Patents Examined by Tony M. Argenbright
  • Patent number: 7367305
    Abstract: A connecting rod of an internal combustion engine, and an internal combustion engine including the connecting rod, a piston, a crankshaft and a float bearing as main moving parts. A piston is connected to a connecting rod by a spherical joint and has radial ribs on a rear face of a crown part; a connecting rod is of an integrated, one-piece type having integrally a spherical small end part to be connected to the piston and an annular big end part; the crankshaft is of an assembly type, and a float bearing is interposed between the big end part and a crank pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Endoh, Kengo Ishimitsu, Tsutomu Inoue, Takao Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 7363905
    Abstract: Procedure to operate a combustion motor in the event of damage, whereby the thermoelectric voltage of a lubricant interruption on parts moving relative to each other and made of different, electrically conducting materials, is used to initiate an alarm signal, in that upon the appearance of such an alarm signal at least one operating parameter of the combustion engine is changed until the alarm extinguishes and the combustion motor is then further operated in a reduced operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Schaller Automation Industrielle Automations Technik KG
    Inventor: Werner-Ludwig Schaller
  • Patent number: 7299781
    Abstract: An oil return passage for returning oil from a cylinder head to an oil pan is arranged along the downward first side surface of an engine that is mounted in a vehicle such that a center axis of a cylinder thereof is slanted with respect to a vertical direction of the vehicle. An oil return extension pipe is coupled to an outlet end of the oil return passage, and extends toward a second side surface of the engine that is opposite from the first side surface on which the oil return passage is provided. Thus, engine oil can be reliably returned to the oil pan from the cylinder head of the engine even when the vehicle is experiencing high acceleration in a direction that tends to cause backflow of the oil through the engine oil return system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Mahle Powertrain Ltd.
    Inventors: Noaki Nakada, Manabu Kato, Tomohiro Okamoto, Thomas Hale
  • Patent number: 7270090
    Abstract: An engine cooling system is described that uses the same actuator to adjust both fan speed and coolant pump speed based on operating conditions of the engine and vehicle. The airflow and coolant flow are thus dependent, however, they are independent from engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 7261064
    Abstract: A combustion engine system comprises a plurality of cylinders configured to combust a mixed fuel to produce an exhaust gas and at least one reforming cylinder configured to receive a first portion of a fuel and deliver a reformed hydrogen-containing gas. The hydrogen-containing gas is introduced into a second portion of the fuel to form the mixed fuel to reduce emission from the combustion engine system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shailesh Singh Bhaisora, Michael John Bowman, Sauri Gudlavalleti
  • Patent number: 7258109
    Abstract: A method for operating a fuel injection device, particularly of a motor vehicle. The fuel injection device is provided with an injection valve which has a piezoelectric element. In using the method, the piezoelectric element is activated in such a way that the injection valve goes over into an opened state. During the activation, an electrical voltage is ascertained and/or prespecified at the piezoelectric element and/or an electrical current is ascertained and/or specified via the piezoelectric element. From the path of the voltage and/or from the path of the current one may infer the point in time of opening of the injection valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Mennicken
  • Patent number: 7255068
    Abstract: A snow vehicle includes an engine, a track belt arranged on a rear side of the engine, and a cooling water path for cooling the engine, in which the engine includes a cooling water inlet portion and a cooling water outlet portion provided on a front surface side of the engine and connected with the cooling water path. The snow vehicle is capable of improving the turning ability of the vehicle, while simplifying a cooling water path and reducing the size of the structure for cooling the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ashida
  • Patent number: 7257480
    Abstract: In a method for starting an internal combustion engine having a sensor disk which is coupled to a crankshaft of the engine, the sensor disk having a marking via an alternating arrangement of teeth and tooth spaces, and a first sensor and a second sensor each capable of generating an electric signal which may assume at least two signal levels, being associated with the sensor disk, one of the signal levels being associated with a tooth and the other signal level with a tooth space, a rising or falling signal edge of the one signal and the signal level of the other signal being used for determining the direction of rotation and increment of the angle of rotation of the crankshaft, the starting characteristics are improved in that the absolute crankshaft angle position is saved in a non-volatile memory when the engine is shut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Kassner
  • Patent number: 7255081
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for charging at least one combustion chamber (12) of a spark-ignition combustion engine (10) with fuel and air. At least one combustion chamber charge is produced during a shutoff phase of the internal-combustion engine (10) and is ignited when the internal-combustion engine (10) is subsequently started. The methods are characterized in that, during the shutoff phase, at least one measure is taken to produce a high percentage of fuel vapor in the combustion chamber charge. The present invention also relates to a control unit for controlling the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Sieber, Jochen Laubender, Andre-Francisco Casal Kulzer
  • Patent number: 7252073
    Abstract: Each of paired centrifugal weights are interlockingly connected to an advancing spring, which is interlockingly connected to a temperature-sensing operation device. When cold-starting the engine, the advancing spring is maintained extensible based on a state of the temperature-sensing operation in which the temperature-sensing operation device senses a temperature to operate. This advancing spring exerts a spring force, which pushes and widens the paired centrifugal weights to an advancing position. While the engine is warm, the advancing spring is held contracted based on another state of the temperature-sensing operation device, in which the temperature-sensing operation device senses a temperature to operate, so that the spring force of the advancing spring does not act on the paired centrifugal weights. A shape memory spring composed of a compression coil spring is used for the temperature-sensing operation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Nakahira, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Mikio Ishida
  • Patent number: 7249587
