Nissan Patents

Nissan Motor Company Ltd. manufactures and sells automobiles under the Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti brands.

Nissan Patents by Type

  • Nissan Patents Granted: Nissan patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Nissan Patent Applications: Nissan patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170331134
    Abstract: Provided is an electrode catalyst layer excellent in gas transportability by using an electrode catalyst layer for fuel cell comprising a catalyst containing a catalyst carrier and a catalytic metal carried on the catalyst carrier and an electrolyte, wherein the catalyst partially is coated with the electrolyte, and a specific surface area of the catalytic metal which gas can reach without passing through an electrolyte is 50% or more, with respect to the total specific surface area of the catalytic metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicants: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., DAIMLER AG, FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hiroshi IDEN, Atsushi OHMA, Shinichi TAKAHASHI, Tetsuya MASHIO, Norifumi HORIBE
  • Publication number: 20170328296
    Abstract: A control device for an internal combustion engine including an in-cylinder injection fuel injection valve, and a port injection fuel injection valve, has a controller that controls injection amount ratios of the in-cylinder injection fuel injection valve and the port injection fuel injection valve in accordance with a driving condition of the engine. A fuel cut is performed at a predetermined deceleration of the internal combustion engine. The injection amount ratio of the in-cylinder injection fuel injection valve is corrected to be decreased at a fuel cut recovery at which a fuel supply is restarted from the fuel cut state, during a predetermined period from the start of the recovery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rina Kamio, Tomoyoshi Date, Daisuke Tanaka, Futoshi Yoshimura, Ryo Uchida
  • Publication number: 20170327062
    Abstract: A control device of an electric motor, including an electric motor, a drive portion that supplies power to the electric motor, a voltage commanding portion that controls the drive portion on the basis of a torque command, and control a drive torque of the electric motor, a current limiting portion that outputs a limiting signal for limiting power outputted by the drive portion in a case in which a current value between the drive portion and the electric motor exceeds a predetermined value, and a limiting permission determining portion that determines whether the current limiting portion permits or prohibits an output of the limiting signal to the drive portion, when the drive torque of the electric motor cannot satisfy the torque command in a case in which the current limiting portion outputs the limiting signal, the limiting permission determining portion prohibits the current limiting portion from outputting the limiting signal to the drive portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki MORI, Mitsuhiro SHOUJI
  • Publication number: 20170331129
    Abstract: A fuel cell system (100) includes a hydrogen supply valve (33) that controls a supply of the anode gas into an anode system, a purge valve (36) that discharges an off-gas from the anode system, a pressure detecting unit (34) configured to measure a pressure inside the anode system, and a purge flow rate estimating unit (4) configured to estimate a purge flow rate of the off-gas discharged from the anode system through the purge valve (36) based on a pressure decrease in a purge valve open state and a pressure decrease in a purge valve close state when an anode gas supply into the anode system stops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitomo ASAI
  • Patent number: 9819211
    Abstract: A wireless charging assembly for a passenger compartment of a vehicle includes a vehicle component, a wireless charger and a connection structure. The wireless charger includes a charger housing and at least one primary induction coil disposed in the charger housing. A support structure is connected to the charger housing for securing the portable electronic device to the charger housing. The connection structure movably connects the charger housing to the vehicle component such that the charger housing is movable between a stowed position and an in-use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Long Ngoc Vu, Randall Johnson, Quan Cat, Aaron Adams, Richard Galler
  • Patent number: 9819050
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery (large size cell) that has high output (low resistance) and high capacity makes it possible to improve the cycle characteristics of a battery by controlling the balance of the resistance between positive and negative electrodes. The non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery has a positive electrode which comprises an active material and a conductive aid, a negative electrode, and an electrolyte layer, and having battery capacity of 3 Ah or more and an absolute value of battery internal resistance of 30 m? or less, in which the non-aqueous electrolyte second battery is characterized in that the zeta (?) potential between the active material and the conductive aid is in the range of 0.3 mV to 2 mV as an absolute value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruyuki Saito, Manabu Kaseda, Takayuki Fujii, Hiroaki Tanizaki
  • Patent number: 9819250
