source. A first heat circuit couples the heat exchanger to the internal combustion engine, whereas a second heat circuit bypasses the internal combustion engine. The first heat circuit operates solely with the internal combustion engine as a heat source when a target inlet temperature of the heat exchanger is above a preset value; otherwise an additional heat source is switched in, optionally operating in addition to the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Andreas Djermester
  • Patent number: 10486493
    Abstract: A heat pump system for a vehicle may include a cooling device including a radiator connected to a cooling line and a first water pump to cool an electric component; a battery module provided on a battery cooling line selectively connectable to the cooling line through a first valve; a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) module including an internal heater connected to the cooling line through a first connection line, a cooler connected to the battery cooling line through a second connection line, and an opening or closing door provided between the internal heater and the cooler and controlling external air passing through the cooler to be selectively introduced into the internal heater depending on cooling, heating, and heating and dehumidifying modes of the vehicle; and a centralized energy (CE) module connected to each of the battery cooling line and the cooling line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Yeon Kim, Yunho Hwang
  • Patent number: 10428726
    Abstract: A control apparatus 1 for the engine includes an ECU. When the operating region of the engine is in the EGR execution region B, the ECU performs the EGR control (step 2), and performs first coolant temperature control for controlling an IC coolant temperature TWic such that the temperature of intake air passing through an intercooler exceeds a dew-point temperature (step 14). Further, in a case where the operating region of the engine is in the EGR stop region C, the ECU performs second coolant temperature control for controlling the IC coolant temperature TWic such that the temperature of intake air having passed through the intercooler exceeds the dew-point temperature, assuming that the operating region of the engine has shifted to the EGR execution region B (step 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Uto, Yosuke Yamada, Noritaka Kimura, Takayoshi Nakamura, Kosuke Ihara, Yoshinori Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10413458
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an external condenser and light assembly and, more particularly, to an improved external air conditioning condenser and housing that is designed to additionally serve as a light assembly for an emergency vehicle. The condenser housing is mounted to the exterior of the emergency vehicle, which improves the performance of the emergency vehicle's air-conditioning system. The design of the condenser housing also allows it to serve as a light assembly on which emergency vehicle lights are mounted. The condenser housing and light assembly structure thereby provides for proper air conditioning functionality without occupying space on the exterior of the vehicle that would more preferably be occupied by emergency lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: REV AMBULANCE GROUP ORLANDO, INC.
    Inventors: Scott L. Barnes, Herschel W. Davis, Jr., Matthew W. Grafton, Robert L. Collins
  • Patent number: 10414248
    Abstract: A humidification device is used in a vehicle air conditioner having a cooler disposed in an air conditioning case. The air conditioning case has a ventilation path leading air into a vehicle compartment. The humidification device has an adsorber that absorbs and desorbs moisture, a blower, a door that opens or closes an air flow path, and a controller. The controller switches the air flow path by controlling the door to set (i) a dehumidification mode in which air cooled by the cooler is led to the adsorber, and moisture in the air is adsorbed by the adsorber or (ii) a humidification mode in which air is led to the adsorber, the moisture is moved from the adsorber to the air to humidify the air, and the humidified air is blown toward an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Ito, Yasuhiko Niimi, Jun Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10391840
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for mounting on a vehicle roof includes a condenser module and an evaporator module. The condensor module includes an inlet for receiving a compressed fluid, a heat exchanger for condensing the fluid and transferring heat from the fluid, and an outlet for releasing the condensed fluid. The evaporator module includes a deformable base for placement on the roof, that conforms to the roof's curvature. The evaporator module also includes an inlet receiving the cooled condensed fluid from the condensor outlet, an expansion valve for vaporizing the fluid, a heat exchanger for transferring heat to the vaporized fluid, and an outlet for returning the heated vaporized fluid to the condenser module via a compressor. The evaporator module also includes an interchangeable end plate connected to an end of the base, which maintains the base in a shape that conforms to the curvature of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TRANSARCTIC CANADA, INC.
