Patents by Inventor Yuji Yasui

Yuji Yasui 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: 9032714
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system is provided that can decrease the load acting on a device treating PM, even when switched to stoich operation. The exhaust purification system includes: a PM treatment device, a three-way purification catalyst, an LAF sensor, and an ECU (3) that performs feedback control so that an LAF sensor output (Vex) becomes a target value (Vop) determined so that the three-way purification reaction is optimized during stoich operation. The ECU (3) includes a fuel controller (32) that determines a fuel injection amount (Gfuel) so that a state in which an air/fuel ratio of the air/fuel mixture is leaner than stoich and a state richer than stoich are alternately realized by modulating a fuel correction amount (dGfuel) determined so as to cause the LAF sensor output (Vex) to converge to the target value (Vop) by employing a predetermined modulation algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Hideki Matsunaga, Naohiro Sato, Masafumi Sakota
  • Patent number: 8978367
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying system includes: a SCR catalyst which has a function of reducing NOx and absorbing NO2; an upstream catalyst which is provided at the upstream side of the SCR catalyst and has a three-way purification function; and an air-fuel ratio controller which controls the air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture. The controller calculates the NO2 storage amount of the SCR catalyst (S2), calculates a value of the NOx correlation parameter that increases in response to the NOx discharge amount (S4), sets the stoichiometry determination threshold value to a small value as the NO2 storage amount increases (S5), and changes the operation mode of the engine to the stoichiometry operation mode in which the air-fuel ratio is controlled to stoichiometry when the value of the NOx correlation parameter is larger than the stoichiometry determination threshold value (S6, S9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Matsunaga, Yuji Yasui, Naohiro Sato, Masafumi Sakota, Eiji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8965664
    Abstract: A controller for a plant that controls a controlled variable for the plant in accordance with estimated values, allowing to reduce any error in the estimated values that is caused by solid variation or aging of the plant. A controller for an exhaust emission control system has an estimated Inert-EGR value calculation section (711) to calculate the estimated value IEGRHAT for the Inert-EGR amount on the basis of an input vector U through a neural network, an estimated LAF sensor output value calculation section (712) to calculate the estimated value ?HAT for an exhaust air-fuel ratio correlating with the Inert-EGR amount on the basis of the input vector U through the neural network, an LAF sensor (34) to detect the exhaust air-fuel ratio, and a nonlinear adaptive corrector (713) to calculate the adaptive input UVNS such that the estimated error EHAT between the detected value ?ACT from the LAF sensor (34) and the estimated output value ?HAT of the LAF sensor (34) is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Koichi Nakajima, Michael Fischer
  • Patent number: 8930099
    Abstract: In a control apparatus for an automatic transmission, it is configured to calculate a change amount (?NC estimation value) of an output rotational speed of the transmission (S10); calculate an average (I phase initial average G) of the change amount of the output rotational speed over a predetermined period of an initial inertia (I) phase of shifting; calculate an average (after-shift average G) of a vehicle acceleration after the completion of the shifting, assuming that the change amount of the output rotational speed indicates the vehicle acceleration G; calculate a difference (I phase initial G) between the average of the change amount of the output rotational speed and the average of the vehicle acceleration; incrementally and decrementally correct the desired value of the transmission torque of the frictional engaging element such that the calculated difference falls within a predetermined range; and control supply of hydraulic pressure to the frictional engaging element such that it becomes the correct
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Inagawa, Shintaro Kameda, Atsuhiro Saeki, Takahiro Matsuda, Hidekazu Araki, Hiroyuki Okuda, Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8875497
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system for an internal combustion engine is provided that can steadily maintain a NOx purification rate of a selective reduction catalyst to be high without allowing the fuel economy or marketability to deteriorate. The exhaust purification system includes a NO2—NOx ratio adjustment mechanism that causes a NO2—NOx ratio to change; and a NO2—NOx ratio perturbation controller that executes NO2—NOx ratio perturbation control so that a NO2 balance of the selective reduction catalyst in a predetermined time period, with NO2 adsorption being positive and NO2 release being negative, is 0. Herein, NO2—NOx ratio perturbation control is defined as control that alternately executes NO2 increase control to cause the NO2—NOx ratio to be greater than a reference value near 0.5, and NO2 decrease control to cause the NO2—NOx ratio to be less than the reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Matsunaga, Yuji Yasui, Eiji Hashimoto, Hisao Haga, Naohiro Sato, Masafumi Sakota
