Patents by Inventor Patrick Durham

Patrick Durham 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: 20220063384
    Abstract: A vehicle removable roof system including a roof support structure removably attachable to a vehicle, the roof support structure including a plurality of vertically oriented supports and at least one horizontally oriented support. The at least one removable panel configured to engage with the roof support structure. The vehicle removable roof system formed of a light weight sandwich composite structure that affords a high gloss surface without resort to additional processing after production with improved moisture resistance and edges suitable for sealing the removable roof assembly to other vehicle components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Structural Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Durham, Yuhei Konagai, Yagi Yutaka, Matthew Plauman, Evan Freeman-Gibb, Hugh Foran
  • Publication number: 20220024183
    Abstract: A composite sandwich panel assembly including an open area core, a high gloss surface sheet, and a structural skin. The open are core defines a plurality of pores and has a first face and an opposing second face. The high gloss surface sheet is adhered to the first face of the open area core by a first adhesive layer. The high gloss surface sheet has a high gloss surface. The structural skin is adhered to the second face of the open area core by a second adhesive layer. A process for forming the composite sandwich panel assembly includes positioning the high gloss surface sheet, joining the first face of the open area core to the high gloss surface sheet with a first adhesive layer intermediate therebetween, and joining the structural skin to the second face of the open area core with a second adhesive layer intermediate therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL STRUCTURAL PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Durham, Yuhei Konagai, Yutaka Yagi, Matthew Plauman, Evan Freeman-Gibb, Hugh Foran
  • Publication number: 20220006151
    Abstract: A high strength frame of a sealable containment system is provided for containing and protecting energy cells or batteries. The protection provided by the high strength frame provides impalement resistance, impact resistance, fire resistance, and fluid penetration prevention. The frame includes a shock structure/energy absorber to protect the battery from forces during potential impacts with other vehicles or objects. The frame of a battery containment system is further designed to resist impalements in order to protect the batteries. Furthermore, because vehicle batteries are prone to extreme fire in the event of an impact or impalement, the containment system provides a sealed battery environment to keep fluid and moisture out during normal operation and to limit oxygen in the event of a battery fire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Structure Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Foran, Patrick Durham, Masatomo Teshima
  • Publication number: 20220006150
    Abstract: A battery containment system is provided that includes a unitary battery tray having a bottom and walls that from the bottom of said tray and defining a cavity within the tray. A cover is includes having a cover body portion and a first flange extending from the cover body portion, the cover body portion configured to overlie the cavity within the tray and the walls of the tray, the first flange of said cover configured to extend beyond the walls of the tray. A shield having a shield body portion and a second flange extending from the shield body portion, the shield body portion is configured to underlie the bottom of the tray, the second flange of the shield is configured to extend beyond the bottom of the tray and configured to engage the first flange of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Continental Structure Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Foran, Patrick Durham, Masatomo Teshima
  • Patent number: 10502299
    Abstract: A turbine wheel for a hydrokinetic torque converter. The turbine wheel is rotatable about a rotational axis and comprises an annular turbine shell member coaxial with the rotational axis and made of metallic material, and a plurality of turbine blades. The turbine shell member has an axially inner peripheral surface and an axially outer peripheral surface axially opposite to the axially inner peripheral surface. The turbine blades extend from the axially inner peripheral surface of the turbine shell member. The turbine blades are made of polymeric material as a single-piece component and are directly non-moveably secured to the turbine shell member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Kapec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Patrick Durham
  • Publication number: 20190301580
    Abstract: A turbine wheel for a hydrokinetic torque converter. The turbine wheel is rotatable about a rotational axis and comprises an annular turbine shell member coaxial with the rotational axis and made of metallic material, and a plurality of turbine blades. The turbine shell member has an axially inner peripheral surface and an axially outer peripheral surface axially opposite to the axially inner peripheral surface. The turbine blades extend from the axially inner peripheral surface of the turbine shell member. The turbine blades are made of polymeric material as a single-piece component and are directly non-moveably secured to the turbine shell member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick DURHAM
  • Publication number: 20190301579
    Abstract: An impeller assembly for a hydrokinetic torque converter. The impeller assembly is rotatable about a rotational axis and comprises an annular impeller wheel coaxial with the rotational axis, and an annular impeller hub made of metallic material and non-rotatably coupled to the impeller wheel. The impeller wheel is made of polymeric material as a single-piece component including an annular impeller shell member and a plurality of turbine blade members axially inwardly extending from the impeller shell member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Xuexian YIN, Alexandre DEPRAETE, Patrick DURHAM
  • Patent number: 10288144
