Patents by Inventor Shoji Fujiwara

Shoji Fujiwara 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: 10934962
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis device of an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided. The device carries out a performance determination in which a performance quality of the sensor is determined based on an electric signal inputted from the sensor. The device carries out a first determination in which the performance determination is performed at a given timing, a performance recovery in which a given deposit removal control is executed in which a deposit accumulating inside the combustion chamber is removed when the performance quality of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is determined to fall below a given reference value, and a second determination in which the performance determination is carried out again after the performance recovery. In the second determination, the in-cylinder pressure sensor is diagnosed as abnormal when the performance quality of the sensor is determined to fall below the given reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 10876488
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and an engine controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the sensor is inputted, to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signal of the sensor within a specific crank angle range, a reference phase determining module configured to determine a reference phase that is a phase of a pressure change accompanying a volume change of the combustion chamber, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the sensor has failed, when the failure determining module determines a phase of the read signal of the sensor is delayed by an amount exceeding a predefined threshold from the determined reference phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 10815917
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis system for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, a fuel injection valve, an engine controller including an engine control module and a diagnosis module. The engine control module controls the fuel injection valve to stop the supply of fuel to the engine, when a fuel cut condition is satisfied while the automobile travels. The diagnosis module includes a limiting module configured to limit an execution of the failure diagnosis of the in-cylinder pressure sensor until the diagnosis module determines that a given period has lapsed after the stop of fuel supply to the engine. The diagnosis module reads a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor when the given period has lapsed after the stop of the fuel supply to the engine, and diagnoses the failure of the in-cylinder pressure sensor based on the read signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 10767592
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and a controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is inputted and configured to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signals of the in-cylinder pressure sensor at a first timing that is a timing retarded by a specific crank angle from a compression top dead center, and at a second timing that is a timing advanced by the specific crank angle from the compression top dead center, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the in-cylinder pressure sensor has failed when the failure determining module determines that a difference between signal values at the first timing and at the second timing exceeds a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200200112
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis device of an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided. The device carries out a performance determination in which a performance quality of the sensor is determined based on an electric signal inputted from the sensor. The device carries out a first determination in which the performance determination is performed at a given timing, a performance recovery in which a given deposit removal control is executed in which a deposit accumulating inside the combustion chamber is removed when the performance quality of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is determined to fall below a given reference value, and a second determination in which the performance determination is carried out again after the performance recovery. In the second determination, the in-cylinder pressure sensor is diagnosed as abnormal when the performance quality of the sensor is determined to fall below the given reference value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200072150
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and a controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is inputted and configured to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signals of the in-cylinder pressure sensor at a first timing that is a timing retarded by a specific crank angle from a compression top dead center, and at a second timing that is a timing advanced by the specific crank angle from the compression top dead center, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the in-cylinder pressure sensor has failed when the failure determining module determines that a difference between signal values at the first timing and at the second timing exceeds a predefined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200072148
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis system for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, a fuel injection valve, an engine controller including an engine control module and a diagnosis module. The engine control module controls the fuel injection valve to stop the supply of fuel to the engine, when a fuel cut condition is satisfied while the automobile travels. The diagnosis module includes a limiting module configured to limit an execution of the failure diagnosis of the in-cylinder pressure sensor until the diagnosis module determines that a given period has lapsed after the stop of fuel supply to the engine. The diagnosis module reads a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor when the given period has lapsed after the stop of the fuel supply to the engine, and diagnoses the failure of the in-cylinder pressure sensor based on the read signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200072149
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and an engine controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the sensor is inputted, to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signal of the sensor within a specific crank angle range, a reference phase determining module configured to determine a reference phase that is a phase of a pressure change accompanying a volume change of the combustion chamber, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the sensor has failed, when the failure determining module determines a phase of the read signal of the sensor is delayed by an amount exceeding a predefined threshold from the determined reference phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 6159064
    Abstract: A swimming fin includes a blade and a foot pocket, the blade including a relatively long first blade and a short second blade. The second blade underlies a bottom surface of the first blade and has transversely opposite side edge regions longitudinally extending inside transversely opposite side edges of the first blade and an intermediate region extending between the side edge regions and having its front end curved toward the foot pocket. The swimming fin thus formed can strengthen a thrust obtained by down-kicking movement of the swimming fin to thereby facilitate the up-kicking movement of the swimming fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Tabata Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Takeuchi, Yoshiharu Takizawa, Haruo Kawashima, Shoji Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 6029284
    Abstract: A peripheral wall of a lens member in swimming goggles is gradually thickened rearward from a front lens so that the peripheral wall has a height extending beyond a top of a flange of the lens member and a first groove extending along the flange is formed. A second groove of a cushion pad is engaged with an entire periphery of the flange so that the pad is exposed at an outer end (A) of the lens member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Tabata Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruo Kawashima, Shoji Fujiwara, Shunji Fukasawa