Patents Examined by Arnold Castro
  • Patent number: 11078792
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method for operating a hydraulic free piston engine includes receiving, at an engine controller for a hydraulic free piston engine, an energy parameter that is representative of an amount of fluid energy to be output by the engine, and a measured fluid pressure value of a fluid load of the engine, determining a piston trajectory of a piston within a hydraulic chamber of the engine, determining a fuel volume value and a servo valve actuation parameter, based on the energy parameter and the measured fluid pressure value, providing a fuel control signal to a fuel control device of the engine based on the fuel volume value, and providing, based on the servo valve actuation parameter and the piston trajectory, a servo valve control signal to a servo valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Zongxuan Sun, Chen Zhang, Keyan Liu
  • Patent number: 11078872
    Abstract: An engine with an EGR device includes an engine case, and an EGR pipe that introduces an EGR gas into an intake path. The EGR pipe is arranged to pass through an inside of the engine case. A part of the EGR pipe in the engine case is arranged to face a cooling water path in the engine case. The engine case is defined by a cylinder head. The cooling water path is arranged to surround a whole circumference of the EGR pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Takemoto, Hideyuki Goto, Takahito Hamasaki, Kentaro Nagai, Tomoya Akitomo, Kumiko Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 11075497
    Abstract: Laser devices include a light source that emits a laser beam, an optical system that concentrates the laser beam emitted from the light source, an optical window through which the laser beam exited from the optical system passes, a housing that accommodates the optical system, and an optical window holding member fixed to the housing. The optical window holding member holds the optical window. In the first laser device, the optical window has a face or a protruding face through which the laser beam passes. When the optical window has the face, the face is flush with an edge of the optical window holding member and a film is formed on the face. When the optical window has the protruding face, the protruding face protrudes with reference to the edge of the optical window holding member and a film is formed on the protruding face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaroh Hagita, Yoichi Ishikawa, Naoto Jikutani, Toshiyuki Ikeoh, Yuzuru Sasaki, Yusuke Okura
  • Patent number: 11067046
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vent fuel handling assembly and method of operation for a gas engine power plant, which can include a vent fuel recovery piping provided with at least one recovery piping for recovering vent fuel source, a vessel connected to the vent fuel recovery piping for storing the fuel recovered via the at least one inlet opening, and a compressor connected to the vessel at the inlet side of the compressor via a discharge piping so as to subject underpressure to the vessel and discharge gas from the vessel. The compressor is connected to the gas engine at the outlet side of the compressor via the discharge piping so as to feed the recovered gas to the engine for combustion therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: WÄRTSILÄ FINLAND OY
    Inventors: Stefan Fältén, Jan Krooks
  • Patent number: 11059576
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle is provided including rotor units connected to the aerial vehicle, and a control system configured to operate at least one of the rotor units. The rotor unit includes rotor blades, wherein each rotor blade includes a surface area, and wherein an asymmetric parameter is defined, at least in part, by the relationship between the surface areas of the rotor blades. The value of the asymmetric parameter is selected such that the operation of the rotor unit: (i) moves the rotor blades such that each rotor blade produces a respective vortex and (ii) the respective vortices cause the rotor unit to produce a sound output having an energy distribution defined, at least in part, by a set of frequencies, wherein the set of frequencies includes a fundamental frequency, one or more harmonic frequencies, and one or more non-harmonic frequencies having a respective strength greater than a threshold strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Giulia Pantalone, Adam Woodworth
  • Patent number: 11028748
    Abstract: In a dither control process performed on a fuel injection valve, at least one cylinder is set as a rich combustion cylinder and another cylinder is set as a lean combustion cylinder. A dither control process is executed in a first mode when a vehicle is driven in a normal manner by a user. The dither control process is executed in a second mode on condition that a command signal for performing a temperature raising process on the exhaust gas purifier is input from a device outside the vehicle at a repair shop. The absolute value of the difference between the air-fuel ratio of the lean combustion cylinder and the air-fuel ratio of the rich combustion cylinder obtained by the dither control process is set to be greater in the second mode than in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyasu Kobashi, Takashi Nakamura, Tomokazu Akutsu
  • Patent number: 10989120
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle-mounted control device that, when a restart request is generated during a time interval between the fulfillment of an engine automatic stop condition and complete stop, decreases a charging efficiency of an engine by means of at least one of a throttle valve and an intake valve to prevent an increase in the reverse rotational frequency of the engine, thereby ensuring the durability of the starting device of the engine, and preventing an accelerator response from deteriorating when a restart request based on the accelerator operation is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Suzuki, Toshio Hori, Yoshiaki Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10989159
    Abstract: A control device of a general-purpose engine which can continue operation of a working machine even when an operation management unit of the working machine has failed. The control device includes an engine control unit that controls the general-purpose engine based on a command from the operation management unit managing an operating state of the working machine, a communication interface for communicating with an external device; a management program acquisition unit that acquires a management program that is used by the operation management unit to manage the operating state, from the external device through the communication interface and stores the acquired management program in a storage medium, and an operation management substitute unit that manages the operating state of the working machine in place of the operation management unit in accordance with the management program when a failure of operation management unit is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisanori Kanayama, Takashi Hashizume, Akifumi Fujima, Keiichiro Bungo
  • Patent number: 10988134
    Abstract: A method for controlling a hybrid drive system for a road vehicle provided with at least a pair of drive wheels; the hybrid drive system comprises: an internal combustion heat engine, which is designed to transmit the motion to the drive wheels and is provided with a turbocharger equipped with a turbine; a first electric machine, which is able to transmit the motion to the drive wheels; and a second electric machine, which is mechanically connected to the turbine of the turbocharger. In a possible operating mode, the internal combustion heat engine is controlled to pursue a target torque by completely opening a throttle valve, operating the second electric machine as an electric generator and the first electric machine as a motor, and varying the electric power generated by the second electric machine so as to adjust the flow rate of fresh air fed to the cylinder of the internal combustion heat engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: MARELLI EUROPE S.p.A
