Patents by Inventor Yu KAWANO

Yu KAWANO 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: 20220146350
    Abstract: In at least two groups of independent sensors connected to an electronic control device(s), at least two output signal ports are included in a sensor of a first group, and one output signal port is included in a sensor of a second group; and two output signals in the first group have different characteristics while having a constant relationship to each other defined in advance, and the one output signal in the second group has an equivalent characteristic to either one of the two output signals in the first group. The electronic control device(s) includes an abnormality determination unit which is configured in such a manner that all of output signals of the output signal ports are compared, and, for the control by the electronic control device(s), only a normal output signal(s) is used among the output signals thereof having been determined by the abnormality determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yu KAWANO, Takashi YAGIHARA
  • Patent number: 11296624
    Abstract: An electronic control device of the invention having a multiple of power supply system lines, with an object of providing a device such that no circulation path is formed in a ground line, includes a power supply in which a multiple of power supply system lines are provided, a multiple of drive units to which the power is independently supplied from the power supply system lines, and at least one controller that outputs control signals to the multiple of drive units, and is configured so that negative side lines of the power supply system lines are connected by one ground line in the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Fushie, Yu Kawano, Rei Araki
  • Patent number: 11204261
    Abstract: To provide a rotational position detecting device in which a rotational position detection error caused by variation in distance between a sensor magnet and a magnetic sensor is reduced, the rotational position detecting device includes a sensor magnet (30) configured to generate a magnetic flux; a holder (34), which is configured to hold the sensor magnet, and has a pressure-contact portion (340) to be fixed to a shaft (40) of a motor (1); and a magnetic sensor (32) configured to detect the magnetic flux generated by the sensor magnet, the magnetic sensor being directly or indirectly fixed to the motor, and being arranged away from the sensor magnet in an axial direction of the shaft, the shaft having an abutment portion (403, 405) configured to receive a distal end portion (341) of the pressure-contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shusuke Hori, Yosuke Yui, Yu Kawano, Masahiro Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 11159118
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes: an electric motor including multi-phase coils, which is configured to cause a steering mechanism of a vehicle to rotate; and a control unit including a plurality of inverter circuits configured to drive the electric motor, wherein the inverter circuits include capacitors for smoothing, which are small in number than phase number of the electric motor, and the capacitors are arranged between bridge circuits of respective phases of the inverter circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Rei Araki, Yu Kawano, Norihiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11131720
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic control device, including: a plurality of grounding terminals provided to a plurality of grounds in the device individually on a one-to-one basis; a grounding common portion for connecting a plurality of grounding points provided to the plurality of grounds individually on a one-to-one basis; a current detection unit configured to detect each of currents flowing between the plurality of grounding points and the plurality of grounding terminals provided for the plurality of grounding points individually on a one-to-one basis or a current flowing through the grounding common portion; and a controller configured to detect a ground open condition for each of the plurality of grounds by comparing a detection result obtained by the current detection unit with a determination value for determining the ground open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Rei Araki, Yu Kawano, Norihiro Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20210211075
    Abstract: An electronic control device of the invention having a multiple of power supply system lines, with an object of providing a device such that no circulation path is formed in a ground line, includes a power supply in which a multiple of power supply system lines are provided, a multiple of drive units to which the power is independently supplied from the power supply system lines, and at least one controller that outputs control signals to the multiple of drive units, and is configured so that negative side lines of the power supply system lines are connected by one ground line in the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke FUSHIE, Yu KAWANO, Rei ARAKI
  • Publication number: 20210006134
    Abstract: The electric power steering device includes a motor and a control unit integrated coaxially therewith at an output shaft end of the motor. The motor has two sets of windings independently of each other. The control unit includes two inverter circuits having a plurality of switching elements for supplying currents, and two control circuits for respectively outputting drive signals to the inverter circuits. The inverter circuits are formed by power modules, and have detection terminals for detecting voltages between both ends of shunt resistors for detecting currents. Shield walls for shielding noise are provided to a heatsink for supporting the power modules and control boards forming the control circuits. The shield walls support the control boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori ICHIKAWA, Takashi YAGIHARA, Yu KAWANO
