Patents by Inventor Thomas Klinger

Thomas Klinger 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: 20220144343
    Abstract: A frame device for a vehicle, including a subframe which can be attached to a structure of the vehicle and which has two side members spaced apart from one another in the transverse direction of the subframe and at least one cross member via which the side members are interconnected. The frame device also includes at least one support element, which is formed separately from the subframe and has at least one attachment element by which at least one component of the vehicle can be attached to the support element, and a steering gear which is formed separately from the subframe and separately from the support element for a steering system of the vehicle. Both the steering gear and the support element are attached to the subframe by one and the same fastening element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Gilbert SCHANTL, Ruben GOLDBERG, Thomas KLINGER, Marek BUJAK, Hans-Peter FRENSCH, Martin DOBEL, Eike Malte MANSKE
  • Patent number: 11279188
    Abstract: A wheel suspension, having a wheel mount, on which at least one wheel is to be rotatably mounted, having at least one upper suspension arm flexibly coupled with the wheel mount for guiding the wheel, having at least one lower suspension arm flexibly coupled with the wheel mount for guiding the wheel, and having at least one strut, which has at least one bearing point to be arranged fixed on the vehicle body, via which the strut is to be articulated at least indirectly on the vehicle body of the motor vehicle, wherein one of the suspension arms is flexibly coupled with the strut, and wherein the one suspension arm is free of a bearing point to be arranged fixed on the vehicle body, via which the one suspension arm is to be mounted on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas Klinger
  • Patent number: 11046354
    Abstract: A steering system for a vehicle, including an input shaft, via which a steering force can be input by a steering element, an output shaft acting on a steering actuating mechanism, a coupling for connecting and disconnecting the input shaft and the output shaft with and from each other, respectively, and at least one actuator, by which the coupling can be actuated to couple and uncouple the input shaft and the output shaft with and from each other, wherein in the uncoupled state, the output shaft is independently rotatable relative to the input shaft in such a manner that a steer-by-wire drive controllable by a control unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas Klinger
  • Publication number: 20210101636
    Abstract: A steering shaft for a steering system of a motor vehicle, having at least two steering shaft elements, via which a steering wheel is mechanically connectable to a steering gear of the steering system, and having at least one joint, via which the steering shaft elements are connected to one another in a torque-transmitting manner and so they are pivotable relative to one another around the pivot axis. At least one securing element, which secures the steering shaft elements relative to one another against pivot movements extending around the pivot axis both in a first pivot direction and also in a second pivot direction opposite to the first pivot direction and releases the steering shaft elements for a pivot movement relative to one another taking place around the pivot axis in at least one of the pivot directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas KLINGER, Ruben GOLDBERG
  • Publication number: 20210086817
    Abstract: A steering shaft for a steering system of a motor vehicle, having at least two steering shaft elements, which can be rotated about an axis of rotation, are coupled to one another in a torque-transmitting manner, and are telescopically slidable one inside the other, via which a steering wheel is mechanically connectable to a steering gear of the steering system, wherein at least one of the steering shaft elements has at least two shaft parts, which are formed separately from one another and are connected to one another in a rotationally-fixed manner and which are assembled and connected to one another with at least one separation point, wherein the steering shaft elements are slidable one inside the other beyond the separation point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas KLINGER
  • Publication number: 20210039462
    Abstract: A wheel suspension, having a wheel mount, on which at least one wheel is to be rotatably mounted, having at least one upper suspension arm flexibly coupled with the wheel mount for guiding the wheel, having at least one lower suspension arm flexibly coupled with the wheel mount for guiding the wheel, and having at least one strut, which has at least one bearing point to be arranged fixed on the vehicle body, via which the strut is to be articulated at least indirectly on the vehicle body of the motor vehicle, wherein one of the suspension arms is flexibly coupled with the strut, and wherein the one suspension arm is free of a bearing point to be arranged fixed on the vehicle body, via which the one suspension arm is to be mounted on the vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas KLINGER
  • Publication number: 20210008939
    Abstract: A suspension for a wheel of an axle of a motor vehicle, comprising a wheel support, which is mounted on the vehicle body via a plurality of links and which has a first supporting element and a second supporting element. A vehicle wheel is mounted rotatably on the first supporting element and the first supporting element is rotatable relative to the second supporting element for transmitting a steering torque by a steering actuator arranged on the wheel support. The first supporting element is attached to the vehicle body by an upper wishbone, and the second supporting element is attached to the vehicle body exclusively by a lower wishbone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Walter SCHMIDT, Michael GRADL, Thomas KLINGER
