Patents Examined by Thomas Denion
  • Patent number: 9611793
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of regenerating at least one aftertreatment device in an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine by changing a calibration of the exhaust gas recirculation system with the engine to increase temperature of exhaust gas provided to the at least one aftertreatment device, and further incrementally changing the calibration to obtain an exhaust gas temperature within a target regeneration temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan T. Sunley, Sylvain Charbonnel, Spencer Huhn
  • Patent number: 9611794
    Abstract: Various systems and method for controlling exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) in an internal combustion engine are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes during a first operating condition, directing exhaust gas from a first cylinder group into an engine air intake stream and directing substantially no exhaust gas from a second cylinder group to the engine air intake stream. The method further includes during a second operating condition, directing exhaust gas from the second cylinder group through a turbocharger bypass into the engine air intake stream and reducing a fuel injection amount of the first cylinder group relative to a fuel injection amount of the second cylinder group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neil Xavier Blythe, Shawn Michael Gallagher, James Robert Mischler, Luke Henry
  • Patent number: 9611858
    Abstract: In a water pump, a reinforcement rib is integrally installed on either an outer surface or an inner surface of a flange wall of a pulley and radially extended toward an outer direction from a center side at which one end section of a drive shaft is coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Furusawa
  • Patent number: 9611762
    Abstract: A fossil fuel fired power plant for the generation of electrical energy comprises a water steam cycle and a plant (10) for the capture of CO2 from exhaust gases emitted by the power plant and a steam jet ejector (24) configured and arranged to receive an input steam flow from a low- or intermediate pressure extraction point in the power plant and to increase its pressure. It is further arranged to receive motive steam (25) from a further extraction point in the power plant. A steam line (27, 22) directs the steam of increased pressure from the steam jet ejector (24) to the CO2 capture plant (10). The power plant according to this invention allows the use of low-pressure steam for the operation of the CO2 capture plant, where the extraction of such steam affects the overall efficiency of the power plant to a lesser degree than in power plant of the state of the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Staffan Jönsson, Hongtao Li, Enrico Conte
  • Patent number: 9611761
    Abstract: A charging circuit for converting electrical energy into thermal energy is provided, having a compression stage, connected via a shaft to an electric motor, a heat exchanger and an expansion stage, which is connected via a shaft to a generator, wherein the compression stage is connected to the expansion stage via a hot-gas line, and the heat exchanger is connected on the primary side into the hot-gas line, wherein the expansion stage is connected via a return line to the compression stage, so that a closed circuit for a working gas is formed. A recuperator is also provided which, on the primary side, is connected into the hot-gas line between the heat exchanger and the expansion stage and, on the secondary side, is connected into the return line, so that heat from the working gas in the hot-gas line can be transferred to the working gas in the return line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Christian Brunhuber, Carsten Graeber, Gerhard Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9611838
    Abstract: A mechanical actuator is disclosed. The mechanical actuator can comprise an interface portion configured to interface with an object, a spring configured to exert a force on the interface portion, and a shape memory member coupled to the interface portion. The shape memory member can be configured to fracture at a predetermined temperature range. Upon fracture of the shape memory member, the force of the spring can cause the interface portion to act on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Frederick B. Koehler, Ward D. Lyman, Michael J. Birch
  • Patent number: 9605661
    Abstract: A solar thermal power plant comprises a solar radiation receiver mounted on a tower surrounded by a heliostat field to receive solar radiation reflected by heliostats. A power generation circuit includes a steam turbine for driving an electrical generator to produce electrical power, and water in the power generation circuit is heated directly by solar radiation reflected onto the solar radiation receiver by the heliostat field to generate steam to drive the steam turbine. An energy storage circuit includes a thermal energy storage fluid, such as molten salt, which is capable of being heated directly by solar radiation reflected by the heliostat field. A heat exchanger is also provided for recovering thermal energy from the thermal energy storage fluid. The recovered thermal energy may then be used to generate steam to drive the steam turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Vipluv Aga, Marco Simiano, Erik Boschek
