Patents by Inventor Andrew P. Oury

Andrew P. Oury 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: 20220263207
    Abstract: Presented are finger-proof electrical terminals for battery assemblies, methods for making/using such electrical terminals, and vehicles with battery modules having finger-proof electrical terminals for bolted busbar connections. A battery assembly includes one or more electrochemical battery cells and one or more electrical terminals each electrically connected to the battery cell(s) and having a contact face to electrically connect the battery assembly to an electrical connector. A threaded nut attaches each electrical terminal to one of the electrical connectors. An electrically insulating nut cap is attached to each threaded nut. A battery housing, which stores therein the battery cell(s), includes an electrically insulating housing wall with one or more terminal jackets each mounting therein one of the electrical terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Evan J. Dawley, Phillip D. Hamelin, Scott W. Vaubel, Andrew P. Oury, Neil A. Patel
  • Patent number: 9847561
    Abstract: A modular battery pack and method of making a battery pack. Prismatic can battery cells are interspersed with cooling frames along a stacking axis within a housing such that numerous a cell-frame assemblies, each with a cooling path, are formed. Resiliently-biased sealing members on the frames are arranged such that they remain out of the way of a footprint defined by the joined cells and frames to promote ease of high-speed cell-to-frame assembly. Upon formation of the cell-frame assembly and subsequent placement into the housing with inner walls that press against the protruding ends of the sealing member, the sealing member is forced by the housing to come into contact engagement with a corresponding surface of the edge of the battery cell. The generally linear, planar contact surface formed by the contact engagement promotes the formation of a sealing surface that makes it harder for introduced cooling air to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Barton W. McLaughlin, Charles W. McClure, Andrew P. Oury
  • Patent number: 9831485
    Abstract: An electric joint formed between a high current source and a high current load, and a method of making electrical connection between them. In one form, the source is made up of one or more cells in a battery pack and the load is an electric motor. An electrical connection assembly includes a first conductor, a fastener and a second conductor joined together such that electrical continuity between the conductors is not established until the fastener imparts a substantially normal force to both of them in such a way that they become secured together to produce a deformable shape to adjacently-facing surfaces one or both conductors, thereby ensuring significant contact and a related low electrical resistance as a way to avoid imperfect or partial attachments at the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Roger M. Brisbane, Andrew P. Oury
  • Publication number: 20160308344
    Abstract: An electric joint formed between a high current source and a high current load, and a method of making electrical connection between them. In one form, the source is made up of one or more cells in a battery pack and the load is an electric motor. An electrical connection assembly includes a first conductor, a fastener and a second conductor joined together such that electrical continuity between the conductors is not established until the fastener imparts a substantially normal force to both of them in such a way that they become secured together to produce a deformable shape to adjacently-facing surfaces one or both conductors, thereby ensuring significant contact and a related low electrical resistance as a way to avoid imperfect or partial attachments at the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Roger M. Brisbane, Andrew P. Oury
  • Publication number: 20150372355
    Abstract: A modular battery pack and method of making a battery pack. Prismatic can battery cells are interspersed with cooling frames along a stacking axis within a housing such that numerous a cell-frame assemblies, each with a cooling path, are formed. Resiliently-biased sealing members on the frames are arranged such that they remain out of the way of a footprint defined by the joined cells and frames to promote ease of high-speed cell-to-frame assembly. Upon formation of the cell-frame assembly and subsequent placement into the housing with inner walls that press against the protruding ends of the sealing member, the sealing member is forced by the housing to come into contact engagement with a corresponding surface of the edge of the battery cell. The generally linear, planar contact surface formed by the contact engagement promotes the formation of a sealing surface that makes it harder for introduced cooling air to escape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Barton W. McLaughlin, Charles W. McClure, Andrew P. Oury
  • Patent number: 9193316
    Abstract: System and methods for retaining a battery system included in a vehicle are presented. In certain embodiments, a system for enclosing a battery system may utilize a plurality of modular components. The modular components may include a plurality of first side components and a plurality of second side components coupled to the plurality of first side components. A first top component and a second top component may be coupled to the first side components. In certain embodiments, the second top component may be configured to prevent the first top component from being decoupled from the first side components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Barton W. McLaughlin, Andrew P. Oury, Robert J. Heydel, Laurence J. Wilson, III
  • Patent number: 8980456