    Inventors: Giovanni Gaviani, Ignazio Dentici, Marco Panciroli
  • Patent number: 10968838
    Abstract: An engine speed control device performing: a first PID gain calculation step of calculating a target engine speed to thereby calculate a first PID gain based on an engine speed deviation between the target engine speed and an engine speed; a target rack position calculation step of correcting the first PID gain based on a cooling water temperature to thereby calculate a target rack position of a fuel injection pump; a second PID gain calculation step of calculating a second PID gain based on a rack position deviation between the target rack position and a rack position; and a rack control signal producing step of correcting the second PID gain based on a lubricating oil temperature to thereby produce a rack control signal. The engine speed control device thus controls an engine speed by controlling the rack position based on the rack control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: YANMAR POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Shimomura, Ryota Iwano, Tomoaki Morita
  • Patent number: 10968782
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine, having an engine central longitudinal axis, includes at least one of a vane support, a vane stage, a blade outer air seal support, and a blade outer air seal. At least one of the vane support, the vane stage, the blade outer air seal support, and the blade outer air seal is rotatable about the engine central longitudinal axis. The gas turbine engine may further include a drive system configured to rotate at least one of the vane support, the vane stage, the blade outer air seal support, and the blade outer air seal about the engine central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brandon W. Spangler, Michael G. McCaffrey
  • Patent number: 10961925
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a method for starting an internal combustion engine comprising: in a first phase after a starting process, setting a throttle valve to a value near to zero so the pressure in the intake tract is lowered below the ambient pressure and injecting a fuel into the intake tract above a rich combustion limit at which the fuel/air mixture would still just be combustible; in a second phase, reducing the fuel mass as a function of the pressure; in a third phase shorter than the second phase, further reducing the fuel mass and increasing the opening of the throttle valve to increase the pressure in the intake tract; and in a fourth phase, increasing the fuel mass as a function of rising pressure in the intake tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: VITESCO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventor: Reiner Otto Beckmann
  • Patent number: 10961942
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating an engine event location are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a control system is configured to receive feedback from at least one knock sensor coupled to a reciprocating engine, estimate an engine parameter based at least on the feedback and an Empirical Transform Function (ETF), estimate a location of an engine event based on the engine parameter, and adjust operation of the reciprocating engine based at least on the location of the engine event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AI ALPINE US BIDCO INC
    Inventors: Marco Guerriero, Jeffrey Jacob Bizub, Brett Alexander Matthews
  • Patent number: 10961955
    Abstract: An air intake apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the air intake apparatus includes: an air intake apparatus main body portion introducing air into a cylinder; a port portion provided integrally with a downstream side end portion of the air intake apparatus main body portion and inserted into an air intake port in a cylinder head; an air intake passage formed inside the air intake apparatus main body portion and the port portion, and through which an air-fuel mixture containing air and fuel flows; an injector provided in the air intake apparatus main body portion and introducing the fuel into the air intake passage; and a heater heating the fuel introduced by the injector. The injector is disposed at a position where the fuel is capable of being injected into the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Ishii, Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Hideto Yano
  • Patent number: 10954874
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining operation of a cylinder deactivating/reactivating device are disclosed. In one example, a direction of engine rotation is selected to maximize air flow through the engine while the engine is rotated without combusting air and fuel. Operation of one or more cylinder valve deactivating mechanisms is assessed while the engine is rotated without combusting air and fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10934948
    Abstract: A method for determining failure of an electromechanically actuated gas shut off valve includes sensing and recording a gas fuel rail pressure and a boost pressure from an air intake manifold at a first time after the dual fuel engine has been started. The method includes opening the gas shut off valve at a second time, holding the gas shut off valve in its open state, and then closing the gas shut off valve after a predetermined interval at a third time. The method includes comparing an actual gas rail pressure decay rate to a threshold gas rail pressure decay rate for the predetermined interval, and determining failure of the gas shut off valve when the actual gas rail pressure decay rate is less than the threshold gas rail pressure decay rate. Upon determining failure of the gas shut off valve, the method also includes initiating a mitigating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Engfehr, Nathan P. Atterberry, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10934979
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling and diagnosing air flow through a compressor without recirculating air flow through the compressor are presented. In one example, a position of an air flow control device located within a compressor housing is adjusted responsive to a request to diagnose flow through the compressor. The diagnostic may be performed while maintaining engine torque and speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt, Devesh Upadhyay, David R. Hanna
  • Patent number: 10927781
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method of operating a drive of a mining machine, in particular of a mining excavator, a mining loader, or a mining tipper, comprising at least one diesel engine and at least one exhaust gas purification device. The disclosure is further directed to a corresponding mining machine that can be operated in accordance with the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-MINING EQUIPMENT COLMAR SAS
    Inventors: Jerome Enderlin, Lionel Oberhauser
  • Patent number: 10920595
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to turbine engine components having multiple controlled metallic grain orientations. In general, the primary grain orientation is aligned substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the turbine engine component while the secondary grain orientation is aligned substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis. Such controlled grain orientations provide the blades and vanes with increased strength to withstand the thermal-mechanical stresses of the turbine operation. The disclosure also relates to turbines having these fortified components, and methods of manufacturing the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Narendra Digamber Joshi, Nicholas Joseph Kray, Samar Jyoti Kalita, Paul Marsland, Wayne Spence
  • Patent number: 10914253
    Abstract: A system for detecting and controlling air-fuel ratio imbalance conditions between cylinders of an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Avra Brahma, Yongsoon Yoon