Patents by Inventor Andrew T. Brammer

Andrew T. Brammer 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: 20200324639
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a drive arrangement for a vehicle including a housing, a double planetary gear set partially or fully contained within the housing, an input shaft selectively engaged with the double planetary gear set, a first clutch assembly coupled to the input shaft and selectively engaged with the double planetary gear set, a second clutch assembly coupled to the input shaft and selectively engaged with the double planetary gear set, and a sliding spline coupled to the input shaft and selectively engaged with the double planetary gear set. The double planetary gear set including a first sun gear, a second sun gear, a first set of planetary gears, a second set of planetary gears, a planetary gear carrier, and a ring gear, wherein components of the double planetary gear set are lockable thereby providing three different gear ratios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew T. BRAMMER, Michael D. COOK
  • Publication number: 20200325966
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a multi-speed electric axle assembly with three gear ratios. The multi-speed electric axle assembly includes one or more power supplies, one or more shafts operatively coupled to the one or more power supplies and a differential, and one or more Ravigneaux gear assemblies integrated with the one or more shafts. The one or more Ravigneaux gear assemblies of the multi-speed electric axle assembly providing the three gear ratios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew T. BRAMMER, Michael D. COOK, Jordan M. HOUSER
  • Publication number: 20200062112
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of disconnecting and connecting elements of a tandem axle system (100) drivingly connected to an engine (206) and transmission (204) of a vehicle, the method including the steps of: providing a tandem axle system (100) having: an inter-axle differential and clutch assembly (102) in driving engagement with the engine, wherein the inter-axle differential and clutch assembly includes an inter-axle differential (108) and an inter-axle differential lock (110); a forward axle assembly (104) including a differential assembly (116), a disconnect assembly (114) and two axle half shafts (104a, 104b); and a rear axle assembly (106) including a differential assembly (120), a disconnect assembly (122) and two axle half shafts (106a, 106b); providing a control system (300) in communication with the inter-axle differential lock, the disconnect assemblies and the engine; detecting (402) a disconnect opportunity; commanding (404) the engine torque set to zero; disconnecting (406) the axle half shaf
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: DANA HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: ANDREW T. BRAMMER, MARK A. DAVIS, GEORGE A. WILLFORD
  • Patent number: 9784355
    Abstract: An axle disconnect and differential locking system for single or multiple axle vehicles which allows the vehicle to selectively engage and disengage an axle half shaft from the differential side gear. Additionally, the system allows the vehicle to selectively switch between locked and unlocked differential driving modes. The system has a first position, a second position and a third position. At the first position, the system is not meshingly engaged with the differential side gear or the differential case. At the second position, the system is meshingly engaged with the differential side gear but is not meshingly engaged with the differential case. At the third position, the system is engaged with the differential side gear and the differential case. In one embodiment the system is a sliding collar. According to another embodiment, the system includes an axle disconnect collar, a differential locking collar and a biasing member disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew T. Brammer, Marcus W. Schmidt