    Abstract: A magnet inserting apparatus into magnet insertion slots of a rotor core is configured to arrange a guide tape (a belt-shaped member) along an inner wall surface of the magnet insertion slot, and the guide tape having a coefficient of friction smaller than that of the inner wall surface of the magnet insertion slot. The magnet inserting apparatus is configured to insert the magnet parts into the magnet insertion slot, the guide tape (the belt-shaped member) being arranged on the inner wall surface of the magnet insertion slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Takumi Ohshima, Yasushi Matsushita, Akihisa Hori, Michito Kishi, Takashi Sekikawa
  • Patent number: 9815426
    Abstract: A seat back panel for a vehicle has a plate-shaped main body disposed between a vehicle compartment and a trunk, and having a first plate member disposed on a vehicle compartment side of the vehicle, and a second plate member disposed on a trunk side while facing the first plate member and a fiber assembly having a plurality of fibers housed between the first plate member and the second plate member. An opening portion which establishes communication between the vehicle compartment and the trunk is formed in the plate-shaped main body. The fiber assembly is disposed along a peripheral edge portion of the opening portion. A space is provided between the first plate member and the second plate member. An intermediate member is interposed in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Hamada
  • Patent number: 9817075
    Abstract: An impedance measuring device outputs an alternating current of a prescribed frequency to a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal of the laminated type battery. The impedance measuring device detects an alternating-current potential difference between the positive electrode terminal and an intermediate-point terminal, and an alternating-current potential difference between the negative electrode terminal and the intermediate-point terminal. The impedance measuring device adjusts an amplitude of the alternating current such that the alternating-current potential difference between the positive electrode terminal and the intermediate-point terminal, and the alternating-current potential difference between the negative electrode terminal and the intermediate-point terminal coincide. The impedance measuring device computes an impedance of the laminated type battery on the basis of the alternating current adjusted and the alternating-current potential difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanobu Sakai, Tetsuya Aoki, Hidetaka Nishimura, Masashi Sato, Michihiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9815466
    Abstract: A lock-up clutch control device is provided for a vehicle, in which, when the accelerator pedal is released in a slip engagement mode, lock-up re-engagement with reduced engagement shock is performed, thereby improving fuel economy. A torque converter having a lock-up clutch is disposed between an engine and a continuously variable transmission. The vehicle is provided with a coast lock-up control unit configured to bring the engine in a fuel cut-off state when the accelerator pedal is released in a slip engagement mode in which a differential rotation is present in the lock-up clutch with the accelerator pedal being depressed. Upon accelerator fool release operation, the coast lock-up control unit performs an engine torque control to synchronize engine rotation speed and turbine rotational speed, re-engages the lock-up clutch in a rotation synchronization state, and, after the re-engagement, and performs fuel cut-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuzuru Tohta
  • Patent number: 9815084
    Abstract: A clear coating method comprising: applying a clear paint on a topcoat base coating film (21) under a first coating condition, and thereby forming a first wet clear coating film in a first stage (14A); successively applying a clear paint on the first wet clear coating film under a second coating condition different from the first coating condition without baking the first wet clear coating film, and thereby forming a second wet clear coating film in a second stage (14B); and baking the first wet clear coating film and the second wet clear coating film and thereby forming a clear coating film, wherein a painted non-volatility value of the clear paint in the second stage is larger than a painted non-volatility value of the clear paint in the first stage, an average atomized paint particle size of the clear paint in the second stage is smaller than an average atomized paint particle size of the clear paint in the first stage, and a thickness of the second wet clear coating film is thinner than a thickness of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Inhye Hwang
  • Publication number: 20170321802
    Abstract: A continuously variable transmission (100), wherein pressure equalization control is performed to make line pressure (PL) equal to secondary pressure (Psec) when prescribed start conditions are satisfied. During pressure equalization control, a secondary pressure indicated value (Psec_co) is raised by a prescribed amount (S10), then a line pressure indicated value (PL_co) is gradually decreased (S30). If determination is made that line pressure is the same as the secondary pressure after secondary actual pressure (Psec) is lowered (S40), then the line pressure is controlled so that the secondary actual pressure (Psec) becomes the secondary pressure indicated value (Psec_co) (S50). At the start of pressure equalization control, if the difference (?Psec) found by subtracting the secondary pressure indicated value from the secondary actual value is negative (S120), then a primary pressure indicated value is corrected on the basis of the difference (S130).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicants: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiichiro TAKAHASHI, Tomoaki HONMA, Yuta SUZUKI, Itaru SHINOHARA
