US Pat. No. 9,211,667

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MOLDING SOFT AND THIN RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A method for molding a soft and thin resin molded product, in which molten resin is injected into a molding space formed
between a concave mold and a convex mold to mold the soft and thin resin molded product, the method comprising:
opening at least one of the concave mold and the convex mold while the soft and thin resin molded product is left in the concave
mold;

locking at least two locking tabs formed outside a concave-shaped portion of the soft and thin resin molded product left in
the concave mold, by an arm of a molded product removing machine;

supporting the concave-shaped portion of the soft and thin resin molded product by a support arm of the molded product removing
machine; and

demolding the soft and thin resin molded product from the concave mold by separating the molded product removing machine from
the concave mold while maintaining the locking and the supporting.

US Pat. No. 9,329,240

BATTERY SOC ESTIMATION DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A battery State-of-Charge estimation device comprising:
a discharge-and-charge current detection means that detects a discharge-and-charge current value of a battery;
a terminal voltage detection means that detects a terminal voltage value of the battery,
a current-integration-method State-of-Charge estimation means that estimates a current-integration-method State-of-Charge
based on a State-of-Charge obtained by integrating the discharge-and-charge current value inputted from the discharge-and-charge
current detection means and a State-of-Charge obtained at previous time, calculating a variance of the current-integration-method
State-of-Charge based on information on a detection accuracy of the discharge-and-charge current detection means;

an open-circuit-voltage method State-of-Charge estimation means that estimates an open-circuit-voltage State-of-Charge based
on the discharge-and-charge current value inputted from the discharge-and-charge current detection means and the terminal
voltage value inputted from the terminal voltage detection means, using a battery equivalent circuit model, the open-circuit-voltage
method State-of-Charge estimation means calculating a variance of the open-circuit-voltage method State-of-Charge based on
information of detection accuracy of the discharge-and-charge current detection means and the terminal voltage detection means;

an error estimation means that estimates an estimate error of the current-integration-method State-of-Charge based on a difference
between the open-circuit-voltage method State-of-Charge and the current-integration-method State-of-Charge, the variance open-circuit-voltage
method State-of-Charge of current-integration-method State-of-Charge, and the variance of; and

a State-of-Charge calculating means that calculates a State-of-Charge of the battery based on the current-integration-method
State-of-Charge and the estimate error estimated by the error estimation means.

US Pat. No. 9,153,807

LAMINATED BATTERY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A laminated battery formed by laminating a plurality of flat cells each having an electrode tab, comprising:
at least one insulating member disposed to prevent the electrode tab from a short-circuit; and
a terminal connected to the electrode tab,
wherein a tip end side of the terminal is inserted in a support member provided on the at least one insulating member such
that the terminal is supported by the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,315,089

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS WITH IDLING STOP FUNCTION

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An air-conditioning unit for a vehicle that has an idling stop function, comprising:
a blower fan configured to blow air;
a first air-outlet port configured to permit air blown from the blower fan toward a first portion of a vehicle cabin;
a second air-outlet port configured to permit air blown from the blower fan toward a second portion of the vehicle cabin;
and

an air-conditioning controller configured to:
set a target air-outlet port temperature of the air blown from the first and second air-outlet ports on a basis of a preset
temperature and an environmental condition of the vehicle,

if the blower fan is operating to blow air from both of the first and second air-outlet ports before the vehicle is brought
into an idling stop state, and then the vehicle is brought into the idling stop state, cause a controlled reduction in an
air volume blown from at least one of the first or second air-outlet ports during the idling stop state, wherein the controlled
reduction is performed during the idling stop state, and

cancel the controlled reduction when the idling stop state is cancelled,
wherein the first portion of the vehicle cabin is an upper portion of the vehicle cabin, and the second portion of the vehicle
cabin is a lower portion of the vehicle cabin.

US Pat. No. 9,316,226

GAS COMPRESSOR FOR REDUCING OSCILLATION IN A HOUSING THEREOF

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A gas compressor, comprising:
a substantially cylindrical housing which has an opening at a first end thereof and is closed at a second end;
a front head which covers an end face of the opening of the housing;
a compressor pump unit which is fixed in the front head at a first end, is received in the housing excluding a portion of
the first end, and exhausts a compressed high pressure medium to an exterior by rotating a rotating axis due to a driving
force from a driving source;

a bracket which is formed on an outer surface at the end face of the opening of the housing and is to be fixed to an external
structure member; and

at least one rib,
wherein an outer surface of a second end of the compressor pump unit is fixed to be pressingly fitted to an inner surface
of the housing, and the at least one rib extends from the bracket to a position where the second end of the compressor pump
unit on the outer surface of the housing is pressingly fitted to the inner surface of the housing, the at least one rib being
integral formed with the outer surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,207,284

PARAMETER ESTIMATION DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A parameter estimation device comprising:
an input-signal detecting means for detecting an input signal inputted to an object system that is capable of being expressed
by an equivalent circuit model containing at least an integrator element;

an output-signal detecting means for detecting an output signal outputted from the object system;
an output differentiating means that differentiates the output signal detected by the output-signal detecting means to output
an output differential signal;

a modified equivalent circuit model of the object system in which each element of the equivalent circuit model is changed
into non-integrator element in such a way that the output signal obtained when the input signal outputted from the input-signal
detecting means becomes to be the output differential signal; and

an element parameter estimating means for estimating parameters corresponding to respective elements of the modified equivalent
circuit model based on the modified equivalent circuit model by receiving and using the output differential signal and the
input signal that are inputted to the modified equivalent circuit model.

US Pat. No. 9,328,940

VEHICLE SAFETY DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A water-heating device installed in a hybrid electric vehicle or an electric vehicle, the water-heating device being configured
to heat water as a refrigerant, the water-heating device comprising:
a warm water tank including a supply passage and an exhaust passage, the refrigerant being supplied through the supply passage
and discharged through the exhaust passage;

an electric heater housed in the warm water tank;
a supply line configured to supply a current to the electric heater from a power supply;
an interrupting system including a heat detector, the heat detector being configured to detect heat from the electric heater,
the interrupting system being configured to set the supply line in an interrupted condition when a temperature of the electric
heater reaches a set temperature; and

a holding member holding the electric heater in the warm water tank,
wherein the heat detector is configured to transfer heat from the electric heater at a position in the warm water tank, the
position being closer to the supply passage than the exhaust passage, and

the electric heater is sandwiched between the holding member and the heat detector.

US Pat. No. 9,275,497

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FORMING SURFACE PROCESSED

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A method for forming surface processed data relating to an existing object, the existing object including a mold for use
in forming a resin device, the method comprising:
obtaining a surface form of an existing object;
applying a grain to the surface form of the object by replacing surface form data of the object with a three-dimensional polygon
mesh;

displacing each of apexes of the polygon mesh in a prescribed direction calculated from each polygon mesh sharing the apex
in accordance with texture data of the grain and processing tool data, the processing tool data including a mold opening direction
of the mold;

generating new polygon mesh data in accordance with the apexes displaced in the prescribed direction; and
determining the new polygon mesh data as surface processed data to which the grain is applied,
wherein an amount of displacement that each of apexes is displaced is set to an amount of final displacement obtained by multiplying
an amount of reference displacement by a reduction ratio of an amount of displacement, where the reference displacement is
based on the texture data, a drawing gradient of a metal mold is based on the processing tool data, and the reduction ratio
varies based on the drawing gradient.

US Pat. No. 9,943,010

ELECTRONIC UNIT

Calsonic Kansei Corporati...

1. An electronic unit, comprising:a heat releasing member on which a heat generating electronic component is mounted, the heat generating electronic component generating heat through energization, and
a casing capable of containing the heat generating electronic component within the casing in a tightly sealed state,
the casing having an opening that abuts the heat releasing member,
in the opening, the casing comprising:
a heat-generating-electronic-component placement section in which the heat generating electronic component is placed, the heat-generating-electronic-component placement section being filled with a thermosetting potting material,
a partition wall that partitions the heat-generating-electronic-component placement section within the opening,
an adjacent section that is adjacent to the heat-generating-electronic-component placement section via the partition wall, and
a lateral wall that covers the adjacent section,
wherein an end of the partition wall abuts the heat releasing member, and the partition wall, the lateral wall, and the heat releasing member define a space,
the lateral wall has a communicating hole that communicates with the inside of the casing that is in the tightly sealed state.

US Pat. No. 9,607,410

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FORMING SURFACE TREATMENT DATA

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A method for forming surface treatment data by a computer, comprising:
a polygon mesh forming process in which a polygon mesh is formed for each of patch units obtained by dividing into a plurality
of parts product shaped data defined as free curved surfaces as an object to which crimps are applied;

a configuration continuity forming process in which one patch of the plurality of patches is selected as an object to be processed
and the polygon mesh is allowed to be sequentially continuous between the patch as the object to be processed and the adjacent
patches one by one;

a mapping process in which a texture based on texture data is mapped on the patch as the object to be processed;
a vertex displacing process in which vertexes of the patch as the object to be processed are respectively displaced in their
normal directions in accordance with the texture mapped on the patch; and

a crimp applied polygon mesh data forming process in which new polygon mesh data is formed in accordance with the displaced
vertexes respectively, characterized in that the configuration continuity forming process to the crimp applied polygon mesh
data forming process are carried out for the patch unit, in which data of each patch unit is sequentially read in an operation
memory and processed one by one, and are repeated to form the surface treatment data for each of patch units including the
crimp applied polygon mesh data,

wherein a texture coordinate system is set for each of the patches by using its mean normal before the mapping process, and
in the mapping process,

all the vertexes of the patch as the object to be processed are projected on the texture coordinate system of the patch to
obtain the texture values,

the vertexes located in a prescribed range in the patch as the object to be processed are projected on the texture coordinate
system of the patch adjacent to the patch as the object to be processed to obtain the texture values and both the texture
values are mixed together.

US Pat. No. 9,115,583

COMPRESSOR

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A compressor, comprising:
a housing including a case and a front head attached to the case;
a compressor body contained in the housing and including a rotational shaft; and
an intake chamber provided in the front head between the compressor body and the front head,
wherein the front head includes an intake port, an upper wall portion and a lower wall portion,
wherein an uncompressed fluid enters through the intake port into the intake chamber, and the uncompressed fluid is subsequently
transferred from the intake chamber to the compressor body for compression,

wherein the upper wall portion is closer to the intake port than the lower wall portion,
wherein the lower wall portion has an inner surface facing the case, the inner surface of the lower wall portion being planar
and perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the rotational shaft, and

wherein the upper wall portion of the front head extends obliquely and upwardly toward the case, and the lower wall portion
of the front head is extended further away from the case than the upper wall portion in a direction parallel with the longitudinal
axis of the rotational shaft to increase a capacity of the intake chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,493,050

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle comprising:
an air conditioning unit mounted in a front side of the vehicle and configured to condition air in a front seat area;
a rear air outlet;
a rear duct connecting the air conditioning unit and the rear air outlet;
a rear fan provided in the rear duct and configured to draw air from the air conditioning unit and blow the air to the rear
air outlet;

an air inlet provided in the rear duct and configured to draw air from a cabin of the vehicle into the rear duct;
a door structure provided at the air inlet and configured to adjust an opening level of either or both of the air inlet and
the rear duct so as to adjust an air intake amount from the air conditioning unit and an air intake amount from the air inlet;
and

an electronic controller configured to control operations of the door structure and the rear fan,
wherein, in an interior air circulation mode of the air conditioning unit, the electronic controller is configured to, in
a state in which an instruction to allow an air blow amount from the rear air outlet to be larger than an air blow amount
to the front seat area is given, selectively automatically perform at least one of control the door structure so as to open
the air inlet to draw the air from the cabin of the vehicle and control the rear fan to limit the air blow amount from the
rear air outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,327,580

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

7. A vehicle, comprising:
an instrument panel;
a windshield;
an air-conditioning system; and
an operation panel,
wherein the air-conditioning system comprises:
an air conditioner;
a vehicle interior temperature sensor disposed in the operation panel to detect a vehicle interior temperature; and
a solar radiation sensor positioned on the instrument panel of the vehicle, the solar radiation sensor including a solar radiation
amount detection element and a thermistor,

wherein the solar radiation amount detection element is configured to detect an amount of solar radiation entering the vehicle,
and output a detection signal based on the detected amount of solar radiation,

wherein the thermistor is configured to correct the detection signal output from the solar radiation amount detection element
according to a temperature of a space between the instrument panel and the windshield,

wherein the solar radiation sensor is configured to output a corrected detection signal, the corrected detection signal being
the detection signal corrected by the thermistor, and

wherein the air conditioner is configured to control air conditioning inside the vehicle based on the vehicle interior temperature
detected by the vehicle interior temperature sensor and the corrected detection signal output by the solar radiation sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,081,539

HOLDING MECHANISM FOR DISPLAY DEVICE AND ASSEMBLING METHOD OF THE SAME

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A holding mechanism for a display device comprising:
a housing for containing the display device;
a front cover member attached to a surface of the housing so as to cover the display device;
an elastic member to be interposed between a rim of the display device and the front cover member; and
a plate-like member having shape retention, the plate-like member being adhered to a surface of the elastic member facing
the front cover member, the plate-like member having an antireflection finish,

wherein the plate-like member is attached to an internal surface of the front cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,287,811

ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An electric motor control device comprising:
a target rotation speed setting unit configured to set a target rotation speed of an electric motor;
a rotation speed estimation unit configured to calculate an estimated corrected rotation speed of the electric motor; and
a drive command signal generation unit coupled to the target rotation speed setting unit and the rotation speed estimation
unit and configured to generate a drive command signal for the electric motor so as to eliminate a rotation speed difference
between the target rotation speed set by the target rotation speed setting unit and the estimated corrected rotation speed
calculated by the rotation speed estimation unit,

the rotation speed estimation unit including:
an error calculation unit configured to calculate an angle estimation error related to rotation of the electric motor;
a speed calculation unit configured to calculate an estimated rotation speed of the electric motor based on the angle estimation
error calculated by the error calculation unit;

an estimated corrected rotation speed calculation unit in which a first peak filter is used to calculate a correction value
based on the angle estimation error calculated by the error calculation unit,

wherein the estimated corrected rotation speed calculated by the rotation speed estimation unit is calculated based on the
estimated rotation speed calculated by the speed calculation unit and the correction value calculated by the estimated corrected
rotation speed calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,460,484

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING VEHICLE INFORMATION SYNTHESIZED WITH EXTERNAL INFORMATION

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A display control apparatus for a vehicle, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a non-transitory memory having stored thereon executable instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to perform:
inputting an external image from an external information terminal;
determining whether the external image is displayable on a display device; and
when the external image is determined to be displayable on the display device, (i) searching for a non-important section within
the external image, (ii) setting a displayable area for displaying obtained vehicle information in the searched non-important
section, (iii) image-synthesizing the vehicle information on the displayable area, and (iv) displaying the synthesized image
on the display device,

wherein the searching for the non-important section includes (i) determining, for each pixel of the external image, a change
in color data over a plurality of frames of the external image and (ii) obtaining, as the non-important section, an area of
the external image including pixels having the change in the color data less than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,291,396

HEADER TANK FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A header tank for a heat exchanger for supplying a heat exchange fluid to a core unit in which a plurality of tubes are
provided side by side, comprising:
an inlet part arranged to introduce the heat exchange fluid into the header tank; and
a plurality of pairs of ribs projecting into the header tank, extending from left and right inner walls to an opening of a
tube side in directions intersecting with a central axis direction of the inlet part, arranged side by side in the central
axis direction and configured to cause the heat exchange fluid to flow into the tubes;

wherein the plurality of pairs of ribs project more into the header tank as a distance of the ribs from the inlet part increases.

US Pat. No. 9,919,605

DRIVING FORCE CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A driving force controller for an electric vehicle, which controls a driving force of a motor in a vehicle drive system,
the driving force controller configured to:
set a driving force requested by a driver as a first target driving force;
compute a target rotational speed of the motor from an input target driving force by using a vehicle model in which the vehicle
drive system is assumed to be a perfect rigid body;

compute, based on the target rotational speed and an actual rotational speed of the motor, a correction amount for reducing
deviation between the target rotational speed and the actual rotational speed;

compute a motor torque command value by adding the correction amount to the input target driving force, the driving force
controller comprising:

a feed-forward compensator for computing a second target driving force so as to suppress overshooting of an actual driving
force that is actually outputted, with respect to the first target driving force, wherein the feed-forward compensator includes:

a first transfer function expressing a characteristic that the actual driving force becomes a predetermined response with
respect to the first target driving force; and

an inverse of a second transfer function approximately expressing a transmission characteristic between the input target driving
force and the actual driving force in a control system including the driving force controller except the feed-forward compensator;
and

the second target driving force is inputted as the input target driving force to the control system.

US Pat. No. 9,437,522

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor module;
a cooling unit, the semiconductor module being joined to an upper surface of the cooling unit, and a pipe for circulating
a refrigerant being fixed to aside surface of the cooling unit;

a resin mold layer that covers outer peripheries of the semiconductor module and the cooling unit, a peripheral surface of
the resin mold layer being exposed; and

a protruding portion that is provided on the side surface of the cooling unit and protrudes from the resin mold layer and
surrounds the pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,849,840

ATTACHING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE-MOUNTED EQUIPMENT

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An attaching structure for vehicle-mounted equipment, comprising:
a housing of vehicle-mounted equipment;
an engagement arm provided on the housing;
engagement members provided on the housing;
a bracket fixed to a vehicle body; and
an engagement hole formed in the bracket to be engaged with the engagement arm, wherein:
the engagement arm is formed with a predetermined width along one side edge of the engagement hole,
the engagement arm is cantilevered at a base which extends in a direction away from the bracket along an outer periphery of
the housing, the engagement arm is capable of being displaced in an engagement direction to the one side edge of the engagement
hole, and the engagement arm is capable of being elastically engaged with the one side edge of the engagement hole,

the engagement members are provided on both sides of the engagement arm in a width direction of the engagement arm,
each of the engagement members is cantilevered at a base which extends in a direction away from the bracket along the outer
periphery of the housing, each of the engagement members capable of being elastically engaged with side edges of the engagement
hole other than the one side edge of the engagement hole,

the side edges of the engagement hole other than the one side edge of the engagement hole are spaced apart in the width direction
of the engagement arm, and each of the side edges of the engagement hole other than the one side edge of the engagement hole
is connected to one end and another end of the one side edge,

each base of the engagement members and the base of the engagement arm are provided independently on the housing so as to
not influence the elastic engagement of the engagement members and the engagement arms with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,555,759

KNEE PROTECTOR STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A knee protector structure for a vehicle in which an upper bracket which generates a high reaction force to a knee input
load and a lower bracket which generates a reaction force lower than the upper bracket are directly or indirectly attached,
in a vertical position, to a vehicle body strength member,
wherein at least the upper bracket has a closed cross-section part on at least a part of the upper bracket,
an inwardly protruding part which inwardly protrudes is formed in at least one surface of the closed cross-section part,
a tip part of the inwardly protruding part is disposed to be separated from an opposing-surface-side part of the closed cross-section
part with a separated part, and

the separated part is set to be such a gap that the tip part of the inwardly protruding part and the opposing-surface-side
part of the closed cross-section part come into contact with each other when the knee input load is absorbed.

US Pat. No. 9,810,008

LOCK SECTION STRUCTURE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A lock section structure, comprising:
a storage device comprising a storage device body and an opening and closing member adapted to open or close an opening with
which the storage device body is formed, the storage device body and the opening and closing member being supported to be
capable of pivoting about an opening/closing center axis portion disposed on one side that is either a lower side or an upper
side, or either a left side or a right side, of both the storage device body and the opening and closing member; and

a lock mechanism for allowing locking and unlocking, provided on another side that is a side opposite to the one side;
wherein the lock mechanism comprises
a lock member having an engaging surface, at which the lock member is structured to engage with or disengage from an accepting
portion provided to the opening and closing member,

an unlocking button capable of being pushed against the storage device body,
a cam mechanism adapted to disengage the lock member from the accepting portion by a push of the unlocking button, and
a biasing member for constantly biasing the lock member toward a locking direction,
wherein the lock member is structured as a pivotable member pivotable about a lock pivot shaft,
wherein the engaging surface of the lock member and the accepting portion of the opening and closing member form a plane perpendicular
to an opening direction that is a direction toward which the opening and closing member starts to open from a closed state
about the opening/closing center axis portion,

wherein the opening and closing member forms a surface extending generally in a vertical direction and a horizontal direction,
wherein the opening and closing member is arranged to downwardly pivot about the opening/closing center axis portion disposed
on the lower side of both the storage device body and the opening and closing member,

wherein the opening and closing member is arranged to be locked at an upper side of the opening and closing member by the
lock mechanism,

wherein the opening/closing center axis portion is located on a backward side in the storage device body, to which an opening
direction that is a direction toward which the opening and closing member starts to open from the closed state about the opening/closing
center axis portion is directed forwardly and downwardly,

wherein a pushing direction of the unlocking button is backwardly and downwardly,
wherein the lock mechanism further comprises a holder member attachable to the storage device body,
wherein the holder member allows the lock pivot shaft to be pivotally supported,
wherein a cam follower comprising the cam mechanism is disposed on the lock member at a location forward from a part pivotally
supported by the lock pivot shaft,

wherein the unlocking button has, at a backward position of the unlocking button, a cam plate extending in the pushing direction,
wherein the cam plate is formed with a cam surface including a surface inclined backwardly and downwardly, and being configured
to guide the cam follower with respect to the cam plate to rotationally move the lock member toward an unlocking direction,
and

wherein the biasing member is provided to be interposed between the storage device body or the holder member and the lock
member.

US Pat. No. 9,302,585

METER

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A meter, comprising:
a liquid crystal display having a liquid crystal display surface and a case housing the liquid crystal display surface;
an analogue meter including a dial portion having a plurality of translucent indicators, the dial portion being arranged such
that at least a part of the translucent indicators is disposed so as to overlap with a lateral edge portion of the case, and
such that a part of the translucent indicators does not overlap with the lateral edge portion of the case;

a light source configured to illuminate the translucent indicators of the dial portion, including the part of the translucent
indicators which does not overlap with the lateral edge portion of the case, from a back side of the dial portion, the light
source being disposed outside of the case; and

an illumination light-passing section configured to pass light from the light source disposed outside of the case toward the
part of the translucent indicators which overlaps with the lateral edge portion of the case, the illumination light-passing
section being formed in the lateral edge portion of the case in a position where the part of the translucent indicators which
overlaps with the lateral edge portion is directly irradiated with the light from the light source.

US Pat. No. 9,090,143

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER FOOT AND REAR VENT DOOR ARRANGEMENT

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:
an air conditioning casing having an air mix chamber, a rear vent outlet path branching out from said air mix chamber, a foot
outlet path branching out from said air mix chamber, a defroster outlet communicating with said air mix chamber, and a front
vent outlet communicating with said air mix chamber;

a first heat exchanger for cooling air within said air conditioning casing, said first heat exchanger being located at an
upstream side of said air conditioning casing with respect to a direction of flow of air through said air conditioning casing;

a second heat exchanger for heating air within said air conditioning casing, said second heat exchanger being located at a
downstream side of said air conditioning casing with respect to the direction of flow of air through said air conditioning
casing;

an air mix door for controlling a mixture of hot air and cold air, said air mix door being located within said air conditioner
casing between said first heat exchanger and said second heat exchanger with respect to the direction of flow of air through
said air conditioning casing;

an air distribution amount adjustment blade in said rear vent outlet path for adjusting an amount of air to be distributed
from said air mix chamber through said rear vent outlet path;

a door turning shaft controlled by a door actuator connected to said door turning shaft via a foot door link;
a foot door mounted on said door turning shaft so as to be disposed in said foot outlet path, said foot door being configured
to open an amount based on a selected operation mode, said air distribution amount adjustment blade being mounted on said
door turning shaft so as to be integrally connected to said foot door to limit the amount of air to be distributed from said
air mix chamber through said rear vent outlet path based on the amount of opening of said foot door, said door turning shaft
being a blade operating shaft for operating said air distribution amount adjustment blade;

a front vent door at said front vent outlet, said air distribution amount adjustment blade being located upstream of said
front vent door with respect to the direction of flow of air through said air conditioning casing;

a defroster door at said defroster outlet; and
a temperature adjustment blade arranged upstream of said defroster door with respect to the direction of flow of air through
said air conditioning casing, and arranged so as to face said air distribution amount adjustment blade;

wherein an opening amount of said foot door is adjustable by controlling an amount of turning of said door turning shaft by
said door actuator via said foot door link; and

wherein said air conditioning casing, said air mix door, said air distribution amount adjustment blade, said foot door, said
front vent door, said defroster door, and said temperature adjustment blade are configured and interconnected to be arranged
in a first defroster/foot operation mode and in a second defroster/foot operation mode such that:

in said first defroster/foot mode, said front vent door is fully closed, said defroster door is partially open, said foot
door is fully open, said temperature adjustment blade is positioned to direct the flow of air from said air mix chamber toward
said defroster outlet, and said air distribution amount adjustment blade is positioned to limit the amount of air to be distributed
from said air mix chamber to the rear vent outlet path to a partial amount; and

in said second defroster/foot mode, said front vent door is fully closed, said defroster door is half open, said foot door
is half open, said temperature adjustment blade is positioned to direct the flow of air from said air mix chamber toward said
defroster outlet, and said air distribution amount adjustment blade is positioned to half open said rear vent outlet path.