    Abstract: A torque transmitting device comprising a torque input element (17a, 17b) and a torque output element (8) able to pivot about an axis (X) with respect to one another, at least one elastic leaf (22), rotationally coupled to the torque output element (8) or to the torque input element (17a, 17b) respectively, the elastic leaf (22) being able to be elastically and radially held torest on a supporting member (18) carried by the torque input element (17a, 17b) or the torque output element (8) respectively, the elastic leaf (22) being able to bend upon rotation of the torque input element (17a, 17b) with respect to the torque input element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Embrayages
    Inventors: Patrick Durham, Daniel Fenioux
  • Publication number: 20190072165
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper of a hydrokinetic torque-coupling device. The torsional vibration damper comprises an input member including a first side plate and a supporting member mounted to the first side plate, and a radially elastic member elastically coupled to the input member. The radially elastic member includes a central part and an elastic blade formed separately from the central part. The central part has a mounting portion. The elastic blade has a connection portion, a free distal end and a curved raceway portion disposed between the connection portion and the distal end. The connection portion of the elastic blade is non-rotatably connected to the mounting portion of the central part. The curved raceway portion of the elastic blade is configured to elastically engage the supporting member and to elastically bend in the radial direction upon rotation of the input member with respect to the radially elastic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Xuexian YIN, Antoine CANTENOT, Patrick DURHAM
  • Patent number: 10180182
    Abstract: A hydrokinetic torque converter including a secondary piston for purposes of enhancing operation of the lock-up feature, and the method of operating such a converter. The secondary piston moves axially behind the turbine-piston to urge respective lock-up clutch friction surfaces into phased engagement. In an initial phase of engagement, friction surfaces between the secondary piston and turbine-piston engage to begin the reduction of relative rotary motion between the converter impeller and turbine-piston. This initial phase of slowing relative movement between the impeller and turbine-piston reduces pressure within the torus and the associated fluid forces separating the friction surfaces of the lock-up clutch. The secondary piston also slows and eliminates fluid flow from within the torus past the lock-up clutch and further reduces engagement resistance of the lock-up clutch owing to the lessening fluid pressure and flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO EMBRAYAGES
    Inventors: Patrick Durham, Xuexian Yin, Gyubong Jeon, Alexandre Depraete, Neil Godin
  • Publication number: 20180363727
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper includes a torque input member including a radially oriented first side plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto, and a unitary radially resilient output member elastically coupled to the torque input member. The resilient output member includes at least one elastic blade configured to elastically and radially engage the at least one supporting member. The elastic blade has a raceway is configured to bear the at least one supporting member. The at least one elastic blade and a blade insert non-moveably secured to the main body. The blade insert radially engages the at least one supporting member. The raceway is defined by a radially outer surface of the blade insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick DURHAM
  • Patent number: 10113624
    Abstract: A torque-coupling device for coupling driving and driven shafts. The torque-coupling device comprises a casing having a locking surface, a torque converter, a locking piston having an engagement surface axially movable to and from the locking surface of the casing and a torsional vibration damper. The torsional vibration damper comprises a torque input member and a unitary radially elastic output member elastically coupled to the torque input member. The torque input member includes a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto. The output member includes an output hub and an elastic leaf configured to elastically engage the supporting member upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the output member. The output hub is configured for directly and non-rotatably engaging a driven shaft. The locking piston is non-rotatably connected to the torque input member of the torsional vibration damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Embrayages
    Inventors: Xuexian Yin, Alexandre Depraete, Patrick Durham
  • Patent number: 10100909
    Abstract: A torque transmission device, particularly for a motor vehicle, comprises a torque input element (15, 17) and a torque output element (8) configured to pivot about an axis (X) with respect to one another, at least one elastic leaf (22), rotationally coupled to the torque output element (8) or to the torque input element (15, 17) respectively. The at least one elastic leaf (22) is configured to elastically and radially engage a supporting member (18) carried by the torque input element (15, 17) or the torque output element (8) respectively. The at least one elastic leaf (22) is configured to bend upon rotation of the torque input element (15, 17) with respect to the torque input element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Embrayages
    Inventor: Patrick Durham
  • Publication number: 20180291991
    Abstract: A torque-coupling device for coupling driving and driven shafts. The torque-coupling device includes a casing having a locking surface, a torque converter, and a locking piston having an engagement surface axially moveable to and from the locking surface of the casing. The locking piston includes a vibration damper including a torque input member and a unitary radially elastic output member elastically coupled to the torque input member. The torque input member includes a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto. The output member includes an output hub and at least one elastic blade configured to elastically engage the supporting member upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the output member. The torque input member of the vibration damper non-rotatably engages the turbine wheel and is axially moveable relative to both the impeller wheel and turbine wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick DURHAM
