Occupant-type Vehicle Patents (Class 62/244)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10131201
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a duct, a passageway, and a plurality of nozzles spaced around the duct. The duct is sized to extend around at least a portion of the dome. The passageway may extend through the duct. The plurality of nozzles may be spaced around the duct and have first openings oriented toward the passageway and second openings oriented toward the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Paul Yeomans, Peter Avram
  • Patent number: 10099533
    Abstract: A vehicle temperature-control system includes a refrigerant circuit (22). The refrigerant circuit includes a compressor (24), at least one condenser heat-exchanger assembly (28) around which air (L1) to be heated can flow, and at least one evaporator heat-exchanger assembly (40), around which air (L2) to be cooled can flow. For each of the two heat-exchanger assemblies (28, 40), there are two inflow regions (48, 50, 78, 80) and two outflow regions (62, 64, 84, 86), which can be switched by means of flap assemblies (44, 56, 88, 92). Both a heating operating mode and a cooling operating mode are selected with the flap assemblies. A heat pump operation in the vehicle, e.g., a bus, is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: EBERSPÄCHER SÜTRAK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Johann Mallek
  • Patent number: 10082315
    Abstract: An adaptable base of the HVAC unit can allow an HVAC unit to align and seal with multiple duct opening configurations. Such opening configurations may be different footprints in different HVAC systems, such as may be employed for example in different roof curbs of rooftop HVAC units. The adaptable base includes a base plate, a supply air duct opening, a return air duct opening, where there is at least one additional opening for one or both of the supply air opening and the return air duct opening. Each opening has a seal around its perimeter. A seal is also arranged and located on the base plate about a perimeter around the supply air duct opening(s) and the return air duct opening(s). A cover can be connected to close one or more openings that are not being used with the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Charles Marks
  • Patent number: 10059169
    Abstract: An assembly for collecting and removing leaked refrigerant, in particular from an evaporator of an air conditioning system of a motor vehicle and/or from a periphery, provided for the refrigerant, of the evaporator with a housing part for the air-tight surrounding of at least one refrigerant connection and/or at least one section of a refrigerant line, and with a connection element, whereby the attachment element has at least one first attachment opening and a second attachment opening, whereby the first connection opening is fluidically connected to the housing part by a channel element and the second connection opening can be fluidically connected to an outlet channel opening into the surroundings such that the refrigerant leaked within the housing part can be fed into the first channel element and can be discharged into the surroundings via the connection element and the outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Graaf, Moritz Loens
  • Patent number: 9989271
    Abstract: An air conditioning system has an air conditioning thermal storage that includes one or more thermal plates. The one or more thermal plates have a first side and a second side separated by a thermally conductive plate (e.g. metal such as aluminum or copper). The first side of each of the one or more thermal plates has a primary input orifice and a primary output orifice. The second side of each of the one or more thermal plates has a secondary input orifice and a secondary output orifice. The first side of each of the one or more thermal plates is fluidly isolated from the second side of each of the one or more thermal plates providing for thermal conduction between such. The thermal plates are at least partially immersed in a material (e.g. antifreeze, vegetable beetroot) for storing cold heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Calvin Becker
  • Patent number: 9976790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling element (1) for use in a cooling device (11), comprising a front face and a rear face and four side faces. The cooling element (1) is characterized in that the rear face of the cooling element (1) is substantially planar and the front face has reinforcing elements, wherein the reinforcing elements prevent deformation of the cooling element (1) during cooling and freezing. The invention also relates to a cooling device (11), in particular a freezer, comprising at least one cooling circuit, wherein the cooling circuit has a compressor, an evaporator, and a condenser. The cooling device (11) also has a closable cooling space (15) that comprises a plurality of cooling space side walls, a cooling space base, a space for cooling goods (17), and at least one cooling element (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: B Medical Systems S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Admilson Pinto, Andreas Hoffmann, Uwe Schramer
  • Patent number: 9874370
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that involve balancing conditioned air delivered to a plurality of zones based on temperature-time profiles for each of the plurality of zones. Wireless temperature sensors may be used to send temperature data to a processing unit to develop the plurality of temperature-time profiles. The temperature-time profiles are analyzed to identify any outliers requiring adjustment of conditioned air to a zone. Adjustments to balance the conditioned air may be made manually or automatically. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lennox Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Uselton
