Patents Examined by Karen Masih
  • Patent number: 10854397
    Abstract: An electric machine, to a motor vehicle with such an electric machine, and to a method for operating such an electric machine. The electric machine includes at least one sliding contact which is formed by a slip ring connected to a rotor and by at least one brush and via which an operating current flows during an operation of the electric machine. A control unit is configured to control the operation of the electric machine. The control unit is configured to verify a predetermined operating criterion of the electric machine and, if said operating criterion is met, to inject a cleaning current according to a predetermined scheme, which then flows independently of the operating current via the sliding contact and cleans said sliding contact in order to maintain or improve a current transfer capability of the sliding contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Roman Strasser
  • Patent number: 10848087
    Abstract: Provided is a control arrangement for controlling an electrical machine, including: a fundamental current controller, at least one harmonic flux controller related to a harmonic of an electrical frequency of the electrical machine, a summation system for adding voltage commands to obtain a summed voltage command based on which the electrical machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY A/S
    Inventors: Heng Deng, Nuno Miguel Amaral Friere, Zhan-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 10848014
    Abstract: In one aspect, embodiments of the invention are directed to a multi-pole rotor of a variable-flux memory motor (VFMM) that includes: a rotor core; and a plurality of poles. Each of the poles includes: one or more soft rotor magnets; a first ferrous wedge; and a second ferrous wedge. The one or more soft rotor magnets are disposed between the first and second ferrous wedges in a circumferential direction of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Jacobi Motors LLC
    Inventors: Nicolaus Radford, Mohammadreza Barzegaranbaboli, Akhila Bachapalli, Takashi Nakachi, Chaitanya Ravipalli, Brian Wightman, Shriya Bhatnagar
  • Patent number: 10840844
    Abstract: To provide a controller for a rotary electric machine capable of suppressing occurrence of an angle interval when the rotary electric machine cannot output torque, even if the ON angle interval of the switching devices is set smaller than 120 degrees in the rectangular wave control. A controller for a rotary electric machine performs a rectangular wave control to a rotary electric machine which has 2 groups of three-phase windings, with a phase difference between groups; and switches a first control mode and a second control mode according to a switching condition; wherein the first control mode is a mode which sets an ON angle interval to an angle within a range from 120 degrees to 180 degrees; and wherein the second control mode is a mode which sets the ON angle interval to an angle within a range from 90 degrees to 120 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Akita, Masahiko Fujita, Norio Matsumoto, Toshiyuki Yoshizawa, Mitsunori Tabata
  • Patent number: 10819258
    Abstract: A method and circuit for controlling or starting a U-shape single phase synchronous permanent magnetic motor (U-SPSPM motor) having a rotor and a stator and coupled to a single phase alternating current (AC) power source through a switch, including estimating back electromotive force (back-EMF) of the motor based on an observer model with inputs indicative of the measured signals, and triggering the switch to supply power to the motor based on the estimates of the back-EMF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Fitzpatrick, Biao He, Qiang Mei, Ying Xiao
  • Patent number: 10819197
    Abstract: A vehicle power system includes an electric machine, an inverter electrically connected with the electric machine, and a controller. The controller, while injecting AC voltage output by the inverter into the electric machine as a DC voltage input to the inverter changes, drives a duty ratio of the inverter toward a constant value to obtain resolver offset information associated with the electric machine from a current response of the electric machine to the AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Silong Li, Jiyao Wang, Wei Xu
  • Patent number: 10816959
    Abstract: A method and a system for compensating an offset of a resolver, may include sampling an output signal of the resolver at a predetermined sampling frequency, comparing magnitudes of the sampled output signals of the resolver, when a difference in magnitude between the sampled output signals of the resolver is greater than a predetermined reference value, controlling the motor by a random pulse width modulation (RPWM) scheme in which switching frequencies of the switching elements in the inverter are arbitrarily changed, and compensating an offset of the resolver coupled to the motor while controlling the motor with the RPWM scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Sang Lim, Joo Young Park, Gu Bae Kang, Young Un Kim
  • Patent number: 10812007
    Abstract: A capacitor and other components are added to the motor starter control circuit in order to supply power to the contactor coil during undervoltage events. In order to avoid adding an additional active device in the control circuit to control the application of capacitor voltage to the contactor coil, a microprocessor-based motor protective relay may be used to switch the capacitor in or out in a controlled manner. The motor protective relay is used for overload protection as well as for undervoltage switching of the capacitor. The motor protective relay is microprocessor-based and offers user-configurable general-purpose logic and math processing functions to control the capacitor switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan W. Fraser
