Patents by Inventor Noboru Takagi

Noboru Takagi 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: 20190383202
    Abstract: A cooling device includes an inner passage, an outer passage, an engine-driven pump, an electromagnetic control valve, and a driving circuit that regulates current flowing through the electromagnetic control valve by activating and deactivating a switching element. A cooling controller for the cooling device includes a processing circuit configured to execute an operation process for operating, when the engine-driven pump is driven, the switching element by setting a duty cycle of an activation time to a switching cycle, which is a reciprocal of a switching frequency of the switching element, to be a larger value when a temperature of the internal combustion engine is low than when the temperature is high and a cycle varying process for setting a longer switching cycle when the temperature of the internal combustion engine is less than a preset temperature than when the temperature is greater than or equal to the preset temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito KANEKO, Noboru TAKAGI, Naoto HISAMINATO, Mitsuru YAMAGUCHI, Hirokazu ANDO, Masaaki YAMAGUCHI, Takahiko AOYAGI, Hirotaka WATANABE
  • Patent number: 10508588
    Abstract: A cooling device includes: an air blast passage; a heater core that is disposed in the air blast passage; an air blast volume adjusting member that is opened and closed to adjust an air blast volume which flows in the heater core; a flow rate adjuster that adjusts a flow rate of the coolant which is introduced into the heater core; and a controller. The controller sets the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster to be less than a lower limit value of an adjustable range of the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster in a vehicle compartment air-conditioning state in which the air blast volume adjusting member allows an air blast to flow to the heater core when the air blast volume adjusting member fully closes the heater core side of the air blast passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito Kaneko, Noboru Takagi, Naoto Hisaminato, Mitsuru Yamaguchi, Hirokazu Andoh, Masaaki Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro Furuya
  • Patent number: 10287968
    Abstract: An engine cooling system includes a coolant circuit, a multi-way valve, a relief route and a relief valve. The coolant circuit includes a first route and a second route into which the coolant circuit is branched off at a branched position. The first route passes through a radiator. The multi-way valve is provided at the branched position. The relief route sets a relief source to a portion downstream of a pump and upstream of the multi-way valve in the coolant circuit, sets a relief destination to a portion downstream of the radiator in the first route, and causes coolant to flow from the relief source to the relief destination so as to bypass the multi-way valve. The relief valve interrupts circulation of coolant through the relief route when the relief valve is closed, and permits circulation of coolant through the relief route when the relief valve is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito Kaneko, Noboru Takagi, Isao Takagi, Naoya Kawamoto, Kenji Kimura, Shinji Yumi
  • Patent number: 10253678
    Abstract: An engine cooling apparatus includes a mechanical water pump having a suction hole and N discharge holes (N is an integer not less than two), N water jackets that are arranged in an engine and correspond to the N discharge holes, N joint passages, each of which joins one of the N discharge holes to the associated water jacket, a return passage that returns coolant to the suction hole after the coolant has passed through the N water jackets and has merged in a merging portion, a coolant stopping mechanism that blocks return flow of coolant through the return passage, and N communication passages each of which allows the corresponding one of the N joint passages to communicate with the suction hole while bypassing the N water jackets and the coolant stopping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito Kaneko, Noboru Takagi, Isao Takagi, Takashi Matsutani, Naoto Hisaminato, Mitsuru Yamaguchi, Hirokazu Ando
  • Publication number: 20190093546
    Abstract: A coolant circuit of an engine cooling apparatus includes a first passage where coolant flows through a radiator and a second passage where coolant flows without passing through the radiator. A coolant control valve controls a first passage flow rate Frad and a second passage flow rate Fsec. An outlet coolant temperature sensor detects an outlet coolant temperature Tout, which is a coolant temperature before a branching point of the first passage and the second passage. An inlet coolant temperature sensor detects an inlet coolant temperature Tin, which is a coolant temperature after a merging point of the first passage and the second passage. A coolant temperature estimator calculates a radiator coolant temperature Trad, which is a coolant temperature at a coolant exit of the radiator, when the first passage flow rate Frad is greater than or equal to a specified flow rate using equation (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru TAKAGI, Masaaki YAMAGUCHI, Rihito KANEKO, Hirokazu ANDO, Mitsuru YAMAGUCHI, Yoshihiro FURUYA
  • Publication number: 20190078496
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes a water jacket, a cooling water pump as a cooling liquid pump, and an adjusting valve. A control device for the internal combustion engine executes the water stoppage control of increasing the temperature of the engine body by limiting the discharge of the cooling liquid from the water jacket by the adjusting valve, and an automatic stop and automatic startup control of automatically stopping and automatically starting the internal combustion engine. The control device increases the fuel injection amount for automatically starting the internal combustion engine in a case where the water stoppage control is being executed when the internal combustion engine is automatically stopped as compared with a case where the water stoppage control is not being executed when the internal combustion engine is automatically stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro FURUYA, Rihito KANEKO, Noboru TAKAGI, Masaaki YAMAGUCHI, Hirokazu ANDO, Mitsuru YAMAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10227910
