Patents Examined by Teuta B Holbrook
  • Patent number: 12006884
    Abstract: Systems and methods for having discrete valve opening and closing timings for different pairs of the combustion cylinders, and transitioning an engine from a Low temperature Combustion (LTC) mode to a Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI) mode are provided. The method may comprise performing a cold start on an engine, comprising at least two sets of cylinders, in a Spark Ignition (SI) mode. The method may comprise, using a discrete camshaft operation for different pairs of the combustion cylinders to run the at least two sets of cylinders in the LTC mode, and when a load operation point of the engine increases, transitioning a first set of cylinders, of the at least two sets of cylinders, to run in a SI mode, and, after the first set of cylinders is transitioned to run in the SI mode, transitioning the second set of cylinders to run in the GCI mode, and, after the second set of cylinders is transitioned to run in the GCI mode, transitioning the first set of cylinders to run in the GCI mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Shirley, Nicholas Fantin, Shengrong Zhu, Kyoung Pyo Ha, Jeffrey Hollowell, Nahm Roh Joo
  • Patent number: 12005773
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a vehicle is provided. The vehicle has a chassis with a first frame rail and a second frame rail extending longitudinally. The mounting assembly has a bracket with a concave region to receive and attach to a compressed gas tank to move the compressed gas tank away from an external force applied to an outer surface of the tank and in a first direction towards and beneath the first frame rail. The bracket has a first end region connected to the first frame rail to position the tank on an outboard side of the first frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Michael Mathie, Michael Jon Veenstra, Joseph Michael Conrad, II
  • Patent number: 11994081
    Abstract: In an approach to active engine idle control, an apparatus comprises: an accelerator module interface; an engine control module (ECM) interface; a computer readable storage media; and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine an engine speed target for a vehicle engine in revolutions per minute (RPM) based on an electrical load on the vehicle; determine a voltage curve for one or more position sensors of an accelerator module in the vehicle; determine a voltage target for the ECM for each position sensor of the one or more position sensors; and responsive to a first signal that the apparatus is engaged and a second signal that the vehicle is stopped, set an input voltage to the ECM at the voltage target for each of the one or more position sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventor: Arnez Franklin
  • Patent number: 11994030
    Abstract: System for the reversible transformation of a reciprocating motion in a rotary motion, which may include one or more actuating devices adapted to cooperate with a rotor which has a spiral shaped section, and has at least one interaction surface for interacting with said one or more actuating devices. Each actuating device of said plurality of actuating devices is an internal combustion cylinder and piston device. Each actuating device is associated with a rod which incorporates a slider with a follower which engages with said at least one interaction surface of said rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: IBS MOTORTECH ITALIA SRL
    Inventor: Ivan Skulic
  • Patent number: 11982243
    Abstract: A controller is used in an internal combustion engine provided with an EGR device recirculating some of exhaust gas flowing in an exhaust passage to an intake passage as EGR gas. The EGR device includes an EGR passage and an EGR valve. The controller includes a CPU that controls opening and closing of the EGR valve. The CPU executes determining process of determining whether the temperature of the internal combustion engine is about the same as the outside air temperature, and an axis displacement eliminating process of opening and closing the EGR valve when it is determined that the temperature of the internal combustion engine is about the same as the outside air temperature in the determining process during the operation stop of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiichi Sato
  • Patent number: 11981201
    Abstract: A drive mechanism that connects to a rotary drive component for transferring rotary motion to another component. The drive mechanism may be a conversion assembly to facilitate a connection to an existing rotary drive component and transfer the rotary motion to another component. The drive mechanism may include a drive shaft, a housing with a rotary bearing and seal, an enclosure and a drive pulley or other transfer component. The drive shaft may include a cap and flange to connect to a rotary drum and extend to a drive pulley in an enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: TSI Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen William O'Brien, Todd Michael Coleman, Christopher Delmont Corfman, Charles J. Martis, Kerry Wayne Whitaker
  • Patent number: 11982213
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a lubricating method of a lubrication system of an engine. A first check valve unidirectionally leading to an oil chamber is arranged between a crankshaft chamber and the oil chamber; a first lubricating oil circuit that communicates the oil chamber and the cam chamber is arranged in the crankcase, and the cam chamber is communicated with an upper rocker arm chamber through a tappet hole; an oil pipe connected to the first lubricating oil circuit is arranged in the oil chamber; when the pressure in the crankshaft chamber is increased, the first check valve is opened, engine oil enters the oil chamber from the crankshaft chamber; and the pressure in the oil chamber is increased accordingly, the engine oil enters the first lubricating oil circuit and the cam chamber through the oil pipe for lubricating the cam chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: YONGKANG PUYUAN TOOLS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Quanyu Hu
