Patents by Inventor Farzad Samie

Farzad Samie 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: 20200290447
    Abstract: A drivetrain for a powertrain system is arranged to transfer mechanical power between an internal combustion engine, an electric machine and a driveline. The drivetrain includes a gearbox including an input member disposed on a first end, an output member disposed on a second end and an auxiliary geartrain including a first mechanical drive mechanism, a second mechanical drive mechanism, and an auxiliary driveshaft. The auxiliary driveshaft rotatably couples the first mechanical drive mechanism and the second mechanical drive mechanism. The electric machine includes a stator attached to the second end of the gearbox and annular to the output member of the gearbox. The second mechanical drive mechanism is rotatably coupled to the rotor of the electric machine. The first mechanical drive mechanism is rotatably coupled to the input member of the gearbox. The internal combustion engine is also coupled to the input member of the gearbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Joel R. Briggs
  • Patent number: 10760624
    Abstract: Presented are wedge-type engine disconnect devices, methods for making/using such disconnect devices, and motor vehicles equipped with such disconnect devices. An engine disconnect device includes an outer race that attaches to a torque converter's pump cover. The outer race's inner diameter (ID) surface has circumferentially spaced grooves. An inner race is concentrically aligned within the outer race and attaches to an engine's output shaft. The inner race's outer diameter (OD) surface has circumferentially spaced pockets. A wedge plate interposed between the inner and outer races has multiple circumferentially spaced ramps. Each ramp slidably mounts within one groove and one pocket. The wedge plate moves between an engaged position, whereat the ramps wedge between the ID and OD surfaces to thereby transfer torque between the inner and outer races, and a disengaged position, whereat the ramps unwedge to thereby free the inner race to rotate with respect to the outer race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Dmitriy Bruder, Madhusudan Raghavan, Chunhao J. Lee, Dongxu Li
  • Patent number: 10710449
    Abstract: A geartrain for a powertrain system is disposed to transfer mechanical power between an internal combustion engine, an electric machine and a driveline. The geartrain includes a flywheel, a torque converter, an off-axis mechanical connection and a transmission gearbox. The off-axis mechanical connection includes a first element rotatably coupled to a second element. The flywheel is coupled to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine. The torque converter includes a pump, a turbine and a pump hub, and the transmission gearbox includes an input member. The pump of the torque converter is coupled to the flywheel, and the pump hub is coupled to the first element of the off-axis mechanical connection. The second element of the off-axis mechanical connection is coupled to a rotor of the electric machine, and the turbine of the torque converter is coupled to the input member of the transmission gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Peter Beller, Chunhao J. Lee
  • Patent number: 10677212
    Abstract: A method of controlled stopping an internal combustion engine having a stop-start mode and starter assembly includes detecting when the stop-start mode is active. The method also includes monitoring current rotational speed and position of the engine. The method additionally includes determining when the current rotational position is within a predetermined range of a target stop rotational position and the current rotational speed is less than a threshold rotational speed, and afterward energizing the starter assembly to engage the engine. The method also includes establishing a time delay following energizing the starter assembly to confirm engagement of the starter assembly with the engine. Furthermore, the method includes applying a torque by the starter assembly to stop the engine at the target stop position. A vehicle powertrain employing the engine equipped with the stop-start mode, the starter assembly, and an electronic controller configured to execute the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Lei Hao, Chandra S. Namuduri, Paul S. Lombardo, Chunhao J. Lee, Alexandru Rajala, Neeraj S. Shidore, Farzad Samie, Norman K. Bucknor, Dongxu Li
  • Patent number: 10676080
    Abstract: Hybrid vehicles and methods of operating the same are disclosed. Example methods may include providing a powertrain for the vehicle, which includes an internal combustion engine configured to provide rotational power to a rotatable input of a transmission by way of a starting device, and an electric motor-generator comprising a rotor configured to selectively provide rotational power to the rotatable input. The method may further include selectively disconnecting the engine from the rotatable input using a disconnect device separate from the starting device, thereby allowing the rotatable input of the transmission to be driven at a speed faster than an output speed of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Venkata Prasad Atluri, Neeraj Shidore, Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr
  • Publication number: 20200161938
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling an electric machine includes a plurality of fluid channels disposed in a first surface that surrounds at least part of the electric machine. Each of the plurality of fluid channels defines a circumferential path in the first surface, including a first channel section extending at least substantially parallel to first and second circumferences defined by ends of the electric machine, and including a second channel section configured to direct a cooling fluid between a central region of the first surface and an end region of the first surface. The apparatus also includes an outer shell configured to surround the first surface and define a fluid tight chamber between the first surface and the outer shell, the outer shell having at least one inlet through which the cooling fluid is introduced into the chamber and at least one outlet from which the cooling fluid exits the volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Alireza Fatemi, Xiaofeng Yang, Thomas W. Nehl, Farzad Samie, Srihari K. Gangaraj
  • Publication number: 20200124152
