Patents Examined by Melanie Torres Williams
  • Patent number: 10808787
    Abstract: Spring systems for subsea applications and equipment projects for the oil and gas industry are preferably manufactured from composite materials and include at least one pair of springs consisting of a first spring component and a second spring component, mounted so as to offer a first central contact region and double curvature and rebound areas forming a coupling. The pair of springs are thus, self-centering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Alejandro Andueza
  • Patent number: 10808778
    Abstract: A brake system that includes a brake piston and a spindle. The brake piston includes a piston pocket defined in the brake piston. The piston pocket includes a threaded portion. The spindle includes a threaded portion. The threaded portion of the spindle is adapted to threadably engage the threaded portion of the piston pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Waleed Mahmoud Al-Mahshi
  • Patent number: 10807572
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a chock device comprising a pair of chock bodies, wherein the chock body has a triangular profile defined by a first side, a second side, and a third side, wherein the first side has a curved profile to receive and snugly fit with a tire of a vehicle thereon; the second side is a base of the chock body having a substantially flat surface; and the third side is an operative rear side of the chock body having a smoothened concave profile. The chock devices further comprises an adjustment rod disposed operatively between the pair of chock bodies to mechanically couple the pair of chock bodies, the adjustment rod having a telescopic configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Joey Griswold
  • Patent number: 10794439
    Abstract: The invention uses structural damping to reduce noise in brake pads in lieu of the traditional method of isolation of the noise by application of a vibration insulator. The invention eliminates the problems and costs associated with applying insulators to the brake pads. The invention geometrically alters the friction back plate to move frequencies away from the resonant frequencies, increase scattering and enhance absorption. Attenuation is greater in back plates made with the invention techniques. The geometry can be changed by machining or embossing. The benefits are substantial in that the invention will reduce costs, reduce weight, reduce noise and increase wearing thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: John Joseph Carney
  • Patent number: 10780869
    Abstract: A method for providing a brake force in a vehicle includes actuating an electric brake motor, which overrides an idling function, generating a hydraulic braking power, and re-actuating the electric brake motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Baehrle-Miller, Dieter Blattert, Helmut Wolff, Edith Mannherz
  • Patent number: 10780872
    Abstract: A system on a tractor for controlling trailer service brakes comprises a manually operated trailer brake switch, a first electropneumatic valve in communication with a pressure source and a controller. The controller has an input communicating with the trailer brake switch, an output communicating with the electropneumatic valve and control logic. The control logic receives an input from the trailer brake switch indicating a driver's request to apply the trailer service brakes of the combination vehicle, determines if a predetermined condition exists and transmits a signal to the output to the electropneumatic valve. The electropneumatic valve transmits pressure to a trailer service control line to actuate the trailer service brakes in response to the trailer brake switch and existence of the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Phillip J Kasper, David J Taneyhill, Paul C Niglas, Gerhard Wieder
  • Patent number: 10773584
    Abstract: An engine mount for a vehicle may include a support bracket including a mounting hole formed in one end portion thereof, an engine-mounting plate provided at an opposite end portion thereof to be connected to an engine, and a coupling portion protruding from an external surface of the one end portion thereof; a fluid-filled assembly including a hook cup configured to be inserted into the mounting hole in the support bracket; and a rubber assembly configured to be mounted to a vehicle body, wherein, in a state in which the fluid-filled assembly is inserted into the mounting hole in the support bracket, the fluid-filled assembly is stacked on a top surface of the rubber assembly, and a housing of the rubber assembly is coupled to the coupling portion of the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10759399
    Abstract: Provided is an electric brake device of which braking control accuracy is improved as a result of hysteresis in a load sensor being appropriately compensated for. The electric brake device includes: a direct load estimator configured to estimate a brake pressing force, using an output of the load sensor; an indirect load estimator configured to estimate a brake pressing force without using the output of the load sensor; and a hysteresis interpolator. When switching is performed between pressure increase and pressure decrease which causes hysteresis in the load sensor, the hysteresis interpolator performs control by use of the load estimated by the indirect load estimator without using the load sensor, in a predetermined range after the switching has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Yui Masuda
  • Patent number: 10737668
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic brake system and a control method thereof. The electronic brake system includes a first inner valve for transmitting hydraulic pressure to a first hydraulic circuit; a second inner valve for transmitting hydraulic pressure to a second hydraulic circuit; a first outer valve for discharging hydraulic pressure from the first hydraulic circuit; a second outer valve for discharging hydraulic pressure from the second hydraulic circuit; and an electronic control unit for generating a phase delay control signal for one inner valve when a current control signal is applied to the first inner valve and the second inner valve, and generating a phase delay control signal for one outer valve when a current control signal is applied to the first outer valve and the second outer valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Sangwon Yun
  • Patent number: 10724595
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shock absorbing device incorporating a plurality of wavy shaped elements made of a superelastic material arranged in a crossing pattern, wherein pairs of crests or troughs of said wavy shaped elements made of a superelastic material are restrained to each other in a locking manner by way of connecting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Marco Citro, Stefano Alacqua
  • Patent number: 10723372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of transport mechanical engineering. Object—improve performance and operational reliability of a friction shock absorber. The friction shock absorber (FIG. 2) comprises housing (1), whose walls form orifice (2), and bottom (4) that is in contact with return-and-retaining device (5) contacting a friction assembly that consists of the following elements fitted out with friction surfaces (f1-f10): supporting plate (10), pressure wedge (6), stay wedges (7), and reverse-U-shaped movable plates (9) fitted out with side shelves (14) that cover guide plates (8) and are located on supporting plate (10). Return-and-retaining device (5) is available between the guide plates. Additional return-and-retaining device (11) is available between the pressure wedge and the supporting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Aleh Nicolaevich Halavach