  • Patent number: 8863503
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system is provided that can appropriately grasp the NOx concentration or NH3 concentration on a downstream side of a selective reduction catalyst. A separation filter of the system models a downstream NOx estimated value (NOx_DW_hat) of the catalyst with a value obtained by multiplying a coefficient (Kscr) by an output (NOx_UP) of an upstream-side NOx sensor. The separation filter includes transient extraction filters that block a stationary component and allow a frequency band corresponding to an increase-decrease request of drive power from the driver to pass from the downstream NOx sensor output (Ynox) and upstream NOx sensor output (NOx_UP), and calculate filter values (Ynox_f, NOx_UP_f) of each; and an identifier that identifies the coefficient (Kscr) so that error (eid) between the filter value (Ynox_f) and a value (NOx_DW_hat_f) obtained by multiplying the purification coefficient (Kscr) by the filter value (NOx_UP_f) becomes a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8862248
    Abstract: A control apparatus capable of improving the control accuracy and stability when controlling a controlled object with a predetermined restraint condition between a plurality of model parameters, or a controlled object having a lag characteristic, using a control target model of a discrete-time system. The control apparatus has an ECU which arranges a control target model including two model parameters such that terms not multiplied by the model parameters and terms multiplied by the same are on different sides of the model, respectively. Assuming the different sides represent a combined signal value and an estimated combined signal value, respectively, the ECU calculates onboard identified values of the model parameters such that an identification error between the signal values is minimized, and calculates an air-fuel ratio correction coefficient using the identified values and a control algorithm derived from the control target model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8813477
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system is provided that can continuously maintain a NOx purification rate to be high while suppressing the occurrence of ammonia slip. The exhaust purification system includes a slip determination portion 34 that determines the occurrence of ammonia slip based on an output value NH3CONS of an ammonia sensor 26. A reference injection amount calculating portion 31 calculates a reference injection amount GUREA—BS based on a parameter correlating to an operating state of an engine. A switching injection amount calculating portion 32 decreases in amount a urea injection amount GUREA by setting a switching injection amount GUREA—SW to a negative value in response to having determined that ammonia slip has occurred, and increases in amount the injection amount GUREA by setting the switching injection amount GUREA—SW to a positive value in response to a storage amount estimated value STUREA having fallen below a predetermined switch storage amount STUREA—SW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Kazuo Yanada
  • Patent number: 8794219
    Abstract: An EGR control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of properly controlling an inert gas amount of two types of EGR gas supplied to cylinders of the engine via two paths different from each other, thereby making it possible to ensure a stable combustion state, reduced exhaust emissions, and improve operability. The EGR control apparatus includes low-pressure and high-pressure EGR devices, and an ECU. The ECU controls the low-pressure and high-pressure EGR gas amounts according to engine speed and demanded torque, and when a combination of engine speed and demanded torque is in a predetermined region, the low-pressure and high-pressure EGR gas amounts are controlled such that inert gas in low-pressure EGR gas exceeds in amount inert gas in high-pressure EGR gas, and the former more exceeds the latter as engine speed is higher or demanded torque is larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Eiji Hashimoto, Hisao Haga, Koichi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8762307
    Abstract: A control system for a plant e.g. as a non-linear system, which is capable of properly suppressing interaction occurring between a plurality of control inputs and a plurality of controlled variables, thereby making it possible to properly control the controlled variables and easily design the control system. In the control system, each of a plurality of interaction suppression parameters for correcting the control inputs, respectively, such that the interaction is suppressed is calculated using a neural network constructed by using, out of the plurality of control inputs, a control input other than a control input corrected by a calculated interaction suppression parameter, as an input, and the interaction suppression parameter as an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Hashimoto, Yuji Yasui, Hisao Haga, Koichi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8738245
