Patents Examined by Hieu T. Vo
  • Patent number: 10808602
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes a fuel injection nozzle that is arranged at the center of an upper surface of a combustion chamber with an injection port thereof exposed in the combustion chamber, and a piston arranged in a cylinder. On a top surface of the piston, a flow guide passage is provided which extends from an inlet exposed on the side of a wall of a bore of the cylinder to an outlet exposed on the side of a center of the bore. The flow guide passage preferably includes a flow guide plate having a ring shape, and a strut that fixes the flow guide plate to the top surface of the piston in such a manner that a clearance extending from an outer edge to an inner edge of the flow guide plate is formed between the flow guide plate and the top surface of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Shiro Tanno
  • Patent number: 10801435
    Abstract: An engine air-fuel ratio control device is configured to be used in a vehicle including a power transmission device configured to transmit power between an output shaft of an engine and an input shaft of a transmission and to execute a lean-burn control that puts an air-fuel ratio of the engine into a lean state. An engine controller executes a fuel injection feedback control such that the air-fuel ratio becomes a lean target value after the power transmission device is released during a deceleration of the vehicle. An engine stall predictor predicts a stall of the engine on a basis of a deceleration indicator that is correlated with a deceleration degree of the vehicle in a state in which the power transmission device is released. A lean-burn control canceler cancels the lean-burn control in a case in which the engine is predicted to stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Inaba
  • Patent number: 10801446
    Abstract: A method for monitoring leakage of an exhaust gas recirculation system for an engine of a vehicle includes: determining, by a controller, whether the engine is in an idle state in which the exhaust gas recirculation system is not operated; determining, by the controller, whether small flow leakage of the exhaust gas recirculation system occurs based on a predicted pressure of gas sucked into an intake manifold connected to the engine and a measured pressure of gas sucked into the intake manifold when the engine is in the idle state; and determining, by the controller, that leakage of the exhaust gas recirculation system occurs when the measured pressure is greater than the predicted pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Bon Chang Koo
  • Patent number: 10801445
    Abstract: In an evaporated fuel control device for a saddled vehicle, a canister and an evaporated fuel control valve are supported by a body frame around a fuel tank, the canister adsorbing evaporated fuel from the fuel tank, the evaporated fuel control valve controlling a flow rate of the evaporated fuel that is purged from the canister and flows through an intake system of the internal combustion engine. The canister is disposed between a steering shaft and the fuel tank and below an imaginary horizontal plane that passes a lowermost surface of the fuel tank, the steering shaft extending in an up-down direction while inclining downward to a front in front of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junji Higashiyama, Tomoyuki Katayama
  • Patent number: 10794305
    Abstract: An exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) control method includes a valve duty differentiated control including: detecting, by a controller, an engine operation region, a mixer region, and an external factor region as a valve control condition for an EGR valve duty correction variable for controlling an EGR system; applying, by the controller, the EGR valve duty correction variable to an EGR valve duty, which is set by a target air amount to an intake air amount, to calculate a minimum EGR valve duty; and outputting, by the controller, the calculated minimum EGR valve duty to an EGR valve as the EGR valve duty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun-Woo Noh, Jin-Suk Kang, Ki-Min Park
  • Patent number: 10787999
    Abstract: An evaporated fuel processing apparatus is provided with a canister to collect vapor, a purge passage to purge the vapor collected in the canister to an intake passage, a purge valve provided in the purge passage to regulate a purge flow rate of the vapor, a purge pump provided between the canister and the purge valve to pressure-feed the vapor from the canister to the purge passage, and a vapor pressure sensor to detect vapor pressure in the purge passage. An inside of the canister is communicated with the atmosphere, a capacity chamber (the canister) is provided upstream of the purge pump, and the vapor pressure sensor is provided in the purge passage between the purge valve and the purge pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Daisaku Asanuma
  • Patent number: 10787986
    Abstract: A fuel pump controller performs a feedback control of an actual fuel pressure of a feed pump to a command fuel pressure which is from an external element. The pump controller changes a gain for the feedback control to a value larger than a minimum value of the gain in response to an acceleration command information which is to accelerate a vehicle by using an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Minoru Kobayashi, Makoto Asai
