Patents Assigned to AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10662903
    Abstract: A powertrain system is provided and may include a combustion engine, a crankshaft, and a turbo-compounding system. The combustion engine may include an intake manifold and an exhaust manifold. The crankshaft may be driven by the engine. The turbo-compounding system may be configured to drive the crankshaft and may include a first turbine and a drive system. The first turbine may include an inlet fluidly communicating with the exhaust manifold. The drive system may include an input shaft driven by the first turbine, and an output shaft engaged with the crankshaft. The drive system may be configured to drive the output shaft at more than one drive ratio relative to the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav R. Johnson, Gary L. Hunter, Julian Sherborne
  • Patent number: 10648540
    Abstract: A dual-clutch transmission assembly and method for controlling the same is provided where the torque generated by an engine is split between first and second shafts. Torque is supplied to the first shaft by a first clutch and torque is supplied to the second shaft by a second clutch. A first gearset is carried on the first shaft and a second gearset is carried on the second shaft. The first gearset includes a primary first gear and the second gearset includes a duplicate first gear. The first and second shafts receive torque from a transmission input shaft in response to contemporaneous engagement of the primary first gear, the duplicate first gear, and the first and second clutches, which can be used during vehicle launch to split the torque applied to the first and second clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Mordukhovich, Michael Kozan
  • Patent number: 10619679
    Abstract: A method for reducing overheating in a clutch assembly having a clutch housing, a shaft, and a clutch pack. The clutch pack includes a backing plate, an applied plate, a plurality of friction plates, and a plurality of reaction plates. A primary actuator applies pressure to the applied plate to longitudinally compress the entire clutch pack and couple rotation of the clutch housing and the shaft. A secondary actuator applies pressure to at least one plate in the plurality of friction plates and the plurality of reaction plates to longitudinally move the at least one plates independently of the applied plate. This relieves some of the torque transmitted across the clutch pack adjacent the applied plate and reduces localized temperature spikes in the clutch pack adjacent to the applied plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Mordukhovich
  • Patent number: 10584657
    Abstract: An oil cooled cylinder liner, a method for cooling the same, and an opposed piston engine using the oil cooled cylinder liner are described. The cylinder liner includes a liner wall that has an inner face adjacent a piston bore and an outer face including an oil gallery surface. A plurality of grooves are disposed along the oil gallery surface. The grooves run parallel to each other and are spaced apart by bridging portions of the liner wall. At least some of the grooves have at least one fin disposed therein that runs parallel with the grooves. The grooves in combination with the fins increase surface area of the oil gallery to improve heat transfer from the liner wall to oil disposed along the oil gallery surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Hunter
  • Patent number: 10396414
    Abstract: A thermal management system for a battery pack having at least one battery cell is provided. The thermal management system may include a cooling plate disposed adjacent to the at least one battery cell. The cooling plate may include thermal pyrolytic graphite (TPG) to dissipate heat away from the at least one battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim F. Yeow, Ho Teng
  • Patent number: 10288128
    Abstract: A clutch assembly that is less prone to overheating is disclosed. The clutch assembly includes a clutch housing, a shaft, and a clutch pack. The clutch pack includes a backing plate, an applied plate, a plurality of friction plates, and a plurality of reaction plates. A primary actuator applies pressure to the applied plate to longitudinally compress the entire clutch pack and couple rotation of the clutch housing and the shaft. A secondary actuator applies pressure to at least one plate in the plurality of friction plates and the plurality of reaction plates to longitudinally move the at least one plates independently of the applied plate. This relieves some of the torque transmitted across the clutch pack adjacent the applied plate and reduces localized temperature spikes in the clutch pack adjacent to the applied plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Mordukhovich
  • Patent number: 10221921
    Abstract: A torque split dual-clutch transmission assembly is disclosed that splits the torque generated by an engine between at least two sets of transfer gears that are selectively coupled to first and second layshafts or intermediate shafts. A first input hub is connected to the first layshaft by a first clutch and a second input hub is connected to the second layshaft by a second clutch. A first gearset is carried on the first layshaft and a second gearset is carried on the second layshaft. Each set of transfer gears receives torque from either the transmission input shaft or the first and second layshafts in response to contemporaneous engagement of the first clutch and the second clutch, which can be used during vehicle launch to split the torque applied to the first and second clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Mordukhovich
  • Patent number: 10208837