    Abstract: A powertrain system includes a flex plate, a transmission input shaft, a torque coupling, a one-way clutch, and a damper assembly. The flex plate is configured to be connected to a crankshaft of an engine. The torque coupling connects the transmission input shaft to the flex plate while allowing slip between the transmission input shaft and the flex plate. The one-way clutch is configured to couple the flex plate to the torque coupling. The damper assembly couples the flex plate to the one-way clutch and is configured to inhibit vibration transmission from the flex plate to the one-way clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chunhao J. LEE, Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Norman K. Bucknor, Dongxu Li
  • Patent number: 10626970
    Abstract: A transmission includes a continuously variable unit (CVU) (20) arranged in parallel with an expansion gearset (120). The CVU (20) includes a first pulley (22) that is rotatably coupled to a second pulley (24) and an input member (12). The expansion gearset (120) includes a planetary gearset (130) that is arranged in series with a coplanar second gearset (140), and the second gearset (140) includes a first gear (142) engaged with a layshaft gear (144). The second pulley (24) is rotatably couplable to the first gear (142) of the second gearset (140). The layshaft gear (144) is engaged with a ring gear (136) and a carrier member (134) which is rotatably couplable to an output member (14). The first pulley (22) is rotatably couplable to the sun gear (132) via a first clutch (115). The transmission operates in a continuously variable mode when the first clutch (115) is deactivated, and operates in a power split mode when the first clutch (115) is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ying Huang, Farzad Samie, Chengwu Duan, Jian Yao
  • Patent number: 10626951
    Abstract: An isolator assembly includes a clutch configured to operate in a full locked condition and a slip condition. Additionally, the isolator assembly includes a damper and a centrifugal pendulum absorber (CPA). The damper is configured to reduce oscillation when the clutch is in one of the full locked condition and the slip condition. The damper includes a blade that is biasable. The CPA is coupled to the damper and configured to reduce oscillation when the clutch is in one of the full locked condition and the slip condition. A vehicle includes an engine and a transmission. The engine includes an output shaft and the transmission includes an input member. The vehicle includes the isolator assembly operable between the output shaft and the input member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Dongxu Li
  • Publication number: 20200109779
    Abstract: A system for controlling flow of transmission fluid in a vehicle may include a first pump, a second pump, a first check valve, a second check valve, and a fluid line. The first pump may include a first intake in fluid communication with a transmission discharge and a first discharge in fluid communication with a transmission intake. The second pump may include a second intake and a second discharge. The first check valve may include a first input in fluid communication with the second discharge and a first output in fluid communication with the transmission intake. The second check valve may include a second input in fluid communication with the transmission discharge and a second output in fluid communication with the second intake. The fluid line may include a first end in fluid communication with the second discharge and a second end in fluid communication with the second input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chunhao J. Lee, Derek F. Lahr, Dmitriy Bruder, Neeraj S. Shidore, Norman K. Bucknor, Farzad Samie
  • Publication number: 20200079351
    Abstract: Hybrid vehicles and methods of operating the same are disclosed. Example methods may include providing a powertrain for the vehicle, which includes an internal combustion engine configured to provide rotational power to a rotatable input of a transmission by way of a starting device, and an electric motor-generator comprising a rotor configured to selectively provide rotational power to the rotatable input. The method may further include selectively disconnecting the engine from the rotatable input using a disconnect device separate from the starting device, thereby allowing the rotatable input of the transmission to be driven at a speed faster than an output speed of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Venkata Prasad Atluri, Neeraj Shidore, Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr
  • Patent number: 10583728
    Abstract: A powertrain includes an engine and a transmission. A vehicle includes a body structure and the powertrain supported by the body structure. The powertrain is configured to propel the body structure. The engine includes an output shaft, and the transmission includes an input member. The powertrain further includes a torque converter operable between the output shaft and the input member. The torque converter includes a pump and a turbine. The powertrain also includes a motor-generator operable as a motor and a generator. The input member of the transmission is connected to the turbine such that torque from the torque converter is transferrable to the input member. The input member of the transmission is coupled to the motor-generator such that torque is transferred between the input member and the motor-generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Derek F. Lahr, Farzad Samie, Chunhao J. Lee, Dongxu Li, Norman K. Bucknor
  • Patent number: 10576837
    Abstract: An electric drive unit is provided having an electric motor-generator coupled with a torque converter. Vehicles and machines employing the same, as well as methods of using the same, are also disclosed. The motor-generator may be configured to selectively drive a rotatable shaft with a motor output torque and generate electrical power from rotation of the rotatable shaft. The electric drive unit may further include a torque converter having an input and an output separated by a fluid coupling. The fluid coupling may be configured to selectively multiply torque received at the input such that a drive unit output torque at the output is selectively increased in at least a predetermined rotational speed range of the electric motor-generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chengwu Duan, Chunhao J. Lee, Lei Hao, Norman K. Bucknor, Michael A. Potter, Farzad Samie
  • Patent number: 10563744
