Patents Examined by Jonathan R Matthias
  • Patent number: 10808588
    Abstract: An after treatment method for a lean-burn engine is disclosed. The after treatment method is configured to control an after treatment system sequentially equipped with an ammonia production catalyst module, a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst, and a CO clean-up catalyst (CUC) on an exhaust pipe through which an exhaust gas flows and which is connected to a lean-burn engine. NH3 generation in the ammonia production catalyst module is changed according to a temperature and a temperature change rate of the SCR catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nahm Roh Joo, ChangHo Jung, Chang Hwan Kim, Dohyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10808587
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purification device for a vehicle includes a tubular enclosure having a central axis, a purification member for exhaust gases housed in the tubular enclosure, an electric heating member housed in the tubular enclosure, and a power source electrically powering the electric heating member. The electric heating member comprises a heating plate made from an electrically conductive material extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to the central axis. The heating plate has a solid center and at least two branches, each branch extending in a spiral from the solid center to a free end located near the tubular enclosure. The heating plate is permeable to the exhaust gases and comprises a network of passages for the exhaust gas generating a turbulent flow of the exhaust gases through the heating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA SYSTEMES D'ECHAPPEMENT
    Inventors: Eric Ottaviani, Jean-Paul Brunel
  • Patent number: 10794256
    Abstract: Apparatus (100) for controlling an aftertreatment system of an internal combustion engine (101), a system comprising an apparatus, a vehicle comprising a system and a method (1000) of controlling injection in an internal combustion engine (101) are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a processing means (102) configured to receive a first signal from a first temperature sensing means (103) indicative of a first temperature of exhaust gases outputted from an internal combustion engine (101) at a first location upstream of a first exhaust system component (104) configured to provide a passage for exhaust gases. The processing means is also configured to receive a second signal from a flow rate sensing means (105) indicative of a flow rate of the exhaust gases outputted from the engine (101) and calculate an approximated value at least from the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Neil Bevan, Alex Romocea
  • Patent number: 10794309
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a particulate filter comprising a pretreatment. In one example, a method may include applying a pretreatment to an unused particulate filter, wherein the particulate filter is subjected to incomplete oxidation conditions following application of the pretreatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Helmut Hans Ruhland, Brendan Patrick Carberry, Jan Linsel, Christoph Boerensen
  • Patent number: 10794249
    Abstract: An amount of deposition of intramural PM in a particulate filter is estimated with a high degree of accuracy. A controller obtains, as a correlation between a reference value of an intramural PM deposition amount and an oxygen storage capacity of the catalyst, a change over time of an oxygen storage capacity of the catalyst according to a change of a filter PM deposition amount in a period of time from a point in time at which the filter PM deposition amount is substantially zero to a point in time at which the oxygen storage capacity of the catalyst, which becomes larger according to an increase of the filter PM deposition amount, reaches a maximum value. Further, the controller estimates a current intramural PM deposition amount based on a current oxygen storage capacity of the catalyst and the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoya Kaneko, Hiromasa Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10787949
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an engine system having a split exhaust system. In one example, a system may include an engine having a plurality of cylinders, each of the plurality of cylinders including first and second exhaust ports, the first and second exhaust ports arranged in a non-alternating pattern across the plurality of cylinders and along a cylinder head, a blowdown exhaust manifold coupled to the first exhaust ports and an exhaust passage, and a scavenge exhaust manifold coupled to the second exhaust ports and an intake passage of the engine. In this way, the first and second exhaust ports may be arranged to enhance turbocharger performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Patrick McConville, John Cornell, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10787943
    Abstract: An exhaust muffler includes a first muffler section connected to an exhaust pipe and a second muffler section connected to the first muffler section. Exhaust gases delivered from the exhaust pipe are discharged from the first muffler section and the second muffler section out of the exhaust muffler. The first muffler section includes a tubular member made up of an inner pipe to which the exhaust pipe is connected and an outer pipe covering the inner pipe, and a connector connecting the tubular member and the second muffler section to each other. The first muffler section has a first expansion chamber defined therein between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The inner pipe houses therein a valve for changing an amount of exhaust gases passing through the inner pipe. The first muffler section includes a curved portion that is curved vertically as viewed in side elevation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kishikawa, Yoji Fukui, Kazuya Yoshio, Takuya Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10781735
