Patents by Inventor Ken Yasui

Ken Yasui 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: 20190248416
    Abstract: Each side sill of a vehicle body structure includes in addition to an outer panel (21) and an inner panel (22) jointly forming a closed cross section structure (23), a first stiffener (25) extending in the fore and aft direction and interposed between the outer panel and the inner panel and having a lower edge joined to the lower edges of the outer panel and the inner panel, a second stiffener (26) formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in the inboard direction, the second stiffener having an upper edge and a lower edge attached to an outboard side of the first stiffener, and a third stiffener (27) extending in the fore and aft direction and in a transverse direction to have an outboard edge joined to the first stiffener and an inboard edge joined to the inner panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi KATO, Satoru KAWABE, Ken YASUI
  • Publication number: 20190248423
    Abstract: In a vehicle body structure including a pair of side sills (2) and a battery case (51) joined to the side sills via respective brackets (56), each side sill includes an outer panel (21), an inner panel (22) defining a closed cross section structure jointly with the outer panel, a first stiffener (25) extending in the fore and aft direction in a space defined between the outer panel and the inner panel and having a lower edge joined to the lower edges of the outer panel and the inner panel, and a second stiffener (26) formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in the inboard direction, the second stiffener having an upper edge and a lower edge attached to an outboard side of the first stiffener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi KATO, Satoru KAWABE, Ken YASUI
  • Publication number: 20190210452
    Abstract: A structure for a lower portion of a vehicle body includes a right side sill (14), a right floor frame (17), a right cross member (68), and a muffler. A fuel tank is provided on an inner side of the right floor frame (17) in a vehicle width direction. The right cross member (68) spans between the right floor frame (17) and the right side sill (14) and extends in the vehicle width direction. Furthermore, the muffler is provided in a region enclosed by the right side sill (14), the right floor frame (17), and the right cross member (68). The right cross member (68) has an upward deformation guiding part (77). The upward deformation guiding part (77) is formed to be able to be deformed upward due to an impact load (F2) input to the right side sill (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Kato, Masaaki Yamane, Satoru Kawabe, Takenobu Haga, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 10279846
    Abstract: Provided is a rear end structure of a vehicle body, with which it is possible to reduce vehicle weight and achieve satisfactory vehicle body rigidity. The rear end structure of a vehicle body is equipped with a floor panel having a low floor part, a high floor part provided rearward of the low floor part, and a floor recess formed in the high floor part and describing a protuberant configuration when viewed in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and a brace connecting the low floor part and the bottom surface of the floor recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Takahashi, Satoru Kawabe, Ken Yasui, Masaaki Yamane
  • Publication number: 20190118863
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a sub frame is fixed to front mount brackets and rear mount brackets of a pair of front side frames. A power unit is arranged on the front side of the sub frame in the vehicle body, and the power unit is supported by the pair of front side frames. A tilt surface is formed on the sub frame, and the tilt surface tilts to ascend toward the rear of the vehicle body. A rear portion of the power unit faces the tilt surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukiyasu HARA, Tetsuhiro ARIMA, Yasuhito SATO, Tomoya TAKEDA, Hirokazu KOBAYASHI, Akihiro IKEYA, Akira KOBAYASHI, Ken YASUI, Eisei HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20190047625
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes: a pair of left and right suspensions provided below a vehicle body floor; suspension mounting portions for mounting the suspensions to the vehicle body floor; a power supply device that supplies power to drive a vehicle; a frame that supports the power supply device; and frame mounting portions for mounting the frame to the vehicle body floor, wherein the frame mounting portions are disposed at positions overlapping in a vertical direction with the suspension mounting portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi KATO, Ken YASUI, Koichi TAKAHASHI, Satoru KAWABE
  • Publication number: 20190047393
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes: a recess formed in a rear floor panel of a trunk of a vehicle; a drive power supply device that supplies power to drive the vehicle; and an auxiliary power supply device that supplies power to auxiliary machinery mounted on the vehicle, wherein the auxiliary power supply device is configured as an auxiliary power supply device structure by being fixed to a pedestal formed in the recess, and the drive power supply device is disposed side by side in a vehicle width direction with the auxiliary power supply device in the recess, and the auxiliary power supply device structure has a rear end positioned behind a rear end of the drive power supply device in a vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi KATO, Ken YASUI, Koichi TAKAHASHI, Kenji INAGAKI, Hiroki HAYATA