    Abstract: A modular battery pack and method of making a battery pack. The modular structure includes an open box with an interlocking features to allow for flexibility in assembly of numerous battery pack configurations. The design is such that numerous sub-module assemblies are formed that can be fastened, connected or otherwise secured to a tray, frame or other underlying primary support structure. Aligned stacks of individual battery cells can be placed within the volume defined within the box-like structure so that portions of the box-like structure move in response to a spring-like force imparted by the stack of battery cells. Adapter plates facilitate the modular construction by an interlocking connection between the box-like structure and the underlying support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gary M. Insana, Andrew P. Oury, Barton W. McLaughlin, Kevin T. Joy
  • Patent number: 8976016
    Abstract: An alarm system for a vehicle charge cord is provided. The alarm system has an armed state and a disarmed state. The alarm system includes a battery, a charge cord sensor, a battery state estimator (“BSE”) module, and an interface module. The battery has state of charge (“SOC”), and is rechargeable to a predetermined level of charge. The charge cord sensor is configured to detect if the vehicle charge cord is connected to or disconnected from a vehicle. The BSE module is configured to monitor the SOC of the rechargeable battery and determine if the battery is charged to the predetermined level of charge. The interface module is in communication with the charge cord sensor and the BSE module. The interface module is configured to switch the alarm system from the armed state to the disarmed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Andres V. Mituta
  • Publication number: 20140338995
    Abstract: System and methods for retaining a battery system included in a vehicle are presented. In certain embodiments, a system for enclosing a battery system may utilize a plurality of modular components. The modular components may include a plurality of first side components and a plurality of second side components coupled to the plurality of first side components. A first top component and a second top component may be coupled to the first side components. In certain embodiments, the second top component may be configured to prevent the first top component from being decoupled from the first side components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: BARTON W. MCLAUGHLIN, ANDREW P. OURY, ROBERT J. HEYDEL, LAURENCE J. WILSON, III
  • Patent number: 8859133
    Abstract: A repeating frame assembly for a battery pack includes a first cooling frame member having a first electrically conductive connection terminal adjacent a first end of the first cooling frame member. The connection terminal includes a top leg forming at least a portion of the first surface of the first cooling frame member and a bottom leg forming at least a portion of the second surface of the first cooling frame member. A first electrically conductive tab of a first battery cell is attached to the top leg of the first electrically conductive connection terminal. A second battery cell may be contained within a second cooling frame member or a first spacer frame member having a second electrically conductive connection terminal adjacent a first end thereof for providing a compression joint having a low resistance electrical connection to the second tab of the first battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Daniel J. Casoli
  • Publication number: 20140253312
    Abstract: An alarm system for a vehicle charge cord is provided. The alarm system has an armed state and a disarmed state. The alarm system includes a battery, a charge cord sensor, a battery state estimator (“BSE”) module, and an interface module. The battery has state of charge (“SOC”), and is rechargeable to a predetermined level of charge. The charge cord sensor is configured to detect if the vehicle charge cord is connected to or disconnected from a vehicle. The BSE module is configured to monitor the SOC of the rechargeable battery and determine if the battery is charged to the predetermined level of charge. The interface module is in communication with the charge cord sensor and the BSE module. The interface module is configured to switch the alarm system from the armed state to the disarmed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Andres V. Mituta
  • Patent number: 8709636
    Abstract: A repeating cell frame for a battery pack assembly is disclosed having a cooling module and a spacer module. The cooling module includes a frame having a first electrical connector and a second electrical connector disposed thereon, wherein a first battery cell includes a first electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the first electrical connector and a second electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the second electrical connector. The spacer module includes a frame having a third electrical connector and a fourth electrical connector disposed thereon, wherein a second battery cell includes a first electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the third electrical connector and a second electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the fourth electrical connector. The third electrical connector of the spacer module is releasably joined to the second electrical connector of the cooling module to form the repeating cell frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Andrew P. Oury
  • Patent number: 8647762
    Abstract: A battery cell module includes an enclosure having an electrically non-conductive perimeter and at least one cover formed from a thermally conductive material. The cover has a substantially flat inner surface and sealingly engages the electrically non-conductive perimeter. A plurality of series-interconnected battery cells are placed together into facing contact with each other, an exterior one of the battery cells in facing contact with the inner surface of the cover to facilitate heat transfer therethrough and to provide a desired compression against the series-interconnected battery cells. A first end of the series-interconnected battery cells includes a positive terminal end, and a second end of the series-interconnected battery cells including a negative terminal end, the series-interconnected battery cells the positive and negative terminal ends extending through the electrically non-conductive perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Leo F. Schwab, Andrew P. Oury
