Patents by Inventor Bruno Mueller

Bruno Mueller 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).

  • Patent number: 11125477
    Abstract: A magnetic refrigeration apparatus includes one or more beds of magnetocaloric material arranged along a circumferential direction. The apparatus also includes a heat transfer fluid, one or more hot side heat exchangers (HHEX), one or more pumps or fluid displacement devices configured to move the heat transfer fluid, and a magnetic-field source. The magnetic-field source generates magnetic flux oriented substantially in a radial direction through the beds. The field source advantageously includes one or more pole pieces, one or more axial-end magnets, and one or more axial-end flux return pieces. Additionally, one or more circumferential flux returns, one or more gap flux return pieces, one or more side magnets, and one or more side flux return pieces can be added to increase system performance and reduce cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Astronautics Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kyle Charles Rule, Jeremy Jonathan Chell, Andre Michael Boeder, Bryant Wayne Mueller, Steven Lee Russek, Carl Bruno Zimm, Markus Schwind
  • Publication number: 20180187776
    Abstract: A control device within an actuator includes control logic for a second actuator, the second actuator being connected with the first actuator through a communications interface. By storing the control logic in the second actuator, the construction space for this second actuator is optimized. By integrating the control logic into a control device of the first actuator, the power density of the control device is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin ZIMMERMANN, Bruno MÜLLER, Jürgen GERHART
  • Publication number: 20170146097
    Abstract: A transmission having a first input shaft, a second input shaft, an output shaft, a first clutch, and a second clutch, wherein each one of the input shafts in connectible to the crankshaft of a drive motor by one of the clutches, wherein each one of the input shafts is connectible to the output shaft by means of gearwheel pairs to transmit torque, wherein a respective actuatable selector fork is provided to connect respective groups of two gearwheel pairs to the input shaft to transmit torque, wherein every gearwheel pair is assigned a transmission ratio, wherein a number of transmission ratios that are gradational relative to one another is provided, wherein the two transmission ratios of a group of gearwheel pairs are a first transmission ratio (N) and the one after the next (N+2), with N an integer number, in particular N=1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Laszlo Man, Peter Greb
  • Patent number: 9285024
    Abstract: A torque transmission device comprising a torque converter disposed in a drive train of a motor vehicle, in particular a hydrodynamic torque converter or a fluid clutch, wherein the converter or the fluid clutch comprises a turbine shell and a pump shell which can be coupled through a pump clutch and at least one pump damper with a converter cover, and comprising at least one converter damper and at least one converter lock up clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eugen Kombowski, Dominique Engelmann, Bruno Mueller, Thorsten Krause, Ralf Stopp
  • Patent number: 8585541
    Abstract: A combined power transmission and drive unit for use in hybrid systems between a first engine and a transmission device, broadly including at least an input connectable with the engine, a power transmission device by which the output is connected with a transmission input shaft, a device for selectively at least interrupting/establishing the power flow to the input of the power transmission device and an electric machine including at least one rotor that is connected non-rotatably with the input of the power transmission device. Furthermore, the invention relates to a hybrid system, including a first engine and a combined power transmission and drive unit connected downstream of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bruno Mueller
  • Patent number: 8556051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clutch assembly, particularly for use in force transmission devices for motor vehicle, comprising a housing arrangement that is or can be filled with a fluid, and a frictional arrangement that has a first frictional surface arrangement and a second frictional surface arrangement which can be effectively interconnected by means of an actuator. Each frictional surface arrangement is provided with at least one frictional surface-supporting element. A fluid flow can be generated in the housing arrangement for cooling the frictional surface arrangements. The invention is characterized in that means are provided for creating at least one circuit which repeatedly flows through at least one frictional surface-supporting element of the frictional arrangement and conducts the fluid flow when the rotational speed differs between the effectively interconnectable frictional surface-supporting elements of the different frictional surface arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Toros Guelluek, Thorsten Krause, Bruno Mueller
  • Patent number: 8545366
    Abstract: A shiftable clutch device for disconnecting a first drive machine from a drive train and connecting it thereto, including a control device that can be actuated by a pressure medium, is characterized according to the invention in that the shiftable clutch device includes two partial clutches, a first partial clutch forming a main clutch and a second partial clutch forming a drag clutch, which are disposed and configured such that each is adapted to produce a drag torque in an end position of the control device, a first opening end position characterized by an open state of the main clutch and a second closing end position characterized by a closed state of the main clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Parviz Movlazada, Thorsten Krause