    Abstract: A cooling device for an engine includes a radiator route passing through a radiator, that are merged together after being branched on the downstream side from the inside of the engine in a coolant circuit configured to allow a coolant to flow from a pump through the inside of the engine and return to the pump. An at-stop control section provided in the cooling device controls a multiway valve that has three discharge ports, including a radiator port connected to the radiator route, so as to close the radiator port and open at least one of the other discharge ports when an ignition switch is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito Kaneko, Noboru Takagi, Isao Takagi, Hidetoshi Onoda
  • Patent number: 10196961
    Abstract: A device seating a valve body with the aid of an urging force of a spring by stopping the operation of a pump, changes over an energization state of a coil of at least one of the liquid shutoff valves which is changed over to the closed-valve state where the coil is energized, and then resumes the operation of the pump. Upon detecting the start of operation of the pump, a valve control unit causes a pump control unit to perform opening-closing force-feed control, where an amount of the cooling liquid force-fed by the pump is set to an amount within such a range that the valve body of the liquid shutoff valves whose coil is energized is not displaced in a valve-opening direction while the valve body of the liquid shutoff valves whose coil is not energized is displaced in the valve-opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru Takagi, Yasunobu Toyoda, Hirotaka Watanabe, Masazumi Yoshida, Ryusuke Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20190010857
    Abstract: A cooling system of an internal combustion engine includes an adjustment valve configured to adjust a flow rate of a cooling liquid discharged from a water jacket. A controller for the cooling system includes circuitry configured to execute flow-restriction control that controls the adjustment valve to restrict discharge of the cooling liquid from the water jacket, thereby increasing temperature of an engine body. The circuitry is configured to execute the flow-restriction control so that temperature of the cooling liquid in the water jacket at which the flow-restriction control is terminated is lower when an ambient pressure is low than when the ambient pressure is high.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito KANEKO, Noboru TAKAGI, Naoto HISAMINATO, Mitsuru YAMAGUCHI, Hirokazu ANDOH, Masaaki YAMAGUCHI, Yoshihiro FURUYA
  • Publication number: 20180347445
    Abstract: A cooling device includes: an air blast passage; a heater core that is disposed in the air blast passage; an air blast volume adjusting member that is opened and closed to adjust an air blast volume which flows in the heater core; a flow rate adjuster that adjusts a flow rate of the coolant which is introduced into the heater core; and a controller. The controller sets the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster to be less than a lower limit value of an adjustable range of the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster in a vehicle compartment air-conditioning state in which the air blast volume adjusting member allows an air blast to flow to the heater core when the air blast volume adjusting member fully closes the heater core side of the air blast passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito Kaneko, Noboru Takagi, Naoto Hisaminato, Mitsuru Yamaguchi, Hirokazu Andoh, Masaaki Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro Furuya
  • Patent number: 10024245
    Abstract: A control device for an internal combustion engine includes an ECU. The internal combustion engine includes an oil pump, a crankshaft, a camshaft, and a variable valve timing mechanism. The ECU is configured to: calculate a required engine torque, which is an engine torque requested by a driver, based on accelerator operation amount information; calculate a future target phase of the variable valve timing mechanism based on a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine and the required engine torque; calculate an anticipated deviation that is a difference between the future target phase and a current actual phase; and control a discharge amount of oil from the oil pump based on the anticipated deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru Takagi, Yoshinobu Uchiyama, Masaaki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9964018
    Abstract: When both a position sensor and a motor malfunction, an ECU limits the engine rotation speed to such a speed range that the pressure inside a circulation route remains at or below a predetermined value even when the opening degree of a control valve is a minimum opening degree. When the position sensor is malfunction but the motor is not malfunction, the ECU relaxes the limits on the engine rotation speed, compared with when both the position sensor and the motor are malfunction, by driving the motor to an end of a motion range thereof and increasing the opening degree of the control valve to an opening degree larger than the minimum opening degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito Kaneko, Noboru Takagi, Isao Takagi, Hidetoshi Onoda
  • Publication number: 20180066567
    Abstract: An ECU includes a motor control unit that controls energization to a motor, and a fixation determination unit that makes a determination on fixation of a valve body. The motor drives the valve body housed in a housing of a control valve. When the fixation determination unit has determined that the valve body is fixed, the motor control unit performs fixation-time control that energizes the motor so as to drive the valve body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito KANEKO, Noboru TAKAGI, Isao TAKAGI, Naoto HISAMINATO, Mitsuru YAMAGUCHI, Hirokazu ANDO, Hidetoshi ONODA, Hiroshi AKEYAMA
  • Patent number: 9885423
