Patents by Inventor Thomas Kurz

Thomas Kurz 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: 20240067263
    Abstract: A method is for reducing an energy demand and/or energy consumption by a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle. The vehicle includes a steering system having at least two wheel steering angle actuators for changing a respective wheel steering angle of a vehicle wheel on an individual wheel basis, and a vehicle sensor system for driving situation recognition. In at least one operating state, in which a predefined driving situation is identified using the vehicle sensor system, a power consumption by at least one wheel steering angle actuator is reduced in order to reduce the energy demand and/or energy consumption, in particular such that the power consumption by the at least one wheel steering angle actuator is below a power consumption by the at least one wheel steering angle actuator planned for in the identified predefined driving situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Christian Riese, Jonas Coesfeld, Matthias Ehrmann, Thomas Kurz, Tobias Ritz
  • Patent number: 11913000
    Abstract: The invention provides nucleic acid therapeutics and methods for using these nucleic acid therapeutics in the treatment of complement-related disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: IVERIC bio, Inc.
    Inventors: Claude Benedict, David Epstein, Charles Wilson, Dilara McCauley, Jeffrey Kurz, Markus Kurz, Thomas Greene McCauley, James Rottman
  • Publication number: 20240002965
    Abstract: The method relates to a press-hardened component with a tensile strength Rm>1600 MPa, in particular >1800 MPa, and especially >2000 MPa, wherein the component is manufactured from a steel material, wherein the steel material is a boron-manganese steel, which has a carbon content >0.30 mass %, wherein the steel material is hot rolled or hot rolled and cold rolled to a strip with a thickness of 0.5 to 3 mm, wherein the strip has a thin coating of zinc or a zinc-based alloy and a coating weight of <50 g/m2 on each strip side of the steel strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Inventors: Florian Gerstner, Andreas Sommer, Siegfried Kolnberger, Thomas Kurz
  • Publication number: 20230356773
    Abstract: A method for influencing a stiffness behavior of a vehicle assembly of a vehicle includes changing a wheel steering angle of at least one vehicle wheel of the vehicle using at least one wheel steering angle controller of a steering system of the vehicle, and reducing a stiffness of the vehicle assembly by configuring and/or adapting a chassis characteristic of the vehicle. The method further includes actuating the at least one wheel steering angle controller in at least one driving mode state to selectively influence the stiffness behavior of the vehicle assembly, such that a change in the stiffness of the vehicle assembly caused by the configuration and/or adaptation of the chassis characteristic is compensated as a function of a driving situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Inventors: Christian Riese, Matthias Ehrmann, Thomas Kurz, Tobias Ritz
  • Publication number: 20230228326
    Abstract: A method for calibrating an actuation of a converter lock-up clutch of a hydrodynamic torque converter having a pump wheel and a turbine wheel connected to a power-split transmission. The transmission has at least two clutches each connected to a respective power-split shaft assembly and each configured be actuated separately to close and open in order to apply a clutch torque to the turbine wheel so that a rotation speed difference between the pump wheel and the turbine wheel changes. The method includes opening the converter lock-up clutch and the at least two clutches each connected to a respective power-split shaft assembly of the transmission, rotating the pump wheel with a specified rotation speed, and applying a clutch torque to the turbine wheel as a function of an actual rotation speed difference. Clutches connected to a different respective power-split shaft assembly of the transmission are actuated in the closing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2023
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Sven Bieber, Andreas Schwarz, Thomas Kurz
  • Patent number: 11473675
    Abstract: A method for holding a vehicle on a gradient. The vehicle has a transmission with an output, a first clutch and a second clutch. The primary sides of the first and second clutches are mechanically operatively connected to one another. The secondary sides of the first and second clutches are mechanically operatively connected to one another and to the output of the transmission. Different transmission ratios can be engaged by way of the first clutch and the second clutch, and the first clutch is in an engaged state. The method includes the additional closure of the second clutch in order to block the transmission and thus hold the vehicle at a standstill on a gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schwarz, Thomas Kurz, Sven Bieber
  • Patent number: 11459628
