Patents by Inventor Joseph Norman Ulrey

Joseph Norman Ulrey 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: 10975785
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an engine that includes one or more fuel injectors are described. The systems and methods may characterize fuel injector operation during a time when injecting fuel may be useful to maintain balance of a catalyst to reduce engine emissions. Further, large or small amounts of fuel may be injected without affecting engine combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 10954867
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling operating of a split exhaust engine system including a scavenge exhaust gas recirculation system based on a composition of constituents within a total flow through the scavenge exhaust gas recirculation system. In one example, a method may include adjusting an engine operating parameter in response to individual flows of each of burnt gases, fresh air, and fuel to an intake passage, upstream of a compressor, from a scavenge manifold coupled to scavenge exhaust valves, the individual flows of each of the burnt gases, fresh air, and fuel determined based on a valve opening overlap between the scavenge exhaust valves and intake valves of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Ashley Wiese, Daniel Madison, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10907558
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, each of a first valve positioned in an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) passage, the EGR passage coupled between the intake passage and the first exhaust manifold coupled to a first set of cylinder exhaust valves, and a second valve positioned in a flow passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold and the exhaust passage may be adjusted based on a measured pressure in the first exhaust manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Julian Barnaby Corona, Daniel Paul Madison, Brad Alan Boyer
  • Patent number: 10900405
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting operation of a split exhaust engine system based on a total flow of gases through a scavenge exhaust gas recirculation system of the split exhaust engine system. In one example, a method may include adjusting engine operation in response to a flow of gases to an intake passage, upstream of a compressor, from a scavenge manifold coupled to scavenge exhaust valves, the flow of gases determined based on a valve opening overlap between the scavenge exhaust valves and intake valves of an engine, the scavenge exhaust valves opened at a different time than blowdown exhaust valves coupled to a blowdown manifold coupled to a turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Timothy Clark, Daniel Madison, Gopichandra Sumilla, Ashley Wiese, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10882511
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, the engine system may be installed in a hybrid vehicle, and, in response to a request to restart the engine while the vehicle is being propelled via motor torque only, the engine may be rotated unfueled via the motor torque at less than cranking speed while at least partially opening a valve disposed in a passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold and the intake passage. In another example, in response to the request to restart the engine, all exhaust valves of a second set of exhaust valves coupled to the second exhaust manifold may be deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, John D. Russell, Michael Howard Shelby
  • Patent number: 10871104
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to an intake passage via a ported scavenge manifold. In one example, the ported scavenge manifold includes a first scavenge manifold coupled to a plurality of exhaust runners and a second scavenge manifold coupled to the plurality of exhaust runners via ports. The location of the ports on the exhaust runners combined with adjustments to a bypass valve coupled between the first scavenge manifold and an exhaust passage and an EGR valve coupled between the second scavenge manifold and the intake passage enables exhaust gas to be preferentially flowed to the exhaust passage and blowthrough air to be preferentially flowed to the intake passage under select operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Daniel Paul Madison, Brad Alan Boyer
  • Publication number: 20200386141
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting operation of a split exhaust engine system based on a total flow of gases through a scavenge exhaust gas recirculation system of the split exhaust engine system. In one example, a method may include adjusting engine operation in response to a flow of gases to an intake passage, upstream of a compressor, from a scavenge manifold coupled to scavenge exhaust valves, the flow of gases determined based on a valve opening overlap between the scavenge exhaust valves and intake valves of an engine, the scavenge exhaust valves opened at a different time than blowdown exhaust valves coupled to a blowdown manifold coupled to a turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Timothy Clark, Daniel Madison, Gopichandra Surnilla, Ashley Wiese, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Publication number: 20200386127
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling operating of a split exhaust engine system including a scavenge exhaust gas recirculation system based on a composition of constituents within a total flow through the scavenge exhaust gas recirculation system. In one example, a method may include adjusting an engine operating parameter in response to individual flows of each of burnt gases, fresh air, and fuel to an intake passage, upstream of a compressor, from a scavenge manifold coupled to scavenge exhaust valves, the individual flows of each of the burnt gases, fresh air, and fuel determined based on a valve opening overlap between the scavenge exhaust valves and intake valves of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Ashley Wiese, Daniel Madison, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10859025
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a lift pump of an engine fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise predicting when a fuel rail pressure will decrease below a threshold assuming that a lift pump remains off. The method may further comprise powering on the lift pump before the fuel rail pressure decreases below to the threshold to prevent fuel rail pressure from decreasing below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Trzeciak, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 10858983
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling exhaust flow and recovering heat from exhaust gas under different operating conditions. In one example, motive flow of fresh air via an ejector coupled to an exhaust bypass assembly may be utilized to divert exhaust through a heat exchanger during cold-start conditions and heat extracted from the exhaust gas may be utilized for passenger cabin heating and other vehicle heating demands. The exhaust bypass assembly may also be used for EGR delivery wherein the exhaust heat exchanger may be used as an EGR cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 10837395