    Abstract: Disclosed are damper assemblies for engine disconnect devices, methods for making such damper assemblies, and motor vehicles with a disconnect device for coupling/decoupling an engine with a torque converter (TC). A disconnect clutch for selectively connecting an engine with a TC includes a pocket plate that movably mounts to the TC. The pocket plate includes pockets movably seating therein engaging elements that engage input structure of the TC and thereby lock the pocket plate to the TC. A selector plate moves between engaged and disengaged positions such that the engaging elements shift into and out of engagement with the TC input structure, respectively. A flex plate is attached to the engine's output shaft for common rotation therewith. A damper plate is attached to the pocket plate for common rotation therewith. Spring elements mate the damper and flex plates such that the damper plate is movably attached to the flex plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Derek F. Lahr, Chunhao J. Lee, Farzad Samie, Norman K. Bucknor, Dongxu Li
  • Patent number: 10553043
    Abstract: A method of predicting the health of and controlling a hydraulic pressure actuated torque converter lock-up clutch includes determining rotational input and output speeds of the torque converter. The method also includes determining a magnitude of the hydraulic pressure. The method additionally includes determining a level of performance of the clutch across multiple torque converter operating modes using the determined input and output torque converter speeds and the determined magnitude of the hydraulic pressure. The method also includes calculating a numeric state of health (SOH) coefficient of the clutch that quantifies a relative severity of degradation of a plurality of clutch characteristics across the multiple torque converter operating modes. Furthermore, the method includes executing a control action relative to the clutch when the calculated numeric SOH coefficient for specified torque converter operating mode(s) is less than a calibrated SOH threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shiming Duan, Chunhao J Lee, Farzad Samie
  • Publication number: 20200016986
    Abstract: An electric drive unit is provided having an electric motor-generator coupled with a torque converter. Vehicles and machines employing the same, as well as methods of using the same, are also disclosed. The motor-generator may be configured to selectively drive a rotatable shaft with a motor output torque and generate electrical power from rotation of the rotatable shaft. The electric drive unit may further include a torque converter having an input and an output separated by a fluid coupling. The fluid coupling may be configured to selectively multiply torque received at the input such that a drive unit output torque at the output is selectively increased in at least a predetermined rotational speed range of the electric motor-generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Chengwu Duan, Chunhao J. Lee, Lei Hao, Norman K. Bucknor, Michael A. Potter, Farzad Samie
  • Patent number: 10513251
    Abstract: Presented are engine-disconnect clutches with attendant control logic, methods for making/operating such disconnect clutches, and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) equipped with an engine that is coupled to/decoupled from a transmission and electric motor via a disconnect clutch. A representative method for controlling an HEV powertrain includes receiving an HEV powertrain operation command, then determining a clutch mode of a multi-mode clutch device to execute the HEV powertrain operation. This multi-mode clutch device is operable in: a lock-lock mode, in which the clutch device transmits torque to and from the engine; a free-free mode, in which the clutch device disconnects the engine's output member from the transmission's input member, preventing torque transmission to and from the engine; a lock-free mode, in which the clutch device transmits torque from but not to the engine; and, a free-lock mode, in which the clutch device transmits torque to but not from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chunhao J. Lee, Neeraj S. Shidore, Dongxu Li, Norman K. Bucknor, Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr
  • Patent number: 10514096
    Abstract: The continuously variable transmission (CVT) assembly includes a CVT including a drive pulley, a driven pulley, and an endless rotatable device coupled between the drive pulley and the driven pulley. The CVT assembly also includes an actuator coupled to the drive pulley. The CVT assembly also includes an angle sensor coupled to the endless rotatable device such that the angle sensor is configured to measure an angular position of the endless rotatable device. The CVT assembly also includes a controller in communication with the actuator and the angle sensor. The controller is programmed to: (a) determine a speed ratio of the CVT based on the angular position of the endless rotatable device; and (b) control the actuator to adjust the clamping force exerted on the drive pulley in response to determining the speed ratio of the CVT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Chunhao J. Lee, Derek F. Lahr, Dmitriy Bruder
  • Patent number: 10508696
    Abstract: A selectable one-way clutch can be equipped in a vehicle powertrain assembly. The selectable one-way clutch can include a notch plate and a pocket plate. The pocket plate has a pocket, and the notch plate has a notch. A coupling mechanism is disposed in the pocket and is moveable in the pocket. The coupling mechanism is used to bring about engagement between the notch and pocket plates and, in an example, is a strut-type coupling mechanism. A pair of damper springs is disposed in the pocket. A selector plate is situated between the pocket plate and the notch plate. The selector plate includes a window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Chunhao J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20190376589
    Abstract: A parallel (P2) hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) powertrain assembly includes a torque converter and a motor-generator unit (MGU). The parallel hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) powertrain assembly can be equipped in a front wheel drive (FWD) powertrain architecture. The torque converter has an impeller cover. The motor-generator unit has a rotor and a stator. The rotor extends from the impeller cover, and the stator is mounted to a transmission bell housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr, Dongxu Li, Chunhao J. Lee, Norman K. Bucknor