Patents Examined by Sherry Estremsky
  • Patent number: 9206882
    Abstract: A wind power plant has a rotor, an integrated medium-speed electric generator, and a planetary transmission. The planetary transmission is arranged to convert a slow rotary motion of the rotor into a rapid rotary motion to operate the generator. The planetary transmission includes a transmission input shaft connected indirectly to the rotor and includes a transmission output shaft connected to the generator indirectly via a generator shaft. A coupling mechanism is arranged between the generator shaft and the planetary transmission to compensate axial, radial and angular misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Strasser, Christian Lohmann
  • Patent number: 9206881
    Abstract: A rigid speed reducer with internal and external tooth profile tooth-enveloping. The rigid speed reducer includes first- and second-level speed-reducing mechanisms. The first-level speed-reducing mechanism includes: an eccentric gear; rotary arm bearing; externally-meshing curved gear; and gear pins fixed on a first supporting frame and externally meshed with the externally-meshing curved gear. The second-level speed-reducing mechanism includes: an eccentric transmission gear; rotary arm bearing; internally-meshing curved gear, which is internally meshed and fitted with the gear pin; and an output disk linked with an output shaft. The eccentric transmission gear is in transmission connection with the externally-meshing curved gear through a dowel pin. The internally-meshing curved gear is in transmission with the output disk through a transmission pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG HENGFENGTAI REDUCER MFG.CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xiangdong Kong, Shengkang Ye
  • Patent number: 9200697
    Abstract: A dual ratio constant mesh gearbox is provided that is suitable for use with an automobile, and particularly well-suited for an electric vehicle. The gearbox, which may be configured either as a manual or automatic gearbox, utilizes a planetary gear set and a pair of clutches to shift between under drive and direct drive modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Gauthier
  • Patent number: 9193263
    Abstract: A vehicle drive train for transferring torque to first and second sets of wheels includes a first driveline adapted to transfer torque to the first set of wheels and a synchronizing clutch. A second driveline is adapted to transfer torque to the second set of wheels and includes a power disconnection device and a friction clutch. A hypoid gearset is positioned within the second driveline in a power path between the synchronizing clutch and the power disconnection device. The friction clutch and the power disconnection device are positioned on opposite sides of the hypoid gearset. The hypoid gearset is selectively disconnected from being driven by the first driveline, the second driveline or the wheels when the synchronizing clutch and the power disconnection device are operated in disconnected, non-torque transferring, modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Powertrain of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Ekonen, Bradley Larkin, Douglas Bradley
  • Patent number: 9190885
    Abstract: A drive device for a motor vehicle includes at least one electric machine having at least one rotor element which includes a single-piece, essentially sleeve-shaped rotor carrier to delimit an installation area in a radial direction. At least one transmission device is disposed, at least partly, in the installation area and configured to be driven by the electric machine via the rotor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Frank Bäuerlein, Markus Klöpzig, Klaus Schleicher
  • Patent number: 9180861
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for restarting an engine in response to a driver's change-of-mind. In one embodiment, the engine is shutdown during an idle stop with the transmission in a higher gear or with the transmission tied-up to a transmission case. In response to a driver change-of-mind restart request, the transmission is downshifted, or released from the tie-up, to return driveline torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, Felix Nedorezov, Chad Everette Griffin
  • Patent number: 9180875
    Abstract: A transmission system for a hybrid electric vehicle includes an input shaft connected to an output side of an engine, first and second motors/generators having a function of a motor and a generator and disposed in a transmission housing, a planetary gear set disposed on the input shaft and including three rotating elements, in which among three rotating elements, a first rotating element is directly connected to the first motor/generator and selectively connected to the input shaft and the transmission housing, a second rotating element is directly connected to the input shaft, and a third rotating element is connected to an output gear and connected to the second motor/generator, and a connection unit disposed at the selective connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Kum Lim Choi, Seok Joon Kim, Kyoung Joo Kim, Youngjin Park, Jae Wang Lee, Keunseok Lee, Baekyu Kim, Tae Sic Park, Jeong Mo Jang, Jinkuk Cho
  • Patent number: 9168919
