Patents by Inventor Akira Sawada

Akira Sawada 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: 20200259431
    Abstract: The control method for an electric vehicle sets a motor torque command value based on vehicle information and controls torque of a first motor connected to a first drive wheel which is one of a front drive wheel and a rear drive wheel. The control method for an electric vehicle calculates a first torque command value by a feedforward computation based on the motor torque command value, detects a rotation angular velocity of the first motor, and estimates a rotation angular velocity of the first motor based on the first torque command value by using a vehicle model Gp(s) that simulates a transfer characteristic from a torque input to the first drive wheel to a rotation angular velocity of the first motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Ken Itou, Kengo Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20200255067
    Abstract: To provide a motor controller and an electric power steering apparatus which can suppress torque fluctuation resulting from low detection resolution of angle, with simple calculation, even in condition where the rotational speed of motor is low. A motor controller estimates an angle error correlation value correlated with the angle detection error based on the current command value when a change frequency of the angle detection value is lower than a cutoff frequency of feedback control system which controls a rotation state; corrects the current command value or the angle detection value based on the estimation value of angle error correlation value; and changes the estimation value of angle error correlation value so that the absolute value of angle detection error increases with respect to increase in the current command value, and the absolute value of angle detection error decreases with respect to decrease in the current command value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta TANAKA, Isao KEZOBO, Akira FURUKAWA, Seiji SAWADA
  • Patent number: 10710463
    Abstract: The control device for the electric vehicle determines whether or not the starting operation of the vehicle has been performed by the driver, calculates the disturbance torque estimated value Td necessary for maintaining the vehicle stop state corresponding to the disturbance acting on the vehicle, and performs a control such that the driving torque of the motor converges to the disturbance torque estimated value Td when the vehicle is determined to be just before stop of the vehicle during running or determined to have undergone the starting operation. Then, the control device for the electric vehicle controls the responsiveness of the driving torque to the disturbance acting on the vehicle, and increases the responsiveness of the driving torque of the motor compared with the responsiveness of the driving torque just before stop of the vehicle when the starting operation is determined to have been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Ken Itou, Takashi Nakajima, Yuji Katsumata, Hiroyuki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10696177
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for decelerating by the regenerative braking of a motor connected to a drive shaft of a drive wheel calculates a torque command value for suppressing a vibration component of the drive shaft by feeding back a torsional angular velocity of the drive shaft to a desired torque that determines the power of the motor and controls the operation of the motor on the basis of the torque command value. The control device estimates a dead zone section, in which the torque of the motor in the vehicle is not transmitted to the drive shaft, on the basis of the desired torque and limits the torque command value in the case where the vehicle is in the dead zone section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo Fujiwara, Akira Sawada, Sho Ohno
  • Publication number: 20200176816
    Abstract: Provided is a carbon material that can improve the cycle characteristic in charge and discharge of an all-solid-state battery. The carbon material is a carbon material to be contained in a positive electrode and/or a negative electrode of an all-solid-state battery comprising a group 1- or group 2-ionic conductive solid electrolyte, wherein in an X-ray diffraction spectrum of a mixture of the carbon material and Si in a weight ratio of 1:1, a ratio a/b is 0.2 or higher and 10.0 or lower, where a represents a height of the highest peak in the range of 2? of 24° or larger and smaller than 28° and b represents a height of the highest peak in the range of 2? of 28° or larger and smaller than 30°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Yuuki Sawada, Hiroki Masuda, Akira Nakasuga, Akihiko Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10643338
    Abstract: An object detection device includes: an optical flow calculator to calculate an optical flow between images captured by the image capturer at different times; an evaluation value calculator to divide the image captured by the image capturer into areas, and calculate, for each divided area, an evaluation value by using the optical flows of pixels belonging to the divided area, the evaluation value indicating a measure of a possibility that the divided area is an object area representing part or whole of the object to be detected; and an area determinator to determine an area in an image, in which the object to be detected exists, by comparing the evaluation value of each divided area calculated by the evaluation value calculator with a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Miyazawa, Shunichi Sekiguchi, Hideaki Maehara, Yoshimi Moriya, Akira Minezawa, Ryoji Hattori, Momoyo Nagase, Tomoya Sawada
  • Publication number: 20200137323
