Patents by Inventor Chunhao J. Lee

Chunhao J. Lee 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: 20240171111
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques for analyzing a capacitance value in an electric motor inverter are disclosed. A processor is coupled to a DC-AC inverter, which includes a capacitor across its terminals and is powered by a battery. The processor performs resistor switching to enable singular, periodic measurement of the capacitance. The measured value is compared with a nominal or beginning of life (BOL) value. An alert may be sent if the capacitance has degraded beyond a threshold. In other aspects, the DC torque ripple envelop is used to measure capacitance. The outcome is compared with the other tests to assess consistency. An inconsistent outcome may identify potential resistor degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad H. Alvi, Khorshed Mohammed Alam, Jiyu Zhang, Chunhao J. Lee, Brian A. Welchko
  • Publication number: 20240159280
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission that performs a method of operating a clutch of a vehicle. The vehicle includes the clutch, an actuator device and a processor. The actuator device includes a piston movable to operate the clutch. The processor is configured to receive a pressure signal indicative of a selected fluid pressure for operating the clutch, determine a position for the piston in the actuator device from the pressure signal, and move the piston to the position to operate the clutch at the selected fluid pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Michael Ding, Bryan John Williams, Chunhao J. Lee, Zhen J. Zhang
  • Patent number: 11984834
    Abstract: A power control system comprises a battery system including N battery packs. A plurality of contactors selectively connects N battery packs of a battery system in a first configuration supplying a first voltage level, a second configuration supplying a second voltage level, and a disconnected configuration. M power inverters connect the battery system to M electric machines, respectively. A controller is configured to determine when to transition between the first configuration and the second configuration. The controller is configured to transition between the first configuration and the second configuration by causing one of a positive torque transient and a negative torque transient to be generated by at least one of the M electric machines, transitioning the battery system from one of the first configuration and the second configuration to the disconnected configuration, and transitioning from the disconnected configuration to the other one of the first configuration and the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Hussain Alvi, Chandra S. Namuduri, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Chunhao J. Lee, Lei Hao, Yue-Yun Wang, Rashmi Prasad
  • Publication number: 20240149746
    Abstract: A system for controlling propulsion in a vehicle includes a switching system connected to a battery system and a propulsion system. The battery system includes a first battery assembly and a second battery assembly, the propulsion system includes a first drive unit and a second drive unit, and the switching system includes a first switching device configured to selectively connect the first drive unit to the battery system and a second switching device configured to selectively connect the second drive unit to the battery system. The first switching device and the second switching device are independently operable. The system also includes a controller configured to operate the switching system to vary a voltage applied to at least one of the first drive unit and the second drive unit during vehicle propulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Inventors: Orgun A. Guralp, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Chandra S. Namuduri, Chunhao J. Lee, Muhammad Hussain Alvi
  • Patent number: 11946542
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an electric vehicle. In another exemplary embodiment, a system for operating an electric vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a first motor and a transmission coupled to the first motor. The transmission is configured to shift gears when a speed of the electric vehicle crosses a shift threshold. The shift threshold is independent of a position of an acceleration pedal of the electrical vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chunhao J. Lee, Thomas Weglarz, Su-Yang Shieh, Paul Guillermo Otanez
  • Publication number: 20240083291
    Abstract: A system in a vehicle includes a plurality of contactors to open or close a connection from two or more battery packs that power one or more motors of the vehicle to move the vehicle. The system also includes a controller to control the plurality of contactors to connect the two or more battery packs in series according to one of a plurality of modes of operation or to connect the two or more battery packs in parallel according to another of the plurality of modes of operation, and to control the plurality of contactors to test an operation of one or more of the plurality of contactors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Yongjie Zhu, Chunhao J. Lee, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Venkatesh Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 11906315
    Abstract: A trip energy estimation system includes a memory and a control module. The memory stores average traffic speed, average traffic acceleration, driver speed, and driver acceleration data. The control module executes an algorithm to estimate an amount of energy for an electric vehicle to travel between two locations. The algorithm includes: determining, based on the average traffic speed data and the average traffic acceleration data, a baseline amount of energy for the electric vehicle to travel between the two locations; determining, based on the driver speed data and the driver acceleration data, a dynamic amount of energy corresponding to at least one of stop and go events, over speeding, or under speeding; and determining a total amount of energy based on the baseline amount of energy and the dynamic amount of energy. The control module, based on the total amount of energy, performs an operation including indicating a trip estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yue-Yun Wang, Dongxu Li, Brandon D. Mazzara, Jonathan Wilson, Chen-Fang Chang, Chunhao J. Lee