  • Publication number: 20180269443
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a first battery module, a second battery module, and a connector. The first battery module includes laminated cells and has a first outer surface. The second battery module includes laminated cells and has a second outer surface. The second battery module is provided adjacent to the first battery module. The connector has a plane surface and is provided on the first battery module and the second battery module such that the plane surface of the connector opposes the first outer surface and the second outer surface to connect the first battery module and the second battery module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi TAKAHASHI, Shutaro SAO, Ken YASUI
  • Publication number: 20180236863
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a vehicle body bottom structure capable of more reliably protecting a battery pack at a time of a side collision of a vehicle. A vehicle body bottom structure of the present invention includes a battery pack disposed below a floor panel, a side sill extending in a vehicle front-rear direction outside in a vehicle width direction and a battery side frame allowing the side sill to support the battery pack, wherein the battery side frame has a lower surface positioned outside in the vehicle width direction and positioned lower than a support portion for the battery pack, the support portion being formed inside in the vehicle width direction of the battery side frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Satoru Kawabe, Shutaro Sao, Ken Yasui
  • Publication number: 20180237075
    Abstract: A side sill structure included in a substructure of a vehicle body, includes a battery pack disposed below a floor panel, a side sill disposed at an outer part in a vehicle width direction and extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body, and a stiffener disposed inside a cross section of the side sill and extending along an extending direction of the side sill. The stiffener is composed of an outer stiffener bulging outward in the vehicle width direction, and an inner stiffener bulging inward in the vehicle width direction. In the side sill structure, a first side surface of the stiffener, formed on the inner stiffener, is shifted to a relatively upper side than a second side surface of the stiffener, formed on the outer stiffener, and the battery pack is supported on a lower surface of the side sill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Satoru KAWABE, Shutaro SAO, Ken YASUI
  • Publication number: 20180029650
    Abstract: Provided is a rear end structure of a vehicle body, with which it is possible to reduce vehicle weight and achieve satisfactory vehicle body rigidity. The rear end structure of a vehicle body is equipped with a floor panel having a low floor part, a high floor part provided rearward of the low floor part, and a floor recess formed in the high floor part and describing a protuberant configuration when viewed in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and a brace connecting the low floor part and the bottom surface of the floor recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi TAKAHASHI, Satoru KAWABE, Ken YASUI, Masaaki YAMANE
  • Patent number: 9764765
    Abstract: In a vehicle-body front structure, a bumper beam is bridged between left and right front side frames. The left front side frame includes a front load absorption portion coupled with the bumper beam, and a rear load absorption portion provided at the vehicle rear side of the left gusset. A front wall of the left gusset is housed in an inner portion of the left front side frame, and the front wall is joined with an inner side wall of the left front side frame. Further, the front wall is sandwiched between front and rear frame back plates in the vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Takeda, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 9738320
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes left and right front side frames including at least left and right front bending portions, left and right middle bending portions, and left and right rear bending portions. The left and right front bending portions are bent to project inwards in a vehicle's width direction by a collision load exerted on a front end of a vehicle body, whereby the left and right front bending portions restrain a power unit. The left and right middle bending portions are situated spaced apart to the rear from the left and right front bending portions. The left and right rear bending portions are situated spaced apart to the rear from the left and right middle bending portions, are bent outwards in the vehicle's width direction, and absorb collision energy when struck by the power unit moved rearward together with the left and right front bending portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Miyamoto, Ken Yasui, Eisei Higuchi, Eri Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9676419
