Patents Examined by Kelsey L Stanek
  • Patent number: 10502154
    Abstract: An electronic control unit of a control device for an internal combustion engine executes, for a first cycle, first drive processing for controlling an actuator such that a pin drive operation is executed for switching from a first cam to a second cam, executes second drive processing for controlling the actuator such that the pin drive operation is executed again for a second cycle, and executes abnormality determination processing for determining that a cam switching mechanism has an abnormality in a case where a pin returns to a reference position by using a pin return section following a cam switching section of the first cycle after the execution of the first drive processing and the pin returns to the reference position by using the pin return section following the cam switching section of the second cycle after the execution of the second drive processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Sasaki, Noriyasu Adachi, Shigehiro Sugihira, Takayoshi Kawai, Shinji Sadakane, Kaoru Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10502118
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery device includes: a first pipe through which exhaust gas from an engine flows; a second pipe that communicates with the first pipe and bypasses the first pipe; a heat recovery unit that is disposed at an interior of the second pipe, and that exchanges heat between the exhaust gas and cooling water that circulates at an interior of the heat recovery unit, and that recovers heat of the exhaust gas; and a heat transfer suppressing mechanism that is provided at a portion connecting the first pipe with the second pipe, and that suppresses transfer of heat from the first pipe to the second pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Murata, Tadashi Nakagawa, Kazunari Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10495045
    Abstract: An exhaust gas heat recovery (EGHR) system for a vehicle is configured to selectively distribute a fluid heated by engine exhaust through a coolant path for heating an engine, a transmission and a battery during cold operating conditions until a desired operating temperature is reached. In response to receiving one or more heating requests from the engine, transmission and/or battery, a controller distributes the fluid through the coolant path according to a priority level for each heating request received, wherein the priority level for each heating request may be based on current vehicle operating conditions and/or driver demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Shlomo Revach
  • Patent number: 10494961
    Abstract: A mechanism provides high pressure fluid to a cam phaser on demand. The mechanism includes a positive displacement pump within the camshaft which is driven by a pin to compress and trigger fluid to be dispensed to the phaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Mark M. Wigsten
  • Patent number: 10487700
    Abstract: A cam phaser for a cam shaft arrangement including an inner cam shaft and an outer cam shaft arranged concentrical relative to the inner cam shaft, the cam phaser including at least one rotor; at least one stator; and at least one compensation element configured to compensate axial and/or radial and/or angular tolerances, wherein the stator is connectable torque proof at least indirectly through a drive gear with the outer cam shaft and the rotor is connectable torque proof with the inner cam shaft, wherein the drive gear is separate from the stator and attachable torque proof at the outer cam shaft, wherein the stator is rotatably supportable on the inner cam shaft, wherein plural compensation elements are provided which are arranged evenly distributed in a circumferential direction, wherein the compensation elements are configured torsion stiff in the circumferential direction and attached between the stator and the drive gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ECO Holding 1 GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Berwinkl, Rene Heym, Markus Todt, Stephan Wanner
  • Patent number: 10487708
    Abstract: A method for operating an engine system is provided. The method includes during a first operating condition, flowing oil from an oil sump to a heat exchanger attached to a reductant tank and transferring heat from oil flowing through the heat exchanger to reductant stored in the reductant tank. The method further includes during a second operating condition, flowing oil from the oil sump to the heat exchanger and transferring heat from the reductant stored in the reductant tank to oil flowing through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Mehring, Thomas Lorenz, Hans Guenter Quix, Jan Linsel, Moritz Klaus Springer, Florian Huth
  • Patent number: 10487710
    Abstract: A modular valve unit for controlling the flow rate of an intake or exhaust gas of a combustion engine through the passage of a valve, the valve unit comprising a valve having a valve housing (1) and at least one valve flap (2). The valve unit further comprises an interface (3) and an adapter (6), the interface (3) being connected to the valve housing (1) and having a support (32) and an engagement portion comprising at least two engagement legs (31) projecting from the distal end of the support (32) and being directed away from the valve housing (1). The adapter (6) has a connection plate (62) having at least two engagement orifices (61) for receiving the engagement legs (31) of the interface (3) and a mounting portion for holding an actuator (7). The at least two engagement orifices (61) of the connection plate (62) of the adapter (6) are each configured to engage the corresponding at least two engagement legs (31) of the engagement portion of the interface (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: Bosal Emission Control Systems NV, Mikuni Corporation