  • Patent number: 10871365
    Abstract: Included are: a sensor magnet which rotates integrally with a rotating shaft centering on the rotating shaft, and generates a magnetic field for angle detection which is for detecting the angle of rotation; a first sensor and a second sensor each of which is arranged opposite to the sensor magnet at a position separated in angle by 90 degrees on the circumference centered on the rotating shaft, and outputs a signal corresponding to the magnetic field for angle detection; and an angle calculator that calculates a rotation angle by using the signals from the first sensor and the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Yu Kawano, Yuji Takizawa
  • Publication number: 20200382047
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes: an electric motor including multi-phase coils, which is configured to cause a steering mechanism of a vehicle to rotate; and a control unit including a plurality of inverter circuits configured to drive the electric motor, wherein the inverter circuits include capacitors for smoothing, which are small in number than phase number of the electric motor, and the capacitors are arranged between bridge circuits of respective phases of the inverter circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Rei ARAKI, Yu KAWANO, Norihiro YAMAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10819176
    Abstract: Provided is an electric motor including a permanent magnet rotor and two sets of multi-phase windings serving as coil windings of a stator. The coil windings are wound around teeth by concentrated winding. The multi-phase windings of one of the two sets are wound around every other tooth by skipping one tooth in between. The multi-phase windings of another of the two sets are wound around the teeth skipped by the multi-phase windings of the one set. Adjacent coil windings of the two sets are wound in the same direction. A control unit configured to supply power to the coil windings includes control circuits independent of each other to provide one control circuit for each of the two sets of coil windings, and the control unit controls the control circuits with two sets of control signals having a phase difference of 150 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shusuke Hori, Shinsuke Hemmi, Tatsuki Kawashima, Satoru Akutsu, Yu Kawano
  • Patent number: 10788319
    Abstract: Provided is an angle detection device including: a correction signal calculator configured to generate corrected signals from a sine signal and a cosine signal acquired from an angle detector; and an angle calculator configured to calculate an angle signal for a rotary machine from the corrected signals. When one of the sine signal and the cosine signal is defined as a first detection signal, and another one thereof is defined as a second detection signal, the correction signal calculator calculates a corrected first detection signal and a corrected second detection signal, and the angle calculator calculates the angle signal for the rotary machine from the corrected first detection signal and the corrected second detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Wataru Ozaki, Yu Kawano
  • Publication number: 20200284614
    Abstract: Provided is a rotation detection device including: a power supply unit configured to output constant power supply; a rotation sensor unit configured to output a detection signal that depends on rotation of a vehicle; a controller configured to calculate on-time rotation information on the vehicle, which is information at a time when an ignition switch is on, to control a motor; and a calculation unit configured to calculate off-time rotation information on the vehicle by intermittently supplying a power supply voltage to the rotation sensor unit when the ignition switch is off, update a set value of an intermittent interval so that the set value becomes smaller when the off-time rotation information contains information indicating rotation of a motor for the vehicle, and otherwise update the set value of the intermittent interval so that the set value becomes larger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yu KAWANO, Satoshi IOHARA
  • Patent number: 10720873
    Abstract: Provided is an electric drive device which controls a current supplied to coils during normal operation so as to be less than a current limit value when normal, which is determined from heat generating properties and heat radiating properties of a thermally coupled body that includes the coils and an inverter circuit. When an abnormality in each group or each phase of the coils and the inverter circuit is detected, the supply of current to all phases of a group suffering an abnormality in the coils, or to a phase that is not capable of continuous operation, is stopped or reduced; and the limit value of the current supplied to a coil that is capable of continuous operation is reset to a current limit value in the event of abnormality, which is larger than the current limit value when normal, within the range of improvement of the heat generating properties of the thermally coupled body due to the stopping or reduction of the supply of current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Yu Kawano
  • Patent number: 10666170