  • Patent number: 10889326
    Abstract: A crash assembly having a crash strut for a wheel of a motor vehicle, which is connected to a tie rod assembly that has at least one tie rod strut. The tie rod strut is connected to a first end of the crash strut via at least one tie rod-side connection module. A second end of the crash strut is connected to a body of the motor vehicle via a body-side connection module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas Klinger, Walter Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20190276070
    Abstract: A steering system for a vehicle, including an input shaft, via which a steering force can be input by a steering element, an output shaft acting on a steering actuating mechanism, a coupling for connecting and disconnecting the input shaft and the output shaft with and from each other, respectively, and at least one actuator, by which the coupling can be actuated to couple and uncouple the input shaft and the output shaft with and from each other, wherein in the uncoupled state, the output shaft is independently rotatable relative to the input shaft in such a manner that a steer-by-wire drive controllable by a control unit is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas KLINGER
  • Patent number: 10369854
    Abstract: A device for adjusting camber and/or toe of a vehicle wheel includes a multi-part wheel carrier having a wheel-side carrier part, an axle-side guide part, and an adjusting member, in particular two rotary parts, arranged there between, by which the carrier part is swingable about a wobble point for toe and/or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel. A bearing point is formed radially outside of the adjusting member, on which the carrier part and the guide part are articulated to one another. The bearing point is designed in a firm manner in the wheel-axle circumferential direction for support of the carrier part which is subjected to a brake torque, and is designed in a soft manner to realize a trouble-free adjustment and, compared with the wheel-axle circumferential direction, a particularly smooth adjustment of the carrier part about the toe and/or camber angle in the vehicle transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Klinger, Vincent Pourroy-Solari
  • Publication number: 20190225271
    Abstract: A crash assembly having a crash strut for a wheel of a motor vehicle, which is connected to a tie rod assembly that has at least one tie rod strut. The tie rod strut is connected to a first end of the crash strut via at least one tie rod-side connection module. A second end of the crash strut is connected to a body of the motor vehicle via a body-side connection module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas KLINGER, Walter SCHMIDT
  • Patent number: 10351173
    Abstract: A wheel carrier for a two-track motor vehicle including a wheel-side carrier part, which carries a vehicle wheel; an axle-side guide part; axle-side rotary parts arranged between the wheel-side carrier part and the axle-side guide part and supported on a common bearing site for rotation relative to each other about a rotation axis by respective rotation angles, wherein the carrier part is pivotable about the rotation axis about a pivot point for toe and/or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel by rotation of at least one of the rotary parts by the respective rotation angle into a rotary position, which correlates with a toe and/or camber angle of the vehicle wheel, wherein the toe and/or camber angle being arbitrarily adjustable within a toe and/or camber angular range. The wheel carrier further includes at least one movement stop adapted for limiting the toe and/or camber angular range of the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schmid, Thomas Klinger, Ulrich Voll, Michael Braumandl, Heinrich Beringer, Achim Glas
  • Patent number: 10286954
    Abstract: A device for adjusting camber and/or toe of a vehicle wheel of a motor vehicle, includes a wheel carrier including a wheel-side carrier part, an axle-side guide part and rotary parts arranged between the wheel-side carrier part and the axle-side guide part, the rotary parts being supported on a common bearing site for rotation relative to each other about a rotation axis, the wheel-side carrier part being rotatable about said rotation axis about an instantaneous center of rotation for toe or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel and supporting a brake caliper interacting with a brake disc of the vehicle wheel; and a torque bridge configured as a torque transmission element which supports the wheel-side carrier part on the axle-side guide part when a braking moment acts on the wheel-side carrier part during a braking process, and which when supporting the wheel-side carrier part on the axle-side guide part generates a directed force component with which the wheel-side carrier part is impingable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Klinger, Wolfgang Schmid, Heinrich Beringer, Achim Glas, Ulrich Voll, Michael Braumandl, Vincent Pourroy-Solari
  • Patent number: 10286797
    Abstract: A drive arrangement with an inductively energizable drive motor, having a wheel, a wheel carrier, at least one receiver coil that is arranged in the circumferential direction of the wheel, a stator, and a rotor arranged in a rotationally resistant manner on the wheel having at least one rotor winding that is electrically connected to the at least one receiver coil. The rotor can be magnetically coupled to the stator. In this case, the drive arrangement is configured such that a current can be induced by an underground base providing a magnetic field in the at least one receiver coil, by which the at least one rotor winding is energized to generate a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas Klinger, Wolfgang Brandstaetter