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a sheet steel component by means of a press hardening or form hardening process, the sheet steel component being produced by virtue of the fact that a sheet bar composed of at least one region made of a highly hardenable carbon/manganese/boron steel and at least one dual-phase steel is cold-formed, then heated, and then quenched in a cooling press or a sheet bar composed of at least one region made of a highly hardenable carbon/manganese/boron steel and at least one region made of a dual-phase steel is heated to a temperature above the austenitization temperature of the highly hardenable steel material and is then formed into the sheet steel component in a single stroke or in a plurality of strokes in a forming and cooling press, wherein as a softer material and as a partner for the highly hardenable carbon/manganese/boron steel, a dual-phase steel is used, whose Ac3 value is increased until at the required annealing temperatures, with the austenitization of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: voestalpine Stahl GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Rehrl, Thomas Kurz, Andreas Pichler
  • Patent number: 11333240
    Abstract: A method of shifting a transmission in which a clutch, located in the torque flow, in a first gear and in a second gear is controlled in such manner that, in the first gear, the clutch slips and transmits a first torque and, in the second gear, the clutch slips and transmits a second torque. The second torque is chosen such that an output torque of the transmission remains the same when shifting from the first gear to the second gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Sven Bieber, Thomas Kurz, Andreas Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20210317544
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an ultra-high-strength hot-rolled structural steel, wherein a steel is produced with a carbon content that is not greater than 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Markus Sonnleitner, Thomas Kurz, Martin Klein, Gerhard Hubmer, Helmut Spindler
  • Patent number: 11118674
    Abstract: A control unit (11) that outputs a shift signal to a transmission (4) when the control unit recognizes that the bucket (1) is in a loading position, such that the transmission (4) shifts not to the next-higher gear ratio, but to a further, even higher, gear ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schwarz, Thomas Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210207709
    Abstract: A method for holding a vehicle on a gradient. The vehicle has a transmission with an output, a first clutch and a second clutch. The primary sides of the first and second clutches are mechanically operatively connected to one another. The secondary sides of the first and second clutches are mechanically operatively connected to one another and to the output of the transmission. Different transmission ratios can be engaged by way of the first clutch and the second clutch, and the first clutch is in an engaged state. The method includes the additional closure of the second clutch in order to block the transmission and thus hold the vehicle at a standstill on a gradient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas SCHWARZ, Thomas KURZ, Sven BIEBER
  • Publication number: 20210164066
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a sheet steel component by means of a press hardening or form hardening process, the sheet steel component being produced by virtue of the fact that a sheet bar composed of at least one region made of a highly hardenable carbon/manganese/boron steel and at least one dual-phase steel is cold-formed, then heated, and then quenched in a cooling press or a sheet bar composed of at least one region made of a highly hardenable carbon/manganese/boron steel and at least one region made of a dual-phase steel is heated to a temperature above the austenitization temperature of the highly hardenable steel material and is then formed into the sheet steel component in a single stroke or in a plurality of strokes in a forming and cooling press, wherein as a softer material and as a partner for the highly hardenable carbon/manganese/boron steel, a dual-phase steel is used, whose Ac3 value is increased until at the required annealing temperatures, with the austenitization of the
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Johannes Rehrl, Thomas Kurz, Andreas Pichler
  • Patent number: 11015706
    Abstract: A method for controlling the transmission of a working machine, by which, with at least one sensor of the working machine, at least one specific parameter is determined and transmitted to a control unit for controlling the transmission. The working machine has a lifting mechanism and the at least one specific parameter which characterizes an actuation condition of the lifting mechanism. A predetermined shifting strategy is adapted, by the method, as a function of the at least one specific parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Sven Bieber, Andreas Schwarz, Thomas Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210017617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a sheet steel component by means of a press hardening or form hardening process, the sheet steel component being produced by virtue of the fact that a sheet bar composed of a dual-phase steel is cold-formed, then heated, and then quenched in a cooling press or a sheet bar composed of a dual-phase steel is heated to a temperature above the austenitization temperature of the highly hardenable steel material and is then formed into the sheet steel component in a single stroke or in a plurality of strokes in a forming and cooling press, wherein a dual-phase steel is used, whose Ac3 value is increased until at the required annealing temperatures, only a partial austenitization of the dual-phase steel takes place so that when loaded into the cooling press, the dual-phase steel has a ferritic matrix, and in addition to this, austenite is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: voestalpine Stahl GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Pichler, Thomas Kurz, Johannes Rehrl
