Patents Assigned to Volvo Truck Corporation
  • Patent number: 11124087
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for selecting candidate energy storage cells for balancing of an electrical energy storage pack (1) comprising a plurality of energy storage cells (3). The method comprises calculating (S212) a probability that a balancing action on the selected group of cells results in that at least one of the future state of charge is lower than a lower threshold present state of charge or higher than a higher threshold present state of charge, the probability being indicative of superfluous leakage or overcharging. The probability is based on the future state of charge for each of the cells and on the statistical inaccuracy. If the probability is indicative of that superfluous leakage or overcharging is unlikely to occur, selecting (S214, S214?) the group of cells as candidates for a balancing action. The invention further relates to a corresponding system and to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonas Hellgren
  • Patent number: 11124172
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an arrangement for controlling a gearshift in a vehicle with a transmission (120) comprising a stepped gearing, the transmission (120) being arranged between an engine (110) and at least one driven axle (123), wherein the engine and the transmission are controlled by an electronic control unit (140), The method involves monitoring at least one parameter related to a vehicle operating condition; registering that a manual upshift command is requested; determining a desired shift point and a target engine speed based on a parameter comprising at least current engine speed; and performing an upshift when the target engine speed is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Niklas Öberg, Anders Eriksson
  • Patent number: 11125223
    Abstract: A reciprocating machine incltides a cylinder including an internal cylinder wail, a piston movable in the cylinder between a top position and a. bottom position, the piston, comprising an upper ring pack and a lower ring pack disposed around a circumference of the piston and spaced from each other by a first distance, and a circumferential collector groove in the cylinder wall in a position that is above the lower ring pack when the piston is in the top position and that is below the upper ring pack when the piston is in the bottom position, the collector groove including at least” one hole eonneciabie to a conduit for comieciion to a sump. A helical groove can also be provided in the cylinder wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard Kellogg Morton
  • Patent number: 11125124
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (100) for operating a valve of an internal combustion engine (10), said system comprising a primary fluid circuit (60) configured to define a fluid passageway for circulating a compressible fluid medium there through being operatively connectable to an actuator (92) of an actuated flow control valve (90, 95) of said internal combustion engine, thereby capable of delivering a valve opening force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Staffan Lundgren, David Carlson, Claes Kuylenstierna
  • Patent number: 11117430
    Abstract: A system includes a first object having a coupler to couple the first object to a second object; a first switch disposed on a first portion of the first object; a second switch disposed on a second portion on an exterior of the first object, and electrically and commutatively connected to the first switch to form an electric circuit, the second switch being arranged at a predetermined distance from the coupler; the second object disposed away from the first object and within a distance in relation to the second switch, the second object include a mating portion to couple with the coupler to connect the first object with the second object; and a third object disposed between the first object and the second object, and arranged at a corresponding predetermined distance from the mating portion to contact and close the second switch when the coupler and the mating portion are aligned for coupling the first object and the second object, and when the first object and the second object are moved together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jason Stone
  • Patent number: 11118503
    Abstract: The invention relates to an internal combustion engine comprising a combustion cylinder housing a combustion piston, a compressor cylinder housing a compressor piston, an expander cylinder housing an expander piston, and a crankshaft connected to the combustion piston and the expander piston by a respective connecting rod. The internal combustion engine further comprises a connecting element rigidly connecting the compressor piston and the expander piston such that the compressor piston and the expander piston move in unison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arne Andersson, Staffan Lundgren
  • Publication number: 20210276498
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cable spacer arrangement mountable to a cable of a vehicle; said cable spacer arrangement comprising a cable spacer comprising a circumferentially arranged cable fixing portion having an inner surface arranged to face the cable when mounted thereto, and an outer surface arranged on an opposite side of the cable fixing portion relative to the inner surface; a plurality of circumferentially arranged cable spacing elements, each cable spacing element extending from the cable fixing portion in an at least partially radial direction therefrom, wherein a portion of the cable spacing element is arranged to abut an inner surface of a tube in which the cable is to be positioned, wherein the cable fixing portion further comprises first and second end portions in the circumferential direction such that the cable fixing portion is non-continuous in the circumferential direction thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Simon Arnesson
