Patents by Inventor Larry Pritchard

Larry Pritchard 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: 20190184423
    Abstract: Systems and methods that provide or restore a coating to a component are provided. The systems and methods utilized an atomizing spray device. A gas and a slurry that comprises fluid and ceramic particles are supplied to the atomizing spray device. The slurry and gas are discharged from the spray device to form two-phase droplets. The fluid within the droplets evaporates to prevent the fluid from becoming part of the coating as the droplets traverse through the air and prior to impacting the surface of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Ambarish Kulkarni, Byron Pritchard, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Krzysztof Lesnicki, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Mehmet Dede, Larry Rosenzweig, Jay Morgan
  • Patent number: 10302186
    Abstract: A transfer case comprises a primary output shaft, a secondary output shaft, a clutch, and a plurality of valves. The primary output shaft includes a hub rotationally coupled thereto. The clutch selectively couples the primary output shaft to the secondary output shaft to transfer torque therebetween. The clutch includes a housing, interleaved plates, and an apply plate. The housing is rotationally coupled to the secondary output shaft. The interleaved plates alternate between a first subset of the interleaved plates rotationally coupled to the hub and a second subset of the interleaved plates rotationally coupled to the housing. The apply plate compresses the interleaved plates for transferring torque between the hub and the housing. The valves selectively release oil supplied through the primary output shaft into the housing. Each valve includes a bore formed in the hub and a valve rod movable by the apply plate to open the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Pritchard, Christopher Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10232707
    Abstract: A power transfer unit for an all-wheel drive drivetrain that includes an engine, a transmission having a pump for circulating hydraulic fluid from a sump, and a driveshaft. The power transfer unit includes an input for receiving driving power from the transmission, an output for delivering driving power to the driveshaft, a first clutch, a first fluid supply path for delivering the hydraulic fluid from the pump to the first clutch, and a fluid return path for returning the hydraulic fluid from the power transfer unit to the sump of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10221896
    Abstract: A disconnect assembly for translating torque to shafts of a driveline. A clutch is disposed in torque translating relationship between the shafts and is movable between an engaged configuration wherein torque is translated, and a disengaged configuration wherein torque is interrupted. An actuator includes a coil that generates a first magnetic field. A slider is movable between a first stable position and a second stable position, with an armature operatively attached to the slider. The armature has a magnetic polarity pattern defined by a plurality of north and south magnetic pole regions facing the coil. The pattern configured such that predetermined changes in the magnetic field generated by the coil urge the slider from one of the stable positions to the other of the stable positions so as to cause corresponding movement of the clutch assembly between the configurations to selectively translate rotational torque between the shafts of the driveline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Thaddeus Kopp
  • Patent number: 10183577
    Abstract: A transfer case includes primary and secondary output shafts, along with a secondary torque transfer mechanism and a locking mechanism, which are configured to selectively couple the primary and secondary output shafts. The secondary torque transfer mechanism comprises a sprocket coupled to the secondary output shaft, and a plate clutch coupled to the sprocket to selectively form a friction coupling with the primary output shaft. The locking mechanism selectively couples the primary output shaft to the sprocket, and includes a locking sleeve and an actuator that moves the locking sleeve between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the locking sleeve forms a first splined connection with the primary output shaft and forms a second splined connection with the sprocket. In the second position, the locking sleeve forms the first splined connection with the primary output shaft and forms a second splined connection with the sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Thaddeus R. Kopp, Jr., Branden L. Reeves, Philip J. Francis, Joseph D. Mastie
  • Publication number: 20190010837
    Abstract: An engine variable camshaft timing phaser (10) includes a sprocket (12) and a planetary gear assembly (14). The sprocket (12) receives rotational drive input from an engine crankshaft. The planetary gear assembly (14) includes two or more ring gears (26, 28), multiple planet gears (24), a sun gear (22), and a wrap spring (76). One of the ring gears (26, 28) receives rotational drive input from the sprocket (12) and one of the ring gears (26, 28) transmits rotational drive output to an engine camshaft. The sun gear (22) engages with the planet gears (24). The wrap spring (76) experiences expansion and contraction exertions to permit advancing and retarding engine valve opening and closing, and to prevent advancing and retarding engine valve opening and closing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Larry A. PRITCHARD, Thomas R. BENNER, Christopher J. PLUTA
  • Patent number: 10174836
    Abstract: A transfer case for a motor vehicle. An input is rotatable about an axis to receive torque, an output is rotatable about the axis to transmit torque, and a planetary gear set is rotatable about the axis and operatively coupled between the input and the output. A shift sleeve circumscribes and is axially slidably carried along the axis, and a shift sleeve lock is automatically engageable with the shift sleeve responsive to the transfer case exceeding a predetermined rotational speed, to prevent axial movement of the shift sleeve above that speed. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Earl David Ray
