Patents by Inventor Christian Wickel

Christian Wickel 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: 20200247229
    Abstract: A hybrid drive module (1) for a motor vehicle includes a housing (GG), a torque converter (TC), and an electric machine with a rotor (R) and a stator (S). The rotor (R) is arranged on a rotor carrier (RT), which is fixedly connected to a hub (N). The hub (N) is rotatably supported via at least one first bearing (L1) and is supported in radial and axial directions against a bearing shield (LS). The hub (N) is rotationally fixed to a converter housing (TCH) of the torque converter (TC) via a rivet joint (RI) or a screw connection. A drive train for a motor vehicle including such a hybrid drive module (1) is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Riedisser, Robert Reiser, Gerald Viernekes, Jürgen Dacho, Thomas Bauer, Monika Rössner, Stephan Stroph, Linus Eschenbeck, Christopher Allnoch, Erwin Wack, Mario Kensy, Peter Frey, Christian Wickel, Michael Wirachowski
  • Patent number: 10393223
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement is provided with a vibration reduction device and with a clutch device. The vibration reduction device has at least one torsional vibration damper, an input connected to a drive, and an output connected to the clutch device by which a connection between the vibration reduction device and a driven end is at least substantially produced in a first operating state, and this connection is at least substantially cancelled in a second operating state. The vibration reduction device has a mass damper system that cooperates with the torsional vibration damper and is connected to the output of the vibration reduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Martin Hertel, Christian Weber, Joerg Sudau, Thomas Bauer, Michael Winterstein, Michael Wirachowski, Axel Rohm, Oliver Andres, Christian Wickel, Florian Postler, Matthias Kram, Nathalie Werner
  • Patent number: 9777817
    Abstract: A clutch device has a friction transmission element which has a base with at least one friction surface, at least one control element for acting on a damping device, and at least one radial support which cooperates with a stop and has a plurality of lugs which extend at least substantially radially in direction toward the stop and which are at least substantially brought closer to the stop up to a gap before the stop when the friction transmission element is stationary, while, at speed, at least a portion of the lugs comes in contact with the stop. The lugs are connected to the base via a bend which causes an axial offset with respect to the base, the bend allows a displacement of the lugs in direction toward the energy accumulators, and the lugs are completely covered by the stop in an axial extension direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Alexander Strom, Peter Frey, Erwin Wack, Michael Heuler, Christian Wickel
  • Patent number: 9765848
    Abstract: A vibration damping having a first torsional vibration damper couplable to a drive member with a first secondary side rotatable with respect to the first primary side against a return action of a first damper element arrangement, a second torsional vibration damper with a second primary side connected to the first secondary side and with a second secondary side rotatable with respect to the second primary side against the return action of a second damper element arrangement and couplable to an output member, and a deflection mass pendulum arrangement having at least one deflection mass. The first damper element arrangement has a plurality of first damper element units acting parallel to one another and/or the second damper element arrangement has a plurality of second damper element units acting parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Christian Wickel, Matthias Kram, Daniel Pittner, Peter Hammer
  • Publication number: 20170219048
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement is provided with a vibration reduction device and with a clutch device. The vibration reduction device has at least one torsional vibration damper, an input connected to a drive, and an output connected to the clutch device by which a connection between the vibration reduction device and a driven end is at least substantially produced in a first operating state, and this connection is at least substantially cancelled in a second operating state. The vibration reduction device has a mass damper system that cooperates with the torsional vibration damper and is connected to the output of the vibration reduction device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAGEN AG
    Inventors: Martin HERTEL, Christian WEBER, Joerg SUDAU, Thomas BAUER, Michael WINTERSTEIN, Michael WIRACHOWSKI, Axel ROHM, Oliver ANDRES, Christian WICKEL, Florian POSTLER, Matthias KRAM, Nathalie WERNER
  • Publication number: 20160377159
    Abstract: A clutch device has a friction transmission element which has a base with at least one friction surface, at least one control element for acting on a damping device, and at least one radial support which cooperates with a stop and has a plurality of lugs which extend at least substantially radially in direction toward the stop and which are at least substantially brought closer to the stop up to a gap before the stop when the friction transmission element is stationary, while, at speed, at least a portion of the lugs comes in contact with the stop. The lugs are connected to the base via a bend which causes an axial offset with respect to the base, the bend allows a displacement of the lugs in direction toward the energy accumulators, and the lugs are completely covered by the stop in an axial extension direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Alexander STROM, Peter FREY, Erwin WACK, Michael HEULER, Christian WICKEL
  • Publication number: 20150369332
