Patents by Inventor Massimo Lupo

Massimo Lupo 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: 8571767
    Abstract: The method comprises the steps of: storing a curve or characteristic of torque transmitted by the friction clutch as a function of the position of the clutch, calculating a desired value of the torque to be transmitted by means of the clutch, and modifying the position of the clutch so as to bring it to the position to which the desired transmitted torque value corresponds according to the stored curve or characteristic, upon the occurrence of predetermined operative conditions, estimating the value of the torque transmitted by the clutch, by means of an algorithm, as a function of the detected instantaneous values of the torque delivered and of the angular velocity of the shaft of the engine, and detecting the corresponding instantaneous position or estimate position of the clutch, and then modifying the previously stored curve or characteristic in accordance with predetermined procedures in dependence on the difference between the estimated value of the torque transmitted and that value of the torque tra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: CRF Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Attilio Porta, Emanuel Corigliano, Giancarlo Osella, Dario Del Pin, Marco Montu', Massimo Lupo
  • Publication number: 20100138121
    Abstract: The method comprises the steps of: storing a curve or characteristic of torque transmitted by the friction clutch as a function of the position of the clutch, calculating a desired value of the torque to be transmitted by means of the clutch, and modifying the position of the clutch so as to bring it to the position to which the desired transmitted torque value corresponds according to the stored curve or characteristic, upon the occurrence of predetermined operative conditions, estimating the value of the torque transmitted by the clutch, by means of an algorithm, as a function of the detected instantaneous values of the torque delivered and of the angular velocity of the shaft of the engine, and detecting the corresponding instantaneous position or estimate position of the clutch, and then modifying the previously stored curve or characteristic in accordance with predetermined procedures in dependence on the difference between the estimated value of the torque transmitted and that value of the torque tra
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: C.R.F. SOCIETA' CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Attilio Porta, Emanuel Corigliano, Giancarlo Osella, Dario Del Pin, Marco Montu', Massimo Lupo
  • Patent number: 7702445
    Abstract: What is described is a control system for controlling the driving-away maneuver in a motor vehicle provided with a gearbox comprising a primary input shaft which can be coupled to a drive shaft of a propulsion system of the vehicle by means of a servo-assisted friction clutch, wherein a control unit receives at its input signals indicating a command imparted by the driver of the motor vehicle by operating the accelerator pedal, and generates—on the basis of a mathematical reference model—reference torque request signals indicating the reference torques requested from the drive shaft and from the friction clutch during the driving-away manoeuvre, and also generates—by comparison between signals indicating the estimated angular velocities of the drive shaft and of the primary gear shaft, and detected signals indicating the actual angular velocities of the drive shaft and of the primary gear shaft—corresponding corrective contributions, in such a way as to construct command signals for controlling torque actuato
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Renato Gianoglio, Claudia Supparo, legal representative, Dario Del Pin, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo, Attilio Porta, Pandeli Borodani
  • Patent number: 7373233
    Abstract: What is described is a control system for controlling the coupling between a driveshaft of a motor vehicle propulsion system and a primary input shaft of a gearbox by means of a servo-assisted friction clutch. A control unit receives at its input signals indicating a command imparted by the driver of the motor vehicle by operating the accelerator pedal in a driving-away or gear-changing manoeuvre, and generates—on the basis of a mathematical reference model—reference torque request signals indicating the reference torques requested from the driveshaft and from the friction clutch, the said request signals or data varying in time in such a way as to cause synchronization between the angular velocities of the driveshaft and of the primary gear shaft to be reached at the same moment as the difference between the angular accelerations of the said shafts becomes zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società{grave over ( )} Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Renato Gianoglio, Claudia Supparo, legal representative, Dario Del Pin, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo, Attilio Porta, Pandeli Borodani
  • Publication number: 20060287794
    Abstract: What is described is a control system for controlling the driving-away manoeuvre in a motor vehicle provided with a gearbox comprising a primary input shaft which can be coupled to a drive shaft of a propulsion system of the vehicle by means of a servo-assisted friction clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Renato Gianoglio, Claudia Supparo, Dario Pin, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo, Attilio Porta, Pandeli Borodani
  • Publication number: 20060287793
    Abstract: What is described is a control system for controlling the coupling between a driveshaft of a motor vehicle propulsion system and a primary input shaft of a gearbox by means of a servo-assisted friction clutch. A control unit receives at its input signals indicating a command imparted by the driver of the motor vehicle by operating the accelerator pedal in a driving-away or gear-changing manoeuvre, and generates—on the basis of a mathematical reference model—reference torque request signals indicating the reference torques requested from the driveshaft and from the friction clutch, the said request signals or data varying in time in such a way as to cause synchronization between the angular velocities of the driveshaft and of the primary gear shaft to be reached at the same moment as the difference between the angular accelerations of the said shafts becomes zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Renato Gianoglio, Dario Del Pin, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo, Attilio Porta, Pandeli Borodani, Claudia Supparo
  • Patent number: 6684145
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine (E) has associated control devices (ECU, GSCU, SCU) for controlling the engine in a manner such that the engine delivers a driving torque (CM) which is variable in dependence on predetermined measured parameters, in particular on the position (&agr;) of the accelerator pedal (AP), and sensors (S1, S2) for detecting the position (&agr;) of the accelerator pedal (AP), and the rate of rotation (&ohgr;M) of the shaft (M) of the engine (E) or the forward speed (v) of the motor vehicle, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Renato Gianoglio, Attilio Porta, Massimo Lupo, Stefano Re Fiorentin, Giovanni Ellena
  • Patent number: 6524219
    Abstract: A first clutch and a second clutch, which are operable selectively, control the coupling of the rotor of a reversible electrical machine with the transmission and with the internal combustion engine, respectively. A control system is provided for implementing a stop-start function in which, in a stop stage, the internal combustion engine is disconnected from the electrical machine and from the transmission and is switched off, in first predetermined operating conditions of the vehicle and then, as a result of the occurrence of second operating conditions, such as a command imparted by the driver, in a subsequent start stage, is automatically restarted by means of the electrical machine operating as a motor, and is then reconnected to the transmission. The system is characterized especially by particular methods of controlling the clutches and the electrical machine during the start stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Domenico Mesiti, Giancarlo Osella, Attilio Porta, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo
  • Patent number: 6389346
    Abstract: A system for controlling a servo-controlled gearbox (C), configured so as to use gear-shifting strategies similar to those used by a human driver so as to improve the driving sensation experienced by the driver. The control system uses a plurality of sensors (SENS) disposed in the vehicle for detecting the various operative conditions and a system of rules (a rule-based system) for implementing the strategies provided for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: C.R.F. S.C.P.A.
    Inventors: Renato Gianoglio, Pandeli Borodani, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo, Attilio Porta
  • Publication number: 20020019290
    Abstract: A first clutch and a second clutch, which are operable selectively, control the coupling of the rotor of a reversible electrical machine with the transmission and with the internal combustion engine, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Applicant: C.R.F. SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Domenico Mesiti, Giancarlo Osella, Attilio Porta, Giovanni Ellena, Massimo Fossanetti, Massimo Lupo
  • Patent number: 6253139
    Abstract: The system includes a memory in which curves are stored which define the conditions for each gear change, corresponding to at least two reference styles of driving, sensors for operating parameters of the motor vehicle, and second processing devices set up to estimate the value of a first index which identifies the kind of driving of the motor vehicle and, respectively, the value of a second index which defines the manner or style of driving of the driver, and a processing and control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Corsortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Pandeli Borodani, Massimo Lupo, Renato Gianoglio, Fulvio Giuliano