Patents by Inventor Masayoshi Kotaki

Masayoshi Kotaki 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: 10511066
    Abstract: A battery pack cooling system includes a plurality of cells disposed in an internal space of a battery pack case so as to form a cooling passage configured to cool the cell modules by cooling air flowing in the cooling passage. The cooling passage includes a cooling air inlet passage, a cooling air exhaust passage, and a plurality of cooling branch passages disposed to connect the cooling air inlet passage and the cooling air exhaust passage in parallel. A minimum temperature sensor is disposed in the upstream position to measure a lowest temperature region in a first cell module. A maximum temperature sensor is disposed in the downstream position which becomes a highest temperature region in the first cell module. Another temperature sensor is disposed in a second cell module to measure the temperature of either the highest temperature or the lowest temperature in the second cell module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toyoki Iguchi, Hiroaki Hashimoto, Masayoshi Saeki, Hiroaki Saitou, Shigeyuki Kiyota, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Hiroshi Iwata, Hiroshi Hoshi, Akira Kotaki, Nayuta Yamachi, Toshiyuki Yoshida, Chikara Kikkawa, Takeshi Haga
  • Publication number: 20190173135
    Abstract: A battery pack cooling system includes a plurality of cells disposed in an internal space of a battery pack case so as to form a cooling passage configured to cool the cell modules by cooling air flowing in the cooling passage. The cooling passage includes a cooling air inlet passage, a cooling air exhaust passage, and a plurality of cooling branch passages disposed to connect the cooling air inlet passage and the cooling air exhaust passage in parallel. A minimum temperature sensor is disposed in the upstream position to measure a lowest temperature region in a first cell module. A maximum temperature sensor is disposed in the downstream position which becomes a highest temperature region in the first cell module. Another temperature sensor is disposed in a second cell module to measure the temperature of either the highest temperature or the lowest temperature in the second cell module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Toyoki IGUCHI, Hiroaki HASHIMOTO, Masayoshi SAEKI, Hiroaki SAITOU, Shigeyuki KIYOTA, Yoshiyuki TANAKA, Hiroshi IWATA, Hiroshi HOSHI, Akira KOTAKI, Nayuta YAMACHI, Toshiyuki YOSHIDA, Chikara KIKKAWA, Takeshi HAGA
  • Patent number: 7744353
    Abstract: A fluid pump has a cylinder supporting a plunger and a pump housing formed with dissimilar metals. A pressing mechanism presses the cylinder and the pump housing relative to each other so that a pressurizing chamber is sealed through a pressing surface between the pump housing and the cylinder. The number of seal points can be reduce, and a reduction in reliability can be eliminated while realizing a reduction in weight of the pump housing and a reduction in cost due to increase in cutting capability, by using a soft material such as an aluminum alloy for the pump housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamada, Atsuji Saito, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura, Masami Abe
  • Patent number: 7665976
    Abstract: A high pressure fuel pump for an internal combustion engine having a cylinder, a plunger slidably fitted in the cylinder and a seal mechanism for blocking fuel leakage from an end of a sliding portion between the cylinder and the plunger and also for preventing an lubricant for a driving mechanism of the plunger from entering into the cylinder from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger. A holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger is provided. The seal mechanism comprises two mutually independent seal devices mounted with a specific spacing in a longitudinal direction from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger along a circumference of the plunger. The two seal devices are held on the circumference of the plunger by the holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger while keeping the specific spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Usui, Hiroyuki Yamada, Toru Onose, Atsuji Saito, Masami Abe, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Patent number: 7152583
    Abstract: A simple structured high-pressure fuel pump. A fuel pump comprises a reciprocably-supported cylinder, a pressurizing chamber using part of the outer surface of the cylinder as the wall surface which move to change the internal volume, a fuel intake passage forming a fuel passage which introduces fuel to the pressurizing chamber, a fuel discharge passage for the compressed fuel coming out from the pressurizing chamber. A fuel intake valve is provided in fuel intake passage. A fuel discharge valve is provided in said fuel discharge passage. A connecting passage connects upstream side of the intake valve in the fuel intake passage and the downstream side of it. A check valve which flows fuel from the fuel discharge flow passage to the fuel intake passage is provided in the connecting passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Abe, Hiroyuki Yamada, Toru Onose, Atsuji Saito, Satoshi Usui, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Publication number: 20060228239
    Abstract: A high pressure fuel pump for an internal combustion engine having a cylinder, a plunger slidably fitted in the cylinder and a seal mechanism for blocking fuel leakage from an end of a sliding portion between the cylinder and the plunger and also for preventing an lubricant for a driving mechanism of the plunger from entering into the cylinder from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger. A holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger is provided. The seal mechanism comprises two mutually independent seal devices mounted with a specific spacing in a longitudinal direction from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger along a circumference of the plunger. The two seal devices are held on the circumference of the plunger by the holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger while keeping the specific spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Publication date: October 12, 2006
