Patents by Inventor RALPH-CARSTEN LULFING

RALPH-CARSTEN LULFING 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: 20190193697
    Abstract: A method for determining a coefficient-of-friction, the method including braking a first wheel of a vehicle such that a slip between the first wheel and a roadway is less than a slip between a second wheel of the vehicle and the roadway, and determining a coefficient-of-friction between the first wheel and the roadway based on the behavior of the first wheel during the braking. The method optionally including hazard braking the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicants: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, WAB-CO EUROPE BVBA, TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Friedrich Tenbrock, Sven Gohl, Christoph Schall, Dan Williams, Stephan Kallenbach, Klaus Plähn, Thomas Dieckmann, Ralph-Carsten Lülfing
  • Patent number: 10093293
    Abstract: A brake pressure modulator (1) of an electronic braking system of a utility vehicle includes pressure control circuits (13, 14) respectively associated with a braking circuit of a vehicle axle, each pressure control circuit (13, 14) comprises a compressed air supply system (4, 5), at least one redundancy control pressure path (21), at least one ventilation path (19, 19a) and a common electronic control unit (2). Said pressure control circuits (13, 14) can be controlled independently from each other by the electronic control unit (2). Each pressure control circuit (13, 14) has an independent ventilation path (19, 19a) and at least one of the pressure control circuits (13, 14) has an independent redundancy control pressure path (21) and at least one other of the pressure control circuits (13, 14) comprises a device (16a) for forced venting in the event of a failure by means of the associated ventilation path (19a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph-Carsten Lülfing, Robert Otremba, Stefan Rehling, Hartmut Schappler
  • Patent number: 9925964
    Abstract: A vehicle braking unit comprises an operating braking pressure inlet which receives an inlet braking pressure built up by a braking cylinder, and at least one operating brake pressure outlet at which an outlet braking pressure is provided for an operating brake modulator, which is upstream of the operating brake and provides anti-lock functionality. At least one connecting channel hydraulically connects the operating brake pressure inlet to the outlet. Brake fluid is supplied from a storage unit through the brake cylinder, the connecting channel and the operating brake modulator. The braking unit has a brake fluid inlet, through which the brake fluid is received from the storage unit, a brake fluid pump, by which the brake fluid is suctioned through the brake fluid inlet and a supply pressure is built up, and a valve unit that controls the outlet braking pressure and/or a parking brake release pressure by the supply pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Heiko Claussen, Jurgen Eickhoff, Volker Heinrich, Ralph-Carsten Lulfing, Wolfgang Strache
  • Publication number: 20170210365
    Abstract: A brake pressure modulator (1) of an electronic braking system of a utility vehicle includes pressure control circuits (13, 14) respectively associated with a braking circuit of a vehicle axle, each pressure control circuit (13, 14) comprises a compressed air supply system (4, 5), at least one redundancy control pressure path (21), at least one ventilation path (19, 19a) and a common electronic control unit (2). Said pressure control circuits (13, 14) can be controlled independently from each other by the electronic control unit (2). Each pressure control circuit (13, 14) has an independent ventilation path (19, 19a) and at least one of the pressure control circuits (13, 14) has an independent redundancy control pressure path (21) and at least one other of the pressure control circuits (13, 14) comprises a device (16a) for forced venting in the event of a failure by means of the associated ventilation path (19a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph-Carsten Lülfing, Robert Otremba, Stefan Rehling, Hartmut Schappler
  • Patent number: 9707947
    Abstract: A braking device for a vehicle comprises a main brake cylinder, which provides, in response to the actuation thereof, an operating brake pressure in at least one operating brake circuit for the actuation of an operating brake. A hydraulic fluid pressure intake is connected to a hydraulic circuit, which contains a hydraulic fluid having a built-up hydraulic circuit pressure. Through the hydraulic fluid pressure intake, the hydraulic fluid is provided at the hydraulic circuit pressure. The braking device further comprises a valve device, which actively controls a main brake cylinder actuation pressure and/or a parking brake release pressure by means of the hydraulic fluid that is provided. The main brake cylinder is actuated by means of the main brake cylinder actuation pressure for an active brake engagement. Alternatively or additionally, a parking brake is hydraulically released by means of the parking brake release pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Heiko Claussen, Jurgen Eickhoff, Volker Heinrich, Ralph-Carsten Lulfing, Wolfgang Strache
  • Publication number: 20140306515
    Abstract: A vehicle braking unit comprises an operating braking pressure inlet which receives an inlet braking pressure built up by a braking cylinder, and at least one operating brake pressure outlet at which an outlet braking pressure is provided for an operating brake modulator, which is upstream of the operating brake and provides anti-lock functionality. At least one connecting channel hydraulically connects the operating brake pressure inlet to the outlet. Brake fluid is supplied from a storage unit through the brake cylinder, the connecting channel and the operating brake modulator. The braking unit has a brake fluid inlet, through which the brake fluid is received from the storage unit, a brake fluid pump, by which the brake fluid is suctioned through the brake fluid inlet and a supply pressure is built up, and a valve unit that controls the outlet braking pressure and/or a parking brake release pressure by the supply pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Heiko Claussen, Jurgen Eickhoff, Volker Heinrich, Ralph-Carsten Lulfing, Wolfgang Strache
  • Publication number: 20140232178
    Abstract: A braking device for a vehicle, comprises a main brake cylinder, which provides, in response to the actuation thereof, an operating brake pressure in at least one operating brake circuit for the actuation of an operating brake A hydraulic fluid pressure intake connected to a hydraulic circuit, which contains a hydraulic fluid having a built-up hydraulic circuit pressure. Through the hydraulic fluid pressure intake, the hydraulic fluid is provided at the hydraulic circuit pressure. The braking device further comprises a valve device, which actively controls a main brake cylinder actuation pressure and/or a parking brake release pressure by means of the hydraulic fluid that is provided. The main brake cylinder is actuated by means of the main brake cylinder actuation pressure for an active brake engagement. Alternatively or additionally, a parking brake is hydraulically released by means of the parking brake release pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Claussen, Jurgen Eickhoff, Volker Heinrich, Ralph-Carsten Lulfing, Wolfgang Strache
  • Patent number: 6478384
    Abstract: A hydraulic braking system for wheel-borne devices permits brake actuation independent of operator-actuation of a normal brake valve. A braking circuit includes a flow line, a return line, and one or more wheel brakes. An electrically actuated valve system is installed parallel to the brake valve, which connects the wheel brakes to the flow line when actuated, and closes off the return line. Motor vehicles represent an important area of application for the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventor: Ralph-Carsten Lülfing
  • Publication number: 20020033636
    Abstract: A hydraulic braking system for wheel-borne devices permits brake actuation independent of operator-actuation of a normal brake valve. A braking circuit includes a flow line, a return line, and one or more wheel brakes. An electrically actuated valve system is installed parallel to the brake valve, which connects the wheel brakes to the flow line when actuated, and closes off the return line. Motor vehicles represent an important area of application for the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Applicant: PROSKAUER ROSE LLP
    Inventor: RALPH-CARSTEN LULFING