  • Publication number: 20210277849
    Abstract: The invention relates to an internal combustion engine comprising a crankshaft, one or more cylinders including a cylinder head, a piston, a combustion chamber, one or more intake valves, one or more exhaust valves, an intake system configured for feeding intake air to the engine, an exhaust system configured for conveying exhaust gas away from the engine, a pressure charging system connected to the intake system and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system arranged to feed branched off exhaust gas from the exhaust system to the intake system via an EGR conduit wherein: * the internal combustion engine includes a valve actuation device configured to allow for late or early closing of the intake valves in accordance with late or early Miller-type valve timing, and wherein * the EGR system includes a gas feeding device configured to feed exhaust gas through the EGR conduit in modes of operation wherein the pressure in the intake system exceeds the pressure in the exhaust system, * wherein the gas feeding devic
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fredrik RAHM, Johan CARLÉN ANDERSSON, Ulf ARONSSON
  • Publication number: 20210270173
    Abstract: The invention relates to a leakage treatment member (50) and an exhaust aftertreatment unit (40) configured to be sealingly arranged in a fluid passage (30) of an exhaust aftertreatment system for treating exhaust from an internal combustion engine, said exhaust aftertreatment unit (40) comprising an exhaust aftertreatment element (42) confined by an outer wall (44) of said exhaust aftertreatment unit, said leakage treatment member being configured to be arranged between:—an inner perimeter (32) of the fluid passage of the exhaust aftertreatment system, and—the outer wall of the exhaust aftertreatment unit, the leakage treatment member comprising an exhaust aftertreatment component for aftertreatment of any leakage of exhaust gases past said aftertreatment unit in said fluid passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gert-Ove WAHLSTRÖM
  • Publication number: 20210268885
    Abstract: The invention relates to a powertrain module (10) comprising: —a powertrain system for driving at least one wheel of a vehicle, the powertrain system comprising: —a motor (5) having an output shaft; —and a transmission system between the motor (5) and a drive shaft (4) connected to said wheel; —and a casing (11) which houses the transmission system. The powertrain module (10) comprises connecting means (15) for cooperating with the connecting means (15) of an identical powertrain module (10) arranged in a facing relationship with said powertrain module (10), for mechanically connecting said two powertrain modules (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jean TERRAT, Thomas BARILLOT
  • Patent number: 11104274
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mirror assembly (1) for a vehicle, comprising a housing having a first housing portion (12); a second housing portion (14), which is removably connected to the first housing portion (12) to define a recess therebetween; and a mirror mounted within the housing. A flexible engagement member (30) is provided between the first housing portion (12) and the second housing portion, the flexible engagement member (30) extending along at least a portion of an interface (18) between the first and the second housing portions. The flexible engagement member (30) comprises a first member portion first member portion (40) which extends inside the housing recess and which is releasably connected to at least one portion of the housing, and an second member portion (32) which extends from first member portion (40) to at least an outer surface of the housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paolo Ballarin
  • Patent number: 11105388
    Abstract: A brake assembly having a non-braking configuration and a braking configuration includes a brake shoe having a brake lining coupled thereto. An actuator is coupled to the brake shoe, the actuator movable along an actuation path between a neutral actuator position and a braking actuator position. An actuator distance between the neutral actuator position and the braking actuator position increases over time in response to a reduction in thickness of a brake lining installed on the brake shoe. Moving the actuator from the neutral actuator position to the braking actuator position past a predetermined actuation distance causes a ratchet mechanism to advance to a next sequential ratchet position, which in turn moves the neutral actuator position of the actuator a predetermined distance away from the minimum actuator position. A sensor is coupled to the ratchet mechanism for detecting the sequential ratchet position of the ratchet mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fabio Drzevieski, Luciano Scoparo
  • Patent number: 11104324
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for adapting a vehicle control strategy of an on-road vehicle following a reoccurring fixed route to a predetermined destination, which fixed route extends through at least one geographical zone associated with at least one environmental restriction. When it is determined that the vehicle is approaching the geographical zone, historical data collected from previous passages of one or several vehicles through the zone is accessed, and the vehicle control strategy inside the geographical zone is adapted based on the historical data and the environmental restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edward Jobson, Ulf Gustafsson, Martin Sanne, Roger Andersson
  • Publication number: 20210263109