  • Patent number: 11898626
    Abstract: A system for bypassing a torque converter in a powertrain is provided. The system includes a torque generating device including an output shaft and a transmission assembly. The transmission assembly includes a transmission output shaft and a torque converter, a torque converter bypass shaft. The transmission assembly further includes a disconnect clutch selectively coupling the torque converter with the torque generating device and a torque converter clutch selectively coupling the torque converter bypass shaft with the torque generating device. Engaging the disconnect clutch and disengaging the torque converter clutch enables the torque generating device to transmit torque to the transmission output shaft through the torque converter. Engaging the torque converter clutch and disengaging the disconnect clutch enables the torque generating device to transmit torque to the transmission output shaft through the torque converter bypass shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chengwu Duan, Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Lei Hao
  • Publication number: 20240047979
    Abstract: A system in an electric or hybrid vehicle includes two or more battery packs to power one or more motors of the vehicle to move the vehicle. A controller dynamically activates an operational mode of the vehicle during vehicle operation, the operational mode being one of a plurality of possible operational modes. Each of the possible operational modes defines which of the two or more battery packs are connected to the one or more motors and, based on two or more of the two or more battery packs being connected to the one or more motors, also defines an interconnection among the two or more of the two or more battery packs. The plurality of possible operational modes includes a first operational mode defining a series connection between the two or more battery packs and second operational mode defining a parallel connection between the two or more battery packs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Inventors: Chunhao J. Lee, Yongjie Zhu, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Dongxu Li, Chen-fang Chang, Junfeng Zhao, Matthew Rademacher
  • Publication number: 20240025271
    Abstract: An electric vehicle, an electric drive system and method of operating the electric vehicle. The electric drive system provides a torque to a wheel of the electric vehicle. The processor is configured to obtain a value of the torque at which the electric drive system of the vehicle is operating, determine an optimal speed for the vehicle for the torque based on an efficiency model of the electric drive system, wherein the optimal speed corresponds to an optimal drive efficiency for the electric drive system, and operate the vehicle at the optimal speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2022
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Inventors: Muhammad Hussain Alvi, Chunhao J. Lee, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Junfeng Zhao, Chen-fang Chang
  • Patent number: 11865932
    Abstract: Examples described herein provide a method that includes determining whether a vehicle is operating in a first high voltage mode or a second high voltage mode. The method further includes, responsive to determining that the vehicle is operating in the first high voltage mode, providing electric power to an electric motor at a first high voltage and providing electric power to an auxiliary device at a second high voltage that is different than the first high voltage. The method further includes, responsive to determining that the vehicle is operating in the second high voltage mode, providing electric power to the electric motor at the second high voltage and providing electric power to the auxiliary device at the second high voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Lei Hao, Chunhao J. Lee, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Junfeng Zhao
  • Publication number: 20230398887
    Abstract: Examples described herein provide a method that includes determining whether a vehicle is operating in a first high voltage mode or a second high voltage mode. The method further includes, responsive to determining that the vehicle is operating in the first high voltage mode, providing electric power to an electric motor at a first high voltage and providing electric power to an auxiliary device at a second high voltage that is different than the first high voltage. The method further includes, responsive to determining that the vehicle is operating in the second high voltage mode, providing electric power to the electric motor at the second high voltage and providing electric power to the auxiliary device at the second high voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Lei Hao, Chunhao J. Lee, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Junfeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 11821501
    Abstract: A system for a power take-off mechanism for a powertrain system is provided. The system includes an electrically powered torque generating device including a torque generating device output shaft and a transmission output shaft receiving mechanical power from the torque generating device output shaft. The system further includes a clutch selectively disengaging the transmission output shaft from the torque generating device output shaft and a power take-off module receiving mechanical power from the torque generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chengwu Duan, Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Lei Hao
  • Patent number: 11780421
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electric drive unit (EDU) having a motor-driven torque converter includes receiving a request signal indicative of a requested output torque of the EDU, and operating the motor at a target motor speed using the requested output torque. The target motor speed minimizes system losses while achieving the requested output torque. When the requested output torque remains below a calibrated threshold and a turbine speed is less than a corner speed of the motor, a torque converter clutch (TCC) transitions to or remains in a locked state. The controller commands the TCC to transition to an unlocked state to reach the target motor speed, thereby selectively enabling torque multiplication. A powertrain system includes a driven load and the EDU. A computer readable storage medium may include executable instructions for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Dongxu Li, Lei Hao, Chengwu Duan
