Patents by Inventor Adam Nathan Banker

Adam Nathan Banker has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180223751
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating an electric supercharger as an on-board air pump and/or vacuum pump. During conditions when a vehicle is not being propelled and the vehicle engine is idling, a portion of an air intake passage is sealed and the supercharger is operated to deliver compressed air into the sealed portion. Compressed air can then be picked up directly from the sealed portion for use in tire inflation, or picked up via an ejector to provide vacuum for vacuum actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Matthew Blake Tranter, Justin Lesniak, W. Cary Cole, Matthew John Gerhart, Tyler Kelly, Corey Ducklow, Adam Nathan Banker, Erik Mikael Hellstrom
  • Patent number: 10024226
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include coordinating the operation of the electric supercharger and an electric supercharger bypass valve and to open the electric supercharger bypass valve to reduce the extent and duration of electric supercharger overboost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Publication number: 20180194356
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) limits for a vehicle based on a number of occupants in the vehicle. In one example, a method may include responsive to detecting zero occupants, reducing NVH constraints for operating the vehicle and adjusting one or more vehicle operating parameters based on the reduced NVH constraints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Adam J. Richards, Adam Nathan Banker, Amey Y. Karnik, John Eric Rollinger
  • Patent number: 10012137
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor recirculation valve (CRV). One method includes differentiating between degradation of a throttle of the CRV and a position sensor of the CRV based on each of a throttle inlet pressure and commanded position of the throttle of the CRV. The method also includes utilizing output from the position sensor of the CRV in response to the commanded position of the throttle of the CRV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh
  • Patent number: 10001089
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving boost pressure control by adjusting a variable compressor recirculation valve. In one example, a method may include adjusting a position of a continuously variable compressor recirculation valve based on amount of sludge accumulation on the valve. The amount of sludge accumulation may be estimated based on a difference between total intake flow downstream of a compressor recirculation passage outlet but upstream of the passage, and total engine flow entering engine cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Publication number: 20180163613
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include accelerating an electric supercharger to choke the flow of air to the engine in the event of turbocharger overboost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 9957871
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for exhaust heat recovery and hydrocarbon trapping at an exhaust bypass assembly. Exhaust gas may flow in both directions through an exhaust bypass passage and each of a HC trap and a heat exchanger coupled to the bypass passage. The HC trap may be purged with the hot exhaust and heat from the exhaust may be recovered at the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Giovanni Cavataio, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Publication number: 20180112591
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor recirculation valve (CRV). One method includes differentiating between degradation of a throttle of the CRV and a position sensor of the CRV based on each of a throttle inlet pressure and commanded position of the throttle of the CRV. The method also includes utilizing output from the position sensor of the CRV in response to the commanded position of the throttle of the CRV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh
  • Publication number: 20180100460
    Abstract: Systems and methods for activating and deactivating cylinders of an engine that may activate and deactivate one cylinder independent of other cylinders are presented. In one example, an engine cylinder firing fraction and a remainder value that is based on the engine cylinder firing fraction are a basis for activating and deactivating engine cylinders. The systems and methods also provide for transitioning between different cylinder firing fractions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Amey Y. Karnik, Stephen Lee Cooper, Adam Nathan Banker, Michael Howard Shelby, John Eric Rollinger, Adam J. Richards
  • Patent number: 9903288
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the presence or absence of deposits that may accumulate within a compressor recirculation valve positioned in parallel with a turbocharger compressor are presented. The systems and methods adjust actuators to maintain engine operation such that it may be more difficult for a driver to become aware that a compressor recirculation valve diagnostic is being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Baitao Xiao, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 9890691
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating an engine that includes a compressor and charge air cooler are disclosed. In one example, air flow through the charge air cooler is increased in response to condensation accumulating in the charge air cooler without increasing engine torque. Air flow through the charge air cooler is increased to gradually reduce condensation within the charge air cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh
  • Patent number: 9890697
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include accelerating an electric supercharger to choke the flow of air to the engine in the event of turbocharger overboost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 9874191
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reliable starting an engine during cold start. In one example, a method may include in response to an engine start request, warming up an intake manifold by compressing intake air via an electric supercharger, and adjusting an intake manifold pressure before starting a first combustion of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Publication number: 20180010529
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating auxiliary torque are provided. In one example, a method for controlling a supercharger comprises, responsive to requested torque exceeding spark authority of an engine, varying a current applied to a motor of the supercharger to provide an amount of torque to a crankshaft of the engine. In this way, a supercharger can be controlled to compensate for an engine torque shortfall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Adam Nathan Banker, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Jonathan Edward Caine
  • Publication number: 20170370371
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor recirculation valve (CRV). One method may include inferring degradation of the CRV based on adaptation of a compressor surge line outside an expected range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh
  • Patent number: 9850831
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for engine speed flare control in an engine system having multiple staged charge boosting devices. In one example, during an engine start, an upstream compressor is rotated backwards via an electric motor to reduce the intake manifold pressure. The engine is then fueled based on the lower manifold pressure to reduce torque and engine speed flare until idle engine speed conditions are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker, Baitao Xiao
  • Publication number: 20170335754
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include coordinating the operation of the electric supercharger and an electric supercharger bypass valve and to open the electric supercharger bypass valve to reduce the extent and duration of electric supercharger overboost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Publication number: 20170335753
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include accelerating an electric supercharger to choke the flow of air to the engine in the event of turbocharger overboost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 9810229
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor recirculation valve (CRV). One method may include inferring degradation of the CRV based on adaptation of a compressor surge line outside an expected range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh
  • Patent number: 9802618
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving shifting of a manual transmission coupled to an engine are presented. In one example, a load provided to the engine is increased in response to a transmission gear upshift so that engine speed may be quickly decreased to synchronize with transmission input speed, thereby allowing quicker manual transmission gear shifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Baitao Xiao