  • Publication number: 20170324104
    Abstract: A state determination device for a fuel cell for generating power upon receiving the supply of anode gas and cathode gas, comprising: an internal impedance measurement unit configured to measure an internal impedance of the fuel cell on the basis of an alternating-current signal of a predetermined frequency output from the fuel cell; and an anode reaction resistance estimation/calculation unit configured to calculate an estimation value of a reaction resistance of an anode electrode of the fuel cell on the basis of a measurement value of the internal impedance, wherein: the predetermined frequency is selected such that a difference between the estimation value of the reaction resistance of the anode electrode during hydrogen starvation and the estimation value of the reaction resistance of the anode electrode during oxygen starvation is not smaller than a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya AOKI
  • Publication number: 20170322557
    Abstract: The travel route calculation device includes a travel route calculation unit configured to calculate a travel route for a subject vehicle to arrive at a destination, a feature detection unit configured to detect a feature, and a distance measurement unit configured to measure a distance from the subject vehicle to the feature as a necessary recognition distance. the necessary recognition distance is necessary for the subject vehicle to recognize the feature when deciding an action of the subject vehicle. The travel route calculation device further includes a determination unit configured to determine difficulty in recognizing the feature, on the basis of a detection range of the feature detection unit and the necessary recognition distance. The travel route calculation unit calculates the travel route while avoiding a location at which recognition of the feature is determined to be difficult by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Susumu Fujita
  • Patent number: 9810454
    Abstract: A magnetic structure has a magnetocaloric material the temperature of which changes with application or removal of a magnetic field, and a high thermal conduction member which is in contact with the magnetocaloric material and has higher thermal conductivity than the magnetocaloric material. Further, this magnetic air-conditioning and heating device is provided with multiple of the aforementioned magnetic structures, a thermal switch which is arranged between magnetic structures and transmits or insulates heat, and a magnetic field varying unit which applies or removes a magnetic field to each of the magnetic structures. By providing in the magnetic structures a high thermal conduction member with higher thermal conductivity than the magnetocaloric material, some or all of the heat generated in the magnetocaloric material can be quickly conducted in the magnetic bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Tasaki, Hidekazu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9809225
    Abstract: A drive force control device for a vehicle having a continuously variable transmission that varies an output rotation of a motive force source and transmits a rotation after variation to a drive wheel includes an accelerator pedal opening sensor that detects an accelerator opening of an accelerator pedal with which the vehicle is provided, and a programmable controller programmed to calculate a target drive force on the basis of the accelerator opening, calculate a target transmission input rotation speed on the basis of the target drive force, calculate a target transmission input torque on the basis of the target drive force, control a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission to realize the target transmission input rotation speed, and control an output torque of the motive force source to realize the target transmission input torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Yoshino
  • Patent number: 9811747
    Abstract: A traffic light detecting device includes a camera capturing an image in the travelling direction of a vehicle, and a traffic light detecting unit detecting a traffic light from the image. The unit sets reference signals the number of which is a multiple of three, and phases of which are shifted each other by a time obtained by dividing a cycle of an alternating current power supplied to the traffic light by the multiple of three, and adjusts a phase of the reference signal which is closest to the phase of the alternating current power, to the phase thereof. The unit extracts from the image a synchronized pixel with a luminance which varies in synchronization with the reference signal having the phase adjusted to the phase thereof, and judges that a traffic light is present at a position of the synchronized pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiko Oki, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9810120