  • Patent number: 10717420
    Abstract: A system includes a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to actuate a brake valve to drain a brake cylinder and then actuate the brake valve to isolate the brake cylinder and hold a brake pedal in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Beauvais, Daniel A. Gabor
  • Patent number: 10704602
    Abstract: A wheel end assembly includes a brake rotor that is rotatable about an axis and a tone ring that is secured to the brake rotor. The brake rotor includes a protrusion that extends into a brake rotor opening. The tone ring includes a recess that receives the protrusion to restrict rotational movement of the tone ring with respect to the brake rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: David Gonska
  • Patent number: 10683904
    Abstract: A disc brake, in particular for a commercial vehicle, has functional components that can be reused after use and subsequent examination for operational safety. The disc brake is designed in such a way that at least each of the safety-relevant functional components is equipped with at least one indicator, the operation-related service life of which is less than the safety-relevant ranges of the functional components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Mack, Alf Siebke, Markus Gruber
  • Patent number: 10677302
    Abstract: A brake unit for use in utility vehicles includes an actuating element and a piston element, wherein the actuating element is displaceable along an actuation axis, wherein the piston element is displaceable along a piston axis and is secured against displacement transversely to the piston axis, wherein the actuation axis and the piston axis stand substantially transversely to each other, wherein the actuating element comprises an actuating face and wherein the piston element comprises a piston face, and wherein a plurality of roller bodies is arranged between the actuating face and the piston face for transmission of an actuating force between the actuating element and the piston element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND GmbH
    Inventor: Olaf Drewes
  • Patent number: 10668975
    Abstract: A shock device for an at least partially muscle-powered two-wheeled vehicle including a damping system having a damper cylinder and a moving piston disposed therein and connected with a piston rod extending from the damper cylinder, wherein the piston acts on a first damping chamber in the damper cylinder in the compression stage as the piston rod plunges in from a retracted base position into a plunged-in position. In the damping system, as the piston rod plunges in, damping fluid is transferred from the first damping chamber to an auxiliary chamber. A flow resistance for transferring the damping fluid into the auxiliary chamber is configured travel-dependent, depending on the piston position. The flow resistance for transferring the damping fluid into the auxiliary chamber over a first travel distance of the piston including the base position is smaller than over a second travel distance that is plunged in further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Walthert, Karsten Richter, Samuel Zbinden
  • Patent number: 10668906
    Abstract: Provided is a brake control device that enables shortening of a braking distance in an emergency stop situation, according to an adhesive state of a wheel. The present disclosure relates to a brake control device for emergency stopping of a railway vehicle. The brake control device includes at least one brake unit, a brake controller, and at least one skidding detector. The at least one brake unit generates a braking force. The brake controller is configured to control operation of the at least one brake unit. The brake controller changes a braking pattern to be output to the at least one brake unit based on skidding information of a wheel. The at least one skidding detector is configured to obtain the skidding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Masayuki Ueno, Gakuji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10670103
    Abstract: A vibration damper, which can be utilized in a chassis of a vehicle, may comprise a damper tube and a working piston that is guided in a longitudinal axis over an inner side of the damper tube. The vibration damper may also include a reinforcing sleeve that is positioned on an outer side of the damper tube. A receptive fork for attachment to the chassis can be arranged on the reinforcing sleeve. The reinforcing sleeve may be delimited in a direction of the longitudinal axis by a peripheral edge. In a region of the peripheral edge, a sealing element enclosing the outer side of the damper tube may be accommodated in the reinforcing sleeve. The peripheral edge may have a plastically deformed reshaping section that engages around the sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Virgil Munteanu, Thilo Reimann
  • Patent number: 10648527
    Abstract: A twin tube damper assembly includes a main tube defining a fluid chamber. An external tube extends about the main tube defining a compensation chamber therebetween. A piston, slidably disposed in the fluid chamber, divides the fluid chamber into a compression chamber and a rebound chamber. A rod guide is disposed in the rebound chamber, attached to the main tube and the external tube, defining at least one channel in fluid communication with the rebound and compensation chambers. A piston rod extends through the rod guide and is attached to the piston. A pressure rate sensitive system, disposed in the rebound chamber, is attached to the rod guide in fluid communication with the at least one channel, the rebound chamber, and the compensation chamber for regulating the working fluid flow through the rod guide between the rebound and compensation chambers during compression and rebound strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Pawel Slusarczyk, Jakub Wrzesinski
  • Patent number: 10634205
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ultra-low frequency (ULF) tuned liquid mass damper, and relates to the technical field of bridge vibration control. The tuned damper includes a damping box which is provided with a spring set secured at one end to the damping box, the other end connected with a mass block. The damping box is filled with damping liquid, and the mass block is completely immersed or partially immersed in the damping liquid. The damping ratio of the ULF tuned liquid mass damper ranges from 3% to 35%, and the inherent frequency 0.05 to 0.5 Hz. The ULF tuned liquid mass damper, according to the present invention, can fully utilize the additional mass of the damping liquid, and with the buoyancy effect of the liquid, maintain the frequency of structural vibration below 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Zhengxing Wang, Xiaopeng Chai, Hongping Zhu, Bo Wang, Guoqiang Jing, Pengfei Liu, Chong Li, He Huang, Changfei Ma, Xiaobo Wu, Qi Yin, Nengjun Sheng, Jiang Lyu, Shifeng Zhu, Hanwei Zhang