    Abstract: A reading circuit for an infrared detector, includes: pixel driving circuits arranged in a matrix; vertical selection lines provided for respective rows of the pixel driving circuits; horizontal selection lines provided for respective columns of the pixel driving circuits; a vertical selection circuit configured to output a row selection signal to the vertical selection lines; and a horizontal selection circuit configured to output a column selection signal to the horizontal selection lines to read, to a reading line, a signal from pixel driving circuits for one row selected by the row selection signal, wherein each pixel driving circuit includes a driving circuit of the infrared detector, and a switching circuit configured to switch whether or not to input a test signal to the driving circuit, based on the row selection signal output to a corresponding vertical selection line and the column selection signal output to a corresponding horizontal selection line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Akira Sawada
  • Publication number: 20200136143
    Abstract: Provided is a carbon material-containing dispersion liquid that is excellent in dispersibility when used as a slurry for electrode formation of a secondary battery, and is capable of enhancing the battery characteristics such as output characteristics of the secondary battery. A carbon material-containing dispersion liquid includes a carbon material and a dispersion medium for the carbon material. In the carbon material-containing dispersion liquid, a concentration of the carbon material in the carbon material-containing dispersion liquid is 0.01% by weight or more and 20% by weight or less, and a light transmittance at a wavelength of 650 nm of a supernatant of the carbon material-containing dispersion liquid when the carbon material-containing dispersion liquid is left to stand at 25° C. for 24 hours after preparation is 1% or more and 60% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroki Masuda, Yuuki Sawada, Akira Nakasuga, Akihiko Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10611984
    Abstract: The refrigerating machine oil according to the present invention comprises a polyalkylene glycol represented by the following formula (1): R1—(OR3)n—OR2??(1) [R1 and R2 may be the same or different from each other and each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having from 1 to 5 carbon atoms, or an acyl group having from 2 to 5 carbon atoms, R3 represents an alkylene group having from 2 to 4 carbon atoms, n represents an integer such that a number average molecular weight of the polyalkylene glycol represented by the formula (1) is from 1000 to 2500] the polyalkylene glycol having a ratio of the weight average molecular weight Mw to the number average molecular weight Mn, Mw/Mn, of from 1.00 to 1.15, the refrigerating machine oil being used with a mildly flammable hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Takahashi, Ken Sawada, Akira Tada, Souichirou Konno
  • Patent number: 10494585
    Abstract: The present invention provides a refrigerating machine oil comprising: an ester of a polyhydric alcohol and a fatty acid as a base oil; and an ether compound of a polyhydric alcohol, the refrigerating machine oil being used with an unsaturated hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Tada, Ken Sawada
  • Publication number: 20190337398
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for decelerating by the regenerative braking of a motor connected to a drive shaft of a drive wheel calculates a torque command value for suppressing a vibration component of the drive shaft by feeding back a torsional angular velocity of the drive shaft to a desired torque that determines the power of the motor and controls the operation of the motor on the basis of the torque command value. The control device estimates a dead zone section, in which the torque of the motor in the vehicle is not transmitted to the drive shaft, on the basis of the desired torque and limits the torque command value in the case where the vehicle is in the dead zone section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo FUJIWARA, Akira SAWADA, Sho OHNO
  • Patent number: 10404929
    Abstract: A signal output circuit includes a transistor includes a source that is coupled to a light receiving element and a gate of which electric potential is fixed, a first switch circuit capable of fixing a potential of the source to a reference potential, a second switch circuit coupled to a drain of the transistor, a third switch circuit coupled to the drain, a first capacitor coupled to the drain via the second switch circuit and coupled to the drain via the third switch circuit, wherein a first voltage according to a first current flowing through the transistor via the second switch circuit occurs, and a second voltage according to a second current flowing through the transistor via the third switch circuit occurs, and an output circuit that outputs a first signal corresponding to the first voltage and a second signal corresponding to the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hironori Nishino, Akira Sawada
  • Patent number: 10353336
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a conveying unit configured to convey continuous paper in a forward direction and in a reverse direction; an image forming unit configured to form an image on the continuous paper conveyed in the forward direction; a fixing unit configured to fix the image formed onto the continuous paper; an adjusting unit configured to adjust the image forming unit while the continuous paper is conveyed in the reverse direction; and a control unit configured to cause the conveying unit to convey the continuous paper in the reverse direction by an amount equivalent to a predetermined reverse conveyance distance to adjust the bottom edge of the image in a conveying direction to a position on an upstream side of the image forming unit, and cause the conveying unit to convey the continuous paper in the forward direction and cause the image forming unit to resume image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Akira Inoue, Katsutoshi Sawada