    Abstract: An air-intake device of an engine for a leisure vehicle, in which at least two air-intake passages are arranged within an engine body of the engine, is disclosed, including an air-intake pipe through which fresh air is supplied to the at least two air-intake passages arranged within the engine body, and a throttle valve openably mounted within a passage of the air-intake pipe. Typically, the air-intake pipe is structured such that the passage has a cross-section of a non-perfect circle shape and an outer periphery of the air-intake pipe has a cross-section of a circle shape with a continuously varying positive curvature. Typically, the throttle valve has a valve disc of a non-perfect circle shape conforming to the shape of the cross-section of the passage of the air-intake pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7249575
    Abstract: The housing of this valve delimits a chamber inside the housing, the chamber including a first fluid inlet at a first temperature, a second fluid inlet at a second temperature, and a first fluid outlet and a second fluid outlet through which fluid can freely communicate with the first and second inlets respectively. Thermostat-controlled means for controlling fluid circulation through the valve are provided, so that fluid can freely pass through the chamber between the first inlet and the second outlet and between the second inlet and the first outlet, only when either the value of the first temperature is less than a first predetermined threshold value, or the value of the second temperature is greater than a second predetermined threshold value strictly greater than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Vernet
    Inventors: Nicolas Pottie, Alain Bernard Armand Bouloy
  • Patent number: 7240653
    Abstract: A method is provided for assisting a start-up of a work machine having a battery assembly and a main engine. The method may include starting an auxiliary power unit, and using electrical power generated by the auxiliary power unit to condition the battery assembly. The method may also include adding electrical power generated by the auxiliary power unit to electrical power generated by the battery assembly for a main engine cranking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: David G. Marchand, John J. Bernardi, David C. Orr
  • Patent number: 7225766
    Abstract: A coolant jacket for an engine cylinder bank having longitudinally aligned cylinders includes upper, lower and side walls defining two inlet flow galleries extending along the intake and exhaust sides of the cylinder bank and communicating with the upper ends of the cylinders. Two outlet flow galleries extend along the intake and exhaust sides of the cylinders and communicate with the lower ends of the cylinders and pairs of side flow slots extend between the upper and lower galleries and around the intake and exhaust sides of each of the cylinders. The side flow slots are separated along longitudinal edges from the slots of adjacent cylinders. Preferably, cooling fins extend into the flow galleries, forming pockets at the ends of the flow slots, the fins being impacted by coolant flow directed into the pockets to improve cooling of siamesed portions of the cylinders. Additional features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Akram R. Zahdeh
  • Patent number: 7213542
    Abstract: To decrease adhesion of dirt to a radiator, miniaturize the radiator in front of an engine and improve engine cooling performance by efficiently applying cooling air to the engine. An oil cooler includes a first oil cooler and a second oil cooler. The first oil cooler is disposed in front of an engine. The second oil cooler is disposed in a front cover at a position higher than an upper edge of a front wheel. The first oil cooler is disposed immediately in front of a cooling fan. The first oil cooler is disposed so as to close an air intake guide of the cooling fan less than 50%. The first oil cooler and the second oil cooler are serially connected along an oil line. A heat radiation area of the second oil cooler is larger than that of the first oil cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Oshima, Katsumi Kanai, Takahiro Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 7207307
    Abstract: An intermediate resin molded body is put between two outer resin molded bodies, and a molten resin is injected substantially simultaneously into a first interface between one outer resin molded body of the two outer resin molded bodies and the intermediate resin molded body and a second interface between the other outer resin molded body and the intermediate resin body, so that the two outer resin molded bodies and the intermediate resin molded body are welded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Ino, Masakazu Ozawa, Toshiaki Nakayama, Toshio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7207321
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system for supplying liquid gas fuel to an engine is disclosed. The fuel can be supplied solely to the engine or together with diesel fuel. The fuel delivery system includes an injector (20) for receiving the liquid gas, and for ejecting the liquid gas in vapour form to the engine E. A bubble preventing mechanism (40, 44, 48; 8, 203, 209, 208) is supplied for preventing the liquid gas from bubbling or boiling in the injector which would impair the ejection of fuel from the injector. The preventing means comprises cooling means which may use a coolant to cool the injector. In one embodiment, the coolant is in the form of bubbled vapour which is directed away from the injector (20) and enters a chamber (206) in which the injector (20) is located, so that the vapour cools the injector (20). The vapour (20) can pass to a vapour block (208) for supply to the intake air of the engine so the vapour is supplied back to the engine together with fuel ejected by the injector (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventors: Andrei Vadimovitch, James Richard Hunt
  • Patent number: 7201160
    Abstract: An air-fuel ratio sensor monitor is provided which is designed to monitor reactive characteristics or response rates of an air-fuel ratio sensor when an air-fuel ratio of a mixture to an internal combustion engine is changing to a rich side and to a lean side. The monitored response rates are used in determining whether the sensor is failing or not, in determining the air-fuel ratio of the mixture accurately, or in air-fuel ratio control of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Yoshiume, Yukihiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 7201141
    Abstract: A throttle body for an automobile includes a housing defining a plurality of bores separated by a central wall. A passageway is defined through the central wall. A shaft is rotatably received within the passageway. A plurality of plates is coupled with the shaft. A contacting preventing means is configured to selectively engage the shaft upon deflection of the shaft in the region of the central wall to prevent contact between the shaft and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: James Richard Rauch, Bruce Raymond Beyer
  • Patent number: 7191741
    Abstract: A link mechanism usable for a variable compression ratio mechanism of an internal combustion engine includes first and second links pivotally connected by a pin inserted through cylindrical first and second pin boss portions of the first and second links. Each of the first and second pin boss portions includes a circumferentially extending first narrow section, and a circumferentially extending first wide section having an axial wall thickness greater than the axial wall thickness of the first narrow section. The wide sections of the first and second pin boss portions are overlapped in an region extending in the axial direction of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hiyoshi, Kenshi Ushijima, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Shunichi Aoyama, Katsuya Moteki, Naoki Takahashi