Patents by Inventor Shunichi Nakao

Shunichi Nakao 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: 10464581
    Abstract: A carbody support device of a railway vehicle, including support mechanisms installed between a front bogie and a carbody and between a rear bogie and the carbody in a traveling direction, and supporting the carbody against the respective bogies. The support mechanisms regulate both the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in the same vehicle width direction with respect to the carbody when the railway vehicle travels through a curve, while the support mechanisms permit the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in different vehicle width directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshi Sato, Yukitaka Taga, Shunichi Nakao, Kazuo Isomura, Makoto Tamaki, Junichi Shirakawa, Koichi Murata
  • Patent number: 10464582
    Abstract: A carbody support device of a railway vehicle, including support mechanisms installed between a front bogie and a carbody and between a rear bogie and the carbody in a traveling direction, and supporting the carbody against the respective bogies. The support mechanisms regulate both the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in the same vehicle width direction with respect to the carbody when the railway vehicle travels through a curve, while the support mechanisms permit the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in different vehicle width directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshi Sato, Yukitaka Taga, Shunichi Nakao, Kazuo Isomura, Makoto Tamaki, Junichi Shirakawa, Koichi Murata
  • Patent number: 10427696
    Abstract: A method of producing plate springs for a railcar bogie, the plate springs each extending in a car longitudinal direction and elastically supporting a cross beam while being supported by an axle box in the railcar bogie, the axle box accommodating a bearing for an axle, the method includes: a molding step of molding a mother plate made of fiber-reinforced resin, the mother plate including a layer made of continuous fibers oriented in a first direction when viewed from a normal direction of a main surface of the mother plate; a cut position determining step of determining positions of a plurality of parallel cut lines for cutting the mother plate along the first direction; and a cutting step of cutting the mother plate along the plurality of cut lines to take out the plate springs made of the fiber-reinforced resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao, Tomohei Kobayashi, Yousuke Tsumura, Mamoru Nishio, Daisuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10422685
    Abstract: A load measuring device for a railcar bogie in which a vibrationproof rubber between an axle box and a bogie frame includes a vertical load fluctuation sensor in parallel with the vibrationproof rubber and configured to deform in conjunction with elastic deformation of the vibrationproof rubber in a vertical direction, the vibrationproof rubber supporting a downward load from the bogie frame. The vertical load fluctuation sensor changes an electric output by the deformation of the vertical load fluctuation sensor in conjunction with the elastic deformation of the vibrationproof rubber in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao, Yasufumi Okumura, Shigehiro Otsubo, Kei Kitagaki
  • Patent number: 10131368
    Abstract: A steering bogie for a railcar includes: a bogie frame supporting a carbody of the railcar; a wheelset including an axle and wheels, the axle extending in a car width direction, the wheels being provided at both respective sides of the axle; and a steering device that presses a pressing target member to steer the wheelset with respect to the bogie frame, the pressing target member being constituted by the wheelset or a member configured to be displaced integrally with the wheelset in a steering direction, the steering device including at least one steering unit, the at least one steering unit including a pressing member that separably contacts the pressing target member to press the pressing target member, and a power mechanism causes the pressing member to contact and separate from the pressing target member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunichi Nakao, Takeyoshi Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 10053119
    Abstract: Bogie includes: cross beam supporting carbody of railcar; wheels provided at each of both car width direction sides of bogie to be lined up in car longitudinal direction; front and rear axles each connecting wheels positioned at respective left and right car width direction sides of bogie to each other; bearings provided at both respective car width direction sides of front and rear axles and rotatably supporting front and rear axles; axle boxes accommodating respective bearings; plate springs of fiber-reinforced resin and extending in car longitudinal direction support both respective car width direction end portions of cross beam, both car longitudinal direction end portions of plate springs supported by respective axle boxes; electrically nonconductive buffer members each interposed between plate spring and axle box; electrically nonconductive contacting members each interposed between plate spring and cross beam; and plate spring cover covering part of plate spring and electrically connected to wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao, Yasufumi Okumura, Shintaro Ando
  • Patent number: 10035524
    Abstract: A bogie includes: a plate spring extending in a car longitudinal direction in a state where a first end portion of the plate spring is supported by the first axle box, and a second end portion of the plate spring is supported by the second axle box, the plate spring supporting the pressing member from below so as to be displaceable relative to the pressing member; a first upper link connected to the cross beam and the first axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the first axle box; a first lower link connected to the cross beam and the first axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the first axle box; a second upper link connected to the cross beam and the second axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the second axle box; and a second lower link connected to the cross beam and the second axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the second axle box, a coupling point where the first end portion of the first u