  • Patent number: 10174830
    Abstract: A product may include a pair of rotating elements. A coupling may be connected between the pair of rotating elements. An actuator may be connected to the coupling and may engage and disengage the pair of rotating elements from each other. A valve may be connected with the actuator and may effect a supply lubrication to the coupling when the pair of rotating elements are engaged through the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Branden L. Reeves, Denise A. Broick
  • Patent number: 10099553
    Abstract: A transfer case (26) for translating rotational torque from an engine (22) to first and second differentials (34, 36). A primary shaft (50) is supported in a housing (48) and has an input in communication with the engine (22) and an output in communication with the first differential (34). A secondary shaft (52) is disposed in communication with the second differential (36). A clutch (54) selectively translates torque between the shafts (50, 52) and moves between a first position (54A) wherein torque is translated to the secondary shaft (52), and a second position (54B) wherein torque is interrupted. An actuator (64) with a piston (68) movably supported in a cylinder (66) moves the clutch (54). A lock (70) moves between a locked configuration (70A) engaging the piston (68) to prevent the clutch (54) from moving, and an unlocked configuration (70B) releasing the piston (68) allowing the clutch (54) to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Publication number: 20180290533
    Abstract: A powertrain for a vehicle comprising includes an internal combustion engine and a transfer case. The transfer case includes a primary output shaft, an electric motor, and a planetary gear set. The primary output shaft receives engine torque from the internal combustion engine. The electric motor includes a rotor and a stator. The planetary gear set includes a sun gear rotatably fixed to the rotor, a ring gear, planet gears arranged radially between and engaging the sun gear and the ring gear, and a planet carrier coupled to the planet gears and rotatably fixed to the primary output shaft. The ring gear is selectively groundable for selectively transferring torque between the electric motor and the primary output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10094457
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product comprising an electrical machine operatively connected to a driveline module comprising a gear train having a fixed gear ratio, a first planetary gear set having multiple gear ratios operatively connected to the gear train, a second planetary gear set having a fixed gear ratio operatively connected to the first planetary gear set, and a synchronizer operatively connected to the first planetary gear set and which is positioned between the first and second planetary gear set; a differential operatively connected to the second planetary gear set; wherein the electrical machine selectively transmits power to the differential through the gear train, first planetary gear set, synchronizer, and second planetary gear set, and wherein the synchronizer is constructed and arranged to shift the driveline module into a high, low, and a neutral mode through placement of a ring gear of the first planetary gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Thaddeus R. Kopp, David E. Young
  • Patent number: 10066743
    Abstract: A transfer case (30) and a method of assembly in an all-wheel drive vehicle can include a range shifting assembly (60) for shifting between a low-range and high-range drive mode, a normally disengaged clutch assembly (80) for transferring drive torque to a first and second driveline, a clutch actuator (88), and an actuating gear (48). The clutch actuator (88) can be moveable between an expanded position and a contracted position and engageable with the clutch assembly (80) for engaging the clutch assembly (80) when in the expanded position. The actuating gear (48) can be reversibly rotatable through a predetermined angular arc of movement for operating the clutch actuator (88) between the contracted and expanded position for actuating the clutch assembly (80) and for shifting the range shifting assembly (60) between a low-range drive mode and a high-range mode when the clutch assembly (80) is in the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, David E. Young, Joseph Mastie, Donn Niffenegger, Christopher Kurmaniak
  • Patent number: 10066723
    Abstract: A motor vehicle powertrain (10, 210, 310) having a rear driveline module (RDM) (20) for driving a pair of rear wheels (14a, 14b) and a method of assembly can include a hydraulically actuatable rear axle coupling clutch (28) operable to transmit rotary power between an input pinion shaft (22, 222) and a rear differential case (30, 230) and a hydraulic actuating assembly (16). The powertrain (10, 210, 310) can include a hydraulically actuatable differential control clutch (34) mounted coaxial to the rear axle coupling clutch (28) and a power take-off unit (PTU) (36) having a hydraulically actuatable PTU coupling clutch (42). The differential control clutch (34) can provide for speed differentiation between the rear differential case (30, 230) and a half axle shaft (26a, 26b) drivingly connected to the pair of rear wheels (14a, 14b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWaner Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10054222
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain hydraulic system (10) includes a clutch (12), a piston (62) disposed in a cylinder (60) to drive a shift selector (14), a pump (82) in fluid communication with a fluid supply (86) to pressurize fluid, and first and second fluid pressure lines (91, 92) from the pump to first and second sides of the piston. A third fluid pressure line (93) may extend to the clutch from the cylinder in a location between the first and second sides of the piston, such that the piston also may be a valve to control fluid flow to the clutch. The pump may be reversible and coupled to an electric motor (80), and a centrifugal regulator (84) may be coupled to the motor and in fluid communication with the first and second pump pressure lines to regulate fluid pressure therein. A related operational method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner, Inc.
