Patents Examined by Huan Le
  • Patent number: 11320001
    Abstract: Provided is a structure for lubricating a clutch, the structure including: an oil capturing groove provided along an inner circumference of a ring gear at one side of a pinion gear; and an oil hole connected to an inside of a clutch hub through the oil capturing groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Hyundai Transys Inc.
    Inventor: Tae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 11312231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power-shift multi-speed transmission (10) provided in the power train of a vehicle, comprising at least one sun gear (14, 80), at least one stepped planetary gear (16, 22), at least one ring gear (34, 36), and an input shaft (12) and an output shaft (40). The power-shift multi-speed transmission (10) can be shifted into a shift mode of a first speed or into a shift mode of a second speed and vice versa by means of the at least one stepped planetary gear (16, 22). A first brake (30) is associated with a first ring gear (34) and a second brake (32) is associated with a second ring gear (36). Depending on the actuation of these brakes, in the shift modes there is at least one torque flow under acceleration, or at least one torque flow on overrun, through the power-shift multi-speed transmission (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Schlittenbauer, Ianislav Krastev, Wael Mohamed
  • Patent number: 11313442
    Abstract: A range-change transmission device, which is a splitter transmission, includes an input shaft, an output shaft, a countershaft, at least one planetary gear set, and a torque adjustment device. A first transmission element of the planetary gear set is arranged coaxially to the output shaft. A second transmission element of the planetary gear set is or can be directly coupled to the countershaft. A third transmission element of the planetary gear set is permanently coupled to the input shaft in a rotationally fixed manner. The countershaft is or can be coupled to the torque adjustment device. The range-change transmission device has a first switching unit, which is provided to couple the countershaft to the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Frank Steffens, Detlef Schnitzer, Ingo Pfannkuchen, Jens Luckmann
  • Patent number: 11303192
    Abstract: A torque converter comprises a front cover, an impeller having an impeller shell fixed to the front cover, and a turbine fluidly coupled with the impeller and having a turbine shell. A damper assembly is provided that includes an output flange connected to the turbine shell. A clutch assembly is disposed between the front cover and the turbine. The clutch assembly comprises a piston sealed to the front cover at an outer diameter thereof and a clutch flow deflector plate disposed axially between the piston and the output flange, wherein the clutch flow deflector plate is configured to direct a cooling fluid to the clutch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jonathan Adams, Kyle Nelson, Victor Norwich
  • Patent number: 11280392
    Abstract: A gearbox for a vehicle that includes a planetary gear with a ring gear, a sun gear and a planet gear carrier, on which at least one planet gear is rotatably mounted, which ring gear and sun gear are configured to engage with the at least one planet gear; a gearbox housing surrounding the planetary gear; an input shaft and an output shaft for the transfer of torque to and from the gearbox; a first axially movable coupling sleeve for selectively engaging and disengaging the planetary gear with/from the gearbox housing and for selectively engaging and disengaging the ring gear, the sun gear and the planet gear carrier with/from each other; and a second axially movable coupling sleeve for selectively engaging and disengaging the output shaft with/from the ring gear and with/from the planet gear carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Per Arnelöf, Peer Norberg, Tomas Selling
  • Patent number: 11283329
    Abstract: A drive apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes: a generation unit; a gear unit; a rotation unit; and a housing unit. The generation unit generates a rotational force acting around a predetermined axis as a center of rotation. The gear unit includes one or more gears, decelerates the generated rotational force, and transmits the decelerated rotational force. The rotation unit includes a wheel unit and a tire, the wheel unit being directly connected to a gear included in the gear unit and being caused to rotate by the decelerated rotational force, the tire being supported by the wheel unit. The housing unit houses the generation unit by a pair of cover units divided in an axial direction of the predetermined axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 11274708
    Abstract: A clutch for an in-wheel motor includes a hub bearing coupled to a driving wheel and integrally rotated therewith, and formed in a cylindrical shape to provide a seating space therein; a drive shaft positioned in the seating space in a state of being spaced apart from an inner circumferential surface of the hub bearing, connected to a driving part to be rotated by rotational force of the driving part, and provided with a contact part on an outer circumferential surface of a first end of the drive shaft extended in a longitudinal direction; and a plurality of linings positioned inside the seating space on an outer side of the contact part and coupled to the hub bearing to be movable in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Ui Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 11261921