  • Patent number: 11981407
    Abstract: A hydraulic steering device for boats, vessels or the like, includes a hydraulic pump coupled to a drive motor to feed a drive fluid alternately according to two flow directions; a hydraulic actuating cylinder connected to the delivery and return of the pump; and a fluid flow distributor switching the connection of the delivery and suction of the pump alternatively to one of two inlets/outlets of the cylinder communicating with one of two chambers of the cylinder. The actuating cylinder is mechanically articulated to a steering member, which determines direction change by modifying its orientation relative to an axis of the boat, the vessels or the like, preferably to a longitudinal axis, the modification of steering member orientation being implemented by the actuating cylinder according to the supply of the drive fluid to the cylinder caused by operation of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Marcella Gai, Enrico Pagani
  • Patent number: 11971142
    Abstract: A hydrogen supplying device includes a liquid hydrogen pump, an evaporator, a pressure chamber configured to be filled with hydrogen gas flowing therein from the evaporator and to supply the filled hydrogen gas to a hydrogen engine, and a pump control unit configured to adjust a discharge flow rate of the liquid hydrogen pump based on both a flow rate of hydrogen to be supplied to the hydrogen engine and an actual pressure in the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoaki Ito
  • Patent number: 11965454
    Abstract: A thermostat device ensures a coolant amount from a bypass passage sufficiently and excellent temperature sensitivity to the coolant temperature. The thermo-operating unit is provided with a control valve for controlling an introduced coolant amount from a first flow inlet via a radiator, corresponding to the temperature of the coolant from a second flow inlet via a bypass passage. Within the housing are provided multiple guides, which are formed extending from the second flow inlet side toward a thermo-element, are arranged intermittently around the thermo-element, and support the thermo-element slidably movable in an axial direction and coolant rectifying protrusions arranged spaced apart from the thermo-element between the guides, wherein a detoured passage for the coolant, directed from the second flow inlet side toward an outflow port, is formed by forming gaps between the guides and the coolant rectifying protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON THERMOSTAT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nishimura, Tatsuya Takahata, Shinji Watanabe, Keita Watanabe, Takayuki Tominaga
  • Patent number: 11959820
    Abstract: Embodiments for balancing a pulser plate are provided. In one embodiment, a pulser plate includes a plurality of teeth, an indexing gap, and a mass modifier. The teeth of the plurality of teeth define a sensed behavior of the pulser plate. The indexing gap separates a first tooth and a second tooth of the plurality of the teeth. The indexing gap is symmetrical about a first axis on a face of the pulser plate. A second axis defines a proximate side of the pulser plate having the indexing gap and a distal side of the pulser plate. The first axis and the second axes are orthogonal to a pulser plate axis and intersect at a center. The mass modifier includes a first mass modifier on the proximate side of the pulser plate to balance the mass of the pulser plate about the center and does not change the sensed behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sean M. Kelly, Philip R. Weber, Hunter F. Trefz
  • Patent number: 11939895
    Abstract: The invention relates to an internal combustion engine, comprising an intake path, a crankcase, an exhaust gas path and a crankcase ventilation means, wherein the crankcase ventilation means is open, closed or separate. The internal combustion engine according to the invention comprises an intake path, a crankcase, an exhaust gas path and an open crankcase ventilation means, wherein the open crankcase ventilation means comprises a first line and a second line, wherein the first line is designed to connect the exhaust gas path to the crankcase in order to guide exhaust gas out of the exhaust gas path to the crankcase, and wherein the second line is designed to connect the crankcase to the exhaust gas path in order to discharge exhaust gas and leakage gases located in the crankcase from the crankcase and to feed them to the exhaust gas path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: FEV Group GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Bick, Ralf Bey, Markus Ehrly, Ralf Jans, Christoph Biwer
  • Patent number: 11939910
    Abstract: Described is a power system having an engine, a generator, a belt-driven component, a first pulley, a second pulley, a third pulley, and a fourth pulley. The engine outputs a rotational force at a first rotational speed to rotate the first pulley. The generator converts mechanical power driving the generator shaft to electric power. The second pulley is drivingly coupled to the first pulley via a first belt and configured to rotate the generator shaft at a second rotational speed based on the first rotational speed. The fourth pulley coupled to the generator shaft having a first diameter that is greater than a second diameter of the second pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Joe Jochman