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunichi Nakao, Takeyoshi Kusunoki
  • Publication number: 20180162418
    Abstract: A carbody support device of a railway vehicle, including support mechanisms installed between a front bogie and a carbody and between a rear bogie and the carbody in a traveling direction, and supporting the carbody against the respective bogies. The support mechanisms regulate both the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in the same vehicle width direction with respect to the carbody when the railway vehicle travels through a curve, while the support mechanisms permit the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in different vehicle width directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshi SATO, Yukitaka TAGA, Shunichi NAKAO, Kazuo ISOMURA, Makoto TAMAKI, Junichi SHIRAKAWA, Koichi MURATA
  • Publication number: 20180162419
    Abstract: A carbody support device of a railway vehicle, including support mechanisms installed between a front bogie and a carbody and between a rear bogie and the carbody in a traveling direction, and supporting the carbody against the respective bogies. The support mechanisms regulate both the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in the same vehicle width direction with respect to the carbody when the railway vehicle travels through a curve, while the support mechanisms permit the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in different vehicle width directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshi SATO, Yukitaka TAGA, Shunichi NAKAO, Kazuo ISOMURA, Makoto TAMAKI, Junichi SHIRAKAWA, Koichi MURATA
  • Patent number: 9932050
    Abstract: A carbody support device of a railway vehicle, including support mechanisms installed between a front bogie and a carbody and between a rear bogie and the carbody in a traveling direction, and supporting the carbody against the respective bogies. The support mechanisms regulate both the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in the same vehicle width direction with respect to the carbody when the railway vehicle travels through a curve, while the support mechanisms permit the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in different vehicle width directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshi Sato, Yukitaka Taga, Shunichi Nakao, Kazuo Isomura, Makoto Tamaki, Junichi Shirakawa, Koichi Murata
  • Patent number: 9902407
    Abstract: A steering mechanism configured to rotate first and second axles relative to bogie-frame to perform steering; electric motors supported by bogie-frame, arranged at the front and rear sides in the car longitudinal direction, respectively, including output shafts, respectively, and output shafts being parallel to first and second axles at the time of non-steering; reducers connected to axles, respectively; and first constant velocity ball joint by which the first output shaft is coupled to the first reducer and which follows rotations of the first axle at the time of steering to allow relative displacement between the first output shaft and the first reducer, and a second constant velocity ball joint by which the second output shaft is coupled to the second reducer and which follows rotations of the second axle at the time of the steering to allow relative displacement between the second output shaft and the second reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshi Sato, Shunichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9855959
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a bogie frame including a cross beam and plate springs and being rotatable relative to a bolster in a yawing direction, the cross beam extending in a car width direction, the plate springs supporting both respective car width direction end portions of the cross beam and extending in a car longitudinal direction; and stoppers provided at the bogie frame and configured to contact interference members to restrict a rotation range of the bogie frame when the bogie frame rotates relative to the bolster in the yawing direction, the interference members being connected to the bolster. When the bogie frame is located at a neutral position relative to the bolster in the yawing direction, the stoppers are arranged at car width direction lateral sides of the cross beam so as to overlap the cross beam in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9845098
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a bogie frame including a cross beam supporting a carbody of a railcar; a pair of axles respectively arranged at both sides of the cross beam in a car longitudinal direction and extending in a car width direction; bearings provided at both car width direction sides of each of the axles and rotatably supporting the axles; axle boxes respectively accommodating the bearings; and coupling devices coupling the axle boxes and the bogie frame to one another, each of the coupling devices including a first member projecting from the axle box to the bogie frame, a second member projecting from the bogie frame to the first member, and a coupling portion coupling the first member and the second member to each other, and the second member being formed separately from the bogie frame and positioned by contacting the bogie frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao
  • Publication number: 20170349189
    Abstract: A bogie includes: a plate spring extending in a car longitudinal direction in a state where a first end portion of the plate spring is supported by the first axle box, and a second end portion of the plate spring is supported by the second axle box, the plate spring supporting the pressing member from below so as to be displaceable relative to the pressing member; a first upper link connected to the cross beam and the first axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the first axle box; a first lower link connected to the cross beam and the first axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the first axle box; a second upper link connected to the cross beam and the second axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the second axle box; and a second lower link connected to the cross beam and the second axle box and including a first end portion elastically coupled to the second axle box, a coupling point where the first end portion of the first u
