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Patexia Research
Issue Date Aug 12, 2021
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Patent Application - VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE > Claims

  • 1. A vehicle pillar structure comprising: a vehicle pillar including a first pillar extending along an outer end of a windshield glass in a width direction of a vehicle, anda second pillar disposed away from the first pillar by a predetermined distance in a substantial front-and-rear direction of the vehicle; anda transparent window member through which an outside of the vehicle is viewable, the transparent window member being interposed between the first pillar and the second pillar and covering an opening defined by the first pillar and the second pillar,wherein the vehicle pillar has a curved shape defined by a straight portion extending in a substantial vertical direction of the vehicle in side view, and a curved portion curved from an upper end of the straight portion and extending in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle.
    • 2. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 1, wherein the curved portion is integrated with a roof side rail, the roof side rail constituting a framework of a roof serving as a ceiling of a vehicle cabin of the vehicle and disposed at an outer end of the roof in the width direction of the vehicle to extend in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle.
    • 3. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 1, wherein a first reinforcement member that couples the first pillar and the second pillar together is provided at a boundary between the straight portion and the curved portion.
    • 4. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 1, wherein one end of a roof header is coupled to a boundary between the straight portion and the curved portion, the roof header constituting a framework of a roof serving as a ceiling of a vehicle cabin of the vehicle, and disposed at an outer end of the roof in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle to extend in the width direction of the vehicle.
    • 5. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 1, wherein: a middle part of the first pillar and a lower part of the second pillar are coupled together by a second reinforcement member; andthe lower part of the second pillar is disposed so as to be offset outward in the width direction of the vehicle with respect to the middle part of the first pillar.
    • 6. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 1, wherein: a framework member is disposed on an inner side of the vehicle pillar in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle, the framework member including a vertical pillar portion extending in the vertical direction of the vehicle;the vertical pillar portion constitutes a side part of the framework member in the width direction of the vehicle; andan upper end of the first pillar and an upper end of the second pillar are coupled to the vertical pillar portion.
      • 7. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 6, wherein a lower part of the second pillar is coupled to the vertical pillar portion of the framework member via a third reinforcement member.
        • 9. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 7, wherein the framework member has an annular shape when viewed in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle, the annular shape being defined by a pair of the vertical pillar portions and a reinforcement portion that couples upper ends of the pair of the vertical pillar portions together in the width direction of the vehicle and couples lower ends of the pair of the vertical pillar portions together in the width direction of the vehicle.
      • 8. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 6, wherein the framework member has an annular shape when viewed in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle, the annular shape being defined by a pair of the vertical pillar portions and a reinforcement portion that couples upper ends of the pair of the vertical pillar portions together in the width direction of the vehicle and couples lower ends of the pair of the vertical pillar portions together in the width direction of the vehicle.
    • 10. The vehicle pillar structure according to claim 1, wherein a sectional area of the curved portion is larger than a sectional area of the straight portion.
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