  • Patent number: 8381888
    Abstract: A power transmission device for power transmission between an engine and a power output, comprising at least an input and an output, a hydrodynamic component with an impeller and a turbine wheel and a device for partially bypassing at least the hydrodynamic component with a servo unit featuring a piston element that can be pressurized with hydraulic medium and able to influence the circulation rate difference of flow media on both sides of the piston element, wherein the influence comprises rotary synchronism with the piston element of the servo unit, a further rotatable piston element disposed in axial direction with a spacing from the piston element of the servo unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Thorsten Krause, Christian Huegel
  • Patent number: 8327986
    Abstract: A force transmission device having a hydrodynamic component, disposed between an input and an output, comprising at least a pump shell and a turbine shell, forming an operating cavity in combination, with an actuatable clutch device for at least partially bridging the hydrodynamic component, comprising a clutch component for at least partially bridging the hydrodynamic component, comprising a first clutch component connected with the input and a second clutch component at least indirectly connected to the output, which can be brought into operative engagement with one another through an actuation device, with a vibration absorber disposed in the force flow at least subsequent to the actuatable clutch device, with a housing coupled with the input or with an element coupled non-rotatably to the input and coupled with the pump shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dominique Engelmann, Mario Degler, Bruno Mueller
  • Patent number: 8322504
    Abstract: A combined power transmission and drive unit for the application in drive trains in hybrid systems with at least two prime movers that can be coupled via a power transmission unit with a consumer, in particular transmission. Between a first prime mover and the power transmission unit, a device is provided for connecting/disconnecting the power flow between the latter and the power transmission unit, including a friction clutch that can be actuated by a pressure medium, including a first clutch part and a second clutch part which can be brought in active connection with one another via a servo unit featuring a piston element that can be pressurized by a pressure medium. A combined power transmission and drive unit according to the invention, with control of a rotation speed difference of a flow medium on either face side of a piston element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Thorsten Krause
  • Patent number: 8322501
    Abstract: A force transmission device having a hydrodynamic component, disposed between an input and an output, comprising at least a pump shell and a turbine shell, forming an operating cavity in combination, with an actuatable clutch device for at least partially bridging the hydrodynamic component, comprising a clutch component for at least partially bridging the hydrodynamic component, comprising a first clutch component connected with the input and a second clutch component at least indirectly connected to the output, which can be brought into operative engagement with one another through an actuation device, with a vibration absorber disposed in the force flow at least subsequent to the actuatable clutch device, with a housing coupled with the input or with an element coupled non-rotatably to the input and coupled with the pump shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Toros Guelluek, Bruno Mueller, Stephan Maienschein, Thorsten Krause, Mario Degler
  • Patent number: 7975817
    Abstract: A torque converter is provided with a bridging clutch and two dampers, wherein the bridging clutch is positioned in the power path between the dampers. The converter is provided with a three-duct system for the oil supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Stephan Maienschein, Thorsten Krause, Mario Degler
  • Publication number: 20110154944
    Abstract: A combined power transmission and drive unit for use in hybrid systems between a first engine and a transmission device, broadly including at least an input connectable with the engine, a power transmission device by which the output is connected with a transmission input shaft, a device for selectively at least interrupting/establishing the power flow to the input of the power transmission device and an electric machine including at least one rotor that is connected non-rotatably with the input of the power transmission device. Furthermore, the invention relates to a hybrid system, including a first engine and a combined power transmission and drive unit connected downstream of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bruno Mueller
  • Publication number: 20110146514
    Abstract: A printing mandrel (1) for receiving a substantially cylindrical hollow body comprises a coupling part (2) with which the printing mandrel is insertable in a printing machine. Attached to the coupling part (2) is a receiving part (3) comprising a substantially cylindrical surface (4), onto which receiving part the body is able to be pushed and from which receiving part the body is able to be removed. Made in the end region (5) of the mandrel (1) remote from the coupling part (2) are openings disposed in the surface (4) in a way distributed over the periphery, which openings are connected to an air supply disposed in the mandrel (1). By means of the compressed air exiting the openings (7) a body to be pushed onto the printing mandrel is expanded, which facilitates an easy pushing on; with a cutting off of the compressed air supply an optimal seating between the body and the printing mandrel (1) results, which facilitates an optimal processing of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: POLYTYPE S.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Müller, Philippe Cotting, Thomas Walther
