Patents Assigned to Tenneco Automotive Operating Company, Inc.
  • Patent number: 12006854
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes a tubular component defining a primary exhaust gas flow path with a primary exhaust gas outlet. At least one opening is defined by the tubular component and extends through an inner surface and an outer surface of the tubular component. A plate is disposed on the outer surface of tubular component and covers the at least one opening. A secondary exhaust gas flow path is defined by the at least one opening in the tubular component, through a plurality of elongated flow channels, and through the outlet opening defined by the plate. The exhaust gases flowing through the secondary exhaust gas flow path are exhausted to atmosphere in a different location than the primary outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A Golin, Gabriel Ostromecki
  • Patent number: 11885251
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system including an exhaust pipe section, a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst, and a burner assembly, connected to the exhaust pipe section at a position upstream of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst, for pre-heating the exhaust system prior to engine start-up. The burner assembly includes a burner with a combustion chamber and a connecting tube that extends between the burner and the exhaust pipe section. A metallic mesh filter element is located inside the connecting tube and/or a catalytic washcoat is disposed on an inner surface of the connecting tube to reduce emissions of the burner assembly at start-up. The catalytic washcoat comprises a mixture of a support material and a catalyst material that chemically reacts with emissions generated by the burner to reduce the amount of burner produced emissions released from the exhaust system during pre-heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Harris, Matthew G. Muhleck
  • Patent number: 11867254
    Abstract: A damper having a pressure tube, a piston, and a hydraulic compression stop assembly. The piston is arranged in sliding engagement inside the pressure tube. The piston divides the pressure tube into a first working chamber and a second working chamber and the piston is coupled to a piston rod that extends through the first working chamber. The hydraulic compression stop assembly is positioned in the second working chamber. The hydraulic compression stop assembly includes a sleeve, a plunger, a biasing member, and a pressure relief valve. The plunger is arranged in sliding engagement with the sleeve and can therefore move between an extended position and a retracted position. The biasing member biases the plunger towards the extended position and the pressure relief valve relieves excessive fluid pressure inside the hydraulic compression stop assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Shivanand Sankaran, Wojciech Weglorz, Damian Slawik, Rafal Psota, Daniel Buczkowski, Thomas P. Mallin
  • Patent number: 11821350
    Abstract: An exhaust control system for a vehicle includes a temperature sensor positioned downstream of an exhaust burner and upstream of an SCR catalyst in an exhaust system. The temperature sensor is configured to generate a measurement signal indicative a temperature of exhaust flowing through the exhaust system at an outlet of a DPF positioned downstream of the exhaust burner. An exhaust control module is configured to turn the exhaust burner on to heat the exhaust, monitor the temperature of the exhaust based on the measurement signal, subsequent to turning the exhaust burner on, turn the exhaust burner off based on an upper threshold temperature of the exhaust, and, subsequent to turning the exhaust burner off, turn the exhaust burner on based on a lower threshold temperature of the exhaust. The lower threshold temperature is less than the upper threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Harris, James E. McCarthy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11808186
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system and method of minimizing a leaked mass flow comprising an exhaust component defining a central axis and having an inner surface and an outer surface, such that the inner surface defines a primary exhaust gas flow path extending along the central axis from an inlet to an outlet, and a surface component having a hood spaced from the exhaust component to define a reservoir having a reservoir volume (V), the reservoir comprising a reservoir inlet fluidly coupled to the primary exhaust gas flow path and defining an inlet area (A), and a reservoir outlet fluidly coupled to an outside environment. The reservoir volume and inlet area having a defined relationship. The reservoir volume and a mass flow through the inlet area having a defined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Ostromecki, Stephen Thomas, Asela Benthara-Wadumesthrige, Frederick M. Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 11802499
    Abstract: A muffler assembly for an exhaust system is in fluid communication with a collector via an exhaust conduit. The muffler assembly includes a primary pipe, a valve, a secondary pipe, a tuner tube and a bleed port. The primary pipe extends through an enclosed volume of the muffler. The valve is operable to restrict flow through the primary pipe. When a standing wave is present, a resonance length is defined by a length of the exhaust system that extends from the collector to the valve. The tuner tube includes an open tuner tube end in fluid communication with the primary pipe and a closed tuner tube end. The tuner tube has a tuner tube length that is substantially one-quarter of the resonance length. The bleed port is formed in the primary pipe, allowing fluid communication with the enclosed volume, and positioned downstream from open tuner tube end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Boyd Boehlke
  • Patent number: 11739704
