Patents Examined by Phutthiwat Wongwian
  • Patent number: 11413951
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a vehicle coolant circuit. In one example, the coolant circuit includes a heater core isolation valve (HCIV) where a status of the HCIV may be diagnosed by intrusively activating a positive temperature coefficient heater in a cooling loop in which the HCIV is arranged. A response of coolant temperature to heater activation may be used to determine a position of the HCIV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sridhar Kalivarapu, Robert Roy Jentz, Athira Vilson, Herbert Thomas Meissner, Sitaram Rejeti
  • Patent number: 11415094
    Abstract: A fuel pressure regulator includes a fuel inlet; a fuel outlet; a seating surface; and a valve member assembly. The valve member assembly includes a poppet and also includes a sealing member which is made of an elastomer material and which is annular in shape and including a sealing member surface. The sealing member is supported by the poppet. The valve member assembly is moveable between 1) a closed position in which the sealing member surface engages the seating surface, thereby preventing fuel flow from the fuel inlet to the fuel outlet and 2) an open position in which the sealing member surface is spaced apart from the seating surface, thereby allowing fuel flow from the fuel inlet to the fuel outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Alejandro Moreno
  • Patent number: 11408387
    Abstract: An auto-stop start system for a vehicle. The auto-stop start system has a control unit with an auto-stop start function controlling stop and start of an engine of the vehicle, and a control device by which control device the auto-stop start function can be temporarily deactivated by an operator of the vehicle. The control unit is configured to reactivate the auto-stop start function after a predetermined duration of a temporary deactivation. The predetermined duration of the temporary deactivation of the auto-stop start function is selectable by means of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO.
    Inventors: Johan Ekelund, Di Ding
  • Patent number: 11407065
    Abstract: A gas path component for a gas turbine engine includes a film cooling hole disposed in the gas path component. The film cooling hole includes a metering section, a diffuser, and a tapered surface extending between the metering section and the diffuser. The tapered surface is oriented between twenty degrees and seventy degrees with respect to a centerline axis of the metering section. The tapered surface is oriented at an obtuse angle with respect to an immediately adjacent surface of the diffuser, the obtuse angle is open towards the centerline axis. The tapered surface is configured to mitigate flow separation in the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Corporation Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Lewis, Stephen Lynch, Shane Haydt
  • Patent number: 11401854
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing a performance variable for an engine system. The method includes applying constraints of manipulated variables as well as performance variables, mechanical constraints and other engine responses to response models. The response models each represent a piecewise linear relationship between the manipulated variables and other engine responses including performance variables and constraints. The method also comprises determining an optimal target for each of the manipulated variables by using a quasi-simplex optimization process on the response models. The optimal targets of the manipulated variables correspond to an optimal value of the performance variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Gayatri Adi, Kartavya Neema, Paul V. Moonjelly, Karla Carale Stricker Fuhs, Chinmay Rao
  • Patent number: 11401872
    Abstract: A valve gear includes a gear portion configured to rotate by drive torque transmitted from an actuator, a boss portion provided on the gear portion and having a cylindrical outer wall, and one or more extension portions extending in an axial direction from the gear portion on a radial outer side of the boss portion. A coiled spring including a first hook provided at end portion on a gear portion side, and a second hook provided at end portion on an opposite side to the gear portion so that the first hook and the second hook are respectively locked to each other on opposite sides in a circumferential direction of the extension portion. A valve gear subassembly formed by assembling the valve gear and the spring is housed in a valve gear accommodating chamber of the body, and the second hook of the spring is locked to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, DENSO DAISHIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Higuchi, Kenichi Ishihara
  • Patent number: 11401996