    Abstract: A failure determination device for an angle detector for a rotating machine, including: an angle detector, which includes n pole pairs (n>m), and outputs sine and cosine wave-signals in accordance with a rotational position of a rotating machine including a multi-phase winding and m pole pairs (m?2); and a failure determiner for detecting failure of the detector based on signals from the detector. The detector outputs first and second sine-wave-signals having 180° phases different, and first and second cosine-wave-signals having 180° phases different. The failure determiner determines malfunction of the detector when the failure is determined with use of at least one of: failure determination using a sum of the first and second sine-wave-signals and a sum of the first and second cosine-wave-signals; or failure determination using a sum of squares or a square root of a sum of squares of the sine-wave-signal and the cosine-wave-signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Yu Kawano, Munenori Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20200158788
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic control device, including: a plurality of grounding terminals provided to a plurality of grounds in the device individually on a one-to-one basis; a grounding common portion for connecting a plurality of grounding points provided to the plurality of grounds individually on a one-to-one basis; a current detection unit configured to detect each of currents flowing between the plurality of grounding points and the plurality of grounding terminals provided for the plurality of grounding points individually on a one-to-one basis or a current flowing through the grounding common portion; and a controller configured to detect a ground open condition for each of the plurality of grounds by comparing a detection result obtained by the current detection unit with a determination value for determining the ground open condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Rei ARAKI, Yu KAWANO, Norihiro YAMAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10611400
    Abstract: Provided is an electric power steering device capable of continuing control while ensuring a satisfactory level of a steering feeling of a driver at a time of occurrence of failure of one motor winding set. A control part is configured to detect a failure of each component of the electric power steering device, and when control is continued with field-weakening control by a normal motor winding and an inverter circuit depending on the detected failure, restrict a d-axis current based on a torque ripple that occurs in a steering wheel of a vehicle with respect to the field-weakening control of a state in which the failure has not occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Yu Kawano
  • Patent number: 10584953
    Abstract: There are arranged a sensor magnet fixed to a rotary shaft and configured to generate a magnetic field for detecting a rotation angle, and a plurality of sensors arranged so as to be opposed to the sensor magnet and each configured to output a sine signal and a cosine signal in accordance with the magnetic field. First and second sensors are arranged on two radial lines different from each other, respectively, out of three radial lines dividing a circumference about the rotary shaft of the sensor magnet into six equal parts. An angle calculation unit is configured to carry out calculation so that 3n-th (n is a natural number) order harmonic components out of odd-order harmonic components of each of the sine signal and the cosine signal output by the first and second sensors cancel one another, to thereby calculate the rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Wakaki Miyaji, Yu Kawano
  • Patent number: 10490997
    Abstract: An electronic control device having multiple system circuits is such that power supply interrupting means is provided independently in all the system circuits, an abnormal system circuit is interrupted using the interrupting means in accordance with an abnormality being detected, and control is continued using a normal system circuit, whereby redundancy is improved. A multiple of system circuits formed of a drive unit system circuit and a controller system circuit are divided from a branch point of a power line, and furthermore, a relay function of being capable of controlling so as to interrupt a power supply to each system circuit is disposed in each system circuit, whereby each system circuit can independently be shut off or continue to be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Rei Araki, Yu Kawano
  • Publication number: 20190265070
    Abstract: To provide a rotational position detecting device in which a rotational position detection error caused by variation in distance between a sensor magnet and a magnetic sensor is reduced, the rotational position detecting device includes a sensor magnet (30) configured to generate a magnetic flux; a holder (34), which is configured to hold the sensor magnet, and has a pressure-contact portion (340) to be fixed to a shaft (40) of a motor (1); and a magnetic sensor (32) configured to detect the magnetic flux generated by the sensor magnet, the magnetic sensor being directly or indirectly fixed to the motor, and being arranged away from the sensor magnet in an axial direction of the shaft, the shaft having an abutment portion (403, 405, 5) configured to receive a distal end portion (341) of the pressure-contact portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shusuke HORI, Yosuke YUI, Yu KAWANO, Masahiro KANAMARU
  • Patent number: 10373896
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor module having an integrated insulating sheet structure, wherein detachment of the insulating sheet can be suppressed and improved reliability of the semiconductor module is achieved, by adopting a structure in which at least one location of the insulating sheet is sunken inside a mold, and a sealing resin body and the insulating sheet of the semiconductor module form a protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Fushie, Yu Kawano, Yoshihito Asao, Akihiko Mori