    Abstract: A hybrid module housing includes a bulkhead. The bulkhead has a first radial channel for providing a clutch apply pressure, a second radial channel for providing a clutch cooling flow, and a third radial channel for providing a motor cooling flow. In an example embodiment, the third radial channel is arranged to be on a bottom half of the hybrid module housing when the hybrid module housing is installed in a vehicle. In an example embodiment, the first radial channel and the second radial channel are open at a radially outer surface of the bulkhead, and the third radial channel is sealed at the radially outer surface of the bulkhead. In an example embodiment, the third radial channel includes an axial passage open at a radial wall of the bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Micah Steiner, Matthew Payne, Patrick Lindemann
  • Patent number: 11261965
    Abstract: In a release mechanism of a brake device used in a power transmission process, a motor supplies power, an output shaft of the motor is connected to the brake device, the brake device is formed by at least one friction disc and a brake disc, and a lining is installed on a side of the brake disc facing the friction disc, and a side is acted by an elastic member and attached with the friction disc to produce a braking effect. The release mechanism is connected to the brake device and capable of eliminating the braking effect of the brake device when needed, so that a machine can be operated to complete a stroke to improve the safety of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Comeup Industries Inc
    Inventor: Shih-Jyi Huang
  • Patent number: 11261959
    Abstract: A shifting control apparatus for a vehicle includes a stepped automatic transmission configured to switch shifting positions based on a shifting pattern stored in advance, characterized by comprising: a sensory evaluation input portion configured to accept at least one sensory evaluation made by a vehicle occupant in the vehicle with regard to traveling of the vehicle; an evaluation tendency determining portion configured to determine an emphasis tendency in the sensory evaluation with regard to a phenomenon of an evaluation target with which the vehicle occupant feels dissatisfied based on the sensory evaluation accepted by the sensory evaluation input portion; and a shifting characteristic changing portion configured to change a shifting characteristic of the stepped automatic transmission based on the emphasis tendency in the sensory evaluation with regard to the phenomenon of the evaluation target determined by the evaluation tendency determining portion so as to improve the sensory evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Muto
  • Patent number: 11255419
    Abstract: An axle drive, comprising a drive shaft, a first output shaft and a second output shaft, a first planetary gear mechanism and a second planetary gear mechanism, it being possible for a drive torque of the drive shaft to be transmitted by means of the first planetary gear mechanism and the second planetary gear mechanism to the first and second output shaft, wherein the second planetary gear mechanism is configured radially on the outside coaxially around the first planetary gear mechanism, the internal gear of the first planetary gear mechanism forming the sun gear of the second planetary gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Werner Lindtner
  • Patent number: 11242914
    Abstract: A power transmission unit that can prevent unintentional disengagement of a clutch. A first set of teeth formed on an outer circumferential surface of a first rotary member is engaged with a third set of teeth formed on an inner circumferential surface of a second rotary member. A second set of teeth formed on an inner circumferential surface of the first rotary member is meshed with a fourth set of teeth formed on an outer circumferential surface of a third rotary member. A center of engagement between the first set of teeth and the third set of teeth is situated at a point withdrawn from a center of engagement between the second set of teeth and the fourth set of teeth in the direction to disengage the first set of teeth from the third set of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ebuchi, Yoichiro Isami, Hirotsugu Yoshino, Hiroki Yasui
  • Patent number: 11235662
    Abstract: A gearbox having a power take-off for an electrically propelled vehicle. The gearbox includes a housing; at least one planetary gear set; an input shaft in continuous connection with at least one sun gear; a first output shaft in continuous connection with a carrier; a second output shaft in continuous connection with a ring gear; and a plurality of brake clutches grounded to the housing and are selectively engageable in combinations to transfer a torque from the input shaft to at least one of the first output shaft and the second output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Neeraj S. Shidore, Madhusudan Raghavan
  • Patent number: 11236820
    Abstract: A shift control apparatus for a vehicle automatic transmission to be provided in a vehicle that includes a hydraulic transmission device having a lockup clutch, an engine, an input shaft connected to the engine through the hydraulic transmission device, and drive wheels. The shift control apparatus includes a shift-down control portion configured, when a shift-down operation is executed to establish a first gear position by releasing a second engagement device, during running of the vehicle in a driven state with a second gear position being established with engagement of the second engagement device, to increase a torque of the engine so as to increase an input rotational speed as a rotational speed of the input shaft through the lockup clutch that is placed in an engaged state, and to release the lockup clutch before the input rotational speed reaches a synchronous speed of the first gear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Asami Fujita, Kunio Hattori, Jun Amano, Atsushi Ayabe