  • Patent number: 10094458
    Abstract: A torque transmitting device comprising a torque input element intended to be coupled to a crankshaft of an engine, a torque output element intended to be coupled to a transmission input shaft, damping means mounted between the torque input element and the torque output element, with the torque output element being able to pivot relative to the torque input element about an axis, against a resisting torque exerted by the damping means, with the damping means comprising at least one elastic leaf able to be elastically and radially held to rest on a support member, with the elastic leaf being adapted to bend upon rotation of the torque input element relative to the torque output element, with the device further comprising clutch means mounted between the torque input element and the torque output element, wherein the supporting member is carried by the torque input element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Embrayages
    Inventors: Patrick Durham, Alexandre Depraete
  • Patent number: 10094460
    Abstract: A torque-coupling device for coupling driving and driven shafts. The torque-coupling device includes a casing having a locking surface, a torque converter, and a locking piston having an engagement surface axially moveable to and from the locking surface of the casing. The locking piston includes a vibration damper including a torque input member and a unitary radially elastic output member elastically coupled to the torque input member. The torque input member includes a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto. The output member includes an output hub and at least one elastic blade configured to elastically engage the supporting member upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the output member. The torque input member of the vibration damper non-rotatably engages the turbine wheel and is axially moveable relative to both the impeller wheel and turbine wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Embrayages
    Inventor: Patrick Durham
  • Publication number: 20180283488
    Abstract: A vibration damper of a hydrokinetic torque-coupling device. The vibration damper comprises a torque input member including first and second side plates axially spaced from and non-rotatably attached to one another, and a supporting member mounted therebetween, and an unitary elastic member disposed between the first and second side plates and pivotable relative to and elastically coupled to the torque input member. The elastic member includes a core member and at least one elastic blade integral with the core member for elastically engaging the supporting member. The at least one elastic blade has a free distal end and a curved raceway portion disposed between the proximal and free distal ends of the elastic blade for bearing the supporting member. At least one of the first and second side plates has at least one viewing window configured to expose a portion of the elastic member therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick DURHAM, Alexandre DEPRAETE
  • Publication number: 20180252304
    Abstract: A hydrokinetic torque converter including a secondary piston for purposes of enhancing operation of the lock-up feature, and the method of operating such a converter. The secondary piston moves axially behind the turbine-piston to urge respective lock-up clutch friction surfaces into phased engagement. In an initial phase of engagement, friction surfaces between the secondary piston and turbine-piston engage to begin the reduction of relative rotary motion between the converter impeller and turbine-piston. This initial phase of slowing relative movement between the impeller and turbine-piston reduces pressure within the torus and the associated fluid forces separating the friction surfaces of the lock-up clutch. The secondary piston also slows and eliminates fluid flow from within the torus past the lock-up clutch and further reduces engagement resistance of the lock-up clutch owing to the lessening fluid pressure and flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick DURHAM, Xuexian Yin, Gyubong Jeon, Alexander Depraete, Neil Godin
  • Publication number: 20180135738
    Abstract: A torque-coupling device for coupling driving and driven shafts. The torque-coupling device comprises a casing having a locking surface, a torque converter, a locking piston having an engagement surface axially movable to and from the locking surface of the casing and a torsional vibration damper. The torsional vibration damper comprises a torque input member and a unitary radially elastic output member elastically coupled to the torque input member. The torque input member includes a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto. The output member includes an output hub and an elastic leaf configured to elastically engage the supporting member upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the output member. The output hub is configured for directly and non-rotatably engaging a driven shaft. The locking piston is non-rotatably connected to the torque input member of the torsional vibration damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Xuexian YIN, Alexandre DEPRAETE, Patrick DURHAM
  • Publication number: 20180058561
    Abstract: A torque transmitting device comprising a torque input element intended to be coupled to a crankshaft of an engine, a torque output element intended to be coupled to a transmission input shaft, damping means mounted between the torque input element and the torque output element, with the torque output element being able to pivot relative to the torque input element about an axis, against a resisting torque exerted by the damping means, with the damping means comprising at least one elastic leaf able to be elastically and radially held to rest on a support member, with the elastic leaf being adapted to bend upon rotation of the torque input element relative to the torque output element, with the device further comprising clutch means mounted between the torque input element and the torque output element, wherein the supporting member is carried by the torque input element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick DURHAM, Alexandre DEPRAETE