Patents by Inventor Ralph Baxter

Ralph Baxter 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: 20070140886
    Abstract: A fluid pump assembly comprises a pump housing and a fluid pump disposed within the pump housing. The fluid pump has axially opposite first and second side faces and includes cooperating impeller and rotor members. The fluid pump assembly further comprises inlet and outlet ports disposed adjacent to the first side face, a pressure chamber formed within the pump housing adjacent to the second side face, and an end plate disposed within the pressure chamber and movable relative to the pump between a first position and a second position. The end plate has axially opposite inner and outer end surfaces oriented so that the inner end surface faces the fluid pump, while the outer end surface faces away from the pump. An area of the outer end surface of the end plate is greater than the area of the inner end surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Ralph Baxter, Randy Sommer, Stephen Garlick
  • Publication number: 20060169564
    Abstract: A drive system designed to use a vehicle's existing hydraulic system to operate a controllable limited slip differential assembly. The limited slip differential assembly may be associated with the front axle, the rear axle, or the driveline between the front and rear axles. The differential assembly may also be used in combination that includes front, rear, or intermediate differential assemblies. The drive system further includes a friction clutch assembly for selectively engaging and disengaging an input member with an output member of the differential assembly, a fluid clutch actuator for selectively frictionally and variably loading the clutch assembly, and a fluid pump that is a common source of pressurized fluid for the fluid clutch actuator and the existing hydraulic system of the motor vehicle other than the fluid clutch actuator of the drive system. The fluid clutch actuator is actuated by fluid pressure generated by the fluid pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Inventors: James Krisher, Kenneth Cooper, Thomas Nahrwold, Gordon Hunt, Ralph Baxter, Randy Sommer
  • Publication number: 20060124428
    Abstract: A friction coupling assembly for a gear drive unit. The friction clutch assembly comprises an input member and at least one output member, a friction clutch for selectively coupling the input member with the at least one output member and an actuator assembly for selectively engaging the friction clutch. The actuator assembly includes a fluid pump operatively connected to the input member or the at least one output member through an auxiliary clutch, a fluid pressure accumulator in fluid communication with the fluid pump for storing a pressurized fluid generated by the fluid pump, and a fluid clutch actuator in fluid communication with the pressure accumulator for loading the friction clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Inventor: Ralph Baxter
  • Publication number: 20050167228
    Abstract: A torque transmitting apparatus for a motor vehicle comprises a housing rotatably supporting a differential assembly including a differential case and at least one output shaft. The torque transmitting apparatus further comprises at least one friction clutch assembly for selectively engaging and disengaging the differential case and the at least one output shaft, and a hydraulic clutch actuator for operating the at least one friction clutch assembly between a disengaged condition and an engaged condition. The hydraulic clutch actuator includes a hydraulic pump providing a hydraulic fluid under pressure and a hydraulic pressure accumulator selectively communicating with the pump for charging the accumulator with the hydraulic fluid under pressure. The hydraulic accumulator is provided for selectively communicating with the at least one friction clutch assembly for selectively setting the clutch assembly in the engaged condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventor: Ralph Baxter