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying system includes: a NOx trapping agent (2) which adsorbs nitrogen oxide when an excess air ratio of exhaust gas is more than 1, and releases nitrogen oxide when the excess air ratio is 1 or less; a NOx purifying catalyst (13) which reduces nitrogen oxide to nitrogen; and an oxygen concentration controller which controls oxygen concentration in the exhaust gas. When the excess air ratio of the exhaust gas is more than 1, nitrogen oxide is adsorbed to the NOx trapping agent (2). When the excess air ratio of the exhaust gas is 1 or less, the oxygen concentration controller controls the oxygen concentration of the exhaust gas at an inlet of the NOx purifying catalyst between 0.8 and 1.5% by volume, so that the NOx purifying catalyst reduces nitrogen oxide released from the NOx trapping agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Akama, Hitoshi Onodera
  • Patent number: 9809216
    Abstract: A vehicle control device executes driving force control to set a target driving force in accordance with an engine operating state, and control an output of a driving source and a gear ratio of a continuously variable transmission so that a target driving force is realized. The device includes a power generator which can be driven by the driving source, and in a normal shifting mode, the driving force control is corrected on the basis of a power generating state of the power generator, and in a linear shifting mode giving priority to a revolution speed change of the driving source, the correction of the driving force control is not carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masashi Ono
  • Patent number: 9812718
    Abstract: A fuel cell system that generates electric power by supplying anode gas and cathode gas to a fuel cell includes a control valve adapted to control the pressure of the anode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell; a buffer unit adapted to store the anode-off gas to be discharged from the fuel cell; a pulsation operation unit adapted to control the control valve in order to periodically increase and decrease the pressure of the anode gas at a specific width of the pulsation; and a pulsation width correcting unit adapted to correct the width of the pulsation on the basis of the temperature of the buffer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Nishimura, Yasushi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9812731
    Abstract: A battery module has at least one individual cell and a housing. The individual cell has a power generating element with positive and negative electrodes stacked with a separator therebetween and sealed by a cladding material. The housing has a pair of cases that sandwiches the cell from opposite sides and a plate shaped reinforcing member joined to and reinforcing one of the cases. One of the cases has a bulging portion, a first extension portion, an inclined portion and a second extension portion. The bulging portion protrudes toward and presses the cell. The first extension portion extends transversely from the bulging portion with respect to the stacking direction. The inclined portion extends from the first extension portion while sloping toward the cell. The second extension portion extends transversely from the inclined portion with respect to the stacking direction. The second extension portion is joined to the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeki Kayano, Yui Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9812722
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes an auxiliary machine to be connected to a fuel cell, warm-up power control means for controlling generated power of the fuel cell by adjusting power supplied to the auxiliary machine during the warm-up of the fuel cell, and IV characteristic estimation means for temporarily reducing the power supplied to the auxiliary machine and estimating an IV characteristic of the fuel cell on the basis of at least two pairs of current values and voltage values at that time during the warm-up of the fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9812728
    Abstract: A fuel-cell single cell has a membrane electrode assembly sandwiched between a pair of separators, and a sealing member that seals a gas channel formed between the membrane electrode assembly and the separators. An uneven portion is formed in a part of the membrane electrode assembly where the sealing member is disposed. A sealing member sump to trap the sealing member is provided at a side exposed to reactant gas pressure and a holder part for the sealing member are provided within a part of the separators where the sealing member is disposed. The uneven portion is opposed to the holder part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kageyama
  • Publication number: 20170314507
    Abstract: A bearing cap (1) is attached to a bulkhead (22) of a cylinder block (21) made of a light metal through a pair of bolts (24). The bearing cap (1) has a frame (2) made of an iron-based metal and a cast light-alloy part (3). The frame (2) has a pair of pillar parts (9) through which the bolts (24) extend and a circular-arc-shaped arch section (10). At high temperatures, the span of the pair of the bolts (24) increases due to thermal expansion of the light-alloy material, and the pair of the pillar parts (9) expand. This causes the middle part of the arch section (10) to shift upward, thereby suppressing an increase in bearing clearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke IKEHARA, Hiroaki MOCHIDA, Daisuke SHIBATA, Atsushi HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170312997