    Applicants: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Usui, Hiroyuki Yamada, Toru Onose, Atsuji Saito, Masami Abe, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Publication number: 20050178441
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fuel pump for an inter-cylinder direct fuel injection apparatus, in which occurrence of corrosion and attrition caused by cavitation or erosion can be suppressed, their resistance against the environment can be improved, and an excellent lifetime can be achieved in the case of the use of an aluminum material even if the temperature reaches as high as 100° C. or higher and the pressure reaches as high as 7 to 12 MPa. In the fuel pump for an inter-cylinder direct fuel injection apparatus, made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy, a coating film plated with Ni—P or a Ni—P based material is formed by electroless plating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Shizuka Yamaguchi, Noboru Baba, Masaya Takahasi, Katsuyoshi Terakado, Arata Kagiyama, Masayoshi Kotaki, Shogo Sawada, Kazuo Ojima, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hideki Machimura, Yukio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6895992
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fuel pump for an inter-cylinder direct fuel injection apparatus, in which occurrence of corrosion and attrition caused by cavitation or erosion can be suppressed, their resistance against the environment can be improved, and an excellent lifetime can be achieved in the case of the use of an aluminum material even if the temperature reaches as high as 100° C. or higher and the pressure reaches as high as 7 to 12 MPa. In the fuel pump for an inter-cylinder direct fuel injection apparatus, made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy, a coating film plated with Ni—P or a Ni—P based material is formed by electroless plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuka Yamaguchi, Noboru Baba, Masaya Takahashi, Katsuyoshi Terakado, Arata Kagiyama, Masayoshi Kotaki, Shogo Sawada, Kazuo Ojima, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hideki Machimura, Yukio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6860255
    Abstract: A fuel pump, of which sliding mechanism parts in its fuel chamber have good wear resistance under a severe environment, and a direct fuel injection engine using the fuel pump are provided. In a fuel pump for pressurizing and delivering fuel to a fuel injector of a vehicle engine, at least one of sliding surfaces of a slant plate, a slipper and a plunger sliding in a lubricating oil and at least one of sliding surfaces of sliding members of a plunger and a cylinder contacting with and sliding on each other through the fuel are formed of a hardened layer composed of any one of a nitrided layer, a carburization quenched layer and a carbonitrided layer, or coated with a high corrosion resistant and hard metal compound layer over the hardened layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuka Yamaguchi, Noboru Baba, Toshiaki Nagayama, Katsuyoshi Terakado, Arata Kagiyama, Hideki Machimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Yukio Takahashi, Masayoshi Kotaki, Kazuo Ojima
  • Patent number: 6783130
    Abstract: A seal mechanism with improved pressure tightness is provided to eliminate a return piping to a fuel tank used for reducing pressure applied to the seal mechanism in a high pressure fuel pump. The seal mechanism includes a stress reduction mechanism for reducing the stress generated at the junction between its retaining member and flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Hashida, Hideki Machimura, Hideaki Yamauchi, Masayoshi Kotaki, Takefumi Yamamura
  • Publication number: 20040096346
    Abstract: A high pressure fuel pump for an internal combustion engine having a cylinder, a plunger slidably fitted in the cylinder and a seal mechanism for blocking fuel leakage from an end of a sliding portion between the cylinder and the plunger and also for preventing an lubricant for a driving mechanism of the plunger from entering into the cylinder from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger. A holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger is provided. The seal mechanism comprises two mutually independent seal devices mounted with a specific spacing in a longitudinal direction from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger along a circumference of the plunger. The two seal devices are held on the circumference of the plunger by the holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger while keeping the specific spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Satoshi Usui, Hiroyuki Yamada, Toru Onose, Atsuji Saito, Masami Abe, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Publication number: 20040052652
    Abstract: A fluid pump, wherein a cylinder supporting a plunger and a pump housing are formed with dissimilar metals and a pressing mechanism to press the cylinder and the pump housing relatively to each other is provided so that a pressurizing chamber is sealed through a pressing surface between the pump housing and the cylinder, whereby the number of seal points can be reduced and a reduction in reliability can be eliminated while realizing a reduction in weight of the pump housing and a reduction in cost due to increase in cutting capability using a soft member such as aluminum alloy for the pump housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamada, Atsuji Saito, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura, Masami Abe