US Pat. No. 9,623,719

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A thermal management system for an electric vehicle that is used in the electric vehicle driven by an electric motor, comprising:
a refrigerant loop for an air conditioner that includes a compressing unit for compressing a refrigerant for the air conditioner,
a condensing unit for condensing the refrigerant for the air conditioner by radiating heat of the refrigerant for the air
conditioner, a pressure reducing unit for expanding and reducing pressure of the refrigerant for the air conditioner, and
an evaporating unit for evaporating the refrigerant for the air conditioner by allowing the refrigerant for the air conditioner
to absorb heat, and that allows the refrigerant for the air conditioner to circulate;

a refrigerant loop for a battery that allows a refrigerant for the battery to circulate among the battery that accumulates
power to be supplied to the electric motor, the evaporating unit that is common to the refrigerant loop for the air conditioner,
and a heating device that heats the refrigerant for the battery;

a thermal management controlling unit adapted to allow the refrigerant for the battery to circulate during charging, during
when the battery is in a state of accumulating power supplied from an external power supply, heat the refrigerant for the
battery by using the heating device when temperature of the refrigerant for the battery is lower than target temperature of
the refrigerant for the battery, and allow the refrigerant for the air conditioner to circulate and to absorb heat from the
refrigerant for the battery, in the evaporating unit, when the temperature of the refrigerant for the battery is higher than
the target temperature of the refrigerant for the battery,

a refrigerant loop for a heater that allows a refrigerant for the heater to circulate through the condensing unit that is
common to the refrigerant loop for the air conditioner; and

a circulating unit of the refrigerant for the heater adapted to allow the refrigerant for the heater to circulate during charging
of the battery,

wherein the refrigerant loop for the heater includes an out-of-vehicle radiating device that radiates heat from the refrigerant
for the heater to air outside the vehicle, and

wherein, when temperature of the refrigerant for the heater is higher than upper-limit temperature during heating, the thermal
management controlling unit allows heat to be radiated, in the out-of-vehicle radiating device, from the refrigerant for the
heater, during charging of the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,556,872

GAS COMPRESSOR FORMED WITH A HIGH-PRESSURE SUPPLY HOLE

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1. A gas compressor comprising:
a compressor body comprising
a rotor in a cylindrical shape to rotate integrally with a rotational shaft, having vane grooves,
a cylinder with an inner circumference shaped to surround an outer circumference of the rotor,
vanes plate-shaped, slidably inserted into the vane grooves, and
abuttable at one ends on the inner circumference of the cylinder, upon receiving a back pressure from the vane grooves,
front and rear side blocks to enclose both ends of the rotor and the cylinder, respectively,
compression chambers partitioned by the outer circumference of the rotor, the inner circumference of the cylinder, inner faces
of the front and rear side blocks, and the vanes, and supplied with a medium, to compress the medium to a high-pressure medium
for discharge;

an oil separator to separate, from the discharged high-pressure medium, oil to be used as the back pressure;
an oil path through which the oil at a certain pressure is supplied to the vane grooves in a compression process of the medium
in the compression chambers; and

a high-pressure supply hole through which the oil at a pressure higher than the certain pressure is supplied to the vane grooves
in a last stage of the compression process, the high-pressure supply hole formed in at least one of the side blocks by drilling,
including a small diameter portion upstream of an oil flow direction and a large diameter portion downstream of the oil flow
direction, larger in diameter than the small diameter portion, the small and large diameter portions being integrally formed
along a length of the high-pressure supply hole; wherein

the small diameter portion and the large diameter portion are integrally and coaxially formed; and wherein the at least one
of the side blocks includes a shaft hole into which the rotational shaft is rotatably inserted and having an oil groove of
a ring shape on an inner surface of the shaft hole, extending in a circumferential direction, to be supplied with the oil
at a higher pressure than the certain pressure; and

an upstream end of the small diameter portion is open to the oil groove.

US Pat. No. 9,139,068

MIX DOOR AND VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER USING THE SAME

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1. A mix door comprising: at least three slide door units serially connected to one another; a slide driving part configured
to drive each of the slide door units; and a gear cover partially covering the slide driving part, wherein the slide driving
part includes a gear mechanism portion formed of a rack portion and a gear assembly, the at least three slide door units include
a middle slide door unit having an output gear directly meshing with the rack, and each of the slide door units includes a
slide door case, and wherein the gear cover is provided to cover the output gear and connect both side surfaces of the slide
door case, the slide door case of the middle slide door unit is divided into at least two slide door case pieces, and the
gear cover is divided into at least two gear cover portions connected by a connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,201,536

TOUCH-SENSITIVE VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE

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1. A touch-sensitive vehicle display device, comprising:
a body having a display including a touch panel on a surface thereof, whereby a screen operation is performed on the surface
of the display by a touch-screen operation;

an operation plate provided along the surface of the display; and
a controller controlling information to be indicated on the display, wherein
the operation plate includes an opening section to indicate a switch provided to face the touch panel, and a plurality of
touch-sensitive switch-confirmation portions provided on an end portion of the opening section for switch indication, and

the controller controls a switch-indication portion to be inside the opening section to indicate switching in the display,
and controls a plurality of selection-switches to be shown in the switch-indication portion to correspond to the plurality
of switch-confirmation portions.

US Pat. No. 9,112,227

BATTERY PACK

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1. battery pack, comprising a unit cell and a holder for sandwiching the unit cell, wherein:
the holder includes:
a holding portion which holds the unit cell such that a terminal of the unit cell projects from between the holder and another
holder sandwiching the unit cell, and

a plurality of projecting portions which project in a direction in which the terminal projects from the holding portion and
face each other across the terminal projecting from the holding portion; and

each of the projecting portions includes:
a passage which is formed along a direction, in which the unit cell is sandwiched, and is configured to flow fluid, and
an opening which communicates with the passage and opens toward the terminal projecting from the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,073,110

FIN PROCESSING APPARATUS

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1. A fin processing apparatus comprising:
an upper pressing die and a lower pressing die placed apart from each other and capable of coming close to and away from each
other;

a corrugating mechanism disposed between the upper pressing die and the lower pressing die, the corrugating mechanism being
configured to continuously form a corrugated member in a corrugation step from a flat plate which is a workpiece material,
the corrugated member having a first plurality of crest and trough portions in a predetermined number; and

a restriking mechanism disposed between the upper pressing die and the lower pressing die, the restriking mechanism being
configured to simultaneously restrike-form a second plurality of crest and trough portions of a rectangle member in a restrike
step from the corrugated member, wherein

the corrugating mechanism and the restriking mechanism are provided integrally,
the corrugating mechanism includes a pair of forming gears carrying out corrugation with the flat plate placed between the
forming gears, and

a vibration absorber formed of an elastic member is provided below a support frame which accommodates the pair of forming
gears.

US Pat. No. 9,817,432

MICROCOMPUTER AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING CLOCK THEREOF

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1. A microcomputer including at least one clock comprising:
a) a reference data obtaining unit configured to obtain count data from a reference clock signal source higher in frequency
accuracy than the clock;

b) a measuring unit configured to measure count data of the clock on a basis of the count data from the reference clock signal
source;

c) a memory for storing the count data of the clock; and
d) a correcting unit configured to correct a clock signal of the clock based upon the measured result by the measuring unit;
e) the measuring unit operating the clock by a predetermined time interval at a regular operating mode of a CPU to measure
the count data of the clock and store the count data of the clock in the memory;

f) the correcting unit correcting the clock signal of the clock using the latest count data of the clock stored in the memory
at the transfer from the regular operating mode to a sleep mode;

g) the clock including an oscillating source and a loop counter for counting oscillating pulses from the oscillating source,
the clock outputting a clock signal each time the oscillating pulses reach a target count of the loop counter corresponding
to a reference time;

h) the measuring unit finding a pulse count by counting the oscillating pulses of the clock in a predetermined time measured
by the count data from the reference clock signal source;

i) the clock intermittently outputting the clock signal during the sleep mode, and the CPU executing an operation during the
sleep mode using the clock signal as a timing signal,

j) the reference time being a clock interval of the clock signal, and
k) the correcting unit correcting the target count of the loop counter corresponding to the reference time according to the
pulse count found by the measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,604,548

DRIVING FORCE CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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1. A driving force controller that controls driving force of a motor in a drive system of an electric vehicle, comprising:
target driving force setting unit for setting target driving force based on a request from a driver;
dividing unit for computing a first motor torque command value by dividing the target driving force by a reduction ratio;
target acceleration computing unit for computing target acceleration based on the target driving force, by using a first transfer
characteristic in which the target driving force is divided by inertia of the drive system and multiplied by a predetermined
delay value;

actual acceleration computing unit for computing actual acceleration based on actual rotational speed of the motor, by using
a second transfer characteristic in which derivative of the actual rotational speed of the motor is multiplied by the predetermined
delay value;

correction amount computing unit for computing a correction amount for reducing deviation between the target acceleration
and the actual acceleration; and

command value computing unit for computing a second motor torque command value by adding the correction amount to the first
motor torque command value.

US Pat. No. 9,139,069

MIX DOOR STRUCTURE

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1. A mix door structure, comprising:
a first outer slide door unit;
a second outer slide door unit; and
a middle slide door unit disposed between the first outer slide door unit and the second outer slide door unit;
wherein each of the first outer slide door unit and the second outer slide door unit includes:
a pair of openings to blow air;
a door to adjust the amount of opening of the pair of openings;
an output gear;
an output shaft supporting the output gear and configured for connection to an external rotation device;
a rack part to drive the door by meshing with the output gear;
wherein the middle slide door unit includes:
a pair of openings to blow air;
a door to adjust the amount of opening of the pair of openings of the middle slide door unit;
an input gear;
an inner input shaft supporting the input gear; and
a rack part to drive the door by meshing with the input gear;
wherein the inner input shaft has at opposite ends thereof coupling holes provided to face the first outer slide door unit
and the second outer slide door unit, respectively,

wherein the first outer slide door unit and the second outer slide door unit are configured such that one outer input shaft
is detachably attached to either the first outer slide door unit or the second outer slide door unit, the outer input shaft
having at one end thereof a rotary member rotatably supported on the first outer slide door unit or the second outer slide
door unit and at another end thereof an engagement part engageable with the coupling holes of the inner input shaft of the
middle slide door unit,

wherein, when the outer input shaft is attached to the first outer slide door unit, the rotary member of the outer input shaft
is directly rotatably supported on the first outer slide door unit and the engagement part is engaged in the coupling hole
of the inner input shaft facing the first outer slide door unit, and the external rotation device is disposed at a side of
the first outer slide door unit and connected to the rotary member,

wherein, when the outer input shaft is attached to the second outer slide door unit, the rotary member of the outer input
shaft is directly rotatably supported on the second outer slide door unit and the engagement part is engaged in the coupling
hole of the inner input shaft facing the second outer slide door unit, and the external rotation device is disposed at a side
of the second outer slide door unit and connected to the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,944,179

CENTER CONSOLE

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1. A center console comprising:a console body which has a pair of side wall parts; and
an AT finisher which is provided between upper ends of the pair of side wall parts of the console body, wherein:
an electric AT device is mounted on a lower surface side of the AT finisher directly or through a mounting bracket;
a rigid member is mounted in at least one inner surface of the pair of side wall parts; and
a device holding part which is supported by an upper portion of the rigid member is provided in the mounting bracket or the electric AT device.

US Pat. No. 9,616,765

HEAT ELEMENT COOLING DEVICE

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1. A heat element cooling device, wherein:
air in a passenger compartment is taken in through an air intake port provided in a vehicle interior trim and an air intake
pipe to cool a heat element arranged in a heat element accommodation space,

the air intake port is configured to intake air to cool the heat element and to be exposed to the passenger compartment,
an auxiliary air intake port is formed in the air intake pipe and provided to open to a space formed between the vehicle interior
trim and a vehicle interior panel, the vehicle interior panel being located at a passenger compartment outer side of the vehicle
interior trim,

the auxiliary air intake port is configured to intake air to cool the heat element and to be located at a rear side of the
vehicle interior trim seen from the passenger compartment,

the space is located at an outer side of the heat element accommodation space and communicated to the passenger compartment,
the auxiliary air intake port is configured to receive air from a clearance formed between a horizontal portion of the vehicle
interior trim and a rear window glass, and

the clearance is communicated with the space and the auxiliary air intake port so as to permit air to flow from the clearance
to the space and the auxiliary air intake port.

US Pat. No. 9,739,648

DIAL STRUCTURE

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1. A dial structure for a vehicle display, the dial structure comprising:
a dial base of a vehicle display, the dial base having an optical transparency;
an uneven portion formed on an entire front surface of the dial base, the uneven portion being entirely optically transparent
and having convex and concave portions formed to represent convex and concave portions of a carbon pattern, the carbon pattern
being a pattern of carbon fiber textile; and

a background print layer formed on a back surface of the dial base excluding a portion to be an indicator portion, the background
print layer having a color tone of the carbon pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,695,691

GAS COMPRESSOR

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12. A gas compressor, comprising:
a compressor body; and
a housing which covers the compressor body,
the compressor body, including:
a rotor which has an approximately cylindrical shape, and rotates around a shaft;
a cylinder which has an inner circumferential surface having an outline shape surrounding the rotor from an outside of an
outer circumferential surface of the rotor, and in which a first discharge part and a second discharge part are formed;

a plurality of plate-like vanes which receive a back pressure from vane grooves formed in the rotor and freely protrude outward
from the rotor; and two side blocks, a first of the two side blocks being provided on a first end surface side of the rotor
and the cylinder and a second of the two side blocks being provided on a second end surface side of the rotor and the cylinder,

wherein the compressor body is formed such that a plurality of compression chambers divided by the rotor, the cylinder, the
side blocks and the vanes are formed inside, and each of the plurality of compression chambers performs only one cycle of
intake, compression and discharge of gas through the first discharge part in a period of one rotation of the rotor, and an
outline shape of a cross section of the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder is formed such that in the period of
the one rotation of the rotor, regions (1) to (4) are consecutively provided in order of the regions (1) to (4) as follows:

(1) a region in which a capacity of one of the compression chambers increases,
(2) a region in which the capacity of the one compression chamber reduces,
(3) a region in which a capacity reduction rate of the one compression chamber becomes smaller than a capacity reduction rate
of the region (2), and

(4) a region in which the capacity reduction rate of the one compression chamber becomes larger than a capacity reduction
rate of the region (3);

wherein the second discharge part is configured to discharge gas in the one compression chamber in a state in which a pressure
of the gas in the one compression chamber reaches a discharge pressure at a stage before the one compression chamber faces
the first discharge part by rotation of the rotor;

wherein, in a rotation angle range which is located relatively below in a rotation angle range which is interposed between
two rotation angle positions where a posture of one of the vanes is in a horizontal state during the period of the one rotation
of the rotor, a distant portion at which the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder and the outer circumferential surface
of the rotor are most distant from each other in the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder is positioned; and

wherein one of the plurality of vanes, which is located above a center of the rotor, is configured to sink in one of the vane
grooves due to the weight of the one of the plurality of vanes, which is located above the center of the rotor, in a state
in which the compressor is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,103,250

EXHAUST GAS HEAT EXCHANGER

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1. An exhaust gas heat exchanger for exchanging heat between exhaust gas and cooling fluid of an internal combustion engine,
comprising:
a tube forming an exhaust gas flow path through which the exhaust gas flows;
a fin disposed in the exhaust gas flow path; and
a plurality of protruded tabs protruded from at least one of the tube and the fin to inhibit an exhaust gas flow, wherein
each of the plurality of protruded tabs has a polygonal shape with at least four sides having at least a bottom side, one
lateral side and another lateral side, and an angle of the one lateral side to the bottom side is set smaller than an angle
of the other lateral side to the bottom side and set smaller than 90 degrees,

each of the plurality of protruded tabs is inclined to an upstream side along an exhaust gas flow direction, and,
in each of the plurality of protruded tabs, the bottom side is placed to intersect with a perpendicular direction to the exhaust
gas flow direction, and the other lateral side is located upstream from the one lateral side.