    Inventors: Donn W. Niffenegger, Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10023041
    Abstract: A drive unit includes a housing, a main shaft, an output shaft, an electric motor, a first planetary gear set, and a second planetary gear set. The main shaft is rotatably disposed in the housing, and with the housing cooperatively defines an axis of rotation. The output shaft is disposed at least in part in the housing and is rotatable about the axis. The electric motor is disposed in the housing and has a rotor centered on and rotatable about the axis. The first planetary gear set is centered on the axis and provides a first speed reduction ratio between the rotor and a second planetary gear set. The second planetary gear set provides a second speed reduction ratio between the first planetary gear set and the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Philip J. Francis
  • Publication number: 20180156326
    Abstract: A passive lubrication system, for a gear drive system of a drive system, for powering an electric vehicle, includes an oil network, an oil sump region, an oil paddle, and an oil diverter. The oil network is defined by and disposed within, at least, a fixed annular region of the gear drive system and a planetary gear system. The oil sump region is configured to provide oil for distribution about the oil network. The oil paddle is operatively coupled with the planetary gear system, configured to rotate with a component of the planetary gear system, and during rotation, configured to course oil, from the oil sump region. The oil diverter is positioned concentric with the oil paddle and radially outward of the oil paddle and configured to receive oil from an oil source, upon rotation of the oil paddle, and direct the received oil to the oil network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Philip J. Francis
  • Publication number: 20180076687
    Abstract: A drive system for powering the wheels of an electric vehicle is disclosed. The drive system includes an electric motor having a stator and a rotor, and one or more planetary gear sets operably connected to the electric motor and the wheels. The drive system includes one or more configurations that reduce packaging space, reduce the weight of the drive system, and/or provide cooling functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Larry A. PRITCHARD, Philip J. FRANCIS
  • Patent number: 9909626
    Abstract: A clutch assembly (10) and a method of assembly operable for transferring rotary power between a first shaft (12) and a second shaft (14) through a set of inner clutch plates (16) and a set of outer clutch plates (18) can include at least one of an outer plate separator (28) and an inner plate separator (30). The outer plate separator (28) can be biased radially inward toward the outer clutch plates (18) for axially separating each of the outer clutch plates (18) and moveable radially outward away from the outer clutch plates (18) by centrifugal force when the clutch assembly (10) is rotated above a predetermined rotational speed threshold. The inner plate separator (30) is biased radially outward for axially separating each of the inner clutch plates (16) and moveable radially inward away from the inner clutch plates (16) by axial movement of a hydraulically actuated wedge member (31) when the clutch assembly (10) is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 9868349
    Abstract: A product may comprise an electric machine, and may include first and second shafts connectable to the electric machine in torque a transferring relationship. A first clutch assembly may selectively connect the electric machine with the first shaft and a second clutch assembly may selectively connect the electric machine with the second shaft. A gear set may be operatively engageable between the electric machine and the first and second clutch assemblies. An engagement coupling may connect the gear set in a high range between the electric machine and the first and second clutch assemblies, and the engagement coupling may connect the gear set in a low range between electric machine and the first and second clutch assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry A. Pritchard, Thaddeus Kopp, Keith Feldt
  • Publication number: 20180010682
    Abstract: A transfer case comprises a primary output shaft, a secondary output shaft, a clutch, and a plurality of valves. The primary output shaft includes a hub rotationally coupled thereto. The clutch is selectively couples the primary output shaft to the secondary output shaft to transfer torque therebetween. The clutch includes a housing, interleaved plates, and an apply plate. The housing is rotationally coupled to the secondary output shaft. The interleaved plates alternate between a first subset of the interleaved plates rotationally coupled to the hub, and a second subset of the interleaved plates rotationally coupled to the housing. The apply plate compresses the interleaved plates for transferring torque between the hub and the housing. The valves selectively release oil supplied through the primary output shaft into the housing. Each valve includes a bore formed in the hub and a valve rod movable by the apply plate to open the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Pritchard, Christopher Sullivan