    Abstract: A composite material molding method is provided for forming a composite material. The molding includes disposing a reinforcing base material in a cavity inside an openable and closable mold, injecting resin into the cavity in a state in which a clamping pressure is exerted on the mold and curing the resin. When injecting the resin into the cavity, the injection pressure of the resin is adjusted between a first pressure that is higher than the clamping pressure and a second pressure that is lower than the clamping pressure, and the injection pressure of the resin is lowered from the pressure that is higher than the clamping pressure to the pressure that is lower than the clamping pressure at least once. The resin is thereby injected such that the pressure inside the cavity does not exceed the clamping pressure from the start of injection to the end of injection of the resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro USUI
  • Publication number: 20170314853
    Abstract: A coat drying device dries a wet-coated film that is coated on a continuously transported coating object having first and second parts, where the second part has a greater heat capacity than the first part. The coat drying device includes a heat source and a heat source moving device. The heat source provides thermal energy primarily to a coating surface of a second part. The heat source moving device moves the heat source to the second part such that a spacing between the second part and the heat source is maintained within a predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NATSUME
  • Patent number: 9802575
    Abstract: A vehicle wiper system includes a plurality of first sensor elements, an adjustable wiper, and a second sensor. The plurality of first sensor elements is configured to be disposed at a periphery of a vehicle window to form a boundary. The adjustable wiper has a distal end and a proximal end, and an adjustment mechanism that enables a distance between the distal end and the proximal end to change. The adjustable wiper is configured to travel along a windshield to define a wiper path. The second sensor element is disposed adjacent the distal end, and is configured to operate in conjunction with the first sensor element to adjust the adjustable wiper such that a distance between the distal end and the proximal end changes, and a distance between the distal end of the wiper and the boundary remains substantially consistent as the adjustable wiper travels along the wiper path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Balkishan Malay Gupta
  • Patent number: 9802651
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes an outer body panel and a reinforcement panel. The outer body panel at least partially defines a pillar portion that has a front edge that at least partially defines a door opening, and a rear edge that at least partially defines a rear window opening. The reinforcement panel is rigidly fixed to the outer body panel and includes an upper attachment section, a lower attachment section and a main section that extends between the upper attachment section and the lower attachment section. The upper attachment section is attached to the outer body panel. The lower attachment section extends downward from the main section to proximate a lower edge of the rear window opening. The main section includes a first contoured area defining a first seatbelt anchor support and a second area spaced apart from the first contoured area that defines a second seatbelt anchor support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Francisco Aguirre Miranda
  • Patent number: 9802515
    Abstract: A vehicle seat strap retaining assembly having a seat cushion section, a seatback section and a strap attachment structure. The seatback section is attached to the seat cushion. The seatback section has a passenger's back supporting surface and an upper end surface that includes a central indentation area configured to receive a child seat retaining strap. The strap attachment structure is rigidly fixed to one of the seat cushion section and the seatback section beneath the central indentation area. The central indentation area and the strap attachment structure are positioned and configured such that with a child seat positioned on the seat cushion section, a securing strap of the child seat extending over the upper end surface of the seatback section overlays the central indentation area and attaches to the child seat supporting strap attachment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sammons
  • Patent number: 9803595
    Abstract: A compartment wall structure defines a fuel filler compartment that includes a tube receiving opening and a vent opening. A fuel receiving end of a fuel filler tube is located at the tube receiving opening of the fuel filler compartment. A fuel tank attachment end thereof is located outside the fuel filler compartment and is spaced apart from the compartment wall structure. An air vent structure is in fluid communication with the vent opening. The air vent structure defines a chamber opening connected via a vent line to a fuel vapor filter canister. Vapor from the fuel filler compartment is vented to the fuel vapor filter canister through the chamber opening. The air vent structure has a screen at the chamber opening to prevent entry of objects, such as, for example, insects and/or debris through the chamber opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Souichi Fujiwara, Brandon Michael Dawe
  • Patent number: 9803569