  • Patent number: 9849751
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises an HVAC system including a climate control circuit coupled to onboard sensors, a human-machine interface, and climate actuators. The actuators are responsive to respective command parameters generated by the control circuit in response to the sensors and the human-machine interface. A wireless communication system transmits vehicle HVAC data to and receives crowd data from a remote server. The control circuit initiates a request for crowd data via the communication system to the remote server, wherein the request includes peer parameters for identifying a vehicle environment. The control circuit receives a response via the communication system from the remote server. The response comprises crowd data and at least one weight indicating a confidence level associated with the crowd data. The control circuit generates at least one command parameter using a set of fuzzy rules responsive to the crowd data and the weight from the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Stanek, John A. Lockwood, Mark Davison, Jeffrey A. Palic, Lisa Scott
  • Patent number: 9821626
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning apparatus (1) for the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle includes a housing (2) comprising a first air inlet (3) and a second air inlet (4). The housing (2) directs an inner air flow (Fi) from the first air inlet (3) and/or the second air inlet (4) and contains at least a first heat exchanger (5). The housing (2) includes: an air flow channel (24) directing the inner air flow (Fi) in the housing (2) while bypassing the first heat exchanger (5); and an air inlet duct (23) directing the inner air flow (Fi) in the housing (2) through the first heat exchanger (5). A heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning installation for the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle includes: an air conditioning loop through which a coolant flows. The loop includes at least one compressor, a first expansion member, an outer heat exchanger and the first heat exchanger (5). The installation also includes the heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning apparatus (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES
    Inventors: Klaus Wittmann, Mohamed Yahia
  • Patent number: 9815350
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus is installed at an upper portion of a vehicle and includes an apparatus main body which includes an outdoor unit chamber and an indoor unit chamber, a compressor, a first heat exchanger, an outdoor blower, a second heat exchanger, an indoor blower, and an electrical component box which houses an inverter that controls the compressor. A return port for taking in in-vehicle air is provided at a lower portion of the indoor unit chamber, and the electrical component box is installed in a space inside the indoor unit chamber so as to be close to the ceiling of the indoor unit chamber, the space defined above the return port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomonaga, Hidetaka Adachi
  • Patent number: 9803896
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat conditioning system for a motor vehicle, including: an air conditioning loop of a motor vehicle (B) in which a cooling fluid circulates and which includes a compressor (2), at least two heat exchangers (8,42) and at least one decompression device (24,26), a heat processing unit (U) of a battery (100) of the vehicle, which unit includes a heat processing means (46) which is capable of being in a heat exchange relation with the battery of the vehicle, in which the heat processing means is in a heat exchange relation with the air conditioning loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES
    Inventors: Jugurtha Benouali, Klaus Wittmann, Stefan Karl
  • Patent number: 9803933
    Abstract: In order to provide a cold storage medium container that can be smoothly and reliably filled with a cold storage medium to thereby increase productivity. In a cold storage medium container 5, a body of the container 5 constituted of a pair of container members 10 and 12, and the body has an inner fin 11 therein and is filled with the cold storage medium through a cold storage medium filling opening 20 at an end of the body therein. Furthermore, in the cold storage medium container, an engagement portion 13 projects toward inside of the body to engage a part of a corrugated end surface at each end of the inner fin 11, to thereby position the inner fin 11 in the body, and a gap is disposed between the end surface at each end of the positioned inner fin 11 and an inner wall of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sanden Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Chiba, Ryosuke Sakurai, Yuuki Takahashi, Aya Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9780422
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a battery arrangement, a chiller, a coolant circuit configured to direct coolant through the chiller and battery arrangement, a refrigerant circuit including a compressor, valve, and evaporator, and a controller. The controller is programmed to alter a speed of the compressor and a position of the valve based on a pressure and temperature of refrigerant output from the chiller to alter a temperature of the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Allen Dunn, Angel Fernando Porras, Mark G. Smith, Timothy Noah Blatchley