    Inventors: Keigo Suzuki, Vik Haesen
  • Patent number: 10480387
    Abstract: A housing for an aftertreatment system is disclosed. The housing includes a wall that defines an interior cavity. The interior cavity is configured to enclose at least one aftertreatment component. Moreover, the wall has at least one corrugated panel having alternating grooves and ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Denis, Zhang Zhenhua, Min Xiao, Julian Justin, Jun Zuo
  • Patent number: 10472998
    Abstract: A rocker arm includes an outer arm with an outer follower and an inner arm which selectively pivots relative to the outer arm, the inner arm having an inner follower. A lost motion spring biases the inner arm to pivot relative to the outer arm. A lock pin which slides between a coupled position and a decoupled position. A pivot shaft includes a first portion a second portion centered about a first pivot shaft axis and a third portion located between the first portion and the second portion that is centered about a second pivot shaft axis which is parallel to, and laterally offset from, the first pivot shaft axis. The third portion supports the inner arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Dominic Borraccia, Ian R. Jermy
  • Patent number: 10465577
    Abstract: A fuel supply device (2), in particular for use in a motor vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine (20), has a fuel supply pump (4) which is designed to remove fuel (28) from a fuel tank (6) and to release said fuel under increased pressure through an outlet; a first fluid connection (7) which is provided for connecting an exhaust line metering device (8) and; a second fluid connection (10) which is provided for connecting an engine injection device (12). The first fluid connection (7) is directly connected to the outlet of the fuel supply pump (4). A fluid choke (16) is arranged between the outlet of the fuel supply pump (4) and the second fluid connection (10). The invention enables an exhaust line metering device (8) and an engine injection device (12) to be operated reliably on a common fuel supply device (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Roberto Scarfone
  • Patent number: 10465566
    Abstract: A rocker arm includes an outer arm defining a bore; an inner arm which pivots relative to the outer arm, the inner arm defining a stop surface; a lost motion spring which biases the inner arm to pivot relative to the outer arm in a first direction; and a lock pin that slides within the bore between a coupled position in which the lock pin prevents the inner arm from pivoting relative to the outer arm past a predetermined position in a second direction which is opposite of the first direction and a decoupled position in which the lock pin permits the inner arm to pivot relative to the outer arm past the predetermined position in the second direction; such that the lock pin and the stop surface act together to limit the extent to which the inner arm pivots relative to the outer arm in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Joseph M. West, Chad E. Uckermark
  • Patent number: 10450912
    Abstract: An exhaust silencer for a motor vehicle is provided. In one example, the silencer comprises a noise-reducing structure and a heat sink to transfer heat from exhaust gases to the exterior of the silencer, the heat sink comprising two regions of fins which define a plurality of flow channels through the heat sink, the flow channels directing the flow of exhaust through the silencer from an inlet passage to an outlet passage. In this way, a temperature of the exhaust is reduced, and the silencer and downstream components of an exhaust system may be constructed of materials of a lower thermal tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Donnelly, Daniel Neville, John Shore, Graeme McKen
  • Patent number: 10443469
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purification system includes, as an exhaust gas path of an engine to be mounted in a ship, a main path which is in communication with outside, a bypass path which branches off from a halfway portion of the main path, and a combined casing with which both the main path and the bypass path are in communication. A selective catalyst reduction device is accommodated in the combined casing at a location close to the main path. A path-switching member which switches exhaust gas moving direction is placed in a branched portion between the main path and the bypass path. A reducing agent injection body is placed in the main path between the path-switching member and the combined casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yokoyama, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Yasuyuki Takahata, Shunji Hamaoka
  • Patent number: 10443597
    Abstract: A gear pump includes a drive gear with drive gear teeth and a driven gear with driven gear teeth. The drive gear is rotatably disposed about a drive gear axis. The driven gear is rotatably disposed about a driven gear axis and is intermeshed with the drive gear such that a plurality of driven gear teeth are in sliding contact with a plurality of the driven gear teeth. One or more of the drive gear teeth or the driven gear teeth define within the tooth interior a cavity. The cavity is in fluid communication through an orifice with an inter-tooth volume defined between the contacting drive gear teeth and driven gear teeth such that fluid flows through the orifice to reduce cavitation within fluid confined within the inter-tooth volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Lubomir A. Ribarov, Leo J. Veilleux, Jr., James S. Elder, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10443477
