Patents by Inventor Lixin Peng

Lixin Peng 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: 20050284428
    Abstract: A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly includes a pair of inner pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with a push rod connected between the inner pistons. The push rod extends through an inner pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. An outer piston assembly includes a pair of outer pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with at least one pull rod connected between the outer pistons. The pull rod extends through an outer pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. The movement of the inner and outer piston assemblies during engine operation will cause the fluid plungers to pump fluid from a low pressure container into a high pressure chamber as a means of storing the energy output from the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Publication date: December 29, 2005
    Inventors: Adrain Tusinean, Lixin Peng, Ing. Hofbauer
  • Patent number: 6973898
    Abstract: A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly includes a pair of inner pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with a push rod connected between the inner pistons. The push rod extends through an inner pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. An outer piston assembly includes a pair of outer pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with at least one pull rod connected between the outer pistons. The pull rod extends through an outer pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. Piston stoppers are provided to prevent over-travel of the piston assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adrain Tusinean, Lixin Peng, Peter Hofbauer
  • Patent number: 6971340
    Abstract: A method for starting an engine uses an actuator, such as a hydraulic or pneumatic pump-motor or an electric linear alternator-starter to move the pistons to a position where the inlet ports are opened. This ensures that air is present in the cylinder in a space where fuel will be admitted and combustion will occur. This strategy compresses, with a minimum actuator capacity, such air to a state that the pressure and temperature satisfy the ignition requirements. The air stores kinetic energy of the moving pistons that partially form the air spring force of the opposite cylinder and partially from the actuator. Accumulation, cycle by cycle, of this stored energy accelerates the piston motion, increases the piston displacement, and increases the compression ratio. The cylinder pressure and temperature increas cycle by cycle until the fuel ignition conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lixin Peng, Jing Ping Liu, Wang Yanmin
  • Publication number: 20050257758
    Abstract: A method for starting an engine uses an actuator, such as a hydraulic or pneumatic pump-motor or an electric linear alternator-starter to move the pistons to a position where the inlet ports are opened. This ensures that air is present in the cylinder in a space where fuel will be admitted and combustion will occur. This strategy compresses, with a minimum actuator capacity, such air to a state that the pressure and temperature satisfy the ignition requirements. The air stores kinetic energy of the moving pistons that partially form the air spring force of the opposite cylinder and partially from the actuator. Accumulation, cycle by cycle, of this stored energy accelerates the piston motion, increases the piston displacement, and increases the compression ratio. The cylinder pressure and temperature increas cycle by cycle until the fuel ignition conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Publication date: November 24, 2005
    Inventors: Lixin Peng, Jing Liu, Wang Yanmin
  • Patent number: 6959672
    Abstract: A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly includes a pair of inner pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with a push rod connected between the inner pistons. The push rod extends through an inner pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. An outer piston assembly includes a pair of outer pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with at least one pull rod connected between the outer pistons. The pull rod extends through an outer pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. The movement of the inner and outer piston assemblies during engine operation will cause the fluid plungers to pump fluid from a low pressure container into a high pressure chamber as a means of storing the energy output from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lixin Peng, Peter Hofbauer, Jialin Yang
  • Patent number: 6957632
    Abstract: A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly includes a pair of inner pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with a push rod connected between the inner pistons. The push rod extends through an inner pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. An outer piston assembly includes a pair of pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with at least one pull rod connected between the outer pistons. The pull rod extends through an outer pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. Each outer piston cooperates with an integrated scavenge pump in order to compress the charge air, thus significantly increasing the air charge density into the engine cylinders for each stroke of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cliff Carlson, Lixin Peng
  • Patent number: 6941904
    Abstract: A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly includes a pair of inner pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with a push rod connected between the inner pistons. An outer piston assembly includes a pair of pistons, one each operatively located, in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with at least one pull rod connected between the outer pistons. The pull rod extends through an outer pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. Each outer piston cooperates with an integrated scavenge pump in order to compress the charge air, thus significantly increasing the air charge density into the engine cylinders for each stroke of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ing. Peter Hofbauer, Lixin Peng, Adrain Tusinean, Kevin Fuqua
  • Patent number: 6925971
    Abstract: A free piston engine is configured with a pair of opposed engine cylinders located on opposite sides of a fluid pumping assembly. An inner piston assembly includes a pair of inner pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with a push rod connected between the inner pistons. The push rod extends through an inner pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. An outer piston assembly includes a pair of outer pistons, one each operatively located in a respective one of the engine cylinders, with at least one pull rod connected between the outer pistons. The pull rod extends through an outer pumping chamber in the fluid pumping assembly and forms a fluid plunger within this chamber. The movement of the inner and outer piston assemblies during engine operation will cause the fluid plungers to pump fluid from a low pressure container into a high pressure chamber as a means of storing the energy output from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lixin Peng, Cliff Carlson
  • Patent number: 6651431
    Abstract: An inlet air compressor for an internal combustion engine is provided which has one inlet and a plurality of outlets. Within the compressor are disposed a plurality of diffusers coupled to the plurality of outlets. The flow is divided among the plurality of outlets so that at conditions of low overall flow rate through the engine, which would, in a compressor according to the prior art, ordinarily surge, allow the flow to be substantially discontinued through one or more diffusers and continue at through the remaining diffusers. In this way, the diffusers with flow operate within an acceptable operating range and avoid a surging condition. The present invention is directed to engines having a wide range of flow rates. A couple of examples are gasoline engines and variable displacement engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jialin Yang, Peter Hofbauer, Lixin Peng
  • Patent number: 5720251
    Abstract: A rotary engine having an outer rotor on outer rotor bearings and an inner rotor within the outer rotor mounted on inner rotor bearings, the outer rotor axis being offset relative to the inner rotor axis, a housing enclosing the inner and outer rotors, generally radial arms formed on the inner rotor, and recesses defined between them, inwardly projecting lobes defined by the outer rotor, spaced apart, and defining outer rotor chambers, the inner rotor arms extending into the outer rotor chambers, at least around a portion of the rotational path of the rotors, a fresh air intake port for inducting fresh air into the outer rotor chambers in sequence at a predetermined point in the rotational path of the outer rotor, a fuel/air intake port for inducting burning fuel/air into the outer rotor chambers in sequence at a second predetermined point, and an exhaust port for exhausting gases from the outer rotor chambers in sequence at a third predetermined point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventors: George F. Round, Viljo K. Valavaara, Lixin Peng
  • Patent number: 5658138
    Abstract: A rotary pump (10) of the type having inner and outer rotary components (32, 30) which rotate in the same direction at the same speed, the inner rotary component (32) being located within the outer rotary component (30), and in which the outer rotary component (30) has an annular wall (44), abutments (46) and recesses (50) between the abutments (46), and contact bodies (48) formed on the abutments (46) and being shaped as a major segment of an ellipse; and in which the inner rotary component (32) has an inner body (60) with abutments (64) located within respective outer recesses (50), and receiving the outer wall abutments (46) and contact bodies (48), the outer component (30) having a rotary axis, located along its central axis, a drive shaft (36) connected to the inner body (32) and located along its central axis, the outer and inner axes being parallel to and spaced from one another so that the inner component (32) is located offset from the center of the outer component (30), the inner body recess surface
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventors: George F. Round, Viljo K. Valavaara, Lixin Peng