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a fuel control module configured to control gasoline fueling of an engine in open loop based on a target engine lambda; and a burner control module configured to control gasoline fueling of a burner based on (a) a target lambda input to a three-way catalyst (TWC) in an exhaust system of the engine and (b) a lambda of exhaust input to the TWC. The burner is coupled to the exhaust system between (a) an output of the engine and (b) an input to the TWC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Pankaj Vazirani
  • Patent number: 11725567
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system for allowing passage of exhaust gasses therethrough. The vehicle exhaust system has a first pipe having a first end and a second end. The first end defines an exhaust gas inlet and the second end defines an exhaust gas outlet. The vehicle exhaust system also has a second pipe positioned downstream of the first pipe and has a third end and a fourth end. At least a portion of the second end of first pipe is positioned within the third end of the second pipe defining an overlap between the second end of the first pipe and the third end of the second pipe. The first pipe and the second pipe together define a volume for the exhaust gasses. The volume comprises a first volume passageway between the exhaust gas inlet and the exhaust gas outlet and a second volume passageway defined by the overlap of the second pipe and the first pipe and having an inlet for exhaust gasses into the second volume passageway and an outlet from the second volume passageway positioned axially upstream of inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Golin, Gabriel Ostromecki, Frederick M. Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 11713704
    Abstract: An exhaust control system for a vehicle includes at least one temperature sensor, positioned within an exhaust system of the vehicle, that is configured to generate a measurement signal indicative of at least one of an inlet temperature and an outlet temperature of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC). An exhaust control module is configured to turn on an exhaust burner on to heat exhaust flowing through the exhaust system, determine a total stored heat within the DOC based in part on the measurement signal, subsequent to turning on the exhaust burner, turn off the exhaust burner based on an upper threshold of the total stored heat, and, subsequent to turning off the exhaust burner, turn on the exhaust burner based on a lower threshold of the total stored heat, wherein the lower threshold is less than the upper threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Harris, Nicholas Morley
  • Patent number: 11702997
    Abstract: A valve assembly for an exhaust system of a vehicle comprises a housing defining an inlet, an outlet, and a longitudinally extending exhaust gas passageway in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet. The valve assembly further comprises a valve flap disposed in the housing and rotatable between a first position restricting exhaust gas flow through the exhaust gas passageway, and a second position whereat exhaust gas flow through the exhaust gas passageway is less restricted. A mass damper is disposed within the exhaust gas passageway and attached to the valve flap. The mass damper includes end portions and an intermediate portion disposed between the end portions with the intermediate portion having a thickness that is greater than a thickness of the end portions. The mass damper is positioned proximate an inner surface of the housing and positioned between the valve flap and the housing when the valve flap is at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Thomas, Danny D. Alexander
  • Patent number: 11702969
    Abstract: A muffler for receiving exhaust gas from a combustion engine comprises a shell, first and second inlet pipes each having outlets providing exhaust gas to a mixing chamber within the shell, a first chamber and a second chamber positioned within the shell and a pair of communication pipes each including an inlet receiving exhaust gas from the mixing chamber. Each communication pipe includes an outlet providing exhaust to the second chamber. Each of the communication pipes further includes a Helmholtz opening positioned downstream of the mixing chamber. The Helmholtz openings are open to the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Bartu, Jeremy Popovich, Brett Herwat, Gabriel Ostromecki
  • Patent number: 11698008
    Abstract: An exhaust device (108) for a vehicle is provided. The exhaust device (108) includes an outer shell (202), an inlet (206) to receive exhaust gases, an outlet (208), an inner shell (204) received within the outer shell (202), a pair of partition walls (216) and a Helmholtz neck (220). The inner shell (204) defines an inner volume (210). A plurality of first circumferential openings (212) extending through the inner shell (204) fluidly communicates the inlet (206) with the inner volume (210). A plurality of second circumferential openings (214) extending through the inner shell (204) fluidly communicates the outlet (208) with the inner volume (210). The pair of partition walls (216) is disposed between the inner shell (204) and the outer shell (202). The pair of partition walls (216), the inner shell (204) and the outer shell (202) define a Helmholtz chamber (218) therebetween. The partition walls (216) seal the Helmholtz chamber (218) from the inlet (206) and the outlet (208).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Abdulhadi Madi, Jason C. Johnson, Manoj Kumar Sampath, Prajwal Hanumantha Rao
  • Patent number: 11692470
    Abstract: A muffler for use with an internal combustion engine is provided. The muffler includes a first tube configured to receive a first exhaust stream. The first tube includes a first inlet portion, a first outlet portion spaced apart from the first inlet portion, and a first intermediate portion extending between the first inlet portion and the first outlet portion. The muffler also includes a second tube configured to receive a second exhaust stream. The second tube includes a second inlet portion, a second outlet portion spaced apart from the second inlet portion, and a second intermediate portion extending between the second inlet portion and the second outlet portion. The first intermediate portion and the second intermediate portion cross each other, are at least partially stacked on each other, and are in fluid communication with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Herwat, Boyd Boehlke, Bradley Smith, Jason Johnson