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine 2 is started by being cranked by an electric motor. An internal combustion engine start control device performs a feedback-control of an intake air amount of the internal combustion engine to a target idle intake air amount, learns a feedback correction amount applied in a feedback control, and performs a learning control using a learnt value in parallel with the feedback control. An engine rotation speed is converged to a target idle rotation speed in an early stage by setting an allowable correction range of a feedback correction amount applied before a start of learning of the intake air amount wider than the allowable correction range of the feedback correction amount applied after the start of the learning of the intake air amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Ohmura, Hiroshi Arakawa
  • Patent number: 9802603
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle that uses a combination of an engine and a traveling motor as vehicle drive sources has an engine speed detector configured to detect an engine rotational speed, an EV-state determination unit configured to determine whether a mode is an EV state in which the traveling motor is mainly used as the drive source; an EV-state annunciator configured to notify a driver about the EV state, and a switching controller configured to control switching between notification and non-notification about the EV state. The switching controller is configured to bring the EV-state annunciator to a non-notification state when the EV-state determination unit determines that the mode is not the EV state and the engine rotational speed is greater than a predetermined first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiya Mizushima, Ryosuke Ito
  • Patent number: 9804386
    Abstract: A camera device includes image capturing device, a lens cleaning device, an adhesion state assessment unit and a controller. The image capturing device is installed on a vehicle and has a lens for forming an image of the vehicle surroundings. The lens cleaning device cleans the lens by spraying a cleaning fluid on the lens in accordance with a predetermined lens cleaning step, in which at least a supply time for supplying cleaning fluid to the lens surface is predetermined. The adhesion state assessment unit is programmed to assess an adhesion state of contamination from a distribution of pixels corresponding to foreign matter adhered to the lens based on a captured image. The controller is programmed to extend the time until a time to start supplying the cleaning fluid in the lens cleaning step as the number of pixels corresponding to foreign matter adhered to the lens increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata, Masayuki Takemura, Masahiro Kiyohara, Shoji Muramatsu, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 9803562
    Abstract: At the time of increasing an actual intake air amount by increasing a valve overlap period of intake and exhaust valves (2; 3), an actual compression ratio is temporarily decreased to be lower than a steady-state target compression ratio. This makes it possible to increase the valve overlap period without causing interference of the intake and exhaust valves (2; 3) with a piston (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinobu Kamada, Taisuke Ikari
  • Patent number: 9802617
    Abstract: A vehicle accessory power management assembly includes a vehicle speed sensor, an accelerator sensor, an accessory device, a power transmitting device and a controller. The power transmitting device receives rotational power from a power device and transmits it to the accessory device. The power transmitting device is switchable between a first operating state and a second operating state. In the first operating state the accessory device is operated at a first power consumption level and in the second operating state the accessory device is operated at a second power consumption level lower than the first power consumption level. The controller is configured to switch the switching part from the first operating state to the second operating state in response to determining that a current level of acceleration requested of the power device is of greater importance than operating the accessory device at the first operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Eisenhour
  • Patent number: 9802516
    Abstract: A vehicle seat strap retaining assembly includes a seat cushion section, a seatback section, a strap retaining clip and a strap attachment structure. The seatback section is attached to the seat cushion, the seatback section having a passenger's back supporting surface and an upper end surface. The strap retaining clip is attached to a rear surface of the seatback section. The strap attachment structure is rigidly fixed to one of the seat cushion section and the seatback section beneath the upper end surface. The strap retaining clip and the strap attachment structure are positioned and configured such that with a child seat positioned on the seat cushion section, a securing strap of the child seat extending over the upper end surface of the seatback section passes through the strap retaining clip and attaches to the strap attachment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sammons
  • Patent number: 9802553