  • Patent number: 9605549
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable stationary blade ring of a turbomachine, whose stationary blades are each supported in a bearing body onto which an inner ring, which is divided into two half rings and acts as a seal carrier, is pushed without deformation, viewed in the circumferential direction, as well as a method for assembling a stationary blade ring of this type and a turbomachine having a stationary blade ring of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines AG
    Inventor: Werner Humhauser
  • Patent number: 9605580
    Abstract: An exhaust system is provided for an internal combustion engine having at least a first and a second cylinder, wherein the first cylinder is assigned a first exhaust gas pipe and the second cylinder is assigned a second exhaust gas pipe. The first exhaust gas pipe is assigned a first muffler, and the second exhaust gas pipe is assigned a second muffler. A first damping pipe branches off from the first exhaust gas pipe upstream of a first shut-off element. The damping pipe firstly opens into a first reflection chamber and is subsequently led through the first muffler and opens into the second exhaust gas manifold downstream of a second shut-off element. A second damping pipe branches off from the second exhaust gas pipe upstream of a second shut-off element. The second damping pipe firstly opens into a second reflection chamber and is subsequently led through the second muffler and opens into the first exhaust gas pipe downstream of the first shut-off element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Drees, Christian Eichmueller
  • Patent number: 9605662
    Abstract: A solar heat boiler is provided which is capable of avoiding damage to heat transfer tubes without increasing facility cost and construction cost. The solar heat boiler includes: a low-temperature heating device by which water supplied from a water supply pump is heated by heat of sunlight; a steam-water separation device by which two-phase fluid of water and steam generated in the low-temperature heating device is separated into water and steam; a high-temperature heating device by which the steam separated by the steam-water separation device is heated by the heat of sunlight; and a circulation pump by which the water separated by the steam-water separation device is supplied to the low-temperature heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Marumoto, Tetsuo Sikata, Kenso Arita, Jun Kashima
  • Patent number: 9605579
    Abstract: A system includes a controller that has a processor configured to receive a first signal from a first oxygen sensor indicative of a first oxygen measurement, wherein the first oxygen sensor is disposed upstream of a catalytic converter system; and to receive a second signal from a second oxygen sensor indicative of a second oxygen measurement, wherein the second oxygen sensor is disposed downstream of the catalytic converter system; and to execute a catalyst estimator system, wherein the catalyst estimator system is configured to derive an oxygen storage estimate based on the first signal, the second signal, and a catalytic converter model. The processor is configured to derive a system oxygen storage setpoint for the catalytic converter system based on the catalytic converter model and the oxygen storage estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Prashant Srinivasan, Maruthi Narasinga Rao Devarakonda, Jassin Marcel Fritz, Daniel George Norton, Sharath Sridhar Aramanekoppa, Medy Satria, William Collins Vining, Dipankar Deb
  • Patent number: 9605577
    Abstract: An exhaust system comprises a conical shell having an indentation traversing the exhaust passage in a coiled path so as to impart mixing on an engine exhaust gas flowing through an inner passage defined by the conical shell. The indentation may be formed into the conical shell via a stamping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sudhakar Navathe, John Roberts, Joel John Beltramo
  • Patent number: 9605660
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating a working fluid of a gas turbine-solar power generation system, comprising, sequentially connected, a cold air flow channel, a heat collecting cavity, and a hot air passage. The hot air passage is formed by connecting an inner housing on the front side to a supplemental heating section on the rear side. Also comprised is a burner for heating a primary heating air within the supplemental heating section when having insufficient solar power, and the burner is arranged at the supplemental heating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: Xiangtan Liyuan Electric Tooling Co., Ltd., Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhui Wang, Minhui Wang, Yuelei Zhang, Bugen Wang, Shuai Liu, Xinhua Tan, Yufen Tang
  • Patent number: 9599050
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed which includes: an engine; a catalyst purifying exhaust gas of the engine; a grille shutter adjusting an opening area of a radiator grille; and an electronic control unit configured to: (a) control an injection quantity of fuel to be supplied to the engine, (b) detect a malfunction of the grille shutter in a state where the grille shutter is closed, and (c) increase the injection quantity when the malfunction is detected in comparison to when the malfunction is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9599013
