Patents Examined by Long T Tran
  • Patent number: 11965517
    Abstract: A cooling fan module may include a fan assembly and a shroud. The fan assembly including a number of fan blades and the shroud including a first sidewall and a first ring. The first sidewall defining an opening and the first ring extending in an axial direction from the first sidewall. The first ring including an inner periphery provided with a number of first serrations, each serration of the number of first serrations extending in a radial direction. The radial direction is substantially orthogonal to the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Würzburg
    Inventors: Tao Hong, Attila Simofi-Ilyes, Christopher Kosek, John Fleck
  • Patent number: 11965433
    Abstract: A turbomachine turbine nozzle extending around a central axis, including at least one radially outer shroud, at least one radially inner shroud, and at least one blade made of ceramic matrix composite material, distinct from the radially inner shroud and from the radially outer shroud, and extending radially between the radially inner shroud and the radially outer shroud, the blade being hollow and including a cavity opening at a radially inner end and at a radially outer end of the blade, the nozzle including at least one tubular mast arranged in the cavity of the blade and allowing routing the ventilation air passing through the cavity of the blade, the mast including a radially outer end attached to the radially outer shroud, and a radially inner end cooperating with a radial flange for positioning the radially inner shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Antoine Claude Michel Etienne Danis, Clément Jarrossay, Lucien Henri Jacques Quennehen, Nicolas Paul Tableau, Matthieu Arnaud Gimat
  • Patent number: 11965522
    Abstract: An impeller includes a hub and a plurality of blades. The blades are arranged around the hub, and each blade includes a leading edge, a blade tip, a root portion, a trailing edge, a windward side and a leeward side. The windward side including a first turning point and a second turning point, a first vertical height difference is formed from the blade tip to the first turning point, and a second vertical height difference is formed from the first turning point to the second turning point, and the first vertical height difference is greater than the second vertical height difference. The impeller apparently reduces the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Pei-Han Chiu, Chien-Ming Lee, Chung-Yuan Tsang, Chao-Fu Yang
  • Patent number: 11959412
    Abstract: Pistons and piston assemblies for an internal combustion engine is provided. The piston assembly includes a piston coupled to a connecting rod with a piston pin. The piston pin includes a non-circular outer cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: Cummins Inc., Achates Power, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam C. Cecil
  • Patent number: 11959436
    Abstract: A piston for an internal combustion engine which includes a crown having spiral features designed to increase swirl of combustion gases in a cylinder of the engine is provided. The spiral features can be located in a combustion surface or in a combustion bowl of the crown. The increased swirl of the combustion gases is expected to improve mixing of the air and fuel injected into the cylinder, and thus cause the fuel to burn more completely, achieve better efficiency out of the injected fuel, and reduce unburned hydrocarbons in the exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Tenneco Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Schneider, Michael Weinenger, Thomas Harris
  • Patent number: 11959404
    Abstract: A layer-sintered valve seat ring is disclosed. The layer-sintered valve seat ring includes at least two materials including a function material for a tribological contact with an opposite runner and a support material for the function material. The support material includes: C: 0.5 to 1.8% by weight; Cr: 3 to 16% by weight; Mo: 1 to 5% by weight; W: 0.5 to 5.5% by weight; V: 0.4 to 4.0% by weight; Cu: 12 to 25% by weight; Fe: 41.3 to 82.6% by weight; Mn: up to 0.6% by weight; Si: up to 1.8% by weight; and a remainder of production-related contamination in the form of at least one of Ni, Co, Ca, P, and S that are present in contents of <0.3% by weight each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Gutmann, Marco Ortlieb, Patrick Sutter, Klaus Wintrich
  • Patent number: 11958436
    Abstract: Example illustrations herein are directed to systems and methods for determining whether a vehicle driver meets a seat belt criteria based upon a detection of each of a set of seat belt conditions. In an example, the set of conditions includes at least the vehicle driver occupying a driver seat of the vehicle, expiration of a minimum delay time after the vehicle driver is occupying the driver seat, and an engagement of a driver's seat belt latch with a corresponding buckle after the expiration of the minimum delay time, and a positioning of a driver's seat belt on a shoulder of the vehicle driver. The method may also include enabling a first vehicle feature if the vehicle driver meets the seat belt criteria. The first vehicle feature may be disabled if the vehicle driver does not meet the seat belt criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Jeromin, Henning Wigger, Vismay Aggarwal, Efren Cabebe