US Pat. No. 9,862,274

DISPLAY DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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1. A vehicle display device comprising:
a combiner, provided between a windshield and a driver's seat, including a transparent region portion and a plurality of graduation
styling portions including a light diffusion function; and

an illuminating unit configured to selectively illuminate and differentiate both (i) one graduation styling portion from among
the plurality of graduation styling portions and (ii) a transparent region portion at the periphery of the one graduation
styling portion.

US Pat. No. 9,784,794

PARAMETER ESTIMATION DEVICE USING FILTER

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1. A parameter estimation device using a filter comprising:
a discharge-and-charge current sensor that detects a discharge-and-charge current value of a battery;
a terminal voltage sensor that detects a terminal voltage value of the battery;
a temperature sensor that detects a temperature of the battery;
a state-of-health detecting circuit that detects a state of health of the battery;
a preprocessing computing circuit that transfers the discharge-and-charge current value detected by the discharge-and-charge
current sensor and the terminal voltage value detected by the terminal voltage sensor to a current preprocessing value and
a voltage preprocessing value, respectively, by inputting the discharge-and-charge current value and the terminal voltage
value to a low-pass filter;

a state estimating circuit that estimates parameters of a state equation expressing a battery equivalent circuit model from
the voltage preprocessing value and the current preprocessing value obtained by the low-pass filter of the preprocessing computing
circuit, the battery equivalent circuit model containing a resistance and a capacitor; and

a state-of-charge estimating circuit that estimates a state of charge of the battery based on a state quantity obtained by
the state estimating circuit,

wherein the preprocessing computing circuit calculates a time constant of the low-pass filter so that the higher the temperature
of the battery detected by the temperature sensor the smaller the time constant, the higher the absolute value of the state
of health detected by the state-of-health detecting circuit becomes the smaller the time constant, and the higher the absolute
value of the state of charge estimated by the state-of-charge estimating circuit becomes the smaller the time constant, thereby
adjusting the time constant of the low-pass filter based on the temperature of the battery detected, the state of health detected,
and the state of charge estimated, and providing improved accuracy of the estimated parameters of the battery equivalent circuit
estimated by the state estimating circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,746,951

TOUCH-SENSITIVE VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE

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1. A touch-sensitive vehicle display device, comprising:
a body having a display including a touch panel on a surface thereof, whereby a screen operation is performed on the surface
of the display by a touch-screen operation;

a sliding operation plate attached to the body so as to be movable up and down along a surface of the display; and
a controller controlling information to be indicated on the display, wherein
the controller displays a setting button on the display along an outer edge of the sliding operation plate.

US Pat. No. 9,551,273

CHARGE AIR COOLING SYSTEM

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1. A charge air cooling system comprising:
an internal combustion engine connected to a supercharger;
a first heat exchanger for cooling a first refrigerant;
a second heat exchanger for cooling a second refrigerant such that the second refrigerant is cooler than the first refrigerant;
a high temperature side cooling flow path through which the first refrigerant cooled by the first heat exchanger flows;
a low temperature side cooling flow path through which the second refrigerant cooled by the second heat exchanger flows;
a charge air cooler connected to the supercharger, the charge air cooler including:
a high temperature side heat exchanger that is provided on the high temperature side cooling flow path and cools, by the first
refrigerant, supercharged intake air, and

a low temperature side heat exchanger that is provided on the low temperature side cooling flow path and cools, by the second
refrigerant, intake air cooled by the high temperature side heat exchanger;

a bypass pathway, provided on an intake air flow passage downstream of the high temperature side heat exchanger, in parallel
with the low temperature side heat exchanger; and

a thermostatic regulating valve, for controlling temperature of intake air to be supplied to the internal combustion engine,
by regulating:

a flow rate of intake air that has exchanged heat at the low temperature side heat exchanger, and
a flow rate of intake air that has flowed through the bypass pathway,
wherein the first refrigerant is refrigerant of an internal combustion engine cooling system, and
wherein the second refrigerant is refrigerant of a refrigerant recirculation system of an air-conditioning cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,551,533

HEAT EXCHANGER UNIT

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1. A heat exchanger unit comprising:
a heat exchanger main body including:
a first heat exchanger;
a second heat exchanger arranged in series with the first heat exchanger relative to a refrigerant flowing direction and an
air flowing direction;

an external connection portion on a first side of the heat exchanger main body, the external connection portion being configured
to supply refrigerant;

a communicating portion on a second side of the heat exchanger main body, the communicating portion being configured to connect
the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger so as to allow the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger
to communicate with each other; and

a bypass flow path extending from the first side of the heat exchanger main body to the second side of the heat exchanger
main body, the bypass flow path being configured to bypass the first heat exchanger so to supply the refrigerant from the
external connection portion directly to the second heat exchanger;

wherein at least one of the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger includes a pair of tank sections spaced apart
at an interval, and a plurality of first heat transfer tubes configured to connect the pair of tank sections,

wherein the bypass flow path includes a bypass tube disposed along at least one of the pair of tank sections on the first
side of the heat exchanger main body, and the bypass flow path further includes a second heat transfer tube formed of a heat
transfer tube located at the communicating portion of the first heat exchanger or the second heat exchanger partitioned from
other portions of the first heat exchanger or the second heat exchanger, and

wherein the external connection portion and the communicating portion are disposed on the first tank section side and the
second tank section side of a pair of the tank sections, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,715,109

DISPLAY DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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1. A vehicular display device comprising:
a displayer configured to project display information; and
a combiner which enlarges and reflects the display information projected to the displayer, images the display information
on a vehicle front side, and shows both a virtual image made by the imaging and a front scenery of a vehicle which is seen
through,

wherein the thickness of a pair of left and right side ends of the combiner become thinner as being close to an edge of the
combiner.

US Pat. No. 9,821,358

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING ELLIPTICAL HOLLOW CYLINDER

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1. A method for forming an elliptical hollow cylinder, by which part of the elliptical hollow cylinder is formed into a contracted
circular hollow cylindrical shape by spinning, the method comprising:
a first forming process for forming the part of the elliptical hollow cylinder into an expanded circular hollow cylindrical
shape by use of an inside roller, the inside roller being moved in a direction perpendicular to a center axis of the elliptical
hollow cylinder in the first forming process; and

a second forming process for forming the part into the contracted circular hollow cylindrical shape by reducing a diameter
of the part that has already been formed into the expanded circular hollow cylindrical shape in the first forming process
by use of an outside roller, wherein

the part of the elliptical hollow cylinder is an end portion of the elliptical hollow cylinder, and
the inside roller has a portion that forms a boundary portion between the end portion and a portion other than the end portion
so as to be smoothly curved.

US Pat. No. 9,514,906

TEMPERATURE SWITCH AND FLUID HEATING DEVICE

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1. A heater device, comprising:
a heater; and
a temperature switch configured to perform switching according to temperature of the heater,
wherein the temperature switch includes:
a bimetal that is deformed when the temperature of the heater reaches a set temperature;
a switch mechanism that is opened and closed by deformation of the bimetal; and
a housing member that houses the bimetal and the switch mechanism, and that is configured to conduct heat to the bimetal,
wherein the heater includes a pair of heat generation units that are adjacent to each other,
wherein the housing member includes a contact portion that is formed to project and that is inserted between the pair of heat
generation units, and

wherein the contact portion is larger than a distance between the pair of heat generation units in a state where the contact
portion is not inserted between the pair of heat generation units, and

wherein a contact pressure is generated between the contact portion and the pair of heat generation units in a state where
the contact portion is inserted between the pair of heat generation units.

US Pat. No. 9,784,273

GAS COMPRESSOR HAVING BLOCK AND PRESSURE SUPPLY PARTS COMMUNICATING WITH BACKPRESSURE SPACE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A gas compressor comprising:
a block inside which a cylinder chamber is formed;
a rotor rotatably housed in the cylinder chamber; and
a plurality of vanes provided in an outer circumferential portion of the rotor at an interval in a circumferential direction
of the rotor, the vanes being structured to emerge from the outer circumferential portion,

an inner circumferential surface of the cylinder chamber, an outer circumferential surface of the rotor, and each two of the
vanes adjacent in the circumferential direction of the rotor defining a compression chamber inside the cylinder chamber,

the block having a pressure supply part configured to supply pressure to backpressure spaces formed behind the respective
vanes, wherein

the pressure supply part has
an intermediate-pressure supply part which communicates with each backpressure space from an intake cycle to a compression
cycle in the compression chamber,

a first high-pressure supply part which communicates with the backpressure space from the compression cycle to a discharge
cycle in the compression chamber, and

a second high-pressure supply part which is formed between the intermediate-pressure supply part and the first high-pressure
supply part independently of the first high-pressure supply part and which communicates with the backpressure space in a middle
of the compression cycle in the compression chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,528,514

GAS COMPRESSOR HAVING AN ASYMMETRIC CYLINDER CHAMBER

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1. A gas compressor that accommodates a compressor body inside a housing, the compressor body comprising:
a substantially columnar rotor that rotates integrally with a rotary shaft;
a cylinder that has an inner peripheral surface of an outline shape for surrounding the rotor from an outside of an outer
peripheral surface of the rotor, and is provided with a primary discharge portion for, when a pressure of gas inside a compression
chamber exposed to the inner peripheral surface reaches a discharge pressure, discharging the gas inside the compression chamber;

a plurality of plate-shaped vanes provided to project toward the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder from the outer peripheral
surface of the rotor; and

two side blocks that close both ends of the rotor and the cylinder,
wherein the vanes partition a space formed between the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and the outer peripheral surface
of the rotor to form a plurality of compression chambers;

wherein the outline shape of the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder is set such that each compression chamber performs
suction and compression of the gas, and discharge of the gas from the primary discharge portion by only one cycle during a
period of one rotation of the rotor,

wherein a proximal portion in which the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and the outer peripheral surface of the rotor
are the closest is formed in a position downstream along a rotational direction of the rotor and away from a position opposed
across a rotational center of the rotor to a remote portion in which the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and the
outer peripheral surface of the rotor are the furthest apart and a pressure of the gas inside the compression chamber is configured
to reach the discharge pressure in a point before the compression chamber is exposed to the primary discharge portion;

wherein at least one secondary discharge portion is formed in an upstream side of the primary discharge portion in the rotational
direction of the rotor and is configured to discharge the gas inside the compression chamber when the pressure of the gas
inside the compression chamber reaches the discharge pressure, and

wherein, in a state where the compression chamber is exposed to the primary discharge portion, the primary discharge portion
is configured to always discharge the gas from the compression chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,583,089

BUZZER OUTPUT CONTROL DEVICE AND BUZZER OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD

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1. A buzzer output control apparatus comprising:
a buzzer for outputting a sound having a pitch corresponding to a frequency of a buzzer driving signal being input and volume
corresponding to a duty ratio of the buzzer driving signal;

an inaudible frequency signal generation unit for generating an inaudible frequency pulse signal having a predetermined inaudible
frequency;

an audio frequency signal generation unit for generating an audio frequency pulse signal having a predetermined audio frequency
lower than the inaudible frequency;

a signal synthesizing unit for synthesizing the inaudible frequency pulse signal and the audio frequency pulse signal and
thus generating a synthesized frequency pulse signal having the inaudible frequency pulse signal in an ON time of the audio
frequency pulse signal;

a first duty ratio setting unit for generating a buzzer driving signal set to gradually increase a duty ratio of the inaudible
frequency pulse signal in the synthesized frequency pulse signal over a first predetermined period of the synthesized frequency
pulse signal; and

a buzzer driving unit for sounding the buzzer on the buzzer driving signal.

US Pat. No. 9,908,490

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A control system for a vehicle including:
a battery;
a first control unit configured to receive a power supplied from the battery, and configured to control a first control object
which is mounted on the vehicle;

and an interrupting unit configured to interrupt a supply of the power to the first control unit from the battery,
wherein a first switch part is provided between the battery and the first control unit which receives a resumption request
signal when the supply of the power to the first control unit is interrupted by the interrupting unit to permit the power
to be supplied to the first control unit from the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,551,536

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH RECEIVER TANK

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A heat exchanger with a receiver tank, wherein a tank of the heat exchanger and the receiver tank are connected with each
other through an intermediate member that communicates the tank of the heat exchanger and the receiver tank,
wherein at least one of the intermediate member and an outer circumferential portion of the receiver tank is provided with
a restricting portion that restricts a relative displacement between the intermediate member and the receiver tank at the
outer circumferential portion of the receiver tank in a direction along an attachment surface of the receiver tank to which
at least the intermediate member is attached,

wherein the intermediate member comprises an inserting portion that projects at a tank side and is communicatably connected
to the tank of the heat exchanger, and comprises a flat and nearly rectangular contact portion which has contact with the
receiver tank at a receiver tank side,

wherein a central axis of the intermediate member is offset in a lateral direction from a central axis of the receiver tank,
wherein the intermediate member is adjacent to the receiver tank in the lateral direction without projecting into the receiver
tank, and

wherein the restricting portion and the intermediate member are between side surfaces of the receiver tank and the tank of
the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 9,963,036

VEHICLE GROUND FAULT DETECTION APPARATUS

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle ground fault detection apparatus for detecting a ground fault of a DC power supply by connecting a positive terminal or a negative terminal of a high-voltage power supply to one terminal of a coupling capacitor provided with an aluminum electrolytic capacitor, applying a square-wave pulse signal to a measurement point at the other terminal of the coupling capacitor, and detecting a voltage signal generated at the measurement point, the vehicle ground fault detection apparatus comprising:a charger and discharger configured to charge and discharge the coupling capacitor when a process of detecting a ground fault of the DC power supply is not being performed.