  • Patent number: 11231096
    Abstract: An axle assembly with a carrier housing, an input pinion and a ring gear. The input pinion includes pinion gear teeth and is supported for rotation about a first axis relative to the carrier housing via first and second bearings. The ring gear includes ring gear teeth that are meshed to the pinion gear teeth and a third bearing supports the ring gear for rotation about the second axis relative to the carrier housing. The third bearing is disposed along the second axis on a side of the ring gear that is opposite the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Downs, Paul J. Valente
  • Patent number: 11225107
    Abstract: A vehicle axle assembly includes an axle housing and a carrier assembly. The carrier assembly includes a carrier housing and a differential assembly that includes a ring gear arranged in meshing engagement with a pinion gear. The gears are urged away from one another by separation forces during torque transfer. The carrier housing includes a curved wall circumscribed by a mounting flange as well as a plurality of integrally formed and parallel spaced apart gussets interconnecting the curved wall and the mounting flange. The gussets extend in a direction parallel to the gear separation forces to resist bending of the carrier housing. Other features increasing the structural rigidity of the one-piece carrier housing are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Mahindra N.A. Tech Center
    Inventor: David E. Peck
  • Patent number: 11220133
    Abstract: A bicycle component for an at least partially muscle-powered bicycle with at least one freewheel unit including a freewheel component and a support unit and a spring unit, the freewheel component containing a tubular body section extending around a central axis and configured hollow showing a non-round outer contour for non-rotatable and axially displaceable coupling and a front surface with axial engagement components. The spring unit urges the freewheel component and the support unit apart in an axial direction of the central axis. The freewheel component, the support unit, and the spring unit form an assembly suitable for pre-assembly, and the spring unit is attached to the freewheel component and the support unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Walthert, Stefan Spahr
  • Patent number: 11187281
    Abstract: A secondary drive unit (SDU) for the secondary axis of an all wheel drive vehicle consists of an SDU housing defining a first section for receiving a main shaft which is connected to a drive source and a second section for enclosing a twin clutch assembly. The twin clutch assembly has a common clutch housing connected to the main shaft, a left clutch for selectively connecting a left output shaft and the clutch housing, a right clutch for selectively connecting a right output shaft and the clutch housing, and a rigid center plate separating the left and right clutches. The twin clutch assembly may be activated by a dual action piston assembly to decrease all wheel drive synchronization and connection response times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Linamar Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Kocevar, Shun Ohno, Todd R Ekonen, Mitchell Holland, Evan Swinger
  • Patent number: 11187310
    Abstract: A gear mechanism includes at least a first and a second shaft, and at least a first and a second switching group arranged between the first and the second shafts. Each of the switching groups includes at least two transmission units which are individually switched and have a different transmission ratio. The first switching group is movable into active connection with the first shaft by a planetary stage which is constructed such that a mechanical power which is introduced via the first shaft is transmitted to the second shaft via a first or a second power path. At least one transmission unit of the first switching group is associated with each power path and in at least one switching state of the first switching group, the power flow extends over at least one transmission unit of the first and the second power path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Christoph Eisenhardt, Stefan Raisch
  • Patent number: 11187302
    Abstract: A reduction gear may have a housing, a first gear stage and a second gear stage. The second gear stage may have an externally toothed first gear wheel and an internally toothed second gear wheel which meshes with the first gear wheel and is at least indirectly rotationally fixed to an output. The reduction gear may also have a circumferential eccentric, which is driven by the first gear stage, for driving a rolling motion from the second gear wheel to the first gear wheel. A torque support disc is guided in a linearly movable manner in a first direction along two sliding surfaces of the bearing point. A rib bears against the torque support disc and elastically pretensions the torque support disc in the direction of a further sliding surface of the bearing point. A gear motor having an electric motor may use the reduction gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Keiper Seating Mechanisms Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norbert Griewenka