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting intake airflow through two parallel induction passages. In response to increased torque demand, intake airflow may be directed through a first induction passage including an exhaust-driven turbocharger compressor and through a second induction passage including an electric compressor. Further, after the turbocharger compressor increases speed, intake airflow may be directed again through the first induction passage to further increase boost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Chris C. Ahrns
  • Patent number: 9598959
    Abstract: A hot fluid expansion engine has a plurality of actuator modules arranged in a star configuration around a central shaft. Each module includes a drive piston defining a working chamber of variable volume in the first enclosure; a movable displacement piston subdividing a second enclosure into a low temperature chamber of variable volume and a high temperature chamber of variable volume with the high temperature chamber communicating with a unit of a fluid heater device and the low temperature chamber communicating with the working chamber; and a fluid circulation circuit extending between the fluid heater device and the working chamber. The drive piston and the displacement piston of each actuator module are connected to the central shaft via respective first and second eccentric transmission devices suitable for imparting reciprocating motion in translation to each of the pistons with a phase lag of 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Neemat Frem
  • Patent number: 9599044
    Abstract: An control apparatus and method for an engine having a turbocharger may include determining a load condition of the engine by a controller, and opening and closing an intake valve, a throttle valve, and a wastegate valve by the controller according to the load condition of the engine, where a combustion chamber generates power by combusting a fuel, an intake valve adjusts an air/fuel mixed gas flowed into the combustion chamber, a continuously variable valve timing apparatus advances or retards an opening/closing timing of the intake valve, a turbocharger having a turbine and a compressor compressing air flowed into the combustion chamber, a throttle valve adjusting air supplied to the combustion chamber, a wastegate valve adjusting the exhaust gas flowed into the turbine, and a controller controlling the intake valve, the throttle valve, and the wastegate valve according to a load region of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Hee Han, Joowon Lee, Hyun Jun Lim, Nahm Roh Joo, Yoon Joo Kim, Kiwon Park, Kwanhee Choi, Jong Il Park
  • Patent number: 9599012
    Abstract: A charge air cooler cover includes a nozzle configured for connection to an outlet of a compressor for receiving charge air, a tray configured for connection to an inlet of a charge air cooler, and a plenum leading from the nozzle to a plurality of passages defined by a plurality of ribs. The plurality of passages connects the plenum to the tray. The ribs and the tray are arranged to achieve substantially uniform charge air velocity across the inlet of the charge air cooler, in at least one mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vijayaselvan Jayakar, John Dowell, Charles B Atz, Pratap Subhash Shitole, Gary Szuch, Trent A Larson, Scott Snyder, Shirish Bhide
  • Patent number: 9599099
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a device capable of converting thermal energy into kinetic energy, in particular a thermal-powered device, including a housing (1) and a transmission device (2) disposed in the housing (1). Alloy sheets (3) are disposed at the transmission device (2). The housing (1) is formed with a heat source interface (6). In the present invention, thermal energy or other energy in the automobile exhaust gas is converted into kinetic energy output by virtue of the memory function of memory alloys, thus reducing emission of greenhouse gas, protecting the atmosphere environment, and conforming to the strategies and policies of economy of energy, environmental protection, and harmonious development between man and nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG GONGSHANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tongqiang Li, Xiaoning Jiang
  • Patent number: 9598968
    Abstract: The invention relates to the design of rotor blades of an axial turbomachine compressor, especially the method of attaching the blades to the rotor. The blades comprise an aerofoil portion and a platform for attaching them to the rotor. The platform comprises, along the main axis of the blade, a first layer forming a surface bounding the fluid stream and skirting the aerodynamic surfaces and a second layer, underneath the first layer with respect to the aerodynamic surfaces, designed to be able to mate with the inner face of a wall of the rotor around an aperture in the rotor for the purpose of attaching it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Safran Aero Boosters SA
    Inventor: Eric Englebert