US Pat. No. 9,904,352

PROCESSOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND PROCESSOR CONTROL METHOD

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A processor control apparatus for controlling a processor capable of operating while switching between a regular operation
mode and a low current consumption operation mode with a lower current consumption than the regular operation mode, the processor
control apparatus comprising:
a watchdog timer configured to reset the processor when a P-RUN signal from the processor cannot be acquired for a predetermined
time;

a current monitor configured to suspend operation of the watchdog timer when output current of a power supply that supplies
power to the processor falls below a predetermined value and to start operation of the watchdog timer when the output current
becomes equal to or greater than the predetermined value; and

a current amplifier configured to increase the output current to be equal to or greater than the predetermined value upon
acquiring a signal for causing the processor to start operating in the regular operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,863,726

COOLING MEDIUM CIRCULATING APPARATUS, AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLING MEDIUM CIRCULATING APPARATUS

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

8. A cooling medium circulating apparatus comprising:
a first flow path and a second flow path configured to circulate a cooling medium,
a connecting flow path configured to connect between the first flow path and the second flow path,
a valve device capable of disconnecting a flow of the cooling medium in the connecting flow path,
a first temperature sensor arranged in the first flow path, and
a second temperature sensor arranged in the second flow path, wherein
the valve device is configured to repeatedly connect or disconnect the cooling medium flow in the connecting flow path in
a prescribed cycle, and

the prescribed cycle is shorter as a temperature difference between a temperature of the cooling medium flowing through the
first flow path and a temperature of the cooling medium flowing through the second flow path is larger.

US Pat. No. 9,718,399

LIGHT GUIDE DEVICE

Calsonic Kansei Corporati...

1. A light guide device comprising:
a light source;
a light guide body including an incident portion that light emitted from the light source enters, the light guide body being
made of a translucent material that guides the light from the incident portion; and

a decorated portion that is disposed to have contact with the light guide body, the decorated portion being made of a translucent
material that guides the light guided in the light guide body to be emitted outside by scattering the guided light; wherein

the light guide body includes a plurality of light-guiding portions and a plurality of non-light-guiding portions, the plurality
of light-guiding portions and the plurality of non-light-guiding portions being alternately disposed along an outer edge portion
of the decorated portion, and

the light-guiding portions guide the light guided in the light guide body in the decorated portion,
the non-light guiding portions prevent the light guided in the light guide body from being guided in the decorated portion,
each of the light-guiding portions is formed such that its length along the outer edge portion of the decorated portion increases
with distance from the incident portion in the light guide body, and

each of the non-light-guiding portions is formed such that its length along the outer edge portion of the decorated portion
decreases with distance from the incident portion in the light guide body.

US Pat. No. 9,846,000

HEAT EXCHANGER

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:
a first plate having
a pair of first-plate-side first communication holes;
a pair of first-plate-side second communication holes;
a pair of first-plate-side first protrusions, each of which surrounds a respective hole of the first-plate-side first communication
holes; and

a pair of first-plate-side second protrusions, each of which surrounds a respective hole of the first-plate-side second communication
holes;

a second plate having
a pair of second-plate-side first communication holes;
a pair of second-plate-side second communication holes;
a pair of second-plate-side first protrusions, each of which surrounds a respective hole of the second-plate-side first communication
holes; and

a pair of second-plate-side second protrusions, each of which surrounds a respective hole of the second-plate-side second
communication holes;

a first spacer interposed between the first plate and the second plate; and
a second spacer interposed between the first plate and the second plate,
wherein
the first plate and the second plate are alternately laminated to alternately form, between the first plate and the second
plate, a first coolant flow path in which a first coolant flows and a second coolant flow path in which a second coolant flows,
the first plate and the second plate being adjacent to each other;

each of the pair of first-plate-side first protrusions overlaps with a respective protrusion of the pair of second-plate-side
first protrusions within the second coolant flow path to form a first overlapped portion, such that the pair of first-plate-side
first communication holes and the pair of second-plate-side first communication holes are opened to the first coolant flow
path and are closed to the second coolant flow path;

each of the pair of first-plate-side second protrusions overlaps with a respective protrusion of the pair of second-plate-side
second protrusions within the first coolant flow path to form a second overlapped portion, such that the pair of first-plate-side
second communication holes and the pair of second-plate-side second communication holes are closed to the first coolant flow
path and are opened to the second coolant flow path;

the first coolant has a higher pressure than the second coolant;
the first coolant flow path is structured such that the first coolant flows into the first coolant flow path from one of the
pair of first-plate-side first communication holes and one of the pair of second-plate-side first communication holes, and
such that the first coolant which has passed through the first coolant flow path flows out of the other of the pair of first-plate-side
first communication holes and the other of the pair of second-plate-side first communication holes;

the second coolant flow path is structured such that the second coolant having a lower pressure than the first coolant flows
into the second coolant flow path from one of the pair of first-plate-side second communication holes and one of the pair
of second-plate-side second communication holes, and such that the second coolant which has passed through the second coolant
flow path flows out of the other of the pair of first-plate-side second communication holes and the other of the pair of second-plate-side
second communication holes;

the first spacer is located around the first-plate-side first communication holes and the second-plate-side first communication
holes, and the first spacer is located within the first coolant flow path,

the second spacer is located around the first overlapped portion, and the second spacer is located within the second coolant
flow path and reinforces the first overlapped portion to prevent buckling of the first overlapped portion, and

the first spacer is located around the second overlapped portion within the first coolant flow path and reinforces the second
overlapped portion to prevent buckling of the second overlapped portion.

US Pat. No. 9,636,968

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER INCLUDING SUB-CASING SANDWICHED BY DIVISION CASINGS

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioner, comprising:
an evaporator configured to cool air;
a heater core provided on a downstream side of the evaporator;
a plurality of doors provided between the evaporator and the heater core, the plurality of doors being configured to adjust
the volume of the air cooled in the evaporator, which flows to the heater core, and the volume of the cooled air, which flows
on a downstream side of the heater core through a bypass air path, the plurality of doors being configured to mix air which
has passed through the bypass air path and air which has passed through the heater core, and change a ratio of the volume
of the air passing through the bypass air path and the volume of the air passing through the heater core by adjusting an opening,
so as to adjust a temperature of the mixed air;

a central air path formed on the downstream side of the evaporator, and provided with a first door of the plurality of doors;
a first side air path formed on a first side of the central air path, and provided with a second door of the plurality of
doors;

a second side air path formed on a second side of the central air path, and provided with a third door of the plurality of
doors;

a sub-casing configured to form the central air path, the sub-casing including facing side portions;
a first division casing and a second division casing configured to sandwich the sub-casing;
a sub-casing unit including the sub-casing, the first door configured to change the ratio of the volume of the air passing
through the bypass air path and the volume of the air passing through the heater core by sliding, and a moving mechanism configured
to slide the first door;

a first slide door unit provided in a first side of the sub-casing unit; and
a second slide door unit provided in a second side of the sub-casing unit, wherein:
the sub-casing and the first division casing form the first side air path,
the sub-casing and the second division casing form the second side air path,
the first slide door unit and the second slide door unit sandwich the sub-casing unit,
the sub-casing unit includes the sub-casing and the first door slidably supported at the facing side portions of the sub-casing,
the first slide door unit includes a first slide door casing, the first slide door casing including facing side portions,
and the first slide door unit includes the second door slidably supported at the facing side portions of the first slide door
casing,

the second slide door unit includes a second slide door casing, the second slide door casing including facing side portions,
and the second slide door unit includes the third door slidably supported at the facing side portions of the second slide
door casing, and

a slide door casing connector configured to detachably connect the first slide door casing and the sub-casing and the second
slide door casing and the sub-casing is provided between the first slide door casing and the sub-casing and the second slide
door casing and the sub-casing.

US Pat. No. 9,666,394

HEAT SENSOR

Calsonic Kansei Corporati...

1. A thermal sensor comprising:
a thermally deformable bimetal in one direction;
a case which accommodates the bimetal and transfers external heat to the bimetal;
a cover member which occludes an aperture of the case into which the bimetal is inserted; and
a pressing holder provided between the cover member and the bimetal to press the bimetal in the opposite direction to the
one direction, wherein

the pressing holder includes a number of legs extending to an edge of the bimetal from the cover member; and
the legs each include a pressing portion which contacts a cover-member-side surface of the bimetal adjacent to the edge and
directly presses the edge of the bimetal in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 9,695,818

GAS COMPRESSOR

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A gas compressor, comprising:
a compressor main body including:
an approximately cylindrical rotor that is rotatable around a shaft,
a cylinder having an inner circumferential surface which has a contour shape surrounding the rotor from the outside of an
outer circumferential surface of the rotor, the cylinder having a first discharge section therein that discharges gas at a
discharge pressure,

a plurality of plate-like vanes disposed to be projectable from the rotor toward the outside of the rotor by back pressure
from a vane groove formed in the rotor,

two side blocks that contact and shield end surfaces of the rotor and the cylinder, and
a plurality of compression rooms which are partitioned inside the compressor main body by the rotor, the cylinder, the two
side blocks and the vanes, wherein each compression room of the plurality of compression rooms is formed so as to perform
only one cycle of suction, compression and discharge of gas through the first discharge section in the cylinder during one
revolution of the rotor;

an oil separator that separates oil from the gas discharged from the compressor main body while the gas passes through the
oil separator; and

a discharge path connecting the first discharge section and the oil separator for flow of gas from the compressor main body
to the oil separator;

wherein the cylinder includes a second discharge section that discharges the gas inside the compression room when the pressure
of the gas inside the compression room reaches the discharge pressure before the compression room faces the first discharge
section during rotation of the rotor; and

wherein a communicating path connects the second discharge section to the first discharge section such that gas discharged
through the second discharge section must flow through the communicating path before reaching the discharge path to the oil
separator.

US Pat. No. 9,684,392

IN-CAR OPERATION DISPLAY DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An in-car operation display device, comprising:
a display unit including a touch-panel-type display screen on which an image of a car-installed function is displayed;
an operating section configured to be operated such that a car state is varied based on the image of the car-installed function
displayed on the display screen; and

a control circuit configured to perform a display control for the image of the car-installed function, and to control the
car-installed function by an operation of the operating section,

wherein
the operating section includes an operating-plate portion configured to be operated to move along the display screen of the
display unit, and

the operating-plate portion includes a protruding switch portion,
the display screen extends in an up-down direction and also in a right-left direction,
first and second guide portions are provided on lateral portions of the display screen and extend in the up-down direction,
the operating-plate portion is included in each of first and second switch plates,
the first and second switch plates are respectively attached to the first and second guide portions along right and left portions
of the display screen such that the first and second switch plates are operated to move in the up-down direction,

the control circuit is configured to control the display unit in accordance with positions of the first and second switch
plates so as to partition the display screen into a plurality of display areas and adjust a size or a shape of each of the
display areas to thereby display the image of the car-installed function adjusted in accordance with the size or the shape
of each of the display areas on each of the display areas, and

the control circuit is further configured to partition the display screen at a position of an upper edge portion of at least
the operating-plate portion as a boundary when the first and second switch plates are differently positioned.