  • Patent number: 11639676
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes a tubular component having an inner surface and an outer surface. The vehicle exhaust system also includes at least one opening defined by the tubular component. The at least one opening extends through each of the inner surface and the outer surface. The vehicle exhaust system further includes a patch adapted to cover the at least one opening. The patch includes a first portion extending parallel to the central axis. The first portion defines a plurality of pores. The first portion covers the at least one opening. The patch also includes a second portion extending away from the first portion. The first portion has a first thickness and the second portion has a second thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A Golin, Bradley Walworth, Gabriel Ostromecki
  • Patent number: 11635122
    Abstract: A damper with inner and outer tubes and a piston disposed within the inner tube to define first and second working chambers. A fluid transport chamber is positioned between the inner and outer tubes. A collector chamber is positioned outside the outer tube. An intake valve assembly, abutting one end of the inner tube, is positioned inside the outer tube to define a first intermediate chamber that is arranged in fluid communication with the collector chamber. The intake valve assembly includes a central passage that is arranged in fluid communication with the second working chamber and one or more intake valves that control fluid flow through the intake valve assembly between the first intermediate chamber and the central passage and between the first intermediate chamber and the fluid transport chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Deferme
  • Patent number: 11614009
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes a tubular component having an inner surface and an outer surface such that the inner surface defines a primary exhaust gas flow path and wherein the tubular component extends along a central axis from an inlet end to an outlet end. The tubular component comprises at least one ridge along the central axis. The at least one ridge extends at least partly along a circumference of the tubular component. Each ridge includes a first portion angularly devoid of apertures and extending inwardly from the tubular component and a second portion disposed downstream of the first portion. The second portion is angularly devoid of apertures and extends inwardly from the tubular component. The tubular component also includes a plurality of spaced apertures positioned along a portion of the circumference of the tubular component and downstream of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Michael Baumgartner, Garrick Robert Zuver
  • Patent number: 11608762
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes a tubular component defining a primary exhaust gas flow path. At least one opening defined by the tubular component extends through an inner surface and an outer surface of the tubular component. A patch covers the at least one opening. The patch includes a plate disposed on the tubular component. The plate defines at least one flow channel to receive exhaust gases from the at least one opening and impart at least one directional change to the received exhaust gases. The plate further defines at least one outlet opening adapted to receive exhaust gases from the flow channel. A secondary exhaust gas flow path is defined through the at least one opening in the tubular component, the flow channel defined by the plate, and the outlet opening defined by the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A Golin, Gabriel Ostromecki
  • Patent number: 11549422
    Abstract: A flow distributor provided within an exhaust system for a combustion engine configured to generate an exhaust fluid stream. The flow distributor comprising an inlet, and a plate. The plate having at least one perforation defining an outlet, a first peak and a second peak spaced from the first peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Hill, Matthew Yule, Christopher Poplin, Brooke E. Gwaltney, Xuegeng Zhu
  • Patent number: 11506136
    Abstract: An exhaust control system of a vehicle includes a fuel injector configured to inject fuel into a combustion chamber of a burner of an exhaust system upstream of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst; an air pump configured to pump air into the combustion chamber of the burner; a spark plug configured to ignite an air/fuel mixture within the combustion chamber of the burner; a fuel control module configured to, while an engine is off before an engine startup, selectively actuate the fuel injector and begin fuel injection; a pump control module configured to, while the engine is off before the engine startup, selectively turn on the air pump; and a spark control module configured to, while the engine is off and before the engine startup, selectively apply power to the spark plug and begin providing spark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Harris, Matthew Muhleck
  • Patent number: 11506099
    Abstract: An exhaust treatment assembly for receiving exhaust gas from a motor vehicle includes a mix pipe, a sheath, and a heater. The mix pipe at least partially defines a passage adapted to receive the exhaust gas and a chemical reductant. The sheath includes a first end fluidly sealed to the mix pipe. At least a portion of the sheath is radially spaced apart from the mix pipe to at least partially define a gap. The heater is disposed in the gap. The heater is adapted to heat a reductant impingement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc., Tenneco GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas M. Harris, Eric A. Hein