    Inventors: James Stewart, Dale Mason, Kevin Larin, Norman Gillespie
  • Patent number: 10393119
    Abstract: A fluid compressor includes a closed container having an inlet, a compression mechanism including a compression chamber in which fluid flowing into the closed container through the inlet is compressed, a discharge port through which the fluid compressed in the compression chamber is allowed to flow, a discharge valve opening and closing the discharge port, and a valve retainer limiting an amount of lift of the discharge valve. The discharge valve includes a curved portion whose shape is defined by one or more curvatures. When the discharge port is closed by the discharge valve, the valve retainer and the discharge valve are spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Fumihiko Ishizono, Masayuki Kakuda, Kohei Tatsuwaki, Yuji Takamura
  • Patent number: 10315489
    Abstract: A work vehicle that facilitates attachment of an air conditioner main body, the work vehicle including an air conditioner main body arrangement part for arranging therein an air conditioner main body. The air conditioner main body arrangement part is provided in a ceiling part of a cabin covering a driver unit of the work vehicle so that the air conditioner main body arrangement part protrudes rearward from a pair of left and right rear strut pieces of the cabin. The air conditioner main body arrangement part includes a main body support member protruding rearward, which is provided to an upper rear beam piece laterally bridged between upper end portions of the pair of left and right rear strut pieces. The main body support member has support rigidity to support the air conditioner main body from below so that the air conditioner main body is mounted thereon from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10293658
    Abstract: A cooling system is provided for a traction battery of an electrified motor vehicle. That cooling system includes a cooling circuit, a refrigerant circuit, a plurality of flow control valves and a control system. That control system includes a controller configured to (a) control operation of the plurality of flow control valves and (b) prioritize cabin cooling over traction battery cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley, Mark G. Smith, Brett Allen Dunn
  • Patent number: 10279650
    Abstract: Vehicle climate control systems include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for adjusting the vehicle cabin temperature. The HVAC system can deliver heated or cooled air to the vehicle interior to achieve a desired temperature inside the vehicle cabin. Some vehicles are equipped with secondary comfort features, such as heated or cooled seats, for additionally addressing occupant comfort. These features are typically stand-alone devices that function separately from the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Clay Wesley Maranville, Kenneth J. Jackson, James George Gebbie
  • Patent number: 10279645
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device to be utilized in a vehicle to prevent a computing unit from overheating. The device includes a holder having a plurality of air vents, a plastic flexible hose, a shade, a reducer, and a plurality of alligator clips. The reducer is mounted on an air conditioning (AC) vent by utilizing the plurality of alligator clips. The holder includes a front portion and rear portion to accommodate the computing unit. The reducer is mounted in a way to guide the cool air to the plurality of air vents of the holder through the plastic flexible hose. The plurality of air vents is configured at a front portion of the holder to prevent the battery of the computing unit from overheating. Further, the shade is configured on a top portion of the holder to protect the computing unit from the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Jon Nazarian
  • Patent number: 10279676
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle including one or more in-wheel motors, a power electronics supplying power to the one or more in-wheel motors, and a Rankine cycle system is described. The Rankine cycle system includes a pump driving a working fluid through the Rankine cycle system, a heat exchanger receiving the working fluid from to the pump and connected to the power electronics to cool the power electronics, an evaporator heating the working fluid received from the heat exchanger utilizing heat from an exhaust gas from an engine, an expander receiving the working fluid from the evaporator, and a radiator cooling the working fluid received from the expander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 10279780
    Abstract: An arrangement of air outlets on a motor vehicle air conditioning unit, wherein side window outlets, side occupant air outlets, and center occupant or additional vent air outlets are configured as pairs and the side occupant air outlets and the center occupant or additional vent air outlets are arranged in one tier, wherein from outside to inside are, first, the center occupant or additional vent air outlets and then the side occupant air outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Mario Opiela, Johannes Stausberg
  • Patent number: 10272745
