Patents Examined by Phutthiwat Wongwian
  • Patent number: 11028769
    Abstract: An internal-combustion engine includes a belt-driven starter generator and makes an idling stop while a vehicle is at a stop. In the process of the engine revolution speed decreasing with cutting of fuel to stop the vehicle, to suppress the reduction in restart responsiveness caused by slack in a belt, preliminary powering of the starter generator is performed. The belt tension during deceleration microscopically changes periodically between a relatively high-tension period and a relatively low-tension period due to pulsation of the engine revolution speed. Slack in the belt does not occur in the high tension period, and thus preliminary powering torque is applied only in the low-tension period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akifumi Koishi
  • Patent number: 11028717
    Abstract: A bearing assembly according to an example of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a bearing situated in a bearing compartment, a seal assembly that defines the bearing compartment, at least one deflector between the bearing and the seal assembly that is rotatable about an axis, and a coalescer at least partially extending about the at least one deflector to define a fluid passage. A method of sealing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Armando Amador, Nasr A. Shuaib, Martin J. Walsh, William G. Sheridan, Eric A. Grover
  • Patent number: 11028761
    Abstract: A marine propulsion device has an engine; an exhaust manifold for conveying exhaust gas from the engine; a cooling water jacket on the exhaust manifold, wherein a cooling water passage for conveying cooling water alongside the exhaust manifold is defined between the cooling water jacket and exhaust manifold; and a cooling water sprayer that sprays cooling water into the exhaust manifold. A manually serviceable cooling water strainer configured to strain cooling water supplied from the cooling water passage to the cooling water sprayer. The manually serviceable cooling water strainer can be manually coupled to and manually uncoupled from the marine propulsion device without use of a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Kraus, Katelyn A. Vara
  • Patent number: 11028748
    Abstract: In a dither control process performed on a fuel injection valve, at least one cylinder is set as a rich combustion cylinder and another cylinder is set as a lean combustion cylinder. A dither control process is executed in a first mode when a vehicle is driven in a normal manner by a user. The dither control process is executed in a second mode on condition that a command signal for performing a temperature raising process on the exhaust gas purifier is input from a device outside the vehicle at a repair shop. The absolute value of the difference between the air-fuel ratio of the lean combustion cylinder and the air-fuel ratio of the rich combustion cylinder obtained by the dither control process is set to be greater in the second mode than in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyasu Kobashi, Takashi Nakamura, Tomokazu Akutsu
  • Patent number: 11022015
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas aftertreatment device. In one example, a method may include adjusting one or more engine operating parameters to produce ammonia in an ammonia generating device in response to an ammonia demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David van Bebber, Hans Guenter Quix, Claudia Katharina Herudek, Andreas Schmitt
  • Patent number: 11022081
    Abstract: A method is provided for achieving final air gap and parallelism of a control valve of a fuel injector, the control valve having a body defining an transverse top face and including a thick disc magnetic armature having a planar transverse upper face. The method includes a) measuring the actual position from the armature upper face and the body top face and, determining the actual parallelism error between said faces; and b) ablating the armature to generate an ablated upper face parallel to the body top face, the distance from the ablated upper face to the body top face being a final air gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Simon Backhouse
  • Patent number: 11022086
    Abstract: An insulator for a corona igniter, referred to as a barrier discharge ignition (BDI) device, for use in an internal combustion engine, is provided. A central electrode is disposed in a slot of the insulator and an electrode tip is spaced from a round insulator tip by insulating material. A shell formed of metal surrounds a portion of the insulator. The insulator has a thickness tapering between a shell firing surface and the insulator tip. The tapering insulator thickness is unidirectional and thus does not increase between a start of the taper and the insulator tip. A method of manufacturing an insulator for a corona igniter is also provided. Equations can be used to determine if a taper in the insulator thickness is needed to encourage corona propagation along a core nose projection of the insulator, and if so, the location and size of the taper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Tenneco Inc.