    Abstract: A method and system for estimating the state-of-health of a battery The invention relates to a method for estimating the state-of-health, SoHest, of a battery in a vehicle, the method comprising: determining (100) a first battery property and a battery temperature of a battery in a vehicle; calculating (102) a state-of-health, SoHcalc of a battery cell based on the determined first battery property using a predetermined model; providing (104) a function f estimating a battery cell degradation rate; updating (106) a state-of health estimated in a previous time step according to SoHest?SoHest+ƒ·dt+K·(SoHcalc?SoHest), where K is a gain factor which is dependent on operating conditions of the vehicle, and wherein K is modified (108) for each time step using a reinforcement learning agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonas HELLGREN
  • Publication number: 20210262403
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for controlling an internal combustion engine (2) for controlling an internal combustion engine (2) comprising at least one first cylinder (201) and at least one second cylinder (202) with respective reciprocating pistons, an intake guide (305) arranged to guide air from a fresh air intake arrangement (303) to the first and second cylinders (201, 202), a fuel system (801, 802) arranged to inject fuel into the first and second cylinders (201, 202), a first exhaust guide (401) and a second exhaust guide (402) arranged to guide gases from the first and second cylinders (201, 202), respectively, towards an exhaust after treatment system (7), the method comprising—receiving (S1) in the first cylinder (201), from the intake guide (305), air from the fresh air intake arrangement (303) or gases including air from the fresh air intake arrangement (303),—expelling from the first cylinder (201), to the first exhaust guide (401), gases in the form of the air received in the first cylinder,
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arne ANDERSSON, Staffan LUNDGREN, Lennart ANDERSSON
  • Patent number: 11098627
    Abstract: Arrangement (100) for an exhaust gas aftertreatment system (102), comprising a tank (104) for storing a reducing agent (106); a pump unit arrangement (108) arranged in downstream fluid communication with the tank; a nozzle (110) arranged to inject a flow of reducing agent into the exhaust gas aftertreatment system (102), the nozzle being arranged in downstream fluid communication with the tank, via the pump unit arrangement, by means of a reducing agent conduit (112); an air conduit (114) arranged in fluid communication with the nozzle (110) for delivery of compressed air to the nozzle; and a return conduit (116) arranged in fluid communication between the reducing agent conduit and the tank, the return conduit comprising a return conduit valve arrangement (118), wherein the air conduit (114) is arranged in fluid communication with the reducing agent conduit (112) for controllably delivery of reducing agent to the tank via the return conduit valve arrangement (118) by means of providing compressed air from th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergi Yudanov, Pramås Martin
  • Patent number: 11090594
    Abstract: A filter element is provided having a tubular shape defining an inner space, a first outlet in communication with the inner space and a second outlet in communication with the inner space, wherein the second outlet has an offset position in relation to the first outlet in a transversal direction of the filter element. Also provided is a filter housing having an inner housing space adapted to receive a tubular filter element, the filter housing having an inlet, a first outlet located in a first end of the filter housing, and a second outlet located in a second end of the filter housing, wherein the second end is located opposite to the first end in relation to the inner housing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sebastian Karlsson, Fredrik Bramer
  • Patent number: 11090995
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suspension system of a vehicle axle, comprising: a leaf spring (11); a rear attachment device (24) configured to be secured to a vehicle frame (2) and comprising two parallel walls (40) spaced apart along a transverse direction by a distance (d). A rear end portion (14) of the leaf spring (11) is received in the rear attachment device (24), between said walls (40), and is capable of sliding longitudinally relative to the rear attachment device. The leaf spring rear end portion (14) has a first width (w1) which is smaller than the distance (d), and the leaf spring (11) has a second width (w2) which is greater than the distance (d), at least in a blocking portion (30) of the leaf spring (11) located forward of the rear end portion (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michel Herve, Stéphane Brun
  • Patent number: 11091057
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method which comprises communicating a power capacity of a battery of a vehicle in a system comprising a battery and a battery control unit for controlling said battery. The method further comprises, in the battery control unit, receiving a request comprising a power profile describing a power transfer to or from the battery as a function of time, determining if the battery is capable of receiving or providing power corresponding to the requested power profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hanna Bryngelsson, Jonas Hellgren
  • Publication number: 20210246815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooling jet nozzle (10) for an engine piston. The nozzle (10) comprises a cooling stream pathway (14), in which the internal cross-sectional dimensions of the pathway vary along the length of the pathway; and a plunger (28) located within the cooling stream pathway to impinge a cooling feedstream received within the pathway to provide a cooling jet. The plunger (28) is axially moveable within the pathway to adjust the internal cross-sectional dimensions of the cooling jet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicolas GRANOTTIER, Catherine CUINIER