Patents by Inventor Torsten Schwarz

Torsten Schwarz 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: 10847817
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method to determine a content of a gas component in a gas mixture delivered recirculating through an anode chamber (12) or a cathode chamber (13) of a fuel cell (10), wherein the delivery takes place via a delivery device (26) functioning according to the positive displacement principle. The invention also relates to a fuel cell system (100) configured to execute the method. According to the invention, the content of the gas component is determined depending on geometric parameters (V, ?) and operating parameters (n, U, I) of the delivery device (26), as well as on thermodynamic state variables (p, T) of the gas mixture. The sought target quantity, for example a hydrogen component of an anode gas, can thus be determined in a simple and robust manner from quantities that are already known or measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AG, AUDI AG
    Inventors: Harald Heinrich, Wolfgang Hable, Torsten Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20200328549
    Abstract: A plug connector to which a cable having at least one insulated conductor can be connected is provided, wherein the plug connector has a conductive rubber element with at least one conductive layer, but preferably with at least two conductive layers. The electrical connection of the conductors is realized by the conductive rubber element. The conductive rubber element can also form the plug face of the plug connector. As an alternative, the conductors can be connected to contact elements by the conductive rubber element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Günter Pape, Andreas Kohler, Andreas Schwarz, Torsten Wolf
  • Patent number: 10474915
    Abstract: A system for comparing a head position of a passenger of a motor vehicle, determined with the aid of a determination unit, with a reference measurement. The system includes at least one marking element which has at least one marking and is able to be fastened to the head of the passenger, and at least one movement detection element for detecting the position of the at least one marking of the marking element for the reference measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Anke Schwarz, Torsten Maka, Esther-Sabrina Wacker, Philippe Dreuw, Rüdiger-Walter Henn
  • Patent number: 10243224
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for switching off a fuel cell system (100) having a fuel cell stack (10), that has anode chambers (13) and cathode chambers (12), and a cathode supply (20) having a cathode supply path (21) for supplying an oxygenated cathode operating gas into the cathode chambers (12), a compressor (23) arranged in the cathode supply path (21) and a cathode exhaust path (22) for discharging a cathode exhaust gas from the cathode chambers (12). The method comprises the steps of: (a) Maintenance of the cathode chambers (12) under excess pressure while preventing a flow of cathode operating gas through the cathode chambers (12) while keeping the cathode operating gas that is present in the cathode chambers (12) oxygen-depleted; (b) Expansion of the oxygen-depleted cathode operating gas present in the cathode chambers (12) via the cathode supply path (31) [sic] and/or the cathode exhaust path (22), and (c) Separation of the cathode chambers (12) from the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Torsten Schwarz, Johannes Müller, Matthew Kenneth Hortop
  • Publication number: 20190036133
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method to determine a content of a gas component in a gas mixture delivered recirculating through an anode chamber (12) or a cathode chamber (13) of a fuel cell (10), wherein the delivery takes place via a delivery device (26) functioning according to the positive displacement principle. The invention also relates to a fuel cell system (100) configured to execute the method. According to the invention, the content of the gas component is determined depending on geometric parameters (V, ?) and operating parameters (n, U, I) of the delivery device (26), as well as on thermodynamic state variables (p, T) of the gas mixture. The sought target quantity, for example a hydrogen component of an anode gas, can thus be determined in a simple and robust manner from quantities that are already known or measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Harald HEINRICH, Wolfgang HABLE, Torsten SCHWARZ
  • Patent number: 10122024
    Abstract: A bipolar plate (10) for a fuel cell, including a first half plate (20) having a first thickness (21) and a second half plate (30) having a second thickness (31), the first half plate (20) and the second half plate (30) each being situated with one of their flat sides facing one another, and the first half plate (20) forming a first flow field (22) on its outer side for a first operating medium and the second half plate (30) forming a second flow field (32) on its outer side for a second operating medium is provided. It is provided that the first thickness (21) of the first half plate (20) is on average smaller, at least in sections, than the second thickness (31) of the second half plate (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Ian Stewart, Christian Martin Zillich, Torsten Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20170331128
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for switching off a fuel cell system (100) having a fuel cell stack (10), that has anode chambers (13) and cathode chambers (12), and a cathode supply (20) having a cathode supply path (21) for supplying an oxygenated cathode operating gas into the cathode chambers (12), a compressor (23) arranged in the cathode supply path(21) and a cathode exhaust path (22) for discharging a cathode exhaust gas from the cathode chambers (12). The method comprises the steps of: (a) Maintenance of the cathode chambers (12) under excess pressure while preventing a flow of cathode operating gas through the cathode chambers (12) while keeping the cathode operating gas that is present in the cathode chambers (12) oxygen-depleted; (b) Expansion of the oxygen-depleted cathode operating gas present in the cathode chambers (12) via the cathode supply path (31) [sic] and/or the cathode exhaust path (22), and (c) Separation of the cathode chambers (12) from the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Torsten SCHWARZ, Johannes MÜLLER, Matthew Kenneth HORTOP
  • Publication number: 20160315332
    Abstract: A bipolar plate (10) for a fuel cell, including a first half plate (20) having a first thickness (21) and a second half plate (30) having a second thickness (31), the first half plate (20) and the second half plate (30) each being situated with one of their flat sides facing one another, and the first half plate (20) forming a first flow field (22) on its outer side for a first operating medium and the second half plate (30) forming a second flow field (32) on its outer side for a second operating medium is provided. It is provided that the first thickness (21) of the first half plate (20) is on average smaller, at least in sections, than the second thickness (31) of the second half plate (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventors: Ian Stewart, Christian Martin Zillich, Torsten Schwarz
  • Patent number: 7736775
    Abstract: A fuel cell system has a fuel cell stack composed of a plurality of fuel cells with a cathode side having a cathode inlet and a cathode outlet and an anode side having an anode inlet and an anode outlet. It is possible for a hydrogen-containing medium to be fed to the anode side and an oxygen-containing medium to be fed to the cathode side. It is further possible for at least some of the anode exhaust gas to be fed to the cathode side. An anode-side exhaust-gas line opens into an opening in a feed line for the oxygen-containing medium on a suction side of a compressor that feeds the oxygen to the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Torsten Schwarz, Sven Schmitz, Christoph Maume
  • Publication number: 20060105224
    Abstract: A fuel cell system has a fuel cell stack composed of a plurality of fuel cells with a cathode side having a cathode inlet and a cathode outlet and an anode side having an anode inlet and an anode outlet. It is possible for a hydrogen-containing medium to be fed to the anode side and an oxygen-containing medium to be fed to the cathode side. It is further possible for at least some of the anode exhaust gas to be fed to the cathode side. An anode-side exhaust-gas line opens into an opening in a feed line for the oxygen-containing medium on a suction side of a compressor that feeds the oxygen to the cathode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Torsten Schwarz, Sven Schmitz, Christoph Maume