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunichi NAKAO, Takeyoshi KUSUNOKI
  • Publication number: 20170341663
    Abstract: A steering bogie for a railcar includes: a bogie frame supporting a carbody of the railcar; a wheelset including an axle and wheels, the axle extending in a car width direction, the wheels being provided at both respective sides of the axle; and a steering device that presses a pressing target member to steer the wheelset with respect to the bogie frame, the pressing target member being constituted by the wheelset or a member configured to be displaced integrally with the wheelset in a steering direction, the steering device including at least one steering unit, the at least one steering unit including a pressing member that separably contacts the pressing target member to press the pressing target member, and a power mechanism causes the pressing member to contact and separate from the pressing target member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunichi NAKAO, Takeyoshi KUSUNOKI
  • Patent number: 9802627
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a cross-beam supporting a carbody; pair of axles at both cross-beam sides in car longitudinal direction and extending in car-width direction; bearings at both car-width direction sides of each axle and rotatably supporting axles; axle-boxes accommodating respective bearings; plate-springs supporting both car-width direction end-portions of the cross-beam and extending in car longitudinal direction, both car longitudinal direction end-portions of each plate-springs supported by axle-boxes; pressing members at both car-width direction end-portions of the cross-beam placed on respective car longitudinal direction middle-portions of plate-springs, lower surface of a portion of each pressing member having a convex downward circular-arc shape in side-view, the portion pressing the plate-spring, a middle-portion upper surface of each plate-spring having convex downward circular-arc shape in side-view, the middle-portion pressed by the pressing member, and a lower surface curvature of the pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao, Yasufumi Okumura, Shintaro Ando
  • Patent number: 9688292
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a bogie frame including a cross beam and plate springs, the plate springs supporting both respective car width direction end portions of the cross beam and extending in a car longitudinal direction; axles extending in a car width direction; bearings provided at both respective car width direction sides of each of the axles; axle boxes accommodating the respective bearings and supporting the plate springs from below; and rubbing plates provided on an upper surface of the bogie frame to slidingly contact respective rubbed plates provided on a lower surface of a bolster. In a plan view, each of the rubbing plates is arranged within a region where the cross beam and the plate spring intersect with each other and is arranged on a center line of the plate spring, the center line extending in the car longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9663121
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a cross beam extending in a car width direction and supporting a carbody; plate springs extending in a car longitudinal direction and supporting both respective car-width-direction end portions of the cross beam; axle boxes accommodating respective bearings for axles and supporting respective car longitudinal-direction end portions of the plate springs; plate spring receivers each located between the plate spring and the axle box and including an upper surface which is inclined toward a longitudinal-direction middle portion of the plate spring, the upper surface receiving the plate spring; and stoppers arranged so as to cover at least a part of an upper surface of the plate spring, the part being located above the axle box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9592840
    Abstract: A railcar axle box suspension includes a coupling mechanism configured to couple an axle box to a bogie frame, and the coupling mechanism includes: an axle beam including a tubular portion; a core rod inserted through the tubular portion, protruding portions being provided at both sides of the core rod; a pair of receiving seats provided at the bogie frame and including fitting grooves, the protruding portions being fitted in the fitting grooves; a pair of lid members supporting the respective protruding portions; fastening mechanisms fixing the lid members to the receiving seats; and locking members. Each of the receiving seats includes a first screw hole. Each of the lid members includes a first insertion hole and a second screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasufumi Okumura, Takehiro Nishimura, Shintaro Ando, Shunichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9573604
    Abstract: A railcar bogie includes: a cross beam supporting a carbody; a pair of front and rear axles sandwiching and arranged in front of and behind the cross beam in a railcar longitudinal direction to extend in a railcar width direction; bearings provided at both railcar width direction sides of each and rotatably supporting the axles; axle boxes accommodating the bearings; side members extending in the railcar longitudinal direction supporting both railcar width direction end portions of the cross beam and each including both railcar longitudinal direction end portions supported by the axle boxes; contact members provided at both railcar width direction end portions and disposed on railcar longitudinal direction middle portions of the side members so as not to be fixed to the side members in an upper-lower direction; and supporting members provided at the axle boxes and supporting the railcar longitudinal direction end portions of the side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimura, Shunichi Nakao, Takeyoshi Kusunoki, Yasufumi Okumura