Patents Examined by Carl S. Miller
  • Patent number: 7451746
    Abstract: A canister assembly is mounted between a fuel tank and an internal combustion engine. The canister assembly includes a canister holding a carbon charge for adsorbing fuel vapors emanating from the fuel tank. A trap box defines a plenum and is mounted on the canister and a canister pipe stub permits the plenum to communicate with the carbon charge. The trap box has a load port disposed thereon and the load port is connectable to the fuel tank for passing a flow of fuel vapors from the tank into the plenum with the fuel vapors becoming adsorbed by the carbon charge as the vapors flow from the plenum and through the canister pipe stub and into the carbon charge in response to an overpressure in the fuel tank. The canister pipe stub is arranged in the plenum so as to permit any liquid fuel accompanying the vapor flow to become trapped in the plenum thereby preventing the liquid fuel from reaching the carbon charge and causing the latter to become degraded thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel J. Bellmore
  • Patent number: 7451743
    Abstract: A fuel injection system (10) having an accumulator (24) includes an accumulator fill valve assembly (20) that regulates pressure within the accumulator (24) for operation of injection events other than the main injection. A restriction (128) in an inlet conduit and a stepped surface in a spool valve (112) provide a pressure amplifier across the accumulator valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Heine, Brent Keppy
  • Patent number: 7441545
    Abstract: A fuel pressure relief valve includes a body defining a passageway having an inlet end in communication with a fuel pump and an outlet end in communication with a fuel rail. The valve also includes a seal member moveable between a first position in which the seal member is seated against the outlet end, and a second position in which the seal member is unseated from the outlet end. The valve further includes a biasing member biasing the seal member toward the second position. The seal member moves from the second position to the first position immediately after fuel pump shutoff to maintain pressure in the fuel rail. The seal member moves from the first position to the second position when fuel in the fuel rail drops to a residual pressure substantially less than the operating pressure to provide a leak path between the fuel pump and the fuel rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Fisher, Paul Mason, Daniel Pangburn, Werner Haarer
  • Patent number: 7438051
    Abstract: A method and a device for supplying fuel to internal combustion engines comprise a regulated high-pressure system and a controlled low-pressure system, wherein an adaptation value for correcting the desired preliminary pressure is detected in an adaptation mode, in order to adjust a variable preliminary pressure in the low-pressure system. For this purpose, the preliminary pressure is specifically changed in the adaptation mode until vapor bubbles are detected by a regulator response of the high-pressure regulator of the high-pressure system. When vapor bubbles are detected, current process parameters of the fuel supply system are determined and the adaptation value is derived therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Axel Wachtendorf, Leonhard Lang, Nicola Piantadosi
  • Patent number: 7438053
    Abstract: A purpose of the present invention is to provide a fuel delivery pipe having a flexible absorb wall surface formed on a wall surface thereof in which a fuel introduction pipe is connected to an interior of the fuel delivery pipe body at one end thereof in a longitudinal direction in order to achieve a suppression of a transfer of a first mode of a standing wave and a second mode of the standing wave and an enhanced placement layout and inexpensive cost. The fuel delivery pipe includes the flexible absorb wall surface formed on the wall surface thereof and injection nozzles, in which fuel introduction pipe 10 is connected to one end of fuel delivery pipe body 1 of a returnless type without a circuit returning to a fuel tank and is coupled with the fuel tank through an underfloor pipe arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Serizawa
  • Patent number: 7438059
    Abstract: A small engine fuel tank vapor emission system is described with a separate surge tank having a vapor vent/rollover valve and separate a vapor storage space which may be found in a common housing or remote from the surge tank. The surge tank is located at a level above the fuel tank and is connected to have its inlet receive vapor from the fuel tank. The outlet of the vapor vent/rollover valve is connected to supply vapor purge flow to the engine air inlet either directly or through the storage space, which may be charged with adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Peter G. Belanger, Andrew W. McIntosh
  • Patent number: 7431017
    Abstract: A fuel system for an engine is disclosed. The fuel system has a first source of fuel at a first pressure, and a second source of fuel at a second pressure. The fuel system also has a fuel injector configured to receive fuel from the first and second sources and inject fuel into a combustion chamber of the engine. The fuel system further has a valve operable to selectively direct fuel from the first and second sources to the fuel injector. The fuel system additionally has a controller in communication with the valve and being configured to affect operation of the valve and a resulting fuel pressure based on a desired injection pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis H. Gibson
  • Patent number: 7431022
    Abstract: An evaporative emission canister purge actuation monitoring system includes an integrated valve body having a main flow passage, a first one-way umbrella valve mounted to the valve body that is responsive to predetermined positive pressure in the main flow passage to control flow of fluid from a vapor canister to ambient air as well as a second one-way umbrella valve that is responsive to a predetermined negative pressure in the main flow passage to control the flow of ambient air through a fresh air port. A vacuum actuated switch is supported by the integrated valve body and in electrical communication with a control unit. The switch is responsive to negative pressure in the main flow passage to send a signal indicative of the predetermined negative pressure to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Mahle Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhouxuan Xia, Kevin Mulkeran, Wing Chan, Hans Jensen
  • Patent number: 7426919
    Abstract: An evaporative fuel treatment apparatus is disclosed that includes a fuel tank and a purge passage that fluidly couples the intake path of an internal combustion engine and the fuel tank. The apparatus also includes a purge valve that is installed in the purge passage and controls the quantity of evaporative fuel purged from the fuel tank into the intake path. Furthermore, the apparatus includes an evaporative fuel status measuring device that measures a density-based status of evaporative fuel in the fuel tank. Additionally, the apparatus includes a purge valve controlling device that controls the purge valve based on the density-based status of the evaporative fuel measured by the evaporative fuel status measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Kano, Shinsuke Takakura, Noriyasu Amano
  • Patent number: 7412970
