Patents by Inventor Wolfgang Thieler

Wolfgang Thieler 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: 5773904
    Abstract: An electric machine which can be operated optionally as a motor or generator and in particular can be installed in the drive train of a motor vehicle with a hybrid drive. The machine includes a stator and a rotor of substantially cylindrical shape, The rotor is positioned about the stator to form a circumferential air gap between the stator and the rotor. An integrated switchable clutch is provided for the transmission of torque. The rotor is arranged on the outside (external-rotor machine) of the stator and the clutch is arranged within the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Schiebold, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 5755302
    Abstract: A drive apparatus for a hybrid electric/combustion powered vehicle having an internal combustion engine and a gear-shifting transmission unit. The drive apparatus includes a rotatable crank shaft operatively connectable to the internal combustion engine, and a rotatable transmission shaft operatively connectable to the gear-shifting transmission unit. The drive apparatus further comprises a movable annular rotor disposed annularly about the transmission shaft, the rotor including a permanent magnet for generating a magnetic field and an attachment mechanism for attaching the rotor to the transmission shaft so that torque can be transmitted between the rotor and the transmission shaft. The stationary annular stator is attachable to at least one of the internal combustion engine and the gear-shifting transmission unit and is disposed concentrically about and proximate the rotor in an electromagnetically interactive relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Fichtel & Sachs AG
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Dieter Bauch-Panetzky, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 5691588
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for a hybrid vehicle with an electric motor, which has a rotor with a hub body and a stator, and with two engagable and disengagable dry-disk clutches. Each of the dry-disk clutches has a first functional component as well as a second functional component. The second functional component is frictionally connectable to the first functional component in order to provide a torque transmitting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Fichtel & Sachs AG
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Dieter Bauch-Panetzky, Reinhard Feldhaus, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 5581465
    Abstract: A process for changing the speed of a vehicle with driving wheels and with a continuously adjustable speed/torque characteristic in the drive train, in particular a vehicle with electric motor drive, corresponding to a change in the position .alpha.(t) of an accelerator pedal carried out by the driver of the vehicle, in which every position .alpha.(t) of the accelerator pedal is associated with a determined drive output P.sub.v (.alpha.)=f.sub.1 (.alpha.).times.P.sub.max (where P.sub.max =maximum drive output of the vehicle) and/or driving torque M.sub.v (.alpha.)=f.sub.1 (.alpha.).times.M.sub.max (where M.sub.max =maximum driving torque of the vehicle) which is desired in the sense of a predetermined value and acts on the vehicle. To provide a process and a device for implementing the process permitting the driver to change the actual speed of the vehicle to a different desired value in the most uncomplicated and reliable manner, the predetermined value P.sub.v (t) and/or M.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 5533583
    Abstract: A passenger automobile or truck contains a unit which is formed by an internal combustion engine and a generator and which powers electric motors coupled with driving wheels of the vehicle via an energy distributor in the form of power electronics. An accumulator which can likewise be coupled with the electric motors via the energy distributor is provided as an additional power source. An electronic control unit receives driving signals from an accelerator pedal, in particular a position signal and a speed signal. The position signal of the throttle is interpreted as a request for a determined permanent output to be supplied by the internal combustion engine.The internal combustion engine is revved up to a new operating point in an "optimal" manner (e.g. with favorable fuel consumption), for example when a higher output is requested, while the generator is entirely or partially uncoupled from the load. Energy for accelerating the vehicle is provided in the meantime by the accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 5517092
    Abstract: In a drive arrangement of a motor vehicle in which the wheels of the motor vehicle are driven by separate electric motors and the electric motors are powered via a d.c. voltage intermediate circuit by a generator arrangement driven by an internal combustion engine, the speed of the internal combustion engine and individual wheels is sensed by speed sensing circuits which respond to pulse signals of commutator circuits of the generator arrangement and electric motors. The commutator circuits generate the pulse signals depending on position transmitters which are arranged at the generator arrangement and at the electric motors. In this way, the speeds can be sensed with great accuracy exclusively on the basis of already existing components of the drive arrangement. In particular, the speed sensing means cooperate with an antilock braking system (ABS) and a drive slip regulating system (ASR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 5515937