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a first surface, a closure panel, an interactive display panel and a controller. The first surface has a first edge extending along an exterior portion of a vehicle and a second edge opposite the first edge extending along an interior portion of the vehicle. The first surface at least partially defines a door opening. The closure panel is movably coupled for movement between an open position exposing the first surface and a closed position covering the first surface such that a closure panel surface overlays the first surface. The interactive display panel is disposed along the first surface and is covered by the closure panel with the closure panel in the closed position and is exposed with the closure panel in the open position. The controller is in communication with the interactive display to display user inputted data on the interactive display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhargav Sura, Norbert Weinert, Quan Cat, Randall Johnson, Nelson Phan
  • Patent number: 9806337
    Abstract: An electrode comprises a current collector and a multi-layer active material formed on the current collector. The multi-layer active material includes at least one active composite unit having a first layer consisting essentially of a first carbon material having electrochemical activity and a binder and a second layer formed on the first layer comprising a high energy density material. A top layer is formed on the active composite unit consisting essentially of a second carbon material having electrochemical activity and a binder. The electrode provides even current distribution and compensates for particle volume expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoguang Hao, Kenzo Oshihara
  • Patent number: 9805457
    Abstract: Provided is a defect detection device capable of measuring the volume of surface defects. The defect detection device includes: an imaging device configured to image an image of an inspection object; a binarization processing unit configured to subject the image to first and second binarization processing by use of different first and second binarization thresholds, so as to calculate first and second sizes for an identical defect in the image; a ratio calculation unit configured to calculate a first ratio of the second size to the first size; and a depth determination unit configured to determine a depth of the defect depending on the first ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Shibayama, Eiji Shiotani, Satoru Sakurai, Kiyokazu Sugiyama, Akira Shimizu, Daisuke Terada, Yoshitsugu Noshi, Yoshito Utsumi
  • Patent number: 9806534
    Abstract: A non-contact power feeding apparatus transmits, by at least magnetic coupling, an electric power in a non-contact manner to a power reception coil from a power transmission coil. The transmission coil is electrically connected to an alternating-current power source. The non-contact power feeding apparatus outputs an electric power to a load electrically connected to the power reception coil. The non-contact power feeding apparatus includes a coupling state estimator configured to estimate a coupling state between the power transmission coil and the power reception coil. The non-contact power feeding apparatus also includes an available output power calculator configured to calculate an available output power that can be output to the load, based on a limit value of a circuit element of a power feeding circuit including the power transmission coil and the power reception coil and on the coupling state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuya Yamauchi, Yuusuke Minagawa, Throngnumchai Kraisorn, Toshihiro Kai
  • Patent number: 9806539
    Abstract: A power supply device of the present invention includes a power transmission unit (15) configured to wirelessly supply power to the power receiving unit (9). The power transmission unit (15) includes: a ground-side coil (13); and a housing (21) set on a ground (19) and configured to house the ground-side coil (13). The housing (21) includes: a coil section (25) in which to dispose the ground-side coil (13); and a first projection (29) disposed closer to a vehicle entry side than the ground-side coil (13) is, and projecting upward from a surface of the coil section (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kubota
  • Patent number: 9806357
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a cathode pressure control unit configured to control a pressure of a cathode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell stack on the basis of a load of the fuel cell stack; and an anode pressure control unit configured to control a pressure of an anode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell stack to become higher than the pressure of the cathode gas so that a differential pressure between the pressure of the anode gas and the pressure of the cathode gas becomes a predetermined differential pressure or lower. The anode pressure control unit controls, at a time of recovery from idle stop, the pressure of the anode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell stack to a recovery-time pressure, the recovery-time pressure being obtained by adding the predetermined differential pressure to a predetermined pressure corresponding to an atmosphere pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Ikeda, Hayato Chikugo
  • Publication number: 20170307692