    Abstract: A cylinder head for a direct-injection internal-combustion engine, has injection valves accommodated in openings in the cylinder head and secured in pairs by a respective fastening element formed as a hold-down device on the cylinder head. The hold-down device has two holding or fastening arms for the injection valves and is fastened to the cylinder head by way of a central fastening point. At the two ends of the hold-down device, dome-type receiving devices for a fuel connection piece of the injection valve are provided. The connection piece is at least radially elastically disposed in the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Apel, Frank Dieterle
  • Patent number: 7412971
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuel injection mechanism for regulating the volume of fuel injected into a cylinder comprising a selectively detachable helix ring configured to be removably affixed to an outside diameter of a plunger. The selectively detachable helix ring includes a ridge that has at least one helix angle. The helix angle is associated with a throttle position of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Global Equities and Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted E Stewart
  • Patent number: 7406953
    Abstract: The invention relates to, in particular, a fuel injection valve and to a method for injecting fuel into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine. According to the invention, a mechanical positive-control valve gear is provided for a nozzle needle of the fuel injection valve in order to carry out an injection of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Günter Lewentz
  • Patent number: 7407120
    Abstract: An adjustable racing injector injects fuel by carrying out an opening and closing of a fuel orifice in a valve seat. The fuel orifice is controlled by a signal, typically provided by an engine control unit, which energizes a magnetic circuit including coil which in turn will effect movement of a needle. The adjustable racing injector is field reconfigurable and may be provided as discrete components, or may be provided as an assembly together with a collection of replaceable components that are designed to controllably alter the performance of an engine to which the injector is attached. All of the performance components may be readily replaced in the field, while still obtaining repeatable performance across a plurality of injectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Jack French
  • Patent number: 7404388
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system which can automatically switch passages of a fuel supply line and a fuel return line when the pressure in a fuel return line becomes higher than a predetermined pressure. Even when the fuel supply and return lines are incorrectly connected, the present system can prevent the problem of damage to a fuel supply system and fuel leakage which may be caused by an increased fuel pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sung-Hoon Bang
  • Patent number: 7404393
    Abstract: A fuel injection system comprising an accumulator volume (10) arranged to be charged with fuel by means of a high pressure fuel pump (12) and for supplying fuel at a first injectable pressure level to a plurality of fuel injectors (22), wherein each injector (22) includes a delivery passage (16, 20), a valve needle (30), which is engageable with a seating to control fuel injection, and a control valve (26) for controlling fuel pressure within a control chamber (28) so as to control movement of the valve needle (30). The control valve (26) has a first operating position in which the control chamber (28) communicates with a low pressure drain and communication between the control chamber (28) and the delivery passage (16, 20) is prevented and a second operating position in which the control chamber (28) communicates with the delivery passage (16, 20) and communication between the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew E Moore
  • Patent number: 7401593
    Abstract: A high-pressure fuel pump with a pressure relief valve which has improved hydraulic properties and a reduced number of high-pressure sealing points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Rembold, Peter Ropertz, Victorio Toscano
  • Patent number: 7401594
    Abstract: To obtain a small and high performance damper mechanism which reduces pressure pulsation in low pressure-side fuel in the high pressure fuel pump in a high pressure fuel supply system or a high pressure fuel pump provided with the small and high performance damper mechanism. Two metal diaphragms are welded together over the entire circumference to obtain a metal diaphragm assembly (also referred to as “double metal diaphragm damper”). The whole or part of the portion of the metal diaphragm assembly other than the weld (for example, the portion inside the weld) is clamped by a pressing member and thereby the assembly is secured in a housing enclosure. The housing enclosure may be formed integrally with the body of a high pressure pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Usui, Minoru Hashida
  • Patent number: 7398768
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to dampen operating sounds of an electromagnetic drive mechanism used for a variable displacement control mechanism in a high-pressure fuel supply pump to reduce an individual difference depending on apparatus due to the change over time or installation tolerance. To achieve the above objective, the present invention is configured such that before the electromagnetic drive mechanism supplies a drive force to a plunger which is electromagnetically driven by the electromagnetic drive mechanism, another displacement force situates the plunger in a specific position. When compared to an occasion where the plunger is displaced all strokes by a magnetic biasing force, the above configuration is able to reduce the force of impact on a member (for example, valve body) mounted to the plunger and a restricting member, thereby damping the collision noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Usui, Kenichiro Tokuo, Hiroyuki Yamada, Masami Abe, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Patent number: 7398764
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuel metering unit for high-pressure pumps of fuel injection systems, whose leakproofness in zero delivery operation has been further improved and whose manufacture and assembly have been simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Koehler, Sascha Ambrock
  • Patent number: 7395816
    Abstract: The evaporative emissions control device comprises a housing having an inlet connectable to a vent port of an evaporative emissions control canister and an outlet for venting to the atmosphere, the housing containing a carbon filter, a bypass passage, and a valve for selectively closing the bypass passage and/or outlet. In a first operating state the valve closes the bypass passage and opens the outlet, whereby gases from the vent port of the canister pass through the adsorbent material before the air is released via the outlet port. In a second operating state the valve opens both the outlet and the bypass passage, whereby the gases can bypass the adsorbent material to provide a high flow rate, for example during refuelling. In a third operating state the valve closes both the outlet and bypass passage, preventing the release of any fuel vapour through the outlet and into the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Remi B Loevenbruck