Patents by Inventor Grant Steven Peterson

Grant Steven Peterson 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: 9593723
    Abstract: A disconnect clutch and method of controlling the connection of a parasitic load to an engine disposed on a machine is disclosed. The disconnect clutch may comprise a flywheel assembly, a friction plate and a coupling. The flywheel assembly may include a flywheel having a cavity, a chamber, a piston moveable between a contracted position and an expanded position, a pressure plate, a lever, and a coupling operably connected to the friction plate. The flywheel may include an end plate. The chamber may be defined by the flywheel and the piston. The lever may apply an activation force to the pressure plate when the piston is in the expanded position. The friction plate may be attached to and rotatable with the flywheel assembly when the piston is in the expanded position and generally stationary when the piston is in the contracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Douglas Anderson, Megan Alissa Brinkmeyer, Daniel P. Sergison, Thomas Alan Brosowske, Grant Steven Peterson, Michael G. Cronin, Raymond B. Derer
  • Patent number: 9527511
    Abstract: A control system for controlling speed of an engine of a work machine having a hydrostatic transmission is disclosed. The control system may include a power source and a hydrostatic transmission operatively coupled to the power source. The control system may also include a controller capable of receiving information from the power source and the transmission and actively controlling an engine speed of the work machine to reduce the engine speed below a threshold value to emulate an engine lug during a stall condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Grant Steven Peterson
  • Publication number: 20160097429
    Abstract: A disconnect clutch and method of controlling the connection of a parasitic load to an engine disposed on a machine is disclosed. The disconnect clutch may comprise a flywheel assembly, a friction plate and a coupling. The flywheel assembly may include a flywheel having a cavity, a chamber, a piston moveable between a contracted position and an expanded position, a pressure plate, a lever, and a coupling operably connected to the friction plate. The flywheel may include an end plate. The chamber may be defined by the flywheel and the piston. The lever may apply an activation force to the pressure plate when the piston is in the expanded position. The friction plate may be attached to and rotatable with the flywheel assembly when the piston is in the expanded position and generally stationary when the piston is in the contracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Michael Douglas Anderson, Megan Alissa Brinkmeyer, Daniel P. Sergison, Thomas Alan Brosowske, Grant Steven Peterson, Michael G. Cronin, Raymond B. Derer
  • Publication number: 20140095048
    Abstract: A control system for controlling speed of an engine of a work machine having a hydrostatic transmission is disclosed. The control system may include a power source and a hydrostatic transmission operatively coupled to the power source. The control system may also include a controller capable of receiving information from the power source and the transmission and actively controlling an engine speed of the work machine to reduce the engine speed below a threshold value to emulate an engine lug during a stall condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Grant Steven Peterson
  • Patent number: 8676457
    Abstract: A machine includes a plurality of torque consuming devices drivingly coupled with an internal combustion engine. The plurality of torque consuming devices includes a continuously variable transmission coupling the internal combustion engine with a plurality of ground engaging elements. An electronic controller is in communication with the internal combustion engine and the plurality of torque consuming devices and is configured to execute a torque load control algorithm for generating a torque load limit based, at least in part, on an engine underspeed value. The electronic controller identifies a potential engine stall event during which a current engine speed of the internal combustion engine drops below the engine underspeed value by a predetermined amount, and executes a transient torque load control algorithm to adjust the torque load limit responsive to the identification of the potential engine stall event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Grant Steven Peterson, Randall Todd Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130190996
    Abstract: A machine includes a plurality of torque consuming devices drivingly coupled with an internal combustion engine. The plurality of torque consuming devices includes a continuously variable transmission coupling the internal combustion engine with a plurality of ground engaging elements. An electronic controller is in communication with the internal combustion engine and the plurality of torque consuming devices and is configured to execute a torque load control algorithm for generating a torque load limit based, at least in part, on an engine underspeed value. The electronic controller identifies a potential engine stall event during which a current engine speed of the internal combustion engine drops below the engine underspeed value by a predetermined amount, and executes a transient torque load control algorithm to adjust the torque load limit responsive to the identification of the potential engine stall event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Grant Steven Peterson, Randall Todd Anderson