    Abstract: The present invention provides an internal combustion engine comprising a crankshaft, the crankshaft comprising main bearing journals and cranks for connecting the crankshaft to piston rods of the engine, wherein the crankshaft is provided with counterweights, wherein at least a first counterweight is formed as a separate element and connected to the crankshaft. The present invention is characterized in that at least a second counterweight is formed integrally with the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Liebherr-Components Colmar SAS
    Inventors: Bechir Mokdad, Yves-Antoine Rogard
  • Patent number: 11401908
    Abstract: An ignition control apparatus, e.g., for an internal combustion engine, includes a rotational speed calculation unit that calculates a rotational speed of an alternating current generator. A rotor of the alternating current generator is driven to rotate in synchronization with reciprocating motion of a piston of the internal combustion engine. An ignition timing determination unit determines an ignition timing of the internal combustion engine based on the rotational speed calculated by the rotational speed calculation unit. An ignition control unit supplies electric power to an ignition coil such that the internal combustion engine is ignited at the timing determined by the ignition timing determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Tomoaki Sekita, Yuki Wakazuki
  • Patent number: 11391223
    Abstract: A controller may identify an indication to initiate an engine braking procedure associated with an engine of a machine. The controller may obtain, based on identifying the indication to initiate the engine braking procedure, information relating to a requested amount of engine braking power of the engine. The controller may cause one or more components of a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) of the engine to adjust, and a throttle valve of the engine to adjust, based on the information relating to the requested amount of engine braking power of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Wade James Robel, Spencer Landon Huhn, Kevin Weiss, John Robert McDonald, Jason Kenneth Bloms
  • Patent number: 11390264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stopping rotation of an engine of a vehicle in a requested or desired crankshaft window are described. In one example, spark timing of one or more engine cylinders is adjusted responsive to an actual total number of cylinder events occurring after an engine stop request is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Paul Glugla
  • Patent number: 11391015
    Abstract: Provided is a construction machine allowing a deck to be compact while facilitating water supply to a urea tank and access to a grease supply device. The construction machine includes a hose reel for grease supply disposed on a front-side portion of a deck of an upper slewing body, and a urea tank 30 disposed rearward of the hose reel on the deck and stores urea water for exhaust gas purification. The urea tank has a front surface provided with a water inlet for resupplying urea water. The hose reel is disposed deviated from the water inlet widthwise of the upper slewing body. The water inlet has a distal end located on the front side of a rear end of the hose reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Taguchi, Masakazu Ozaki, Tsuguhito Fujita
  • Patent number: 11384681
    Abstract: An opposed-piston engine includes an electronic sensor located in a charge air channel, at position between an outlet of a charge air cooler and an air intake component that distributes charge air to cylinder intake ports of the engine. The electronic sensor is disposed to measure a rate of mass airflow between the outlet of the charge air cooler and the intake component and generate electronic signals indicative of the rate of mass airflow from the charge air cooler. A control mechanization of the opposed-piston engine is electrically connected to the electronic sensor for controlling air handling devices, fuel provisioning devices, and/or EGR devices in response to the electronic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Achates Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Govindarajan Kothandaraman, Hoseinali Borhan, David E. Koeberlein, Dwight A. Doig
  • Patent number: 11384717
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat exchanger for gases, in particular for the exhaust gases of an engine, which includes a plurality of gas circulation conduits and a casing for the exchange of heat between said gases and a coolant fluid that surrounds the gas circulation conduits housed inside the casing, wherein baffles are used to configure the passage of the coolant fluid between said gas circulation conduits, having at least one inlet baffle that directs the flow of coolant to the part and thus improving the operating conditions of the exchanger and making same more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Termico, S.A.