  • Patent number: 10787979
    Abstract: Methods, devices, estimators, controllers and algorithms are described for estimating the torque profile of an engine and/or for controlling torque applied to a powertrain by one or more devices other than the engine itself to manage the net torque applied by the engine and other device(s) in manners that reduce undesirable NVH. The described approaches are particularly well suitable for use in hybrid vehicles in which the engine is operated in a skip fire or other dynamic firing level modulation manner—however they may be used in a variety of other circumstances as well. In some embodiments, the hybrid vehicle includes a motor/generator that applies the smoothing torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tula Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad R. Pirjaberi, Kian Eisazadeh-Far, Steven E. Carlson, Louis J. Serrano
  • Patent number: 10781782
    Abstract: A pre-overheat system for minimizing engine damage due to overheating includes a temperature sensor and a warning system that alerts the vehicle's operator (using light, sound, vibration, etc.) if temperatures exceed steady-state temperatures and/or reach higher pre-overheat temperatures. Steady-state temperatures are measurable when the vehicle is functioning normally (especially its cooling system) and is running in normal environmental conditions, but is lower than a redzone overheat temperature for the particular vehicle. When the redzone overheat temperature is reached, the vehicle has gotten too hot and is likely to sustain irreparable damage. The operator can reduce or prevent damage to the vehicle by taking corrective action (such as stopping and checking coolant level and clearing debris from clogged vents and screens) before the vehicle is overheated. A shutdown mechanism can shut off the vehicle before the redzone overheat temperatures are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: James N. Malesevich
  • Patent number: 10774729
    Abstract: A porous alumina layer with a sealer (i.e., a coating layer) is formed on a top surface or a piston (i.e., a second cavity surface and a second squish surface) and a surface of a bottom surface of a cylinder which forms a cavity area CA (i.e., a first cavity surface). The porous alumina layer without the sealer (i.e., an exposed layer) is formed on a surface of the bottom surface which forms a squish area SA (i.e., a first squish surface).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Isamu Goto
  • Patent number: 10774803
    Abstract: A control device for an internal combustion engine which is provided with an engine body, a water injector for injecting water to the inside of an intake passage of the engine body, and a fuel injector for injecting fuel to be made to burn inside a combustion chamber of the engine body. The control device is provided with a water injection control part controlling the amount of injection of water from the water injector in the combustion cycle where fuel is injected from the fuel injector so that water vaporizing inside the intake passage during the suction stroke and water vaporizing inside the combustion chamber during the compression stroke are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Okada
  • Patent number: 10767608
    Abstract: An air intake assembly includes a filter element and an intake conduit having a first end supporting the filter element. The first end forms an inlet opening having a first shape and a second end being adapted for attachment to an engine. The second end forms an outlet opening having a second shape different than the first shape of the inlet opening. The intake conduit also includes a body having an inner wall defining a passageway coupling the inlet and outlet openings. The inner wall has a maximum lateral dimension measured transverse to a central axis of the passageway within a plane that interests both the inlet and outlet openings. The maximum lateral dimension is located adjacent the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Dane, Bob Iverson
  • Patent number: 10746111
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining an extent of clogging of a canister filter included in a fuel vapor storage canister of a vehicle. In one example, a method comprises determining an extent to which the canister filter is clogged based on an output of an exhaust gas sensor, and adjusting one or more parameters related to purging of the fuel vapor storage canister as a function of the extent to which the canister filter is clogged. In this way, canister lifetime may be improved, and release of undesired evaporative emissions to atmosphere may be reduced or avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10745124
    Abstract: A rotor system for an aircraft including a driving member; an externally driven rim configured to be rotated by the driving member; a hub having a hub axis, the hub including a rotatable housing and a non-rotatable housing; a plurality of rotor blade assemblies rotatably coupled to the rotatable housing of the hub and the externally driven rim such that rotation of the externally driven rim rotates the plurality of rotor blade assemblies about the hub axis, each rotor blade assembly having a rotor blade rotatable about a respective pitch change axis; and a pitch control mechanism operably associated with the hub and the plurality of rotor blade assemblies, wherein, actuation of the pitch control mechanism rotates each rotor blade assembly about the respective pitch change axis to collectively control the pitch of the rotor blade, thereby generating a variable thrust output. Also, a method of operating the rotor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Alison Ann Davis, Charles Speller