  • Publication number: 20200362962
    Abstract: A method of shifting a transmission in which a clutch, located in the torque flow, in a first gear and in a second gear is controlled in such manner that, in the first gear, the clutch slips and transmits a first torque and, in the second gear, the clutch slips and transmits a second torque. The second torque is chosen such that an output torque of the transmission remains the same when shifting from the first gear to the second gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Sven BIEBER, Thomas KURZ, Andreas SCHWARZ
  • Publication number: 20200355263
    Abstract: A method for controlling the transmission of a working machine, by which, with at least one sensor of the working machine, at least one specific parameter is determined and transmitted to a control unit for controlling the transmission. The working machine has a lifting mechanism and the at least one specific parameter which characterizes an actuation condition of the lifting mechanism. A predetermined shifting strategy is adapted, by the method, as a function of the at least one specific parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Sven BIEBER, Andreas SCHWARZ, Thomas KURZ
  • Patent number: 10829840
    Abstract: A steel sheet for hot pressing includes in a chemical composition, in percent by mass, C of 0.1% to 0.4%, Si of greater than 0% to 2.0%, Mn of 0.5% to 3.0%, P of greater than 0% to 0.015%, S of greater than 0% to 0.01%, B of 0.0003% to 0.01%, N of greater than 0% to 0.05%, Al in a content of 2×[N]% to 0.3% at a Si content of greater than 0.5% to 2.0%; or Al in a content of (0.20+2×[N]?0.40×[Si]N)% to 0.3% at a Si content of 0% to 0.5%, where [N] and [Si] are contents of N and Si, respectively, in mass percent, with the remainder being iron and inevitable impurities, where contents of Ti, Zr, Hf, and Ta, of the inevitable impurities, are each controlled to 0.005% or lower. The steel sheet includes nitride-based inclusions with an equivalent circle diameter of 1 ?m or more in a number density of 0.10 per square millimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Murakami, Junya Naitou, Keisuke Okita, Shushi Ikeda, Shinji Sato, Andreas Pichler, Thomas Kurz
  • Publication number: 20200340576
    Abstract: A control unit (11) that outputs a shift signal to a transmission (4) when the control unit recognizes that the bucket (1) is in a loading position, such that the transmission (4) shifts not to the next-higher gear ratio, but to a further, even higher, gear ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas SCHWARZ, Thomas KURZ
  • Publication number: 20200324771
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a characteristic diagram for a drive-train of a working machine, which contains a brake pedal characteristic of a brake system and a clutch characteristic of a drive clutch, in which an opening point at which the drive clutch is disengaged when a brake pedal of the brake system is actuated as a function of a pedal path, and/or a closing point at which the drive clutch is engaged when the brake pedal is released as a function of the pedal path, is calibrated. When the brake pedal is actuated and/or released an actual rotational speed profile of the drive-train is determined, the actual rotational speed profile determined is compared with a stored corresponding target rotational speed profile, and the opening point and/or closing point of the drive clutch is adapted to minimize deviation of the actual rotational speed profile from the target rotational speed profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Hans HÖFLER, Udo BREHMER, Thomas KURZ
  • Publication number: 20200276980
    Abstract: A method is described for calibrating a characteristic diagram of a working machine. The characteristic diagram includes a brake pedal characteristic of a brake system and at least one clutch characteristic of a drive input clutch which, in the calibrated condition, have a nominal relationship to one another. The method having the steps of: determining a wheel-side drive output torque; determining an actual brake pedal characteristic with reference to the drive output torque; determining an actual relationship that differs from the nominal relationship by comparing the actual brake pedal characteristic with a nominal brake pedal characteristic; and calibrating the brake pedal characteristic or the clutch characteristic in such manner that the actual relationship corresponds to the nominal relationship. In addition a working machine with a control unit for carrying out the method is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Hans HÖFLER, Udo BREHMER, Thomas KURZ