US Pat. No. 9,607,931

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING A TEMPERATURE INCREASE IN BEAM LEADS

Calsonic Kansei Corporati...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a plurality of first power elements and a plurality of first rectifying elements in an upper arm;
a positive side conductive pattern on which the plurality of first power elements and the plurality of first rectifying elements
are disposed alternately in a line;

a plurality of second power elements and a plurality of second rectifying elements in a lower arm;
an output side conductive pattern on which the plurality of second power elements and the plurality of second rectifying elements
are disposed alternately in a line;

a negative side conductive pattern;
a plurality of first beam leads, each of the plurality of first beam leads connecting a pair of one of the first power elements
and an adjacent first rectifying element to the output side conductive pattern; and

a plurality of second beam leads, each of the plurality of second beam leads connecting a pair of one of the second power
elements and an adjacent second rectifying element to the negative side conductive pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,780,714

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRIC COMPRESSOR

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A motor control device configured to control a motor in an electric compressor connected to a power supply via a connector,
comprising:
a detection current supply unit configured to supply a detection current to the motor at a predetermined time interval;
a voltage detection unit configured to detect a voltage between both ends of a smoothing capacitor configured to smooth a
voltage from the power supply, when the detection current is supplied by the detection current supply unit; and

an inserted/unplugged state determination unit configured to determine whether the connector is inserted or unplugged, based
on a change in the voltage between the both ends of the smoothing capacitor which is detected by the voltage detection unit,

wherein the detection current has a current value different from a current value of a current for driving the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,771,936

GAS COMPRESSOR

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A gas compressor comprising:
a generally cylindrical rotor that rotates integrally with a rotational shaft;
a cylinder that includes an inner peripheral surface having a contour shape that surrounds an outer peripheral surface of
the rotor;

a plurality of plate-shaped vanes movably disposed in vane grooves formed in the rotor, each vane of the vanes being projectable
from the outer peripheral surface of the rotor to the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder, and the vanes forming a plurality
of compression chambers which partition a space between the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and the outer peripheral
surface of the rotor, the contour shape of the cylinder being set such that the formed compression chambers perform by one
cycle of suction, compression, and discharge of a medium during one revolution of the rotor;

two side blocks that close both sides of each of the rotor and the cylinder; and
at least two discharge ports that discharge the medium compressed in the compression chambers to an exterior,
wherein the at least two discharge ports are provided at an upstream side in the rotation direction of the rotor along a peripheral
direction of the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder with respect to a closest area where the inner peripheral surface
of the cylinder and the outer peripheral surface of the rotor are closest in a range of one revolution of the rotational shaft,

wherein the contour shape of the inner peripheral surface of the cylinder is set such that the closest area is positioned
at a downstream side with respect to a position opposite to a remote part in the rotational direction of the rotor where the
inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and the outer peripheral surface of the rotor are most remote in the range of one
revolution of the rotational shaft, across a rotational center of the rotor,

wherein, of the at least two discharge ports, on only the discharge port closest to the closest area, a cutout groove portion
is provided at a downstream-side edge portion of the discharge port closest to the closest area in the rotation direction
of the rotor, wherein the cutout groove portion is formed to have a depth gradually decreasing from the downstream-side edge
portion of the discharge port closest to the closest area to the downstream side in the rotation direction of the rotor, and

wherein the cutout groove portion guides the medium accumulated in a micro sealed space formed between the inner peripheral
surface of the cylinder and the outer peripheral surface of the rotor to the discharge port closest to the closest area in
the rotation direction of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 9,640,844

TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A temperature adjustment device comprising:
a cooling member consisting of a first plate and a second plate, the first plate being thermally abutted against a heat-generating
member, and the second plate being stacked on a lower surface of the first plate to define a cooling space with the first
plate, the cooling space has a cooling medium which flows through, and being configured to include an inlet and an outlet
of the cooling medium on a bottom surface facing against the first plate; and

a connecting member that is a connecting member to a temperature adjustment circuit, the connecting member being configured
with a tube member having a flat part, the connecting member including a connecting port connected to the inlet or the outlet
on the flat part, and the connecting member being laminated and arranged on the second plate such that the flat part is abutted
against the second plate,
wherein
the connecting member has a cylindrical region, a flat region, and a transition region, the flat region being flattened such
that a flow-channel cross-section is decentered with respect to the cylindrical region, and the transition region being configured
to connect the cylindrical region and the flat region.

US Pat. No. 10,042,107

ILLUMINATION STRUCTURE FOR DECORATION

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An illumination structure for decoration including a light-guiding member and a decorative member on the light-guiding member, the decorative member having a plurality of lighting parts configured to light in a dot form,the illumination structure comprising:
a lens layer between the light-guiding member and the decorative member, the lens layer including a plurality of convex lens parts, each of the convex lens parts facing at least one of the lighting parts,
wherein each of the convex lens parts has a convex lens surface on a surface facing the light-guiding member, the convex lens surface being configured to curve and protrude toward the light-guiding member and focus light adjacent to the lighting parts, and
wherein a focal point of each of the convex lens parts is set inside the lens layer such that each of the convex lens parts is configured to focus and diffuse the light at the focal point and take the light out to an outside of the lens layer to illuminate the at least one of the lighting parts with the light.

US Pat. No. 9,925,927

CONSOLE BOX

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A console box comprising:a console body that includes a pair of right and left side-walls;
a storage container that is accommodated between the pair of right and left side-walls of the console body;
a lid part that is openably placed in contact with upper edge parts of the pair of right and left side-walls of the console body;
an inwardly-bent part that is formed on the upper edge part of each side-wall of the console body, the inwardly-bent part being formed by downwardly and inwardly bent in the console body to be overlapped with the corresponding side-wall in an inside-and-outside direction so as to form a space part between the inwardly-bent part and the corresponding side-wall;
an outwardly-bent part that is formed at an upper edge part of the storage container;
a space-inserted part that extends from the outwardly-bent part toward the space part; and
a rupture expected part that is provided at the outwardly-bent part, the rupture expected part being configured to be broken when an emergency load is applied to the lid part from above, wherein
the outwardly-bent part has a bent width wider than a thickness of a lower end of the inwardly-bent part, and
the rupture expected part is provided at the outwardly-bent part on a side closer to the space-inserted part than the lower end of the inwardly-bent part.

US Pat. No. 9,964,763

HEAD-UP DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A head-up display apparatus for a vehicle that reflects projection light projected in front of a driver on a light-transmitting member and displays a virtual image visible to the driver, the head-up display apparatus comprising:an instrument panel having an opening through which the projection light passes from a position below the opening;
a dustproof cover configured to close the opening and to reflect outer light entering the opening from a position above the vehicle, the dustproof cover being configured to reflect the outer light in a direction invisible to the driver; and
a rising wall between a front side edge of the opening closest to a front of the vehicle and the dustproof cover, the rising wall extending upward throughout the right and left direction of the vehicle;
wherein the dustproof cover includes a curved recessed surface shaped such that a curve of the recessed surface increases toward a front side of the vehicle,
wherein the recessed surface is formed by a curved surface having continuous different curvatures throughout a front and rear direction of the vehicle, and
wherein each region of the recessed surface in the front and rear direction of the dustproof cover has a curvature corresponding to a respective one of a plurality of strip-shaped regions of the opening arranged along the front and rear direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,035,420

VEHICLE INSTRUMENT DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle instrument device comprising:a housing for attaching a dial plate;
a light guide plate housing recess formed in the housing;
a light guide plate that is housed in the light guide plate housing recess, and guides illumination light to the dial plate;
a claw that fixes the light guide plate to the housing; and
a press-fitting rib that is provided in a side surface of the light guide plate, and extends toward a side wall of the light guide plate housing recess, wherein
the press-fitting rib includes a tapered portion for increasing a height from a back side to a front side of the light guide plate housing recess and a tapered portion for decreasing a width from the back side to the front side of the light guide plate housing recess.

US Pat. No. 9,751,384

GAS COMPRESSOR WITH DISCHARGE SECTION AND SUB-DISCHARGE SECTION

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A gas compressor, comprising:
a hollow cylinder member;
a rotor rotatably disposed inside the hollow cylinder member;
a plurality of vanes attached to the rotor in a projectable and houseable manner, the plurality of vanes including leading
ends which are in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the hollow cylinder member, so as to define a plurality
of compression rooms inside the hollow cylinder member, wherein:

a cylinder room which changes a volume of each of the plurality of compression rooms, and performs a gas compression cycle
is defined between the hollow cylinder member and the rotor,

a suction section which sucks the gas is upstream of the cylinder room,
a discharge section which discharges the gas is downstream of the cylinder room,
a proximal section in which the hollow cylinder member and the rotor come closest to each other is in one position between
the hollow cylinder member and the rotor, so that the cylinder room is defined and is a single cylinder room which performs
the gas compression cycle one time per one cycle for each of the plurality of compression rooms, the cylinder room has an
asymmetric shape such that a distant section in which the inner circumferential surface of the hollow cylinder member is furthest
apart from an outer circumferential surface of the rotor is located upstream of a position to which the proximal section faces
across a rotation center of the rotor in a rotation direction,

at least one sub-discharge section, which maintains discharge pressure of the gas by releasing pressure of one of the plurality
of compression rooms when the pressure of the gas in the one of the plurality of compression rooms reaches the discharge pressure,
is upstream of the discharge section,

an interval between the at least one sub-discharge section and the discharge section adjacent to the at least one sub-discharge
section is the same as or narrower than an interval between leading ends of an adjacent two of the plurality of vanes, and

in a state in which a downstream one of the adjacent two of the plurality of vanes faces the discharge section, the at least
one sub-discharge section is in a position closer to an upstream one of the adjacent two of the plurality of vanes than the
downstream one of the adjacent two of the plurality of vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,012,837

HEAD-UP DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A head-up display apparatus for a vehicle that reflects projection light projected in front of a driver on a light-transmitting member and displays a virtual image visible to the driver, the head-up display apparatus comprising:an instrument panel having an opening through which the projection light passes from a position below the opening;
a dustproof cover configured to close the opening and to reflect outer light entering the opening from a position above the vehicle, the dustproof cover being configured to reflect the outer light in a direction invisible to the driver; and
a rising wall between a front side edge of the opening closest to a front of the vehicle and the dustproof cover, the rising wall extending upward throughout the right and left direction of the vehicle;
wherein the dustproof cover includes a curved recessed surface shaped such that a curve of the recessed surface increases toward a front side of the vehicle,
wherein the recessed surface is formed by a curved surface having continuous different curvatures throughout a front and rear direction of the vehicle, and
wherein each region of the recessed surface in the front and rear direction of the dustproof cover has a curvature corresponding to a respective one of a plurality of strip-shaped regions of the opening arranged along the front and rear direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,175,303

BATTERY PARAMETER ESTIMATION DEVICE AND PARAMETER ESTIMATION METHOD

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An apparatus for battery parameter estimation, the apparatus comprising:a charge/discharge current detector configured to detect a charge/discharge current value of a battery;
a terminal voltage detector configured to detect a terminal voltage value of the battery; and
an estimator configured to estimate parameters in a battery equivalent circuit model that includes an approximate circuit of a Warburg impedance of the battery,
wherein the estimator estimates a diffusion resistance Rd and a diffusion capacitance Cd of the battery based on the charge/discharge current value and the terminal voltage value, and translates the estimated diffusion resistance Rd and the estimated diffusion capacitance Cd to the parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,765,783

VANE-ROTARY GAS COMPRESSOR

Calsonic Kansei Corporati...

1. A gas compressor comprising:
a compressor main body including an approximately cylindrical rotor which rotates integrally with a rotational axis, a cylinder
including an inner circumferential surface having a contour shape which surrounds an outer circumferential surface of the
rotor, a plurality of plate-like vanes slidably inserted into a vane groove formed in the rotor, each of the plurality of
plate-like vanes having a leading end portion which abuts on the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder through a back-pressure
from the vane groove, and two side blocks which cover each leading end portion of both of the rotor and the cylinder, wherein

a plurality of compression rooms which are partitioned by the outer circumferential surface of the rotor, the inner circumferential
surface of the cylinder, each inside surface of both side blocks, and the vane is arranged inside the compressor main body
to compress a compression medium supplied to the compression room and discharge the compression medium at high pressure,

a back-pressure-supplying groove which communicates with a bottom portion of the vane groove during compression process of
the compression medium and supplies the back-pressure to the bottom portion of the vane so as to project the vane toward the
inner circumferential surface of the cylinder is arranged on a surface facing an end surface of the rotor on at least one
of the two side blocks,

the back-pressure-supplying groove includes a leading end portion having an outer circumferential edge portion, an end portion
and a leading end corner portion, and

the back-pressure-supplying groove is formed to have a distance in the rotational direction of the rotor between a front side
of the outer circumferential edge portion and a rotation center of the rotor, which increases in the rotational direction
of the rotor, the leading end corner portion connecting the outer circumferential edge portion and the end portion to configure
a radius.

US Pat. No. 9,991,835

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC COMPRESSOR

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1. A control device for an electric compressor comprising:a target rotation speed setting portion which sets a target rotation speed of a motor which drives the compressor;
an estimated rotation speed calculation portion which calculates an estimated rotation speed of the motor;
a repetitive control portion to which a rotation speed difference between the target rotation speed and the estimated rotation speed is input, the repetitive control portion repeating a process in which, a rotation speed difference corresponding to one preceding cycle of the compressor is stored, a present rotation speed difference is added to the rotation speed difference corresponding to the one preceding cycle, and a next rotation speed difference corresponding to next one preceding cycle is added to a rotation speed difference obtained as the addition result, thereby outputting one rotation speed difference of the stored rotation speed differences;
a drive command signal generation portion which generates a drive command signal of the electric motor, to remove the rotation speed difference between the target rotation speed and the estimated rotation speed, based on the present rotation speed difference and the output value of the repetitive control portion;
a pressure detecting portion which detects a pressure value of the compressor; and
a reset signal generation portion to which the pressure value of the compressor is input to calculate a timing of one rotation of the compressor by counting the number of predetermined parts of load fluctuations of the compressor based on the pressure value, thereby outputting a reset signal to the repetitive control portion according to the timing, wherein
the repetitive control portion receives the reset signal and switches the cycle to the next cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,153,526

ASSEMBLED BATTERY

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1. An assembled battery, comprising:a battery unit including stacked battery modules, each battery module including a plurality of battery cells;
a case configured to house the battery unit therein, the case having a bottom part;
a plate-shaped cooling plate fastened to the bottom part of the case from an outside of the case, the cooling plate cooling the battery unit via the bottom part of the case; and
a first heat transfer material having a plastic property and being held between the bottom part of the case and the cooling plate, wherein
the first heat transfer material is dispersedly arranged in a plurality of areas on a surface of the cooling plate in correspondence with positions of contact between the stacked battery modules of the battery unit, the surface coming in contact with a bottom surface of the case.