  • Patent number: 11940085
    Abstract: A cover structure of an upper unit in which a power source of an outboard motor is provided, the cover structure includes a main body cover including a pair of divided covers connected to each otter, the pair of the divided covers being configured to be divided into each other in a left-right direction with respect to a traveling direction of a boat, an attachable and detachable cover that is attachable to and detachable from a part of an outer surface of at least one of the pair of divided covers and that includes a light transmitting portion in at least a part of the attachable and detachable cover, the light transmitting portion configured to transmit light, and a light emitter that is provided at a mounting position of the attachable and detachable cover and that includes a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kimpara, Shingo Matsumoto, Yoshiki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11933366
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of method for detecting degradation of a connecting rod big end bearing within an internal combustion engine including a crankshaft and an exhaust manifold included on a vehicle. A method includes providing an electronic control unit connected with the engine, a first set of sensors for detecting crankshaft acceleration connected located adjacent the crankshaft, a second set of sensors for detecting engine exhaust manifold pressure located adjacent the engine exhaust manifold, and a display component and an auditory component connected with the electronic control unit. The display component and/or the auditory component is activated when the first set of sensors detects diminished crankshaft acceleration during a power stroke compared to prior acceleration of the crankshaft during a power stroke and the second set of sensors detects exhaust manifold pressure that does not vary statistically significantly from expected exhaust manifold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Kapaldo, Mark Brian Michelotti
  • Patent number: 11927165
    Abstract: The electronic control unit performs a retarding process of retarding the ignition timing when the fuel pressure decreases, and lowers the peak of the combustion pressure in the cylinder, thereby suppressing the inflow of the combustion gas to the injector. Further, the electronic control unit performs an increasing process of increasing the injection amount of the hydrogen gas together with the retarding process, thereby suppressing the torque decrease of the engine due to the retard of the ignition timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Yui, Tomohiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 11927148
    Abstract: A method for operating a fuel injection system is provided. The method includes injecting fuel from a first direct fuel injection device arranged in a cylinder liner in a cylinder block into a combustion chamber and injecting fuel from a second direct fuel injection device arranged in a cylinder head into the combustion chamber, the first and second direct fuel injection devices arranged at an obtuse angle with regard to an intersection of central axes of the first and second direct fuel injection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Maziar Khosravi, Helmut Hans Ruhland, Albert Breuer, Thomas Lorenz
  • Patent number: 11919506
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: an internal combustion engine; a rotary electric machine; a connection-disconnection device; a hydraulic pressure supply device; a hydraulic pressure control device; and a control device. The hydraulic pressure supply device includes a mechanical hydraulic pressure supply device and a pressure accumulator. The control device executes fuel cut-off control to stop fuel supply to the internal combustion engine and rotation speed maintaining control to maintain a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine at a predetermined rotation speed by rotationally driving the internal combustion engine by the rotary electric machine or supplying fuel to the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuya Tachibanada, Shintaro Kameda, Tetsuya Matsumoto, Shinobu Kurachi, Sadahito Kajihara
  • Patent number: 11905836
    Abstract: A rotary engine, has: an outer body defining a rotor cavity; a rotor rotatable within the rotor cavity and in sealing engagement with walls of the outer body and defining at least one chamber of variable volume in the rotor cavity; a pilot subchamber defined by the outer body, the pilot subchamber having an outlet in fluid flow communication with the rotor cavity; and a fuel injector having a tip in communication with the rotor cavity at a location spaced apart from the outlet of the pilot subchamber, the tip of the fuel injector having: a first outlet in fluid communication with the rotor cavity independently of the pilot subchamber; and a second outlet in fluid communication with the rotor cavity through the pilot subchamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Jonathan Brulatout, Etienne Plamondon
  • Patent number: 11898448
    Abstract: A two-stroke cycle uniflow-scavenged opposed-piston engine is configured to use hydrogen fuel. The opposed-piston engine has at least one cylinder and a pair of pistons disposed for opposed motion in a bore of the cylinder. Hydrogen fuel is injected into the cylinder early in a compression stroke of the opposed-piston engine, and is ignited in a combustion chamber formed between the pistons late in the compression stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Achates Power, Inc.
    Inventor: Fabien G. Redon