  • Publication number: 20230304810
    Abstract: A trip energy estimation system for a vehicle includes a traffic speed module configured to determine an average traffic speed along a projected route, a path information module configured to output path information indicating route features along the projected route, a perceived speed module configured to output a perceived vehicle speed along the projected route based on the average traffic speed and the path information, and a dynamic driving module configured to calculate and output a predicted driver speed based on the perceived vehicle speed and a feedback input indicative of the predicted driver speed. The dynamic driving module is configured to execute a machine learning algorithm to calculate the predicted driver speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Inventors: Yongjie ZHU, Dongxu Li, Yue-Yun Wang, Chen-Fang Chang, Chunhao J. Lee, Brandon D. Mazzara
  • Publication number: 20230299695
    Abstract: A power control system comprises a battery system including N battery packs. A plurality of contactors selectively connects N battery packs of a battery system in a first configuration supplying a first voltage level, a second configuration supplying a second voltage level, and a disconnected configuration. M power inverters connect the battery system to M electric machines, respectively. A controller is configured to determine when to transition between the first configuration and the second configuration. The controller is configured to transition between the first configuration and the second configuration by causing one of a positive torque transient and a negative torque transient to be generated by at least one of the M electric machines, transitioning the battery system from one of the first configuration and the second configuration to the disconnected configuration, and transitioning from the disconnected configuration to the other one of the first configuration and the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: September 21, 2023
    Inventors: Muhammad Hussain ALVI, Chandra S. NAMUDURI, Suresh GOPALAKRISHNAN, Chunhao J. LEE, Lei HAO, Yue-Yun WANG, Rashmi PRASAD
  • Patent number: 11708869
    Abstract: Presented are clutch-type engine disconnect devices, methods for making/using such disconnect devices, and motor vehicles equipped with such disconnect devices. An engine disconnect device includes a notch plate, which has multiple notches and attaches to a torque converter, and a pocket plate, which has multiple pockets and attaches to an engine's crankshaft. A pawl is movably mounted within each notch; these pawls selectively engage the notches with the pockets. A notch plate insert is nested within each notch, supporting thereon one of the pawls. A selector plate interposed between the pocket and notch plates moves from a first position, to shift the pawls out of engagement with the pockets, and a second position, to move the notch plate inserts within the notches and allow the pawls to engage the notches with the pockets to thereby lock the notch plate to the pocket plate to rotate in unison with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Derek F. Lahr, Chunhao J. Lee, Farzad Samie, Dongxu Li, Dmitriy Bruder
  • Patent number: 11703113
    Abstract: An electrified drivetrain system that maximizes power density, is readily packaged, and improves drivability is described. It includes a propulsion system having an axial-flux rotating electric machine, a torque converter having a selectable one-way clutch, and an output member that is couplable to a drivetrain. The axial-flux rotating electric machine include a first rotor coaxially arranged with a first electric stator. The torque converter includes a fluidic stator, a pump, a turbine and a torque converter clutch. The axial-flux rotating electric machine is arranged coaxially with the torque converter. The first rotor of the axial-flux rotating electric machine is coupled to the pump of the torque converter, and the turbine of the torque converter is rotatably coupled to the output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chengwu Duan, Jian Yao, Lei Hao, Dongxu Li, Chunhao J. Lee, Norman K. Bucknor
  • Publication number: 20230204369
    Abstract: A trip energy estimation system includes a memory and a control module. The memory stores average traffic speed, average traffic acceleration, driver speed, and driver acceleration data. The control module executes an algorithm to estimate an amount of energy for an electric vehicle to travel between two locations. The algorithm includes: determining, based on the average traffic speed data and the average traffic acceleration data, a baseline amount of energy for the electric vehicle to travel between the two locations; determining, based on the driver speed data and the driver acceleration data, a dynamic amount of energy corresponding to at least one of stop and go events, over speeding, or under speeding; and determining a total amount of energy based on the baseline amount of energy and the dynamic amount of energy. The control module, based on the total amount of energy, performs an operation including indicating a trip estimate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Publication date: June 29, 2023
    Inventors: Yue-Yun WANG, Dongxu LI, Brandon D. MAZZARA, Jonathan WILSON, Chen-Fang CHANG, Chunhao J. LEE
  • Publication number: 20230167888
    Abstract: A system for a power take-off mechanism for a powertrain system is provided. The system includes an electrically powered torque generating device including a torque generating device output shaft and a transmission output shaft receiving mechanical power from the torque generating device output shaft. The system further includes a clutch selectively disengaging the transmission output shaft from the torque generating device output shaft and a power take-off module receiving mechanical power from the torque generating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Publication date: June 1, 2023
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chengwu Duan, Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Lei Hao