Patents by Inventor Thomas Reuss

Thomas Reuss 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: 9096116
    Abstract: A drive for a vehicle includes an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber delimited by a cylinder and a piston, a compressed gas storage connectable with the combustion chamber for storing a gas compressed in the combustion chamber, a separate expansion machine for expanding compressed gas from the combustion chamber or from the compressed gas storage by performing mechanical work, and devices for supplying gas from the expansion machine into the combustion chamber or into an intake passage of the internal combustion engine. The drive may, alternatively or in addition, also include devices for heating the compressed gas from the combustion chamber or from the compressed gas storage before the compressed gas enters into the expansion machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Marc Fessler, Johannes Dawidziak
  • Patent number: 8987599
    Abstract: A flat energy cable includes at least one push-pull strength member; a connecting system connected to the outer surface of a cable sheath; and a plurality of magnets connected to the connecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Prysmian S.p.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Thomas Kittel, Arnd Guenther Carl
  • Patent number: 8402939
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for optimizing combustion of diesel fuels with different cetane numbers in a diesel internal combustion engine. It is provided that cylinder pressures are measured in at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine during the combustion period, that at least one part of the measured cylinder pressures is evaluated in order to derive a characteristic value for the diesel fuel that is fed into the cylinder of the internal combustion engine, and that the characteristic value is used to change parameters that determine the combustion in the cylinders of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Axel Macher
  • Publication number: 20120324884
    Abstract: A drive for a vehicle includes an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber delimited by a cylinder and a piston, a compressed gas store connectable with the combustion chamber for storing a gas compressed in the combustion chamber, a separate expansion machine for expanding compressed gas from the combustion chamber or from the compressed gas store by performing mechanical work, and devices for supplying gas from the expansion machine into the combustion chamber or into an intake passage of the internal combustion engine. The drive may, alternatively or in addition, also include devices for heating the compressed gas from the combustion chamber or from the compressed gas store before the compressed gas enters into the expansion machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: THOMAS REUSS, Marc Fessler, Johannes Dawidziak
  • Publication number: 20120267164
    Abstract: A flat energy cable includes at least one push-pull strength member; a connecting system connected to the outer surface of a cable sheath; and a plurality of magnets connected to the connecting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Thomas Kittel, Arnd Guenther Carl, Helmut Jostmeier, Udo Rotzler
  • Publication number: 20120210952
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a combustion engine and an intake tract for feeding air to the combustion engine. A compressor is arranged in the intake tract for compressing air, and a turbine is arranged in the intake tract downstream of the compressor and powered by air compressed in the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Marc Fessler
  • Patent number: 8136488
    Abstract: An invention relates to a cooling system for a vehicle comprising an engine, an engine radiator, and an engine cooling circuit. A second cooling circuit encompassing at least one cooling component can be coupled to the engine radiator and is connected to a coolant recirculation pipe of the engine cooling circuit by means of a branch of a coolant supply pipe of the engine cooling circuit and a recirculation pipe of the cooling component. The second cooling circuit can be alternatively coupled to the coolant recirculation pipe or a coolant supply pipe at the output end in accordance with operating conditions of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Uwe Haas, Thomas Anzenberger, Thomas Reuss, Gunter Zitzler
  • Patent number: 7971576
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine, wherein exhaust gas produced by the internal combustion engine is returned to the internal combustion engine via an exhaust gas recirculation device, which comprises at least two cooling units with each of which a bypass is associated, the exhaust gas being cooled in the exhaust gas recirculation device as a function of the load state of the internal combustion engine, and wherein fresh air is fed to the internal combustion engine via a charge-air feed device, which comprises at least one cooling unit and at least one bypass connected in parallel to the cooling unit, the fresh air being supplied via the cooling unit and/or the bypass as a function of the load state. The invention also relates to an internal combustion engine comprising an exhaust gas recirculation device and a charge-air feed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Axel Macher, Martin Gruber
  • Patent number: 7707998
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine, in which the exhaust gas generated by the internal combustion engine is returned to the internal combustion engine by means of an exhaust gas recirculation device having at least two cooling devices which are each associated with a bypass, the exhaust gas being cooled in the exhaust gas recirculation device as a function of the load state of the internal combustion engine. The operation of the internal combustion engine is divided into at least four load states, and as a function of the instantaneous load state the exhaust gas is returned to the internal combustion engine via a flow path in the exhaust gas recirculation device specifically assigned to this load state. The invention further relates to an internal combustion engine having an exhaust gas recirculation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Martin Gruber, Axel Macher
  • Publication number: 20090229542
    Abstract: An invention relates to a cooling system for a vehicle comprising an engine, an engine radiator, and an engine cooling circuit. A second cooling circuit encompassing at least one cooling component can be coupled to the engine radiator and is connected to a coolant recirculation pipe of the engine cooling circuit by means of a branch of a coolant supply pipe of the engine cooling circuit and a recirculation pipe of the cooling component. The second cooling circuit can be alternatively coupled to the coolant recirculation pipe or a coolant supply pipe at the output end in accordance with operating conditions of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Uwe Haas, Thomas Anzenberger, Thomas Reuss, G√ľnter Zitzler
  • Publication number: 20090099754
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for optimizing combustion of diesel fuels with different cetane numbers in a diesel internal combustion engine. It is provided that cylinder pressures are measured in at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine during the combustion period, that at least one part of the measured cylinder pressures is evaluated in order to derive a characteristic value for the diesel fuel that is fed into the cylinder of the internal combustion engine, and that the characteristic value is used to change parameters that determine the combustion in the cylinders of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Axel Macher