    Abstract: A two-speed transmission for a vehicle is provided including a planetary gear set selectively coupling an input shaft and an output shaft. The planetary gear set is configured to provide two forward gear ratios and neutral. The planetary gear set includes at least one sun gear, at least one pinion in meshing engagement with the sun gear, at least one ring gear meshingly engaged with the pinion, and a carrier. The carrier supports the pinion and is connected to the output shaft such that rotation of the carrier drives the output shaft. The two-speed transmission also includes one or more elements that rotatably couple different combinations of the sun gear, the pinion, the ring gear, the input shaft, and the carrier with one another or a ground. Such elements may include combinations of clutches, brakes, and dog clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Mordukhovich, Hamid Vahabzadeh
  • Patent number: 10161371
    Abstract: A piston may include an outer peripheral surface and a crown. The outer peripheral surface may include first and second openings spaced about and extending through the outer peripheral surface. The crown may include a recess at least partially defined by a first lobe in fluid communication with the first opening and a second lobe in fluid communication with the second opening. Each of the first and second lobes may be recessed relative to an adjacent portion of the recess of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav R. Johnson, Gary L. Hunter, Darrell Sparks
  • Patent number: 10161270
    Abstract: A waste heat recovery system for an engine is disclosed. In one example, the waste heat recovery system includes an expander, a first heat exchanger system, and a second heat exchanger system. The expander is configured to convert waste heat from a working fluid into mechanical energy. The first heat exchanger system is in fluid communication with the expander, the first heat exchanger system disposed upstream of the expander. The second heat exchanger system is in fluid communication with the expander and is disposed upstream of the expander and arranged in parallel with the first heat exchanger system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gary L. Hunter, Gustav R. Johnson, Nicholas Michael Zayan
  • Patent number: 10138850
    Abstract: A cooling system for an internal combustion engine according to the principles of the present disclosure includes an engine block, a compression device, a cooling circuit, a first pump, and a fuel delivery device. The engine block at least partially defines a combustion chamber and a cooling passage. The cooling passage extends through the engine block. The compression device is received in the engine block to partially define the combustion chamber. The compression device is movable within and relative to the engine block. The cooling circuit is in fluid communication with the cooling passage. The first pump is in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and is configured to circulate a fuel through the cooling circuit and the cooling passage. The fuel delivery device is in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and is configured to deliver the fuel to the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav R. Johnson, Julian Sherborne
  • Patent number: 10072604
    Abstract: An opposed-piston engine assembly is disclosed including a first cylinder liner containing a pair of first pistons that move toward one another in one mode of operation and away from one another in another mode of operation. The pistons are coupled to first and second crankshafts. Multiple block segments arranged in a side-by-side abutting relationship form the engine block including a first outboard segment, a first inboard segment, a second inboard segment, and a second outboard segment. Tensile members extend through the block segments tying them together as one structural unit. The first and second inboard segments abut one another at a seam and include bores that cooperate to receive the first cylinder liner. The first cylinder liner includes a liner support collar that is received in counter-bores defined by the first and second inboard segments at the seam between the first and second inboard segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: James Mc Clearen, Jeffrey Wayne Klaver, Gary L. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10072562
    Abstract: A turbo-compounding system may include a first turbine, a turbocharger, a bypass passageway and a valve. The first turbine may include an inlet in fluid communication with an exhaust manifold and an outlet in fluid communication with a fluid passageway. The first turbine may be drivingly coupled to an engine. The turbocharger includes a first compressor and a second turbine. The first compressor receives an intake fluid at a first pressure and discharges the intake fluid at a second pressure. The second turbine may drive the first compressor and receive exhaust gas from the fluid passageway downstream of the outlet of the first turbine. The bypass passageway may include a first end fluidly coupled with the engine exhaust manifold and a second end fluidly coupled with the fluid passageway downstream from the first turbine and upstream of the second turbine. The valve controls fluid-flow through the bypass passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gary L. Hunter, Gustav R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10066590