    Inventors: John Antony Burrows, Fu Xing Chan, James D. Lykowski
  • Patent number: 11015551
    Abstract: A device for an internal combustion engine for the combustion of a gasoline-based liquid fuel, having a tank, which is gas-conductively connected to the internal combustion engine with the aid of an exhaust gas line and a first shutoff valve, a hydrocarbon storage unit, which is gas-conductively disposed between the tank and the internal combustion engine with the aid of the exhaust gas line, for temporarily storing gaseous hydrocarbon contained in an exhaust gas escaping from the tank, and a hydrocarbon sensor, which is gas-conductively disposed between the tank and the internal combustion engine with the aid of the exhaust gas line, for measuring the hydrocarbon content in a purging air supplied to the internal combustion engine, the hydrocarbon storage unit being connectable to the free surroundings with the aid of a connecting line and a second shutoff valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Ludger Buescher, Carsten Kuegeler, Ingo Niemeyer, Martin Meggle, Marco Unterhalt, Sven-Erik Wolf
  • Patent number: 11015568
    Abstract: A method for controlling the ignition energy of a sparkplug electrode of an ignition system comprises: providing a base current (Ibase) and a base duration (Dbase) which corresponds to the current and duration, respectively, of a physical model at a fixed engine operating point; multiplying the base current (Ibase) and the base duration (Dbase) with a sparkplug state indicator (SSI) based correction factor and with an engine operating state (EOS) based factor for achieving a final global current (Iglo) and a final global duration (Dglo), respectively; and communicating the final global current (Iglo) and the final global duration (Dglo) to a control unit for controlling the ignition energy and ignition duration of the sparkplug electrode. Further executing real-time energy control based on misfire flag status and, in the end, making sure that the optimum energy is into application by realizing optimum energy tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Darshit Shah
  • Patent number: 11008926
    Abstract: A system for controlling exhaust flow from an internal combustion engine powering a marine propulsion device includes a primary exhaust conduit having an upstream end receiving exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine and a downstream end discharging exhaust gas to a body of water via a gearcase housing. A bypass exhaust conduit has an upstream end receiving exhaust gas from the primary exhaust conduit and a downstream end discharging exhaust gas from a bypass outlet of the marine propulsion device. A bypass valve is selectively openable to allow exhaust gas to flow through the bypass conduit. A control module is in signal communication with the bypass valve. The control module opens the bypass valve to divert the exhaust gas through the bypass conduit and out the bypass outlet in response to selection of a control mode of the marine propulsion device other than a default lever control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Osthelder, Travis C. Malouf, Jeffrey C. Etapa, Andrew S. Waisanen
  • Patent number: 11002218
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a spark plug of an internal combustion engine. In one example, a spark plug includes a housing section having a first groove and an opposing, second groove. A tool including a first protrusion and second protrusion may couple with the first and second grooves of the spark plug in order to drive the spark plug to either of only two coupled positions with a cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Beyer
  • Patent number: 11002209
    Abstract: An engine control device is provided, which includes an engine body where a cylinder is formed, an exhaust passage through which exhaust gas discharged from the engine body circulates, a NOx sensor disposed in the exhaust passage and configured to detect a concentration of NOx in the exhaust gas, an injector configured to change an air-fuel ratio inside the cylinder, an in-cylinder temperature changer configured to change a temperature inside the cylinder, and a controller configured to control the injector and the exhaust shutter valve. The controller controls the injector based on a detection value of the NOx sensor to variably set the air-fuel ratio inside the cylinder, and when a particular condition that the air-fuel ratio inside the cylinder is leaner than a preset upper limit is satisfied, and causes the in-cylinder temperature changer to raise the temperature inside the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kota Maekawa, Takeatsu Ito, Tomokuni Kusunoki, Keitaro Ezumi
  • Patent number: 10995721
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a steering torque threshold for automatically stopping and starting a vehicle engine. In one example, a method may include, while the engine is running, determining a first steering torque threshold for inhibiting stop-start of the engine based on a steering wheel angle, and, while the engine is auto-stopped, determining a second steering torque threshold for inhibiting the stop-start based on the steering wheel angle and whether a static stop-start event is present or a rolling stop-start event is present. In this way, a non-linear hysteresis is provided for automatically stopping and starting the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Khafagy, Hussam Makkiya, Ahmed Awadi, Gregory Ziemba
  • Patent number: 10995694