    Abstract: A motor vehicle including a unit (2) consisting of an internal combustion engine, a generator supplying current to electric motors (12, 16) coupled with driving wheels (14, 18) over an energy distributor/power electronics system (8) and a battery which is supplied with energy by the internal combustion engine/generator unit via the energy distributor (2). An electronic control system (20) controls the energy distributor (8) as a function of a driving signal according to boundary conditions, for example, according to the least possible specific fuel consumption. A temporary increase in the power required to drive the motors can be supplied by the battery (22). In the event that the increase in power lasts for longer periods, the internal combustion engine, which as far as possible operates in a state that ensures low fuel consumption, is accelerated in order to cover the demand for high power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 5469928
    Abstract: Steering is actively assisted in a turning motor vehicle including a hybrid drive having both an internal combustion engine and a generator unit. The inner and outer wheels are each associated with an individual drive which is controlled in accordance with the steering angle of the steered wheels. Specifically, the torque differential is adjusted such that the percentage actual wheel differentials approach the percentage reference wheel speed differentials. A substantial reduction in the force which must be applied via the steering system to adjust the steering wheels, as compared to an absence of torque differential, is achieved because the outer wheel is driven at a higher output than the inner wheel when making a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek, Manfred Roder
  • Patent number: 5461289
    Abstract: The drive arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an internal combustion engine (1) with at least one controlling element (29), an electric generator arrangement (3) driven by the internal combustion engine (1), at least one electric motor (11) which is powered by the generator arrangement (3) and drives the motor vehicle, and an electronic control unit (19) which, depending on the setting of an accelerator pedal (23), controls at least an actuating drive (27) and the electrical output generated by the generator arrangement (3) and/or the electrical output received by the electric motor (11). The arrangement contains a device for detecting an actual value of the speed of the internal combustion engine (1) and component for detecting an actual value of the electrical output generated by the generator arrangement (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 5450920
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle driven by an internal combustion engine, and having a drive train for receiving mechanical power of the engine and imparting motion to the motor vehicle via at least one set of wheels of the motor vehicle, can include a system for engaging and disengaging at least a part of the drive train. This system for engaging and disengaging can be utilized for preventing the motor vehicle from being driven under its own power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Fichtel & Sachs AG
    Inventors: Karl-Georg Enk, Walter Fichtler, Wolfgang Thieler, Bernd Gaubitz, Hans-Jurgen Schneider
  • Patent number: 5431607
    Abstract: A drive and braking arrangement for a motor vehicle has at least one electric motor which drives the motor vehicle in dependence on the setting of an accelerator pedal. A forward drive or reverse drive selector (15) adjusts the driving direction of rotation of the electric motor, and a sensor is provided for detecting the driving speed of the motor vehicle. In order to control the braking force of a friction brake arrangement acting on at least one wheel of the motor vehicle, an actuating drive is provided which is set to a braking position by an electronic control unit when the accelerator pedal remains in a driving position for longer than a predetermined period of time and at the same time the detected driving speed is zero and/or when the sensor associated with the control unit detects an actual movement of the motor vehicle in the direction opposite to the driving direction selected at the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Alder, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 5419624
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a critical driving torque and information representing the coefficient of friction at the wheel grip limit for a vehicle having a plurality of driven wheels. It is suggested that torque control devices be assigned to at least two of the driven wheels so that the ratio of the driving torques of the two driven wheels can be varied, wherein torque sensing device generate a torque signal corresponding to the magnitude of at least the greater of the driving torques of the driven wheels. A wheel slip sensing device is associated with the driven wheels and detects an increase in the slip of the wheel with the greater driving torque beyond a predetermined limit. The information on the coefficient of friction is generated depending on the magnitude of the detected driving torque of the wheel whose slip exceeds the limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Adler, Hans-Jurgen Drexl, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Martin Ochs, Stefan Schiebold, Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Brucken, Wolfgang Thieler, Michael Wagner, Holger Westendorf, Rainer Wychnanek
  • Patent number: 4734693