  • Patent number: 11951965
    Abstract: A system and method includes upgrading a metamodel for friction coefficient prediction of a brake, in which the metamodel for friction coefficient prediction may be constructed using various derivative parameters relating to the speed, temperature and pressure of a brake disc in addition to basic parameters, such as the speed, temperature and pressure of the brake disc, to greatly improve performance and accuracy in friction coefficient prediction using the metamodel for friction coefficient prediction and to improve accuracy in evaluation of the driving performance of a vehicle through an increase in accuracy of determination of brake torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Hyun Cho, Sung Hoon Bang
  • Patent number: 11952933
    Abstract: A thermostatic valve includes a housing having a fluid inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet, a flap that is movable between a closed position, in which the flap closes the first outlet, and an open position, in which the flap opens the first outlet. The valve also includes a thermostatic actuator with an actuating rod connected to the flap and a capsule containing a thermally expanding material, and a heating element. The capsule has an internal portion, which extends inside the housing so as to be immersed in the fluid flowing between the inlet and the second outlet of the housing, and an external portion, which extends outside the housing. The heating element is arranged outside the housing and outside the capsule in order to heat the external portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: NOVARES FRANCE
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Quevallier
  • Patent number: 11952984
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wind turbine, wherein the wind turbine includes a hub having at least one blade with at least one an add-on member which is actuated to alter aerodynamic properties of the blade. The method includes a step of acquiring a target noise level, and a step of controlling the at least one add-on member of the blade such that an actual noise level caused by the operation of the wind turbine is equal to or below the target noise level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Thomas Esbensen, Gustav Hoegh
  • Patent number: 11952924
    Abstract: A windage tray for an engine including a first body having a first coupling feature by which the first body is adapted to be coupled to an engine block. The first body having a second coupling feature by which the first body is adapted to be coupled to a bearing cap. The first body having a third coupling feature by which the first body is adapted to be coupled to a balance shaft module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Yannone, Anthony J Denouden, Milorad A Kovac, Patrick Mutch
  • Patent number: 11956931
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling a datacenter are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, fins are provided within a cold plate and are adjustable to control an amount of surface area of the fins to be exposed to a fluid and to be cooled by the fluid based, at least in part, upon a temperature associated with the fluid or with at least one computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: Ali Heydari
  • Patent number: 11952937
    Abstract: A two-stroke engine possesses a cylinder, in the cylinder bore of which a combustion chamber is formed. The combustion chamber is bounded by a reciprocating piston, which drives a crankshaft rotatably mounted in a crankcase. A crankcase interior is fluidically connected to the combustion chamber across at least one transfer channel in at least one position of the piston. The at least one transfer channel emerges with a discharge opening in the crankcase interior and with at least one transfer window on the cylinder bore. It is proposed that all transfer channels have an average length as measured from the discharge opening to the transfer window, the average length being at least 1.5 in relation to the stroke, and that the volume of the crankcase interior including all transfer channels is at most 3.1 in relation to the piston displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Grether, Robert Koehli, Richard Wirt, Bernd Engel
  • Patent number: 11946396
    Abstract: An easily serviceable liquid filter assembly having a housing with a drain to provide draining of fluid (e.g., liquid) from the housing. The filter assembly has a fluid inlet to receive dirty fluid into the housing, a fluid outlet to expel filtered fluid from the housing, and a drain, when open, to expel unfiltered (dirty) fluid from the housing. By removing a cover from the housing, the filter element opens the drain so that all fluid in the housing can be directly collected or can flow into the oil pan to be collected with the fluid present in the pan. All fluid, now in the drain pan, can be drained and collected in a disposable container such as a plastic pouch, which can be recycled. The filter element can be removed from the housing via the removed cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Eivind Stenersen, Adam Sylvester, Matt Olund, Justin Brinkman