    Abstract: A control system includes a hydraulic pressure control valve and an electronic control unit. The hydraulic pressure control valve includes a spool configured to be moved inside a sleeve. The hydraulic pressure control valve is configured to control a hydraulic pressure by moving the spool between a first end and a second end of the sleeve. The hydraulic pressure control valve includes a stopper configured to transmit vibration to the sleeve. The electronic control unit is configured to control the spool to vibrate in the first end or the second end when foreign matter is stuck in the hydraulic pressure control valve, such that the spool or a member that moves the spool repeatedly hits the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru Takagi, Satoru Onozawa, Yoshinobu Uchiyama
  • Publication number: 20170350527
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes: a cylindrical spool that has an annular groove in an outer surface and moves along an axial direction under a driving force generated by a current being applied to a solenoid part; a cylindrical sleeve that has a through-hole capable of communicating with the annular groove and houses the spool; and an urging member that urges the spool by an urging force acting in a direction opposite from a direction in which the driving force is generated. When no current is applied to the solenoid part, a part of the through-hole communicates with the annular groove. When a current is applied to the solenoid part, an area of communication between the through-hole and the annular groove increases as the spool moves under the driving force acting against the urging force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicants: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke TOYAMA, Shinya Amano, Yoshikuni Sue, Hisashi Ono, Shingo Okazawa, Michitaka Yamamoto, Daisuke Okanishi, Noboru Takagi, Takayuki Hosogi
  • Patent number: 9835153
    Abstract: A variable displacement oil pump includes: a variable displacement mechanism that is able to change a discharge amount per rotation of an input shaft. The variable displacement mechanism includes a pump housing, an oil pressure chamber provided in the pump housing, and a capacity adjustment member displaced by oil pressure from the oil pressure chamber. The capacity adjustment member is configured to be operated when receiving control oil pressure that is supplied from a control valve to the oil pressure chamber. The pump housing has an oil release hole that is opened to face the oil pressure chamber and that penetrates a wall section of the pump housing to partially release oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noriyuki Tsuge, Noboru Takagi, Shinichiro Ito, Yuki Nishida, Hisashi Ono
  • Publication number: 20170218879
    Abstract: An engine cooling apparatus includes a mechanical water pump having a suction hole and N discharge holes (N is an integer not less than two), N water jackets that are arranged in an engine and correspond to the N discharge holes, N joint passages, each of which joins one of the N discharge holes to the associated water jacket, a return passage that returns coolant to the suction hole after the coolant has passed through the N water jackets and has merged in a merging portion, a coolant stopping mechanism that blocks return flow of coolant through the return passage, and N communication passages each of which allows the corresponding one of the N joint passages to communicate with the suction hole while bypassing the N water jackets and the coolant stopping mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito KANEKO, Noboru TAKAGI, Isao TAKAGI, Takashi MATSUTANI, Naoto HISAMINATO, Mitsuru YAMAGUCHI, Hirokazu ANDO
  • Publication number: 20170138275
    Abstract: A control device for an internal combustion engine includes an ECU. The internal combustion engine includes an oil pump, a crankshaft, a camshaft, and a variable valve timing mechanism. The ECU is configured to: calculate a required engine torque, which is an engine torque requested by a driver, based on accelerator operation amount information; calculate a future target phase of the variable valve timing mechanism based on a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine and the required engine torque; calculate an anticipated deviation that is a difference between the future target phase and a current actual phase; and control a discharge amount of oil from the oil pump based on the anticipated deviation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru TAKAGI, Yoshinobu UCHIYAMA, Masaaki KANEKO
  • Publication number: 20170096929
    Abstract: When both a position sensor and a motor malfunction, an ECU limits the engine rotation speed to such a speed range that the pressure inside a circulation route remains at or below a predetermined value even when the opening degree of a control valve is a minimum opening degree. When the position sensor is malfunction but the motor is not malfunction, the ECU relaxes the limits on the engine rotation speed, compared with when both the position sensor and the motor are malfunction, by driving the motor to an end of a motion range thereof and increasing the opening degree of the control valve to an opening degree larger than the minimum opening degree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito KANEKO, Noboru Takagi, Isao Takagi, Hidetoshi Onoda
  • Publication number: 20170074154
    Abstract: An engine cooling system includes a coolant circuit, a multi-way valve, a relief route and a relief valve. The coolant circuit includes a first route and a second route into which the coolant circuit is branched off at a branched position. The first route passes through a radiator. The multi-way valve is provided at the branched position. The relief route sets a relief source to a portion downstream of a pump and upstream of the multi-way valve in the coolant circuit, sets a relief destination to a portion downstream of the radiator in the first route, and causes coolant to flow from the relief source to the relief destination so as to bypass the multi-way valve. The relief valve interrupts circulation of coolant through the relief route when the relief valve is closed, and permits circulation of coolant through the relief route when the relief valve is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rihito KANEKO, Noboru TAKAGI, lsao TAKAGI, Naoya KAWAMOTO, Kenji KIMURA, Shinji YUMI