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HVAC ROUTING THROUGH FLOOR CONSOLE RAIL SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029272D
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

Air from a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning ("HVAC") system is routed through a floor console rail system. The use of a floor rail system as conduits for the vehicle's HVAC system is configured to provide second and or third row air that has been heated, cooled, ambient, filtered, cleared, or the like. By coupling a vehicle's HVAC system to the front and rear ends of a floor rail extrusion, the HVAC system could forced air to the second and or third row passengers. Vents may be provided at any of a variety of positions along the floor rail system (e.g., on top, on the side, at the rear, etc.) and may be configured to be adjustable.

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HVAC ROUTING THROUGH FLOOR CONSOLE RAIL SYSTEM Abstract

         Air from a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning ("HVAC") system is routed through a floor console rail system. The use of a floor rail system as conduits for the vehicle's HVAC system is configured to provide second and or third row air that has been heated, cooled, ambient, filtered, cleared, or the like. By coupling a vehicle's HVAC system to the front and rear ends of a floor rail extrusion, the HVAC system could forced air to the second and or third row passengers. Vents may be provided at any of a variety of positions along the floor rail system (e.g., on top, on the side, at the rear, etc.) and may be configured to be adjustable.

Background

         It is generally known to provide for HVAC routing to second or third row passengers in a vehicle. Such known HVAC routing typically has a dedicated HVAC duct system. If routed through a floor console system, the known HVAC duct system is designed to move (e.g., extend and retract) as the console moves (e.g., a duct that is inside another duct). However, such known HVAC routing systems have several disadvantages including additional parts, costs, complicated designs and the like.

Description

         Referring to the Figures, a floor rail system in a vehicle is shown in communication with an HVAC system of the vehicle. An output of the HVAC system is coupled to the floor rail system by a front extrusion adapter. The HVAC routing is configured to provide second and or third row occupants with air from the vehicles HVAC system.

         The floor rail system includes a base, three projections extending upwardly from the base, and an uppe...