  • Publication number: 20110118079
    Abstract: A shiftable clutch device for disconnecting a first drive machine from a drive train and connecting it thereto, including a control device that can be actuated by a pressure medium, is characterized according to the invention in that the shiftable clutch device includes two partial clutches, a first partial clutch forming a main clutch and a second partial clutch forming a drag clutch, which are disposed and configured such that each is adapted to produce a drag torque in an end position of the control device, a first opening end position characterized by an open state of the main clutch and a second closing end position characterized by a closed state of the main clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Parviz Movlazada, Thorsten Krause
  • Publication number: 20110067584
    Abstract: A linear printing machine with exchangeable printing modules for printing on hollow bodies. The machine includes a transport system including a drive, using which the hollow bodies to be printed on are transported through the linear printing machine and at least a first printing station and a second printing station which is arranged downstream of the first printing station in the conveying direction of the hollow bodies. At least one drying station dries the ink on the hollow bodies which have been printed on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Polytype S.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, Philippe Cotting, Thomas Walther, Iwan Kurt
  • Patent number: 7908849
    Abstract: A stator shell for a hydrodynamic torque converter (1), wherein said stator shell (2) comprises a plurality of blades (32, 34), wherein said stator shell (2) comprises plural components (20, 22), produced separately from one another and respectively comprising one or plural blades (32, 34) of said stator shell (2), wherein said components (20, 22) are fixated to one another and disposed relative to one another, so that blades (32, 34) of several of said components (20, 22) are disposed respectively offset relative to one another in a circumferential direction forming gaps provided in said circumferential direction extending about a central axis of the stator shell (2), wherein each of said blades (32, 34) is configured from an integral component between its respective leading edge and its respective trailing edge, so that each of the blades (32, 34) is respectively configured integrally from one of the components (20 or 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christine Buedenbender, Christian Huegel, Bruno Mueller, Christopher Shamie
  • Patent number: 7891473
    Abstract: A three-channel torque converter in which an additional wall is mounted, thereby creating a third space which hydraulically connects the end of the plates that faces away from the turbine to a third channel. This third space ensures that an exchange flow of oil in a region of the hydrodynamic components (impeller, turbine, stator), of an optional damper, and of the lockup clutch is always restricted to flow across the plates of the lockup clutch. This provides high-performance cooling of the plates in the slip mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Schaeffer Technologies GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Stephan Maienschein, Mario Degler, Bruno Mueller, Kai Sebastian Schenck
  • Patent number: 7883322
    Abstract: The present invention broadly comprises a cone connection assembly for a torque converter, including: a first surface operatively arranged for connection to a crankshaft and a second surface on a cover of the torque converter. The first and second surfaces are arranged to be engaged and the first surface is arranged to transfer torque to the second surface via the engagement of the first and second surfaces. In some aspects, the crankshaft comprises a longitudinal axis, the first surface is disposed about the longitudinal axis, the cover comprises an outside surface, and the outside surface comprises the second surface. In some aspects, the first and second surfaces are arranged to be frictionally engaged or the first and second surfaces have complementary surface features and the first and second surface features are arranged to interlockingly engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Bruno Mueller, Manfred Homm, Jeffrey Hemphill, Philip George, Wolfgang Reik
  • Patent number: 7791562
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of displaying an image on a display device having first and second sides, said image including an light restricting silhouette pattern having a plurality of first transparent or translucent areas, and at least one design layer having at least one color, said at least one design layer being visible from one side of said display device and substantially less visible from the other side, said image being substantially transparent or translucent as viewed from the other side, comprising the steps: 1) providing at least a definition of said design layer to a computer; 2) generating a computerized version of said design layer with the computer; 3) outputting the computerized version of said design layer to said display device, the computerized version of said design layer being modified to subdivide said design layer into a plurality of second discrete transparent or translucent areas and other areas, and 4) displaying said modified design layer and said silhouette pattern
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, William E. Bird