  • Patent number: 10738684
    Abstract: An applied-ignition internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder head comprising at least one cylinder and having a rotatably mounted crankshaft is provided. In the internal combustion engine each cylinder has an inlet opening, which is adjoined by an intake line, and an outlet opening, which is adjoined by an exhaust-gas line, each opening being equipped with a valve, each cylinder comprises a combustion chamber which is jointly formed by a piston crown of a cylinder-specific piston, by a cylinder liner and by the cylinder head. Additionally, the crankshaft is articulably connected to the piston of each cylinder, such that, as the crankshaft rotates about an axis of rotation, the piston oscillates along a cylinder longitudinal axis, where the cylinder longitudinal axis is perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Wirth, Maziar Khosravi
  • Patent number: 10711711
    Abstract: A vehicle controller includes a controlling section configured to control a torque applying mechanism. The controlling section is configured to execute a negative torque control by using the torque applying mechanism when execution conditions are satisfied. The execution conditions include a condition that an increase amount per predetermined time of the boost pressure has become greater than a preset boost pressure determination value. The negative torque control is a control to set the rotational torque applied to the crankshaft by the torque applying mechanism to a negative value that is on the negative side of a value immediately before the start of the negative torque control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Takumi Anzawa
  • Patent number: 10704522
    Abstract: An ignition control device includes a main ignition circuit to generate a spark discharge to a spark plug by controlling energization of a primary coil of an ignition coil for an internal combustion engine, an energy supply circuit that supplies energy based on a discharge continuation signal by controlling the energization of the primary coil during the spark discharge started by the operation of the main ignition circuit to supply a secondary current in the same direction as a main ignition continuously in a secondary coil of the ignition coil, a secondary current command circuit for outputting a command value of the secondary current based on the secondary current command signal, and an ignition control unit for setting signal values of the secondary current command signal and the discharge continuation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Shunichi Takeda, Mitsunobu Niwa, Hisaharu Morita
  • Patent number: 10690107
    Abstract: An igniter for a dual fuel engine includes a plurality of spray orifices formed in a nozzle and defining a plurality of spray axes. A plurality of spark electrodes are resident on the nozzle and form spark gaps offset from the spray axes, in a spark gap pattern that is at variance in at least one of a circumferential aspect or an axial aspect with the spray plume pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Anders, Bobby John
  • Patent number: 10640086
    Abstract: A motorcycle (1) including: an electronic system of authorization control (100,200); wherein: a first electronic control unit (200) is adapted and configured to determine whether the motorcycle (1) is in an authorized or non-authorized usage state and is adapted to interrogate a portable transponder, which can have a master identification electronic code or a slave identification electronic code, in order to acquire said electronic code and to verify if said electronic code is correct; and wherein: if the first control unit (200) acquires the master identification electronic code, starting the traction engine is allowed independently from the second electronic control unit; if the first control unit (200) acquires the slave identification electronic code, it is determined that the motorcycle (1) is in the authorized usage state and starting the traction engine is allowed if it receives consent information from the second electronic control unit (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. SPA
    Inventor: Luigi Baracchino
  • Patent number: 10641226
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which includes a remote generator interface controller and a generator interface device. The generator interface device receives generator operation information and transmits the generator operation information to the remote generator interface controller. The remote generator controller device includes a processor, a screen, and a wireless receiver connected wirelessly to receive generator operation information from the generator interface device connected to a generator. The generator interface device includes a processor connected to a generator which receives generator operation information from at least one of a generator computer and a generator sensor and a transmitter connected wirelessly to transmit the generator operation information wirelessly from the generator interface device to the remote generator controller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Wheeler Machinery Co.
    Inventor: Scott Murdock