    Abstract: A vehicle body bottom structure includes left and right side sills which are provided to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction along outside end portions of a vehicle body in a vehicle width direction, a dash cross member which is coupled to front ends of the left and right side sills, and extends in the vehicle width direction, an outrigger which is connected to a rear end of a front side frame, and coupled to each of the front ends of the left and right side sills, to extend in the vehicle width direction, and a dash lower having a wheel housing portion is clamped to be joined between the dash cross member and the outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Furusaki, Ken Yasui, Masaaki Yamane
  • Patent number: 9650076
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes left and right front side frames extending in a vehicle front-to-rear direction. A power unit is disposed between the front side frames. Each of the left and right front side frames includes an inner frame disposed at a vehicle widthwise center side and an outer frame superposed on a vehicle outer side of the inner frame, and has a closed quadrangular sectional shape that is formed by the inner frame and the outer frame. A front portion of the outer frame has a triangular portion that has a substantially triangular shape whose width decreases from front to rear. Each front side frame has a power unit mount-fastening portion at a location rearward of the triangular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eisei Higuchi, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 9643654
    Abstract: A vehicle body bottom structure includes a dash lower for separating a vehicle compartment from a power mounted room as well as separating the vehicle compartment from a wheel house, a front pillar which is erected at a vehicle-widthwise end portion of the dash lower, and a gusset which is bridged between the dash lower and the front pillar. The gusset is joined to the dash lower at one end thereof, and is spaced apart from the dash lower as the gusset approaches the front pillar, to be joined to the front pillar at the other end thereof, and a crushing space of a substantially triangular shape in a plan view is formed in a portion surrounded by the dash lower, the front pillar, and the gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Furusaki, Ken Yasui, Masaaki Yamane
  • Publication number: 20170088180
    Abstract: In a vehicle-body front structure, a bumper beam is bridged between left and right front side frames. The left front side frame includes a front load absorption portion coupled with the bumper beam, and a rear load absorption portion provided at the vehicle rear side of the left gusset. A front wall of the left gusset is housed in an inner portion of the left front side frame, and the front wall is joined with an inner side wall of the left front side frame. Further, the front wall is sandwiched between front and rear frame back plates in the vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Takeda, Ken Yasui
  • Publication number: 20170066485
    Abstract: In a vehicle body framework structure, a closed cross-section frame portion is formed by welding a first outer panel and a second outer panel, and an inner panel is arranged in a closed cross section of the closed cross-section frame portion. An upper joint piece of the inner panel is joined to a first wall portion of the first outer panel by spot welding, and a foaming adhesive material is temporarily fixed to a second wall portion of the second outer panel. When the foaming adhesive material is foamed, a foaming adhesive portion of the foamed foaming adhesive material adheres a lower joint piece of the inner panel and the second wall portion of the second outer panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroshi YAMAGUCHI, Ken YASUI, Masaaki YAMANE, Shutaro SAO
  • Publication number: 20160347374
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes left and right front side frames including at least left and right front bending portions, left and right middle bending portions, and left and right rear bending portions. The left and right front bending portions are bent to project inwards in a vehicle's width direction by a collision load exerted on a front end of a vehicle body, whereby the left and right front bending portions restrain a power unit. The left and right middle bending portions are situated spaced apart to the rear from the left and right front bending portions. The left and right rear bending portions are situated spaced apart to the rear from the left and right middle bending portions, are bent outwards in the vehicle's width direction, and absorb collision energy when struck by the power unit moved rearward together with the left and right front bending portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Hiroki MIYAMOTO, Ken YASUI, Eisei HIGUCHI, Eri KAWAMURA
  • Publication number: 20160272248
    Abstract: A vehicle body bottom structure includes a dash lower for separating a vehicle compartment from a power mounted room as well as separating the vehicle compartment from a wheel house, a front pillar which is erected at a vehicle-widthwise end portion of the dash lower, and a gusset which is bridged between the dash lower and the front pillar. The gusset is joined to the dash lower at one end thereof, and is spaced apart from the dash lower as the gusset approaches the front pillar, to be joined to the front pillar at the other end thereof, and a crushing space of a substantially triangular shape in a plan view is formed in a portion surrounded by the dash lower, the front pillar, and the gusset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Yuya FURUSAKI, Ken YASUI, Masaaki YAMANE