    Abstract: Methods and systems are featured for reducing harmful exhaust gas components of combustion devices such as gasoline-powered combustion engines (e.g., predominately stoichiometric running engines). The methods and systems include an underbody combination of a hydrocarbon trap (HCT), suited for cold start hydrocarbon adsorption, as well as an associated NOx trap. The system is inclusive of a control unit for extending a lean exhaust condition reaching the desorbing HCT as to avoid a deficiency in oxygen during the time period of HCT desorption. The system is also inclusive of one or more TWCs as in one associated with the underbody HCT-NOx-trap combination and/or one positioned in a close coupled position. Platinum group metals as in Pd, Rh and Pt are also featured on one, two or all three of the HCT, NOx-trap, and TWC when present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Umicore AG & CO KG
    Inventors: David Moser, John Nunan, Chad Alltizer
  • Patent number: 10774716
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for HP-EGR and LP-EGR. In one example, a method includes selecting a HP-EGR mode or a LP-EGR mode in response to a first difference calculated between ammonia desired during the two modes, and a second difference calculated between NOx emitted during the two modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederik De Smet, Monika Angst
  • Patent number: 10767527
    Abstract: An exhaust system (1) for a motor vehicle includes an exhaust gas-purifying device (2) for purifying exhaust gas (3) removed from an internal combustion engine with a reducing agent feed (4), which is arranged downstream and at a spaced location from the exhaust gas-purifying device (2) and by which a reducing agent can be introduced into the exhaust system (1). A reducing agent-deflecting device (7) is arranged between the exhaust gas-purifying device (2) and the reducing agent feed (4). The reducing agent-deflecting device (7) has at least one reducing agent-deflecting element (8) of a blade-like design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Eberspächer Exhaust Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Silvia Calvo
  • Patent number: 10753256
    Abstract: An injection controller that is applied to an exhaust purification system including an injector that is located in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine and injects to supply a reducing agent in a liquid state to a NOx purification catalyst purifying NOx in an exhaust gas, and a pump that pressurizes and pumps the reducing agent to the injector through a reducing-agent passage. The injection controller includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a variation quantity of a rotational speed of the pump caused in response to an injection of the injector or a correlation value that is a value correlative to the variation quantity, as a rotational variation parameter, and a determination unit configured to determine whether an air mixing exists in the reducing-agent passage based on the rotational variation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Takemoto, Tomomi Oshima
  • Patent number: 10753257
    Abstract: Mat (1) for mounting a pollution control element in a housing, comprising inorganic fibre material. At an edge surface (20) of the mat a plurality of fibres (30) are heat fused to form fusion volumes (90). The average number of fusion volumes per square millimetre of the edge surface is at least 100, and at least 80% of the fusion volumes have a projected size of between 10 ?m and 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kerstin C. Rosen, Knut Schumacher, Tilo Remhof
  • Patent number: 10753296
    Abstract: In a work machine including an engine; a hydraulic pump; an actuator; an operating member that operates an actuator; an exhaust gas purifying device; a load application device that applies a load to an engine to raise the temperature of exhaust gas; and a control device, the load application device includes a load application valve that is provided in series between the hydraulic pump and the actuator and performs switching as to whether a hydraulic oil flow channel between the hydraulic pump and the actuator is brought into a communication state or a non-communication state in accordance with a control pressure, and if a load application request is input, the control device changes the control pressure exerted on the load application valve on the basis of the presence or absence of input of an operation signal of the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES CONSTRUCTION CRANES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Funato, Tatsuo Koshi
  • Patent number: 10746138
    Abstract: An EGR cooler may include an EGR cooler housing having top, bottom and side walls, inlet and outlet end walls disposed at opposite ends, and a longitudinal axis extending in a direction of exhaust gas flow from the inlet end to the outlet end. A plurality of cooling tubes extend through the EGR cooler between the top and bottom walls, and are arranged in a cooling tube array to form an exhaust gas receiving area at an upstream side of the cooling tube array proximate the inlet end wall so that exhaust gas flowing into the EGR cooler through an exhaust gas inlet opening will flow into the exhaust gas receiving area and then disperse through the cooling tube array. A pitch distance between the cooling tubes may be greater proximate the longitudinal axis than proximate the side walls to promote flow through, instead of around, the cooling tube array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Sudarshan Kedarnath Loya, Steven D. Johnson, Vijaya Kumar, Laura Elise Rasmussen, Adarsh Gopinathan Nair, Michael B. Goetzke