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes a combustion engine (2) with a driveshaft (4) for driving the wheels of at least one axle (7), at least one electrical machine (11, 12) for driving the wheels of this axle or at least one other axle (10), with the at least one electrical machine capable of being operated as a generator during a braking process and as a motor during an acceleration process, and a further electrical machine (18) which is coupled to the at least one electrical machine and includes a flywheel store which has a rotor (14) and is chargeable during a braking operation and dischargeable during an acceleration process. The rotor (14) can be mechanically coupled via at least one shiftable clutch (23) to the driveshaft (4) of the at least one axle (7) which can be driven by the combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Johannes Dawidziak, Steffen Clement, Markus Schiefer
  • Patent number: 9145970
    Abstract: There is provided a control device for an automatic transmission configured to automatically shift a transmission of a driving force of a motor in response to a driving state. The automatic transmission includes a synchromesh mechanism configured to couple gear pairs and a rotary shaft to transmit the driving force of the motor to the gear pairs and a switching apparatus configured to switch a coupling state of the gear pairs and the rotary shaft. A preload control unit is configured to operate the switching apparatus to apply a preload to the synchromesh mechanism when a shift transmission request is detected. A shift control unit is configured to operate the switching apparatus to apply a shift load greater than the preload to the synchromesh mechanism after the preload is applied to the synchromesh mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Suzuki, Shoji Yagi
  • Patent number: 9145967
    Abstract: An epicyclic gear system includes sun and ring gears (2, 4), planet pinions (6, 8) arrayed (a, b) between these gears, and a carrier (10) to which planet pinions are coupled through flexpins (30). The pinions are located between carrier walls (20, 22) with flexpins for the respective arrays cantilevered from opposite walls. The carrier is subjected to externally applied torque which transfers through the system. The load path (pa) for one array is shorter than that (pb) for the other array, which disparity causes carrier distortion with flexpins on one wall angularly displaced from flexpins on the other wall. The system compensates for this by one wall having areas (40, 44) of weakness where the flexpins cantilever from it. This enables the pinions of the two arrays to better mesh under a load and share torque transfer more evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: The Timken Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Fox, Randy P. Kruse, Jaroslav Suchanek, Milos Malec, James Maloof
  • Patent number: 9109666
    Abstract: A dual ratio constant-mesh gearbox is provided that is suitable for use with an automobile, and particularly well-suited for an electric vehicle. The gearbox, which may be configured either as a manual or automatic gearbox, utilizes a planetary gear set and a pair of clutches to shift between under drive and direct drive modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Gauthier
  • Patent number: 9085298
    Abstract: A power transmission control device, which is applied to a hybrid-vehicle provided with an internal combustion engine (E/G) and a motor (M/G) as power sources, includes a manual transmission and a friction clutch. When the shift position is in “neutral”, the friction clutch is in an engaged state, an accelerator opening is “0”, and a battery remaining amount SOC is less than a threshold TH, a charge condition is satisfied. When the charge condition is satisfied, charge of a battery by using an E/G torque is carried out. Specifically, the M/G is driven, by using the E/G torque, as an electrical power generator, and electric energy acquired by electric power generation by the M/G is used to charge the battery. As a result, for the HV-MT vehicle, by using the internal-combustion-engine torque, the battery for supplying the electric motor with the electric energy can be efficiently charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Al Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Ito, Takeshige Miyazaki, Mitsuhiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 9085295
    Abstract: A drive system for a hybrid vehicle includes an electric motor including a stator and a rotor, an input hub rotatably connected to an engine, an output hub to which the rotor is mounted, a clutch device connecting and disconnecting the input hub to the output hub, a case including a front sidewall portion, a rear sidewall portion and an outer circumferential wall portion connecting an outer circumferential portion of the front sidewall portion to an outer circumferential portion of the rear sidewall portion and housing the electric motor, the input hub, the output hub and the clutch device, a first bearing on which the input hub is journaled, a second bearing on which the output hub is journaled, and a third bearing positioned between the first bearing and the second bearing and relatively rotatably supporting the input hub and the output hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 9073542
    Abstract: A method for carrying out a boosting mode of a drive unit (3), having at least one internal combustion engine (1) and at least one electric machine (2), of a vehicle (10), in which, in order to prepare the boosting mode, the internal combustion engine (1) is adjusted to an operating state with an increased acceleration potential, and in order to charge an energy accumulator (4) the electric machine (2) is adjusted to a generator mode. When a power demand which is increased compared to the current operating state of the drive unit (3) is present, the charging process is interrupted and at the same time the electric machine (2) is activated in order to increase the driving power of the drive unit (3), wherein the increased acceleration potential which is kept in reserve by the internal combustion engine (1) is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Sebastian Rüger