  • Publication number: 20040003713
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fuel pump for an inter-cylinder direct fuel injection apparatus, in which occurrence of corrosion and attrition caused by cavitation or erosion can be suppressed, their resistance against the environment can be improved, and an excellent lifetime can be achieved in the case of the use of an aluminum material even if the temperature reaches as high as 100° C. or higher and the pressure reaches as high as 7 to 12 MPa. In the fuel pump for an inter-cylinder direct fuel injection apparatus, made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy, a coating film plated with Ni—P or a Ni—P based material is formed by electroless plating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuka Yamaguchi, Noboru Baba, Masaya Takahahsi, Katsuyoshi Terakado, Arata Kagiyama, Masayoshi Kotaki, Shogo Sawada, Kazuo Ojima, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hideki Machimura, Yukio Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20030219346
    Abstract: A simple structured high-pressure fuel pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicants: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Abe, Hiroyuki Yamada, Toru Onose, Atsuji Saito, Satoshi Usui, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Publication number: 20030089343
    Abstract: A fuel pump, of which sliding mechanism parts in its fuel chamber have good wear resistance under a severe environment, and a direct fuel injection engine using the fuel pump are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuka Yamaguchi, Noboru Baba, Toshiaki Nagayama, Katsuyoshi Terakado, Arata Kagiyama, Hideki Machimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Yukio Takahashi, Masayoshi Kotaki, Kazuo Ojima
  • Patent number: 6543424
    Abstract: In a fuel pump pressurizing fuel and supplying the fuel to a fuel injection valve of a vehicle engine, a hardened layer of at least one selected from a nitride layer, a carburated and quenched layer and a carbonitrided layer, and a metal compound layer, on a surface of the hardened layer, higher in corrosion resistance than the hardened layer are formed on one of slide surfaces contacting each other and sliding in fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuka Yamaguchi, Noboru Baba, Katsuyoshi Terakado, Arata Kagiyama, Hideki Machimura, Yukio Takahashi, Yoshinobu Ono, Kazuo Ojima, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroyuki Yamada, Atsuji Saito
  • Publication number: 20030017069
    Abstract: A high pressure fuel pump for an internal combustion engine having a cylinder, a plunger slidably fitted in the cylinder and a seal mechanism for blocking fuel leakage from an end of a sliding portion between the cylinder and the plunger and also for preventing an lubricant for a driving mechanism of the plunger from entering into the cylinder from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger. A holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger is provided. The seal mechanism comprises two mutually independent seal devices mounted with a specific spacing in a longitudinal direction from the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger along a circumference of the plunger. The two seal devices are held on the circumference of the plunger by the holder surrounding the end of the sliding portion of the cylinder and the plunger while keeping the specific spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Usui, Hiroyuki Yamada, Toru Onose, Atsuji Saito, Masami Abe, Masayoshi Kotaki, Hiroshi Odakura
  • Publication number: 20030006564
    Abstract: A seal mechanism with improved pressure tightness is provided to eliminate a return piping to a fuel tank used for reducing pressure applied to the seal mechanism in a high pressure fuel pump. The seal mechanism includes a stress reduction mechanism for reducing the stress generated at the junction between its retaining member and flexible member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Minoru Hashida, Hideki Machimura, Hideaki Yamauchi, Masayoshi Kotaki, Takefumi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 6488478
    Abstract: An axial plunger pump which does not need bellows by restricting fuel to a cylinder bore configuring a pump portion and by lubricating the other portion with oil. The high pressure fuel pump includes a plunger reciprocating according to a shaking movement of a swash plate, a cylinder block forming a pump chamber together with the plunger, and a sealing member provided between the plunger and a cylinder bore for sealing oil leaked from the pump chamber to a chamber surrounding the pump chamber, wherein oil in the oil chamber is supplied from the outside of the high pressure fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Ono, Yukio Takahashi, Hideki Machimura, Minoru Hashida, Masayoshi Kotaki, Takefumi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 6471491
    Abstract: The present invention provides an axial plunger pump which does not need bellows by restricting fuel to a cylinder bore configuring a pump portion and by lubricating the other portion with oil. The high pressure fuel pump comprises a plunger reciprocating according to a shaking movement of a swash plate, a cylinder block forming a pump chamber together with the plunger, and a sealing member provided between the plunger and a cylinder bore for sealing oil leaked from the pump chamber to a chamber surrounding the pump chamber, wherein oil in the oil chamber is supplied from the outside of the high pressure fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Ono, Yukio Takahashi, Hideki Machimura, Minoru Hashida, Masayoshi Kotaki, Takefumi Yamamura