    Abstract: A humidifying device for a vehicle has a humidity detection part, a blower, a non-water-supply humidifier, and a controller. The humidity detection part detects a humidity in a vehicle compartment. The blower draws, as an intake air, an inside air in the vehicle compartment and an outside air outside the vehicle compartment at a specified ratio and blows the intake air toward the vehicle compartment. The non-water-supply humidifier collects water included in the inside air and supplies a humidified air, which is humidified using the water, toward a specified area in the vehicle compartment. The controller sets the specified ratio between the inside air and the outside air and controls an operation of the non-water-supply humidifier. The controller controls the blower to draw at least the inside air, when the non-water-supply humidifier is operated, and when a humidity in the vehicle compartment is lower than a specified humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Kataoka, Manabu Maeda, Hitoshi Ninomiya, Yusuke Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 10266091
    Abstract: A vehicle mounted refrigeration device comprising an outer shell, an inner shell nested in the outer shell, one or more heat sink plates attached to the inner shell, one of an insulating material and a vacuum spacing the inner shell from the outer shell, a control unit, and a compressor mounted to a vibration isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ICBX, LLC
    Inventor: Shane M. Rotharmel
  • Patent number: 10252598
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system for a vehicle may include at least one of a condenser module including a condenser housing and a condenser, the condenser arranged in the condenser housing, and an air-conditioning module including an air-conditioning housing and an evaporator, the evaporator arranged in the air-conditioning housing. The air-conditioning system may also include a plastic support frame including a plurality of parts, the support frame configured to support at least one of the condenser module and the air-conditioning module, and to hold at least one of the condenser module and the air-conditioning module on a vehicle roof. The air-conditioning system may also include at least one detent housing connection. The air-conditioning system may also include at least one of at least one detent support connection and at least one plug-type support connection including a securing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Hipp-Kalthoff, Hans-Henning Knorr, Klaus Voigt
  • Patent number: 10179498
    Abstract: A storage evaporator for an air conditioning system in a vehicle is includes phase change material-containing tubes arranged side-by-side in contact with refrigerant-containing tubes. The storage evaporator includes an upper coolant tank, a lower coolant tank, refrigerant-containing tubes fluidly the connecting tanks, and phase change material-containing tubes provided in contact with the refrigerant tubes. The refrigerant tubes have flat sides and the phase change material-containing tubes have flat sides. The flat sides of the refrigerant tubes are attached to the flat sides of the phase change material-containing tubes. The phase change material may be any of several materials and may an eutectic, a salt hydrate, and an organic material. In operation, cold energy is stored in the phase change material when the air conditioning compressor is in its “on” position. This cold energy is released from the phase change material when the compressor is in its “off” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Air International Inc.
    Inventors: Lim Wijaya, Nickolaos Economou
  • Patent number: 10155428
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle device has a compressor, a radiator, an auxiliary heat exchanger, a decompressor, an evaporator, and an interior heat exchanger. The auxiliary heat exchanger performs a heat exchange between refrigerant and air and causes the refrigerant to radiate heat. The evaporator performs a heat exchange between air and refrigerant after being decompressed in the decompressor before the air is heated in the auxiliary heat exchanger. The interior heat exchanger has a first heat exchanging portion and a second heat exchanging portion and performs a heat exchange between refrigerant flowing in the first heat exchanging portion and refrigerant flowing in the second heat exchanging portion. The first heat exchanging portion is disposed in a refrigerant path between the radiator and the decompressor and is connected to the auxiliary heat exchanger in series. The second heat exchanging portion is disposed in a refrigerant path between the evaporator and the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota Sakamoto, Shin Nishida, Michio Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10132533
    Abstract: A cooling and heating cup holder may include a plurality of holder bodies having a container shape, a plurality of thermoelectric elements each provided to sides of the plurality of holder bodies, a heat dissipating part installed to be thermally connected to a heat dissipating surface of the plurality of thermoelectric elements, a housing embedding the heat dissipating part and having an air inlet formed at an upper portion thereof, and a blower being embedded in the housing and positioned at an upper portion or a lower portion of the heat dissipating part to allow the air discharged from a bent part and introduced through the air inlet to be heat-exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park