US 10,889,162 B2
Vehicle component cooling through directed HVAC cooling and operation
David W. Cosgrove, Milford, MI (US); and Hidekazu Hirabayashi, Ann Arbor, MI (US)
Assigned to TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC., Plano, TX (US)
Filed by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Plano, TX (US)
Filed on Nov. 16, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/168,789.
Prior Publication US 2020/0156442 A1, May 21, 2020
Int. Cl. B60H 1/32 (2006.01); B60H 1/00 (2006.01); B60H 1/24 (2006.01); B60L 58/26 (2019.01); B60L 58/33 (2019.01); H01M 10/625 (2014.01)
CPC B60H 1/00878 (2013.01) [B60H 1/00278 (2013.01); B60H 1/00385 (2013.01); B60H 1/00564 (2013.01); B60H 1/246 (2013.01); B60L 58/26 (2019.02); B60L 58/33 (2019.02); H01M 10/625 (2015.04)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for vehicle component cooling in a vehicle, comprising:
a main body defining a passenger compartment configured to support passengers of the vehicle;
a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit located upstream from the passenger compartment and configured to output conditioned air into the passenger compartment;
a vehicle component configured to generate heat and having a component temperature;
a cooling channel located downstream from the HVAC unit and having an inlet located in the passenger compartment such that the passenger compartment is located upstream from the cooling channel and an outlet configured to output the conditioned air from the passenger compartment towards the vehicle component;
at least one sensor configured to detect data corresponding to the component temperature of the vehicle component; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the HVAC unit, the vehicle component, and the at least one sensor, and configured to control the HVAC unit to increase or decrease a cabin temperature to adjust the component temperature based on the detected data.