US Pat. No. 10,512,198

POWER CONVERTER

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19. A power converter mounted on an electric vehicle comprising:a power module configured to convert electrical power when the electric vehicle is driven;
a low-heat-generating electrical device configured such that amount of heat generated during operation is smaller than amount of heat generated by the power module;
a case configured to have a mounting portion on which the power module and the low-heat-generating electrical device are mounted; and
a cooling-medium flow channel structured to permit cooling medium to flow through the cooling-medium flow channel, the cooling-medium flow channel being formed in the mounting portion, wherein
the low-heat-generating electrical device includes at least one of a capacitor module, a charger, or a DC/DC converter, and
the cooling-medium flow channel is configured such that a portion for cooling the low-heat-generating electrical device has a larger flow-channel cross-sectional area than a portion for cooling the power module, the low-heat-generating electrical device being configured to be cooled by the cooling medium after the power module is cooled.

US Pat. No. 10,379,342

VEHICULAR HEAD-UP DISPLAY DEVICE

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1. A vehicle head-up display apparatus comprising: an image displaying part that is installed in an instrument panel of the vehicle;a translucent member that is provided in a front part of a cabin of the vehicle; and
a display area to which a virtual image is projected by the image displaying part,
the apparatus being configured to project a display image displayed on the image displaying part toward the translucent member through an opening of the instrument panel, to reflect the projected display image on the translucent member, and to display character information and symbol information in the display area as the virtual image, the virtual image being visible by both eyes from a field of view,
wherein the display area is divided into a first area and a second area based on a calculation result for binocular parallax of the virtual image seen by left and right eyes such that the binocular parallax in the first area being relatively small in the display area,
wherein the character information is displayed in the first area when the display area of the translucent member is seen from the field of view.

US Pat. No. 10,195,774

RESIN CAST DEVICE AND RESIN CAST METHOD

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1. A resin molding device comprising:a controller;
a mold including a molding space in which a resin molded product is to be formed by injection molding, the mold comprising a concave mold portion and a convex mold portion;
an air ejector to remove, by air injection, the resin molded product formed in the molding space from a molding surface of the mold; and
an air supply source for supplying air to the air ejector,
wherein the air ejector includes:
an air passage formed inside the mold;
an air outlet at a molding-space side of the air passage to inject air between the resin molded product formed in the molding space and the molding surface of the mold;
a movable valve movably accommodated inside the air passage;
a bias member configured to bias the movable valve in a closing direction so as to close the air outlet;
an air supply path through which the air is supplied from the air supply source to the air passage;
an air pressure detector on the air supply path and configured to detect a pressure of the air; and
a pressure reducing valve on the air supply path and configured to reduce an air pressure of the air supplied from the air supply source to the air passage,
wherein the controller is configured to:
when the resin molded product is being removed from the molding space, control the air ejector to supply the air from the air supply source to the air passage via the air supply path at an ejection air pressure larger than a bias force of the bias member so as to move the movable valve so that the movable valve protrudes from the air outlet and thereby opens the air outlet to remove the resin molded product from the molding space; and
after the resin molded product has been removed from the molding space, control the air ejector to supply the air from the air supply source to the air passage via the air supply path at a detecting air pressure which is reduced by the pressure reducing valve to be smaller than the bias force of the bias member but larger than zero, and to compare the detecting air pressure and an actual air pressure detected by the air pressure detector to determine the presence of a defect in the movable valve or an abnormality in the operation of the movable valve,
wherein the air supply path includes a first air supply path section and a second air supply path section disposed in parallel to each other and both arranged between the air supply source and the air passage, a first on-off valve on the first air supply path section, and a second on-off valve on the second air supply path section,
wherein the air pressure detector is on the second air supply path section, and
wherein the controller is further configured to:
when the resin molded product is being removed from the molding space, control the air ejector to open the first on-off valve and close the second on-off valve so as to supply the air to the air passage via the first air supply path section at the ejection air pressure larger than the bias force of the bias member, and
after the resin molded product has been removed from the molding space, control the air ejector to close the first on-off valve and open the second on-off valve so as to supply the air to the air passage via the second air supply path section at the detecting air pressure which is reduced by the pressure reducing valve to be smaller than the bias force of the bias member.

US Pat. No. 10,173,589

CUP HOLDER

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1. A cup holder comprising:a cup holder body which has a bottomed container shape and is capable of accommodating a beverage container;
a decorative finisher member which is installed in an upper edge portion of the cup holder body; and
a light guide member which is interposed between a lower portion of the finisher member and the upper edge portion of the cup holder body and is capable of illuminating an interior of the cup holder body with light from a light source, wherein:
a light-guide-member installation part in which the light guide member is installable, and a finisher-member fixing part to which the finisher member is fixable are provided in the cup holder body; and
the finisher-member fixing part fixes the finisher member to the cup holder body in a state where the finisher member is separated with a gap part from an upper side of the light guide member, wherein the gap part is configured as a void space located between the finisher member and the light guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,107,704

TORQUE ESTIMATING DEVICE OF GAS COMPRESSOR

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1. A torque estimating device of a gas compressor, comprising:a reference torque characteristic storage unit configured to store a reference torque characteristic of a gas compressor as a torque characteristic of the gas compressor in a specific operation state;
a torque setting unit configured to set a torque corresponding to an input speed of rotation of the gas compressor and pressure of a refrigerant discharged from the gas compressor, on the basis of the reference torque characteristic stored in the reference torque characteristic storage unit; and
a torque correcting unit configured to set a torque at startup of the gas compressor among the torques set by the torque setting unit, by correcting the torque set by the torque setting unit, in accordance with the speed of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,374,518

DC-DC CONVERTER

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1. A direct current (DC)-DC converter comprising:a transformer;
a half bridge circuit provided on a primary side of the transformer;
a synchronous rectification circuit provided on a secondary side of the transformer; and
a controller configured to switch a power semiconductor device for rectification of the synchronous rectification circuit at a duty ratio and a phase corresponding to an input voltage of the half bridge circuit and an output current of the synchronous rectification circuit,
wherein the controller is configured to determine the duty ratio at a time of switching the power semiconductor device for rectification with reference to a table of duty ratios in which a combination of the input voltage and the output current and the duty ratio corresponding to the combination are mapped to each other, and
wherein the duty ratios in the table increase as the input voltage becomes higher.

US Pat. No. 10,345,583

ILLUMINATION STRUCTURE

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1. An illumination structure comprising:a substrate having a front surface on which a light source is attached; and
a reflector arranged on the front surface of the substrate to surround the light source, wherein
the reflector comprises a reflection wall part having, in an inside surface thereof, four reflection surfaces having a regular truncated pyramid shape,
the four reflection surfaces of the reflection wall part having the regular truncated pyramid shape comprise steep slope parts, respectively, expanding at an angle larger than 7.5 degrees and smaller than 15 degrees with respect to a direction of an optical axis of the light source, and
each of the steep slope parts extends from a side of an emission part of the reflector toward a position of a corner between an upper surface and a side surface of a light emitting part of the light source such that the steep slope and the position are substantially adjacent.

US Pat. No. 10,298,145

POWER CONVERTER CAPABLE OF CONVERTING DIRECT-CURRENT ELECTRIC POWER OR THREE-PHASE ALTERNATING-CURRENT POWER

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1. A power converter comprising:a power module configured to convert direct-current electric power to three-phase alternating-current electrical power, the power module being configured to output the three-phase alternating-current electrical power from three-phase terminals;
a three-phase bus bar that has a plurality of connecting terminals and a load terminal, the plurality of connecting terminals being connected to the power module, and the load terminal being formed in a crossing direction with respect to the plurality of connecting terminals and configured to connect to an external load;
a bus bar holder configured to hold the three-phase bus bar; and
a case that has a through hole through which the three-phase bus bar penetrates, the case being configured to accommodate the power module, the three-phase bus bar, and the bus bar holder, which are inserted in a direction in which the three-phase bus bar penetrates through the through hole, wherein
the three-phase terminals are arranged side-by-side on the power module,
the plurality of connecting terminals are respectively formed on the three-phase bus bar so as to correspond to the three-phase terminals, the plurality of connecting terminals being configured to be positioned on the three-phase terminals when the three-phase bus bar and the power module, which are accommodated in the case, are inserted in the direction in which the three-phase bus bar penetrates through the through hole,
the bus bar holder further includes an attachment part, the attachment part being attached to a part of the case to fix the plurality of connecting terminals and the load terminal to the case, and
the plurality of connecting terminals overlap with the three-phase terminals from the direction in which the three-phase bus bar penetrates through the through hole when the attachment part is attached to the part of the case.

US Pat. No. 10,295,607

DEVICE FOR ESTIMATING PARAMETERS OF BATTERY, AND ESTIMATION METHOD

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1. A device for estimating parameters of battery including:a micro-computer,
a current sensor connected to the battery and the micro-computer for detecting a charging/discharging current of a battery, and
a voltage sensor connected to the battery and the micro-computer for detecting a terminal voltage of the battery,
wherein the micro-computer comprises:
a battery equivalent circuit model including a plurality of resistors and a plurality of capacitors each serving as a factor;
a unit configured to sequently estimate a logarithmic conversion parameter value obtained by carrying out logarithmic conversion on each factor of the battery equivalent circuit, based on the charging/discharging current and the terminal voltage those being detected; and
an inverse logarithmic conversion unit for obtaining, by carrying out inverse logarithmic conversion on the logarithmic conversion parameter value an antilogarithm corresponding to the logarithmic conversion parameter value,
wherein the logarithmic conversion parameter value estimation unit includes a Kalman filter to sequentially estimate the logarithmic conversion parameter value,
wherein the logarithmic conversion parameter value is calculated from a state equation and an output equation, and
wherein the antilogarithm obtained by the inverse logarithmic conversion unit is used as an estimated parameter value of each factor of the battery equivalent circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,207,675

VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM AND ON-VEHICLE DEVICE OF VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle keyless system comprising:a portable device configured to transmit a command signal; and
an on-vehicle device configured to receive the command signal transmitted from the portable device and control an on-vehicle component in response to the command signal as received, wherein
the portable device includes an operation unit, a portable-side control unit, and a transmission unit,
the portable-side control unit controls the transmission unit to transmit, at a predetermined time interval, a unit command signal as the command signal in accordance with an operation made on the operation unit,
the on-vehicle device includes a reception unit including a ring buffer, and an on-vehicle-side control unit,
the reception unit receives the unit command signal, stores received unit command signals in the ring buffer in an order of reception, and outputs an interrupt signal to the on-vehicle-side control unit at each time when the reception unit completes storage of the received unit command signal in the ring buffer,
the on-vehicle-side control unit acquires, when the interrupt signal is input, the unit command signal from the ring buffer, and executes command processing for controlling the on-vehicle component based on the unit command signal as acquired, and
the on-vehicle-side control unit includes a signal acquisition processing unit configured to control an execution timing of acquisition and an amount of acquisition when the on-vehicle-side control unit acquires a target unit command from the ring buffer and in a case that the ring buffer stores at least a part of a unit command signal as received by the reception unit subsequent to the target unit command , so that the unit command signal as received subsequent to the target unit command signal is acquired in a state that all data is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,434,957

VEHICLE INTERIOR STRUCTURE

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1. A vehicle interior structure comprising:a vehicle body member provided in an interior of a vehicle;
an interior component attached to the vehicle body member;
an engagement portion that fastens the interior component to the vehicle body member; and
a guide portion provided in the vehicle body member, wherein
the engagement portion comprises a hole formed in the vehicle body member, a claw portion provided in the interior component, and a pedestal provided in a base part of the claw portion,
the guide portion guides the pedestal before the claw portion is fitted into the hole to engage with the hole, so as to prevent an end portion of the interior component from contacting the vehicle body member, and
the guide portion is free from guiding the pedestal when the claw portion is fitted into the hole to engage with the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,391,884

DRIVE POWER CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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1. A drive power control device for an electric vehicle (vehicle V) equipped with a motor (31) as a drive source, the device comprising:a target motor torque calculation unit (101) configured to calculate a target motor torque for the electric vehicle based on an accelerator operation by a driver;
a target acceleration calculation unit (102) configured to calculate a target acceleration by dividing the target motor torque by an inertia of a drive system mounted on the electric vehicle;
a motor rotation speed detection unit (250) configured to detect an actual motor rotation speed;
an actual acceleration calculation unit (105) configured to calculate an actual acceleration by differentiating the motor rotation speed detected by the motor rotation speed detection unit;
a correction amount calculation unit (120) configured to calculate a correction amount for a motor torque command value so that a deviation between the target acceleration calculated by the target acceleration calculation unit and the actual acceleration calculated by the actual acceleration calculation unit is reduced;
a modeling error reduction unit (104) configured to calculate a correction torque by performing high-pass filter processing on the correction amount calculated by the correction amount calculation unit;
a control motor torque command value calculation unit (106) configured to calculate a control motor torque command value by adding the correction torque to the motor torque command value; and
a slip reduction control unit (202) configured to perform, when the vehicle starts traveling or slip is detected, control to reduce slip by switching a cutoff frequency of a high-pass filter (HPF) to be low as compared with normal traveling.

US Pat. No. 10,377,207

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING DEVICE

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1. A vehicle air-conditioning device having a vehicle-cabin radiator for heating air guided into a vehicle cabin of a vehicle, comprising:a first coolant-water circulation path in which coolant water passes through an engine;
a second coolant-water circulation path communicated with the first coolant-water circulation path and in which the coolant water passes through the vehicle-cabin radiator;
a shutting off mechanism configured to, when switched to a shut-off state, shut off communication between the first coolant-water circulation path and the second coolant-water circulation path; and
a refrigeration cycle having a compressor configured to compress cooling medium, a secondary evaporator configured such that the cooling medium in the secondary evaporator absorbs heat from the coolant water in the first coolant-water circulation path, a secondary condenser configured to release heat of the cooling medium that has absorbed the heat at the secondary evaporator to the coolant water in the second coolant-water circulation path, and a secondary expander configured to decompress the cooling medium that has passed through the secondary condenser,
a radiator configured to perform heat exchange with the secondary evaporator and which is provided in the first coolant-water circulation path, and
a heat absorber configured to perform heat exchange with the secondary condenser and which is provided in the second coolant-water circulation path.