    Abstract: For controlling a central locking installation and/or theft alarm of a motor vehicle a switch lock installation is provided which comprises at least one lock with mechanical tumblers for the mechanical locking and unlocking of a door or a bonnet of the motor vehicle. The tumblers form a first key secret. The key which blocks the tumblers carries an electrically, magnetically or optically readable information carrier for a second, operationally variable key secret. A reading device detects the information of the second key secret in a position in which the mechanical tumblers of the lock are released. If the key is moved in the opening direction of the lock, a control circuit compares the information read by the reading device with an ideal information stored in a memory circuit and controls the central locking installation and/or theft alarm accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Dluhosch, Hans Fliege, Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Horst Oppitz, Christoph Thielen, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 4624351
    Abstract: The friction disc clutch for a motor vehicle driven by an internal combustion engine comprises a flywheel which is driven through a rotationally elastic element by the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine. The mass-spring system of the drive path of the clutch is so dimensioned that natural vibrations occur in or below the idling rotation rate range of the internal combustion engine. The rotationally elastic element can be bridged over for rotation rates in the range of and below the idling rotation rate in order to prevent resonance effects in idling and in the starting of the internal combustion engine. The bridge-over clutch can be formed by a pinion of the starter motor. Alternatively, centrifugal clutches can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 4591039
    Abstract: A rotary clutch assembly is provided with a clutch release group. The clutch release group comprises a stator surrounding a torque transmission shaft in driving connection with one of the rotors of the rotary clutch assembly. A first bearing ring surrounds the torque transmission shaft. A toroidal membrane member is fixed with respect to the stator and acts onto the first bearing ring so as to axially displace the first bearing ring in response to pressure variation within the membrane. A second bearing ring is mounted for common axial movement with the first bearing ring and rotatable with respect thereto. The second bearing ring acts onto a clutch disengagement member rotating around the torque transmission shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: SACHS-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 4501348
    Abstract: A torsional oscillation damper having first and second damping members mounted for rotation about a common rotational axis and a coupling member arranged in torque transmitting engagement therebetween, the coupling member being in fixed rotative engagement with the first damper member and capable of being axially displaced relative to at least one of the damper members in the direction of the rotational axis. A spring device operates to apply a force to the coupling member against the axial direction of displacement thereof and the coupling member is movable over an axial slip surface between the coupling member and the second damper member acting during relative rotation between the coupling member and the second damper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 4485906
    Abstract: The torsional vibration damper which is suited in particular for the clutch disk of a motor vehicle friction clutch has two damper parts (13, 17) rotatable relative to one another around a common rotational axis (7) over a defined rotational angle, which damper parts (13, 17) together enclose at least one, preferably, at least three, damper chambers (33, 35) sealed outwardly and at least partially filled with a hydraulic fluid. A roller body (37) is arranged in each damper chamber (33, 35) which roller body (37) divides the damper chamber (33, 35) in the circumferential direction into two spaces (39, 41) whose relation of volume changes during the relative rotation of the damper parts (13, 17). A throttle connection (47) between the two spaces (39, 41) makes possible the compensation of the hydraulic fluid as a by-pass connection to the roller body (37).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Wolfgang Thieler
  • Patent number: 4474274
    Abstract: A clutch disk of a motor vehicle clutch is provided with a contact element. This contact element is part of a sensing circuit rotating with the clutch disk. This sensing circuit is open as long as the friction pads on the clutch disk are relatively new. Only when the friction pads have been worn to a predetermined degree, the contact element comes into contact with a friction face of the fly wheel disk of the pressure plate of the clutch, so that the sensing circuit is closed. The sensing circuit is connected through a pair of induction coils to a stationary electronic circuitry. This circuitry is influenced by the opening and closing of the sensing circuit and controls indicating means for indicating the degree of wear of the friction pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1984
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Wolfgang Thieler, Albert Katzenberger
  • Patent number: 4434879
    Abstract: A system for automatic actuation of the clutch of a motor vehicle wherein a pneumatic cylinder operates a normally engaged clutch to disengage the clutch when fluid pressure is applied to the pneumatic cylinder. A valve system operated through a control system vents the pneumatic cylinder to effect engagement of the clutch and applies fluid pressure from a fluid pressure source to disengage the clutch. The control system is responsive to the position of a clutch activating element interposed between the clutch and the pneumatic cylinder as well as to the speed of the motor of the motor vehicle. Additionally, sensors responsive to the operating condition of a manually shiftable transmission also operate to control the fluid pressure condition of the pneumatic cylinder to determine actuation of the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lutz, Franz Nagler, Wolfgang Thieler, Rudy Tellert