  • Publication number: 20090025698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine, in which the exhaust gas generated by the internal combustion engine is returned to the internal combustion engine by means of an exhaust gas recirculation device having at least two cooling devices which are each associated with a bypass, the exhaust gas being cooled in the exhaust gas recirculation device as a function of the load state of the internal combustion engine. The operation of the internal combustion engine is divided into at least four load states, and as a function of the instantaneous load state the exhaust gas is returned to the internal combustion engine via a flow path in the exhaust gas recirculation device specifically assigned to this load state. The invention further relates to an internal combustion engine having an exhaust gas recirculation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Martin Gruber, Axel Macher
  • Publication number: 20080149080
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine, wherein exhaust gas produced by the internal combustion engine is returned to the internal combustion engine via an exhaust gas recirculation device, which comprises at least two cooling units with each of which a bypass is associated, the exhaust gas being cooled in the exhaust gas recirculation device as a function of the load state of the internal combustion engine, and wherein fresh air is fed to the internal combustion engine via a charge-air feed device, which comprises at least one cooling unit and at least one bypass connected in parallel to the cooling unit, the fresh air being supplied via the cooling unit and/or the bypass as a function of the load state. The invention also relates to an internal combustion engine comprising an exhaust gas recirculation device and a charge-air feed device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Axel Macher, Martin Gruber
  • Patent number: 7096860
    Abstract: In a charge-air cooling circuit for a multicylinder internal-combustion engine 1 with a turbo-supercharger 2, downstream from the turbo-supercharger 2 the charge air fed to two separate charge-air coolers 6, 6?, whereby the first charge-air cooler 6 divides the charge air into two flow branches I, II, cools the first of the two flow branches I, and allows the second of the two flow branches II to pass uncooled, and whereby the second charge-air cooler 6? allows the first of the two flow-branches I to pass uncooled, cools the second of the two flow branches II, and then recombines the two flow branches I, II.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Thomas Reuss
  • Publication number: 20040040548
    Abstract: In the case of a charge-air cooling circuit for a multicylinder internal-combustion engine 1 with a turbo-supercharger 2, it is proposed that downstream from the turbo-supercharger 2 the charge air be fed to two separate charge-air coolers 6, 6′, whereby the first charge-air cooler 6 divides the charge air into two flow branches I, II, effectively cools the first of the two flow branches I, and allows the second of the two flow branches II to pass essentially uncooled, and whereby the second charge-air cooler 6′ allows the first of the two flow-branches I to pass essentially uncooled, effectively cools the second of the two flow branches II, and then recombines the two flow branches I, II.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Reuss
  • Patent number: 6362432
    Abstract: A flexible power cable includes a plurality of power conductors each having insulation thereon and being arranged to form interstices between adjacent ones of the power conductors. Each of the power conductors includes a plurality of conductor strands. An insulated grounding conductor is provided in each interstice and together with the power conductors define a conductor bundle. An inner jacket surrounds the conductor bundle. A flexible, braided sheath member surrounds the inner jacket and is constructed and arranged to limit transmission and susceptibility to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference. An outer polymeric jacket surrounds the braided sheath member. The insulation of the power conductors and of the grounding conductors is lubricated so that the power conductors and the grounding conductors may move relative to each other and with respect to the inner jacket upon flexing of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Pirelli Kabel und Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steven G. LaPidus, Hartmut Kaletsch, Thomas Reuss, Ulricke Vogt
  • Patent number: 5393121
    Abstract: A tilt-away system for front seats of vehicles for permitting the entire front seat to be moved as far as possible out of the entry and exit region of the vehicle includes a seat frame front support assembly including a support stand which supports the front portion of the seat frame, a seat frame rear support assembly including link arms on each side of the seat frame, the link arms having forward ends pivotally secured to travellers which are displaceably mounted in rails and rearward ends connected to the rearward portion of the seat frame and being locked in a use position for the seat by a link arm locking mechanism, the link arms being adapted to be pivoted forwardly and upwardly to tilt the seat forwardly after it has been moved forwardly on the rails to a position intermediate the use and access positions, and a release mechanism for releasing the front portion of the seat frame from the support stand and the link arm locking mechanism in one operation so that the front seat can be moved forward to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Naue/Johnson Controls Engineering GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Gerhard Schmale, Norbert Sommer, Martin Lynda
  • Patent number: 5122622
    Abstract: An electrical cable includes a central bearing part having a plurality of high-tensile plastic filaments. A rubber sheathing encloses the bearing part. An inner and outer conductor are twisted onto the sheathed bearing part and are disposed concentrically to one another. The inner and outer conductors each include stranded wires. The stranded wires of the inner conductor, as well as the stranded wires of the outer conductor, are twisted together to form a lay. The stranded wires of the inner conductor have the same number of lays as the stranded wires of the outer conductor but with opposite directions of lay. An inner separation layer covers the inner conductor and an outer separation layer covers the outer conductor. Additionally, a rubber insulation layer covers the outer separation layer. Finally, an outer covering encloses the outer separation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Reuss, Klaus Lotter
  • Patent number: 5113040
    Abstract: A flexible electrical cable includes two stranded, rubber-insulated conductors. A rubber sheathing surrounds the conductors and it includes an inner and outer sheathing. The rubber sheathing and the two conductors form interstices therebetween. A wide-meshed textile plait is arranged between the inner sheathing and the outer sheathing. Cable fillers are arranged in the interstices. The cable fillers each have a section-forming rubber stand with a tension-proof element embedded therein. A braided covering of a latticed binding surrounds the conductors and the cable fillers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fritz Hose, Thomas Reuss