Patents Examined by Timothy P Graves
  • Patent number: 11662271
    Abstract: The road simulation device includes a frame structure and a transmission structure. The transmission structure includes a first test bench, a second test bench, a third test bench and a fourth test bench. A first sliding plate structure of the first test bench slides in a first direction and a second direction, a second sliding plate structure of the second test bench slides in the first direction, and a third sliding plate structure of the third test bench slides in the second direction. The first sliding plate structure and the first base structure, the second sliding plate structure and the second base structure, the third sliding plate structure and the third base structure, as well as the fourth baffle plate structure and the fourth base structure are connected by spherical hinges. Damages to the frame structure caused by huge acting force generated by rigid connection during testing can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Beijing Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mingming Dong, Yitong Wang, Yue Bian, Shen Lu, Xiang Ji
  • Patent number: 11662273
    Abstract: The present disclosure belongs to the technical field of tests of wheels and automobile chassis suspension systems, and provides a universal suspension and test equipment for an automobile chassis simulation road test. A simulated dashpot is movably connected to a simulated shock absorption tower; a simulated steering link and a simulated lower control arm are both movably connected to a backboard; and the simulated dashpot, the simulated steering link, and the simulated lower control arm are all assembled with corresponding mounting holes in a steering knuckle. Simulated parts with adjustable lengths and positions are used to replace an original vehicle's dashpot, steering link and lower control arm of a suspension, so that by means of adjusting lengths and angles of all the parts of the test suspension, the universal suspension can be applicable to the spatial hard point requirements of most current Macpherson suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhigao Yin, Desheng Chen, Hanqi Wu, Zuo Xu, Guoyuan Xiong
  • Patent number: 11656155
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension bump steer measurement apparatus and method of measuring bump steer in a vehicle suspension for productive management of toe change throughout compression and rebound of a vehicle suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Justin Zmyewski
  • Patent number: 11648928
    Abstract: A diagnostics and maintenance tool can be used for performing diagnostics and maintenance of automotive, farming, construction, trucking, recreational and aviation vehicles & equipment. The diagnostics and maintenance tool can be used to measure distance traveled and pressure applied to brake, clutch and acceleration pedals, for example. The tool can reduce labor costs by reducing the time it takes perform certain diagnostic and maintenance activities. The tool can increase customer satisfaction by increasing accuracy and providing quantifiable data versus just going off of “human hunches.” The tool can reduce misdiagnoses by a technician who does not have to rely on “guesswork” or “process of elimination” for certain tasks. The tool may attach between a support and a component where distance traveled and applied pressure is to be measured. The tool may be pre-programmed to apply a known pressure or distance or may be remotely operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Robert E. Whitt
  • Patent number: 11650132
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of passive safety testing of vehicles, in particular to a construction method for an impact response performance limit value of a crash dummy and an electronic device. The method includes: determining, according to response curves of the crash dummy under different impact test conditions, a standard response curve and alignment starting time and ending time of each response curve; aligning, according to differences between other response curves except the standard response curve and the standard response curve, other response curves except the standard response curve with the standard response curve; and determining, according to all the aligned response curves, an impact response performance limit value function of the crash dummy, where the differences include cumulative differences or cumulative variances. The method can truly, accurately and effectively construct a performance limit value of a dummy part under various impact tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Zhixin Liu, Zhixin Wu, Hong Zheng, Hong Chen, Weidong Liu, Weijie Ma, Kai Wang, Minghao Xie, Ye Hao
  • Patent number: 11644351
    Abstract: A multiphase flow measurement apparatus includes a tubular, a first microwave resonator, a second microwave resonator, and a coplanar waveguide resonator. The tubular includes a wall formed to define an inner bore configured to flow a multiphase fluid. The first microwave resonator has a first helical shape with a first longitudinal length and is configured to generate a first electric field that rotates. The second microwave resonator has a second helical shape with a second longitudinal length different from the first longitudinal length of the first microwave resonator and is configured to generate a second electric field that rotates. The first and second microwave resonators are mutually orthogonal to each other and cooperatively configured to measure a salinity of the multiphase fluid flowing through the inner bore. The coplanar waveguide resonator is configured to generate a third electric field to measure a flow rate of the multiphase fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignees: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Muhammad Akram Karimi, Muhammad Arsalan, Atif Shamim
  • Patent number: 11639882