    Abstract: A vibration damping arrangement includes a first torsional vibration damper coupable to a drive member for transmitting torque and with a first secondary side which is rotatable with respect to the first primary side against the return action of a first damper element arrangement and a second torsional vibration damper with a second primary side connected to the first secondary side and with a second secondary side which is rotatable with respect to the second primary side against the return action of a second damper element arrangement and which is couplable to an output member, a deflection mass pendulum arrangement comprising at least one deflection mass; wherein the first damper element arrangement comprises a plurality of first damper element units acting parallel to one another and/or in that the second damper element arrangement comprises a plurality of second damper element units acting parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Christian WICKEL, Matthias KRAM, Daniel PITTNER, Peter HAMMER
  • Patent number: 8960396
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper arrangement including a torsional vibration damper with a primary side and a secondary side rotatable with respect to the primary side around an axis of rotation against the action of a damper spring arrangement. One side of the primary side and secondary side includes two cover disk elements and a central disk element arranged between the cover disk elements. The cover disk elements are connected to one another by first connection elements radially inside the damper spring arrangement so as to be fixed axially and so as to transmit torque. The cover disk elements are connected to one another by second connection elements in such a way that they are prevented from moving axially away from one another. No torque can be transmitted between the cover disk elements by the second connection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Feldhaus, Christian Wickel, Norbert Ament, Alexander Markow, Michael Peterseim, Erwin Wack, Thomas Krüger
  • Patent number: 8424185
    Abstract: A method for riveting two structural component parts arranged with their inner sides facing one another and with their outer sides facing away from one another at a distance from one another by at least one spacer rivet element. Positioning the at least one spacer rivet element at the two structural component parts such that rivet element end areas extend through rivet openings provided in the structural component parts to be associated with the rivet element end areas. Supporting a rivet element end area at the outer side of one of the structural component parts. Supporting the other of the structural component parts at its inner side. Applying a riveting force to the other rivet element end area to deform at least one rivet element end area and to form a rivet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Christian Wickel
  • Patent number: 8313385
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper arrangement such that an excessive radially outward flexing of spring units is effectively prevented while torsional vibrations occurring at low torques are nevertheless sensitively damped and the corresponding spring unit is protected against overloading at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Mundt, Thomas Krüger, Christian Wickel, Erwin Wack
  • Publication number: 20120064983
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper arrangement such that an excessive radially outward flexing of spring units is effectively prevented while torsional vibrations occurring at low torques are nevertheless sensitively damped and the corresponding spring unit is protected against overloading at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Mundt, Thomas Krüger, Christian Wickel, Erwin Wack
  • Publication number: 20110226576
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper arrangement including a torsional vibration damper with a primary side and a secondary side rotatable with respect to the primary side around an axis of rotation against the action of a damper spring arrangement. One side of the primary side and secondary side includes two cover disk elements and a central disk element arranged between the cover disk elements. The cover disk elements are connected to one another by first connection elements radially inside the damper spring arrangement so as to be fixed axially and so as to transmit torque. The cover disk elements are connected to one another by second connection elements in such a way that they are prevented from moving axially away from one another. No torque can be transmitted between the cover disk elements by the second connection elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Feldhaus, Christian Wickel, Norbert Ament, Alexander Markow, Michael Peterseim, Erwin Wack, Thomas Krüger
  • Publication number: 20110035929
    Abstract: A method for riveting two structural component parts arranged with their inner sides facing one another and with their outer sides facing away from one another at a distance from one another by at least one spacer rivet element. Positioning the at least one spacer rivet element at the two structural component parts such that rivet element end areas extend through rivet openings provided in the structural component parts to be associated with the rivet element end areas. Supporting a rivet element end area at the outer side of one of the structural component parts. Supporting the other of the structural component parts at its inner side. Applying a riveting force to the other rivet element end area to deform at least one rivet element end area and to form a rivet head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Christian WICKEL
  • Publication number: 20080070004
    Abstract: In an apparatus with at least two components which frictionally interact when used as intended to transmit a torque, especially a friction clutch or a brake, the frictionally exposed surface of at least one of the components is provided with a coating. To prevent variations in the coefficient of friction caused by run-in, the coating consists of silicone or contains silicone. According to a preferred method for producing an apparatus of this type, only a portion of the frictionally exposed surface is coated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Christian Wickel