    Abstract: A control apparatus which is capable of enhancing the accuracy of control of a controlled object having characteristics that dead time and response delay thereof vary. The control apparatus includes an ECU. The ECU calculates four predicted values as values of a controlled variable associated with respective times when four dead times elapse, respectively, calculates four weight function values associated with an exhaust gas volume, and calculates four products by multiplying the predicted values by the weight function values, respectively. The ECU sets the total sum of the four products as a predicted equivalent ratio and calculates an air-fuel ratio correction coefficient such that the predicted equivalent ratio becomes equal to a target equivalent ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8738269
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a plant comprises a predictor for calculating a predicted value of the future of a control output value based on a provisional value of a control input value including a periodic reference signal by using a plant model indicating the dynamic characteristics of the control output value from the control input value of the plant, an evaluation function value calculator for calculating an evaluation function value including the predicted value of the future of the calculated control output value, an extreme value search optimizer for calculating a provisional value of such a control input value as that the evaluation function value becomes the extreme value on the basis of a product of the calculated evaluation function value and a periodic reference signal, and an adder for calculating a control input value including the provisional value of the calculated control input value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Michael Fischer
  • Patent number: 8725393
    Abstract: A plant control apparatus includes a plant model and a control input determining device. The plant model estimates a control variable of a plant based on an input including a control parameter to adjust a first control variable of the plant. The control input determining device is configured to correct a temporary value of the control parameter so that a first control variable model value satisfies a predetermined constraint. The control input determining device is configured to determine a control input for the plant based on the temporary value of the control parameter that has been corrected. The first control variable model value is defined as an estimated value of the first control variable calculated by the plant model when the temporary value of the control parameter is input to the plant model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichiro Tsuzuki, Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8671665
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for an internal combustion engine is provided. The apparatus includes a first catalyst and a second catalyst. The first catalyst is provided in an exhaust passage of the engine, and can remove NOx in exhaust gases from the engine when an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture burning in the engine is in the vicinity of the stoichiometric ratio. The second catalyst is provided downstream of the first catalyst, an can remove NOx in the exhaust gases using a reducing agent. An execution condition of a lean operation in which the air-fuel ratio is set to a lean air-fuel ratio which is leaner than the stoichiometric ratio, is determined. When switching the air-fuel ratio from an air-fuel ratio in the vicinity of the stoichiometric ratio to the lean air-fuel ratio, the air-fuel ratio is controlled to a rich air-fuel ratio which is richer than the stoichiometric ratio, during a lean transition period from the time the execution condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8671660
    Abstract: A catalyst degradation determination device is provided that can determine the degradation of a selective reduction catalyst with high precision while also suppressing a temporary decline in purification performance. By way of controlling a urea injection device, the catalyst degradation determination device increases, in a selective reduction catalyst in a state in which the storage amount is a maximum, the storage amount thereof by a detection reduced-amount portion DSTNH3—JD, and then decreases the amount until it is determined that ammonia slip has occurred. Then, degradation is determined based on the time at which the slip determination flag FNH3—SLIP was set to “1” when fluctuating the storage amount. The detection reduced-amount portion DSTNH3—JD is set to a value that is larger than the storage capacity of the selective reduction catalyst in a degraded state and smaller than the storage capacity of the selective reduction catalyst in a normal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Eiji Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20140069097