  • Patent number: 10797624
    Abstract: A rotation angle correction device corrects a rotation angle of a converter converting a signal from a resolver attached to a motor. An arrival time measurement unit measures an arrival time at which the rotation angle reaches a specified rotation angle from a reference angle in a current cycle. A reference time calculation unit calculates a reference time at which the rotation angle reaches the specified rotation angle from the reference angle assuming that the motor rotates in the current cycle at the same angular velocity as an angular velocity in a previous cycle. A difference calculation unit calculates a difference between the arrival time and the reference time. An error angle calculation unit multiplies the difference between the arrival time and the reference time and the angular velocity in the previous cycle to obtain an error angle. A correction unit corrects the rotation angle based on the error angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsuhiro Hirata
  • Patent number: 10790712
    Abstract: In one aspect, embodiments of the invention are directed to a multi-pole rotor of a variable-flux memory motor (VFMM) that includes: a rotor core; and a plurality of poles. Each of the poles includes: one or more soft rotor magnets; a first ferrous wedge; and a second ferrous wedge. The one or more soft rotor magnets are disposed between the first and second ferrous wedges in a circumferential direction of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Jacobi Motors LLC
    Inventors: Nicolaus Radford, Mohammadreza Barzegaranbaboli, Akhila Bachapalli, Takashi Nakachi, Chaitanya Ravipalli, Brian Wightman, Shriya Bhatnagar
  • Patent number: 10790768
    Abstract: A rotational stop position of a motor is accurately controlled. A motor driving control device (100) includes a BEMF detection unit (118) for detecting zero-cross of back electromotive force of a motor coil provided in a motor, and a CPU (101) for controlling driving of the motor by a 1-phase energization method and, without a position sensor, performing commutation based on the zero-cross of the back electromotive force detected by the BEMF detection unit (118), controlling driving of the motor based on a rotational speed corresponding to a drive voltage and a load, and performing extension control of a commutation time for each step from a calculated deceleration start step until the rotational speed of the motor decreases to a predetermined rotational speed or less for enabling the motor to stop at a desired stop position when the driving of the motor is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Hijikata
  • Patent number: 10784811
    Abstract: A power conversion device control system includes a power conversion device configured to supply electric power to a rotary electric machine, and a control device configured to control the power conversion device, wherein the control device controls the power conversion device through synchronous control in which a carrier frequency of the power conversion device is proportional to a rotational speed of the rotary electric machine when a temperature of a permanent magnet provided in the rotary electric machine is higher than a predetermined threshold value, and controls the power conversion device through non-synchronous control in which a carrier frequency of the power conversion device is not proportional to a rotational speed of the rotary electric machine when a temperature of the permanent magnet is the predetermined threshold value or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Sano
  • Patent number: 10784800
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to improve reliability after the control of a microcomputer recovers. A signal control apparatus according to the present invention includes a microcomputer, an output control unit that receives a reset signal and a load control signal from the microcomputer and outputs a load output signal to a load, and when the output control unit receives the reset signal, the output control unit maintains a state of the load output signal immediately before the reset signal is received, and when the load control signal is switched, the output control unit releases the maintaining state of the load output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10778138
    Abstract: A drilling device having a motor for driving a tool received in a tool holder, wherein the motor is coupled to a power source providing electrical operating power, and having a first switch for switching on the motor. A temperature switching element is provided, which is reversibly transferred from a first switching position to a second switching position, which shuts off the motor when the limit temperature of the switched-on motor is exceeded. For cooling the motor, the first switch and the temperature switching element are connected such that in the second switching position of the temperature switching element, it is possible to switch on the motor by pressing and holding the first switch. Moreover, the invention relates to a method for operating a drilling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: C. & E. Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Scherrenbacher, Ralf Gosnik, Christoph Meyer
  • Patent number: 10770999