  • Patent number: 10746069
    Abstract: An exhaust system for a work vehicle includes a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) assembly that includes an SCR module. The SCR module includes a first exhaust flow path and a second exhaust flow path. The SCR assembly also includes an inlet configured to receive a flow of an exhaust solution, to direct a first portion of the exhaust solution to the first exhaust flow path, and to direct a second portion of the exhaust solution to the second exhaust flow path. The SCR assembly further includes an outlet mixer configured to receive the first and second portions of the exhaust solution and to direct the first and second portion of the exhaust solution out of the SCR assembly. The outlet mixer includes one or more features configured to mix the first and second portions of the exhaust solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Morey, Kaushal Ghorpade, Kain Knowles, Nikolay Popov, Panos Tamamidis
  • Patent number: 10738676
    Abstract: An exhaust component includes a housing defining an internal cavity and a burner positioned within the internal cavity. The burner provides a combustion chamber having an exhaust gas inlet, a fuel inlet, a combustion air inlet, and an outlet. At least one exhaust aftertreatment component is positioned within the internal cavity and is directly coupled to the outlet of the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC
    Inventor: Tony R. Parrish
  • Patent number: 10738678
    Abstract: A correction method of NOx purifying efficiency of SDPF includes: measuring a temperature change per unit time inside the SDPF, determining whether the temperature change per unit time inside the SDPF is below a first predetermined value, determining whether a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of temperature of respective parts inside the SDPF is below a second predetermined value if the temperature change per unit time inside the SDPF is below the first predetermined value, determining whether a temperature inside the SDPF is in a low temperature region if the difference between the maximum value and the minimum value of temperature of the respective parts inside the SDPF is below the second predetermined value, and performing a low temperature region correction if the temperature inside the SDPF is in the low temperature region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, FEV EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Ki Hyung Joo, Myung Jong Lee, Jin Woo Park, Arun Palaniappan Muthukaruppan, Waldemar Josef Kansy
  • Patent number: 10738660
    Abstract: In some aspects, a steam turbine system includes a high-pressure turbine section; a low-pressure turbine section; a high-pressure control valve operable to provide an adjustable flow of steam into the high-pressure turbine section; a low-pressure control valve operable to provide an adjustable flow of steam into the low-pressure turbine section; a controller associated with the high-pressure control valve and the low-pressure control valve. The controller is operable to: receive measurements of three or more different operating points of the steam turbine system, the measurements of each of the three or more different operating points including a position of the high-pressure control valve, a position of the low-pressure control valve, and two of process variables of the steam turbine system; calculate coefficients of a steam performance map of the steam turbine system based on the measurements; and generate the steam performance map based on the coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Tena K. Britt, Scott David Oceanak, Dave Rubenthaler, Aaron Russo
  • Patent number: 10731533
    Abstract: A method for determining the temperature of an electrically heatable catalytic converter having an electric heating element that includes a heating resistor, the electrical resistance of which changes as a function of the component temperature of the electrically heatable catalytic converter. This resistance is determined from the current intensity and the voltage at the electrically heatable catalytic converter, and is used to determine the component temperature of the catalytic converter, based on a characteristic curve stored in the control unit. The energization of the heating resistor for determining the component temperature takes place in each case for only a short time in order to minimize the energy input into the heating resistor and thus avoid overheating of the heating resistor. In addition, by use of the short time interval, the aim is to minimize the energy requirements for determining the component temperature of the electrically heatable catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Hardy Naumann, Stefan Paukner
  • Patent number: 10723964
    Abstract: A combustible gas from carbon black production is utilized in a gas engine by adding an oxygen-containing gas to the combustible gas, passing said mixed gas over a selective catalyst, which is active for oxidizing H2S to SO2 but substantially inactive for oxidation of CO, H2 and other hydrocarbons with less than 4 C-atoms, passing the converted gas through an SO2 removal step, and passing the cleaned gas to a gas engine or to an energy recovery boiler. This way, the tail gas from carbon black production, which is normally combusted in a CO boiler or incinerated, can be utilized to good effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HALDOR TOPSØE A/S
    Inventors: Niklas Bengt Jakobsson, Kurt Agerbæk Christensen