    Inventors: Eva Tomas Herrero, Jorge Arroyo Villanueva, Raul Romero Perez, Carlos Rodrigo Marco
  • Patent number: 11384709
    Abstract: Provided is a fuel injection control device that controls a fuel injection amount at higher accuracy. The fuel injection control device includes: a base waveform acquisition section 823 that generates a control current S9 for controlling a fuel injector 400; an A/D converter 824 that acquires a drive current P for the fuel injector 400 (controlled based on the control current S9) at each of measurement timings t1 to t6 based on a counter cycle; and an arithmetic operation section 821 that, based on a drive current P1 at a first measurement timing t1 and a drive current P2 at a second measurement timing t2 later than the first measurement timing t1, both acquired by the base waveform acquisition section 823, predicts a drive current P3 at a third measurement timing t3 later than the second measurement timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichiro Ohata
  • Patent number: 11378027
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for controlling an internal combustion engine (2) for controlling an internal combustion engine (2) comprising at least one first cylinder (201) and at least one second cylinder (202) with respective reciprocating pistons, an intake guide (305) arranged to guide air from a fresh air intake arrangement (303) to the first and second cylinders (201, 202), a fuel system (801, 802) arranged to inject fuel into the first and second cylinders (201, 202), a first exhaust guide (401) and a second exhaust guide (402) arranged to guide gases from the first and second cylinders (201, 202), respectively, towards an exhaust after treatment system (7), the method comprising—receiving (S1) in the first cylinder (201), from the intake guide (305), air from the fresh air intake arrangement (303) or gases including air from the fresh air intake arrangement (303), —expelling from the first cylinder (201), to the first exhaust guide (401), gases in the form of the air received in the first cylinder
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arne Andersson, Staffan Lundgren, Lennart Andersson
  • Patent number: 11378047
    Abstract: An accessory drive, including a planetary gear set with a plurality of components arranged to be concentrically disposed around a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine. The plurality of components includes: a sun gear; a planet carrier; a ring gear; and a planet gear meshed with the sun gear and the ring gear. A first component of the planetary gear set: is arranged to non-rotatably connect to a rotor of an electric motor/generator; and is arranged to connect to a power transfer component for least one accessory. A second component of the planetary gear set is arranged to non-rotatably connect to the crankshaft. For a starting mode of the accessory drive, the electric motor/generator is arranged to: rotate the first component of the planetary gear set; and rotate the second component of the planetary gear set with respect to the first component of the planetary gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jeffrey Hemphill
  • Patent number: 11378625
    Abstract: The invention concerns a motor vehicle battery wear monitoring system (1,1A,1B) that includes an acquisition device (11) and a processing device/system (12,12A,12B). The acquisition device (11) is: installed onboard a motor vehicle (2) that is equipped with an internal combustion engine, a battery for providing a battery voltage (VB), an alternator, and a starter motor for starting up the internal combustion engine; and configured to receive the battery voltage (VB) and to output quantities indicative of said battery voltage (VB). The processing device/system (12,12A,12B) is: configured to receive the quantities indicative of the battery voltage (VB) from the acquisition device (11); and programmed to perform a battery voltage monitoring based on the quantities indicative of the battery voltage (VB) to detect an approaching battery failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Bridgestone Europe, N.V./S.A. [BE/BE
    Inventors: Lorenzo Alleva, Marco Pascucci
  • Patent number: 11378049
    Abstract: A control device is configured to control a vehicle in which an engine is able to be started in response to a request signal transmitted from the outside of the vehicle. The control device includes a controller. The controller acquires the result of detection about the vehicle state of the vehicle from a first sensor group including one or more sensors able to detect the vehicle state of the vehicle before the engine of the vehicle is started in response to the request signal, starts the engine in a case where the vehicle state satisfies a first condition including a condition relating to a range of a transmission of the vehicle, and does not start the engine in a case where the vehicle state does not satisfy the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsunori Katoh
  • Patent number: 11378030
    Abstract: An engine start system of a hybrid vehicle includes a converter circuit unit converting voltage and outputting the converted voltage and a switch having a first terminal connected to an output terminal of the converter circuit unit and a second terminal selectively forming an electrical connection with the first terminal. A diode has an anode connected to the second terminal and a cathode connected to the first terminal. A battery is connected to the second terminal. A low-voltage starter connected to the battery and provides rotary power to start an engine in a stopped state by converting battery power into rotational energy. A controller opens the switch and supplies driving power to the low-voltage starter when the engine is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Wook Seong, Dong Gyun Woo, Hye Seung Kim, Hui Sung Jang
  • Patent number: 11371452
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a power generation device including a multi-cylinder engine, the power generation device being configured to output drive power to wheels, an exhaust gas control apparatus including a catalyst for removing exhaust gas from the multi-cylinder engine, and a control device configured to execute catalyst temperature increase control for stopping fuel supply to at least one cylinder and supplying fuel to remaining cylinders in a case where a temperature increase of the catalyst is requested during a load operation of the multi-cylinder engine, execute control such that the power generation device supplements insufficient drive power due to the execution of the catalyst temperature increase control, and change the cylinder, to which the fuel supply is stopped, according to a stop frequency of the fuel supply or an elapsed time from a start of the stop of the fuel supply during the execution of the catalyst temperature increase control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Nose, Masaaki Kobayashi