  • Publication number: 20190197345
    Abstract: An image feature map generating unit (3) generates, on the basis of feature amounts extracted from a plurality of images successively captured by a camera (109), an image feature map which is an estimated distribution of the object likelihood on each of the images. An object detecting unit (4) detects an object on the basis of the image feature map generated by the image feature map generating unit (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya SAWADA, Hidetoshi MISHIMA, Hideaki MAEHARA, Yoshimi MORIYA, Kazuyuki MIYAZAWA, Akira MINEZAWA, Momoyo HINO, Mengxiong WANG, Naohiro SHIBUYA
  • Publication number: 20190193659
    Abstract: An information processing unit (32) collects accident information from a vehicle-mounted device (2) existing in a periphery of a site of an accident indicated by accident information stored in a storage unit (31), by controlling a communication unit (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki MIYAZAWA, Shunichi SEKIGUCHI, Hideaki MAEHARA, Yoshimi MORIYA, Akira MINEZAWA, Ryoji HATTORI, Momoyo HINO, Tomoya SAWADA, Naohiro SHIBUYA
  • Patent number: 10328803
    Abstract: the control device for electric vehicle in the first embodiment, in the electric vehicle including the motor that functions as the traveling driving source and provides a regenerative braking force to the vehicle, and the friction brakes that provide the friction braking force to the vehicle, detects the motor rotation speed proportionate to a running speed of this electric vehicle, estimates the disturbance torque that acts on the motor, and performs the control such that the motor torque command value converges to the disturbance torque estimated value as the motor rotation speed decreases. Then, when the motor rotation speed becomes almost 0, the control device performs the control such that the friction-braking-amount command value with respect to the friction brakes converges to a value determined on the basis of the disturbance torque estimated value, and causes the motor torque command value to converge to almost 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Komatsu, Ken Itou, Takashi Nakajima, Yuuji Katsumata, Akira Sawada
  • Publication number: 20190173087
    Abstract: There is provided an electrode material for electricity storage devices, which enables suppression of heat generation in charge and discharge at large currents. The electrode material for electricity storage devices comprises a first carbon material having a graphite structure wherein graphite is partially exfoliated, and a second carbon material different from the first carbon material, wherein the ratio A/B, where A represents a weight of the first carbon material and B represents a weight of the second carbon material, is within the range of 0.01 or higher and 100 or lower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Yuuki Sawada, Hiroki Masuda, Akira Nakasuga, Akihiko Fujiwara, Takuya Wada
  • Patent number: 10300795
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control device of an electric vehicle, wherein, in an electric vehicle system that includes an electric motor coupled to a drive wheel, the regenerative braking control device has an electric motor controller that controls powering or regeneration of the electric motor, and a regeneration amount setting unit that sets a regeneration amount by a driver operation and that can change the regeneration amount according to an intention of a driver. The electric motor controller includes a regeneration instruction torque limitation unit that limits, immediately before stop of the vehicle with a motor rotation speed in a low-speed area, the regeneration amount to be decreased as a motor rotation speed is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Sawada
  • Patent number: 10266069
    Abstract: A control device for electric motor vehicle uses the motor as the traveling driving source. The control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to decelerate by the regenerative braking force from the motor. The control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to detect the amount of the accelerator operation, detect the motor rotation speed proportionate to the traveling speed of the electric motor vehicle, and calculate the motor rotation speed estimated value according to the state of the electric motor vehicle. Additionally, the control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to detect or estimate the resistance component unrelated to the gradient from the vehicle state and correct the motor rotation speed estimated value according to the resistance component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Ken Ito, Takashi Nakajima, Yuji Katsumata, Hiroyuki Komatsu
  • Publication number: 20190100114
    Abstract: A control method for an electric vehicle includes controlling a torque of a motor based on a final torque command value by calculating the final torque command value such that a vibration damping control to reduce vibrations of a driving force transmission system of a vehicle is performed on a target torque command value set based on vehicle information, calculating the final torque command value based on the target torque command value and a value obtained by multiplying a drive-shaft torsional angular velocity by a feedback gain, estimating, by use of a vehicle model that models the driving force transmission system, a dead-zone period during which a motor torque output from the motor is not transmitted to a drive-shaft torque of the vehicle, and determining whether or not the vehicle is just before stop of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Kengo Fujiwara, Shou Oono