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for detecting exhaust emissions of a vehicle equipped with an ignition engine based on big data of remote sensing. The system includes: a vehicle emission measuring instrument, a host computer, an information display instrument, a vehicle driving state tester, a weather monitor, a license plate camera and a vehicle emission monitoring platform. The vehicle emission measuring instrument, the information display instrument, the vehicle driving state tester, the weather monitor and the license plate camera communicate with the host computer. The host computer is connected to the vehicle emission monitoring platform via the Internet. The present disclosure acquires pollutant concentrations in the vehicle emissions through the detection system, divides a vehicle specific power (VSP) into multiple bins, performs statistical analysis and evaluation on the vehicle emissions according to different vehicle types, and determines high-emission vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Lijun Hao, Zihao Ge, Hang Yin, Junfang Wang, Xiaohu Wang, Jia Liu, Jin Liu, Yunjing Wang
  • Patent number: 11635351
    Abstract: A method of calibrating positions of wheels in an AGV, the method including positioning a second wheel tangentially on an imaginary second circle centered with respect to a center position in which a first wheel is fixed; driving the second wheel a second distance along the second circle such that the AGV rotates about the center position; determining the second distance based on data from a second wheel sensor device of the second wheel; determining an angle of rotation about the center position based on data from a first steering sensor device of the first wheel during the rotation of the AGV; and determining relative positions between the first wheel and the second wheel based on the second distance and the angle of rotation. An AGV is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Jonatan Blom
  • Patent number: 11630032
    Abstract: A vibrating device is provided that can appropriately reproduce a vibrating state during travel of a vehicle. A vibrating actuator (12) of a vibrating device (1) vibrates a driving wheel W by driving a second roller (16) in a front-rear direction in a state where a lower side portion of the driving wheel W is held between a first roller (17) and the second roller (16). In a case where the wheel W is in a creep state, the second roller (16) is driven so as to rotate in a reverse direction to the driving wheel W by a rotating actuator (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Susumu Akutsu
  • Patent number: 11609154
    Abstract: Disclosed in this invention is a flat-belt type VTEHIL test bench for commercial vehicles, including a main bench body and a bench test system. The main bench body is mounted inside a foundation and includes a main bench frame, a bench cover, front axle flat-belt assemblies and rear axle flat-belt assemblies. Each front axle flat-belt assembly is provided therein with a fixed plate, a rotary disc and a limiting mechanism. Each rear axle flat-belt assembly includes a flat belt and flat belt pulleys disposed both within the flat belt at opposing ends thereof. The foundation defines a sector-shaped mounting depression in which the main bench body is mounted, and an iron floor is arranged under the main bench body. This invention can better simulate actual driving surfaces and accommodate two-axle, three-axle, four-axle and other types of trucks or tractors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Jiming Lv, Xiaoying Li, Libo Dong, Guanglei Bai, Yu Qiu
  • Patent number: 11609151
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment may include a control hub configured to receive data from an emissions analyzer and a leak detection camera. The emissions analyzer may detect levels of various gases and relay such information to the control hub. In an exemplary embodiment, the emissions analyzer may purge after every test to ensure longevity and accuracy. A leak detection camera may implement quantifying optical gas imaging in order to continuously monitor for fugitive leaks on a compressor package. If a leak is detected, it may be logged and the user or an operating group may be alerted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Kodiak Gas Services, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Collins, Jesus Elizondo, Pedro Buhigas
  • Patent number: 11604118
    Abstract: A module test machine includes a frame, a fixture, at most two actuators coupled to the fixture, and a controller. The frame is couplable to a first end of a strut module. The fixture is couplable to a second end of the strut module. The fixture includes a plurality of arms with a plurality of adjustable lengths. The at most two actuators are coupled to two of the plurality of arms and configured to impart a plurality of loads along six axes of force at the second end of the strut module. The controller is configured to control the at most two actuators in response to at most two actuator vectors. The plurality of adjustable lengths and the at most two actuator vectors are configured to replicate road load data at the second end of the strut module while under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alexander J. Dan, Scott P. Sherman, Timothy J. Colosky, Jarred J. Versical
  • Patent number: 11598709
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of predicting the lifespan of a filter in an air cleaner based on machine learning. According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a machine learning-based filter lifespan prediction method may more precisely predict the lifespan of a filter in an air cleaner by inputting fine dust concentration data and a history related to use of the air cleaner to a lifespan prediction model and determining the purifying efficiency and exchange time of the filter according to an output value. Intelligent air cleaner of the present disclosure can be associated with artificial intelligence modules, drones (unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)), robots, augmented reality (AR) devices, virtual reality (VR) devices, devices related to 5G service, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventor: Youngsub Kim