US Pat. No. 10,381,922

POWER CONVERTER

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1. A power converter for converting and supplying electrical power between a power storage apparatus and a load, comprising:a power module configured to convert direct-current electric power from the power storage apparatus to alternating-current electric power to be supplied to the load;
a DC/DC converter configured to convert direct-current voltage from the power storage apparatus;
a charger configured to convert external alternating-current electric power to direct-current electric power and charge the power storage apparatus therewith, the external alternating-current electric power being supplied via an external connector;
a capacitor module that has a capacitor and connected to the power module, the charger, and the DC/DC converter; and
a case configured to accommodate the power module, the DC/DC converter, the charger, and the capacitor module, wherein
in the case, the power module, the charger, and the DC/DC converter are arranged around the capacitor module, and the capacitor module and the DC/DC converter are arranged between the power module and the charger.

US Pat. No. 10,234,685

HEAD-UP DISPLAY APPARATUS

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1. A head-up display apparatus comprising in a casing thereof:an image display that displays an image; and
an optical path forming member that guides to a cabin the image displayed on the image display,
wherein the optical path forming member comprises at least a reflection mirror that reflects the image displayed on the image display, and
the head-up display apparatus displays the image to be superimposed on an external landscape seen through a windshield of a vehicle, wherein
the reflection mirror has a quadrilateral shape as a basic shape,
the reflection mirror having the quadrilateral shape as the basic shape comprises a recess in at least one of four corners,
the reflection mirror having the quadrilateral shape as the basic shape is disposed in the casing to be inclined relative to a horizontal direction, and
the recess is provided in at least one of a top corner and a bottom corner which are diagonally placed in the inclined reflection mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,197,336

HEAT EXCHANGER

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1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a gas path for flowing gas;
a first plurality of segments arranged in the gas path and arranged to respectively form projections and depressions repeated in a perpendicular direction to a gas flow direction;
a second plurality of segments arranged in the gas path, arranged to respectively form projections and depressions repeated in the perpendicular direction to the gas flow direction, and located downstream of the first plurality of segments in the gas flow direction;
a first projection plate arranged in the gas path and projecting from each segment of the first and second plurality of segments; and
a second projection plate arranged in the gas path, projecting from each segment of the first and second plurality of segments, and located downstream of the first projection plate in the gas flow direction in each segment,
wherein
an arrangement of the first plurality of segments and the second plurality of segments allows the gas to flow from two segments of the first plurality of segments adjacent in the perpendicular direction to the gas flow direction to a segment of the second plurality of segments,
the first projection plate and the second projection plate of each segment of the first plurality of segments cause the gas flowing into each segment to flow out from each segment while causing rotation in the gas in different directions with respect to a rotational axis in the gas flow direction and then flow into each of two segments of the second plurality of segments adjacent in the perpendicular direction to the gas flow direction, and
a width of each of the first projection plate and the second projection plate in the perpendicular direction to the gas flow direction is 46% to 74% of a width of each segment in the perpendicular direction to the gas flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,842

AIR-CONDITIONING GRILL INSTALLATION STRUCTURE AND AIR-CONDITIONING GRILL INSTALLATION METHOD

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1. An air-conditioning grill installation structure, comprising:a grill installation part provided on an installation member;
an air-conditioning grill installed in the grill installation part, the air-conditioning grill including an air outlet; and
a grill fixing part provided on a back of the installation member, wherein
the grill installation part of the installation member is formed in a notched shape such that the air-conditioning grill is insertable from a direction orthogonal to an opening direction of the air outlet,
the air-conditioning grill is provided with an outer peripheral flange that is integrally formed and disposed frontward to a front surface side of the installation member, the outer peripheral flange being configured to provide a surface decorative effect,
the air-conditioning grill is integrally provided with a grill holding plate that is attached to the grill fixing part from a back of the grill fixing part, the grill holding plate being provided on a back side of the outer peripheral flange, and
the grill installation part is positioned between the outer peripheral flange and the grill holding plate.

US Pat. No. 10,101,584

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR HEAD UP DISPLAY

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1. A mounting structure for a head up display comprising:a vehicle body strength member at a vehicle rear side of a front wall panel of a vehicle interior, the vehicle body strength member extending in a vehicle width direction;
a column bracket for mounting a steering column, the column bracket being at a lower portion of the vehicle body strength member;
a head up display unit on a vehicle front side of the vehicle body strength member, the head up display unit being at an upward position of the steering column; and
an inclination guiding part of backward rise on the column bracket,
wherein the inclination guiding part has an inclination angle such that the head up display unit is configured to slide along the vehicle body strength member to a vehicle upward direction by an emergency input load from a front direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,062,515

CAPACITOR STRUCTURE

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1. A capacitor structure comprising:a plurality of wound-type capacitors;
a housing which houses the plurality of wound-type capacitors; and
a fastener which fixes a capacitor body in which the plurality of wound-type capacitors are stored in the housing to a fixing object,
wherein, in a state in which the wound-type capacitors are arranged side by side on a bottom of the housing, the capacitor body is configured to be fixed to the fixing object by inserting the fastener into at least one of gaps formed between outer peripheral surfaces of the respective wound-type capacitors or formed between the outer peripheral surfaces of the respective wound-type capacitors and an inner wall of the housing,
the housing into which the wound-type capacitors and the fastener are inserted is filled with a resin and the wound-type capacitors are fixed in the housing by the resin, and
the fastener includes:
a metallic cylindrical member formed to be longer than an overall length of the wound-type capacitors and inserted into the at least one of the gaps; and
a fixing bolt inserted from an outside of the housing into the cylindrical member so as to pass through the cylindrical member and screwed to the fixing object to be fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,992

VEHICLE PASSENGER DETECTION APPARATUS

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1. A vehicle passenger detection apparatus comprising:a load sensor attached in the vicinity of a seat of a vehicle, and configured and arranged to detect a load acting on the seat; and
a passenger detection unit configured and arranged to detect a passenger on the seat based on a detection value of the load sensor, the passenger detection unit including
a passenger determination section configured to determine a sitting state of the passenger on the seat based on the detection value of the load sensor and a passenger judgment threshold value,
a vibration change amount judgment section configured to determine presence or absence of vehicle vibration based on the detection value of the load sensor and a vibration threshold value, and
a passenger judgment section configured to judge whether to update a passenger determination result from the passenger determination unit or to maintain a previous passenger determination result, based on a determination result from the vibration change amount judgment section, and
a vehicle entry and exit determination section configured to monitor an occurrence of the passenger entering into the vehicle from a vacant seat state, and to determine by calculations whether the detection value of the load sensor is stable before the passenger entered the vehicle, when the occurrence of the passenger entering into the vehicle from the vacant seat state is determined, wherein
the passenger judgment section is configured to execute updating of the passenger determination result even in a state in which the determination result from the vibration change amount judgment section indicates a disturbance has occurred, when the vehicle entry and exit determination section determines that the detection value of the load sensor is stable before the passenger entered the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,430,029

CHARACTER INPUT ASSIST DEVICE

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1. A character input assist device, comprising:a body;
a touch panel secured to the body and having a panel surface;
a partition member movably secured to the body and positioned relative to the touch panel to define a first region of the panel surface and a second region of the panel surface, wherein the partition member includes a first side edge part having a plurality of side markers protruding from a surface of the first side edge part, and a second side edge part having a plurality of side markers protruding from a surface of the second side edge part;
a character icon display controller configured to display a plurality of first character icons on the panel surface along the first side edge part and adjacent to one or more of the side markers protruding from the first side edge part; and
a character input controller configured to carry out input of a character corresponding to a selected first character icon; wherein upon selection of a first character icon, the character icon display controller is configured to display one or more second character icons associated with the selected first character icon in the second region along the second side edge part.

US Pat. No. 10,386,132

HEAT EXCHANGER

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10. A heat exchanger comprising:a gas passage through which gas flows in a gas flow direction;
a forward-tilting protruding piece protruding into the gas passage and leaning toward an upstream side in the gas flow direction; and
a rearward-tilting protruding piece protruding into the gas passage downstream of the forward-tilting protruding piece, the rearward-tilting protruding piece leaning toward a downstream side in the gas flow direction,
wherein the forward-tilting protruding piece comprises a plate having a polygonal shape including
a base side lying on an inner peripheral surface of the gas passage, the base side being oriented obliquely with respect to a first direction which is perpendicular to the gas flow direction and parallel to a base plane along the gas flow direction and the base side, the base side having a first end, and having a second end positioned on the downstream side in the gas flow direction of the first end;
a first side extending from the first end of the base side and forming a first internal angle with the base side;
a second side extending from the second end of the base side and forming a second internal angle with the base side, the second internal angle being smaller than the first internal angle as viewed in the gas flow direction; and
a top side that is a farthest side from the base side and is a side other than the first side and other than the second side, the top side having a third end, and having a fourth end positioned closer to the second side than the third end as viewed in the gas flow direction,
wherein the plate includes an upstream side surface having the polygonal shape and forming an acute angle with the base plane;
wherein the top side is inclined with respect to the base side such that the third end is closer to the base side than the fourth end as viewed in the gas flow direction;
wherein the second side is longer than the first side;
wherein the first internal angle is larger than 90 degrees, and the second internal angle is equal to or smaller than 90 degrees, and
wherein a ratio of a width of the forward-tilting protruding piece to a width of the gas passage is 40% to 80%.

US Pat. No. 10,363,903

VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM AND ON-VEHICLE DEVICE OF VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle keyless system comprising:a portable device configured to transmit a command signal; and
an on-vehicle device configured to receive the command signal transmitted from the portable device and control an on-vehicle component in response to the command signal as received, wherein
the portable device includes an operation unit, a portable-side control unit, and a transmission unit,
the portable-side control unit:
transmits, when an operation is made on the operation unit, the command signal including ID information unique to the portable device as a main signal from the transmission unit, and
transmits, when an operational mode of the operation unit following the operation made on the operation unit satisfies requirement of a special mode, the command signal including the ID information as a sub signal subsequent to the main signal from the transmission unit,
the on-vehicle device includes:
a reception unit configured to receive the command signal,
an on-vehicle device-side control unit configured to execute command processing of controlling the on-vehicle component based on the command signal as received by the reception unit, and
a storage unit configured to store ID information unique to a portable device to which the on-vehicle device is available,
the sub signal includes a plurality of identical signals intermittently transmitted,
the on-vehicle device-side control unit executes state transition processing in a case that the command signal transmitted as the main signal is received and the ID information included in the main signal as received does not match with the ID information stored in the storage unit, and
in the state transition processing, the reception unit is transitioned to a sleep state in which the reception unit is intermittently activated at a timing that is different from a timing of the sub signal intermittently transmitted and the on-vehicle device is transitioned to a power saving state in which processing is not performed on the sub signal transmitted subsequent to the main signal.

US Pat. No. 10,358,036

VEHICLE GROUND FAULT DETECTION APPARATUS

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle ground fault detection apparatus for detecting a ground fault of a high-voltage system that is electrically insulated from a vehicle body and has a battery connected thereto, a low-voltage system being connected to the vehicle body, the vehicle ground fault detection apparatus comprising:a transformer configured to block a DC component between the low-voltage system and the high-voltage system;
an oscillation circuit provided in the low-voltage system and connected to a primary coil of the transformer; and
a voltage dividing resistor provided in the high-voltage system and connected to a secondary coil of the transformer; wherein
the vehicle ground fault detection apparatus measures a peak voltage of the voltage dividing resistor, the peak voltage being a positive peak value of voltage generated in the voltage dividing resistor by voltage induced in the secondary coil of the transformer in accordance with AC voltage generated by the oscillation circuit; and
the vehicle ground fault detection apparatus detects the ground fault of the high-voltage system using the peak voltage of the voltage dividing resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,317,435

BUS BAR ASSEMBLE TYPE ELECTRIC CURRENT SENSOR

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A bus bar assemble type electric current sensor comprising:a bus bar module that has a casing, and a plurality of bus bars supported by a plurality of terminal supporting portions of the casing, respectively;
a sensing module that has a resin molding, and a plurality of sensing elements provided in the resin molding and associated with the plurality of bus bars, respectively, wherein
a plurality of insertion holes into which the plurality bus bars are inserted, respectively, is provided, on the sensing module, in vicinities of the plurality sensing elements, respectively,
a temporarily-fixing portion that temporarily fixes the sensing module and the bus bar module separably from each other is provided on at least one of the sensing module and the bus bar module,
a fully-fixing portion that integrally fixes the sensing module and the bus bar module with each other is provided on each of the sensing module and the bus bar module, and
the sensing module and the bus bar module are independent from each other until being temporarily fixed with each other, and a plurality of test bus bars for checking the plurality of sensing elements is capable of being inserted into the plurality of insertion holes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,272,835

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR A CUP HOLDER IN A VEHICLE

Calsonic Kansei Corporati...

1. An illumination device for a vehicle, comprising:a base plate casing;
a light source housed within the base plate casing;
a light guide body including a light entrance hole into which light from the light source enters, an outer surface, and an emission portion in an outer rim part of the light guide body, the emission portion being configured to guide the light from the light entrance hole toward the outer surface;
a light shielding member covering a portion of the outer surface of the light guide body, the portion of the outer surface covered by the light shielding member excluding the emission portion; and
a light directing member attached to the base plate casing, the light directing member being disposed in the light entrance hole and spaced apart from the light guide body, and being configured to reflect the light from the light source toward the emission portion.