  • Publication number: 20130273399
    Abstract: A battery pack having an integrated cooling system which includes a first battery module including a first plurality of battery cells separated by a first plurality of channels, a second battery module including a second plurality of battery cells separated by a second plurality of channels, and a fan that creates air flow between the first and second plurality of channels. The battery pack also includes a manifold having a first conduit section lead from the fan to the first plurality of channels and a second conduit section lead from the fan to the second plurality of channels. Characteristically, the fan is positioned in the manifold where it creates the air flow that is directed by the manifold to the first plurality of channels and the second plurality of channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Christopher A. Schlaupitz, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Zhongying Shi
  • Patent number: 8460815
    Abstract: A module for a battery pack includes a cooling frame and a spacer frame. At least one of the first and second surfaces of the cooling frame is adapted to transfer heat to a coolant flow. A first battery cell having first and second electrically conductive tabs abuts a cooling frame member first surface. A second end of the cooling frame member includes a connection terminal for electrically connecting to the first electrically conductive tab. A spacer frame member first surface abuts the first battery cell, and a second surface abuts a second battery cell. A first end of the spacer frame member includes a connection terminal for electrically connecting to the second electrically conductive tab of the first battery cell and the first electrically conductive tab of the second battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Kathleen M. Campbell, Andres V. Mituta
  • Publication number: 20120045682
    Abstract: A repeating frame assembly for a battery pack includes a first cooling frame member having a first electrically conductive connection terminal adjacent a first end of the first cooling frame member. The connection terminal includes a top leg forming at least a portion of the first surface of the first cooling frame member and a bottom leg forming at least a portion of the second surface of the first cooling frame member. A first electrically conductive tab of a first battery cell is attached to the top leg of the first electrically conductive connection terminal. A second battery cell may be contained within a second cooling frame member or a first spacer frame member having a second electrically conductive connection terminal adjacent a first end thereof for providing a compression joint having a low resistance electrical connection to the second tab of the first battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Daniel J. Casoli
  • Publication number: 20120028097
    Abstract: A repeating cell frame for a battery pack assembly is disclosed having a cooling module and a spacer module. The cooling module includes a frame having a first electrical connector and a second electrical connector disposed thereon, wherein a first battery cell includes a first electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the first electrical connector and a second electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the second electrical connector. The spacer module includes a frame having a third electrical connector and a fourth electrical connector disposed thereon, wherein a second battery cell includes a first electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the third electrical connector and a second electrically conductive tab in electrical communication with the fourth electrical connector. The third electrical connector of the spacer module is releasably joined to the second electrical connector of the cooling module to form the repeating cell frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew P. Oury
  • Publication number: 20110293983
    Abstract: A module for a battery pack includes a cooling frame and a spacer frame. At least one of the first and second surfaces of the cooling frame is adapted to transfer heat to a coolant flow. A first battery cell having first and second electrically conductive tabs abuts a cooling frame member first surface. A second end of the cooling frame member includes a connection terminal for electrically connecting to the first electrically conductive tab. A spacer frame member first surface abuts the first battery cell, and a second surface abuts a second battery cell. A first end of the spacer frame member includes a connection terminal for electrically connecting to the second electrically conductive tab of the first battery cell and the first electrically conductive tab of the second battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Oury, Kathleen M. Campbell, Andres V. Mituta
  • Publication number: 20110183176
    Abstract: A battery cell module includes an enclosure having an electrically non-conductive perimeter and at least one cover formed from a thermally conductive material. The cover has a substantially flat inner surface and sealingly engages the electrically non-conductive perimeter. A plurality of series-interconnected battery cells are placed together into facing contact with each other, an exterior one of the battery cells in facing contact with the inner surface of the cover to facilitate heat transfer therethrough and to provide a desired compression against the series-interconnected battery cells. A first end of the series-interconnected battery cells includes a positive terminal end, and a second end of the series-interconnected battery cells including a negative terminal end, the series-interconnected battery cells the positive and negative terminal ends extending through the electrically non-conductive perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Leo F. Schwab, Andrew P. Oury