    Abstract: A state estimation device for a fuel cell for generating power upon receiving the supply of anode gas and cathode gas, comprising: an internal impedance measurement unit configured to measure an internal impedance of the fuel cell on the basis of an alternating-current signal of a predetermined frequency output from the fuel cell; a state quantity preliminary estimation value calculation unit configured to calculate a first preliminary estimation value for a state quantity of an electrode obtained from a real component of a measurement value of the internal impedance and a second preliminary estimation value for the state quantity of the electrode obtained from an imaginary component of the measurement value of the internal impedance; and a state quantity final estimation value determination unit configured to determine a final estimation value of the state quantity of the electrode on the basis of the calculated first and second preliminary estimation values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya AOKI
  • Patent number: 9796284
    Abstract: A wireless power supply system includes a power transmission device having a power transmission coil and a power receiving device having a power receiving coil. The power transmission coil transmits electric power to the power receiving coil via a wireless connection, so as to supply the electric power to a battery installed in the power receiving device. The power transmission device controls electric power supplied to the power transmission coil according to a transmission power command value. The power receiving device calculates a power transmission efficiency based on the electric power supplied to the electrical load and the transmission power command value and stops supplying the electric power when the power transmission efficiency falls to a threshold efficiency or less. The power transmission device regulates the output power when a current flowing through the power transmission coil exceeds a threshold current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomofumi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9796150
    Abstract: A field-pole magnet manufacturing apparatus manufactures magnet pieces that constitute a field-pole magnet arranged in a rotary electric machine by fracturing the magnet. This manufacturing apparatus includes: a support unit on which the magnet is placed; a fracture unit that is arranged opposite to the support unit across the magnet and is configured to fracture the magnet by pressing the magnet while in contact with the magnet; and a powder removal unit that is configured to remove crush powder produced by fracture of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Koike, Kimio Nishimura, Hiroharu Takeuchi, Kunitomo Ishiguro, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Yoshinori Izawa
  • Patent number: 9797335
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a cylinder block provided with cylinder bores, the cylinder block is held by a clamp device, stress is generated in the cylinder block by a holding force of the clamp device to duplicate deformations of the cylinder bores after assembling hearing caps thereon, boring is carried out with the cylinder bores deformed in a condition where the stress is generated, and a thermally sprayed coating is formed, after the boring, on each inner surfaces of the cylinder bores deformed in the condition where the stress is generated. According to the method for manufacturing a cylinder block, superior cylindricity, after assembling the bearing caps, of the cylinder bores on each of which the thermally sprayed coating is formed can be brought, and workability degradation of finishing works (honing) for each inner surface of the cylinder bores (thermally sprayed coatings) can be restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Hayashi, Yoshiaki Miyamoto, Daisuke Terada, Eiji Shiotani, Yoshitsugu Noshi, Kazuaki Taniguchi, Takafumi Watanabe, Kiyokazu Sugiyama, Hirotaka Miwa
  • Patent number: 9797981
    Abstract: A moving-object position/attitude estimation apparatus includes: an image-capturing unit configured to acquire a captured image; a comparative image acquiring unit configured to acquire a comparative image viewed from a predetermined position at a predetermined attitude angle; a likelihood setting unit configured to compare the captured image with the comparative image and to assigns a high attitude angle likelihood to the comparative image and to assigns a high position likelihood to the comparative image; a moving-object position/attitude estimation unit configured to estimate the attitude angle of the moving object based on the attitude angle of the comparative image assigned the high attitude angle likelihood and to estimate the position of the moving object based on the position of the comparative image assigned the high position likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiro Yamaguchi, Naoki Kojo
  • Patent number: 9797346
    Abstract: A fuel evaporative emission processing system suitable for a hybrid vehicle includes a shut-off valve, a first purge control valve and a second purge control valve. The shut-off valve is selectively opens and closes a fuel vapor passage between a fuel tank and a canister. The first purge control valve selectively opens and closes a purge passage between the canister and the intake passage of an internal combustion engine. The second purge control valve selectively opens and closes a tank opening passage between the canister and the fuel tank. When releasing a pressure for refueling, the second purge control valve with a small diameter opens prior to opening of the shut-off valve so that blow-by of gas associated with opening of the shutoff valve is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Takakura
  • Patent number: D801883
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahide Fujiwara, En Hung Liu
  • Patent number: D802499
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinwook Choi