    Abstract: A cylinder block defines a cylinder, in which a piston is reciprocated. The cylinder includes an upper bore, a center bore, and a lower bore arranged in order from proximity to a cylinder head in the axial direction of the cylinder. The inner diameter of the center bore is greater than the inner diameters of the upper bore and the lower bore. The cylinder block defines an upper recess that serves as an upper water jacket surrounding the upper bore and a lower recess that serves as a lower water jacket surrounding the lower bore. The upper recess and the lower recess are spaced apart from each other in the axial direction of the cylinder so as to sandwich a spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirotaka Sunada
  • Patent number: 10995777
    Abstract: A support for an eccentric of an adjusting arrangement of a connecting rod has a piston rod (18) guided by a piston (20). A seal (24) is connected to the piston (20) in a supporting cylinder (12, 14) in the connecting rod (2) and has a longitudinal axis (16). The piston (20) encloses a chamber (22) with the supporting cylinder (12, 14). The piston (20) has a lower part (30) arranged on an upper part (28) for movement along the axis (17) of the supporting cylinder (12, 14). An expanding ring (40) between the upper and lower parts (28, 30) interacts with faces (42, 44) of the lower part (30). The upper part (28) spreads the expanding ring (40) as the spacing between the faces (42, 44) is reduced, and the expanding ring (40) applies a friction force FR on an inner wall (46) of the supporting cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Andreas Misala
  • Patent number: 10989120
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle-mounted control device that, when a restart request is generated during a time interval between the fulfillment of an engine automatic stop condition and complete stop, decreases a charging efficiency of an engine by means of at least one of a throttle valve and an intake valve to prevent an increase in the reverse rotational frequency of the engine, thereby ensuring the durability of the starting device of the engine, and preventing an accelerator response from deteriorating when a restart request based on the accelerator operation is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Suzuki, Toshio Hori, Yoshiaki Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10989159
    Abstract: A control device of a general-purpose engine which can continue operation of a working machine even when an operation management unit of the working machine has failed. The control device includes an engine control unit that controls the general-purpose engine based on a command from the operation management unit managing an operating state of the working machine, a communication interface for communicating with an external device; a management program acquisition unit that acquires a management program that is used by the operation management unit to manage the operating state, from the external device through the communication interface and stores the acquired management program in a storage medium, and an operation management substitute unit that manages the operating state of the working machine in place of the operation management unit in accordance with the management program when a failure of operation management unit is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisanori Kanayama, Takashi Hashizume, Akifumi Fujima, Keiichiro Bungo
  • Patent number: 10989153
    Abstract: Operating an engine includes injecting a first charge of liquid fuel using a first set of nozzle outlets in a fuel injector, and injecting a second charge of liquid fuel using a second set of nozzle outlets in a fuel injector. The first charge is autoignited in a first engine cycle, and the second charge is autoignited in a second engine cycle, and may be used to pilot ignite a charge of gaseous fuel. Operating the engine further includes limiting errors in targeting of the second charge of liquid fuel caused by transitioning the engine from a first combination to a second combination of speed, load, and boost, by varying an injection pressure of the liquid fuel from the first engine cycle to the second engine cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Anders, Bobby John, Robert Campion
  • Patent number: 10988134
    Abstract: A method for controlling a hybrid drive system for a road vehicle provided with at least a pair of drive wheels; the hybrid drive system comprises: an internal combustion heat engine, which is designed to transmit the motion to the drive wheels and is provided with a turbocharger equipped with a turbine; a first electric machine, which is able to transmit the motion to the drive wheels; and a second electric machine, which is mechanically connected to the turbine of the turbocharger. In a possible operating mode, the internal combustion heat engine is controlled to pursue a target torque by completely opening a throttle valve, operating the second electric machine as an electric generator and the first electric machine as a motor, and varying the electric power generated by the second electric machine so as to adjust the flow rate of fresh air fed to the cylinder of the internal combustion heat engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: MARELLI EUROPE S.p.A
    Inventors: Giovanni Gaviani, Ignazio Dentici, Marco Panciroli
  • Patent number: 10982588
    Abstract: A cavity includes a lower-side cavity, an upper-side cavity, a first lip and a second lip. The upper-side cavity has a guide curved surface which extends along a circumference of a first imaginary circle in a section along a cylinder-axis direction, and the first lip has a curved surface which extends along a circumference of a second imaginary circle in a section along the cylinder-axis direction. An angle X which a cylinder axis makes with a common tangential line of the first imaginary circle and the second imaginary circle is set as 75°<X<80°. The guide curved surface is configured such that an angle Y of this guide curved surface which occupies at the circumference of the first imaginary circle is set as 80°<Y<(180°?X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sangkyu Kim, Takashi Sumimoto, Shintaro Okada, Daisuke Shimo, Shuji Takuma