  • Patent number: 11585730
    Abstract: Support structure adapted to form a collision object for use when testing a subject vehicle to simulate a real traffic environment, the support structure comprising a plurality of panels having a bending stiffness according to ISO 5628:2012 of 20 Nm to 60 Nm, such as 30 Nm to 50 Nm, such as 35 Nm to 45 Nm. A support structure adapted to form a collision object for use when testing a subject vehicle to simulate a real traffic environment, the support structure comprising a plurality of panels made from cardboard, is also provided. A collision object for use when testing a subject vehicle to simulate a real traffic environment is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: AstaZero AB
    Inventors: Peter Janevik, Niklas Lundin, Mats Petersson
  • Patent number: 11585729
    Abstract: A duct body (101) of a blowing device provided in a chassis dynamometer includes a bottom wall (31), a top wall (32) and a pair of side walls (33) that form a flow passage having a rectangular cross section. In each of the side wall (33), a vertically elongated window part (42) is formed for enabling the passage of vehicle restraint member such as a chain (5). Each window part (42) is closed through the tiled arrangement of a few cover plates (53, 54), and a chain plate set (100). The chain plate set (100) is formed through the sandwiching of an elastic sheet member (61, 62) having a restraint member through hole (63) and a slit (64) between an inner plate (51) and an outer plate (52) each having an opening part (57, 58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Toshimichi Takahashi, Naoto Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11573193
    Abstract: A resistance-integrated gas sensor is provided, including a substrate, a first metal oxide layer, an insulating layer, a contact metal layer, a contact hole, a second metal oxide layer, and an interdigitated electrode layer. The first metal oxide layer is disposed in the substrate. The insulating layer is disposed on the substrate and the first metal oxide layer. The contact metal layer and the contact hole are disposed in the insulating layer. The second metal oxide layer is disposed on the insulating layer. A portion of the interdigitated electrode layer is disposed on the insulating layer, and another portion is disposed in the second metal oxide layer. The contact metal layer and the contact hole connect the first metal oxide layer and the interdigitated electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Nuvoton Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jie-Chun Luo
  • Patent number: 11566970
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to test stands for generating test runs on the basis of a test drive using a vehicle along a driving route. In some embodiments, a test stand determines at least one idle operating time of an internal combustion engine and/or at least one overrun operating time of the internal combustion engine from a time curve of a vehicle speed and a time curve of a gas pedal position. The test stand may further set a specified idle control mode instead of the operating control mode during an idle operating time and/or a specified overrun control mode is set instead of the operating control mode during an overrun operating time in the test stand automation unit in order to carry out the test run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: AVL LIST GMBH
    Inventors: Felix Pfister, Wolfgang Winkler, Emre Kural, Camillo Signor, Gerald Hoehmann
  • Patent number: 11555760
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for determining particulate emissions in the driving operation of a vehicle, in particular of a motor vehicle. According to the invention, provision is made that the device has a sensor system and a control unit and that in driving operation the sensor system and the control unit jointly undertake the function of particulate matter sensors. Here, the sensor system senses driving operation values on the vehicle. From the sensed driving operation values and by means of correlations of driving operation values with particulate matter values determined and stored in advance in the control unit, the control unit estimates the particulate emissions from tyre abrasion of the vehicle. Finally, the invention relates to a vehicle with the device according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Thomas Niemann, Bastian Kanning
  • Patent number: 11549862
    Abstract: A measuring device with at least one fluid channel for conveying a measuring fluid, wherein the fluid channel includes at least one inlet for the entry of the measuring fluid into the fluid channel and at least one outlet for the exit of the measuring fluid from the fluid channel. The fluid channel includes a diamond-shaped cross-section and includes a course from the at least one inlet to the at least one outlet over which the measuring fluid entering the fluid channel is deflected by at least 90° before the measuring fluid exits the fluid channel at the at least one outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Carsten Clemen, Miklos Gerendas
  • Patent number: 11543331
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brake dust measurement system that can accurately measure an amount of brake dust produced. The brake dust measurement system, in which a specimen having a brake is placed in a chamber and which measures brake dust produced from the brake, includes a sampling unit that samples air inside the chamber, an elemental analysis unit that performs elemental analysis of sampled air sampled by the sampling unit, a storage unit that stores elemental content information of a single or multiple elements contained in the brake, and a calculation unit that calculates an amount of brake dust contained in the sampled air on the basis of elemental analysis results of the elemental analysis unit and the elemental content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Kazuya Tsurumi, Takashi Matsuyama