    Abstract: An aftertreatment system may include an exhaust gas passageway and a mixer assembly. The exhaust gas passageway may receive exhaust gas from an engine. The mixer assembly is disposed within the exhaust gas passageway and may include an upstream baffle, a downstream baffle, and a tube extending between and connected to the upstream and downstream baffles. The tube may include an inner surface defining a first flow path through the mixer assembly. The upstream and downstream baffles may be attached to each other, the tube and the exhaust gas passageway. The upstream and downstream baffles may cooperate to define a second flow path through the mixer assembly. The second flow path may extend in a rotational direction around an outer surface of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Manoj K. Sampath, Omkar Champhekar, Yanping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10428718
    Abstract: An exhaust gas aftertreatment system for a vehicle includes a cylindrical inner shell, a cylindrical outer shell, an inner end cap, a metal mounting member, and an outer end cap. The inner shell is configured to guide exhaust gas. The outer shell forms a first gap to the inner shell. The inner end cap encloses an open end of the outer shell. The inner end cap includes a first axially-extending lip. The inner end cap is fixed to the inner shell. The outer end cap is fixed to the inner end cap. The outer end cap includes a second axially-extending lip. The outer end cap and the inner end cap cooperate to encapsulate the mounting member. The first axially-extending lip is sandwiched between the outer shell and the second axially-extending lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Owen, Mark Kluesner
  • Patent number: 10422264
    Abstract: A work machine provided with an exhaust gas purifying device includes a selective catalytic reducing device that performs treatment on exhaust gas of an engine, and a reducing agent injection device that injects a reducing agent into exhaust gas to be supplied to the selective catalytic reducing device. The work machine is provided with a housing that delimits an engine room accommodating the engine and the exhaust gas purifying device. The housing includes a top board that covers the engine room above the engine, and an exhaust duct that is provided in the top board and discharges the air in the engine room to the outside of the engine room. A part of a reducing agent supply pipe for guiding the reducing agent to the reducing agent injection device is disposed in the exhaust duct in a position above the reducing agent injection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KCM Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Itou, Hiroyuki Kizaki, Takashi Takeyama
  • Patent number: 10415625
    Abstract: A fastening device, fixing an exhaust manifold (12) on a cylinder head (14) of an internal combustion engine, has a contact surface (20) supported relative to a cylinder head contact surface (22). A fastening edge area (16) has a wedge fastening flange area (24) with a fastening element support surface (26) inclined in relation to the contact surface (20) that has a wedge angle (W1). A fastening element (38) is pressed against the fastening element support surface (26) with a fastening flange support surface (40) with a fastening bolt unit (30) supported in relation to the cylinder head (14). The wedge angle (W1) and a coefficient of static friction (?) of the frictional interaction of the fastening element (38) in relation to the exhaust manifold (12) is defined by: 0<W1<2 tan?1 (?), in which W1 is the wedge angle, and ? if the coefficient of static friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Eberspächer Exhaust Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Mohr, Arnulf Spieth, Jürgen Häberle
  • Patent number: 10415447
    Abstract: A gas duct (100) has a duct wall (110) enclosing an interior space (120), a heated porous metal structure (113) arranged in the interior space (120) for passing through gases and an electric heater (102). The electric heater (102) is a mineral-insulated heater including a heat conductor (104), one or more front-side connection openings and an outer metal jacket (108). The electric heater (102) has a section (102a), which is passed through the duct wall (110), so that all front-side connection openings (116) are arranged outside the interior space (120) of the gas duct (100) and the outer metal jacket (108) is welded or soldered to the duct wall (110) in the section. The heat conductor (104) is completely embedded in a ceramic insulation (106) at least in the sections of the electric heater (102) that are arranged in the interior space (120) of the gas duct (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Türk & Hillinger GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10408109
    Abstract: A device for catalytic conversion of NOx to 8 and/or of CO to CO2, including: a ceramic support including at least a plurality of channels; a thermal barrier made of thermal insulating material covering at least one part of the internal surface of the channels; porous SiC at least partially covering the thermal barrier such that the SiC is separated from the support by the thermal barrier; one or more conversion catalysts at least on the SiC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Sebastien Donet, Aurelie Vandeneynde