    Abstract: A brushless, self-excited synchronous field winding machine is presented. The AC stator is configured with four or more phases to produce independent magnetic fields at different spatial harmonics. Windings in the rotor are configured to magnetically couple to the different spatial harmonics produced by the AC stator. More specifically, an oscillating field generated by the stator magnetically couples to the excitation winding on the rotor. This induces an AC voltage which results in current flowing through the field winding of the rotor. The magnitude of the field current is therefore controlled by the magnitude of the oscillating field. The AC stator also produces a magnetic field at a different spatial harmonic which magnetically couples to field winding of the rotor. This component will interact with the field current to produce torque. With this approach, the power density of the electric machine is significantly increased as compared to conventional field winding designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventor: Heath F. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10770994
    Abstract: An actuator assembly includes an electric motor including a rotor assembly and a stator assembly configured to be actuated to cause the rotor assembly to rotate based on an amount of magnetic flux in the rotor assembly is disclosed. The assembly also includes a controllable magnetic device coupled to the rotor assembly, an actuator coupled to the rotor assembly; and a controller configured to apply electric current to the controllable magnetic device to adjust an amount of torque provided by the electric motor by adjusting the magnetic flux in the rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard A. Poisson, Naison E. Mastrocola
  • Patent number: 10763765
    Abstract: A brake control system includes: a plurality of motors each provided with a brake device and a position detecting section; and a brake control device that controls a plurality of the brake devices using one brake-oriented power source. The position detecting section includes a position detecting circuit section and a communication circuit section. The brake device includes: a current detecting section that detects a brake current flowing through a brake coil of an electromagnetic brake; and an insulating circuit section that electrically insulates the current detecting section and the communication circuit section. The communication circuit section transmits to the brake control device the brake current acquired via the insulating circuit section. The brake control device includes a fault specifying section that specifies the faulty brake device based on a plurality of detection signals detected by a plurality of the current detecting sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shouta Fujii, Tsutomu Shikagawa
  • Patent number: 10756655
    Abstract: A method of operating a resolver management device according to the present invention includes: generating an excitation signal by using an external control signal; counting a time interval (a first delay time) to a first pole of the excitation signal based on one period of the external control signal by using an internal clock; receiving an excitation signal reflected from a resolver sensor; counting a time interval (a second delay time) to a second pole of the reflected excitation signal at the first pole by using the internal clock; and transmitting a first count value corresponding to the first delay time and a second count value corresponding to the second delay time to a microcontroller unit (MCU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Hoon Bang
  • Patent number: 10744642
    Abstract: A control apparatus of the motor according to one aspect includes: a first feedforward calculator configured to calculate a first motor output torque value so that a torque value indicated by a torque command signal can be generated in a joint part of a robot based on a model of a motor, a decelerator, or a link and the number of rotations of the motor, a second feedforward calculator configured to calculate a second motor output torque value based on the torque value indicated by the torque command signal without depending on the number of rotations of the motor; and a comparator configured to add the first motor output torque value, the second motor output torque value, and a third motor output torque value calculated based on the torque value detected by a sensor and the torque value indicated by the torque command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10734934
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for quasi-sensorless adaptive control of a high rotor pole switched-reluctance motor (HRSRM). The method comprises the steps of: applying a voltage pulse to an inactive phase winding and measuring current response in each inactive winding. Motor index pulses are used for speed calculation and to establish a time base. Slope of the current is continuously monitored which allows the shaft speed to be updated multiple times and to track any change in speed and fix the dwell angle based on the shaft speed. The apparatus for quasi-sensorless control of a high rotor pole switched-reluctance motor (HRSRM) comprises a switched-reluctance motor having a stator and a rotor, a three-phase inverter controlled by a processor connected to the switched-reluctance motor, a load and a converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Software Motor Company
    Inventors: Trevor A. Creary, Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Piyush C. Desai, Mark Johnston, Timothy Knodel