    Abstract: An opposed piston engine may include a first housing, first and second pistons, and first, second, and third fuel injector nozzles. The first housing may define a first passage extending along a first longitudinal axis. The first and second pistons may be slidably disposed within the first passage. The first, second, and third fuel injector nozzles may be in fluid communication with the first passage. At least one of the first, second, and third fuel injector nozzles may be angularly offset from another one of the first, second, and third fuel injector nozzles by an oblique angle about the first longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav R. Johnson, Gary L. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10036344
    Abstract: An example of a cylinder liner according to the present disclosure includes a first portion having a first end and a second end and a second portion having a first end and a second end. The second portion is separate from the first portion and the second end of the first portion overlays the first end of the second portion. The first portion and the second portion are configured to receive a piston slideably disposed within the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: James Mc Clearen, Jeffrey Wayne Klaver, Gary L. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10012298
    Abstract: A torque converter for coupling an engine to a manual transmission and a method of controlling the same are provided. The torque converter includes a housing rotating with the engine, a cover abutting the housing, a stator, a pump circulating fluid within the torque converter, and a turbine driven by the circulating fluid. An integrated disconnect clutch controls pump speed and a torsional damper attenuates vibrations transmitted through the housing. A first output shaft is coupled with the turbine and drives a first forward gear of the manual transmission while permitting slip. A second output shaft is coupled with the torsional damper, the integrated disconnect clutch, and the pump and drives at least one other forward gear of the manual transmission without slip. An output connection member rotatably couples the pump with the torsional damper, the integrated disconnect clutch, and the second output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Hamid Vahabzadeh
  • Patent number: 9938922
    Abstract: A system and method for injecting fuel into an engine is provided where a low-pressure fuel pump is connected in fluid communication with at least one port fuel injector and a high-pressure fuel pump is connected in fluid communication with at least one direct fuel injector. The port fuel injector is disposed along an intake path of the engine and the direct fuel injector is disposed adjacent a cylinder of the engine. A lost motion lifter selectively couples the high-pressure fuel pump and the engine. A pump deactivation module switches the lost motion lifter to selectively deactivate the high-pressure fuel pump from the engine in response to partial load operation of the engine. The pump deactivation module may additionally switch the port fuel injector to an activated state and the direct fuel injector to a deactivated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9933024
    Abstract: A clutch assembly is provided that includes a first shaft, a second shaft, a housing, a two-way over-running clutch, and a friction clutch assembly. The two-way over-running clutch includes an inner race and an outer race. At least one torque transmitting member is disposed between the inner race and the outer race that selectively transfers torque from the inner race to the outer race. The inner race defines at least one cam that receives the torque transmitting member. An inner race actuator selectively controls lock-up of the two-way over-running clutch by moving the inner race relative to the first shaft and the outer race between a concentric position and at least one eccentric position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Mordukhovich, Michael Kozan
  • Patent number: 9932910
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the quality of natural gas is provided. The system includes a fuel line for communicating natural gas to an engine. An infrared light source is disposed along the fuel line and is configured to emit a beam of infrared light into the fuel line having a wavelength of 6 to 10 micrometers. An infrared light detector detects a transmission value of the natural gas as the beam of infrared light passes through the fuel line. A natural gas quality module receives the transmission value from the infrared light detector and determines a quality value of the natural gas based on an amount of infrared light absorbed by methane in the natural gas. An engine control module, including a feed-forward control loop, receives the quality value from the natural gas quality module and alters an operating parameter of the engine in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Hunter
  • Patent number: 9920795
    Abstract: A clutch assembly is disclosed having a clutch housing and a shaft. A clutch pack selectively couples rotation of the clutch housing and the shaft. The clutch pack includes a primary backing plate, a reaction plate, first and second friction plates disposed between the backing plate and the reaction plate, and a secondary backing plate disposed between the first and second friction plates. A first actuator selectively applies pressure to the reaction plate to move the reaction plate toward the primary backing plate. A second actuator controls movement of the secondary backing plate to switch the clutch pack between a low torque state and a high torque state. In the low torque state, the secondary backing plate cannot move longitudinally toward the primary backing plate beyond a locked position. In the high torque state, the secondary backing plate can move beyond the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Mordukhovich, Michael Kozan