  • Patent number: 9067580
    Abstract: The control device of a vehicle drive device is configured to have an electric path and a mechanical path, to control an operating point of the engine by adjusting a torque of the first electric motor, to select a transmission path with better power transmission efficiency between a power transmission efficiency in a first transmission path transmitting the power of the engine toward the drive wheels by using both the power transmission via the electric path and the power transmission only via fluid in the hydraulic power transmission device in the mechanical path and a power transmission efficiency in a second transmission path transmitting the power of the engine toward the drive wheels through power transmission when the lockup clutch of the hydraulic power transmission device is driven to perform an engagement or slip operation in the mechanical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Tabata, Tatsuya Imamura
  • Patent number: 9062750
    Abstract: A differential device has a clutch which is provided between at least one side gear and a differential case to limit relative rotation of the side gear and the differential case. The clutch includes one or more inner pawl discs and outer pawl discs alternately arranged in an axial direction of the side gear between an inner peripheral surface of the differential case and an outer peripheral surface of the side gear. The side gear includes a gear-side fit part extending in the axial direction to which the inner pawl disc is concave-convex fitted. The differential case includes a case-side fit parts extending in the axial direction to which the outer pawl clutch is concave-convex fitted. At least one of the gear-side fit part and the case-side fit part is formed in a spiral shape angled with respect to the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: OS GIKEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuya Tomimatu
  • Patent number: 9039558
    Abstract: An electric vehicle driving system includes an energy-storage apparatus (1), a first motor (2), a speed regulating motor (3) and a single row planetary mechanism. Said first motor (2) and said speed regulating motor (3) are connected electrically to the energy-storage apparatus (1). The single row planetary mechanism includes a sun gear (4), a gear ring (5) and a planetary carries (6) with planetary gears (7). The planetary gears (7) in the planetary carrier (6) mesh the gear ring (5) and the sun gear (4) separately. The output axle of the first motor (2) is connected to the gear ring (5), and the output axle of the speed regulating motor (3) is connected to the sun gear (4) by a brake (8). The invention takes the speed regulating motor and the single row planetary mechanism instead of the gearbox in a transmission driving system, and achieves a simple and compact structure, easy assemble, light weight, and low manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: BEIQI FOTON MOTOR CO., LTD., BEIJING ZHI KE INVESTMENT AND MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Feng Li, Xingquan Qin, Yu Li, Bao Li, Yanqiao Zhang, Qiang He
  • Patent number: 9033842
    Abstract: A transfer case (10) includes an input shaft (12), first and second output shafts (14, 16) and a planetary gearset (18) having a sun gear (74), a ring gear (70), a carrier (84, 90) and a pinion gear (78) meshingly engaged with the sun and ring gears. A range actuator (20) includes first, second and third range sleeves (22, 24, 26) abutted in series being axially translatable between a first position (H) to provide a drive connection between the input shaft (12) and the first output shaft (14), a second position (HL) providing a direct drive ratio connection between the input shaft (12) and the first output shaft (14) as well as the input shaft (12) and a second output shaft (16), and a third position (L) to provide a reduced speed drive ratio connection between the input shaft (12) and the first output shaft (14) as well as the input shaft (12) and the second output shaft (16). The gears of the planetary gearset (18) are not driven when the range sleeves are at the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley R. Larkin, Douglas O. Bradley
  • Patent number: 9033841
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively activating a window treatment includes an input member, such as a pulley activated by a bead chain, an output member such as a sleeve activating a mandrel, a stationary guard for mounting the window treatment and a rotor. The rotor, pulley, and stationary base are coupled to form a cycloid drive, wherein rotation of the pulley causes the rotor to precess with respect to the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ROLLEASE, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher D. Clark
  • Patent number: 9022897
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a drive device (1) of a motor vehicle, said drive device (1) comprising at least one combustion engine (3) and at least one electric machine (9), as well as a dual clutch transmission (4) which can be functionally connected to the combustion engine (3) and which comprises a first sub-transmission (5), a first clutch (6) being associated therewith, and a second sub-transmission (7), a second clutch (8) and the electric machine (9) being associated therewith. In a purely electrical driving operation, the electric machine (9) is operated in a motorized manner, a driving gear is engaged in the second sub-transmission (7), and both clutches (6, 8) are disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Maass, Boyke Richter