  • Patent number: 11946377
    Abstract: A variable nozzle device 20 for a variable geometry turbocharger includes: a nozzle mount 21; a nozzle plate 22 disposed so as to face the nozzle mount, the nozzle plate forming a nozzle flow passage 4 having an annular shape between the nozzle plate 22 and the nozzle mount 21; and a plurality of variable nozzle vanes 6 disposed at a predetermined interval in a circumferential direction of the nozzle flow passage 4 so as to be individually rotatable about a pivot axis O2. The nozzle plate 22 includes a first surface 33 facing the nozzle mount 21, a second surface 34 opposite to the first surface 33, and at least one through hole 36 formed through the first surface 33 and the second surface 35.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Bipin Gupta, Toyotaka Yoshida, Yuya Nakahara, Yosuke Dammoto, Yoji Akiyama
  • Patent number: 11940355
    Abstract: A wind turbine rotor blade load emulator arrangement includes a support unit constructed to support a rotor blade during a fatigue test procedure; an exciter configured to deflect the rotor blade during a fatigue test procedure; and a stiffness augmentation assembly for mounting to the rotor blade over a mounting length, which stiffness augmentation assembly is realized to increase the stiffness of the rotor blade in the mounting length. A method of carrying out a fatigue test procedure on a wind turbine rotor blade uses such a load emulator arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventor: Soeren Christiansen
  • Patent number: 11940011
    Abstract: A coupling member for use in priming a fluid pump of an internal combustion engine, the coupling member including a first end, a second end, and a cylindrical length therebetween. The first end of the coupling member may be configured to axially engage a drive shaft of a rotational drive, a plurality of fins may extend along at least a portion of the cylindrical length, and the plurality of fins may be configured to engage an oil drive gear of an internal combustion engine. Each fin from the plurality of fins may protrude radially from an outer surface of the coupling member, and the coupling member may be further configured to translate a rotational force provided by the rotational drive to the oil drive gear of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TCM Engine Products, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Vinson
  • Patent number: 11938773
    Abstract: An electrically powered suspension system includes: an electromagnetic actuator provided between a vehicle body and a wheel of a vehicle and configured to generate a damping force for damping vibration of the vehicle body; a wheel speed sensor that detects a wheel speed of the wheel; a wheel speed variation amount calculation part that calculates a wheel speed variation amount on the basis of wheel speed detection values detected by the wheel speed sensor; a 3D gyro sensor that detects sprung state amounts including a sprung pitching action of the vehicle; and a wheel speed variation amount correction part that estimates a variation component in the wheel speed variation amount on the basis of a sprung pitch amount and corrects the wheel speed variation amount so as to reduce the estimated variation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryoma Kanda
  • Patent number: 11939051
    Abstract: An aircraft can include a stacked propeller to generate lift during assent and descent. The stacked propeller includes a first propeller and a second propeller that co-rotate about an axis of rotation. In one embodiment, the blades are coupled to a rotor mast that contains an internal cavity. In one mode of operation, the first propeller and/or the second propeller can be stored in the internal cavity in order to reduce drag during flight. The aircraft can include one or more stacked propellers, such as a port propeller and a starboard propeller, which rotate in opposite directions during one or more modes of flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Moore, John Conway Badalamenti, Ian Andreas Villa, Adam Shaw Warmoth, David Lane Josephson
  • Patent number: 11939939
    Abstract: An in-tank fuel pump assembly and mounting system is disclosed which may be configured for mounting inside a fuel tank. The assembly includes a pump housing, pump mounted to the housing, and pressure relief valve. The housing may comprise upper and lower pump housing units coupled together. The upper housing unit is configured for mounting to a tank opening, which in one implementation may be the fuel fill opening. The lower housing unit extends into the tank to approximately the bottom of the tank. A fuel fill fluid pathway is created through the housing for adding fuel to the tank while the pump assembly remains in situ. The upper housing unit may include a removable fuel cap. The pump housing may include an integral vapor trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Bykowski