    Abstract: An exhaust purification system is provided that can decrease the load acting on a device treating PM, even when switched to stoich operation. The exhaust purification system includes: a PM treatment device, a three-way purification catalyst, an LAF sensor, and an ECU (3) that performs feedback control so that an LAF sensor output (Vex) becomes a target value (Vop) determined so that the three-way purification reaction is optimized during stoich operation. The ECU (3) includes a fuel controller (32) that determines a fuel injection amount (Gfuel) so that a state in which an air/fuel ratio of the air/fuel mixture is leaner than stoich and a state richer than stoich are alternately realized by modulating a fuel correction amount (dGfuel) determined so as to cause the LAF sensor output (Vex) to converge to the target value (Vop) by employing a predetermined modulation algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji YASUI, Hideki MATSUNAGA, Naohiro SATO, Masafumi SAKOTA
  • Patent number: 8667782
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for an internal combustion engine is provided. A selective reduction catalyst is disposed in an exhaust passage of the engine for reducing NOx in exhaust gases from the engine under existence of a reducing agent. The reducing agent or a reactant for generating the reducing agent is supplied to the upstream side of the selective reduction catalyst. Occurrence of a reducing-agent slip in which the reducing agent is discharged to the downstream side of the selective reduction catalyst is determined. A storage amount indicative of an amount of the reducing agent stored in the selective reduction catalyst is temporarily reduced from the state where the storage amount is at the maximum, and thereafter the storage amount is increased until the occurrence of the reducing-agent slip is detected. An accuracy of the reducing agent supply is determined according to an occurrence state of the reducing agent slip when the storage amount is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 8646271
    Abstract: An EGR control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of accurately controlling an inert gas amount and an inert gas ratio of two types of EGR gas supplied to cylinders of the engine via two paths different from each other, thereby making it possible to ensure a stable combustion state and reduced exhaust emissions. The EGR control apparatus includes a low-pressure EGR device, a high-pressure EGR device, and an ECU. The ECU calculates a target low-pressure opening, calculates an estimated value of an in-cylinder low-pressure inert gas flow rate, which is the estimated value of an inert gas amount included in low-pressure EGR gas supplied to the cylinders via an intake passage, calculates a target high-pressure opening using the estimated value, and controls low-pressure and high-pressure EGR control valves, using the target low-pressure opening and the target high-pressure opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Eiji Hashimoto, Hisao Haga, Koichi Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20130318949
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying system includes: a SCR catalyst which has a function of reducing NOx and absorbing NO2; an upstream catalyst which is provided at the upstream side of the SCR catalyst and has a three-way purification function; and an air-fuel ratio controller which controls the air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture. The controller calculates the NO2 storage amount of the SCR catalyst (S2), calculates a value of the NOx correlation parameter that increases in response to the NOx discharge amount (S4), sets the stoichiometry determination threshold value to a small value as the NO2 storage amount increases (S5), and changes the operation mode of the engine to the stoichiometry operation mode in which the air-fuel ratio is controlled to stoichiometry when the value of the NOx correlation parameter is larger than the stoichiometry determination threshold value (S6, S9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Hideki MATSUNAGA, Yuji YASUI, Naohiro SATO, Masafumi SAKOTA, Eiji HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8555623
    Abstract: An exhaust purification apparatus for internal combustion engine having a selective reduction catalyst that while maintaining a high NOx reduction ratio, inhibits any ammonia discharge downstream of the selective reduction catalyst. In the exhaust purification apparatus (2), a urea selective reduction catalyst (23) comprises a first selective reduction catalyst (231) and, provided downstream of the first selective reduction catalyst (231) in an exhaust passageway (11), a second selective reduction catalyst (232). Further, the exhaust purification apparatus (2) includes a urea injection unit (25) for feeding of a reducing agent upstream of the urea selective reduction catalyst (23) in the exhaust passageway (11) and an ammonia sensor (26) for detection of the ammonia concentration at a site between the first selective reduction catalyst (231) and the second selective reduction catalyst (232) in the exhaust passageway (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Ikue Kawasumi, Michael Fischer