  • Publication number: 20190084430
    Abstract: A drive arrangement with an inductively energizable drive motor, having a wheel, a wheel carrier, at least one receiver coil that is arranged in the circumferential direction of the wheel, a stator, and a rotor arranged in a rotationally resistant manner on the wheel having at least one rotor winding that is electrically connected to the at least one receiver coil. The rotor can be magnetically coupled to the stator. In this case, the drive arrangement is configured such that a current can be induced by an underground base providing a magnetic field in the at least one receiver coil, by which the at least one rotor winding is energized to generate a magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas KLINGER, Wolfgang BRANDSTAETTER
  • Patent number: 10112589
    Abstract: A brake system for a motor vehicle includes separate first and second brake circuits associated to first and second vehicle axles, respectively, and rigidly connected to each other. Hydraulic brake pressure is supplied by a first brake piston of a master cylinder to the first brake circuit and by a second brake piston to the second brake circuit. Operably connected to the first vehicle axle is an electric motor and operates as a recuperator, with a blending device withdrawing hydraulic fluid from the first brake circuit during a recuperation phase of the electric motor. A partition wall between the first and second brake pistons subdivides the master cylinder into a first pressure chamber associated to the first brake piston, and a separate second pressure associated to the second brake piston. A connectable and disconnectable floating piston enables a hydraulic communication between the first and second brake circuits with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Klinger, Wolfgang Schmid
  • Patent number: 9908518
    Abstract: A hydraulic brake system includes two brake circuits, a tandem master brake cylinder which is connected to the two brake circuits and includes a float piston, and a means for adjusting a position of the float piston, wherein a defined distribution of brake power between the two brake circuits is commensurate with the position of the float piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas Klinger
  • Publication number: 20170225531
    Abstract: A device for adjusting camber and/or toe of a vehicle wheel includes a multi-part wheel carrier having a wheel-side carrier part, an axle-side guide part, and an adjusting member, in particular two rotary parts, arranged there between, by which the carrier part is swingable about a wobble point for toe and/or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel. A bearing point is formed radially outside of the adjusting member, on which the carrier part and the guide part are articulated to one another. The bearing point is designed in a firm manner in the wheel-axle circumferential direction for support of the carrier part which is subjected to a brake torque, and is designed in a soft manner to realize a trouble-free adjustment and, compared with the wheel-axle circumferential direction, a particularly smooth adjustment of the carrier part about the toe and/or camber angle in the vehicle transverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: THOMAS KLINGER, VINCENT POURROY-SOLARI
  • Publication number: 20170217492
    Abstract: A device for adjusting camber and/or toe of a vehicle wheel of a motor vehicle, includes a wheel carrier including a wheel-side carrier part, an axle-side guide part and rotary parts arranged between the wheel-side carrier part and the axle-side guide part, the rotary parts being supported on a common bearing site for rotation relative to each other about a rotation axis, the wheel-side carrier part being rotatable about said rotation axis about an instantaneous center of rotation for toe or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel and supporting a brake caliper interacting with a brake disc of the vehicle wheel; and a torque bridge configured as a torque transmission element which supports the wheel-side carrier part on the axle-side guide part when a braking moment acts on the wheel-side carrier part during a braking process, and which when supporting the wheel-side carrier part on the axle-side guide part generates a directed force component with which the wheel-side carrier part is impingable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: THOMAS KLINGER, WOLFGANG SCHMID, HEINRICH BERINGER, ACHIM GLAS, ULRICH VOLL, MICHAEL BRAUMANDL, VINCENT POURROY-SOLARI
  • Publication number: 20170217491
    Abstract: A wheel carrier for a two-track motor vehicle including a wheel-side carrier part, which carries a vehicle wheel; an axle-side guide part; axle-side rotary parts arranged between the wheel-side carrier part and the axle-side guide part and supported on a common bearing site for rotation relative to each other about a rotation axis by respective rotation angles, wherein the carrier part is pivotable about the rotation axis about a pivot point for toe and/or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel by rotation of at least one of the rotary parts by the respective rotation angle into a rotary position, which correlates with a toe and/or camber angle of the vehicle wheel, wherein the toe and/or camber angle being arbitrarily adjustable within a toe and/or camber angular range. The wheel carrier further includes at least one movement stop adapted for limiting the toe and/or camber angular range of the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: WOLFGANG SCHMID, THOMAS KLINGER, ULRICH VOLL, MICHAEL BRAUMANDL, HEINRICH BERINGER, ACHIM GLAS