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting amount of directly injected fuel scavenged via a second exhaust manifold of a split exhaust engine system. In one example, a method may include adjusting a start of injection of a fuel direct injection into an engine cylinder, the cylinder including a first exhaust valve coupled to a first exhaust manifold and a second exhaust valve coupled to a second exhaust manifold, the second exhaust manifold coupled to an intake of the engine, based on a closing timing of the second exhaust valve and dependent on an operating condition, and adjusting a position of a bypass valve of the second exhaust manifold based on the adjusted start of injection. In this way, the amount of scavenged fuel may be increased or decreased based on the operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Ashley Peter Wiese, Daniel Madison, Brad Boyer, Dushyant Karthikeyan, William Cary Cole, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10808583
    Abstract: Methods for indicating whether a crankcase of an engine is breeched are provided. One example method comprises restricting a communication of the crankcase with atmosphere, acting to increase or decrease a crankcase pressure, and indicating whether the crankcase is breeched based on the crankcase pressure. Another example method comprises sensing a crankcase pressure component, and indicating whether the crankcase is breeched based on the crankcase pressure component, the crankcase communicating with atmosphere via a conduit, a restrictedness of the conduit responsive to one or more of a crankcase pressure and a signal from an electronic control unit of the motor vehicle. Still other examples provide more particular methods for indicating whether the crankcase is breeched, and example configurations that enable the various methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10787949
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an engine system having a split exhaust system. In one example, a system may include an engine having a plurality of cylinders, each of the plurality of cylinders including first and second exhaust ports, the first and second exhaust ports arranged in a non-alternating pattern across the plurality of cylinders and along a cylinder head, a blowdown exhaust manifold coupled to the first exhaust ports and an exhaust passage, and a scavenge exhaust manifold coupled to the second exhaust ports and an intake passage of the engine. In this way, the first and second exhaust ports may be arranged to enhance turbocharger performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Patrick McConville, John Cornell, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Publication number: 20200284217
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting amount of directly injected fuel scavenged via a second exhaust manifold of a split exhaust engine system. In one example, a method may include adjusting a start of injection of a fuel direct injection into an engine cylinder, the cylinder including a first exhaust valve coupled to a first exhaust manifold and a second exhaust valve coupled to a second exhaust manifold, the second exhaust manifold coupled to an intake of the engine, based on a closing timing of the second exhaust valve and dependent on an operating condition, and adjusting a position of a bypass valve of the second exhaust manifold based on the adjusted start of injection. In this way, the amount of scavenged fuel may be increased or decreased based on the operating condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Ashley Peter Wiese, Daniel Madison, Brad Boyer, Dushyant Karthikeyan, William Cary Cole, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10767526
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling particulate filter temperature during non-combustion conditions. In one example, a method for an engine includes responsive to a particulate filter temperature above a threshold temperature and while operating the engine with deceleration fuel shut-off (DFSO), fully closing a throttle valve configured to regulate flow of intake air to the engine, and responsive to intake manifold pressure dropping below a threshold pressure while the throttle valve is fully closed, adjusting a position of the throttle valve based on the particulate filter temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Emil G. Serban, Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt
  • Patent number: 10767587
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an amount of water injected upstream of a group of cylinders based on a determined maldistribution of water among cylinders during a water injection event. In one example, a method may include injecting a first amount of water upstream of a first group of cylinders and a different, second amount of water upstream of a second group of cylinders based on operating conditions of the respective cylinder groups. Further, the method may include adjusting water injection and engine operating parameters in response the evaporated and/or condensed portion of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Gopichandra Surnilla, Christopher House, Michael Howard Shelby, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10753299
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, an amount of opening overlap between a plurality of intake valves and a first set of exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold may be adjusted responsive to a transition from an estimated combustion air-fuel content to a leaner air-fuel content of the blowthrough air on a cylinder to cylinder basis. As one example, the transition may be determined from an output of an oxygen sensor positioned within the first exhaust manifold or an exhaust runner of each of the first set of exhaust valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10731573
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, an intake valve timing, exhaust valve timing of a first set of exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold, and a position of an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve in an EGR passage may be adjusted in coordination with one another in response to a condition at a compressor. The EGR passage may be coupled between the intake passage, upstream of the compressor, and the first exhaust manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Daniel Paul Madison, Brad Alan Boyer, James Leiby
  • Patent number: 10723380
    Abstract: Systems and methods to control steering of a vehicle are disclosed. An example system includes a first sensor to measure a tilt angle associated with a vehicle positioned on a road surface. The example system also includes a vehicle controller communicatively coupled to the first sensor to receive the tilt angle. In addition, the example system includes steering system communicatively coupled to the vehicle controller. The vehicle controller provides feedforward control data to the steering system based on the tilt angle. The steering system generates a first steering torque based on the feedforward control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 10711672
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling and coordinating control of a post-catalyst exhaust throttle and an EGR valve to expedite catalyst heating. By closing both valves during an engine cold start, an elevated exhaust backpressure and increased heat rejection at an EGR cooler can be synergistically used to warm each of an engine and an exhaust catalyst. The valves may also be controlled to vary an amount of exhaust flowing through an exhaust venturi so as to meet engine vacuum needs while providing a desired amount of engine EGR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, William Charles Ruona, Thomas G. Leone, Gopichandra Surnilla